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Amsterdam Spring Bock | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Spring BockAmsterdam Spring Bock

Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Derek on 03-11-2009

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of BGDrock
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of Atramentous
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of decimator
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
ABV 7%

A - Poured a very dark mahogany brown with a 1cm tan head which quickly reduced to bubbles.

S - Brown sugar, chocolate, sweet, floral.

T - Honey sweetness, hint of brown sugar, toasted malts, mild bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Creamy, smooth, slick, sticky.

O - Not outstanding but still a decent Bock.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from LCBO. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a dark red colour. Two finger beige head. Lot's of carbonation and a creamy head with a half finger of retention. OK rings of lacing.

S - Burnt sugar, strong stewed fruits, yeast, sweet spice, and dark malts.

T - A little alcohol, burnt sugar, fruit, yeasty, sweet spice, caramel and toffee.

M - Medium carbonation and medium body. Kinda boring.

O/D - Not bad and definately worth a try. Not an amazing bock but a welcome treat for the winter.

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Photo of TerryW
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear dark brown under a big head that settles to a heavy film and gives up some early lace. Subdued aroma is of dark fruit, malt and sugar. Taste is sugar and malt, treacly molassess. Has bitter finish. Just too one-dimensional and a tad harsh on the palate. Not for me.

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Photo of korguy123
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 3/23/2011

A- Cola like pour, two finger soapy egg shell head recedes to thin cap. Lacing is sheeting the sides and hanging on for dear life. Tight bubbles floating to the top.

S- Dark roasted malts, brown sugar, faint vanilla. Slight coffee notes.

T- Roasted malts, bitter coffee, slight dark chocolate. Vanilla and brown sugar but not as sweet as the nose would lead on.

M- Thin to medium bodied, carbonation is a little lively. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

O- Not bad, not great. Definitely a one and done.

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Photo of uno99
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the LCBO, largely due to the attractive packaging. Yes, even an educated beer geek like myself can fall for shiny packaging and an attractive store display.

The bottle is a really odd size, especially for an Ontario brewer. In fact, the bottle doesn't even list the size! I can only guess its around 550ml. (strange since I thought it was a legal requirement around here to have the size listed on the bottle)

A: A really good looking beer Lots of lacing, nice eggy head, laces really well. Probably par for the course however for a bock.

S: Lots of chocolate. a little roast and coffee in there too. fairly fruity and sweet. not as pungent and complex as some of the better, authentic German bocks I've had.

T: Quite a lot of chocolate again. This could be re-named chocolate bock and sell decently in the fall and winter as well. Prunes figs and dark fruits are there of course. A decent hop bite in the finish.

M: Rich and thick? ..No. Smooth and velvety? ... Not really.

Overall: This beer is like a pair of glasses with good frames and bad lenses. Looks good, ticks all the boxes, but take a closer look and you realize things are little blurry.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of spree92
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ritzkiss for throwing this in on a trade.

A darker beer than I was expecting. A dark hazelnut with a small head on top. Disapated rather fast but left OK lacing. Not much aroma. Some roasted malts but pretty one dimensional. The taste is the same, not much happening. The mouth feel is the top of this bevvy. A moist drink that is full bodied.
This is a beer I would have never seen in Moncton, so again, thanks ritzkiss for the chance.

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Photo of
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark ruby-brown with little head. Distinct aroma of chocolate malt, molasses. A slight hops aroma is detectable, but not too much. The label claims “vast amounts” of hops have been added, and it suppose that must be true if I can smell them at all over the overpowering sweetness of this beer. Dark fruit flavours, black fig, deep sweetness. Overall impression is too sweet, clunky, lacking finesse.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a thick, light brownish-white head.

Smells nutty and malty at first with some sweet dark fruits, the hops are struggling to be noticed.

Nice and malty upfront, some real nuttiness to this brew which is to be expected, some caramel and chocolate undertones and a nice citrusy hop finish. Well balanced and refreshing.

By far the best Amsterdam beer I've had, and possibly the best Doppelbock I've had.

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Photo of Roke87
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy reddish brown colour with a large size frothy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some very good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it started to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, chocolate (I didn't pick up on the hops they mention on the bottle)

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it still feels fairly creamy on the tongue. The beer has a very pleasant well balanced taste made up of malts, dark fruits (raisins?), and some chocolate. It finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall - I was pretty impressed with this brew. It was much better than I was expecting. The alcohol was well hidden and it was very drinkable. I guess it's designed for the spring weather but it seems like more of a winter beer.

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Photo of paxkey
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amsterdam Spring Bock looks nice, but it obviously doesn't have a clue about fashion. For a *spring* beer it's wearing all the wrong colours! Far from pastel, this dark, earthy reddish-brown coloured beer shows a deep scarlet hue and even a few strands of dark violet. And forget about rejuvenation: this is still barren and lifeless.

To oversimplify a little, a classic doppelbock requires one thing and one thing only: strong, rich maltiness. This bouquet suggests the beer has some maltiness, but that the pistol is only half cocked. This chocolaty smell and the dark fruits (plum, grape), light caramel and light toast notes it contains is on target for the style but...doesn't quite do it.

