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:
#40,613
Reviews:
577
Ratings:
2,571
pDev:
14.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
286
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,571 |  Reviews: 577
Photo of callmeSteezy
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with a thick, long lasting white head. Nice aroma is of citrus fruit, biscuit malt and noble hops. Medium, smooth body. Bready malt, citrus fruit, light hops and musty unfiltered yeastiness fill the mouth. Finish is long and balanced. As usual, nice session lager from Sam Adams.

 311 characters

Photo of Screper
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of ale207
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bmur112
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Brunite
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright yellow in color and hazy

Smell: Some citrus...lemon...piney as well

Taste: A sweet honey start almost. Some grainy notes...followed by piney hops.

Mouthfeel: light body with medium-high carbonation

Overall:Very refreshing. Light and flavorful. I will pick up more of this for Spring.

 306 characters

Photo of KingBiscuit
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of gkatsoris
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Jerone
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly darker than straw and honey colored, very hazy with lots of bubbles. A great head that is close to creamy and stays around for a long time, reasonable lacing.

S - The smell is of some lemon, grains, wheat and a hint of spice. There is a touch of something metallic that I don't like.

T - The taste is slightly sweet with some lemon and grains, it finishes with a nice bread/wheat flavor that stays in your mouth for a long time. The flavors are good but it could use a bit more of them. If there are hops they are only slight and accent the clean taste of the lemon.

M - Good mouth feel, light feel but slightly chewy with lots of carbonation.

O - As with most Sam Adams beers, this is a solid brew but could use a bit more flavor. An enjoyable beer that is a good choice on tap at those restaurants that only have macros and sam adams seasonal.

 866 characters

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pilsner glass

A: pours a crystal clear light yellow with a finger of fine bubbled white head that lingers nicely, leaves a nice amount of crisp lacing on the glass
S: nice crisp and fresh lemon and grassy scent
T: begins with a slight lemony taste which then moves into a nice depth and bit of a wheat flavor in the middle, the lemon grass like flavor lingers on the palate long afterwards
M: smooth and crisp, medium carbonation, leaves the mouth just slightly dry
O: a real good job by samuel adams here, clean and great tasting, i loved noble pils but i think this is a more than adequate switch over

 617 characters

Photo of kingcrowing
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber with a small white head and light lacing. Nose is malty sweet and malty.

Taste is very carbonated and sharp. Mouthfeel is chewy and nice. Malty honey flavors dominate which is pretty nice. Overall its decent but nowhere near as good as noble pils.

 309 characters

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured raw noble hops and a very husky grain.

The taste was equally jagged at the start with coarse grains and sharp hops. However a bright citrus element brightened the flavor toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an interesting take on a classic style.

 418 characters

Photo of shockrocker65
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a flute glass.

Look – light amber color, somewhat hazy, good carbonation, and about a finger’s worth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – interesting hop blend in this one. Definitely smells of the nobles, perhaps Saaz hops. Wonderfully German smelling!

Taste – much like the smell. The taste of the hops are present, but not the bite, which seems to signify a higher than perceivable blend of malts. There’s a little bit of a fruit-like quality there too, but mostly just the musky taste of the hops.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced overall, not seeming to lean too heavily toward one side or another in terms of wateriness or creaminess.

Overall – pretty good brew! Surprisingly rich and interesting.

 761 characters

Photo of redliner8
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of VncentLIFE
2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Why am i drinking a spring seasonal in January? Its wayyy to early. Oh well.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark straw color. No carbonation and no head. EVen the nucleation point in my SA Perfect pint is nt doin a damn thing.

The smell is rather unimpressive. Smells like slick sopay malt. Hints of citrus.

OMG it tastes like Budweiser, actually more like a cleaner double Bud. Im not pleased, and i think this thing is going down the drain in 0.4 seconds. Im not digging the dry feed corn taste and feel.

On Tap, I got very slight hints of a hop character, but it honestly tasted like an unbalanced popcorn lager. I would have liked more sweetness and slickness, but dried corn.

 678 characters

Photo of jerkstore81
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: opaque, lemon/orange color with a white, 1 finger head that heads off to the mountains in a hurry. Good lacing.

Smell: citrus, lemony, with a malt presence.

Taste: Follows nose. A real full-bodied lager. Surprisingly rich and smooth. A bit o' honey comes through, followed by a light hoppy finish with a tang.

Mouthfeel: light to medium. Frothy.

Overall: Better than I was expecting. Very sessionable. A good replacement for Noble Pils. I think this one will do well for ladies who like lighter-tasting brews and the men who follow along their mountain paths.

 621 characters

Photo of gcotts
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of SlickestWilly
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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

A straw, gold beer with a touch of cloudiness and with a nice white head. Great head retention. Thick rings of lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma comes on with spicy, floral notes. There's a grassy, earthy hint to things.

There's a very light malt and bitterness to the taste. Very much a pilsner quality to things. Mouthfeel is soft, yet with a medium richness to it.

I like this beer overall. It goes beyond the classic pils quaulities, yet stays within the parameters, oddly enough. Worth checking out...

 511 characters

Photo of wrycon
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair straw, with an orange underbelly. Sparse head with tight-ish lacing. Strong malt nose with a fair amount of overripe orange. A bit of lemon. Pretty good. Some tang at the outset with a grainy backdrop. The tang gives way to a strong, bready malt presence. Some nuttiness and some almost... graham cracker lays fat on the tongue. End mouthfeel could be a bit cleaner, but it's an eminently drinkable and flavorful beer.

Like It? I Do

 441 characters

Photo of mulcahy87
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 2,571 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.