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

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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2,291 Ratings

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Ratings: 2291
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 smakawhat


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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice foamy fluffy top, off white in color with a very uniform head all pin hole sized bubbles practically. Body color is an orange yellow, looking unfiltered but with some cola sized sticking bubbles and some rising carbonation.

Bouquet is a nice crisp and grass airy lemon hop. Very nice, airy, slightly dry. Solid.

Mid palate doesn't fill with much flavor, but on the swallow brings a good malt chew, some yeast, and a doughy bread action on the finish. Body has some nice spicy carbonation but nothing overkilling the palate.

Simply solid and enjoyable. Not mindblowing, just good.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:14:44 | More by smakawhat
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, let me say this. At $1 per bottle, this stuff is legit. Not as legit as noble pils, but its legit.

Poured into alpine spring glass. Pours a finger of off white head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a hazed golden yellow.

Aroma: Floral and citrus flavors. It definitely smells like a lager, but with so much flavor. Bready malts with a touch of honey sweetness.

Taste: Starts out with the honey sweetness, then a fresh dose of earthy, floral hops hit. Citrus fruits show through the whole thing. It ends with bready malts and some stickiness.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but crisp. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, this is a great spring beer. Very easy to drink and flavorful. Gotta tip my hat to the guys at Sam Adams. They deserve more credit.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:11:29 | More by mothman
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into perfect pint glass, best before July 2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, grape, bread, wheat, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of fruity esters, malt, and hop notes. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, biscuit, honey, wheat, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of hop. malt, and fruity esters; with a nice amount of robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent kellerbier lager! Very nice amount of well balanced flavors with good complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 05:13:42 | More by superspak
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy yellow in color with a small amount of visible carbonation and a fluffy 3 finger high white head. This beer has excellent head retention and exhibits significant lacing.

S: Aromas of grassy and floral hops combined with hints of spices and citrus.

T: Flavors of bready malts, spicy hops, and citrus hops without too much bitterness (just a slight amount that seems to balance well with the rest of the flavors).

M: Medium bodied and lingers a bit on the palate with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Good balance of hops and malts makes this a very sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:38:32 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

355ml bottle poured into my matching SA glass 9/4/12

A hazy golden orange with the laser etching doing its job as a shitload of tiny bubbles sustain a two finger bone white head for the entire beer, foam and lace at the bottom of the glass is a good sign

S a nice floral citric hop nose with a little honey, smells simple but quite nice

T a little rind and cereals to go with what I smell, a little toned down from the nose but still pretty good

M light and fluffy from the bubbles without being foamy, what I smell lingers faintly for a while

O just a little more intensity in terms of flavor would make this one just that much better, solid stuff though I enjoyed it

these are pretty easy to drink that's for sure, I always enjoy Sam Adams brews more then I think I will. decent stuff for the spring sun

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 21:39:07 | More by wordemupg
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
Photo of beertunes


3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy yellow with less than a quarter-inch of white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma featured a nice grain scent topped with some interesting spiciness. There was just a touch of gentle hops and a hint of yeast at the back of the olfactory aspects. The taste was pretty much the same, all those points were hit across the tongue. The spice lingered just a bit at the finish.

The body was mostly even and smooth, although there was just a tiny bite at the end. Drinkability was good, the beer went down pleasantly and I could see having a couple of these on a sunny day. Overall, a nice brew. Not an outstanding example of the style, but one that's certainly worth a shot when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2012 18:08:16 | More by beertunes
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South Carolina

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

Served from bottle into a mug. Poured a pale golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, banana, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, banana, spices, and subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an okay brew. Nothing on this one really bashed me over the head where I needed to go back for sip after sip, but it was quite easy drinking. There were no harsh flavors going on here which made it easy to drink. Just wish there would have been a little more to it to push it to the next level. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 18:56:54 | More by thagr81us
Photo of kylehay2004


3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger thick foam head with lots of lacing on a cloudy light golden body. Strong floral notes on the nose, grass as well. Flavor is also fairly floral with lots of lemon and orange peel. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall drinkable. Not too complex. A decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 01:25:26 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with an off white head. In the aroma, light citrus and small lager like tones. In the taste, a small, sweet earthiness to citrus like flavors, with small lager like undertones all the way through. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty and small lemon citrus like aftertaste. Small earth and citrus with lager notes, it feels like a saison and a lager had a baby.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 15:19:18 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Cyberkedi


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
Photo of Bitterbill


3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by July is notched.

