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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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1,143 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,143
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 2.41
pDev: 27.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of MrSeth


3.68/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a crystal clear golden body and a white head. Some retention of foam and some bubbly can be seen.

Smell: Whoa! Never stopped to smell this stuff.. skunky, maybe some vague malt wiffs.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts with maltiness that's not sweet at all. The hops seem a bit weak with a short finish, but there's almost no aftertaste as a result.

Drinkability: High. A beer for people who don't really like beer? Hey, say what you want about Amstel Light, I'd rather have one of these at a bar without craft brews than most of the other corporate products out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 22:27:05 | More by MrSeth
Photo of squish059


3.3/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

an average beer at best. this drink has a light color almost yellow. the smell was a grainey citric hop blend. the felt nice on the tongue mostly liked to citrus mist . not too sweet but not very bitter, a better alternative to corona. worth trying again but probably not my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 23:40:43 | More by squish059
Photo of jabocu


1.98/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a light straw yellow color with very small head that was gone fast. Smell was cereal grain with lightly sweet malt notes. A faint hint of citrus hops also. Taste was lightly sweet with almost a skunk bitterness, that did mellow into a more smooth bitterness as it went down. Probably one of the most "tastefull" macro light lagers I've had, but I didn't say "enjoyable". Mouthfeel was a little above medium carbonation and watery. Could be a decent pizza beer. I'd look for something else before grabbing one of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 00:46:38 | More by jabocu
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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
Photo of 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
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


2.98/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since its availability here in the states is widespread, Amstel Light is the beer to go to when you want a light beer, imo. Appearance is golden/yellow with a slight white head. Not much lacing on the glass. The smell is nothing special -- grainy with some aroma of malts. Taste is OK - it's a little thin w/ a good amount of carbonation. But, it's easy to drink and has more of a kick than Bud Light or Coors Light.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 20:55:27 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of Hibernator


2.73/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Amstel Light
12 oz brown bottle
Served mainly out of the bottle, but also used an 8 oz juice glass for apperance

Pours a fizzy yellow with nasty carbonation bubbles. Sudsy, light thin lace for a head.

A very poor nose with whiffs corn. Rather faint whiffs of over cooked vegetables.

Taste is bland and dull, but very drinkable. Watered down mouthfeel with a seltzer water quality and promising hop snap. Easy to slam with little effort, but also a heavly overpriced lager and not that satisfying. The 3.5% ABV doesn't help the situation either.

A decent beer and more satisfying than most other light domestic beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 23:05:36 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Mebuzzard


2.98/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Right out of the bottle this beer seemed light...since it is. Fortunately not skunked. Smell of grains, some malt, some grass and something else.
A light taste of malt, pear and a bit of hops. The lightness fits the beer, refreshing on a summer day, but not very flavorful.
Finishes dry and empty.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 04:03:44 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.03/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured one of the ugliest colors I’ve ever seen in a beer. It’s a straw yellow that has some sort of brown, or mossy green tint to it. Made me think of mold.

Smelled lager-like with a soft and sweet nutty malt.

Tasted of big grainy barley, a honey sweetness and a smooth pasty nut. There was also a dry floral and citrus hop.

The mouth feel was thick for a light beer with a little too much carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 16:16:00 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of tesguino


3.1/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A beer from the netherrlands; i´m happy for the heineken group thet introduce this beer in my country this year, i waiting for the 1870, meanwhile in the first the taste is like a kolsch, very pretty yellow color, hops, and rice are present in its smell, little lacing, mouthfeel like a genuine holland bier, but is still present the kolsch taste; good for mexican and snacks, drink from a bottle, 79% recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 17:59:23 | More by tesguino
Photo of Koolbreeze2


2.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearence-A yellow color. Little head that does not last.

Smell-Not much and not certain that I can describe it.

Taste-A little watery and somewhat thin taste.Out of fairness to the beer, the taste does fit the style

Mouthfeel-Not much.

Drinkability-I am not a fan of light beers but I would take this over a Coors light. I had a half Amstel Light last night (poet?) from my wifes glass and did not hate it. Its just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 21:24:30 | More by Koolbreeze2
Photo of Pepeton


3.18/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review by the style... review by the style... review by the style...

Disclaimer: I'm not into light beers, but I have in mind that we have to review according to the style.

Pours a straw yellow, white and short lived head. No lacing at all.

Smell is faint, some malts, though; maybe even hops.

Taste is, well, light. Refreshing and crisp, just as a Lager is supposed to be. I tasted some corn, maybe.

Mouthfeel is fuzzy, and aftertaste is mildly dry.

Drinkability is good, since this light beer isn't as light as I thought. Perhaps good enough for a barbecue in a hot Mexican Summer afternoon.


Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 21:57:47 | More by Pepeton
Photo of casualbeerman

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +57.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Believe it or not the comercials you see about this stuff aren't lying. To date, Amstel Light (all 95 calories per 12 oz serving worth), is the best most beerlike light beer I have had. I include cheater Sam Adams Light (they stretch the definition of "light" with like 125 calories vs I think 150 for a regular bottle of Boston Lager) in that statement. Appearance is kind of odd because on the one hand it has a nice deep brown color, but on the other it is obviously a little watery looking, the result being that dark brown color is nearly transparent. It does manage to maintain a surprisingly stable head for a light beer. Smell is pleasant, you know hoppy, a bit of malt, a bit of yeast, basically what a normal beer is supposed to smell like. Taste is quite good. Some sweet malt, balanced presence of hops that are of decent quality, if not too exciting. A little yeast is in there too, and obviously this is a very clean tasting beer. Mouthfeel IS a bit on the watery side, but not to the point where you actually think you are drinking water whenever you take a sip without looking right at the glass. Drinkability is excellent since not only does this beer taste pretty good, but it obviously does not weight you down, plus you're packing on fewer calories and not getting as drunk either. Is this going to fool you into thinking you just drank an oatmeal stout, an extra bitter, or a dopplebock? Of course not. It is still a bit on the watery side in fact. But it does a better job of hiding the fact that its a light beer than any other I've tried yet. And that slighty watery liquid at least has some real beer flavor present, if not as much richness as even I would like. Take it from me, you are not likely to find a better light beer in a regular bar. In fact, I could definately see ordering this over some regular beers that don't even make me wretch when I think about drinking them (MGD, Beck's, Rolling Rock, and Corona for example)

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2006 07:50:15 | More by casualbeerman
Photo of tgbljb


2.9/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a pale yellow color with large white puffy head. Smell is very minimal, so as to almost nothing. Taste follows through, being very light with not much taste to be found. Finished cold and refreshing with no lingering aftertaste. Advertising is the biggest thing about this beer, With the low alcohol content, a nice expensive spacer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 00:31:59 | More by tgbljb
Photo of doctorjoeyboey


2.83/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is like a Corona Light without the urine element. Color is an attractive champaign yellow with good yet somewhat diminishing head. I am having trouble even distinguishing the hops in this beer, as it is bland and simple. However, the taste is crisp (although weak) and the mouthfeel is smooth.

I am glad I tried this beer due to my Dutch heritage but it doesn't have unique traits from my perspective. I would drink it in place of most American macro lagers but wouldn't pay for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 05:48:52 | More by doctorjoeyboey
Photo of feloniousmonk


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
Photo of jmz62565


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

This pours a straw color with a small head.The smell is almost nonexistent,with a very slight hop and cooked vegatable scent.The taste is light and weak.This is watery with a slight hoppish flavor.The m/f is also light,watery,and weak.I can't imagine ever trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 03:38:05 | More by jmz62565
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember when this was actually a fairly well respected choice among beer pseudointellectuals. Not so much anymore. I blame those stupid Dennis Miller radio commercials rather than the beer itself but let's see.
The color is a predictable light gold with lots of visible carbonation and no head at all and a bit of lacing. The smell is very, very faint, almost nonexistant..maybe a little grain.
The taste is likewise not real strong but is pleasant in a wispy, watery kind of way. Maybe a little too much carbonation but not enough to really upset even someone who obsesses over bubbles like me. This is not a tasty, enjoyable beer but it is drinkable and good at the bar when the girls are staring at the gut. Not a real beer drinker's beer but does serve its purpose in a far less nauseating way than most of its American light counterparts. Knows its role and plays it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 01:15:07 | More by daliandragon
Photo of danielharper


1.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Purchased from Target in Jones Valley, Hunstville, AL.

Pours a light yellow body with a thick, foamy white head. Other than the color, this beer looks almost perfect, nifty and inviting.

At first all I got from the nose was this vaguely skunked, grassy, pilsener-like quality. After the head settled and I put my nose a little deeper into it, I got a touch of an almost Belgian-like yeast funkiness. And of course the requisite corn and utter absence of hops.

Taste... it's like getting kicked in the face. The funkiness hits hard on the palate, puckering the lips and making the beer even harder to swallow. Very dry, astringent quality to the aftertaste. Cloying and nasty.

Weak and watery mouthfeel.

