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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
575
Ratings:
2,566
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
31.39%
 
 
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Photo of adamette
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Served on tap at ruby Tuesdays. Poured into a Sam Adams glass

A. Hazy light butterscotch yellow body under a light creamy head that sticks to the inside of the glass.

S. light hefeweizen wheat grain smell with some light citrus notes.

T. Citrus sweet malt and minimal hops. Delicious.

M. Smooth with a nice fullness.

D/O. Drinkability is very high. Overall this is a fine beer.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip-pint.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy dark orange-red color ans has a small white head that sticks around for a good while. Laces the glass pretty well, too.

Smell: "Crisp" lemony scent. Smell fits the aesthetic they're going for with the bottle and description. Overall though, the scent is pretty muted.

Taste: A crisp, enjoyable lager. Starts and ends lightly bitter and with nice hop flavor. Sweet and citrusy in the middle of a mouthful with what may be a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and well, but appropriately, carbonated. Medium to light body.

Actually, since this debuted, it's probably my favorite "regular" Sam Adams seasonal. An enjoyable and not incredibly complicated crisp lager that fits the Winter-Spring transition well. I think they hit the mark for what they were aiming for. Good on tap too.

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Photo of aubuc1
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle dated best before June (hopefully 2013) poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice thick white head that is slow to recede.

Smell is pretty subdued. Hint of straw and butter.

Taste is pretty watered down. Nothing really stands out. Maybe some grass and some slight citrus. I just bought this, but is there a chance it is a leftover from last year?

Mouthfeel is pretty thin.

Overall this is an easy drinking beer with no discernable qualities otherwise. Maybe the wife will like it.

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Photo of ckraft77
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very great tasting. Easy on the palate. Not a lingering after taste. Would be great with dinner or just a nice summer night or winter night in a hot tub! Light beer. Good aroma. Would buy again! Taste good straight from the bottle or a frosted glass.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpine Spring pours a hazy golden color, with a nice large forthy head. The smell has alot of spices, and hints of yeast. The taste is overall very crisp. Some Belgian like spices come through, and there is a rather strong yeast taste. Good full flavor. Overall I am not very experienced with this style, but I rather enjoyed this beer, no flavors were overpowering.

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Photo of GregBlatz
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - golden light orange in color. Snow white head that laces in a very sticky fashion. Hazy and cloudy.

S - Lemon, metallic and bready.

T - Sweet and citrusy. I get a little custard flavor as well.

M - Light to medium in body. Spritzy.

O - This is a nice refreshing beer. I like it a lot. I think it may have a bit more specialty grain than needed. If they toned that down a bit the hops might come forward and nail the 'juiciness' that I think would work perfectly.

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Photo of Craigory
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 'Spring Thaw' mix pack. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A-- A gentle pour yields lots of billowy white head that sticks around for a while and leaves spotty lacing as it gently recedes. The beer in the glass is a slightly hazy, honey-gold colour, and a steady stream of bubbles replenishes the head. A nice ring remains on top of the beer throughout.

S-- The nose is pretty one-note; basic, non-offensive lager 'funk,' with maybe a hint of honey. This is pleasant enough, but nothing exciting. As the beer warms, I get just a little citrus from the hops, as well.

T-- More going on here than the scent lets on. There is a brief burst of bitterness from the Tettnang hops, but this is quickly overtaken by a light citrus, which itself quickly gives way to malt sweetness. The honey-malt sweetness lasts for a while, remaining heavy on the tongue long after the sip is done. A slight bitterness creeps in again after a while. I happen to like some honey-sweetness in my beer, so I quite like the flavor here.

M-- Crisp but moderate carbonation, with a lighter body that maybe hits the lighter side of medium. Good mouthfeel for an easy-drinking lager.

O--A nice, refreshing lager that would work well on a warm day, but still hits the spot as I drink on a cold, cloudy day in January. Alpine Spring is simple, but tasty and honey-sweet. I wouldn't shell out for it in its own 12-pack, but it makes a nice 'team player' here in the spring mix pack. Good, not great.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its not even the first day of the new year and Samuel Adams is already thinking Spring with their new Spring Thaw variety pack, featuring 3 new beers. This is a review of last years February release of their new signature seasonal.

