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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.

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Photo of Halcyondays


3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an opaque light orange with a medium white head, excellent lace.

S: Floral hops, sulfur, orange/citrus, hint of honey.

T: Has a nice bready malt component. I can taste the minerality, so it's clearly keller in style. Good flavour, orange zest, some herbs round it out.

M: Medium-bodied, turbid, crisp but soft carbonation.

O: An interesting new spring seasonal from Sam Adams. Nowhere near as full flavoured as some of the great Kellers I've had from Germany, but this is an enjoyable effort for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:49:00 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of mactrail


4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 06:19:17 | More by mactrail
Photo of StonedTrippin


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

eh, had higher hopes for this one. pours mostly clear even though its said to be unfiltered, really light yellow in color with a very nice white head. the nose is pretty hoppy, lemony and light, with a lighter grain makeup as well, maybe some wheat in here, and plenty of pale and crystal malt. the flavor is more balanced than the nose, and therefore the hops don't really get big until the finish, which is clean and fresh, brisk, like early spring itself. it also has a minerally character, elemental, not metallic, but off just a bit. its super easy drinking, light and interesting enough, with really bright carbonation and a less than medium body. it does get a little filling after a few though, which is sort of odd, but this is a decent choice for the spring box. if I reach into the box blind and grab one of these, im not disappointed, although I probably wont seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 21:35:05 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of tempest


3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Euro Market. I get a little kick of fruity hops in the opening of the flavor, but for the most part it comes off like smooth, bready Dortmund export lager. It's a hazy light orange color with a short white head. It's clean and nice enough, but not distinctive. Meh, I want to like this beer, but just can't get excited about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 01:03:11 | More by tempest
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria a week or two ago. 24 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grains, bready malts, and very light floral hops. Not a lot going on here. Not bad, but bland and pretty average.

t - tastes of grains, bready malts, light citrus hops, light floral hops, and wheat. Better then the nose but still pretty average.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A pretty easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a pretty average beer from Sam Adams. Just not a lot going on in either the nose or taste. Not offensive or anything, but not worth the time. Wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:14:47 | More by mdfb79
Photo of kojevergas


3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hard plastic transparent cup at me friend's gaff in Palo Alto, California. Reviewed from notes. Acquired at a local BevMo as part of a Sam Adams variety box.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark yellow.

Sm: Citrus ester hops and light floral hops. A moderate strength, clean aroma.

T: Citrusy with some lemon and light orange esters. Not spicy. Clean and enjoyable. Lightly hoppy. Balanced. I like it, but it's a bit simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours to a fair extent. Good carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable but largely forgettable and unremarkable. There's nothing unique or special here. Boring and uninspired. I'd have it again at the right price and in the right setting.


Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:26:02 | More by kojevergas
Photo of akorsak


3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Red Robin after a run-in with Scratch 61.

A: The lager is hazy, opaque with a darker yellow-brown color. A sizeable head, over one finger, lingered for a few sips but didn't lace.

S: The nose is citrusy, hops adding a nice kick. The lager has a light fruitiness, augmenting the citrus. Breadiness finishes.

T: More fruity sweetness, the yeast bringing the flavor. The hops, for a lager (not to generalize), are quite strong, bringing an abundance of herbal citrus. Sweet and filling, the citrus and yeast come together nicely.

M: A surprise. Quite good with a yeasty citrus fullness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 19:39:40 | More by akorsak
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, enjoy before June, notched onto the side of the label.

Pours heavily clouded medium dull tangarine, under a light tan head, that goes to a delicate film and some light lacing.

Nose is tropical fruity and grassy.

More tropical fruit notes with citrus splashes. Light, easy drinking and enjoyable stuff. will make a decent warm weather quaffer...as soon as spring officially hits. Not bad. I'd def pick up a sixer or two of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:06:08 | More by Billolick
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a sam adams glass)
A- This beer has a hazy lemon yellow body with a slow big carbonation of egg shell hue that turns rocky toward the end of the beer.

S- The clean nose has an herbal hop hint with some Noble hop hints in the finish.

T- The slight lemon herbal hops have a big sulfur finish that is dry. There is a pungent note lingering and some iced tea flavor in the hops aswell.

