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

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Ratings: 2,495
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 38
Gots: 180 | 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:
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 BigCheese
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

A: Very Cloudy Orange/amber, unfiltered, looks like a hefe. Leaves some lacing, not a ton, more than your average sams.

S: Sweet, Lemon bready, wheaty.

T: Lemon sweetness up front, light brown maltyness, some earthy noble tasting hops in finish. A clean finish.

M: Creamy, very carbonated, pretty money. Good session beer.

O: Solid offering from Sam, not too not worthy. Seems kinda like a combo of the Noble Pils and Summer Lager. This would probably taste better in may than june. On tap its pretty solid though.

Photo of hoplover82
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange with a solid white head. A good amount of clingy lacing sticks around after the head recedes, leaving a thin strip of white foam that doesn't seem to ever leave.

S- Light citrus on the nose with wheat and a touch of banana and clove. Technically sound aroma, even if they aren't overly pronounced.

T- Awesome clean citrus wheat flavors. Good amounts of spice with a smooth banana taste at the middle. The end is slightly earthy, with just enough of a spicy, earthy hop bite to balance out the lingering orange sweetness. Pretty solid taste.

M- Smooth and light bodied. Really awesome mouthfeel.

O- Solid, tasty, refreshing beer. Great for those first warm days for Spring. Go drink some!

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First came the White Ale, than the Noble Pils, and now this. When I heard that Sam had a new Spring offering coming out, I was pretty excited. Most of their newer beers have been a step up from their classic selection so when I popped one of these open, I had great expectations. Sure enough, this met and exceeded them, along with introducing me to the style of Keller/Zwickel beers!

This had a great pour, with a frothy head and translucent golden hue to it. The aroma was a bit weak but then came the flavors. Lots of honey and citrus with a very mild and grassy undertone to everything. Sure, the lacing wasn't really present but the carbonation was spot on and the back of this beer had a wonderful goldenrod and grassy tone that lingered well and faded nicely. While not as crisp as the Noble Pils, there was a lot to like here and this went down well. To say that this was bright would be a spot-on assessment.

The alcohol was a hair high here but since this style emulates the strength of a Bock, it was fitting that this had just a bit of punch to it. While this wasn't as filling as Hefeweizen and was drier in the mouthfeel, this was just as good and easy to quaff as that style. Sam has a winner on its hands here and it's hard to not envision this being a go-to beer during the Spring.

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

Had this tonight with dinner at a Chili's. If I'm grateful to Sam Adams for anything, it's bringing a solid option for a beer to almost every corner of the country.

Came to me in a Sam Adams perfect pint, or whatever the hell they call their Boston Lager glass. Hazy medium golden hue. Smells of slight hops aroma, but mostly wheat and malty notes. Taste was actually pretty complex. It didn't have what I like to call the usual "Sam Adams taste." Started off like a traditional wheat beer with lighter notes and grassy tones, but then some malt came through. Ended with a slight hops kick, but not much at all in among the sweeter malt profile.

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

Poured from a Sam Adams' bomber.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw with two fingers off white head. Lively carbonation. Head retention is moderate. Looks like a hefe to me.

S: Tree fruits, toasted crackery smelling malt, hint of citrus and spice from the hops.

T: Big bready malt with bits of hops clinging on for dear life. Again, a bit of the floral spiciness and citrus from the hops, but not really that much. In fact, I'd say the hop presence is fairly muted. The yeast presence, however, is not. Little bit of nuttiness and a bit of flowery sweetness to balance the ever so slight hoppiness.

M: Light and easy. Strikes a fine balance between crisp and cloying. Maybe ever so slightly to the cloying side given the inherent sweetness of the brew.

O: I'm not really a Sam fan. I appreciate what they do for craft brewing, but consider them more of a "stepping stool" between the macros and the crafts. Beers like this make me rethink that. A great brew by Sam. Maybe I should diversify my Samuel Adams experience.

Photo of sniper061
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-This is a nice looking hazy yellow beer with nice carbonation. Poured into a pilsner glass, this was done for me, it is very pretty.

