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RATINGS: 806   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring is yet another addition to the brewery’s Small Batch series. For this entry, Sammy & Co used the more traditional labeling. Starting in late October, you’ll see the first of the Small Batch hit the market – Tasman Red, Third Voyage, Griffin’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnhulk (7) - marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2012 does not count
Very Smooth. Smells like an IPA and the look has tints of lemons! Would definitely recommend this on a cold winter night!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (1805) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2012
12 oz single from Roths Sunnyside Market, S.Salem. $1.42 Nice hazy golden yellow beer with a small yet persistant white head. Good wheat,spice grassy hop aromas. Taste lemon zest,malts,yeast.hay,wheat..very nice. Great palate..very good for style and rather smooth. I really enjoyed this beer..a little to early on the mrket..this is a killer spring beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 16, 2012
tap-pours hazy orange with a small fizzy white head. nose is grainy, lite spicy hops lite sweet floral aspects and a bit of grass. flavors showcase the spicy hops, but they are not very forward-lots of malt here to balance them out. the malt profile is sweet, somewhat grainy with some lite carmel aspects. However, the dreaded plastic malt note comes in after the beer warms up a bit. With that said, this is a beer that i want to really like, but keep getting those flaws out of it. It seemed to change quite a bit in a few days on the tap-the first time i had it, it seemed alot freshed and within a week, the flavor changed considerably. I dont know if that is an issue with the beer or the place its served (local sports bar).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4416) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate citrus, light bready notes, and a touch of grass. It pours a mostly transparent dull gold with a touch of haze. It has a two finger creamy orange-tinged white head with decent retention and some nice wispy webbing left behind for lacing. The flavor starts with some lightly sweet honey notes and lager yeast. The finish has light-moderate citrus flavors with just a touch of grass. Light-medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, very solid and very sessionable...excellent "drinkability." This would a great beer for a summer BBQ. I can see myself grabbing a 6-pack in the future after finishing the mixed spring 12-pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Cloudy yellow with a white head. Aroma of lemon and yeast funk. Taste is sweet malt with yeast and banana notes, light spicy hops. Decent American zwickle ("premium lager" my ass).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Siksay (5) - Whitby, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2012 does not count
Pours straw-yellow with a pleasing cloudiness owing to the beer being unfiltered. The colour is just slightly too bright for a kellerbier. It’s gold, but not deep gold. In fact, just to get it out of the way right off; this doesn’t really meet my standards for a kellerbier in many ways at all. Still, I’m not sure this beer is going for fidelity to the style, so I’ll evaluate it on its own merits instead. After a few sips, an interesting webbed lacing remains. On the nose, I detect tart citrus (lemon, blood orange) and grassy notes, along with a hint of hay. Actually a very pleasing nose; this might be my favourite aspect of this beer. Taste-wise, I find it somewhat disappointing given the above-average aroma. The flavours are there (lemon, grass, hay) along with a lingering hoppy bitterness. The Tettnang hops IS good, but there’s not enough intensity here to hold my attention for too long. The crispness of the taste gives way to a somewhat uninspired malt profile. On the other hand, it’s very easy-drinking (perfect for the reappearance of spring) and has enough length on the palate to remain a pleasant afterthought in spring-thaw social situations. Overall, this is an easy, simple addition to Sam’s seasonal spring selection. In the end, however, I definitely prefer their Noble Pils. That seasonal has all of the lightness and crispness of this beer, while at the same time offering a hop profile to keep me coming back for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smaynard6000 (555) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Pours a hazy yellow with medium white head. Aroma is of wheat and citrus. Flavor is mildly bitter, citrusy with a touch of hops. Light bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Tastes kind of like a cross between their Summer Ale and a hefeweizen. Nice beer, gets me thinking about spring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoostIPA (1105) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Pours a hazy golden hue with a white two finger head. Aroma is of grassy hops, dough and light hints of honey. Taste follows suit with lemon zest, light dough and crispy hops. I wanted to like this one more than I did, but still all in all it is still a solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3609) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Pours hazy golden/light amber with an off-white head. The aroma is very malt forward with some rich doughy malt, light citrus and honeysuckle. Medium body with quite a bit of frothy carbonation. The flavor begins with the malt presence of the aroma and is a bit sweet, but not overly so. The honey presence is still noticeable and there are some light spicy hops. The finish has a bit more hoppiness, but it is still a malt forward beer. The finish some crispness to it. Good no-frills lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2012
12 oz. bottle - Pours a hazy golden color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is lemon and herbal hops. flavor is much of the same with the addition of some malt sweetness. Light to medium body. A very nice and easy drinking beer. Be great for those hot Summer days.

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