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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Photo of NHGrafx
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy orange color with a big head that overflowed the glass. Left lots of lace.

Aroma is floral and sweet from the hops and citrus, a bit of malt aroma as well.

Taste has some yeastiness, malty. There is a really nice citrus flavor, like oranges or tangerines, but not overpowering or dominant. The orange flavor reminded me of Sunny Delight. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability is good and overall really refreshing.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: cloudy light-golden hue with a finger of pillowy white foam. A decent-looking brew.

Smell: light malty aroma which is nice, but is marred by a bit of a plastic-like aroma which doesn't work here at all.

Taste: flavor is quite good; there's a great, rich malty character with a good share of graininess. It's a bit sweet, with a nice noble hop character and even a hint of a farmhouse ale. Not exactly funky, but you could see how it might get there. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: tasty and drinkable. I don't feel like I could drink a ton of this, as the sweetness wears on my palate, but it is still a refreshing and tasty beverage.

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Photo of DerikC
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of 57md
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is straw-like and cloudy with a finger of head that lingered a bit and left a touch of lacing on the glass. The nose is lemony with some mild hops. The taste is refreshingly light without being thin. The semi-dry finish was the highlight of this offering.

This beer would be nice for sessioning when playing hookie from work on warm spring days.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get a very flowery smell that could be mistaken for a belgian yeast strain. It also has a lemony citrus smell but not too strong almost like lemonade.

You get the hop spice and bite right up front with a creamy mouthfeel and a very nice bread dough like aftertaste. Its delicious. The best thing about this are the amazing malt characteristics.

It has a light feel to it yet it doesn't. Its odd but definitely the clear cut definition of a spring or even a summer beer. Its perfectly blended with the citrus and slight lemon flavors.

I went into this thinking it was going to be hoppy for some reason but really was surprised and exceeded my expectations at that. Samuel Adams is still one of my favorite brewers even after having tried a fair amount of craft beers.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JimKal
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

I loved the way this beer looked - a cloudy gold with a significant head. There was a lot of carbonation present. It looked nice in the Pilsner glass.

Aroma - a nice malt aroma with a hint of citrus.

Taste - tasted like a nice lager with just a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel - OK. The carbonation helped.

Overall - I enjoyed it. I had been looking forward to trying it. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it but I would order it a bar if the only choices were of the BMC variety.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey gold with a white, creamy head. Strong head retention. Orange and lemon zest and banana bouquet. Soft, slick mouthfeel with prevalent citrus. Finishes with a mild lemon banana. Fun, summery beer. Could Boston Brewing actually be answering the call of their years long undeserved hype?

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Photo of WVU-Gus
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BuddytheElf
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of buddydubbs
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of corzocl
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jimbrew
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of sck0006
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of EvanWilliams
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ontap at The Sandlot in Morris IL.

Very nice golden color, slightly hazy, bright white foamy head. Really impressive retention and lacing.

Smells of some good sweet malt, like pilsner and crystal perhaps? There is a a pleasant, well-balanced hop note here-- mainly lemony, grassy, and floral.

The flavor is exactly like the nose-- very nicely balanced with a smooth toasty sweet malt and a mild bitterness at the backend.

Feel is light an well-carbonated. If this were in cans, this would be a PERFECT summertime beer for out on the boat. Highly drinkable, tasty, and flavorful enough to be interesting.
Certainly one of my favorites from SA.

Well done.

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Photo of billybob
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy medium gold in color thick two finger white head and lots of sticky lace that both hold up very well. strong bold citrus and a light floral aroma. nice blending of the orange citrus taste with the yeast and hops. smooth medium mouthfeel and slight pepper taste. this beer wins on all counts. i see this beer going a long way with sam adams. definitely one of their better brewed beers.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bdake
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of tsulli
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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