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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 2,522
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 47
Gots: 210 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BDIMike on 12-22-2011

Borne of our brewers’ many trips to Germany, Alpine Spring features a unique blend of lager attributes: the balanced maltiness and hoppiness of a Helles, the smoothness and slightly higher alcohol of a traditional spring bock, and the unfiltered appearance of a Kellerbier. The beer is brewed with Noble Tettnang hops to add a unique, bright orange-citrusy aroma and flavor.
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Ratings: 2,522 | Reviews: 575
Reviews by dtivp:
Photo of dtivp
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a foamy one and a half finger bright white head that fades slowly into a thin cap with heavy lacing.

Aroma of floral hops, citrus and hints of a light malt.

Taste has of bready malt, floral hops and orange zest and hints of honey.

Mouth Feel was medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Overall this is nice interesting beer to welcome spring, enjoyable and refreshing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle sample of this at work the other night,I guess it's taking the spring seasonal spot next year with the Noble Pils becoming year around.Poured lighter hazed golden with a well formed 1/2 finger sticky white head atop.Some honey malt in the nose and that is basically it,faint lemon as well.Sweetish honey flavors at the onset with some firm toasted grain flavors,a smattering herbal hops in the finish with faint lemon.Not bad I think it is a good selection for a spring seasonal,its lighter but with a little substance.

Photo of wrycon
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair straw, with an orange underbelly. Sparse head with tight-ish lacing. Strong malt nose with a fair amount of overripe orange. A bit of lemon. Pretty good. Some tang at the outset with a grainy backdrop. The tang gives way to a strong, bready malt presence. Some nuttiness and some almost... graham cracker lays fat on the tongue. End mouthfeel could be a bit cleaner, but it's an eminently drinkable and flavorful beer.

Like It? I Do

Photo of warnerry
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by June 2012

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with two fingers of white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Light bread aroma accompanied bit some citrus, some grassy hops and faint florals.

T - Nice bite of noble hops, some citrus, mostly orange peel and bread malts.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with a bit of bitter dryness on the finish.

O - Pretty enjoyable. I haven't had many in this style, and I like Surly Hell quite a bit more, but I would drink this again. It's an easy drinking, but still flavorful brew.

Photo of Guden
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy gold with a small white head with decent retention and a little lacing.

S- Strong fresh grassy and floral hops mingle with a little doughy malt nicely.

T- A well balanced blend of malt, hop and bitterness with the malt coming off bready, the hops being citrusy, floral and a bit mint like and the bitterness being mild and coming through at the end to round out the mouth nicely.

M- A bit thin and moderately low in carbonation, not too bad but could use a bit more body to feel less like water.

D- This thing goes down super easily. A lot like the boston lager but with a bit more of a floral/citrus/mint twist. A nice beer all around but maybe not exotic enough to have me seek it out more than a few times.

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, enjoy before June, notched onto the side of the label.

Pours heavily clouded medium dull tangarine, under a light tan head, that goes to a delicate film and some light lacing.

Nose is tropical fruity and grassy.

More tropical fruit notes with citrus splashes. Light, easy drinking and enjoyable stuff. will make a decent warm weather quaffer...as soon as spring officially hits. Not bad. I'd def pick up a sixer or two of this in the future.

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at T Bones Plymouth--served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, bright yellow in color, hazy

Smell: Sam Adams trademark hops

Taste: a sweet honey/sugary start almost reminiscent of a non-alcoholic beer, some lemony Boston Lager taste followed by piney hops.

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet start, bitter middle--less bitter end, medium-high carbonation

Overall:Very refreshing. I could have several pints of this. I love the sweet and slightly piney combo. This is very smooth. This may be their best spring seasonal yet.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma has some straw notes, as well as a little bit of grass and lemons and some biscuit malt. The flavor has some pilsner and biscuit malt, with some low bitterness and some earthy and grassy hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from a Sam Adams sampler pack. Picked up at a convenience store in New York state.

