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Amsterdam Spring Bock - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Derek on 03-11-2009

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Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 56
Photo of FRANKIE65
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

One dimensional. Bite, but, no substance. Disappointing to say the least. Improved slightly as it warmed.
Won't be purchasing again.

Photo of mick303
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the lcbo. Poured quite a dark brown with a nice amount of film and lacing.

S - malty caramel notes, some herbal spice, lemony, earthy, leather, with some sprucy resin notes, nice and foresty. Restrained but quite malty and resin spice, which is nice.

T - malty, a bit sweet with robust bready notes, complemented with some piney resin, apple fruit notes, caramel (quite a bit), some light spiciness, but overall its pleasingly malty and caramel, with a drying finish.

M - moderate feel, creamy and malty, moderate carbonation with a nice balance to the sweetness. Overall it drinks very easily and the alcohol is very restrained.

Quite a nice malty bock, some pleasant earthy hop notes come to balance it out, creamy and tasty feel to it. Altogether it was a tasty beer, a bit too sweet, but it was nice.

Photo of DaveBar
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.50 or so for a 500ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone pretty quick. Very dark brown

S- Pretty little here. Has some malt to it but it's trapped inside the beer LOL

T- Pretty good. Fair amount of roasted malt and some bittering hops. Has that bock sensation. Good spice. A touch grassy. Good balance where nothing sticks out.

M- Creamy good. Nice malt

O- Pretty good. Will buy again. It's a nice blend with little heat to it.

Food Pairing

This pretty nice beer went well with....... Spicy Pad Thai with peanuts and extra bean sprouts

Enjoy

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

500 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased for $4.25 CDN and advertised as 7.3% ABV.

Appearance - a coppery orange color with a hazy appearance. Capped by a finger and a bit of a dense off white head. Just clear enough that one can se plenty of lively bubbles.

Smell - cherry and other orchard fruits, a bit of a mocha aroma after repeat whiffs. Comes together like Black Forest cake.nose is subdued even after warming

Taste - the cherry and chocolate cake comes through again, although any sweetness is counteracted by a mild malty bitterness that one would find in a porter. A bit boozy, but not too bad.

Mouthfeel - smooth feel, relatively big but not extreme body, and steady carbonation throughout.

Overall - a fine, well executed doppelbock, with nice dessert like flavours. Not really pushing the boundaries but this is a tasty beer that can be enjoyed on its own or with dessert year round. Given the reasonable price on this, I may pick it up again.

Photo of Derek69
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A great doppelbock from Amsterdam brewery. The aromas I find are mostly chocolate, not overpowering though. A dark mahogany colour, not a lot of very white head,

Doppelbock is a very full bodied type of beer, and this is no exception. Sturdy and flavourful, but dont expect the flavour to change at all. They used seven types of malt to balance out the bitterness of the hops and you can tell. Its a very well crafted, and well balanced beer. At 7.3% alcohol I'm not sure how sessionable it is, but at the time of writing this, the LCBO here in Ontario has these 500mL bottles for almost a dollar off.
Amsterdam has aged this brew for six weeks before bottling, four more than regular lagers.
A lot of wonderful flavours and character. Bitter/sweet flavours are nice with a long finish.

Photo of kevinlater
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle into snifter. 7.2% abv. smudged & illegible date code on the neck of the bottle

a: a beautiful and clear dark mahogany (just like the bottle says) with a finger of off-white head

s: raisins and bready malts. hints of figs, slight caramel as well. not a strong or complex aroma but it definitely smells appetizing

t: mostly raisins and toasted bread. slight apple, nutty, grassy, and chocolate flavours on the back end. a little bit of alcohol comes through. finishes dry and bitter. good stuff

m: medium body with good and appropriate carbonation

o: it's one-dimensional but it's tasty

Photo of patre_tim
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Rusty brown, clear filtered, very little carbonation, 3 fingers of very light tan head.

S: Skunk, offal, toasted burnt caramel, light citrus hops, apple candy.

T: Apple candy, lightly burnt caramel, toasted malt, light citrus lemon peel hops.

M: Medium thick body with little carbonation.

O: It’s a good brew. I Like the slight citrus note that’s not overdone, and the overall flavour. Not overly sweet as some in this style tend to be in my opinion.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; served only slightly chilled and poured into a mug. One of the few 'big name' Amsterdam brews I've neglected to try so far, I couldn't in good conscience pass this one up with doppelbocks being so rarely available locally.

