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

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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Ratings: 2292
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%

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.

(Beer added by: BDIMike on 12-22-2011)
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Photo of Gueuzedude


3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 02:50:25 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Roguer


3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Not bad, clean but not totally clear. A nice hue. Decent head that rapidly fades; some foam flecks on the side of the glass, but no pretty lacing.

S - Notes of citrus and banana, but nothing strongly stands out.

T - Sweet, light, smooth; citrus but not sour, mild hops (enough to taste, not enough to make it a bitter beer). Very light banana feel (less than the scent implies), some citrus. A very easy beer to drink. Flavors come in hints instead of overpowering presences and are well-balanced.

M - Again, light. With the flavor, this almost leaves you thinking of a wheat beer, but it is a little thinner (not at all cloudy), and flows more like a pilsner. A nice balance.

O - This is a very good, tasty beer. I can take this as a one-off on a warm day outside, or a three-beer night out with friends. It's just flavorful and sweet enough to surprise you and make for a nice day in the sun, but light enough that you can drink it in volume (if you so choose).

In my first experience with Alpine Spring, I was a little surprised my the sweetness, mild tart, and forward flavor. The novelty has since warn off, but it's still a good beer.

I usually drink this on tap, but have been known to grab the occasional six-pack.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2013 20:13:05 | More by Roguer
Photo of Rast


3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Approached with caution on tap at Carrabba's due to previous bad experiences with Sam Adams spring seasonals.

Pours a lovely bright mustard yellow with hazy opacity. It's not just condensation on the glass, I promise. Nose is bright and inviting. Reminds me of a wheat beer with the citrus and the light hop bitterness. Tastes delicious: again, what beery, tho apparently it's some sort of obscure German bier style called keller. Whatever it is, it's the best darn Sam Adams spring seasonal I've enjoyed.

P.S. Mouthfeel was significantly above average. Full but not rich, lovely bubbly but not Spritey.
I have greatly enjoyed Samuel Adams Alpine Spring.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 01:46:03 | More by Rast
Photo of pmorey


3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tap pull into a Samuel Adams pub glass. Creamy one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly with not much lacing. Hazy with golden yellow color but really no nose to speak of, maybe a little pine. Heavy carbonation but not excessive with a citrus taste that blends well with light hops. Tastes like an Oktoberfest beer that had a slice of lemon sqeezed into it. Leaves a somewhat sour/acidic aftertaste.

Not a bad offering from SA but there are others of a similar style I would choose. Would prefer a stronger hop flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 01:52:51 | More by pmorey
Photo of Alextricity


3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Terry's Terrace in Michigan.

Appearance: A pretty nice looking amber color with a small head that didn't stick around all that much. The lacing was surprisingly nice though, so that bumps the rating up a tad.

Smell: Faint, but it certainly smells like spring. Refreshing, light, and nothing really stands out. Mild hops and floral/leafy smells.

Taste: I have a bit of a cold, so it's hard to give it a completely fair shake, but it's alright -- nothing mind blowing, but good for the average beer drinker. The floral flavors come out on front, with a very pleasant malt finish. There's really slight bitterness on this one, if any, and I find it to be a touch on the sweeter side. The feel is smooth with a pretty low carbonation, making this one easy to toss back.

Meh. A very average beer. It's drinkable, and it's not bad, but there's nothing to make me want to really have another. Regardless, I WOULD have another to see how it tastes when I'm not a little stuffed up. A respectable seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 02:25:58 | More by Alextricity
Photo of rorjets


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This might have tasted better to me than it really is because I had it on the first day of Spring, while looking out over a snow covered land! But it did invoke a fresh taste that was enjoyable, and made me dream of daffodils and dogwood blossoms that are soon to arrive!

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2013 14:11:13 | More by rorjets
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a SA glass.

A- Orange color, minimal head, some lacing and some evidence of being unfiltered.

S- Orange and lemon citrus, yeast, and some spiceiness. But not enough of any aroma to overcome a soapy funkiness.

T- Some orange citrus, some yeast, some spices. Grassy.

M- Very crisp, light and fizzy, it works here. Some hop bitterness on the end to go with the funky/sour finish.

O- My best experience with a SA brew so far.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 21:09:34 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of WissBrauSean


3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Once again, this beer was on a sampler flight at a dimly lit and smokey bar. Notes from the napkin:

It poured a hazy light straw color with a nice white lasting head with the most peculiar lacing pattern of the Flying Spaghetti Monster on the glass! Incredible looking lacing.

