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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel LightAmstel Light

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1,258 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,258
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 28.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 64 | 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 Devilsfan87
3.05/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at a liquor store near my home in Maine, 12 pack for $14 yikes, very expensive for what it was. the appear was a plain yellow, the smell was light and nearly non-existent. The taste was light and somewhat crisp, considering the lack of smell. A little too much carbonation for me, but the drinkability was very good considering the amount of carbonation.

I'd drink it again, but it would need to be cheaper or I would have to be disparate.

Devilsfan87, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Mistofminn
2.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I've had this widely available beer. The reason? I didn't pay for it :). Eating dinner with an old friend, who apparently loves the stuff. He decided to "show me the light" and purchase me one. Boy do he and I have some talking to do.

Not much different from other light beers. Clear golden yellow color, and virtually no aroma. Taste is very watery, and nothing to write home about. The carbonation and light body combine to make it an easy drinking beer, which is its best quality.

I would never buy this for myself, but if someone is willing to buy me one, I wont turn it down.

Mistofminn, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
2.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a pale yellow with a thin white bubbly head with little retention.

Mild sour grain aromas. Not much here, and what there is isn't that enticing.

Thin light grain, some boiled corn and a bit of sugar fights its way through, but this is such a watery brew that anything good is lost in the dilution. No off notes, but nothing exciting either.

Fizzy and clean, it is a refreshing pizza beer. Won't overpower anything, but stand out on its own either.

Sad, as some of the Amstel beers available in the Netherlands aren't bad -- but this watered down swill is just not worth having.

OtherShoe2, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of caskstrength
3.75/5  rDev +55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

what did you expect? It's not bourbon barrel aged. There are no IBUs listed on the bottle.

It's a light beer.

When you're counting calories or just want a lower ABV beer to drink, and doesn't taste terrible, this is what you want. Isn't it?

I remember in college we always thought this was the best tasting light beer.

Isn't it still?

caskstrength, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
3.23/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- red with a little head cause of the pour, then goes away
S- like really wattery beer with no evidence of hops
T- crisp , boring, little skunky tasting
M- Light and not very interesting
D- I rate this very high because it has a low abv ,its pretty easy to drink and light

A good beer for someone who wants a beer , but is watching calories. A def step up from some other light domestic macros, which shall remain nameless...

gdfan47, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of armock
2.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured a clear golden color with a thin white head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of sweet grainy malt

T - Has a pretty sweet taste thats not all that good

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - Not good I don't know how this stuff is popular with some people I guess marketing goes a long way

armock, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
2/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can on 02/07/2005.

A standard light beer equal to moist air. Light color with a minimal white frothy head with little lacing. Light body with soft carbonation. Light sweet flavor with a light sweet finish of short duration.

Best feature was that it was no charge on airplane.

tmoneyba, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of hopdog
2.3/5  rDev -5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle.

I went out with a few guys from work to a place with no beer selection at all. They were all drinking this cool beer and I was peer pressured into having one too. I guess if all the cool kids are doing it, it has to be good. Thankfully they weren't pushing something like smoking...

Notes from 9/27/07

hopdog, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of nick76
2.33/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

For a light beer this one is not the worst but that really isn't an endorsement. Certainly it is drinkable in a pinch even if it is weak. Nothing metallic here but it has a little grain husk like malt to it. Light hops, light sweet smell, and light pale color. But what do you expect its a light beer. The taste and the aroma are the same.

nick76, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not bad for a lite lager. Golden pour with a weak malt scent. Fairly watery on the palate, although fuller than most other lites. Flavor is rather bland, there is a decent sharpness but it soon fades. Low abv isn't very helpful either. Many better choices out there.

kinger, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
2.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Left over from a friends visit a few weeks ago.

A: It really does look like piss. Pale yellow. Almost no head and this was poured into a Sam Adams super pint glass.

S: Tons of sweetness. Hints of corn. Socialism?

T: Very bland. At parts it really does taste like water. Hints of corn in there.

M: Water. There is barely any carbonation.

D: You could drink the piss out of this. The question is why would you when there are much better session/lawnmover beers out there.

aerozeppl, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Chelsea1905
2.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not a fan of any of the light beers, so maybe this is the better of a bad bunch.
Looks okay, tastes like water, smells like the bottom of a recycling bin used in a bar.
Very gaseous. but easy to drink, so I guess it has that going for it; which is nice

Don't bother

Chelsea1905, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of bacabuck
2.73/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just don't get all the hype surrounding this beer.

A: Clear yellow with a tootpaste white head that quickly dissipates

S: Tough to tell. I was drinking out of a plastic cup at 36,000 feet

T: Why bother importing this? Do I need to purchase carbon credits to offset the transportation?

M: I didn't spit it out. Certainly better than Peroni, but no need to let it drink slowly.

D: With so many other choices, why bother?

bacabuck, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of CampusCrew
2.28/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Other than Sam Adams. Best light on the market.

appearance: light yellow, has atleast an amber tint

smell: slight hops not stale

taste: Little to slight hops

mouthfeel: not too watery, good carbonation

drinkability: very easy. It is wahat it is. Rather have the real thing in Amsterdam

CampusCrew, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of akronzipfan
3/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife read in a magazine where this was rated fairly high for a light beer (it IS fairly low in calories at 127 per 12 OZ bottle) so I thought I'd give one a try.

a - light body, slightly wimpy head but a nice bright gold color

s - hints of caramel, hops and barley

t - lots of hops in the flavor with a clean finish absent of any bitterness

m - crisp and light with a moderate amount of carbonization

d - these go down pretty easily

In short, this beer is a pretty decent light ale with enough flavor to make you want to drink another, and since the calories and alcohol content are both low, you can in clear conscience.

akronzipfan, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of mwa423
2.15/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The beer is extremely light yellow, almost clear. Average macros have more color to them then this beer. There is a thin fizzy head that dies down to some lacing that stuck throughout the beer. The smell almost seemed skunked and is similar to another Dutch beer I can think of (Heineken).

