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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 126
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of steeler
4.4/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, this is truely a gem of a beer from Toronto! It reminds me alot of Brick's Red Baron, anyway onto the review! Beautiful golden yellow color, with a 1-2 inch head, that sinks down to a .5 inch head, and leaves rings of laceing all down the glass. Smell is great, smells really fresh, malts, and nice hop aroma. Wicked. Taste, well I really like these Blonde Lagers, like really like them. So to me this is perfect. Goes down smooth, carbonated, with a nice crisp hop finish, with little after taste. Great. Mouthfeel is full, carbonated, and satisfying. Drinkability is through the roof, when cold these can be consumed in excessive quantities, and even when warm still very drinkable. Overall my secong favorite blonde lager, next to Red Baron. If you liked that beer, you will definatly like this beer! this is HIGHLY reccommended! (838 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.9/5  rDev +25%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
3.59/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,588 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
3.41/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle
5.0%
I tried this beer on October 28, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The bottle poured a very nice translucent gold into the glass witrh a very loose frothy head thad disappeared quickly. The aroma is mildly hoppish with citrus tones. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with mild carbonation. The taste is a combination of citrus tones, hops, and a little grass. (389 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.4/5  rDev +9%
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-. (1,859 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour was disappointing...a nice light yellow color but the cap did not last and the lace was weak ( not a good sign when you're expecting an all malt lager) The nose mwade up for it whith decent aromas of bready malts, sweet tones and a nice lemon twang in the hopping. Although the body is a tad on the weak side the malts stand out and the hops provide a nice lemon gras tone in the finish...then there is a gratifying biscuity after taste.

Not a bad stab at the all malt universal lager style...but like all Amsterdam brews, just a tad watery. (553 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear straw with a good sized head. Head is loose and retention mediocre.

S - Slightly grainy with some hoppiness. Some honey comes through as well.

T - A touch lemony. Hops are muted, but what's there is a smooth, clean character and bitterness.

M - Substantial for a pale lager. I like the lack of ridiculous fizziness.

D - Quite drinkable, but not something I'd go to often. A crowd-pleasing, basic lager without any off flavours. (451 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,084 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of trevorwideman
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap all over Toronto....

Typical Lager pour, but very little head that susides quickly with minimal lacing. Smell reveals little, clean, slightly malty, and a grassy/lemony hoppiness.

Taste is hoppier than expected from the nose, which is a pleasant surprise. Malt is subdued and well-balanced with a light roasted character. There's a nice lemony sourness to go along with that. Dry with a Medium body and medium carbonation. Drinkable and good for hot day. (467 characters)

Photo of irishkyle21
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.16/5  rDev +1.3%
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 (365 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden straw colour with a frothy white head that dissipates into a thin lacing.

Smells very malty, sweet honey with some small floral hop notes.

Prett average tasting lager, tastes bland at first then finishes sweet with a hay aftertaste. Some metallic taste in there as well which was a big turn off...I remember this beer being better, but that was a while back.

Watery mouthfeel, lacks body, overall a decent lager that I probably wouldn't buy again, but it is cheap. (487 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy straw gold color with a diminutive foam that musters up a few wisps of lacing behind. The aroma is sweetish and grainy with a flight floral hoppiness in the back. Sweet malts wet raw grains mingle with soft continental hops, cooked corn and minerals. The finish is more sweet than bitter with very little hop presence. The mouthfeel is light and softly carbonated for a lager.

A pretty mediocre lager, relatively bland and too sweet. Its not offensive, but the lack of hops makes it not worth visiting again, at leat for me. (548 characters)

Photo of baiser
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (340 characters)

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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager from Amsterdam Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.