Samuel Adams Alpine Spring
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
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Style:
Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
80
Avg:
3.51 | pDev: 14.81%
Reviews:
581
Ratings:
2,579
From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  57
Gots
  291
SCORE
80
Good
Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
Notes: 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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Reviews by jnjander:
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jnjander from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Jan 25, 2012
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nathanjohnson from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Jan 07, 2012
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CowsCanBark from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at the T.G.I. Fridays in Exton, PA. I hastily jotted down notes on my shitty old ass phone.

Delivered in a 22 oz. (frosted, of course) mug. It was actually the perfect temperature, though, so it was okay.

Appearance: Came to me with a one-finger bone-white head and a very cloudy (unfiltered) dark orange hue. There was decent lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Malts, sweet orange/citrus, mild hops

Taste: Very light. Sweet malts, apricots, orange/citrus, very fruity all around. There was also the tiniest bitterness and a bit of spicy character. The finish was a bit watery as well.

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body, high carbonation, smooth.

Overall: My first beer of the style and I am pleasantly impressed. An overall nice spring beer that I'd be happy to order another 22 oz. mug of.

Feb 11, 2012
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UpNorthLager from Wisconsin

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

I was tempted by the label's notice of citrus flavors and unfilteredness - two qualities I like in a beer. I was not disappointed. The beer poured a nice golden-brown, with a fine head and a slight lacing. The mouthfeel was just the right carbonation, the aroma just fine, and a pleasant additional taste of sour grain remnants.

Feb 26, 2012
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grahuba from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Apr 06, 2014
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bjohn84 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Jan 28, 2012
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Billykop

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Mar 14, 2012
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jslice99 from New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Aug 22, 2012
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KeyWestGator from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Feb 17, 2013
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Greasy from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Aug 13, 2013
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TBCE from Florida

2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mar 24, 2015
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

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

12oz. bottle served in a tulip pint at 52 degrees. Best before June notched on the label. Pours a dull, light, tangerine hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head. Nose expresses citrus zest, a noble hops presence and a slightly metallic aroma. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also a distinct earthy wheat character with a hint of cereal grain sweetness at the finish. Also the metallic quality detected in the nose is not present in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively, almost crisp carbonation and a pleasant, easy acidity. All and all, of the few Keller biers that I've tried, this one does not seem overly style consistent. That said, I have to say that I've really quite enjoyed this beer the few times I've had it so far. It's easy drinking with just enough character to make it satisfying.

Feb 25, 2012
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Jun 02, 2012
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theaudist from Alabama

3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a case of these on sale at the local grocer for 12 bucks.

Pours a hazy golden/orange with a soapy head that slowly sits down leaving a heavy, sticky lace in its wake.

Aroma is pretty pedestrian with just a hint of biscuit, honey, and citrus delicately poking its way through.

Taste is, up front, very notably honey and a smattering of lime. The tettnang hops are very noticeable, but the generous honey flavor ensures that this beer starts and stays balanced. Towards the end it begins to smooth out into a yeasty, bready finish that snaps clean. Extremely refreshing!

Mouthfeel is dense and chewy but not overly so. Feels "wholesome".

This is a fantastic beer that may not get the praise a beer this balanced deserves. I'll be buying another case or two of this before the spring is over.

Feb 25, 2012
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VncentLIFE from North Carolina

2.15/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Why am i drinking a spring seasonal in January? Its wayyy to early. Oh well.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark straw color. No carbonation and no head. EVen the nucleation point in my SA Perfect pint is nt doin a damn thing.

The smell is rather unimpressive. Smells like slick sopay malt. Hints of citrus.

OMG it tastes like Budweiser, actually more like a cleaner double Bud. Im not pleased, and i think this thing is going down the drain in 0.4 seconds. Im not digging the dry feed corn taste and feel.

On Tap, I got very slight hints of a hop character, but it honestly tasted like an unbalanced popcorn lager. I would have liked more sweetness and slickness, but dried corn.

Jan 22, 2012
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NHSTEVE from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -14.5%

Feb 06, 2012
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jawneyt from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -14.5%

Mar 26, 2012
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tmars13 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.5%

Sep 08, 2012
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-ronin- from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

May 07, 2013
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jgunther71 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Aug 14, 2013
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cabelgabel from Iowa

4.7/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have ever had. Seasonal release that hasn't returned since Spring 2013. I miss it dearly.

Mar 25, 2015
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stampfler07 from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Mar 19, 2012
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NoProblem from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

Apr 15, 2012
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, the beer produced a golden color with a mild citrus aroma. This is an easy sipping beer on a hot day. The initial taste was an earthy flavor balanced with nice hints of honey and citrus. The flavor was swept away by an aggressive wave of carbonation. It was almost soda quality carbonation. At the end, a lemony aftertaste was left behind. It bordered on having an acidic quality to it. In a lot of ways, this felt like a shandy. However, unlike most shandys, I did not completely dislike this beer.

Mar 24, 2012
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Fulky from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack; poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams glass.

Pours a bright fluorescent orange color, almost like orange juice but with more transparency. Virtually no head on this pour, very very limited (less than 1 finger worth.) A soapy white film dusted across the top, with a little bit of lacing to coat the glass throughout the drink.

Smells strongly of citrus with a bit of a malty sweetness and hoppy aromas. Nothing overly overpowering to speak of, but also not disappointing.

Tastes very light and citrusy. Reminiscent of some hop bitterness, but clean and almost tangy as it finishes. Goes down smooth with a bready malt flavor to finish.

Mouthfeel is light, almost a bit watery. Very refreshing with a bit of a carbonated bite--not too much though.

Overall a very good beer, though really the first amongst its style that I have tried. Recommended food pairings would be spicy foods (buffalo wings) or barbecued ribs.

Apr 24, 2012
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 2579 ratings