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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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1,349 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,349
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 27.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2001

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Photo of donkeyrunner
1.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This was a freebie.

Pale gold with a big white head--what a pleasant surprise! My mirth doesn't last long however as said head quickly fades and vanishes. Sigh.

Smells like a lager..and canned corn. I may be imagining this but there may be a hop cry for help in here somewhere.

Tastes like obscenely light , watered down grains, fish tank chemicals and some kind of vegetable potion. Has a buttery "eew" in back. I'm not going to try and determine exactly what said eew is because I'm trying with all my might not to focus on it. Eew.

If people think Bud represents American brewing the way that I believed that Amstel represents the Netherlands, I understand our bad rep. That said it appears there's bad beer all over the world.

Photo of vette2006c5r
1.76/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amstel Light poured a bright yellow color, with a rich head. It smelt awful and just offensive, it smelt almost skunked. There wasnt much in the taste either, it simply didnt have a taste, which might be good; it didnt taste like the smell. It was light and easy to drink. Overall its not the worst beer in the world, and its a better light beer, it wasnt good, but at the same time its not really bad.

Photo of buschbeer
1.76/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured into a pint glass to one finger of white head. It is straw colored and clear. I could smell the skunked aroma as I poured it. I is basically tasteless and has some biting carbonation. It doesn't taste skunky, which is nice. It is just a watery, tasteless, skunky smelling beer.


Photo of BlackBearForge
2.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amstel Light pours a bright sunny yellow, crystal clear with a fizzy white head which quickly dissipates.

The aroma has a bit of grainy malt and a slight sour note.

The flavor is grainy and lacking in much flavor, there is a lightly bitter pungency and a metallic astringency. Lightly lemony as well, with a vague European hop character. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel is completely lacking in body, thin and watery with fizzy carbonation.

As far as light beers go I suppose this one is as drinkable as they come, however I'm glad a friend gave me this single one to try. If I were at a party or a cook out and this was the beer they had, well I could at least drink it. Probably even refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.64/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.01/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, straw color with a fluffy white head that ends up staying a thin layer.

Notes of grain (corn) and grass in the aroma.

Fairly clean and simple taste with a fairly dry finish. Not particularly exciting but not foul by any means.

Considering that this is a light beer, it's not the worst. But I'll never drink it again.

Photo of Clydesdale
1.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a light, brilliantly clear pale yellow color. The medium-sized white head has a foamy texture and a somewhat brief lifespan. There is a respectable smattering of weblike lacing.

S: The nose is one-dimensionally vegetal, with hints of rough grain husks and lightly herbal/floral hops. A touch metallic as well.

T: An extremely thin grainy malt presence up front. A definite cooked vegetable flavor is quite apparent, unfortunately. There is a hint of herbal hop bite towards the finish.

M: Typically thin-bodied. Carbonation lends some crispness, but not enough to really be appealing. A dry finish.

D: This beer's popularity is about as damning an indictment of the light lager style as I can find. An expensive European import that is sadly lacking flavor, character, or any sense of refreshment.

Photo of hopheadjuice
1.7/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ox bottle into Mug.

This beer pours a straw yellow pee like color hmmm i wonder...

Smells like nuts and new leather with a hint of sneaker as well

Tastes kinda like it smells minus the nuts.

mouthfeel is nothing impressive

being an import this beer is kind of lagging a lot of flavor. Lets go amsterdam we know your good for weed lets get to the beer.

Photo of jadpsu
1.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours light pale straw yellow with a white head that has decent retention.
I have had this beer numerous times and I don't remember getting as strong skunk smell as I got this time. Probably some grain and corn husks in there but the skunk dominates.
Taste is thin, slight tart and dry.
Mouthfeel is also thin, watery.
This is a pricey beer and on a value scale there are many light beers at half the price that are every bit as good and in many cases better.

Photo of Spineypanda
2.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light straw color and has somewhat of a head.
Smells of yeast and a bit of what I seem to smell in most imported beers, which is probably the yeast.
Tastes like a bit of an average beer, nothing special. Yeast and malts... not much else. Has an interesting aftertaste similar to grass.

Not something I would buy again.

Photo of dpodratsky3
2.31/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear gold in color, with a small white head

S: Light graininess and a definite, although not that distinct, hop aroma, which I am glad it has, since I wasn't expecting it to, doesn't have that skunkyness of green bottled dutch beer

T: Nothing great here, just again that standard graininess of a light lager, however, I was expecting something a little different out of an import beer, tastes very bland and macro

M: Light, but very carbonated

D: In terms of being able to put down quantity, pretty good, not great, in terms of wanting to drink, low

Notes: I drank this right after I had a Heineken Light, and this beer tasted so much better. However, after trying this by itself, I had to lower my scores. I guess being better than Heineken Light isn't saying much.

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
2.8/5  rDev +15.7%
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
2.69/5  rDev +11.2%
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
2.53/5  rDev +4.5%
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
2.54/5  rDev +5%
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
3.42/5  rDev +41.3%
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
2.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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
2.87/5  rDev +18.6%
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
2.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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
1.57/5  rDev -35.1%
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
3.53/5  rDev +45.9%
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

Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,349 ratings.