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

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - hazed yellow color with a fluffy white head that stayed for a while leaving trails of lacing.

S - lemon zest with some grainy and grassy aromas in the background.

T - bready malt taste upfront is met with light grassy hop bitterness turning back to a malt and yeast tasting finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a decent brew that might taste better as the weather warms up.

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Photo of bashiba
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a orange yellow, a touch hazy and a nice thick and sticky white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

The smell was disappointing, after reading the description I was expecting some citrusy hops, this just has a light grassy quality with a bit of coppery metallic tinge.

The flavor is sweet and malty with a light bit of grain and honey, there is a light clean bitterness, but not enough to balance out the sweeter malt, and definitely not citrusy.

The mouthfeel is light and dry.

I can see where this would be easy drinking and have some mainstream appeal with the light sweet malt flavors, but a bit disappointing when I was expecting more of a hoppy citrusy lager. I don't want to beat it up to bad, it is fairly close to style, just needs a hops.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz pours a hazed light orange.. decent white head with little lacing..

Just want to say right up front that this is NOT Munich Helles... but what do I know?

Hop nose is pretty fruity... bready pale malts... the hops are way too sharp for a German lager... and they are way too fruity.

American hoppiness... citrus and melon.. floral with warmth... pale malts carry the hops for a long while.. soapy toward the finish... grainy maltiness delivers the hops nicely.

The body is light/lt/med... bubbles are nice and make for a drinkable brew...

I have NO IDEA why SA would release this brew in the midst of winter... It is a decent brew but has no real direction... I could barely pick this out as a lager.

Seriously... no direction at all... still, I like it... I think?


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

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

a: hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a while. i love the fact they left the lager unfiltered. you don't see many unfiltered lagers these days....

s: nice aroma. lots of flowers and grass. reminds me of a fresh spring day. notes of biscuit-like malt as well. nice.

s: sweet and bready malt flavor is nicely balanced by floral, grass and light citrus hop flavor. very light bitterness. well balanced yet full bodied and flavorful.

m: very smooth mouthfeel.

glad to see another new and delicious Sam Adams Lager. sure, it's not the crisp hop-fest that Noble Pils was, but it's a fantastic well-balanced lager all on it's own. recommended.

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Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light bodied bright gold in color with an ever so slight cloudiness and a white lacing around the glass. The aromas feature a mix of must, slight honey, pale malts, and an ever so slight hop bitterness. It's ok, nothing stellar and doesn't give off crisp or fresh aromas. The flavors feature the same flavors that the aromas provided. In the taste you get more honey and pale malt with very little bitterness. It's kind of bland. There is some light citrus though. It drinks light bodied and smoothly, but I'd prefer more of a crisp bite. Overall this beer is pretty average for the style. It doesn't really differentiate itself from German beers of the same style.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange. A medium head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is apricot, bread, and lightly sweet malts. Surprisingly good aroma for a lager. The taste is really beautiful. Not too sweet with grain and floral hops as the primary taste. Nice spicy finish. Would prefer a little dryer finish, but the palate is clean in less than a minute. Texture is very nice. Light body with a creamy finish. Medium-low carbonation. An excellent offering and really rather unique. The closest cousin in the Samuel Adams lineup is the Summer Ale. The summer Ale has the grains of paradise and is more lemony. Both are refreshing and different. I love the unfiltered characteristic in this lager. It's a hit with me.

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

Pours a hazy and bright gold color with a nice head, good lacing too.

Aromas are very floral, with hints of lemon, and some grassy hops.

Taste is of citrus, lemon, light bread dough, some spiciness, and malty creaminess. Finish is zesty, with some grassy and somewhat bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty a good, a bit thin and fleeting though.

Overall, this is a pretty nice lager, one of the better Sam Adams beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of waterdogmax
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very Drinkable beer. This is a great for the season after a many months of big malty beers. It is very light crisp citrus beer with biscuit notes. It is making me long for the warmer weather and long summer days to come.

I can't wait to drink this on the deck of some ski mountain in the weeks to come.

Great Spring Session Beer!!!

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Photo of SawDog505
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a hazy gold, a half inch of white head, leaves some lace. Smell is tangerine, grass, clove, and a touch of honey. Taste is that with a big zest of pine and lemon in the finish. Body is good, could drink a good amount of these, nice carbonation, and very refreshing. I like it, will definitely have on draft this winter. Still prefer the Pile, but this is solid.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few months ago as a sample from my Sam adams rep and remember it being pretty good for a non-craft drinker friendly spring beer. Just saw it on tap so figured id give it a full review.