I can't even stand this stuff long enough to drink the single. Drain-pour.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 22:06:14 | More by danielharper
Photo of faubs


3.45/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here the bit. It’s a tasty brew with out a doubt, but….its got the same color as the domestics, the same mouth feel as the domestics, and not much of a head. To be honest the smell leaves a little to be desired, however that being said. Its got pretty good taste, and that my friend is worth overlooking the scent it leaves on my upper lip. Not sure its worth the 8 bucks a sixer though. Stick to the pub on this one to decide if its for you.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2005 07:23:21 | More by faubs
Photo of johnshuster


3.3/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel the same about this stuff as I do corona light-sure, it may be sissy beer, or whatever disparaging name you want to call it, but for me, it has its place. I dont always want a heavily flavored, thicker beer. Sometimes something light and crisp does the trick. If that's what I feel like I go for one of these.

a-nothing super special. Bottle has a bit of a refined appearance in comparison to similar domestic brews, what with its gold seals and fancy non-NASCAR-ish decor. Well worth the extra 2 clams at the bah, right?

s-this stuff smells kinda shitty. nothing great here, usual light beer smell.

t-light, crisp, refreshing. I love drinking this stuff with pizza. Washes the pie right down. ooo yeah.

M-much like sparking water. Very light, even taste. No heavy flavor of any kind. I don't know if I'd say balanced, since there is not much to balance here, but I like it. If you want something light with a bit of flavor, here you go.

D-another all nighter candidate. This stuff goes down like water if you have a stomach for light beers. I do, and so it does. Call me a wimp, I won't deny it.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 20:44:59 | More by johnshuster
Photo of semihobo


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

The guy who runs the local macro joint gave me a six of this as thanks for buying a lot of beast for a party... free beer :)

Pours with a sizable head full of ugly large bubbles that drops fast, although it leaves a good layer on top of the beer. Color is yellow with a hint of green or brown. This is one of the clearest beers I've ever seen (not in terms of color, but opaqueness).

As soon as I opened the bottle the nasty smell hit me. Smells strongly of skunky lager... eww. This bottle was definitely in the light at his store, and sat out in my room for a bit. The nose is stinky rice, maybe other adjunct grains, and a hint of hops.

Tastes first of sourness, then reveals rice and corn graininess. Faint, faint hops on the finish. Yup, sour grains... that's about all I'm getting. No aftertaste really.

Mouthfeel is really weak. Undercarbonated for a light lager, needs a little boost to compensate for the pure water of the texture. The watery feel probably correlates with how clear this beer is.

I don't know what the pricing on this is like, but I imagine it's more expensive than macro light lagers. I'd take Miller Lite over this anyday. Maybe it wouldn't be skunky under other circumstances, but I feel that enough of these taste this way that I'm not rating an "off" sample. Even rated within the style this still has problems. Even though it's watery and low-alcohol, I couldn't drink many more due to the sourness.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 21:27:13 | More by semihobo
Photo of Bumpon10s


1.38/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Labeled as "The beer drinker's light beer". We'll see I suppose, haven't had it before, but I think I know what to expect.

A - Pours a fizzy, thin straw color, a typical macro lager big head that dissapears instantly, an effervecent beer.

S - I smell the corn and alcohol, kind of skunked too.

T - I honestly taste nothing, absolutley nothing. This is the "lightest" beer I've ever had. Far more tasteless than even something like rolling rock or michelob ultra.

M - Goes down like water, because frankly, it is. I get the slightest touch of carbonation, thats it.

D - Well, I suppose this category isn't terrible, because you could drink a TON of these and not get drunk or full, and at sub 4% ABV, they go down real fast.

Serving type: can

09-27-2005 07:14:34 | More by Bumpon10s
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to love this stuff... well, love is a strong word but I used to drink a lot of it. I was young and didnt know any better.
For a light beer, this is pretty good.
One downside, something I never noticed (or managed to pay attention to) when I was drinking this regularly is a soapy thing going on in the finish of the mouthfeel/flavor.
Light and watery all around but you can't expect too much for a light beer.
It's very easy to suck these down because of watery and generally inoffensive characteristics.
This has a bit more character than many other light beers out there.
Nothing worth dreaming about here, but a viable option depending upon your options.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 06:43:51 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of brewQ


2.7/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Comes out of the bottle just fine ... CO2 gives a soft, medium head.
Oddly, the head condenses to 3-4 little foam islands.

A slightly skunky euro pils aroma I did not expect from a brown bottle.
(This might be a plus 'cuz there is no other smell).

Initially, like the aroma, there is some character- then, alas, watery thinness.

The finish is soo vacuous you can hear it sucking!

If you don't mind the negatives I've mentioned, you could drink a dozen of these- but why?

They also get my dubious award for the most illiegible production code- some raised white dots on a red background that appear to make no consumer sense whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 01:51:50 | More by brewQ
Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.