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

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2,482 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,482
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 35
Gots: 146 | FT: 0
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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 imperialking
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

imperialking, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

wrightst, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at dinner the other night. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small webs of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pale malts, citric fruit, grassy hops and some light breadiness.

T - Starts off with a bit of chewy grain quickly giving way to hints of grassy hops and juicy citric fruit. Finish is a mix of chewiness and dulled hop bitterness, not lingering for very long.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Juicy, chewy feel that lingers on the pallet for a short period of time.

O - Not too bad. It really helped to knock down some of the heat from my wings. I would have no problem drinking a few of these once warmer weather comes around.

orangesol, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

woodychandler, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev 0%

duceswild, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

stakem, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

corby112, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

dbrauneis, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Billolick, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

tempest, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

superspak, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

mothman, Mar 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

ejimhof, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

akorsak, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

DoubleJ, May 08, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

rhoadsrage, May 02, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Zorro, Jan 17, 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 Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a retailer, I'm not sure why they put "spring" on a label in the beginning of winter. As a beer lover, I couldn't care less. Anywho, let's see...

Looks good. Bright! Murky. Very light orange, mostly golden. Looks refreshing.

It would be easy to mistake this for a light IPA or even a Czech pilsner. Somewhat grassy aroma. Ligth zest and toasted rolls.

Yeah, light IPA is a good description. But then again, there should be nothing light about IPAs. So, this seems a bit more hoppy than a Pils. Grassy is a good note. Has a soft malty body. Hints of lime.

Easy drinking. A balanced beer. A bit filmy on the end.

Mebuzzard, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

smakawhat, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Wasatch, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

brandoman63, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.)

biegaman, May 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

rab53, Feb 03, 2013
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,482 ratings.