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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 Higy
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best seasonal brews from Samuel Adams. I do not usually enjoy hops with a citrus profile (but palates do change.) It was well balanced with hops and malt flavors.

It is a beer i would recommend to someone that usually drinks "lite" beer and to someone who does not enjoy american style hopped beer.

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Photo of d1ckvanswype
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Coca Cola style pint glass (dishwasher day, ugh).

A: Poured with standard aggression which yields a fluffy white two fingers worth of head that slowly deflates, leaving some decent lacing. Cloudy orange-gold color, a nice looking beer.

S: Yeasty and spicy, with a wheat forward tone and a deliciously juicy citrus note from the Tettnang hops.

T: Starts smooth and sweet, which quickly turns into a pronounced wheat flavor and less of the juicy orange note than I would have liked, and a very, very gentle hop bitterness at the very end which mingles nicely with the spicy yeast character.

M: Surprisingly lush for a macro brew, pretty creamy but with a refreshing, slightly zippy carbonation which stops it from laying too heavy on the tongue. Quite nice, actually.

O: A very solid beer, easy to drink and very refreshing, a great beer for that midpoint between Winter and Spring.

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Photo of goldbot
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into perfect pint glass, best before July 2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, grape, bread, wheat, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of fruity esters, malt, and hop notes. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, biscuit, honey, wheat, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of hop. malt, and fruity esters; with a nice amount of robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent kellerbier lager! Very nice amount of well balanced flavors with good complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden / straw colored, semi hazy, white head with some nice lacing.

It smells and tastes like this beer has almost the same hop and malt profile as Noble Pils. Grassy hops dominate the aroma and taste. I feel like the malt bill is a bit more developed here in contrast with NP. Thicker in body, still grainy but also a bit sweeter. Clean all around, excellent drinkability and flavor. A winner from SA.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy appearance, with a pale golden color made this look similar to a Hefeweizen, except for the head, which was much smaller. The smell was quite floral and lemony, and very inviting. The taste started tart and bready and finished powdery and dry. The hop bitterness was barely there. The body felt light and quenching. Simple in construction but quenching, this is like potato chips in beer form. Once you start , you will not notice ho fast you are consuming it, and once it's gone, you immediately feel the need to grab another.

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Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed golden with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Clears up nicely. Pretty good lacing & head retention

S: Pears, faint breadyness & grassy notes

T: Follows the nose, wet grainy notes & a touch of pineapple up front. Wet grainyness, pears & touch white grape, some lemony hops & just a touch of grainyness, a bit of dryness. Finishes grainy, fruitty & bready & a touch of pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & a touch of grainyness,

As a Kellerbier I really like this. Had this on draft, but it was chilled way too much. I would happily drink this all Spring & Summer

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Photo of mralphabet
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a good finger & a half worth of head that settled to a nice layer with pretty good lacing.

S: Wonderful smelling beer.... Lots of floral and citrus hops right up front followed by some bready malt with a hint of honey sweetness.

T: Oddly the honey sweetness and breadiness hits right up front followed by a wonderful mix of floral and citrus hops... I think the citrus notes really shine through.

M: Pretty light bodied with a good amount of carbonation that makes the beer pretty crisp. The finish is a little on the dry side with a little bitter hops in the finish.

O: Overall, a pretty good spring beer.... reminds me a little of a Pils... but the mix of smells and flavors are great. With a good ABV, this would be a good session beer.

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Photo of dfillius
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Moderate pour into a pint glass yields 1 finger of tight thick creamy white head with great retention - love it. Cloudy gold liquid looks a lot like a hefeweizen. Pretty!
S: Lemon and lime, yeasty bloom.
T: Earthy yeastiness with some tart hefeweizen like citrus. Too crisp for that though. Delicately bitter. Sweet honey comes through in the finish.
M: Creamy, bright, light
O: Refreshing, sessionable, full-flavored, soild. I'd buy again and order another.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a bright gold with a cloudy appearance, Sits well in the glass with good lacing. The smell is a good blend of hops and citus very nice on the nose. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp and leaves the tongue very nicely. As far as taste this ranks well for a wheat brew. There is just a slight hint of the citrus in the brew, enough to help this brew go down. Overall we feel that Sam Adams has done it again.

