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

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BA SCORE
80
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2,363 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 2,363
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 33
Gots: 87 | 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.

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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a sam adams glass)
A- This beer has a hazy lemon yellow body with a slow big carbonation of egg shell hue that turns rocky toward the end of the beer.

S- The clean nose has an herbal hop hint with some Noble hop hints in the finish.

T- The slight lemon herbal hops have a big sulfur finish that is dry. There is a pungent note lingering and some iced tea flavor in the hops aswell.

M- There is a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- The sulfur quality is pretty strong with a most of the hops flavor just being bitterness and not much flavor/aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 21:16:56 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 01:02:22 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:02:44 | More by stakem
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Zorro

California

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold beer with a small white colored head. Hard to classify this one as it is a mix of several styles.

Smells of noble hop and medicine. Spicy scent with a band-aid and slightly smoky.

Starts out fairly malty with a fairly big wheat cracker flavor. This is a bit on the sweet side for a lager. Slight oak flavor. Kind of a weird beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is just tolerable. It would be better if the brewer had picked a style and stuck with it. Sort of a Duck-billed Platypus of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 00:57:12 | More by Zorro
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

06-15-2014 12:32:05 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 20:11:20 | More by woodychandler
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:38:32 | More by dbrauneis
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 03:42:07 | More by orangesol
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DoubleJ

California

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 22:20:19 | More by DoubleJ
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

02-13-2014 03:42:47 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some floral notes, citrusy. The taste is malty/yeasty, a little sweet note, kinda fruity, and some nice citrus notes. Medium body, a nice smooth brew. Not a bad brew, would be great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:47:02 | More by Wasatch
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-25-2012 18:23:26 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:11:29 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-17-2012 03:26:18 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

Pours a rich golden color, soapy white head and some lacing. Aroma is bready, with a lager yeast strain evident. In the taste, grainy, sweet cereal notes and some lemony citrus. Mild noble hop bitterness, and hop flavor lingers on the palette. Easy to drink, but overall pretty average.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 18:03:57 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ungespundet"* is an ugly sounding word and it's a process that makes lagers look, in conventional standards, less appealing. Alpine Spring is not golden, but instead colored like the flesh of a winter squash. Its complexion is tarnished and doesn't allow for transparency. And the head, well, it doesn't really stick around much.

The bouquet has an earthy fragrance, showcasing leafy florals and grass clippings, as well as a trace of lemony tang. If not for a solid backing of toasty, lightly honeyed malts the beer might actually smell a bit spicy. Like the season it's named after, this smells lively and rejuvenated. The brewery has every right to boast about hops on the label.

The only negative thing I can say about this beer is that it's not quite as good as the brewery's other spring seasonal, Noble Pils. And I only say that at all because it's quite similar: both start with wholesome, toasty malts that give way to a zesty portfolio of grassy, flowery, lemony hops. Both are very 'earthy' in the general sense.

In a more specific sense, Spring Lager has a hint of ginger spice, a diluted citrusy acidity, and just a taste of caramel sweetness on the finish. The lemony attributes grow stronger with warmth but the crunchiness of toasted grain never fades. Very refreshing. The mouthfeel feels very oily, and there's not enough carbonation to wash the oils away.

Aside from Utopias, it's fair to say of Sam Adams beers that they're not especially individualistic. There's nothing overly special about Spring Lager either, except that lagers in this style tend to be hard to find. But don't be quick to dismiss it - few beers blend the often mutually exclusive qualities of flavor and wide appeal so well.

(*The term, meaning "unbunged" (essentially un-corked), indicates that the beer was left to mature in an open-air vessel. I have since learned that Spring Lager is not entirely made this way. Its tanks are controlled by a pressure valve.)

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 19:17:52 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:29:17 | More by Huhzubendah
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%

01-30-2013 04:19:51 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 05:13:42 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

02-03-2013 04:07:43 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

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

Poured a bright copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured raw noble hops and a very husky grain.

The taste was equally jagged at the start with coarse grains and sharp hops. However a bright citrus element brightened the flavor toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an interesting take on a classic style.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:32:50 | More by plaid75
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little nicer than your average yellow beer, this one had a nice fluffy head on it right below the 2" range. Aroma was lightly hopped, lemon, pretty much the standard helles thing going making a nice implied spring reference.

Taste, exactly as you would expect. A small amont of citrus flavor, mostly lemon, a small amount of hopping, mostly noble/tettenang and/or the usual lager hops used in Europe and seemingly many east coast ipas. Similar to the old SA Spring Ale.

Despite all the label claims and descriptors that would make one thing this is anything but traditional, i.e. such a unique maverick type of beer, I found it to be exactly what I expected: a decent SA beer as part of a variety 12 pack that would be relatively mild in all aspects.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:58:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:14:44 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

05-29-2014 21:09:53 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold in colour and lightly hazed, a gentle pour produced an inch of dense, off-white foam that lasted quite some time. Tons of sticky lacing at first, less as the glass emptied. Citrus was evident as soon as the cap was popped. Aromas of pils malt and oranges, a bit floral and grassy, slight breadiness. Lemon bitterness up front with honey-sweet malts following. Citrus and bread, slight alcohol and herbal hop flavour. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture. I enjoyed it, particularly the fresh citrus hoppiness and malt character.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:41:34 | More by DrJay
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,363 ratings.