Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager - Amsterdam Brewing Company
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3.39/5 rDev +8.3%
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-.
10-25-2011 05:19:31 | More by thehyperduck
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.
05-13-2011 17:07:59 | More by biegaman
2.9/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
03-23-2011 16:34:17 | More by bryehn
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...
02-05-2011 21:40:01 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.45/5 rDev +10.2%
a-golden yellow with a satisfying head.
s-crisp smell, with some bready notes. Nice bite to the smell from hops.
t-Crisp smell almost apple like, some malt notes followed by that slight hop bite. Nicely balanced. The bready flavours are more subdued in the taste than in the smell.
m-pretty average for the ABV.
d-I got a soft spot for this beer. I always forget about it and rediscover it when I head into the Beerstore and can't figure out what I want.
11-24-2010 01:49:22 | More by Mit
3.2/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-24-2010 02:58:18 | More by kwjd
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.
10-21-2010 00:12:48 | More by Swedes21
3.15/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
09-15-2010 19:39:42 | More by BBP
2.93/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
05-13-2010 01:15:42 | More by seand
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.
11-04-2009 15:27:58 | More by mrmanning
3.45/5 rDev +10.2%
This is my go to beer for pre-drinks, parties and when I just feel like something I can have a lot of.
Pours a clear golden shade that's a little bit lighter than a standard pilsner. One finger of quickly dissipating white head tops this beer that leaves no lace.
Light, biscuity malts, caramel, floral hops with a hint of citrus.
Taste identical to the nose; light biscuity malts, a brush of caramel and a prickly, light floral hop finish.
In comparison to the other beers I session (pabst, MGD etc.) the mouth seems to be fuller and has a nicer balance. Can't beat the drinkability and refreshing aspect of this beer.
Overall, a decent beer at best, but since I have yet to session more pronounced, craft beers, this is the best to date. More tastey, more body and more drinkability then the other standard sessioners. Excellent in the field of macros but mediocre at best in the field of crafts.
10-16-2009 21:03:05 | More by ludachris
3.25/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-19-2009 19:05:23 | More by TurdFurgison
2.95/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
12-24-2008 15:15:33 | More by bobsy
4.43/5 rDev +41.5%
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!
12-05-2008 22:44:01 | More by steeler
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.
07-31-2008 22:39:37 | More by drinkininthewood
3.13/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-27-2008 21:47:00 | More by GodOfBeer
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.
07-07-2008 14:16:49 | More by Phyl21ca
3.08/5 rDev -1.6%
(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.
05-20-2008 03:03:12 | More by atomicbolt
3.43/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
04-20-2008 23:45:56 | More by cyrenaica
3.1/5 rDev -1%
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.
03-05-2008 04:04:34 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.18/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
11-29-2007 06:57:53 | More by irishkyle21
British Columbia (Canada)
3.28/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
10-26-2007 01:07:53 | More by Derek
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.
10-15-2007 00:57:37 | More by funkengruven
Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager from Amsterdam Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.