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RATINGS: 817   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring is yet another addition to the breweryís Small Batch series. For this entry, Sammy & Co used the more traditional labeling. Starting in late October, youíll see the first of the Small Batch hit the market Ė Tasman Red, Third Voyage, Griffinís Bow, The Vixen. (Vixen just won GABF gold.) This unfiltered lager is perfect for spring. Noble Tettnang hops, grown in the foothills of the Alps, give the brew a bright citrus and floral aroma flavor. These are balanced by the slightly sweet crisp notes of two-row pale and honey malts. Cheers! Note - LCBO beer called Samuel Adams Spring Lager is the same product as this

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomTron (424) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Pours a murky orange with a thin white head that sticks around. Aromas of citrus, bread, and yeast. Tastes rather close to the aroma but it gets a bit fizzy and the more I drinkit, the sweetness dissipates and begins to get rather bland, kind of odd. Overall not a bad beer as I could throw these back no problem but itís nothing Iíd go out of my way to search for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
odinstyr (604) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Pours a clear gold with a white head. Smells of dough, herbs. Taste is mildly bitter and sweet, with a note of citrus - a fairly nice balance of malt and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4174) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2012
12 oz. Murky peach-orange color with a small disc of foam. Aroma is pineapple, caramel, spicy grain and a hint of resin. Flavor is similar, with some added menthol. Near-medium body is a bit too fizzy, but well-balanced and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle. Numerous bottles. Amanda did not like it, but I really did. Hoppy lemon smell and the taste matches it. Gold colored pour. Light, refreshing, everything I want in a lager beer. Bravo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidelis83 (2196) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2013 Re-rate, original rating 02.06.2012. I am not going to edit my original rating body, just noting that this beer is not as good as last year, it could just be me, but I think it lacks much of the depth I remember from last year, seems more Wit-like. I would be surprised if the didnít change the recipe or have a significant change in the properties of one or more ingredients... Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a 2 finger, fluffy off white head that has great retntion and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is floral, citrus and light sweet grass hops, cereal grain, lemon, and a little floral honey. Flavor is cereal grain, toast, floral, citrus and spicy hops, a little sweet malt, light bready yeast and sweet hay. Palate is light bodied, creamy and a little chalky on entry has a medium, slightly sharp carbonation and off dry, slightly creamy, slightly chalky finish. Really nice, I really wish more brewers made unfiltered and/or hoppy lagers. The slightly chalky feel sort of sticks to the palate and makes it seem a bit heavier, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1351) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2012
A hazy, yellow-orange pour with a white head. The aroma has some nice citrus zest. It has a light body with a crisp texture and very lively carbonation. The taste is mildly sweet with a clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holy (835) - GERMANY - FEB 6, 2012
On tap at Whiteman AFB. There was something about Vixens in the description so I couldnít think about anything else... maybe a Vixen in an Alpine Spring meadow? Thatís a nice thought. A vixen, with... big... f l a v o r s? Thats the stuff dreams are made of...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mwMcGill (20) - DES Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Floral aroma, beautiful cloudy appearance with a medium head. Nice hop favors with citrus balance. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ronaldtheriot (1524) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring has a thin-to-medium, egg shell colored head and a hazy orange-yellow appearance, with lots of tiny streaming bubbles and a good amount of lacing rings left down the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts and citrus. Taste is of sweetness, orange peel, a bit of pine, and hop bitterness, which makes one think itís higher in IBU than just 19. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Alpine Spring finishes crisp, mild, easy drinking, and refreshing. Overall, itís really nice. RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1082) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was hazy straw and hazy gold. About a finger of head. Gray light lacing on the top that didnít last too long. No film on the sides. Smelled of bread and grass malts first. Light citrus notes, mainly lemon. Also got some honey and a bit of skunk. Reminded me of a pilsner. Taste was pretty similar to the nose with bread, grass and wheat leading the way. A bit more honey in the taste than the smell. Light body. Thin texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Clean, crisp and refreshing. This was the best part of the beer. It got better as the beer went down. I was very much looking forward to this beer and it ended up disappointing me somewhat. That being said, I liked it and would order it a bar for sure.

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