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

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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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2,444 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,444
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 124 | 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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3.76/5  rDev +7.4%

Bzash, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of tomcarling
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light for my tastes, but that aside I enjoyed it very much. Smooth and well balanced with a fruity tang.

tomcarling, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Guden
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

Guden, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Output01x for bringing me this one. Thanks for helping me achieve the goal.

A normal pour delivers just under a finger of white head. This dissipates within a few minutes, leaving an average ring and sprinkling of head-dust. Body is a muted gold/wet straw color and is nicely translucent. Searching reveals a little bubble activity going on in there.

Fresh cut grass smells remind me that I need to go buy a lawnmower. This is backed up with a good citrus zing with a nice malt balance.

Citrus and grass begin the taste journey, with a little pine escorting the malt flavor in to the tongue. All this is accompanied with a note of sour apples.

This beer makes its way over your tongue like a medium bodied brew, then near the back, seems to just bite down on it. It is a rather unique sensation in that the carbonation doesn't seem to hit right away.

CFHMagnet, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tan to slightly orange, hazy, 1 finger head with some staying power, pretty good lacing. Smells of grains, malts, plenty of citrus and some nice hops. Taste is pretty bold on the citrus, with a good bready, malty backbone and a nice, light hop profile. Some sweet honey fullness brings home the nice and surprisingly full body. A very tasty surprise, I'll certainly have this one again.

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this Zwickel Bier from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours a hazy golden color and produces a thick white head , nice retention and excellent lacing. The aroma of this brew is fresh, full of citrus flavor, malted barley and some piney hops. Medium in body, this brew has a base of malted grain, with some citrus and hops. Unfiltered yeast also lends a unique flavor. My first Zwickel style, i have to say i was impressed.

GossageBrewery, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered hazy orange-yellow-amber hue. Bone white foamy head with tight bubbles nice Belgian lacing. Really cloudy unfiltered look.

A big dose of fresh grass and vegetable fiber. The bouquet is floral and perfume. Delicate noble hop aromas meld with tart citric and chamomile. This beer has the typical Sam Adams profile of pale malts but backed by very sweet sugary honey malts.

The taste is recognizably hoppy and faintly bitter but has a nice dimension of sugary honey. Refreshing but full flavored blend of grassy and floral noble hops which hit with a sharp quick bitterness.

This beer has definite flavors but is also subtle in every way. It has a medium mouthfeel with a definite grain and grass feel. The hops are short and bitter with a crisp dry finish.

A smooth drinkable lager. This is a nice spring beer. It gives me an impression of fresh green plants and festivities.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap.

A: pours a cloudy yellow with orange tint. Nice frothy white head like a fluffy white cloud, great retention, tons of lace.

S: nose starts of with lemon, orange and coriander, faint wheat malt in the background, relatively mild on the nose

T: taste is fruity with waves of citrus, orange, tangerine, a dash of spice and yeast, a bready malt backbone

Mf: high carbonation, smooth body

O: this is better than I expected, nice and refreshing, nice balance of flavor

homebrew311, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of UpNorthLager
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was tempted by the label's notice of citrus flavors and unfilteredness - two qualities I like in a beer. I was not disappointed. The beer poured a nice golden-brown, with a fine head and a slight lacing. The mouthfeel was just the right carbonation, the aroma just fine, and a pleasant additional taste of sour grain remnants.

UpNorthLager, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of JWU
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a slightly cloudy goldenrod with orange hints. Nice creamy egg shell colored head. A little bit of lacing.

S- Lemon zest, noble hops, and some pilsner malts.

T- Some lemon zest, a restrained noble hop presence, some wheat malt, that transitions into a strangely interesting and quite pleasant grainy sweetness. Lemon zest lingers

M- spot on carbonation, and the wheat malts lend a certain creaminess to the brew.

O- I didn't know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. I like this quite a bit more than Sam Summer Ale, likely due to the more pilsner like qualities. Certainly glad this will be around even in non-craft beer friendly establishments through the spring.

JWU, Feb 26, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is (slightly) hazy golden-yellow with a small (half-finger) white head. Lots of visible fine-bubbled carbonation rising. Leaves behind a little bit of lace.

S: Sweet fruitiness, cereal grains and bread dough. A touch of floral hops.

T: Follows the nose, pretty much: some grain up front, fruitiness in the middle with a touch of spiciness, then finishes with a semi-dry floral hoppiness. Lingering touch of bitterness fighting with the fruity sweetness for dominance. Fruit and floral hops prevail ultimately.

M: Heavier than your usual light-bodied lager; close to medium weight. Carbonation is modest and fairly soft.

