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

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2,492 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 35
Gots: 158 | FT: 0
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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 Slikpitt
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of JackWhite
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off the cooler purchased from must have too much little since the overall impression came across slightly skunked...very sad. Secondly, was expecting a bit closer to a Maibock style which this really isn't. With that said the beer in itself was refreshing and pleasant to drink. Need to find a less skunked version though to get a better appreciation. Maybe a tap version would better represent.

Appearance: Straw yellow.

Aroma: Some hoppiness beyond the "striped" aroma

Taste: Bright and some hop bite but too much pepe le pew

Overall: Head retention suffered from the hop oxidation and each quaff brings back the skunked impression. Again will need furthur tastings to give a final recommendation.

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

Hazy straw-yellow to orange color with plenty of thick, cream-colored head and good retention. Pleasantly malty aroma of bread, caramel, and grains with a nice touch of floral hops. The flavor is exceedingly smooth, a touch sweet up front with notes of lemon, coriander, and floral hops. The finish is drier and deliciously malty. Medium body, just a tad too sweet I thought. Otherwise, a pretty great beer for Sam Adams, and it definitely blows their last spring selection out of the water.

Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly cloudy/hazy yellow/orange color. A dense, two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Fruity banana esters with zesty orange peal. Some sweet bubblegum aromas. Pale, biscuit, and bready malts. Slightly dusty and basement like. Lots of layers and I love it.
T: Banana, bubblegum flavors. Light citrus peal. I love the biscuit and bready like malts here. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp, dry, and refreshing. So smooth at the same time. Really enjoyable to drink. Something I can enjoy all day.

This is an excellent lager, and a really unique style. Well done Sam Adams. Something I highly recommend.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of fattire513
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy straw with a thick white, lasting head.

Aroma is crisp straw and corn. Light noble hop presence at the initial pour.

There's a little citrus that shows up on the tongue but overall noble hops bring the hop flavor. I get some corn sweetness.

Light and refreshing with a nice, dry finish. Residual noble hop flavors.

I'd have no problem knocking a few of these unfiltered lagers back out on the porch on a hot sunny day.

Photo of jbertsch
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, pale gold with 1/2" head ans lasting lace. The aroma is of lemons, dough, and other citrus. The flavor has lemon, honey, and straw notes with a smooth, balanced finish.The mouthfeel is light-medium. Samuel Adams Alpine Spring is a good beer, a good session beer. Recommended.

Photo of dandmc24
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Stone RIS snifter...

A - Pours a murky orange with a one finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some lace to be had...

S - Lemon, orange, honey, and some bready yeasty notes...

T - Kinda sweet. Pretty much follows the nose with lemon, orange, and honey. Finishes with yeast and some lingering sweetness...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth...

O - A little sweet for my likings. Probably not something I will be picking up again...

Cheers...

Photo of danielp215
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of KC9LDB
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of grahambo
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Fakexican
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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

A: Hazy pale gold, big, foamy, three-finger white head which lingers and lingers, leaving scattered bits of lace.

S: Sharp hoppy bitterness fades to citrus and floral. Very aromatic for the style.

T: A real fruit bomb of a beer. A lot of citrus in here as advertised, honey, hints of some hard to identify fruity sweetness. Not much bitterness. Probably a good entry beer for a non-beer drinker.

M: Creamy and substantial. Mild carbonation. I feel like I'm a decent way along the road to drinking a smoothie.

As advertised, a citrusy sweet unfiltered lager. Would like a little more bitterness to balance, but overall a proficient execution of what BBC was trying to do.

Photo of OldBagofGahanna
1/5  rDev -71.4%

Photo of tapman
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and unfiltered, though is that the original yeast, or did they put in a little bottle conditioning, low-flocculating yeast and then "forget to filter it. Big foamy off white head and a good cheesecloth lacing. Body is dark orange. Most helles I've had have been pretty bright and clear, but I do like lots of yeast in my beers.

Nose is very doughy and raw orange and lemon zest pop out with an undertone of floral hoppiness. Taste is bitter up front with unripe orange in the background and a sweet, though very neutral pilsner malt flavor lingers in the finish. Yeast is a little dusty. Mouth is dry.

This brew is all right, but kind of americanized for the style. Perhaps better as a wheat beer with a malted wheat base instead of pilsner malt.

Photo of jnjander
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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

A full flavor and full bodied lager that uses some balance attributes and taste from popular Pale Ales.

The beer opens with the expected "keller" like haze of unfilered quality that promised flavor and richness. Medium golden in color, the beer both forms and retains well while leaving the lace behind that denotes each sip.

Bright and zesty hop aromas give a floral and grassy impression with notes of oranges, herbs, and fresh cut grasses. A partly malty, partly grainy, and overall bready scent creates the underpinning to support hop aromas. Very pleasant yet bolder than expected from lighter German Lagers.

Flavors fare similarly as the part-malt, part-grain balance offers the taste of light breads and raw barley kernels. A nearly crust taste of Viena Lagers isn't a stretch as the sweeter barley flavors introduce the floral/herbal hops. A growing intensity of oranges, , lemongrass, and tea-like herbs turns to an earthy and spicy bitterness as the finish develops. Mildly minty as the hops and alcohol weave into a dry-malt aftertaste.

Medium bodied, especially for the style, early creaminess and malt character quickly turns mildly grainy and spicy dry in finish. The mid palate creates a stall of blandness that hurts the transition and makes the grainy/thin character more relavent.

I rather like the beer as it's flavorful, zesty, and boldly spiced with hops while allowing for a nearly sessionable ability. The orange, grass, mint, and thin caramel taste makes me think 'Pale Ale' and want something more.

Photo of SkitzIrish3
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of ricchezza
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from Sam Adams. Pours a fizzy, cloudy gold/school-bus yellow body with a bright white head which retains its lacing the duration beer is in the glass.

Smells and tastes sweet and yeasty with a zesty lemon-like citrus.

Sampled in January 2012 despite being labeled a Spring seasonal release. Regardless of weather conditions this is a delicious beer. I will certainly be buying more of these.

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

Alpine Spring has a hazy yellow body with a solid slab of white head on top of it. The retention is fairly good, and the lacing is impressive.

The aroma mixes a good bit of both malt and hops. Sweetness and bread mix with lightly fruity, earthy smelling hops.

Just as the aroma promises, Alpine Spring's flavor has a pretty good balance between malt and hops. I have to say, the taste is much sweeter than I had expected. There is plenty of bread and some grain flavors, but there is a honey-like sweetness in there as well. The hops adds a moderate amount of bitterness, some nice citrus notes, and a little bit of an earthy type flavor. Lightly fruity in the background, but I can't place if that is from the yeast or just the hops.

Good mouthfeel on this one. Fairly full for the style, but well-carbonated.

Alpine Spring is a solid Helles Lager. Although I will miss the Noble Pils (I know it's year round now, but how many bars have a Sam Seasonal tap as the only good choice?), I will still be happy to drink the Spring seasonal.

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.