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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,568
Reviews:
576
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
14.76%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
279
For Trade:
1
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Herky21
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of jifigz
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my stemmed Allagash glass.

The beer pours a nice hazy orange color with a decent white head of very effervescent bubbles. The head, even though rather small, lingered for a good amount of time. The beer smells lightly citrusy and rather bland, but I admit that it is chilled to my refrigerator temp which usually dampens the aroma. I had one of these on tap at a local pub the other week and the noble hop aroma was much more evident in that situation. The taste is mild and grainy with just a touch of hop flavor. There is a touch of citrus (oranges.) The MF is pretty slick and creamy sort of like a good wheat ale.

This isn't bad, but it certainly isn't something to be sought out, but I'm glad I have had it, as it is now a check mark in the past.

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Photo of 6string
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of sabitu
2/5  rDev -44.3%

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

Hazy light orange color with a big two finger foamy head and has good retention. Add that with lots of carbonation and I have one nice looking keller bier here.
Light citrusy aroma, grass, and bread. I really have to agitate it to get the aromas out.
Slight hoppy flavor with notes of citrus, somewhat grassy flavors with a touch of honey sweetness. It leaves a lemony aftertaste.
Light to medium bodied, citrus turns to grass and honey and is followed by a lemony aftertaste. This happens to be my favorite aspect of this beer.
A tasty spring time beer that looks good and has some nice complexity to it. Would be great with a cheeseburger or a Hawaiian pizza.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy, bright golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head, very good retention.

Very springlike scent; citrus and floral hops were dominant, there were also some earthy yeast notes.

The taste was of floral hops, citrus, and notes of the earthy yeast.

Light body, smooth feel with a clean finish. moderat carbonation.

This is a very good spring lager and also excellent for a hot summer day. Very easy to drink with lots of flavor. I could drink this regularly.

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Photo of Calculat0r
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of BeerCigar
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of poogas
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a dark golden color with some haze but not as hazy as I expected for an unfiltered beer. Big soapy head that leaves lots of droppy lace.

S- Very fresh and aromatic with floral, lemon, earthy, and fruity lager notes

T- Very balanced taste with floral, lemon, earthy, fruity lager, and light yeasty notes. Very fresh tasting

M- Soft mouthfeel, creamy, medium carbonation, not quite dry

O- Very balanced and drinkable beer that is great for spring or summer. Really nice mouthfeel and refreshing. This is a beer I could drink all day.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Dave1999
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came in the glass a cloudy yellow with a small white head.

The smell was of citrus hops and malts. Not particularly strong but pleasant none the less.

The taste was light and crisp. Some citrus from the hops but quite subtle.

This had light feel to it with a nice level of carbonation.

This was the first beer I've had in this style and I liked it. I'd recommend this if you fancy something a bit different.

Edit. Tried this again in a bottle was no way near as good.I'd give this maybe a 3 in the bottle,big difference.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This style, in which I believe this beer is correctly categorized, takes some getting used to and is one of those some enthusiasts find it difficult to get into; firstly, because ales are generally thought of (rightly) as being more flavorful and having more depth and secondly because there's so little to compare one to. Combine that with the "huge beer or no beer" attitude prevalent and it's a tough sell. Nutshell: I believe BBC did a very good job.

There's no doubt it's unfiltered, as the heavy haze can attest to. It seems this beer would be a bright gold otherwise. A decent whitish head about a finger tall stands pretty well and leaves spotty lacing with some legs dangling here and there.
Citrus is the big note in this beer, perhaps sharing equal part with some grassiness in both aroma and flavor, and bready malts also balance well with that classic German hops profile. There's a definite herbal element to it that comes out strongly, and a bite of spiciness isn't shy to make itself known. This is pretty complex and more flavorful than many lagers tend to be. The breads turn drier as it goes so that it's more like bread crust as it finishes out.
The feel is crisp and with a flowing smoothness, but a touch grainy and not as clean as it could be.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of humuluslupulus8
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alpine Spring is a golden color similar to a lighter honey. It was slightly cloudy from being unfiltered, and the head was airy and barely off-white.

The main aromas were citrusy hops accompanied by bright malts. The balance was definitely shifted toward the hops in this beer.

The taste has the citrusy, bright components of the aroma but was well balanced. The finish was clean and quick.

There was a nice amount of carbonation, but the beer still seemed somewhat denser than it should- maybe the unfiltered yeast was the cause.

Overall, this is a nice beer to drink. It would be best suited to spring or summer weather when it is warmer.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of RJLarse
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Alpine Spring in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a creamy white head.

Smell is a sharp floral scent like roses, nail polish with a hint of citrus.

Taste is a lager-like, a citrus favor on top of a sweet bread flavor.

Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp. Like spring should be.

Overall a very drinkable spring brew. I'm not much on lagers, and the floral nail polish element is there, but it's not bad at all.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow to slight orange color with a one finger white head which gives way to skim and no lace. The aroma is of sweetness with some citrus and a nice honey aroma. The taste has a bready backbone with a slight mild noble hop bite to it, there is also a taste of citrus and then a nice honey flavor at the backend. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall I was surprised by this beer, it is a very easy drink and very enjoyable. This would make a perfect spring session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of jharris2289
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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