Pours a deep brown, bordering on opaque colour, but with ruby red tinges under the light. Generates nearly two fingers of frothy, light-tan coloured head that slowly seeps away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a modest ring of lacing. The aroma is definitely sweet and malty, with hints of caramel, molasses, milk chocolate, figs and raisins. Don't know if I'd use 'rich' to describe it, but it's certainly far from subdued.

Fairly straightforward flavour; nothing too exotic, and heavy on the malts as one might hope. Brown sugar and molasses sweetness are the first things I pick out, followed up by roasted nuts, baker's chocolate and more raisin/fig flavours. The finish is a mixture of herbal hops, alongside some slight booziness and coffee-ground earthiness that lingers into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with appropriate balance between the big, sweet, malty flavours and the more subtle bitter/dry ones. Moderate carbonation that gives it a lively mouthfeel, although it leaves a rather sticky feel behind on the palate. Really drinkable for something listed at a sturdy 7.8%, with just enough kick from the ethanol to remind you it's a doppel rather than a standard bock.

Final Grade: 3.94, a respectable B+. Spring Bock may be my new favourite brew in Amsterdam's portfolio, narrowly beating out their Boneshaker IPA. It offers a pleasant balance between dark malty goodness and subtle hop bitterness, with enough ethanol heat to make it a great warmer for late winter/early spring. Not quite within the realm of Celebrator or other classic German doppels, but a worthy substitute that I wouldn't hesitate to pick up again next year. Worth a try this season while it's still around.

[Updated April 9 2014]

2014 edition. It's just as great as it was last year, and at $4.25 a bottle it's surprisingly affordable, as well. I've been in a bocky mood for the past few days, and this one is fairly high quality for the price so I'm sure I'll be back for more before the season is over.

Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeah! Derek's beer, finally! Thanks to Liamt07 for getting me this big want through the CANBIF.

Appearance. Pours a light cola brown with almost no head.

Smell. Roasted malts and caramel, booze and a little grassy hops.

Taste. Caramel, some roasted grains and some slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice beer, easy drinking and not too sweet.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutger for this one.

A: Slight tan head over mahogany liquid.

S: Caramel, figs and cherries.

T: Caramel, chocolate, figs and cherries with some citrus hops.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Frankly, this should be rated higher. Extremely drinkable and tasty. Reminiscent of celebrator.

Photo of Yeoman9459
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - looks good, nice small layer of head.

Smell - its okay, doesn't smell like anything special. Malt, nutty, caramel, bit of hops.

Taste - better than it smells, nice hoppiness. Chocolate, coffee, malt.

Mouthfeel - solid bitterness, good amount of carbonation, quite refreshing. Closer to medium bodied.

Overall - really impressed by this beer, it is exactly what it says, a Spring Bock. All of the seasonal releases from this brewery are awesome.

Photo of SebD
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice mahogany brown/amber color to it. It has a nice thick beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet and roasted malts, caramel, nuttiness and floral hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice floral/tropical taste from the hops with the malts adding a roasty, caramelly, nutty, dark fruit flavor.

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

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

Photo of slitherySOB
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out an almost near black, with a little film for head. Very dark, with just a hint of orange showing through the bottom. Smells nutty and chocolaty, with some tropical fruits and coffee thrown in. Tastes delectably sweet. Chocolate, coffee, raisins, figs, and big malty character. Some nuttiness in the background as well. Specifically... Walnuts, I think. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and a bit sticky. Which seems appropriate. I like this beer. A lot. It's filling without being gassy. Almost a meal in a glass.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Near black that appears ruby red held up to light. A sufficient amount of creamy dirty tan coloured foam head. Quite a good retention and lacing. Surprised at how good looking this is.

S: Caramel, lightly toasted elements (evident dark chocolate & coffee), banana, pineapple, and walnut. Good mix of varied aromas, but slightly difficult to detect.

T: Large caramel-like malt backbone, dried dark fruits (dates & raisins), banana, molasses, and nuts. Bit of a boozy warmth is there. Not as robust as I would prefer but quite tasty nonetheless.

M: Medium bodied with an appropriate carbonation. Sticky and syrupy with a bit of a semi tart hop-like finish.

D: Quite a good above-average doppelbock. Certainly worth a try. Wouldn't mind trying this on-tap.

Photo of peensteen
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red, near brown colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, some lace left behind. Smell is malty, dark breads, brown sugary sweetness, chocolate scents, as well as darker fruits in there. Taste follows the nose and is full of malt, chocolate and roasted flavours come out, dark bread flavours and dark fruits, fairly sweet throughout. Medium-figh carbonation, full body, good full feel. Pretty good stuff, a little sweeter than I care for but a nice seasonal that I will pick up a few times yearly.

Photo of BGDrock
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A local brew!

