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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jlervine on 06-28-2003

Crisp and clean, our flagship lager is a golden coloured beer brewed in the tradition of its continental cousins. Using Canadian pale barley, our brewers craft this beer by infusing the malt wort with only the finest aromatic noble hops. After a controlled fermentation with our Danish yeast strain, the beer is chilled and aged until being cold filtered prior to kegging or bottling. The finished product is a very clean and well-balanced hoppy beer without the astringent bitterness of some other European styled lagers. This Blonde is 100% all natural. If you don't believe us, just look under the cap.

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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 45
Photo of PorterPro125
3.59/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 500 mL can

A- Pours a clear, light golden colour. White 2 1/2 finger head that goes down to a few whispy patches fairly quickly. No lacing on the glass.

S- Very malty with a little mild hint of crisp hops.

T- Barley malts with a dry finish of hops (very mild).

M- Medium-High carbonation with a thin, typical Lager body.

O- Crisp and light like an American Adjunct Lager but with an added burst of hops, although rather mild. Easy drinking and pretty tasty for a lager. Better than any adjunct for sure. This would be a beer a would drink with a nice steak.

Photo of MrNoah
1.8/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tastes like industrial waste and vomit

Photo of Cylinsier
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

tap at the brewery

Pours a clear light gold with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of barley malts and crisp dry hops.

Crisp, dry malt flavor, fresh and clean, with a light lagery hop finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Solid, highly drinkable lager. Goes down easy, beats big brand macros any day. Very nice to pair with food as well.

Photo of patre_tim
3.9/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear filtered with moderate carbonation, huge 4 fingers of chunky sea foam like head with slight yellow tinge.

S: Malt, offal, boiled cabbage, slight fragrant laundry detergent.

T: Depth of light fruitiness, then a slight lime water, followed by a long bitterness much like the taste you get when you bite into a lime seed.

M: Medium bready body, medium low carbonation.

O: Taste exceeds the nose by far. Labeled a Euro Pale Lager, this stands out in uniqueness and flavor. Enjoying it, the new can style is really hip as well.

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The origins of the Amsterdam Brewing Company date to 1985 when Dutchman Roel Bramer purchased a property originally intended to be opened as a restaurant. His plan for the property changed when the Ontario government passed legislation allowing restaurants to brew and sell their own beer. In 2002, Roel Bramer turned the operation over to Jeff Carefoote. Today, the brewery is located at 21 Bathurst Street in Toronto where it produces beers made from four all natural ingredients; malt, hops, yeast and water. No preservatives are used, and their beers are never heat pasteurized. Amsterdam Brewery produces several beers, and I tried their Natural Blonde Lager ("NBL") which is 5.0% alcohol by volume.

NBL pours a light golden colour with an off-white head of a few millimeters which dissipates fairly quickly. With the head disappearing within a couple of minutes, there is no lacing down the glass. The aroma is of hops with what seems to be a hint of apple. The mouth feel is carbonated, but a bit thin. The taste is crisp and exactly what the aroma would indicate. The first taste is a subtle one, of apples, but not really sweet. It has a bitter finish, but the bitterness is not overpowering or too long lasting as is the case with some of its European counterparts. Overall, a respectable, pleasant enough beer that goes down well...but nothing to really distinguish it from the crowd.

According to the brewery's web site, the company conducts 45 minute tasting and product knowledge sessions every Friday and Saturday for a cost of $10 plus taxes, but no longer does tours.

Photo of DaveBar
3.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer. Not worth much more then the minimum in Ontario though....

A- Clear, yellow beer goodness

S- Ok not much else to say

T- Pretty good. Nothing to write home about but pretty good. Refreshing

M- Dry. Mild after taste

O- Ok beer. Nothing to write home about. Not worth going out of the way and if there are other choices please do!

Thx for reading

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap with a friend on October 30 ,2013.

Appearance - Yellow /golden color with plenty of apparent bubbles. Less than a finger of head but it lasted awhile which was a very pleasant surprise. Good lacing as well.

Smell - Very mild with some minimal malt presence, but virtually nothing in the way of hops. Nothing distinguishing for better or worse.

