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

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2,417 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,417
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 115 | 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:
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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Photo of bnes09


3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Light orange and slightly hazy. Descent head which sticks around a while and forms some lace.

Fruit and bread notes in the nose.

Bread-like malt character. Apricot and mango sweetness. Citric hop bitterness is not over powering yet compliments the fruity character. Semi-tart finish with lingering mellow yeast flavor. Good balance.

Lighter bodied. Crisp and lively carbonation. Smooth texture and a crisp, clean finish.

Pretty descent. Has that classic Sam Adams taste. Fresh tasting and very drinkable.

01-31-2012 06:10:57 | More by bnes09
Photo of CampusCrew


3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Huh... alot better than i thought. I was expecting something plain and cost effective replaement for noble pils. This has a super thick body for a lager. Huge head retention. No much aromas as expected with a german style lager. Flavor is full of herbal like flavors. Very earthy hops. I might like this better than noble. Well done... SA has really perfected the lager style beers. Well done and saved me at a regular sports bar. Thanks sa

02-25-2012 18:01:18 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Evil_Pidde


3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

A: Pours hazy orange with a rather large off-white compact head that takes some time to dissipate, into rather nice lacings. Looks a little like a Hefeweizen.

S: Rather light for this style, but a dryness besides the bread, but also some American floral hops, make this one quite fruity/citric. A bit yeasty.

T: Rich oranges and even with some faint grapefruit. But the yeast and malt stands out. A little spicy as well.

M: Aftertaste actually lives for some time, lovely bitter. Body is medium and carbonation low. Smooth!

O: A very interesting Kellerbier with American hops - a nice twist.

05-15-2012 16:08:58 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of Jerone


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

A - Slightly darker than straw and honey colored, very hazy with lots of bubbles. A great head that is close to creamy and stays around for a long time, reasonable lacing.

S - The smell is of some lemon, grains, wheat and a hint of spice. There is a touch of something metallic that I don't like.

T - The taste is slightly sweet with some lemon and grains, it finishes with a nice bread/wheat flavor that stays in your mouth for a long time. The flavors are good but it could use a bit more of them. If there are hops they are only slight and accent the clean taste of the lemon.

M - Good mouth feel, light feel but slightly chewy with lots of carbonation.

O - As with most Sam Adams beers, this is a solid brew but could use a bit more flavor. An enjoyable beer that is a good choice on tap at those restaurants that only have macros and sam adams seasonal.

01-23-2012 00:56:59 | More by Jerone
Photo of smcolw


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

Yellow gold color and extremely cloudy. Rocky beginning head that takes a long time to dissipate. Leaves plenty of ring lace on the glass.

Interesting combination of lighter malts and spicy, cumin-like, hop nose.

Rich body with plentiful carbonation. Well balanced with a clean, mildly sour malt start. The hop bitterness is notable but not overpowering. Lightly creamy. Easy to consume more than one.

02-05-2012 18:12:27 | More by smcolw
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

Had Alpine Spring on tap at Mary Carroll's in Huntington, NY. This golden-colored cloudy but not too cloudy offering has good carbonation and head. As this is a new style for me, I have nothing to compare it to. Light citrus and herbal smell. The taste leans more toward lemon and orange than grapefruit, which pleases me. The hops add aroma rather than bitterness here. In addition to the citrus characteristics, there is a good amount of malt sweetness, which is pleasantly balanced by some tartness. I'd consider this almost medium-bodied. Certainly lively and drinkable - give it a try, I say.

02-12-2012 00:18:27 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

355ml bottle poured into my matching SA glass 9/4/12

A hazy golden orange with the laser etching doing its job as a shitload of tiny bubbles sustain a two finger bone white head for the entire beer, foam and lace at the bottom of the glass is a good sign

S a nice floral citric hop nose with a little honey, smells simple but quite nice

T a little rind and cereals to go with what I smell, a little toned down from the nose but still pretty good

M light and fluffy from the bubbles without being foamy, what I smell lingers faintly for a while

O just a little more intensity in terms of flavor would make this one just that much better, solid stuff though I enjoyed it

these are pretty easy to drink that's for sure, I always enjoy Sam Adams brews more then I think I will. decent stuff for the spring sun

04-08-2012 21:39:07 | More by wordemupg
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

Delighted to find this on tap at a Delaware sports bar far more accustomed to pouring pints of Bud or Stella...

Pours a cloudy golden amber with white head and impressive lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with a surprising hint of "west coast" hops. Flavour has a baseline of breadiness and caramelized malts with background citrus tones - delightful and totally unexpected!

Frankly I took notes at the bar at lunch with absolutely no idea what classification this beer would fall under. Did not expect a Kellerbier - a style I enjoy in its traditional form - and very much enjoyed this American interpretation. Well done Samuel Adams!

02-17-2012 22:24:00 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of gmfessen


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Alpine Spring is a cloudy golden-orange color with a thick, soapy/foamy head. Smell is a bit subdued but is of citrusy hops and crisp grain notes. Flavor is light and citrusy, goes down smooth and easy. The mouthfeel is light to medium body with a slick carbonation. Overall another good one by SA, would look to this over most of the available fair at most public settings.