Poured into a pokal. Light, hazy yellow-orange, with a half-inch thick head that recedes quickly into a thin ring.

Nose is bready malt, herbal hops and a touch of lemon zest. Pleasant.

An enjoyable brew, light and refreshing, but with a bit of extra malt character to keep this from being just another lemon lager. The herbal hops are a nice touch as well. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, coats the tongue well enough.

Nice brew, I know I've said refreshing a few times already, but this brew is certainly that. I could see myself enjoying many of these in the summer heat - but it's also enjoyable in the dead of Smarch too. Worth a go.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured feom a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a slight haze. Thin white head and a small amout of lacing.

Smell: Citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied, but with a grainy feel. Taste of grassy notes, and some mild hops and citrus.

Overall: Decent brew, but the previous sping seasonals by Sam Adams were far better.

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Cloudy honey-gold with decent stark white cap.

Smell: Lemon, straw, apple, orange and some very light spiciness.

Taste: Light straw, toast and tart apple backbone, over which there are subtle layers of lemon, orange and white pepper.

Feel: Light but creamy body with moderately high carbonation and a nice dry finish.

Overall: Light and refreshing with a perfect mouthfeel for this type of beer. Could use a little more complexity or oomph, but few can take the Helles / Zwickel Bier and make it really great, so can't knock it much.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber with a small white head and light lacing. Nose is malty sweet and malty.

Taste is very carbonated and sharp. Mouthfeel is chewy and nice. Malty honey flavors dominate which is pretty nice. Overall its decent but nowhere near as good as noble pils.

Photo of jondeelee
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alpine Spring opens to a nicely hoppy nose, the initial aromas consisting largely of fresh pink grapefruit and light pine. These fade after a second, and while they are still present, are joined by a grainy underbelly, bringing toast crust, biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, and wet wheat. As the hops continue to fade in the open air, a few light apricot and orange fruit esters rise, along with a touch of brown sugar. Eventually the hops almost fade into the background, and a light bread and fruit base is all that remains. As a whole, the initial hop aromas were pleasant and full, but their fading nature is somewhat wanting for potency. The breads and fruits are nice, but on the light side, and could also use a bit more oomph.

On the tongue, the beer is more sugary than expected, with berry, cherry, orange, and apricot fruit esters mixing well with brown sugars. The hops add further sugary citrus notes in the form of pink grapefruit, with just enough grapefruit rind and light pine to add a balancing bitter edge. Some toast, biscuit, and cereal grains linger in the background, adding earthiness and depth. In subsequent sips the sugars do fade slightly, but are still nicely present. However, the toast crust and wet hay notes increase in strength, the wet hay especially strong and grassy. The hops continue to bring grapefruit and pine in good quantity. The aftertaste is a strong wet hay remnant, with a decent amount of sugars and hops left over, and lingers on the tongue for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a nice lager, and does carry a good range and complexity of flavors. Given the name, it’s easy to see drinking this on a mountainside, perhaps in a ski lodge, as a refreshing, flavorful beverage that won’t get you hammered before the next run. The beer does have weak points, especially in the nose, and the flavors as a whole could use more power and nuance to help set the brew apart. Still, not a bad offering.

Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Players Sports Bar
San Marcos, CA

Hazy, burnt golden color with a creamy near-white head. This leaves some irregular dots and lines of lacing down the glass.

Floral and light citrus (lemon) hop presence, along with a bit of graham, and earth.

The flavor follows the aroma similarly, with floral hops, lemon, slight pepper, earth, and floral notes combining. Per the style, this is nice and very drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A decent enough lager. A good example of an unexciting style.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and somewhat cloudy golden orange which is expected from an unfiltered beer. Lots of fast rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Sweet and bready pale malts and wheat grains with some caramel. Big citrus presence. Lots of lemon zest smell with some orange and tangerine. Also hints of honey and noble hops. Smells like a good spring/summer beer. Pretty solid.

