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

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2,374 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,374
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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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 CHickman

New York

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

Pours cloudy yellow color with a cloudy 2 finger white head that faded average time and left good spotty lacing, as well as a layer on top; looks like a hefeweizen.

Smells of lemon, fresh cut grass, citrus hops, sweet malt and grains; pretty basic nose that is sweet, floral and true to it's name like a spring morning.

Tastes of lemon, wheat, citrus hops, floral hops, flowers, herbs, light toasted grains, caramel, hay, bread crust and light herbs; very floral with nice citrus notes, this starts off grainy and malty, then turns hoppy for nice balance with a zesty slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with a light body, mild carbonation and a light and almost watery feel.

A nice mix of hefeweizen and lager with just enough hops to make it citrusy and enjoyable. First adventure into the Keller Bier/Zwickel Bier style, so if Alpine Spring is true to form, then I think I’ll enjoy this style and seek out more of these beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 05:28:50 | More by CHickman
Photo of BeerKangaroo


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

Into a pint glass (later sampled in a borrowed mug, nothing changed):

A: cloudy yellow/orange body with a large foamy, lumpy, ringed head that took at least three minutes before it faded out

S: citrus and the hops, honey comes out as the beer warms

T: sweet through the honey but the citrus comes in to balance, nicely done

M: medium, sessionable and well balanced, no aftertaste, sticky finish

O: good for the style and good for me, I think I could get into this beer

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 21:07:14 | More by BeerKangaroo
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New York

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

A - Cloudy yellow, not much head or lacing.
S - Malt, light lemon, not much else
T - Bready malt with a touch of hops and light (not tart or tangy) lemon. Nice balance of noble hops and sweetness.
M - Thicker than what I would expect for a lager, medium carbonation.
O - This would be pretty great for a summer beer. A little weird to get it in February, but a good beer none the less. If I was making this myself, I would add some hop bitterness and just a touch more flavor, but this fits the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 23:12:30 | More by gaugebozo
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Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Goose Island pint glass.

The color is a cloudy yellowish/orange with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little cirrus in the nose like a lemon. There is a good sweetness to the smell and it also has a light malt flavor that mixes well with the citrus aroma.

The taste is bready and has a light malt flavor that lets of dry sweetness come back from out behind the dough flavor. There is a little less of that citrus flavor here but there is a enough to taste it there but is push out by some light bitterness at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium to light bodied and is a really nice drinker for a spring beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:10:02 | More by Duhast500
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of Sam Adam's Spring 12pk Brewer's Collection for $13.39 at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a moderate fluffy head. Scent if rather grainy with a lot of earthy tones with some mild citrus. The taste has a strong unfiltered characteristic as you take in a blend of semi-bitter hops, crisp malts, and floral hints. I found this to be more of a slower sipping beer than most of their other beers due to the complex taste and texture from the unfiltered process. Complex, unique, and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:45:31 | More by Lemke10
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:27:52 | More by beergoot
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a 1/2 head that fades quickly to a thin spotting of bubbles

S: Definite citrus and floral notes with a slight hoppy twang

T: Follows the nose, along with an added sweetness from the honey malt. Not too complex, but very crisp and refreshing

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: I'm really enjoying this right now. Very refreshing and easy to drink. A great new spring seasonal from SA

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 23:22:00 | More by BEERMILER12
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

Part of the Spring mixed pack picked up in Maui. This is a nice citrusy lager with some fresh hops and a crisp finish. Good choice for a Spring seasonal. I could drink a bunch of these and have a nice grilled piece of fish to go with it. Solid lager that is a little different.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 03:18:03 | More by canucklehead
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very great tasting. Easy on the palate. Not a lingering after taste. Would be great with dinner or just a nice summer night or winter night in a hot tub! Light beer. Good aroma. Would buy again! Taste good straight from the bottle or a frosted glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:55:28 | More by ckraft77
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a seidel mug.

Pours a cloudy straw light gold color. Has a thick, fluffy head with tons of nice tight bubbles. After the massive head settles, nice lacing remains all around the whole drink. Small thin island head remains as well. Good looking brew here.

Brew smells of citrus, herbs and floral hops. Light honey, biscuit malts. The floral hops take the four front. Good smelling brew; very pleasant profile.

Brew is peppery up front; lots of floral and citrus hops. Zesty and very balanced. The middle has the nice creamy malts represented; honey and biscuity wheat driven pale malts. Brew finishes very easy going and slightly dry. Very good stuff here all the way around.

