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

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Reviews: 572
Hads: 2,546
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 31.39%
Wants: 52
Gots: 240 | 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 Groomsy
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Spring Thaw Variety Pack. Poured into a lager glass.

This beer pours a hazy, unfiltered orange/honey color and is topped by a one-finger head of foam which leaves rings of lacing down the glass. This beer certainly has the spring vibe in its appearance.

Alpine Spring's nose matches its name - I'm immediately hit with a citrusy scent, particularly of orange zest and, as the beer warms, lemon. Some floral and spicy hops hang in the balance and are underlined by some sweet, bready malt and yeast. A very nice nose on the beer, not unlike Noble Pils with some extra zest. For some reason, I'm also reminded of a wheat beer. Well-done, Sam Adams.

The taste is slightly hoppy on front, with the mentioned citrus flavors sticking out along with some floral sweetness. Some doughy yeast character swishes over the tongue mid-palate with grainy sweetness, and the finish leaves some lemony/grassy lingering bitterness. A refreshing and balanced beer, well-suited for the spring season.

Alpine Spring has a medium body with crisp carbonation and a certain softness to it, similar to a hefeweizen. This contributes to the refreshment factor, and the slight bitterness in the finish leaves one wanting another drink.

A very solid seasonal from Samuel Adams. Crisp and refreshing, and a (mostly) worthy replacement for Noble Pils. Worth checking out. I'll definitely be putting this with some burgers from the grill soon.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this brewski into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy unfiltered kinda orange looking with a kinda orange looking head. The head also did not last very long. The beer had a indescribable smell, sorry. The beer was carbonatedly tasting and had a hint of orange peel taste. Slightly bitter finish and decent lacing. Might be a good summertime beer. I will try again cause I'm really not sure if I liked it or not.

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Photo of Vanthefireman
4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily one of my top 3 favorite beers. Beautiful beer from start to finish. Nice pour. Collects a little (and I mean little) sediment in the bottle if the course of a few days in the fridge, but didn't effect tasting. I can't think of much that could be done to improve this, aside from moving it out of the seasonal catagory, and over to year-round "Brewmaster's collection."

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Photo of ranger7
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a six-pack, poured from bottle into a pint glass.
Have had this paired with beef nachos, sausage pizza, and (of all things) filet mignon. It performed well with all.

A - Pours an awesome hazy gold liquid with a sticky, thick, pure white head. Very impressive.

S - Kind of like a weak wheat beer; some citrus, but not much. Not a turn-off, but not a turn-on either.

T - Nice and crisp. Pretty balanced, but the hops tip the scales a bit, some floral hints hit my taste buds.

M - Good carbonation; not too much, just right. Almost no aftertaste and what little remains is pleasant.

Summary - This was surprisingly tasty. I liked the wheat-like lightness of it combined with a little hop bite at the beginning. Definitely one of my favorites from Sam Adams. Will look forward to this seasonal.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Once again, this beer was on a sampler flight at a dimly lit and smokey bar. Notes from the napkin:

It poured a hazy light straw color with a nice white lasting head with the most peculiar lacing pattern of the Flying Spaghetti Monster on the glass! Incredible looking lacing.

It had an aroma of sweet light malts and apricot of all things.

It tasted like a nice sweet lager with hints of apricot and a tiny amount of hop at the finish.

It had medium body, with a creamy sweet finish and concludes with a little hint of peppery hops.

Overall, I thought it was an excellent beer pretty well balanced but leaning towards the sweet side.

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Photo of Antikythera
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: head dissipates quickly to a little bit of thin lace. Beautiful foggy golden beer. Unfiltered beers make me want to drink them just because they're so pretty.

s: ... not really there. Weird. Not unpleasant, but very weak.

t: tart, crispy, mild.

m: pleasantly substantial, for a beer this light.

o: nice, but ultimately a bit forgettable. Nothing is really standing out.

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Photo of drpimento
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad brew. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish off-white head that quickly settled to a whispy island and ring and a bit of lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is the best part: fresh beery, malt, hop, yeast. Flavor's like nose and brings out some fruit - grapefruit and apricot, sweet that controlled by mainly carbonic tang and a bit of bitter. Despite that tang, carbonation seems a bit tame with good body. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. Easy drinking brew. Good for the spring time.

