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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Borne of our brewers’ many trips to Germany, Alpine Spring features a unique blend of lager attributes: the balanced maltiness and hoppiness of a Helles, the smoothness and slightly higher alcohol of a traditional spring bock, and the unfiltered appearance of a Kellerbier. The beer is brewed with Noble Tettnang hops to add a unique, bright orange-citrusy aroma and flavor.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, it's January 5 and I just went for a run in shorts and a t-shirt, so I suppose SA isn't wrong releasing a "spring ale" right now.

I picked this up at the Hy-Vee build a six-pack. I was impressed with the 3 fingers of foam that almost overflowed my glass. It went downhill from there. The aroma was a mix of grain and grass and a hint of citrus. The taste was just confusing. There's a small wheat element with some orange, but there's some odd dryness to it that I found rather off-putting, like they threw some dust in the kettle. The body is good for the style and has a crispness to it. I'm glad I only got one bottle.

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Photo of colts9016
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A half finger head that has poor retention. The color of the beer is a pale gold color with no highlights. The clarity of the beer is clear with some carbonation bubbles. The beer's poor retention and just lack luster appearance is just below average.

Nose: The aroma is hoppy, but clean. The hop aromas are grapefruit, pine, and citrus. The malt body to the beer is light with some bready notes and toasty. A yeasty note and some underlying aromas of must.

Taste: A mildly hoppy beer with very muddled flavors. The malt is more pronounced with toasty, bready, and grainy flavors. The yeast is noticeable, but the musty note is not.

Mouthfeel: The beer is coating with no finish.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium . This beer is just okay nothing in the beer that speaks to the beer soul.

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Photo of Fadefury
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy yellowish, almost gold color. Soft, almost perfectly white head. Poured about 2 inches.

S: Very light touches of citrus, but overall it's lemon comes out the most.

T: More hopes than I would hope for in such a light beer. Bitter/tartness, followed by lemon sums up the taste of this beer.

M: Very light, with mild carbonation. Pretty smooth overall.

O: This was an interesting attempt at a new beer for Sam Adams, but it's not something I'd sit down and drink a couple of. The bitterness/tart is what would make me look for another beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Barely hazed bright gold. Head is a bright-white, a little rocky, and drops to a thin cap pretty quickly. Some lacing. A Sam Adams beer with haze, I never thought I'd see the day.

Smell: Wheat, grass, and some yeast notes. Lemon zest freshens it up a bit. Very mellow. Slightly bready with some pale malt action.

Taste: Lemon and grains. Pale malts and a bready finish. Almost like a lemon wheat water. Super clean citrus flavor, read here orange, lingers in the back. Eat a Wheat Thin and drink water with lemon. Grainy and wet.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than medium, but not quite water. Touch dry. Carbonation is decent.

Overall: The aftertaste made me think of water with lemon. It's so inoffensive and mellow it doesn't really do anything positive or negative. I'd drink it in the summer.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A – Dark yellow/light gold, with just the slightest bit of haze. Airy one-finger head that faded quickly. Minimal clumpy lacing.

S – Very muted aroma; some slight citrus notes.

T – Tastes a lot better than it smells. Notes of citrus and lemongrass. Earthy malts brings some balance, and there is also some residual honey sweetness. Floral hops become present toward the finish but the flavor is subdued. Finishes somewhat dry and slightly sour, a little reminiscent of dish soap. Not entirely unpleasant, but I found it a little strange.

M – Medium bodied. Prickly carbonation. Crisp. Not much else to say here.

O – A pretty much unremarkable lager from SA. Not great, not terrible. Somewhat refreshing, but nothing I would ever buy again. On a side note, I remember SA's old "Spring Ale" tasting a lot like this, minus the dish soap.

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Photo of BeerRefugee
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color. Moderate white head with good retention. Aroma is lager yeast and flowery hops. Flavor is similar--notes of yeasty bread with a slight floral soapiness that, unfortunately, lingers longer than the other flavors. Medium bodied and clean mouthfeel.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy, straw blonde color. The head is about a finger thick, with fair retention. Sparse lacing.

