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

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Reviews: 571
Hads: 2,538
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 49
Gots: 226 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Bunman3
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a very enjoyable beer! In spite of its cloudy appearance, there is a refreshing citrus element to Alpine Spring that hits the mark. The mixture of flavours and styles is extremely pleasant - I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one out! (250 characters)

Photo of StewPedascho
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For a Sam Adams product, I expected something a little more memorable. This was good and certainly has a time and a place, but it was largely vacant. The temperature with which it was served was a little warmer than I prefer, maybe 45F, and that may have affected the overall expectation, however, what struck me most was the lack of 'zest' in the body and bitterness. Good for a hot summer day, as a very light, refreshing alternative, I'd imagine. (450 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Obtained a bottle from a "pick six" craft beer wall here in Calgary. This beer certainly looks like it diverges from other members of the lager clan, a murky peach color with a few inches of white head. One is immediately struck by the yeasty, spicy nose. Smells like bakery shop yeast, bready but with some peppery spice and green herb that perhaps recalls celery. You can discern some sweetness as well, perhaps stone fruit and mild citrus. Palate reflects all these components and this beer is something of a mishmash ... The aforementioned yeast jumps out first, followed by sourdough bread, honey sweet malt, weedy green hops that recall fresh grass, hints of unripe apple and quince, subtle orange and lemon citrus, vitamin tablets, and something else herbal that is hard to pin down (licorice?). Eventually these malty and fresh zesty flavors give way and things become sweeter, bringing the stone fruit from the aroma back to mind. Plenty fizzy and this serves to amplify the overall sour, fruity, and yeasty vibe than I can only assume is unique to lagers that have not been purged of yeast remnants. Alcohol is detectable. Hops were not as assertive as the label suggests ("Hopped With Tettnang"!) but there certainly is a citrus node in the flavor matrix. Medium bodied with a pleasant creamy mouthfeel. The total package is crisp and dry enough to pass muster as a pilsener family member but with considerable residual sweetness and more fruit elements. I'd enjoy this in greater quantities as a warm-weather sessional. (1,531 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (729 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Buffalo Wild Wings, Houston Airport
The beer arrives from the tap with a creamy, pale head. It is quite hazy with a gold amber color; it actually looks a lot like a hefeweizen. The aroma smells like unscented detergent (probably the glassware and the fact that this is way too cold), there is a touch of dried grassy grain, and some pale cracker like malt notes. After warming up a bit some earthy, herbal hop spiciness starts to become noticeable, but this never really gets very aromatic.

The taste is quite cold; it has a crisp hop bitterness and bite to it in the finish that is contributed by both the hop character and the effervescent carbonation. Light herbal flavors are here, and this is slightly hay like, with a clean spiciness. There are cracker like malt notes, and this has a touch of earthiness to it, as well as a nice fresh pale malt character.

This beer was served way too cold, which given the location was not completely unexpected. Still this is fairly enjoyable, and definitely serviceably quaffable. It definitely gets more flavorful and complex as it warms up from frigid initial serving temperature. (1,138 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy golden/orange; medium sized white frothy head, long lasting, good lacing

Smell: malty; bready; slight citrus (orange); smells a bit like a subdued Radler, even though it's more orange than lemon; light honey, too

Taste: Creamy sweet malt on start; citrusy/bready in the mid; finishes slightly dry and citrusy with a bit of honey; seems to linger with a slight adjunct flavor

Mouthfeel: A little creamier than I expected given the name; but I like creamier beers

Remarks: Not bad overall and probably a good session beer for cooler months (558 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's been a little while since I've had a Samuel Adams offering, so this is the long awaited Alpine Spring, which hopefully will still be fresh. Date on label is marked to mid-July.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the Samuel Adams Sensory glass. Served at 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy eggshell white head over a golden yellow body with moderate carbonation and moderate haze. Lacing is medium thick and spotty, retention is above average. There aren't hardly any significant visual flaws with the appearance of this beer. 4.25

(Smell) Biscuity German and pale malt build with a touch of lightly toasted caramel, notes of modest lemon zest and bitter orange peel for a mild acidity. I wouldn't consider it citrus-forward enough to be considered a shandy or a Radler beer, but the yeast character has given this beer a great deal of bright, citrusy flavor that balances out well with the simple, moderate malt profile. Low alpha hops give this beer a light grassy, floral and earthy notes and a moderate bitterness to balance. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) First impressions reveal a smooth, clean and full-flavored biscuity German malt profile, followed through with a soft lemony sweetness, finishing with subtle bitter herbal hop oils on a fluffy grain bed. The malt flavor is a bit more revealing in the flavor and the citrus more subdued, revealing this beer to be even more like a beer than expected. It's quite tasty, considerably well-balanced and pleasingly simple to drink. It may not be the most traditional representative of a Keller Bier, but there's more reason to enjoy this beer in particular than not. I enjoyed it quite a bit. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Despite being a lager, there's a great deal of fullness to the flavor and texture this beer provides. The texture is mellow, slick and chewy. Very subtle carbonation gives a touch of cream to the mouthfeel. Hop oils and a mellow lemon zest tartness do a fair job at balancing out this beer without imparting sharp contrasts. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low. It's a good pairing. 4