Wow, this is a party pleasing, buy by the case brew here. I could easily down this stuff all day. A perfect summertime or really anytime brew. This is a great brew for SA, and will be a regular one to session for a lager. Great stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:41:44 | More by magine
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New York

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

A - This beer pours a cloudy golden amber color. There is about two fingers of slightly off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some nice lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has some nice maltiness up front. There are some nice citrus aromas, as well as some earthiness. Also, I am getting some mild hop and floral aromas.

T - The taste follows pretty well. It starts off with some sweet maltiness and honey flavor. There are some nice citrus flavors, and a nice mild hop presence. Some earthiness is also present, as well as a little bit of spicy character. The finish leaves some lingering sweetness, fruit, and earthy hop flavor behind on the palate.

M - This has a body that is on the heavier side of medium, and it has good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a nice amount of sweetness and some mild earthy hop bitterness. Also, there is some hop spiciness.

O - This has good drinkability. The flavor is good, and there is a nice refreshing quality to it. Overall, It think this is a nice beer. It is my first keller bier so I can't really comment on how close to style it is, but I look forward to trying more of this style. I recommend trying it out, it's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 10:06:25 | More by JizackFH
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3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once poured into my special Samuel Adams Lager Glass, it appears a cloudy amber capped with a spongy marshmallow crown. The nose is a mish-mash of banana and mango esters, while the palate is greeted with a cloying hint of lemongrass and malt.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp, much like the usual kellerbier would taste; this is a spectacular beer to quaff on a hot day: a splendid sessional beer; sweet and citrusy.

Just the way we like it. Jim Kocj strikes again.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:16:30 | More by jjboesen
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light to medium amber with a good head of white foam. Light citrus nose, some honey. Citrus taste. German pilsy finish. Smooth and creamy throughout. Lemon is the dominant flavor, but overall a bright flavorful lager. Real good, easy spring drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 00:51:47 | More by KTCamm
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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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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer transitioning from their Winter Lager that I absolutely love.

A lot of lemon and grass like tastes from this beer with a bit of sweetness to balance it out.

Very light and crisp to drink.

A nice yellow color to it as well.

Overall I think it is a great beer to set the tone for the warmer season rolling in.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 19:22:16 | More by mbrandonsmith
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Poured with a one finger foamy white haded that soon faded to a small bit of foam on top. Hazy amber/orange color. The lacing holds on to the glass for the duration of the beer.

S: Smells a little bit citrusy with the bready malt and a bit of grass.

T: Taste opens up with a flash of orange and lemon citrus. There is also the bready malt and a bit of earthiness. Aftertaste has the lemon citrus with some earthiness and pine.

M: Medium light body, carbonation feels pretty nice. Slightly drying in the finish.

O: This was quite good and fits well in its spring seasonal role. I don't think I would hesitate to pick up a bottle or two next spring.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 03:31:15 | More by CMUbrew
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:38:32 | More by dbrauneis
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange peel color with a 1" cream colored head. The head recedes leaving scant spots of lacing in my glass. It eventually falls to a thick film across the surface of the beer. The aroma is of tangerine, a touch of grassy hops, some malt sweetness. In the taste I detect a touch of honey sweetness, and a bit of grain. The hops don't jump out as much as expected, they are subtle and grassy. Towards the end of the sip I get some of that tangerine flavor from the smell. The aftertaste is generally sweet, but it leaves a slight bitterness. The body of the beer is thicker than average, with light carbonation. This beer has a decent amount of complexity, but it is deceivingly subtle.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:02:48 | More by gkunkle
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United Kingdom (Wales)

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

First, let me say this. At $1 per bottle, this stuff is legit. Not as legit as noble pils, but its legit.

Poured into alpine spring glass. Pours a finger of off white head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a hazed golden yellow.

Aroma: Floral and citrus flavors. It definitely smells like a lager, but with so much flavor. Bready malts with a touch of honey sweetness.

Taste: Starts out with the honey sweetness, then a fresh dose of earthy, floral hops hit. Citrus fruits show through the whole thing. It ends with bready malts and some stickiness.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but crisp. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, this is a great spring beer. Very easy to drink and flavorful. Gotta tip my hat to the guys at Sam Adams. They deserve more credit.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:11:29 | More by mothman
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip-pint.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy dark orange-red color ans has a small white head that sticks around for a good while. Laces the glass pretty well, too.