Taste - Quite sweet, a bit more than I was expecting, otherwise there's again a mild malt presence, but the absence of any strong flavors one way or another. Not unpleasant, but nothing that stands out.

Mouthfeel - While this style is generally on the light side and the taste is light, there is a fullness and richness to this beer that makes you realize that this is definitely not a light beer, but something more substantial.

Overall - A fine beer, but as one of the two craft selections on tap that night, it was merely the best available beer. Wouldn't hesitate to get it again, but with other watering holes just around the corner offering over 20 craft selections, I probably won't be back to try this anytime soon.

Photo of Beric
3.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving: On-tap in Toronto
Served: 3 August 2013

Appearance: Light yellow and effervescent. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Small white head that leaves a shimmer of foam on the top. Good lacing down the sides of the glass. For the style, this beer looks great. I especially am happy to see a head stick around for a while and the superb lacing.

Smell: Doesn't smell like much. Some light malts and next to no (if any) hop presence. There are no offputting smells though.

Taste: Extremely simple. Sweet, almost like a PBR. A clean, easy drinking lager that isn't meant to be something crazy. Extremely drinkable due to absence of strong flavors. Tastes like "beer".

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation gives the beer some body. Doesn't feel watery despite the lightness associated with the style.

Overall: This isn't a great beer but it isn't bad either. For a craft lager, I'm pleased. It's easy drinking and something you could sit down with for a long time. Probably a step up from LaBatt and Molson Canadian (though I've not tried either of those), but not notably so.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall boy into a true pint, the beer is a bright, yellow-gold coloring with a ton of carbonation bubbling through the body and a thin, frothy, bright white head. Nose of toasted grains, floral hops, and a touch of honey sweetness. Flavors of toasted bread, honey and caramel subtle sweetness, and a pepper spiced and floral hops character at the end of the palate. Very balanced and very clean. The aftertaste is roasty and bitter, with some buttery highlights. Clean, smooth finish, which is slightly effervescent due to the carbonation. Decent, and very drinkable.

Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4th Review on BA
473mL can to bolleke globlet

Purchased at a downtown Toronto LCBO for $2.65

App- The appearance is a pale gold color, a little darker than I expected from a blonde. The head dissipated quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell- A nice and crisp malt character, slight floral notes hide behind larger more prominent wheat counterparts.

Taste-A nicely balanced lager, the crispness of citrus sits well between a light malt character and a more recessed bitterness of hops. The taste left lingering in the mouth has a very slight astringency but is nonetheless present. The Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager seemed to fair slightly better fresh out of the fridge in that regard--being generally more of a general wheat flavor.

Mouth-In the mouth it seems rather filling for so light a beer. There is a hint of oily-ness which is pleasant rather than off-putting but it does seem to retract from the crispness of the beer.

Drink-definitely better when sipped at a colder temperature. It probably wouldn't hurt being "too cold" for a lager and letting it get better as it warms. Rather that it's too cold and warms to the right place than start drinking it at the optimal temperature and have it warm to an undesirable place. Although, if you aren't taking the considerable time to construct a review while drinking it--the warming effect might not even be an issue. For the price-point and despite a very subtle astringent character; it's worth checking out.

Serving type: 473mL can

Photo of NV9
2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tall can into a pilsener glass.

Pale yellow (blonde) colour, very little head, dissipates quickly but lots of carbonation still evident.

Smell of grass and fairly evident hops.

Refreshing drink, again the carbonation is apparent and gives it a sharp feel in the mouth but its actually a pretty clean finish. Only a slight aftertaste.

Nothing wrong with this beer, just not particularly memorable, fine for a hot afternoon.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light golden colour with decent white head, but no overwhelming body. Crisp aroma has more malt-evidence than many "Euro lagers", but still fits within the genre. Flavour is a crisp lager - some malt evidence - but a very clean finish and no aftertaste.

Not my personal favouritee, but believe it to be a better choice within the style-type than many imports.

Photo of spinrsx
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is an average amount of lacing. The head lasted for only a short while.

Smell - Grains, bread, floral

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with some floral notes and a slight hint of citrus. It also had a bit of a breadiness to it. It ends with a slightly bitter grainy aftertaste.