O: Good. A nice spring bock - if only they'd released it in April or May maybe I'd buy a sixer of it instead of the single that I purchased at Price Chopper tonight (January 19, 2012).

Kendo, Jan 20, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from a six at the Teeter.

A - pours a cloudy orangish gold with a thin half finger head.

S - bread, floral hops.

T - more of the same. Brings me back to my early days of drinking beer. Remember those? The pilsner/lager days. There was no thoughts of Belgian ipas, ibu's, gravity, or choco coffee portrerstoutness. . Just beer. This is a step above some of those offerings (Meister Brau , The Beast, etc.) for sure. The slight hop presence is notable.

M - good mouthfeel, crisp, great balance.

O - While I will miss the usual SA spring offering ( the spring ale from the last few years) , this is a solid helles offering, and makes for a good session beer. Also, would make more sense in the spring/summer, verses a January release.

Apellonious, Jan 15, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a darker golden color with a slight haze. The large head that forms is quite persistent and lasts a good few minutes before fading to a thin white foam, leaving very nice lacing.

Smell - Its a balance of a bit of maltiness (a very light biscuit) with a higher and more potent aroma of citrus (mostly lemon) and some more floral hop aromas. The smell profile seems to enter and leave as one. All being persistent throughout to some degree.

Taste - Some sweet malty flavor mixed with a good deal of citrus. The hop then enters the area and gives a little floral taste to the brew. Very smooth transitions and tastes.

Mouthfeel - A relatively average thickness and a moderate level of carbonation. Its maybe only a very slight bit over the normal brew. Nothing too significant.

Overall - A refreshing beer with a bit higher alcohol content and more flavor savory smells and tastes then the typical refreshing beer (say the typical american lager). I think I would very much enjoy this come spring; after a nice meal, while sitting outside at a picnic table.

Darkmagus82, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of MickeyBeer
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a cloudy orangish gold color with about one finger of white head. Carbonation is active.

S- Smell is citrusy and spicy with notes of orange peel, lemon, and coriander.

T- A sweet profile up front with a nice hop bite as well that keeps it balanced. Citrus flavors and spices are present. A little bit of a medicinal taste that is actually enjoyable.

M- Medium bodied and crisp. Goes down very easy and alcohol is hardly present. This beer is refreshing and tasty. I could definitely polish off a 6 pack of this.

O- I liked this beer especially because it is balanced with a nice bite of hops. I get sick of beers that are only sweet and do not have any bitter hoppiness. Sam Adams beers never disappoint. They may not be the most complex beers, but they are always tasty and the price is right.

MickeyBeer, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a solid 2 finger ivory head that leaves substantial lacing.

Aroma is lead by grainy malt, floral hop, finishing lemony.

Light malt provides a subtle background throughout the taste, with flavors of lemon and cracker-like grain adding a refreshing complexity that encourage more tasting. A hint of bitterness rounds out the profile.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation.

A very nice, refreshing beer that would be a great lawnmower selection.

barczar, Mar 06, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +8%

Ajmorriso1, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of SawDog505
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a hazy gold, a half inch of white head, leaves some lace. Smell is tangerine, grass, clove, and a touch of honey. Taste is that with a big zest of pine and lemon in the finish. Body is good, could drink a good amount of these, nice carbonation, and very refreshing. I like it, will definitely have on draft this winter. Still prefer the Pile, but this is solid.

SawDog505, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of raznug
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Alpine pours a hazy pale golden color and is topped with ¾” of white head.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is all malt and yeast aromas that blend nicely in the nose.
Taste: The malt and yeast flavors of this beer play off of each other nicely to make this a brew that is easy drinking yet has a ton of flavors that I expect out of this style.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium to light bodied beer that flows easily around the palate.

raznug, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light peach hue with a big foamy head--good retention and really nice lacing

S: Grainy and bready but a crisp citrus and floral hop aroma with a touch of coriander, apples, pears, and lemon rind; this is a subtle aroma but still pretty complex

T: Balanced between fruity (citrus, apples, pears) hops and bready toasty malts; this is a nice beer

F: Fairly creamy; medium body; good overall feel--a touch thin on the back end

O: Such a refreshing seemingly simple and yet crisp and complex beer; I will enjoy this a couple times for some early spring grilling

dbossman, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.5)
- Pours a very pretty light zesty golden orange and straw yellow with some cloudiness to it. Fluffy white finger of head slowly settles and leaves a thin spotty pillow above the brew with lacing all about the glass. Very nice looking brew.

