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

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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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.

Added by BDIMike on 12-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,571
Reviews:
577
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I am admittedly not that familiar with this style of beer.

Appearance: Pours a slight hazy straw color, with four fingers of white head that dissipates very slowly. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops and bready malt, with maybe a hint of citrus in the background. Reminds me a lot of their Noble Pils, actually.

Taste: Mild malt and grassy hop flavors, with very little bitterness. Tastes somewhat watered down. There's an underlying sweetness, and maybe a slight bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, but very thin, which I think helps make the beer taste more watered down.

Overall: I'm a fan of most of Sam Adams' offerings, but this one just didn't do it for me. It tasted watered down, and all of the flavors were somewhat muted. I barely got any of the "citrus" notes that were advertised. It was certainly drinkable, but I probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of Vigilante
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served to me in a Beer Stein

A: Golden/Orange color, very cloudy. One finger of head which dissipated quickly leaving moderate lacing.

S: Lemons, Wheat

T: Taste starts heavily with lemons then fades primarily to yeast with a little bit of malt.

M: Medium bodied. Not bad but not great either.

O: This brew is very mediocre. Nothing too exciting.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

C+

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

P: Carbonated slightly hazy gold with touches of darkness around the edges. Frothy white finger of head that disapates to a creamy layer on top.

S: Watered down, yeast, smells very thin and timid. Almost has a dish soap smell with salt, lime, lemon and spices.

T/M: Very salty with a earthy light yet creamy body that is crisp and clean. Salt is big with subtle spices and a peppery swallow. The citrus is masked but lemon comes out in small doses.

O: Cant say that this is a favorite of mine. Overly salty but if it wasnt for that it would have been pretty good. I enjoyed the refreshing a light body.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- a very yellow golden color, very murky and cloudy in appearance, tons of bubbles and carbonation, thick bellowing head, very nice appearance

Smell- malt and slight citrus and floral smell

Taste- in terms of flavor this is one of the more unique beers that i have ever tried, just very unique, its got alot of beady malts, slight citrus, finishes drying with very little to no real hop flavor, slight lemon tartness

Mouthfeel- extremely light and crisp with very active carbonation

drinkability/overall- I have to say this beer was an enigma to me and I still wouldn't fully know how to explain it to someone I guess partially its just not a style I am very familiar with, wouldn't particularly say i loved drinking it but I didn't hate it either, almost just very bland and simple and that made it drinkable if not totally enjoyable, not a beer I will revisit but worth a try in terms of uniqueness alone

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Stone RIS snifter...

A - Pours a murky orange with a one finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some lace to be had...

S - Lemon, orange, honey, and some bready yeasty notes...

T - Kinda sweet. Pretty much follows the nose with lemon, orange, and honey. Finishes with yeast and some lingering sweetness...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth...

O - A little sweet for my likings. Probably not something I will be picking up again...

Cheers...

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Photo of srandycarter
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Murky, darker straw, white head that leaves to disk fast. Some cling lace.

S - Citrus and straw. Sweet malt is present, but very light.

T - Refreshing and bright as it enters, light malt and wheat flavors. The hops take a weird twangy twist at the end that I really don't care for. Perfume, solvent like finish.

M - Light body, good carb, the balance is not. Don't like the finish on the hops.

D - I got two of these in a variety pack. They will be enough.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width white head, minute long retention. Hazy golden orange color.

S- Citrusy, grassiness and wheaty. Some noble floral hops. Light smell with some spices. Not bad.

T- Strangely like a Belgian in body, the hops and citrus don't combine in the way I thought they would. Yeasty, and kind of cultured like a Belgian.

M- Syrupy bodied, with biting carbonation.

O- Expectations weren't high, but this is an average beer and a decent example of the style.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A dull golden color, slightly hazy, with a nice fluffy white head. Decent head retention and leaves some persistent spotty lacing.

Smells pretty nice, a soft orange scent with some floral and grassy notes, pilsnery malts and a slight honey.

Similar tastes, moderately sweet with orange and honey notes. The hops come through on the finish but mostly a little too much malt sweetness.

The texture is fairly light but kind of sticky, with a lingering, not clean finish.

Not too bad for a simple lager, but not great. It seems like in trying to incorporate the characteristics of three different German styles it got muddled. I can't help but compare it to Noble Pils, which I much preferred.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass because I have one and if you did you'd do the same.

Beer is light amber, hazy, thin lazy head that breaks nearly immediately, low lacing moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is lagery, yeasty, sweet, hints of fruity hops as well.

Beer is grainy and harsh, with a rough cereal finish, mildly hoppy, thin on the back, strong aftertaste. Corny, not really feeling this one.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6oz (from 12oz bottle) poured into an unmarked goblet glass.

A: Cloudy bright yellowish orange color. Half finger bright white head. Some sticky lacing bits on the glass after the swirl. There is ok carbonation.

S: Smells like a simple little hopped lager. I get some clean fresh hop aromas and old English malt smells (?). Nothing mind blowing thats for sure.

