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

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2,385 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,385
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 94 | 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:
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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Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Goose Island pint glass.

The color is a cloudy yellowish/orange with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little cirrus in the nose like a lemon. There is a good sweetness to the smell and it also has a light malt flavor that mixes well with the citrus aroma.

The taste is bready and has a light malt flavor that lets of dry sweetness come back from out behind the dough flavor. There is a little less of that citrus flavor here but there is a enough to taste it there but is push out by some light bitterness at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium to light bodied and is a really nice drinker for a spring beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:10:02 | More by Duhast500
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New York

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

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - hazed yellow color with a fluffy white head that stayed for a while leaving trails of lacing.

S - lemon zest with some grainy and grassy aromas in the background.

T - bready malt taste upfront is met with light grassy hop bitterness turning back to a malt and yeast tasting finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a decent brew that might taste better as the weather warms up.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:29:49 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a orange yellow, a touch hazy and a nice thick and sticky white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

The smell was disappointing, after reading the description I was expecting some citrusy hops, this just has a light grassy quality with a bit of coppery metallic tinge.

The flavor is sweet and malty with a light bit of grain and honey, there is a light clean bitterness, but not enough to balance out the sweeter malt, and definitely not citrusy.

The mouthfeel is light and dry.

I can see where this would be easy drinking and have some mainstream appeal with the light sweet malt flavors, but a bit disappointing when I was expecting more of a hoppy citrusy lager. I don't want to beat it up to bad, it is fairly close to style, just needs a hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:01:57 | More by bashiba
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3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz pours a hazed light orange.. decent white head with little lacing..

Just want to say right up front that this is NOT Munich Helles... but what do I know?

Hop nose is pretty fruity... bready pale malts... the hops are way too sharp for a German lager... and they are way too fruity.

American hoppiness... citrus and melon.. floral with warmth... pale malts carry the hops for a long while.. soapy toward the finish... grainy maltiness delivers the hops nicely.

The body is light/lt/med... bubbles are nice and make for a drinkable brew...

I have NO IDEA why SA would release this brew in the midst of winter... It is a decent brew but has no real direction... I could barely pick this out as a lager.

Seriously... no direction at all... still, I like it... I think?


Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 04:57:21 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

a: hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a while. i love the fact they left the lager unfiltered. you don't see many unfiltered lagers these days....

s: nice aroma. lots of flowers and grass. reminds me of a fresh spring day. notes of biscuit-like malt as well. nice.

s: sweet and bready malt flavor is nicely balanced by floral, grass and light citrus hop flavor. very light bitterness. well balanced yet full bodied and flavorful.

m: very smooth mouthfeel.

glad to see another new and delicious Sam Adams Lager. sure, it's not the crisp hop-fest that Noble Pils was, but it's a fantastic well-balanced lager all on it's own. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:34:46 | More by tzieser
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-08-2012 01:15:17 | More by kmckinnon87
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3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light bodied bright gold in color with an ever so slight cloudiness and a white lacing around the glass. The aromas feature a mix of must, slight honey, pale malts, and an ever so slight hop bitterness. It's ok, nothing stellar and doesn't give off crisp or fresh aromas. The flavors feature the same flavors that the aromas provided. In the taste you get more honey and pale malt with very little bitterness. It's kind of bland. There is some light citrus though. It drinks light bodied and smoothly, but I'd prefer more of a crisp bite. Overall this beer is pretty average for the style. It doesn't really differentiate itself from German beers of the same style.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:57:47 | More by aasher
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3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange. A medium head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is apricot, bread, and lightly sweet malts. Surprisingly good aroma for a lager. The taste is really beautiful. Not too sweet with grain and floral hops as the primary taste. Nice spicy finish. Would prefer a little dryer finish, but the palate is clean in less than a minute. Texture is very nice. Light body with a creamy finish. Medium-low carbonation. An excellent offering and really rather unique. The closest cousin in the Samuel Adams lineup is the Summer Ale. The summer Ale has the grains of paradise and is more lemony. Both are refreshing and different. I love the unfiltered characteristic in this lager. It's a hit with me.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 23:48:23 | More by chickenflea
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3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and bright gold color with a nice head, good lacing too.