Smell- Citrus with a nice faint hoppy smell to it.

Taste- This is one of those beers that really can liven up your palate. The citrus is there all the way til the end and the hops taste doesnt kick your teeth in when it hits your mouth.

Mouthfeel- This is definitely one of those beers that you can drink and it sits very nicely on your palate. It has wonderfully small bubbles of carbonation that seem to make all the tastes "pop" in your mouth.

Overall- I truly enjoyed this beer, and, even though this is not my first choie in types of beer, I will be adding this to my beer fridge for friends and family when they come over. This beer is very good from beginning to end and matches with so many different food types I think you would be safe ordering this with almost anything that would be on a bar menu. I think spicy wings would be calmed by the citrus and the hops. I think a burger with onions and mushrooms would be cleaned from your palate by the carbonation of this beer.

Photo of ikantspel
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served into a russian river goblet

freshness date of late june 2012

pours a honey caramel with a smaller than average head

aroma of spices, malt, citrus, and some hoppiness. this one seems to have it all

very interesting. citrus to start, a sweet maltyness kicks in, finishes slightly bitter.

this beer is getting better and better with each drink

Photo of jjboesen
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by June 2012) poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow beer. Nicely thick 1/8" off-white head with plenty of thick strands of lacing all over the glass. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the glass. A very nice looking beer.

Smell: Clean, floral, just a hint of malt. Mild aroma though.

Taste: Nice clean malt, with a pleasant noble hop finish - citrus, earthy/spicy. Mild cider flavor in there with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth, just a bit thicker than water. Nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable and I would easily have another. A great looking beer and a very good German-style lager.

Photo of wordemupg
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into my matching SA glass 9/4/12

A hazy golden orange with the laser etching doing its job as a shitload of tiny bubbles sustain a two finger bone white head for the entire beer, foam and lace at the bottom of the glass is a good sign

S a nice floral citric hop nose with a little honey, smells simple but quite nice

T a little rind and cereals to go with what I smell, a little toned down from the nose but still pretty good

M light and fluffy from the bubbles without being foamy, what I smell lingers faintly for a while

O just a little more intensity in terms of flavor would make this one just that much better, solid stuff though I enjoyed it

these are pretty easy to drink that's for sure, I always enjoy Sam Adams brews more then I think I will. decent stuff for the spring sun

Photo of alexgash
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Enjoy before June 2012.

Nice hazy orange yellow pulp. Definitely appears unfiltered. Finger of firm, creamy, eggshell white head. Good lacing. Vaguely citrusy hops mix with lightly-toasted grains, honey, and bread dough. Nothing too exciting on the nose, but nothing off-putting either.

Lightly toasted bread and honey notes up front. Sweetish, with faint fruit notes. Bright, zesty, peppery hops dive in and provide a very refreshing lift. The hops become more floral and herbal, with light bitterness. Finish is moderately dry, with lingering honey bread dough malts. Medium-bodied, with a very creamy, smooth feel. One of the creamier lagers I've had (maybe due to the unfilteredness?). Very drinkable and would make a nice warm weather beer. Will buy more as spring gets nearer.

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

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring has a thin-to-medium, egg shell colored head and a hazy orange-yellow appearance, with lots of tiny streaming bubbles and a good amount of lacing rings left down the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts and citrus. Taste is of sweetness, orange peel, a bit of pine, and hop bitterness, which makes one think it’s higher in IBU than just 19. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Alpine Spring finishes crisp, mild, easy drinking, and refreshing. Overall, it’s really nice.


Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow gold color and extremely cloudy. Rocky beginning head that takes a long time to dissipate. Leaves plenty of ring lace on the glass.

Interesting combination of lighter malts and spicy, cumin-like, hop nose.

Rich body with plentiful carbonation. Well balanced with a clean, mildly sour malt start. The hop bitterness is notable but not overpowering. Lightly creamy. Easy to consume more than one.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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

Photo of gaugebozo
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Lemke10
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

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 BEERMILER12
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of ckraft77
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of magine
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,495 ratings.