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

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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 2,574 |  Reviews: 580
Photo of Billykop
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Fadefury
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy yellowish, almost gold color. Soft, almost perfectly white head. Poured about 2 inches.

S: Very light touches of citrus, but overall it's lemon comes out the most.

T: More hopes than I would hope for in such a light beer. Bitter/tartness, followed by lemon sums up the taste of this beer.

M: Very light, with mild carbonation. Pretty smooth overall.

O: This was an interesting attempt at a new beer for Sam Adams, but it's not something I'd sit down and drink a couple of. The bitterness/tart is what would make me look for another beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light yellow gold, a little hazy, topped by tightly whipped snow white cream.

Aroma is a fresh spring meadow, with a lemon grove nearby.

Light sweetness hits the tongue fleetingly, followed by a surprisingly aggressive hop bite. Lemon in the finish.

Slightly prickly mouthfeel.

An ok spring lager, but I'd prefer Noble Pils or the kolsch Spring Ale from a few years back.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jamesrange62
3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of busterwhite
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden color with a nice 3 finger head and some decent lacing.

Smells of a little citrus and malt, not very strong.

A little light in the taste, some bitterness and citrus from the hops up front and sweetness from the malt in the finish. Not bad, just a little light.

Like the taste a little thin in the mouthfeel but well carbonated.

This beer is a nice easy drinker for a warm day, a good lawn mower beer.

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Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Grapefruit peel in color, hazy, with some soft white head on top. Not a lot of head, but a fair amount.

S: The main smell that I am picking up in this one if lemon peel. A touch of fruitiness, as well as some familiar lager yeast smells. The finish is rounded out by a bit of biscuity bread.

T: Wow, that's a bit more hoppy and tart than I would have imagined. Tartness hits first, followed by lemon peel. The finish has a little more hops in it, slightly earthy or maybe just a hint of grass.

M: Medium light in body, the carbonation is certainly active and consists of rather fine sized bubbles. There is a smoothness to this brew.

O: Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. Tart, lemony, and fresh. A pretty neat beer style, although I am not sure if it is something I would drink a lot of.. although as a spring seasonal I think it will do well.

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Photo of canders0927
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of smarkham24
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rpaine
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of depechemode1983
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a hazy golden orange color. The head is white with moderate retention. Getting a good amount of lacing on this one.

S - Picking notes of grass, bread, honey, oats and yeast. There is also a nice floral/lemon quality to it that I really dig.

T - Lots of citrus, also getting some grass and floral flavors. In the finish you get bread and a pleasant hop spiciness.

M - Smooth with soft carbonation. Easy on the palate.

O - This would make a good session. Perfect for a hot muggy spring day. Pretty damn refreshing.

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Photo of cantstandya65
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden blonde color, akin to a wit, light, fluffy pillow of head, moderate retention. Scent is pale and leads with citrus, blends with some lightly sweet and faintly doughy malts and yeasts, hints of floral hops come through later in the scent. Taste leads with quick note of watery citrus, lightly floral notes, light doughy bready kicks off the malt and yeast profile, some faint caramel also present. Lighter side of medium bodied, somewhat watery towards the end. A good flavored crowd pleaser, which is what most of Sam's seasonals have become.

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Photo of Lob
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Acforster2
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of onewetpaw
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Lemon notes.

A- Nice light blond color with a light haze. Thin, scanty head.

F- Lemony and mildly acidic. The malts take a backseat, but feel a little muddled to me. The crisp simple flavors I associate with a really good lager aren't here. This may be due to the style and unfiltered nature more than anything.

M- Average body with low average carbonation.

O- The idea of a unfiltered lager is nice and I enjoy the lemon from the hops. It doesn't have the crispness of a really good lager and the body is rather thin. Its a nice beer and I like to see Boston Beer doing things like this. It's tougher to do smaller niche style than to throw a whole lot of spices in a beer and call it extreme. This is a nice attempt at that.

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Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
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 crobinso
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of NeutroMan
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 2,574 ratings