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Amstel Bock - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.42%


Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Has changed names a number of times in the past:
1983 - Amstel Bockbier
1996 - Amstel Herfstbock
2003 - Amstel Bock

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2004)
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patto1ro

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fruit and expresso aromas; bittersweet taste with liquorice, dates and black toffee aromas; a long bitter finish with espresso, cream and burnt aromas.
Surprisingly good - probably the best traditional bottom-fermented bock. It has exactly the right blance of bitterness and sweetness for the style. Easily Heineken's best bottom-fermented beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 13:37:34 | More by patto1ro
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a reddish-brown color with a nice light-brown head.
Smell: Heavy roasted malts, licorice, toffee
Taste: Roasted malts, toffee, medicinal, some light licorice. Aftertaste is sweet, dry and aromatic
Mouthfeel: Medium body, soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice brew

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 22:31:58 | More by rvdoorn
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The highlight of Greece culminates in the last beer enjoyed before the trip home. Amstel's Herfstbock carries the opidome of flavors that are best represented in authentic German Bockbiers. Dry toasty malt flavor and feel chase the beer from initial aromas to it's malty-dry finish. Medium to heavy toast are the perfect complemnts to rich walnut and burnt caramel malt flavor. But without the associated sweetness from malt, the beer instead relies on smooth savory lager flavors of caramelized starch and caramel for a nearly meaty taste. Full bodied to start, the beer's lager-like character takes hold with a fully attenuated dryness but without astringency or unnecessary bite. Low in bitterness, hops aren't needed to balance the toasty malt body and finish. Delicious throughout and a fine complement to kebabs and smoked gouda.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 15:02:13 | More by BEERchitect
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21 Oct 2012 in Valkenburg, Holland: Cafe De Grendelpoort is having a Bockfest and this was one of the brews on-tap. It was down as 'Amstel Ripe Bok', the barrel had been stored for a year and this was the 2011 Winter brew being broached for the little pub-fest.

The dark ruby red colour I was expecting turned up, along with a small but complete head of tan coloured bubbles.

The smell and taste were semi-burnt malts and red berries (no peat bogs this time, unlike the tin I found in Greece).

Fairly mellow and smooth feel to the brew, maybe because of the years wait, but as I've never had a fresh on-tap one I don't know if it is always like that.

I'd have had another but there were more to try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 16:47:37 | More by BlackHaddock
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into Amstel Bock branded chalice.

A- Dark ruby/mahogany, aggressive pour gives a 2 finger head that disappates quickly to leave a crown, minimal lacing

S- Some dark fruit, roasted coffee beans?? vanilla maybe treacle too

T- Dark fruits again, roasted coffee, alcohol is well masked in the finish by the malt sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation with full body.

D- A nice enough bock, my first dutch bock in fact and a lot different to the german offerings, nonetheless, an interesting and tasty brew.

Fruit and expresso aromas; bittersweet taste with liquorice, dates and black toffee aromas; a long bitter finish with espresso, cream and burnt aromas.
Surprisingly good - probably the best traditional bottom-fermented bock. It has exactly the right blance of bitterness and sweetness for the style. Easily Heineken's best bottom-fermented beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 19:32:17 | More by seanyfo
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david18

New York

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a glass of this at a bar while visiting Amsterdam recently. Who knew that Amstel had anything besides light beer. This, among many of their other offerings, was somewhat interesting.

Poured an amber/brown color with a light brown head. The aroma was slightly malty with some of the alcohol coming through. The taste also had a distinct combination of malt and alcohol heat, not unlike most bocks. I would recommend seeking this out when visiting Europe, especially (obviously) in Holland.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 19:08:09 | More by david18
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paterlodie

Belgium

3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being last years winner of Pint Bokbeertastings and always being a good one in my eyes I was looking foreward in tasting the amstelbok 2004.
Nice appearance, great lightbrown head and a rubyred colour. Smell is litle maltysweet and hardly any yeastsmell but in my vieuw nothing special. Taste is full maltybodied dry with a good aftertaste thats bitter mainly from hops but litle roast as well.
Good bock worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 10:46:56 | More by paterlodie
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Douberd

Netherlands

3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABV 7%
Typical dutch brown bottle of 300 ml. Poured into a snifter glass.
This beer pours a dark ruby colour, without any activity in the glass and one finger of head, beige in colour. The head has average retention and once gone, leaves a light lacing around the glass, plus some traces of foam on the beer's surface.
Aroma is mostly caramel and dark chocolate, with some alcohol as well. Some toffee too.
Medium bitterness on the taste, with the dominant flavour being bitter chocolate. Caramel notes can be also found. Very tasty.
Nice thick body and medium carbonation. A bit oily on the palate.
I am not a big fan of Amstel anymore, but this one is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 16:58:25 | More by Douberd
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a typical Dutch bockbier, recipes change every year and while this was one of my favorites last year, I find it hard to choose between sweet and even sweeter bockbiers.

