Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Natural Blonde LagerAmsterdam Natural Blonde Lager

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Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

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

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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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The origins of the Amsterdam Brewing Company date to 1985 when Dutchman Roel Bramer purchased a property originally intended to be opened as a restaurant. His plan for the property changed when the Ontario government passed legislation allowing restaurants to brew and sell their own beer. In 2002, Roel Bramer turned the operation over to Jeff Carefoote. Today, the brewery is located at 21 Bathurst Street in Toronto where it produces beers made from four all natural ingredients; malt, hops, yeast and water. No preservatives are used, and their beers are never heat pasteurized. Amsterdam Brewery produces several beers, and I tried their Natural Blonde Lager ("NBL") which is 5.0% alcohol by volume.

NBL pours a light golden colour with an off-white head of a few millimeters which dissipates fairly quickly. With the head disappearing within a couple of minutes, there is no lacing down the glass. The aroma is of hops with what seems to be a hint of apple. The mouth feel is carbonated, but a bit thin. The taste is crisp and exactly what the aroma would indicate. The first taste is a subtle one, of apples, but not really sweet. It has a bitter finish, but the bitterness is not overpowering or too long lasting as is the case with some of its European counterparts. Overall, a respectable, pleasant enough beer that goes down well...but nothing to really distinguish it from the crowd.

According to the brewery's web site, the company conducts 45 minute tasting and product knowledge sessions every Friday and Saturday for a cost of $10 plus taxes, but no longer does tours.

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Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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