A: This is an unfiltered beer, pours a bright, hazy orange color with a solid 3/4 inch creamy colored head with lots of tiny bubbles on top. As the head settles, the beer leaves some significant lacing on the glass.

S: Initial aroma is floral based with lemon peel and hops. I also get some toasted grains, lager yeast and some honey. Smell is a little more faint that I would have liked, but is pretty earthy from what aroma is there.

T: Flavor consists of initial lemon zest and maybe some orange citrus, that is accompanied by some hop character and floral notes. A nice sweetness to the taste with earthy flavors that stick to you palate all the way through.

M: Dry and crisp is what I would describe in the mouth. Has decent carbonation and character.

O: I enjoyed this beer, had some good earthy aromas and flavors. I was hoping for more of a kick in the hop department, but this beer is still pretty cold. So if you enjoy after letting it sit for about 30 minutes, flavor and aromas should enhance that much more. Very sessionable beer!

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Photo of Ford
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Color is orangish.

Not a lot of smell going on.

I picked up two of these in the Spring Thaw pack that just hit stores.

Drinking it right after trying the White Lanter wit style beer. I like White Lantern better though there are some similarities here.

You can taste orange in both. Both are smooth and easy to drink. This one has a bit more of a bitter finish, but it's not real strong.

The more I drink this the more I like it. It's a good beer, not great, but nothing to talk bad about.. probably not something to talk up to friends either. Another good beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden yellow with a slight orange hue.

Floral and herbal hop aroma with a touch of citrus.

Citrus, floral and herbal hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp.

Overall, a nice and crisp refreshing beer, but not much to say in terms of aroma and flavor.

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Photo of pkalix
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice, bright color, little head; is that sediment i see in there?
smell is citrus-y, or like a spent meth pipe after drying- take your pick. okay, maybe a bale of hay....
taste has the citrus-y, bitterness that it advertises on the bottle.
mouthfeel is same as all the rest....
overall, i suppose it's worthy of the BA 82. this was left in the frig from the 6'er in spring. wasnt special then, isnt special now. does anybody else feel ALL the SA beers use the same hops, use the same malts, or are they just getting the same old taste from the stills? i've honestly never been a fan of SA, but given them many opportiunities. this one is just another sa example of them trying to market yet another type of brew. i couldnt even find it on their website. i went through the 'seasonal collection' and the 'barrel master collection' but just gave up. it's drinkable- they all are. but nothing really special. you're either a 'clone' who praises the brewery, someone who cant afford the bit-higher prices and doesnt drink it, or someone who knows it's just a gimmick. sorry for my rant. that's how i really feel.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of SebD
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of lemon zest, citrus, bready malts and some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has that lemon zest and citrus along with some grassy hops, sweet bready malts and light spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Very refreshing!

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Photo of BostonHops
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a light amber / golden yellow tone while yielding about a 1" off-white head, modest retention and lacing. nose isn't the most dynamic aroma you'll come across but offers a decent hoppy melange of pine, grass, and citrus, followed by a subdued though discernible malt presence.

flavor delivers more of the same. pine, citrus, and some grassy hops balanced by toasted malt and a hint of honey in the finish. not bad. medium-light on the palate with average carbonation.

i feel like i say this in all my sam adams reviews but it applies again: nothing spectacular but an easy-drinking, relatively tasty offering. you could certainly do a lot worse.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is labeled as "Spring Lager" in Canada
A - hazy golden organge, two fingers of fizzy head bubbled away slowly to a thin covering
S - citrus and toasted grain up front, mild raw honey, and light greens
T - pleasant orange citrus and floral hops dominate, raw and toasty grain malt, light fresh greens and mild buttery flavour
M - light body with medium carbonation, finishes tart and slightly dry
O - a tasty and easy drinking warm weather beer, nice compliment with my fish dinner

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with grassy, piny hops followed by subtle citrus/tropical fruit notes and pale malt. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel counter the floral notes. Also, there's some bready yeast and biscuity malt.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a nice earthy hop presence up front that provides a decent amount of dry bitterness which lingers over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry finish. Dry and sticky with some grassy pine needle flavor which is countered by citrus and tropical fruit notes, notably mango, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus rind. Hop profile is more complex and flavorful than the nose suggests. Malt presence is a bit stronger than expected with hints of biscuit and graham cracker but it doesn't interfere with the hop flavor too much. Decently balanced and refreshing. Nothing extraordinary but pretty solid.

