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 puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of sfsean28
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to try this one,especially after a rough day working outdoors in the rain. I thought alpine spring was going to be noble pils with a different name. It wasn't but there's a hint of it in this brew. Bartender poured into a pint glass while I eagerly waited for the foamy head to reduce to quarter inch. The smell of lemon was evident and the first taste was thirst quenching. I could taste some citrus and light hops. This brew is full bodied but yet light on flavor. Carbonation is good and lacing on the empty pint is art work. Gotta get another and I had the third pint when my food arrived. This is my session beer for the season. ABV is 5.5% but its hardly noticeable.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.49/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nice brew! I was hopping for a little more citrus but hey this thing is balanced to the gill. Nice golden color full of carbonation a little cloudy look very inviting, smell was bout average notes are kinda of light on the nose. Taste the beer is perfect with the balance that it has, mouthfeel smooth clean and crisp, overall a great spring beer!! Fire up the Grills!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a half inch of bright white foam that last until the beer is gone. The aroma is of bright spicy hops and bready malt. The taste is maltier than the aroma with a ton of bready notes, and some spicy hops in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a fine keller bier that I can see becoming a regular in my refrigerator while it is in season.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bottle to imperial Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass on 1/29/12
*From notes

A: Cloudy, bright and sunny. A standard pour yields a foamy white 2.5 finger head. Pretty decent lacing follows.

S: Lemon scone comes to mind, as it's pretty malty yet citric.

T: Bottom line here? It's a slightly acidic lager that showcases a good amount of lemon. It's got a bit of bite to it, and for someone (that being me) whose not big on lemon, it's not over the top or extreme. Call it a kiss, as that go-to Sam Adams grain bill takes the beer over on the mid to finish.

M: Quality texture. The fuller body really helps in adding balance to the brew. Much, much better then I was expecting.

O: It's nowhere near the upper echelon of the Sam Adams portfolio, but it ain't half bad, folks. If you're a lemony/citrus guy (or gal), this is a worthwhile tick. Not one I'll be seeking out again, but I in no way regret spending $3 on the bomber.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy orange/gold in color, with a nice, bright white two-inch head of foam.
Aroma-Bread malt, orange zest
Taste-Pale bread malt,orange rind, faint honey note. Nice flavor and balance. kind of reminds me of a Bell's Oberon without the spicy hop notes. Would make a nice late spring warmer weather brew.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- a very yellow golden color, very murky and cloudy in appearance, tons of bubbles and carbonation, thick bellowing head, very nice appearance

Smell- malt and slight citrus and floral smell

Taste- in terms of flavor this is one of the more unique beers that i have ever tried, just very unique, its got alot of beady malts, slight citrus, finishes drying with very little to no real hop flavor, slight lemon tartness

Mouthfeel- extremely light and crisp with very active carbonation

drinkability/overall- I have to say this beer was an enigma to me and I still wouldn't fully know how to explain it to someone I guess partially its just not a style I am very familiar with, wouldn't particularly say i loved drinking it but I didn't hate it either, almost just very bland and simple and that made it drinkable if not totally enjoyable, not a beer I will revisit but worth a try in terms of uniqueness alone

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Photo of woz00027
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of WaydeRafnel
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- lightly hazed golden amber with a slight greenish tint to it. Barely off white head is reminiscent of a fine German pale lager, as it should be. Lace is delicate and plentiful.

S- floral, lemony, and somewhat soapy noble hops. Very fine hop aroma here, with a bit of spicy yeasty funk. White bread and cracker in the background.

T- bready malt flavor, like a very mild sourdough, with a burst of citrus hops. Bitterness gradually increases and stops short about where a Czech pils would (although their saaz doesn't seem to have that distinct lemony edge). Hop flavor last from the start long into the lemony floral finish. Can seem watery when cold, but as it warms up a few degrees there's hearty malt in that conclusion.

MF- vigorous bubbles, and a well rounded grainy-slick-yeasty feel. All components are noticeable. Dry and hoppy feeling on the cheeks. Juicy bodied and totally refreshing.

