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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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58
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1,158 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,158
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 2.41
pDev: 27.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 36 | 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.

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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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djrn2

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -17%

12-01-2011 20:46:36 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale golden color. Quite clear with visible carbonation. Smells mostly of grain. Taste brings grain and some husks along with the faintest hint of hops. Mouthfeel is light with loads of carbonation. Overly carbonated without much flavor, not too drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 11:47:34 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

1.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The last Macro Smackdown was the first to venture outside the borders of the U.S. It was, however, still confined to North America. MacSmack VIII puts on its traveling shoes and pits Amstel Light against Beck's Light in a titanic clash of European lightweights.

Medium amber with several vigorous bubble streams leading up to an eggshell white crown that actually looks pretty good. This beer is a bit darker than Beck's and its head is darker as well; more cream than bright white. A little lace ends up sticking to the glass.

The nose is of husky grain with a whiff of hops (that I don't think I'm imagining). It's the more powerful and the better of these two. Keep in mind that 'powerful' and 'better' are strictly relative terms.

This is not good beer. Too many light lagers are flavor deficient. However, when they aren't, and they taste like this, I wish they were. Amstel Light tastes more like a BMC product than I would have thought possible. The flavor profile consists of stale grain with an artificial quality that causes that telltale sign of bad beer... the involuntary grimace. When I can't keep the corners of my mouth from turning down, I know that I've entered the land of the truly wretched.

In terms of mouthfeel, each beer's positive is canceled out by its negative. This one has a slightly more full mouthfeel, relatively speaking, but a much fizzier carbonation. Let's call it a draw and move on.

I didn't expect much from Amstel Light in spite of the fact that it's 'the #1 imported light beer in America'. Actually, that last sentence would be more accurate if I changed 'in spite of the fact that' to 'since'. The winner of Macro Smackdown VIII has been crowned (largely due to a lack of any serious competition), but it wears that crown uneasily. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 13:45:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -17%

12-14-2011 04:35:38 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So he goes for another mixed sixer of the best of the worst from the grocery store this weekend. I grabbed six more "gems" and did my best to get them all down. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2010.

and here we go with the winners of the night. i have ha this one more times then i can count and it just never gets any better. the classic light golden almost water colored pour with a small fizzy head and lots of carbonation.

aroma is light grains, muted hay, just a watery almost none existent taste and smell, really just not at all what you are looking for in a good beer. clean and crisp, it really is just about like water from beginning to end.

overall not the worst tasting, just the least tasting i had this evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 02:36:07 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.63/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good light lager, and that is saying a lot. It looks golden clear and highly carbonated, like a typical lager. Actually retains a white loosely knit head and laced a bit on the glass. Smelled lightly malty and cereal-like. Slight souring and grainy. Tasted also slightly malty and cereal-like. Exhibited some flavors of butter-popcorn, vegitive, and corn sugar. Body was light and clean. Finish was crisp and clear. No true flavors pronounced themselves, but this beer is good at washing down pizza and nachos.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2005 02:33:37 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -17%

01-22-2012 01:01:09 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, goldenrod-colored body with a medium-sized, frothy, white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented impression of malts and a little whiff of hops. While it doesn't elicit any excitement, I sure as hell have smelled far, far worse in a beer.

Taste: Excruciatingly thin flavor of ultra pale malts imparting a touch of sweetness and a hint of sourish grains. Sparsely spicy hops with just enough light bitterness to be noticed. The finish is both dry, clean, and crisp, but somewhat short, so Amstel Light is a lot like life, really. One minute it's there, and the nex---

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Bordering on being watery.

Drinkability: Sure, it's uninteresting and comes up a tad watery, but it IS a light lager. Harmless and forgettable, if it weren't for these humble notes, I'd be hard-pressed to recall the details.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 21:52:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

2.25/5  rDev -6.6%

10-20-2013 13:37:58 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

2.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Straw yellow and very clear. 2 finger head rapidly dissipates.

S: very malty, sour aroma.

T: Bitter hops, corn and malts add to the sweetness.

M: Light as it gets. Crisp, refreshing beer.

Overall: Light beers are why I thought I didn't like beer in my early drinking days. But I want to try as many as I can and light beers are still beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 01:12:16 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

2/5  rDev -17%

01-17-2013 07:28:01 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

I enjoy the Damm Good Beer commercials but thats about all. I'm sure that Amsterdam isn't that proud of this beer. Anyway this was probably one of the first imported beers I ever had and honestly it wasn't anything to really brag about. This beer pours out as a pale yellow with a little head on top. The aroma is basically just a malt based brew. Not much to pick out really. The taste is the same as the aromas. Not a whole lot going on here. It's drinkable but that's all.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:01:43 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

1.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

Another Quizzo beer entry. It ours a clear pale straw topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises soap, flowers, and corn syrup. Normally, these macro-ish types don't smell so goofy, but, frankly, as they smell bad, it's hard to really say this is entirely unusual. The taste follows closely, though some funky wheat slithers its way in there as well. Coulda done without that. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a sad beer, one I would definitely never call a damn good beer (even with spelling errors intact).