It pours a hazy dark yellow with a 1 finger head of foam that leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is of lemons and pretty much, nothing else.

The taste is kind of a clash for my palate; lemon vs a solid malty taste. To me, the clash doesn't make for an easy drinking brew nor a very tasty, to my liking, brew. Pretty dull and uninspiring overall.

No problems with the mouthfeel; nice and smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

An interesting style for the brewery to tackle but I don't think it hit the style spot on. My first 6 pack will be my last.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 19:50:14 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Alpine Spring? What the hell is this...a bar of soap? Lame name for a brew. Pours a hazed gold color with a tight, white head. Fades fairly fast and leaves a few strands of lace.

Nose is very noble...fairly similar to Noble Pils actually, albeit weaker and not a juicy. Grassy and floral with a touch of herb. Malts are honeyed grains with just a touch of biscuit. Not bad.

Taste falls apart for me, the honeyed malt falls squarely in between a watery floral hop flavor and a flabby bitterness at the end. The taste overall has no flow and is a total trainwreck of a beer. I rarely have trouble finishing a sixer of anything, but this one I was happy to be able to pawn off two of the six bottles and will surely never, ever buy this atrocity again. Shame on you BBC. If this replaces the Noble Pils I will be sorely disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 04:47:09 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
Best by end Jun notched, no info.

A - Alpine Spring pours expectedly cloudy as this lager is unfiltered. Near opaque, the goldenrod beer is topped by a monstrous egg-shell white head. A spiral staircase of lace is created down the glass following the head's slow departure.

S - Crisp and clean like a lager should be, Alpine Spring has a grainy pale malt aroma with a touch of mineral water to it. A combination of floral and citrus zest stems from the German Noble hops and kicks the smell up a notch.

T - A light dusting of corn and straw falls behind a rather bland pale malt base. Noble hops offer the most interesting flavor; a kiss of orange citrus but it's a catch 22 as the finish, because of the hops, is reminiscent of floral soapiness.

M - Delicate balance is played out well but unfortunately the beer remains thin and flat feeling despite it's nice clean lager finish.

O - Alpine Spring put up a valiant effort; it came out swinging but went down in the second round. Samuel Adams tries to do this obscure style justice by brewing it but, the lack of flavor and body signify to me that this seasonal won't be back after it's departure. I will say though, while the haze might scare some less beer educated people, they'll love it's high drinkability!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 23:01:55 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, unfiltered, pale, yellow-orange coloring with a sparse coating of film. Good solid lacing along the glass as the beer moves around. Aromas are very light, with a slight lemon zest and clove spicing, but not much of anything else. Flavors are roasty and toasty, with a grainy cereal backbone, and some extremely subtle hops and citrus tones. The hops take over into the aftertaste, with a dry, peppery profile. The finish is slightly dry, with a hint of cloves left behind. Aromas and palate are weak overall, but the body and finish are well put together. Could be a good beer with a liitle more "oomph" on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 21:59:29 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of bluejacket74


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

12 ounce bottle, best before July 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, but a bit light. The brew smells mostly like citrusy and grassy hops, along with some bready malt. The taste is mostly just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some light floral hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with a good amount of soft carbonation. I think this is a decent overall brew. I picked up this bottle as a single, but I'd buy it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:02:55 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of DrDemento456


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

Best before July notched on the label. Picked it up mixed and matched for $1.75

A - Pours a dark orange color with a 1/2 inch of sticky head.

S - Smell is moderately hoppy with sweet balanced malts and a touch of citrus.

T - Not a bad mix I get the hops of the Kellerbier style and the drinkability of a Helles lager. The citrus plays pretty well in the finish giving it a semi tart refreshing quality.

M - Light to medium it was pretty good.

