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

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2,290 Ratings
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Ratings: 2290
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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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
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Best before 6/2012.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down Smell is of malt and some herbal, floral, and grassy hop aromas. Taste is very much the same with a nice citrus zest flavor that comes out as well. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice earthy aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 04:52:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color with a finger of white foam. A touch of spicy hops with just a hint of citrus. Decently floral as well. A lot of yeast contributions, notably pepper and maybe even a hint of banana. Bready malt makes up the rest. The flavor is a bit bland. It has a strange lemony note on the finish as well. Some notes of floral and spicy hops and maybe some bread/malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 04:57:21 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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?)

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:47:46 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 17:30:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A full flavor and full bodied lager that uses some balance attributes and taste from popular Pale Ales.

The beer opens with the expected "keller" like haze of unfilered quality that promised flavor and richness. Medium golden in color, the beer both forms and retains well while leaving the lace behind that denotes each sip.

Bright and zesty hop aromas give a floral and grassy impression with notes of oranges, herbs, and fresh cut grasses. A partly malty, partly grainy, and overall bready scent creates the underpinning to support hop aromas. Very pleasant yet bolder than expected from lighter German Lagers.

Flavors fare similarly as the part-malt, part-grain balance offers the taste of light breads and raw barley kernels. A nearly crust taste of Viena Lagers isn't a stretch as the sweeter barley flavors introduce the floral/herbal hops. A growing intensity of oranges, , lemongrass, and tea-like herbs turns to an earthy and spicy bitterness as the finish develops. Mildly minty as the hops and alcohol weave into a dry-malt aftertaste.

Medium bodied, especially for the style, early creaminess and malt character quickly turns mildly grainy and spicy dry in finish. The mid palate creates a stall of blandness that hurts the transition and makes the grainy/thin character more relavent.

I rather like the beer as it's flavorful, zesty, and boldly spiced with hops while allowing for a nearly sessionable ability. The orange, grass, mint, and thin caramel taste makes me think 'Pale Ale' and want something more.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 18:06:02 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:45:06 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

For Brewery Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before Month Notched: July.

Appearance: This new release pours out a clouded, darkened gold body with a finger's worth of white, pitted foam.

Smell: Modest malts, with a hint of honey-brushed crackers overneath notes of black pepper, old lemons, and faded dried herbs.

Taste: Lightly bready, crackery base maltiness with just a low hint of honey flavor, but little incorporated sweetness. Citrusy, given a bit more of an orange taste here, though not ever particularly bold, scantly herbaceous hops with a light helping of bitterness to balance. One last nibble of saltless saltines precedes the drying, nearly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not too sweet, never very hoppy, and could use a bit more crispness, I've had this beer a few times on bottle and on draft at various times and it never quite manages to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 20:03:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Had a bottle sample of this at work the other night,I guess it's taking the spring seasonal spot next year with the Noble Pils becoming year around.Poured lighter hazed golden with a well formed 1/2 finger sticky white head atop.Some honey malt in the nose and that is basically it,faint lemon as well.Sweetish honey flavors at the onset with some firm toasted grain flavors,a smattering herbal hops in the finish with faint lemon.Not bad I think it is a good selection for a spring seasonal,its lighter but with a little substance.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 21:26:28 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Gotta love perks of the job, especially sample bottles. This one pours a cloudy gold topped by maybe a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises heavy bread yeast hanging over light lemon and sweet flowers. The taste comes in pretty similarly, though the yeast is now joined (and somewhat cut) by some wheat. Very lager-y, as some might say, but not bad by any stretch. The flowers really come through big time. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a simple but highly enjoyable little Spring drinker. Right on, Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:47:13 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, once again straight to us via the good importers from...the UK and Sweden?

This beer pours a moderately cloudy, yet bright, medium golden straw colour, with one finger of foamy, caked off-white head, which settles in good time, leaving but a few upswells of rocky promontory lace around the glass.

It smells of somewhat acidic fruit - apples, mostly, with a hint of white wine grapes, mild bready grain, and soft leafy, faintly grassy hops. The taste is more fleshy, zingy white fruit, some lemon included now, over top of a more crackery, biscuity graininess, with a bit of soft black pepper, and the hops still leafy, more in a musty, early spring lazy lawn care leftovers kind of way. A slight, inoffensive alcohol twinge also lurks here and there.

The bubbles are generally sedate, the body a decent unassuming middleweight for a lager, and pretty damned smooth on top of that. It finishes fairly off-dry, with the still active fruity malt and waning biomass hops.

A nice, soft spring lager, with the Euro version of citrus as a suggestion, rather than that of an edict. Easy to drink, just don't be expecting those jagged Saaz edges.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:50:46 | More by biboergosum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

On-tap 2/1/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a quick burst of hops bitterness that quickly fades into a light malt and grain breadiness. There’s a touch of malt and citrus sweetness in the background. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it tastes like a light version of their previous year’s spring seasonal Noble Pils. Overall it’s a decent beer to pound down for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 00:42:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass a hazed dull gold with orange highlights. It still has some clarity before the yeast is poured, and carb trails are visible. Lasting skim of white foam, not much lacing.

