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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 redliner8
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of VncentLIFE
2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Why am i drinking a spring seasonal in January? Its wayyy to early. Oh well.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark straw color. No carbonation and no head. EVen the nucleation point in my SA Perfect pint is nt doin a damn thing.

The smell is rather unimpressive. Smells like slick sopay malt. Hints of citrus.

OMG it tastes like Budweiser, actually more like a cleaner double Bud. Im not pleased, and i think this thing is going down the drain in 0.4 seconds. Im not digging the dry feed corn taste and feel.

On Tap, I got very slight hints of a hop character, but it honestly tasted like an unbalanced popcorn lager. I would have liked more sweetness and slickness, but dried corn.

Photo of jerkstore81
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: opaque, lemon/orange color with a white, 1 finger head that heads off to the mountains in a hurry. Good lacing.

Smell: citrus, lemony, with a malt presence.

Taste: Follows nose. A real full-bodied lager. Surprisingly rich and smooth. A bit o' honey comes through, followed by a light hoppy finish with a tang.

Mouthfeel: light to medium. Frothy.

Overall: Better than I was expecting. Very sessionable. A good replacement for Noble Pils. I think this one will do well for ladies who like lighter-tasting brews and the men who follow along their mountain paths.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of SlickestWilly
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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

A straw, gold beer with a touch of cloudiness and with a nice white head. Great head retention. Thick rings of lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma comes on with spicy, floral notes. There's a grassy, earthy hint to things.

There's a very light malt and bitterness to the taste. Very much a pilsner quality to things. Mouthfeel is soft, yet with a medium richness to it.

I like this beer overall. It goes beyond the classic pils quaulities, yet stays within the parameters, oddly enough. Worth checking out...

Photo of wrycon
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair straw, with an orange underbelly. Sparse head with tight-ish lacing. Strong malt nose with a fair amount of overripe orange. A bit of lemon. Pretty good. Some tang at the outset with a grainy backdrop. The tang gives way to a strong, bready malt presence. Some nuttiness and some almost... graham cracker lays fat on the tongue. End mouthfeel could be a bit cleaner, but it's an eminently drinkable and flavorful beer.

Like It? I Do

Photo of mulcahy87
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of scratch69
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden-orange with a finger and a half worth of white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of citrus and malt. Smells good, just not very strong.

Taste- Sweet malt with lemon and orange notes and a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and a nice amount of carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall- Very drinkable and I will definitely be adding to my rotation. I hope there is some left this spring so I can enjoy it when I fire up the grill.

Photo of pixieskid
4.66/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer, despite the fact there is a foot of snow outside and I can't understand how this is a spring release when I am drinking it in the dead of winter...

Pours a hazy light orange with a fluffy 2 finger head; nice retention, but eventually dissipates to a minimal lingering head.
Nose: notes of citrus (orange and lemon) with a hint of graininess.
Taste: Strong citrus upfront with a hint of floral hops. A bready, almost toasty malt back balances out the strong yet delicate hoppiness. Finishes with a grassy bitterness and a little more citrus, almost...almost tartness like a Berliner Weiss (probably just wishful thinking, as I haven't had any sour goodness in some time).
Mouthfeel: Very creamy, yet crisp and light...perfect!

Overall: a killer "replacement" for Noble Pils, really wish this thing was a new year round release.
Additionally, as a serious advocate of German beers, especially lagers, I think Sam Adams nailed this one.
I really appreciate the thought that went behind this "concept beer" as it is a melding of some of my favorite German styles! A must try for anyone who appreciates a beer with superb balance, character, and a nice change of pace!

Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium golden with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of bready, malts, with notes of orange and lemon.Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is Malty up front with bursts of sweet/tart fruit through out. Crisp, but earthy finish. Liked it a lot!

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12 oz bottle notched BB 0712

A- pours a light orange/yellow color with a frothy white 2 finger head and a nice amount of lacing

S- faint citrus with sweet pale malts

T- started with mellow sweet malts but gave way to floral citrus hops has a bread and yeast finish some lemon baked bread

M- was crisp and floral light on the palate with a nice sweetness of hops and malts

O- a nice offering for spring very easy to drink and i think i will be drinking more this spring

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a hazy glowing gold with a dense white head that settles to a nice haze and leaves sheets of sticky lacing.
S - Crisp, fresh aromas of citrus-forward hops (lemon and orange) with a slightly sweet honey and wheat malt profile, and a touch of Lager yeast.
T - Lots of toasted grain, honey malt, and biscuit dough with a strong orange and lemon hop character.
M - Light and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation.
O - Approachable and drinkable, this would be nice of a cool Spring day!

Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden color, definitely unfiltered. The pure white head is dense and short, settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma seems a tad yeasty but it produces a fairly neutral scent. There is some lemony citrus notes from the hops. The malt has a light bready note. Subtle aroma.

I tastes the hop profile first. There is a lemony itrus note that goes along with a bitter lemon rind as well as a grassy earthy flavor. The malt is bready but with a neutral flavor, a bit doughy. The hops stand out a little but most of the flavors are soft.

Moderate to fully body with fizzy carbonation. Well balanced and drinks very easy and satisfying.

The beer reminds me of a beefed up Kolsch. A bit of a hoppy profile with a neutral flavored malt

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