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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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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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Photo of tjsmith910
1.51/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Goldish yellow in color with white head. Not a good taste not a good flavor not a good beer. Rather powerful and bitter. very light tasting thin beer. very little carbonation. actually tasted sour. possible that i got a stale beer but dobutful. this beer was just plain bad in my opinion. was truly hoping for more.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.04/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: Pine, a little citrus
LOOK: Cloudy Yellow
TASTE: Hops,
FEEL: Thin, but at least finishes smooth.

Not Fun, Not Funny.


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Photo of bourbonbock
2.14/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a generic pint glass and am overwhelmed by the the fruity aromas wafting out of it.

A. Pours like a murky budweiser with white sticky fluffy white head one finger thick.

S. The smell as I already said is overwhelmingly strong. It smells of oranges and lemons and perhaps even a little bit of apple from the yeast.

T. The flavor is very effervescent and tangy. Lots of esters and residual sweetness. Not really my kind of beer.

M. The feel on the tongue is heavy and slow like molasses.

I would not seek this beer out unless it was the only thing between me and a MGD.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
2.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Why am i drinking a spring seasonal in January? Its wayyy to early. Oh well.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark straw color. No carbonation and no head. EVen the nucleation point in my SA Perfect pint is nt doin a damn thing.

The smell is rather unimpressive. Smells like slick sopay malt. Hints of citrus.

OMG it tastes like Budweiser, actually more like a cleaner double Bud. Im not pleased, and i think this thing is going down the drain in 0.4 seconds. Im not digging the dry feed corn taste and feel.

On Tap, I got very slight hints of a hop character, but it honestly tasted like an unbalanced popcorn lager. I would have liked more sweetness and slickness, but dried corn.

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Photo of RaucusBacchus
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Creamy head. Cloudy with a rich yellow hue.
Dull scent of wet paper or wood.
Light body. Very dry verging on astringent. Enjoyable and interesting mouth feel.
Flavor matches the aroma with a dull, neither sweet nor bitter, mid tongue blanket.
I suspect this beer was abused in a previous life though not skunked just not for me.

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Photo of fx20736
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 FightingEntropy
2.41/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Always like to pick up a Sam Adams beer after visiting the Boston Beer Co last summer, but wish I would've past up on this one. Bought from the single shelf of the local store, it might be a year late or seasonal are coming out even earlier now.

Creamy nearly white head piles high and leaves a nice lace. Corn and mineral predominate in the nose with little of the promised citrus on the label. The hoppiness is earthy with a bit of spice in nose and taste. Taste is sharp, malty and earthy with a light breadiness. Leaves a mineral aftertaste that's not pleasant for me.

While I haven't had many of this style, this is not selling me on keller or zwickel beer,which isn't a surprise since I'm not a fan of the light German lagers in general. But, I keep trying new beers regardless of this knowledge. This one is just a swing and a miss. Maybe at the next at bat.

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Photo of nach0king
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just not getting the hype around this one. I really wanted to love it but just don't. Would never seek it out again. It's my first of the style so that might account for it, but as the bottle promises a lager I rated it with that in mind, albeit taking into account that it's unfiltered.

A: Cloudy with a small, ringed head that faded out. Looked like a paler saison and promised a refreshing taste to match.

S: Crushed ice and lemon - but very faint. Appealing enough.

T: Really uninspiring. Tastes like lemon drops with a bit of shortcake at the end. The bottle promised more citrus - the finish didn't linger at all. No alcohol taste, which is a matter of preference, I guess.

M: Very little carbonation but a pleasant medium body.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a really hazy light goldish amber. Not too much for a a head. A thin layer of white bubbles and very little spotty lacing.

S- A fairly strong bready cracker smell here. Light hops, grassy, and lemon.

T- Taste is like Noble Pils and White Ale were mixed together. A very strong cracker bready taste with a grassy hop bite.

M- Light in body and crisp carbonation.

O- Not really digging this one at all.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.64/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I would just like to state that i love this style, so i was excited to try...boy was i let down

A-cloudy yellow with a nice white head

S-slight creamy grassiness. faint scent.

