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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel LightAmstel Light

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1,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 28.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 78 | 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 Chambic
2.15/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12.30.09 at The Ambassador.

A: glad I couldn't see light, flat yellow through the brown glass

S: even gladder I couldn't smell the (bad) skunky scent

T: definitely tastes like something is missing; the flavor isn't all there

M: tighter carbonation could have balanced the light body

D: Had it at $2 Tuesdays. What did you expect?

Photo of realbama
2.85/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Joining in with the fiance on a low carb diet before our wedding so this was worth a try. It pours nearly completely clear with a 1/4 inch head which quickly vanishes. Its not ALL that bad. Its drinkable. Throw a lime in there with it and that will give it a little extra boost. God, I miss my porters.

Photo of heissebier
2.68/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Darker than most light lagers but still with a quickly dissipating white head.

Smell- Not terrible. Grains with a few hops, fairly faint but present.

Taste- Slightly skunky and screams macro. Other than that not the worst beer in the world and it actually has some character to it. Definitely not too bad when you take the style into account. Also warms up pretty well for a light lager.

Mouthfeel- My only complaint here is its fairly watery and could perhaps use a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability- Not something I'd ever buy for myself but I'd take it over a lot of beers. Good as far as generic light lagers goes.

Photo of rfgetz
2.55/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw color, crisp white head, minimal lacing. Smell is of faint corn and typical lager-like skunk. Taste is of faint dried grains, mostly corn like. Nothing really off. Light body, very carbonated. Nothing to write home about, just another cheap light lager.

For a long time, i was convinced this was a big step up from the BMC lights of the world. I though it always had just enough flavor to justify that claim, now im feeling like i bought into hype. Maybe not, did have a little flavor to it. Meh.

Photo of HalfFull
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and quite pale from a 12 oz. bottle. A hard to obtain cap of foam settles quickly as large bubbles pop away. A light carbonation from the bottom of the glass weakens in short order.

Nose is light overall, offering uncooked grain sense to it yet without metallic or vegetal notes to speak of. Slim hint of hops.

Flavor is thin, light, watery. Particularly as the carbonation dissipates. Tastes better directly from the bottle with a touch of carbonation and a light grainy/fruity finish. Feel is flat and watery in either case. Fairly drinkable as it doesn't offend yet has not character whatsoever to justify the concept.

Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never mind me - I'm just doing the CAN CAN on Veterans' Day! CAN you dig it?

My pour netted a little better than a finger's worth of bubbly, rocky bone-white head with low retention. The color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slight grassiness underlain by a cereal quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a lightly sweet vanilla taste in the mouth. Very different from many of the CANned light beers that I have drank of late. Finish was slightly dry, kind of refreshing. It would probably be more satisfying on a hot day.

Photo of Kooz
2.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer surprised me! Had it at a party at work--bottle on ice, poured into a plastic cup. Yeah, I know.

Golden colored--slightly darker than most similar mass-produced lagers. No head to speak of. Meh.

Smelled just a hint of skunk, not much else.

Tasted better than I'd imagined. It wasn't skunky at all (which is what I expected). It wasn't great, but hey, who's counting? (Oh, we are. Oh well.)

Mouthfeel was a step above water, and not a big one. It was a little too carbonated too.

Drinkability? I'd have it again, but I'd never buy it. Don't think it would pair well with anything...

Photo of tone77
2.85/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Smell is mild, some hints of malt. Taste is crisp, some malts. There is not a whole lot of flavor here. Feels light in the mouth. Drinkability is good, o.k. for drinking games. Overall this makes for a below average beer.

Photo of Shumista
2.28/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bott...that's a lie, I don't want to dirty a glass and I think this one is acceptable straight from the bottle.

A- Hmmm well the bottle is brown, the label is fairly generic. I believe what's inside would pour a typical light lager fizzy pale yellow. Maybe it's dark brown with red highlights and a pillowy tan head...I guess I'll never know.
S- Typical light lager smell. Grainy malt, a little bit of skunk.
T- Typical light lager taste. Actually this may have less flavor than your typical light lager.
M- Light bodied, thin, crisp. Kinda refreshing though.
D- You could put away a 6 pack without even noticing.

