Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager - Amsterdam Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +41.5%
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!
12-05-2008 22:44:01 | More by steeler
3.91/5 rDev +24.9%
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.
04-27-2014 01:38:53 | More by patre_tim
3.55/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
05-22-2007 20:16:39 | More by crwills
3.51/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
06-29-2013 00:53:14 | More by GarthDanielson
3.5/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
04-17-2014 22:46:44 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
3.45/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
10-16-2009 21:03:05 | More by ludachris
3.45/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
11-24-2010 01:49:22 | More by Mit
Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager from Amsterdam Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.