D- way to showcase the tettnanger hops. Their bright flavor really holds this one down. Jim and the boys have made some amazing German style beers lately and I hope they keep em comin'.

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Photo of Agold
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of keanex
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stella Artois glass from a fresh 12 ounce bottle.

A: Hazy amber almost iced tea colored body with a thin white head.

S: Light florally scent with citrus and a slight sweetness from the honey.

T: Light sweetness upfront from the pale malts and honey with a light florally finish. Very easy to drink.

M: Medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

O: Easy to drink beer that will definitely be fantastic on those nice cool Spring days. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a cloudy yellow color, like a honey-lemon Hall's cough drop but with yeasty haze. 1.5 fingers of sterling white head form, leaving lots and lots of clumpy lace behind. It looks finefinefine for the style.

I like the top-end citrus aromas here. It smells like lemon zest and, like, maybe lemon pepper too. Sweet bread aromas abound as well, like Hawaiian rolls. It gets so sweet that it takes on a candy corn like smell; it'd get overwhelmingly sweet if not for the citrus powder/zest component.

To be quick with this review: Alpine Spring tastes like someone blended a hefeweizen with Sam Adams Noble Pils. It has the light citrus (predominantly lime) flavor of Noble Pils, but the more robust, unfiltered profile of a wheat beer. It's good. It's too close to Noble Pils without being as clean or refreshing as Noble Pils, so that caused me some initial disappointment. But this is a fine session candidate. It tastes good. Simple but good.

There is a pleasing heft to the body that I don't expect from most lagers, and it works very well with the unfiltered flavor profile.

Overall, this is a good beer. It doesn't blow me away like Noble Pils does, but this is a fine Spring seasonal beer. Frankly, lots of smaller breweries will release Spring seasonal lagers that are much worse than Alpine Spring.

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Photo of Goldfishman
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of alexgash
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Enjoy before June 2012.

Nice hazy orange yellow pulp. Definitely appears unfiltered. Finger of firm, creamy, eggshell white head. Good lacing. Vaguely citrusy hops mix with lightly-toasted grains, honey, and bread dough. Nothing too exciting on the nose, but nothing off-putting either.

Lightly toasted bread and honey notes up front. Sweetish, with faint fruit notes. Bright, zesty, peppery hops dive in and provide a very refreshing lift. The hops become more floral and herbal, with light bitterness. Finish is moderately dry, with lingering honey bread dough malts. Medium-bodied, with a very creamy, smooth feel. One of the creamier lagers I've had (maybe due to the unfilteredness?). Very drinkable and would make a nice warm weather beer. Will buy more as spring gets nearer.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark yellow, super foamy head. Smells of citrus and flowers.

It has a bit of a bite. Tastes of lemon and honey with a bit of spice. The flavors are subtle though, making the beer light and refreshing.

Overall, good, probably perfect in summer, and though refreshing not dull or thin.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.64/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I would just like to state that i love this style, so i was excited to try...boy was i let down

A-cloudy yellow with a nice white head

S-slight creamy grassiness. faint scent.

T-comes in with a creamy taste of weeds and spearmint. its a clean taste of medium strength. matching after-taste. odd tasting.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-i love this style but i think Sam Adams once again missed the point. the grassyness is there...which i love, however there are some off flavors there and a weird creaminess that makes this beer taste more like some light american ale than a true german lager. i'll give it another shot i'm sure, not completely turned off...yet.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow color with a perfect white head that has good retention. [3.75]

Smell: Expecting a lighter "Spring" beer, I was surprised by how much hop aroma was present; probably more than a typical pale ale. Citrusy hops are the dominant aroma, but accompanied by hints of lemons, oranges, fresh cut hay, plus generic floral and herbal notes. Very promising!

Taste: In short, well-balanced, clean and refreshing. While the hoppy aroma suggests an APA or even an IPA, the flavor profile is different. Clearly this has a significant and fine (Noble?) hop component, but the flavor sensation is more that of complex, light (in terms of bitterness and hops) APA. A variety of flavors make appearances, including lemon, generic citrus, flowers, light toasted grains, caramel, hay, bread and light herbs.

