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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel LightAmstel Light

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1,226 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,226
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 27.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V. visit their website

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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Photo of Slynger
3.1/5  rDev +28.1%

Amstel Light pours a light, pale, golden color with a looseish white cap.

Lightly pleasant, grainy mumich smelling malts are balanced with lemon grass hops.

Flavor is much the same with lightly tasted munichy grains combining with light lemon grass flavors and light spiciness. Light in body with a soft, limp, creaminess to the carbonation.

Overall Amstel Light is in my top two for light lager because it has distinctive flavor and a nice feel to it's light body. I would much rather drink this beer than most ll's.

Slynger, May 30, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
1.63/5  rDev -32.6%

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass. Left over from our Memorial Day BBQ... let's give this a good, honest go.

Appearance- Pours the lightest imaginable straw yellow... as clear as glass, this supports a two finger snow white head that crackles down to a nice, fat rim. Aside from the head's thickness, it's tinted water. No lacing to speak of.

Smell- Immediately following my cracking the bottlecap, an acrid smell of adjuncts (corn and cereal grain) flew out of the bottle. In the glass, this combines with a cloying sweetness that struggles to add a bready malt profile.

Taste- Sharp and pungent, the cereal notes collide with an awful mouth wrenching abomination reminiscent of stale hops and corn syrup. The finish is especially horrid.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Even though the initial attack is aggressive and even biting, it very quickly eases up and becomes really smooth and soft... remaining so right through the swallow. Unfortunately, this doesn't save the beer from itself. It's a hard one to drink out of a glass, purposefully noticing all of its warts. But on a blistering day, out of the cooler and down the gullet, it certainly has its place.

yelterdow, May 29, 2008
Photo of tardiffism
2.53/5  rDev +4.5%

Perhaps the clearest beer I have ever poured, only because it has no color. Looking down through the glass I can easily read a page of 12pt text. No head, no lace.
Smells bad: like rubber.
Taste is noncommital. Like Miller Lite, but, God help us, with less body. No aftertaste.
As with many light lagers, the drinkability is high: like water, it would hit the spot on a hot day. I can see this as a lawnmower beer, or an end of a long evening drink. I don't think I would pay real money for it, however.

tardiffism, May 22, 2008
Photo of mashedpotatoes
1.78/5  rDev -26.4%

Very let down on my first Amstel Light attempt. Pours an incredibly pale and soulless yellow. This beer could easily pass as "bud light". Upon popping the top, the smell is immediately amsterdam "skunk". Taste is pale, dead and boring. The mouthfeel is very watery, very american macro rice brew going on here. Drinkability, about the same as "natty light" at a campus keg party. It's just unimpressive and not good.

mashedpotatoes, May 22, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
2.3/5  rDev -5%

Ugh. This is gross. Tastes like skunkiness, grain and rice. Appearance is standard for the style, although that's nothing I'm gonna get too excited about (weak head, straw color). Mild hint of hops. Body is fairly thin, but again, appropriate to the style. I dunno, I'm not feeling it.

soupyman10, May 21, 2008
Photo of Bamabrew22
2.73/5  rDev +12.8%

Just your average pale, Euro lager here. No surprises, yet not a total waste of time. Excellent lawnmower, summertime beer. Pours a really bright, clear golden color straight out of 12oz bottle with a thin, 1-finger head. Nothing really to note of as far as smell goes, just a lightly sweet hint of malt. Taste was decent; malty sweetness, no noticeable hop presence. Overall, not horrible but not the best beer either. If you had to go with a major beer brand from Amsterdam, you might want to pick the one in the green bottle.

Bamabrew22, May 13, 2008
Photo of rye726
1.15/5  rDev -52.5%

Lets see how close we can get to making a 3.2% beer and still sell it at liqour stores. Poured a pale watery yellow with a white head that goes quickly. Very corny smell, skunky. The taste is a bad mixture of hop and barley. Too light to pick too much up. Watery body and pepsi like carbonation. Not the worst, but not worth the relatively high price tag.

rye726, May 06, 2008
Photo of gford217
2.42/5  rDev 0%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a pale watery yellow with a one-finger white head that dissipated extremely quickly.

S: Typical Euro lagor smells - corn, malt, barley. Skunky if nothing else.

T: Some malt flavor and a hint of lemony hops....maybe. Not terrible for the style.

M: Extremely watered down and light feel. I almost think this could be a more respectable brew if it wasn't so watered down.

