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Amsterdam Spring Bock - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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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
Reviews by Digimaika2:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO spring release.

Poured into a conical pint glass. A deep, chestnut amber brew, with the pour leaving a thick off-white inch of head. Decent retention, survived as a thin ring. Some lacing.

Nose is about what I look for in a bock - rich malt, raisins, pumpernickel bread, dark fruit, caramel and toffee. Off to a good start!

Tastes as good as it smells, a stand-up bock all around. Boozy, rich, big pumpernickel flavor, caramel and all the usual suspects. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Thicker mouthfeel, slightly creamy, mild carbonation.

A real surprise - this was a great tasting bock, perfect for the beginning of the warm spring weather. Drinks well, although one is certainly enough. Easily my favorite Amsterdam brew I've had thus far. Would that they could brew their other fare this well.

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 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 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 Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twist-off bottle, courtesy of Derek Hyde, who innovated the recipe. Love to have had this unfiltered, on cask. Poured dark brown with crowning head and lace. Unfortunately overcarbonated, but drinkable and balanced with chocolate malt. A little bitterness, above average for this brewery.

Photo of heebes
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Foil capped 500ml bottle. 7% alc./vol.
Vintage 2010
Part of the LCBO's Spring Seasonal Release

Pours a dark mahogany brown wih little to no head. Nose is phenol (strange for a 7% beer), dark fruits, slight malt. Taste is dark rye malt, dark fruits. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Perhaps it is the style I am not familiar with, but for me, not a very drinkable beer. Paired with cheese and crackers and allowed to warm up to make it more enjoyable.

Photo of eat
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a trade with Derek and also Derek's recipe. I'm excited to check this out! I can't say I've been a big fan of Amsterdam's beers, but that's super cool of them to have brewed this up. If I'm not mistaken, I think Derek mentioned that this version is stronger than 7.45% ABV...over 8% if I remember correctly.

Poured from an otherwise-unlabeled clear Amsterdam bottle. Strange to see such a dark beer in a clear bottle. Almost opaque and (very) dark brown in colour showing some ruby highlights. Initially poured with no head, but then a one finger creamy-white head did slowly rise after the whole thing was poured, only to receded fairly quickly to a ring around the glass. Bits of lacing. I'm into the dark brown colour.

Nice smell. Lots of whole wheat bread and yeast, roasted malt, bits of spice, hops and earthy wood, a little astringent, dark caramel/burnt sugar, some alcohol. Definitely smells like a doppelbock.

The taste is quite bready as well, along with roasted malt and a brown sugar-like sweetness. Light spice and subtle bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol just barely shows itself on the finish. Fairly balanced but maybe a touch on the sweet side.

Nice feel: thick medium body with light carbonation.

The alcohol is dangerous! I can feel it creeping up on me but barely taste any of it. This is a smooth brew and would be sessionable if it weren't for the ABV. Two of these and I'd be feeling pretty happy. By far the most interesting Amsterdam I've had (even one of the more interesting Ontario brews, period) and not a bad doppelbock at all. If only more Ontario breweries would take a chance and brew something with real character instead of all this "craft" macro-clone crap.

Thanks for the bottle, Derek! Can't wait to try the India Brown.

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 Stocean1
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance pour a dark reddish brown with a two finger head - plenty of lacing and decent retention.

Smell - roasted malts some fruit and alcohol

Taste - up front roasted malt with a lingering bitter aftertaste - hint of coffee

Mouthfeel - more watery than I expected and like with medium carbonation.

Overall not bad but not sure I would seek it out again

Photo of paxkey
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

strange artwork on bottle. looks like a rams head, its green and shows up large on the front and smaller on the back. the image on the back has the animal head sitting atop a human torso wearing a t-shirt that reads 'respect the bock'.

description on bottle mentions' vast quantities of hops...chocolate and treacle flavours.

also recommends cellaring on bottle.

amsterdam moto on bottle - purity passion revelry.

poured into a samuel smith pint glass. gorgeous mahogony color with 2 finger tan head.

very high malt profile on the nose. caramel, dark fruits - raisins figs. some lighter notes off the hops. some yeast character. mostly dark sweet malt aroma. sugary. overall quite pleasing.

finishes with right amount of sweetness. a little bit watery throughout but nothing too complain about as the flavor is great with a touch of alcohol coming through. not an amazing beer but quite nice.

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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry caramel malt with a light very subtle toffee finish. Taste is dryer then expected with some caramel malt and not much else in terms of characteristics. Body is about average with good carbonation. A bit too bland and dry for my taste but no brewing flaws.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Dark brown with a small amount of foamy cream-coloured head.

S - Toffee, brown sugar, caramel and some noticeable alcohol.

T - Toffee, dark caramel, brown sugar. A slight bitterness.

M - Light to medium body; lightly carbonated.

D - A very good example of the style and very drinkable for 7% ABV.

