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

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2,461 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,461
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 Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy, opaque golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale golden head. Aroma is not strong but is still inviting, with fruity and malty notes. Fruity flavor has notes of malt, apple and yeast with hints of hops and wood. Firm-bodied texture is strongly fizzy and leaves a nice woody, tingly finish.


Cyberkedi, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of mfigueroa713
3.5/5  rDev 0%

mfigueroa713, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap tonight with dinner, served in a SA perfect pint. The beer is a murky orange, small white head, minimal lacing. The aroma is grassy, herbal. The beer is slightly bitter, smooth, grassy. The finish is crisp. It drinks very easy, very smooth. I did not know much about this beer, smelled and tasted like a pilsner, but darker. I like the unfiltered aspect. IMO a nice addition to the SA lineup.

bonkers, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of tbizzle0
4/5  rDev +14.3%

tbizzle0, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of mike727
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

mike727, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and somewhat cloudy golden orange which is expected from an unfiltered beer. Lots of fast rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Sweet and bready pale malts and wheat grains with some caramel. Big citrus presence. Lots of lemon zest smell with some orange and tangerine. Also hints of honey and noble hops. Smells like a good spring/summer beer. Pretty solid.

Taste: Starts out with a sweet taste of bready pale malts and wheat grains. Following is the citrus. Big taste of moderately tart lemon zest with some hints of orange, tangerine, and honey. Nice presence of noble earthy hops providing some balance in the background. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and fairly tart and creamy with a lightly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a German lager. Crisp and well balanced with a nice lemon flavor.

MattyG85, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of rsant
3/5  rDev -14.3%

rsant, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Dave128
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer of the style so I hope I don't butcher it too bad. Brought to me completely topped off in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - It was brought to me with no head as it appears from swirling, it has no retention. Slightly cloudy orange with yellow highlights. Lacing is minimal as well.

S - doesn't really smell like anything. A light grassiness from the grain or hops.

T - Has a very interesting aftertaste. It starts of very sweet and smooth. It finishes with a grassy hop aftertaste. The hops taste like the smell of fresh hay. Quite clean.

M - light bodied with light carbonation.

O - A clean down to earth beer. It is great as a Spring seasonal. It reminds me a lot of a crisp spring morning.

Dave128, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, June notched on the label.

Slightly hazy, grainy, hint hint here's a theme, yellow. The glow in the bulb of the glass teases sunny orange and on top is barely off-white slightly creamy head.

Crisp with a slight funky breadiness for a lager. I do not perceive the hops as particularly citrusy, but rather floral. It's grainy, coarse, and really an interesting turn to fight the conception of lagers as uber simple.

A crisp, deep yeast and barely cracked grain are the most assertive flavors. Floral hops again, like the alpine meadow flowers on the label. And, you guessed it, a refreshing, gritty, dry graininess.

The mouthfeel is very lager; light body, almost aggressive carbonation, refreshing. Alpine Spring accompanies the low to mid 60s weather we're having at the beginning of February in NW Arkansas.

I only had Noble Pils once and I know it's not going away, but this seems to be a great replacement. I'm glad Boston Beer chose an underrepresented style and made an approachable but not dumbed down beer.

brewerburgundy, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +14.3%

richkrull, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.68/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A KELLER or Zwickel (love that word...) beer....by America's largest brewer* no less. AMAZING!!!!

A: Looks great poured in with slight haze (to be expected in this style) with a generous long lasting head, and sticky lacing.

S: Nothing to write home about, just about like barley bread--again classic for this (very rare outside of homebrew-circles in America) style of very traditional lager. Still its nice comfort-beer aroma.

T: An extremely drinkable almost thick, down-home beer, just crisp enough in hops to clean the palate....but mild enough to not scare away mass-production-beer drinkers. Makes you want to make a meal of it....and the aftertaste is like if you just had some fresh-baked bread--classic German/Czech lager...and FINALLY an American brewer has a version that can take-on any German brewer. (Even in Germany Zwickel is old-fashioned and not so common). For this style--a helles/pils cross in a Keller (unfiltered) version, simply outstanding.

No, the Hop-is-like-estrogen heads won't like it...but good, more for the rest of us!!!

M: Very rich and smooth mouthfeel, must be from the yeast going down.

Overall: Just a terrific, basic....beer. Nothing to put in your journal, just something to look forward too at the end of the day....

Ein Prosit!!!

*American OWNED that is...

AnalogReigns, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of McJeebie
3.5/5  rDev 0%

McJeebie, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of jonathaniler
5/5  rDev +42.9%

jonathaniler, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of fluidmotion
4/5  rDev +14.3%

fluidmotion, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never had this style of beer, but it reminds me of some past beers in other styles -- particularly upland's wheat beer, a Belgian Witbier, and Bell's Oberon Ale, an American pale wheat ale, as well as reminding me of a good hefeweizen with its cloudy composition and yeasty smell. This offering from Sam Adams is a tasty reprieve from the ipa's and bitter pale ales I've had lately -- namely Bell's Two Hearted and Three Floyds' Zombie Dust, both very good but somewhat abrasive.