Smell: "Crisp" lemony scent. Smell fits the aesthetic they're going for with the bottle and description. Overall though, the scent is pretty muted.

Taste: A crisp, enjoyable lager. Starts and ends lightly bitter and with nice hop flavor. Sweet and citrusy in the middle of a mouthful with what may be a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and well, but appropriately, carbonated. Medium to light body.

Actually, since this debuted, it's probably my favorite "regular" Sam Adams seasonal. An enjoyable and not incredibly complicated crisp lager that fits the Winter-Spring transition well. I think they hit the mark for what they were aiming for. Good on tap too.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:30:47 | More by ColdWaffles
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy light gold color with a medium, creamy, white persistent head that leaves strong lacing in its trails.

S-It starts off with a mild spring like citrus/floral aroma from the hops and a beautiful fresh baked bread smell from the grains. It's pretty simple and straight forward from the smile but yet beautiful.

T-The flavor is much like the aroma but, actually exactly like the aroma. Full of mild floral/citrusy hop notes backed by very bready flavors from the grain with a very mild hop bitterness.

M-It's extremely creamy with a balanced yet more on the sweet side on the finish. It has the perfect amount of carbonation.

O-Overall, I really enjoyed this beer as a spring/summertime beer so much so that I am going to attempt to brew a beer like this for my wife because she likes it so much. I had to buy a six pack of it after trying two in the mix twelve pack. I highly recommend this beer for people who live in a warm climate right now, get it while it's fresh. Cheers everyone!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:09:16 | More by hoplover82
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus hops with biscuit and bready malts with a bit of floral elements and some pils malt.

T - Starts off with a mix of citrus notes with some pils and biscuit malts. Through the middle, some bready malts come through with a bit of grassy and floral hops. The finish is a mix of lemon zest, citrus hops, and some sweet bready malts.

M - Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a lemony and biscuity finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very crisp and refreshing but a touch thin and mild.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 06:05:50 | More by ngeunit1
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy color forming a big creamy, thin bubbled and solid white head. Good retention and lots of soapy and lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Smooth and pleasant in the nose. Slightly sweet upfront. Notes of sweet grains, pepper, spices and flowery hops. Notes of oranges, orange zest, pumpkins and bready low fermentation yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Very malty and bready. Strong notes of orange and orange zest. In overall, a quite smooth and slightly sweet beer. Mild bitter hops bitterness

M: Light and very smooth body. Medium carbonation. Bready spicy aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Smoothing ans refreshing. Another great Samuel Adams beer

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 21:01:19 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice, bright color, little head; is that sediment i see in there?
smell is citrus-y, or like a spent meth pipe after drying- take your pick. okay, maybe a bale of hay....
taste has the citrus-y, bitterness that it advertises on the bottle.
mouthfeel is same as all the rest....
overall, i suppose it's worthy of the BA 82. this was left in the frig from the 6'er in spring. wasnt special then, isnt special now. does anybody else feel ALL the SA beers use the same hops, use the same malts, or are they just getting the same old taste from the stills? i've honestly never been a fan of SA, but given them many opportiunities. this one is just another sa example of them trying to market yet another type of brew. i couldnt even find it on their website. i went through the 'seasonal collection' and the 'barrel master collection' but just gave up. it's drinkable- they all are. but nothing really special. you're either a 'clone' who praises the brewery, someone who cant afford the bit-higher prices and doesnt drink it, or someone who knows it's just a gimmick. sorry for my rant. that's how i really feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 01:13:59 | More by pkalix
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly darker than straw and honey colored, very hazy with lots of bubbles. A great head that is close to creamy and stays around for a long time, reasonable lacing.

S - The smell is of some lemon, grains, wheat and a hint of spice. There is a touch of something metallic that I don't like.

T - The taste is slightly sweet with some lemon and grains, it finishes with a nice bread/wheat flavor that stays in your mouth for a long time. The flavors are good but it could use a bit more of them. If there are hops they are only slight and accent the clean taste of the lemon.

M - Good mouth feel, light feel but slightly chewy with lots of carbonation.

O - As with most Sam Adams beers, this is a solid brew but could use a bit more flavor. An enjoyable beer that is a good choice on tap at those restaurants that only have macros and sam adams seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 00:56:59 | More by Jerone
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,374 ratings.