If you’re a craft beer drinker, you may recall a time when the powerhouse Boston Beer Company (known colloquially as Samuel Adams) used to put out a White Ale for their Spring Seasonal brew. I generally shy away from Sam Adams, but that’s mostly the product of having thousands of other beers to try–I actually find many of their brews to be quite good. This witbier was no exception to that, a well-executed Belgian white that was perfect for Springtime.
A couple of Springs back, Sam then released their Noble Pils, a tasty concoction brewed with all five noble hops – the result was a light-bodied beer full of bright, not-too-bitter hop flavor. This pilsner was apparently a fan favorite, as the brewery wasted no time in selecting it to replace the White Ale as their Spring seasonal for 2010 and 2011. White Ale was still available in the Winter Classics pack in 2010, but I don’t believe I saw it in the 2011 Winter mix pack, which was a departure from packs of yesteryear, with beers like the Cranberry Lambic were replaced (I could be wrong about no White Ale, I actually only saw the pack at other people’s holiday parties).
There’s some indication that this is all changing yet again in 2012. There is no officially released word as far as I can tell, but as I enjoyed a happy hour beverage last night, I got a peek the coaster for the new Sam Adams Spring Seasonal – called Alpine Spring. Information on this beer is not yet available on the Sam Adams website, but you can see reviews at Beer Advocate and some other sites, and the coasters have definitely been sent out to bars. The label (at least the one I found via Google Images) describes the beer as a “Bright, Citrusy Unfiltered Lager”. Beer advocate has it classified as a Helles Lager, which sounds about right. I’d expect fruity hop notes and some Munich-ish malt flavor with a clean finish. Sounds pretty danged tasty right about now.
Despite the lack of official word, given bars already having Alpine Spring swag and the word “Spring” being right in the name, I’m assuming that this is replacing Noble Pils as this year’s Spring seasonal from Sam Adams.
Winter has barely started here in Western New York, but you can bet your bottom dollar that Spring seasonals will start rolling out this month. Has anyone seen Alpine Spring at stores or on tap around Buffalo yet? I’m curious to give this beer a shot. I’m also crossing my fingers that Noble Pils will be available this year despite not being the featured seasonal… it’s quite delicious.