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

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2,483 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,483
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 35
Gots: 148 | 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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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!

jsanford, Jan 20, 2012
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

Gmann, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of codon2004
3.5/5  rDev 0%

codon2004, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of csrbv
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

csrbv, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Longstaff
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Longstaff, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

TheSixthRing, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev +14.3%

SFC21, Jan 20, 2012
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!

jwc215, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Kendo
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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).

Kendo, Jan 20, 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.

videofrog, Jan 20, 2012
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.

tdm168, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 19, 2012
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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of eerbayman
3.5/5  rDev 0%

eerbayman, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of RappAttack
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a pale straw yellow

S: smells kinda like a more citrusy Budweiser

T: small bit of citrus with some breadyness but thats about it

M: the high point, very refreshing, good carbonation

O: not very impressed with this one i prefer the noble pils to this spring seasonal. a good beer to have with some spring cleaning i will say

RappAttack, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of AgingWarrior
4/5  rDev +14.3%

AgingWarrior, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at T Bones Plymouth--served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, bright yellow in color, hazy

Smell: Sam Adams trademark hops

Taste: a sweet honey/sugary start almost reminiscent of a non-alcoholic beer, some lemony Boston Lager taste followed by piney hops.

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet start, bitter middle--less bitter end, medium-high carbonation

Overall:Very refreshing. I could have several pints of this. I love the sweet and slightly piney combo. This is very smooth. This may be their best spring seasonal yet.

tigg924, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Yvaithe
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Yvaithe, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of iMilky
4/5  rDev +14.3%

iMilky, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of zoolzoo
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden / straw colored, semi hazy, white head with some nice lacing.

It smells and tastes like this beer has almost the same hop and malt profile as Noble Pils. Grassy hops dominate the aroma and taste. I feel like the malt bill is a bit more developed here in contrast with NP. Thicker in body, still grainy but also a bit sweeter. Clean all around, excellent drinkability and flavor. A winner from SA.

zoolzoo, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark yellow body with a bumpy half-inch head.

Yeasty, lemony scent. Grapefruit zest, citric hop, pretty mild aroma. A little sweet to the nose.

Bit of a spice note; coriander, anise, with wheat tang, fresh lemon, and nutty yeast. Tart backend with a chalky finish. The sweetness doesn't linger. Not too shabby.

Feels thin and highly carbonated. Decently drinkable.

Love a new Sam brew. This one's okay. Not as good as the White Ale.

thecheapies, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours pale honey orange, quite hazy with a one and a half finger white head that has good staying power.
S- Citrus, floral, doughy with a touch of honey.
T- It's quite doughy at first but there is a floral and lemony flavor that rounds it out.
M- Medium body for a helles, maybe a bit fuller, with a perfectly smooth light carbonation. Long, lightly sticky finish for a helles.
O- Admittedly I had low expectations for it, but this was a delicious simple beer.

jsprain1, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
2/5  rDev -42.9%

mhaugo, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Wally1912
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Wally1912, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of BrewtalAlement
3.5/5  rDev 0%

BrewtalAlement, Jan 19, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,483 ratings.