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:
2,571
Reviews:
577
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
283
For Trade:
1
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Photo of cousineddy
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Ruby Tuesdays earlier in the evening so hopefully my memory holds up.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with two finger on nice fluffy white head.

Smell: Not that much here, some citrus and some bready malts. A touch of florals and aromatics.

Taste: Some nice citrus notes along with a touch of honey and clove. Some nice mild hoppiness along with some maltiness is a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: Not to fizzy, right amount of carbonation. Nice and smooth, easy to drink.

Overall: I was very pleased with this beer, very refreshing, would be great on a hot summer day as well.

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Photo of JohnXVII
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Microbrewtaster
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of homebrew311
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap.

A: pours a cloudy yellow with orange tint. Nice frothy white head like a fluffy white cloud, great retention, tons of lace.

S: nose starts of with lemon, orange and coriander, faint wheat malt in the background, relatively mild on the nose

T: taste is fruity with waves of citrus, orange, tangerine, a dash of spice and yeast, a bready malt backbone

Mf: high carbonation, smooth body

O: this is better than I expected, nice and refreshing, nice balance of flavor

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Photo of DaPinsker
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TheYeagermeister
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--Has a thick off white head with great lacing after an aggresive pour. Cloudy and golden.

S--I want to say "Spring." Beer was well named. lol. I get alot of floral, clean, grassy notes with light citrus. What I smell is good, but not strong.

T--"Noble Tettnang" hops taste close to cascade hops. I get yeast and lemon as well. Crispy but not too sharp, only a touch of bitterness. Can't taste much of the "honey malts" they are way in the background, but the hoppiness doesn't overwhelm. More breadiness comes with the aftertaste--the malts come through a bit better.

M--Light bodied leaning towards medium.

D--Easy to quaff a few of these.

Overall, not half bad.

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Photo of WreckingBrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of musicsherlock
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single from Chevy Chase, $2.25, I think. Best by June 2012

A mildly hazy yellow orange with a dense, off-white head with decent retention and nice lacing, this looks good. The nose has plenty of doughy malt character, with a nice, delicate hop character, lemony and mildly earthy. Some honey is also present. As it warms up, it gains a cereal note, along with a touch of sulfur.

The palate opens with a mild doughy and honey-like sweetness, along with some fruity flavors (melon in particular) . Mild but firm hop bitterness is present, especially towards the finish, which also has some lemony flavor, with nice balance. Moderately yeasty as well. Over-carbonated to a fault, this aspect ruins what could be a good beer IMO. And when it does dissipate, it takes on a sulfury note, and a rather slimy feel.

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Photo of corrrance
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of substanceD
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of kjyost
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In tap at Chili's in Minneapolis, MN.

A hazy off straw body with a great white head that lasts forever with stellar lacing. Lots of citrus and pepper on the nose. The body has some spice and very yeasty flavour and finish with minimal bitterness, yet no substantial sweetness. A nice beer that is not great.

That said, I went to Summit EPA for my next beer, so not good enough to keep me interested in a second.

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Photo of alien319
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of rogerdclark
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of gkunkle
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange peel color with a 1" cream colored head. The head recedes leaving scant spots of lacing in my glass. It eventually falls to a thick film across the surface of the beer. The aroma is of tangerine, a touch of grassy hops, some malt sweetness. In the taste I detect a touch of honey sweetness, and a bit of grain. The hops don't jump out as much as expected, they are subtle and grassy. Towards the end of the sip I get some of that tangerine flavor from the smell. The aftertaste is generally sweet, but it leaves a slight bitterness. The body of the beer is thicker than average, with light carbonation. This beer has a decent amount of complexity, but it is deceivingly subtle.

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Photo of timbre
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SHCC
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another spring home run for the boys in Massachusetts. A cloudy golden beer with a frothy head and active carbonation. Head is smallish and lace is a bit light but that could also be due to the cold serving temperature. Malty nose with orangey citrus notes and a healthy amount of yeasty dough. A smoothly inviting aroma. Taste is a continuation and wonderful progression of the nose. Big malt front with a bakery display of breads and rolls on my tongue. Hops are expertly done with a gentle amping up of a traditional Keller but not in a way that leaves the style. This is a superb take on the style. Finish is clean, artfully hoppy and balanced. A light dryness in the mouth lingers with faint bread notes. Feel is crisp and creamy at the same time. Smooth swallow as well. A great beer and I hope to see it again but just in case I am buying some more of this to savor.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, unfiltered orange-yellow color with an inch thick head that lingers for a minute. The lacing is very nice.

Smell - Citrus, earthy and floral hops, light spices, and a funky yeast bitterness.

Taste - Quite sweet, with a strong honey flavor, citrus, pale malts, white peppercorns, and a nasty alcohol aftertaste similar to that of whiskey ales.

Mouthfeel - Has a creamy, thick body with light carbonation.

Overall - The history of this beer style is pretty interesting and I'm glad I tried it.. but I won't be buying another case of Samuel Adams Alpine Spring.

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Photo of cdawg11
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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