Amstel Bock - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
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3.43/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
04-16-2013 06:31:09 | More by metter98
3.7/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
11-20-2012 16:58:25 | More by Douberd
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
11-15-2012 16:47:37 | More by BlackHaddock
3.48/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
04-15-2012 21:12:14 | More by djura
2.7/5 rDev -18.4%
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
03-11-2012 23:50:08 | More by patra7
3.28/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
01-14-2012 22:00:18 | More by JosLutz
4/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
11-30-2011 15:02:13 | More by BEERchitect
Amstel Bock from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
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