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Amstel Light | Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
Netherlands | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2001

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Photo of jwhancher
2.86/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear light piss color with head that vanishes quite quickly. Nice aroma with a bouquet of floral noble hops. A sweet Pilsner malt character shines through. Unfortunately, the Pils character in the taste gives way to grainy unpleasant malt flavor. Tastes like they oversparged or used third running to make this beer. Low ABV and thin tasting.

I used to like this beer back when I first started drinking. Thought this was a classic import. How I was wrong. Even still, I do admire the nose. Just think the taste and feel and subpar.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
2.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just your typical light lager. Pours clear gold with a thin white head. Not much in the nose. Malty taste with a slight hop presence. Finishes extremely clean, which is the best part about this beer.

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Photo of JessiL
3.7/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a homebrewer and love all types of beer. We brew only ales, such as IPA, Porter, Stouts and the like. Every now and again I like to drink a nice light beer, but I can't stand any of the domestic beers brewed here (bud, miller, coors, etc.). I tried Amstel Light a while back and think it is a great light alternative to the the domestic light beers. It does have a bit of a skunk smell, but I think Heineken/Light does too, and I like that one. I think the flavor is a nice, crisp, refreshing flavor and is really nice for a change to the typical higher gravity ales. I think a lot of the reviews on here come from "beer snobs", which I actually consider myself one as well, but I think the critics are a little harsh on this one. To me it is a great, refreshing, light swilling beer.

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Photo of brendan85
3.5/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a beer aficionado, but as far as light beer goes this tastes more full flavored than American domestics. Yeah it has a lower alcohol content than it's counterparts and costs more, but as far as light beer goes, I think it's very good.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.5/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Big foamy head. Some lacing. Light golden body. Very clear. Medium carbonation.

Very mild. Some malt. Clean.

Tastes like a watered down version of Warsteiner. This is a watery beer. Washed out malt that is a little bit smokey or toasted. A mild hop bitterness is present and lingers on the palate.

Very light bodied and watery. Lots of carbonation. This is a very light bodied beer with only 95 calories. I believe this beer is all malt. That means that without adjuncts to lighten the body the only way to get the body so light is to use a reduced amount of malted barley. The result is a washed out maltiness that is somewhat lacking yet inevitable when brewing an all malt beer that is so light.

Amstel Light is a nice alternative to the typical light beer (BMC etc). It is very light and drinkable, yet it has some bitterness and a little bit of smokey malt flavor. There is also a little bit of sweetness to the beer. When served cold it is quite refreshing, especially in hotter weather. Amstel Light is actually pretty good and of better quality than most adjunct lagers. However the price is high for what you get. The most similar beer to this is Heineken Light. Heineken Light is a little more hop forward in flavor, while this beer is more balanced between hops and malt. This beer is better than the scores it has on this site.

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is beer for people that don't like beer. Bland and boring.

I do not say this because "oh it's a cheap macro lager, yuck..." That is not the case at all. I happen to enjoy Coors and Budweiser from time to time. I also know that you shouldn't expect a lot from the style. This was just bad though. It was lightly yellow and tasteless. The only semblance of flavor was a extremely slight bitter note on the finish. Outside of that, nothing.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of FrothFanatic
2.75/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

The Netherland's version of Budweiser and Miller Light, the Macro of Amsterdam, nothing special, nothing particularly awful as others have said, but nothing special or remarkable either, obviously.

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Photo of leantom
2.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pretty f'ing bad. Here goes:

A: Light gold, very well carbonated. Leaves a moderate head with some lacing.

S: Well, it's not as corny as American adjunct lagers, but this doesn't mean it's good. In fact, the smell is rather skunky - regardless of how many times I've had this beer, the smell is always skunked. I've given up looking for a fresh bottle. Some wheat and corn, but mostly skunk.

T: Follows the nose, which isn't a good thing.

F: light and well-carbonated. Good.

O: I've honestly never had a fresh bottle. God bless those who find one.

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Photo of Try_em_all
2.93/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a guy who prefers high alcohol micro brews and full bodied flavor this is not bad for a light, low alcohol alternative. Better than Bud Light (by miles) and superior to Miller Lite and Coors Light. All you beer snobs who want to hack on it, accept it for what it is a decent resemblance of a real beer in lower calorie and lower alcohol form.