(Overall) I reviewed this beer last year and found it to have a lot of sharp spots and flaws- I may have even considered it a Shandy at that point due to the overwhelming presence of lemonade character. I'm pleased to suggest that the majority of balance issues have been resolved as of 2013. The malt body is perfectly balanced with the hop oils and the citrus is more in line with the other flavors of the beer. I hope this beer makes a return next year, I recommend this to anybody looking for a smooth, German-inspired style appropriate in both Spring and Summer months, and certainly could drink this any time all year. 3.75

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring
3.75/5.00 (2,798 characters)

Photo of artdob
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Attractive pour in my Sam Adams glass. Slightly cloudy apricot colored with a respectable head.

Taste as well is reminiscent of light apricot. There is a slight bitterness, hops doing their job. After a while, a sourness develops on the palate.

Not a big lager fan, but Sam Adams probably does a job near the top of beer producers in this category.

Part of the recent seasonal pack. Having flashbacks to the maple pecan porter in the same box. Now that was a good one. (471 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a fan of American lagers for a variety of reasons, including the way macros look. However, this is a nice change from the ordinary. The pour is a soft peach color, but it's cloudy and hazy as opposed to the ultra clear crap I normally see from Sam Adams. The head is a frothy white mixture of foamy bubbles. Retention is good and lacing is thick.

Like most lagers, the scents aren't strong and this is no exception. There's a crispness from the wheat and a slight citrusy note, but I can't pinpoint the fruit.

There's symmetry between the smell and taste. Wheat and citrus dominate with an earthy note from the Noble hop.

For a lager, I like the feel in that there's more than just a crisp bitterness. Both a tanginess and a spiciness are present in each sip. It's medium bodied with a nice hop bite in the finish, though it lacks carbonation.

I don't like much from Sam Adams and I don't typically care for lagers, but this was pretty good. Not as aggressive as an ale, it's fairly full-flavored. (1,009 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty honey gold. Cloudy with great retention and lacing. Really engages the eye. Nose is soft. Yeast, a little floral and citrus hops, not really bright. Considerable malt profile in the nose. Bread and biscuit, sweet honey, cracker and lots of doughy malt. Hops come back to the nose with some sweet citrus as it warms and a little earth. Opens up with orange and lemon. The taste is grassy hops, the tart fruits in back of the hay and earth and hardy with toasted grains and doughy breaddy malt. It’s lightly dry, soft and pleasant enough. But, while it drinks friendly, it is a little bland. It doesn’t really linger and seems to be a kind of mix of styles. Looks like a belgian, smells like a lager, drinks like a bit heavy pils. Nothing really stands out as excellent but it is rich and smooth. Low alcohol content and if you like malt you could drink a few of these. (886 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (468 characters)

Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, light copper color with one finger of head that fades to a ring with little lacing.

Aroma: Lots of floral and citrus hop notes over a light, grassy malt aroma. The most prominent aroma is orange rind, but there's some nice, fresh hop notes mixing in as well.

Taste: Light, sweet malt and a lot of citrus tartness and crisp bitterness up front, fading into some breadyness and then a fairly fast, crisp finish that is slightly astringent.

The Rest: A very strong offering from SA. More body than I was expecting and great balance that kept me wanting more of this one. Very solid. (600 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a cloudy pale golden color with a large foamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving a bit of short-sticking lace

S- citrus hop with sharp lemon graininess, similar to the smell of a wit, some earthy hay provides some malty aromas

T- toasted bread with some graininess, sharp lemon zest with an herbal touch on a finish that is sweet-yet-dry with a toasted linger

M- light-medium body with medium carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel and easy finish

O- not quite sure what to think if this one, tastes similar to a wit, but a few other random flavors just seems to set it off a bit (609 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky meringue of a head that leaves a few shards initially and then quite a few sheets toward the end

Smell: Bready, with hints of toffee malt and lemon

Taste: Toasted bread, sweet toffee and bananas, up front, with a bit of lemon developing in the middle; perhaps an herbal edge is detectable, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: If I had a blindfold on, I would have pegged this as an American take on a Wit; too sweet and not enough tang to make the style work; as it is, I have no idea what the brewers are going for beyond the combination of a bock, lager and kellerbier (and why is that a worthwhile combo?) (702 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.34/5  rDev -8%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy dirty golden color lager with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry floral hoppy notes with lightly sweet malt base. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet malt base with some nice floral hoppy notes. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Very well brewed with easy drinkability and enough complexity form the dry floral hoppy notes with light citrus undertones. This is a lot more hoppy then I would have expected. (519 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass to a nice hazy straw/orangish color with a quarter-inch head (it was a fairly aggressive pour). Looks good.

