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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:
2,568
Reviews:
576
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
14.76%
 
 
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55
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of brokentee
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of FightingEntropy
2.41/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Always like to pick up a Sam Adams beer after visiting the Boston Beer Co last summer, but wish I would've past up on this one. Bought from the single shelf of the local store, it might be a year late or seasonal are coming out even earlier now.

Creamy nearly white head piles high and leaves a nice lace. Corn and mineral predominate in the nose with little of the promised citrus on the label. The hoppiness is earthy with a bit of spice in nose and taste. Taste is sharp, malty and earthy with a light breadiness. Leaves a mineral aftertaste that's not pleasant for me.

While I haven't had many of this style, this is not selling me on keller or zwickel beer,which isn't a surprise since I'm not a fan of the light German lagers in general. But, I keep trying new beers regardless of this knowledge. This one is just a swing and a miss. Maybe at the next at bat.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of JizackFH
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a cloudy golden amber color. There is about two fingers of slightly off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some nice lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has some nice maltiness up front. There are some nice citrus aromas, as well as some earthiness. Also, I am getting some mild hop and floral aromas.

T - The taste follows pretty well. It starts off with some sweet maltiness and honey flavor. There are some nice citrus flavors, and a nice mild hop presence. Some earthiness is also present, as well as a little bit of spicy character. The finish leaves some lingering sweetness, fruit, and earthy hop flavor behind on the palate.

M - This has a body that is on the heavier side of medium, and it has good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a nice amount of sweetness and some mild earthy hop bitterness. Also, there is some hop spiciness.

O - This has good drinkability. The flavor is good, and there is a nice refreshing quality to it. Overall, It think this is a nice beer. It is my first keller bier so I can't really comment on how close to style it is, but I look forward to trying more of this style. I recommend trying it out, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Baker's in Omaha, NE
Poured into a standard pint glass

Alpine Spring lager is a modestly citrus-influenced German-style lager that blends attributes of a few styles. While it manages to do this inoffensively, the beer doesn't offer much in the way of memorableness or distinction. I'd rather have a Boston Lager, to be honest.

Pours a 2cm head of smallish, off-white bubbles, creating a fairly dense, pillowy foam. Retention is fairly solid, takes a few minutes to become a thin cap atop the body. Leaves no lacing. Body color is semi-transparent muddied yellow, somewhat strange if this is a keller bier.

Aroma of lager yeast metabolites, lemon-like hops, and biscuit-influenced malt. Clean and to the point, average, but enjoyable.

Taste opens with a mix of malt sweetness and subtle citrus and bittering hops. Transitions to lager yeast metabolites, continued malt sweetness, and light lemon flavors through mid-palate. Closes out with strong biscuit-like malt flavors and some residual lemon. Aftertaste of light lemon tartness and residual biscuit malt.

Medium-bodied with modest carbonation that lets this beer flow smoothly across the palate. Finish is dry.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color with a finger of white foam. A touch of spicy hops with just a hint of citrus. Decently floral as well. A lot of yeast contributions, notably pepper and maybe even a hint of banana. Bready malt makes up the rest. The flavor is a bit bland. It has a strange lemony note on the finish as well. Some notes of floral and spicy hops and maybe some bread/malt flavors.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SA alpine spring

a 4-4.5 hazy golden with a bone white head, decent looking lace.

s 3.5 lemon, honey sweetness, yeast

t 3.5 lemony cracker yeastiness, moderate sweetness, a few grassy hop notes. finish is fairly grassy.

m 3.5 fine carbonation in a med body.

o 4 so far, no major flaws have appeared, as they have with the whitewater ipa out of the same mix. the finish is a touch astringent, lemony, and grassy, but not as annoying as the spices or whatever they put in the whitewater. not something i will crave, though.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma has some straw notes, as well as a little bit of grass and lemons and some biscuit malt. The flavor has some pilsner and biscuit malt, with some low bitterness and some earthy and grassy hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Wasatch
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some floral notes, citrusy. The taste is malty/yeasty, a little sweet note, kinda fruity, and some nice citrus notes. Medium body, a nice smooth brew. Not a bad brew, would be great on a hot summer day.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Rantingfury
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from the bottle into my glass and was greated with a finger and a half of white foam. This faded slowly to nice lacing. The color was a cloudy, but bright golden hue. The nose was full of orange and citrus hops that faded to sweet malt. The taste was along the same lines with crisp citrus and orange hops fading to the sweet malt. The mouthfeel was full good with plenty of carbonation that tickled my tongue and a medium body that clung to my palate. I like this seasonal a lot. It smells and tastes of bright hops and malts... It's like spring in the bottle.

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

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a foamy one and a half finger bright white head that fades slowly into a thin cap with heavy lacing.

Aroma of floral hops, citrus and hints of a light malt.

Taste has of bready malt, floral hops and orange zest and hints of honey.

Mouth Feel was medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Overall this is nice interesting beer to welcome spring, enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of NODAK
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very citrusy and sweet. Basically, a sweet lemon aroma with a suggestion of slight hop inclusion.

Appearance is a very hazy bright golden color with no sediments that I can see.

And the taste....one of the more citrus forward beers I've had in recent memory, and by that I mean a lemon citrus taste. It carries some sweetness with it as well, and together this comprises the body of the beer. Sweet, lemony....pretty good, actually. I saw a piece where Jim Koch said this is supposed to be like a "wheat bock", so that explains the sweetness somewhat. The Noble hops do make an appearance at the end with a slight hop twang....afterwards there is a very substantial cracker/wheat component that lingers for a while. Even after having a few of these beers, this is still a dominant taste note of this one.

This is the type of beer which often doesn't get any love from beer snobs, but I must say that I found this beer to be one of the tastiest "sessionable" beers in recent memory. Two thumbs up!

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Finally picked up the Sam Adams 'Brewer's Choice' or whatever it's called Spring twelver after staring at it in the supermarket for two months. Now that its actually close to Spring it makes a little more sense. I usually like Keller bier so this one shows some promise.

Pale translucent body with a big white head that dodos in about a minute. A little lace already visible. A touch of biscuit and citrus zest to the nose but other wise not much.

This doesn't have a ton of flavor but it is relatively balanced, with a little more hop and spice than I usually see for the style. Definitely heavy on the bready ester type malts. The texture is surprisingly smooth and this goes down pretty easy. Nothing to write home about but a decent interpretation.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an opaque light orange with a medium white head, excellent lace.

S: Floral hops, sulfur, orange/citrus, hint of honey.

T: Has a nice bready malt component. I can taste the minerality, so it's clearly keller in style. Good flavour, orange zest, some herbs round it out.

M: Medium-bodied, turbid, crisp but soft carbonation.

O: An interesting new spring seasonal from Sam Adams. Nowhere near as full flavoured as some of the great Kellers I've had from Germany, but this is an enjoyable effort for sure.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hard plastic transparent cup at me friend's gaff in Palo Alto, California. Reviewed from notes. Acquired at a local BevMo as part of a Sam Adams variety box.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark yellow.

Sm: Citrus ester hops and light floral hops. A moderate strength, clean aroma.

T: Citrusy with some lemon and light orange esters. Not spicy. Clean and enjoyable. Lightly hoppy. Balanced. I like it, but it's a bit simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours to a fair extent. Good carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable but largely forgettable and unremarkable. There's nothing unique or special here. Boring and uninspired. I'd have it again at the right price and in the right setting.

C+

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Photo of BFro
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.59 out of 5 based on 2,568 ratings.
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