T: It's definitely a light and crisp lager. Like others have mentioned, it's a lot like BMC beers. Not bad, but just not a lot of flavor going on. There are some spicy and citrusy notes. And then it drops off into a crisp close. Nothing else lingers.

M: Light bodied and easy drinking.

O: C+ I guess. It's a party beer for me. Drink some in the sun etc. Like a lot of Sam Adams stuff.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Baker's in Omaha, NE
Poured into a standard pint glass

Alpine Spring lager is a modestly citrus-influenced German-style lager that blends attributes of a few styles. While it manages to do this inoffensively, the beer doesn't offer much in the way of memorableness or distinction. I'd rather have a Boston Lager, to be honest.

Pours a 2cm head of smallish, off-white bubbles, creating a fairly dense, pillowy foam. Retention is fairly solid, takes a few minutes to become a thin cap atop the body. Leaves no lacing. Body color is semi-transparent muddied yellow, somewhat strange if this is a keller bier.

Aroma of lager yeast metabolites, lemon-like hops, and biscuit-influenced malt. Clean and to the point, average, but enjoyable.

Taste opens with a mix of malt sweetness and subtle citrus and bittering hops. Transitions to lager yeast metabolites, continued malt sweetness, and light lemon flavors through mid-palate. Closes out with strong biscuit-like malt flavors and some residual lemon. Aftertaste of light lemon tartness and residual biscuit malt.

Medium-bodied with modest carbonation that lets this beer flow smoothly across the palate. Finish is dry.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this a few times last year, I remember it as a good spring weather refresher beer.

Pours a pale orange with some haze. A tall white head sticks around pretty well, retains as a pretty full cap and leaves some lace behind.

A somewhat faint and simple scent, but pleasant enough. Sweet, grainy and bready, with light spicy hop and banana&apple-like fruit presence. Some veggie-ness.

Taste is similar - simple, kinda bland, but certainly not bad. The bread/grain/sweet malt bill is okay but average. Still an interesting banana flavor going on, some spicy and herbal hops but bitterness is quite low.

Pretty solid mouthfeel, decent body for the ABV, low on the foaminess and carbonation.

Not bad, certainly drinkable but not the most exciting beer.

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Photo of Moose90
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Updating had's with tasting notes from long ago

Served from 12oz bottle that was snagged on a whim from a "Make Your Own Six-Pack"

A — Pours a cloudy, almost murky dark yellow color, a bit weird looking. There is a nice and very bright white colored head on-top of it, leaves behind some spotty and soapy lacing along the inside of the glass.

S — Smells a little sweet and lightly malty. Notes of grain, hay, little bit of fresh cut grass and flowers. Bit of citrus, orange and bitter lemon.

T — Lightly malty and somewhat sweet, some more orange and citrus notes, though this is mostly sweet and light. Fair amount of bitterness comes across and helps balance everything out.

M — Light-Medium bodied, a nice enough lingering finish.

O — Very drinkably and refreshing, not something I would seek out, but if there was nothing better on the draft list, then I'd be fine ordering this.

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Photo of theaudist
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of jholland
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of jneiswender
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer in bottle as part of the brewmaster's favorite pack. Served in a pils glass cool.

Appearance is a very nice fluffy white head with a golden yellow cloudy but not murky body. Has a great noble hop aroma with some nice honey notes. Taste is floral and citrus rind. Almost sugar cereal notes as well.

Light body and medium carbonated. Good beer that I would drink again but way off on the category. I don't mind pushing style boundaries but this is very similar tasting to Noble Pils. Good beers both, but its not a Helles. The malt is on but the hops is a little out of control for the style. More of a zoigl beer.

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Photo of beltz15
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy golden orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white creamy head that was mostly diminishing leaving a small collar of foam which allowed for some fair lacing.

The aroma was of straw malts, floral hops and an earthy yeast with notes of citrus (lemon) and a bit of honey.

The taste was mildly malty sweet with a hint of lemon and honey pretty much throughout with the end being rather yeasty and having a nice wheat citrus taste. The flavor lasted an average amount of time proceeding the swallow with the taste of citrus being most dominant.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and a little watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a great spring/summer brew, one with a nice citrus wheat taste that is very refreshing, especially on a hot day...

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Photo of pweis909
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Golden beery color with thick white head and foam lacing. Slight chill haze.

S=mostly malt dominated. Not much hop aroma going on.

T=there is an off putting component to the bitterness. It's not that it is too bitter, I don't think but something seems chemically? Some pleasant malt sweetness in the finish. The finish also seems a bit acidic, as in too carbonated.

Really wanted to like this more than I do. Next time I'll grab the Noble Pils, which I like much better.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazey golden body with a bone white head. Good lacing.

S- Not getting much, some citrus and a yeasty aroma.

T- Citrus, honey and an unfiltered body.

M- Good carbonation, refreshing.

O- Easy drinking, but nothing special. Seems like a decent summer beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle 

A- Pours an unfiltered golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt and citrus with some hops.

T- The taste is malt up front with a lot of citrus and hop flavors in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad spring ale. Worth a try.

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