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

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2,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 40
Gots: 193 | 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:
Beer added by: BDIMike on 12-22-2011

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.
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Photo of AdamBear
2.64/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I would just like to state that i love this style, so i was excited to try...boy was i let down

A-cloudy yellow with a nice white head

S-slight creamy grassiness. faint scent.

T-comes in with a creamy taste of weeds and spearmint. its a clean taste of medium strength. matching after-taste. odd tasting.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-i love this style but i think Sam Adams once again missed the point. the grassyness is there...which i love, however there are some off flavors there and a weird creaminess that makes this beer taste more like some light american ale than a true german lager. i'll give it another shot i'm sure, not completely turned off...yet.

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow color with a perfect white head that has good retention. [3.75]

Smell: Expecting a lighter "Spring" beer, I was surprised by how much hop aroma was present; probably more than a typical pale ale. Citrusy hops are the dominant aroma, but accompanied by hints of lemons, oranges, fresh cut hay, plus generic floral and herbal notes. Very promising!

Taste: In short, well-balanced, clean and refreshing. While the hoppy aroma suggests an APA or even an IPA, the flavor profile is different. Clearly this has a significant and fine (Noble?) hop component, but the flavor sensation is more that of complex, light (in terms of bitterness and hops) APA. A variety of flavors make appearances, including lemon, generic citrus, flowers, light toasted grains, caramel, hay, bread and light herbs.

Mouthfeel: Light+ body; excellent medium carbonation. Crisp with some dryness in the finish.

O: a very well crafted beer that makes me want to further explore the Keller Bier/Zwickel Bier style. Would make an excellent session beer. Great with food.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is straw yellow hued and mildly hazy. The head is white and measures about a quarter inch or so, leaving a thick sheet of lacing in its wake.

The aroma offers oranges, lemons, malt, various citrus. Smells like a German lager.

The flavor is malt forward with an assortment of citrus fruits. Definitely tastes like a German lager. I enjoy this beer much more than I expected. A bit grainy in the back with a touch of alcohol.

Light to medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Nice feel. Residual malty sweetness.

Overall, a pretty tasty brew that I would have again.

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with and impressive hazy orange color with a very nice looking white head on top. The lacing and retention on this beer were very good as well. The smell of the beer gives off some citrusy lager like aromas that are interesting. The taste of the beer has a citrusy start to it with some nice refreshing qualities, the finish is similar to a wheat beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is a soft, well carbonated and drinkable. Overall this beer wasn't bad, I would probably drink it again.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, unfiltered, pale, yellow-orange coloring with a sparse coating of film. Good solid lacing along the glass as the beer moves around. Aromas are very light, with a slight lemon zest and clove spicing, but not much of anything else. Flavors are roasty and toasty, with a grainy cereal backbone, and some extremely subtle hops and citrus tones. The hops take over into the aftertaste, with a dry, peppery profile. The finish is slightly dry, with a hint of cloves left behind. Aromas and palate are weak overall, but the body and finish are well put together. Could be a good beer with a liitle more "oomph" on the palate.

Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murkey, straw-like color with a moderately sized head. The aroma is restrained...clean, but some grass and grain...a touch of yeast and pale malt. The beer is flavorful and fresh...a little tart. There is a little fruit in the flavor, orange and apple, but it's essentially a clean beer. Medium-light in body. The beer has a notable malt sweetness that continues through the taste. Not much hop bitterness or flavor, just a little for balance.

Photo of dac0152
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, after frequenting this site for "2.58" years and only reviewing two beers, I've decided to make an effort to do more...more...more!! Here goes:

Alpine Spring rests in the glass with a nice golden hue, like straw but a little more orange tint. It's hazy and unfiltered, with a nice thick head that leaves lace sticking to the glass with every sip. Mmmm.

Fresh cut grass, Citrus and sweet bread/malt comprises the aroma, but it's nothing that makes me smile and sit back in astonishment. Good but not great.

Taste starts out like the smell-- super floral, grassy, and citrus, orange and lemon, but then moves on to a calm yeasty and bread-like sweetness, coming from the honey malt, and finishes clean and dry with a small bit of noble hop spice. Just like the smell, pretty good but nothing knocking me off my feet. Tettnang was a good choice.

This beer tastes like baseball. In Texas, watching the Rangers play can be extremely hot at the Ballpark, and this beer just screams to me, "drinkability!" I would love to have this on a hot afternoon or balmy night.

Alpine Spring succeeds in retaining good hop flavor while staying light and crisp. Perfect to drink while eating or enjoying anything outdoors. Seriously. A great hop-forward taste with the clean crispness of a lager? Yes, please.

Photo of pvsob
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy straw color with a half inch head that disappears rather quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S- Doughy malts, grass, light lemon zest, sweet oranges, and just a hint of noble hops.

T- Grainy/bready malt flavor followed by that Sam Adams green apple flavor. Finishes with a nice balance of malt and bitterness.

M- Light feel with medium to high levels of carbonation.

Overall- An all around decent lager, but for some reason I'm just not digging this one. If you absolutely have to, by all means pick one up and give it a try. Personally, I don't plan on revisiting this brew anytime soon. Cheers.

Photo of tatums1984
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of nh2032
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow color with a cloudy 2 finger white head that faded average time and left good spotty lacing, as well as a layer on top; looks like a hefeweizen.

Smells of lemon, fresh cut grass, citrus hops, sweet malt and grains; pretty basic nose that is sweet, floral and true to it's name like a spring morning.

Tastes of lemon, wheat, citrus hops, floral hops, flowers, herbs, light toasted grains, caramel, hay, bread crust and light herbs; very floral with nice citrus notes, this starts off grainy and malty, then turns hoppy for nice balance with a zesty slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with a light body, mild carbonation and a light and almost watery feel.

A nice mix of hefeweizen and lager with just enough hops to make it citrusy and enjoyable. First adventure into the Keller Bier/Zwickel Bier style, so if Alpine Spring is true to form, then I think I’ll enjoy this style and seek out more of these beers.

Photo of JackieTH
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as part of the World Beer Tour. A 10-oz pour was golden straw with a white foam cap. Mild citrus nose, a bit of lemon. Taste was citrusy, orange-lemon honey, fruity hops, clean finishing almost but not quite juicy. Medium-light yet creamy body. Higher carbonation. Refreshing. Pretty good.

Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a slight orange color and about a finger of off white head.

Smell – Slight lemon, bready yeasts, orange, hops, and hints of malt.

Taste – Fresh cut grass, herbs, hoppy bitterness, earthiness, lemon zest, and honey.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied. Spritzy carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Overall – A decent beer, though not one that I would revisit in the future.

Photo of JoLight
4.88/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - honey colored, unfiltered with lots of sediment, and a frothy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S - It smells of honey, sweetness, citrusy and floral hops, some very slight malt, and lemon citrus.

T - Lemon zest, some pepper and spice, a tad bit of grain, and then the floral and citrus hops come in, finishing off with a mouthful of pure white breadiness, which lingers in the aftertaste.

Overall, this is the best lager I have ever had. It's the beer I always dreamt of finding. This is what I would have tried to brew if I had ever brewed beer.

Absolutely perfect. I just which the aroma was slightly more prominent.

Photo of cswkr02
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of murraymj
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Euro Market. I get a little kick of fruity hops in the opening of the flavor, but for the most part it comes off like smooth, bready Dortmund export lager. It's a hazy light orange color with a short white head. It's clean and nice enough, but not distinctive. Meh, I want to like this beer, but just can't get excited about it.

Photo of jeanphony
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of hardigree2831
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of whallgren
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Goobastic
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.