Appearance: very dark brown, slightly hazy, small head with good lace

Aroma: strong scent escapes when bottle is opened, but it's much lighter in the glass; fruity malts

Taste & Mouthfeel: nutty at first, not too sweet, then finishes with pleasant hops; it's nicely balanced and lingers on the tongue; medium body with smooth mouthfeel and light carbonation

Overall: very easygoing and balanced, not powerful enough for winter but perfect for spring as befitting the name

Photo of decimator
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
ABV 7%

A - Poured a very dark mahogany brown with a 1cm tan head which quickly reduced to bubbles.

S - Brown sugar, chocolate, sweet, floral.

T - Honey sweetness, hint of brown sugar, toasted malts, mild bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Creamy, smooth, slick, sticky.

O - Not outstanding but still a decent Bock.

Photo of tbeckett
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from LCBO. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a dark red colour. Two finger beige head. Lot's of carbonation and a creamy head with a half finger of retention. OK rings of lacing.

S - Burnt sugar, strong stewed fruits, yeast, sweet spice, and dark malts.

T - A little alcohol, burnt sugar, fruit, yeasty, sweet spice, caramel and toffee.

M - Medium carbonation and medium body. Kinda boring.

O/D - Not bad and definately worth a try. Not an amazing bock but a welcome treat for the winter.

Photo of TerryW
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear dark brown under a big head that settles to a heavy film and gives up some early lace. Subdued aroma is of dark fruit, malt and sugar. Taste is sugar and malt, treacly molassess. Has bitter finish. Just too one-dimensional and a tad harsh on the palate. Not for me.

Photo of korguy123
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 3/23/2011

A- Cola like pour, two finger soapy egg shell head recedes to thin cap. Lacing is sheeting the sides and hanging on for dear life. Tight bubbles floating to the top.

S- Dark roasted malts, brown sugar, faint vanilla. Slight coffee notes.

T- Roasted malts, bitter coffee, slight dark chocolate. Vanilla and brown sugar but not as sweet as the nose would lead on.

M- Thin to medium bodied, carbonation is a little lively. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

O- Not bad, not great. Definitely a one and done.

Photo of uno99
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the LCBO, largely due to the attractive packaging. Yes, even an educated beer geek like myself can fall for shiny packaging and an attractive store display.

The bottle is a really odd size, especially for an Ontario brewer. In fact, the bottle doesn't even list the size! I can only guess its around 550ml. (strange since I thought it was a legal requirement around here to have the size listed on the bottle)

A: A really good looking beer Lots of lacing, nice eggy head, laces really well. Probably par for the course however for a bock.

S: Lots of chocolate. a little roast and coffee in there too. fairly fruity and sweet. not as pungent and complex as some of the better, authentic German bocks I've had.

T: Quite a lot of chocolate again. This could be re-named chocolate bock and sell decently in the fall and winter as well. Prunes figs and dark fruits are there of course. A decent hop bite in the finish.

M: Rich and thick? ..No. Smooth and velvety? ... Not really.

Overall: This beer is like a pair of glasses with good frames and bad lenses. Looks good, ticks all the boxes, but take a closer look and you realize things are little blurry.

Photo of mintjellie
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rich mahogany brown body. An inch of beige head, moderate retention, patchy lace. Underpowered aroma shows muted bread, brown sugar, dried fruit, and floral hops. Pleasant fruit-and-nut flavour, sweet bready malt, and mild roast. Lacks richness and depth. Feels a little bit thin. This one doesn't really grab me in any way.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to biegaman for this brew shipped in our annual beer bet!

Pours with a thick head. Settles into a nice lacing. Dark amber in color. Tastes of sweet malts wth a hint of fruit consistent with the style. Mouthfeel is smooth. A good representation of a dopplebock.
Cheers.

Photo of spree92
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ritzkiss for throwing this in on a trade.

A darker beer than I was expecting. A dark hazelnut with a small head on top. Disapated rather fast but left OK lacing. Not much aroma. Some roasted malts but pretty one dimensional. The taste is the same, not much happening. The mouth feel is the top of this bevvy. A moist drink that is full bodied.
This is a beer I would have never seen in Moncton, so again, thanks ritzkiss for the chance.

Photo of
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark ruby-brown with little head. Distinct aroma of chocolate malt, molasses. A slight hops aroma is detectable, but not too much. The label claims “vast amounts” of hops have been added, and it suppose that must be true if I can smell them at all over the overpowering sweetness of this beer. Dark fruit flavours, black fig, deep sweetness. Overall impression is too sweet, clunky, lacking finesse.

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Amsterdam Spring Bock from Amsterdam Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.