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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Ratings: 2,571 |  Reviews: 577
Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a bone white head that slowly recedes but leaves much lace in its wake. Smells like quite a bit of citrus and earth on top of biscuity malt. Not horribly complex in the aroma. Taste is a mix of biscuit malt again with lots of citrus and earth. Almost tart lemony flavor with a thin malt backbone of biscuit and pilsner? Thin body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and an almost sweet watery mouthfeel. This might make for a good lawnmower beer, but by the time spring rolls around this will be two seasonals ago in the Sam lineup. I’d rather have a Noble Pils really.

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Photo of thain709
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Semi-cloudy body with a golden yellow hue and some orange highlights...the head was white and fluffy and stood two fingers...it was gone quickly and only left a few patches of lace

S - The nose comes across as grassy and citrusy...there is an herbal presence that is underlying...a touch of breadiness comes out as well

T - First sip brings out the earthy side of the beer...grass and grain notes lead the way...the underlying herbal presence from the nose is still present on the palate...the citrus really stands out in the middle...bright lemon zest and a touch of orange juice...the citrus adds a slight bite that lasts for a while...pairing with that citric bite is a balancing breadiness...it allows for some body to the beer

M - Medium bodied...just a touch above being light bodied...crisp and refreshing

O - There were a lot of flavors in this one...I just wasn't a fan of the whole package...this would be a very nice spring time beer though

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Photo of eorwar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jimelee108
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BigCheese
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

A: Very Cloudy Orange/amber, unfiltered, looks like a hefe. Leaves some lacing, not a ton, more than your average sams.

S: Sweet, Lemon bready, wheaty.

T: Lemon sweetness up front, light brown maltyness, some earthy noble tasting hops in finish. A clean finish.

M: Creamy, very carbonated, pretty money. Good session beer.

O: Solid offering from Sam, not too not worthy. Seems kinda like a combo of the Noble Pils and Summer Lager. This would probably taste better in may than june. On tap its pretty solid though.

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Photo of rusty3335
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of DirtyDanglr66
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of socon67
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours golden, cloudy and with a high white foam head. Not much lacing, and minimal carbonation.

S - Scents of grain, and some citrusy smell I'd associate with a German hef.

T - Okay. I got the flavor is supposed to be unfiltered and give a rich taste. To me this came off a bit light, and nothing great.

M - Felt a bit watery, which given what its supposed to be seems like a contradiction. It is certianly sessionable, though I found it bland on the palate.

O - I generally like BBC and appreciate their seasonals. Just didn't like this. Now, I did get this at Chili's and they freeze the hell out of their beer. But even letting one warm up just didn't work. I'll pass.

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Photo of troyvar
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of harrymel
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by June, 2012

Pours a hazy golden amber with a finger of white foam that falls to a quilt of the same. Nice frosty lace. Smells of grain, hay, some corn. Not getting the citrus everybody seems to be raving about. The flavor is sweet with grain and grass with a little sweetened lemon zest, and some earthy yeast. Mouthfeel is the best aspect of the beer, slightly heavy with moderate carb combines to a velvety, unobtrusive body. Above average, but not that great.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Scotty's Brewhouse.

Pours a murky dark straw/orange color with a fairly big white head with little retention.

Aroma is lemon zest, some citrus and bready malt, but sometimes my nose is a bit off in a restaurant.

Very big flavors for a lager in this one. The citrus/lemon presence is the biggest. Big fruity esters combine with some chewy bready malt to make a full bodied lager.

Carbonation levels around medium with a somewhat viscous mouthfeel.

Didn't know anything about this beer going in and was expecting it to be a bit lighter, but ended up enjoying it anyway. The lemon zest along with citrus is a good representation of spring and the malts and hops seemed to play nice togther. Not the greatest of the style I've had, but very drinkable.

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Photo of psuwiz99
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lstokes
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep yellow with a sharp citric smell. The taste is more sharp citric--orange, lemon--with an herbal and hoppy bite at the end and honey malt. The honey malt actually became more prominent and sticky throughout the glass, which causes me to mark it down a bit. It's nicely zesty but does feel unbalanced.

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Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours our a hazy golden color with a tiny head. It smells of bready malts, bright citrus and hops, and a bit of wheat. The taste really hits you with everything at once, with the bready malts, bright citrus, and fairly up-front but still bright hops. A bit of a lagery malt taste comes in the middle, leading into a long bready finish. The mouthfeel is nice, and the drinkability is good. Another winner from Sam Adams, but I can't help but feel this is just a better version of Sam Summer.

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Photo of Domingo
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow with a slight haze. Looks almost fluorescent in the light.
Noble hops on the nose. Definitely hoppier than most German kellerbiers I've had. Plus, the hops are far more tangy and fruity. Not sure if it's because these are all tettnang hops, but it's definitely unusual in spite of those being local German hops.
The taste is good, but VERY citric. The hops give everything an unusual lemon zest twang. It's not bad, and it's refreshing, but it's overpowering what is normally kind of subtle. The hints of honey and clover from the lager yeast are mostly lost as a result.
Easy drinking to the point of being a near "chugger," I'm pretty sure I'll have no issue downing these.
I think I expected a kellerbier and this might be similar on paper, it's worlds apart flavor-wise.
Pretty good, but there's almost nothing "old world" about that flavor. Still, for what it is, I do like it.
I'd take this over the typical white ales and wits most brewers release in the Spring every time.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/1/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a quick burst of hops bitterness that quickly fades into a light malt and grain breadiness. There’s a touch of malt and citrus sweetness in the background. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it tastes like a light version of their previous year’s spring seasonal Noble Pils. Overall it’s a decent beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Vigorous pour yields a very bold head that leaves decent lacing and settles to a cap floating in the center. The beer itself is a cloudy, deep amber.

S-Grassy w/citrus.

T-Moderately hopped with a nice balance of leather and citrus with a bit of what I would "Wheat Thin" crackers. Nice.

M-I was expecting a slightly richer brew but it's refreshing and has a soft finish w/little carbonation.

O-Perfectly drinkable brew that I would purchase again.

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Photo of seth72104
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of thebfg
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of bootsandbeer
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thick fluffy white head, moderate lace and cloudy gold color. Aroma is sweet, citusy and grainy. Flavor is a nice lend of sweet malts, Tettnang hops and subtle yeast esters. Mouthfeel is light and pleasant, medium CO2. Overall, this is a pleasant "new" old beer style we can all enjoy en masse.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stolen from my room mate and poured into a pint glass. This one pours a cloudy golden straw color with a finger of frothy white head.

Blood orange in the aroma with a little bit of a buttery finish. A nice dose of doughy yeast and floral hops round out the aroma. Dry cracker and biscuit flavors with a little bit of a sourdough profile. Sweet orange citrus lingers in the background with a little bit of a hop bite.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Honestly seems a bit heavier than I would like. Overall another solid brew from Sammy. Real enjoyable.

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Photo of iBeer16
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: Pours a golden unfiltered color with a 1.5 finger white head that leaves little lacing. 

S. Slight citrusy lemon zest floral aroma combined with a nice wheaty and a slight orange scent.

T. Earthy. Lemon citrus but also a nice orange undertone.

M. Very light, decent carbonation.

Overall, not a great beer but definitely enjoyable, a bit light for my liking but decent flavor.

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Photo of scootercrabb
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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