Pours a light blonde color with a bout a finger of sticky white head. Nose is of faint floral hops with some caramel malts. Very crisp and light in body but with a pretty solid and sweet malt body. Light floral hop finish. Beer stays together pretty well. Slight creaminess for a lighter beer. Should replace summer ale rather then noble pils. A bit piney and a bit minty as well.

Good beer and will definitely be an easy seller. Crisp and refreshing. Kind reminds you of fresh laundry. Decent though.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, it's January 5 and I just went for a run in shorts and a t-shirt, so I suppose SA isn't wrong releasing a "spring ale" right now.

I picked this up at the Hy-Vee build a six-pack. I was impressed with the 3 fingers of foam that almost overflowed my glass. It went downhill from there. The aroma was a mix of grain and grass and a hint of citrus. The taste was just confusing. There's a small wheat element with some orange, but there's some odd dryness to it that I found rather off-putting, like they threw some dust in the kettle. The body is good for the style and has a crispness to it. I'm glad I only got one bottle.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light yellow/golden tan with carbinated white 1 inch head and mild lacing.

Smell - Floral hops, malts, added sugars, orange, lemon, pine, caramel, perfume, lots of lemon and a bit of grain.

Taste - Very hoppy and lots of malt. Pale malts add the bold grassy, bread-like quality that you could expect. Lots of lemon and spices also. Has a carmael backbone from the malts. Finshed off by some honey and alittle alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light and full of flavors. Mouth gets hit with floral hops, pale malts and minor sugar sweetness. Aftertaste is a little weak with some malts and hops.

Overall - Very tasty, almost reminds me of a triple with the floralness of hops and the pale malts. This is pretty impressive for sam adams, a beer full of flavor and character. Impressed, would buy agian.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beauiful creamy head on this beer, nicely capping a pale golden but hazy colour underneath. Nose is quite appetizing with miscellaneous floral and herbal notes. Palate offers some slightly sweet malt flavors and a nice zinging hop profile to round it out. Medium bodied and amazingly drinkable. Reviewing to style, wow this is a great beer.

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

Nice addition to the Sammy lineup.

Hops lend a lemony and herbal feel on the nose....grassy perhaps...the lemony flavor from the hops is more pronounced on the taste but herbal notes remain. Nice flavorfull honey bread maltiness on the taste...

Very tasty beer that would fit nicely in the late spring/early summer but is tasting just fantastic in early January as well. Would be a real nice BBQ beer....shit bring this and noble pils for the day and you are set.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of Sam Adam's Spring 12pk Brewer's Collection for $13.39 at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a moderate fluffy head. Scent if rather grainy with a lot of earthy tones with some mild citrus. The taste has a strong unfiltered characteristic as you take in a blend of semi-bitter hops, crisp malts, and floral hints. I found this to be more of a slower sipping beer than most of their other beers due to the complex taste and texture from the unfiltered process. Complex, unique, and delicious.

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Photo of steveh
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Little edits based on the full-on definition that this is a Zwickel style (so they really ought not call it "bright"). 03/13/12

Well -- lookee here, the BBC is telling me it's spring! Damn the meteorologists, full speed ahead!

Anyway... Can't find anything about this at the BBC web site -- that thing needs help. The label calls this a bright, citrusy, unfiltered lager. Well, 1 out of 3 aren't good stats.

A -- Hazy (not bright), golden color with an off-white, slow-settling head. Not terribly clear for a lager, but maybe they're trying for a Zwickel type.*

S -- Some vaguely spicy hops, but nothing I'd compare to the citrus in an SNPA or Goose Island IPA. Overall, pretty light in aroma. DMS from Pils malt definitely present.

T -- Some sweet breadiness up front that quickly folds into a graininess that isn't typical of many German Helles lagers. Spicy hops finish off the taste in good balance. There is a nice bready, nuttiness lingering through the aftertaste.

There is no mention of wheat on the label, but I've seen others say that BBC has mentioned wheat in the recipe -- this could be the source of the graininess.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- Overall, this is a well-made, highly drinkable beer, but not a great representation of the Helles style. There are aspects that remind me of SN's Summerfest, but the SN is more rounded and clean in flavor. While the graininess in this beer is appetizing, it deters me from a higher rating due to how the beer is being advertised.

