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

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
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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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Ratings: 2,571 |  Reviews: 577
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wages
4.73/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - 4.5/5 - Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head.

smell - 4/5 - Smells of lemon or orange peel.

taste - 5/5 - Instantly refreshing Helles flavor backed up by bright citrus flavors. There's more in there that I can't quite describe as anything besides "Helles".

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Has a high level of small bubble carbonation that enhances the refreshing spring flavors and clears out those flavors making room for the next swallow.

overall - 5/5 - Quite an impressive complex lager for a seemingly simple beer.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is kind of like how William Wordsworth put it in that it is not the world that is too much with us, but Resin that is too much with me. I remain stunned by the CANtents of that pretty li'l green CAN that packed the wallop of The Incredible Hulk. It's making me feel green and not in any kind of good way. I need to level off and I am hoping that this will bring me back down to my usual operating speed.

From the bottle: This unfiltered lager is perfect for spring. Noble Tettnang hops, grown in the foothills of the Alps, give the brew a bright citrus and floral aroma and flavor. These are balanced by the slightly sweet crisp notes of two-row pale and honey malts. Cheers!

The pour created just over two fingers of eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had a lemony-citrus quality along with a dry crackery maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was light, dry and citrusy, a perfect counterpart to that wild DIPA that preceded it. I am amazed that a style this ancient is making a comeback, but this is a great time to be an aficionado of beer. Finish was dry, lemon citrusy and just a nice, mellow, pleasant beer all around. I wish that they would put this in CANs as I am planning at least one trip to the shore this summer and I gotta fill that coola somehow.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with an off white head. In the aroma, light citrus and small lager like tones. In the taste, a small, sweet earthiness to citrus like flavors, with small lager like undertones all the way through. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty and small lemon citrus like aftertaste. Small earth and citrus with lager notes, it feels like a saison and a lager had a baby.

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4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at the T.G.I. Fridays in Exton, PA. I hastily jotted down notes on my shitty old ass phone.

Delivered in a 22 oz. (frosted, of course) mug. It was actually the perfect temperature, though, so it was okay.

Appearance: Came to me with a one-finger bone-white head and a very cloudy (unfiltered) dark orange hue. There was decent lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Malts, sweet orange/citrus, mild hops

Taste: Very light. Sweet malts, apricots, orange/citrus, very fruity all around. There was also the tiniest bitterness and a bit of spicy character. The finish was a bit watery as well.

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body, high carbonation, smooth.

Overall: My first beer of the style and I am pleasantly impressed. An overall nice spring beer that I'd be happy to order another 22 oz. mug of.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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1.75/5  rDev -50%

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this Zwickel Bier from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours a hazy golden color and produces a thick white head , nice retention and excellent lacing. The aroma of this brew is fresh, full of citrus flavor, malted barley and some piney hops. Medium in body, this brew has a base of malted grain, with some citrus and hops. Unfiltered yeast also lends a unique flavor. My first Zwickel style, i have to say i was impressed.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy straw color with a 2 finger white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells of sweet woody honey type smell that is quite pleasant, but not overly strong. Has some nice grassy notes in the taste along with a decent, but not strong hop taste. Goes down smooth with a good medium body and proper amount of carbonation. Overall, a very good brew and a nice addition to the Sam Adams family.

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3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy honey gold with a good white head. Some moderate retention and a few rings.

Nose is interesting. Some sweet grain, some floral notes, lighter malt, bread, and a little mineral.

The nose said wheat, but the palate says otherwise. Lighter malt has a bread-like quality, a little spice from hop bitterness, some sweet nutty grain, a little citric bite, and a lightly bitter dried out finish. No off qualities, but a bit odd for the style.

Medium body. Good carbonation.

I'm ok with a single, but glad I didn't have more. Just ok. odd balance. Still, ok.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow, not much head or lacing.
S - Malt, light lemon, not much else
T - Bready malt with a touch of hops and light (not tart or tangy) lemon. Nice balance of noble hops and sweetness.
M - Thicker than what I would expect for a lager, medium carbonation.
O - This would be pretty great for a summer beer. A little weird to get it in February, but a good beer none the less. If I was making this myself, I would add some hop bitterness and just a touch more flavor, but this fits the style.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 34.7% out of 100 with 2,571 ratings
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