M- There is a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- The sulfur quality is pretty strong with a most of the hops flavor just being bitterness and not much flavor/aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 21:16:56 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Zorro


3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold beer with a small white colored head. Hard to classify this one as it is a mix of several styles.

Smells of noble hop and medicine. Spicy scent with a band-aid and slightly smoky.

Starts out fairly malty with a fairly big wheat cracker flavor. This is a bit on the sweet side for a lager. Slight oak flavor. Kind of a weird beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is just tolerable. It would be better if the brewer had picked a style and stuck with it. Sort of a Duck-billed Platypus of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 00:57:12 | More by Zorro
Photo of Wasatch


3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some floral notes, citrusy. The taste is malty/yeasty, a little sweet note, kinda fruity, and some nice citrus notes. Medium body, a nice smooth brew. Not a bad brew, would be great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:47:02 | More by Wasatch
Photo of corby112


3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with grassy, piny hops followed by subtle citrus/tropical fruit notes and pale malt. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel counter the floral notes. Also, there's some bready yeast and biscuity malt.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a nice earthy hop presence up front that provides a decent amount of dry bitterness which lingers over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry finish. Dry and sticky with some grassy pine needle flavor which is countered by citrus and tropical fruit notes, notably mango, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus rind. Hop profile is more complex and flavorful than the nose suggests. Malt presence is a bit stronger than expected with hints of biscuit and graham cracker but it doesn't interfere with the hop flavor too much. Decently balanced and refreshing. Nothing extraordinary but pretty solid.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 19:42:50 | More by corby112
Photo of woodychandler


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

It is kind of like how William Wordsworth put it in that it is not the world that is too much with us, but Resin that is too much with me. I remain stunned by the CANtents of that pretty li'l green CAN that packed the wallop of The Incredible Hulk. It's making me feel green and not in any kind of good way. I need to level off and I am hoping that this will bring me back down to my usual operating speed.

From the bottle: This unfiltered lager is perfect for spring. Noble Tettnang hops, grown in the foothills of the Alps, give the brew a bright citrus and floral aroma and flavor. These are balanced by the slightly sweet crisp notes of two-row pale and honey malts. Cheers!

The pour created just over two fingers of eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had a lemony-citrus quality along with a dry crackery maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was light, dry and citrusy, a perfect counterpart to that wild DIPA that preceded it. I am amazed that a style this ancient is making a comeback, but this is a great time to be an aficionado of beer. Finish was dry, lemon citrusy and just a nice, mellow, pleasant beer all around. I wish that they would put this in CANs as I am planning at least one trip to the shore this summer and I gotta fill that coola somehow.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 20:11:20 | More by woodychandler
Photo of stakem


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

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass, the brew appears a hazed golden color with a finger of off-white head that fades down to a thin lacing atop. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top.

The aroma of this brew has a pleasant malty sweetness that is fresh and grainy almost like biscuits, mildly buttery and it transitions nicely into some floral hop quality that is mildly fruity. Almost smells of a hint of orange zest toward the back.

The taste is a touch of biscuit malt, somewhat sweet like toffee that blends into a hop and alcohol flavoring like tangerine pulp. Some alcohol presence is noted as it warms that mixes with some fruity appeal. The aftertaste is lightly buttery and drawn out.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation and a pleasant crisp finish that makes this easily drinkable. I could throw a couple of these back mindlessly in the summer with no issues.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:02:44 | More by stakem
Photo of DoubleJ


3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's warm, it's sunnny, and it's....get this, SPRING! That calls for a beer. And on to it we go:

It's so easy to forget that, on the pour, that this is lager and not a hefeweizen. Muddy, cloudy orange colored with hues of yellow. Patchy lace clings to the glass, the head holding up fine on top. The nose is light in intensity, but it is crisp and delivers some orange, sourdough bread crust, and a kiss of plain old hop aroma.

I don't know, but the taste has more to do with the summer season than spring. It's very orangey, like orange off the tree, not like sweet orange juice. Some yeast character seems to get in the way. Sourdough bread, vague spice, among other notes. It's medium bodied, chalky, and semi-crisp.

