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Amsterdam Spring Bock - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 0
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: 105 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by markaberrant:
Photo of markaberrant
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - deep red, brilliant clarity, fizzy off white head

S - clean, malty, some dark fruits, not overly dense, but clean and inviting

T - huge maltiness up front, bready and fruity munich malt, sticky toffee, some residual sweetness, just enough hop bitterness to balance, clean throughout, aftertaste is pleasant, but a little abrupt

M - medium full body, medium carbonation, somewhat creamy, but also sticky, warming alcohol is evident

D - this is a pretty nice Canadian bock, quite enjoyable

This has just about all the classic components, and is very well brewed. The only knock is that it comes across as almost "too clean," which sounds odd for a lager, but makes me think it has been overly filtered instead of given an extended lager (another website said it was lagered for 2 months and then filtered, so there you go).

Definitely one of the better beers I've tasted from Onterrible. Way to go Derek!

Thanks to Viggo for the bottle!

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +9%
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 +5.7%
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.

Photo of BGDrock
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Eastshoreboy
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Atramentous
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mintjellie
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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 -9.3%
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 traumaqueen
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of phirleh
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of heebes
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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 jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of RyFikes
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of eat
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +5.7%
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


Photo of Stocean1
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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 +1.6%
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 +10.4%
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 -18.3%
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 +7.1%
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 ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mrnobody
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +6.8%
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 +7.6%
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.

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Amsterdam Spring Bock from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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