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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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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 NODAK
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very citrusy and sweet. Basically, a sweet lemon aroma with a suggestion of slight hop inclusion.

Appearance is a very hazy bright golden color with no sediments that I can see.

And the of the more citrus forward beers I've had in recent memory, and by that I mean a lemon citrus taste. It carries some sweetness with it as well, and together this comprises the body of the beer. Sweet, lemony....pretty good, actually. I saw a piece where Jim Koch said this is supposed to be like a "wheat bock", so that explains the sweetness somewhat. The Noble hops do make an appearance at the end with a slight hop twang....afterwards there is a very substantial cracker/wheat component that lingers for a while. Even after having a few of these beers, this is still a dominant taste note of this one.

This is the type of beer which often doesn't get any love from beer snobs, but I must say that I found this beer to be one of the tastiest "sessionable" beers in recent memory. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly cloudy/hazy yellow/orange color. A dense, two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Fruity banana esters with zesty orange peal. Some sweet bubblegum aromas. Pale, biscuit, and bready malts. Slightly dusty and basement like. Lots of layers and I love it.
T: Banana, bubblegum flavors. Light citrus peal. I love the biscuit and bready like malts here. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp, dry, and refreshing. So smooth at the same time. Really enjoyable to drink. Something I can enjoy all day.

This is an excellent lager, and a really unique style. Well done Sam Adams. Something I highly recommend.

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Photo of NHGrafx
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy orange color with a big head that overflowed the glass. Left lots of lace.

Aroma is floral and sweet from the hops and citrus, a bit of malt aroma as well.

Taste has some yeastiness, malty. There is a really nice citrus flavor, like oranges or tangerines, but not overpowering or dominant. The orange flavor reminded me of Sunny Delight. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability is good and overall really refreshing.

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Photo of mttfrog13
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my new favorite summer beers. For people who drink typical bud light or coors light, this may be a spring beer, but for avid drinkers who like more flavor, this would be the perfect summer beer.

Wheat beers can get a little boring or heavy during the summer so this beer would be a tasty light beer to drink. There are a ton of different very subtle flavors in this beer which is pretty amazing for a light beer from the largest "craft brewery" in the country. There is citrus, balanced perfectly with the hop bitterness. Then, the beer is unfiltered so it has a light-medium mouth-feel to it and a bit of fruity flavor similar to wheat beers. Will definitely buy it again and try to stock up in case they stop selling it in the summer.

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Photo of teromous
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pale gold body, hazy, with a large fluffy white head. Some pretty good lacing...mostly broken lines and some spots.

S: I can smell some earthy and slightly spicy noble hop aromas. There is a yeasty smell to the beer...honestly smells like the bottom of a fermenter.

T: Tons of yeasty bread dough. Some bitterness on the sides of my mouth. A bit of a vanilla flavor to it. There's a tinge of lager bite.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth with some graininess to it. Very wet.

O: Overall I thought it was a good beer. I personally would have liked a little less yeast and a little more hop character, but otherwise it was a very good beer. It tastes very fresh and that is a good thing. I would recommend buying this in a place that has good temperature control, because that is likely to impact a beer with so much yeast in it. I would drink this again. Honestly I was thrown off by the "Alpine Spring" thing, where it brought thoughts of deodorant came to mind. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the beer is.

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Photo of Rantingfury
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from the bottle into my glass and was greated with a finger and a half of white foam. This faded slowly to nice lacing. The color was a cloudy, but bright golden hue. The nose was full of orange and citrus hops that faded to sweet malt. The taste was along the same lines with crisp citrus and orange hops fading to the sweet malt. The mouthfeel was full good with plenty of carbonation that tickled my tongue and a medium body that clung to my palate. I like this seasonal a lot. It smells and tastes of bright hops and malts... It's like spring in the bottle.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange/yellow color, hazy, and a good white foam top.

Big plus on the aroma. It has a fabulous bready/creamy/sweet smell that’s hard to describe but really nice. There’s also bright citrus notes.

That unique smell carries through with a really delectable and intriguing flavor. It’s malty but in a dry, lightly sweetened way. Again, bright citrus notes are there to put a little zing in it. Body is really good, feels full without actual being heavy or filling.The finish is just so nice, with the malts and hops complementing each other so well.

Sam Adams continues to impress me lately. From exciting new year-round brews to really great seasonals, they have really delivered some unique beers. I only bought a single of Alpine Spring, but I will going back to buy a six-pack soon. This is a spring seasonal I’ll be excited for each year.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came in the glass a cloudy yellow with a small white head.

The smell was of citrus hops and malts. Not particularly strong but pleasant none the less.

The taste was light and crisp. Some citrus from the hops but quite subtle.

This had light feel to it with a nice level of carbonation.

This was the first beer I've had in this style and I liked it. I'd recommend this if you fancy something a bit different.

Edit. Tried this again in a bottle was no way near as good.I'd give this maybe a 3 in the bottle,big difference.

