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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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Photo of inlimbo77
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6oz (from 12oz bottle) poured into an unmarked goblet glass.

A: Cloudy bright yellowish orange color. Half finger bright white head. Some sticky lacing bits on the glass after the swirl. There is ok carbonation.

S: Smells like a simple little hopped lager. I get some clean fresh hop aromas and old English malt smells (?). Nothing mind blowing thats for sure.

T: It's definitely a light and crisp lager. Like others have mentioned, it's a lot like BMC beers. Not bad, but just not a lot of flavor going on. There are some spicy and citrusy notes. And then it drops off into a crisp close. Nothing else lingers.

M: Light bodied and easy drinking.

O: C+ I guess. It's a party beer for me. Drink some in the sun etc. Like a lot of Sam Adams stuff.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Baker's in Omaha, NE
Poured into a standard pint glass

Alpine Spring lager is a modestly citrus-influenced German-style lager that blends attributes of a few styles. While it manages to do this inoffensively, the beer doesn't offer much in the way of memorableness or distinction. I'd rather have a Boston Lager, to be honest.

Pours a 2cm head of smallish, off-white bubbles, creating a fairly dense, pillowy foam. Retention is fairly solid, takes a few minutes to become a thin cap atop the body. Leaves no lacing. Body color is semi-transparent muddied yellow, somewhat strange if this is a keller bier.

Aroma of lager yeast metabolites, lemon-like hops, and biscuit-influenced malt. Clean and to the point, average, but enjoyable.

Taste opens with a mix of malt sweetness and subtle citrus and bittering hops. Transitions to lager yeast metabolites, continued malt sweetness, and light lemon flavors through mid-palate. Closes out with strong biscuit-like malt flavors and some residual lemon. Aftertaste of light lemon tartness and residual biscuit malt.

Medium-bodied with modest carbonation that lets this beer flow smoothly across the palate. Finish is dry.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this a few times last year, I remember it as a good spring weather refresher beer.

Pours a pale orange with some haze. A tall white head sticks around pretty well, retains as a pretty full cap and leaves some lace behind.

A somewhat faint and simple scent, but pleasant enough. Sweet, grainy and bready, with light spicy hop and banana&apple-like fruit presence. Some veggie-ness.

Taste is similar - simple, kinda bland, but certainly not bad. The bread/grain/sweet malt bill is okay but average. Still an interesting banana flavor going on, some spicy and herbal hops but bitterness is quite low.

Pretty solid mouthfeel, decent body for the ABV, low on the foaminess and carbonation.

Not bad, certainly drinkable but not the most exciting beer.

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Photo of Moose90
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Updating had's with tasting notes from long ago

Served from 12oz bottle that was snagged on a whim from a "Make Your Own Six-Pack"

A — Pours a cloudy, almost murky dark yellow color, a bit weird looking. There is a nice and very bright white colored head on-top of it, leaves behind some spotty and soapy lacing along the inside of the glass.

S — Smells a little sweet and lightly malty. Notes of grain, hay, little bit of fresh cut grass and flowers. Bit of citrus, orange and bitter lemon.

T — Lightly malty and somewhat sweet, some more orange and citrus notes, though this is mostly sweet and light. Fair amount of bitterness comes across and helps balance everything out.

M — Light-Medium bodied, a nice enough lingering finish.

O — Very drinkably and refreshing, not something I would seek out, but if there was nothing better on the draft list, then I'd be fine ordering this.

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Photo of theaudist
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a case of these on sale at the local grocer for 12 bucks.

Pours a hazy golden/orange with a soapy head that slowly sits down leaving a heavy, sticky lace in its wake.

Aroma is pretty pedestrian with just a hint of biscuit, honey, and citrus delicately poking its way through.

Taste is, up front, very notably honey and a smattering of lime. The tettnang hops are very noticeable, but the generous honey flavor ensures that this beer starts and stays balanced. Towards the end it begins to smooth out into a yeasty, bready finish that snaps clean. Extremely refreshing!

Mouthfeel is dense and chewy but not overly so. Feels "wholesome".

