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

A - Cloudy yellow, not much head or lacing.
S - Malt, light lemon, not much else
T - Bready malt with a touch of hops and light (not tart or tangy) lemon. Nice balance of noble hops and sweetness.
M - Thicker than what I would expect for a lager, medium carbonation.
O - This would be pretty great for a summer beer. A little weird to get it in February, but a good beer none the less. If I was making this myself, I would add some hop bitterness and just a touch more flavor, but this fits the style.

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Photo of at7000
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not into light beers and lagers as such, but this is a noteworthy beer in my opinion. For a lighter style beer, it's refreshing and has some complexity. Good session beer, they go down quite easy and have less abv than the strong IPAs I usually drink.
I take my hat of to BBC, since they managed to produce a beer that comes close to what I might call a "home brew" or true, "small batch" taste. I'm not sure what quantities they produce for this beer, but they have done a good job in giving it that "craft brew taste." My bottles were particularly fresh and fresh tasting. This is January, so I doubt there was much heat damage or light damage to the ones I sampled. Good glass lacing as well.

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Photo of timn
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice cloudy gold, with a small amount of sudsy head to it. The head sticks around nicely.

S: Very little aroma to speak of.

T: A nice bright, citrusy flavor, with a very slight hint of hops, and a little yeast. This tastes very smooth and drinkable, with no one flavor overpowering anything else. There is enough flavor here to be worth drinking and not taste cheap.

M: Nice mouthfeel. Thicker and smoother feel than I expected, in a good way.

O: Sam Adams has a nice brew here. It has a nice, balanced flavor, and a surprisingly good mouthfeel for a lighter beer. The name is Alpine Spring, but I could easily sit out on my deck in the summer and quaff this one. A good choice if you want something that has some nice flavor, but will also quench your thirst. The only thing I still can't get over is why every year Sam Adams retires its Winter Lager and puts out its "Spring" Brew in the middle of January.

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Photo of Seekerpilgrim
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a dull yellow, notes of citrus and almond waft off the very thick head. On the tongue, very smooth, with an initial creamy sweetness courtesy of the honey malt and Tettnang Tettnanger hops, slowly shifting to an almost lemon crispness towards the end.

This is a very refreshing beer, perfect for fans of wheat beers since is has a bit of that style's coriander and banana sweetness, great on it's own but going well with light pork and salad dishes. Cheers!

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Photo of Fulky
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack; poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams glass.

Pours a bright fluorescent orange color, almost like orange juice but with more transparency. Virtually no head on this pour, very very limited (less than 1 finger worth.) A soapy white film dusted across the top, with a little bit of lacing to coat the glass throughout the drink.

Smells strongly of citrus with a bit of a malty sweetness and hoppy aromas. Nothing overly overpowering to speak of, but also not disappointing.

Tastes very light and citrusy. Reminiscent of some hop bitterness, but clean and almost tangy as it finishes. Goes down smooth with a bready malt flavor to finish.

Mouthfeel is light, almost a bit watery. Very refreshing with a bit of a carbonated bite--not too much though.

Overall a very good beer, though really the first amongst its style that I have tried. Recommended food pairings would be spicy foods (buffalo wings) or barbecued ribs.

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

Pours from the tap a translucent yellow-orange color reminiscent of other similar beers. Has a smooth, frothy head 2-3 fingers thick that stays for a few minutes.

I detected a weak, but slightly hoppy aroma.

I did not find the taste to be particulary strong, but perhaps slightly hoppy. I thought it was similar to mass-produced light beers, but heavier.

Mouthfeel was a bit tangy, but not very strong. Neither mouthfeel nor aftertaste lingered for longer than a few seconds.

While I would recommend this a good choice for a light beer that is not overwhelming in taste or hops, I was not overly impressed. I've had much better from Sam Adams and for the same price I got this for. I think I prefer Noble Pils for a Sam's spring beer.

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Photo of ouser31
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I didnt know anything about this beer when i ordered it... it looked like a hefe or a pale ale at first which i tend to stay away from but from the taste i was unexpectedly suprised... Great Taste!! i instantly looked it up online to find out what it really was and am now happy i ordered it... A must if and when its avaliable!!

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Photo of chrisd73
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Slightly cloudy, pale orange color. Looks kind of fizzy. Head is thick with some large bubbles giving a chunky foam on top that quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing while working my way to the bottom.

Aroma is faint with some citrus. Not bad. but doesn't make me want to dive right in.

Tastes of citrus and a hint of alcohol that is then overtaken by sourness.

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Photo of mttfrog13
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my new favorite summer beers. For people who drink typical bud light or coors light, this may be a spring beer, but for avid drinkers who like more flavor, this would be the perfect summer beer.

Wheat beers can get a little boring or heavy during the summer so this beer would be a tasty light beer to drink. There are a ton of different very subtle flavors in this beer which is pretty amazing for a light beer from the largest "craft brewery" in the country. There is citrus, balanced perfectly with the hop bitterness. Then, the beer is unfiltered so it has a light-medium mouth-feel to it and a bit of fruity flavor similar to wheat beers. Will definitely buy it again and try to stock up in case they stop selling it in the summer.

