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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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Photo of mralphabet
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a good finger & a half worth of head that settled to a nice layer with pretty good lacing.

S: Wonderful smelling beer.... Lots of floral and citrus hops right up front followed by some bready malt with a hint of honey sweetness.

T: Oddly the honey sweetness and breadiness hits right up front followed by a wonderful mix of floral and citrus hops... I think the citrus notes really shine through.

M: Pretty light bodied with a good amount of carbonation that makes the beer pretty crisp. The finish is a little on the dry side with a little bitter hops in the finish.

O: Overall, a pretty good spring beer.... reminds me a little of a Pils... but the mix of smells and flavors are great. With a good ABV, this would be a good session beer.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a cloudy unfiltered yellow orange supporting an easily dissipating head and spotted lace. Smell of light malt, hop with a refreshing citrus note. Taste the sweet notes of the two-row pale and honey malt with a citrus note that lets you know its there mixed in with the unfiltered yeast. Mouthfeel is a light medium with good carbonation. It does have a character of its own to make its place on these upcoming warmer days.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured feom a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a slight haze. Thin white head and a small amout of lacing.

Smell: Citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied, but with a grainy feel. Taste of grassy notes, and some mild hops and citrus.

Overall: Decent brew, but the previous sping seasonals by Sam Adams were far better.

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, once again straight to us via the good importers from...the UK and Sweden?

This beer pours a moderately cloudy, yet bright, medium golden straw colour, with one finger of foamy and caked off-white head, which settles in good time, leaving but a few up-swells of rocky promontory lace around the glass.

It smells of somewhat acidic fruit - apples, mostly, with a hint of white wine grapes - mild bready grain, and soft leafy, faintly grassy hops. The taste is more fleshy, zingy white fruit, some lemon included now, over top of a more crackery, biscuity graininess, with a bit of soft black pepper, and the hops still leafy, but now more in a musty, early spring lazy lawn care leftovers kind of way. A slight, inoffensive alcohol twinge also lurks here and there.

The bubbles are generally sedate, the body a decent, unassuming middleweight for a lager, and pretty damned smooth on top of that. It finishes fairly off-dry, with the still active fruity malt and waning biomass hops.

A nice, soft spring lager, with the Euro version of citrus as a suggestion, rather than that of an edict. Easy to drink, just don't be expecting those jagged Saaz edges to be waiting to test your palate.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just got a new sampler pack from Samuel Adams that my wife spotted and thought of me, what a princess she is.

Anyway there are several in here I had not tried before so I was thrilled.

My first impression was Ohhh Boy! This is a blend of my favorite German beer styles. I love Helles, Lagers, and Spring Bocks (Well I love all beers) but I had really high expectations because Samuel Adams Beer Masters are some very talented brewers. To say that I am not impressed is not true. I like it but I don’t love it. That said let’s begin this review:

The beer pours a very nice and pleasing cloudy blonde with a modest, effervescent head that settles rather quickly. The lacing is decent as well.

Now I brew my own as well and I am a huge fan of Noble Tettnang hops so I was expecting a very pleasant bouquet on this and that was a disappointment. The hops are present but very subtle and are dominated by the malt and a sweet overtone.

The taste is better, it definitely reminds of a Helles and a Spring Bock and it is nice that the flavors aren’t battling it out in my palate. The Hops are more dominant than I expected based on the nose so I was pleasantly surprised there. More Hopping than a typical German brew, but very nicely done. Alpine Spring is a very drinkable beer overall.

As for the mouthfeel it is rich but a tad bit watery, what I would classify as acceptable.

I can see myself getting this beer again, but it won’t be on the top of my list. I also think this one might be a hell of a lot better on a really hot day after some hard work. This might be a better beer for summer.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass, the brew appears a hazed golden color with a finger of off-white head that fades down to a thin lacing atop. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top.

The aroma of this brew has a pleasant malty sweetness that is fresh and grainy almost like biscuits, mildly buttery and it transitions nicely into some floral hop quality that is mildly fruity. Almost smells of a hint of orange zest toward the back.

The taste is a touch of biscuit malt, somewhat sweet like toffee that blends into a hop and alcohol flavoring like tangerine pulp. Some alcohol presence is noted as it warms that mixes with some fruity appeal. The aftertaste is lightly buttery and drawn out.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation and a pleasant crisp finish that makes this easily drinkable. I could throw a couple of these back mindlessly in the summer with no issues.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dbossman
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light peach hue with a big foamy head--good retention and really nice lacing

S: Grainy and bready but a crisp citrus and floral hop aroma with a touch of coriander, apples, pears, and lemon rind; this is a subtle aroma but still pretty complex

T: Balanced between fruity (citrus, apples, pears) hops and bready toasty malts; this is a nice beer

F: Fairly creamy; medium body; good overall feel--a touch thin on the back end

O: Such a refreshing seemingly simple and yet crisp and complex beer; I will enjoy this a couple times for some early spring grilling

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 2,571 ratings
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