Samuel Adams Alpine Spring | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
BA SCORE
3.5/5
2,571 Ratings
Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by BDIMike on 12-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,640
Reviews:
577
Ratings:
2,571
pDev:
14.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
286
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,571 |  Reviews: 577
Photo of Murrhey
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width white head, minute long retention. Hazy golden orange color.

S- Citrusy, grassiness and wheaty. Some noble floral hops. Light smell with some spices. Not bad.

T- Strangely like a Belgian in body, the hops and citrus don't combine in the way I thought they would. Yeasty, and kind of cultured like a Belgian.

M- Syrupy bodied, with biting carbonation.

O- Expectations weren't high, but this is an average beer and a decent example of the style.

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Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

P: Carbonated slightly hazy gold with touches of darkness around the edges. Frothy white finger of head that disapates to a creamy layer on top.

S: Watered down, yeast, smells very thin and timid. Almost has a dish soap smell with salt, lime, lemon and spices.

T/M: Very salty with a earthy light yet creamy body that is crisp and clean. Salt is big with subtle spices and a peppery swallow. The citrus is masked but lemon comes out in small doses.

O: Cant say that this is a favorite of mine. Overly salty but if it wasnt for that it would have been pretty good. I enjoyed the refreshing a light body.

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Photo of Mumps
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Very cloudy golden amber in color with a one finger fluffy head
that lasts for about a minute and presents some mediocre lacing.

S. Mild floral hopping nose.

T. Some minty herbal hopping is present. Also, there is a crisp lemon peel tone with some mild breadiness.

M. Light carbonation and body.

Not very complex but it does what it says on the tin, so to speak, so I can't really fault it for that. I would have liked a bit more aroma and some more interesting malt flavors.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Murky, darker straw, white head that leaves to disk fast. Some cling lace.

S - Citrus and straw. Sweet malt is present, but very light.

T - Refreshing and bright as it enters, light malt and wheat flavors. The hops take a weird twangy twist at the end that I really don't care for. Perfume, solvent like finish.

M - Light body, good carb, the balance is not. Don't like the finish on the hops.

D - I got two of these in a variety pack. They will be enough.

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Photo of milkbone_underwear
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of DonFrap
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Nfrey
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Tilley4
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New spring seasonal from SA... All the Winter Lager is finally gone from these parts and this has hit the shelves... Best by August so it should be nice and fresh...

Usually don't mention appearance as I feel its trivial when rating a beer but this is cloudy and golden and frothy and beautiful... I dig it...

Definite honey sweetness to the aroma from the malts and a surprisingly pungent Noble hop blast as well... Smells rather German, if you will... Surprisingly pleasant...

Big blast of the hops up front with a wave of honey sweetness riding the wave as well... The Tettnang hops give this a piney kick with a hint of tartness and the honey maltiness smooths it out on the finish... My only real complaint is that its a little thin and watery... A little more fullness would make this better...

I liked this... Balanced nicely with a nice piney kick...

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Photo of StaindProject86
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of b2rade2n
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of sawilliams204
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ninner00
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of mbacon3227
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of rob99er
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TrojanWheels
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Johnny99
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy and light amber. The haziness makes it really stand out from other lagers. Also I quite like the yellow cap on the bottle.
S: Lemony, citrusy, a little bit of alcohol I think but I may be mistaken because it's such a light beer. It's weird you know.
T: Yeasty, citrusy, I do think I can taste the alcohol in there.
M: Sits heavy for a lager with the alcohol really shining through. lingering yeast flavor and really bubbly. Very sour.

Overall this beer is overpowered by the yeast and alcohol really coming through above the other flavors. Despite the citrus smell these flavors don't really play into the beer and it doesn't really bring anything to the table. Very sour and doesn't sit well. Perhaps mine if from a bad batch or so as I don't seem to think it's as good as other people do.

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Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of captainbearcat
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Puthoff
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DIM
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a cloudy starw color. It was served to me with a small, firm, frothy cap.

s: Somewhat musty lemons and rough grains.

t: Kind of chalky overall with muted, leafy citrus, sof bananas, and a lightly tart grain flavor.

m: Soft and fairly full bodied.

o: I don't know enough to say if this is true to stlye, but it did seem kind of watered down to me.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Sam Adams Alpine Springs pours a hazy dark yellow that's almost orange in color. There's about a finger of white foam that crowns the beer, displaying good head retention and leaving a bit of lacing behind. The nose is pretty solid carrying notes of crisp bready malts and lemon zest. The malt in the flavor profile is still definitely bready, but it's a bit more rounded and chewy than in the aroma. There's a light wave of bitterness that comes through mid palate before some floral and lemon-focused citrus flavors provide a nice finish. The beer is nice and full bodied, but the accompanying carbonation is just a little too prickly on my tongue. Alpine Spring is a fairly straightforward beer, but the combination of pale ale like hoppiness, and the smooth maltiness of a traditional lager, results in a tasty, easy-drinking beer.

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 2,571 ratings
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