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

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BA SCORE
80
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2,492 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 35
Gots: 154 | 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:
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 Jason
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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?

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a slightly hazy, dark golden body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves nice lace.

S - a slightly spicy aroma of honey and malt with some herbalhops in the background.

T - lightly sweet malt up front with some spicy hops and lemony notes in the middle. finishes with notes of honey, malt and pepper.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - light and drinkable, a good spring beer that almost comes across as an american wheat.

Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Hazed copper with a stiff lightly off-white head. Sudsy lacing that sticks. Smells tangy with citrus and bread flavors that are wrapped up in a earthy and floral blanket. The taste has a tight bitterness with notes of fresh citrus, including a little zesty lemon and orange. Bready malt mixes in along back to gives this a strong twang across the back. Dry and bitter finish. Medium bodied with a firm and crisp bite that gets a little softer underneath. This is easy drinking stuff with the sweetness of a lighter Bock beer but then a crisp citric presence that really gave this a nice snap in the mouth as well. Decent stuff.

Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at O'reilly's -served in a pint chilled.

The color is a marigold shade with hazed clarity
and thick head of snowy sudsy white. The lace sticks decently. The smell is very lemony with a suble herbal compliment and light sweetness. The feel is mostly dry with a clean yeast and slight acidity from the hops withe mild astringency.

The lager tastes very fresh with hop oils coating the mouth and leaving a nice lemony noble hop flavor which is somewhat floral too. The malt is a backdrop giving mild toasted sweetness and it finishes with a light spiciness. Overall I enjoyed this, maybe not as much as Noble Pils, but this is a very refreshing lager with a good amount of hop flavor, nice drinkability for the strength

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised and delighted with the first sip of this stuff. It reminds me of a really light Saison-- but wait, it's a Wit witout the spice! So I looked it up and was pleased to see the category. After trying several Zwickel styles in Germany I have been enamored of this odd kind of brew, and this is a perfectly good example.

Pours a cloudy golden pale amber in the tall glass. Some light sediment in the bottle. Tall,fine-grained head with that tantalizing German-style creamy mouthfeel. Warm and rather malty with some wheaty flavors. Less tart that many of the authentic versions. A hint of a really tasty mineral water.

From a single 12 oz bottle bought at Trader Joe's. I'm going for the Sam Adams Spring 12-pack for some more of this.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The new Sam Adams seasonal, my first stab at the "keller/zwickel" beer. A great session beer for sure, a nice crisp, beer with great citrusy/tangy notes. Clean finish and super drinkable. I do miss the White Ale, but this is a damn good substitute... won't knock your socks off and isn't crazy different by any means, but for a good all around beer that reminds you of upcoming warm weather.. it gets the job done.

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hard plastic transparent cup at me friend's gaff in Palo Alto, California. Reviewed from notes. Acquired at a local BevMo as part of a Sam Adams variety box.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark yellow.

Sm: Citrus ester hops and light floral hops. A moderate strength, clean aroma.

T: Citrusy with some lemon and light orange esters. Not spicy. Clean and enjoyable. Lightly hoppy. Balanced. I like it, but it's a bit simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours to a fair extent. Good carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable but largely forgettable and unremarkable. There's nothing unique or special here. Boring and uninspired. I'd have it again at the right price and in the right setting.

C+

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -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.

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an opaque light orange with a medium white head, excellent lace.

S: Floral hops, sulfur, orange/citrus, hint of honey.

T: Has a nice bready malt component. I can taste the minerality, so it's clearly keller in style. Good flavour, orange zest, some herbs round it out.

M: Medium-bodied, turbid, crisp but soft carbonation.

O: An interesting new spring seasonal from Sam Adams. Nowhere near as full flavoured as some of the great Kellers I've had from Germany, but this is an enjoyable effort for sure.

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.