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

Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring
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Samuel Adams Alpine SpringSamuel Adams Alpine Spring

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

A: Appears a cloudy golden color with a nice white head with excellent retention.

S: Smells of sweet bready malt with a nice, light aroma of citrussy, grassy and herbal hops.

T: Slightly sweet bready malt flavors come forth and coat the palate, then comes a wave of lemony, grassy and herbal hop character and a quick dryness with some residual sweetness. Very nice.

M: Medium body with an amazingly smooth carbonation. Very creamy.

O: A great new Spring seasonal offering by Sam Adams. Maybe they'll make this year-round like Noble Pils someday!

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

Served on draft at Paradise into a 16 oz shaker pint glass.

A: Cloudy golden-orange colored body with a thick and creamy slightly off white head. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass, and the retention was pretty good too despite it's quick dissipation. All in all, a nice looking beer.

S: Very crisp and clean smelling, there's nothing off or standout to the aroma which is nice. Pale malts, some caramel, and nice earthy floral hop notes. Everything seems very balanced and work extremely well together. It's pleasant but not in your face with any one aspect.

T: An interesting one - starts off with a nice slightly bitter floral hop note along with a little bit of citrus. This changes on the back of the palate to a very grainy and sweet malty flavor. It's really good actually. Not a ton of complexity but it has enough flavor to warrant this as a tasty, easy drinking hybrid beer. I'm not really sure what to compare or call this beer, it's very unique in its flavor profile. Nicely done.

M: Well carbonated, a bit on the lighter side of a medium-bodied beer but plenty creamy. Very smooth and easy drinking. No off flavors in the linger.

This was a huge surprise from Samuel Adams. I'm generally a fan of most of their offerings and am always excited to try something new from them. For me, this is a welcomed "spring" seasonal (although we're seeing it in January but that's another discussion) that I'll be sure to grab a six-pack of for the appropriate weather.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its not even the first day of the new year and Samuel Adams is already thinking Spring with their new Spring Thaw variety pack, featuring 3 new beers. This is a review of last years February release of their new signature seasonal.

A: This is an unfiltered beer, pours a bright, hazy orange color with a solid 3/4 inch creamy colored head with lots of tiny bubbles on top. As the head settles, the beer leaves some significant lacing on the glass.

S: Initial aroma is floral based with lemon peel and hops. I also get some toasted grains, lager yeast and some honey. Smell is a little more faint that I would have liked, but is pretty earthy from what aroma is there.

T: Flavor consists of initial lemon zest and maybe some orange citrus, that is accompanied by some hop character and floral notes. A nice sweetness to the taste with earthy flavors that stick to you palate all the way through.

M: Dry and crisp is what I would describe in the mouth. Has decent carbonation and character.

O: I enjoyed this beer, had some good earthy aromas and flavors. I was hoping for more of a kick in the hop department, but this beer is still pretty cold. So if you enjoy after letting it sit for about 30 minutes, flavor and aromas should enhance that much more. Very sessionable beer!

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

from a 12 oz bottle notched BB 0712

A- pours a light orange/yellow color with a frothy white 2 finger head and a nice amount of lacing

S- faint citrus with sweet pale malts

T- started with mellow sweet malts but gave way to floral citrus hops has a bread and yeast finish some lemon baked bread

M- was crisp and floral light on the palate with a nice sweetness of hops and malts

O- a nice offering for spring very easy to drink and i think i will be drinking more this spring

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

On-tap 2/1/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a quick burst of hops bitterness that quickly fades into a light malt and grain breadiness. There’s a touch of malt and citrus sweetness in the background. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it tastes like a light version of their previous year’s spring seasonal Noble Pils. Overall it’s a decent beer to pound down for a long time.

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

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of lemon zest, citrus, bready malts and some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has that lemon zest and citrus along with some grassy hops, sweet bready malts and light spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Very refreshing!

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy straw color with a 2 finger white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells of sweet woody honey type smell that is quite pleasant, but not overly strong. Has some nice grassy notes in the taste along with a decent, but not strong hop taste. Goes down smooth with a good medium body and proper amount of carbonation. Overall, a very good brew and a nice addition to the Sam Adams family.

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

On Tap

A: Very Cloudy Orange/amber, unfiltered, looks like a hefe. Leaves some lacing, not a ton, more than your average sams.