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Photo of brandonld23
2.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't think this beer is awful. It has its place an almost always available low alcohol beer. I would absolutely drink this over Budweiser beers or Coors.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.32/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Brilliant clarity with light golden color

A bit adjuncty on the nose, corn, DMS, perhaps slightly skunked, acedylaldahide

Not much to the flavor, DMS, adjunt flavors

Well carbonated and fits the style guidelines

I bought a single out of curiosity. It doesn't suck but it's not something I would buy again either. I would welcome one offered to me, however.

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Photo of shigg85
3.5/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decently brewed light lager. Don't rate it down just because it's not an IPA; rate it against its own comparative brews. Compared to other light lagers, this is a well-balanced, not overly grainy or adjunct-y light lager that is crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of RonJensen
2.99/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned version
I think this is one the best light beers I've ever had. I don't mind the low ABV, it has a fuller flavor than AAL light beers. I just wish I could find Amstel regular lager here in the US, as I expect it to have a fuller flavor and even more enjoyable.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.57/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amstel Light brewed by Amstel Brouwerij B. V., with an ABV of 3.50% This brew pours out a Light amber color, with a nice white head. It has the look of a light lager. The smell is rich with sweetness. You also pick up on some grains and malts. Nothing bad so far now for the taste , it is mild with flavor. You also pick up on the watery taste in this brew. Not saying that is a bad thing. There is also grains and malts, in the taste of this brew. Amstel Light has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about it. The mouthfeel of Amstel Light is mild, but bold and rich with flavor. I like the taste of this brew. Overall I'm giving Amstel Light a 3.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. This brew would go down good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DevAJ
3.75/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is essentially a Heineken that's light (not to be confused with Heineken Light). I like Heineken quite a bit and this tastes just like it for the most part. Not sure why it's considered awful by so many people on here.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
2.58/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden, clear, short head.

S - Faint grain. Sour notes.

T - Minimal. Very weak nondescript grain notes. Slight sweetness.

M - Very light on the tongue. Gone before you notice.

O - Meh. I think it is not terrible to drink, but I don't see the point. Almost no flavor, and what is there is not terribly appealing.

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Photo of Foyle
3.6/5  rDev +49.4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.97/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

From the bottle. Sampled on February 24, 2015.

Kind of surprised I had not reviewed it before now. Medium golden yellow pour with a fuzzy white head that fades back.

The aroma smells of toasted barley malts and a clean, sort of grassy hop note. But thin all around.

The body is thin and watery.

The taste highlights a more grainy character with a clean hop finish. Light beers are light beers are light beers. This one is a little better than some.

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Photo of smbslt
1.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Wow and not in a good way. Color is not bad but head fades moments after pouring.
The smell is not pleasant - wet grass and black pepper.
Taste - more grassiness here
Finish is not bad - clean with minty aftertaste.
Overall - It's been around for years so there must be a market for it.

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Photo of DarkBeerSux
3.65/5  rDev +51.5%
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.

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Photo of smb
1.43/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Essentially this is carbonated water. Also, I shouldn't be forced to review this beer because I gave it low scores.

It should also be noted that this is being reviewed solely for the sake of being a completest.

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Photo of AdrianRP
4/5  rDev +66%
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'...

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Photo of Baltimore_Adam
2.67/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I will usually pick this up to serve at parties. I won't serve any of the big 3 light beers, this one at least has real beer pretensions (however limited), and swill drinkers won't complain that there's no "normal" beer if this is in a cooler on the back porch. Not horrible, not great, pretty much right down the middle with perhaps a bit stronger nose (mild skunk) than expected. Thin on the palate, straw color, and limited aftertaste. Amstel is also my preferred golf course beer; it’s available from the drinks cart at most courses, isn’t terrible, and you can drink 6 of them without losing your putting stroke.

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Photo of PhiloFox
2.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Better than many of the other popular light lagers. This however, is not saying much. I was pleasantly surprised by a bitterness I would not expect from a beer like this.

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Photo of jacobkrotz
2.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Hey! It's better than Heineken. If you like bitter aftertaste in the form of an amber watery beer than this one for you. Very little body to this beer. All-in-a all, it's a mediocre "skunk" beer.

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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.