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Photo of colts9016
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of tjsmith910
1.51/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Goldish yellow in color with white head. Not a good taste not a good flavor not a good beer. Rather powerful and bitter. very light tasting thin beer. very little carbonation. actually tasted sour. possible that i got a stale beer but dobutful. this beer was just plain bad in my opinion. was truly hoping for more.

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Photo of mbrandonsmith
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer transitioning from their Winter Lager that I absolutely love.

A lot of lemon and grass like tastes from this beer with a bit of sweetness to balance it out.

Very light and crisp to drink.

A nice yellow color to it as well.

Overall I think it is a great beer to set the tone for the warmer season rolling in.

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Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few times both on tap and from the bottle this spring, guess I should log a quick review. Another nice lager from Sam Adams. Bright grassy notes, lemon, lime, white pepper. Balanced herbal bitterness against some clean, almost honey-sweet malt. Clean and grainy. Light sulfur note gives a more authentic feel, as does the slightly rustic yeasty haze. Good beer. Love the return to lager brewing by American breweries lately and Sam Adams seems to be at the forefront with Alpine Spring and the excellent Nobel Pils.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A nice sunrise orange that bubbles with carbonation. A very light frothy film at the top that is barely scoop-able onto the finger. Surprisingly, very nice lacing. This is a good looking beer.

Smell - Citrus at first; tangerine, mango, and a bit of lime. Light hops and a bit of sweetness due to the honey.

Taste - Not bad at all. Foam forms quickly in the mouth. A delicious concoction of honey malt, orange, and lemon. There is a bit of cantaloupe that adds a bit of a citrus zest as well. The honey is apparent in the aftertaste. It does, however, leave a bit to be desired.

Mouthfeel - Very palatable and easy to drink. A nice blend of sweetness and tart citrus. Medium bodied.

Overall - This beer could be sessioned quite easily. Sam Adams tweaks their traditional malted flavor here and provides a refreshing approach to a spring seasonal. Medium bodied and brimming with citrus. An overall attractive beer.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Seriously tastes like somebody rolled up a fat joint of Sour Diesel and stuck it into the bottle. All I tasted was Marijuana while I was drinking this. That and some slight citrus notes. Wasn't horrible by any means, A much better choice than some beers out there, But I don't smoke pot nor do I enjoy the taste of it within my beer. Can't really recommend this to very many people as most probably wouldn't enjoy it and I do not understand how it has such high marks

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus hops with biscuit and bready malts with a bit of floral elements and some pils malt.

T - Starts off with a mix of citrus notes with some pils and biscuit malts. Through the middle, some bready malts come through with a bit of grassy and floral hops. The finish is a mix of lemon zest, citrus hops, and some sweet bready malts.

M - Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a lemony and biscuity finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very crisp and refreshing but a touch thin and mild.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium golden color, with ample, fine, and fast-rising carbonation. A thick, persistent, and dense off-white head crowns the beer and there is abundant, patchy lacing.

Aroma: Abundant grassy and floral hops, and biscuit malt.

Taste: Cracker malt throughout, similar to a classic Pilsener, bread notes as present as well, and a distinct yeast presence. There is also some lemon rind. As the taste progresses, notes of honey present, and moderate herbal hops assert themselves. Finishes with a lingering, mildly bitter herbal note, and a faint sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: A fine and refreshing example, it seems perfect for warm summer days.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce custom brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Great Divide Brewing Company goblet.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light copper yellow, and sunset oranges. Nose is bready, lagery, with light bitter notes, pleasant but not assertive. Taste is rich, malty but not malt-forward, some bitter punctuations, bready, weisse-like without the bananas. Mouthfeel is active, fizzy, complete, full and scrubbing. Overall, again like a weisse beer, and good for sure, but prolly wouldn't buy another.

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