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

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2,384 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,384
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 92 | 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.

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Photo of busternuggz


3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A dull golden color, slightly hazy, with a nice fluffy white head. Decent head retention and leaves some persistent spotty lacing.

Smells pretty nice, a soft orange scent with some floral and grassy notes, pilsnery malts and a slight honey.

Similar tastes, moderately sweet with orange and honey notes. The hops come through on the finish but mostly a little too much malt sweetness.

The texture is fairly light but kind of sticky, with a lingering, not clean finish.

Not too bad for a simple lager, but not great. It seems like in trying to incorporate the characteristics of three different German styles it got muddled. I can't help but compare it to Noble Pils, which I much preferred.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 02:53:22 | More by busternuggz
Photo of Doppelbockulus


3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at home out of my Roommate's kegerator.

Golden in appearance with a slight haze.

Mildly piney smell, that also includes a very ripe smell of citrus.

Seemingly simple taste, and I think it is a little better cold, rather than cool. Take a really common standard beer like Pabst Blue Ribbon and add to it some flowers, grapes without the sweetness, and a freshly mowed lawn. As it sits it starts to drink like a Riesling without as much sweetness.

Pretty light mouthfeel, easily drinkable beer. Smooth and watery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 01:32:05 | More by Doppelbockulus
Photo of zeff80


3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, soapy, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, mostly orange. Not your typical Helles Lager.

T - It tasted of citrus with some spiciness. It tasted of bready malt and a touch of caramel.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is interesting. Not what you expect in a Munich Helles Lager. It seems like it would be better as a summer season not a spring seasonal that debuts before Martin Luther King Day.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:25:04 | More by zeff80
Photo of Brad007


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasantly surprised to see this in the latest mix pack from Samuel Adams.

Pours a medium golden color with a two-finger head into my glass. Nice colors for the style.

Sweet with a good hint of lemon and sweet pale/honey malt. Very little hop presence.

Sweet and crisp with lemon and sweet buttery malt. Not quite what I was expecting.

Mouithfeel is good. You can actually taste the honey malt here as it settles.

Not bad but not good enough either. It seems like they were trying to make a lighter version of helles to appeal to a select audience.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:04:08 | More by Brad007
Photo of drabmuh


3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass because I have one and if you did you'd do the same.

Beer is light amber, hazy, thin lazy head that breaks nearly immediately, low lacing moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is lagery, yeasty, sweet, hints of fruity hops as well.

Beer is grainy and harsh, with a rough cereal finish, mildly hoppy, thin on the back, strong aftertaste. Corny, not really feeling this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:09:42 | More by drabmuh
Photo of GreenCard


3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep gold, slight haze, huge layer of off-white fine-beaded foam with good retention

Aroma: light lemon rind, citrus flowers, and slightly herbal; dusty malt

Flavor: dryish malt profile that lets the slightly citrusy/slightly Noble hops get more of the spotlight; finishes dryish with a fairly crisp, clean finish

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, light carbonation, crisp texture

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:06:09 | More by GreenCard
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half-high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grassy and floral hops in the nose along with notes of spices and hints of citrus.
T: The malts and hops take center stage in the overall taste, contributing flavors of bready and grainy malts, citrusy and spicy hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a very good balance between malts and hops and has some flavors that are reminiscent of a maibock.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:45:06 | More by metter98
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-15-2012 22:17:54 | More by JSkone09
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

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

12 oz from a six at the Teeter.

A - pours a cloudy orangish gold with a thin half finger head.

S - bread, floral hops.

T - more of the same. Brings me back to my early days of drinking beer. Remember those? The pilsner/lager days. There was no thoughts of Belgian ipas, ibu's, gravity, or choco coffee portrerstoutness. . Just beer. This is a step above some of those offerings (Meister Brau , The Beast, etc.) for sure. The slight hop presence is notable.

M - good mouthfeel, crisp, great balance.

O - While I will miss the usual SA spring offering ( the spring ale from the last few years) , this is a solid helles offering, and makes for a good session beer. Also, would make more sense in the spring/summer, verses a January release.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:08:24 | More by Apellonious
Photo of ghowehattrick

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a 24 oz. bottle into a large mug. I've only seen it in the store for about a week, so it's pretty fresh. "Best by" is June 2012.

A: Cloudy orange, bright white head. Looks like a beer you can gulp, and I did, more than once.

S: Bready, yeasty smell, some light hops. Very fragrant.

T: Absolutely delicious!!! I took one mouthful, smiled, then took two more gulps. So good. I almost can't be that specific; all I know is it was gone it ten minutes. When I was done, I wanted more. Little hops flavor, but it's there enough to counteract the yeasty profile. Blue Moon's older, smarter, cooler, hotter sister.

M: Light on the palate, sweet/sour taste from the unfiltered yeast.

O: I cannot wait to buy a case of this. When it was gone, I wanted more. I could drink 5 or six of these. I wasn't even planning to review it, but I had to after I drank it. Sooo good. I would buy this year-round (**hint-hint** BBC).

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:50:21 | More by ghowehattrick
Photo of Gehrig


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

The third and last beer in the Brewmasters' Collection I needed to sample, Alpine Spring presents a thin patch of off-white foam atop a cloudy medium-orange body. Not much lacing, and a brief duration to the head.

Nice Noble Tettnang hops aromas, with some citrus aromas in tow; light and pleasant nose.

This quite accurately summarizes the taste as well, to me the best aspect of Alpine Spring. Nice hop sweetness and bitterness, pleasantly piney with good citrus flavor, especially orange, lemon, and a bit of tangerine. More sweet than sour, the balance in flavors is nonetheless appealing, particularly with a good, slightly bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is a fairly good representative of a Helles Lager, light and airy with a bit of hop texture adding a nice complement to the style. "Light IPA" as characterized by other reviewers' comments, is a good way to put it, with the light most apt in the mouthfeel. As a Helles Lager, however, it does what it should--add a nice, refreshingly light texture with some flavor.

