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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 Kegatron
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Hazed copper with a stiff lightly off-white head. Sudsy lacing that sticks. Smells tangy with citrus and bread flavors that are wrapped up in a earthy and floral blanket. The taste has a tight bitterness with notes of fresh citrus, including a little zesty lemon and orange. Bready malt mixes in along back to gives this a strong twang across the back. Dry and bitter finish. Medium bodied with a firm and crisp bite that gets a little softer underneath. This is easy drinking stuff with the sweetness of a lighter Bock beer but then a crisp citric presence that really gave this a nice snap in the mouth as well. Decent stuff.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange/yellow color, hazy, and a good white foam top.

Big plus on the aroma. It has a fabulous bready/creamy/sweet smell that’s hard to describe but really nice. There’s also bright citrus notes.

That unique smell carries through with a really delectable and intriguing flavor. It’s malty but in a dry, lightly sweetened way. Again, bright citrus notes are there to put a little zing in it. Body is really good, feels full without actual being heavy or filling.The finish is just so nice, with the malts and hops complementing each other so well.

Sam Adams continues to impress me lately. From exciting new year-round brews to really great seasonals, they have really delivered some unique beers. I only bought a single of Alpine Spring, but I will going back to buy a six-pack soon. This is a spring seasonal I’ll be excited for each year.

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Photo of teromous
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pale gold body, hazy, with a large fluffy white head. Some pretty good lacing...mostly broken lines and some spots.

S: I can smell some earthy and slightly spicy noble hop aromas. There is a yeasty smell to the beer...honestly smells like the bottom of a fermenter.

T: Tons of yeasty bread dough. Some bitterness on the sides of my mouth. A bit of a vanilla flavor to it. There's a tinge of lager bite.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth with some graininess to it. Very wet.

O: Overall I thought it was a good beer. I personally would have liked a little less yeast and a little more hop character, but otherwise it was a very good beer. It tastes very fresh and that is a good thing. I would recommend buying this in a place that has good temperature control, because that is likely to impact a beer with so much yeast in it. I would drink this again. Honestly I was thrown off by the "Alpine Spring" thing, where it brought thoughts of deodorant came to mind. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the beer is.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #254
Served On: 2/13/2013
Glassware: SA Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: June

This was a 12oz bottle from the spring mixed 12 pack I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD ($15.99).

Look: Definitely unfiltered given the hazy gold color with lots of floaters moving around. The head was a frothy off-white color. Carbonation level was not bad with some steady bubbles rising up from the laser etching in the SA Perfect Pint glass.

Smell: Sweet citrus with some biscuit in the background. A slight sour note came through reinforcing the lager component. A faint Wheat Beer character seemed to be present with the high level of crispness in the aroma.

Taste: Light on the palate. First up was a brief carbonation rush followed by a sweet biscuit. A honey flavor hit around the finish. A diet soda aftertaste brought up the end and quickly lead into some residual sweetness.

This was a little disappointing for me in the taste. The aroma and unfiltered appearance promised a slightly more complex palate than what I got. But hey, it’s another seasonal notch on the Sam Adams belt I guess. That’s all that seems to count these days.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, golden ale with a lot of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass. The head is maybe 1 1/2 fingers, but dissipates as quickly as it comes, leaving no lacing.

S: Some slight grains and some lemon. Not a whole lot on it in the way of aroma.

T: Toasted grains, slightly grassy, HEAVY hit of coriander and orange. A bit piney, and some nice bitterness from the hops. Nice mix of the sweet and bitter, but a little too heavy on the citrus fr my taste.

M: Light and bubbly. 'Nuff said.

O: A decent beer, definitely springy. The mix of the orange with the spice and the grassiness is actually quite pleasant. Not exactly my cup of tea, but it came in the sampler pack, so what's a man to do?

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy yellow-orange with lots of bubbles and three-finger, white, rocky, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Orange and soapy. Very mild.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Orange citrus. Mild flavor.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Pretty good beer. Refreshing for the Springtime.

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Photo of wingman14
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy white. Smell is not very powerful, sweet with some malt and subtle citrus. Taste starts out with a subtle bitter moves to a mild sweet and slight citrus, the malt is the backbone of this beer. A nice smooth medium light beer very crisp, enjoyable feel. Overall a crisp beer with minimum flavor, worth checking out.