Aromas are very floral, with hints of lemon, and some grassy hops.

Taste is of citrus, lemon, light bread dough, some spiciness, and malty creaminess. Finish is zesty, with some grassy and somewhat bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty a good, a bit thin and fleeting though.

Overall, this is a pretty nice lager, one of the better Sam Adams beers I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 23:30:04 | More by flexabull
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-07-2012 22:27:40 | More by nathanjohnson
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-07-2012 06:13:47 | More by sebree19
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4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very Drinkable beer. This is a great for the season after a many months of big malty beers. It is very light crisp citrus beer with biscuit notes. It is making me long for the warmer weather and long summer days to come.

I can't wait to drink this on the deck of some ski mountain in the weeks to come.

Great Spring Session Beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 23:01:12 | More by waterdogmax
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New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a hazy gold, a half inch of white head, leaves some lace. Smell is tangerine, grass, clove, and a touch of honey. Taste is that with a big zest of pine and lemon in the finish. Body is good, could drink a good amount of these, nice carbonation, and very refreshing. I like it, will definitely have on draft this winter. Still prefer the Pile, but this is solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 21:36:54 | More by SawDog505
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-06-2012 05:32:16 | More by Lawnboy33
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few months ago as a sample from my Sam adams rep and remember it being pretty good for a non-craft drinker friendly spring beer. Just saw it on tap so figured id give it a full review.

Pours a light blonde color with a bout a finger of sticky white head. Nose is of faint floral hops with some caramel malts. Very crisp and light in body but with a pretty solid and sweet malt body. Light floral hop finish. Beer stays together pretty well. Slight creaminess for a lighter beer. Should replace summer ale rather then noble pils. A bit piney and a bit minty as well.

Good beer and will definitely be an easy seller. Crisp and refreshing. Kind reminds you of fresh laundry. Decent though.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-06-2012 02:53:33 | More by jtierney89
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2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, it's January 5 and I just went for a run in shorts and a t-shirt, so I suppose SA isn't wrong releasing a "spring ale" right now.

I picked this up at the Hy-Vee build a six-pack. I was impressed with the 3 fingers of foam that almost overflowed my glass. It went downhill from there. The aroma was a mix of grain and grass and a hint of citrus. The taste was just confusing. There's a small wheat element with some orange, but there's some odd dryness to it that I found rather off-putting, like they threw some dust in the kettle. The body is good for the style and has a crispness to it. I'm glad I only got one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:24:35 | More by DesMoinesMike
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West Virginia

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light yellow/golden tan with carbinated white 1 inch head and mild lacing.

Smell - Floral hops, malts, added sugars, orange, lemon, pine, caramel, perfume, lots of lemon and a bit of grain.

Taste - Very hoppy and lots of malt. Pale malts add the bold grassy, bread-like quality that you could expect. Lots of lemon and spices also. Has a carmael backbone from the malts. Finshed off by some honey and alittle alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light and full of flavors. Mouth gets hit with floral hops, pale malts and minor sugar sweetness. Aftertaste is a little weak with some malts and hops.

Overall - Very tasty, almost reminds me of a triple with the floralness of hops and the pale malts. This is pretty impressive for sam adams, a beer full of flavor and character. Impressed, would buy agian.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 23:45:09 | More by wvsabbath
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4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beauiful creamy head on this beer, nicely capping a pale golden but hazy colour underneath. Nose is quite appetizing with miscellaneous floral and herbal notes. Palate offers some slightly sweet malt flavors and a nice zinging hop profile to round it out. Medium bodied and amazingly drinkable. Reviewing to style, wow this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 22:41:27 | More by yemenmocha
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4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice addition to the Sammy lineup.