Overall it is worth the price to pick it up for 9 or 10 bucks a six pack. A good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 03:10:11 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of ZAP


4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
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
Photo of DefenCorps


3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single from Chevy Chase, $2.25, I think. Best by June 2012

A mildly hazy yellow orange with a dense, off-white head with decent retention and nice lacing, this looks good. The nose has plenty of doughy malt character, with a nice, delicate hop character, lemony and mildly earthy. Some honey is also present. As it warms up, it gains a cereal note, along with a touch of sulfur.

The palate opens with a mild doughy and honey-like sweetness, along with some fruity flavors (melon in particular) . Mild but firm hop bitterness is present, especially towards the finish, which also has some lemony flavor, with nice balance. Moderately yeasty as well. Over-carbonated to a fault, this aspect ruins what could be a good beer IMO. And when it does dissipate, it takes on a sulfury note, and a rather slimy feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 17:54:33 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of tone77


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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, grains. Taste is crisp, citrus, malts and grains, very refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 13:39:35 | More by tone77
Photo of flagmantho


3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: cloudy light-golden hue with a finger of pillowy white foam. A decent-looking brew.

Smell: light malty aroma which is nice, but is marred by a bit of a plastic-like aroma which doesn't work here at all.

Taste: flavor is quite good; there's a great, rich malty character with a good share of graininess. It's a bit sweet, with a nice noble hop character and even a hint of a farmhouse ale. Not exactly funky, but you could see how it might get there. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: tasty and drinkable. I don't feel like I could drink a ton of this, as the sweetness wears on my palate, but it is still a refreshing and tasty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 21:57:21 | More by flagmantho
Photo of nickfl


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

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a slightly hazy, dark golden body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves nice lace.

S - a slightly spicy aroma of honey and malt with some herbalhops in the background.

T - lightly sweet malt up front with some spicy hops and lemony notes in the middle. finishes with notes of honey, malt and pepper.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - light and drinkable, a good spring beer that almost comes across as an american wheat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 01:16:42 | More by nickfl
Photo of champ103


4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly cloudy/hazy yellow/orange color. A dense, two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Fruity banana esters with zesty orange peal. Some sweet bubblegum aromas. Pale, biscuit, and bready malts. Slightly dusty and basement like. Lots of layers and I love it.
T: Banana, bubblegum flavors. Light citrus peal. I love the biscuit and bready like malts here. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp, dry, and refreshing. So smooth at the same time. Really enjoyable to drink. Something I can enjoy all day.

This is an excellent lager, and a really unique style. Well done Sam Adams. Something I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:12:29 | More by champ103
Photo of blackie


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

found this one in the fridge

a: poured into a lager cylinder, the pour gives a dense, fluffy-looking white head over a well hazed body of a deep golden color, good retention

s: a pleasant fresh grassy, citrusy noble hop aroma rides a body of pale malt showing subtle notes of honey, an interesting honey coated grain aroma really comes out after warming - the honey malt in action I presume, sweet lemon, yeasty and bready, nice

m: carbonation riding the low to moderate line, with a body on the full side of the lighter range, nicely smooth and a little creamy

t: pale and lager malts form a slightly sweet underlayer, really like the honey malt - kind of a honey coated grain flavor (honey nut cheerios?), very grassy-fresh noble hops show a strong presence - lots of steeped hop pulp in the flavor, some bright candied citrus, malt sugars linger with hop flavors and a mild bitterness

o: a nicely full, round lager aroma augmented with lots of yeasty, bready character as a result of being unfiltered, nicely hopped as well drinks well

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:12:38 | More by blackie
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New Hampshire

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 golden straw color with a bone white head that slowly recedes but leaves much lace in its wake. Smells like quite a bit of citrus and earth on top of biscuity malt. Not horribly complex in the aroma. Taste is a mix of biscuit malt again with lots of citrus and earth. Almost tart lemony flavor with a thin malt backbone of biscuit and pilsner? Thin body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and an almost sweet watery mouthfeel. This might make for a good lawnmower beer, but by the time spring rolls around this will be two seasonals ago in the Sam lineup. I’d rather have a Noble Pils really.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 12:33:53 | More by johnnnniee
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