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

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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
Ratings:
2,571
Reviews:
577
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
282
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1
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Ratings: 2,571 |  Reviews: 577
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into perfect pint glass, best before July 2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, grape, bread, wheat, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of fruity esters, malt, and hop notes. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, biscuit, honey, wheat, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of hop. malt, and fruity esters; with a nice amount of robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent kellerbier lager! Very nice amount of well balanced flavors with good complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, let me say this. At $1 per bottle, this stuff is legit. Not as legit as noble pils, but its legit.

Poured into alpine spring glass. Pours a finger of off white head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a hazed golden yellow.

Aroma: Floral and citrus flavors. It definitely smells like a lager, but with so much flavor. Bready malts with a touch of honey sweetness.

Taste: Starts out with the honey sweetness, then a fresh dose of earthy, floral hops hit. Citrus fruits show through the whole thing. It ends with bready malts and some stickiness.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but crisp. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, this is a great spring beer. Very easy to drink and flavorful. Gotta tip my hat to the guys at Sam Adams. They deserve more credit.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a slightly hazy, dark golden body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves nice lace.

S - a slightly spicy aroma of honey and malt with some herbalhops in the background.

T - lightly sweet malt up front with some spicy hops and lemony notes in the middle. finishes with notes of honey, malt and pepper.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - light and drinkable, a good spring beer that almost comes across as an american wheat.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow color with a perfect white head that has good retention. [3.75]

Smell: Expecting a lighter "Spring" beer, I was surprised by how much hop aroma was present; probably more than a typical pale ale. Citrusy hops are the dominant aroma, but accompanied by hints of lemons, oranges, fresh cut hay, plus generic floral and herbal notes. Very promising!

Taste: In short, well-balanced, clean and refreshing. While the hoppy aroma suggests an APA or even an IPA, the flavor profile is different. Clearly this has a significant and fine (Noble?) hop component, but the flavor sensation is more that of complex, light (in terms of bitterness and hops) APA. A variety of flavors make appearances, including lemon, generic citrus, flowers, light toasted grains, caramel, hay, bread and light herbs.

Mouthfeel: Light+ body; excellent medium carbonation. Crisp with some dryness in the finish.

O: a very well crafted beer that makes me want to further explore the Keller Bier/Zwickel Bier style. Would make an excellent session beer. Great with food.

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle sample of this at work the other night,I guess it's taking the spring seasonal spot next year with the Noble Pils becoming year around.Poured lighter hazed golden with a well formed 1/2 finger sticky white head atop.Some honey malt in the nose and that is basically it,faint lemon as well.Sweetish honey flavors at the onset with some firm toasted grain flavors,a smattering herbal hops in the finish with faint lemon.Not bad I think it is a good selection for a spring seasonal,its lighter but with a little substance.

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Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head covering, hazy pale yellow gold colored.

Nose a bit weird, light hops, light grassy, light floral, weird tart like fruit, grassy herbal, very grassy, mild messy malt.

Taste is floral, grassy, biter and rind, some noble hops, fruity flavors, lemon grassy, pretty light, light wheat and spices. finish is dry and weird biter, weird citrus lemon grassy finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, the only decent quality is the noble hops, otherwise weird flavors and pretty meh. It almost seems like they took the summer ale and noble pils and blended them to make this beer. Although it is fairly drinkable, for a spring beer maybe makes sense, but should be a late spring beer, not 1.5 months BEFORE spring beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/1/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a quick burst of hops bitterness that quickly fades into a light malt and grain breadiness. There’s a touch of malt and citrus sweetness in the background. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it tastes like a light version of their previous year’s spring seasonal Noble Pils. Overall it’s a decent beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy yellow in color with a small amount of visible carbonation and a fluffy 3 finger high white head. This beer has excellent head retention and exhibits significant lacing.

S: Aromas of grassy and floral hops combined with hints of spices and citrus.

T: Flavors of bready malts, spicy hops, and citrus hops without too much bitterness (just a slight amount that seems to balance well with the rest of the flavors).

