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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
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:
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 pixieskid
4.66/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer, despite the fact there is a foot of snow outside and I can't understand how this is a spring release when I am drinking it in the dead of winter...

Pours a hazy light orange with a fluffy 2 finger head; nice retention, but eventually dissipates to a minimal lingering head.
Nose: notes of citrus (orange and lemon) with a hint of graininess.
Taste: Strong citrus upfront with a hint of floral hops. A bready, almost toasty malt back balances out the strong yet delicate hoppiness. Finishes with a grassy bitterness and a little more citrus, almost...almost tartness like a Berliner Weiss (probably just wishful thinking, as I haven't had any sour goodness in some time).
Mouthfeel: Very creamy, yet crisp and light...perfect!

Overall: a killer "replacement" for Noble Pils, really wish this thing was a new year round release.
Additionally, as a serious advocate of German beers, especially lagers, I think Sam Adams nailed this one.
I really appreciate the thought that went behind this "concept beer" as it is a melding of some of my favorite German styles! A must try for anyone who appreciates a beer with superb balance, character, and a nice change of pace!

Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium golden with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of bready, malts, with notes of orange and lemon.Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is Malty up front with bursts of sweet/tart fruit through out. Crisp, but earthy finish. Liked it a lot!

Photo of insocova
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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

from a 12 oz bottle notched BB 0712

A- pours a light orange/yellow color with a frothy white 2 finger head and a nice amount of lacing

S- faint citrus with sweet pale malts

T- started with mellow sweet malts but gave way to floral citrus hops has a bread and yeast finish some lemon baked bread

M- was crisp and floral light on the palate with a nice sweetness of hops and malts

O- a nice offering for spring very easy to drink and i think i will be drinking more this spring

Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rondufresne
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of ColdPoncho
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of elec
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Thunderchief
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a hazy glowing gold with a dense white head that settles to a nice haze and leaves sheets of sticky lacing.
S - Crisp, fresh aromas of citrus-forward hops (lemon and orange) with a slightly sweet honey and wheat malt profile, and a touch of Lager yeast.
T - Lots of toasted grain, honey malt, and biscuit dough with a strong orange and lemon hop character.
M - Light and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation.
O - Approachable and drinkable, this would be nice of a cool Spring day!

Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden color, definitely unfiltered. The pure white head is dense and short, settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma seems a tad yeasty but it produces a fairly neutral scent. There is some lemony citrus notes from the hops. The malt has a light bready note. Subtle aroma.

I tastes the hop profile first. There is a lemony itrus note that goes along with a bitter lemon rind as well as a grassy earthy flavor. The malt is bready but with a neutral flavor, a bit doughy. The hops stand out a little but most of the flavors are soft.

Moderate to fully body with fizzy carbonation. Well balanced and drinks very easy and satisfying.

The beer reminds me of a beefed up Kolsch. A bit of a hoppy profile with a neutral flavored malt

Photo of codon2004
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of csrbv
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer while I was watching the first round of NFL playoffs at the Brickhouse in Willow Grove.

This was a solid drinking beer--not too over the top in terms of flavor, nice sharp bite, I would rate it overall very good from the tap.

If I go back to the Brickhouse again I will definately seek this beer out, but I can't image it would be as good in a bottle.

Photo of Longstaff
2.67/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Typical of sam adams, this beer looks good on paper, but fails in execution. Yeast profile on this is typically unclean Sam Adams lager profile with a slightly tart, estery taste and finishes a little cloying as if grains of paradise or other spices were used . Flavor is reminiscent of indian coriander - with froot loops like citrus dominating. Malt profile is a little biscuity which is welcome to offset the tartness and citrus profile, but ends up coming off oddly weird, unclean, and unrefreshing. Might be a decent summer beer, why the hell you would release it in January is beyond me.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy, straw blonde color. The head is about a finger thick, with fair retention. Sparse lacing.

Smell - Not much in the way of smell. Faint citrus notes. Light bread. That's about it.

Taste - Dirty lemon. Moderate bready malt qualities. Finishes with a mellow rind zest.

Mouthfeel - Light, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat bitey.

Overall - Not necessarily what I was expecting, but it's a drinkable beer.... for about one beer. The lemon flavor can become overwhelming if drank too fast, or having drank too much.

Update 01/11/13: Second foray into this beer. Not much has changed. Added to the description, gave a slight bump into smell and overall, and that's about it.

Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date of June notched on label:

Pours clouded (as expected for unfiltered) with a creamy white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of fresh citrus and yeast.

The taste is citrusy - especially lime - with a kiss of honey. Finishes with a floral dryness.

It is light and crisp without being thin. Has a refreshing aftertaste. Very smooth.

This is an easy-drinking lager. Interesting mix of styles within the lager family that works well. Nice use of Tettnang hops!

Photo of Kendo
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is (slightly) hazy golden-yellow with a small (half-finger) white head. Lots of visible fine-bubbled carbonation rising. Leaves behind a little bit of lace.

S: Sweet fruitiness, cereal grains and bread dough. A touch of floral hops.

T: Follows the nose, pretty much: some grain up front, fruitiness in the middle with a touch of spiciness, then finishes with a semi-dry floral hoppiness. Lingering touch of bitterness fighting with the fruity sweetness for dominance. Fruit and floral hops prevail ultimately.

M: Heavier than your usual light-bodied lager; close to medium weight. Carbonation is modest and fairly soft.

O: Good. A nice spring bock - if only they'd released it in April or May maybe I'd buy a sixer of it instead of the single that I purchased at Price Chopper tonight (January 19, 2012).

Photo of videofrog
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with an orangish hue. There's a quarter inch of dense, white head that has decent retention. The nose is straw-like and grassy. The flavor is straw-like and citrusy with hints of lemon. The hops add a grassy finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, crisp, and very smooth.

This is a solid beer. It was too style so nothing out of the ordinary to report. It's unoffensive and very easy to drink.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tan to slightly orange, hazy, 1 finger head with some staying power, pretty good lacing. Smells of grains, malts, plenty of citrus and some nice hops. Taste is pretty bold on the citrus, with a good bready, malty backbone and a nice, light hop profile. Some sweet honey fullness brings home the nice and surprisingly full body. A very tasty surprise, I'll certainly have this one again.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

Pours a rich golden color, soapy white head and some lacing. Aroma is bready, with a lager yeast strain evident. In the taste, grainy, sweet cereal notes and some lemony citrus. Mild noble hop bitterness, and hop flavor lingers on the palette. Easy to drink, but overall pretty average.

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