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

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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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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Photo of theaudist


3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a case of these on sale at the local grocer for 12 bucks.

Pours a hazy golden/orange with a soapy head that slowly sits down leaving a heavy, sticky lace in its wake.

Aroma is pretty pedestrian with just a hint of biscuit, honey, and citrus delicately poking its way through.

Taste is, up front, very notably honey and a smattering of lime. The tettnang hops are very noticeable, but the generous honey flavor ensures that this beer starts and stays balanced. Towards the end it begins to smooth out into a yeasty, bready finish that snaps clean. Extremely refreshing!

Mouthfeel is dense and chewy but not overly so. Feels "wholesome".

This is a fantastic beer that may not get the praise a beer this balanced deserves. I'll be buying another case or two of this before the spring is over.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 22:18:07 | More by theaudist
Photo of mccarltone


4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy, light honey color. Thick and foamy white head...about one finger.

Smell - Citrusy and slight spicyness to it. Very refreshing.

Taste - Surprising and very pleasant maltiness. Definite citrus hop flavor that is not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation to it. Very light and smooth.

A very nice addition to the Sam Adams lineup. This is a very enjoyable beer to go along with the transition from winter to spring. Almost tastes like a Sierra Nevada Pale and a Vienna lager combination.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 19:46:00 | More by mccarltone
Photo of mbrandonsmith


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer transitioning from their Winter Lager that I absolutely love.

A lot of lemon and grass like tastes from this beer with a bit of sweetness to balance it out.

Very light and crisp to drink.

A nice yellow color to it as well.

Overall I think it is a great beer to set the tone for the warmer season rolling in.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 19:22:16 | More by mbrandonsmith
Photo of ChapaTX


3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance= light and kind of hazy like a hefe

Smell= citrusy

Taste= definitely has and orange peel citrus taste

Mouthfeel= easy to drink and enjoy.

Overall= If citrus taste is your thing this is for you, however I'm not the citrus type. I can see why its a spring seasonal for that reason.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 11:28:20 | More by ChapaTX
Photo of darylvelez


3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have long been unsatisfied with Sam Adams spring offering. This year they have turned it around. Alpine Spring is the perfect beer to get you from the dark, full bodied beer that is Winter Lager to the light citrusy taste of Sam Summer. I don't love this beer, but I really like it -- hoppy front and clean citrus back -- It's safe to say that Sam an I will have a second date before summer loving begins.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:11:47 | More by darylvelez
Photo of senbrewing


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

A- Great color really, sunny bright, cloudy appearance. Surprisingly lacy head.

S-Honey and malty. But has a citric smell as well. Some what like sweet lemons. Reminds me of lemon pie.

T-Nothing spectacular, but I'm not a big Sam Adams grain bill guy. Most of there beers are similar to me and there seasonal beers are a sam adams with a kick. This has a straight forward lemon taste. Nothing extreme or anything, it doesn't kick you in the mouth. But def. better than noble pils which is what I was expecting.

M-This I find to be my favorite part of the beer. Malty yet well balanced.

O-Not a bad beer at all really, and I was quite surprised at the taste and quality of the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 19:36:43 | More by senbrewing
Photo of Higy


4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best seasonal brews from Samuel Adams. I do not usually enjoy hops with a citrus profile (but palates do change.) It was well balanced with hops and malt flavors.

It is a beer i would recommend to someone that usually drinks "lite" beer and to someone who does not enjoy american style hopped beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 17:48:39 | More by Higy
Photo of crazeddaffy


5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let's not fool many of us. We love beer, and this is one of the best drunk beers by Sam Adams. Goes down delicious from the beginning until the 12th. As a famous drunk once said: "brevity is the soul of wit" 250 characters... ... ... ...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 08:18:52 | More by crazeddaffy
Photo of Skunkdrool


3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Foggy, gold, good retention.
S-Citrus, tapioca, oranges
T-light bitterness on the end, touch of apricot, grassy, lemon
M-Lovely texture, slight bite
O-Reminiscent of Noble Pils, just unfiltered. A touch citrus hop, with a little more malt. A preferred Sam Adams for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 00:42:53 | More by Skunkdrool
Photo of chrisd73


3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Slightly cloudy, pale orange color. Looks kind of fizzy. Head is thick with some large bubbles giving a chunky foam on top that quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing while working my way to the bottom.

