Amsterdam Spring Bock - Amsterdam Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +9%
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.
03-16-2011 02:35:15 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
05-07-2011 01:09:51 | More by SkinnyElvis
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
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
02-16-2012 03:27:44 | More by BGDrock
3.2/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
05-07-2011 05:29:01 | More by mintjellie
3.35/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
03-27-2009 01:00:31 | More by Sammy
2.95/5 rDev -19.6%
Foil capped 500ml bottle. 7% alc./vol.
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.
03-01-2011 19:43:29 | More by heebes
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-09-2010 05:25:23 | More by eat
3.23/5 rDev -12%
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
04-14-2011 02:27:30 | More by Stocean1
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
03-24-2011 22:58:49 | More by paxkey
British Columbia (Canada)
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
06-13-2012 06:01:16 | More by Rutager
3/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
03-18-2010 19:26:00 | More by Phyl21ca
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
03-09-2011 01:22:56 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-11-2011 23:41:26 | More by mrnobody
3.93/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
08-09-2014 00:13:29 | More by Derek69
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
04-19-2010 02:56:22 | More by ritzkiss
3.76/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
05-06-2014 03:13:54 | More by patre_tim
3.35/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
04-11-2011 03:04:10 | More by Roke87
Amsterdam Spring Bock from Amsterdam Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.