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

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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2,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 2290
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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3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap.

A: pours a cloudy yellow with orange tint. Nice frothy white head like a fluffy white cloud, great retention, tons of lace.

S: nose starts of with lemon, orange and coriander, faint wheat malt in the background, relatively mild on the nose

T: taste is fruity with waves of citrus, orange, tangerine, a dash of spice and yeast, a bready malt backbone

Mf: high carbonation, smooth body

O: this is better than I expected, nice and refreshing, nice balance of flavor

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 02:10:48 | More by homebrew311
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In tap at Chili's in Minneapolis, MN.

A hazy off straw body with a great white head that lasts forever with stellar lacing. Lots of citrus and pepper on the nose. The body has some spice and very yeasty flavour and finish with minimal bitterness, yet no substantial sweetness. A nice beer that is not great.

That said, I went to Summit EPA for my next beer, so not good enough to keep me interested in a second.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 04:19:21 | More by kjyost
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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
Photo of soju6


3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a hazy golden color with a large head that faded slowly to lots of lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus with some herbs and fresh grain.

T: Taste of citrus with a mild malt sweetness. There is a nice bitterness throughout with a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Nicely balanced beer.

O: Much better than I expected. This beer hits the spot without being flashy or in your face. No problem having a couple of these.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 11:51:00 | More by soju6
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delighted to find this on tap at a Delaware sports bar far more accustomed to pouring pints of Bud or Stella...

Pours a cloudy golden amber with white head and impressive lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with a surprising hint of "west coast" hops. Flavour has a baseline of breadiness and caramelized malts with background citrus tones - delightful and totally unexpected!

Frankly I took notes at the bar at lunch with absolutely no idea what classification this beer would fall under. Did not expect a Kellerbier - a style I enjoy in its traditional form - and very much enjoyed this American interpretation. Well done Samuel Adams!

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 22:24:00 | More by hopsolutely
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3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at O'reilly's -served in a pint chilled.

The color is a marigold shade with hazed clarity
and thick head of snowy sudsy white. The lace sticks decently. The smell is very lemony with a suble herbal compliment and light sweetness. The feel is mostly dry with a clean yeast and slight acidity from the hops withe mild astringency.

The lager tastes very fresh with hop oils coating the mouth and leaving a nice lemony noble hop flavor which is somewhat floral too. The malt is a backdrop giving mild toasted sweetness and it finishes with a light spiciness. Overall I enjoyed this, maybe not as much as Noble Pils, but this is a very refreshing lager with a good amount of hop flavor, nice drinkability for the strength

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 19:42:47 | More by Slatetank
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy and hazy light orange in color with some yellowish highlights. A 2" head lasted a bit.

Smell: light citrus and a bit of a floral aroma is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice crisp malt flavors with lemon zest, and hint of orange, some grassiness, and a mild bitterness level.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is very short lived.

Overall: a very friendly and easy to drink beer. Nicely refreshing and has a nice overall flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 21:23:18 | More by Gavage
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at dinner the other night. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small webs of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pale malts, citric fruit, grassy hops and some light breadiness.

T - Starts off with a bit of chewy grain quickly giving way to hints of grassy hops and juicy citric fruit. Finish is a mix of chewiness and dulled hop bitterness, not lingering for very long.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Juicy, chewy feel that lingers on the pallet for a short period of time.

O - Not too bad. It really helped to knock down some of the heat from my wings. I would have no problem drinking a few of these once warmer weather comes around.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 03:42:07 | More by orangesol
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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a frothy off white head that hangs around for the duration.

Smells heavy of citrus with some malt and a floral bouquet.

