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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.

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3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep gold, slight haze, huge layer of off-white fine-beaded foam with good retention

Aroma: light lemon rind, citrus flowers, and slightly herbal; dusty malt

Flavor: dryish malt profile that lets the slightly citrusy/slightly Noble hops get more of the spotlight; finishes dryish with a fairly crisp, clean finish

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, light carbonation, crisp texture

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half-high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grassy and floral hops in the nose along with notes of spices and hints of citrus.
T: The malts and hops take center stage in the overall taste, contributing flavors of bready and grainy malts, citrusy and spicy hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a very good balance between malts and hops and has some flavors that are reminiscent of a maibock.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from a six at the Teeter.

A - pours a cloudy orangish gold with a thin half finger head.

S - bread, floral hops.

T - more of the same. Brings me back to my early days of drinking beer. Remember those? The pilsner/lager days. There was no thoughts of Belgian ipas, ibu's, gravity, or choco coffee portrerstoutness. . Just beer. This is a step above some of those offerings (Meister Brau , The Beast, etc.) for sure. The slight hop presence is notable.

M - good mouthfeel, crisp, great balance.

O - While I will miss the usual SA spring offering ( the spring ale from the last few years) , this is a solid helles offering, and makes for a good session beer. Also, would make more sense in the spring/summer, verses a January release.

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Photo of ghowehattrick
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a 24 oz. bottle into a large mug. I've only seen it in the store for about a week, so it's pretty fresh. "Best by" is June 2012.

A: Cloudy orange, bright white head. Looks like a beer you can gulp, and I did, more than once.

S: Bready, yeasty smell, some light hops. Very fragrant.

T: Absolutely delicious!!! I took one mouthful, smiled, then took two more gulps. So good. I almost can't be that specific; all I know is it was gone it ten minutes. When I was done, I wanted more. Little hops flavor, but it's there enough to counteract the yeasty profile. Blue Moon's older, smarter, cooler, hotter sister.

M: Light on the palate, sweet/sour taste from the unfiltered yeast.

O: I cannot wait to buy a case of this. When it was gone, I wanted more. I could drink 5 or six of these. I wasn't even planning to review it, but I had to after I drank it. Sooo good. I would buy this year-round (**hint-hint** BBC).

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

The third and last beer in the Brewmasters' Collection I needed to sample, Alpine Spring presents a thin patch of off-white foam atop a cloudy medium-orange body. Not much lacing, and a brief duration to the head.

Nice Noble Tettnang hops aromas, with some citrus aromas in tow; light and pleasant nose.

This quite accurately summarizes the taste as well, to me the best aspect of Alpine Spring. Nice hop sweetness and bitterness, pleasantly piney with good citrus flavor, especially orange, lemon, and a bit of tangerine. More sweet than sour, the balance in flavors is nonetheless appealing, particularly with a good, slightly bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is a fairly good representative of a Helles Lager, light and airy with a bit of hop texture adding a nice complement to the style. "Light IPA" as characterized by other reviewers' comments, is a good way to put it, with the light most apt in the mouthfeel. As a Helles Lager, however, it does what it should--add a nice, refreshingly light texture with some flavor.

Overall, Alpine Spring is nice and easy on the palate. I'd like a bit bolder flavor and, maybe, a bit fuller texture. It is, however, a nice beer to have a few of with friends on the back porch. Once released in the proper, i.e. Spring, season.

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

As a retailer, I'm not sure why they put "spring" on a label in the beginning of winter. As a beer lover, I couldn't care less. Anywho, let's see...

Looks good. Bright! Murky. Very light orange, mostly golden. Looks refreshing.

It would be easy to mistake this for a light IPA or even a Czech pilsner. Somewhat grassy aroma. Ligth zest and toasted rolls.

Yeah, light IPA is a good description. But then again, there should be nothing light about IPAs. So, this seems a bit more hoppy than a Pils. Grassy is a good note. Has a soft malty body. Hints of lime.

Easy drinking. A balanced beer. A bit filmy on the end.

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Photo of smithmd4
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Over the summer I fell in love with Unfiltered Lagers & Pilsners. When I saw this on the shelf brand new I knew it must be mine.