It's not like Amstel light tastes bad, it just doesn't really taste like anything. Honestly if I feel like drinking light beer I'll save some money and just frat hard with some Natty

Photo of rvdoorn
2.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amstel-lite, the home beer of the Feyenoord football stadium in Rotterdam. In the Netherlands, it is often not allowed to drink "normal" pilsner beers before and during a football match (because of the alcohol). So instead of alcohol-free beer, the stadium management decided to serve low-alcohol beer. Seems a fair choice, and, on top of that, this low-calorie beer also suits any diet ;)

Poured into a plastic beaker. The beer poured a typical yellow-straw pilsner color, with a big fluffy head.

Smell: almost not there, some malts. That's it.

Taste: Like a normal pilsner, only weaker. Malts and hops, with some strange, dusty taste in the middle that I cannot really describe (some type of grain maybe).

Mouthfeel: thin and watery. Medium carbonation

Overall: Well, what to say. Not a great pilsner, as my fellow BA-members also indicate in the rating. However, I think that most people here seem to forget, that this beer has almost NO calories. Given that fact, I think the brewers did a great job, still being able to put so much taste in. But in general, if you don't have any overweight and not on a diet, avoid!

Photo of Brenden
2.23/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The color is a typical pale yellow. There's little head or lacing.
The aroma is weak grains, some skunk, and corn.
The flavor's the same. Bland, skunky, husky...although it seems perhaps an effort was made with some hops. Weak, though.
Mouthfeel is thin, watery, and a little over-carbonated, with even less of the crispness that at least some macro lights have.
Nothing to it, really.

Photo of NeutroMan
1.53/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can into a pilsener glass

Pours a crystal clear pale straw color. Decent-sized white frothy head stuck around for a little bit, then faded away and left some minimal lacing.

Has that distinctive macro lager smell. Grainy malt with corn and other cooked veggies and some noticeable skunk.

Taste? What taste? Not much going on here. A faint hint of malts and some husky stuff. Can't pick up much else.

Mouthfeel is extremely light bodied (one is reminded of the phrase "beer-flavored water") that I guess is consistent with the 3.5% ABV. Would be more drinkable if it didn't taste so bad.

Photo of BarrelO
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug. 3.5% ABV? Seriously?

A: Pale. Not much of a head. No lacing.

S: Typical macro aroma.

T: Typical macro flavor.

M: It hardly makes any impression in the mouth at all, honestly.

D: A PBR-caliber beer at a premium price? No thanks. Superior to BMC, but not enough to justify the price differential.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.6/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - yellowish tint, very little head

S - Slight skunky smell at first but passes quick, light smell of hops

T - Crisp taste at first sip but light and smooth going down

M - Crisp or full flavored but mellows out as it sits in your mouth

D - Good beer to have when you want something more from your light beer. Crisp flavor at first but won't push you away.

Price is a little high for a light beer but it tastes better then your normal light beers

Photo of blackc5
1.3/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

What more really needs to be said about this beer? Obviously nobody here at BA reads this really wondering if Amstel is a decent beer or not. We all know it isn't. It is boring, bland but apparently pleases the masses. It doesn't necessarily offend, but my one complaint is the premium price you sometimes see it for. Why pay for this when there are so many crafts available for about the same price or maybe $1 for a sixer more - and infinitely more enjoyable. Hopefully more of the masses will catch on to that reality soon.

Photo of CervezaMesa
1.38/5  rDev -43%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was excited about this beer when it came out! The bottle looked neat and the commercial made it seem tasteful! This was not the case.

MGD 64 tastes way better than Amstel light.
What did they do w/ the taste! Seriously this is most tasteless light beer my palet has brought down!

Color looks nice though! LOL!
Aroma is shit
Everything about this sucks!

Next time you buy a six pack of this remember that there is 6 pack of o'douls light for way cheaper!

Photo of cjgator3
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a white head.

S- The aroma is faint grainy malt with a touch of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is faint pale malts with a hint of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a pretty good amount of carbonation.

D- It is what it is. It isn't going to blow you away in the flavor department, but it is a highly drinkable light lager that is easy to consume a few in a single sitting.