Smell - Not much in the way of smell. Faint citrus notes. Light bread. That's about it.

Taste - Dirty lemon. Moderate bready malt qualities. Finishes with a mellow rind zest.

Mouthfeel - Light, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat bitey.

Overall - Not necessarily what I was expecting, but it's a drinkable beer.... for about one beer. The lemon flavor can become overwhelming if drank too fast, or having drank too much.

Update 01/11/13: Second foray into this beer. Not much has changed. Added to the description, gave a slight bump into smell and overall, and that's about it.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It must be noted that this is considered an ale in Texas. Okay, get it together Texas.

Best by July 2013.

Appearance: Super hazy orange/caramel color witha thin off-white head.

Aroma: Buttery malt and some lemon.

Taste: Unfortunately the buttery aroma is indeed part of the flavor. This makes Alpine Spring very heavy on the palate and covers up the bright citrus hop character. Hits a high not right in the middle and then goes downhill leaving you with a crisp finish and buttery aftertaste. I've had other Keller Biers and enjoyed them but this one is just odd.

Mouthfeel: Much thicker than anticipated, more than medium in body. Average carbonation and drinkability.

Final Thoughts: If you like the combination of butter and citrus then this is the beer for you. I'm actually surprised because Samuel Adams usually has pretty solid seasonals. Would I drink it again? Not without some persuasion.

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Photo of socon67
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours golden, cloudy and with a high white foam head. Not much lacing, and minimal carbonation.

S - Scents of grain, and some citrusy smell I'd associate with a German hef.

T - Okay. I got the flavor is supposed to be unfiltered and give a rich taste. To me this came off a bit light, and nothing great.

M - Felt a bit watery, which given what its supposed to be seems like a contradiction. It is certianly sessionable, though I found it bland on the palate.

O - I generally like BBC and appreciate their seasonals. Just didn't like this. Now, I did get this at Chili's and they freeze the hell out of their beer. But even letting one warm up just didn't work. I'll pass.

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Photo of TheCondor
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in a Samuel Adam’s brewers variety pack in Leavenworth and poured from the bottle into a mug.

Appearance – Pours a nice, hazy golden color with about a fingers worth of head that doesn’t stick around for long with only minimal lacing. Looks good though, I like it.

Smell – Fruits, citrus, spices, orange peel, grapefruit, wow sweetness. A little maltiness in there as well, but the fruits certainly take the cake.

Taste – Whoa with the sweetness. After an initial malt splash, the sweetness of this beer hits like a ton of bricks (or a ton of feathers, which is the same weight….one is just harder and sounds tougher). To me, the sweetness of this beer is a little overwhelming. To me it tastes like beer spilled into a glass of grapefruit and orange juice, with just a hint of hop bitter.

Mouthfeel – Because of the sweetness, it has a sticky finish. It’s light, but I can’t get that stickiness out of my mouth. Ugh.

Overall – Maybe it’s the style, which I am not real familiar with….maybe it’s the Tettnang hops….maybe it’s the fact I prefer porter or IPA….maybe it’s a combination thereof. I don’t know. But this beer, in my lowly opinion, is way too sweet. It would be a good conversion beer for a mass market drinker, or maybe someone who enjoys something like hard lemonade. But it’s not my bag. It has it’s appreciable qualities, but I won’t be drinking it anymore to experience them.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my personal favorite, if you like citrusy beers, you willl love this one. Somerwhat like the Sam Adams Summer Ale, with an extra carmel note to is, which was a plus for me. This just isn't my style of beer, so my openion is based on that, keep that in mind.

Citrus, floral , caramel, easy to drink beer

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy honey with a bright white head that slowly dissipates, leaving some slight lacing at the top of the glass.

S-Not much going on in the nose, all I could pick up were the Tettnang Noble hops for the most part.

T-Once again the Tettnang Noble hops played an important role, some sweet maltiness, and some grassy notes. Like the nose, there was not a lot of flavor at all which was very disappointing.

M-Thin and watery.