S: Sweet, Lemon bready, wheaty.

T: Lemon sweetness up front, light brown maltyness, some earthy noble tasting hops in finish. A clean finish.

M: Creamy, very carbonated, pretty money. Good session beer.

O: Solid offering from Sam, not too not worthy. Seems kinda like a combo of the Noble Pils and Summer Lager. This would probably taste better in may than june. On tap its pretty solid though.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy light gold color with a medium, creamy, white persistent head that leaves strong lacing in its trails.

S-It starts off with a mild spring like citrus/floral aroma from the hops and a beautiful fresh baked bread smell from the grains. It's pretty simple and straight forward from the smile but yet beautiful.

T-The flavor is much like the aroma but, actually exactly like the aroma. Full of mild floral/citrusy hop notes backed by very bready flavors from the grain with a very mild hop bitterness.

M-It's extremely creamy with a balanced yet more on the sweet side on the finish. It has the perfect amount of carbonation.

O-Overall, I really enjoyed this beer as a spring/summertime beer so much so that I am going to attempt to brew a beer like this for my wife because she likes it so much. I had to buy a six pack of it after trying two in the mix twelve pack. I highly recommend this beer for people who live in a warm climate right now, get it while it's fresh. Cheers everyone!

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange with a solid white head. A good amount of clingy lacing sticks around after the head recedes, leaving a thin strip of white foam that doesn't seem to ever leave.

S- Light citrus on the nose with wheat and a touch of banana and clove. Technically sound aroma, even if they aren't overly pronounced.

T- Awesome clean citrus wheat flavors. Good amounts of spice with a smooth banana taste at the middle. The end is slightly earthy, with just enough of a spicy, earthy hop bite to balance out the lingering orange sweetness. Pretty solid taste.

M- Smooth and light bodied. Really awesome mouthfeel.

O- Solid, tasty, refreshing beer. Great for those first warm days for Spring. Go drink some!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First came the White Ale, than the Noble Pils, and now this. When I heard that Sam had a new Spring offering coming out, I was pretty excited. Most of their newer beers have been a step up from their classic selection so when I popped one of these open, I had great expectations. Sure enough, this met and exceeded them, along with introducing me to the style of Keller/Zwickel beers!

This had a great pour, with a frothy head and translucent golden hue to it. The aroma was a bit weak but then came the flavors. Lots of honey and citrus with a very mild and grassy undertone to everything. Sure, the lacing wasn't really present but the carbonation was spot on and the back of this beer had a wonderful goldenrod and grassy tone that lingered well and faded nicely. While not as crisp as the Noble Pils, there was a lot to like here and this went down well. To say that this was bright would be a spot-on assessment.

The alcohol was a hair high here but since this style emulates the strength of a Bock, it was fitting that this had just a bit of punch to it. While this wasn't as filling as Hefeweizen and was drier in the mouthfeel, this was just as good and easy to quaff as that style. Sam has a winner on its hands here and it's hard to not envision this being a go-to beer during the Spring.

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

Had this tonight with dinner at a Chili's. If I'm grateful to Sam Adams for anything, it's bringing a solid option for a beer to almost every corner of the country.

Came to me in a Sam Adams perfect pint, or whatever the hell they call their Boston Lager glass. Hazy medium golden hue. Smells of slight hops aroma, but mostly wheat and malty notes. Taste was actually pretty complex. It didn't have what I like to call the usual "Sam Adams taste." Started off like a traditional wheat beer with lighter notes and grassy tones, but then some malt came through. Ended with a slight hops kick, but not much at all in among the sweeter malt profile.

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

Poured from a Sam Adams' bomber.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw with two fingers off white head. Lively carbonation. Head retention is moderate. Looks like a hefe to me.

S: Tree fruits, toasted crackery smelling malt, hint of citrus and spice from the hops.

T: Big bready malt with bits of hops clinging on for dear life. Again, a bit of the floral spiciness and citrus from the hops, but not really that much. In fact, I'd say the hop presence is fairly muted. The yeast presence, however, is not. Little bit of nuttiness and a bit of flowery sweetness to balance the ever so slight hoppiness.

M: Light and easy. Strikes a fine balance between crisp and cloying. Maybe ever so slightly to the cloying side given the inherent sweetness of the brew.

