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

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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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 Pint 6 oz. fancy brown bottle. Freshness date etched on the label.
Served in a SA Perfect Pint glass.
Pours a hazy amber honey color with a 1" off-white head along with some patchy trailing lace.
A smell grassy malt smell carries mild lemony citrus and some herbal aromas. A late smell of boiled grain inches forward but remains in the distant background.
The malt is a bit sugary sweet. It's tempered somewhat by citrus notes and a slight metallic tang. The herbal taste rolls in as it warms.
A spritzy effervescence fades quickly, so if you enjoy a little bubbly to your beer, act quickly.
I swear, this reminds me A LOT, of the old Miller Highlife of the 70's, sans the cooked corn taste.
I hope this isn't the replacement for SA's Nobel Pils. That would be sad...

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Photo of Jared_Alexander
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Sbrunner223
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, pale gold with 1/2" head ans lasting lace. The aroma is of lemons, dough, and other citrus. The flavor has lemon, honey, and straw notes with a smooth, balanced finish.The mouthfeel is light-medium. Samuel Adams Alpine Spring is a good beer, a good session beer. Recommended.

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Photo of stewart124
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At first I thought the bartender brought me the wrong beer. This looked so cloudy and orange.

Some floral notes and straw in the nose.

More straw characters and light bread come through in the overall character with a slight sweetness and yeasty goodness. I expected this to be a hellos and be filtered then when I saw the style posted on here as keller bier it made more sense. As I mentioned this came off as being sweeter and not a dry as anticipated but that may be a result of the yeast and that it was unfiltered.

Fairly decent overall but it didn't knock my socks off or have my asking for another.

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Photo of bashiba
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a orange yellow, a touch hazy and a nice thick and sticky white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

The smell was disappointing, after reading the description I was expecting some citrusy hops, this just has a light grassy quality with a bit of coppery metallic tinge.

The flavor is sweet and malty with a light bit of grain and honey, there is a light clean bitterness, but not enough to balance out the sweeter malt, and definitely not citrusy.

The mouthfeel is light and dry.

I can see where this would be easy drinking and have some mainstream appeal with the light sweet malt flavors, but a bit disappointing when I was expecting more of a hoppy citrusy lager. I don't want to beat it up to bad, it is fairly close to style, just needs a hops.

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Photo of CTraft
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the tap a translucent yellow-orange color reminiscent of other similar beers. Has a smooth, frothy head 2-3 fingers thick that stays for a few minutes.

I detected a weak, but slightly hoppy aroma.

I did not find the taste to be particulary strong, but perhaps slightly hoppy. I thought it was similar to mass-produced light beers, but heavier.

Mouthfeel was a bit tangy, but not very strong. Neither mouthfeel nor aftertaste lingered for longer than a few seconds.

While I would recommend this a good choice for a light beer that is not overwhelming in taste or hops, I was not overly impressed. I've had much better from Sam Adams and for the same price I got this for. I think I prefer Noble Pils for a Sam's spring beer.

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Photo of abgba121
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a golden straw color with about a half inch of white head, leaves very little lace

S: sweet, very little hop presence and a nice citrusy element, though expected for being a lager

T: sweet and a small amount of citrus and yeast character, a slight hop element on the finish as well

M: thin to medium body, good carbonation

O: a decent beer, though one of the best lagers I have had

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For Brewery Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before Month Notched: July.

Appearance: This new release pours out a clouded, darkened gold body with a finger's worth of white, pitted foam.

Smell: Modest malts, with a hint of honey-brushed crackers overneath notes of black pepper, old lemons, and faded dried herbs.