D-You could drink many of these in a session because it is easy drinking.

Overall, this is a nice beer for this time of year I suppose, but it just seemed lackluster to me.

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Photo of iSip
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Adams Alpine Spring: This was the Sam Adams on tap selection at a resort in Phoenix. It has a cloudy honey color with a pure white head that fades quickly. No aroma of note. The flavor is light and fresh, predominately citrus. No carbonation, but I had it on tap, so you never know how fresh the keg was. A good choice for easy summer consumption.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours an ultra hazy golden amber color. The head is a one finger white shade with decent retention. The lacing down the glass is fairly nice, as well.

S: The hops have a very earthy yet noble (rather than grassy) tone to them. Beneath the semi-prevalent hops are some bready, biscuity malts and strong lemon esters.

T: Like I anticipated, it's a very earthy-flavored brew. The initial lemon note gives the beer a good start, and counteracts the finishing biscuity malts and earthy hops. I'd reckon the finish is a bit too sweet for my tastes - one that gives off a note dangerously reminiscent of corn at times - but this is a pleasant drink otherwise. Still, it's not nearly as complex as the unfiltered appearance might suggest.

M: It's actually a bit heavy on the palate, more than I'd like it to be. On the plus side, the astringent quality on the finish helps to neutralize some (but not all) of the sweetness, and helps inspire good drinkability.

O: When I had this last year, I thought it was completely awful. Now, I find it perfectly average - not bad, not great, workable in a pinch, but not worth seeking out. If anything represents the C average to a T, it's this (and Fat Tire).

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Photo of hardy008
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Hazy amber with a small white head, with decent retention and lacing. Has a herbal grassy / grainy aroma.
Tastes much like it smells with some some bread malts, and light citrus.
Medium bodied with average carbonation. A decent beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At the Olive Garden with limited options.

A - Pours a golden color with two fingers of white head that had nice, foamy retention.

S - Light hopping, some sweet grain.

T - It's okay. Slight skunked grain taste that is appropriate forte style. Lightly toasted pale, sweet malts and a bit of a floral hop finish.

M - Light, crisp, good carbonation.

O - Okay, but boring and somewhat overly refined tasting. I've had worse.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 Pint 6 oz. fancy brown bottle. Freshness date etched on the label.
Served in a SA Perfect Pint glass.
Pours a hazy amber honey color with a 1" off-white head along with some patchy trailing lace.
A smell grassy malt smell carries mild lemony citrus and some herbal aromas. A late smell of boiled grain inches forward but remains in the distant background.
The malt is a bit sugary sweet. It's tempered somewhat by citrus notes and a slight metallic tang. The herbal taste rolls in as it warms.
A spritzy effervescence fades quickly, so if you enjoy a little bubbly to your beer, act quickly.
I swear, this reminds me A LOT, of the old Miller Highlife of the 70's, sans the cooked corn taste.
I hope this isn't the replacement for SA's Nobel Pils. That would be sad...

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, pale gold with 1/2" head ans lasting lace. The aroma is of lemons, dough, and other citrus. The flavor has lemon, honey, and straw notes with a smooth, balanced finish.The mouthfeel is light-medium. Samuel Adams Alpine Spring is a good beer, a good session beer. Recommended.

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Photo of stewart124
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At first I thought the bartender brought me the wrong beer. This looked so cloudy and orange.

Some floral notes and straw in the nose.

More straw characters and light bread come through in the overall character with a slight sweetness and yeasty goodness. I expected this to be a hellos and be filtered then when I saw the style posted on here as keller bier it made more sense. As I mentioned this came off as being sweeter and not a dry as anticipated but that may be a result of the yeast and that it was unfiltered.

Fairly decent overall but it didn't knock my socks off or have my asking for another.

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Photo of bashiba
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a orange yellow, a touch hazy and a nice thick and sticky white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

The smell was disappointing, after reading the description I was expecting some citrusy hops, this just has a light grassy quality with a bit of coppery metallic tinge.