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Photo of kshizzle101
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Hazy golden/orange in color, 3 inch white head with some staying power.

S - very sweet smelling, possibly some lemon. grassyness to it as well. feint bit of hoppiness to it

T - sweet - lemon, a bit of hoppiness. some maltness towars the end with a slight coppery taste which is not appealing.

M - Lightbodied, and probably a little undercarbonated.

Overall - Pretty mediocre from Sam Adams. Disappointed

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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 brewdude1982
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

It pours a cloudy orange with a big cloudy frothy head, and good lacing. It smells a little on the hoppy side. It has a fairly bland taste with a little bitter taste on the back end. It has a medium body with decent carbonation. Overall I was not too surprised by this beer and I would only buy it as part of a mixed pack.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber for $2.99 at Hannaford in Durham NH. Code C34521828 with a label notch to indicate Best By June (presumably 2013).

Served cold in a standard tulip.

A: A moderate pour gives 1/2" of eggshell head, half large and half small bubbles, settles slowly. Cloudy light orange brew.

S: Soft orangey hops, almost like bitter peach. Semi-sweet honey mixes with light bready malts. Pretty light overall. A hint of coriander?

T: Light and very well balanced, nothing too strong or overpowering. A nice blend of neutral citrus, peach pit, and mild herb/ grass hop flavors on a soft mildly sweet body of light bready malts with a hint of honey.

M: Thin and light, but with a bit of viscosity that seems to come from nowhere. Soft carbo. No ethanol detectable.

O: Tasty and very chuggable, goes down very easy. Really well balanced, but also not really distinctive. Seems to be missing something, just so neutral and even that it's almost bland. Not bland, as in flavorless... more like unremarkable or without character. I could chug a bunch of this but I'd never miss it or crave it. Could really take it or leave it. *shrug*

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Hazy as heck dull orange; minimal head and some lacing.

S: Citrus rind, orange peel, grapefruit pulp, pine...soapy and a bit floral...crisp pilsner malt and lager grains.

T: Smoother taste, hops are piney and citrusy but muddled in layer of husky grain...lemon...soapy again, with suggestions of flowers, grassy hops and grapefruit rind. Pretty bready, with a chalky/yeasty edge, as it warms...stone fruit (apricot) emerges as well.

MF: Crisp, clean and refreshing. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O: Can't get into this style of beer; might be a better offering to revisit in 90 degree weather. Drinkable but so forgettable.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a cloudy orangish gold color with about one finger of white head. Carbonation is active.

S- Smell is citrusy and spicy with notes of orange peel, lemon, and coriander.

T- A sweet profile up front with a nice hop bite as well that keeps it balanced. Citrus flavors and spices are present. A little bit of a medicinal taste that is actually enjoyable.

M- Medium bodied and crisp. Goes down very easy and alcohol is hardly present. This beer is refreshing and tasty. I could definitely polish off a 6 pack of this.

O- I liked this beer especially because it is balanced with a nice bite of hops. I get sick of beers that are only sweet and do not have any bitter hoppiness. Sam Adams beers never disappoint. They may not be the most complex beers, but they are always tasty and the price is right.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a cloudy shade of dark yellow/light orange with a robust, three finger white head. The head itself is gorgeous, and the beer doesn't look so bad either.

S- light lemony hop aroma coming through, and not much else

T- that damn dish soap flavor comes through again, like in most Sam Adams beers that taste like this. Man, it's getting old. It's not a terrible flavor, but it's so damn consistent and depressing, and makes all of their lighter beers blend together

M- medium bodied

O- too similar to their other lighter beers, and this isn't even a

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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 jondeelee
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alpine Spring opens to a nicely hoppy nose, the initial aromas consisting largely of fresh pink grapefruit and light pine. These fade after a second, and while they are still present, are joined by a grainy underbelly, bringing toast crust, biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, and wet wheat. As the hops continue to fade in the open air, a few light apricot and orange fruit esters rise, along with a touch of brown sugar. Eventually the hops almost fade into the background, and a light bread and fruit base is all that remains. As a whole, the initial hop aromas were pleasant and full, but their fading nature is somewhat wanting for potency. The breads and fruits are nice, but on the light side, and could also use a bit more oomph.