Appearance was dark red/brown, a very small head that almost disappeared.
Smell was malty and burned, with some liquorice whiffs. A slight husky smell is also present.
Taste is roasted and caramellic, slight liquorice taste. Still sticky, but not as sticky as it's brother from Heineken. Body is pretty thick and aftertaste is dry but also sweet and sticky.

A good bockbier, even for the sweetness one of the best this year (2006)

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 15:38:23 | More by Absumaster
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dbek

Greece

3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has one of the highest quality per price rate, at least where I come from (Greece). It has a typical brown/red color and a weak (for its style) smell. The taste is pretty smooth - not too strong and not too light - and a bit woody, but there are no big surprises there. It has a very good drinkability and you could easily have a six pack for starters... It has been my every-day beer for many many years...

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 13:04:08 | More by dbek
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djura

Serbia

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got it from Greece,so this one is actually made in some Greece brewery from Athens.

A-No carbonation at all. Excellent darker foam,lasting long enough. Dark ruby color.

S-Mostly caramel malt,chocolate with some dark fruits.

T/M-Lighter winter beer,a bit watery,caramel in the mouth,also nice bitterness,0 carbonation.

O-It is lager,and you could taste that,so not the best style,but nice to have once in the wile.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 21:12:14 | More by djura
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trying some bockbeers, this one from my homecountry.
33 cl. bottle in this style, from the mainstream brewery, trying to access a special market like most mainstream brewers do.

Dark brown with a decent head, good lacing in the glass.
Smell and taste are of caramel, malts, some dark fruits, dried fruits.
The aftertaste is bittersweet. The alcohol is very present, but it's not too harsh at all. Actually sweet.
Decently drinkable bockbier. It's very much middle of the road in this particular style. Not bad, but nothing special either.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 17:12:59 | More by RuudJH
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metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Oud Holland, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is clear dark yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a foamy white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sweetness and caramel.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with initial flavors of malty sweetness and then notes of smoked malts towards the finish. There is just enough bitterness to prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels a little lighter compared to other bock beers but this makes it relatively easy to drink without being too filling. I liked the notes of smoke in the finish because these kept the taste from being one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 06:31:09 | More by metter98
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ccrida

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the logo snifter at a brown cafe in Amsterdam, Amstel Bock is a dark chestnut brown with a ruddy glow, with an off-white head that leaves lots of lace.

Smell is sweet, malty, with caramel and brown sugar, with a hint of almond as it opened up, but rather soft overall.

Taste is malty but bittersweet, with a lingering bitterness and not much complexity.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, but with some creaminess. Medium light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, light and bitter, but not to exciting.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 01:04:08 | More by ccrida
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MM3

Netherlands

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apearance: A ruby red color, with a little head, depending how the beer is poured in the glass.

Smell: The smell is malty bitter.

Taste: The taste is malty with a nice hint of chocolate malt and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a little body and is a bit dry.

Drinkability: The beer is good to drink, but has a bit dry aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 19:53:29 | More by MM3
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JosLutz

Netherlands

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured it from a 33 cl. bottle into a glass on a sunny autumn afternoon, sitting on my neighbours 1900 barge. Ideal circumstances, hence.

The colour was very dark brown, ruby when held against the light. It had little foam.

The taste was a little flat, with a remote hint of spices and smoked wood.
Somewhat cowardish in the beginning, slightly bitter at the end.

Well balanced between yeast and sweet.

A fine Bock, nothing more nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:00:18 | More by JosLutz
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PapaEugene

Netherlands

2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this one on tap in the Groene Engel in my hometown...and was the only bock available.

A: Brown/red with a minimal lightbrown head.

S: Some roasted malts and a sign to expect an overpowering sweetness.

T: Exactly, SUGARS upfront. Roasted malts and that's about it.

M: Medium carbonation and a very light body.

D: I'll pass on the 2009 edition! But will try again in some years. These seasonal bock beers keep changing taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 08:02:11 | More by PapaEugene
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patra7

Greece

2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very deep, dark red. Big brown head with average retention.
Smell: Not much expect for some boiled cabbage-like smell (not very pleasant!).
Taste: Definitely malty character balanced by some bitterness. Light notes of roasting also present but overall, all flavors feel somehow subdued.
Mouthfeel: Full body, perhaps a bit too full, with a sticky feel that I don’t like. Very low carbonation.
Drinkability: Not for me. Something with the stickiness, something with the absence of (pleasant) smells, I just wouldn’t want another one

Serving type: can

03-11-2012 23:50:08 | More by patra7
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