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 05:56:46 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

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

One of the limited options in the BVI.

A - Poured out a golden amber color with a small, short-lived, white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted of corn and grains. Fairly sweet with no bitterness or hop flavor.

M - It is a little thin and water. A very light beer.

D - It is easy drinking and when given very limited options it is drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 19:11:45 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So continues my tour of the beer menu at a chain wing restaurant in Idaho Falls. My only other experience with this beer was in seeing it everywhere the last time I was at Wrigley Field.

This beer pours a clear, very pale yellow colour, with a few fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves a nice Joshua tree profile of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of thin pale cracker malt, mildly sour lemon, and skunky hops. The taste is diluted, somewhat sweet rice and malt grain, and a bit of weedy, skunky hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body light in weight, tending towards feather, but strangely not thin or particularly watery. It finishes clean, and, there, now comes the watery, lack of anything else quality.

Innocuous, plain, and good for totally divided attentions, and evidently popped collars.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 20:24:00 | More by biboergosum
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-29-2014 02:31:26 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear. Straw gold in color with a bright white head that holds well for a light beer. The aroma is of an herbal, lightly earthy, hoppiness. The body is light with a median carbonation. The mouthfeel is fairly crisp. The flavor expresses the same herbal hoppiness as the aroma, well entwined with a light, grainy and dryish malt. It lingers dryly in the mouth with more malt and hops than bitterness. Not bad for a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 18:37:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little pungent with the typical macro smell of grain, corn and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with flavors of light malts & corn. However, overall there really isn’t a lot to it, which, I guess is what appeals those that drink it regularly as they can drink a beer without feeling like they’re drinking a beer.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very tasty simply because there’s not much to taste, goes down very easily, not filling at all, with a 3.50% ABV there’s almost no kick but that’s essentially what this style is for. However, there are definitely better light beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 02:26:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

1.83/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2002 20:07:57 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This bottle is another in a series of attempts by this brewer to antagonize it's core constituents, following the reworking of the label for Heineken Lager. A clear label, some form of plastic, rather than paper, is tightly and firmly affixed, leaving the loyal drinkers frustrated in their normal routine of tearing of the labels and affixing them, still wet to bartops and tables. Or folding them, tearing at them, any number of inane time-wasting activities that cause consternation to the pitiful bar worker who has to bend down to pick them up, or scrape them off the bar surface.

This loss of a common, long held tradition cause the drinker to feel an emptiness inside his very soul, and crushes his spirit.

Something like how I feel when I drink the beer.

Yes, about the contents...

Clear, faded yellow, wiuth a large, puffy white head that dies down in the wink of an eye. Fierce carbonation, bubbles rises up to the now naked surface.

Aroma isn't "skunky", but comes close to it. Mainly bare, with inoffensive vegetal sweetness.

Taste: not much to speak of, but, nothing to disturb one in any way. Wet and clean. Lightness in the body, and shortness in the finish. Slightly grainy texture, gives just the smallest premise of flavor. Carbonation continues running high, with a brisk refreshing burst every time you put it to the lips, with sprinkle of hops just barely tasted.

I admit, it's not bad for a light beer, but I don't much see the point. Alcohol + water, with a great void of taste.

Oh, well...

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 04:46:26 | More by feloniousmonk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears pale golden with a nice large white lively bubbled head leaves even fine lacing down my pils v shaped glass. Aroma has Euro hops...herbal with a touch of skunk some lemongrass sweetness thrown in as well as two row malts providing light cereal sweetness. Taste has a clean refreshing tone malts lightly toasted cereal grains gives off a peanut like flavor herbal grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied and carbonation is a bit high no special textures to report. Drinkability is great for nine holes of golf yes I'd rather be drinking some Prima, Sunshine, or Pikeview Pils but when in WV a light beer with some hops could be your best option yes that's the sorry state of beerdom in West Virginia.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 18:34:29 | More by WVbeergeek
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drabmuh

Maryland

1.45/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Beer served in an imperial pint glass out of a bottle. Beer is yellow and clear, very light. Appears to have moderate carbonation, head is thin and white of medium and small bubbles. No lacing on the galss. Looks like beer.

Aroma is strong like boiled vegetables and corn, really strong a little gross.

Does not have a flavor, except for a slight after taste. Kind of gross really. Thin mouthfeel, harsh almost stringent mouthfeel. Really gross.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 02:59:10 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

2.25/5  rDev -6.6%

03-08-2012 04:57:22 | More by SocalKicks
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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,158 ratings.