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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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BA SCORE
58
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1,068 Ratings
THE BROS
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awful

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Ratings: 1068
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 2.41
pDev: 27.8%


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.

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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

2.81/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sampled on 3/10/14 but had this one many times in the past but has been a few years since I had one. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pilsner pint glass.

Pours a light straw-yellow in color with a very thin white head. Some very spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is just of some yeast and grain. Nothing fancy really. The taste is on the flat side and watered-down with just some grain with a hint of floral as well. Slight metallic taste through out Overall, not a big fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 21:53:28 | More by BeerWithMike
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.43/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on or freshness date present. Surprisingly, my first encounter with this beer and this brewery, acquired this bottle from my neighbors last night in a drunken stupor. So here we are again. Another awful adjunct lager. Expectations are bad based on the reviews and this beer's current rating of "awful".

Poured into a Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale pint glass.

A - Pours a light golden colored body with perfect clarity. About a finger of sudsy white head that disappears within moments. Not much to look at, but I've seen far worse.

S - Smell is pretty nonexistent. Maybe a hint of sweet grains, corn, and wheat, but that's about it.

T - Flavor is a few notches upward from the nose, but this is still nothing to brag about. Watery, lightly grainy, wheat, husky corn, some sweet pilsner malt sorts of taste, lending a more full-bodied AAL sort of character to the beer.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, smooth, and watery. Refreshing, even.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised, and I would say this is a likely contender for repeat drinking on a scorching summer day, and with a low 3.50% abv, this one sure is sessionable. I can't see much other reason to get this unless you want something to drink on all day without getting plastered. And I suppose in the realm of awful adjunct lagers and light lagers, Amstel Light wouldn't be too bad of a choice.

Amstel Light ---2.5/5

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:34:36 | More by mfnmbvp
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FLima

Brazil

2.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Yellow golden color with a thin head with low retention.
Very light aroma of floral hops and sweet malt. More towards an adjunct lager.
Flavor is slightly more interesting. Floral hops are more noticeable here with notes of sweet pale malt. Hints of minerals with a mild spice bite.
Light to watery body with good carbonation.
Refreshing beer, and that is it. Though, not bad among its style.

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 21:28:40 | More by FLima
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bbluemzbeer

California

4.41/5  rDev +83%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I rated this beer against other light lagers. It is good lager !

Appearance: Yellow straw beer

Smell is good compared to an AA Lager. It was grassy hoppys and grains smell to it.

Taste;: It taste of grains and gassy notes to it, unlike other light beer it does have some beer taste. Amstel basically taste like light of version to a European light lager.

Mouthfeel: Light with moderate carbonation

Overall: It enjoyed this beer. It beats out 95 percent of light lagers out there. It beats out bud light , coors light , natural light but the price is to high for my pocket book . I will drank Amstel Light in the future from a break from the norm but I will stick Miller Light from now.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 05:25:44 | More by bbluemzbeer
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tastemeister

Maryland

1.71/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wholly unimpressive, this beer is not worth the money, and is hardly worth drinking. It is flat, tasteless, nearly colorless, and has zero zing in the moth. One might consider it refreshing, if you looking for a super light beer that resembles water.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:56:12 | More by tastemeister
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

2.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can into a pilsner glass.

A- Pale light straw color. Thin white head, little bit of lacing, lots of bubbles.

S- Damp musty grains and bread. Is that floral hop and composte that I smell? Or is it just skunkiness?

T- Like the smell, damp musty breads. Heineken-esque.

M- A cross between seltzer and syrup.

O- Unbelievably bad.

Serving type: can

10-07-2013 22:49:43 | More by NiceTaps
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Aaron_Ramson

California

2.9/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Slightly darker than US light lagers, the head dissapates quickly, leaving only the impression of light malts and tangy hop. flavor is very slight, a bitterness that leaves immediately when swallowed, leaving no notable flavors other than light malts and bitter hops; same as the nose. Carbonation level is very heavy with a very watery mouthfeel, yet this same trait makes this beer as easy to drink as a diet soda. Unimpressive but inoffensive, and a less offensive flavor then most american light lagers. This is a beer whose whole is better than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 04:53:32 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a fluffy one finger head. Actually good head retention thanks to the abundant carbonation.

Aroma of hay and light bread along with a touch of skunk. Some corn thrown in there too.