It had an aroma of sweet light malts and apricot of all things.

It tasted like a nice sweet lager with hints of apricot and a tiny amount of hop at the finish.

It had medium body, with a creamy sweet finish and concludes with a little hint of peppery hops.

Overall, I thought it was an excellent beer pretty well balanced but leaning towards the sweet side.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 00:40:48 | More by WissBrauSean
Photo of drpimento


3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad brew. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish off-white head that quickly settled to a whispy island and ring and a bit of lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is the best part: fresh beery, malt, hop, yeast. Flavor's like nose and brings out some fruit - grapefruit and apricot, sweet that controlled by mainly carbonic tang and a bit of bitter. Despite that tang, carbonation seems a bit tame with good body. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. Easy drinking brew. Good for the spring time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 05:38:42 | More by drpimento
Photo of dar482

New York

3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A lovely cloudy orange yellow color with a decent amount of head. It starts off citrusy with much yeast and similar to a wheat beer. It has a decent body, but then ends too fast. I want it to be better and it is not bad for a Sam Adams beer, but it still ends too fast and has a bit of a weak aftertaste that Sam Adams beers have an issue with.

It's a very drinkable beer, but not something I would go out of my way to order again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 07:15:13 | More by dar482
Photo of Vigilante


3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served to me in a Beer Stein

A: Golden/Orange color, very cloudy. One finger of head which dissipated quickly leaving moderate lacing.

S: Lemons, Wheat

T: Taste starts heavily with lemons then fades primarily to yeast with a little bit of malt.

M: Medium bodied. Not bad but not great either.

O: This brew is very mediocre. Nothing too exciting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 05:47:05 | More by Vigilante
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

serviceable lager at the JFK sports bar. Big head, deep yellow,Lacey,a little cheesy, and aggressive carbonation. ok drinkability.Reminds me of the premium lagers available many decades ago pre-big brewer. A zwickel? Not as good as the Creemore version.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 05:38:00 | More by Sammy
Photo of adamette


3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Served on tap at ruby Tuesdays. Poured into a Sam Adams glass

A. Hazy light butterscotch yellow body under a light creamy head that sticks to the inside of the glass.

S. light hefeweizen wheat grain smell with some light citrus notes.

T. Citrus sweet malt and minimal hops. Delicious.

M. Smooth with a nice fullness.

D/O. Drinkability is very high. Overall this is a fine beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 23:51:18 | More by adamette
Photo of corby112


3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with grassy, piny hops followed by subtle citrus/tropical fruit notes and pale malt. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel counter the floral notes. Also, there's some bready yeast and biscuity malt.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a nice earthy hop presence up front that provides a decent amount of dry bitterness which lingers over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry finish. Dry and sticky with some grassy pine needle flavor which is countered by citrus and tropical fruit notes, notably mango, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus rind. Hop profile is more complex and flavorful than the nose suggests. Malt presence is a bit stronger than expected with hints of biscuit and graham cracker but it doesn't interfere with the hop flavor too much. Decently balanced and refreshing. Nothing extraordinary but pretty solid.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 19:42:50 | More by corby112
Photo of mbrandonsmith


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker pint.

Honey-colored and so hazy as to be opaque. One finger of frothy white head recedes shortly, leaving a sticky, egg foam-like top layer and lace.

A nice hit of grassy hops noticeable at first. Floral, maybe lavender. Citrus pith. A nice, bright blend actually. Not much malt.

Same grassy citrus in the flavor at first, followed closely by crackers and tangy apricot. A little caramel as well.

High, pinching carbonation; sugary, medium body. Becomes lighter as silky fizz breaks out. Crisp.

Not bad. Bright, drinkable. Tastes like spring.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 04:56:56 | More by Phelps
Photo of Sunnanek


3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 16:08:58 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of beertunes


3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy yellow with less than a quarter-inch of white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma featured a nice grain scent topped with some interesting spiciness. There was just a touch of gentle hops and a hint of yeast at the back of the olfactory aspects. The taste was pretty much the same, all those points were hit across the tongue. The spice lingered just a bit at the finish.

The body was mostly even and smooth, although there was just a tiny bite at the end. Drinkability was good, the beer went down pleasantly and I could see having a couple of these on a sunny day. Overall, a nice brew. Not an outstanding example of the style, but one that's certainly worth a shot when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2012 18:08:16 | More by beertunes
Photo of CTraft


3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the tap a translucent yellow-orange color reminiscent of other similar beers. Has a smooth, frothy head 2-3 fingers thick that stays for a few minutes.

