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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Derek on 10-26-2007)
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2/5  rDev -36.1%

downtownbrown, May 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -36.1%

Danielr26, Jan 24, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

phlipper77, Jul 01, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

evil_liver, Apr 06, 2014
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2.33/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

Sammy, Nov 03, 2004
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2.33/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

Viggo, Sep 29, 2005
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2.4/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

funkengruven, Oct 15, 2007
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2.4/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

DrJay, Feb 04, 2006
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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...

JohnnyBarman, Feb 05, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

mjacquard, Jul 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

heckez, Dec 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

kelvarnsen, Jan 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

DaPan, Feb 12, 2013
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2.6/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

Swedes21, Oct 21, 2010
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2.63/5  rDev -16%

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.

mrmanning, Nov 04, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

andrewdanks, May 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

lisahope27, Nov 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Kmat10, Jun 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

nullbort, May 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Orionigel, Aug 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

valianes, Oct 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

ZachRusk, Jul 30, 2012
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2.78/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 07, 2008
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2.83/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

biegaman, May 13, 2011
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2.83/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

drinkininthewood, Jul 31, 2008
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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager from Amsterdam Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.