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.

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Ratings: 2,571 |  Reviews: 577
Photo of Peyton5410
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of russwbeck
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours out of the bottle really light, but sits in my Perfect Pint glass a hazy clear yellow. About a finger of white rises up, but recedes quickly, leaving behind a nice amount of sticky lacing.

S: Smells a lot like a lager, with hints of citrus hops that hints towards and IPA. I really wish Sam Adams would just come out with a killer IPA instead of flirting around the style with beers like this and Noble Pils.

T: The taste is really light, hinting towards a very drinkable lager. The malty, sweet lager characteristics start the beer off, and are followed by only a light amount of hoppiness before the flavor really drops off. Bitter hop finish.

MF: Extremely light, but carbonated well. For all it's faults this beer is really drinkable.

O: Again, I plead with you, just make an IPA and stop releasing these strange almost IPAs. This was tasty, but nothing even close to special. The Spring mix pack is just a complete miss for me.

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Photo of mlazzaro
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in Sam Adams glass.

Looks like a Kolsch. White head composed of larger sized bubbles, not the best retention. Yellow-light amber color. Moderately clear, lots of yeast in bottle. Barely smells like anything. Moderate floral hop smell. Super faint aromatics. Tastes has a bit more to it. Grainy pilsner malt flavors are nice. clean yeast flavor. smooth and soft bitterness. light citrus notes. Drinkable and refreshing, not particularly exciting though. just ok, really less and less stimulating as you drink it. I think is tastes better with yeast mixed in, increases bitterness and flavor profile. I also imaging its not nearly as good kegged.

spring beer released in January... this beer expires before spring even occurs. hahaha-

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Photo of acevenom
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a white, three finger length head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some sticky lacing on the glass. Some bubbles can be seen even though the beer is a hazy. The smell is floral, grainy, and slightly sweet with a hints of bright citrus and some spiciness from the hops. The taste is slightly sweet and grainy and this is balanced by tart citrus flavors from the hops. It's a very bright and crisp taste. The carbonation prepares you for each sip of this easy drinker. It's smooth and the mouthfeel is light. Overall, this is an excellent beer that is refreshing and perfect on a warm spring day.

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Photo of MattU
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bombay Bicycle Club.

Was unfortunately brought to me in a frosty mug.

Once the frost from the mug was wiped off appeared a brilliantly clear straw color with a 1 finger white head.

The aroma is fairly floral with bits of biscuity malt and a light hop spiciness.

Taste was similar to that of the nose. Clean malt background accompanied by a faint floral character and slightly spicy hops. The beer is overall more malt focused with a light sweet malt taste upfront that ends in a dry and slightly cracker like finish.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect for a helles bock, ample carbonation and somewhat thin.

Overall one of the better beers that I've had from Sam Adams. While its nothing bold or surprising its the perfect beer on a warm Texas spring day.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright orangish/yellow color with puffy 2 finger white head.

S - Smell is fully of bready malt, some zesty citrus, a good amount of spice. Almost a bit peppery.

T - A little more sweet in the taste. Some of that peppery spice still comes through but with a mix of bready malt backbone and grapefruity citrus.

M - Very smooth, mild carbonation. Pretty light feeling.

Overall - I was pretty impressed. It's not an overly complex beer or even outstanding, but it's solid and refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pjeezus
1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

Photo of phichifiji00
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden straw, hazy, pours 2 inches of thick fluffy white head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: citrus, lemon, lime, lemon verbena, floral, slightly peppery, honey.

Taste: citrus, lemon, lime, floral, estery, peppery, biscuit, honey, subtle pine resin hoppiness, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, good carbonation, crips, zesty.

overall: A terrific lager. A great spring/summer beer. Perfect for relaxing by the pool or mowing the lawn. Pertty complex, well balanced. Very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tedho21
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of buffalobeerfan
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of rgibbs1109
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of villanovaadam
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jamescain
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint.

It pours a clear straw yellow with orange hues with tiny bits of yeast floating. The head is white and fluffy about two fingers thick and lingers for a long time while clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is a combination of spice and earthy noble hops with a small amount of sulfur that you would expect from a lager yeast. The taste is comprised of earthy tones, grass, toffee, and a touch of butterscotch. The mouth feel is light-medium with high carbonation and a dry finish. Overall it’s a good pilsner and something I would probably drink if the weather was warmer, but winter is a little too early for pilsners.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a solid 2 finger ivory head that leaves substantial lacing.

Aroma is lead by grainy malt, floral hop, finishing lemony.

Light malt provides a subtle background throughout the taste, with flavors of lemon and cracker-like grain adding a refreshing complexity that encourage more tasting. A hint of bitterness rounds out the profile.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation.

A very nice, refreshing beer that would be a great lawnmower selection.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint, I always like to try whatever Sam Adams is on tap, even if it is a sports bar and not a beer bar. Interesting style, my first so don't have anything to compare to.
Murky and hazed, orange color with a beige head. Settles to a thin film, streaks of lace.
Smell is a bit malty, and some herbal, floral hops.
Taste is very much the same, some citrus zing to finish.
This beer has lots of crisp carbonation. Thin but appropriate mouth feel.
Overall, this is a pretty good beer, earthy hop aromas and flavors without being too bitter.

Note to self: Ranked #38 Kellerbier / Zwickelbier when I reviewed this one.

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 2,571 ratings.
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