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

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2,495 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,495
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 38
Gots: 176 | 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 StoutHunter
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Samuel Adams Alpine Spring in their Brewers Choice twelve pack a couple weeks ago, I haven't been too impressed with the other new beers in the pack, but to my knowledge I have never had this style before, so I am interested to see how this beer turns out. It had June notched for it's best by date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label has some nicely done scenery in the background, but it isn't that eye catching. It poured a hazy pale straw golden color with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a slight amount of lacing. This beer looked ok but to me it looked more like a Wheat Ale then a Lager.

S- The first thing that I pick up are load of pale malts that have a low amount of medium sweetness and impart lots of grainy and bready aromas along with a slight biscuit like aroma. After that came the hops which imparted a mix of grassy and citrus aromas with the grassy aroma sticking out the most. The aroma is Ok, but it's a little bland and one dimensional.

T- The taste is pretty close to the aroma. It starts off with loads of pale malts that have a low amount of sweetness and impart a pretty dominating grainy and bready taste. Next comes a little bit of honey then some hops which are much more grassy then then they are citrusy. At the end I get some yeast flavors, on the finish it had a low amount of bitterness and a really grainy and bready aftertaste, Just like the aroma the taste was a little boring and one dimensional, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't interesting.

M- Smooth, slightly crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel suited this beer nicely.

Overall I thought that was a pretty average beer, since I have never had this style before I really didn't know what to expect but what I got was a little boring and didn't keep me entertained, I don't know if this was a bland attempt at the style or if they are suppose to be like that. It did have some pretty good drinkability and I have no doubt that this would make a pretty refreshing summer beer that would be easy to drink a lot of, but right now it just doesn't hold my attention and make me want to grab another bottle. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it fit this beer nicely and was just what it should be. What I liked least about this beer was the bland flavor and aroma and the lack hops, mainly of the citrus variety, if it had some more hops it would help balance out all those dominating bready malts. I wouldn't seek this beer out, it just doesn't stick out to me. If you want a smooth easy drinking warm weather beer this may make a good choice, but to me it isn't that interesting. This beer was very middle of the road with nothing about it being memorable. As a whole I wasn't too impressed with this years brewers choice pack, all the new beers seemed pretty lackluster and it's safe to say that I enjoyed the old beers in this pack more then the new beers, I guess I was just expecting more from their brewers choice pack, I hope the next one turns out better.

Photo of chrisd73
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Slightly cloudy, pale orange color. Looks kind of fizzy. Head is thick with some large bubbles giving a chunky foam on top that quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing while working my way to the bottom.

Aroma is faint with some citrus. Not bad. but doesn't make me want to dive right in.

Tastes of citrus and a hint of alcohol that is then overtaken by sourness.

Photo of LiquidSanity
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Hazy, honey gold color. Approx. 1 1/4" of head. It left a moderate amount of lace. Rather delicious color and very appealing.

Ar: Mild citrus notes. Nothing overpowering nor offensive. Very mild.

Ta: Very subtle yet intriguing. It isn't a very offensive beer. The mild citrus flavor is smooth and appealing. Nothing truly spectacular. Almost like a Blue Moon but less citrus in the flavor. I was expecting more.

Mf: Mild carbonation. Very smooth and creamy life foam texture. Soothes as it goes down. This is the strongest part of the beer. Too bad the taste doesn't match the MF.

Ov: Fun to try but leave it at that. You're better off with Blue Moon if you're craving a citrus kick. This beer fell short considering the source. At $7-10 a 6 pack, it's a little tough to swallow when there are better choices.

Photo of 5OClockShadow
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Unfiltered golden straw appearance with okay head. Not much of an aroma. Citrus, wheat notes with a tartness. Lacks real depth. Really average--kind of bland--altogether.

We've heard this is awesome on draught so we look forward to reviewing it again.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy and light amber. The haziness makes it really stand out from other lagers. Also I quite like the yellow cap on the bottle.
S: Lemony, citrusy, a little bit of alcohol I think but I may be mistaken because it's such a light beer. It's weird you know.
T: Yeasty, citrusy, I do think I can taste the alcohol in there.
M: Sits heavy for a lager with the alcohol really shining through. lingering yeast flavor and really bubbly. Very sour.