Photo of Jwale73
2.73/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Poured a translucent gold with a two inch, loose, frothy white head that eventually settles into a quarter inch cap before dissipating into a swirl. Nose is primarily cereal grains and adjuncts. Consistent with nose - very subdued and light in body. Not much going on here in the taste department. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, a little watery, with a consistent background effervescence from start to finish. Drinkability - well, it's drinkable, but not much going on in terms of flavor. Still, there's worse out there.

Photo of morebeergood
2.53/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out at a bar with a crappy beer selection with some co-workers, so I ordered one. Poured from the bottle in to a pint glass. Dull yellow color, decent white head. Musty smell. Taste and mouthfeel - both boring. Really not a lot to this beer. I had no idea until now that Amstel Light is only 3.5%. Wow, maybe that's why it tastes like water. Definitely gonna think twice about ordering one of these again. This beer is now the official "I can't drink any more tonight, but I'll have one more Amstel" beer.

Photo of ExtraStout
2.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Back before I knew better, I drank Amstel Light a lot, thinking I was a true beer afficionado. It's not bad beer overall, but its nothing I would run out and buy. However, at only 95 calories per 12 oz., its a great beer to drink if you're on a diet. Other than Sam Adams light it is sadly the best you can do.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a few bottles of this during a very boring and non progressive 4th of july celebration downtown. At least I got to see The Roots for the 38th time.

A- Amstel Light lives up to its name having a very light pale yellow body that looked thinner than me at the time. A thin white cap stood on top for a few but it had no legs, hence no lacing.

S- Amstel does not smell like much and whats there is not inviting. Old grain with a light toast to it. A very light malt addition and even less when it comes to hops and a bit of corn in the back. When it warmed this smelled downright skunky.

T- The smell on this pretty much sums up the taste as well. Grain, malt, and just a touch of bitterness on the end. Some yeast comes out but does not enhance the flavor. A taste of corn has me thinking this is a glorified american macro, even though im being very generous with the word glorified.

M- Thin, light and watery with a big blast of carbonation. Swishing this in the mouth really brings out the grain bill. They were not lying when they said this was a light lager.

D- The ABV on this was actually 1.5% less than what I thought it would be, now I see why people can drink the hell out of this at a bar or similiar setting, but I ask myself why, this stuff taste like impending doom. Amstel light is good enough if your trying to pass the time at a party that you dont want to be at in the 1st place, so it's got that going for it, but nothing else.

Photo of TexIndy
2.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottling code of some sort but no clear date. It was a pale straw color. Had a carb fount in center of glass but no lacing. Had an average sized white head that quickly dissipated into a thin partial collar.

The aroma was typical light lager - malt, grain, cooked corn, skunk. The taste followed the aroma. Not much here but a tad better than a BMC so my goto beer in a BMC only place.

Overall, a step above a BMC. The default choice for me when it's this or a BMC. Goes down easy enough but not much flavor. Not a player in the home rotation.

Photo of hustlesworth
3/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- super pale extra light golden, dense white head, holds a very thin ring upon receding, little spots of lace.

S- pale grains, some banana, light floral hops, like a very very very mild blond ale bspa.

T- somewhat fruity, banana, mango, with a weak grassy hop bite, and some white bread. very mild and unoffensive, a flash of toasty flavor in the clean finish.

MF- thin and fizzy... just like a light lager. crisp for sure.

D- thirst quenching, mild, and easy going. flavor is totally non aggressive and laid back, this is the beer that made me start liking beer sometime back in the early 90's.

Photo of beerman207
3.53/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this beer for the first time at the Kentucky Speedway. Mullets abound and beer selection a bit on the low side!

A: light yellow appearance with a decent head.

S picked up some wheat and malt

T Malt is dominant and that's about it

M: Very light

D: It's definately drinkable. With the limited selection at the Kentucky speedway this past weekend, this was about as good as you could get other than Miller and Bud.

Photo of CHickman
2.85/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a white ½ inch head, smells of malt and a little yeast. Very light a crisp, with a mild malty flavor, some light grains or yeast and slight hint of spice. Overall it's pretty carbonated and on the watered down side as far as taste goes, but very refreshing and easy to drink. Good beer from a refreshment standpoint, but boring from a taste standpoint.

Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
59 out of 100 based on 1,313 ratings.