Amstel Bock | Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Has changed names a number of times in the past:
1983 - Amstel Bockbier
1996 - Amstel Herfstbock
2003 - Amstel Bock

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2004

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by PapaEugene:
Photo of PapaEugene
2.66/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this one on tap in the Groene Engel in my hometown...and was the only bock available.

A: Brown/red with a minimal lightbrown head.

S: Some roasted malts and a sign to expect an overpowering sweetness.

T: Exactly, SUGARS upfront. Roasted malts and that's about it.

M: Medium carbonation and a very light body.

D: I'll pass on the 2009 edition! But will try again in some years. These seasonal bock beers keep changing taste.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of frontalot
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of RuudJH
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trying some bockbeers, this one from my homecountry.
33 cl. bottle in this style, from the mainstream brewery, trying to access a special market like most mainstream brewers do.

Dark brown with a decent head, good lacing in the glass.
Smell and taste are of caramel, malts, some dark fruits, dried fruits.
The aftertaste is bittersweet. The alcohol is very present, but it's not too harsh at all. Actually sweet.
Decently drinkable bockbier. It's very much middle of the road in this particular style. Not bad, but nothing special either.

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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Oud Holland, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is clear dark yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a foamy white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sweetness and caramel.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with initial flavors of malty sweetness and then notes of smoked malts towards the finish. There is just enough bitterness to prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels a little lighter compared to other bock beers but this makes it relatively easy to drink without being too filling. I liked the notes of smoke in the finish because these kept the taste from being one dimensional.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21 Oct 2012 in Valkenburg, Holland: Cafe De Grendelpoort is having a Bockfest and this was one of the brews on-tap. It was down as 'Amstel Ripe Bok', the barrel had been stored for a year and this was the 2011 Winter brew being broached for the little pub-fest.

The dark ruby red colour I was expecting turned up, along with a small but complete head of tan coloured bubbles.

The smell and taste were semi-burnt malts and red berries (no peat bogs this time, unlike the tin I found in Greece).

Fairly mellow and smooth feel to the brew, maybe because of the years wait, but as I've never had a fresh on-tap one I don't know if it is always like that.

I'd have had another but there were more to try.

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Photo of JosLutz
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured it from a 33 cl. bottle into a glass on a sunny autumn afternoon, sitting on my neighbours 1900 barge. Ideal circumstances, hence.

The colour was very dark brown, ruby when held against the light. It had little foam.

The taste was a little flat, with a remote hint of spices and smoked wood.
Somewhat cowardish in the beginning, slightly bitter at the end.

Well balanced between yeast and sweet.

A fine Bock, nothing more nothing less.

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Photo of 54V4G3
2.36/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of david18
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a glass of this at a bar while visiting Amsterdam recently. Who knew that Amstel had anything besides light beer. This, among many of their other offerings, was somewhat interesting.

Poured an amber/brown color with a light brown head. The aroma was slightly malty with some of the alcohol coming through. The taste also had a distinct combination of malt and alcohol heat, not unlike most bocks. I would recommend seeking this out when visiting Europe, especially (obviously) in Holland.

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Photo of Douberd
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABV 7%
Typical dutch brown bottle of 300 ml. Poured into a snifter glass.
This beer pours a dark ruby colour, without any activity in the glass and one finger of head, beige in colour. The head has average retention and once gone, leaves a light lacing around the glass, plus some traces of foam on the beer's surface.
Aroma is mostly caramel and dark chocolate, with some alcohol as well. Some toffee too.
Medium bitterness on the taste, with the dominant flavour being bitter chocolate. Caramel notes can be also found. Very tasty.
Nice thick body and medium carbonation. A bit oily on the palate.
I am not a big fan of Amstel anymore, but this one is a very good beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a typical Dutch bockbier, recipes change every year and while this was one of my favorites last year, I find it hard to choose between sweet and even sweeter bockbiers.

Appearance was dark red/brown, a very small head that almost disappeared.
Smell was malty and burned, with some liquorice whiffs. A slight husky smell is also present.
Taste is roasted and caramellic, slight liquorice taste. Still sticky, but not as sticky as it's brother from Heineken. Body is pretty thick and aftertaste is dry but also sweet and sticky.