T-comes in with a creamy taste of weeds and spearmint. its a clean taste of medium strength. matching after-taste. odd tasting.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-i love this style but i think Sam Adams once again missed the point. the grassyness is there...which i love, however there are some off flavors there and a weird creaminess that makes this beer taste more like some light american ale than a true german lager. i'll give it another shot i'm sure, not completely turned off...yet.

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Photo of Longstaff
2.67/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Typical of sam adams, this beer looks good on paper, but fails in execution. Yeast profile on this is typically unclean Sam Adams lager profile with a slightly tart, estery taste and finishes a little cloying as if grains of paradise or other spices were used . Flavor is reminiscent of indian coriander - with froot loops like citrus dominating. Malt profile is a little biscuity which is welcome to offset the tartness and citrus profile, but ends up coming off oddly weird, unclean, and unrefreshing. Might be a decent summer beer, why the hell you would release it in January is beyond me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, unfiltered, pale, yellow-orange coloring with a sparse coating of film. Good solid lacing along the glass as the beer moves around. Aromas are very light, with a slight lemon zest and clove spicing, but not much of anything else. Flavors are roasty and toasty, with a grainy cereal backbone, and some extremely subtle hops and citrus tones. The hops take over into the aftertaste, with a dry, peppery profile. The finish is slightly dry, with a hint of cloves left behind. Aromas and palate are weak overall, but the body and finish are well put together. Could be a good beer with a liitle more "oomph" on the palate.

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Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sam Adams puts out a generally excellent lineup of beers, across the board. Any brewer is going to let a clunker slip through every so often, and so is the case with Alpine Spring. What I find surprising, however, is that this is a major seasonal offering, not just a one-of that didn't work out. The brewer lists some lofty inspirations and ingredients, but here the sum is less than the parts. Grainy, rough and unpolished are the descriptors that come to mind. A distinct raw grain flavor dominates, and the hops are blunt and nondescript.

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Photo of aubuc1
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle dated best before June (hopefully 2013) poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice thick white head that is slow to recede.

Smell is pretty subdued. Hint of straw and butter.

Taste is pretty watered down. Nothing really stands out. Maybe some grass and some slight citrus. I just bought this, but is there a chance it is a leftover from last year?

Mouthfeel is pretty thin.

Overall this is an easy drinking beer with no discernable qualities otherwise. Maybe the wife will like it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Alpine Spring? What the hell is this...a bar of soap? Lame name for a brew. Pours a hazed gold color with a tight, white head. Fades fairly fast and leaves a few strands of lace.

Nose is very noble...fairly similar to Noble Pils actually, albeit weaker and not a juicy. Grassy and floral with a touch of herb. Malts are honeyed grains with just a touch of biscuit. Not bad.

Taste falls apart for me, the honeyed malt falls squarely in between a watery floral hop flavor and a flabby bitterness at the end. The taste overall has no flow and is a total trainwreck of a beer. I rarely have trouble finishing a sixer of anything, but this one I was happy to be able to pawn off two of the six bottles and will surely never, ever buy this atrocity again. Shame on you BBC. If this replaces the Noble Pils I will be sorely disappointed.

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Photo of msarver16
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Pours a hazy translucent yellow straw color. 2 finger head that lingers.

Smell is super mild. Struggling, but finding lemon and bready malt.

Taste is definitely a step up from the nose. Light and crisp with lemon and orange, little bit of malt. Getting a hint of something I really don't enjoy at all, I wanna call it cat pee.

Mouthfeel is eh. Kinda clean and crisp. The flavors don't linger, which is a good thing.

Overall it's okay. It's not awful, but I don't think it's good either. A step of from their last spring offering Noble Pils (awful). Still say the old white ale was a great spring beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of RappAttack
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a pale straw yellow

S: smells kinda like a more citrusy Budweiser

T: small bit of citrus with some breadyness but thats about it

M: the high point, very refreshing, good carbonation

O: not very impressed with this one i prefer the noble pils to this spring seasonal. a good beer to have with some spring cleaning i will say

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Photo of mlazzaro
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in Sam Adams glass.

