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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Photo of mccarltone
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy, light honey color. Thick and foamy white head...about one finger.

Smell - Citrusy and slight spicyness to it. Very refreshing.

Taste - Surprising and very pleasant maltiness. Definite citrus hop flavor that is not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation to it. Very light and smooth.

A very nice addition to the Sam Adams lineup. This is a very enjoyable beer to go along with the transition from winter to spring. Almost tastes like a Sierra Nevada Pale and a Vienna lager combination.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow gold color and extremely cloudy. Rocky beginning head that takes a long time to dissipate. Leaves plenty of ring lace on the glass.

Interesting combination of lighter malts and spicy, cumin-like, hop nose.

Rich body with plentiful carbonation. Well balanced with a clean, mildly sour malt start. The hop bitterness is notable but not overpowering. Lightly creamy. Easy to consume more than one.

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Photo of BuddyZ
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hops, floral, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Keller Bier / Zwickel Bier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, floral, hint of citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

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Photo of soonerlight
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Clowerweb
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date: June 2012.

A: Foggy light orange golden hue with yellow highlights, 2 fingers of white head, decent retention, respectable lacing.

S: Not very aromatic until swirled around. Once swirled, it breathes out a pleasant citrus, possibly orange and/or grapefruit nose that still isn't very strong. What's there smells of good quality though.

T: Starts off a little on the bitter side, like fruit peels and a touch of hops, again probably either orange or grapefruit rinds. Mid palate sweetens up a bit with a nice balance of roasted malts and citrusy bitter-sweet fruit juice. Finishes with citrus and cream. Very simple, yet enjoyable.

M: This beer has a nice medium body, lighter carbonation but enough to tickle the tongue, could probably use slightly more on the carbonation, and it doesn't really seem to leave anything behind to savor. Certainly above average.

D: HIGHLY drinkable. Very nice flavor, goes down smooth and easy.

O: Overall, it could have been a good solid 4.0 from me, but at $9 for a sixer, there are similar or better beers close to this style and quality that are a bit cheaper. I'm not complaining too much though, as I am enjoying everything else about this beer, and it certainly bested my expectations. I'd drink it again, I don't know if I'd pay $9 for a 6-pack of it again, but I'd be happy to drink it again if offered.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of jskennedy
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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

Alpine Spring arrived a lighter straw color. It definitely has the hazy look that’s associated with the style. A little backlighting gave it a more yellow-like color. A modest white head rose just above the surface. It was quick to dissipate. Lacing was sticky, but rather light.

The nose is a bit weak, but isn’t bad. It features a hoppy scent out of the gate. They smell a little citric (mostly lemon), but are also earthy and grassy. Some sort of noble hop may have been used. Secondary notes of yeast, grain, and more grass. There are some light malty notes throughout. They smell a little sweet. Alcohol is buried. Not bad.

The flavor is pretty consistent with the nose. A light, sweet malt flavor is noted first. It’s definitely a light base and is quite fitting for what it is. It’s very grainy and earthy throughout. There are some lively hop flavors. Citrus lemon and orange are noted. Other hops have an earthier, grassy flavor. It’s a nice mix. There’s a very slight bitter bite that’s interesting. It has a yeasty or bread-like flavor that’s consistent throughout. It’s not bad and adds something to the overall flavor. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes grassy and a little dry.

Alpine Spring has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation feels active, but it’s not harsh. It’s more crisp and refreshing than anything. I like the feel. This is an easy drinking beer. I could handle a couple of these on a nice spring day.

Alpine Spring is a pretty good release from Boston Beer Company. It’s rather simple and straight forward. If you’re looking for complexity, look elsewhere. For the most part, it performs pretty well all around. I think I’d prefer a little more citrus and a little less grass. Just an observation. It’s pretty good though. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Celt44
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a Sam Adams large turbulator

Appearance is a cloudy straw....a little darker toward the top. Nice frothy head and lacing lasts throughout the whole experience.

Aroma is all malt and citrus with slight hops..and sugar cookies

Taste - Malty with hints of lemon zest and bananas.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

One of Sam's best offerings in a while. It doesn't have the punch of Noble Pils but it's a keeper. Nice job Jim.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - One great looking beer. Perfect 3 finger head. Lemony yellow body slighty cloudy with lots of carbonation.

Smell - Smells alot like a Belgian Ale like Leffe or Affligem. Very sweet and lemony with some earthy notes.

Taste - I really like this beer. Definitely has the hop characteristics of the noble pils but has a slightly smoother finish without the crisp hop presence. Some sweet notes and also some grainy notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Buttery and full bodied. Feels great in the mouth for such a light beer. I don't know how Jim pulled it off but its really spectacular.

Overall- I was really shocked at how spectacular this beer is. It truely is a wonderful beer. Similar to the Noble Hops but has some slightly different characteristics that are very nice.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
Best by end Jun notched, no info.

A - Alpine Spring pours expectedly cloudy as this lager is unfiltered. Near opaque, the goldenrod beer is topped by a monstrous egg-shell white head. A spiral staircase of lace is created down the glass following the head's slow departure.

S - Crisp and clean like a lager should be, Alpine Spring has a grainy pale malt aroma with a touch of mineral water to it. A combination of floral and citrus zest stems from the German Noble hops and kicks the smell up a notch.

T - A light dusting of corn and straw falls behind a rather bland pale malt base. Noble hops offer the most interesting flavor; a kiss of orange citrus but it's a catch 22 as the finish, because of the hops, is reminiscent of floral soapiness.

M - Delicate balance is played out well but unfortunately the beer remains thin and flat feeling despite it's nice clean lager finish.

O - Alpine Spring put up a valiant effort; it came out swinging but went down in the second round. Samuel Adams tries to do this obscure style justice by brewing it but, the lack of flavor and body signify to me that this seasonal won't be back after it's departure. I will say though, while the haze might scare some less beer educated people, they'll love it's high drinkability!

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by July 2012.

I had this one on tap not long ago and wasn't really a fan. Let's see...

A: There be cloudiness in this her' beer... Argh! Additionally, the head was fluffy, pillowy, and quite massive. I'm kinda impressed by the cloudiness part.

S: I got some citrus hoppiness for sure, and that was leveled out by a fairly large cushion of yeast.

T: Yep... I'm getting the same soap-like aftertaste from this bottled version, but it doesn't seem nearly as pronounced as the draft version of this brew I had the other day. Just enough hop presence to be dangerous and not stray into PA territory, and just enough fruit sugar to give this some character.

M: I dig the feel on this one: sweet, but not syrupy; bitter, but not cloying. The lacing was splotchy.

O: If they could work out the soap taste here, this would be very nice. Well, I thought that this was going to take the place of Noble Pils, but I've now learned that that one is going to be a year-round venture. Thank you BeerFMAndy for the correction. You and BeerFM know everything "beer!"

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a Sam Adams variety pack a few days ago.

Appearance- golden color, thin head that dissipated into nothing quickly

Smell- malts, fruit

Taste- malts, some fruit flavor, pretty interesting

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was actually really good. I really enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Very nice

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Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of shizzy77
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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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