A curveball offering to say the least. It won't make me forget about Noble Pils during the spring, although this is not one I'd reject.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 22:20:19 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Kegatron


3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 15:37:46 | More by Kegatron
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ungespundet"* is an ugly sounding word and it's a process that makes lagers look, in conventional standards, less appealing. Alpine Spring is not golden, but instead colored like the flesh of a winter squash. Its complexion is tarnished and doesn't allow for transparency. And the head, well, it doesn't really stick around much.

The bouquet has an earthy fragrance, showcasing leafy florals and grass clippings, as well as a trace of lemony tang. If not for a solid backing of toasty, lightly honeyed malts the beer might actually smell a bit spicy. Like the season it's named after, this smells lively and rejuvenated. The brewery has every right to boast about hops on the label.

The only negative thing I can say about this beer is that it's not quite as good as the brewery's other spring seasonal, Noble Pils. And I only say that at all because it's quite similar: both start with wholesome, toasty malts that give way to a zesty portfolio of grassy, flowery, lemony hops. Both are very 'earthy' in the general sense.

In a more specific sense, Spring Lager has a hint of ginger spice, a diluted citrusy acidity, and just a taste of caramel sweetness on the finish. The lemony attributes grow stronger with warmth but the crunchiness of toasted grain never fades. Very refreshing. The mouthfeel feels very oily, and there's not enough carbonation to wash the oils away.

Aside from Utopias, it's fair to say of Sam Adams beers that they're not especially individualistic. There's nothing overly special about Spring Lager either, except that lagers in this style tend to be hard to find. But don't be quick to dismiss it - few beers blend the often mutually exclusive qualities of flavor and wide appeal so well.

(*The term, meaning "unbunged" (essentially un-corked), indicates that the beer was left to mature in an open-air vessel. I have since learned that Spring Lager is not entirely made this way. Its tanks are controlled by a pressure valve.)

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 19:17:52 | More by biegaman
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured raw noble hops and a very husky grain.

The taste was equally jagged at the start with coarse grains and sharp hops. However a bright citrus element brightened the flavor toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an interesting take on a classic style.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:32:50 | More by plaid75
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little nicer than your average yellow beer, this one had a nice fluffy head on it right below the 2" range. Aroma was lightly hopped, lemon, pretty much the standard helles thing going making a nice implied spring reference.

Taste, exactly as you would expect. A small amont of citrus flavor, mostly lemon, a small amount of hopping, mostly noble/tettenang and/or the usual lager hops used in Europe and seemingly many east coast ipas. Similar to the old SA Spring Ale.

Despite all the label claims and descriptors that would make one thing this is anything but traditional, i.e. such a unique maverick type of beer, I found it to be exactly what I expected: a decent SA beer as part of a variety 12 pack that would be relatively mild in all aspects.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:58:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 18:03:57 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of DrJay


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

Gold in colour and lightly hazed, a gentle pour produced an inch of dense, off-white foam that lasted quite some time. Tons of sticky lacing at first, less as the glass emptied. Citrus was evident as soon as the cap was popped. Aromas of pils malt and oranges, a bit floral and grassy, slight breadiness. Lemon bitterness up front with honey-sweet malts following. Citrus and bread, slight alcohol and herbal hop flavour. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture. I enjoyed it, particularly the fresh citrus hoppiness and malt character.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:41:34 | More by DrJay
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District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is straw yellow hued and mildly hazy. The head is white and measures about a quarter inch or so, leaving a thick sheet of lacing in its wake.

The aroma offers oranges, lemons, malt, various citrus. Smells like a German lager.

The flavor is malt forward with an assortment of citrus fruits. Definitely tastes like a German lager. I enjoy this beer much more than I expected. A bit grainy in the back with a touch of alcohol.

Light to medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Nice feel. Residual malty sweetness.

Overall, a pretty tasty brew that I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:29:17 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Slatetank


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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3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasantly surprised to see this in the latest mix pack from Samuel Adams.

Pours a medium golden color with a two-finger head into my glass. Nice colors for the style.

Sweet with a good hint of lemon and sweet pale/honey malt. Very little hop presence.

Sweet and crisp with lemon and sweet buttery malt. Not quite what I was expecting.

Mouithfeel is good. You can actually taste the honey malt here as it settles.

Not bad but not good enough either. It seems like they were trying to make a lighter version of helles to appeal to a select audience.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:04:08 | More by Brad007
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,290 ratings.