D: If you take it for what it is, a macro lager, you could do much worse. I'm not going out of my way to get it, but I could see myself knocking a few of these back on the golf course in the summer. Tolerable at best though.

gford217, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of RJLarse
2.2/5  rDev -9.1%

I grabbed a six-pack at a grocery store. Never had it before. Poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pale straw yellow color and crystal clear. Small fizzy white head. A lot of champagne style bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is a faint floral aroma, on top of a mild vinegar scent.

Taste is sharp, with a bit of a metallic twang to it. No fruit flavors and no sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thing and highly carbonated. It has a bit of a sting to it.

Average drinkability. It's a macro-style lager, that's about all you can say. There are beers of comparable quality for a lot less money.

RJLarse, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of dippy
2.1/5  rDev -13.2%

A nice light yellow color with no head.

I have had this beer many times but never rated it before. But I have a feeling I am in for it.

Not much on the smell front. A little metallic, maybe some corn?

Tasstes like cold. They serve it freezing cold for a reason. It has a metallic taste and some sweetness. Tastes like light wheat or corn or grain. Regardless it is very light in taste.

I can drink a million of these, but now after realizing that they are glorified water I think that I will skip it in the future.

dippy, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of avalon07
1.58/5  rDev -34.7%

Grabbed a bottle of this while at my parent's place. I hadn't had a bottle of this for awhile and with good reason.

Poured from a bottle to pint glass (for lack of anything else). Light yellow color, with a thin consistency. No real head or lacing on this.

Didn't really have much of a smell, though there were hints of some malt.

Very watery taste. It's almost nonexistent.

This isn't an especially carbonated beer. Also, there it has a syrupy finish. Not a good mouthfeel.

Overall, not a good beer. I'm always baffled at the popularity of beers like this (Heineken, Budweiser, etc.). Apparently, people really, really like water.

avalon07, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of jwolfie70
2.38/5  rDev -1.7%

Have a case sitting around from my superbowl party, and thought I would pop one open. Pours a clear yellow with agressive carbonation. Smell is minimal. Not a lot of taste, but has some sweet grain flavor and a little bit of yeast funkiness. It just tastes like a decent beer that has had too much water added to it.

Not a beer I would recommend. However, I have a good friend (who thinks he is a pretty big beer afficionado) that used to call this his favorite beer and said he would drink only this. I know he would like to forget this and would never admit to this now, but felt I had to mention it since he frequents this site and will most likely read this review.

jwolfie70, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of mltobin
2.05/5  rDev -15.3%

12-pack purchased at a package store in beautiful Buffalo, New York (ok its really not too beatiful except for the Falls, but whatever, I was on business.)

Appearance is a yellowish tone, and light thin white head.

Smell is of corn, malt, sugar, a basic light lager.

Taste is light, barely there, watery.

MF is faint, this is a beer you drink quick with your pals, nothing too savor as far as flavors and complexity.

A decent drinkability if you are looking to have a few after a long day of work, and want something too drink while socializing.

mltobin, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of TrinkGermanBier
3.33/5  rDev +37.6%

I am truly amazed at the low scores Amstel light is receiving for this mass marketed king in my area.

Appearance: Pale yellow (light)
Smell: A malty light aroma
Taste: Very light and sweet
Mouthfeel: Again very light
Dinkability: For a light beer and most European beers are not marketed as light, it is a very drinkable beer. It is easy to polish off these babies quickly. Be warned- they will catch-up with you.

Overall: This beer is much better on draft than from a bottle and definetly a can. Frothy head lasts much longer on draft than from a bottle.

TrinkGermanBier, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of mooseisloose
2.2/5  rDev -9.1%

Smells of malt but not much else. Pours to a bright yellow with a quickly disappearing fizzy head. Taste is bland without much backbone. Extremely slight bitterness typical of a lager. The carbonation is almost the most evident aspect of this brew. It tastes almost watery at best. If this is a typical "light lager" I won't be looking for any more.

mooseisloose, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of eberkman
2.28/5  rDev -5.8%

More dregs left over from my Super Bowl party. And it's the middle of the day and I'm working at home, so I figured what the hell. I've never really thought much of this beer -- I've always associated it with little mommy's boys from Long Island, New Jersey and Newton, fresh out of Brandeis, Tufts or Penn, sipping it of the bottle at twentysomething hangouts in the Financial District and Back Bay after knocking off for the day at Fidelity or State Street. But I'll try to approach it with an open mind.

