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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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BA SCORE
58
awful

1,366 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,366
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 28.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2001

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Ratings: 1,366 | Reviews: 490
Photo of shigg85
3.5/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decently brewed light lager. Don't rate it down just because it's not an IPA; rate it against its own comparative brews. Compared to other light lagers, this is a well-balanced, not overly grainy or adjunct-y light lager that is crisp and refreshing.

Photo of RonJensen
3.8/5  rDev +57%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is one the best light beers I've ever had. I don't mind the low ABV, it has a fuller flavor than AAL light beers. I just wish I could find Amstel regular lager here in the US, as I expect it to have a fuller taste and even more enjoyable.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.57/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amstel Light brewed by Amstel Brouwerij B. V., with an ABV of 3.50% This brew pours out a Light amber color, with a nice white head. It has the look of a light lager. The smell is rich with sweetness. You also pick up on some grains and malts. Nothing bad so far now for the taste , it is mild with flavor. You also pick up on the watery taste in this brew. Not saying that is a bad thing. There is also grains and malts, in the taste of this brew. Amstel Light has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about it. The mouthfeel of Amstel Light is mild, but bold and rich with flavor. I like the taste of this brew. Overall I'm giving Amstel Light a 3.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. This brew would go down good on a hot summer day.

Photo of RyanKM
3.9/5  rDev +61.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is definitely a good beer.

Photo of DevAJ
3.75/5  rDev +55%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is essentially a Heineken that's light (not to be confused with Heineken Light). I like Heineken quite a bit and this tastes just like it for the most part. Not sure why it's considered awful by so many people on here.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
2.58/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden, clear, short head.

S - Faint grain. Sour notes.

T - Minimal. Very weak nondescript grain notes. Slight sweetness.

M - Very light on the tongue. Gone before you notice.

O - Meh. I think it is not terrible to drink, but I don't see the point. Almost no flavor, and what is there is not terribly appealing.

Photo of Foyle
3.6/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, pillowy white head that drops slowly with little to no lacing. Color is clear pale straw with moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: surprising bit of aroma for the style. There is a definite breadiness and some grass as well.
Mouthfeel: very light and watery, with a quick, drying finish.
Flavor: mirrors the aroma. Breadiness and some sweetness from the barley, a mild bit of grassy hops.
Overall: for light beers, probably the best I have tried. It actually has flavor and aroma. Essentially tastes like a watered down Euro lager.

Photo of moshea
3/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice enough for a 3.5% abv sessionalble lager

Photo of DoctorZombies
2.84/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok lager. Hint of floral on the finish.

Photo of puboflyons
2.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

From the bottle. Sampled on February 24, 2015.

Kind of surprised I had not reviewed it before now. Medium golden yellow pour with a fuzzy white head that fades back.

The aroma smells of toasted barley malts and a clean, sort of grassy hop note. But thin all around.

The body is thin and watery.

The taste highlights a more grainy character with a clean hop finish. Light beers are light beers are light beers. This one is a little better than some.

Photo of smbslt
1.9/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Wow and not in a good way. Color is not bad but head fades moments after pouring.
The smell is not pleasant - wet grass and black pepper.
Taste - more grassiness here
Finish is not bad - clean with minty aftertaste.
Overall - It's been around for years so there must be a market for it.

Photo of DarkBeerSux
3.65/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yet another beer that snobs love to rip on. I tend to like beers that I don't have to chew on, taste like coffee or chocolate or fruit. Amstel Light fits my tastes. A tasty refreshing beer I can drink anytime. This beer does not deserve so many terrible ratings, get over yourselves people.

Photo of Grogsky
2.29/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

It's not bad if you're sitting in the sun on a hot day with a 200ml bottle. Wouldn't serve with dinner, wouldn't decline one, however.

Photo of CJNAPS
1/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This only being reviewed so i have a complete list of beers I've tired, and it's sad but this is on it.

Photo of smb
1.43/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Essentially this is carbonated water. Also, I shouldn't be forced to review this beer because I gave it low scores.

It should also be noted that this is being reviewed solely for the sake of being a completest.

Photo of AdrianRP
4/5  rDev +65.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see how this beer got such low ratings! I think people need to understand that this is a LIGHT beer! There is no way it can compete with a full bodied lager..just no way. BA should start creating classifications for beers to be review.

However, this beer in the light category has no peers..none that I know of anyway...and feel it pretty closely is brewed in accordance with the purity law.

I certainly CAN NOT say that about any of the other light beers we all know of: Miller Light, Bud Light, etc...which is made with corn and GMOs... Amstel Light is real beer...

It maintains a head, decently all the way down, and laces the sides of the glass just like a real beer. It's flavor is pretty typical Euro-Lager, but just a lighter version with less taste. It also can be spoiled by light as well..even more illustrating it's close proximity to the purity law...

Be sure you buy fresh supplies as you would with any import beer that is brewed in accordance with the purity law!

Always remember: 'If it's skunk, it's junk'...

Photo of namanjoshi23
2.76/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

An average beer. Nothing special.

Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.18/5  rDev +72.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As lager, I really like it. Much more than some of the other light beers. Tastes great and isn't as filling as the others.

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
3/5  rDev +24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

when i am on a diet this is my go to light beer. not bad for a light beer but thats not saying much..

Photo of cryptic_jester
1/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Its just bad all around bad

Photo of Quietflightxv
3.23/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had Amstel LIght for the first time over the weekend, was ok, at best

Photo of DeanBB
1.81/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Awful. Really couldnt drink this beer.

Photo of Baltimore_Adam
2.67/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I will usually pick this up to serve at parties. I won't serve any of the big 3 light beers, this one at least has real beer pretensions (however limited), and swill drinkers won't complain that there's no "normal" beer if this is in a cooler on the back porch. Not horrible, not great, pretty much right down the middle with perhaps a bit stronger nose (mild skunk) than expected. Thin on the palate, straw color, and limited aftertaste. Amstel is also my preferred golf course beer; it’s available from the drinks cart at most courses, isn’t terrible, and you can drink 6 of them without losing your putting stroke.

Photo of PhiloFox
2.25/5  rDev -7%

Better than many of the other popular light lagers. This however, is not saying much. I was pleasantly surprised by a bitterness I would not expect from a beer like this.

Photo of jacobkrotz
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

Hey! It's better than Heineken. If you like bitter aftertaste in the form of an amber watery beer than this one for you. Very little body to this beer. All-in-a all, it's a mediocre "skunk" beer.

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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.