Taste was lacking, seeming watered down and only a crisp aftertaste kept my taste score from being lower. This beer goes down like water, so I can't take a lot of palate points off.

Overall, it about average for a widely distributed macro but not worth the "premium import" title.

mwa423, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of RedChrome
2.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear as water with a very light golden color. A third inch of white froth vanished in seconds. One stream of carbonation rising rapidly. No lace.

Aroma was quite weak. The scent that was there had an unappealing plastic presence that overpowered the light grains and grass aromas.

Grass and hay flavors up front. A surprise bitterness with a very light hops oil taste. Leaves a light plastic aftertaste. Unbalanced at best.

Watery, but taste clings a bit to the sides of the tongue. Carbonation is a bit overpowering.

Sub par. Just something to wash food down with. Nothing I would go out looking for. Another lackluster beer in the style.

RedChrome, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of changeup45
2.3/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For a light beer it's not all that bad. I'll drink one if it's handed to me but I'm not going to necessarily ever look for it (not that it's hard to find). Darker shade of gold so it's not as pale looking as many other light lagers. Sweet, grainy/hay taste, watery but also nothing bad either. Really, actually, one of the better light beers I've had.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
1.4/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer looked weak when poured into my glass, a pale straw color with a fizzy white head. Laced poorly, little retention. Aromas were hay, yeast and a macrobrew staleness. Flavors were of lager malts, musty yeast, and some lagging hops at the end. Typical import macrobrew stuff. The body was very light and washed out, just like the ALC %, no depth or punch to it. Technically beer but a very boring one.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Zadok
2.58/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In all fairness to the appearance to the beer it was served in a mug that was pulled out of a glacier so I really never saw the actual beer. Needless to say I think we can all agree that it has a fairly average appearance.

Very mild hoppish aroma with a small whiff of citrus.

Taste was obviously really watery because of the melting glacier, that being said it wasn't to far off the mark of what it normally tastes like.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery with low carbonation.

Decent session beer if your having a hard time finding a better one.

Zadok, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Gmann
2.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw color with a thin soapy white head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of stale grassy hops, grain, and sulfur/rusty metal. The grassy hops hit up front with some sulfur notes. There is an odd fruitiness to it, perhaps a combination of grain husk and lemon. The feel is light almost watery, well carbonation, finishes very neutral. Easy beer to swill down. A light Euro lager for sure, has some hop flavor which puts it up a notch over the American light macro.

Gmann, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.1/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer on-tap at the local brew-pub.

Poured a light yellow like most light beers, not much to the smell but malt and grain.

The taste was similar to the smell light malt and heavy grain.

Mouthfeel was good and smooth.

Overall this is really not a bad light brew. i could drink this with no problem and is a good beer for after mowing the grass.

GoodKnight1220, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
1.4/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Part of my Shitty Beer Review series.

A. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Dark yellow in hue with a small head.

S. Skunk. Faint grains.

T. The only reason this did not recieve a 1.0 awful score is that I could pick up a bit of something in taste, I think it was some grain and a hint of malt? A lot of skunk and this bottle was not in the sun.

M. Light and watery. Nothing much to it.

D. Try as I might, I ended up pouring the last bit of this into the lawn. I will not have this again if I can help it.

Pairing suggestions: Stinky marijuanna, thats about the only thing that could stand up to the pungent skunk taste of this beer.

Stinkypuss, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of cnally
2.85/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

When this beer is poured into a glass, it becomes apparent that there is little texture and body. The coloring here is so thin, I would say it is closer to water than beer. However, it is crisp looking. The aroma carries a wheat-like scent. High amount of grain aroma to this one. The flavor is a yeasty concoction of cornmeal, with the ever-so-faint taste of leftover hops. Actually, a very appealing flavor considering its "light" label. There is plenty to enjoy about its drinkability. The feel it leaves is so light and fizzy, that the ability to drink more than one is pretty much guaranteed. Good for a light lager.

cnally, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
2.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well it's time to review another "regular" beer. I always find this process interesting but really try to look at the beer in it's merits and not reputation.

The beer poured with a nice thick foamy white head that settled back in fairly quickly. The brew was very pale gold or straw in color and didn't really have any visible carbonation.

Aroma was of hay, wet grass with a slight spice note to it. Shortly after pouring the aroma was a little more bold than I would have thought. But once it settled it was more like a wet musty aroma.

As expected the taste was rather light with somewhat of a grape flavor. Still getting a grain like taste as well. This finishes a little sweeter than I remember and without much of a hop finish.

Mouth feel is extremely light which is nice for drinkability. But I don't find it really appealing for my type of session beer.

Doesn't really appeal to me. I think not worth the premium price that they try to get for it. It's a marketing beer. Buy a cheaper/better American beer if you are going to drink a light beer.

Reagan1984, Jul 26, 2008
Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,258 ratings.