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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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes... Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A) Pretty much yellow, a little orange held to light. There was maybe a finger of head produced with a slow pour. The head didn't stick around. No lacing noted.

S) Mild aroma of malt sweetness, lemon/citrus, flower petal and white wine.

T) The nose was a good indicator of the flavor to follow. Decent balance leads to a mild and refreshing taste. Finishes with light grass and even lighter pine.

M) This was pretty light, with the right amount of carbonation to keep it crisp and easy drinking. A bit dry at the end, clean aftertaste.

O) A nice spring drinker that is certainly worth a try, but not a must have seasonal in my opinion.

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Photo of beerme626
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jimmah120
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle best by june

Pours a cloudy gold with a soapy white head. Doesn't really have that unfiltered look like the label claims. Smell is cascade hops and a little sweet malt. Taste is bready citrus zest with a sweet lemon rind aftertaste. As it warms, there is a hint of pepper or clove. Some skunky grains are present as well. Decent carbonation and medium-mild feel.

Overall very drinkable, a little too much on the sweet side. With some more hop bite, this could be a favorite.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had Alpine Spring in a glass stein.

Appearance- The head managed about a finger's width and was white in color. The foam was filmy and retained enough to cover the lid fully and then some, leaving little webs of lace.

The body has a cloudy, marigold color to it, although I am able to see through the glass.

Smell- The nose is a soft combination of some lemony citrus and sharp, grassy hops. It also has a grainy malt aspect buried in there.

Taste- The grainy malt is very present right away, and the lemon has turned a bit to orange zest on the palate. After that, there is the slightest impression of an earthy and grassy hop. The finish is again, grainy and citrus and nature.

Mouth feel- The body has a medium to light feel, and feels a flat for how clean and bright it tastes. A little more carbonation would have helped carry this one.

Overall- I suppose this beer is good, and could be enjoyed on a hot day. However, the malt is a little overbearing, and the feel does not do its part to make this beer as enjoyable as it could be.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mjurney
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden color, hazy. Lots of small bubble rising. Thick foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing behind every sip I take.

Fresh cut grass, wheaty. A little hint of citrus.

Bready malts up front, wheaty, doughy, yeasty, slight floral and citrus towards the finish. Dry aftertaste.

Medium bodied, light on the carbonation, sticky, dry.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of wspscott
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
best by July 2012

I don't know the style, so this is a general review.

A: Hazy dark gold color with a thin white head. Lots of lace.
S: Lightly toasted bread and some flowers.
T: Floral hops with a very light citrus note. A definite sweetness, but not overpowering, it is mostly in the background. A little bit of breadiness as well as general "maltiness".
M: Crisp, yet a little round, lots of carbonation.
D: A good, well made beer, but it seems to be lacking something. I like it, I don't love it and would probably not pick up a sixer. At the same time, this would be a good beer to find in a cooler at the beach or someone's pool. Solid beer.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-gold color with a finger of thin white head.

Aroma of lemon, white pepper, and light grainy malts.

The taste matched the aroma. Mostly lemon, honey, white pepper and light grainy malts. Finished clean.

Lighter bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

A refreshing beer for warmer days.

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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, grains. Taste is crisp, citrus, malts and grains, very refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and good quality beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger thick foam head with lots of lacing on a cloudy light golden body. Strong floral notes on the nose, grass as well. Flavor is also fairly floral with lots of lemon and orange peel. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall drinkable. Not too complex. A decent beer.

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Photo of stewart124
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At first I thought the bartender brought me the wrong beer. This looked so cloudy and orange.

Some floral notes and straw in the nose.

More straw characters and light bread come through in the overall character with a slight sweetness and yeasty goodness. I expected this to be a hellos and be filtered then when I saw the style posted on here as keller bier it made more sense. As I mentioned this came off as being sweeter and not a dry as anticipated but that may be a result of the yeast and that it was unfiltered.

Fairly decent overall but it didn't knock my socks off or have my asking for another.

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

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Pale orange gold and slightly hazy in the glass the head is made up of fine white bubbles that lace nicely. The smell is dominated by the peppery and citrus tettnang hops which are backed by bready caramel and pale malts. The hop aroma may be a bit strong for a german lager but I like it. The taste too is dominated by the hops with the pepper, citrus and grassy flavors all coming through. The malt base is assertive enough but could have been fuller as the hops seem a bit overly brash for a lager. The mouthfeel is very crisp, light and refreshing with a clean finish that leaves only a hint of the hop flavors. Overall this is a pretty good beer. I've also had this on tap and think it is better there than out of the bottle as it tastes fresher but even in the bottle it is a great offering for the spring.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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