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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 127
Avg: 3.12
pDev: 26.28%
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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Photo of Sammy
2.32/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
2.33/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of funkengruven
2.38/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
2.43/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, light gold colour topped by a short, white head that lasts about halfway through the pint and produced no lace. Smells of light malt and citrus hops. Mild flavour, mostly malty and sweet with minimal bitterness or hop character. Light body, moderately high carbonation. Overall, the character is a little thin throughout.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.56/5  rDev -17.9%
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...

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Photo of Swedes21
2.62/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 341ml clear bottle into a pint glass.

A- Clear gold with decent cream head that dissappears very quick to a thin ring.

S- pretty much just malt in the nose more or less. No hops to really speak of.

T- Ok maltiness up front, some fruit and grass was also present. Finish is fairly citrusy, with some hints of lemon.

M- Light bodied yet filling possibly due to the high level of carbonation.

D- Ive had better.

Overall its a pretty standard blonde. Nothing special here, though I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't overly sweet.

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Photo of biegaman
2.82/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of NV9
2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of bryehn
2.89/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of seand
2.94/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
2.99/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank a fair bit of this on tap before and after a brief and crappy tour of the brewery. If you ever want a good brewery tour, avoid Amterdam like the plague - the girl who showed us around knew nothing, and the whole shebang lasted no more than 5 minutes. Top it off with some mediocre beer and you've not got a recipe for success. Anyway, I was informed that Natural Blonde was a lager in the Dutch style (the original owner was Dutch hence the name 'Amsterdam').

Natural Blonde pours a light gold with a fluffy white head, that doesn't stick around or lace, but this seems par for the course for Amsterdam, whose retention issues seem to be never-ending. Light floral and fruity aroma, with some sweetness and a hint of bitterness. Crisp flavours - again some floral notes, some caramel and a light metallic bitterness. The flavours are all clean and refreshing, if a bit lacking in power. Its not remotely complex, but is at least a step-up from mainstream macro offerings, and I'd rather have people drink this than a Corona. As expected for the style and what the brewer is aiming at, the body is light with medium high carbonation. I'd have preferred a slighlty more restrained carbonation level, but you average macro drinker would find that amiss, and I believe that this is the market Amsterdam are trying to edge in on.

This isn't a beer I would revisit, simply because its not my style, but I think its been done fairly well and have to give it marks for that. It does lack some of the complexity that could be there, but I suppose that's not essential for a simple summer quaff.

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Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
3/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of jlervine
3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of atomicbolt
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(There's listings here for a "Blond" and a "Natural Blonde" - I'm pretty sure they're different entries for the same main beer made by Amsterdam, but I'll review it under here since the picture lines up with what my bottle looks like)

6-pack of clear bottles, not to worry since they're sealed in a box to prevent light pollution. Amsterdam likes to do some adventurous things with their beers, but this is their basic, run-of-the-mill lager you're most likely to find in bars and restaurants.

Translucent medium gold colour, a bit of frothy head. I was expecting a grimy metallic macro smell, but was pleasantly surprised by the floral, fruity maltiness when I smelled it.

The taste - fruity, sweet, malty, maybe a bit of a metallic twinge. Decent mouthfeel, feels a bit thin, fizzy. Leaves a fairly noticeable citrus and grassy aftertaste on the tongue.

This is the type of beer that's a welcome switch from traditional bland macros, but the bite of the taste leaves something to be desired and I couldn't see myself downing a lot of these in a row. Pretty much a by-the-numbers European lager.

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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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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