1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,376 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,376
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 90 | 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)
View: Beers (128) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Alpine Spring Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,376 | Reviews: 570 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jwc215


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

Freshness date of June notched on label:

Pours clouded (as expected for unfiltered) with a creamy white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of fresh citrus and yeast.

The taste is citrusy - especially lime - with a kiss of honey. Finishes with a floral dryness.

It is light and crisp without being thin. Has a refreshing aftertaste. Very smooth.

This is an easy-drinking lager. Interesting mix of styles within the lager family that works well. Nice use of Tettnang hops!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:37:54 | More by jwc215
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is (slightly) hazy golden-yellow with a small (half-finger) white head. Lots of visible fine-bubbled carbonation rising. Leaves behind a little bit of lace.

S: Sweet fruitiness, cereal grains and bread dough. A touch of floral hops.

T: Follows the nose, pretty much: some grain up front, fruitiness in the middle with a touch of spiciness, then finishes with a semi-dry floral hoppiness. Lingering touch of bitterness fighting with the fruity sweetness for dominance. Fruit and floral hops prevail ultimately.

M: Heavier than your usual light-bodied lager; close to medium weight. Carbonation is modest and fairly soft.

O: Good. A nice spring bock - if only they'd released it in April or May maybe I'd buy a sixer of it instead of the single that I purchased at Price Chopper tonight (January 19, 2012).

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:13:58 | More by Kendo
Photo of videofrog


4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Freshness notch June 2012.

A: Hazy golden to orange. Fluffy white head that gradually settles.

S: Citrusy hops, grains, sweet bready malts.

T: Good, solid malt backbone with decent citrus hop bite. Honey and yeast character are evident.

M: Great carbonation for the style; smooth and crisp.

O: Really enjoyed Sam Adam's newest seasonal offering. Extremely easy to drink and sessionable. Wish I hadn't just picked one from a mix-six.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 00:06:19 | More by videofrog
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with an orangish hue. There's a quarter inch of dense, white head that has decent retention. The nose is straw-like and grassy. The flavor is straw-like and citrusy with hints of lemon. The hops add a grassy finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, crisp, and very smooth.

This is a solid beer. It was too style so nothing out of the ordinary to report. It's unoffensive and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 21:23:18 | More by tdm168
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tan to slightly orange, hazy, 1 finger head with some staying power, pretty good lacing. Smells of grains, malts, plenty of citrus and some nice hops. Taste is pretty bold on the citrus, with a good bready, malty backbone and a nice, light hop profile. Some sweet honey fullness brings home the nice and surprisingly full body. A very tasty surprise, I'll certainly have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 21:22:44 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

Pours a rich golden color, soapy white head and some lacing. Aroma is bready, with a lager yeast strain evident. In the taste, grainy, sweet cereal notes and some lemony citrus. Mild noble hop bitterness, and hop flavor lingers on the palette. Easy to drink, but overall pretty average.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 18:03:57 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of eerbayman

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2012 17:55:23 | More by eerbayman
Photo of RappAttack


2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a pale straw yellow

S: smells kinda like a more citrusy Budweiser

T: small bit of citrus with some breadyness but thats about it

M: the high point, very refreshing, good carbonation

O: not very impressed with this one i prefer the noble pils to this spring seasonal. a good beer to have with some spring cleaning i will say

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 17:46:52 | More by RappAttack
Photo of AgingWarrior


4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-19-2012 15:33:41 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of tigg924


4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at T Bones Plymouth--served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, bright yellow in color, hazy

Smell: Sam Adams trademark hops

Taste: a sweet honey/sugary start almost reminiscent of a non-alcoholic beer, some lemony Boston Lager taste followed by piney hops.

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet start, bitter middle--less bitter end, medium-high carbonation

Overall:Very refreshing. I could have several pints of this. I love the sweet and slightly piney combo. This is very smooth. This may be their best spring seasonal yet.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 14:06:53 | More by tigg924
Photo of Yvaithe

New York

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-19-2012 02:55:27 | More by Yvaithe
Photo of iMilky


4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-19-2012 02:52:45 | More by iMilky
Photo of zoolzoo


4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden / straw colored, semi hazy, white head with some nice lacing.

It smells and tastes like this beer has almost the same hop and malt profile as Noble Pils. Grassy hops dominate the aroma and taste. I feel like the malt bill is a bit more developed here in contrast with NP. Thicker in body, still grainy but also a bit sweeter. Clean all around, excellent drinkability and flavor. A winner from SA.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:32:31 | More by zoolzoo
Photo of thecheapies


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark yellow body with a bumpy half-inch head.