The taste too is agreeable, and probably even surprisingly so for those who didn't think they liked dark beer, but is far, far from profound. The taste of chocolate is a little too prominent, and borders on being roasty. It reminds me of some of the weaker stouts I've had the (dis)pleasure of trying. The finish is dry and perceptibly ashy.

Doppelbocks are notoriously rich and they get that way via a painstaking decoction program and an extensive, melanoidin-enhancing boil. Don't ask me to explain it, it's very complicated. I'm sure Amsterdam would tell you the same thing - it's clear that it gave their brewer troubles. This has nowhere near the sweet malty richness the style dictates.

It'd be easy to blame the obstruction of toasty melanoidins, the suffocation of dark fruits, the suppression of sweet maltiness on over-hopping. But that ain't the case. There's scarcely a trace of earthy, noble hop and, by extension, a very negligible bitterness. Likewise, the water could have used harder minerals. At least the alcohol was left out too.

The best doppelbocks reach heights of intense, powerful flavour that are seldom evinced in non-traditional German brands. Amsterdam Spring Bock - while a fine, cleanly brewed lager by any standards - is not the exception I was hoping it'd be. So far each batch has considerably varied year to year. Here's hoping next year's batch is a bit better.

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Photo of ludachris
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fitting beer to kick off the first day of spring. I'm glad to see this local offering as part of the LCBO's spring lineup.

A clear and deep chestnut brown body gives off dark amber red highlights when held up to the light. About two fingers worth of creamy tan head is left after the pour with a thick ring still left hanging minutes later.

Staple dopplebock notes make up the nose of this beer with everything screaming sticky. Raisons, figs, caramel, and rich bready malts. That guy giving up all foods and liquids except for water and dopplebock for lent almost makes sense. Almost.

A rich nutty backdrop spreads itself across the palate that allows only hints of sweet raisons and figs to peak through. Caramel at the back of the palate helps to balance the pleasantly bitter and dry bite the nuttiness imparts before bready malts jump in making for a tasty finish. As the beer warms, a raison-like sweetness is made more apparent throughout.

Medium bodied with an enjoyable richness and smoothness. The dryness in the finish invites you to take sip after sip. The nearly 8% ABV is wonderfully hidden.

Overall, a good offering from Amsterdam but taste wise, I'll take the Salvator over this. It has everything I look for in a dopplebock but nothing jumps out at me. Without the suggestion of aging this on the bottle, I would have never thought to place one or two of these in my cellar. And I might just do that out of curiosity.

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Photo of MattyV
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate colour with ruby/mahogany highlights. Creamy beige head laces nicely.
Nose is predominantly toffee notes with minor roasted/dark fruit aromas.
Taste is a mix of caramel/toffee with cocoa, raisins, and nuts. Bitterness not as high as I expected given the bottle, but was adequate and imparted a pleasing light roasted flavour. Starts to become a bit boozy as it warms.
Body was medium with nice creamy carbonation. Decent, but could've used a bit more of a hefty body. Still, very enjoyable and will gladly pick up a few more since this trial run definitely surpassed my expectations.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, dark brown with a thick tan foam.

S - Caramel, dark fruit and a hint of grassy hop, hint of coffee. Molasses and dark sugars.

T - A little sweet and a little boozy. A bit of dryness in the middle is nice, crisp bitterness. Again, molasses and dark sugars come through. Cleans up quickly.

M - Medium body isn't too heavy and carbonation is present but light-ish.

D - Good drinkability - not too sweet or "big". Well balanced.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, opaque amber color. The little head recedes to nothing. Fairly poor overall.

The smell is initially fairly muted but opens up in the middle of the glass with molasses & cherries. Decent.

The taste is a stronger point for this beer. While not exceptional, it is good and well balanced. Medium rich malts and molasses and a balancing bitterness have good interplay on the tongue. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is a step above average. Carbonation is tight small bubbles which work well. Drinkability is fair. I could have more, or less, and not be to upset either way.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a balloon tulip. No best before date (but quite fresh I'll assume), consumed March 5.

Poured a dark mahogany, really translucent with a few fingers of khaki head. Solid lacing and a creamy, fairly dense head. Nose holds a bit of caramel, nuts, light smoke, dark fruit notes and light chocolate. Taste has some 'soft' (?) chocolate and some nuts as well, dark fruits maybe as well, but as a whole everything is quite muted and malty. Some alcohol rounds out the mouthfeel, and I don't mind it. Good creamy feel, and almost silky at points. Good drinkability, and I'll purchase this one a again. Good stuff Amsterdam.

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Photo of bryehn
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark ruby-nut brown colour with a moderate, but thick and spongy tan head that leaves a thick layer of lace.

I find the aroma to be rather subdued, even after warming. What's there is deep and malty, with a dark fruit tone and a hint of chocolate syrup.

This tastes like dark fruit and chocolate, syrupy sweetness and a strong, but not overpowering bitterness. I find it very well-balanced, but nothing really stands out until a subtle spiciness shows itself after warming.

Very hearty mouthfeel, but also fairly creamy. Does a great job of masking the ABV without feeling or tasting weak. Like most decent bocks, it's dangerously drinkable. The fruity taste tends to linger in the finish, along with a pronounced woody flavour.

Pretty good overall, I'll buy it 'till it runs out this year. Probably the best Amsterdam beer I've had yet.

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Amsterdam Spring Bock from Amsterdam Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 117 ratings
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