Samuel Adams Unveils Alpine Spring SeasonalJanuary 13, 2012 By: Nightclub & Bar
The brewers at Samuel Adams have crafted a brand new seasonal beer, Samuel Adams Alpine Spring. This beer has the balanced maltiness and hoppiness of a helles, the strength and smoothness of a bock and the unfiltered haze of a kellerbier. Although it's categorized as an unfiltered wheat lager, this one-of-a-kind beer transcends any one style, and the crisp, citrus flavor notes make it a perfect offering for spring.
To create Samuel Adams Alpine Spring, the brewers sourced a German Noble hop variety called Tettnang-Tettnanger, steadily cultivated on vines dating back 100 years in hop gardens at the foothills of the Alps. The beer is brewed using only hops from this region — approximately half a pound per barrel — which gives the beer a bright, orange-citrusy aroma.
Brewers' tasting notes:
• The brew mixes the excellence of a traditional German lager with a soft, underlying maltiness, clear notes of Noble hops and a bright yet slightly bitter finish.
• Tettnang-Tettnanger hops are valued for their elegant citrus and slightly spicy flavors and provide notes of orange blossom honey to this beer.
• Samuel Adams Alpine Spring weighs in at 5.5 percent ABV and is bright amber in color, with a medium body and a slight unfiltered haze.
• German Pilsner malt and honey malt add a crisp and sweet malt character.
• Although it's being released for the first time this month, Samuel Adams Alpine Spring was awarded a pre-release gold medal in the Munich-Helles category at the Beverage Testing Institute's recent World Beer Championship with an "exceptional" score of 93.