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

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Reviews: 572
Hads: 2,548
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 52
Gots: 244 | FT: 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:
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into perfect pint glass, best before July 2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, grape, bread, wheat, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of fruity esters, malt, and hop notes. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, biscuit, honey, wheat, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of hop. malt, and fruity esters; with a nice amount of robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent kellerbier lager! Very nice amount of well balanced flavors with good complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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?

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow color with a perfect white head that has good retention. [3.75]

Smell: Expecting a lighter "Spring" beer, I was surprised by how much hop aroma was present; probably more than a typical pale ale. Citrusy hops are the dominant aroma, but accompanied by hints of lemons, oranges, fresh cut hay, plus generic floral and herbal notes. Very promising!

Taste: In short, well-balanced, clean and refreshing. While the hoppy aroma suggests an APA or even an IPA, the flavor profile is different. Clearly this has a significant and fine (Noble?) hop component, but the flavor sensation is more that of complex, light (in terms of bitterness and hops) APA. A variety of flavors make appearances, including lemon, generic citrus, flowers, light toasted grains, caramel, hay, bread and light herbs.

Mouthfeel: Light+ body; excellent medium carbonation. Crisp with some dryness in the finish.

O: a very well crafted beer that makes me want to further explore the Keller Bier/Zwickel Bier style. Would make an excellent session beer. Great with food.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria a week or two ago. 24 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grains, bready malts, and very light floral hops. Not a lot going on here. Not bad, but bland and pretty average.

t - tastes of grains, bready malts, light citrus hops, light floral hops, and wheat. Better then the nose but still pretty average.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A pretty easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a pretty average beer from Sam Adams. Just not a lot going on in either the nose or taste. Not offensive or anything, but not worth the time. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at dinner the other night. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small webs of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pale malts, citric fruit, grassy hops and some light breadiness.

T - Starts off with a bit of chewy grain quickly giving way to hints of grassy hops and juicy citric fruit. Finish is a mix of chewiness and dulled hop bitterness, not lingering for very long.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Juicy, chewy feel that lingers on the pallet for a short period of time.

O - Not too bad. It really helped to knock down some of the heat from my wings. I would have no problem drinking a few of these once warmer weather comes around.

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Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Paradise into a 16 oz shaker pint glass.

A: Cloudy golden-orange colored body with a thick and creamy slightly off white head. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass, and the retention was pretty good too despite it's quick dissipation. All in all, a nice looking beer.

S: Very crisp and clean smelling, there's nothing off or standout to the aroma which is nice. Pale malts, some caramel, and nice earthy floral hop notes. Everything seems very balanced and work extremely well together. It's pleasant but not in your face with any one aspect.

T: An interesting one - starts off with a nice slightly bitter floral hop note along with a little bit of citrus. This changes on the back of the palate to a very grainy and sweet malty flavor. It's really good actually. Not a ton of complexity but it has enough flavor to warrant this as a tasty, easy drinking hybrid beer. I'm not really sure what to compare or call this beer, it's very unique in its flavor profile. Nicely done.

M: Well carbonated, a bit on the lighter side of a medium-bodied beer but plenty creamy. Very smooth and easy drinking. No off flavors in the linger.

This was a huge surprise from Samuel Adams. I'm generally a fan of most of their offerings and am always excited to try something new from them. For me, this is a welcomed "spring" seasonal (although we're seeing it in January but that's another discussion) that I'll be sure to grab a six-pack of for the appropriate weather.

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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass, the brew appears a hazed golden color with a finger of off-white head that fades down to a thin lacing atop. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top.

The aroma of this brew has a pleasant malty sweetness that is fresh and grainy almost like biscuits, mildly buttery and it transitions nicely into some floral hop quality that is mildly fruity. Almost smells of a hint of orange zest toward the back.

The taste is a touch of biscuit malt, somewhat sweet like toffee that blends into a hop and alcohol flavoring like tangerine pulp. Some alcohol presence is noted as it warms that mixes with some fruity appeal. The aftertaste is lightly buttery and drawn out.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation and a pleasant crisp finish that makes this easily drinkable. I could throw a couple of these back mindlessly in the summer with no issues.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with an orangish hue. There's a quarter inch of dense, white head that has decent retention. The nose is straw-like and grassy. The flavor is straw-like and citrusy with hints of lemon. The hops add a grassy finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, crisp, and very smooth.

This is a solid beer. It was too style so nothing out of the ordinary to report. It's unoffensive and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is straw yellow hued and mildly hazy. The head is white and measures about a quarter inch or so, leaving a thick sheet of lacing in its wake.