Yeasty, lemony scent. Grapefruit zest, citric hop, pretty mild aroma. A little sweet to the nose.

Bit of a spice note; coriander, anise, with wheat tang, fresh lemon, and nutty yeast. Tart backend with a chalky finish. The sweetness doesn't linger. Not too shabby.

Feels thin and highly carbonated. Decently drinkable.

Love a new Sam brew. This one's okay. Not as good as the White Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 01:55:15 | More by thecheapies
Photo of jsprain1


4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours pale honey orange, quite hazy with a one and a half finger white head that has good staying power.
S- Citrus, floral, doughy with a touch of honey.
T- It's quite doughy at first but there is a floral and lemony flavor that rounds it out.
M- Medium body for a helles, maybe a bit fuller, with a perfectly smooth light carbonation. Long, lightly sticky finish for a helles.
O- Admittedly I had low expectations for it, but this was a delicious simple beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 01:33:34 | More by jsprain1
Photo of mhaugo


2/5  rDev -42.9%

01-19-2012 01:20:42 | More by mhaugo
Photo of Wally1912


4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-19-2012 00:36:48 | More by Wally1912
Photo of BrewtalAlement


3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2012 00:00:44 | More by BrewtalAlement
Photo of TheSarge


3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks great with a three finger thick white head, and the body is hazy with a nice golden color. Just a little dark for a helles.

The aroma is citrusy lemon with a tobacco like aroma.

The flavor is very well balanced. The malt gives off a cereal caramel flavor, and the hos give a lemon drop flavor.

Feels mildly carbonated with a medium mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 23:23:19 | More by TheSarge
Photo of imperialking


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

01-18-2012 19:55:35 | More by imperialking
Photo of jaredtuk


4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

01-18-2012 19:20:16 | More by jaredtuk
Photo of inlimbo77


3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6oz (from 12oz bottle) poured into an unmarked goblet glass.

A: Cloudy bright yellowish orange color. Half finger bright white head. Some sticky lacing bits on the glass after the swirl. There is ok carbonation.

S: Smells like a simple little hopped lager. I get some clean fresh hop aromas and old English malt smells (?). Nothing mind blowing thats for sure.

T: It's definitely a light and crisp lager. Like others have mentioned, it's a lot like BMC beers. Not bad, but just not a lot of flavor going on. There are some spicy and citrusy notes. And then it drops off into a crisp close. Nothing else lingers.

M: Light bodied and easy drinking.

O: C+ I guess. It's a party beer for me. Drink some in the sun etc. Like a lot of Sam Adams stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 15:01:33 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" velvety white head with decent retention. The body is a little hazed but bright golden yellow. There's really not a whole lot of smell and although I do get the citrus it's not the most obvious of citrus beers. The taste, to me, doesn't deviate that far from BMCs. Not too complex, some faint citrus per the label, and a crisp lager finish. There's nothing wrong with this beer, it just isn't the standout I for some reason was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 09:38:35 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of Reidrover


4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single from Roths Sunnyside Market, S.Salem. $1.42 Nice hazy golden yellow beer with a small yet persistant white head. Good wheat,spice grassy hop aromas. Taste lemon zest,malts,yeast.hay,wheat..very nice. Great palate..very good for style and rather smooth. I really enjoyed this beer..a little to early on the mrket..this is a killer spring beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 05:44:32 | More by Reidrover
Photo of TempeBeerMan


2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A – Dark yellow/light gold, with just the slightest bit of haze. Airy one-finger head that faded quickly. Minimal clumpy lacing.

S – Very muted aroma; some slight citrus notes.

T – Tastes a lot better than it smells. Notes of citrus and lemongrass. Earthy malts brings some balance, and there is also some residual honey sweetness. Floral hops become present toward the finish but the flavor is subdued. Finishes somewhat dry and slightly sour, a little reminiscent of dish soap. Not entirely unpleasant, but I found it a little strange.

M – Medium bodied. Prickly carbonation. Crisp. Not much else to say here.

O – A pretty much unremarkable lager from SA. Not great, not terrible. Somewhat refreshing, but nothing I would ever buy again. On a side note, I remember SA's old "Spring Ale" tasting a lot like this, minus the dish soap.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:09:06 | More by TempeBeerMan
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,376 ratings.