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

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2,464 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,464
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 137 | 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)
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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.

zoolzoo, Jan 19, 2012
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.

thecheapies, Jan 19, 2012
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.

jsprain1, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
2/5  rDev -42.9%

mhaugo, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Wally1912
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Wally1912, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of BrewtalAlement
3.5/5  rDev 0%

BrewtalAlement, Jan 19, 2012
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.

TheSarge, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

imperialking, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of jaredtuk
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

jaredtuk, Jan 18, 2012
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.

inlimbo77, Jan 18, 2012
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.

MoreThanWine, Jan 18, 2012
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.

Reidrover, Jan 18, 2012
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.

TempeBeerMan, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of N1CK
4/5  rDev +14.3%

N1CK, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of kirkse
3.5/5  rDev 0%

kirkse, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a darker golden color with a slight haze. The large head that forms is quite persistent and lasts a good few minutes before fading to a thin white foam, leaving very nice lacing.

Smell - Its a balance of a bit of maltiness (a very light biscuit) with a higher and more potent aroma of citrus (mostly lemon) and some more floral hop aromas. The smell profile seems to enter and leave as one. All being persistent throughout to some degree.

Taste - Some sweet malty flavor mixed with a good deal of citrus. The hop then enters the area and gives a little floral taste to the brew. Very smooth transitions and tastes.

Mouthfeel - A relatively average thickness and a moderate level of carbonation. Its maybe only a very slight bit over the normal brew. Nothing too significant.

Overall - A refreshing beer with a bit higher alcohol content and more flavor savory smells and tastes then the typical refreshing beer (say the typical american lager). I think I would very much enjoy this come spring; after a nice meal, while sitting outside at a picnic table.

Darkmagus82, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little nicer than your average yellow beer, this one had a nice fluffy head on it right below the 2" range. Aroma was lightly hopped, lemon, pretty much the standard helles thing going making a nice implied spring reference.

Taste, exactly as you would expect. A small amont of citrus flavor, mostly lemon, a small amount of hopping, mostly noble/tettenang and/or the usual lager hops used in Europe and seemingly many east coast ipas. Similar to the old SA Spring Ale.

Despite all the label claims and descriptors that would make one thing this is anything but traditional, i.e. such a unique maverick type of beer, I found it to be exactly what I expected: a decent SA beer as part of a variety 12 pack that would be relatively mild in all aspects.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of blastyaker
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased ina mixed case however I was curious and would have purchased a sixer or single bottle to try. Pleasantly surprised by the crispness, well carbonatd. Cloudy orange in appearance foam head dissipates rather quickly but not a factor. Slightly sweet but not too, Noble Hops may have tamed that slightly. Liked the unfiltered part, maybe not a January beer but very tasty and would dring anytime. First time I believe I have experienced the Tettnang hops. Overall a good go to beer.

blastyaker, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Hoagie1973
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color with a big foamy white head after a strong pour. Decent retention; good strings of lacing.

Smells light and malty with some lager yeast and earthy hops.

Toasted bready/crackery malt flavor up front with plenty of lemon zest and grassy hops. "Bright and citrusy" is a fair description; a bit too much so for my taste.

Medium body with crisp carbonation.

This to me tastes like a lager version of their Summer Ale, which I'm not real fond of. It doesn't state that there's actually any lemon in it, but it sure tastes that way. Definitely more of a summertime offering in my opinion.

Hoagie1973, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Paradise into a 16 oz shaker pint glass.

A: Cloudy golden-orange colored body with a thick and creamy slightly off white head. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass, and the retention was pretty good too despite it's quick dissipation. All in all, a nice looking beer.

S: Very crisp and clean smelling, there's nothing off or standout to the aroma which is nice. Pale malts, some caramel, and nice earthy floral hop notes. Everything seems very balanced and work extremely well together. It's pleasant but not in your face with any one aspect.

T: An interesting one - starts off with a nice slightly bitter floral hop note along with a little bit of citrus. This changes on the back of the palate to a very grainy and sweet malty flavor. It's really good actually. Not a ton of complexity but it has enough flavor to warrant this as a tasty, easy drinking hybrid beer. I'm not really sure what to compare or call this beer, it's very unique in its flavor profile. Nicely done.

M: Well carbonated, a bit on the lighter side of a medium-bodied beer but plenty creamy. Very smooth and easy drinking. No off flavors in the linger.

This was a huge surprise from Samuel Adams. I'm generally a fan of most of their offerings and am always excited to try something new from them. For me, this is a welcomed "spring" seasonal (although we're seeing it in January but that's another discussion) that I'll be sure to grab a six-pack of for the appropriate weather.

ShanePB, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of gtermi
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is has a nice cloudy golden orange, with a nice thin white head that leaves no lace on the glass.

S: Just really get a bit of malt and sort of has a corn smell to it. Nothing special.

T: Now this is one of the better lagers I have ever had. It has a nice corn and malt flavors. There is also a slight bit of hops, but that's very faint.

M: Most lagers seem to be pretty crisp, but this one only has a bit of crispness, but it works. It has a nice bit of crispness on the back of the tongue and throat. Very nice.

O: This would be a perfect spring/ summer beer. I really don't get why this came out in January, but I actually really enjoy this.

gtermi, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ely2000k
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't really expecting much from this beer. It came in the variety pack, with some other good stuff, but some okay stuff, but honestly this beer is much better then I thought it would be. The unfiltered aspect of it makes it similar in some ways to a hefeweizen, and the nose of it is actually a bit similar too... sort of a citrus, lemony, honey type of smell to it. The taste is light and sweet... actually very much like honey... I feel like for 5.5% this goes down incredibly smooth and hits the spot. Carbonation is well suited for the style. I would say this is on the upper tier of some of the Sam Adams stuff I have had.

ely2000k, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of bobhits
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to keep up with every new Sam Adams, but they just turn out too many beers that are nice to try but nothing special. I think we have a beer that might be unique enough to justify going back here.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow->golden colored body. A nice half finger of really nice lingering head that's lacing this glass extremely well. A bit of activity in the body to round things out.

My first thought smelling this is "lager?" There's plenty of citrus aroma and good grainy malt here. Rather aromatic for the style without turning overly sweet.

The taste is rather sweet however. A lot of grain and yes some honey flavors. These dominate but are kept at least in check by the noble hops. This reminds me of a sweeter version of noble pils and I think that is going to make this one a keeper for many people.

Great body and mouth feel for the style.

I'm not blown away here. I don't think this is a go to beer, but it has a good flavor and I think it will go over well with noble pils fans.

bobhits, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev 0%

ejimhof, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold beer with a small white colored head. Hard to classify this one as it is a mix of several styles.

Smells of noble hop and medicine. Spicy scent with a band-aid and slightly smoky.

Starts out fairly malty with a fairly big wheat cracker flavor. This is a bit on the sweet side for a lager. Slight oak flavor. Kind of a weird beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is just tolerable. It would be better if the brewer had picked a style and stuck with it. Sort of a Duck-billed Platypus of a beer.

Zorro, Jan 17, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,464 ratings.