Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel LightAmstel Light

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BA SCORE
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1,380 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,380
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 27.69%
Wants: 7
Gots: 151 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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: 1,380 | Reviews: 495
Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
2.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light, crisp and macro-clear diluted honey color. Thin, dish soap-bubbly head.

Slightly skunky aroma...standard for a Western European higher-end macro. Can smell a little Pilsener-style hop presence.

Very dry on the palate. Carbonation and hops bite in tandem for a tinny aftertaste that mellows only slightly with warmth (the skunkiness takes over after that).

Crisp on the mouth but a tingly aftertaste of industrial style hop, light malt and corn (?) mass-production.

It is what it is - a Euromacro. Tastes like it has some class but nothing I would seek out.

More User Reviews:
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 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 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 RoyalT
2.53/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Yellow in color and a bit hazy with some mild carbonation and a smallish head.

Smell – Light but deadly American grain with a hint of sweetness.

Taste – Typical American grain mixed with Gummi-Bear sweetness. It’s not quite as offense as some, but not good by a long shot.

Mouthfeel – Of course, this lager is exceptionally light. It lacks the strong carbonation though that is typical of the style.

Drinkability – On the cusp of being poured out, but barely hanging on.

Photo of ExtraStout
2.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Back before I knew better, I drank Amstel Light a lot, thinking I was a true beer afficionado. It's not bad beer overall, but its nothing I would run out and buy. However, at only 95 calories per 12 oz., its a great beer to drink if you're on a diet. Other than Sam Adams light it is sadly the best you can do.

Photo of brownbeer
3.01/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, straw color with a fluffy white head that ends up staying a thin layer.

Notes of grain (corn) and grass in the aroma.

Fairly clean and simple taste with a fairly dry finish. Not particularly exciting but not foul by any means.

Considering that this is a light beer, it's not the worst. But I'll never drink it again.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.35/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

If you have ever wondered what liquified styrofoam injected into Budmillercoorslite would taste like, then you should try an Amstel Light.

This is an absolutely repulsive beer. It looks & smells like your average Bud/Miller/Coors clone, but the taste! Dear lord! At first it tastes like the aforementioned macro-filth, but then it hits you - a noxious cardboard-box-complete-with-packing-materials flavor. It blows my mind as to how the brewers of this beer could possibly find it acceptable.

I mean, at least you can swallow other light beers without really tasting anything - just like water down the throat - and then forget about them, but Amstel Light makes sure to rip a blazing trench through your tastebuds, assuring you that you wont forget it's abhorrent "taste" any time soon.

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 Jason
1.81/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale straw in colour with a minimal white lace.

Smell: The usual imported lager aroma plus a touch of skunk or DMS a.k.a. cooked veggies.

Taste: Light bodied with a thin malt palate. Crisp and grainy ... husk flavours also. A little astringent grain in the middle. Hops are evident with a slight bite of bitterness. After taste is clean and seems to be the best part of the brew all together.

Notes: Not much of a beer to hoot about, just an other "run of the mill" light lager. At around $20-24 a case ... you are better off buying a domestic light lager for around half the price. Great marketing and riding with the imported lager trend have made this less than decent brew a big seller in the US.

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: big head, light yellow, high carbonation, and clear

Smell: lemon and wheat

Taste: lemon and wheat

Mouthfeel: sweet, smooth, and watery

Drinkability: For a light lager I think this is highly drinkable, especially in warmer weather. While not the first thing I would go for, it is more sessionable than a lot of beers in its class.

Photo of Byeast
2.92/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale gold, mild carbonation. Smell is of light grains and a hint of lime like smell, almost light struck. Taste is of course very light, but there is some light strawish grain and a hint of citrus zest. Its not a bad beer, quenched my thirst and did not offend. I probably won't be buying it though because of the price, and the low ABV.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.4/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Virtually identical to any macro-lite beer produced. Poured a thin, fizzy yellow. Minimal white head. No lacing.

Smell: Barely detectable. Grainy, "husk-like" aroma.

Taste: IMHO, a little better than any of the domestic macros available. This beer had become the semi-traditional post-game beer for my D-league softball team. It's not elegant and not terribly good (despite the claims to the contrary made by Dennis Miller), but can act as a semi-tolerable thirst quencher good for tackling a thirst induced by playing bad softball. Bland, non-descript flavor. Slightly on the bitter side at the end. Somewhat unpleasant metallic flavor lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy...and the finish is crisp and dry.

Drinkabilty: Perhaps my review is slanted towards the positive side based on the fact that I am usually parched when I drink this beer. It isn't horrible, but they usually disappear quickly. I just don't see the hype. Why pay more for a bad import when you can have bad beer cheaper by buying American crap?

Photo of bsp77
2.73/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into clear cup.

Appearance: Pale yellow as expected. Not much head or lacing.

Smell: Light hay-like malts, slight spicy hops.

Taste: Very light malts that have grainy characteristics with a touch of hay and grass. Slightly spicy and bitter at the end, although it seems oddly out of place - can't quite explain why.

Feel: Pretty high carbonation, light body, surprisingly dry finish.

