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

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,292 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 2292
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%


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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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tape @ Howlin' Wolf, Salem MA

Hazy honey color, fairly clear for an unfiltered wheat. Creamy white head leaves thick rings striping my glass. For such a boisterous foam display everywhere else the retention doesn't quite hold up its end of the bargain. Almost a 5.

Lemon citrus dominates the aroma but blends well with an agave nectar floral sweetness and subtle hop spice. Tastes like it smells although the yeast shines through a bit more with a mid sip snap.

On tap I loved the body of AS. It was smooth like a lager and creamy like an unfiltered wheat - the best of both worlds. However I had Alpine Spring in a bottle last night and its crisp and zesty and not at all as good IMO. Odd that the same beer should taste so different.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 12:06:58 | More by donkeyrunner
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 01:33:34 | More by jsprain1
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videofrog

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Freshness notch June 2012.

A: Hazy golden to orange. Fluffy white head that gradually settles.

S: Citrusy hops, grains, sweet bready malts.

T: Good, solid malt backbone with decent citrus hop bite. Honey and yeast character are evident.

M: Great carbonation for the style; smooth and crisp.

O: Really enjoyed Sam Adam's newest seasonal offering. Extremely easy to drink and sessionable. Wish I hadn't just picked one from a mix-six.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 00:06:19 | More by videofrog
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cadizkyguy

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never had this style of beer, but it reminds me of some past beers in other styles -- particularly upland's wheat beer, a Belgian Witbier, and Bell's Oberon Ale, an American pale wheat ale, as well as reminding me of a good hefeweizen with its cloudy composition and yeasty smell. This offering from Sam Adams is a tasty reprieve from the ipa's and bitter pale ales I've had lately -- namely Bell's Two Hearted and Three Floyds' Zombie Dust, both very good but somewhat abrasive.

I'm a novice to craft beer, but have found Sam Adams' brews to be quite good -- namely the flagship Boston Lager and the Noble Pils. I find this new beer to be the perfect change of pace beer. I don't detect much in the way of hops, but again my tastebuds are just learning the ways of craft beer and I put my trust in Jim Koch to give us newbies a beer we can enjoy on any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 07:05:01 | More by cadizkyguy
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap served in 18 oz. mug.

A: Slightly hazy light gold color. Two fingers of frothing white head slowly dissipate to one finger. Head retention and lacing is good.

S: Smells of grain, husks, and a bit of faint citrus.

T: Taste is similar. Lots of grass and grain. Nice buttered biscuit malt base. Some hints of citrusy hops provides pretty good depth to this beer. It's slightly bitter at the end, but nothing too extreme.

M: Appropriately smooth and frothing. Nice medium-light body.

O: I still love this beer. It's probably a bit better on tap than in the bottle, mostly because of the mouthfeel. The taste, smell, and appearance is similar. Really easy drinking and pair well with most foods. A great Spring beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 20:26:28 | More by TTAmod
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm a leftover bottle from the superbowl party. Mine now.

Poured into a mug. Pours a pale golden color with a decent finger white heading. Good lacing throughout the tasting.

Very citrusy nose, alot of orange peel and decent lemon zest towards the finish. This does make me feel like spring is in the air.

That same orangey-lemony flavor with a superb backing of honey malt which comes in full force. Subtle touches of spice and dough in the finish.

Light bodied,excellent carbonation. Excellent balance,very crisp finish.

I am not to familiar with the Keller style but this seems spot on to me. Great spring brew from Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 18:25:13 | More by TheFightfan1
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, with a creamy white head. Aromas of cinnamon and allspice. Taste is a huge honey flavor up front, followed by some rich bread in the middle, and a lemony fresh citrus finish. Mouthfeel is rich for the abv, medium carbonation. Overall an excellent beer of a style I don't get to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 00:23:42 | More by tronester
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BDIMike

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an awesome-looking unfiltered lager. The beer has a murky, dark golden colored beer. There is a small amount of carbonation that creates a nice, thick white head. The head has awesome retention and stays throughout the entire beer.
Smell is very clean. A bit of citrusy, flowery hop smell, but it balances very well with a toned down honey malt.
Taste is very nice. A well-balanced sip. The beginning of the sip is a nice floral hop taste. The end of the sip is very clean with a crisp, honey malt taste.
Mouthfeel is great for a lager. This beer has a crisp, refreshing bite, but it has a bit more body to it than a regular lager.
Drinkability is awesome on Alpine Spring. It is a great beer for springtime. It has some really good tastes and flavors to it, but they all balance out really well. The balance makes this an awesome session beer. Sam really did well with this new seasonal..

