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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2004 05:41:35 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 14:16:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 17:07:59 | More by biegaman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 23:42:16 | More by Viggo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2006 17:01:44 | More by DrJay
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 01:07:53 | More by Derek
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2009 19:05:23 | More by TurdFurgison
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-29-2013 00:53:14 | More by GarthDanielson
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 18:31:09 | More by spinrsx
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Griffith

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -4.5%

01-07-2014 18:55:52 | More by Griffith
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2008 15:15:33 | More by bobsy
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

11-16-2013 03:48:46 | More by andrenaline
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.5%

11-24-2011 02:02:59 | More by oldp0rt
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 02:58:18 | More by kwjd
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

02-12-2013 03:33:20 | More by DaPan
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.5%

09-05-2013 15:30:20 | More by cfalovo97
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

04-03-2014 00:49:46 | More by BigBry
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2005 22:19:31 | More by pootz
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 01:21:20 | More by allergictomacros
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

06-28-2013 00:18:42 | More by Kmat10
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 04:04:34 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.5%

01-17-2013 21:26:43 | More by SebD
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-25-2012 02:03:12 | More by hopsolutely
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Bilco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

09-11-2013 03:19:58 | More by Bilco
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
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...

Serving type: can

02-05-2011 21:40:01 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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