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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
579
Ratings:
2,573
pDev:
14.9%
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Photo of StoutHunter
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Samuel Adams Alpine Spring in their Brewers Choice twelve pack a couple weeks ago, I haven't been too impressed with the other new beers in the pack, but to my knowledge I have never had this style before, so I am interested to see how this beer turns out. It had June notched for it's best by date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label has some nicely done scenery in the background, but it isn't that eye catching. It poured a hazy pale straw golden color with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a slight amount of lacing. This beer looked ok but to me it looked more like a Wheat Ale then a Lager.

S- The first thing that I pick up are load of pale malts that have a low amount of medium sweetness and impart lots of grainy and bready aromas along with a slight biscuit like aroma. After that came the hops which imparted a mix of grassy and citrus aromas with the grassy aroma sticking out the most. The aroma is Ok, but it's a little bland and one dimensional.

T- The taste is pretty close to the aroma. It starts off with loads of pale malts that have a low amount of sweetness and impart a pretty dominating grainy and bready taste. Next comes a little bit of honey then some hops which are much more grassy then then they are citrusy. At the end I get some yeast flavors, on the finish it had a low amount of bitterness and a really grainy and bready aftertaste, Just like the aroma the taste was a little boring and one dimensional, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't interesting.

M- Smooth, slightly crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel suited this beer nicely.

Overall I thought that was a pretty average beer, since I have never had this style before I really didn't know what to expect but what I got was a little boring and didn't keep me entertained, I don't know if this was a bland attempt at the style or if they are suppose to be like that. It did have some pretty good drinkability and I have no doubt that this would make a pretty refreshing summer beer that would be easy to drink a lot of, but right now it just doesn't hold my attention and make me want to grab another bottle. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it fit this beer nicely and was just what it should be. What I liked least about this beer was the bland flavor and aroma and the lack hops, mainly of the citrus variety, if it had some more hops it would help balance out all those dominating bready malts. I wouldn't seek this beer out, it just doesn't stick out to me. If you want a smooth easy drinking warm weather beer this may make a good choice, but to me it isn't that interesting. This beer was very middle of the road with nothing about it being memorable. As a whole I wasn't too impressed with this years brewers choice pack, all the new beers seemed pretty lackluster and it's safe to say that I enjoyed the old beers in this pack more then the new beers, I guess I was just expecting more from their brewers choice pack, I hope the next one turns out better.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of sweisel80
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TheBigE5
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a glass. Had a nice thick head, about a finger. Interesting golden straw color for a lager, hazy due to the lack of filtering.

S - Floral and citrusy. You get a little bit of hops as well. Sweet.

T - Hops and honey. Loses some of the citrus that was present in the nose. A little bit of yeast flavors. Bitter hop finish.

M - Standard carbonation and decent drinkability.

O - I have never had a lager like this before. It would be great on a warm summer day by the pool.

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of JackWhite
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off the cooler purchased from must have too much little since the overall impression came across slightly skunked...very sad. Secondly, was expecting a bit closer to a Maibock style which this really isn't. With that said the beer in itself was refreshing and pleasant to drink. Need to find a less skunked version though to get a better appreciation. Maybe a tap version would better represent.

Appearance: Straw yellow.

Aroma: Some hoppiness beyond the "striped" aroma

Taste: Bright and some hop bite but too much pepe le pew

Overall: Head retention suffered from the hop oxidation and each quaff brings back the skunked impression. Again will need furthur tastings to give a final recommendation.

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Photo of goldbot
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw-yellow to orange color with plenty of thick, cream-colored head and good retention. Pleasantly malty aroma of bread, caramel, and grains with a nice touch of floral hops. The flavor is exceedingly smooth, a touch sweet up front with notes of lemon, coriander, and floral hops. The finish is drier and deliciously malty. Medium body, just a tad too sweet I thought. Otherwise, a pretty great beer for Sam Adams, and it definitely blows their last spring selection out of the water.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly cloudy/hazy yellow/orange color. A dense, two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Fruity banana esters with zesty orange peal. Some sweet bubblegum aromas. Pale, biscuit, and bready malts. Slightly dusty and basement like. Lots of layers and I love it.
T: Banana, bubblegum flavors. Light citrus peal. I love the biscuit and bready like malts here. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp, dry, and refreshing. So smooth at the same time. Really enjoyable to drink. Something I can enjoy all day.

This is an excellent lager, and a really unique style. Well done Sam Adams. Something I highly recommend.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy straw with a thick white, lasting head.

Aroma is crisp straw and corn. Light noble hop presence at the initial pour.

There's a little citrus that shows up on the tongue but overall noble hops bring the hop flavor. I get some corn sweetness.

Light and refreshing with a nice, dry finish. Residual noble hop flavors.

I'd have no problem knocking a few of these unfiltered lagers back out on the porch on a hot sunny day.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, pale gold with 1/2" head ans lasting lace. The aroma is of lemons, dough, and other citrus. The flavor has lemon, honey, and straw notes with a smooth, balanced finish.The mouthfeel is light-medium. Samuel Adams Alpine Spring is a good beer, a good session beer. Recommended.

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Photo of dandmc24
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Stone RIS snifter...

A - Pours a murky orange with a one finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some lace to be had...

S - Lemon, orange, honey, and some bready yeasty notes...

T - Kinda sweet. Pretty much follows the nose with lemon, orange, and honey. Finishes with yeast and some lingering sweetness...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth...

O - A little sweet for my likings. Probably not something I will be picking up again...

Cheers...

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of OremLK
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy pale gold, big, foamy, three-finger white head which lingers and lingers, leaving scattered bits of lace.

S: Sharp hoppy bitterness fades to citrus and floral. Very aromatic for the style.

T: A real fruit bomb of a beer. A lot of citrus in here as advertised, honey, hints of some hard to identify fruity sweetness. Not much bitterness. Probably a good entry beer for a non-beer drinker.

M: Creamy and substantial. Mild carbonation. I feel like I'm a decent way along the road to drinking a smoothie.

As advertised, a citrusy sweet unfiltered lager. Would like a little more bitterness to balance, but overall a proficient execution of what BBC was trying to do.

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1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of tapman
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and unfiltered, though is that the original yeast, or did they put in a little bottle conditioning, low-flocculating yeast and then "forget to filter it. Big foamy off white head and a good cheesecloth lacing. Body is dark orange. Most helles I've had have been pretty bright and clear, but I do like lots of yeast in my beers.

Nose is very doughy and raw orange and lemon zest pop out with an undertone of floral hoppiness. Taste is bitter up front with unripe orange in the background and a sweet, though very neutral pilsner malt flavor lingers in the finish. Yeast is a little dusty. Mouth is dry.

This brew is all right, but kind of americanized for the style. Perhaps better as a wheat beer with a malted wheat base instead of pilsner malt.

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 2,573 ratings