Hops lend a lemony and herbal feel on the nose....grassy perhaps...the lemony flavor from the hops is more pronounced on the taste but herbal notes remain. Nice flavorfull honey bread maltiness on the taste...

Very tasty beer that would fit nicely in the late spring/early summer but is tasting just fantastic in early January as well. Would be a real nice BBQ beer....shit bring this and noble pils for the day and you are set.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 05:42:11 | More by ZAP
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of Sam Adam's Spring 12pk Brewer's Collection for $13.39 at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a moderate fluffy head. Scent if rather grainy with a lot of earthy tones with some mild citrus. The taste has a strong unfiltered characteristic as you take in a blend of semi-bitter hops, crisp malts, and floral hints. I found this to be more of a slower sipping beer than most of their other beers due to the complex taste and texture from the unfiltered process. Complex, unique, and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:45:31 | More by Lemke10
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-05-2012 03:12:17 | More by TimoP
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3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Little edits based on the full-on definition that this is a Zwickel style (so they really ought not call it "bright"). 03/13/12

Well -- lookee here, the BBC is telling me it's spring! Damn the meteorologists, full speed ahead!

Anyway... Can't find anything about this at the BBC web site -- that thing needs help. The label calls this a bright, citrusy, unfiltered lager. Well, 1 out of 3 aren't good stats.

A -- Hazy (not bright), golden color with an off-white, slow-settling head. Not terribly clear for a lager, but maybe they're trying for a Zwickel type.*

S -- Some vaguely spicy hops, but nothing I'd compare to the citrus in an SNPA or Goose Island IPA. Overall, pretty light in aroma. DMS from Pils malt definitely present.

T -- Some sweet breadiness up front that quickly folds into a graininess that isn't typical of many German Helles lagers. Spicy hops finish off the taste in good balance. There is a nice bready, nuttiness lingering through the aftertaste.

There is no mention of wheat on the label, but I've seen others say that BBC has mentioned wheat in the recipe -- this could be the source of the graininess.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- Overall, this is a well-made, highly drinkable beer, but not a great representation of the Helles style. There are aspects that remind me of SN's Summerfest, but the SN is more rounded and clean in flavor. While the graininess in this beer is appetizing, it deters me from a higher rating due to how the beer is being advertised.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 22:00:59 | More by steveh
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4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice surprise, a new seasonal from Sam Adams. Even. Better noble pile going year round. Anyway, back to this beer.

I read a few reviews and the one thing others well at least a few hav said they picked up on lemon. Funny how everyone's taste is different. This beer contains no lemon and Jim himself said so. I didn't detect any hints of lemon myself which if there was I'd know it since I despise lemon in a beer.

The color is beautiful hazy gold. Nice fluffy head that leaves lacing.

Smell is of hops and floral.

Taste is very light crisp and towards the end bitter. The hop citrus I got if any thing was tangerine and not lemon.

Very refreshIng beer.

A home run.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 00:15:25 | More by OverToad
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Gotta love perks of the job, especially sample bottles. This one pours a cloudy gold topped by maybe a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises heavy bread yeast hanging over light lemon and sweet flowers. The taste comes in pretty similarly, though the yeast is now joined (and somewhat cut) by some wheat. Very lager-y, as some might say, but not bad by any stretch. The flowers really come through big time. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a simple but highly enjoyable little Spring drinker. Right on, Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:47:13 | More by TMoney2591
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3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass a hazed dull gold with orange highlights. It still has some clarity before the yeast is poured, and carb trails are visible. Lasting skim of white foam, not much lacing.

Muted bready aroma, light and lagery, some light citrus does come through.

Mild and bready, light grassy bitterness, lemon and doughy yeast flavors. Lightly dry residual bitterness that hangs around for a few moments. Light bodied, slightly fuller feel due to the added yeast. Smooth feel, easygoing carbonation. Something i'd drink again, though Noble Pils is still a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:11:38 | More by emerge077
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,385 ratings.