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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel LightAmstel Light

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1,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 27.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 46 | 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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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +34.3%

08-22-2013 05:25:42 | More by ianmatth
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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.

04-23-2004 03:32:53 | More by RoyalT
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Newfoundland (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -7%

09-29-2013 12:07:23 | More by cam477
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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.

07-07-2009 03:36:02 | More by ExtraStout
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.

01-31-2010 02:23:43 | More by brownbeer
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2/5  rDev -17.4%

08-30-2013 22:26:54 | More by wesbrownyeah
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2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

01-11-2013 01:38:47 | More by tbryan5
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Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

04-09-2014 15:15:18 | More by MikeC144
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3.75/5  rDev +55%

02-25-2013 01:31:43 | More by markallmon
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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.

06-27-2005 21:19:54 | More by chOAKbarrell
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3/5  rDev +24%

01-31-2013 01:55:16 | More by Lazaro
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2/5  rDev -17.4%

03-09-2012 02:43:34 | More by DWolf
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +44.6%

04-19-2013 00:03:34 | More by generallee
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2/5  rDev -17.4%

04-06-2013 07:21:54 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Rhode Island

2.25/5  rDev -7%

08-01-2014 14:39:47 | More by Doomcifer
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3/5  rDev +24%

12-04-2011 22:19:26 | More by iemailjack
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2.25/5  rDev -7%

01-24-2013 03:12:52 | More by Beerswag
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3/5  rDev +24%

08-16-2014 20:37:02 | More by petewheeler
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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.

04-30-2002 20:07:57 | More by Jason
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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.

04-29-2009 16:35:19 | More by tigg924
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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.

05-26-2007 17:10:16 | More by Byeast
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2.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-08-2014 18:00:08 | More by ryancl
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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?

05-18-2003 16:12:28 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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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.

05-04-2010 03:54:25 | More by bsp77
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3.5/5  rDev +44.6%

08-17-2013 04:20:26 | More by dankjohn
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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,186 ratings.