I'm a novice to craft beer, but have found Sam Adams' brews to be quite good -- namely the flagship Boston Lager and the Noble Pils. I find this new beer to be the perfect change of pace beer. I don't detect much in the way of hops, but again my tastebuds are just learning the ways of craft beer and I put my trust in Jim Koch to give us newbies a beer we can enjoy on any occasion.

cadizkyguy, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of 9InchNails
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy unfiltered amber color body with a white creamy head that faded into a ring around the the glass, with spotty lacing. This is a very nice looking beer.

Wheat, citrus lemon and floral.

Same as the nose but with bready wheat and then a crisp lager taste at the end.

Light body, crisp, medium carbonation a little dry yet still okay enough to be refreshing.

I don't know, this beer seems to be lacking in the taste. It was tasty with the first sip or so, but then the taste started to get boring. A very nice looking beer and the aroma was nice; those were really the only good attributes to this Brew. This isn't even remotely close to being tasty and easy drinking as Noble Pils. Not a total waste, just not worth the hype.

9InchNails, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of JoKo
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Kölsch glass. Beer is bright golden, highly carbonated with a 2 inch thick white head that lingers for a few minutes after the pour. Highly impressive.

Smell: Subtle on the nose, hops up front.

Taste: Very citrusy, tart, hops up front with a solid malt base, hints of spice, possibly coriander.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth lager that doesn't linger on the palate for too long after each sip.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, perfect spring/summer brew. I'd recommend this beer to anyone who is wants something different than a pale lager. Perfect type of "gateway" beer.

JoKo, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of PicoPapa
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at July. Pours translucent golden color with a thin head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of sour citrus, grains, and slightly floral. Taste is alot less hops and alot more malt than I expected from the smell. Bready and a bit sweet with some lemon peel at the end. Some floral hops bitterness, but not much. Light and crisp. Easy to drink. I am noticing somewhat of an odd floral soapy aftertaste the more I drink it. Overall, I think im all set with this one.

PicoPapa, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is interesting that I got to try this beer on tap tonight at the Outback Steakhouse in Humble, and now it was sitting ready to be reviewed in my fridge when I got home. Let's give this one a go from the bottle:

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy yellow gold color with a small 1/8" head of small white bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. The head faded to a very small ring within about 20-30 seconds. There is a tiny bit of lace left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: The aroma is fresh with some tangerines being the most noticeable after the pour. There is also a wheaty malt character that give the aroma a dryness that definitely seems malt derived...though the malt isn't making a huge impression in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is pretty balanced toward malt and hops overall, but the malt that is there is so subtle that it is somewhat showcasing the hops. The balance of this beer is barely toward the malt in the finish, and this is quite nice after you get the hops that you do in the initial parts of the flavor. The beer is getting a tad more bready as it warms up some, but overall it is staying pretty consistent as it warms.

Opinion: Overall, I have been pretty happy with this beer both on tap and in the bottle. I would be nice if the bottle version was a pleasing to look at as it was on tap. The draft version kept a respectable head on it pretty much the whole glass. The bottle version dropped pretty quickly. Otherwise, I like the showcase of hops that coexists nicely with the malt in the finish to give you a balanced flavor to linger long after the sip. I would go so far as to say that of Boston Brewing Company's "regular"/sessionable beers, this is one of my favorite so far.

SkeeterHawk, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with 1 finger of off-white head. Average lacing but very pretty patterns.

S - Lemon, grain, honey, grassy hops, earthy lager yeast.

T - Bright lemon and orange citrus open up the palate. Grassy hops mix with b-vitamins to create a medium bitterness. Honey grain bread is the base and flows well with the citrus. Ends with a grassy, crisp finish.

M - Crisp medium body, it has some density to it, just the right amount of carbonation.

Very refreshing. Good mix of clean and grainy. Good looking and went down very smooth. I will be drinking more of this for sure.

StaveHooks, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of this year's spring mix-pack. Pours a hazy yellow body with a good inch of off-white head that persists. Fruity spicy hops dominate the aroma. Orange, pineapple, and spice hit the palate initially, with pine, spice, and citrus pulp notes. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Very drinkable. Pleasant, refreshing, and tasty. I like this one.

MrHurmateeowish, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass (later sampled in a borrowed mug, nothing changed):

A: cloudy yellow/orange body with a large foamy, lumpy, ringed head that took at least three minutes before it faded out

S: citrus and the hops, honey comes out as the beer warms

T: sweet through the honey but the citrus comes in to balance, nicely done

M: medium, sessionable and well balanced, no aftertaste, sticky finish

O: good for the style and good for me, I think I could get into this beer

BeerKangaroo, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

deapokid, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

taigor, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of ejw127
2/5  rDev -42.9%

ejw127, Feb 01, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,461 ratings.