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AMA Bionda - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

AMA BiondaAMA Bionda

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%

Brewed by:
Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Designed by Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver, AMA Bionda is a golden beer with a soft but complex floral and fruity character, born of aromatic malts, three types of hops, Italian Orange Blossom honey from Sicily, and water from springs that date to Roman times.

(Beer added by: metter98 on 12-06-2011)
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Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge head, easily half the glass, whipped up and airy, off-white in hue, below average stickiness results in only wispy lacing. Gauzy deep yellow colored liquid, consistent throughout, only a few fat and lazy bubbles visible. The nose has a clear honeyed to corn syrup sweetness, sweet grains too, white grape to peach fruit scents, chamomile, its relative lack of complexity does bring cleanliness to the table. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is not that strong, a creamy attack changes to faint prickling sensation by the finish. Again, more grain and sweeter bread dough than hops, it’s going to bite you. Slowly you can discern lemon peel, clove, cinnamon stick, nothing here which is overtly malty either. The apricot, peach, pear fruit is fairly solid from start to end. Inoffensive, appears content to just play it safe.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 02:24:41 | More by farrago
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Clear orange golden color with thick white head. Looks really nice. Aromas of European adjunct...malty, crisp, some hop notes. Taste is sweet malt with neutral profile. But I pick up a lot of grape like flavor. Its mild, pleasant, and crisp. A bit heavy and sweet but a nice dry finish. Its not a typical Belgian style...almost adjunct to me, but its still a decent brew. As always, the Italians incorporate some sort of food into whatever they do, and this seems to work very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 22:01:02 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of dcmchew


3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden to light orange. Big foam, with a lacing that sticks around and decent retention.
Smells of sweet oranges, sugar syrup, green grass, low white bread and flowers.
Hugely crisp, with citrus (not so sweet oranges, grapefruit, and a lot of lemon zest, not entirely pleasant). Honey , sugars and some sweet bready malts flash for just a moment. Spices are pleasant, with some mild clove and coriander, a light pepper pinch and a faint mintiness. Floral notes, but bigger herbal notes, decent hoppiness in the finish with a good bitterness lingering, along with the pale malts.
Carbonation matches the crisp character, a bit high, making this one quite refreshing, if not a bit burpy.
Decent exercise, light, somewhat plain, a bit unbalanced,but definetely not bad. Might be easy to forget about though.

LATER EDIT: it gets sweeter as it warms up, losing some of its crispness

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 15:09:13 | More by dcmchew
Photo of Birkonian

United Kingdom (England)

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Superbly presented in the stylish bottle that a number of Italian breweries like. A refreshing, pale, slightly hoppy beer that is prefect to drink in an Italian bar when the temperature has hit the mid 30s celsius. Slight over carbonation is my main criticism. I note the reservations made by those who paid high prices for imported bottles but I spent a week drinking it at 4 Euros per bottle on the shore of Lake Garda which I considered very reasonable for a classy beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 14:14:43 | More by Birkonian
Photo of mendvicdog


3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: bubbly hay colored. Thick off white head. Minimal lacing

Smell: bready, slight grass

Taste: definitely overcarbonated. Smooth bready taste with an acerbic bitter finish. No off flavors but not particularly interesting either. slight bubblegum feel. Mouthfeel is fairly thick for such a light beer.

I always get a hard on for these phallic shaped bottles.

All in all a decent beer but definitely not worth the high price

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:50:32 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of jlindros


3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The long neck forces a large fizzy head that's about 1/2 the glass of 3 or so fingers, fades semi quickly with fizzy popping bubbles and bits of lacing, mostly clear slight golden tan honey colored with many bubbles streaming up from the bottom to reinforce the head.

NOse has some nice Belgian notes, effervescent, slight earthy yeast notes, grainy and blond malts, little toasty, plenty of esters with a touch of phenols too with a mild fruity note, a little grassy like malt and even hint of wheat almost, a bit of a banana like wheat based aroma, and into light grassy earthy hops. Light citrus rind, and a sweet like ester that wants to seem like an 8+ % beer but doesn't get there.

Taste fairly refreshing, effervescent, and Belgian like, a blond as well, with blond malts, slightly toasty, but more grainy little doughy, almost chewy as well, with more wheat like flavors a bit, grassy malts too. Then into the earthy yeast additions, hint of phenols, more fruity esters with a decent estery flavor, mild banana again, with some estery fruit too. Hops bring a mild bitterness with a grassy taste and slight earthy. Again a mild sweetness that, with the esters, wants to seem like more abv. Also hint of citrus and musty appley fruit skin. Finish is dry, a bit more bitterness from the yeast and light hops, more lingering esters, citrus, musty apple skin, and a bit of the grassy grainy wheat like malt characters lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, lots of carbonation it pops off the tongue a bit too much.

