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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Ratings: 2,571 |  Reviews: 577
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Hazy orange colour with a little over a finger of dense white head, some lace webs all the way down the glass. Smell has a nice hoppy presence, zesty citrus fruit in the way of a lemon-lime scent, grassy, lightly sweet cereal malt and honey graham crackers. Taste is citrus up front with more of that lemon-lime found in the nose, floral grassy flavours, malt is present in the way of honey and graham cracker/cereal flavours, bitter throughout with a citrus aftertaste. Medium prickly carbonation, creamy feel with a good weight. Good overall and easily drinkable, not my favourite Sam Adams offering but serviceable and pleasant.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of sergeantstogie
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tough to review this one. Right off the bat I'll say, I really like this beer.

The appearance is a cloudy but bright golden orange color. I know it says unfiltered on the bottle, but I felt the cloudyness was a bit over done. I'm in the land of Keller/Zwickel biers and they arent cloudy.

The taste is great! Very floral and just a slight citrus zest to it. Perfect perfect perfect for this time of year. The malt backbone is subtle and slightly sweet.

The mouthfeel is also where point wise, I gotta knock it down. It's slightly full and slick. It should be crisp. It's not.

Overall, I know I said some bad things about this beer, but I love it. Stylistically, if it were an ale, it would be a different story but since it's a keller bier, it had to knock it. But I love it. It's just starting to warm up and it goes great with the first two BBQ's I've had this year. Really reminds me of a lighter maibock.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light to medium amber with a good head of white foam. Light citrus nose, some honey. Citrus taste. German pilsy finish. Smooth and creamy throughout. Lemon is the dominant flavor, but overall a bright flavorful lager. Real good, easy spring drinker.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Fulky
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack; poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams glass.

Pours a bright fluorescent orange color, almost like orange juice but with more transparency. Virtually no head on this pour, very very limited (less than 1 finger worth.) A soapy white film dusted across the top, with a little bit of lacing to coat the glass throughout the drink.

Smells strongly of citrus with a bit of a malty sweetness and hoppy aromas. Nothing overly overpowering to speak of, but also not disappointing.

Tastes very light and citrusy. Reminiscent of some hop bitterness, but clean and almost tangy as it finishes. Goes down smooth with a bready malt flavor to finish.

Mouthfeel is light, almost a bit watery. Very refreshing with a bit of a carbonated bite--not too much though.

Overall a very good beer, though really the first amongst its style that I have tried. Recommended food pairings would be spicy foods (buffalo wings) or barbecued ribs.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a house pint glass and glowed a wheaty, orangey color. It held a brief one finger head of stark white bubbles. This left spots of lacing, but little else. There was a thick haze to the look, with no actual sediment noted. Carbonation appeared lighter. The nose showed inclusion of orange oil and pale malts. Cherry and lime worked their way in, with some sesame seed and mossy earthiness. With warmth came a big cellar musk all the way to the back of the nose. Our first impression of this beer remarked on how soft it felt, with such bright orange inclusions. As we sipped, sour grain mash, with wheat and clean barley came first. There was sweetness of black cherry, and a light citric bite of orange. The middle moved forward with more mild wheat, clove, and a phenolic chemically sourness. Copper bite was at the peak, pulling us to an end of very much the same. Sour and wet wheat, with simple orange peel bitters finished things off. The aftertaste breathed of yeast, that huge musk from the nose, cheesiness, sweaty saltiness, and more of that big wet wheat. The body was medium and the carbonation was high. The feel was watery throughout, with a dry coating. The mouth is cooled, with okay slurp and pop, and very little froth or cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank okay.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the mix in the nose. There was a fruity sweetness which really helped to cut the grain. This grain through the taste, however, was overly sour at times, much like the dirtiness of a Blue Moon. While this fit the style, and was decently refreshing, this beer was muddy around the edges, and overly mealy.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very slightly cloudy light amber with some white head and nice retention

S- Getting pale malts and some other scents that are hard to put my finger on...citrusy though forsure

T- Nice sweet citrus flavors with some pale malts that hit my palate just right

M- Smooth in a way that you wouldnt expect for a beer wiht this type of flavor profile

O- Really enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Hats off to BBC for this one

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