Overall, Alpine Spring is nice and easy on the palate. I'd like a bit bolder flavor and, maybe, a bit fuller texture. It is, however, a nice beer to have a few of with friends on the back porch. Once released in the proper, i.e. Spring, season.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:40:28 | More by Gehrig
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-15-2012 21:35:58 | More by TicoCali
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-15-2012 21:18:03 | More by Ksburr74
Photo of Mebuzzard


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

As a retailer, I'm not sure why they put "spring" on a label in the beginning of winter. As a beer lover, I couldn't care less. Anywho, let's see...

Looks good. Bright! Murky. Very light orange, mostly golden. Looks refreshing.

It would be easy to mistake this for a light IPA or even a Czech pilsner. Somewhat grassy aroma. Ligth zest and toasted rolls.

Yeah, light IPA is a good description. But then again, there should be nothing light about IPAs. So, this seems a bit more hoppy than a Pils. Grassy is a good note. Has a soft malty body. Hints of lime.

Easy drinking. A balanced beer. A bit filmy on the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:16:01 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of rcatalano

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-15-2012 19:48:29 | More by rcatalano

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

01-15-2012 11:37:00 | More by TEAMHOLT
Photo of smithmd4

New York

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Over the summer I fell in love with Unfiltered Lagers & Pilsners. When I saw this on the shelf brand new I knew it must be mine.

It has all the characteristics of an Unfiltered Lager, and I really wanted this to be my new favorite beer. But alas, it merely dances around the edges of what an unfiltered Lager should be. Accessible to the masses, piquing the interest, but in the end leaves a fan of the style yearning for the full flavor of one of the classics.

It was a tasty beer, but one I would call nothing more than an introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 08:58:58 | More by smithmd4
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3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have long been unsatisfied with Sam Adams spring offering. This year they have turned it around. Alpine Spring is the perfect beer to get you from the dark, full bodied beer that is Winter Lager to the light citrusy taste of Sam Summer. I don't love this beer, but I really like it -- hoppy front and clean citrus back -- It's safe to say that Sam an I will have a second date before summer loving begins.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:11:47 | More by darylvelez
Photo of jar2574


3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow beer under average white head. Average carbonation and lacing.

Smell is malts, some earthy yeasts, a touch of lemon, a tiny little bit of sourness.

Taste is malt-dominated, with some noticeable spiciness, yeast, and lemon flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy, easy-to-drink.

A good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 23:57:43 | More by jar2574
Photo of Kromes


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

A: A hazy orange with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: A sweet malt and citrus aroma with a good dose of herbal hop.

T: The initial taste is of sweet toasted malt and herbal, earthy hop and this gives way to a nice citrus bitterness. The bitterness is tame and complements the sweetness very well.

M: The beer isn't as light in the body as I would have suspected. It fills out with the carbonation to provide a nice drinkable beer that has some substance to it.

O: This is another quality beer and I wouldn't expect less. The noble hop flavor in this beer mixed with the citrus provides for a really good spring beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 23:56:19 | More by Kromes
Photo of fx20736

New York

2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Paulaner Weisbier glass, served at fridge temp.

Hazy lemon yellow with a thin bone white head. Signs of vigorous carbonation at the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing.

Aroma: fragrant and floral hops balance bready malt.

Mouthfeel: mealy

Taste: grainy maltiness with a mild lemony sourness and a restrained Noble Hop bitterness. As beer warms it starts to taste like perfume.

Notes: Aroma, mouthfeel and taste are all a little off. The Hops are too floral the mouthfeel is too grainy. The taste is not pleasant. Won't repeat this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:05:02 | More by fx20736
Photo of at7000


3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not into light beers and lagers as such, but this is a noteworthy beer in my opinion. For a lighter style beer, it's refreshing and has some complexity. Good session beer, they go down quite easy and have less abv than the strong IPAs I usually drink.
I take my hat of to BBC, since they managed to produce a beer that comes close to what I might call a "home brew" or true, "small batch" taste. I'm not sure what quantities they produce for this beer, but they have done a good job in giving it that "craft brew taste." My bottles were particularly fresh and fresh tasting. This is January, so I doubt there was much heat damage or light damage to the ones I sampled. Good glass lacing as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 21:20:16 | More by at7000
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-14-2012 21:13:58 | More by WhitmansNiece
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3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a puffy white head.

S: Aromas of biscuits, honey, pine, herbs, and lemon are present on the nose. This is a tad bright for my liking.

T: Notes of pine, herbs, lemon, honey, minerals, biscuits, and yeast wash across the palate. The finish is clipped and sharp with lemon, biscuit, and honey notes.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, and sticky. Carbonation is a bit lacking for a lager.

O: I really think this is more of a zwicklbier than a Munich helles lager because this is a tad yeastier and brighter than most authentic helles lagers. Still, for an unfiltered lager, it's not bad, and one has to applaud the Boston Beer Company for attempting to market such an odd beer to mainstream drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 21:06:01 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of jneiswender


3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer in bottle as part of the brewmaster's favorite pack. Served in a pils glass cool.

Appearance is a very nice fluffy white head with a golden yellow cloudy but not murky body. Has a great noble hop aroma with some nice honey notes. Taste is floral and citrus rind. Almost sugar cereal notes as well.

Light body and medium carbonated. Good beer that I would drink again but way off on the category. I don't mind pushing style boundaries but this is very similar tasting to Noble Pils. Good beers both, but its not a Helles. The malt is on but the hops is a little out of control for the style. More of a zoigl beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 20:02:18 | More by jneiswender
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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