On the tongue, the beer is more sugary than expected, with berry, cherry, orange, and apricot fruit esters mixing well with brown sugars. The hops add further sugary citrus notes in the form of pink grapefruit, with just enough grapefruit rind and light pine to add a balancing bitter edge. Some toast, biscuit, and cereal grains linger in the background, adding earthiness and depth. In subsequent sips the sugars do fade slightly, but are still nicely present. However, the toast crust and wet hay notes increase in strength, the wet hay especially strong and grassy. The hops continue to bring grapefruit and pine in good quantity. The aftertaste is a strong wet hay remnant, with a decent amount of sugars and hops left over, and lingers on the tongue for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a nice lager, and does carry a good range and complexity of flavors. Given the name, it’s easy to see drinking this on a mountainside, perhaps in a ski lodge, as a refreshing, flavorful beverage that won’t get you hammered before the next run. The beer does have weak points, especially in the nose, and the flavors as a whole could use more power and nuance to help set the brew apart. Still, not a bad offering.

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Photo of jjclick17
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know what to expect. Thinking I was going to get an overwhelming citrus beer that might as well have a fruit floating in it...

However, while it did have a citrus taste, it was not overbearing. Slightly heavier and good taste.

Still becoming more observant on aroma and pour... But nothing overly detrimental.

Would drink again!

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Photo of ChapaTX
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance= light and kind of hazy like a hefe

Smell= citrusy

Taste= definitely has and orange peel citrus taste

Mouthfeel= easy to drink and enjoy.

Overall= If citrus taste is your thing this is for you, however I'm not the citrus type. I can see why its a spring seasonal for that reason.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my personal favorite, if you like citrusy beers, you willl love this one. Somerwhat like the Sam Adams Summer Ale, with an extra carmel note to is, which was a plus for me. This just isn't my style of beer, so my openion is based on that, keep that in mind.

Citrus, floral , caramel, easy to drink beer

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Photo of Weston19
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Beer pours a golden color. The beer is a bit foggy but I imagine it's because it's not filtered. Has about a finger sized head which slowly fades into a thin lace.

S: Citrus, malt, spicy hops. Smell is pretty average and is well balanced.

T: The citrus comes off immediately and finishes with a nice sweet taste. Kind of reminds me of a caramel taste. After taste remains relatively sweet.

MF: Very smooth beer. Pretty well carbonated and goes down smoothly.

OA: I really enjoyed this beer. I wasn't too excited about it first because I was concerned about it being a little to bitter but it's actually well balanced. You get the nice citrus taste but it finishes sweet which gives it a really neat balance. I'll definitely be drinking another one of these.

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Photo of fsimcox
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy off-golden color, with a white fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing.

Smells of earth, malt, subtle hops and a hint of citrus. But not overpowering.

Taste is sweet malt, with some hints of citrus, and just a slight hop finish. A hint of hops in the after taste with lingering malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel has some creaminess up front, some carbonation and a full-bodies finish. Very smooth, and easy to drink.

A very nice beer. I was a little surprised that this is a Keller beer. It reminded me of a Helles, but the unfiltered style gave it some interesting subtle notes. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden, cloudy yellow. Pours a frouthy white head with some staying power.
Smell: Major notes include citrus and spice, with salt water taffy in there somewhere in there.
Taste: Spices, orange, orange peel and a slight hint of malt.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with some body. Very surprising for a lager.
Overall: High drinkability. Very nice.

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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 silverking
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alright, It pours a hazy light amber with a nice white head that fades fast but leaves a thin layer of foam with nice lacing. The aroma is very refreshing. Hoppy notes of citrus and pine with a nice malt backbone. The taste is citrusy with a strong grassy malt finish. It has a crisp mouthfeel with moderate, prickly carbonation. It isn't an overly complex brew, but it gets the job done.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

serviceable lager at the JFK sports bar. Big head, deep yellow,Lacey,a little cheesy, and aggressive carbonation. ok drinkability.Reminds me of the premium lagers available many decades ago pre-big brewer. A zwickel? Not as good as the Creemore version.

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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