Enschede, HOLLAND (further research suggests the Royal Grolsch Brewery as the creator of this drop)
Bottle size sampled: 330 mL
Standard drinks: 1.2
Cap type: Non-twist
Cost: Donated beer
Label info: ‘Brewed in Holland. Brewed in the finest tradition’
What the label really means: It’s good to know that a beer called ‘Amsterdam’ is brewed in Holland.
The Hell-Cat review starts here
Label: I am a little disappointed that we don’t get any Dutch stereotypical images on this label. Where are the windmills? Where are the clogs? Where are the ladies of the night stalking the back alleys of the infamous Red Light district? Where are the smoke-filled coffee shops? Instead we have to settle for a large sailing ship. And sure, it’s an impressive looking ship but it’s hardly something that makes this label grand. Also, I don’t know what it is, but blue rarely works on a beer label, especially with a green bottle.
I give it a label rating of 4.5 out of 10.
AROMA: A soft, wheaty aroma.
Taste: GLASS – Amsterdam Premium Lager is bitter, and dry, and….well, not much else. It’s drinkable, sure, and being a cheap beer (at least in Australia) it’s definitely more drinkable than some of the Aussie equivalents but it’s nothing memorable and I can see myself getting sick of this very quickly.
Taste: BOTTLE - This is very plain and very ordinary. It actually loses a little in taste when consumed from the bottle. Nothing great at all.
I give it a taste from bottle rating of 4.5 out of 10.
A word from the wife: “Tart with a lingering sweet flavour”
She gave it a taste rating of 7 out of 10.
Accompanying food: Suggesting pizza to accompany beer is like suggesting tomato sauce with a meat pie. But dammitt I haven’t suggested pizza for a while and the Amsterdam may just spring out of its shell when accompanying a nice peperoni, or meat lovers supreme.
Best season to appreciate: Not exactly a thirst quencher given the dry nature of this lager, so perhaps it is better suited for the Winter months.
All-nighter beer? No not for me. It isn’t that easy to drink and I’d be sick of it very quickly.
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