Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager - Amsterdam Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
3/5 rDev -4.5%
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
Serving type: can
10-30-2012 23:36:05 | More by MaxwellSchaefer
2.88/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
Serving type: can
06-09-2012 19:59:39 | More by NV9
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
2.95/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
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
3.39/5 rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO. This isn't my favourite style, but I have generally found this brewery's stuff inoffensive if not particularly memorable, so it seems worth a chance.
Pours a bright golden-yellow colour, with a half-finger of fizzy white head that is mostly gone within 30 seconds. A thin collar and lacy wisps on the surface are its only remnant. Yep, it looks like a pale lager alright. The aroma is pretty faint, and definitely uninspiring but contains nothing objectionable... grainy malts, a bit of sour lemon and apple juice.
Similarly bland taste - more barley malt with a light meady sweetness. A bit of lemony hops and dryness in the finish. Light-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel due to the surprisingly light carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.
It gets the job done, but it fails to offer anything notable to distinguish itself from other EPLs. Decent summer patio beer, but there are probably cheaper options that fit that bill equally well. Above average for the style, but probably something to pass on unless you really like pale lagers.
[Updated Oct 26 2013]
I picked up a new re-branded can from the LCBO and decided to comment a little further on this one. Great, soapy head this time, and even though it wilts quickly there's plenty of lacing left behind. I am also rather fond of the aroma - nice biscuity malts along with some noble hops. It's not an exciting beer, but it's a decent Euro-style lager that I'd take over Heineken, Stella or Carlsberg (which are sold at similar price points and satisfy the same niche). I have no problem drinking this, but it's not really worth the extra coin when there are tastier imported pilseners selling for less. If you keep your expectations in check and just want a plain, regular beer to drink, this is a reasonable selection.
Final Grade: 3.39, a respectable B-.
Serving type: can
10-25-2011 05:19:31 | More by thehyperduck
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
2.9/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2011 16:34:17 | More by bryehn
Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager from Amsterdam Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.