Taste is a citrus burst - bitter lemon and grapefruit and sweet orange - giving way to a slightly sweet malt. It finishes with the sweet sour earthiness of a Belgian. A nice wake up for the mouth with some intense flavors, but it leans a little too much to the sweet side for me to seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 00:45:48 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had Alpine Spring on tap at Mary Carroll's in Huntington, NY. This golden-colored cloudy but not too cloudy offering has good carbonation and head. As this is a new style for me, I have nothing to compare it to. Light citrus and herbal smell. The taste leans more toward lemon and orange than grapefruit, which pleases me. The hops add aroma rather than bitterness here. In addition to the citrus characteristics, there is a good amount of malt sweetness, which is pleasantly balanced by some tartness. I'd consider this almost medium-bodied. Certainly lively and drinkable - give it a try, I say.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 00:18:27 | More by angusdegraosta
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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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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Semi-cloudy body with a golden yellow hue and some orange highlights...the head was white and fluffy and stood two fingers...it was gone quickly and only left a few patches of lace

S - The nose comes across as grassy and citrusy...there is an herbal presence that is underlying...a touch of breadiness comes out as well

T - First sip brings out the earthy side of the beer...grass and grain notes lead the way...the underlying herbal presence from the nose is still present on the palate...the citrus really stands out in the middle...bright lemon zest and a touch of orange juice...the citrus adds a slight bite that lasts for a while...pairing with that citric bite is a balancing breadiness...it allows for some body to the beer

M - Medium bodied...just a touch above being light bodied...crisp and refreshing

O - There were a lot of flavors in this one...I just wasn't a fan of the whole package...this would be a very nice spring time beer though

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 12:04:00 | More by thain709
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3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 03:37:27 | More by BigCheese
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New York

2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours golden, cloudy and with a high white foam head. Not much lacing, and minimal carbonation.

S - Scents of grain, and some citrusy smell I'd associate with a German hef.

T - Okay. I got the flavor is supposed to be unfiltered and give a rich taste. To me this came off a bit light, and nothing great.

M - Felt a bit watery, which given what its supposed to be seems like a contradiction. It is certianly sessionable, though I found it bland on the palate.

O - I generally like BBC and appreciate their seasonals. Just didn't like this. Now, I did get this at Chili's and they freeze the hell out of their beer. But even letting one warm up just didn't work. I'll pass.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 00:30:38 | More by socon67
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3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Scotty's Brewhouse.

Pours a murky dark straw/orange color with a fairly big white head with little retention.

Aroma is lemon zest, some citrus and bready malt, but sometimes my nose is a bit off in a restaurant.

Very big flavors for a lager in this one. The citrus/lemon presence is the biggest. Big fruity esters combine with some chewy bready malt to make a full bodied lager.

Carbonation levels around medium with a somewhat viscous mouthfeel.

Didn't know anything about this beer going in and was expecting it to be a bit lighter, but ended up enjoying it anyway. The lemon zest along with citrus is a good representation of spring and the malts and hops seemed to play nice togther. Not the greatest of the style I've had, but very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 13:19:32 | More by jmarsh123
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3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank these for two straight days while in Fort Lauderdale. Not many great options where we were, so I was glad to have a few SA choices.
This one was served in a standard shaker pint. The beer is a hazy apricot with a white head. It has decent lacing.

The beer has a nose of grains and a bit of floral and mango.

The taste is of grains, some fruit notes (citrus, mango and maybe plum) and some light bitterness that is floral in nature.

The mouth is brisk and slightly scouring.

This was an easy drinker that I enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 22:09:38 | More by Redrover
Photo of Tone


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hops, floral, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Keller Bier / Zwickel Bier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, floral, hint of citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 14:49:47 | More by Tone
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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alpine Spring arrived a lighter straw color. It definitely has the hazy look that’s associated with the style. A little backlighting gave it a more yellow-like color. A modest white head rose just above the surface. It was quick to dissipate. Lacing was sticky, but rather light.

The nose is a bit weak, but isn’t bad. It features a hoppy scent out of the gate. They smell a little citric (mostly lemon), but are also earthy and grassy. Some sort of noble hop may have been used. Secondary notes of yeast, grain, and more grass. There are some light malty notes throughout. They smell a little sweet. Alcohol is buried. Not bad.

The flavor is pretty consistent with the nose. A light, sweet malt flavor is noted first. It’s definitely a light base and is quite fitting for what it is. It’s very grainy and earthy throughout. There are some lively hop flavors. Citrus lemon and orange are noted. Other hops have an earthier, grassy flavor. It’s a nice mix. There’s a very slight bitter bite that’s interesting. It has a yeasty or bread-like flavor that’s consistent throughout. It’s not bad and adds something to the overall flavor. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes grassy and a little dry.