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Photo of gotweid
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 12 pack on a whim. Best by July, 2013. Pours a bright, light but straw color & very cloudy. Bright white 2 finger head that slowly settles to a thin cover that lasts with thin lacing. Aroma of the hops along with some lemony(?) citrus & floral is rather nice. Taste keeps with the aroma of slight grassy hop character, some crisp citrus balanced with a little wheat. Clean mouthfeel. Really, really surprised by how good this was and how much I enjoyed it. I really like this. Will recommend this to others.

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Photo of mnrider
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12. oz brown bottle. Enjoy Before date notched on label.

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a fluffy white head. Thin retention with
some minimal lacing.

S: Orange, floral hops, unfiltered aroma with yeast. Bitter.

T/M: I easily tell this beer is unfiltered as the yeast the yeast dominates.
Orange, malt and some light bitterness from floral hops. Light bodied and
crisp with a pleasant yeasty/hop aftertaste.

O: An overall good example of a rare style, Refreshing and easy to drink.
Could benefit from some more orange or citric flavors. Otherwise it is a
good beer for the warmer months.


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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a cylindrical cocktail glass at an extened stay hotel room.

Appears a nice bright golden yellow with some nice grassy haze. There is a nice 1 inch dense white head with soem good retention.

Aroma of sweet bready wheat. Nice refrehsing nad fresh notes of grain and bread with some slight corrainder and some mild citrus notes. The aroma is similar to teh Noble Pils with the Tettnang hops. Nice and grassy with slight citrus notes.

Flavor follows the nose pretty well. Nice bready and wheaty sweetness. There is some good smooth wheat notes to it and the brew is balacned by some nice grassy hop notes. Slightly citrusy and fresh but definitley more of a compliment to the sweeter grain side of the brew.

Pretty good seasonal brew. Similar to theri ol Summer Ale except has a bit more of a hop kick. Pretty good and refreshing beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A lovely cloudy orange yellow color with a decent amount of head. It starts off citrusy with much yeast and similar to a wheat beer. It has a decent body, but then ends too fast. I want it to be better and it is not bad for a Sam Adams beer, but it still ends too fast and has a bit of a weak aftertaste that Sam Adams beers have an issue with.

It's a very drinkable beer, but not something I would go out of my way to order again.

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised and delighted with the first sip of this stuff. It reminds me of a really light Saison-- but wait, it's a Wit witout the spice! So I looked it up and was pleased to see the category. After trying several Zwickel styles in Germany I have been enamored of this odd kind of brew, and this is a perfectly good example.

Pours a cloudy golden pale amber in the tall glass. Some light sediment in the bottle. Tall,fine-grained head with that tantalizing German-style creamy mouthfeel. Warm and rather malty with some wheaty flavors. Less tart that many of the authentic versions. A hint of a really tasty mineral water.

From a single 12 oz bottle bought at Trader Joe's. I'm going for the Sam Adams Spring 12-pack for some more of this.

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Photo of timn
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice cloudy gold, with a small amount of sudsy head to it. The head sticks around nicely.

S: Very little aroma to speak of.

T: A nice bright, citrusy flavor, with a very slight hint of hops, and a little yeast. This tastes very smooth and drinkable, with no one flavor overpowering anything else. There is enough flavor here to be worth drinking and not taste cheap.

M: Nice mouthfeel. Thicker and smoother feel than I expected, in a good way.

O: Sam Adams has a nice brew here. It has a nice, balanced flavor, and a surprisingly good mouthfeel for a lighter beer. The name is Alpine Spring, but I could easily sit out on my deck in the summer and quaff this one. A good choice if you want something that has some nice flavor, but will also quench your thirst. The only thing I still can't get over is why every year Sam Adams retires its Winter Lager and puts out its "Spring" Brew in the middle of January.

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Photo of mttfrog13
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my new favorite summer beers. For people who drink typical bud light or coors light, this may be a spring beer, but for avid drinkers who like more flavor, this would be the perfect summer beer.

Wheat beers can get a little boring or heavy during the summer so this beer would be a tasty light beer to drink. There are a ton of different very subtle flavors in this beer which is pretty amazing for a light beer from the largest "craft brewery" in the country. There is citrus, balanced perfectly with the hop bitterness. Then, the beer is unfiltered so it has a light-medium mouth-feel to it and a bit of fruity flavor similar to wheat beers. Will definitely buy it again and try to stock up in case they stop selling it in the summer.

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Photo of brendan12
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Traditional full wheat beer look..

Smell: Smells like a cheap American light beer.

