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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Natural Blonde LagerAmsterdam Natural Blonde Lager

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 130
Avg: 3.13
pDev: 26.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 130
Photo of bobsy
2.99/5  rDev -4.5%
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 steeler
4.4/5  rDev +40.6%
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!

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Photo of drinkininthewood
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
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 GodOfBeer
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Phyl21ca
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
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 atomicbolt
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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 cyrenaica
3.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of Derek
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of funkengruven
2.38/5  rDev -24%
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 allergictomacros
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of crwills
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
2.43/5  rDev -22.4%
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 Viggo
2.33/5  rDev -25.6%
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 baiser
3.1/5  rDev -1%
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 pootz
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
2.32/5  rDev -25.9%
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 jlervine
3/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager from Amsterdam Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.