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:24:54 | More by BDIMike
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a massive white foamy head that reaches at least three fingers. The head retention was impressive keeping at least a one finger head throughout the life of the beer.

The aroma is filled with yeast bread flavor, and grassy hops. Very clean aroma though.

The flavor is crisp and refreshing with grains, malt, and grassy hop dominating. Nothing heavy though.

Light bodied and super easy to drink. Oh and did I mention tasty?

This American made lager is nothing less than just a good clean beer. I hope this becomes a year around brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 05:38:55 | More by Luigi
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- lightly hazed golden amber with a slight greenish tint to it. Barely off white head is reminiscent of a fine German pale lager, as it should be. Lace is delicate and plentiful.

S- floral, lemony, and somewhat soapy noble hops. Very fine hop aroma here, with a bit of spicy yeasty funk. White bread and cracker in the background.

T- bready malt flavor, like a very mild sourdough, with a burst of citrus hops. Bitterness gradually increases and stops short about where a Czech pils would (although their saaz doesn't seem to have that distinct lemony edge). Hop flavor last from the start long into the lemony floral finish. Can seem watery when cold, but as it warms up a few degrees there's hearty malt in that conclusion.

MF- vigorous bubbles, and a well rounded grainy-slick-yeasty feel. All components are noticeable. Dry and hoppy feeling on the cheeks. Juicy bodied and totally refreshing.

D- way to showcase the tettnanger hops. Their bright flavor really holds this one down. Jim and the boys have made some amazing German style beers lately and I hope they keep em comin'.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 06:19:18 | More by hustlesworth
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mccarltone

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy, light honey color. Thick and foamy white head...about one finger.

Smell - Citrusy and slight spicyness to it. Very refreshing.

Taste - Surprising and very pleasant maltiness. Definite citrus hop flavor that is not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation to it. Very light and smooth.

A very nice addition to the Sam Adams lineup. This is a very enjoyable beer to go along with the transition from winter to spring. Almost tastes like a Sierra Nevada Pale and a Vienna lager combination.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 19:46:00 | More by mccarltone
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Higy

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best seasonal brews from Samuel Adams. I do not usually enjoy hops with a citrus profile (but palates do change.) It was well balanced with hops and malt flavors.

It is a beer i would recommend to someone that usually drinks "lite" beer and to someone who does not enjoy american style hopped beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 17:48:39 | More by Higy
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d1ckvanswype

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Coca Cola style pint glass (dishwasher day, ugh).

A: Poured with standard aggression which yields a fluffy white two fingers worth of head that slowly deflates, leaving some decent lacing. Cloudy orange-gold color, a nice looking beer.

S: Yeasty and spicy, with a wheat forward tone and a deliciously juicy citrus note from the Tettnang hops.

T: Starts smooth and sweet, which quickly turns into a pronounced wheat flavor and less of the juicy orange note than I would have liked, and a very, very gentle hop bitterness at the very end which mingles nicely with the spicy yeast character.

M: Surprisingly lush for a macro brew, pretty creamy but with a refreshing, slightly zippy carbonation which stops it from laying too heavy on the tongue. Quite nice, actually.

O: A very solid beer, easy to drink and very refreshing, a great beer for that midpoint between Winter and Spring.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 15:39:18 | More by d1ckvanswype
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fsimcox

California

4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy off-golden color, with a white fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing.

Smells of earth, malt, subtle hops and a hint of citrus. But not overpowering.

Taste is sweet malt, with some hints of citrus, and just a slight hop finish. A hint of hops in the after taste with lingering malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel has some creaminess up front, some carbonation and a full-bodies finish. Very smooth, and easy to drink.

A very nice beer. I was a little surprised that this is a Keller beer. It reminded me of a Helles, but the unfiltered style gave it some interesting subtle notes. I will buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 20:31:22 | More by fsimcox
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:32:31 | More by zoolzoo
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ricchezza

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from Sam Adams. Pours a fizzy, cloudy gold/school-bus yellow body with a bright white head which retains its lacing the duration beer is in the glass.

Smells and tastes sweet and yeasty with a zesty lemon-like citrus.

