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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel LightAmstel Light

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1,198 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,198
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 27.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 46 | 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.

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Photo of zuggy9


3.58/5  rDev +47.9%

I typically avoid light beers, but this one I'll make an exception for. A rather typical light pale yellow color with not much of a head that lingers a bit. A light grainy smell and a hoppy grainy flavor, quite pleasant really. It's well carbonated but is clean and good. It's good with a heavy meal or when you are trying to watch your calories.

12-21-2006 04:40:57 | More by zuggy9
Photo of jmbranum


3.48/5  rDev +43.8%

Pale light gold clear beer with a smallish white head that is rather attractive while it lasts.

Very little aroma (just a hint of grassy malt and some hops), but the flavor is more robust than expected. A nice crisp flavor that reminds me of grass and hay with a tiny bit of floral and bittering hops. The mouthfeel is also pretty crisp. Not a terribly substantial beer, but compared to other light offerings this isn't bad at all.

I should also say that this isn't my favorite style of beer, however since I'm on a low-carb diet right now I thought I would give it a try (at 5.8g of carbs, I can afford to drink two beers in a day instead of only one regular beer). For a light lager, it is definitely above average and was a pleasant surprise. I think the ads are right. It is the "beer drinker's light beer."

12-10-2006 20:33:43 | More by jmbranum
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

1.25/5  rDev -48.3%

To this date, this is the only beer that I simply cannot stomach. I think it tastes awful, like burnt grass and straw. The smell is horrible too, like putrid sour mash.

The beer tastes extermely watered down, and has no flavoring what-so-ever. The one I tried didn't even pour like a regular beer, had no head and very little carbonation. If you're watching your calories and drinking "light," you may as well save on taste and have a glass of water.

11-14-2006 03:22:00 | More by alysmith4
Photo of afinepilsner


2.23/5  rDev -7.9%

12oz brown bottle

Amstel Light was a clear pale yellow color with a white head. The head stuck around a little while with a little spotty lace. The aroma was light malt and grain. The taste was light and grainy with a dry finish. It was light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Drinkability was below average. I won't be wasting money on this one again.

11-10-2006 21:57:29 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of BeerSox


3.2/5  rDev +32.2%

12oz bottle into pilsner glass

Ultra mega clear light hay color. Relatively large head considering the style. It also had good retention, and sticky lacing.

Very light smells, almost completely clean. Hints of husky malts, almost no hop smells.

Very light malt flavors. Only a bit of hop flavor to compliment the bit of malts. Watery, but not bad for a light beer. No aftertaste.

Pretty much your standard Light Lager. Not bad for the style, no bad flavors or aftertaste. If you like the style then you can probably settle with this, however it is a little pricey, so a similar domestic would probably be the better path.

10-14-2006 04:27:40 | More by BeerSox
Photo of goschool


1.58/5  rDev -34.7%

I had to go to a baby shower this afternoon. First, it's a baby shower and second, there were two good music festivals in the Los Angeles area. At least they had Amstel Light.

The pour is the only part of this beverage that resembles beer. It's a watery amber with a cream colored head. The nose has a faint scent of grain and a hop aroma that would be overpowered by a Pliney the Younger resting fifty feet away, up wind. The taste has much more in common with soda water than beer. Have you ever tried one of those vitamin waters? This tastes like pilsner-flavored sparkling vitamin water, only with less flavoring.

All and all, the shower wasn't so bad.

10-08-2006 07:01:25 | More by goschool
Photo of teg8612


2.6/5  rDev +7.4%

A- Straw colored yellow, a light version of a pale ale. Lacing is low.

S- Typical import lager smell. Has a touch of cooked veggies.

T&M- Malt is thin with some grain and husk flavors. Hop bite is okay and leaves a crisp, clean finish with minimal aftertaste.

D- For a light beer, it is okay but I would just stick with a light, crisper style before moving to this on a regular basis. A good kolsch or helles is a better choice. This can be expensive so just go for the good stuff.

09-28-2006 13:20:20 | More by teg8612
Photo of kimcgolf


2.9/5  rDev +19.8%

I think this beer is getting poor ratings in part because of the thinking that since it is well-advertised, it must suck. It is definitely a light beer with little aroma, and a thin body, but has an okay taste and leaves a pleasant finish. While I have had many beers that are better, this is not a bad beer, especially when a wide variety is not available.

09-20-2006 00:44:04 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


1.8/5  rDev -25.6%

What can I say about this beer. It's expensive, has hardly any taste at all, and the mouthfeel has to be one of the thinnest beers I have ever had. The real drawback to this beer is the price. Honestly, I would drink other mass produced lagers out there that are half the price any day over this, as there are brews that are half the price that taste a whole lot better.

