Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager - Amsterdam Brewing Company
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Reviews by Beric:
3.23/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-05-2013 12:10:29 | More by Beric
More User Reviews:
3.5/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
Serving type: can
04-17-2014 22:46:44 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
3.16/5 rDev +1.9%
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
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2013 02:37:46 | More by DaveBar
3.09/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
10-31-2013 18:10:42 | More by DenisKolkin
Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager from Amsterdam Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.