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

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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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2,486 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,486
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 35
Gots: 149 | 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 djaeon
4/5  rDev +14.3%

djaeon, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a crisp, pilsner malt scent along with a moderate hop bitterness and a slight fruity yeast aroma; refreshing. The taste is decent as well. It has a yeasty flavor that compliments a solid malt bill of mainly pilsner malts. The hop character is mild yet lend itself nicely. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn refreshing beer. I like the unfiltered yeast character. The esters add a good bit of depth.

WesWes, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, enjoy before June, notched onto the side of the label.

Pours heavily clouded medium dull tangarine, under a light tan head, that goes to a delicate film and some light lacing.

Nose is tropical fruity and grassy.

More tropical fruit notes with citrus splashes. Light, easy drinking and enjoyable stuff. will make a decent warm weather quaffer...as soon as spring officially hits. Not bad. I'd def pick up a sixer or two of this in the future.

Billolick, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of nach0king
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just not getting the hype around this one. I really wanted to love it but just don't. Would never seek it out again. It's my first of the style so that might account for it, but as the bottle promises a lager I rated it with that in mind, albeit taking into account that it's unfiltered.

A: Cloudy with a small, ringed head that faded out. Looked like a paler saison and promised a refreshing taste to match.

S: Crushed ice and lemon - but very faint. Appealing enough.

T: Really uninspiring. Tastes like lemon drops with a bit of shortcake at the end. The bottle promised more citrus - the finish didn't linger at all. No alcohol taste, which is a matter of preference, I guess.

M: Very little carbonation but a pleasant medium body.

nach0king, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Zaphog, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

djrn2, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Danno48
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Danno48, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of senbrewing
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

senbrewing, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head covering, hazy pale yellow gold colored.

Nose a bit weird, light hops, light grassy, light floral, weird tart like fruit, grassy herbal, very grassy, mild messy malt.

Taste is floral, grassy, biter and rind, some noble hops, fruity flavors, lemon grassy, pretty light, light wheat and spices. finish is dry and weird biter, weird citrus lemon grassy finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, the only decent quality is the noble hops, otherwise weird flavors and pretty meh. It almost seems like they took the summer ale and noble pils and blended them to make this beer. Although it is fairly drinkable, for a spring beer maybe makes sense, but should be a late spring beer, not 1.5 months BEFORE spring beer.

jlindros, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of bnes09
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange and slightly hazy. Descent head which sticks around a while and forms some lace.

Fruit and bread notes in the nose.

Bread-like malt character. Apricot and mango sweetness. Citric hop bitterness is not over powering yet compliments the fruity character. Semi-tart finish with lingering mellow yeast flavor. Good balance.

Lighter bodied. Crisp and lively carbonation. Smooth texture and a crisp, clean finish.

Pretty descent. Has that classic Sam Adams taste. Fresh tasting and very drinkable.

bnes09, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of tblocks21
1/5  rDev -71.4%

tblocks21, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of ikantspel
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served into a russian river goblet

freshness date of late june 2012

pours a honey caramel with a smaller than average head

aroma of spices, malt, citrus, and some hoppiness. this one seems to have it all

very interesting. citrus to start, a sweet maltyness kicks in, finishes slightly bitter.

this beer is getting better and better with each drink

ikantspel, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of gabedivision
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a SA perfect pint glass from a 12oz.

Pours a hazy murky yellowish orange with a 1 finger head, decent lacing a nice retention. Smells of oranges and lemons all freshly cut, a touch of earthy grain and banana bread also. Lemons on the tongue nice light bready malt on the back, citrus all around, a tad lager funk to boot, not too bad. Light-medium in body and feel, has a little more to it than it looks. Overall, this is a decent leading to spring lager, though i think this could be alot better if the flavors were a little more prominent.

gabedivision, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Puma8
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Puma8, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on January 30, 2012. I had this on tap at an Olive Garden restaurant. It pours into a frosted glass a slightly cloudy, but very foamy light to medium amber. The aroma is of malts but more of grains and all in all rather subtle. The body is in the medium range. The taste is also more on the grainy side but it finishes clean, crisp, and slightly dry. It is not too bad and I expect it will be popular with the masses this spring.

