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

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2,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,462
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 137 | 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 msarver16
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Pours a hazy translucent yellow straw color. 2 finger head that lingers.

Smell is super mild. Struggling, but finding lemon and bready malt.

Taste is definitely a step up from the nose. Light and crisp with lemon and orange, little bit of malt. Getting a hint of something I really don't enjoy at all, I wanna call it cat pee.

Mouthfeel is eh. Kinda clean and crisp. The flavors don't linger, which is a good thing.

Overall it's okay. It's not awful, but I don't think it's good either. A step of from their last spring offering Noble Pils (awful). Still say the old white ale was a great spring beer from Sam Adams.

msarver16, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Cris4545
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Cris4545, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color, good sized white fluffy head that fades at a slow rate, leaves a good bit of patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell is barely perceivable, what I can pick up with mostly lemon zest, maybe a touch of orange, aromatics could be stronger.

Taste is much stronger in flavor than I would have thought, starts out with a strong grainy malt front, citrus creeps in to dominate the aftertaste, carbonation is soft but active, finishes semi-dry.

deltatauhobbit, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of kmo1030
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a lightly hazed gold with a moderately sized white head.
the aroma is citrusy, toward the orange end of the spectrum, with notes of vanilla and bread. there is a little bit of sulphur. there is also a little bit of grassy spicey hoppiness.
the taste contains a slightly heftier amount of the somewhat orange creamsicle-like flavors. touches of graininess weave in and out, with a soft yeast influence. the hops take a backseat mostly only noticable in a little balancing bitterness.
it's worth noting that the mouthfeel is very pleasant, soft and smooth across the tongue.
overall a desent effort. not exactly what i'm looking for when i want a keller bier, but pleasant enough, and seems pretty sessionable, or perhaps if it had a few ticks lower abv.

kmo1030, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and grassy hops.

Tastes of the bright hop notes with a solid malt base. Hops lead off with a moderately bitter citric, floral, and grassy combination. Malts then cut through with a honey like sweetness, and a touch of bread. As it warms, more toasted notes come through.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, I am quite happy with this beer and I do find it to be quite enjoyable, however it may be a little more amped up than others like it.

ocelot2500, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +14.3%

savagepm, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delighted to find this on tap at a Delaware sports bar far more accustomed to pouring pints of Bud or Stella...

Pours a cloudy golden amber with white head and impressive lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with a surprising hint of "west coast" hops. Flavour has a baseline of breadiness and caramelized malts with background citrus tones - delightful and totally unexpected!

Frankly I took notes at the bar at lunch with absolutely no idea what classification this beer would fall under. Did not expect a Kellerbier - a style I enjoy in its traditional form - and very much enjoyed this American interpretation. Well done Samuel Adams!

hopsolutely, Feb 17, 2012
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

Slatetank, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a SA Boston Lager perfect pint.

Appearance is a hazy medium gold with a fluffy one finger head.

Has a pleasant citrusy aroma with lemon and orange. Also some floral notes in there with a bit of grassy hops.

The citrus is quite prominent on the taste with some spicy hops barely detectable underneath it all. A fairly thick, creamy mouthfeel but also an odd alcohol note and not much bitterness. Finish is pretty crisp.

Overall, a sub-par effort from Samuel Adams. Things just don't seem to mesh very well. Glad I got to try it but probably won't seek it out again.

rangerred, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of brandon911
3.5/5  rDev 0%

brandon911, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of tpauer
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

tpauer, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of lumpy1126
4/5  rDev +14.3%

lumpy1126, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of JRed
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep orange in body with white bubbly head. Lovin the aroma: citrus, floral notes, light lemon, and dew on evergreens. Tastes of light citrus, floral notes, harsh lemon zest, slight alcohol burn. Light in body with medium carbonation. Great aroma but some of the flavors are intrusive and harsh.

JRed, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of zhumphrey
3/5  rDev -14.3%

zhumphrey, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of magine
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a seidel mug.

Pours a cloudy straw light gold color. Has a thick, fluffy head with tons of nice tight bubbles. After the massive head settles, nice lacing remains all around the whole drink. Small thin island head remains as well. Good looking brew here.

Brew smells of citrus, herbs and floral hops. Light honey, biscuit malts. The floral hops take the four front. Good smelling brew; very pleasant profile.

Brew is peppery up front; lots of floral and citrus hops. Zesty and very balanced. The middle has the nice creamy malts represented; honey and biscuity wheat driven pale malts. Brew finishes very easy going and slightly dry. Very good stuff here all the way around.

Wow, this is a party pleasing, buy by the case brew here. I could easily down this stuff all day. A perfect summertime or really anytime brew. This is a great brew for SA, and will be a regular one to session for a lager. Great stuff here.

magine, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Lldeegan
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Lldeegan, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a hazy golden color, pretty light, good head dissipates relatively quickly.

Smells citrusy with orange zest, lemon grass and coriander notes.

Taste is light and grassy with lemon citrus tartness and wheaty malts.

Feels is medium to light and crisp.

Super easy to drink, light, good taste, hard to complain about this. A really enjoyable sessionable brew.

Cylinsier, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev 0%

birdsellam, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Gavage, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of J23hc
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into round bowl mug. Hazy orange with a natural milky white head, never really leaves, stays thin and filmy throughout. Smell isn't much at all but a faint acidic orange and lemon juice. Taste also has juicy orange, orange peel, lemon peel, clementine and a little citric spiciness. Very nice light feel, one of my favorite sam adams beers

J23hc, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of NardiByNature
4/5  rDev +14.3%

NardiByNature, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a pretty nice tan cap.

S: Has a faint but pretty pleasant citrus smell along with a bit of wheat.

T: This was a really nice surprise for me. A rich graininess throughout with a good touch of lemon and citrus. Very refreshing and easy to drink without tasting too light.

notchucknorris, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of abgba121
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a golden straw color with about a half inch of white head, leaves very little lace

S: sweet, very little hop presence and a nice citrusy element, though expected for being a lager

T: sweet and a small amount of citrus and yeast character, a slight hop element on the finish as well

M: thin to medium body, good carbonation

O: a decent beer, though one of the best lagers I have had

abgba121, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of donunrue
4/5  rDev +14.3%

donunrue, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of wafers
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Sam Adams spring mix pack
Poured into a standard pint glass

A: pours a cloudy, golden color, moderately frothy
S: aroma of lemons, orange, slightly soapy
T: a light, floral taste, definite citrus fruits, some orange, lemon, maybe some hop bitterness but not much
M: light mouthfeel, easy drinking
O: a decent brew from SA. Mostly easy going and drinkable, has a decent wheat beer taste that is flavorable, but not as tasty as some other SA brews available

wafers, Feb 16, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,462 ratings.