Smell: (4.0)
- This puppy smells good. Nice crisp bitter, pine, and grassy hops sit well with a light grainy bready semi-sweet malt bill. This smells solid and terrific. Seems a beer like this would make some stiff competition for some of my other favorite lagers of the sort like Fort Georges 1811. Nice zesty and fruity notes as well.

Taste: (3.5)
- Bready creamy and grainy malt bill. Like a touch of creamed corn bready grain with a zesty and earthy hop presence. Bit of grassy, pine, earthy notes.. and light sweet corn. Little touch of zingy lemon. Overall quite good.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This beer has a rather medium body to it. It is quite creamy perfectly carbonated. It is yet a smooth and easy drinking session ale. Little drying and cloying.. perhaps even chewy.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is one of the better beers I have had from this brewer. I rarely if ever buy anything from Samuel Adams but to just try. I may actually buy some more of this one. It's a goodie!

Docer, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Grapefruit peel in color, hazy, with some soft white head on top. Not a lot of head, but a fair amount.

S: The main smell that I am picking up in this one if lemon peel. A touch of fruitiness, as well as some familiar lager yeast smells. The finish is rounded out by a bit of biscuity bread.

T: Wow, that's a bit more hoppy and tart than I would have imagined. Tartness hits first, followed by lemon peel. The finish has a little more hops in it, slightly earthy or maybe just a hint of grass.

M: Medium light in body, the carbonation is certainly active and consists of rather fine sized bubbles. There is a smoothness to this brew.

O: Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. Tart, lemony, and fresh. A pretty neat beer style, although I am not sure if it is something I would drink a lot of.. although as a spring seasonal I think it will do well.

Beejay, Mar 13, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a cloudy yellow color, like a honey-lemon Hall's cough drop but with yeasty haze. 1.5 fingers of sterling white head form, leaving lots and lots of clumpy lace behind. It looks finefinefine for the style.

I like the top-end citrus aromas here. It smells like lemon zest and, like, maybe lemon pepper too. Sweet bread aromas abound as well, like Hawaiian rolls. It gets so sweet that it takes on a candy corn like smell; it'd get overwhelmingly sweet if not for the citrus powder/zest component.

To be quick with this review: Alpine Spring tastes like someone blended a hefeweizen with Sam Adams Noble Pils. It has the light citrus (predominantly lime) flavor of Noble Pils, but the more robust, unfiltered profile of a wheat beer. It's good. It's too close to Noble Pils without being as clean or refreshing as Noble Pils, so that caused me some initial disappointment. But this is a fine session candidate. It tastes good. Simple but good.

There is a pleasing heft to the body that I don't expect from most lagers, and it works very well with the unfiltered flavor profile.

Overall, this is a good beer. It doesn't blow me away like Noble Pils does, but this is a fine Spring seasonal beer. Frankly, lots of smaller breweries will release Spring seasonal lagers that are much worse than Alpine Spring.

Reaper16, Jan 30, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow beer under average white head. Average carbonation and lacing.

Smell is malts, some earthy yeasts, a touch of lemon, a tiny little bit of sourness.

Taste is malt-dominated, with some noticeable spiciness, yeast, and lemon flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy, easy-to-drink.

A good session beer.

jar2574, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of steveh
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Little edits based on the full-on definition that this is a Zwickel style (so they really ought not call it "bright"). 03/13/12

Well -- lookee here, the BBC is telling me it's spring! Damn the meteorologists, full speed ahead!

Anyway... Can't find anything about this at the BBC web site -- that thing needs help. The label calls this a bright, citrusy, unfiltered lager. Well, 1 out of 3 aren't good stats.

A -- Hazy (not bright), golden color with an off-white, slow-settling head. Not terribly clear for a lager, but maybe they're trying for a Zwickel type.*

S -- Some vaguely spicy hops, but nothing I'd compare to the citrus in an SNPA or Goose Island IPA. Overall, pretty light in aroma. DMS from Pils malt definitely present.

T -- Some sweet breadiness up front that quickly folds into a graininess that isn't typical of many German Helles lagers. Spicy hops finish off the taste in good balance. There is a nice bready, nuttiness lingering through the aftertaste.

There is no mention of wheat on the label, but I've seen others say that BBC has mentioned wheat in the recipe -- this could be the source of the graininess.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- Overall, this is a well-made, highly drinkable beer, but not a great representation of the Helles style. There are aspects that remind me of SN's Summerfest, but the SN is more rounded and clean in flavor. While the graininess in this beer is appetizing, it deters me from a higher rating due to how the beer is being advertised.

steveh, Jan 03, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,444 ratings.