Alpine Spring has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation feels active, but it’s not harsh. It’s more crisp and refreshing than anything. I like the feel. This is an easy drinking beer. I could handle a couple of these on a nice spring day.

Alpine Spring is a pretty good release from Boston Beer Company. It’s rather simple and straight forward. If you’re looking for complexity, look elsewhere. For the most part, it performs pretty well all around. I think I’d prefer a little more citrus and a little less grass. Just an observation. It’s pretty good though. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 04:58:38 | More by prototypic
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: A cloudy pale yellow. Nice white foamy head.
Smell: Slight fruit smell, mix of orange, citrus and a mellow hop undertone
Taste: Very smooth with light fruit flavors of orange and lemon. Very nice and finishes with a slight hop flavoring
Very good. Highly recommend

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 04:21:36 | More by rwrk42
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy, opaque golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale golden head. Aroma is not strong but is still inviting, with fruity and malty notes. Fruity flavor has notes of malt, apple and yeast with hints of hops and wood. Firm-bodied texture is strongly fizzy and leaves a nice woody, tingly finish.


Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 21:59:33 | More by Cyberkedi
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap tonight with dinner, served in a SA perfect pint. The beer is a murky orange, small white head, minimal lacing. The aroma is grassy, herbal. The beer is slightly bitter, smooth, grassy. The finish is crisp. It drinks very easy, very smooth. I did not know much about this beer, smelled and tasted like a pilsner, but darker. I like the unfiltered aspect. IMO a nice addition to the SA lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 08:48:09 | More by bonkers
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer of the style so I hope I don't butcher it too bad. Brought to me completely topped off in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - It was brought to me with no head as it appears from swirling, it has no retention. Slightly cloudy orange with yellow highlights. Lacing is minimal as well.

S - doesn't really smell like anything. A light grassiness from the grain or hops.

T - Has a very interesting aftertaste. It starts of very sweet and smooth. It finishes with a grassy hop aftertaste. The hops taste like the smell of fresh hay. Quite clean.

M - light bodied with light carbonation.

O - A clean down to earth beer. It is great as a Spring seasonal. It reminds me a lot of a crisp spring morning.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 00:12:22 | More by Dave128
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy unfiltered amber color body with a white creamy head that faded into a ring around the the glass, with spotty lacing. This is a very nice looking beer.

Wheat, citrus lemon and floral.

Same as the nose but with bready wheat and then a crisp lager taste at the end.

Light body, crisp, medium carbonation a little dry yet still okay enough to be refreshing.

I don't know, this beer seems to be lacking in the taste. It was tasty with the first sip or so, but then the taste started to get boring. A very nice looking beer and the aroma was nice; those were really the only good attributes to this Brew. This isn't even remotely close to being tasty and easy drinking as Noble Pils. Not a total waste, just not worth the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 06:11:16 | More by 9InchNails
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3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Great color really, sunny bright, cloudy appearance. Surprisingly lacy head.

S-Honey and malty. But has a citric smell as well. Some what like sweet lemons. Reminds me of lemon pie.

T-Nothing spectacular, but I'm not a big Sam Adams grain bill guy. Most of there beers are similar to me and there seasonal beers are a sam adams with a kick. This has a straight forward lemon taste. Nothing extreme or anything, it doesn't kick you in the mouth. But def. better than noble pils which is what I was expecting.

M-This I find to be my favorite part of the beer. Malty yet well balanced.

O-Not a bad beer at all really, and I was quite surprised at the taste and quality of the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 19:36:43 | More by senbrewing
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on January 30, 2012. I had this on tap at an Olive Garden restaurant. It pours into a frosted glass a slightly cloudy, but very foamy light to medium amber. The aroma is of malts but more of grains and all in all rather subtle. The body is in the medium range. The taste is also more on the grainy side but it finishes clean, crisp, and slightly dry. It is not too bad and I expect it will be popular with the masses this spring.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 00:48:41 | More by puboflyons
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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