Overall not bad, definitely a Belgian style like blond and a bit of a pale at the same time, nicely done, good malts, decent hops, nice yeast products, maybe a hint too much carbonation, but otherwise a nice beer from Italy.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:04:00 | More by jlindros
Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: First of all, beautiful bottle art. Nice long and thin neck bottle that looks like a wine one. Pours a clear golden yellow color foming a big bubbled white head. Good retention and only few spotty lacings left

S: Great smell, sweet and spicy. Honey and flowers. Sweet malts

T: Slightly sweet. Sweet malts, honey, orange zest and flowery hops

M: Light body. Creamy texture. Medium carbonation. Sweet malts and flowery aftertaste

O: Very refreshing easydrinking. Good quality Ale

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 21:12:35 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of Dope


3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New batch just released, no actual date that I can find though.

A: Pours a clear honey-amber with a good sized, fizzy white head. Head fades with nary a trace of lacing. Decent retention however.

S: Grassy hops, decent amount of honey and crackery malt. Floral hops.

T: Honey up front briefly. Floral notes, almost lavender-ish. Turns into a crackery sort of malt with lots of grass. Lots and lots of grass. Very dry in the finish with lingering crackers and grass.

M: Fairly high carbonation, kinda gives it a fizzy soda-like feel.

O: Meh. Fairly plain, simple and just doesn't quite do it. Seems overly grass, too watery, just...meh.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 03:49:26 | More by Dope
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 02/27/13 notes. Had on tap at City Swiggers during their Brooklyn event last night. 12 oz. pour in a snifter.

a - Pours a murky pale yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spice, floral hops, some citrus hops, fruits, earthy notes, cloves, and yeast. Some nice herbal notes and spice mixing with citrus; pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of spices, fruity malts, citrus hops, floral hops, earthy notes, bready malts, yeast, cloves, pepper, bananas. More fruit here than the nose; a tiny step up. Quite nice.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Pretty easy to drink but a little overcarbonated.

o - Overall a very solid Belgian pale ale. Lots of herbal and floral notes in the nose and fruit in the taste, and easy to drink. Would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 16:24:43 | More by mdfb79
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and a significant amount of yeast sediment (very small particles but lots and lots of them). The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head (which gushed over immediately when I popped the cap on the bottle) that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of floral hops and light fruits (peach, apricot, and pear) along with some hints of honey. The aroma strengthens as the beer warms. There are also some light notes of sweetness.

T: There are a lot of pale malt flavors upfront on this beer with some light sweetness contributed by the honey - which also includes some hints of citrus and floral notes. There is a light amount of bitterness in the finish but it does not linger. Some notes of the light fruits as well - apricot and pear.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness, especially in the finish.

O: This is a very well balanced beer and it would match very nicely with lots of different food. Easy to drink and enjoyable but not a sessionable beer - I like it but I don't want to drink a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 23:11:59 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Etan


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brooklyn Brewery tasting room. Listed on their board as an "Italian blonde ale." Poured into a plastic cup.

A: Pours a clear gold with a small white head.

S: Sweet pale malt, a little yeasty spice, some honey sweetness.

T: Opens with a soft yeasty profile; crusty bread, flowers, a little mint, light hop bitterness, some snappy sweetness, perhaps from the honey, and grain. Light and refreshing.

M: Decent. Very light.

O: Reminds me very much of a Belgian pale with the yeast profile and esters, but much lighter and with a touch of sweetness from the honey. Maybe a little too light, but pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 20:33:12 | More by Etan
Photo of greenengineer


3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served at Fornino - Bedford Ave Brooklyn

12 oz Bottle, into a wine glass
A - light golden color, tight bubbles dissapear quickly, traces of lacing remain
S- sweet smell, honey and a bit of hops
T- light, crisp, almost cider like
M- Very light
O - drinkable, but not worth the $9 I paid. Second round was a Brooklyn Lager, which held up to the pizza much better

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 13:57:02 | More by greenengineer
Photo of metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are faint aromas of honey and floral hops in the nose along with a slight amount of sweetness, which becomes sweeter as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is quite malty with hints of sweetness and notes of honey. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light amount of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is well balanced and would make a perfect accompaniment with food.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 02:29:26 | More by metter98
AMA Bionda from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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