04-01-2012 01:39:56 | More by gmfessen
Photo of zander4dawin


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

A hazy golden orange color with a white head. I don't take much from the nose, just smells like a pilsner, grainy and dry. Taste is snappy and bright. Citrus notes and bready upfront with a dry honey-sweet finish. Overall a great light spring beer that I would recommend.

01-16-2012 19:25:14 | More by zander4dawin
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

The new Sam Adams seasonal, my first stab at the "keller/zwickel" beer. A great session beer for sure, a nice crisp, beer with great citrusy/tangy notes. Clean finish and super drinkable. I do miss the White Ale, but this is a damn good substitute... won't knock your socks off and isn't crazy different by any means, but for a good all around beer that reminds you of upcoming warm weather.. it gets the job done.

03-26-2012 01:02:22 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Tilley4


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

New spring seasonal from SA... All the Winter Lager is finally gone from these parts and this has hit the shelves... Best by August so it should be nice and fresh...

Usually don't mention appearance as I feel its trivial when rating a beer but this is cloudy and golden and frothy and beautiful... I dig it...

Definite honey sweetness to the aroma from the malts and a surprisingly pungent Noble hop blast as well... Smells rather German, if you will... Surprisingly pleasant...

Big blast of the hops up front with a wave of honey sweetness riding the wave as well... The Tettnang hops give this a piney kick with a hint of tartness and the honey maltiness smooths it out on the finish... My only real complaint is that its a little thin and watery... A little more fullness would make this better...

I liked this... Balanced nicely with a nice piney kick...

03-10-2012 17:11:40 | More by Tilley4
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +10%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light to medium amber with a good head of white foam. Light citrus nose, some honey. Citrus taste. German pilsy finish. Smooth and creamy throughout. Lemon is the dominant flavor, but overall a bright flavorful lager. Real good, easy spring drinker.

04-28-2012 00:51:47 | More by KTCamm
Photo of metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +10%

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half-high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grassy and floral hops in the nose along with notes of spices and hints of citrus.
T: The malts and hops take center stage in the overall taste, contributing flavors of bready and grainy malts, citrusy and spicy hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a very good balance between malts and hops and has some flavors that are reminiscent of a maibock.

01-15-2012 22:45:06 | More by metter98
Photo of mbrandonsmith


3.85/5  rDev +10%

This is a great beer transitioning from their Winter Lager that I absolutely love.

A lot of lemon and grass like tastes from this beer with a bit of sweetness to balance it out.

Very light and crisp to drink.

A nice yellow color to it as well.

Overall I think it is a great beer to set the tone for the warmer season rolling in.

06-19-2012 19:22:16 | More by mbrandonsmith
Photo of CMUbrew


3.85/5  rDev +10%

12oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Poured with a one finger foamy white haded that soon faded to a small bit of foam on top. Hazy amber/orange color. The lacing holds on to the glass for the duration of the beer.

S: Smells a little bit citrusy with the bready malt and a bit of grass.

T: Taste opens up with a flash of orange and lemon citrus. There is also the bready malt and a bit of earthiness. Aftertaste has the lemon citrus with some earthiness and pine.

M: Medium light body, carbonation feels pretty nice. Slightly drying in the finish.

O: This was quite good and fits well in its spring seasonal role. I don't think I would hesitate to pick up a bottle or two next spring.

03-16-2012 03:31:15 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +10%

A: Pours hazy yellow in color with a small amount of visible carbonation and a fluffy 3 finger high white head. This beer has excellent head retention and exhibits significant lacing.

S: Aromas of grassy and floral hops combined with hints of spices and citrus.

T: Flavors of bready malts, spicy hops, and citrus hops without too much bitterness (just a slight amount that seems to balance well with the rest of the flavors).

M: Medium bodied and lingers a bit on the palate with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Good balance of hops and malts makes this a very sessionable beer.

01-24-2012 01:38:32 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of gkunkle


3.85/5  rDev +10%

Pours a slightly hazy orange peel color with a 1" cream colored head. The head recedes leaving scant spots of lacing in my glass. It eventually falls to a thick film across the surface of the beer. The aroma is of tangerine, a touch of grassy hops, some malt sweetness. In the taste I detect a touch of honey sweetness, and a bit of grain. The hops don't jump out as much as expected, they are subtle and grassy. Towards the end of the sip I get some of that tangerine flavor from the smell. The aftertaste is generally sweet, but it leaves a slight bitterness. The body of the beer is thicker than average, with light carbonation. This beer has a decent amount of complexity, but it is deceivingly subtle.

02-22-2012 03:02:48 | More by gkunkle
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.85/5  rDev +10%

First, let me say this. At $1 per bottle, this stuff is legit. Not as legit as noble pils, but its legit.

Poured into alpine spring glass. Pours a finger of off white head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a hazed golden yellow.

