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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an opaque light orange with a medium white head, excellent lace.

S: Floral hops, sulfur, orange/citrus, hint of honey.

T: Has a nice bready malt component. I can taste the minerality, so it's clearly keller in style. Good flavour, orange zest, some herbs round it out.

M: Medium-bodied, turbid, crisp but soft carbonation.

O: An interesting new spring seasonal from Sam Adams. Nowhere near as full flavoured as some of the great Kellers I've had from Germany, but this is an enjoyable effort for sure.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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.


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Photo of BFro
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from a Sam Adams sampler pack. Picked up at a convenience store in New York state.

Poured into a pokal. Light, hazy yellow-orange, with a half-inch thick head that recedes quickly into a thin ring.

Nose is bready malt, herbal hops and a touch of lemon zest. Pleasant.

An enjoyable brew, light and refreshing, but with a bit of extra malt character to keep this from being just another lemon lager. The herbal hops are a nice touch as well. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, coats the tongue well enough.

Nice brew, I know I've said refreshing a few times already, but this brew is certainly that. I could see myself enjoying many of these in the summer heat - but it's also enjoyable in the dead of Smarch too. Worth a go.

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Photo of xnapshot
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold in colour and lightly hazed, a gentle pour produced an inch of dense, off-white foam that lasted quite some time. Tons of sticky lacing at first, less as the glass emptied. Citrus was evident as soon as the cap was popped. Aromas of pils malt and oranges, a bit floral and grassy, slight breadiness. Lemon bitterness up front with honey-sweet malts following. Citrus and bread, slight alcohol and herbal hop flavour. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture. I enjoyed it, particularly the fresh citrus hoppiness and malt character.

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Photo of WuAnquo1
4.5/5  rDev +25%

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

On-tap served in 18 oz. mug.

A: Slightly hazy light gold color. Two fingers of frothing white head slowly dissipate to one finger. Head retention and lacing is good.

S: Smells of grain, husks, and a bit of faint citrus.

T: Taste is similar. Lots of grass and grain. Nice buttered biscuit malt base. Some hints of citrusy hops provides pretty good depth to this beer. It's slightly bitter at the end, but nothing too extreme.

M: Appropriately smooth and frothing. Nice medium-light body.

O: I still love this beer. It's probably a bit better on tap than in the bottle, mostly because of the mouthfeel. The taste, smell, and appearance is similar. Really easy drinking and pair well with most foods. A great Spring beer.

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Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a hazy golden color with a large head that faded slowly to lots of lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus with some herbs and fresh grain.

T: Taste of citrus with a mild malt sweetness. There is a nice bitterness throughout with a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Nicely balanced beer.

O: Much better than I expected. This beer hits the spot without being flashy or in your face. No problem having a couple of these.

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Photo of msarver16
2.72/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Pours a hazy translucent yellow straw color. 2 finger head that lingers.

Smell is super mild. Struggling, but finding lemon and bready malt.

Taste is definitely a step up from the nose. Light and crisp with lemon and orange, little bit of malt. Getting a hint of something I really don't enjoy at all, I wanna call it cat pee.

Mouthfeel is eh. Kinda clean and crisp. The flavors don't linger, which is a good thing.

Overall it's okay. It's not awful, but I don't think it's good either. A step of from their last spring offering Noble Pils (awful). Still say the old white ale was a great spring beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Cris4545
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color, good sized white fluffy head that fades at a slow rate, leaves a good bit of patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell is barely perceivable, what I can pick up with mostly lemon zest, maybe a touch of orange, aromatics could be stronger.

Taste is much stronger in flavor than I would have thought, starts out with a strong grainy malt front, citrus creeps in to dominate the aftertaste, carbonation is soft but active, finishes semi-dry.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a lightly hazed gold with a moderately sized white head.
the aroma is citrusy, toward the orange end of the spectrum, with notes of vanilla and bread. there is a little bit of sulphur. there is also a little bit of grassy spicey hoppiness.
the taste contains a slightly heftier amount of the somewhat orange creamsicle-like flavors. touches of graininess weave in and out, with a soft yeast influence. the hops take a backseat mostly only noticable in a little balancing bitterness.
it's worth noting that the mouthfeel is very pleasant, soft and smooth across the tongue.
overall a desent effort. not exactly what i'm looking for when i want a keller bier, but pleasant enough, and seems pretty sessionable, or perhaps if it had a few ticks lower abv.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and grassy hops.

Tastes of the bright hop notes with a solid malt base. Hops lead off with a moderately bitter citric, floral, and grassy combination. Malts then cut through with a honey like sweetness, and a touch of bread. As it warms, more toasted notes come through.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, I am quite happy with this beer and I do find it to be quite enjoyable, however it may be a little more amped up than others like it.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delighted to find this on tap at a Delaware sports bar far more accustomed to pouring pints of Bud or Stella...

Pours a cloudy golden amber with white head and impressive lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with a surprising hint of "west coast" hops. Flavour has a baseline of breadiness and caramelized malts with background citrus tones - delightful and totally unexpected!

Frankly I took notes at the bar at lunch with absolutely no idea what classification this beer would fall under. Did not expect a Kellerbier - a style I enjoy in its traditional form - and very much enjoyed this American interpretation. Well done Samuel Adams!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at O'reilly's -served in a pint chilled.

The color is a marigold shade with hazed clarity
and thick head of snowy sudsy white. The lace sticks decently. The smell is very lemony with a suble herbal compliment and light sweetness. The feel is mostly dry with a clean yeast and slight acidity from the hops withe mild astringency.

The lager tastes very fresh with hop oils coating the mouth and leaving a nice lemony noble hop flavor which is somewhat floral too. The malt is a backdrop giving mild toasted sweetness and it finishes with a light spiciness. Overall I enjoyed this, maybe not as much as Noble Pils, but this is a very refreshing lager with a good amount of hop flavor, nice drinkability for the strength

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Photo of rangerred
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a SA Boston Lager perfect pint.

Appearance is a hazy medium gold with a fluffy one finger head.

Has a pleasant citrusy aroma with lemon and orange. Also some floral notes in there with a bit of grassy hops.

The citrus is quite prominent on the taste with some spicy hops barely detectable underneath it all. A fairly thick, creamy mouthfeel but also an odd alcohol note and not much bitterness. Finish is pretty crisp.

Overall, a sub-par effort from Samuel Adams. Things just don't seem to mesh very well. Glad I got to try it but probably won't seek it out again.

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Photo of brandon911
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tpauer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lumpy1126
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JRed
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep orange in body with white bubbly head. Lovin the aroma: citrus, floral notes, light lemon, and dew on evergreens. Tastes of light citrus, floral notes, harsh lemon zest, slight alcohol burn. Light in body with medium carbonation. Great aroma but some of the flavors are intrusive and harsh.

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Photo of zhumphrey
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Poured into a seidel mug.

Pours a cloudy straw light gold color. Has a thick, fluffy head with tons of nice tight bubbles. After the massive head settles, nice lacing remains all around the whole drink. Small thin island head remains as well. Good looking brew here.

Brew smells of citrus, herbs and floral hops. Light honey, biscuit malts. The floral hops take the four front. Good smelling brew; very pleasant profile.

Brew is peppery up front; lots of floral and citrus hops. Zesty and very balanced. The middle has the nice creamy malts represented; honey and biscuity wheat driven pale malts. Brew finishes very easy going and slightly dry. Very good stuff here all the way around.

Wow, this is a party pleasing, buy by the case brew here. I could easily down this stuff all day. A perfect summertime or really anytime brew. This is a great brew for SA, and will be a regular one to session for a lager. Great stuff here.

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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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