Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Natural Blonde LagerAmsterdam Natural Blonde Lager

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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.

14 IBU
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Reviews by Beric:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 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 Sammy
2.32/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Soapy, thin mouth feel a la typical Amsterdam. Another mediocre lager. Complements of Bow & Arrow anniversary night. Yellow colour. Some hops and bitterness. Better than water on a hot day on the porch. Spot fruity mid-sip from sample of yeast in there. Better in bottle, complements of Pootz.

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 Phyl21ca
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lager with a big pure white foamy head with medium retention and no lacing. Aroma if quite refreshing with a light sweet malt profile. Taste is also quite one-dimensional with some medium sweet malt and very subtle floral notes. This beer was as easily drinkable as it is easily forgettable.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend brought this one back up north for me and I appreciate it. All in all its a decent beer, more taste than a macro but it's not really aimed at the craft beer drinker. It would be a good stepping stone, if only there weren't so many out there already. This blond lager pours with a fluffy white head, lots of carbonation, decent retention and traces of lacing rim the pint glass. Has a clear straw color.

Smells and tastes similar to a macro but with a bit more hops and sweetness from the malt. Notes of light grassy hops on the nose and palate along with sweet malt and an unpleasant metallic taste. I can't recommend this one but its nothing awful.

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 baiser
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale gold colour, with a small white head, ok lacing, not much head retention. Faint malt aroma. Taste was grainy, a little hops, some lemon taste. Finish is dry. Good amount of carbonation, quite drinkable on a hot summer day with some wings. But otherwise just a mediocre lager, a step above national macros, but nothing special.

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 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 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 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 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 jlervine
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a honey color with a white head that didn't stick around too long. Smell is barely of yeast and a bit of hops. Very clean, considering. The taste is not spectacular - a bit of yeastiness, a bit of maltiness, and a crisp finish. Mouthfeel follows suit - decent, but not exciting. Sure, I could drink this all day. I could also hammer tacks underneath my fingernails, but that would be more exciting.

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 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 funkengruven
2.38/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured a typical lager yellow with almost no head, smell was sour, not particularly appetizing. Flavor was not much better, very watery, no hops, some malts, not much. Mouthfeel was light, almost nonexistant, not hard to drink, but then again how hard is it to drink water?

This was a piss poor lager. I've had cheap macros that taste better than this. Not worth the money, don't waste your time with this one.

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 Derek
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden-blonde with a fluffy head, very little retention or lacing.

S: Floral & metallic hops, light caramel & slightly bready malt.

T: Floral, metallic & slightly herbal hops, caramel malt, balanced bitterness, slight hint of butter.

M; Moderate body is smooth with a slightly dry finish.

D: A decent drinker.

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 crwills
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last of a six-pack brought over by a friend a couple of months ago. Although not a lot stands out in this beer, notable items for the style (at least around here) are a) lack of any adjunct flavours, and b) a really solid body and smooth mouthfeel. Other than that, a good, straightforward light-tasting lager that's widely available in Toronto, and therefore often a good option next to the macro selections.

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 Viggo
2.33/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow, medium white head forms, minimal lacing on the glass. Smell is malty, some citrus hops and a tiny bit of skunkiness, little bit of spice. Taste is malty, minimal hops and anything else, pretty bland and tasteless. Mouthfeel is light, medium carbonation and slightly refreshing but almost tasteless.

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.

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