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Photo of RaucusBacchus
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Creamy head. Cloudy with a rich yellow hue.
Dull scent of wet paper or wood.
Light body. Very dry verging on astringent. Enjoyable and interesting mouth feel.
Flavor matches the aroma with a dull, neither sweet nor bitter, mid tongue blanket.
I suspect this beer was abused in a previous life though not skunked just not for me.

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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 MattU
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bombay Bicycle Club.

Was unfortunately brought to me in a frosty mug.

Once the frost from the mug was wiped off appeared a brilliantly clear straw color with a 1 finger white head.

The aroma is fairly floral with bits of biscuity malt and a light hop spiciness.

Taste was similar to that of the nose. Clean malt background accompanied by a faint floral character and slightly spicy hops. The beer is overall more malt focused with a light sweet malt taste upfront that ends in a dry and slightly cracker like finish.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect for a helles bock, ample carbonation and somewhat thin.

Overall one of the better beers that I've had from Sam Adams. While its nothing bold or surprising its the perfect beer on a warm Texas spring day.

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Photo of mbrandonsmith
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer transitioning from their Winter Lager that I absolutely love.

A lot of lemon and grass like tastes from this beer with a bit of sweetness to balance it out.

Very light and crisp to drink.

A nice yellow color to it as well.

Overall I think it is a great beer to set the tone for the warmer season rolling in.

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Photo of blastyaker
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased ina mixed case however I was curious and would have purchased a sixer or single bottle to try. Pleasantly surprised by the crispness, well carbonatd. Cloudy orange in appearance foam head dissipates rather quickly but not a factor. Slightly sweet but not too, Noble Hops may have tamed that slightly. Liked the unfiltered part, maybe not a January beer but very tasty and would dring anytime. First time I believe I have experienced the Tettnang hops. Overall a good go to beer.

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Photo of ckraft77
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very great tasting. Easy on the palate. Not a lingering after taste. Would be great with dinner or just a nice summer night or winter night in a hot tub! Light beer. Good aroma. Would buy again! Taste good straight from the bottle or a frosted glass.

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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 senbrewing
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Great color really, sunny bright, cloudy appearance. Surprisingly lacy head.

S-Honey and malty. But has a citric smell as well. Some what like sweet lemons. Reminds me of lemon pie.

T-Nothing spectacular, but I'm not a big Sam Adams grain bill guy. Most of there beers are similar to me and there seasonal beers are a sam adams with a kick. This has a straight forward lemon taste. Nothing extreme or anything, it doesn't kick you in the mouth. But def. better than noble pils which is what I was expecting.

M-This I find to be my favorite part of the beer. Malty yet well balanced.

O-Not a bad beer at all really, and I was quite surprised at the taste and quality of the beer.

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Photo of darylvelez
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have long been unsatisfied with Sam Adams spring offering. This year they have turned it around. Alpine Spring is the perfect beer to get you from the dark, full bodied beer that is Winter Lager to the light citrusy taste of Sam Summer. I don't love this beer, but I really like it -- hoppy front and clean citrus back -- It's safe to say that Sam an I will have a second date before summer loving begins.

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Photo of crazeddaffy
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let's not fool many of us. We love beer, and this is one of the best drunk beers by Sam Adams. Goes down delicious from the beginning until the 12th. As a famous drunk once said: "brevity is the soul of wit" 250 characters... ... ... ...

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Photo of brendan12
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Traditional full wheat beer look..

Smell: Smells like a cheap American light beer.

Taste: Surprisingly full bodied wheat that goes well with food.

Mouthfeel: Front is crisp and it wheat flavor lingers for just the right amount of time.

Overall: Decent beer for the price especially if going to a store with limited options.

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Photo of yecklmj05
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste of spring in a bottle. With this releasing right upon the cusp of the Spring season in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, it gives the person partaking a smell and taste of a fresh mountain spring. This beer is light, crisp, & smooth. When poured correctly (from a bottle) there is a slight haziness that many beer drinkers welcome. Overall, an above average beer.

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

First off the cooler purchased from must have too much little since the overall impression came across slightly skunked...very sad. Secondly, was expecting a bit closer to a Maibock style which this really isn't. With that said the beer in itself was refreshing and pleasant to drink. Need to find a less skunked version though to get a better appreciation. Maybe a tap version would better represent.

Appearance: Straw yellow.

Aroma: Some hoppiness beyond the "striped" aroma

Taste: Bright and some hop bite but too much pepe le pew

Overall: Head retention suffered from the hop oxidation and each quaff brings back the skunked impression. Again will need furthur tastings to give a final recommendation.

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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 Vanthefireman
4.63/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily one of my top 3 favorite beers. Beautiful beer from start to finish. Nice pour. Collects a little (and I mean little) sediment in the bottle if the course of a few days in the fridge, but didn't effect tasting. I can't think of much that could be done to improve this, aside from moving it out of the seasonal catagory, and over to year-round "Brewmaster's collection."

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