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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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BA SCORE
58
awful

1,222 Ratings
THE BROS
46
awful

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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 27.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 53 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2001)
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Reviews by flooshmander:
Photo of flooshmander
2.39/5  rDev -1.2%

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

flooshmander, May 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.53/5  rDev +4.5%

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%

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 brownbeer
3.03/5  rDev +25.2%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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 OldFrothingSlosh
2.42/5  rDev 0%

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?

OldFrothingSlosh, May 18, 2003
Photo of bsp77
2.73/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

bsp77, May 04, 2010
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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.