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Amstel Bock - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +21.2%

rekel, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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

rvdoorn, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

david18, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of RuudJH
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

RuudJH, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

ccrida, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of MM3
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

MM3, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of PapaEugene
2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

PapaEugene, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of dbek
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
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...

dbek, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

seanyfo, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
3.63/5  rDev +10%
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)

Absumaster, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of patto1ro
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

patto1ro, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

paterlodie, Dec 22, 2004
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Amstel Bock from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
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