Muted bready aroma, light and lagery, some light citrus does come through.

Mild and bready, light grassy bitterness, lemon and doughy yeast flavors. Lightly dry residual bitterness that hangs around for a few moments. Light bodied, slightly fuller feel due to the added yeast. Smooth feel, easygoing carbonation. Something i'd drink again, though Noble Pils is still a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:11:38 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed golden with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Clears up nicely. Pretty good lacing & head retention

S: Pears, faint breadyness & grassy notes

T: Follows the nose, wet grainy notes & a touch of pineapple up front. Wet grainyness, pears & touch white grape, some lemony hops & just a touch of grainyness, a bit of dryness. Finishes grainy, fruitty & bready & a touch of pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & a touch of grainyness,

As a Kellerbier I really like this. Had this on draft, but it was chilled way too much. I would happily drink this all Spring & Summer

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 04:51:40 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a crisp, pilsner malt scent along with a moderate hop bitterness and a slight fruity yeast aroma; refreshing. The taste is decent as well. It has a yeasty flavor that compliments a solid malt bill of mainly pilsner malts. The hop character is mild yet lend itself nicely. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn refreshing beer. I like the unfiltered yeast character. The esters add a good bit of depth.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:17:12 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Served in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass because I have one and if you did you'd do the same.

Beer is light amber, hazy, thin lazy head that breaks nearly immediately, low lacing moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is lagery, yeasty, sweet, hints of fruity hops as well.

Beer is grainy and harsh, with a rough cereal finish, mildly hoppy, thin on the back, strong aftertaste. Corny, not really feeling this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:09:42 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma has some straw notes, as well as a little bit of grass and lemons and some biscuit malt. The flavor has some pilsner and biscuit malt, with some low bitterness and some earthy and grassy hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:41:24 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, soapy, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, mostly orange. Not your typical Helles Lager.

T - It tasted of citrus with some spiciness. It tasted of bready malt and a touch of caramel.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is interesting. Not what you expect in a Munich Helles Lager. It seems like it would be better as a summer season not a spring seasonal that debuts before Martin Luther King Day.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:25:04 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head covering, hazy pale yellow gold colored.

Nose a bit weird, light hops, light grassy, light floral, weird tart like fruit, grassy herbal, very grassy, mild messy malt.

Taste is floral, grassy, biter and rind, some noble hops, fruity flavors, lemon grassy, pretty light, light wheat and spices. finish is dry and weird biter, weird citrus lemon grassy finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, the only decent quality is the noble hops, otherwise weird flavors and pretty meh. It almost seems like they took the summer ale and noble pils and blended them to make this beer. Although it is fairly drinkable, for a spring beer maybe makes sense, but should be a late spring beer, not 1.5 months BEFORE spring beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 13:04:08 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This poured out with and impressive hazy orange color with a very nice looking white head on top. The lacing and retention on this beer were very good as well. The smell of the beer gives off some citrusy lager like aromas that are interesting. The taste of the beer has a citrusy start to it with some nice refreshing qualities, the finish is similar to a wheat beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is a soft, well carbonated and drinkable. Overall this beer wasn't bad, I would probably drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:04:30 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date of June notched on label:

Pours clouded (as expected for unfiltered) with a creamy white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of fresh citrus and yeast.

The taste is citrusy - especially lime - with a kiss of honey. Finishes with a floral dryness.

It is light and crisp without being thin. Has a refreshing aftertaste. Very smooth.

This is an easy-drinking lager. Interesting mix of styles within the lager family that works well. Nice use of Tettnang hops!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:37:54 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden hazed orange glow, kellerbier style lager. Light colored head slightly off white, fine even lacing texture is great creamy foam all day. Aroma has a sturdy hop character with fresh cut grass, citrus zest, and herbal notes as well...mineral water floral spring notes with a wave of biscuits freshly baked light golden crisp drizzled with a touch of honey malt sugars. A pretty sweet and malty lager up front with some citrus and finishes with biscuit malts and honey sweetness really maibock like in the flavor. I miss the dry Noble hops and a bit lighter body, this one has more girth to it than the last spring seasonal. There has to be a low level of hop bitterness I'm guessing 20 to 25 tops on the IBUs, carbonation is smooth and yeast flavor tends to stick around between sips since it's pretty much suspended in the beers appearance. Overall, a fine spring-summer seasonal that is being consumed as fresh as possible smack in the middle of a big ol' January snowstorm!!! Why not?

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 06:40:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy and hazy light orange in color with some yellowish highlights. A 2" head lasted a bit.

Smell: light citrus and a bit of a floral aroma is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice crisp malt flavors with lemon zest, and hint of orange, some grassiness, and a mild bitterness level.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is very short lived.

Overall: a very friendly and easy to drink beer. Nicely refreshing and has a nice overall flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 21:23:18 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 18:12:27 | More by smcolw
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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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