Taste: Surprisingly full bodied wheat that goes well with food.

Mouthfeel: Front is crisp and it wheat flavor lingers for just the right amount of time.

Overall: Decent beer for the price especially if going to a store with limited options.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Vigilante
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours an ultra hazy golden amber color. The head is a one finger white shade with decent retention. The lacing down the glass is fairly nice, as well.

S: The hops have a very earthy yet noble (rather than grassy) tone to them. Beneath the semi-prevalent hops are some bready, biscuity malts and strong lemon esters.

T: Like I anticipated, it's a very earthy-flavored brew. The initial lemon note gives the beer a good start, and counteracts the finishing biscuity malts and earthy hops. I'd reckon the finish is a bit too sweet for my tastes - one that gives off a note dangerously reminiscent of corn at times - but this is a pleasant drink otherwise. Still, it's not nearly as complex as the unfiltered appearance might suggest.

M: It's actually a bit heavy on the palate, more than I'd like it to be. On the plus side, the astringent quality on the finish helps to neutralize some (but not all) of the sweetness, and helps inspire good drinkability.

O: When I had this last year, I thought it was completely awful. Now, I find it perfectly average - not bad, not great, workable in a pinch, but not worth seeking out. If anything represents the C average to a T, it's this (and Fat Tire).

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy pale orange beer. Had a medium white head with a little retention

S - Very interesting smell. I smellled orange at first but it had a very strange smell that followed. It was unpleasant just different. Closest thing I can relate it to is fermenting bread

T - Tons of lemon right off that bad. Little bit of hops and malt flavor and ifnishes with a fruit loop like taste

M - Lots of bubbles. I'd call it a light to medium bodied beer. Easy drinking for sure

O - I was impressed. It was definately a different beer. Wasnt overly complex but was very easy drinking and had some smells and tastes that one doent normally encounter

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass:

Pours a golden and hazy orange with about a finger of off white thin head. Left some decent lacing at first that disappeared over the course of the drink. Smells of stale lemons, grassy, and wheat. Crisp and clean hop bill up front, followed by some malty chewiness, and finishes with a lemon zest sour citrus smack. This is a medium to full body, but has a relatively sour feel to it that I can't undo. Other than the sourness, it is highly drinkable, but I would go "on to the next one....before trying this one a second time.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Hazed copper with a stiff lightly off-white head. Sudsy lacing that sticks. Smells tangy with citrus and bread flavors that are wrapped up in a earthy and floral blanket. The taste has a tight bitterness with notes of fresh citrus, including a little zesty lemon and orange. Bready malt mixes in along back to gives this a strong twang across the back. Dry and bitter finish. Medium bodied with a firm and crisp bite that gets a little softer underneath. This is easy drinking stuff with the sweetness of a lighter Bock beer but then a crisp citric presence that really gave this a nice snap in the mouth as well. Decent stuff.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange/yellow color, hazy, and a good white foam top.

Big plus on the aroma. It has a fabulous bready/creamy/sweet smell that’s hard to describe but really nice. There’s also bright citrus notes.

That unique smell carries through with a really delectable and intriguing flavor. It’s malty but in a dry, lightly sweetened way. Again, bright citrus notes are there to put a little zing in it. Body is really good, feels full without actual being heavy or filling.The finish is just so nice, with the malts and hops complementing each other so well.

Sam Adams continues to impress me lately. From exciting new year-round brews to really great seasonals, they have really delivered some unique beers. I only bought a single of Alpine Spring, but I will going back to buy a six-pack soon. This is a spring seasonal I’ll be excited for each year.

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Photo of teromous
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pale gold body, hazy, with a large fluffy white head. Some pretty good lacing...mostly broken lines and some spots.

S: I can smell some earthy and slightly spicy noble hop aromas. There is a yeasty smell to the beer...honestly smells like the bottom of a fermenter.

T: Tons of yeasty flavor...like bread dough. Some bitterness on the sides of my mouth. A bit of a vanilla flavor to it. There's a tinge of lager bite.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth with some graininess to it. Very wet.

O: Overall I thought it was a good beer. I personally would have liked a little less yeast and a little more hop character, but otherwise it was a very good beer. It tastes very fresh and that is a good thing. I would recommend buying this in a place that has good temperature control, because that is likely to impact a beer with so much yeast in it. I would drink this again. Honestly I was thrown off by the "Alpine Spring" thing, where it brought thoughts of deodorant came to mind. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the beer is.

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