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 JVoyager
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of CTraft
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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 +0.6%
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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Photo of FaustOrFamine
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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

Branded “Spring Lager” here in Canada for some reason.

Pours a hazy pencil yellow colour with a small, but frothy white head. Fairly thick lacing is left behind and it settles as a collar and film.

Smells of honey-soaked wet grains and a bright tangerine citrus tone. Floral and soapy hops, biscuit, and hints of banana and clove.

The taste is also bright in nature, with a slight sourness. An earthy citrus flavour reminds me of orange rind. Sweet, bready malts with a sharp and bitter bite on the back end.

Fairly thin body with a medium carbonation. Slight pop on the tongue, mostly oily with a biscuit-like undertone. Aftertaste has a lingering citrus-tinged bitterness.

Probably my favourite of the Samuel Adams seasonal beers available in Canada, but I’d still prefer to have Noble Pils around. It’s somewhat unique, yet has a distinct “Yup, that’s Sam Adams” familiarity.

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Bopes23
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's warm, it's sunnny, and it's....get this, SPRING! That calls for a beer. And on to it we go:

It's so easy to forget that, on the pour, that this is lager and not a hefeweizen. Muddy, cloudy orange colored with hues of yellow. Patchy lace clings to the glass, the head holding up fine on top. The nose is light in intensity, but it is crisp and delivers some orange, sourdough bread crust, and a kiss of plain old hop aroma.

I don't know, but the taste has more to do with the summer season than spring. It's very orangey, like orange off the tree, not like sweet orange juice. Some yeast character seems to get in the way. Sourdough bread, vague spice, among other notes. It's medium bodied, chalky, and semi-crisp.

A curveball offering to say the least. It won't make me forget about Noble Pils during the spring, although this is not one I'd reject.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange with a solid white head. A good amount of clingy lacing sticks around after the head recedes, leaving a thin strip of white foam that doesn't seem to ever leave.

S- Light citrus on the nose with wheat and a touch of banana and clove. Technically sound aroma, even if they aren't overly pronounced.

T- Awesome clean citrus wheat flavors. Good amounts of spice with a smooth banana taste at the middle. The end is slightly earthy, with just enough of a spicy, earthy hop bite to balance out the lingering orange sweetness. Pretty solid taste.

M- Smooth and light bodied. Really awesome mouthfeel.

O- Solid, tasty, refreshing beer. Great for those first warm days for Spring. Go drink some!

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Photo of Stocean1
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a half finger off white head with good retention leaving a nice sustained collar of sticky foam, thick lace coats the glass, hazy orange hued body

Smell is floral hops, pale malt, melon, grapefuit, some candied sugar, with a hint of smoke

Taste follows the nose but is somewhat subdued and did live up to the scent - some lemon detected more so in the taste

light to medium bodied with decent carbonation, a slight lingering bitterness with some spice, not sweet and somewhat dry. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall, a decent keller bier that is easy drinking and I expect excellent on a warm day. Certainly not as earthy and complex (or as good) as the creemore offering in this style but nonetheless very decent.

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Photo of Mulcahey
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of soulfly1492
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Lots of light and crisp hops, also with some floral notes. Some pale malt character, but the hops dominate here.

Appearance: Pale hold. Hazy as this beer is unfiltered, but no large particles are evident. Pours a moderate white head, decent retention, leaves a thin creamy layer.

Taste: Bitter hops, not overpowering. Some corn and light malt sweetness. Mildly bitter in the balance. Aftertaste is mildly bitter lemon and light malts.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Lots of carbonation. Creamy and bubbly. The carbonation is smooth and doesn't sting. Drying.

Overall: OK, but typical of a macro-craft beer. Can clearly taste the cheaper grains. Easy to drink, but not very pleasant, not drinking any more of these this spring.

Note: Fresh by date is June 2012, drank in February 2012.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange appearance with thin white head that quickly settles down leaving little lacing. Smell consists of citrus, bread, hops and a hint of orange. Smell is kind of faint but the features blend well together.

Taste is similar to the smell; consists of citrus, lots of hops and malt with a hint of bread, grass and various fruit. Light bodied with low carbonation. Finish is a dry and bitter hop taste.

This is an interesting beer and first “Keller Bier”; Not a complicated beer by any stretch, but its flavorful and refreshing, great for drinking during the spring. Would recommend trying this while it’s available.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

A- Thick white head fed byample carbonation. Beer is hazy yellow with slightly brownish tinge.

S- A bit overly sweet with a light malt note and strong citrus (lemon and orange). Had a Blue Moon earlier in day and the smell is similar.

T- Sweet up front followed by stronger malt and slight bitterness. Citrus notes from aroma are mellowed in flavor.

M- Smooth and medium-bodied. Carbonation evident.

O- Nice alternative to the big breweries' summer efforts, but not memorable.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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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%

Photo of Drewrd1988
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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