Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Natural Blonde LagerAmsterdam Natural Blonde Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
amsterdambeer.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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

Added by jlervine on 06-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
141
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.13
pDev:
15.02%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 46
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 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 GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of biegaman
2.82/5  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.

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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 spinrsx
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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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 TurdFurgison
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Kmat10
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of kwjd
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of DaPan
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of patre_tim
3.9/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear filtered with moderate carbonation, huge 4 fingers of chunky sea foam like head with slight yellow tinge.

S: Malt, offal, boiled cabbage, slight fragrant laundry detergent.

T: Depth of light fruitiness, then a slight lime water, followed by a long bitterness much like the taste you get when you bite into a lime seed.

M: Medium bready body, medium low carbonation.

O: Taste exceeds the nose by far. Labeled a Euro Pale Lager, this stands out in uniqueness and flavor. Enjoying it, the new can style is really hip as well.

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Photo of ZachT
3.59/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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: 3.4, a respectable B-.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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 Danielr26
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of yancot
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.79/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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