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

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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.

Added by BDIMike on 12-22-2011

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before July notched on the label. Picked it up mixed and matched for $1.75

A - Pours a dark orange color with a 1/2 inch of sticky head.

S - Smell is moderately hoppy with sweet balanced malts and a touch of citrus.

T - Not a bad mix I get the hops of the Kellerbier style and the drinkability of a Helles lager. The citrus plays pretty well in the finish giving it a semi tart refreshing quality.

M - Light to medium it was pretty good.

Overall it is worth the price to pick it up for 9 or 10 bucks a six pack. A good beer overall.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 6/2012.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down Smell is of malt and some herbal, floral, and grassy hop aromas. Taste is very much the same with a nice citrus zest flavor that comes out as well. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice earthy aromas and flavors.

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1/5  rDev -72.2%

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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker pint.

Honey-colored and so hazy as to be opaque. One finger of frothy white head recedes shortly, leaving a sticky, egg foam-like top layer and lace.

A nice hit of grassy hops noticeable at first. Floral, maybe lavender. Citrus pith. A nice, bright blend actually. Not much malt.

Same grassy citrus in the flavor at first, followed closely by crackers and tangy apricot. A little caramel as well.

High, pinching carbonation; sugary, medium body. Becomes lighter as silky fizz breaks out. Crisp.

Not bad. Bright, drinkable. Tastes like spring.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Moderate pour into a pint glass yields 1 finger of tight thick creamy white head with great retention - love it. Cloudy gold liquid looks a lot like a hefeweizen. Pretty!
S: Lemon and lime, yeasty bloom.
T: Earthy yeastiness with some tart hefeweizen like citrus. Too crisp for that though. Delicately bitter. Sweet honey comes through in the finish.
M: Creamy, bright, light
O: Refreshing, sessionable, full-flavored, soild. I'd buy again and order another.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one is interesting. It's a very unique blend of darker lager elements overlaid by a citrus character and floral hop aroma.

Occasionally a beer will have it's flavor varieties progress from one to the next in a smooth series of steps. Even more often a brew will have a series of complementary flavors stacked right on top if one another.

Alpine Spring bucks both of these styles however and offers completely contrasting flavors that hit you all at once like an overturning bookshelf, and you don't know what to reach for first.

I think it's great actually. It reminds me of a great cirque du soleil show where there is just so much great stuff happening and you have to decide what to concentrate on. It's a good problem to have.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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