O: I'm not really a Sam fan. I appreciate what they do for craft brewing, but consider them more of a "stepping stool" between the macros and the crafts. Beers like this make me rethink that. A great brew by Sam. Maybe I should diversify my Samuel Adams experience.

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Photo of sniper061
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-This is a nice looking hazy yellow beer with nice carbonation. Poured into a pilsner glass, this was done for me, it is very pretty.

Smell- Citrus with a nice faint hoppy smell to it.

Taste- This is one of those beers that really can liven up your palate. The citrus is there all the way til the end and the hops taste doesnt kick your teeth in when it hits your mouth.

Mouthfeel- This is definitely one of those beers that you can drink and it sits very nicely on your palate. It has wonderfully small bubbles of carbonation that seem to make all the tastes "pop" in your mouth.

Overall- I truly enjoyed this beer, and, even though this is not my first choie in types of beer, I will be adding this to my beer fridge for friends and family when they come over. This beer is very good from beginning to end and matches with so many different food types I think you would be safe ordering this with almost anything that would be on a bar menu. I think spicy wings would be calmed by the citrus and the hops. I think a burger with onions and mushrooms would be cleaned from your palate by the carbonation of this beer.

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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 pep
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjboesen
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once poured into my special Samuel Adams Lager Glass, it appears a cloudy amber capped with a spongy marshmallow crown. The nose is a mish-mash of banana and mango esters, while the palate is greeted with a cloying hint of lemongrass and malt.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp, much like the usual kellerbier would taste; this is a spectacular beer to quaff on a hot day: a splendid sessional beer; sweet and citrusy.

Just the way we like it. Jim Kocj strikes again.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by June 2012) poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow beer. Nicely thick 1/8" off-white head with plenty of thick strands of lacing all over the glass. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the glass. A very nice looking beer.

Smell: Clean, floral, just a hint of malt. Mild aroma though.

Taste: Nice clean malt, with a pleasant noble hop finish - citrus, earthy/spicy. Mild cider flavor in there with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth, just a bit thicker than water. Nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable and I would easily have another. A great looking beer and a very good German-style lager.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into my matching SA glass 9/4/12

A hazy golden orange with the laser etching doing its job as a shitload of tiny bubbles sustain a two finger bone white head for the entire beer, foam and lace at the bottom of the glass is a good sign

S a nice floral citric hop nose with a little honey, smells simple but quite nice

T a little rind and cereals to go with what I smell, a little toned down from the nose but still pretty good

M light and fluffy from the bubbles without being foamy, what I smell lingers faintly for a while

O just a little more intensity in terms of flavor would make this one just that much better, solid stuff though I enjoyed it

these are pretty easy to drink that's for sure, I always enjoy Sam Adams brews more then I think I will. decent stuff for the spring sun

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Photo of alexgash
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring has a thin-to-medium, egg shell colored head and a hazy orange-yellow appearance, with lots of tiny streaming bubbles and a good amount of lacing rings left down the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts and citrus. Taste is of sweetness, orange peel, a bit of pine, and hop bitterness, which makes one think it’s higher in IBU than just 19. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Alpine Spring finishes crisp, mild, easy drinking, and refreshing. Overall, it’s really nice.


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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half-high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grassy and floral hops in the nose along with notes of spices and hints of citrus.
T: The malts and hops take center stage in the overall taste, contributing flavors of bready and grainy malts, citrusy and spicy hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a very good balance between malts and hops and has some flavors that are reminiscent of a maibock.

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

Pours cloudy yellow color with a cloudy 2 finger white head that faded average time and left good spotty lacing, as well as a layer on top; looks like a hefeweizen.

Smells of lemon, fresh cut grass, citrus hops, sweet malt and grains; pretty basic nose that is sweet, floral and true to it's name like a spring morning.

Tastes of lemon, wheat, citrus hops, floral hops, flowers, herbs, light toasted grains, caramel, hay, bread crust and light herbs; very floral with nice citrus notes, this starts off grainy and malty, then turns hoppy for nice balance with a zesty slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with a light body, mild carbonation and a light and almost watery feel.

A nice mix of hefeweizen and lager with just enough hops to make it citrusy and enjoyable. First adventure into the Keller Bier/Zwickel Bier style, so if Alpine Spring is true to form, then I think I’ll enjoy this style and seek out more of these beers.

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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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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 34.7% out of 100 with 2,571 ratings
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