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised and delighted with the first sip of this stuff. It reminds me of a really light Saison-- but wait, it's a Wit witout the spice! So I looked it up and was pleased to see the category. After trying several Zwickel styles in Germany I have been enamored of this odd kind of brew, and this is a perfectly good example.

Pours a cloudy golden pale amber in the tall glass. Some light sediment in the bottle. Tall,fine-grained head with that tantalizing German-style creamy mouthfeel. Warm and rather malty with some wheaty flavors. Less tart that many of the authentic versions. A hint of a really tasty mineral water.

From a single 12 oz bottle bought at Trader Joe's. I'm going for the Sam Adams Spring 12-pack for some more of this.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a dark golden color with some haze but not as hazy as I expected for an unfiltered beer. Big soapy head that leaves lots of droppy lace.

S- Very fresh and aromatic with floral, lemon, earthy, and fruity lager notes

T- Very balanced taste with floral, lemon, earthy, fruity lager, and light yeasty notes. Very fresh tasting

M- Soft mouthfeel, creamy, medium carbonation, not quite dry

O- Very balanced and drinkable beer that is great for spring or summer. Really nice mouthfeel and refreshing. This is a beer I could drink all day.

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Photo of ctfixer
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful, pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head. Very nice looking brew.

S - Get a good crisp lemony or orange peel with slight floral notes on the nose. Very respectable.

T - Refreshing Helles flavor backed up with bright citrus flavors but enough malts to satisfy the balance.

M - Has a nice level of small bubble carbonation that enhances the refreshing spring flavors and finishes very clean with just a fine balance of malt.

O - Very impressive complex lager for a seemingly simple beer. Well done Boston Beer!

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy, bright golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head, very good retention.

Very springlike scent; citrus and floral hops were dominant, there were also some earthy yeast notes.

The taste was of floral hops, citrus, and notes of the earthy yeast.

Light body, smooth feel with a clean finish. moderat carbonation.

This is a very good spring lager and also excellent for a hot summer day. Very easy to drink with lots of flavor. I could drink this regularly.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of this year's spring mix-pack. Pours a hazy yellow body with a good inch of off-white head that persists. Fruity spicy hops dominate the aroma. Orange, pineapple, and spice hit the palate initially, with pine, spice, and citrus pulp notes. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Very drinkable. Pleasant, refreshing, and tasty. I like this one.

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Photo of gotweid
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 12 pack on a whim. Best by July, 2013. Pours a bright, light but straw color & very cloudy. Bright white 2 finger head that slowly settles to a thin cover that lasts with thin lacing. Aroma of the hops along with some lemony(?) citrus & floral is rather nice. Taste keeps with the aroma of slight grassy hop character, some crisp citrus balanced with a little wheat. Clean mouthfeel. Really, really surprised by how good this was and how much I enjoyed it. I really like this. Will recommend this to others.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - One great looking beer. Perfect 3 finger head. Lemony yellow body slighty cloudy with lots of carbonation.

Smell - Smells alot like a Belgian Ale like Leffe or Affligem. Very sweet and lemony with some earthy notes.

Taste - I really like this beer. Definitely has the hop characteristics of the noble pils but has a slightly smoother finish without the crisp hop presence. Some sweet notes and also some grainy notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Buttery and full bodied. Feels great in the mouth for such a light beer. I don't know how Jim pulled it off but its really spectacular.

Overall- I was really shocked at how spectacular this beer is. It truely is a wonderful beer. Similar to the Noble Hops but has some slightly different characteristics that are very nice.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alpine Spring is a golden color similar to a lighter honey. It was slightly cloudy from being unfiltered, and the head was airy and barely off-white.