Sampled in January 2012 despite being labeled a Spring seasonal release. Regardless of weather conditions this is a delicious beer. I will certainly be buying more of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 16:15:25 | More by ricchezza
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw-yellow to orange color with plenty of thick, cream-colored head and good retention. Pleasantly malty aroma of bread, caramel, and grains with a nice touch of floral hops. The flavor is exceedingly smooth, a touch sweet up front with notes of lemon, coriander, and floral hops. The finish is drier and deliciously malty. Medium body, just a tad too sweet I thought. Otherwise, a pretty great beer for Sam Adams, and it definitely blows their last spring selection out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:22:21 | More by goldbot
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CowsCanBark

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at the T.G.I. Fridays in Exton, PA. I hastily jotted down notes on my shitty old ass phone.

Delivered in a 22 oz. (frosted, of course) mug. It was actually the perfect temperature, though, so it was okay.

Appearance: Came to me with a one-finger bone-white head and a very cloudy (unfiltered) dark orange hue. There was decent lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Malts, sweet orange/citrus, mild hops

Taste: Very light. Sweet malts, apricots, orange/citrus, very fruity all around. There was also the tiniest bitterness and a bit of spicy character. The finish was a bit watery as well.

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body, high carbonation, smooth.

Overall: My first beer of the style and I am pleasantly impressed. An overall nice spring beer that I'd be happy to order another 22 oz. mug of.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 10:03:35 | More by CowsCanBark
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a white, three finger length head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some sticky lacing on the glass. Some bubbles can be seen even though the beer is a hazy. The smell is floral, grainy, and slightly sweet with a hints of bright citrus and some spiciness from the hops. The taste is slightly sweet and grainy and this is balanced by tart citrus flavors from the hops. It's a very bright and crisp taste. The carbonation prepares you for each sip of this easy drinker. It's smooth and the mouthfeel is light. Overall, this is an excellent beer that is refreshing and perfect on a warm spring day.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 00:02:48 | More by acevenom
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mralphabet

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a good finger & a half worth of head that settled to a nice layer with pretty good lacing.

S: Wonderful smelling beer.... Lots of floral and citrus hops right up front followed by some bready malt with a hint of honey sweetness.

T: Oddly the honey sweetness and breadiness hits right up front followed by a wonderful mix of floral and citrus hops... I think the citrus notes really shine through.

M: Pretty light bodied with a good amount of carbonation that makes the beer pretty crisp. The finish is a little on the dry side with a little bitter hops in the finish.

O: Overall, a pretty good spring beer.... reminds me a little of a Pils... but the mix of smells and flavors are great. With a good ABV, this would be a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 01:43:27 | More by mralphabet
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy appearance, with a pale golden color made this look similar to a Hefeweizen, except for the head, which was much smaller. The smell was quite floral and lemony, and very inviting. The taste started tart and bready and finished powdery and dry. The hop bitterness was barely there. The body felt light and quenching. Simple in construction but quenching, this is like potato chips in beer form. Once you start , you will not notice ho fast you are consuming it, and once it's gone, you immediately feel the need to grab another.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 06:00:46 | More by rajendra82
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into perfect pint glass, best before July 2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, grape, bread, wheat, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of fruity esters, malt, and hop notes. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, biscuit, honey, wheat, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of hop. malt, and fruity esters; with a nice amount of robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent kellerbier lager! Very nice amount of well balanced flavors with good complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 05:13:42 | More by superspak
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as part of the World Beer Tour. A 10-oz pour was golden straw with a white foam cap. Mild citrus nose, a bit of lemon. Taste was citrusy, orange-lemon honey, fruity hops, clean finishing almost but not quite juicy. Medium-light yet creamy body. Higher carbonation. Refreshing. Pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 04:55:46 | More by JackieTH
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pschul4

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very slightly cloudy light amber with some white head and nice retention

S- Getting pale malts and some other scents that are hard to put my finger on...citrusy though forsure

T- Nice sweet citrus flavors with some pale malts that hit my palate just right

M- Smooth in a way that you wouldnt expect for a beer wiht this type of flavor profile

O- Really enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Hats off to BBC for this one

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 01:46:10 | More by pschul4
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dfillius

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Moderate pour into a pint glass yields 1 finger of tight thick creamy white head with great retention - love it. Cloudy gold liquid looks a lot like a hefeweizen. Pretty!
S: Lemon and lime, yeasty bloom.
T: Earthy yeastiness with some tart hefeweizen like citrus. Too crisp for that though. Delicately bitter. Sweet honey comes through in the finish.
M: Creamy, bright, light
O: Refreshing, sessionable, full-flavored, soild. I'd buy again and order another.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 19:13:57 | More by dfillius
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