Pours a clear, light golden with a modest white head after an assertive pour. Not a terrible looking beer, truth be told. The smell, on the other hand, is an unappealing melange of cooked, overripe vegetable skunkiness and sickly sweetness. In terms of taste, largely carbonated water blended with a weak presence of cereal-malt sweetness -- seems like corn for the most part -- with the most faint hint of weak hops. I guess I score this higher in terms of taste when compared with others of its ilk, especially the appalling Heineken Light (though, ironically, this tastes more like I'd imagine a 'Heineken Light' to taste like, though that's not much of a compliment either). Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy before going flat fairly quickly. Higher drinkability because it would be easy to put away a lot of these without feeling too many ill effects. But on the other hand, would you really want to?

Seriously -- if you're calorie conscious and are just seeking to quench your thirst, drink water, seltzer, iced tea or diet soft drinks. Because if you really need a beer, it means you really like beer. Which means you want a beer that tastes like beer. And though this is slightly more beerlike than other light lagers, it's still doesn't have much beer taste. So really, what's the point?

eberkman, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.05/5  rDev +26%

Pours pale yellow with almost no head. Smell is sweet with corn and maltiness in the taste. Very carbonated, and light, obviously, easy to drink, and tastes decent enough. Nothing spectacular, but I don't get all the really low ratings. This wasn't supposed to be a big bold beer that turned out light. Rating it for what it is, this is good for the style.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
2.65/5  rDev +9.5%

appearance - Clear golden color, and a white head.

smell - some malt and a skunky smell.

taste - Some malt present, but not sweet. Some hops also, but again, not too overwelming. Not much going on.

mouthfeel - Water, light-medium body.

drinkability - ahh, something try when going out. Worth a try when going out if they don't sell anythingelse.

auxiliary, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of blackie
3.2/5  rDev +32.2%

the remains of a beers of the world pack received for christmas

a: Decent white head, reasonable retention. Pale golden in color.

s: A metallic aroma covers much of the aroma. Some watery grain under that.

m: medium carbonation and light body

t: clean malt flavors, light sulfuric hops, and a gentle hop bite.

d: easy enough

it IS a light lager, and it's decent, so no real problems with giving it some relatively high scores

blackie, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
2.73/5  rDev +12.8%

Had this on-tap for the first time at Legal Sea Foods in Short Hills... did its job well for being a light, easily drinkable brew... didn't realize the ABV was so low at 3.5%... went down effortlessly like water... straw-colored, gold appearance with no head... bland, typical, average brew smell, and the taste wasn't anything to write home about... bland, unappealing, and uninviting, tasted very macro-like with an obvious corn flavor... drinkability was easy because of the low ABV, but definitely would not want to have more than one of these in a single setting... just wanted to try it...

dsa7783, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of Lupe
1.95/5  rDev -19.4%

Pale yellow with a small white head.

Unappealing veggie-like aroma.

Grainy, skunked, some husk, and cooked vegetables - very odd. Hops are present with a very mild bitterness.

Thin and crisp, light bodied. Not very good. Repeated on my most of the night, and it wasn't the welcome hop burps - pretty nasty. Probably the best choice at my company Xmas party but I was one and done - just bad.

Lupe, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of flatblack80
2.58/5  rDev +6.6%

Just not enough there to comment on!
Very watered down in taste and mouthfeel. Light in color and smell. I'm not one for light beers usually, and this is one of those reasons why. Just overall lacking. Very easy to drink a lot of it and get smashed, but very hard to sit and drink one or two and enjoy it.

flatblack80, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of BDIMike
4.08/5  rDev +68.6%

I am very surprised to see the highly negative reviews for Amstel Light. As usual, the BA crowd likes to tear down a beer just because it is a light beer. It is said, over and again, that a beer should be reviewed based on its category. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't do that. Amstel Light has a nice full flavor for a light beer with an awesome mouthfeel.

BDIMike, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of Overlord
2/5  rDev -17.4%

Pale yellow with a small white head. Tastes somewhat strange, almost has a vegetable after-taste...difficult to describe. Nevertheless, it actually tastes like something, which is more than can be said of most light beers. Some malt taste.

To be avoided.

Overlord, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of genog
2.38/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a pale golden yellow color with minimal white head on it. Smell is of corn with a somewhat skunky kind of aroma. Taste is sweet, and some what grainy. I can taste some of the corn that I found in the smell too. A little sweet honey is found at the end of the sips too. Moutfeeling is light and refreshing.

genog, Sep 16, 2007
Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,226 ratings.