It has all the characteristics of an Unfiltered Lager, and I really wanted this to be my new favorite beer. But alas, it merely dances around the edges of what an unfiltered Lager should be. Accessible to the masses, piquing the interest, but in the end leaves a fan of the style yearning for the full flavor of one of the classics.

It was a tasty beer, but one I would call nothing more than an introduction to the style.

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Photo of darylvelez
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have long been unsatisfied with Sam Adams spring offering. This year they have turned it around. Alpine Spring is the perfect beer to get you from the dark, full bodied beer that is Winter Lager to the light citrusy taste of Sam Summer. I don't love this beer, but I really like it -- hoppy front and clean citrus back -- It's safe to say that Sam an I will have a second date before summer loving begins.

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Photo of jar2574
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow beer under average white head. Average carbonation and lacing.

Smell is malts, some earthy yeasts, a touch of lemon, a tiny little bit of sourness.

Taste is malt-dominated, with some noticeable spiciness, yeast, and lemon flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy, easy-to-drink.

A good session beer.

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

A: A hazy orange with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: A sweet malt and citrus aroma with a good dose of herbal hop.

T: The initial taste is of sweet toasted malt and herbal, earthy hop and this gives way to a nice citrus bitterness. The bitterness is tame and complements the sweetness very well.

M: The beer isn't as light in the body as I would have suspected. It fills out with the carbonation to provide a nice drinkable beer that has some substance to it.

O: This is another quality beer and I wouldn't expect less. The noble hop flavor in this beer mixed with the citrus provides for a really good spring beer.

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2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Paulaner Weisbier glass, served at fridge temp.

Hazy lemon yellow with a thin bone white head. Signs of vigorous carbonation at the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing.

Aroma: fragrant and floral hops balance bready malt.

Mouthfeel: mealy

Taste: grainy maltiness with a mild lemony sourness and a restrained Noble Hop bitterness. As beer warms it starts to taste like perfume.

Notes: Aroma, mouthfeel and taste are all a little off. The Hops are too floral the mouthfeel is too grainy. The taste is not pleasant. Won't repeat this one.

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Photo of at7000
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not into light beers and lagers as such, but this is a noteworthy beer in my opinion. For a lighter style beer, it's refreshing and has some complexity. Good session beer, they go down quite easy and have less abv than the strong IPAs I usually drink.
I take my hat of to BBC, since they managed to produce a beer that comes close to what I might call a "home brew" or true, "small batch" taste. I'm not sure what quantities they produce for this beer, but they have done a good job in giving it that "craft brew taste." My bottles were particularly fresh and fresh tasting. This is January, so I doubt there was much heat damage or light damage to the ones I sampled. Good glass lacing as well.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a puffy white head.

S: Aromas of biscuits, honey, pine, herbs, and lemon are present on the nose. This is a tad bright for my liking.

T: Notes of pine, herbs, lemon, honey, minerals, biscuits, and yeast wash across the palate. The finish is clipped and sharp with lemon, biscuit, and honey notes.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, and sticky. Carbonation is a bit lacking for a lager.

O: I really think this is more of a zwicklbier than a Munich helles lager because this is a tad yeastier and brighter than most authentic helles lagers. Still, for an unfiltered lager, it's not bad, and one has to applaud the Boston Beer Company for attempting to market such an odd beer to mainstream drinkers.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer in bottle as part of the brewmaster's favorite pack. Served in a pils glass cool.

Appearance is a very nice fluffy white head with a golden yellow cloudy but not murky body. Has a great noble hop aroma with some nice honey notes. Taste is floral and citrus rind. Almost sugar cereal notes as well.