Looks like a Kolsch. White head composed of larger sized bubbles, not the best retention. Yellow-light amber color. Moderately clear, lots of yeast in bottle. Barely smells like anything. Moderate floral hop smell. Super faint aromatics. Tastes has a bit more to it. Grainy pilsner malt flavors are nice. clean yeast flavor. smooth and soft bitterness. light citrus notes. Drinkable and refreshing, not particularly exciting though. just ok, really less and less stimulating as you drink it. I think is tastes better with yeast mixed in, increases bitterness and flavor profile. I also imaging its not nearly as good kegged.

spring beer released in January... this beer expires before spring even occurs. hahaha-

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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 mfnmbvp
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, the notch on the side of the label says best before July 2013. Uncapped and poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a pale cloudy lemon looking weisbier color with virtually no head whatsoever.

S - Pale dusty bubblegum malts and the vaguest grapefruit are the only things I think I can smell here. This beer doesn't seem to be packing much of an aroma that I can smell.

T - Bubblegum malt flavor with a vague note of citrus / pine hops in the background. Mild carbonation, it is a well-bodied beer for the most part. Little bit of a hop spice lingering in the background. Creamy apricot type flavor starts to come out in the end.

M - Clean smooth pleasant mouthfeel with somewhat of a candied apricot aftertaste which is very nice indeed.

Perhaps a tad bit too carbonated for my liking, like a lot of beers by Samuel Adams, but highly drinkable, and a beer I would definitely try again. Never had a Keller Bier / Zwickel Bier before so I suspect this was a decent introduction to the style.

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring ---3/5

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber with a small white head and light lacing. Nose is malty sweet and malty.

Taste is very carbonated and sharp. Mouthfeel is chewy and nice. Malty honey flavors dominate which is pretty nice. Overall its decent but nowhere near as good as noble pils.

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Photo of Raime
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Seriously tastes like somebody rolled up a fat joint of Sour Diesel and stuck it into the bottle. All I tasted was Marijuana while I was drinking this. That and some slight citrus notes. Wasn't horrible by any means, A much better choice than some beers out there, But I don't smoke pot nor do I enjoy the taste of it within my beer. Can't really recommend this to very many people as most probably wouldn't enjoy it and I do not understand how it has such high marks

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Photo of secondtooth
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, semi-cloudy yellow in color, with a large head of white carbonation. Detailed, impressive lace.

Nose is sweet, malty, like honey. Not bad, but not what I expected somehow.

Taste is sweet, rich, and fruity, I get more tones of honey than anything else, though. Somehow not as light as I'd have liked. I don't get a lot of balance here. Not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of PintOHops
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass - Mug

A - A cloudy pale yellow/gold color with lots of visible carbonation. It produced a 2-3 finger soapy looking head that held well for a Lager. Some decent lacing was left on my Mug at the end.

S - The smell reminds me of allot of other Sam Adams beers. Herbal and lemony hops are upfront, with soft grain, biscuit and cracker like malts underneath. Some mustiness from the yeast, that's about it.

T - Hmm, well I pick up bread, cracker, and Lager yeast upfront and throughout. Mild herbal and lemon citrus hop flavors come in towards the finish. It's a bit dry and finishes with almost absent bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

M - Moderately crisp with a chewy feel and medium-full body.

O - I don't think this is a Sam Adams brew that I'd buy again. It's very boring and basic to me. The flavor profile tastes of nothing but Lager yeast and a pinch of hops, and the smell is very similar. I'd drink it again but I'm not buying it again.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color with a big foamy white head after a strong pour. Decent retention; good strings of lacing.

Smells light and malty with some lager yeast and earthy hops.

Toasted bready/crackery malt flavor up front with plenty of lemon zest and grassy hops. "Bright and citrusy" is a fair description; a bit too much so for my taste.

Medium body with crisp carbonation.

This to me tastes like a lager version of their Summer Ale, which I'm not real fond of. It doesn't state that there's actually any lemon in it, but it sure tastes that way. Definitely more of a summertime offering in my opinion.

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