M: Medium bodied and lingers a bit on the palate with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Good balance of hops and malts makes this a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Hazed copper with a stiff lightly off-white head. Sudsy lacing that sticks. Smells tangy with citrus and bread flavors that are wrapped up in a earthy and floral blanket. The taste has a tight bitterness with notes of fresh citrus, including a little zesty lemon and orange. Bready malt mixes in along back to gives this a strong twang across the back. Dry and bitter finish. Medium bodied with a firm and crisp bite that gets a little softer underneath. This is easy drinking stuff with the sweetness of a lighter Bock beer but then a crisp citric presence that really gave this a nice snap in the mouth as well. Decent stuff.

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised and delighted with the first sip of this stuff. It reminds me of a really light Saison-- but wait, it's a Wit witout the spice! So I looked it up and was pleased to see the category. After trying several Zwickel styles in Germany I have been enamored of this odd kind of brew, and this is a perfectly good example.

Pours a cloudy golden pale amber in the tall glass. Some light sediment in the bottle. Tall,fine-grained head with that tantalizing German-style creamy mouthfeel. Warm and rather malty with some wheaty flavors. Less tart that many of the authentic versions. A hint of a really tasty mineral water.

From a single 12 oz bottle bought at Trader Joe's. I'm going for the Sam Adams Spring 12-pack for some more of this.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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 russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed golden with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Clears up nicely. Pretty good lacing & head retention

S: Pears, faint breadyness & grassy notes

T: Follows the nose, wet grainy notes & a touch of pineapple up front. Wet grainyness, pears & touch white grape, some lemony hops & just a touch of grainyness, a bit of dryness. Finishes grainy, fruitty & bready & a touch of pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & a touch of grainyness,

As a Kellerbier I really like this. Had this on draft, but it was chilled way too much. I would happily drink this all Spring & Summer

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Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow gold color and extremely cloudy. Rocky beginning head that takes a long time to dissipate. Leaves plenty of ring lace on the glass.

Interesting combination of lighter malts and spicy, cumin-like, hop nose.

Rich body with plentiful carbonation. Well balanced with a clean, mildly sour malt start. The hop bitterness is notable but not overpowering. Lightly creamy. Easy to consume more than one.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at O'reilly's -served in a pint chilled.

The color is a marigold shade with hazed clarity
and thick head of snowy sudsy white. The lace sticks decently. The smell is very lemony with a suble herbal compliment and light sweetness. The feel is mostly dry with a clean yeast and slight acidity from the hops withe mild astringency.

The lager tastes very fresh with hop oils coating the mouth and leaving a nice lemony noble hop flavor which is somewhat floral too. The malt is a backdrop giving mild toasted sweetness and it finishes with a light spiciness. Overall I enjoyed this, maybe not as much as Noble Pils, but this is a very refreshing lager with a good amount of hop flavor, nice drinkability for the strength

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is kind of like how William Wordsworth put it in that it is not the world that is too much with us, but Resin that is too much with me. I remain stunned by the CANtents of that pretty li'l green CAN that packed the wallop of The Incredible Hulk. It's making me feel green and not in any kind of good way. I need to level off and I am hoping that this will bring me back down to my usual operating speed.

From the bottle: This unfiltered lager is perfect for spring. Noble Tettnang hops, grown in the foothills of the Alps, give the brew a bright citrus and floral aroma and flavor. These are balanced by the slightly sweet crisp notes of two-row pale and honey malts. Cheers!

The pour created just over two fingers of eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had a lemony-citrus quality along with a dry crackery maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was light, dry and citrusy, a perfect counterpart to that wild DIPA that preceded it. I am amazed that a style this ancient is making a comeback, but this is a great time to be an aficionado of beer. Finish was dry, lemon citrusy and just a nice, mellow, pleasant beer all around. I wish that they would put this in CANs as I am planning at least one trip to the shore this summer and I gotta fill that coola somehow.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria a week or two ago. 24 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grains, bready malts, and very light floral hops. Not a lot going on here. Not bad, but bland and pretty average.

t - tastes of grains, bready malts, light citrus hops, light floral hops, and wheat. Better then the nose but still pretty average.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A pretty easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a pretty average beer from Sam Adams. Just not a lot going on in either the nose or taste. Not offensive or anything, but not worth the time. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color with a finger of white foam. A touch of spicy hops with just a hint of citrus. Decently floral as well. A lot of yeast contributions, notably pepper and maybe even a hint of banana. Bready malt makes up the rest. The flavor is a bit bland. It has a strange lemony note on the finish as well. Some notes of floral and spicy hops and maybe some bread/malt flavors.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 2,571 ratings.
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