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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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.

Added by BDIMike on 12-22-2011

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#40,729
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pDev:
14.86%
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Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's been a little while since I've had a Samuel Adams offering, so this is the long awaited Alpine Spring, which hopefully will still be fresh. Date on label is marked to mid-July.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the Samuel Adams Sensory glass. Served at 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy eggshell white head over a golden yellow body with moderate carbonation and moderate haze. Lacing is medium thick and spotty, retention is above average. There aren't hardly any significant visual flaws with the appearance of this beer. 4.25

(Smell) Biscuity German and pale malt build with a touch of lightly toasted caramel, notes of modest lemon zest and bitter orange peel for a mild acidity. I wouldn't consider it citrus-forward enough to be considered a shandy or a Radler beer, but the yeast character has given this beer a great deal of bright, citrusy flavor that balances out well with the simple, moderate malt profile. Low alpha hops give this beer a light grassy, floral and earthy notes and a moderate bitterness to balance. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) First impressions reveal a smooth, clean and full-flavored biscuity German malt profile, followed through with a soft lemony sweetness, finishing with subtle bitter herbal hop oils on a fluffy grain bed. The malt flavor is a bit more revealing in the flavor and the citrus more subdued, revealing this beer to be even more like a beer than expected. It's quite tasty, considerably well-balanced and pleasingly simple to drink. It may not be the most traditional representative of a Keller Bier, but there's more reason to enjoy this beer in particular than not. I enjoyed it quite a bit. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Despite being a lager, there's a great deal of fullness to the flavor and texture this beer provides. The texture is mellow, slick and chewy. Very subtle carbonation gives a touch of cream to the mouthfeel. Hop oils and a mellow lemon zest tartness do a fair job at balancing out this beer without imparting sharp contrasts. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low. It's a good pairing. 4

(Overall) I reviewed this beer last year and found it to have a lot of sharp spots and flaws- I may have even considered it a Shandy at that point due to the overwhelming presence of lemonade character. I'm pleased to suggest that the majority of balance issues have been resolved as of 2013. The malt body is perfectly balanced with the hop oils and the citrus is more in line with the other flavors of the beer. I hope this beer makes a return next year, I recommend this to anybody looking for a smooth, German-inspired style appropriate in both Spring and Summer months, and certainly could drink this any time all year. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring
3.75/5.00

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Attractive pour in my Sam Adams glass. Slightly cloudy apricot colored with a respectable head.

Taste as well is reminiscent of light apricot. There is a slight bitterness, hops doing their job. After a while, a sourness develops on the palate.

Not a big lager fan, but Sam Adams probably does a job near the top of beer producers in this category.

Part of the recent seasonal pack. Having flashbacks to the maple pecan porter in the same box. Now that was a good one.

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 2,571 ratings
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