Overall – There is just something not right about this beer.. I can't put my finger on it, but it there is an odd musty taste to it. Not something I'll have again.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO. This isn't my favourite style, but I have generally found this brewery's stuff inoffensive if not particularly memorable, so it seems worth a chance.

Pours a bright golden-yellow colour, with a half-finger of fizzy white head that is mostly gone within 30 seconds. A thin collar and lacy wisps on the surface are its only remnant. Yep, it looks like a pale lager alright. The aroma is pretty faint, and definitely uninspiring but contains nothing objectionable... grainy malts, a bit of sour lemon and apple juice.

Similarly bland taste - more barley malt with a light meady sweetness. A bit of lemony hops and dryness in the finish. Light-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel due to the surprisingly light carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

It gets the job done, but it fails to offer anything notable to distinguish itself from other EPLs. Decent summer patio beer, but there are probably cheaper options that fit that bill equally well. Above average for the style, but probably something to pass on unless you really like pale lagers.

[Updated Oct 26 2013]

I picked up a new re-branded can from the LCBO and decided to comment a little further on this one. Great, soapy head this time, and even though it wilts quickly there's plenty of lacing left behind. I am also rather fond of the aroma - nice biscuity malts along with some noble hops. It's not an exciting beer, but it's a decent Euro-style lager that I'd take over Heineken, Stella or Carlsberg (which are sold at similar price points and satisfy the same niche). I have no problem drinking this, but it's not really worth the extra coin when there are tastier imported pilseners selling for less. If you keep your expectations in check and just want a plain, regular beer to drink, this is a reasonable selection.

Final Grade: 3.4, a respectable B-.

Photo of biegaman
2.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Sin and Redemption, in Toronto.

A dense, besmirching haziness make this lager look uglier than sin; its golden complexion is bogged down by this dulling, tarnishing miasma and unable to exercise any highlighting. The scuzzy, tattered appearance of its head doesn't help things either.

With these kinds of lagers, if they're so cold you can't taste them, so much the better. But smelling them is often even more of a problem. Amsterdam Natural Blonde definitely tastes better than it smells - which isn't saying much, mind you - in part because of the stench of damp grains and an off-putting yeasty character (has this really been lagered?)

As an all-malt beer, this lager fortunately lacks any distasteful chemical or corn-like elements but it's also disappointingly deficient of any pleasant flavours either. It has an astonishing level of graininess, as if the brewery used un-sprouted, un-malted barley. It's hardly flavorsome and, without the bit of hoppiness, would be almost unpalatable.

They call it a lager, but this drinks much more like an ale; the antithesis to 'clean', all kinds of ester-y fermentation by-products abound. They are to the mouthfeel what static is to the radio. Obviously the lager wasn't given sufficient time to slumber. They should have listened to what my grade 7 shop teacher taught us: haste makes waste.

I doubt even the most casual, easy to please lager drinker would find Amsterdam Natural Blonde anything more than 'comme ci, comme ca' at best. The only worse lagers out there are those racked with industrial adjuncts; I don't think I've ever had a less tasteful beer that wasn't either skunked or soiled with additives. I can't imagine a reason to drink this again.

Photo of bryehn
2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light golden colour with visible carbonation and a moderate head that lingers as a collar. No lacing of note.

Can't say I'm a fan of the aroma. Almost overly sweet with malt and a corn syrup note that becomes more pungent as it warms. There is a slight citrus tone, but I find it gets overshadowed.

The taste is surprisingly crisp overall. There is a noticeable, bready, corny malt sweetness to it and then an apple-like tartness and grainy flavour.

The mouthfeel is creamy, but thin-bodied. Carries a malty, sweet, sticky and kind of gross flavour into the aftertaste, like drinking a warm macro lager straight from the can. This is cold and poured from a bottle though...

Pretty easy to drink if it's ice cold, but gets too stick and overly sweet to remain enjoyable.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.56/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Some leftover cans I found in my fridge after a recent shindig/hootenanny. I have yet to really be impressed with anything Amsterdam's released, so I'll happily take a free chance to try their lager.

Poured into a tall lager glass. Actually, I have to say this brew has a lovely appearance for the style. Clear golden, lots of visible carbonation (hopefully it won't burn off completely), and a thick billowy head that won't reced. Sheets and patches of lacing.