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Photo of waterdogmax
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very Drinkable beer. This is a great for the season after a many months of big malty beers. It is very light crisp citrus beer with biscuit notes. It is making me long for the warmer weather and long summer days to come.

I can't wait to drink this on the deck of some ski mountain in the weeks to come.

Great Spring Session Beer!!!

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Freshness date clearly marked enjoy by before June.

This is a very hazy beer, as you can definitely see the suspended yeast haze against the pale malts. Orange like hues are visible throughout as well.

The nose of this brew is orange blossom and floral hops with a nice bread malt character to round everything out. Taste is very similar, except the floral hops seem to really come through more. Incidentally, this is a beer style that isn't really known for it's hop character, but the BBC did a wonderful job with making the Tettnanger hops present all the way to the finish, but they never raise their voice too much for the style.

The unfiltered aspect of this beer creates a complexity I have never had before in a helles, as it seems to add to the mouthfeel and contribute to some slight ester flavors including peach and mango. The bread character from the malt does a nice job in the taste of well of keeping everything balanced until the end. The overall malt character is also very nice, as I pick up a slight honey sweetness that is perfectly balanced and rides through until the end and met by a nice lemon and floral note from the hops. Bitterness is fairly low but adequate and no alcohol whatsoever can be detected either. Mouthfell is very nice, as the yeast seems to contribute to a somewhat full bodied character with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a home run from Sam Adams. There aren't that many helles lagers brewed domestically, and this is a style that simply does not travel well, so having one available fresh is great. Many smaller breweries simply don't have the capacity and necessary equipment to give enough time to age a well made lager, so this is something Sam Adams definitely has an advantage with. The BBC does a great job with lagers, and this is an excellent addition to their lineup.

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Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice addition to the Sammy lineup.

Hops lend a lemony and herbal feel on the nose....grassy perhaps...the lemony flavor from the hops is more pronounced on the taste but herbal notes remain. Nice flavorfull honey bread maltiness on the taste...

Very tasty beer that would fit nicely in the late spring/early summer but is tasting just fantastic in early January as well. Would be a real nice BBQ beer....shit bring this and noble pils for the day and you are set.

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Photo of sergeantstogie
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tough to review this one. Right off the bat I'll say, I really like this beer.

The appearance is a cloudy but bright golden orange color. I know it says unfiltered on the bottle, but I felt the cloudyness was a bit over done. I'm in the land of Keller/Zwickel biers and they arent cloudy.

The taste is great! Very floral and just a slight citrus zest to it. Perfect perfect perfect for this time of year. The malt backbone is subtle and slightly sweet.

The mouthfeel is also where point wise, I gotta knock it down. It's slightly full and slick. It should be crisp. It's not.

Overall, I know I said some bad things about this beer, but I love it. Stylistically, if it were an ale, it would be a different story but since it's a keller bier, it had to knock it. But I love it. It's just starting to warm up and it goes great with the first two BBQ's I've had this year. Really reminds me of a lighter maibock.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at the local Loco's. Looks amazing! Beautiful copper with slight haze cuz its unfiltered. Three finger white cap that sticks around and leaves huge rings on the glass.

The aroma is fresh and hoppy with a caramel backbone. Grassy and herbal notes with a hint of citrus.

Nice balance of caramel, bready notes, and biscuit in the back with huge floral and herbal notes, some lemon zest, and other citrus.

Medium, almost creamy, smooth

Absolutely delicious and well balanced.

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Photo of OverToad
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice surprise, a new seasonal from Sam Adams. Even. Better noble pile going year round. Anyway, back to this beer.

I read a few reviews and the one thing others well at least a few hav said they picked up on lemon. Funny how everyone's taste is different. This beer contains no lemon and Jim himself said so. I didn't detect any hints of lemon myself which if there was I'd know it since I despise lemon in a beer.

The color is beautiful hazy gold. Nice fluffy head that leaves lacing.

Smell is of hops and floral.

Taste is very light crisp and towards the end bitter. The hop citrus I got if any thing was tangerine and not lemon.

Very refreshIng beer.

A home run.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beauiful creamy head on this beer, nicely capping a pale golden but hazy colour underneath. Nose is quite appetizing with miscellaneous floral and herbal notes. Palate offers some slightly sweet malt flavors and a nice zinging hop profile to round it out. Medium bodied and amazingly drinkable. Reviewing to style, wow this is a great beer.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nice brew! I was hopping for a little more citrus but hey this thing is balanced to the gill. Nice golden color full of carbonation a little cloudy look very inviting, smell was bout average notes are kinda of light on the nose. Taste the beer is perfect with the balance that it has, mouthfeel smooth clean and crisp, overall a great spring beer!! Fire up the Grills!

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Photo of ghowehattrick
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a 24 oz. bottle into a large mug. I've only seen it in the store for about a week, so it's pretty fresh. "Best by" is June 2012.

A: Cloudy orange, bright white head. Looks like a beer you can gulp, and I did, more than once.

S: Bready, yeasty smell, some light hops. Very fragrant.

