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

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2,495 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,495
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 37
Gots: 175 | 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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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.

Photo of secondtooth
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, semi-cloudy yellow in color, with a large head of white carbonation. Detailed, impressive lace.

Nose is sweet, malty, like honey. Not bad, but not what I expected somehow.

Taste is sweet, rich, and fruity, I get more tones of honey than anything else, though. Somehow not as light as I'd have liked. I don't get a lot of balance here. Not a big fan of this one.

Photo of HaysAmerica
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of headyhopzhead
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of loftisCT
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of Sample Pack bought from Harvest in West Hartford, Best by June, Sampled January 24, 2012
A: Hazy golden yellow color with bright white head. Looks like a heph besides its less creamy, more condensed head.
S: Impressive lager smell. A little wet and very clean yeast chacacter, typical of SA. Pretty hoppy for a helles style. Grass and citrus as the bottle suggets. Bready malt and sweet honey aromas also prevelent.
T: Taste is sweeter than I anticipated. Light hop oils and the honey malt open up. The honey malt really takes over, and in my opinion overpowers any bready/ grainy malt character. The aftertaste finally shows the characteristic toasty malt finish I have come to associate with SA lagers.
M: Mouthful is on the fuller side for a helles. It evenly coats the tongue while remining very crisp.
O: I am usually a huge fan of SA lagers and while I did enjoy this one, it is probally my least preferred of the bunch. The honey malt detracts from this beer in my opinion. It covers up the base malt flavors which are my favorite part of pale lagers. If they booted the honey malt and maybe added a little more base malt I have no doubt I would love this beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful crystal clear pale straw yellow color with slight orange tones. Normal pour that was slightly aggressive at the end lead itself to a big rocky puffy white cloud of head that stuck around for about 5 minutes after the pour. Lacing was consistent and thick.

S: Strong malt characteristics with some zippy hop profiles. There is some definite lager yeast notes and some acetyl alcohol present as well.

T: Follows the nose with the malt profiles sitting nicely center stage with citrus hop notes sliding in nicely for a shot of zest that balances wonderfully with the strong malt backbone.

M: Nice dry crisp finish with lingering aftertaste. Mouth coating leads me to reach for the glass quickly and often. Nice carbonation, really nice feel.

O: This is a really nice beer. A quick drinking, really smooth perfect reflection of the style and I'm once again pleased with a Samuel Adams brew.

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

Pours out yellow-orange with a nice white fluffy head that sticks around with good lacing. Nice looking beer.
Lemon zest and tart citrus aromas prevail.
Nice light citrus hop up front, bit of a sweet malty body to it. Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp aftertaste. Overall, an excellent beer, perfect for a day riding around on the lawnmower.

Photo of lainiwakura
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mutd8710
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard bottle poured into a pils glass. The Alpine Spring pours a golden orange with some fine haze and with half an inch of somewhat creamy foam. Acceptable retention and lacing.

Nose offers your typical Helles notes but a bit subdued given the lack of clarity, but then that's the point. Some lemon/orange hop notes give the aroma more depth as a result, including some floral notes and a sllightly sour almost wheat like twang, perhaps from the honey influence.

Flavor is simpler with a sweet citric start, then a bit buttery/honey like in the middle, yet finishing rather dry and with a fair hop spice to it. Carbonation keeps well through the glass. Feel is decent for what it's trying to be and a bit fuller than many a German styled lager.

Photo of jordanmckell
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of ShucksBruh
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of bmwats
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pilsner.

A: Cloudy, golden/dark hay hue. Plenty of effervescence continually rising to the surface, and clinging to the sides of the glass. Pours into a 2 finger foamy, white head. Slowly and unevenly settles, leaving a bit of sticky residue on the sides of the glass and leaving a thick blanket of foam which lingers. Plenty of thick spider web lacing.

S: Papery grainy nose characterized by wheat, sourdough, and lemon citrus.

T: Wheaty, earthy, grain with just a subtle hop bite.

M: Crisp and refreshing quality. Slightly bittersweet notes cling to the palette, and a little of a dry finish.

D: This one doesn't put up much resistance. Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is really good here. Great appearance with a great head, including a nice residual, good color, and lots of lacing. Nose is basic, but a nice grain. Flavor pretty basic, too, but well-balanced, crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of DrBwser
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of KGarrett
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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

A: Pours hazy yellow in color with a small amount of visible carbonation and a fluffy 3 finger high white head. This beer has excellent head retention and exhibits significant lacing.

S: Aromas of grassy and floral hops combined with hints of spices and citrus.

T: Flavors of bready malts, spicy hops, and citrus hops without too much bitterness (just a slight amount that seems to balance well with the rest of the flavors).

M: Medium bodied and lingers a bit on the palate with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Good balance of hops and malts makes this a very sessionable beer.

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

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: foamy 2-fing. head; lemony yellow, somewhat cloudy; nice steady carb stream; beautiful lacing
S: lemon, grass
T: starts off with light hops at the forefront; several seconds later a prominent buttery flavor develops, along with the wheat-base profile; quite surprising, and notes from the previous commentators suggest that the two-wave thing is universally detectable. Balanced between sweet and bitter; not very complex, but the change in flavor will keep you interested

Photo of facundoCNB
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy straw yellow/orange, thick foamy white head, lots of sticky lacing

S - sweet malts, fruity/citrusy hops

T - initial bitterness turned immediately into a sweet wheaty hoppy delight with zesty hints of citrus

M - crisp and refreshing. looking forward to these in the summertime

O - a very refreshing beer from a brewery I'd never really been too impressed by before

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a mug. Poured a pale golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, banana, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, banana, spices, and subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an okay brew. Nothing on this one really bashed me over the head where I needed to go back for sip after sip, but it was quite easy drinking. There were no harsh flavors going on here which made it easy to drink. Just wish there would have been a little more to it to push it to the next level. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of cbeer88
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of jesus808
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of callmeSteezy
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,495 ratings.