This is a fantastic beer that may not get the praise a beer this balanced deserves. I'll be buying another case or two of this before the spring is over.

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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 KajII
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy golden orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white creamy head that was mostly diminishing leaving a small collar of foam which allowed for some fair lacing.

The aroma was of straw malts, floral hops and an earthy yeast with notes of citrus (lemon) and a bit of honey.

The taste was mildly malty sweet with a hint of lemon and honey pretty much throughout with the end being rather yeasty and having a nice wheat citrus taste. The flavor lasted an average amount of time proceeding the swallow with the taste of citrus being most dominant.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and a little watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a great spring/summer brew, one with a nice citrus wheat taste that is very refreshing, especially on a hot day...

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Photo of pweis909
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Golden beery color with thick white head and foam lacing. Slight chill haze.

S=mostly malt dominated. Not much hop aroma going on.

T=there is an off putting component to the bitterness. It's not that it is too bitter, I don't think but something seems chemically? Some pleasant malt sweetness in the finish. The finish also seems a bit acidic, as in too carbonated.

Really wanted to like this more than I do. Next time I'll grab the Noble Pils, which I like much better.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazey golden body with a bone white head. Good lacing.

S- Not getting much, some citrus and a yeasty aroma.

T- Citrus, honey and an unfiltered body.

M- Good carbonation, refreshing.

O- Easy drinking, but nothing special. Seems like a decent summer beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle 

A- Pours an unfiltered golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt and citrus with some hops.

T- The taste is malt up front with a lot of citrus and hop flavors in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad spring ale. Worth a try.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours out of the bottle really light, but sits in my Perfect Pint glass a hazy clear yellow. About a finger of white rises up, but recedes quickly, leaving behind a nice amount of sticky lacing.

S: Smells a lot like a lager, with hints of citrus hops that hints towards and IPA. I really wish Sam Adams would just come out with a killer IPA instead of flirting around the style with beers like this and Noble Pils.

T: The taste is really light, hinting towards a very drinkable lager. The malty, sweet lager characteristics start the beer off, and are followed by only a light amount of hoppiness before the flavor really drops off. Bitter hop finish.

MF: Extremely light, but carbonated well. For all it's faults this beer is really drinkable.

O: Again, I plead with you, just make an IPA and stop releasing these strange almost IPAs. This was tasty, but nothing even close to special. The Spring mix pack is just a complete miss for me.

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

a: This was a cloudy starw color. It was served to me with a small, firm, frothy cap.

s: Somewhat musty lemons and rough grains.

t: Kind of chalky overall with muted, leafy citrus, sof bananas, and a lightly tart grain flavor.

m: Soft and fairly full bodied.

o: I don't know enough to say if this is true to stlye, but it did seem kind of watered down to me.

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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 microbrewlover
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy orange color with a light fluffy one finger head which dissipates quickly. Mild lacing.

The smell is yeasty, sweet malts, orange, lemon and maybe a little bit of pine.

The taste is lemon, orange, dank yeast, a little oily pine. Nothing really stands out.

The mouthfeel is thin and oily. A little pine oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

This is an average Keller, it would be nice on a warm spring day as an easily drinkable session brew but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, unfiltered orange-yellow color with an inch thick head that lingers for a minute. The lacing is very nice.

Smell - Citrus, earthy and floral hops, light spices, and a funky yeast bitterness.

Taste - Quite sweet, with a strong honey flavor, citrus, pale malts, white peppercorns, and a nasty alcohol aftertaste similar to that of whiskey ales.

Mouthfeel - Has a creamy, thick body with light carbonation.

Overall - The history of this beer style is pretty interesting and I'm glad I tried it.. but I won't be buying another case of Samuel Adams Alpine Spring.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden yellow with a slight orange hue.

Floral and herbal hop aroma with a touch of citrus.

Citrus, floral and herbal hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp.

Overall, a nice and crisp refreshing beer, but not much to say in terms of aroma and flavor.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow not much carbonation and a two finger head

S-Lemon, a little pledge like, wheat and a tad bit of orange

T-Close to pledge. The lemon is almost artificial. Some wheat and orange but the lemon flavor is off.

