AMA Bionda | Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by metter98 on 12-06-2011

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Photo of greenengineer
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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Photo of Gajo74
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Nice honey aroma. Pleasant enough taste and feel, but mostly light bodied and not so complex. Would consider re-evaluating in the future, but at the moment, I find it nothing home to write about. (Although I took the time to write about it here. Ha ha)

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Photo of stcules
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly veiled blond, decent white foam, quickly falling.
Malty smell, orange flowers, camomile.
In the taste, again, light hoppiness, orange. Honey present, but not too much, camomile in the aftertaste.
Too strong carbonation, for a not too easy drinkablity. Otherwise, interesting.

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Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. And yes, it's one of the prettier bottles I have ever poured. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, grassy, light spices. Taste is grassy, floral hops, malts, not really the flavor profile I associate with this style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but nothing special. Gotta love the bottle though.

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Photo of Dope
3.42/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of dcmchew
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of farrago
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden pour with a bit of orange highlights. Dense two-finger white head with lots of carbonation (maybe too much). Really interesting and strong aroma of spices with a touch of citrus, yeast and bread dough. Has a really complex slightly sweet taste with elements of honey, light floral hops, spice (clove and maybe coriander), grass, yeast and bread mixing together for a very interesting sip. Finishes crisp with a lingering spice flavor.

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Photo of Etan
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Moderate, dense white head surmounts a hazy golden body, which presents modest, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Mildly spicy hops and caramel malt dominate the aroma, grassy hops are present as well. The yeast contributes an earthy characteristic.

Taste: The taste opens with toasted malt and dark caramel, soon followed by aggressive pine hops. As the taste progresses, the hops rise in intensity, until, at the close of the taste, they fairly dominate the otherwise solid caramel and toasted malt background. Finishes with a lingering, moderate herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and very full, with understated carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very drinkable, a well-made example of the style, which presents itself gracefully.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twenty-five point-four ounce green glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of Birkonian
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up over a month ago at Top Hops in New York, having never given this a go before. I was fascinated by the bottle and by the fact that it was imported by the Brooklyn Brewery and I thought that it would be a European Light Lager given that it was from Italy. Now that I read the background of it on here, I saw that Garrett Oliver had a hand in this, and it showed when I poured it out. This had the characteristics of a Belgian Pale Ale without the strong alcoholic presence and liberal amount of spice, but this was still a pleasing beer that warmed me up just a bit on a cold winter's night!

The pour to this was great, with a tall head that settled in due time and a hazy goldenrod hue that was reflective (no pun intended) of the honey in the beer. This had the smell of a lager and tasted a bit like one, as the floral notes were strong from the get-go.Soapy in consistency, there was also a sour grass/lemongrass taste to this with the feel of some wheat that gave this a fairly nice body. As others have noted, the sweetness grew in stature as the beer warmed up but it didn't feel like a true Belgian-style beer to me while I was enjoying this. It came across as a bit too light, even though the carbonation was just right and not detracting in any way.

The alcohol was here but it wasn't strong and I couldn't taste it at all as I made my way through this. Was this like a dark Kolsch? Maybe, as there was some grape behind the fruit flavors and sour tendency of this beer. Can't quite say that I've ever had anything like this before and it's a shame that this is no longer brewed, as I'd love to give it another go. I'm always amazed at how Garrett puts together brews that aren't duplicated anywhere else and this was no exception. Fun stuff that deserved to have more reviews on here!

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana "Bionda"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BB 03/29/15" - 5 months past the best by date -
purchased on 8/22/2015 for $5.99 from Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Hazy and effervescent pale golden body beneath a full head of bright white. Plenty of yeast sediment is picked up and then dropped by the rising CO2 bubbles. Very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Knowing that honey had been used I was able to pick it up readily. Floral and softly fruity, but not particularly "Belgian" at all. Softly malty... no signs of oxidation unless it's adding to the maltiness... perhaps the bottle conditioning has saved it.

Flavor: A basic golden maltiness dominates over the honey and softly fruity and floral notes, balanced by a firm bitterness that's just enough to keep it from becoming sweet ~ although it is lightly sweetish. The finish develops into dryness with some fruit and more malt appearing along the way. Again, no signs of oxidation unless it's adding to the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly elevated carbonation level.

Overall: Interesting aroma. Nicely balanced. Ultimately fairly basic however.

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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of patpat
4/5  rDev +9.9%

I live in Japan and found this online at Seiyu, which is apparently affiliated...owned??by Wal-Mart. The price was about 4 US. Loved the smell of this one. Straight white, wheats and some fruits in the back. I liked the no nonsense in it. Tastes even better. I'm having chicken and this one was the perfect complement. I could drink it alone but with food is where this beer stands apart. Big carbonation as I've come to expect from Italian beers, but this tastes better than anything I've ever had from Italia. The head never dissipates, leaving a thin foam layer until the finish. I may look for this one again, in fact I'm sure I will. I saw other reviews that said the cost was $9.00 a bottle. Not sure if it's worth it for a 355ml bottle. Nice bottle though...

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AMA Bionda from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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