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

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
BA SCORE
3.5/5
2,571 Ratings
Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,640
Reviews:
577
Ratings:
2,571
pDev:
14.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
286
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,571 |  Reviews: 577
Photo of BeerdedEric
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +21.7%
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 -7.1%
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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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is interesting that I got to try this beer on tap tonight at the Outback Steakhouse in Humble, and now it was sitting ready to be reviewed in my fridge when I got home. Let's give this one a go from the bottle:

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy yellow gold color with a small 1/8" head of small white bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. The head faded to a very small ring within about 20-30 seconds. There is a tiny bit of lace left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: The aroma is fresh with some tangerines being the most noticeable after the pour. There is also a wheaty malt character that give the aroma a dryness that definitely seems malt derived...though the malt isn't making a huge impression in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is pretty balanced toward malt and hops overall, but the malt that is there is so subtle that it is somewhat showcasing the hops. The balance of this beer is barely toward the malt in the finish, and this is quite nice after you get the hops that you do in the initial parts of the flavor. The beer is getting a tad more bready as it warms up some, but overall it is staying pretty consistent as it warms.

Opinion: Overall, I have been pretty happy with this beer both on tap and in the bottle. I would be nice if the bottle version was a pleasing to look at as it was on tap. The draft version kept a respectable head on it pretty much the whole glass. The bottle version dropped pretty quickly. Otherwise, I like the showcase of hops that coexists nicely with the malt in the finish to give you a balanced flavor to linger long after the sip. I would go so far as to say that of Boston Brewing Company's "regular"/sessionable beers, this is one of my favorite so far.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with 1 finger of off-white head. Average lacing but very pretty patterns.

S - Lemon, grain, honey, grassy hops, earthy lager yeast.

T - Bright lemon and orange citrus open up the palate. Grassy hops mix with b-vitamins to create a medium bitterness. Honey grain bread is the base and flows well with the citrus. Ends with a grassy, crisp finish.

M - Crisp medium body, it has some density to it, just the right amount of carbonation.

Very refreshing. Good mix of clean and grainy. Good looking and went down very smooth. I will be drinking more of this for sure.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of this year's spring mix-pack. Pours a hazy yellow body with a good inch of off-white head that persists. Fruity spicy hops dominate the aroma. Orange, pineapple, and spice hit the palate initially, with pine, spice, and citrus pulp notes. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Very drinkable. Pleasant, refreshing, and tasty. I like this one.

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

Into a pint glass (later sampled in a borrowed mug, nothing changed):

A: cloudy yellow/orange body with a large foamy, lumpy, ringed head that took at least three minutes before it faded out

S: citrus and the hops, honey comes out as the beer warms

T: sweet through the honey but the citrus comes in to balance, nicely done

M: medium, sessionable and well balanced, no aftertaste, sticky finish

O: good for the style and good for me, I think I could get into this beer

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Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of taigor
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ejw127
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a crisp, pilsner malt scent along with a moderate hop bitterness and a slight fruity yeast aroma; refreshing. The taste is decent as well. It has a yeasty flavor that compliments a solid malt bill of mainly pilsner malts. The hop character is mild yet lend itself nicely. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn refreshing beer. I like the unfiltered yeast character. The esters add a good bit of depth.

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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, enjoy before June, notched onto the side of the label.

Pours heavily clouded medium dull tangarine, under a light tan head, that goes to a delicate film and some light lacing.

Nose is tropical fruity and grassy.

More tropical fruit notes with citrus splashes. Light, easy drinking and enjoyable stuff. will make a decent warm weather quaffer...as soon as spring officially hits. Not bad. I'd def pick up a sixer or two of this in the future.

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Photo of nach0king
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just not getting the hype around this one. I really wanted to love it but just don't. Would never seek it out again. It's my first of the style so that might account for it, but as the bottle promises a lager I rated it with that in mind, albeit taking into account that it's unfiltered.

A: Cloudy with a small, ringed head that faded out. Looked like a paler saison and promised a refreshing taste to match.

S: Crushed ice and lemon - but very faint. Appealing enough.

T: Really uninspiring. Tastes like lemon drops with a bit of shortcake at the end. The bottle promised more citrus - the finish didn't linger at all. No alcohol taste, which is a matter of preference, I guess.

M: Very little carbonation but a pleasant medium body.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Danno48
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of senbrewing
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Great color really, sunny bright, cloudy appearance. Surprisingly lacy head.

S-Honey and malty. But has a citric smell as well. Some what like sweet lemons. Reminds me of lemon pie.

T-Nothing spectacular, but I'm not a big Sam Adams grain bill guy. Most of there beers are similar to me and there seasonal beers are a sam adams with a kick. This has a straight forward lemon taste. Nothing extreme or anything, it doesn't kick you in the mouth. But def. better than noble pils which is what I was expecting.

M-This I find to be my favorite part of the beer. Malty yet well balanced.

O-Not a bad beer at all really, and I was quite surprised at the taste and quality of the beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head covering, hazy pale yellow gold colored.

Nose a bit weird, light hops, light grassy, light floral, weird tart like fruit, grassy herbal, very grassy, mild messy malt.

Taste is floral, grassy, biter and rind, some noble hops, fruity flavors, lemon grassy, pretty light, light wheat and spices. finish is dry and weird biter, weird citrus lemon grassy finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, the only decent quality is the noble hops, otherwise weird flavors and pretty meh. It almost seems like they took the summer ale and noble pils and blended them to make this beer. Although it is fairly drinkable, for a spring beer maybe makes sense, but should be a late spring beer, not 1.5 months BEFORE spring beer.

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Photo of bnes09
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange and slightly hazy. Descent head which sticks around a while and forms some lace.

Fruit and bread notes in the nose.

Bread-like malt character. Apricot and mango sweetness. Citric hop bitterness is not over powering yet compliments the fruity character. Semi-tart finish with lingering mellow yeast flavor. Good balance.

Lighter bodied. Crisp and lively carbonation. Smooth texture and a crisp, clean finish.

Pretty descent. Has that classic Sam Adams taste. Fresh tasting and very drinkable.

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Photo of tblocks21
1/5  rDev -71.4%

Photo of ikantspel
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served into a russian river goblet

freshness date of late june 2012

pours a honey caramel with a smaller than average head

aroma of spices, malt, citrus, and some hoppiness. this one seems to have it all

very interesting. citrus to start, a sweet maltyness kicks in, finishes slightly bitter.

this beer is getting better and better with each drink

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

Poured to a SA perfect pint glass from a 12oz.

Pours a hazy murky yellowish orange with a 1 finger head, decent lacing a nice retention. Smells of oranges and lemons all freshly cut, a touch of earthy grain and banana bread also. Lemons on the tongue nice light bready malt on the back, citrus all around, a tad lager funk to boot, not too bad. Light-medium in body and feel, has a little more to it than it looks. Overall, this is a decent leading to spring lager, though i think this could be alot better if the flavors were a little more prominent.

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Photo of Puma8
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on January 30, 2012. I had this on tap at an Olive Garden restaurant. It pours into a frosted glass a slightly cloudy, but very foamy light to medium amber. The aroma is of malts but more of grains and all in all rather subtle. The body is in the medium range. The taste is also more on the grainy side but it finishes clean, crisp, and slightly dry. It is not too bad and I expect it will be popular with the masses this spring.

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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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