puboflyons, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of sfsean28
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to try this one,especially after a rough day working outdoors in the rain. I thought alpine spring was going to be noble pils with a different name. It wasn't but there's a hint of it in this brew. Bartender poured into a pint glass while I eagerly waited for the foamy head to reduce to quarter inch. The smell of lemon was evident and the first taste was thirst quenching. I could taste some citrus and light hops. This brew is full bodied but yet light on flavor. Carbonation is good and lacing on the empty pint is art work. Gotta get another and I had the third pint when my food arrived. This is my session beer for the season. ABV is 5.5% but its hardly noticeable.

sfsean28, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of kdawg105
4.58/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nice brew! I was hopping for a little more citrus but hey this thing is balanced to the gill. Nice golden color full of carbonation a little cloudy look very inviting, smell was bout average notes are kinda of light on the nose. Taste the beer is perfect with the balance that it has, mouthfeel smooth clean and crisp, overall a great spring beer!! Fire up the Grills!

kdawg105, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a half inch of bright white foam that last until the beer is gone. The aroma is of bright spicy hops and bready malt. The taste is maltier than the aroma with a ton of bready notes, and some spicy hops in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a fine keller bier that I can see becoming a regular in my refrigerator while it is in season.

KarlHungus, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bottle to imperial Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass on 1/29/12
*From notes

A: Cloudy, bright and sunny. A standard pour yields a foamy white 2.5 finger head. Pretty decent lacing follows.

S: Lemon scone comes to mind, as it's pretty malty yet citric.

T: Bottom line here? It's a slightly acidic lager that showcases a good amount of lemon. It's got a bit of bite to it, and for someone (that being me) whose not big on lemon, it's not over the top or extreme. Call it a kiss, as that go-to Sam Adams grain bill takes the beer over on the mid to finish.

M: Quality texture. The fuller body really helps in adding balance to the brew. Much, much better then I was expecting.

O: It's nowhere near the upper echelon of the Sam Adams portfolio, but it ain't half bad, folks. If you're a lemony/citrus guy (or gal), this is a worthwhile tick. Not one I'll be seeking out again, but I in no way regret spending $3 on the bomber.

Rhettroactive, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy orange/gold in color, with a nice, bright white two-inch head of foam.
Aroma-Bread malt, orange zest
Taste-Pale bread malt,orange rind, faint honey note. Nice flavor and balance. kind of reminds me of a Bell's Oberon without the spicy hop notes. Would make a nice late spring warmer weather brew.

hosehead83, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Stunner97
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- a very yellow golden color, very murky and cloudy in appearance, tons of bubbles and carbonation, thick bellowing head, very nice appearance

Smell- malt and slight citrus and floral smell

Taste- in terms of flavor this is one of the more unique beers that i have ever tried, just very unique, its got alot of beady malts, slight citrus, finishes drying with very little to no real hop flavor, slight lemon tartness

Mouthfeel- extremely light and crisp with very active carbonation

drinkability/overall- I have to say this beer was an enigma to me and I still wouldn't fully know how to explain it to someone I guess partially its just not a style I am very familiar with, wouldn't particularly say i loved drinking it but I didn't hate it either, almost just very bland and simple and that made it drinkable if not totally enjoyable, not a beer I will revisit but worth a try in terms of uniqueness alone

Stunner97, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of woz00027
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

woz00027, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of WaydeRafnel
3/5  rDev -14.3%

WaydeRafnel, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of hustlesworth
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- lightly hazed golden amber with a slight greenish tint to it. Barely off white head is reminiscent of a fine German pale lager, as it should be. Lace is delicate and plentiful.

S- floral, lemony, and somewhat soapy noble hops. Very fine hop aroma here, with a bit of spicy yeasty funk. White bread and cracker in the background.

T- bready malt flavor, like a very mild sourdough, with a burst of citrus hops. Bitterness gradually increases and stops short about where a Czech pils would (although their saaz doesn't seem to have that distinct lemony edge). Hop flavor last from the start long into the lemony floral finish. Can seem watery when cold, but as it warms up a few degrees there's hearty malt in that conclusion.

MF- vigorous bubbles, and a well rounded grainy-slick-yeasty feel. All components are noticeable. Dry and hoppy feeling on the cheeks. Juicy bodied and totally refreshing.

D- way to showcase the tettnanger hops. Their bright flavor really holds this one down. Jim and the boys have made some amazing German style beers lately and I hope they keep em comin'.

hustlesworth, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Agold
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Agold, Jan 30, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,486 ratings.