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Photo of OverToad
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice surprise, a new seasonal from Sam Adams. Even. Better noble pile going year round. Anyway, back to this beer.

I read a few reviews and the one thing others well at least a few hav said they picked up on lemon. Funny how everyone's taste is different. This beer contains no lemon and Jim himself said so. I didn't detect any hints of lemon myself which if there was I'd know it since I despise lemon in a beer.

The color is beautiful hazy gold. Nice fluffy head that leaves lacing.

Smell is of hops and floral.

Taste is very light crisp and towards the end bitter. The hop citrus I got if any thing was tangerine and not lemon.

Very refreshIng beer.

A home run.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Gotta love perks of the job, especially sample bottles. This one pours a cloudy gold topped by maybe a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises heavy bread yeast hanging over light lemon and sweet flowers. The taste comes in pretty similarly, though the yeast is now joined (and somewhat cut) by some wheat. Very lager-y, as some might say, but not bad by any stretch. The flowers really come through big time. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a simple but highly enjoyable little Spring drinker. Right on, Sam Adams.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass a hazed dull gold with orange highlights. It still has some clarity before the yeast is poured, and carb trails are visible. Lasting skim of white foam, not much lacing.

Muted bready aroma, light and lagery, some light citrus does come through.

Mild and bready, light grassy bitterness, lemon and doughy yeast flavors. Lightly dry residual bitterness that hangs around for a few moments. Light bodied, slightly fuller feel due to the added yeast. Smooth feel, easygoing carbonation. Something i'd drink again, though Noble Pils is still a favorite.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Lindemans flute. Label notched best before Jun.

Appearance - Hazy yellow gold body. Small white head with decent retention.

Smell - Honey and biscuity malt. Mild citrus. Dry tanic hop.

Taste - Honey sweet. Some noticable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Refreshing up front, becomes a little astringent by the finish. Some stickiness. Carbonation not very present.

Overall Drinkability - Good all around. No major flaws. Could be a bit more refreshing.

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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 Star80
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy yellow color with a creamy looking head, slight lacing. The smell is citrusy, some herbal hop smells in there like a pilsner. Also has a sweet smell from the malts. The taste has a tangy citrus flavor, with some herbal notes with a slightly sweet finish. Hmm, finish can be a bit dry as well. Interesting. Anyway mouthfeel is kinda prickly from the carbonation. Overall this is a good brew but not too remarkable. Wish they would have taken a bolder route and had the Whitewater IPA as their spring seasonal. This beer is too much like their summer seasonal.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a hazy, sunny orange color and a frothy white head of about a finger. Lace was nice and webby. The aroma was lightly floral, with a fairly pronounced lemon zest note and some bready malt sweetness. Taste has a nice lemony bite to is, with a nutty, bready malt sweetness. Some of that is from the honey malt, which thankfully only adds a touch of sweetness as I'm not much a fan of brews with honey. Finishes with a light floral and zesty note, cleanly. Carbonation is crisp, which works IMO. Body is light and airy. There's a hint of slickness, giving it a bit of substance despite the light body.

Whether this is a Noble Pils replacement or not, I hope that I enjoy it next year, and not be disappointed with it as I was Noble Pils the second time around.

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Photo of jsh420
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

notched JUN 2012

pours semi hazy yellowish gold with a thin fizzy white head that left a little lacing

smells of lemon apples and bready malt

taste - a very spring beer like lager - bright lemon citrus with a those lager grainy malts - a tad too sweet

mouthfeel is medium heavy low carbonation - just feels way too heavy for spring but is nice for the start of winter

overall - whats the point of seasonals when the spring comes out 7 days into winter - at least they put it on the self and not waiting collecting dust aging in the distro warehouse

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle sample of this at work the other night,I guess it's taking the spring seasonal spot next year with the Noble Pils becoming year around.Poured lighter hazed golden with a well formed 1/2 finger sticky white head atop.Some honey malt in the nose and that is basically it,faint lemon as well.Sweetish honey flavors at the onset with some firm toasted grain flavors,a smattering herbal hops in the finish with faint lemon.Not bad I think it is a good selection for a spring seasonal,its lighter but with a little substance.

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