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 maleman
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. Color is dark straw with a two finger head that slowly receded into a thin cap. Skinny, thin lacing down the sides. Smell of malt and biscuits with a trace of pepper. Smooth, slightly phenolic taste is the first thing that registers then glides into something bready. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with little aftertaste. What is there is in the very back of the mouth. A nice, clean, crisp brew that neither surprises nor disappoints. Will imbibe again. Cheers!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying a bottle of Sammy A's Alpine Spring. The beer pured a yellow color with thin white head that is lacing. The smell includes floral tones with hints of clove and banana. The taste is floral push with light citrus, clove and banana back up. The mouthfeel is light in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent usual from Sammy A!

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Photo of hockenbeer
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of nrs207
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Bito401
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy, opaque golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale golden head. Aroma is not strong but is still inviting, with fruity and malty notes. Fruity flavor has notes of malt, apple and yeast with hints of hops and wood. Firm-bodied texture is strongly fizzy and leaves a nice woody, tingly finish.


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Photo of mfigueroa713
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap tonight with dinner, served in a SA perfect pint. The beer is a murky orange, small white head, minimal lacing. The aroma is grassy, herbal. The beer is slightly bitter, smooth, grassy. The finish is crisp. It drinks very easy, very smooth. I did not know much about this beer, smelled and tasted like a pilsner, but darker. I like the unfiltered aspect. IMO a nice addition to the SA lineup.

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Photo of tbizzle0
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mike727
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and somewhat cloudy golden orange which is expected from an unfiltered beer. Lots of fast rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Sweet and bready pale malts and wheat grains with some caramel. Big citrus presence. Lots of lemon zest smell with some orange and tangerine. Also hints of honey and noble hops. Smells like a good spring/summer beer. Pretty solid.

Taste: Starts out with a sweet taste of bready pale malts and wheat grains. Following is the citrus. Big taste of moderately tart lemon zest with some hints of orange, tangerine, and honey. Nice presence of noble earthy hops providing some balance in the background. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and fairly tart and creamy with a lightly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a German lager. Crisp and well balanced with a nice lemon flavor.

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Photo of rsant
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Dave128
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer of the style so I hope I don't butcher it too bad. Brought to me completely topped off in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - It was brought to me with no head as it appears from swirling, it has no retention. Slightly cloudy orange with yellow highlights. Lacing is minimal as well.

S - doesn't really smell like anything. A light grassiness from the grain or hops.

T - Has a very interesting aftertaste. It starts of very sweet and smooth. It finishes with a grassy hop aftertaste. The hops taste like the smell of fresh hay. Quite clean.

M - light bodied with light carbonation.

O - A clean down to earth beer. It is great as a Spring seasonal. It reminds me a lot of a crisp spring morning.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, June notched on the label.

Slightly hazy, grainy, hint hint here's a theme, yellow. The glow in the bulb of the glass teases sunny orange and on top is barely off-white slightly creamy head.

Crisp with a slight funky breadiness for a lager. I do not perceive the hops as particularly citrusy, but rather floral. It's grainy, coarse, and really an interesting turn to fight the conception of lagers as uber simple.

A crisp, deep yeast and barely cracked grain are the most assertive flavors. Floral hops again, like the alpine meadow flowers on the label. And, you guessed it, a refreshing, gritty, dry graininess.

The mouthfeel is very lager; light body, almost aggressive carbonation, refreshing. Alpine Spring accompanies the low to mid 60s weather we're having at the beginning of February in NW Arkansas.

I only had Noble Pils once and I know it's not going away, but this seems to be a great replacement. I'm glad Boston Beer chose an underrepresented style and made an approachable but not dumbed down beer.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.64/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A KELLER or Zwickel (love that word...) America's largest brewer* no less. AMAZING!!!!

A: Looks great poured in with slight haze (to be expected in this style) with a generous long lasting head, and sticky lacing.

S: Nothing to write home about, just about like barley bread--again classic for this (very rare outside of homebrew-circles in America) style of very traditional lager. Still its nice comfort-beer aroma.

T: An extremely drinkable almost thick, down-home beer, just crisp enough in hops to clean the palate....but mild enough to not scare away mass-production-beer drinkers. Makes you want to make a meal of it....and the aftertaste is like if you just had some fresh-baked bread--classic German/Czech lager...and FINALLY an American brewer has a version that can take-on any German brewer. (Even in Germany Zwickel is old-fashioned and not so common). For this style--a helles/pils cross in a Keller (unfiltered) version, simply outstanding.

No, the Hop-is-like-estrogen heads won't like it...but good, more for the rest of us!!!

M: Very rich and smooth mouthfeel, must be from the yeast going down.

Overall: Just a terrific, Nothing to put in your journal, just something to look forward too at the end of the day....

Ein Prosit!!!

*American OWNED that is...

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Photo of McJeebie
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of fluidmotion
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never had this style of beer, but it reminds me of some past beers in other styles -- particularly upland's wheat beer, a Belgian Witbier, and Bell's Oberon Ale, an American pale wheat ale, as well as reminding me of a good hefeweizen with its cloudy composition and yeasty smell. This offering from Sam Adams is a tasty reprieve from the ipa's and bitter pale ales I've had lately -- namely Bell's Two Hearted and Three Floyds' Zombie Dust, both very good but somewhat abrasive.

I'm a novice to craft beer, but have found Sam Adams' brews to be quite good -- namely the flagship Boston Lager and the Noble Pils. I find this new beer to be the perfect change of pace beer. I don't detect much in the way of hops, but again my tastebuds are just learning the ways of craft beer and I put my trust in Jim Koch to give us newbies a beer we can enjoy on any occasion.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy unfiltered amber color body with a white creamy head that faded into a ring around the the glass, with spotty lacing. This is a very nice looking beer.

Wheat, citrus lemon and floral.

Same as the nose but with bready wheat and then a crisp lager taste at the end.

Light body, crisp, medium carbonation a little dry yet still okay enough to be refreshing.

I don't know, this beer seems to be lacking in the taste. It was tasty with the first sip or so, but then the taste started to get boring. A very nice looking beer and the aroma was nice; those were really the only good attributes to this Brew. This isn't even remotely close to being tasty and easy drinking as Noble Pils. Not a total waste, just not worth the hype.

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Photo of JoKo
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Kölsch glass. Beer is bright golden, highly carbonated with a 2 inch thick white head that lingers for a few minutes after the pour. Highly impressive.

Smell: Subtle on the nose, hops up front.

Taste: Very citrusy, tart, hops up front with a solid malt base, hints of spice, possibly coriander.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth lager that doesn't linger on the palate for too long after each sip.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, perfect spring/summer brew. I'd recommend this beer to anyone who is wants something different than a pale lager. Perfect type of "gateway" beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at July. Pours translucent golden color with a thin head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of sour citrus, grains, and slightly floral. Taste is alot less hops and alot more malt than I expected from the smell. Bready and a bit sweet with some lemon peel at the end. Some floral hops bitterness, but not much. Light and crisp. Easy to drink. I am noticing somewhat of an odd floral soapy aftertaste the more I drink it. Overall, I think im all set with this one.

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.59 out of 5 based on 2,568 ratings.
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