Aroma: Floral and citrus flavors. It definitely smells like a lager, but with so much flavor. Bready malts with a touch of honey sweetness.

Taste: Starts out with the honey sweetness, then a fresh dose of earthy, floral hops hit. Citrus fruits show through the whole thing. It ends with bready malts and some stickiness.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but crisp. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, this is a great spring beer. Very easy to drink and flavorful. Gotta tip my hat to the guys at Sam Adams. They deserve more credit.

03-30-2012 01:11:29 | More by mothman
Photo of ColdWaffles


3.85/5  rDev +10%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip-pint.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy dark orange-red color ans has a small white head that sticks around for a good while. Laces the glass pretty well, too.

Smell: "Crisp" lemony scent. Smell fits the aesthetic they're going for with the bottle and description. Overall though, the scent is pretty muted.

Taste: A crisp, enjoyable lager. Starts and ends lightly bitter and with nice hop flavor. Sweet and citrusy in the middle of a mouthful with what may be a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and well, but appropriately, carbonated. Medium to light body.

Actually, since this debuted, it's probably my favorite "regular" Sam Adams seasonal. An enjoyable and not incredibly complicated crisp lager that fits the Winter-Spring transition well. I think they hit the mark for what they were aiming for. Good on tap too.

01-06-2013 23:30:47 | More by ColdWaffles
Photo of hoplover82


3.85/5  rDev +10%

A-Pours a hazy light gold color with a medium, creamy, white persistent head that leaves strong lacing in its trails.

S-It starts off with a mild spring like citrus/floral aroma from the hops and a beautiful fresh baked bread smell from the grains. It's pretty simple and straight forward from the smile but yet beautiful.

T-The flavor is much like the aroma but, actually exactly like the aroma. Full of mild floral/citrusy hop notes backed by very bready flavors from the grain with a very mild hop bitterness.

M-It's extremely creamy with a balanced yet more on the sweet side on the finish. It has the perfect amount of carbonation.

O-Overall, I really enjoyed this beer as a spring/summertime beer so much so that I am going to attempt to brew a beer like this for my wife because she likes it so much. I had to buy a six pack of it after trying two in the mix twelve pack. I highly recommend this beer for people who live in a warm climate right now, get it while it's fresh. Cheers everyone!

02-25-2012 23:09:16 | More by hoplover82
Photo of ngeunit1


3.85/5  rDev +10%

A - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus hops with biscuit and bready malts with a bit of floral elements and some pils malt.

T - Starts off with a mix of citrus notes with some pils and biscuit malts. Through the middle, some bready malts come through with a bit of grassy and floral hops. The finish is a mix of lemon zest, citrus hops, and some sweet bready malts.

M - Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a lemony and biscuity finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very crisp and refreshing but a touch thin and mild.

06-11-2012 06:05:50 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.85/5  rDev +10%

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy color forming a big creamy, thin bubbled and solid white head. Good retention and lots of soapy and lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Smooth and pleasant in the nose. Slightly sweet upfront. Notes of sweet grains, pepper, spices and flowery hops. Notes of oranges, orange zest, pumpkins and bready low fermentation yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Very malty and bready. Strong notes of orange and orange zest. In overall, a quite smooth and slightly sweet beer. Mild bitter hops bitterness

M: Light and very smooth body. Medium carbonation. Bready spicy aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Smoothing ans refreshing. Another great Samuel Adams beer

10-31-2013 21:01:19 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of pkalix


3.85/5  rDev +10%

nice, bright color, little head; is that sediment i see in there?
smell is citrus-y, or like a spent meth pipe after drying- take your pick. okay, maybe a bale of hay....
taste has the citrus-y, bitterness that it advertises on the bottle.
mouthfeel is same as all the rest....
overall, i suppose it's worthy of the BA 82. this was left in the frig from the 6'er in spring. wasnt special then, isnt special now. does anybody else feel ALL the SA beers use the same hops, use the same malts, or are they just getting the same old taste from the stills? i've honestly never been a fan of SA, but given them many opportiunities. this one is just another sa example of them trying to market yet another type of brew. i couldnt even find it on their website. i went through the 'seasonal collection' and the 'barrel master collection' but just gave up. it's drinkable- they all are. but nothing really special. you're either a 'clone' who praises the brewery, someone who cant afford the bit-higher prices and doesnt drink it, or someone who knows it's just a gimmick. sorry for my rant. that's how i really feel.

10-19-2012 01:13:59 | More by pkalix
Photo of jjboesen


3.86/5  rDev +10.3%

Once poured into my special Samuel Adams Lager Glass, it appears a cloudy amber capped with a spongy marshmallow crown. The nose is a mish-mash of banana and mango esters, while the palate is greeted with a cloying hint of lemongrass and malt.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp, much like the usual kellerbier would taste; this is a spectacular beer to quaff on a hot day: a splendid sessional beer; sweet and citrusy.

Just the way we like it. Jim Kocj strikes again.

06-09-2013 00:16:30 | More by jjboesen
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,417 ratings.