Amstel Lager - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 24.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-19-2001

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Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
2.4/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle

Pours with a thin yellow body, little head, little retention and a slight lacing on the glass

Smell, malty, slight skunky finish on it also

Taste, dry and quite crisp, a little sickening though, pretty bland

A pretty dull euro lager overall it seems

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the non lite version out in Amsterdam. Pours a light amber with amazing clarity, almost no head retention to it. Aroma was spritzy carbonation.

Taste, light, easy to drink, slight Saaz hop feel to it, not discernably different than the light version we get in the states. Uplifting, refreshing, just enough caramel to it. Overall, pricy, but one of the more enjoyable beers in the style. Have no idea why it isn't available in the states. Nothing groundbreaking, but sometimes we're in the mood for an easy drinking, lightly hopped beer.

Photo of rastaman
1.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Boring beer which tastes like heineken, just another lager really, boring as hell, but i suppose you could drink it.

Photo of yael6666
2.51/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on 100 cl presentation...
It pours a pale yellow beer with a somehow good white head, that lasts a little bit and forms good lacing.
Smell is like hoppy with some bread.
The taste is bready, with a refreshing aftertaste... bitter and hoppy.

Not a big fan of pale lagers, but i guess under a mexican beach sun... you can drink a lot of this beer...

Photo of Sammy
1.85/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours with a reddish tinge to its yellow. A little white head. Taste is corny, a tad of carmel. Mostly astringent to me, very thin mouthfeel, and a couple of ounces is too much.Very light carbonation. Smell is neutral.Thanks for bringing Mr. Russev.Not too good.

Photo of BeerSingh
3.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is probably meant to be had ice cold as a thirst quencher. So I did - poured out of the can into a pilsner glass - dark bronze body with a steam of jetting bubbles rising upward to conjoin with a big 2" head, settling slowly to a half inch width, leaving some random lacing. Smells metallic and grainy - nothing much going on here. The taste is predictable - grain water with a little 2 hop pellet bitterness present. The aftertaste is a lingering sweetness which could be due to partial attenuation. The carbonation adds to the experience and makes the otherwise bland taste a little more lively.

Overall, nothing to write home about. But a couple of notches above its cousin Heini, worth the weight on a hot, sunny day.

Photo of scaliasux
2.52/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - Light and clear brownish-golden color. Soapy, white head that doesn't dissipate immediately. Only a little lacing. Nothing exceptional here.

Smell - Light sweet malt. No hint of hoppiness. Once again, unexceptional.

Taste - Rather malty, but not overly sweet. A little sour actually. Only the slightest hint of hoppy bitterness. Taste appears consistant throughout. Finishes somewhat sour.

Mouthfeel -Pretty good. Foamy, not spritzy. Nice and full, for a lager.

Drinkability - Eh. I could take it or leave it. Taste isn't bad, but doesn't set me a runnin'.

My cousin went all the way to Austria and brought this back. Live and learn.

Photo of RuudJH
2.4/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Amstel pilsner, from a 0.5 l can.
In short, it's just like any other macro lager. Some minor differences from others. Maybe a bit more malt (corn), and less yeast. In this case, the hops are good in this sample, but they're gone very fast, leaving you the overload of corn to deal with.
Really, drinking a few of this, the corn really starts to bother me.
Smooth but watery.
Everyone knows what these lagers are about: have some and watch a game with some friends.

Photo of seydou
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a whole lot to say here... Drank straight from the bottle. Color is unremarkable, pretty translucent with no head.

Quite carbonated, which makes it enjoyable to drink.

Surprisingly good alongside some Indian food, played off the spice nicely.

Better than the really standard stuff on tap places, but not sure I would pick it over other popular on-tap beers here in South Africa (Peroni, etc.).

Photo of metter98
3.11/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Pannenkoekenrestaurant Oude Mueller, Utrecht, Netherlands

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of pilsener malts are present in the nose along with some hints of bready malts.
T: The taste is filled with flavors of pilsener malts and also has hints of floral hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a basic pilsener but it is very easy to drink.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.27/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown 330ml bottle, 4.1% ABV. drank during a 5 lager/pilsner tasting on a hot and sunny afternoon in my back garden. This beer came second to last, beating only a cheap Greek can of Hellas Pils.

Typical pale Euro lager look, light golden body with a fast departing white head.

Gets my standard 3 score for an odourless pils/lager. Nothing to report nose wise at all, not even grasses or metallic, nothing could I pick up.

The odourless theme was kind of carried on into the taste, it was tasteless as well as odourless. My bottle was part of a pack brewered for Heineken (UK) Ltd and had 7 months life left when broached. Why do they want to import sub-standard lagers into a country that is awash crap home brewed lagers already?

Watery and weak feeling to this beer, not impressed at all. I remember this beer before Amstel was taken over by Heineken, it has gone down hill since those days in the 1970's.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.48/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not really super nice as easy to drink beer, but because it has a fairly feeble bitterness and especially an insignificant price. Levels flavors, this is a stupid european lager unpretentious which differs from other models by an aftertaste a bit suret and somewhat artificial to suggest that the egg a little acid. Not really relevant to a true beer lover.