Taste: Lightly bready, crackery base maltiness with just a low hint of honey flavor, but little incorporated sweetness. Citrusy, given a bit more of an orange taste here, though not ever particularly bold, scantly herbaceous hops with a light helping of bitterness to balance. One last nibble of saltless saltines precedes the drying, nearly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not too sweet, never very hoppy, and could use a bit more crispness, I've had this beer a few times on bottle and on draft at various times and it never quite manages to satisfy.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a house pint glass and glowed a wheaty, orangey color. It held a brief one finger head of stark white bubbles. This left spots of lacing, but little else. There was a thick haze to the look, with no actual sediment noted. Carbonation appeared lighter. The nose showed inclusion of orange oil and pale malts. Cherry and lime worked their way in, with some sesame seed and mossy earthiness. With warmth came a big cellar musk all the way to the back of the nose. Our first impression of this beer remarked on how soft it felt, with such bright orange inclusions. As we sipped, sour grain mash, with wheat and clean barley came first. There was sweetness of black cherry, and a light citric bite of orange. The middle moved forward with more mild wheat, clove, and a phenolic chemically sourness. Copper bite was at the peak, pulling us to an end of very much the same. Sour and wet wheat, with simple orange peel bitters finished things off. The aftertaste breathed of yeast, that huge musk from the nose, cheesiness, sweaty saltiness, and more of that big wet wheat. The body was medium and the carbonation was high. The feel was watery throughout, with a dry coating. The mouth is cooled, with okay slurp and pop, and very little froth or cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank okay.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the mix in the nose. There was a fruity sweetness which really helped to cut the grain. This grain through the taste, however, was overly sour at times, much like the dirtiness of a Blue Moon. While this fit the style, and was decently refreshing, this beer was muddy around the edges, and overly mealy.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky orange golden color with a 1.5 finger white head of fair creaminess. Retention is O.K. Appealing.

S - Crystal malt and the yeast make up the majority of the smell. The yeast is biscuity and pleasant. There are some light buried spice and citric notes. Mild to medium strength.

T - The hops are far more prevalent than on the nose, though they're not overbearing. Citric/floral/perfumy hops nicely counter the clean crystal/pale malt combo. Very simple, but very well balanced.

M - Light bodied, crisp and smooth on the finish.

D - It's simple, but it's built well and it's an easy drinker. You could do easily do worse.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with an off white head. In the aroma, light citrus and small lager like tones. In the taste, a small, sweet earthiness to citrus like flavors, with small lager like undertones all the way through. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty and small lemon citrus like aftertaste. Small earth and citrus with lager notes, it feels like a saison and a lager had a baby.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

Pours a rich golden color, soapy white head and some lacing. Aroma is bready, with a lager yeast strain evident. In the taste, grainy, sweet cereal notes and some lemony citrus. Mild noble hop bitterness, and hop flavor lingers on the palette. Easy to drink, but overall pretty average.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single from Chevy Chase, $2.25, I think. Best by June 2012

A mildly hazy yellow orange with a dense, off-white head with decent retention and nice lacing, this looks good. The nose has plenty of doughy malt character, with a nice, delicate hop character, lemony and mildly earthy. Some honey is also present. As it warms up, it gains a cereal note, along with a touch of sulfur.

The palate opens with a mild doughy and honey-like sweetness, along with some fruity flavors (melon in particular) . Mild but firm hop bitterness is present, especially towards the finish, which also has some lemony flavor, with nice balance. Moderately yeasty as well. Over-carbonated to a fault, this aspect ruins what could be a good beer IMO. And when it does dissipate, it takes on a sulfury note, and a rather slimy feel.

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Photo of pvsob
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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 Minkybut
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this brewski into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy unfiltered kinda orange looking with a kinda orange looking head. The head also did not last very long. The beer had a indescribable smell, sorry. The beer was carbonatedly tasting and had a hint of orange peel taste. Slightly bitter finish and decent lacing. Might be a good summertime beer. I will try again cause I'm really not sure if I liked it or not.

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Photo of u2carew
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick, white head. Slowly settles. Mostly clear body that is golden-orange in color. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Light aroma of floral notes and sugary sweetness.
T) Light grainy taste with some floral notes. Some pepper notes in the finish. Relatively light all around.
M) Light body. Crisp. Dry. Slightly chalky in the finish.
O) An alright beer. Seems fairly consistent with the style profile.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Samuel Adams Alpine Spring in their Brewers Choice twelve pack a couple weeks ago, I haven't been too impressed with the other new beers in the pack, but to my knowledge I have never had this style before, so I am interested to see how this beer turns out. It had June notched for it's best by date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label has some nicely done scenery in the background, but it isn't that eye catching. It poured a hazy pale straw golden color with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a slight amount of lacing. This beer looked ok but to me it looked more like a Wheat Ale then a Lager.

S- The first thing that I pick up are load of pale malts that have a low amount of medium sweetness and impart lots of grainy and bready aromas along with a slight biscuit like aroma. After that came the hops which imparted a mix of grassy and citrus aromas with the grassy aroma sticking out the most. The aroma is Ok, but it's a little bland and one dimensional.

