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Amsterdam Spring Bock - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Derek on 03-11-2009)
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

jmkoscie, May 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

nullbort, May 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

chadmbogo, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

timiskin, Apr 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

philmen, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

phirleh, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of RyFikes
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

RyFikes, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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: 3.91, 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.

thehyperduck, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

NightINgale, Mar 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

DaPan, Feb 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

bigox420, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BigGruntyThirst, Jul 08, 2012
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.

Rutager, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

DaftCaskBC, Jun 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

oldp0rt, May 21, 2012
Photo of Yeoman9459
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Yeoman9459, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

WeissBoy, Apr 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

fostachild, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of SebD
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

SebD, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

MattPS, Mar 19, 2012
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4.08/5  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.

slitherySOB, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

hotsudge, Mar 11, 2012
Amsterdam Spring Bock from Amsterdam Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.