RATINGS: 819   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring is yet another addition to the brewerys Small Batch series. For this entry, Sammy & Co used the more traditional labeling. Starting in late October, youll see the first of the Small Batch hit the market Tasman Red, Third Voyage, Griffins 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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thegreenrooster (4280) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Pour is a hazy blonde with a small whtie head. Aroma is grainy malt with a noble hop in the backround. Flavor is more of the grainy malt without the hoppyness in the aroma. I kept thinking blonde ale while drinking this and then come to find its a lager. Its ok and has a few good points. Deffinatly not up to par with the noble pils though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
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. Its a hit with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anderson01 (351) - Idaho, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Cloudy in appearance. Has a frothy, white head. It looks like a hefe. Okay lacing. Citrusy aroma. Orange and lemon are noticeable in the taste. Almost a slight grapefruit taste is hidden in there. Sticky texture with normal carbonation. Has a mellow finish. Very sessionable. Liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bomber. Pours a light unfiltered golden yellow. Slight frothy head. Aroma is light citrus and floral. Taste is a very light tangy citrus, more lemon than orange. Interestingly complex for a lager. A good early spring brew!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bashley11 (3) - - JAN 7, 2012 does not count
Great beer for spring. Not a heavy floral aroma like some unfiltered, citrus beers (which is fine by me). Beautiful color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy golden with a medium, fluffy, off-white head. Aroma is grainy with hints of malt and earty hops. Flavor is also a bit grainy with some sweet malt and hints of earth, citrus, and light hops. Light body with medium carbonation. Nothing special in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2476) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2012 12 oz bottle, courtesy of Jans butthole. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a medium white head with nice retention and lace. Aroma is floral, peachy, chalky sour candy, vaguely vomity. Taste is sweet, grainy and much better than the aroma let on. This tastes pretty dang good, actually. Carbonation is average, body is medium. Its a really nice beer, but whatever happened to Noble Pils? Oh, yeah, a sidenote. Ive been looking for a beer in this style category, Zwickel/Keller/Landbier, ever since I got on this website over two years ago, looking for one of these beers. I never thought it would be Sam Adams that would supply me the beer to fulfill this category. Edit: damn, someone changed this from the Zwickel/Keller/Landbier style to Premium Lager. Will I ever get this elusive (for my area anyway) style??? Another edit: its back to Zwickel/Keller/Landbier again. WTF?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (6314) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
It pours a rather hazy orange color with a shrinking white head. The aroma is citrusy up front with some bread, honey and a bit of a leafy/earthy quality. The flavor is kind of doughy but not in an overly sweet cloying way. It remains pretty light on the palate with hints of citrus, honey and tea leaves. It has a very mild earthy bitterness in the finish. Not bad overall. Pretty refreshing, but I imagine this will be pretty bad in a couple months. Drink fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (5215) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2012
A subtle aroma - puts me in the mind of seawater, boiled peanuts honey and dry caramel. Hazy, honey gold with a beady off-white head. Light nuttiness, mostly dry, medium bittering. Citrus notes are evident, but the beer has a certain lethargy. Not overly carbonated. Publix, Park and Blair Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle. A deep amber gold colored brew with a fluffy eggshell white head. The nose has dough and citrus with a grassy twang. There is more vegetable than the citrus of the hops. This tastes like yeasty dough with a little bit of orange flavored soda thrown in. There is also some orange peel and black pepper in the finish. This is decent, but a little off balance as in the hops seem to be clashing with the rather timid body. Decent overall, as Walleye said, it would make a good lawnmower beer.

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