I detected a weak, but slightly hoppy aroma.

I did not find the taste to be particulary strong, but perhaps slightly hoppy. I thought it was similar to mass-produced light beers, but heavier.

Mouthfeel was a bit tangy, but not very strong. Neither mouthfeel nor aftertaste lingered for longer than a few seconds.

While I would recommend this a good choice for a light beer that is not overwhelming in taste or hops, I was not overly impressed. I've had much better from Sam Adams and for the same price I got this for. I think I prefer Noble Pils for a Sam's spring beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 19:57:37 | More by CTraft
Photo of TheBrewo


3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a house pint glass and glowed a wheaty, orangey color. It held a brief one finger head of stark white bubbles. This left spots of lacing, but little else. There was a thick haze to the look, with no actual sediment noted. Carbonation appeared lighter. The nose showed inclusion of orange oil and pale malts. Cherry and lime worked their way in, with some sesame seed and mossy earthiness. With warmth came a big cellar musk all the way to the back of the nose. Our first impression of this beer remarked on how soft it felt, with such bright orange inclusions. As we sipped, sour grain mash, with wheat and clean barley came first. There was sweetness of black cherry, and a light citric bite of orange. The middle moved forward with more mild wheat, clove, and a phenolic chemically sourness. Copper bite was at the peak, pulling us to an end of very much the same. Sour and wet wheat, with simple orange peel bitters finished things off. The aftertaste breathed of yeast, that huge musk from the nose, cheesiness, sweaty saltiness, and more of that big wet wheat. The body was medium and the carbonation was high. The feel was watery throughout, with a dry coating. The mouth is cooled, with okay slurp and pop, and very little froth or cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank okay.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the mix in the nose. There was a fruity sweetness which really helped to cut the grain. This grain through the taste, however, was overly sour at times, much like the dirtiness of a Blue Moon. While this fit the style, and was decently refreshing, this beer was muddy around the edges, and overly mealy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 15:15:53 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Durge


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy to find this at the Tampa Airport Chili's, served cold in a tall glass this one shows a cloudy golden yellow color with a respectable feathery white head and decent lacing. I can smell simple wheat and slightly yeasty bread. Nothing much but pleasant enough. The flavor keeps to that theme with the addition of lemony sunshine and a peppery pineapple touch, lots more yeasty bread. It’s light to medium bodied with a very frisky carbonation and feel. Quite refreshing with a little bit of a dry, citrus hop finish. Very decent stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 02:54:22 | More by Durge
Photo of akorsak


3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Red Robin after a run-in with Scratch 61.

A: The lager is hazy, opaque with a darker yellow-brown color. A sizeable head, over one finger, lingered for a few sips but didn't lace.

S: The nose is citrusy, hops adding a nice kick. The lager has a light fruitiness, augmenting the citrus. Breadiness finishes.

T: More fruity sweetness, the yeast bringing the flavor. The hops, for a lager (not to generalize), are quite strong, bringing an abundance of herbal citrus. Sweet and filling, the citrus and yeast come together nicely.

M: A surprise. Quite good with a yeasty citrus fullness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 19:39:40 | More by akorsak
Photo of ehammond1

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 21:38:10 | More by ehammond1
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tape @ Howlin' Wolf, Salem MA

Hazy honey color, fairly clear for an unfiltered wheat. Creamy white head leaves thick rings striping my glass. For such a boisterous foam display everywhere else the retention doesn't quite hold up its end of the bargain. Almost a 5.

Lemon citrus dominates the aroma but blends well with an agave nectar floral sweetness and subtle hop spice. Tastes like it smells although the yeast shines through a bit more with a mid sip snap.

On tap I loved the body of AS. It was smooth like a lager and creamy like an unfiltered wheat - the best of both worlds. However I had Alpine Spring in a bottle last night and its crisp and zesty and not at all as good IMO. Odd that the same beer should taste so different.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 12:06:58 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Sharkophile

New York

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appears a cloudy golden color with a nice white head with excellent retention.

S: Smells of sweet bready malt with a nice, light aroma of citrussy, grassy and herbal hops.

T: Slightly sweet bready malt flavors come forth and coat the palate, then comes a wave of lemony, grassy and herbal hop character and a quick dryness with some residual sweetness. Very nice.

M: Medium body with an amazingly smooth carbonation. Very creamy.

O: A great new Spring seasonal offering by Sam Adams. Maybe they'll make this year-round like Noble Pils someday!

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 06:03:19 | More by Sharkophile
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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,292 ratings.