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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ungespundet"* is an ugly sounding word and it's a process that makes lagers look, in conventional standards, less appealing. Alpine Spring is not golden, but instead colored like the flesh of a winter squash. Its complexion is tarnished and doesn't allow for transparency. And the head, well, it doesn't really stick around much.

The bouquet has an earthy fragrance, showcasing leafy florals and grass clippings, as well as a trace of lemony tang. If not for a solid backing of toasty, lightly honeyed malts the beer might actually smell a bit spicy. Like the season it's named after, this smells lively and rejuvenated. The brewery has every right to boast about hops on the label.

The only negative thing I can say about this beer is that it's not quite as good as the brewery's other spring seasonal, Noble Pils. And I only say that at all because it's quite similar: both start with wholesome, toasty malts that give way to a zesty portfolio of grassy, flowery, lemony hops. Both are very 'earthy' in the general sense.

In a more specific sense, Spring Lager has a hint of ginger spice, a diluted citrusy acidity, and just a taste of caramel sweetness on the finish. The lemony attributes grow stronger with warmth but the crunchiness of toasted grain never fades. Very refreshing. The mouthfeel feels very oily, and there's not enough carbonation to wash the oils away.

Aside from Utopias, it's fair to say of Sam Adams beers that they're not especially individualistic. There's nothing overly special about Spring Lager either, except that lagers in this style tend to be hard to find. But don't be quick to dismiss it - few beers blend the often mutually exclusive qualities of flavor and wide appeal so well.

(*The term, meaning "unbunged" (essentially un-corked), indicates that the beer was left to mature in an open-air vessel. I have since learned that Spring Lager is not entirely made this way. Its tanks are controlled by a pressure valve.)

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Photo of apocalypsezombie
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Skunkdrool
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Foggy, gold, good retention.
S-Citrus, tapioca, oranges
T-light bitterness on the end, touch of apricot, grassy, lemon
M-Lovely texture, slight bite
O-Reminiscent of Noble Pils, just unfiltered. A touch citrus hop, with a little more malt. A preferred Sam Adams for me.

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Photo of lauries444
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of ByMySword
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer had a mild head and a light golden appearance.

Smell: The smell was largely unremarkable. Not what I would expect from a beer of this style. It smelled somewhat familiar, yet was so faint I honestly had trouble pin pointing specifics.

Taste: Whereas the appearance and smell appeared unremarkable, the taste was great surprise. The flavor was very prominent and unique. The citrusy flavor was delightful.

Mouthfeel: The consistency of the beer was about what you would expect from a Sam Adams beer, but not in a negative way.

Overall: This wasn't the greatest beer I've ever had, but it was above average. The initial experience was unremarkable, but the flavor more than made up for the beer where it was lacking.

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Photo of EnjoiThePureTrip
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of 40451
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Mikecap
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Horneck
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden straw colour, finger of fine bubbled head with some retention and nice sporadic lacing.

S - Light lemon citrus notes, bready malts, hints of caramel and honey, and some musty grass notes.

T - Much like the nose with the faint floral citrus hops coming through alongside a heavily breaded malt, with a touch of musty grass notes on the finish.

M - Lighter bodied ale that can come across a tad thin, but goes down smoothly and finishes nice and wet.

O - A super easy drinking ale, with a non-offensive flavour that nicely grasps the characteristics of the style. I could drink this stuff all day, especially on a nice sunny spring day.

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Photo of JohnCalvin
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Zpsick
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before June. Pours a cloudy golden color with over two fingers of head that topped off the pilsner glass nicely. The head had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of sweet, doughy malt complimented by floral hops. Also pick up some notes of lemon and honey.

Not as dry and crisp as I like my lagers. More like the beers from Germany. Besides the sweet bready malt. I also pick up some lemon, honey, and floral and spice from the hops.

Light bodied and nicely carbonated. A little lively but still maintains a soft texture.

I have drank a lot of this beer this spring. Probably my favorite Sam Adams seasonal.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance - Hazy dark amber colour with an above average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Noble hops, grass, corn, honey, bread/grains, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste noble hops, grapefruit, breads/grains, and some corn. There is also a honey sweetness and a touch of caramel. It ends with a refreshing sweet and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - A great refreshing summer beer that has just enough taste to keep it interesting and yet not too overpowering. With the limited selection of decent beers in my area, this is something that was worth buying for sure. I'll buy it again.

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Photo of sogeking
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy orange with a rather large off-white compact head that takes some time to dissipate, into rather nice lacings. Looks a little like a Hefeweizen.

S: Rather light for this style, but a dryness besides the bread, but also some American floral hops, make this one quite fruity/citric. A bit yeasty.

T: Rich oranges and even with some faint grapefruit. But the yeast and malt stands out. A little spicy as well.

M: Aftertaste actually lives for some time, lovely bitter. Body is medium and carbonation low. Smooth!

O: A very interesting Kellerbier with American hops - a nice twist.

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Photo of claspada
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy yellow with less than a quarter-inch of white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma featured a nice grain scent topped with some interesting spiciness. There was just a touch of gentle hops and a hint of yeast at the back of the olfactory aspects. The taste was pretty much the same, all those points were hit across the tongue. The spice lingered just a bit at the finish.

The body was mostly even and smooth, although there was just a tiny bite at the end. Drinkability was good, the beer went down pleasantly and I could see having a couple of these on a sunny day. Overall, a nice brew. Not an outstanding example of the style, but one that's certainly worth a shot when you see it.

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Photo of SargeC
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of JVoyager
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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 lwillitz
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into mug

A - a large slightly-off-white head rests atop a cloudy yellow body loaded with carbonation bubbles

S - lemony citrus, flowers, pine, fresh biscuits in the background, hint of banana; smells springy

T - citrus and banana over a bready backbone, yeast, balanced finish

M - smooth medium body, medium/high carbonation

O - Alpine Spring is not my favorite, but it is on par for the style. Its a well-balanced light spring brew.

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