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

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
2,571 Ratings
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

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3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boston Beer Company has brought us a new Samuel Adams seasonal brew, Alpine Spring. Not your typical Spring style, Alpine Spring is a Kellerbier, an unpasteurized, non-clarified German style brew. Kellerbier can be either an ale or a lager, and literally translates to "cellar beer", typically in reference to lagering.

Alpine Spring pours a muted, pale gold with three fingers of a billowy white head, some lace sticks around (pun intended). Bready malt aromas mix with some hoppy citrus and freshly mowed grass. The aromas in the nose mirror the flavors on the pallet, with sweet and bready malt flavors dominating. Medium amount of carbonation, and a medium-light body help produce a crisp, clean finish. A perfect brew for a sunny Spring day!


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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Alpine Spring is a cloudy golden-orange color with a thick, soapy/foamy head. Smell is a bit subdued but is of citrusy hops and crisp grain notes. Flavor is light and citrusy, goes down smooth and easy. The mouthfeel is light to medium body with a slick carbonation. Overall another good one by SA, would look to this over most of the available fair at most public settings.

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3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For Brewery Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before Month Notched: July.

Appearance: This new release pours out a clouded, darkened gold body with a finger's worth of white, pitted foam.

Smell: Modest malts, with a hint of honey-brushed crackers overneath notes of black pepper, old lemons, and faded dried herbs.

Taste: Lightly bready, crackery base maltiness with just a low hint of honey flavor, but little incorporated sweetness. Citrusy, given a bit more of an orange taste here, though not ever particularly bold, scantly herbaceous hops with a light helping of bitterness to balance. One last nibble of saltless saltines precedes the drying, nearly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not too sweet, never very hoppy, and could use a bit more crispness, I've had this beer a few times on bottle and on draft at various times and it never quite manages to satisfy.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tape @ Howlin' Wolf, Salem MA

Hazy honey color, fairly clear for an unfiltered wheat. Creamy white head leaves thick rings striping my glass. For such a boisterous foam display everywhere else the retention doesn't quite hold up its end of the bargain. Almost a 5.

Lemon citrus dominates the aroma but blends well with an agave nectar floral sweetness and subtle hop spice. Tastes like it smells although the yeast shines through a bit more with a mid sip snap.

On tap I loved the body of AS. It was smooth like a lager and creamy like an unfiltered wheat - the best of both worlds. However I had Alpine Spring in a bottle last night and its crisp and zesty and not at all as good IMO. Odd that the same beer should taste so different.

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3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bone white head of whipped up froth, crackles with popping bubbles and dissipates quickly down to a surface coating, thin, if any, lacing left behind. Pale metallic orange in hue, slightly yellow at the rims, a few very scattered bubbles randomly arrayed. The nose is not soft per se, however, it does recline into your nostrils with non-aggressive warm bread, flowers, honey and peach pit scents, picks it up some via herbaceous and salty notes, some dried white citrus pith too, strikes a nice balance between accommodating and interesting. Medium-bodied, the carbonation lends it added creaminess, gently fills the mouth. Here the citrus and peach, apple, apricot fruit sweeter, especially as it warms. The honey to brown sugar element fits in just fine here, although tends to cover up the floral side some. The salt and pepper, dried grass and mineral notes dry it out as it gets nearer the finish. Again, neither hops nor malts predominate, any bitterness simply brings needed freshness vis-à-vis the underlying sweetness. Maintains its grip long after you swallow, while easy to drink could as easily be underestimated.

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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, let me say this. At $1 per bottle, this stuff is legit. Not as legit as noble pils, but its legit.

Poured into alpine spring glass. Pours a finger of off white head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a hazed golden yellow.

Aroma: Floral and citrus flavors. It definitely smells like a lager, but with so much flavor. Bready malts with a touch of honey sweetness.

Taste: Starts out with the honey sweetness, then a fresh dose of earthy, floral hops hit. Citrus fruits show through the whole thing. It ends with bready malts and some stickiness.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but crisp. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, this is a great spring beer. Very easy to drink and flavorful. Gotta tip my hat to the guys at Sam Adams. They deserve more credit.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, with a creamy white head. Aromas of cinnamon and allspice. Taste is a huge honey flavor up front, followed by some rich bread in the middle, and a lemony fresh citrus finish. Mouthfeel is rich for the abv, medium carbonation. Overall an excellent beer of a style I don't get to drink much of.

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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appears a cloudy golden color with a nice white head with excellent retention.

S: Smells of sweet bready malt with a nice, light aroma of citrussy, grassy and herbal hops.

T: Slightly sweet bready malt flavors come forth and coat the palate, then comes a wave of lemony, grassy and herbal hop character and a quick dryness with some residual sweetness. Very nice.

M: Medium body with an amazingly smooth carbonation. Very creamy.

O: A great new Spring seasonal offering by Sam Adams. Maybe they'll make this year-round like Noble Pils someday!

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4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a bright gold with a cloudy appearance, Sits well in the glass with good lacing. The smell is a good blend of hops and citus very nice on the nose. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp and leaves the tongue very nicely. As far as taste this ranks well for a wheat brew. There is just a slight hint of the citrus in the brew, enough to help this brew go down. Overall we feel that Sam Adams has done it again.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 2,571 ratings
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