Photo of mrnobody
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear reddish brown with one finger of beige head which disappears leaving a small amount of lacing.

S: Smells of molasses, cherry, roasted malt. Not strong but pleasant.

T: The flavour is a surprise: very rich. Malty for sure but also some nice dark fruit flavours and a slightly bitter finish.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly full, carbonation level is suitable.

D: I'm not a big bock fan but this is one of the better ones I've had.

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 ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: 2010 vintage, 500ml - They've tweaked the hopping for sure, much more bitterness and drying in the finish. Not to style but a drinkable version, though the bitterness is a bit much for the style. Better carbonation. I would actually consider cellaring this to see if the hops die down a bit and it could be even more drinkable and balanced.

12oz clear bottle, 2009, pours a dark chestnut brown with a thin line of khaki bubbles that build on the pour and instantly die to zip, nada, zilch.

Smell is clean, a little nutty, hint of bready malt, touch of dry cocoa coming through, a hint of roast.

Taste continues along these lines, showcasing a touch of roast and strong herbal dryness that is certainly unusual for the style. Nuts, fruit bread, berries, cocoa powder, nice roastiness, hint of caramel, very restrained sweetness. Wickedly dry finish for the style which I actually quite enjoy, pretty thin in the body but it stands beside the ABV which is incredibly well hidden to provide quite a drinkable dopplebock. Low carbonation.

Certainly Amsterdam's best beer. I like the dryness and the roast, would perhaps go for a little more depth behind this, but this is an incredibly drinkable beer whose ABV creeps up on you. Would love to have this available year round, one of the better Ontario beers available in bottles.

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 Roke87
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, chilled, and poured into a duvel tulip.

Appearance- Poured a hazy brown colour with about 3 fingers of off white head, good head retention, and maximum lacing throughout this one.

Smell- Is very muted, not much shining through on this bock, dark fruit smell and a little bit of roasted malts still come through. Also get a hint of caramel on the nose.

Taste- Not too much as far as taste goes either, some chocolate actually comes through in the taste at first, lots of roasted malts from finish to end, and raisin/fig fruity flavours come through as well and finishes with a sweet taste in the end, especially when it starts to warm up. No hop flavour as far as I am concerned.

Mouthfeel- Light to Medium bodied, not much carbonation but an easy drinking brew none the less, really hides the 7% ABV very well.

Overall- A quality bock worthy of good praise, although not the best I’ve ever tasted it still stands strong, Too bad it’s a seasonal because I would drink this all year long despite not having a complex smell or taste.

Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy reddish brown colour with a large size frothy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some very good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it started to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, chocolate (I didn't pick up on the hops they mention on the bottle)

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it still feels fairly creamy on the tongue. The beer has a very pleasant well balanced taste made up of malts, dark fruits (raisins?), and some chocolate. It finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall - I was pretty impressed with this brew. It was much better than I was expecting. The alcohol was well hidden and it was very drinkable. I guess it's designed for the spring weather but it seems like more of a winter beer.

Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a balloon tulip. No best before date (but quite fresh I'll assume), consumed March 5.

Poured a dark mahogany, really translucent with a few fingers of khaki head. Solid lacing and a creamy, fairly dense head. Nose holds a bit of caramel, nuts, light smoke, dark fruit notes and light chocolate. Taste has some 'soft' (?) chocolate and some nuts as well, dark fruits maybe as well, but as a whole everything is quite muted and malty. Some alcohol rounds out the mouthfeel, and I don't mind it. Good creamy feel, and almost silky at points. Good drinkability, and I'll purchase this one a again. Good stuff Amsterdam.

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 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 ludachris
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fitting beer to kick off the first day of spring. I'm glad to see this local offering as part of the LCBO's spring lineup.

A clear and deep chestnut brown body gives off dark amber red highlights when held up to the light. About two fingers worth of creamy tan head is left after the pour with a thick ring still left hanging minutes later.

Staple dopplebock notes make up the nose of this beer with everything screaming sticky. Raisons, figs, caramel, and rich bready malts. That guy giving up all foods and liquids except for water and dopplebock for lent almost makes sense. Almost.

A rich nutty backdrop spreads itself across the palate that allows only hints of sweet raisons and figs to peak through. Caramel at the back of the palate helps to balance the pleasantly bitter and dry bite the nuttiness imparts before bready malts jump in making for a tasty finish. As the beer warms, a raison-like sweetness is made more apparent throughout.

Medium bodied with an enjoyable richness and smoothness. The dryness in the finish invites you to take sip after sip. The nearly 8% ABV is wonderfully hidden.

Overall, a good offering from Amsterdam but taste wise, I'll take the Salvator over this. It has everything I look for in a dopplebock but nothing jumps out at me. Without the suggestion of aging this on the bottle, I would have never thought to place one or two of these in my cellar. And I might just do that out of curiosity.

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.

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