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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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BA SCORE
58
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1,256 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,256
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 28.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 64 | 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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Ratings: 1,256 | Reviews: 464 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.23/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -17.4%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of zestar
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of spycow
2/5  rDev -17.4%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -17.4%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -17.4%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
2.53/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

metter98, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.75/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
2.13/5  rDev -12%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -7%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
2.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

kylehay2004, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Knapp85, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

JAHMUR, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
1.93/5  rDev -20.2%
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).

TMoney2591, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
2.25/5  rDev -7%

SocalKicks, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
2.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of zeff80
2.55/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

zeff80, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.05/5  rDev +26%
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.

NeroFiddled, Oct 03, 2002
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.31/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Jason
1.83/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Jason, Apr 30, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.15/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 05, 2007
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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,256 ratings.