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

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Reviews: 572
Hads: 2,546
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 51
Gots: 232 | FT: 0
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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 inlimbo77
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of blastyaker
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,479 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of ely2000k
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint a nice lightly hazy lemon-orange with a couple fingers of nice smooth head that laces well on the rim.

Nose is grainy lemon, pretty light.

Subtly grainy and bready - some orange citrus brightens up the sweeter malts. Light and lightly chewy body.

I can't say I'm terribly familiar with the style, but this is a fine, sessionable lager. (357 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden orange color with a white head. I don't take much from the nose, just smells like a pilsner, grainy and dry. Taste is snappy and bright. Citrus notes and bready upfront with a dry honey-sweet finish. Overall a great light spring beer that I would recommend. (271 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
2.51/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a really hazy light goldish amber. Not too much for a a head. A thin layer of white bubbles and very little spotty lacing.

S- A fairly strong bready cracker smell here. Light hops, grassy, and lemon.

T- Taste is like Noble Pils and White Ale were mixed together. A very strong cracker bready taste with a grassy hop bite.

M- Light in body and crisp carbonation.

O- Not really digging this one at all. (413 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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 (391 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of ghowehattrick
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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). (939 characters)

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.