The aroma offers oranges, lemons, malt, various citrus. Smells like a German lager.

The flavor is malt forward with an assortment of citrus fruits. Definitely tastes like a German lager. I enjoy this beer much more than I expected. A bit grainy in the back with a touch of alcohol.

Light to medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Nice feel. Residual malty sweetness.

Overall, a pretty tasty brew that I would have again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is kind of like how William Wordsworth put it in that it is not the world that is too much with us, but Resin that is too much with me. I remain stunned by the CANtents of that pretty li'l green CAN that packed the wallop of The Incredible Hulk. It's making me feel green and not in any kind of good way. I need to level off and I am hoping that this will bring me back down to my usual operating speed.

From the bottle: This unfiltered lager is perfect for spring. Noble Tettnang hops, grown in the foothills of the Alps, give the brew a bright citrus and floral aroma and flavor. These are balanced by the slightly sweet crisp notes of two-row pale and honey malts. Cheers!

The pour created just over two fingers of eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had a lemony-citrus quality along with a dry crackery maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was light, dry and citrusy, a perfect counterpart to that wild DIPA that preceded it. I am amazed that a style this ancient is making a comeback, but this is a great time to be an aficionado of beer. Finish was dry, lemon citrusy and just a nice, mellow, pleasant beer all around. I wish that they would put this in CANs as I am planning at least one trip to the shore this summer and I gotta fill that coola somehow.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice foamy fluffy top, off white in color with a very uniform head all pin hole sized bubbles practically. Body color is an orange yellow, looking unfiltered but with some cola sized sticking bubbles and some rising carbonation.

Bouquet is a nice crisp and grass airy lemon hop. Very nice, airy, slightly dry. Solid.

Mid palate doesn't fill with much flavor, but on the swallow brings a good malt chew, some yeast, and a doughy bread action on the finish. Body has some nice spicy carbonation but nothing overkilling the palate.

Simply solid and enjoyable. Not mindblowing, just good.

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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, enjoy before June, notched onto the side of the label.

Pours heavily clouded medium dull tangarine, under a light tan head, that goes to a delicate film and some light lacing.

Nose is tropical fruity and grassy.

More tropical fruit notes with citrus splashes. Light, easy drinking and enjoyable stuff. will make a decent warm weather quaffer...as soon as spring officially hits. Not bad. I'd def pick up a sixer or two of this in the future.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's warm, it's sunnny, and it's....get this, SPRING! That calls for a beer. And on to it we go:

It's so easy to forget that, on the pour, that this is lager and not a hefeweizen. Muddy, cloudy orange colored with hues of yellow. Patchy lace clings to the glass, the head holding up fine on top. The nose is light in intensity, but it is crisp and delivers some orange, sourdough bread crust, and a kiss of plain old hop aroma.

I don't know, but the taste has more to do with the summer season than spring. It's very orangey, like orange off the tree, not like sweet orange juice. Some yeast character seems to get in the way. Sourdough bread, vague spice, among other notes. It's medium bodied, chalky, and semi-crisp.

A curveball offering to say the least. It won't make me forget about Noble Pils during the spring, although this is not one I'd reject.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a retailer, I'm not sure why they put "spring" on a label in the beginning of winter. As a beer lover, I couldn't care less. Anywho, let's see...

Looks good. Bright! Murky. Very light orange, mostly golden. Looks refreshing.

It would be easy to mistake this for a light IPA or even a Czech pilsner. Somewhat grassy aroma. Ligth zest and toasted rolls.

Yeah, light IPA is a good description. But then again, there should be nothing light about IPAs. So, this seems a bit more hoppy than a Pils. Grassy is a good note. Has a soft malty body. Hints of lime.

Easy drinking. A balanced beer. A bit filmy on the end.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a bone white head that slowly recedes but leaves much lace in its wake. Smells like quite a bit of citrus and earth on top of biscuity malt. Not horribly complex in the aroma. Taste is a mix of biscuit malt again with lots of citrus and earth. Almost tart lemony flavor with a thin malt backbone of biscuit and pilsner? Thin body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and an almost sweet watery mouthfeel. This might make for a good lawnmower beer, but by the time spring rolls around this will be two seasonals ago in the Sam lineup. I’d rather have a Noble Pils really.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Euro Market. I get a little kick of fruity hops in the opening of the flavor, but for the most part it comes off like smooth, bready Dortmund export lager. It's a hazy light orange color with a short white head. It's clean and nice enough, but not distinctive. Meh, I want to like this beer, but just can't get excited about it.

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.