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

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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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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
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 Lemke10
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.

Lemke10, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Sellen
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Sellen, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of GreenCard
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep gold, slight haze, huge layer of off-white fine-beaded foam with good retention

Aroma: light lemon rind, citrus flowers, and slightly herbal; dusty malt

Flavor: dryish malt profile that lets the slightly citrusy/slightly Noble hops get more of the spotlight; finishes dryish with a fairly crisp, clean finish

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, light carbonation, crisp texture

GreenCard, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
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.

jtierney89, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of NYR_Rob
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

NYR_Rob, Feb 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

mattreitz49, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

larryi86, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of colts9016
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A half finger head that has poor retention. The color of the beer is a pale gold color with no highlights. The clarity of the beer is clear with some carbonation bubbles. The beer's poor retention and just lack luster appearance is just below average.

Nose: The aroma is hoppy, but clean. The hop aromas are grapefruit, pine, and citrus. The malt body to the beer is light with some bready notes and toasty. A yeasty note and some underlying aromas of must.

Taste: A mildly hoppy beer with very muddled flavors. The malt is more pronounced with toasty, bready, and grainy flavors. The yeast is noticeable, but the musty note is not.

Mouthfeel: The beer is coating with no finish.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium . This beer is just okay nothing in the beer that speaks to the beer soul.

colts9016, Jun 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

ChrisMon02, Mar 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Proclarush, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Camjmorton
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Camjmorton, Jun 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Hessian257, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Sam Adams Alpine Springs pours a hazy dark yellow that's almost orange in color. There's about a finger of white foam that crowns the beer, displaying good head retention and leaving a bit of lacing behind. The nose is pretty solid carrying notes of crisp bready malts and lemon zest. The malt in the flavor profile is still definitely bready, but it's a bit more rounded and chewy than in the aroma. There's a light wave of bitterness that comes through mid palate before some floral and lemon-focused citrus flavors provide a nice finish. The beer is nice and full bodied, but the accompanying carbonation is just a little too prickly on my tongue. Alpine Spring is a fairly straightforward beer, but the combination of pale ale like hoppiness, and the smooth maltiness of a traditional lager, results in a tasty, easy-drinking beer.

axeman9182, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev 0%

birdsellam, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

OriolesFan1008, May 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

JamesStreet, May 12, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle best by june

Pours a cloudy gold with a soapy white head. Doesn't really have that unfiltered look like the label claims. Smell is cascade hops and a little sweet malt. Taste is bready citrus zest with a sweet lemon rind aftertaste. As it warms, there is a hint of pepper or clove. Some skunky grains are present as well. Decent carbonation and medium-mild feel.

Overall very drinkable, a little too much on the sweet side. With some more hop bite, this could be a favorite.

jimmah120, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-05-2012
Freshness: Best by July 2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Sam Adams perfect pint
Purchased: 12-pack from Kroger

Bought this in the Brewer's Choice variety pack.

Mostly clear but slightly hazy appearance. Color is honey yellow. The head is a couple of fingers high and white, with lacing and retention both good.

Aromas are floral with a lemon and citrus character. Taste is somewhat tart from the citrus flavors. Clean and sweet, with almost no bitterness. Really tasty overall.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing - highly carbonated with a medium body. Finish is balanced between tartness and sweetness.

Overall a nice combination of citrus and lager qualities. Well done and recommended.

sommersb, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of sgoro
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

sgoro, Jan 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

gshackles, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

KG710, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of bnes09
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange and slightly hazy. Descent head which sticks around a while and forms some lace.

Fruit and bread notes in the nose.

Bread-like malt character. Apricot and mango sweetness. Citric hop bitterness is not over powering yet compliments the fruity character. Semi-tart finish with lingering mellow yeast flavor. Good balance.

Lighter bodied. Crisp and lively carbonation. Smooth texture and a crisp, clean finish.

Pretty descent. Has that classic Sam Adams taste. Fresh tasting and very drinkable.

bnes09, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

GFD400, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been a while since I've written a review, although I've been keeping notes faithfully. But tonight, I thought I'd try this one, and I'd forgotten how much fun it is to review as you drink the beer.

This one poured out nice and yellow, with a clear body topped with a two finger head. The head was composed of fine bubbles, somewhat rocky, and it persisted for most of the glass.

Aroma was definitely German influenced. There's a characteristic hop aroma that can't be mistaken. Floral notes dominated, but citrus was present as well. Toasted grains and lager yeast came through too.

Taste was wonderful, especially since it's been a month since my last beer (gasp!). Bready/doughy malt flavors, with floral hop overtones. Long, slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Crisp and smooth, with the right amount and kind of carbonation. It does coat the tongue a little, however. That part was kind of odd.

Overall a good beer, and one worthy of the company. I like most of their beers, but this one stands out a little above the pack.

connecticutpoet, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of kingmaker
3.5/5  rDev 0%

kingmaker, Mar 08, 2013
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,482 ratings.