Light body and medium carbonated. Good beer that I would drink again but way off on the category. I don't mind pushing style boundaries but this is very similar tasting to Noble Pils. Good beers both, but its not a Helles. The malt is on but the hops is a little out of control for the style. More of a zoigl beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden hazed orange glow, kellerbier style lager. Light colored head slightly off white, fine even lacing texture is great creamy foam all day. Aroma has a sturdy hop character with fresh cut grass, citrus zest, and herbal notes as well...mineral water floral spring notes with a wave of biscuits freshly baked light golden crisp drizzled with a touch of honey malt sugars. A pretty sweet and malty lager up front with some citrus and finishes with biscuit malts and honey sweetness really maibock like in the flavor. I miss the dry Noble hops and a bit lighter body, this one has more girth to it than the last spring seasonal. There has to be a low level of hop bitterness I'm guessing 20 to 25 tops on the IBUs, carbonation is smooth and yeast flavor tends to stick around between sips since it's pretty much suspended in the beers appearance. Overall, a fine spring-summer seasonal that is being consumed as fresh as possible smack in the middle of a big ol' January snowstorm!!! Why not?

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden orange color with a huge airy-frothy shape holding head. Beautiful lacing. Aroma is super bright, smells like a warm weather brew. Smell is lightly floral and grassy with lemon peel. The taste is pleasant enough with some floral hops and citrus but overall i'd say this is too sweet! Overall flavor could be more interesting. This is a munich helles lager that pretty much tastes like a blue moon. So "helles" means bright huh? Well this is bright. Too bright. The malt aspect is there just kinda flavorless and sweet. Feel is a tad thin.This might be refreshing if it were summer. Its definitely not summer. Not bad tho.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Freshness date clearly marked enjoy by before June.

This is a very hazy beer, as you can definitely see the suspended yeast haze against the pale malts. Orange like hues are visible throughout as well.

The nose of this brew is orange blossom and floral hops with a nice bread malt character to round everything out. Taste is very similar, except the floral hops seem to really come through more. Incidentally, this is a beer style that isn't really known for it's hop character, but the BBC did a wonderful job with making the Tettnanger hops present all the way to the finish, but they never raise their voice too much for the style.

The unfiltered aspect of this beer creates a complexity I have never had before in a helles, as it seems to add to the mouthfeel and contribute to some slight ester flavors including peach and mango. The bread character from the malt does a nice job in the taste of well of keeping everything balanced until the end. The overall malt character is also very nice, as I pick up a slight honey sweetness that is perfectly balanced and rides through until the end and met by a nice lemon and floral note from the hops. Bitterness is fairly low but adequate and no alcohol whatsoever can be detected either. Mouthfell is very nice, as the yeast seems to contribute to a somewhat full bodied character with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a home run from Sam Adams. There aren't that many helles lagers brewed domestically, and this is a style that simply does not travel well, so having one available fresh is great. Many smaller breweries simply don't have the capacity and necessary equipment to give enough time to age a well made lager, so this is something Sam Adams definitely has an advantage with. The BBC does a great job with lagers, and this is an excellent addition to their lineup.

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

Spring already?

Pours a foggy yellow-gold with a puffy white head that fills the glass to the brim before dropping to a solid covering. Floral noble hop aroma upfront with some grass over a bit of pale, honey-like malt. Nice German hop flavor...grass, hay, and zesty citrus and some doughy yeast. Not so much in the malt department. Light bodied, dry, and very quaff-able. This is a fine spring seasonal from Sam Adams that I wouldn't find seeing year-round. File this one under: Kellerbier.

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Photo of rodney45
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my 10 oz pilsner glass.

A: Hazy and yellowish sweet potato color. Big head foamy long lasting head.

S: Has a distinct belgian wit style aroma, almost like rye or whole wheat bread. Notes of orange and lemon zest.

T: First flavor profile is of wheat, malt, rye and slight lemon peel. Secondary notes are of orange zest and honey. Slight bitterness comes through, and yeast profile is strictly belgian lagering yeast, and has a golden bock feel. Finish is dry.

M: Medium to light body, with appropriate moderate carbonation. Low bitterness.

O: This german style unfiltered "pilsner" is a far cry from what we're all used to from Sam Adams, but its a nice solid change. You still get the constructed put together aspect of Sam Adams, rather than letting the ingredients work naturally, but i enjoyed the attempt. Gets better as it warms up.

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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent foam lacing. Good carbonation as well. Very bubble and foamy during the pour. The murkiness clears up a bit as it warms. I think this beer has an identity crisis over whether it is a wheat beer (which it is not) or a light (in color, not flavor) lager.

