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

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2,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,491
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 35
Gots: 152 | FT: 0
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 canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Spring mixed pack picked up in Maui. This is a nice citrusy lager with some fresh hops and a crisp finish. Good choice for a Spring seasonal. I could drink a bunch of these and have a nice grilled piece of fish to go with it. Solid lager that is a little different.

Photo of TheCondor
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in a Samuel Adam’s brewers variety pack in Leavenworth and poured from the bottle into a mug.

Appearance – Pours a nice, hazy golden color with about a fingers worth of head that doesn’t stick around for long with only minimal lacing. Looks good though, I like it.

Smell – Fruits, citrus, spices, orange peel, grapefruit, wow sweetness. A little maltiness in there as well, but the fruits certainly take the cake.

Taste – Whoa with the sweetness. After an initial malt splash, the sweetness of this beer hits like a ton of bricks (or a ton of feathers, which is the same weight….one is just harder and sounds tougher). To me, the sweetness of this beer is a little overwhelming. To me it tastes like beer spilled into a glass of grapefruit and orange juice, with just a hint of hop bitter.

Mouthfeel – Because of the sweetness, it has a sticky finish. It’s light, but I can’t get that stickiness out of my mouth. Ugh.

Overall – Maybe it’s the style, which I am not real familiar with….maybe it’s the Tettnang hops….maybe it’s the fact I prefer porter or IPA….maybe it’s a combination thereof. I don’t know. But this beer, in my lowly opinion, is way too sweet. It would be a good conversion beer for a mass market drinker, or maybe someone who enjoys something like hard lemonade. But it’s not my bag. It has it’s appreciable qualities, but I won’t be drinking it anymore to experience them.

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 AgentZero
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At the Olive Garden with limited options.

A - Pours a golden color with two fingers of white head that had nice, foamy retention.

S - Light hopping, some sweet grain.

T - It's okay. Slight skunked grain taste that is appropriate forte style. Lightly toasted pale, sweet malts and a bit of a floral hop finish.

M - Light, crisp, good carbonation.

O - Okay, but boring and somewhat overly refined tasting. I've had worse.

Photo of mcloud2
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jtd335
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden straw colored liquid, topped by a huge white fluffy head, which condensed to a ring and leave bubbles down the glass as I drink.

Smell is lightly floral hop, an almost Belgian yeasty tang, but some how less, and some sweet malt.

Taste is mellow, light lemony citrus, followed by a light bready sweetness.

Feel is light, yet with some body, like a wheat, bubbly and crisp. Easy to drink.

Overall, it is what it claims to be, some hop, some citrus, texture makes it a fine Spring seasonal.

Photo of wtighe03
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of McStagger
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Sam Adams' bomber.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw with two fingers off white head. Lively carbonation. Head retention is moderate. Looks like a hefe to me.

S: Tree fruits, toasted crackery smelling malt, hint of citrus and spice from the hops.

T: Big bready malt with bits of hops clinging on for dear life. Again, a bit of the floral spiciness and citrus from the hops, but not really that much. In fact, I'd say the hop presence is fairly muted. The yeast presence, however, is not. Little bit of nuttiness and a bit of flowery sweetness to balance the ever so slight hoppiness.

M: Light and easy. Strikes a fine balance between crisp and cloying. Maybe ever so slightly to the cloying side given the inherent sweetness of the brew.

O: I'm not really a Sam fan. I appreciate what they do for craft brewing, but consider them more of a "stepping stool" between the macros and the crafts. Beers like this make me rethink that. A great brew by Sam. Maybe I should diversify my Samuel Adams experience.

Photo of amrozga
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Swim424
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into hoegaarden mug

A-pours a honey yellow color. slightly cloudy. lots of bubble and a nice thick head, a bit fluffy

S-sweet and crisp. has a classic pilsner scent to it, a bit of hops.

T-Tastes a little floral sweetness upfront, with a sweet middle and slight hoppy finish.

MF- Medium body, a bit creamy, has a weird aftertaste. Not bad just seems a bit off. well balanced carbonation.

O-this is a nice beer. Wouldn't go out of my way for it but wouldn't mind having this again.

Photo of Saph001
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BraveGator
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ouser31
4.85/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I didnt know anything about this beer when i ordered it... it looked like a hefe or a pale ale at first which i tend to stay away from but from the taste i was unexpectedly suprised... Great Taste!! i instantly looked it up online to find out what it really was and am now happy i ordered it... A must if and when its avaliable!!

Photo of SeanNoach
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of alwaysintense
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of voidrunner
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Billykop
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Fadefury
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy yellowish, almost gold color. Soft, almost perfectly white head. Poured about 2 inches.

S: Very light touches of citrus, but overall it's lemon comes out the most.

T: More hopes than I would hope for in such a light beer. Bitter/tartness, followed by lemon sums up the taste of this beer.

M: Very light, with mild carbonation. Pretty smooth overall.

O: This was an interesting attempt at a new beer for Sam Adams, but it's not something I'd sit down and drink a couple of. The bitterness/tart is what would make me look for another beer.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light yellow gold, a little hazy, topped by tightly whipped snow white cream.

Aroma is a fresh spring meadow, with a lemon grove nearby.

Light sweetness hits the tongue fleetingly, followed by a surprisingly aggressive hop bite. Lemon in the finish.

Slightly prickly mouthfeel.

An ok spring lager, but I'd prefer Noble Pils or the kolsch Spring Ale from a few years back.

Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jamesrange62
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of busterwhite
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden color with a nice 3 finger head and some decent lacing.

Smells of a little citrus and malt, not very strong.

A little light in the taste, some bitterness and citrus from the hops up front and sweetness from the malt in the finish. Not bad, just a little light.

Like the taste a little thin in the mouthfeel but well carbonated.

This beer is a nice easy drinker for a warm day, a good lawn mower beer.

Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Grapefruit peel in color, hazy, with some soft white head on top. Not a lot of head, but a fair amount.

S: The main smell that I am picking up in this one if lemon peel. A touch of fruitiness, as well as some familiar lager yeast smells. The finish is rounded out by a bit of biscuity bread.

T: Wow, that's a bit more hoppy and tart than I would have imagined. Tartness hits first, followed by lemon peel. The finish has a little more hops in it, slightly earthy or maybe just a hint of grass.

M: Medium light in body, the carbonation is certainly active and consists of rather fine sized bubbles. There is a smoothness to this brew.

O: Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. Tart, lemony, and fresh. A pretty neat beer style, although I am not sure if it is something I would drink a lot of.. although as a spring seasonal I think it will do well.

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,491 ratings.