T: Absolutely delicious!!! I took one mouthful, smiled, then took two more gulps. So good. I almost can't be that specific; all I know is it was gone it ten minutes. When I was done, I wanted more. Little hops flavor, but it's there enough to counteract the yeasty profile. Blue Moon's older, smarter, cooler, hotter sister.

M: Light on the palate, sweet/sour taste from the unfiltered yeast.

O: I cannot wait to buy a case of this. When it was gone, I wanted more. I could drink 5 or six of these. I wasn't even planning to review it, but I had to after I drank it. Sooo good. I would buy this year-round (**hint-hint** BBC).

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for july 2012, Brewmaster's Collection.

Pours clouded lemon yellow body with nice but short lasting white head. Not much lacing. Scent is lemon grass. Taste is zingy lemon, citrus, honey. A little bit acidic, but very nice overall.

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Photo of Vanthefireman
4.63/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily one of my top 3 favorite beers. Beautiful beer from start to finish. Nice pour. Collects a little (and I mean little) sediment in the bottle if the course of a few days in the fridge, but didn't effect tasting. I can't think of much that could be done to improve this, aside from moving it out of the seasonal catagory, and over to year-round "Brewmaster's collection."

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.64/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A KELLER or Zwickel (love that word...) America's largest brewer* no less. AMAZING!!!!

A: Looks great poured in with slight haze (to be expected in this style) with a generous long lasting head, and sticky lacing.

S: Nothing to write home about, just about like barley bread--again classic for this (very rare outside of homebrew-circles in America) style of very traditional lager. Still its nice comfort-beer aroma.

T: An extremely drinkable almost thick, down-home beer, just crisp enough in hops to clean the palate....but mild enough to not scare away mass-production-beer drinkers. Makes you want to make a meal of it....and the aftertaste is like if you just had some fresh-baked bread--classic German/Czech lager...and FINALLY an American brewer has a version that can take-on any German brewer. (Even in Germany Zwickel is old-fashioned and not so common). For this style--a helles/pils cross in a Keller (unfiltered) version, simply outstanding.

No, the Hop-is-like-estrogen heads won't like it...but good, more for the rest of us!!!

M: Very rich and smooth mouthfeel, must be from the yeast going down.

Overall: Just a terrific, Nothing to put in your journal, just something to look forward too at the end of the day....

Ein Prosit!!!

*American OWNED that is...

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Photo of pixieskid
4.66/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer, despite the fact there is a foot of snow outside and I can't understand how this is a spring release when I am drinking it in the dead of winter...

Pours a hazy light orange with a fluffy 2 finger head; nice retention, but eventually dissipates to a minimal lingering head.
Nose: notes of citrus (orange and lemon) with a hint of graininess.
Taste: Strong citrus upfront with a hint of floral hops. A bready, almost toasty malt back balances out the strong yet delicate hoppiness. Finishes with a grassy bitterness and a little more citrus, almost...almost tartness like a Berliner Weiss (probably just wishful thinking, as I haven't had any sour goodness in some time).
Mouthfeel: Very creamy, yet crisp and light...perfect!

Overall: a killer "replacement" for Noble Pils, really wish this thing was a new year round release.
Additionally, as a serious advocate of German beers, especially lagers, I think Sam Adams nailed this one.
I really appreciate the thought that went behind this "concept beer" as it is a melding of some of my favorite German styles! A must try for anyone who appreciates a beer with superb balance, character, and a nice change of pace!

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Photo of wages
4.73/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - 4.5/5 - Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head.

smell - 4/5 - Smells of lemon or orange peel.

taste - 5/5 - Instantly refreshing Helles flavor backed up by bright citrus flavors. There's more in there that I can't quite describe as anything besides "Helles".

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Has a high level of small bubble carbonation that enhances the refreshing spring flavors and clears out those flavors making room for the next swallow.

overall - 5/5 - Quite an impressive complex lager for a seemingly simple beer.

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Photo of ouser31
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I didnt know anything about this beer when i ordered it... it looked like a hefe or a pale ale at first which i tend to stay away from but from the taste i was unexpectedly suprised... Great Taste!! i instantly looked it up online to find out what it really was and am now happy i ordered it... A must if and when its avaliable!!

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Photo of billybob
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy medium gold in color thick two finger white head and lots of sticky lace that both hold up very well. strong bold citrus and a light floral aroma. nice blending of the orange citrus taste with the yeast and hops. smooth medium mouthfeel and slight pepper taste. this beer wins on all counts. i see this beer going a long way with sam adams. definitely one of their better brewed beers.

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Photo of JoLight
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - honey colored, unfiltered with lots of sediment, and a frothy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma - It smells of honey, sweetness, citrusy and floral hops, some very slight malt, and lemon citrus.

Taste - Lemon zest, some pepper spice, a tad bit of grain, and then the floral and citrus hops come in, finishing off with a mouthful of white breadiness, which lingers in the aftertaste.

Overall, this is the best lager I have ever had thus. It's the beer I always dreamt of finding. This is what I would have tried to brew if I had ever brewed beer.

Absolutely perfect for my taste.

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