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

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
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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.

Added by BDIMike on 12-22-2011

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Ratings: 2,571 |  Reviews: 577
Photo of DWolf
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Barely hazed bright gold. Head is a bright-white, a little rocky, and drops to a thin cap pretty quickly. Some lacing. A Sam Adams beer with haze, I never thought I'd see the day.

Smell: Wheat, grass, and some yeast notes. Lemon zest freshens it up a bit. Very mellow. Slightly bready with some pale malt action.

Taste: Lemon and grains. Pale malts and a bready finish. Almost like a lemon wheat water. Super clean citrus flavor, read here orange, lingers in the back. Eat a Wheat Thin and drink water with lemon. Grainy and wet.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than medium, but not quite water. Touch dry. Carbonation is decent.

Overall: The aftertaste made me think of water with lemon. It's so inoffensive and mellow it doesn't really do anything positive or negative. I'd drink it in the summer.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed golden with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Clears up nicely. Pretty good lacing & head retention

S: Pears, faint breadyness & grassy notes

T: Follows the nose, wet grainy notes & a touch of pineapple up front. Wet grainyness, pears & touch white grape, some lemony hops & just a touch of grainyness, a bit of dryness. Finishes grainy, fruitty & bready & a touch of pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & a touch of grainyness,

As a Kellerbier I really like this. Had this on draft, but it was chilled way too much. I would happily drink this all Spring & Summer

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Photo of cjgator3
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle 

A- Pours an unfiltered golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt and citrus with some hops.

T- The taste is malt up front with a lot of citrus and hop flavors in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad spring ale. Worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a 1/2 head that fades quickly to a thin spotting of bubbles

S: Definite citrus and floral notes with a slight hoppy twang

T: Follows the nose, along with an added sweetness from the honey malt. Not too complex, but very crisp and refreshing

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: I'm really enjoying this right now. Very refreshing and easy to drink. A great new spring seasonal from SA

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Photo of csiewert
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Redrover
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank these for two straight days while in Fort Lauderdale. Not many great options where we were, so I was glad to have a few SA choices.
This one was served in a standard shaker pint. The beer is a hazy apricot with a white head. It has decent lacing.

The beer has a nose of grains and a bit of floral and mango.

The taste is of grains, some fruit notes (citrus, mango and maybe plum) and some light bitterness that is floral in nature.

The mouth is brisk and slightly scouring.

This was an easy drinker that I enjoyed.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring has a thin-to-medium, egg shell colored head and a hazy orange-yellow appearance, with lots of tiny streaming bubbles and a good amount of lacing rings left down the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts and citrus. Taste is of sweetness, orange peel, a bit of pine, and hop bitterness, which makes one think it’s higher in IBU than just 19. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Alpine Spring finishes crisp, mild, easy drinking, and refreshing. Overall, it’s really nice.


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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was hazy straw and hazy gold. About a finger of head. Gray light lacing on the top that didn’t last too long. No film on the sides.

Smelled of bread and grass malts first. Light citrus notes, mainly lemon. Also got some honey and a bit of skunk. Reminded me of a pilsner.

Taste was pretty similar to the nose with bread, grass and wheat leading the way. A bit more honey in the taste than the smell.

Light body. Thin texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Clean, crisp and refreshing. This was the best part of the beer. It got better as the beer went down.

I was very much looking forward to this beer and it ended up disappointing me somewhat. That being said, I liked it and would order it a bar for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I am admittedly not that familiar with this style of beer.

Appearance: Pours a slight hazy straw color, with four fingers of white head that dissipates very slowly. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops and bready malt, with maybe a hint of citrus in the background. Reminds me a lot of their Noble Pils, actually.

Taste: Mild malt and grassy hop flavors, with very little bitterness. Tastes somewhat watered down. There's an underlying sweetness, and maybe a slight bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, but very thin, which I think helps make the beer taste more watered down.

Overall: I'm a fan of most of Sam Adams' offerings, but this one just didn't do it for me. It tasted watered down, and all of the flavors were somewhat muted. I barely got any of the "citrus" notes that were advertised. It was certainly drinkable, but I probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

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

Picked this up on a whim. Poured from multiple 12oz glasses into my Moonlight shaped pint glass (I lack a krug/mug/stein).

Best before June, 2012.

Hazy amber liquid with an active ghost white crown. Average retention, light soapy lacing.

Bright citrus-laden, noble-hop aromatics - you get a strong sense of the purity and freshness of ingredients utilized. Low sweet malt notes add support.

Crisp palate entry with flavors following logically from the nose. The "lager" character is strong and there is a low sweetness that brings to mind a cleaner version of an American adjunct lager...possibly this stems from the honey malt? Fruity/floral aftertaste reveals more of the signature Tettnanger hops.

Light-bodied, crisp mouthfeel.

Was hoping this would have a bit more character, it is more of a substitute for a mass market Super-bowl beer really. So glad this wasn't a permanent replacement for Noble Pils which is exponentially more flavorful while still being subtle and balanced.

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3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice foamy fluffy top, off white in color with a very uniform head all pin hole sized bubbles practically. Body color is an orange yellow, looking unfiltered but with some cola sized sticking bubbles and some rising carbonation.

Bouquet is a nice crisp and grass airy lemon hop. Very nice, airy, slightly dry. Solid.

Mid palate doesn't fill with much flavor, but on the swallow brings a good malt chew, some yeast, and a doughy bread action on the finish. Body has some nice spicy carbonation but nothing overkilling the palate.

Simply solid and enjoyable. Not mindblowing, just good.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.55/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for july 2012, Brewmaster's Collection.

Pours clouded lemon yellow body with nice but short lasting white head. Not much lacing. Scent is lemon grass. Taste is zingy lemon, citrus, honey. A little bit acidic, but very nice overall.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 34.7% out of 100 with 2,571 ratings
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