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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel LightAmstel Light

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1,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 28.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2001)
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Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
2.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. this beer pours like lightly straw colored water. very clear and without much color. lots of head though, which is white and frothy. dissipates quickly leaving no lacings behind.

smells watered down, but with notes of sweet pale malts, and a touch of hops. a floral yeast aroma is also present, but only in the background.

taste is very watered down, with faint notes synonomous with the aroma. nothing good here, just watered down flavors. usually a beer this light would be refreshing, but the lack of concentration here negates even that.

aftertaste is not present. resembles the aftertaste of bottled water.

mouthfeel is light-bodied, without much character. watery on the palate, with a light bite from carbonation.

drinkability is supurb, for obvious reasons. there is not much good to say about this beer. if a drinker is looking for a very thin brew that doesn't taste much, this is the brew for him or her.

botham, Sep 10, 2007
More User Reviews:
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.

RoyalT, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of cam477
2.25/5  rDev -7%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
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.

ExtraStout, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of t2grogan
1.5/5  rDev -38%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
3.03/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

brownbeer, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
2/5  rDev -17.4%

wesbrownyeah, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

tbryan5, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of MikeC144
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of mediumrare
3.5/5  rDev +44.6%

mediumrare, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of markallmon
3.75/5  rDev +55%

markallmon, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.3/5  rDev -46.3%
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.

chOAKbarrell, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of Lazaro
3/5  rDev +24%

Lazaro, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of DWolf
2/5  rDev -17.4%

DWolf, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +44.6%

generallee, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2/5  rDev -17.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
2.25/5  rDev -7%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev +24%

iemailjack, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Beerswag
2.25/5  rDev -7%

Beerswag, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of petewheeler
3/5  rDev +24%

petewheeler, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Jason
1.83/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Jason, Apr 30, 2002
Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev +41.7%
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.

tigg924, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Byeast
2.93/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Byeast, May 26, 2007
Photo of ryancl
2.75/5  rDev +13.6%

ryancl, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of JC333
2.25/5  rDev -7%

JC333, Nov 08, 2014
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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
59 out of 100 based on 1,293 ratings.