Not getting much of a smell from it. Some hops; not much else.

Slight bitterness to it, but a nice mellow flavor overall. There are hints of something beneath the surface--something earthy, but I can't tell what. It adds a nice quality to this--balances out the hops.

It's the usual fantastic mouthfeel I've come to expect from BBC. It's got a creaminess, a good body, and no bite. Bery nice.

Overall, the taste is interesting and complex, and it shows that the right amount of hops can add to and enhance a beer (too often we see way too many over-hopped micros). (724 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2-12 ounce bottles
Served in a mug

A - It is orange with golden highlights. It has a slight haze to it. It is topped with a rocky, off-white head.

S - I get oranges, wheat, and unknown spices, probably coriander.

T - The orange and coriander theme carries over to the taste.

M - Moderate

O - I'm not sure what I expected, but this didn't hit the spot. This style isn't in my wheelhouse. (393 characters)

Photo of CorvetteMike
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to glass golden color with 2" head.
a: Golden color, 2" head
s: Mild citrusy smell
t: Sweet citrusy taste, but too strong
m: Medium body, un-filtered taste is too strong for me
o: Acceptable, but too strong for my taste

Not my favorite Sam Adams beer (263 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before Feb 2014. First time reviewing live on a phone.

A - Pours a hazy dark golden colour and a fluffy two finger white head. Strong carbonation. Good full finger of retention and spotty chunks of lace.

S - Citrus, stone fruit, a little grass, biscuity malt and a sweet fruit aroma.

T - Peachy sweet stone fruits. Biscuity malt.

M - good carbonation, light to medium creamy body. Sweet fruity finish.

O/D - A pretty decent take on the style. Definitely not breaking new ground, but it's got a solid flavour. Not overly drinkable though, as the flavour doesn't really hold your attention all that well. A good effort though. (635 characters)

Photo of BeerRefugee
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color. Moderate white head with good retention. Aroma is lager yeast and flowery hops. Flavor is similar--notes of yeasty bread with a slight floral soapiness that, unfortunately, lingers longer than the other flavors. Medium bodied and clean mouthfeel. (297 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Poured a cloudy gold with about two fingers of creamy white head that lasts quite a while and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was pretty nice, sweet with fruity notes and little bit of hop bitterness. Taste is primarily malty, with bready notes balanced out against the hops. It has a nice, if slightly understated, flavor and it's obvious it was well made. The mouthfeel has some slight carbonation at the beginning but is otherwise quite smooth and a little bit thicker. The flavors don't knock you out, but it is still a well-crafted and flavorful beer. (609 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange gold cloudy with one inch of white head. Well laced.
Smell is yeast, citrus, and grain.
Taste is malts, lemon, wheat, a slight amount of euro type bitter hops. Alcohol is well hidden.
A medium body beer with good carbonation. Finish is very slightly dry. Very refreshing. Has a nice lemony tang. Overall a tasty beer that requires me to have another. (358 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Was a golden orange color, with a short off white color head with small amounts of lacing, had good retention though, was there the whole time.

S: Crisp floral smell to it, grass, citrus peels, wheat, yeast

T: Fairly sweet, very enjoyable, light flavor. Tastes of wheat, citrus, grass, grains, yeast, tinge of hops

M: Bit on the carbonated side, but fairly fell balanced, very crisp, more of a spring/summer beer but since Michigan just skips over spring, basically a summer beer. Medium bodied.

O: Overall this is pretty good. No complaints. Affordable too. Recommended by me. (611 characters)

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this one in the fridge

a: poured into a lager cylinder, the pour gives a dense, fluffy-looking white head over a well hazed body of a deep golden color, good retention

s: a pleasant fresh grassy, citrusy noble hop aroma rides a body of pale malt showing subtle notes of honey, an interesting honey coated grain aroma really comes out after warming - the honey malt in action I presume, sweet lemon, yeasty and bready, nice

m: carbonation riding the low to moderate line, with a body on the full side of the lighter range, nicely smooth and a little creamy

t: pale and lager malts form a slightly sweet underlayer, really like the honey malt - kind of a honey coated grain flavor (honey nut cheerios?), very grassy-fresh noble hops show a strong presence - lots of steeped hop pulp in the flavor, some bright candied citrus, malt sugars linger with hop flavors and a mild bitterness

o: a nicely full, round lager aroma augmented with lots of yeasty, bready character as a result of being unfiltered, nicely hopped as well drinks well (1,043 characters)

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