Flavor starts out with bread and hay and is actually not half-bad albeit very light. However it then completely disappears to nothing but a tinge of bitterness. I can't believe how quick the flavor just disappears. Extremely watery mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer is just barely a step above water. Almost no flavor whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 22:38:42 | More by rangerred
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

not the worst wash on the market, but another generic macro euro lager type, this one falling on the sweeter side, with an extract malt vibe and a general lack of anything fresh or interesting. more carbonation would make this passable, and its not bad from the bottle, but a little air exposure in the glass and the beer goes flat. a little bitterness in the aftertaste, but hard to credit hops for that. its a little filling as well, which is odd for a beer this low in abv, it doesn't even work to catch a quick buzz. its not horribly off in flavor, which I guess is redeeming in some sense, but this is a pretty beat brew, and one to avoid if you are looking for quality lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 14:42:15 | More by StonedTrippin
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soju6

Missouri

2.4/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours alight yellow color with a modest head and no real lacing.

S: Very mild aroma hops and malt sweetness.

T: Taste is quite bland with just a bit of malt sweetness. Fair crispness and a clean finish.

F: Light body with a light crispness, again pretty bland.

O: Euro light lager for the faint of heart

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 00:46:36 | More by soju6
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jjamadorphd

Florida

2.56/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Note to self: Never again drink a light beer, imported or otherwise. (This will be my first and last post on a light beer...)

I haven't had a light beer in quite some time, heck I don't really need to drink light beers, but I was out with the wife, feeling good and when the waitress rattled this brew out I thought, what the heck. Boy I wish I woulda had a Bud instead...

It pours out a decent golden yellow color, small white head, no staying power but good lacing. Now the wheels fall off the wagon. The beer smelled worse that the normal hoppy or malty scents you find in your average beers. Mouthfeel was way too carbonated for my taste - which took away from an average taste to begin with.

Do yourself a favor - if you have to try a light beer, choose something else.

(If you drink then please don't drive, and if you've gotta drive then do us all a favor and please don't drink.)

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 02:44:36 | More by jjamadorphd
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flooshmander

California

2.39/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 07:24:28 | More by flooshmander
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, unintelligible code on back

very clear golden yellow look, no smell to note. taste is similar to the nose. light musty grain, heavily carbonated, with a sickly sweet finish.

very watery and light, even for a light beer. without the off-putting, sweet, garbage-juice finish, i would rate it higher.

EDIT: the bottle i had must have been skunked out, i had this again recently at my grandparents and it was excellent(for the style)

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 07:51:56 | More by jimmah120
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armiakhe

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The appearance of Amstel Light was a light golden amber color. The smell of it was a little like corn but very little smell overall. The taste was a little watery but did have a little bit of hops to it. Overall, not bad but it did taste a little watered down compared to other beers that i have tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 12:51:02 | More by armiakhe
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Dope

Massachusetts

1.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a clear, very very light amber. Small fizzy head that disappears quickly. Moderate light fluffy lacing.

S: Skunky aroma with a little corn.

T: A little corn, a little sulfur. A hint of sweet grains.

M: Water.

O: Disgusting for the most part. No flavor or aroma to speak of. What's there is actually terrible and skunky. Who drinks this stuff?

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 03:45:21 | More by Dope
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear, nothing remarkable. Decent head retention. Looks good for a lager.
S - Nothing bad, certainly, but nothing remarkably good. Absolutely middle of the road. The only aroma I notice that is notable is banana (see below).
T - Amstel is a very decent pilsner/lager. It's not great, but I easily rank it above the other heavyweight export of its area, Heineken. Most notably, there's a very clear banana presence almost every time. As this is pretty far removed from a Weissbier, it's strange, but it makes for a very clear departure from other pilsners and lagers. Other than that, it's hard to imagine Amstel offending anyone's tastes, but then again, it's hard to imagine it being your favorite brew.
M - Very light. Goes down easy and quick. Not a beer to toss around in the mouth, although if you do, it isn't at all unpleasant.
O - See Taste. This is a good beer, and I don't mind keeping it in the fridge as my lager, even though it isn't my favorite (I do like to change it up every now and then).

I think the reviews are overly harsh because this is an import, and a *gasp* lager. It's not supposed to be an IPA. If you judge it against what it's supposed to be, I think it easily meets the mark, even if it's not setting a new standard.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 21:32:21 | More by Roguer
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JGargano

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +75.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of all the light beers Amstel does a great job of providing the calorie concious drinker a great alternative.