The flavor is sweet and malty with a light bit of grain and honey, there is a light clean bitterness, but not enough to balance out the sweeter malt, and definitely not citrusy.

The mouthfeel is light and dry.

I can see where this would be easy drinking and have some mainstream appeal with the light sweet malt flavors, but a bit disappointing when I was expecting more of a hoppy citrusy lager. I don't want to beat it up to bad, it is fairly close to style, just needs a hops.

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Photo of CTraft
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the tap a translucent yellow-orange color reminiscent of other similar beers. Has a smooth, frothy head 2-3 fingers thick that stays for a few minutes.

I detected a weak, but slightly hoppy aroma.

I did not find the taste to be particulary strong, but perhaps slightly hoppy. I thought it was similar to mass-produced light beers, but heavier.

Mouthfeel was a bit tangy, but not very strong. Neither mouthfeel nor aftertaste lingered for longer than a few seconds.

While I would recommend this a good choice for a light beer that is not overwhelming in taste or hops, I was not overly impressed. I've had much better from Sam Adams and for the same price I got this for. I think I prefer Noble Pils for a Sam's spring beer.

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Photo of abgba121
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a golden straw color with about a half inch of white head, leaves very little lace

S: sweet, very little hop presence and a nice citrusy element, though expected for being a lager

T: sweet and a small amount of citrus and yeast character, a slight hop element on the finish as well

M: thin to medium body, good carbonation

O: a decent beer, though one of the best lagers I have had

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For Brewery Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before Month Notched: July.

Appearance: This new release pours out a clouded, darkened gold body with a finger's worth of white, pitted foam.

Smell: Modest malts, with a hint of honey-brushed crackers overneath notes of black pepper, old lemons, and faded dried herbs.

Taste: Lightly bready, crackery base maltiness with just a low hint of honey flavor, but little incorporated sweetness. Citrusy, given a bit more of an orange taste here, though not ever particularly bold, scantly herbaceous hops with a light helping of bitterness to balance. One last nibble of saltless saltines precedes the drying, nearly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not too sweet, never very hoppy, and could use a bit more crispness, I've had this beer a few times on bottle and on draft at various times and it never quite manages to satisfy.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a house pint glass and glowed a wheaty, orangey color. It held a brief one finger head of stark white bubbles. This left spots of lacing, but little else. There was a thick haze to the look, with no actual sediment noted. Carbonation appeared lighter. The nose showed inclusion of orange oil and pale malts. Cherry and lime worked their way in, with some sesame seed and mossy earthiness. With warmth came a big cellar musk all the way to the back of the nose. Our first impression of this beer remarked on how soft it felt, with such bright orange inclusions. As we sipped, sour grain mash, with wheat and clean barley came first. There was sweetness of black cherry, and a light citric bite of orange. The middle moved forward with more mild wheat, clove, and a phenolic chemically sourness. Copper bite was at the peak, pulling us to an end of very much the same. Sour and wet wheat, with simple orange peel bitters finished things off. The aftertaste breathed of yeast, that huge musk from the nose, cheesiness, sweaty saltiness, and more of that big wet wheat. The body was medium and the carbonation was high. The feel was watery throughout, with a dry coating. The mouth is cooled, with okay slurp and pop, and very little froth or cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank okay.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the mix in the nose. There was a fruity sweetness which really helped to cut the grain. This grain through the taste, however, was overly sour at times, much like the dirtiness of a Blue Moon. While this fit the style, and was decently refreshing, this beer was muddy around the edges, and overly mealy.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky orange golden color with a 1.5 finger white head of fair creaminess. Retention is O.K. Appealing.

S - Crystal malt and the yeast make up the majority of the smell. The yeast is biscuity and pleasant. There are some light buried spice and citric notes. Mild to medium strength.

T - The hops are far more prevalent than on the nose, though they're not overbearing. Citric/floral/perfumy hops nicely counter the clean crystal/pale malt combo. Very simple, but very well balanced.

M - Light bodied, crisp and smooth on the finish.

D - It's simple, but it's built well and it's an easy drinker. You could do easily do worse.

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