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Amstel Bright - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2002)
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Reviews by MadCat:
Photo of MadCat
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, small white head, leaves no lacing

Smell: Grains and malt sweetness

Taste: Bready malt sweetness with a clean finish

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing

Overall: This is another beer that is only good in hot weather. I had it on my trip to Aruba. I preferred cocktails to the available beer.

MadCat, Oct 10, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev -1%

Griffith, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Dave128
3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at casa tua restaurant in Aruba from bottle

A. Don't have a glass to pour it in so it's hard to judge appearance. Perfectly clear golden color. Head is white and seems to stick around in the bottle. Unable to judge lacing

S. grAiny but not incredibly grassy. Slightly skunky but not as bad as I expected. No hope on the nose.

T. 4
Very refreshing when enjoyed cold. The skunky smell doesn't really carry through on the taste. Sweet up front and slightly bitter and grainy on the finish. Even As the beer warms it remains inoffensive as a cerveza

M. 4.

Crisp and refreshing. Light body with medium carbonation. The medium carbonation is refreshing compared to the heavy carbonation of light lagers

O. 4.

A good shot at the cerveza style. Does well to stand up to the task.

Dave128, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of BeerZack
1.63/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

9.3oz (275ml) bottle from Aruba.

Pale yellow gold with small white ring of head.

Smells almost entirely of skunked hops. Bit of sweet corn-like adjunctiness there also.

Wow, lots of "dirty" and skunky metallic taste for how little taste is here overall. Nothing "clean" about it at all. Sweet corn tortilla chips. Corona Light.

Rough, stingy carbonation, almost no body, ultra-light feel overall. Hard to finish all 9.3 oz.

BeerZack, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of mikerems
4/5  rDev +32%

mikerems, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev -1%

ThinkAgain, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of MKorn
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

MKorn, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Noelito76
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Noelito76, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Billybrewboy
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Similar to Corona but bottle is smaller. I'm bringing my own cans of real beer at the end of this month. Aruba was great wasteland for Craft beer 2 years ago when I went last.

Billybrewboy, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of kevgod
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

kevgod, Feb 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Dovers, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of schaffer9252
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

schaffer9252, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of pavpav12
3/5  rDev -1%

pavpav12, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of MartzMimic
2.6/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a clear bottle that says "Drink it Ice Cold." Yes, to avoid having to actually taste it. Pours a clear light golden with only the slightest white head that disappears quickly. The nose consists of skunky grains. The taste is marginally better, with biscuitous bready notes. The mouth is light, and goes down easy. Roughly equal with Corona or any of the mass-produced pale lagers/cervezas. I can say it's any worse than they are, but neither is it better.

MartzMimic, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of everlong353
1.5/5  rDev -50.5%

everlong353, Jan 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

chefduff2, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
2.17/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We pour a brew of the lightest, watered-down yellow. It holds a fluffy two finger head, briefly, before it quickly recedes to a bubbly mist over the glass. No lacing is left, and no sediment is noted. There is maximal transparency, and carbonation appears to be very high. The aroma is wrought with adjuncty grain. There is also a sticky sweetness present, along with an offensive coiny metal and floury graininess. The taste profile is initiated with sour adjuncty grain. Through the middle there is a slight fruity vibe, perhaps of sweeter lime, or of the lemony variety. From here we transition to a finish that highlights adjuncty grain, and little else. The aftertaste follows suite with more bitter adjuncts, and a boringness of corn. The body is light, and the carbonation is medium to high. The mouthfeel of the beer is watery, with no coating, froth, creaminess, or slurpability. Very light. The abv is standard, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is the way it pours, with a nice, but short lived, fluffy head. This, however, quickly disappears, only to set us up for a flat feel, adjuncty aroma, and a watery, sour, and less than desirable taste.

TheBrewo, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Mikecap
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Mikecap, May 18, 2012
Photo of KingSpank
3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brand new from Amstel, I'm not sure if this refreshing Carribean beer is available in America right now. It is brewed in Curacao and can be found throughout Holland's Carribean islands (e.g. Curacao, Aruba). It has a very crisp, light taste, bearing resemblance to Corona. Must be served ice cold.

KingSpank, Apr 15, 2002
Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In what may be the official "unofficial" beer of Curacao, the crisp, clean, and bright lager is elected as such as it seems to be the prevalent choice among beer drinkers of the island.

And like many other lagers, it's brilliantly clear straw color promises lightness in taste and refreshment in drinkability. An arid and foamy head pulls from the beer and falls somewhat quickly. But before so, the beer leaves behind spiderweb lacing.

Grainy sweet aromas of dry crackers, thin barley, fresh yeast and dough. Light earth and spice reside early in the aroma while more sulfury apple and citrus notes linger closely behind.

Flavors fare similarly with light sweetness from grain- both barley and cereal. Lightly herbal with mild grassy (hay-like) flavors that turn spicy bitter to balance the malts, but offer little else. Again, a sulfury, match stick-like character seems to crispen the taste as much as hops and give a little strength to apple-like esters. Mild mineral notes seem lightly salty for a tad of richness.

Light bodied, the beer is built for hot tropical weather with zesty refreshment even if it falls thin and dry from middle palate onward. Light minty warmth and slight grain derived astringency closes the beer.

With little to celebrate nor criticize, the beer tastes much like many adjunct riddled beers of bastardized European fame, or worse- American macro swill. But in a pinch it's a refreshing choice with genuine 'beer' taste that water cannot provide.

BEERchitect, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of vladimerjr
3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely clear light refreshing beach beer. Very clean and crisp and smooth light pilsner taste. Brewed locally in the carribean can usually be had for under a buck for a 10.9 oz bottle. It has a 5.0% alcohol but I must have had 11 of these sitting on the beach (they bring them right to you at your blanket/beach chair) in St. Maarten last summer before I felt the kick.
One of the best light beers I have had and very refreshing while sitting on the beach but you would never see me drinking one in a pub or with my dinner.

vladimerjr, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of Cylinsier
2.4/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

10 oz had in St. Maarten.

Pours light gold with some white suds for a head.

Smells like sugar and light barley malts.

Light watery barley malt flavor.

Light body with a crisp carbonation.

Very boring and unmemorable. Its not bad, just not at all interesting.

Cylinsier, Aug 16, 2013
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Amstel Bright from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
72 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.