Drinkability: The best characteristic about this light beer (it's dry, spicy finish) also seems to be it's biggest detriment. Overall, not bad for a light beer. But it's still a light beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can.

A very light slightly yellow color with a small white head. Nose is bad, it's got a weird of smell with some adjunct an alcohol aromas.

Taste is very plain, bland and boring. It isn't as bad as many but it's not good. There's a sharp light carbonation with a watery mouthfeel and a bad after taste.

Photo of Bamabrew22
2.68/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just your average pale, Euro lager here. No surprises, yet not a total waste of time. Excellent lawnmower, summertime beer. Pours a really bright, clear golden color straight out of 12oz bottle with a thin, 1-finger head. Nothing really to note of as far as smell goes, just a lightly sweet hint of malt. Taste was decent; malty sweetness, no noticeable hop presence. Overall, not horrible but not the best beer either. If you had to go with a major beer brand from Amsterdam, you might want to pick the one in the green bottle.

Photo of jsolack
1.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
Straw yellow with light head... faded quickly with no lacing.

Smell:
Faint smell of skunk (as typical of a lager), sweetness and grain. Doesn't smell bad but doesn't smell very intriguing.

Taste:
Very mild taste... has a little sweetness and grain... finish is mildly bitter. Overall tastes very watery.

Mouthfeel:
Tastes very sparkly... too crisp and watery.

Drinkability:
It's an easy beer to drink and is one of the better light beers but overall it is watery and bland.

Photo of far333
1.9/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The color of chardonnay with about as much head as a glass of wine.

Aroma is initially a bitter skunky funk, some grassy straw notes, but if you concentrate you can pick out some bready honey malt lying way beneath.

Flavor is similar to the nose, initially skunky, but some notes of corn and honey malt emerge as it rolls through the mouth.

Mouthfeel is slick and watery, but finishes tingly, very crisp. Very low drinkability. I know a lot of people like this as a low calorie lighter import, but there really is not much flavor, and what flavor is there is funky and skunky.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.89/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the better light beers. But that's like saying one of the more polished turds right?

A darker appearance, preppy aroma. Taste, teh carbonation probably makes you think there's more of the Euro hop than is really there. Very easy going down, it is a very light beer, but its decent enough in a pinch on a hot day. Tons of carbonation, plenty of water, but it does the trick, especially with some smoke.

Photo of ADR
2.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale and clear yellow color, middling head at best, laces in two incomplete rings. Some sulfur to the aroma, some of cream corn aspects, malt dominates. Mouthfeel is light, along with carbonation and an overall graininess, the malt impression is fairly impaired. Hopping is decent and the finish is crisp, better than the beginning. Some metallics in later sips. Weak upfront and a little strident at the close, I can't say its very good even for the category.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears pale golden with a nice large white lively bubbled head leaves even fine lacing down my pils v shaped glass. Aroma has Euro hops...herbal with a touch of skunk some lemongrass sweetness thrown in as well as two row malts providing light cereal sweetness. Taste has a clean refreshing tone malts lightly toasted cereal grains gives off a peanut like flavor herbal grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied and carbonation is a bit high no special textures to report. Drinkability is great for nine holes of golf yes I'd rather be drinking some Prima, Sunshine, or Pikeview Pils but when in WV a light beer with some hops could be your best option yes that's the sorry state of beerdom in West Virginia.

Photo of frankiepop
2.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing more stupid than light beer. That makes a lot of Americans stoopid too. But this light beer passes my taste test. Clean crisp dry and hoppy. A little bitter, but not a bad ale as ales go. Carbonation is a little intense for me, but then again it's night a fizzy budweiser.

Fans of one of my favorite international soccer teams, The Orange of The Netherlands, so rejoice with this nice beer. Good luck today, Orange!

Oh What? Well, this little silly goes very well with the music of Dutch masters drummer Han Bennink and Pianist Mengelberg maybe on ce entitled '3 Points and a Mountain' with German sax player Brotzmann!

Photo of ianjsullivan
2.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

ST: 12oz can poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear, yellow-gold with a thick white head that quickly settles down. Steady but slow tiny bubbles drift to the top.

S: Amstel Light has a very poor aroma. The hops almost seem nonexistent, and there is a strong metallic smell. There is the slight aroma of powdery biscuit.

T: Slight bread and watery slightly bitter hops greet the tongue poorly. A slight metallic edge joins a bit of poorly blended alcohol on the finish.

M: Watery and on the dryer side.

D: It has low ABV and is not complex. Though that makes it easy to drink (to chug), it does not make it a great beer to enjoy.

Photo of flooshmander
2.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'll tell you what; for a light beer when your on a diet this beer rocks. It's not the best light beer in any category, but overall its just the best alternative to the light beer magnates C light, B light, M light, M ultra etc....

95 calories 3.5% alcohol

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

Bland, a bit corny, a bit adjuncty, may have some hop flavour.... i couldn't tell. A touch bitter i suppose. Tastes like sparkling mineral water. Just an even lighter version of Amstel (the normal stuff), which sounds dissapointing, and it is dissapointing, but, to be truthful, i wasn't expecting much in the first place, its hard to right something about it in detail, boring.

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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,380 ratings.