Overall this beer is overpowered by the yeast and alcohol really coming through above the other flavors. Despite the citrus smell these flavors don't really play into the beer and it doesn't really bring anything to the table. Very sour and doesn't sit well. Perhaps mine if from a bad batch or so as I don't seem to think it's as good as other people do.

Photo of Immortale25
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Notch on label indicates Best Enjoyed By Aug 2013.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before sinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a thick patch of surface foam.. Lacing slides quickly down the glass leaving a thin ring behind.

S- Not much there. Some cracker-like malt with maybe some underlying spice and alcohol fume. Smells kind of sweet, like there could be some honey involved. Certainly not pleasant.

T- Drinks easy enough though, once again, there's just not much going on. While it's smooth and drinkable, it's just about flavorless. Some incredibly light, grainy malt and seemingly no hop presence.

M- Pretty light body but not horribly so. Carbonation isn't bad either.

O- Oh well, at least I get to tick a brand new style.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I am admittedly not that familiar with this style of beer.

Appearance: Pours a slight hazy straw color, with four fingers of white head that dissipates very slowly. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops and bready malt, with maybe a hint of citrus in the background. Reminds me a lot of their Noble Pils, actually.

Taste: Mild malt and grassy hop flavors, with very little bitterness. Tastes somewhat watered down. There's an underlying sweetness, and maybe a slight bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, but very thin, which I think helps make the beer taste more watered down.

Overall: I'm a fan of most of Sam Adams' offerings, but this one just didn't do it for me. It tasted watered down, and all of the flavors were somewhat muted. I barely got any of the "citrus" notes that were advertised. It was certainly drinkable, but I probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

Photo of Vigilante
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served to me in a Beer Stein

A: Golden/Orange color, very cloudy. One finger of head which dissipated quickly leaving moderate lacing.

S: Lemons, Wheat

T: Taste starts heavily with lemons then fades primarily to yeast with a little bit of malt.

M: Medium bodied. Not bad but not great either.

O: This brew is very mediocre. Nothing too exciting.

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hard plastic transparent cup at me friend's gaff in Palo Alto, California. Reviewed from notes. Acquired at a local BevMo as part of a Sam Adams variety box.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark yellow.

Sm: Citrus ester hops and light floral hops. A moderate strength, clean aroma.

T: Citrusy with some lemon and light orange esters. Not spicy. Clean and enjoyable. Lightly hoppy. Balanced. I like it, but it's a bit simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours to a fair extent. Good carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable but largely forgettable and unremarkable. There's nothing unique or special here. Boring and uninspired. I'd have it again at the right price and in the right setting.

C+

Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria a week or two ago. 24 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grains, bready malts, and very light floral hops. Not a lot going on here. Not bad, but bland and pretty average.

t - tastes of grains, bready malts, light citrus hops, light floral hops, and wheat. Better then the nose but still pretty average.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A pretty easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a pretty average beer from Sam Adams. Just not a lot going on in either the nose or taste. Not offensive or anything, but not worth the time. Wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

P: Carbonated slightly hazy gold with touches of darkness around the edges. Frothy white finger of head that disapates to a creamy layer on top.

S: Watered down, yeast, smells very thin and timid. Almost has a dish soap smell with salt, lime, lemon and spices.

T/M: Very salty with a earthy light yet creamy body that is crisp and clean. Salt is big with subtle spices and a peppery swallow. The citrus is masked but lemon comes out in small doses.

O: Cant say that this is a favorite of mine. Overly salty but if it wasnt for that it would have been pretty good. I enjoyed the refreshing a light body.

Photo of Stunner97
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- a very yellow golden color, very murky and cloudy in appearance, tons of bubbles and carbonation, thick bellowing head, very nice appearance

Smell- malt and slight citrus and floral smell

Taste- in terms of flavor this is one of the more unique beers that i have ever tried, just very unique, its got alot of beady malts, slight citrus, finishes drying with very little to no real hop flavor, slight lemon tartness

Mouthfeel- extremely light and crisp with very active carbonation

drinkability/overall- I have to say this beer was an enigma to me and I still wouldn't fully know how to explain it to someone I guess partially its just not a style I am very familiar with, wouldn't particularly say i loved drinking it but I didn't hate it either, almost just very bland and simple and that made it drinkable if not totally enjoyable, not a beer I will revisit but worth a try in terms of uniqueness alone

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.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Stone RIS snifter...