M-Light to medium bodied with some carbonation

O-Sam Adams needs to stop making beers with lemon flavors (This and Coastal Wheat) both are poor beers.

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Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold beer with a small white colored head. Hard to classify this one as it is a mix of several styles.

Smells of noble hop and medicine. Spicy scent with a band-aid and slightly smoky.

Starts out fairly malty with a fairly big wheat cracker flavor. This is a bit on the sweet side for a lager. Slight oak flavor. Kind of a weird beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is just tolerable. It would be better if the brewer had picked a style and stuck with it. Sort of a Duck-billed Platypus of a beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at July. Pours translucent golden color with a thin head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of sour citrus, grains, and slightly floral. Taste is alot less hops and alot more malt than I expected from the smell. Bready and a bit sweet with some lemon peel at the end. Some floral hops bitterness, but not much. Light and crisp. Easy to drink. I am noticing somewhat of an odd floral soapy aftertaste the more I drink it. Overall, I think im all set with this one.

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Photo of Mit
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a-pours a orangy opaque colour with a decent head....

s-citrus notes...crisp...very refreshing....

t-lighter taste...minor hops...that crisp flavor reminiscent of an apple or like when you bite into an orange without peeling it. Quite nice.

m-feels light for the abv...

overall I found this beer tastely but kinda unremarkable...I would def get it again as I did like it a lot. There was nothing excepting the crispness that I found stood out for me.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Very cloudy golden amber in color with a one finger fluffy head
that lasts for about a minute and presents some mediocre lacing.

S. Mild floral hopping nose.

T. Some minty herbal hopping is present. Also, there is a crisp lemon peel tone with some mild breadiness.

M. Light carbonation and body.

Not very complex but it does what it says on the tin, so to speak, so I can't really fault it for that. I would have liked a bit more aroma and some more interesting malt flavors.

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Photo of Tuey13
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head.
Smells very crisp and malty with a little hop scent... also some spice and citrus.
Tastes very nice, a little stronger than i expected... has a bit of light honey sweetness and malts, then a hit of a hop bitterness that gives some great balance to this. Finishes very clean in my opinion.
I agree with what the label says... can be great in cool weather or in mild weather... has a great taste that i could session very easily by a fire or in the warm sun.

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

Pours a cloudy light copper yellow, and sunset oranges. Nose is bready, lagery, with light bitter notes, pleasant but not assertive. Taste is rich, malty but not malt-forward, some bitter punctuations, bready, weisse-like without the bananas. Mouthfeel is active, fizzy, complete, full and scrubbing. Overall, again like a weisse beer, and good for sure, but prolly wouldn't buy another.

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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 Craigory
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 'Spring Thaw' mix pack. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A-- A gentle pour yields lots of billowy white head that sticks around for a while and leaves spotty lacing as it gently recedes. The beer in the glass is a slightly hazy, honey-gold colour, and a steady stream of bubbles replenishes the head. A nice ring remains on top of the beer throughout.

S-- The nose is pretty one-note; basic, non-offensive lager 'funk,' with maybe a hint of honey. This is pleasant enough, but nothing exciting. As the beer warms, I get just a little citrus from the hops, as well.

T-- More going on here than the scent lets on. There is a brief burst of bitterness from the Tettnang hops, but this is quickly overtaken by a light citrus, which itself quickly gives way to malt sweetness. The honey-malt sweetness lasts for a while, remaining heavy on the tongue long after the sip is done. A slight bitterness creeps in again after a while. I happen to like some honey-sweetness in my beer, so I quite like the flavor here.

M-- Crisp but moderate carbonation, with a lighter body that maybe hits the lighter side of medium. Good mouthfeel for an easy-drinking lager.

O--A nice, refreshing lager that would work well on a warm day, but still hits the spot as I drink on a cold, cloudy day in January. Alpine Spring is simple, but tasty and honey-sweet. I wouldn't shell out for it in its own 12-pack, but it makes a nice 'team player' here in the spring mix pack. Good, not great.

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