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

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2,470 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,470
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 143 | 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.

(Beer added by: BDIMike on 12-22-2011)
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Photo of DovaliHops
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy golden color with a large white head that goes down slowly. Scent has some German-like malt profile to it with a bit of citrus and hoppiness. Some grain...very mellow...not too much going on in the nose...all the aromas are very subdued. Taste is quite a bit better. Initially, I get German malt flavors with some light hops and lemon. A hint of orange with some biscuit. Kinda remind me of a very hoppy kolsch. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp. Drinkability is very high. Overall, it is a highly drinkable beer that could use a better aroma to make this thing a powerhouse session beer.

DovaliHops, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
4/5  rDev +14.3%

wagenvolks, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of tyleeis
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance is a cloudy golden color. In this particular glass there's very little head. In the other pilsner style glasses the head is thick and foamy, about 2 fingers worth, a beautiful thing :)

Smell is bready with some citrus, that's all I can really pick up at the moment.

Taste is citrusy. The orange seed taste reminds me of Blue Moon but definitely more complex and not overwhelming. Little bit of lemon too, overall it's a good taste that gets better as you go.

Mouthfeel is light, very soft with light carbonation, an easy drinker.

Overall I enjoyed it. A little higher abv than the "average" and good flavor. This is the second time having it and I figured might as well do a review, so there you have it.

tyleeis, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of mscudder
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from variety pack. best by June 2012

A - Cloudy yellow with a large creamy head which leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S - Very mild aroma, the only notes I am getting are citrus and some grassy hops.

T - This is a very mild beer. The taste is smooth but lacking any strong characteristics, including even a drop of bitterness. There is also a bit of caramel in the mix, but the lack of hop character leaves me wanting something more.

M - Good carbonation helps this out alongside a medium body. Overall quite crisp with the highest drinkability.

O - This beer certainly is great if you are looking for something light on a spring afternoon, but the lack of beer-like character leaves me wanting more. Certainly a huge upgrade to the bud light drinkers in your life! I could see myself throwing a few of these back on an afternoon on the lake.

mscudder, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of snowghetto
4/5  rDev +14.3%

snowghetto, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of damndirtyape
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by June 2012) poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow beer. Nicely thick 1/8" off-white head with plenty of thick strands of lacing all over the glass. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the glass. A very nice looking beer.

Smell: Clean, floral, just a hint of malt. Mild aroma though.

Taste: Nice clean malt, with a pleasant noble hop finish - citrus, earthy/spicy. Mild cider flavor in there with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth, just a bit thicker than water. Nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable and I would easily have another. A great looking beer and a very good German-style lager.

damndirtyape, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Brent
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sam Adams puts out a generally excellent lineup of beers, across the board. Any brewer is going to let a clunker slip through every so often, and so is the case with Alpine Spring. What I find surprising, however, is that this is a major seasonal offering, not just a one-of that didn't work out. The brewer lists some lofty inspirations and ingredients, but here the sum is less than the parts. Grainy, rough and unpolished are the descriptors that come to mind. A distinct raw grain flavor dominates, and the hops are blunt and nondescript.

Brent, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -14.3%

jpd7374, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice darker shade of orange with just a bit of haze. Creamy and fluffily white head sits atop and leaves a good bit of lace behind.

Noticeable juicy orange aroma upfront. Slightly sweet biscuit and honey malt notes.

Malts become more apparent on the palate with a rich bread flavor and a nice honey sweetness. A bright citrusy orange flavor with just a bit of spice highlights the hop character.

Mouthfeel has the nice crisp texture that I look for in lagers. Overall, a wonderfully refreshing lager. Flavorful but easy drinking, kind of scary to think how easy it would be to drink a few too many of these in a sitting.

Kinsman, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3/5  rDev -14.3%

ThePorterSorter, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A cloudy orange pour with a large, thick slightly off-white head. Retention is excellent. Nice smattering of lacing all over the glass too.

S: Sharp orange. Grainy/bready malt. Pretty mild.

T: Big orange up front, perhaps a touch of lemon too. A huge grainy/biscuity malt hit along with some lager yeast. Finally, a bunch of grass, pine and herbal hops. Lingering bitterness and lager yeast in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth and inoffensive.

O: Seems like a mix of german styles that is hard to describe, mixed with a bit of american hoppiness. It was decent at best, but nothing I'd buy again.

Dope, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of mnixon86
3.5/5  rDev 0%

mnixon86, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of justinp
3/5  rDev -14.3%

justinp, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of fvoegtlin
3/5  rDev -14.3%

fvoegtlin, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of chucksburritos
3.5/5  rDev 0%

chucksburritos, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev 0%

jak, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of BeerMeBrah
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

BeerMeBrah, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Tumble, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm a leftover bottle from the superbowl party. Mine now.

Poured into a mug. Pours a pale golden color with a decent finger white heading. Good lacing throughout the tasting.

Very citrusy nose, alot of orange peel and decent lemon zest towards the finish. This does make me feel like spring is in the air.

That same orangey-lemony flavor with a superb backing of honey malt which comes in full force. Subtle touches of spice and dough in the finish.

Light bodied,excellent carbonation. Excellent balance,very crisp finish.

I am not to familiar with the Keller style but this seems spot on to me. Great spring brew from Samuel Adams.

TheFightfan1, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of scubahood
3.5/5  rDev 0%

scubahood, Feb 28, 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 MatthewWilde
3.5/5  rDev 0%

MatthewWilde, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Xudoo
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Xudoo, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of LiquidSanity
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Hazy, honey gold color. Approx. 1 1/4" of head. It left a moderate amount of lace. Rather delicious color and very appealing.

Ar: Mild citrus notes. Nothing overpowering nor offensive. Very mild.

Ta: Very subtle yet intriguing. It isn't a very offensive beer. The mild citrus flavor is smooth and appealing. Nothing truly spectacular. Almost like a Blue Moon but less citrus in the flavor. I was expecting more.

Mf: Mild carbonation. Very smooth and creamy life foam texture. Soothes as it goes down. This is the strongest part of the beer. Too bad the taste doesn't match the MF.

Ov: Fun to try but leave it at that. You're better off with Blue Moon if you're craving a citrus kick. This beer fell short considering the source. At $7-10 a 6 pack, it's a little tough to swallow when there are better choices.

LiquidSanity, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
4/5  rDev +14.3%

JustinQ, Feb 28, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 2,470 ratings.