A - Pours a murky orange with a one finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some lace to be had...

S - Lemon, orange, honey, and some bready yeasty notes...

T - Kinda sweet. Pretty much follows the nose with lemon, orange, and honey. Finishes with yeast and some lingering sweetness...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth...

O - A little sweet for my likings. Probably not something I will be picking up again...

Cheers...

Photo of srandycarter
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Murky, darker straw, white head that leaves to disk fast. Some cling lace.

S - Citrus and straw. Sweet malt is present, but very light.

T - Refreshing and bright as it enters, light malt and wheat flavors. The hops take a weird twangy twist at the end that I really don't care for. Perfume, solvent like finish.

M - Light body, good carb, the balance is not. Don't like the finish on the hops.

D - I got two of these in a variety pack. They will be enough.

Photo of Murrhey
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width white head, minute long retention. Hazy golden orange color.

S- Citrusy, grassiness and wheaty. Some noble floral hops. Light smell with some spices. Not bad.

T- Strangely like a Belgian in body, the hops and citrus don't combine in the way I thought they would. Yeasty, and kind of cultured like a Belgian.

M- Syrupy bodied, with biting carbonation.

O- Expectations weren't high, but this is an average beer and a decent example of the style.

Photo of busternuggz
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, the beer produced a golden color with a mild citrus aroma. This is an easy sipping beer on a hot day. The initial taste was an earthy flavor balanced with nice hints of honey and citrus. The flavor was swept away by an aggressive wave of carbonation. It was almost soda quality carbonation. At the end, a lemony aftertaste was left behind. It bordered on having an acidic quality to it. In a lot of ways, this felt like a shandy. However, unlike most shandys, I did not completely dislike this beer.

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Baker's in Omaha, NE
Poured into a standard pint glass

Alpine Spring lager is a modestly citrus-influenced German-style lager that blends attributes of a few styles. While it manages to do this inoffensively, the beer doesn't offer much in the way of memorableness or distinction. I'd rather have a Boston Lager, to be honest.

Pours a 2cm head of smallish, off-white bubbles, creating a fairly dense, pillowy foam. Retention is fairly solid, takes a few minutes to become a thin cap atop the body. Leaves no lacing. Body color is semi-transparent muddied yellow, somewhat strange if this is a keller bier.

Aroma of lager yeast metabolites, lemon-like hops, and biscuit-influenced malt. Clean and to the point, average, but enjoyable.

Taste opens with a mix of malt sweetness and subtle citrus and bittering hops. Transitions to lager yeast metabolites, continued malt sweetness, and light lemon flavors through mid-palate. Closes out with strong biscuit-like malt flavors and some residual lemon. Aftertaste of light lemon tartness and residual biscuit malt.

Medium-bodied with modest carbonation that lets this beer flow smoothly across the palate. Finish is dry.

Photo of Chico1985
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this a few times last year, I remember it as a good spring weather refresher beer.

Pours a pale orange with some haze. A tall white head sticks around pretty well, retains as a pretty full cap and leaves some lace behind.

A somewhat faint and simple scent, but pleasant enough. Sweet, grainy and bready, with light spicy hop and banana&apple-like fruit presence. Some veggie-ness.

Taste is similar - simple, kinda bland, but certainly not bad. The bread/grain/sweet malt bill is okay but average. Still an interesting banana flavor going on, some spicy and herbal hops but bitterness is quite low.

Pretty solid mouthfeel, decent body for the ABV, low on the foaminess and carbonation.

Not bad, certainly drinkable but not the most exciting beer.

Photo of theaudist
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a case of these on sale at the local grocer for 12 bucks.

Pours a hazy golden/orange with a soapy head that slowly sits down leaving a heavy, sticky lace in its wake.

Aroma is pretty pedestrian with just a hint of biscuit, honey, and citrus delicately poking its way through.

Taste is, up front, very notably honey and a smattering of lime. The tettnang hops are very noticeable, but the generous honey flavor ensures that this beer starts and stays balanced. Towards the end it begins to smooth out into a yeasty, bready finish that snaps clean. Extremely refreshing!

Mouthfeel is dense and chewy but not overly so. Feels "wholesome".

This is a fantastic beer that may not get the praise a beer this balanced deserves. I'll be buying another case or two of this before the spring is over.

Photo of jholland
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%

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