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

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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
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:
2,571
Reviews:
577
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
283
For Trade:
1
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of DerekP
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber-brown in appearance with a bubbly egg head up top. An orange hue comes through as well. Head slims to a rim.

Smells a touch peppery; bready with a citrusy/lemon edge. Hints of burnt rubber at times (odd, but not gross). Light and refreshing in the nose. Both spring & summer seem like appropriate seasons for imbibing this judging from the aroma.

Dry biscuit cuts in the taste pulling itself up front. Spicy hops flavor throws in. Peppery; lemon juice. Lime. Bittering hops lie in the middle, allowing this one to wash away clean.

I'll try it on-tap next.

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Photo of gigoat
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NJHopHeadBob
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of seanh99
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ctfixer
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful, pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head. Very nice looking brew.

S - Get a good crisp lemony or orange peel with slight floral notes on the nose. Very respectable.

T - Refreshing Helles flavor backed up with bright citrus flavors but enough malts to satisfy the balance.

M - Has a nice level of small bubble carbonation that enhances the refreshing spring flavors and finishes very clean with just a fine balance of malt.

O - Very impressive complex lager for a seemingly simple beer. Well done Boston Beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of garuda
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, best by month notched on label

A - Golden, hazed, two finger white foam retains decently and has some lacing.

S - Lemon zest hops, grassy, with some biscuit malt and a little yeasty.

T - Sturdy bready, biscuit malts you can expect in a lager, with some hops coming in mid palate adding lemon, grassy flavors, in a moderate bitterness. Finishes with some more bready sweetness with grassy hops mixed in.

M - Light/medium body, high carbonation level, but still stays nice and light, creamy across the palate. Finishes slightly crisp, mostly clean with noticeable bitterness.

O - I enjoyed this one. Prominent hop content for a lager, with goes nice with the malts, which surprises me that its not scored higher overall. Crisp and refreshing, definitely something to drink in the warmer weather.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Best by June 2012

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with two fingers of white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Light bread aroma accompanied bit some citrus, some grassy hops and faint florals.

T - Nice bite of noble hops, some citrus, mostly orange peel and bread malts.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with a bit of bitter dryness on the finish.

O - Pretty enjoyable. I haven't had many in this style, and I like Surly Hell quite a bit more, but I would drink this again. It's an easy drinking, but still flavorful brew.

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Guden
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy gold with a small white head with decent retention and a little lacing.

S- Strong fresh grassy and floral hops mingle with a little doughy malt nicely.

T- A well balanced blend of malt, hop and bitterness with the malt coming off bready, the hops being citrusy, floral and a bit mint like and the bitterness being mild and coming through at the end to round out the mouth nicely.

M- A bit thin and moderately low in carbonation, not too bad but could use a bit more body to feel less like water.

D- This thing goes down super easily. A lot like the boston lager but with a bit more of a floral/citrus/mint twist. A nice beer all around but maybe not exotic enough to have me seek it out more than a few times.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Dools9
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy gold with about a finger of creamy white head. Generous amount of lacing left behind.

S: Lemon and orange peel, sweet, crackery malts. There is also a light floral characteristic present, the aroma is rather subtle.

T: Lots of citrus characters, slight lemony hop bitterness, a bit of orange zest. Malty, bready sweetness rounds out the flavor.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, soft carbonation on the tongue. Would be pretty refreshing on a warm spring day.

O: Pretty good, not super complex. Can definitely see this appealing to a more moderate beer drinker. A SA brew to the tee in terms of taste and flavor complexity.

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1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jman42
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at an Irish Pub

A = Cloudy orange color that was kind of unique, decent head, but minimal lacing (could be the glass not being rinsed well enough)

S = Hoppiness is definitely the predominent smell of this beer

T = Hoppy taste too with a decent balance with malt and a hint of orange

M = Good crisp mouthfeel

O = The hoppiness made it resemble more of an IPA, but I guess the citrus undertones is what makes it a Spring beer. Will drink again, but nothing outstanding

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

Appearance: Looks good right off the bat, resembling a wiesen a bit, cloudy gold with a 1/4" white head off the body.

Smell: Citrussy with the feel of orange peel.

Taste: Hops meets orange peel, it is definitely a unique taste and feels very filling.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, super smooth.

Overall: Trying this for the first time it is definitely your warm weather beer, smooth and would love to have this while I am barbequing. Reminds me of a weisen meets your summer ale. Like the both above but different in it's own class. Hope you all enjoy. Salud!

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 2,571 ratings.
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