Mouthfeel: Light+ body; excellent medium carbonation. Crisp with some dryness in the finish.

O: a very well crafted beer that makes me want to further explore the Keller Bier/Zwickel Bier style. Would make an excellent session beer. Great with food.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is straw yellow hued and mildly hazy. The head is white and measures about a quarter inch or so, leaving a thick sheet of lacing in its wake.

The aroma offers oranges, lemons, malt, various citrus. Smells like a German lager.

The flavor is malt forward with an assortment of citrus fruits. Definitely tastes like a German lager. I enjoy this beer much more than I expected. A bit grainy in the back with a touch of alcohol.

Light to medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Nice feel. Residual malty sweetness.

Overall, a pretty tasty brew that I would have again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with and impressive hazy orange color with a very nice looking white head on top. The lacing and retention on this beer were very good as well. The smell of the beer gives off some citrusy lager like aromas that are interesting. The taste of the beer has a citrusy start to it with some nice refreshing qualities, the finish is similar to a wheat beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is a soft, well carbonated and drinkable. Overall this beer wasn't bad, I would probably drink it again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, unfiltered, pale, yellow-orange coloring with a sparse coating of film. Good solid lacing along the glass as the beer moves around. Aromas are very light, with a slight lemon zest and clove spicing, but not much of anything else. Flavors are roasty and toasty, with a grainy cereal backbone, and some extremely subtle hops and citrus tones. The hops take over into the aftertaste, with a dry, peppery profile. The finish is slightly dry, with a hint of cloves left behind. Aromas and palate are weak overall, but the body and finish are well put together. Could be a good beer with a liitle more "oomph" on the palate.

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Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murkey, straw-like color with a moderately sized head. The aroma is restrained...clean, but some grass and grain...a touch of yeast and pale malt. The beer is flavorful and fresh...a little tart. There is a little fruit in the flavor, orange and apple, but it's essentially a clean beer. Medium-light in body. The beer has a notable malt sweetness that continues through the taste. Not much hop bitterness or flavor, just a little for balance.

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Photo of dac0152
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, after frequenting this site for "2.58" years and only reviewing two beers, I've decided to make an effort to do more...more...more!! Here goes:

Alpine Spring rests in the glass with a nice golden hue, like straw but a little more orange tint. It's hazy and unfiltered, with a nice thick head that leaves lace sticking to the glass with every sip. Mmmm.

Fresh cut grass, Citrus and sweet bread/malt comprises the aroma, but it's nothing that makes me smile and sit back in astonishment. Good but not great.

Taste starts out like the smell-- super floral, grassy, and citrus, orange and lemon, but then moves on to a calm yeasty and bread-like sweetness, coming from the honey malt, and finishes clean and dry with a small bit of noble hop spice. Just like the smell, pretty good but nothing knocking me off my feet. Tettnang was a good choice.

This beer tastes like baseball. In Texas, watching the Rangers play can be extremely hot at the Ballpark, and this beer just screams to me, "drinkability!" I would love to have this on a hot afternoon or balmy night.

Alpine Spring succeeds in retaining good hop flavor while staying light and crisp. Perfect to drink while eating or enjoying anything outdoors. Seriously. A great hop-forward taste with the clean crispness of a lager? Yes, please.

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Photo of pvsob
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy straw color with a half inch head that disappears rather quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S- Doughy malts, grass, light lemon zest, sweet oranges, and just a hint of noble hops.

T- Grainy/bready malt flavor followed by that Sam Adams green apple flavor. Finishes with a nice balance of malt and bitterness.

M- Light feel with medium to high levels of carbonation.

Overall- An all around decent lager, but for some reason I'm just not digging this one. If you absolutely have to, by all means pick one up and give it a try. Personally, I don't plan on revisiting this brew anytime soon. Cheers.

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Photo of tatums1984
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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