Photo of MTNboy
3.07/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This and Amstel Light were my import beers of choice when I was younger and I was limited to imports back in the States. As much as they have some bad reviews they bring back nostalgia and I would still rather drink them over Grolsch and Heineken. It was given to me in an Amstel glass. There was just the right amount of head and the lace had retainability over its transparent body. The aroma was crisp with mild sweet malt tones. The flavor is average for this style. Basic crisp, pils style lager. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Photo of Douberd
3.08/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle of 300 ml.
Pours a pale golden yellow colour with a one finger head, with no retention. No lacing on the glass either.
Light aroma of malts and slighty of hops.
Taste is bitter, but not as much as one would expect. Highly drinkable though.
Medim carbonation, medium thickness on the body, dry.

I don't know, I used to like it when I was younger but now it would be my last choice among the other dutch commercial beers. I'll give it a high overall mark, just for all those moments we spend together..

Photo of Absumaster
2.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A darkish golden beer with an initial big head that quicly fades to a thin layer of creamy foam, that leaves lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell is light malty with fruity notes. Total abcense of hops.

Taste is grainy with fruity notes. It even reminds me of the fruity flavors usually found in tripels. Normaly I do not taste this in this beer, but now I am doing a side-by-side comparison of Dutch pilsners and this one is sticking out. The beer is also sweeter than the other pilsners. What is also striking is the very low bitterness. It is in there, but is not nearly enough to balance the sweetness. Body is OK for a pilsner.
Aftertaste is short and fruity.

Photo of MrAleman
1.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another one of those macro lagers that seem to be everywhere. I've felt quite dodgy in the morning's after starting an evening's drinking with Amstel. Something is not right there, it does not feel like a natural lager this one.

Lightly bodied and more watery than some other lagers. No better or worse than Heineken for example, but not good either.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.47/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My parents bought this back from Aruba, MUCH BETTER than the Amstel Light we have here and I don't even think that is so bad. Subdued golden color with decent carbonation, lightly hopped actually very refreshing since you can taste hops and not all grain like other lagers of this variety, this actually isn't half bad at all. Smooth and drinkable, nothing earth-shattering but a pleasent surprise.

Photo of rarbring
2.3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer is clear, straw colored, has a white firm head, leaving no lacing.

The smell is weak, hay, boiled vegetables, cereal.

Tasting sweet of corn cereal, some green apples, a short non-describable bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, very small bubbles, a bit fizzy, rather sweet, a simple body.

A very standard pale lager.

Photo of 67cuda
3.43/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice golden yellow-orange color, with about one finger worth of pale white head. It smells a bit tart and malty.. It has a mildy bitter/tart taste, very good.. It's sort of like a less bitter (actual Dutch) Heineken, which is a good thing. The mouthfeel is pretty good, with plenty of carbonation. I'd say this is a very drinkable beer, though I'd have to go to Holland again to get more. Please note this review is of the Amstel Bier available in Holland, not the Amstel Lager export variety.

Photo of tconboy
2.78/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, this is my first review, so be easy.

Found this baby in my friend's fridge in Germany. You don't see this in the States, so I had to try. 33cl is printed on the can with other information, but who knows, I can't read the nutritional infomation and as an American the metric system is foreign. Amstel Bier Pilsener, here we go...

A: Pours a clear golden yellow, light carbonation

S: Faint, I had to double check my sense of smell to make sure it was working. Smells like Heinekin, light grain bear.

T: Faint, Tastes like grains and water. Not offensive, however.

M: Lightly carbonated, very light feel. I like the way this feels.

D: This beer isn't very exciting, but I enjoyed it for what it is. I hate to keep comparing it, but it reminds me a lot of Heinekin. It's Saturday night, so I think I will have another, cheers.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean, pale yellow with a white head. Aromas of a sweet malt and a small pilsner hop. In the taste, a clean malty sweetness. A smooth mouthfeel and a sweet malt aftertaste. Refreshing, small hop in the nose, smooth and easy drinking. Better than expected.

Photo of flexabull
3.1/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank often in Milos Greece.

Pours a bright yellow color with an ok head.

Aromas are creamy, sweet, and kind of corn like as well. Doesn't smell that bad though.

Taste is clean. Pretty simple with mostly bready malt flavors, with a touch of creamy sweetness. Finish is crisp, and dry, with no hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is decent, with pretty good body and soft carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good.

This beer is pretty blah, but it has no off weird flavors, so it goes down easy on a hot day.

Photo of soju6
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Served a pale golden color with a small head and no real lacing.

S: Aroma of mild grain with a bit of citrus. Not much else.

T: Mild sweet flavor, grain mild bitterness and a slightly sweet finish.

F: Light body, pretty bland.

O: Typical Euro Lager. Makes Heineken taste good.

Photo of Paisan
1.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I must be masochistic, coz I can't for the life of me explain why I sometimes still drink this.

Weak, watery, unimpressing smell and taste, there's the expected hops and some malt, but ye gods, why on earth is this beer so omnipresent and popular (pun intended)?

Every once in a while, on a warm terrace in Greece, I let my guard down and order me one of these, immediately regretting it on the first sip. Tohether with Heineken, Bud and the likes, I tend to give this the label "industrial waste".

Stay clear of it, there's hundreds of beers more worthy of the name out there.

Photo of KingSpank
3.03/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good, not great. A rather plain tasting beer. But that doesn't mean that it's bad either. Has a decently strong flavor without being too heavy.

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