Taste: Starts out with a sweet taste of bready pale malts and wheat grains. Following is the citrus. Big taste of moderately tart lemon zest with some hints of orange, tangerine, and honey. Nice presence of noble earthy hops providing some balance in the background. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and fairly tart and creamy with a lightly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a German lager. Crisp and well balanced with a nice lemon flavor.

Photo of tyleeis
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance is a cloudy golden color. In this particular glass there's very little head. In the other pilsner style glasses the head is thick and foamy, about 2 fingers worth, a beautiful thing :)

Smell is bready with some citrus, that's all I can really pick up at the moment.

Taste is citrusy. The orange seed taste reminds me of Blue Moon but definitely more complex and not overwhelming. Little bit of lemon too, overall it's a good taste that gets better as you go.

Mouthfeel is light, very soft with light carbonation, an easy drinker.

Overall I enjoyed it. A little higher abv than the "average" and good flavor. This is the second time having it and I figured might as well do a review, so there you have it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little nicer than your average yellow beer, this one had a nice fluffy head on it right below the 2" range. Aroma was lightly hopped, lemon, pretty much the standard helles thing going making a nice implied spring reference.

Taste, exactly as you would expect. A small amont of citrus flavor, mostly lemon, a small amount of hopping, mostly noble/tettenang and/or the usual lager hops used in Europe and seemingly many east coast ipas. Similar to the old SA Spring Ale.

Despite all the label claims and descriptors that would make one thing this is anything but traditional, i.e. such a unique maverick type of beer, I found it to be exactly what I expected: a decent SA beer as part of a variety 12 pack that would be relatively mild in all aspects.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden hazed orange glow, kellerbier style lager. Light colored head slightly off white, fine even lacing texture is great creamy foam all day. Aroma has a sturdy hop character with fresh cut grass, citrus zest, and herbal notes as well...mineral water floral spring notes with a wave of biscuits freshly baked light golden crisp drizzled with a touch of honey malt sugars. A pretty sweet and malty lager up front with some citrus and finishes with biscuit malts and honey sweetness really maibock like in the flavor. I miss the dry Noble hops and a bit lighter body, this one has more girth to it than the last spring seasonal. There has to be a low level of hop bitterness I'm guessing 20 to 25 tops on the IBUs, carbonation is smooth and yeast flavor tends to stick around between sips since it's pretty much suspended in the beers appearance. Overall, a fine spring-summer seasonal that is being consumed as fresh as possible smack in the middle of a big ol' January snowstorm!!! Why not?

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow color with a perfect white head that has good retention. [3.75]

Smell: Expecting a lighter "Spring" beer, I was surprised by how much hop aroma was present; probably more than a typical pale ale. Citrusy hops are the dominant aroma, but accompanied by hints of lemons, oranges, fresh cut hay, plus generic floral and herbal notes. Very promising!

Taste: In short, well-balanced, clean and refreshing. While the hoppy aroma suggests an APA or even an IPA, the flavor profile is different. Clearly this has a significant and fine (Noble?) hop component, but the flavor sensation is more that of complex, light (in terms of bitterness and hops) APA. A variety of flavors make appearances, including lemon, generic citrus, flowers, light toasted grains, caramel, hay, bread and light herbs.

Mouthfeel: Light+ body; excellent medium carbonation. Crisp with some dryness in the finish.

O: a very well crafted beer that makes me want to further explore the Keller Bier/Zwickel Bier style. Would make an excellent session beer. Great with food.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a sam adams glass)
A- This beer has a hazy lemon yellow body with a slow big carbonation of egg shell hue that turns rocky toward the end of the beer.

S- The clean nose has an herbal hop hint with some Noble hop hints in the finish.

T- The slight lemon herbal hops have a big sulfur finish that is dry. There is a pungent note lingering and some iced tea flavor in the hops aswell.