The main aromas were citrusy hops accompanied by bright malts. The balance was definitely shifted toward the hops in this beer.

The taste has the citrusy, bright components of the aroma but was well balanced. The finish was clean and quick.

There was a nice amount of carbonation, but the beer still seemed somewhat denser than it should- maybe the unfiltered yeast was the cause.

Overall, this is a nice beer to drink. It would be best suited to spring or summer weather when it is warmer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy, opaque golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale golden head. Aroma is not strong but is still inviting, with fruity and malty notes. Fruity flavor has notes of malt, apple and yeast with hints of hops and wood. Firm-bodied texture is strongly fizzy and leaves a nice woody, tingly finish.


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Photo of mattkoon
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

alpine spring from samuel adams pours a nice lemony gold color. the smell is hoppy like an ipa, maybe not as intense, with a lemony citrus freshness. the taste is pretty similar to the smell, its hoppy with a good bit of lemon...really fresh tasting. the hoppiness isnt too bitter either, which makes it smooth. i could drink lots of these.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden straw, hazy, pours 2 inches of thick fluffy white head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: citrus, lemon, lime, lemon verbena, floral, slightly peppery, honey.

Taste: citrus, lemon, lime, floral, estery, peppery, biscuit, honey, subtle pine resin hoppiness, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, good carbonation, crips, zesty.

overall: A terrific lager. A great spring/summer beer. Perfect for relaxing by the pool or mowing the lawn. Pertty complex, well balanced. Very drinkable.

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Photo of scratch69
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden-orange with a finger and a half worth of white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of citrus and malt. Smells good, just not very strong.

Taste- Sweet malt with lemon and orange notes and a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and a nice amount of carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall- Very drinkable and I will definitely be adding to my rotation. I hope there is some left this spring so I can enjoy it when I fire up the grill.

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Photo of suspect
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful crystal clear pale straw yellow color with slight orange tones. Normal pour that was slightly aggressive at the end lead itself to a big rocky puffy white cloud of head that stuck around for about 5 minutes after the pour. Lacing was consistent and thick.

S: Strong malt characteristics with some zippy hop profiles. There is some definite lager yeast notes and some acetyl alcohol present as well.

T: Follows the nose with the malt profiles sitting nicely center stage with citrus hop notes sliding in nicely for a shot of zest that balances wonderfully with the strong malt backbone.

M: Nice dry crisp finish with lingering aftertaste. Mouth coating leads me to reach for the glass quickly and often. Nice carbonation, really nice feel.

O: This is a really nice beer. A quick drinking, really smooth perfect reflection of the style and I'm once again pleased with a Samuel Adams brew.

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Photo of JoKo
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Kölsch glass. Beer is bright golden, highly carbonated with a 2 inch thick white head that lingers for a few minutes after the pour. Highly impressive.

Smell: Subtle on the nose, hops up front.

Taste: Very citrusy, tart, hops up front with a solid malt base, hints of spice, possibly coriander.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth lager that doesn't linger on the palate for too long after each sip.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, perfect spring/summer brew. I'd recommend this beer to anyone who is wants something different than a pale lager. Perfect type of "gateway" beer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ontap at The Sandlot in Morris IL.

Very nice golden color, slightly hazy, bright white foamy head. Really impressive retention and lacing.

Smells of some good sweet malt, like pilsner and crystal perhaps? There is a a pleasant, well-balanced hop note here-- mainly lemony, grassy, and floral.

The flavor is exactly like the nose-- very nicely balanced with a smooth toasty sweet malt and a mild bitterness at the backend.

Feel is light an well-carbonated. If this were in cans, this would be a PERFECT summertime beer for out on the boat. Highly drinkable, tasty, and flavorful enough to be interesting.
Certainly one of my favorites from SA.

Well done.

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