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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
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, the beer produced a golden color with a mild citrus aroma. This is an easy sipping beer on a hot day. The initial taste was an earthy flavor balanced with nice hints of honey and citrus. The flavor was swept away by an aggressive wave of carbonation. It was almost soda quality carbonation. At the end, a lemony aftertaste was left behind. It bordered on having an acidic quality to it. In a lot of ways, this felt like a shandy. However, unlike most shandys, I did not completely dislike this beer.

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Photo of LambicKing
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of pweis909
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Golden beery color with thick white head and foam lacing. Slight chill haze.

S=mostly malt dominated. Not much hop aroma going on.

T=there is an off putting component to the bitterness. It's not that it is too bitter, I don't think but something seems chemically? Some pleasant malt sweetness in the finish. The finish also seems a bit acidic, as in too carbonated.

Really wanted to like this more than I do. Next time I'll grab the Noble Pils, which I like much better.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of iSip
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Adams Alpine Spring: This was the Sam Adams on tap selection at a resort in Phoenix. It has a cloudy honey color with a pure white head that fades quickly. No aroma of note. The flavor is light and fresh, predominately citrus. No carbonation, but I had it on tap, so you never know how fresh the keg was. A good choice for easy summer consumption.

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Arborescence
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold, hazy. Pours medium, fairly dense white head; pretty good for a lager.

Aroma: Fresh citrus and hops, some floral sweetness.

Taste: Maltier than I expected, and not really much citrus or strong hops. Quite surprising, but not necessarily in a bad way. It's refreshing nevertheless.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with a fairly light carbonation.

Overall: It's not generic by any means, due to the combination of freshness and malt, but I'm don't find this a particularly interesting or deep beer. Pleasant and drinkable though.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Partly cloudy light orange leading to yellow. Poured with 1f of pure white foam. Bubbles rise up from the bottom and replenish the head. A few little dots of lacing, but not much.

S: Lemony. Citrus notes tangled with waves of wheatgrass. Faint hint of bubblegum or licorice.

T: Clean, smooth and wet. Opens up with a citrus pop amid a yeasty/doughy background, then proceeds into soft white bread. Citrus flavor sticks to the tongue as it warms and begins to take on a slightly sacchariney taste.

M: Smooth, viscous, medium bodied and light on the bubbles.

O: Very good and very refreshing light (as in color) beer. Looking forward to seeing this again every spring.

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Photo of Yoda22
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy light orange with 1.5 fingers head and some light lacing. Looks pretty nice!

S- Has a good grassy/citrus smell but a bit faint. I feel like something else is there but I can't detect it. Maybe yeast or a bready character.

T- It's a good easy drinker - nicely balanced with a little Citrus Zest and some grassy notes. Little bit of hop zing leaves a tangy after taste.

M- Light to Medium Body and Medium Carb. No huge complaints here but does feel a little empty at first and then you get the weird tangy finish.

O- It's pretty good - a sessionable beer with some good flavor and smell. Above average for sure...good but not great.

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Photo of ChristianBlack
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in the bottle and poured it into a pint glass. The appearance of this sam adams was good. Nice decent head. The smell was citrusy. The taste was pretty good. The beer had decent carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, it was a B in my book. I actually couldn't find where the ABV was on the bottle so I am surprised to see that it was 5.5%.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First came the White Ale, than the Noble Pils, and now this. When I heard that Sam had a new Spring offering coming out, I was pretty excited. Most of their newer beers have been a step up from their classic selection so when I popped one of these open, I had great expectations. Sure enough, this met and exceeded them, along with introducing me to the style of Keller/Zwickel beers!

This had a great pour, with a frothy head and translucent golden hue to it. The aroma was a bit weak but then came the flavors. Lots of honey and citrus with a very mild and grassy undertone to everything. Sure, the lacing wasn't really present but the carbonation was spot on and the back of this beer had a wonderful goldenrod and grassy tone that lingered well and faded nicely. While not as crisp as the Noble Pils, there was a lot to like here and this went down well. To say that this was bright would be a spot-on assessment.

The alcohol was a hair high here but since this style emulates the strength of a Bock, it was fitting that this had just a bit of punch to it. While this wasn't as filling as Hefeweizen and was drier in the mouthfeel, this was just as good and easy to quaff as that style. Sam has a winner on its hands here and it's hard to not envision this being a go-to beer during the Spring.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of tjwarren
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Nice hazy orange yellow with nice foamy white head. You can be a little aggressive with the pour.

Smell - citrusy, nice.

Taste - understated not overdone but plenty of taster. They impressed me by not trying to impress anyone.

Mouthfeel - no different than any other SA. It is thin but that is the style.

Overall - Loved it for what it is. I would like this to hang around until summer would love to serve at a BBQ and see people's reaction to it. Definitely worth a try and I will be getting more before it is gone. Try it you'll like it.

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Photo of crazeddaffy
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let's not fool many of us. We love beer, and this is one of the best drunk beers by Sam Adams. Goes down delicious from the beginning until the 12th. As a famous drunk once said: "brevity is the soul of wit" 250 characters... ... ... ...

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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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