Amsterdam Spring Bock | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
amsterdambeer.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Derek on 03-11-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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: 3.94, 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.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Yeoman9459
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of WeissBoy
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of traumaqueen
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of fostachild
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SebD
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of MattPS
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of slitherySOB
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of hotsudge
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of peensteen
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red, near brown colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, some lace left behind. Smell is malty, dark breads, brown sugary sweetness, chocolate scents, as well as darker fruits in there. Taste follows the nose and is full of malt, chocolate and roasted flavours come out, dark bread flavours and dark fruits, fairly sweet throughout. Medium-figh carbonation, full body, good full feel. Pretty good stuff, a little sweeter than I care for but a nice seasonal that I will pick up a few times yearly.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +9%

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

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Amsterdam Spring Bock from Amsterdam Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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