A good bockbier, even for the sweetness one of the best this year (2006)

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of safaricook
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

rubin red clear body, little carbonation, beige fine bubbled head
smell is clean of caramel malt, little alcoholic
taste is caramel too with balancing bitterness. not sweet at all
medium to low body, a bit coating on the palate like sirup
classic and quite enjoyable Dutch bockbier. Drunk on a windy rainy and sunny classic Dutch fall day after a walk outside. Cannot remember that I have enjoyed a classic Dutch bockbier ever before this much.
And it is dead cheap!

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Photo of patra7
2.67/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very deep, dark red. Big brown head with average retention.
Smell: Not much expect for some boiled cabbage-like smell (not very pleasant!).
Taste: Definitely malty character balanced by some bitterness. Light notes of roasting also present but overall, all flavors feel somehow subdued.
Mouthfeel: Full body, perhaps a bit too full, with a sticky feel that I don’t like. Very low carbonation.
Drinkability: Not for me. Something with the stickiness, something with the absence of (pleasant) smells, I just wouldn’t want another one

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Photo of patto1ro
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fruit and expresso aromas; bittersweet taste with liquorice, dates and black toffee aromas; a long bitter finish with espresso, cream and burnt aromas.
Surprisingly good - probably the best traditional bottom-fermented bock. It has exactly the right blance of bitterness and sweetness for the style. Easily Heineken's best bottom-fermented beer.

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Photo of leitmotif
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of barryjg
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of djura
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got it from Greece,so this one is actually made in some Greece brewery from Athens.

A-No carbonation at all. Excellent darker foam,lasting long enough. Dark ruby color.

S-Mostly caramel malt,chocolate with some dark fruits.

T/M-Lighter winter beer,a bit watery,caramel in the mouth,also nice bitterness,0 carbonation.

O-It is lager,and you could taste that,so not the best style,but nice to have once in the wile.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The highlight of Greece culminates in the last beer enjoyed before the trip home. Amstel's Herfstbock carries the opidome of flavors that are best represented in authentic German Bockbiers. Dry toasty malt flavor and feel chase the beer from initial aromas to it's malty-dry finish. Medium to heavy toast are the perfect complemnts to rich walnut and burnt caramel malt flavor. But without the associated sweetness from malt, the beer instead relies on smooth savory lager flavors of caramelized starch and caramel for a nearly meaty taste. Full bodied to start, the beer's lager-like character takes hold with a fully attenuated dryness but without astringency or unnecessary bite. Low in bitterness, hops aren't needed to balance the toasty malt body and finish. Delicious throughout and a fine complement to kebabs and smoked gouda.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into Amstel Bock branded chalice.

A- Dark ruby/mahogany, aggressive pour gives a 2 finger head that disappates quickly to leave a crown, minimal lacing

S- Some dark fruit, roasted coffee beans?? vanilla maybe treacle too

T- Dark fruits again, roasted coffee, alcohol is well masked in the finish by the malt sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation with full body.

D- A nice enough bock, my first dutch bock in fact and a lot different to the german offerings, nonetheless, an interesting and tasty brew.

Fruit and expresso aromas; bittersweet taste with liquorice, dates and black toffee aromas; a long bitter finish with espresso, cream and burnt aromas.
Surprisingly good - probably the best traditional bottom-fermented bock. It has exactly the right blance of bitterness and sweetness for the style. Easily Heineken's best bottom-fermented beer.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being last years winner of Pint Bokbeertastings and always being a good one in my eyes I was looking foreward in tasting the amstelbok 2004.
Nice appearance, great lightbrown head and a rubyred colour. Smell is litle maltysweet and hardly any yeastsmell but in my vieuw nothing special. Taste is full maltybodied dry with a good aftertaste thats bitter mainly from hops but litle roast as well.
Good bock worth trying!

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Photo of SuperMario
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dbek
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has one of the highest quality per price rate, at least where I come from (Greece). It has a typical brown/red color and a weak (for its style) smell. The taste is pretty smooth - not too strong and not too light - and a bit woody, but there are no big surprises there. It has a very good drinkability and you could easily have a six pack for starters... It has been my every-day beer for many many years...

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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