T- The taste is pretty close to the aroma. It starts off with loads of pale malts that have a low amount of sweetness and impart a pretty dominating grainy and bready taste. Next comes a little bit of honey then some hops which are much more grassy then then they are citrusy. At the end I get some yeast flavors, on the finish it had a low amount of bitterness and a really grainy and bready aftertaste, Just like the aroma the taste was a little boring and one dimensional, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't interesting.

M- Smooth, slightly crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel suited this beer nicely.

Overall I thought that was a pretty average beer, since I have never had this style before I really didn't know what to expect but what I got was a little boring and didn't keep me entertained, I don't know if this was a bland attempt at the style or if they are suppose to be like that. It did have some pretty good drinkability and I have no doubt that this would make a pretty refreshing summer beer that would be easy to drink a lot of, but right now it just doesn't hold my attention and make me want to grab another bottle. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it fit this beer nicely and was just what it should be. What I liked least about this beer was the bland flavor and aroma and the lack hops, mainly of the citrus variety, if it had some more hops it would help balance out all those dominating bready malts. I wouldn't seek this beer out, it just doesn't stick out to me. If you want a smooth easy drinking warm weather beer this may make a good choice, but to me it isn't that interesting. This beer was very middle of the road with nothing about it being memorable. As a whole I wasn't too impressed with this years brewers choice pack, all the new beers seemed pretty lackluster and it's safe to say that I enjoyed the old beers in this pack more then the new beers, I guess I was just expecting more from their brewers choice pack, I hope the next one turns out better.

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Photo of chrisd73
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Slightly cloudy, pale orange color. Looks kind of fizzy. Head is thick with some large bubbles giving a chunky foam on top that quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing while working my way to the bottom.

Aroma is faint with some citrus. Not bad. but doesn't make me want to dive right in.

Tastes of citrus and a hint of alcohol that is then overtaken by sourness.

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Photo of LiquidSanity
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Hazy, honey gold color. Approx. 1 1/4" of head. It left a moderate amount of lace. Rather delicious color and very appealing.

Ar: Mild citrus notes. Nothing overpowering nor offensive. Very mild.

Ta: Very subtle yet intriguing. It isn't a very offensive beer. The mild citrus flavor is smooth and appealing. Nothing truly spectacular. Almost like a Blue Moon but less citrus in the flavor. I was expecting more.

Mf: Mild carbonation. Very smooth and creamy life foam texture. Soothes as it goes down. This is the strongest part of the beer. Too bad the taste doesn't match the MF.

Ov: Fun to try but leave it at that. You're better off with Blue Moon if you're craving a citrus kick. This beer fell short considering the source. At $7-10 a 6 pack, it's a little tough to swallow when there are better choices.

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Photo of 5OClockShadow
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Unfiltered golden straw appearance with okay head. Not much of an aroma. Citrus, wheat notes with a tartness. Lacks real depth. Really average--kind of bland--altogether.

We've heard this is awesome on draught so we look forward to reviewing it again.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy and light amber. The haziness makes it really stand out from other lagers. Also I quite like the yellow cap on the bottle.
S: Lemony, citrusy, a little bit of alcohol I think but I may be mistaken because it's such a light beer. It's weird you know.
T: Yeasty, citrusy, I do think I can taste the alcohol in there.
M: Sits heavy for a lager with the alcohol really shining through. lingering yeast flavor and really bubbly. Very sour.

Overall this beer is overpowered by the yeast and alcohol really coming through above the other flavors. Despite the citrus smell these flavors don't really play into the beer and it doesn't really bring anything to the table. Very sour and doesn't sit well. Perhaps mine if from a bad batch or so as I don't seem to think it's as good as other people do.

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Photo of Aoyoc
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Immortale25
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Notch on label indicates Best Enjoyed By Aug 2013.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before sinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a thick patch of surface foam.. Lacing slides quickly down the glass leaving a thin ring behind.

S- Not much there. Some cracker-like malt with maybe some underlying spice and alcohol fume. Smells kind of sweet, like there could be some honey involved. Certainly not pleasant.

T- Drinks easy enough though, once again, there's just not much going on. While it's smooth and drinkable, it's just about flavorless. Some incredibly light, grainy malt and seemingly no hop presence.

M- Pretty light body but not horribly so. Carbonation isn't bad either.

O- Oh well, at least I get to tick a brand new style.

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Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 2,571 ratings.
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