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

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2,448 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,448
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 125 | 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 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
Photo of Reaper16
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
Photo of jar2574
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
Photo of bnes09
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

bnes09, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of CampusCrew
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

CampusCrew, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Evil_Pidde, May 15, 2012
Photo of Jerone
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jerone, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

smcolw, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of angusdegraosta
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

angusdegraosta, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

wordemupg, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

hopsolutely, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of gmfessen
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

gmfessen, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of zander4dawin
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

zander4dawin, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

oriolesfan4, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Tilley4
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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...

Tilley4, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

KTCamm, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

metter98, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of mbrandonsmith
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mbrandonsmith, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of CMUbrew
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

CMUbrew, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

dbrauneis, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of gkunkle
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

gkunkle, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mothman, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of ColdWaffles
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ColdWaffles, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of hoplover82
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

hoplover82, Feb 25, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,448 ratings.