Aroma is faint with some citrus. Not bad. but doesn't make me want to dive right in.

Tastes of citrus and a hint of alcohol that is then overtaken by sourness.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:42:53 | More by chrisd73
Photo of yecklmj05


3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste of spring in a bottle. With this releasing right upon the cusp of the Spring season in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, it gives the person partaking a smell and taste of a fresh mountain spring. This beer is light, crisp, & smooth. When poured correctly (from a bottle) there is a slight haziness that many beer drinkers welcome. Overall, an above average beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 16:04:29 | More by yecklmj05
Photo of ckraft77

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very great tasting. Easy on the palate. Not a lingering after taste. Would be great with dinner or just a nice summer night or winter night in a hot tub! Light beer. Good aroma. Would buy again! Taste good straight from the bottle or a frosted glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:55:28 | More by ckraft77
Photo of brendan12

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Traditional full wheat beer look..

Smell: Smells like a cheap American light beer.

Taste: Surprisingly full bodied wheat that goes well with food.

Mouthfeel: Front is crisp and it wheat flavor lingers for just the right amount of time.

Overall: Decent beer for the price especially if going to a store with limited options.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 22:58:21 | More by brendan12
Photo of waterdogmax


4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very Drinkable beer. This is a great for the season after a many months of big malty beers. It is very light crisp citrus beer with biscuit notes. It is making me long for the warmer weather and long summer days to come.

I can't wait to drink this on the deck of some ski mountain in the weeks to come.

Great Spring Session Beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 23:01:12 | More by waterdogmax
Photo of smithmd4

New York

3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Over the summer I fell in love with Unfiltered Lagers & Pilsners. When I saw this on the shelf brand new I knew it must be mine.

It has all the characteristics of an Unfiltered Lager, and I really wanted this to be my new favorite beer. But alas, it merely dances around the edges of what an unfiltered Lager should be. Accessible to the masses, piquing the interest, but in the end leaves a fan of the style yearning for the full flavor of one of the classics.

It was a tasty beer, but one I would call nothing more than an introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 08:58:58 | More by smithmd4
Photo of JackWhite


3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off the cooler purchased from must have too much little since the overall impression came across slightly skunked...very sad. Secondly, was expecting a bit closer to a Maibock style which this really isn't. With that said the beer in itself was refreshing and pleasant to drink. Need to find a less skunked version though to get a better appreciation. Maybe a tap version would better represent.

Appearance: Straw yellow.

Aroma: Some hoppiness beyond the "striped" aroma

Taste: Bright and some hop bite but too much pepe le pew

Overall: Head retention suffered from the hop oxidation and each quaff brings back the skunked impression. Again will need furthur tastings to give a final recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:36:29 | More by JackWhite
Photo of tomcarling

3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light for my tastes, but that aside I enjoyed it very much. Smooth and well balanced with a fruity tang.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 03:46:56 | More by tomcarling
Photo of Vanthefireman


4.65/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily one of my top 3 favorite beers. Beautiful beer from start to finish. Nice pour. Collects a little (and I mean little) sediment in the bottle if the course of a few days in the fridge, but didn't effect tasting. I can't think of much that could be done to improve this, aside from moving it out of the seasonal catagory, and over to year-round "Brewmaster's collection."

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 23:06:43 | More by Vanthefireman
Photo of RaucusBacchus


2.28/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Creamy head. Cloudy with a rich yellow hue.
Dull scent of wet paper or wood.
Light body. Very dry verging on astringent. Enjoyable and interesting mouth feel.
Flavor matches the aroma with a dull, neither sweet nor bitter, mid tongue blanket.
I suspect this beer was abused in a previous life though not skunked just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 01:26:13 | More by RaucusBacchus
Photo of StewPedascho


3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For a Sam Adams product, I expected something a little more memorable. This was good and certainly has a time and a place, but it was largely vacant. The temperature with which it was served was a little warmer than I prefer, maybe 45F, and that may have affected the overall expectation, however, what struck me most was the lack of 'zest' in the body and bitterness. Good for a hot summer day, as a very light, refreshing alternative, I'd imagine.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 14:17:33 | More by StewPedascho
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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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