Apologies for the lack of posting, haven't had a chance to try a lot of new beers of late but last weekend I was in Toronto and tried Amsterdam's 416 local lager. For the uninitiated 416 is the local area code of Toronto and it is 4.16% Alcohol, very clever Amsterdam brewery!
I'll have to admit, that I was a bit skeptical of 416 because I was worried that it would just be another "Light" beer. Fortunately, despite the low alcohol content, it does not have a light flavour. It is actually a wheat beer that has a good refreshing flavour with some citrusy notes. If I am honest, I had it in a tall can at the Indy Toronto race and wasn't paying all that much attention to the details, so I only found out that it is actually a wheat beer when I looked on their website, it doesn't really taste like a wheat beer. Despite not tasting like a wheat beer it is extremely refreshing on a hot day. I was walking around watching race cars in the hot sun and needed a cold, refreshing beer and this really fit the bill. If you like beer, but want something that is a lower in alcohol, avoid the traditional light beers and get this, it is a great alternative, however I don't think I would drink it when I wasn't out in the sun on a hot day as there are other beers I prefer when looking for a wheat beer or a lager.
It's available throughout Toronto in cans, bottles, and in pubs on draught, sadly those who don't live in the GTA are out of luck.
Rating: : 2 steins
When out in the sun on a hot day or if I have to drive: 4 steins
What you need to know:
Brewery and retail store:
45 Esandar Dr. Toronto, ON