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

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
BA SCORE
3.5/5
2,571 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#40,613
Reviews:
577
Ratings:
2,571
pDev:
14.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
286
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,571 |  Reviews: 577
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

serviceable lager at the JFK sports bar. Big head, deep yellow,Lacey,a little cheesy, and aggressive carbonation. ok drinkability.Reminds me of the premium lagers available many decades ago pre-big brewer. A zwickel? Not as good as the Creemore version.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger thick foam head with lots of lacing on a cloudy light golden body. Strong floral notes on the nose, grass as well. Flavor is also fairly floral with lots of lemon and orange peel. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall drinkable. Not too complex. A decent beer.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 6/2012.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down Smell is of malt and some herbal, floral, and grassy hop aromas. Taste is very much the same with a nice citrus zest flavor that comes out as well. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice earthy aromas and flavors.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

eh, had higher hopes for this one. pours mostly clear even though its said to be unfiltered, really light yellow in color with a very nice white head. the nose is pretty hoppy, lemony and light, with a lighter grain makeup as well, maybe some wheat in here, and plenty of pale and crystal malt. the flavor is more balanced than the nose, and therefore the hops don't really get big until the finish, which is clean and fresh, brisk, like early spring itself. it also has a minerally character, elemental, not metallic, but off just a bit. its super easy drinking, light and interesting enough, with really bright carbonation and a less than medium body. it does get a little filling after a few though, which is sort of odd, but this is a decent choice for the spring box. if I reach into the box blind and grab one of these, im not disappointed, although I probably wont seek this out again.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with and impressive hazy orange color with a very nice looking white head on top. The lacing and retention on this beer were very good as well. The smell of the beer gives off some citrusy lager like aromas that are interesting. The taste of the beer has a citrusy start to it with some nice refreshing qualities, the finish is similar to a wheat beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is a soft, well carbonated and drinkable. Overall this beer wasn't bad, I would probably drink it again.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The new Sam Adams seasonal, my first stab at the "keller/zwickel" beer. A great session beer for sure, a nice crisp, beer with great citrusy/tangy notes. Clean finish and super drinkable. I do miss the White Ale, but this is a damn good substitute... won't knock your socks off and isn't crazy different by any means, but for a good all around beer that reminds you of upcoming warm weather.. it gets the job done.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half-high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grassy and floral hops in the nose along with notes of spices and hints of citrus.
T: The malts and hops take center stage in the overall taste, contributing flavors of bready and grainy malts, citrusy and spicy hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a very good balance between malts and hops and has some flavors that are reminiscent of a maibock.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A full flavor and full bodied lager that uses some balance attributes and taste from popular Pale Ales.

The beer opens with the expected "keller" like haze of unfilered quality that promised flavor and richness. Medium golden in color, the beer both forms and retains well while leaving the lace behind that denotes each sip.

Bright and zesty hop aromas give a floral and grassy impression with notes of oranges, herbs, and fresh cut grasses. A partly malty, partly grainy, and overall bready scent creates the underpinning to support hop aromas. Very pleasant yet bolder than expected from lighter German Lagers.

Flavors fare similarly as the part-malt, part-grain balance offers the taste of light breads and raw barley kernels. A nearly crust taste of Viena Lagers isn't a stretch as the sweeter barley flavors introduce the floral/herbal hops. A growing intensity of oranges, , lemongrass, and tea-like herbs turns to an earthy and spicy bitterness as the finish develops. Mildly minty as the hops and alcohol weave into a dry-malt aftertaste.

Medium bodied, especially for the style, early creaminess and malt character quickly turns mildly grainy and spicy dry in finish. The mid palate creates a stall of blandness that hurts the transition and makes the grainy/thin character more relavent.

I rather like the beer as it's flavorful, zesty, and boldly spiced with hops while allowing for a nearly sessionable ability. The orange, grass, mint, and thin caramel taste makes me think 'Pale Ale' and want something more.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, once again straight to us via the good importers from...the UK and Sweden?

This beer pours a moderately cloudy, yet bright, medium golden straw colour, with one finger of foamy and caked off-white head, which settles in good time, leaving but a few up-swells of rocky promontory lace around the glass.

It smells of somewhat acidic fruit - apples, mostly, with a hint of white wine grapes - mild bready grain, and soft leafy, faintly grassy hops. The taste is more fleshy, zingy white fruit, some lemon included now, over top of a more crackery, biscuity graininess, with a bit of soft black pepper, and the hops still leafy, but now more in a musty, early spring lazy lawn care leftovers kind of way. A slight, inoffensive alcohol twinge also lurks here and there.

The bubbles are generally sedate, the body a decent, unassuming middleweight for a lager, and pretty damned smooth on top of that. It finishes fairly off-dry, with the still active fruity malt and waning biomass hops.

A nice, soft spring lager, with the Euro version of citrus as a suggestion, rather than that of an edict. Easy to drink, just don't be expecting those jagged Saaz edges to be waiting to test your palate.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
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 emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass a hazed dull gold with orange highlights. It still has some clarity before the yeast is poured, and carb trails are visible. Lasting skim of white foam, not much lacing.

Muted bready aroma, light and lagery, some light citrus does come through.

Mild and bready, light grassy bitterness, lemon and doughy yeast flavors. Lightly dry residual bitterness that hangs around for a few moments. Light bodied, slightly fuller feel due to the added yeast. Smooth feel, easygoing carbonation. Something i'd drink again, though Noble Pils is still a favorite.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky meringue of a head that leaves a few shards initially and then quite a few sheets toward the end

Smell: Bready, with hints of toffee malt and lemon

Taste: Toasted bread, sweet toffee and bananas, up front, with a bit of lemon developing in the middle; perhaps an herbal edge is detectable, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: If I had a blindfold on, I would have pegged this as an American take on a Wit; too sweet and not enough tang to make the style work; as it is, I have no idea what the brewers are going for beyond the combination of a bock, lager and kellerbier (and why is that a worthwhile combo?)

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, soapy, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, mostly orange. Not your typical Helles Lager.

T - It tasted of citrus with some spiciness. It tasted of bready malt and a touch of caramel.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is interesting. Not what you expect in a Munich Helles Lager. It seems like it would be better as a summer season not a spring seasonal that debuts before Martin Luther King Day.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy dirty golden color lager with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry floral hoppy notes with lightly sweet malt base. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet malt base with some nice floral hoppy notes. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Very well brewed with easy drinkability and enough complexity form the dry floral hoppy notes with light citrus undertones. This is a lot more hoppy then I would have expected.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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