Unlike many light beers that try to emulate their full-calorie counterparts amstel does not try to be a "full" beer.

There is a pleasant initial aroma followed by a mellow taste and decent mouth-feel for a light.

This beer does not offend(as many lights do) and instead provides an unassuming gardening beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:02:21 | More by JGargano
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JohnFatAss

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Amstel light is just another light beer. If you are a fan of light beers, you will probably love it.
It is light, easy to drink. Has a grainy taste, with a little hop bitterness.

It is pleasant enough. I found it enjoyable.

It is a nice light beer, but not worth the high price.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 03:55:07 | More by JohnFatAss
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jimilayne

New York

1.25/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Drank from a bottle, several times unfortunately.

This is the one beer I absolutely do not like. Sometimes I order it out of spite, just to remind myself why I don't like it.

I don't mind light beers, but this one tastes awful. I can't tell you why. It's bitter and disgusting.

I'd rather have a no-taste Coors or Bud Light than an Amstel.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:11:09 | More by jimilayne
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metter98

New York

2.53/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of cooked corn and other adjunct malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of rice.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but the aroma and taste are not very appealing.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 18:46:06 | More by metter98
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tobelerone

Connecticut

2.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Someone handed me an ice cold bottle of this at the end of a very long, very hot day of work, so don't be surprised if my review is a little skewed towards the positive here. I was struck by how refreshing and clean drinking it is and how much more palatable it is in comparison to most other commercial light beers. That being said, that's damning with faint praise and I wouldn't be shocked if my reaction was quite different upon returning to this at another juncture. I certainly wouldn't buy it and don't feel the need to have it again, having had more than enough of these in my early beer drinking days when any import was a step up from Buds and Millers.

Anyways the pour is golden amber, good clarity, slowly settling cream-colored head, a little patchy lacing here and there. Appearance is pretty solid. Very bland aroma with a hint of grainy adjuncts, some kind of faint corniness, very vague floral hops. Not much here.

The flavor is similarly bland but mostly inoffensive; again there's that cereal grain/corn thing going on, a touch of honey sweetness, and a suggestion of floral hops. Very little actual bitterness, little in the way of an aftertaste, dry, clean finish. A touch of oxidized cardboard but it's not overwhelming.

Good mouthfeel, medium light body, crisp carbonation, not too watery. Look, this isn't a good beer by any means but it might get the job done on a sweltering day and it's your first and you're not expecting much and you're really thirsty and you can't have too much alcohol cause you have to drive soon and so on and so forth. Or you could just have water and wait for something better to come along, I don't know.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 12:38:14 | More by tobelerone
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.23/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small blotches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some skunky vegetal aromas. Taste is pretty watery and is mainly of grain and a mild grassy note. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is watery and thin.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 04:08:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Bierwolf

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Very nice...darker, more golden yellow. Clear although I noticed some very small "floaters" suspended in the beer. A nice white that faded off slowly leaving some nice lacing for a light beer. A few carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom.

Smell: A fair amount going on...some malt, some hops, dry piney citrus aroma, fruity and floral.

Taste: Nice hop bitterness for a light beer. The finish lingered after going down. Very pleasant taste. Crisp and semi-dry.

Mouth Feel: Thin to medium body with a semi-dry finish. Nice carbonation bite.

Overall: This is a very good light beer. It exceeds expectations, for me anyway, for a light beer. Pleasant tasting and easy to drink. I have tried a number of light beers and to date this was the best. Until i find another light beer to be better this would be my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 16:44:28 | More by Bierwolf
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Fatehunter

Oregon

1.53/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Into a pint glass. Light straw color with not a bit of head.
Weird smell of burnt wood and metal.
Taste like fizzy water with burnt wood in it. How to they do this?
Light and fizzy body, moderate carbonation.
It is truly amazing that this beer is literally nothing. The wonders of science.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 23:41:55 | More by Fatehunter
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mgironta

New Jersey

1.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew poured with a half finger of pure white head that actually took awhile to dissipated. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate visible carbonation. The nose was very mild with a hint of grain and nothing else. The taste was…well…pretty terrible. I got a hint of grass, grain and metal. The body was thicker than expected with moderate carbonation. The metal lasted until the finish that was luckily pretty quick. Nothing about this beer was very pleasant. I would definitely avoid this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 02:40:10 | More by mgironta
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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.