M- There is a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- The sulfur quality is pretty strong with a most of the hops flavor just being bitterness and not much flavor/aroma.

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This style, in which I believe this beer is correctly categorized, takes some getting used to and is one of those some enthusiasts find it difficult to get into; firstly, because ales are generally thought of (rightly) as being more flavorful and having more depth and secondly because there's so little to compare one to. Combine that with the "huge beer or no beer" attitude prevalent and it's a tough sell. Nutshell: I believe BBC did a very good job.

There's no doubt it's unfiltered, as the heavy haze can attest to. It seems this beer would be a bright gold otherwise. A decent whitish head about a finger tall stands pretty well and leaves spotty lacing with some legs dangling here and there.
Citrus is the big note in this beer, perhaps sharing equal part with some grassiness in both aroma and flavor, and bready malts also balance well with that classic German hops profile. There's a definite herbal element to it that comes out strongly, and a bite of spiciness isn't shy to make itself known. This is pretty complex and more flavorful than many lagers tend to be. The breads turn drier as it goes so that it's more like bread crust as it finishes out.
The feel is crisp and with a flowing smoothness, but a touch grainy and not as clean as it could be.

Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, once again straight to us via the good importers from...the UK and Sweden?

This beer pours a moderately cloudy, yet bright, medium golden straw colour, with one finger of foamy, caked off-white head, which settles in good time, leaving but a few upswells of rocky promontory lace around the glass.

It smells of somewhat acidic fruit - apples, mostly, with a hint of white wine grapes, mild bready grain, and soft leafy, faintly grassy hops. The taste is more fleshy, zingy white fruit, some lemon included now, over top of a more crackery, biscuity graininess, with a bit of soft black pepper, and the hops still leafy, more in a musty, early spring lazy lawn care leftovers kind of way. A slight, inoffensive alcohol twinge also lurks here and there.

The bubbles are generally sedate, the body a decent unassuming middleweight for a lager, and pretty damned smooth on top of that. It finishes fairly off-dry, with the still active fruity malt and waning biomass hops.

A nice, soft spring lager, with the Euro version of citrus as a suggestion, rather than that of an edict. Easy to drink, just don't be expecting those jagged Saaz edges.

Photo of mintjellie
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden and hazy. Small, but tightly formed white head. The head looks like soap lather. Good retention and lace. Simple, inviting aroma, yeasty bread dough and lemon zest. Gently sweet and malty up front with fresh baked bread note, joined shortly after by a lemony hop note. A grainy note persists in the finish alongside very gentle bitterness. Almost medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and a little bit creamy on the palate. Good beer, but I prefer the bolder Noble Pils. With Noble Pils not being available this year in Ontario, I would consider buying this again.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy, straw blonde color. The head is about a finger thick, with fair retention. Sparse lacing.

Smell - Not much in the way of smell. Faint citrus notes. Light bread. That's about it.

Taste - Dirty lemon. Moderate bready malt qualities. Finishes with a mellow rind zest.

Mouthfeel - Light, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat bitey.

Overall - Not necessarily what I was expecting, but it's a drinkable beer.... for about one beer. The lemon flavor can become overwhelming if drank too fast, or having drank too much.

Update 01/11/13: Second foray into this beer. Not much has changed. Added to the description, gave a slight bump into smell and overall, and that's about it.

Photo of Dave128
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer of the style so I hope I don't butcher it too bad. Brought to me completely topped off in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - It was brought to me with no head as it appears from swirling, it has no retention. Slightly cloudy orange with yellow highlights. Lacing is minimal as well.

S - doesn't really smell like anything. A light grassiness from the grain or hops.

T - Has a very interesting aftertaste. It starts of very sweet and smooth. It finishes with a grassy hop aftertaste. The hops taste like the smell of fresh hay. Quite clean.

M - light bodied with light carbonation.

O - A clean down to earth beer. It is great as a Spring seasonal. It reminds me a lot of a crisp spring morning.

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,522 ratings.