Nose is predictably mild: tart apple, pale malt, hops, a bit of lemon. Not bad.

Starts with a tart apple bite, followed by pale malts and a light hoppy finish that is quite dry and metallic. The metallic tang gets progressively worse as the brew warms up - only five minutes in and I'm already struggling to finish it. There's just something about this brew that I really don't like. By the end of the pint each sip is becoming a chore.

Mouthfeel is creamy, getting flat because of the carbonation burning everything off.

I suppose this is better than a lot of macro lagers out there, but really, is it worth it? So many Ontario sessionables I'd rather have than this...

Photo of Mit
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-golden yellow with a satisfying head.

s-crisp smell, with some bready notes. Nice bite to the smell from hops.

t-Crisp smell almost apple like, some malt notes followed by that slight hop bite. Nicely balanced. The bready flavours are more subdued in the taste than in the smell.

m-pretty average for the ABV.

d-I got a soft spot for this beer. I always forget about it and rediscover it when I head into the Beerstore and can't figure out what I want.

Photo of kwjd
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Splitting a pitcher of this. Pours a clear golden yellow colour with thin white head and almost no lacing. Smells of lots of grains and some very mild hops. Flavour is very clean with some very mild bitterness. Good carbonation. A typical bland Ontario beer.

Photo of Swedes21
2.62/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473 ml poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - the beer pours very crisp with a lot of carbonation bubbles present on the glass. The head is a white cloudy approx 1 inch that disappears quickly. The beer has a clear golden appearance. Almost no lacing is occurring.

Smell -smell of hops and a little sweetness with a hint of citrus in the background.

Taste - the beer has a subtle bitterness to it that comes early. You can taste the hint of sweetness, but i assume the bitter comes from the citrus within the beer.

Mouthfeel - Lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel. The beer maintains its light appearance into the taste as it has a very light mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Not a beer i would seek out again or recommend to anyone looking for a pale lager. It does not offer much along the lines of unique taste.

Photo of BBP
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale gold with medium carbonation and thin head.

S- Corn, wheat, and a bit of citrus. Slight background hops as well.

T- Slight corn, fair amount of grains, and a bit of hop undertones. A bit grassy.

M- Medium body, smooth, and pretty good carbonation actually.

D- Very very easy to down, and not a bad choice for a cheap can. One hell of a beer compared to most macros, but that doesn't say much.

Photo of seand
2.94/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent yellow amber with a small amount of white head. Not much retains, leaving nearly no lacing.

S: Sweet syrupy grain, some fruit.

T: Still sweet, with some grain. Ok, not great.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks decently.

Photo of mrmanning
2.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Woolwich Arms in Guelph, Ontario. Pours a sparkling yellow body, with a thin white head. Faint fruity and hoppy aromas pair up with mild hops bitterness in the mouth, and a grassy lingering finish. Good amount of carbonation. Standard fare.

Photo of ludachris
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer for pre-drinks, parties and when I just feel like something I can have a lot of.

Pours a clear golden shade that's a little bit lighter than a standard pilsner. One finger of quickly dissipating white head tops this beer that leaves no lace.

Light, biscuity malts, caramel, floral hops with a hint of citrus.

Taste identical to the nose; light biscuity malts, a brush of caramel and a prickly, light floral hop finish.

In comparison to the other beers I session (pabst, MGD etc.) the mouth seems to be fuller and has a nicer balance. Can't beat the drinkability and refreshing aspect of this beer.

Overall, a decent beer at best, but since I have yet to session more pronounced, craft beers, this is the best to date. More tastey, more body and more drinkability then the other standard sessioners. Excellent in the field of macros but mediocre at best in the field of crafts.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at an Irish bar in Toronto (Flynn's or something, can't remember the bar name). Overall this was a disappointing drink, not unlike any number of macro lagers as I will attempt to qualify: The beer is clear as water, lpale yellow hue, thin white head. The smell is muted and neutral, mainly malt. Very mild flavor, hops are present only in a meager bitterness, malt is minimal, nothing offensive but nothing compelling. I don't want to be overly critical so I'll note that this has good carbonation and is not hard to drink. I wouldn't have actually ordered it if not for the paltry nature of the other selections.

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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager from Amsterdam Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.