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.

Added by BDIMike on 12-22-2011

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy and hazy light orange in color with some yellowish highlights. A 2" head lasted a bit.

Smell: light citrus and a bit of a floral aroma is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice crisp malt flavors with lemon zest, and hint of orange, some grassiness, and a mild bitterness level.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is very short lived.

Overall: a very friendly and easy to drink beer. Nicely refreshing and has a nice overall flavor.

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Photo of J23hc
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into round bowl mug. Hazy orange with a natural milky white head, never really leaves, stays thin and filmy throughout. Smell isn't much at all but a faint acidic orange and lemon juice. Taste also has juicy orange, orange peel, lemon peel, clementine and a little citric spiciness. Very nice light feel, one of my favorite sam adams beers

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a pretty nice tan cap.

S: Has a faint but pretty pleasant citrus smell along with a bit of wheat.

T: This was a really nice surprise for me. A rich graininess throughout with a good touch of lemon and citrus. Very refreshing and easy to drink without tasting too light.

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Photo of abgba121
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a golden straw color with about a half inch of white head, leaves very little lace

S: sweet, very little hop presence and a nice citrusy element, though expected for being a lager

T: sweet and a small amount of citrus and yeast character, a slight hop element on the finish as well

M: thin to medium body, good carbonation

O: a decent beer, though one of the best lagers I have had

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Photo of donunrue
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of wafers
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Sam Adams spring mix pack
Poured into a standard pint glass

A: pours a cloudy, golden color, moderately frothy
S: aroma of lemons, orange, slightly soapy
T: a light, floral taste, definite citrus fruits, some orange, lemon, maybe some hop bitterness but not much
M: light mouthfeel, easy drinking
O: a decent brew from SA. Mostly easy going and drinkable, has a decent wheat beer taste that is flavorable, but not as tasty as some other SA brews available

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Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy light yellow hue into a pint glass. A one-finger white head forms but doesn't retain all that well. A cloud and creamy ring remain leaving some rings of fine lace.

S- Faint again for a second Sam Adams in a row, really not picking much up at all. Citrus notes, ester and lager yeast hints are certainly here but not much else.

T- Reminds me of other Sam Adams lagers, a lot. Must be a common yeast throughout. Hints of diacetyl, bread and raisin bananas. Hops are spicy noble, lemon citrus and grassy/straw Euro-like.

MF- Creamy moderate body with higher-end carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

A good lager but it doesn't really bring much else to the table from other Sam Adams lagers for me. Solid spring seasonal but I prefer different SA beers.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at dinner the other night. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small webs of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pale malts, citric fruit, grassy hops and some light breadiness.

T - Starts off with a bit of chewy grain quickly giving way to hints of grassy hops and juicy citric fruit. Finish is a mix of chewiness and dulled hop bitterness, not lingering for very long.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Juicy, chewy feel that lingers on the pallet for a short period of time.

O - Not too bad. It really helped to knock down some of the heat from my wings. I would have no problem drinking a few of these once warmer weather comes around.

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Photo of jski
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of joshwalt
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Neorebel
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of vr6corrado
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of devinoconnor
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really great Spring time beer from Sam Adams. Pours a cloudy and murky golden orange color with a generous two fingers of thick head... from the bottle!

Smell is the only thing that I didn't really like with the Alpine Spring... it's just timid and rather uneventful.

Taste is very good. The unfiltered brew has that Heffe feel, but its more citrusy and malty. Orange peel and some sugary, flowery tones on the finish.

Easy drinking, nice mouthfeel. Perfect transition from the heavier winter ales to spring. A beer even the Macro folks will enjoy.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of garyford
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of BMMillsy
1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

Photo of OscarO67
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of joshtrich
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of buddyvelt
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of sauger86
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rkcrozier
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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