Smell: Fairly noticeable clay smell, something I have only ever seen, er, smelled, in Dogfish Head's My Antonia. Very earthy, and I think that's the point, so high marks here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very herbal and fairly lemony. It's a tea-like combination, very relaxing. Advertises orange, but I get none of that. Well balanced flavors for sure. The mouthfeel confuses me the most. It is very flat initially, but noticeable bubbly in the finish. I'm caught between amusingly liking it and solidly disliking it.

Overall Drinkability: A good relaxing beer. A nice session.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours hazy honey. Lots of head here. White head is frothy with a bunch of bubbles mixed in. The beer laces excellently. Looks awesome, most Sam Adams beers do.

S-Actually, quite a good aroma. Very fragrant and floral. Flower petals. Also very citrusy. The hops are noble, as the label says. Also has a nice, smooth grainy component. Enjoyable.

T-Flavor is lighter than the nose would lead you to believe. Crisp and sweet. Floral and citrusy (not a hoppy citrus, more of a Witbier citrus). Lager yeast flavor too. Quite mellow.

M-Body nearing on medium. Soft, yet plentiful carbonation. Slightly sticky on the palate. Decently crisp.

O/D-I like Noble Pils better. This is a mediocre substitute. I enjoyed the nose a bunch, but the actual flavor let me down a bit. This is not a bad beer (far from it actually). But I immediately toss this one into the large bag of Sam Adams beers that are unmemorable, mediocre, and uninspired.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 Pint 6 oz. fancy brown bottle. Freshness date etched on the label.
Served in a SA Perfect Pint glass.
Pours a hazy amber honey color with a 1" off-white head along with some patchy trailing lace.
A smell grassy malt smell carries mild lemony citrus and some herbal aromas. A late smell of boiled grain inches forward but remains in the distant background.
The malt is a bit sugary sweet. It's tempered somewhat by citrus notes and a slight metallic tang. The herbal taste rolls in as it warms.
A spritzy effervescence fades quickly, so if you enjoy a little bubbly to your beer, act quickly.
I swear, this reminds me A LOT, of the old Miller Highlife of the 70's, sans the cooked corn taste.
I hope this isn't the replacement for SA's Nobel Pils. That would be sad...

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Photo of beagle75
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild citrus of the sort from a wit beer, with a floral accent.

T: Begins off-dry, with powerful malt that is all crackers. Acidity is mild and citric into the middle where malt is still dominant and more yeasty. While sweetness dips during the second act, it is back for the finish, with more understated citrus and floral aromatics and minimal citrus.

M: Medium viscosity, chewy and blanketing on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer has a little more appeal than a punch-soaked dough ball, but otherwise the comparison is apt. It heralds few of the refreshing qualities one might expect from a beer themed for Spring, and nowhere is that more evident than in the lifeless smell. Malt is the focus here, but bready yeast surprises by also finishing ahead of the minor hop qualities. Do not expect in this beer another fresh-crisp, American-craft pilsner like Noble Pils. Even lighter lagers have range on the malt continuum, and this one seems to oppose that other beer.

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Photo of Luigi
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a massive white foamy head that reaches at least three fingers. The head retention was impressive keeping at least a one finger head throughout the life of the beer.

The aroma is filled with yeast bread flavor, and grassy hops. Very clean aroma though.

The flavor is crisp and refreshing with grains, malt, and grassy hop dominating. Nothing heavy though.

Light bodied and super easy to drink. Oh and did I mention tasty?

This American made lager is nothing less than just a good clean beer. I hope this becomes a year around brew!

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Goose Island pint glass.

The color is a cloudy yellowish/orange with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little cirrus in the nose like a lemon. There is a good sweetness to the smell and it also has a light malt flavor that mixes well with the citrus aroma.

The taste is bready and has a light malt flavor that lets of dry sweetness come back from out behind the dough flavor. There is a little less of that citrus flavor here but there is a enough to taste it there but is push out by some light bitterness at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium to light bodied and is a really nice drinker for a spring beer.

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