The only thing I tasted in this brew was a slight grain flavor with just a hint of hops. Not much really there. The only bright side is the beer doesn't really have any off flavors; again, there really isn't much flavor there at all. The worst part is the mouthfeel. Way too watery and thin, even for a light beer. This beer actually reminds me of a watered down cocktail. Not recommended.

09-17-2006 04:48:23 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of andjusticeforale


1.68/5  rDev -30.6%

Had this froma can yesterday at a golf tournament. Beer is a living thing. We just can't have reviews that center only on a beer in its own exact glassware in the perfect season in the perfect mood wearing that beer's logo t-shirt within 2 miles of the brewery... etc.

Anyway, I poured it into a plastic cup, it had no noticeable head, it was pale and orange. The first taste was super thin, watery, and tasted light bitter carrots. The bitterness was not hop bitterness, mind you, but some ungodly funk that is supposed to make the beer feel BIGGER.

This tasting confirms my previous suspicions. This beer is sold to yuppie types under the false pretense that it is a "classy" alternative to american macro lite beers, but in fact- it tastes far worse in my opinion, and does not quench the thirst. This is not to slam this beer. just to erase a terribly false perception.
(THis beer was so bad that a draft michelob afterward tasted great by comparison.)

09-12-2006 12:06:42 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of TechMyst


1.9/5  rDev -21.5%

Container Volume: 355ml

Container type: bottle

Fresh: y

Purchased @: anywhere

Cost: expensive

Head: none

Lace: none

Color: pale yellow

Aroma: tinny

Mouthfeel: light

Palate: curls the tongue

Taste: They managed to get a light beer to taste more like watered down pale American lagers than watered down pale European pilsners.

Mowing/Working on car- n
With Friends- n
Sipping- n
Get my buzz on- n

09-12-2006 07:01:15 | More by TechMyst
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +39.7%

This is hands down the best of the bunch when it comes to macro brew light beers. If you close your eyes it almost feels like you are drinking a 'regular' beer. The appearance, smell, and taste are all average. But compared to the other light beers Amstel Light has the highest drinkability. It seems like you are drinking a beer not a watered down version of one.

08-25-2006 22:26:59 | More by cbros
Photo of veech


3.1/5  rDev +28.1%

This is a better alternative than most domestic macro light lagers. It is light across the board in aroma, taste and mouthfeel, but the drinkability is better than average. Heineken is far from a favorite of mine, but Amstel is reasonably drinkable especially in hotter climes. A decent option if you find yourself with no other alternatives, but not much more than that.

08-18-2006 03:28:33 | More by veech
Photo of ghostmech007


2.9/5  rDev +19.8%

Drinkability is good, specially for those hot days.

A golden colour of course. You can see right throught it but that is expected of a light beer. Little head and no lacing.

It didn't wow me in the smell judging. It smelled like every other beer like it. Hops and barely. Wow. I'm so exicited to drink this. Not.

It tasted like I just had a spoon full of bread. Corn, barely and hops of course but that was it. For a light beer it was actually pretty heavy. But other then that it was a light beer.

In my mouth it was refeshinting, just like water which is what it tasted like. Water. It would be refeshing after I just mowed the lawn or somethign like that but nothing special.

This is one you would just have for the hot, long days. Maybe if you didn't want to break the bank.

Overall, barely passed. Good for partys in your colllege days. Not so good now.

08-12-2006 07:28:02 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of jettjon


3/5  rDev +24%

Into the pilsner, clear yellow-gold with a few bubbles beneath a thick white “spit” head that fades quickly leaving no real lacing. Pretty mundane appearance. Nose is typical Euro-lager: citrus, yeast, and mild malt. Taste dominated by citrus and bready malt. Finishes up dry with a bit of mild hops. Mouth is watery with mild carbonation. Drinkability is very average, in the lawn-mowing beer realm.

Overall: This is your typical, garden variety light Euro lager. No need to bother.

Edit: Oops, this beer is so forgettable that I reviewed it twice in a month and didn't realize it. That should speak volumes.

08-12-2006 00:12:37 | More by jettjon
Photo of MusicmanSD


2.9/5  rDev +19.8%

Amstel is better than most macro's light beers, but it honestly just tastes like a watered down Heineken. Maybe it’s the yeast, who knows. Anyways, appearance is actually quite good for a light beer. It looks like a Czech pilsner somehow. The smell is all malt, a little on the adjuncty side, but not American-like. The taste is watery, malty, and not pleasing. This beer has no hope presence at all. The mouthfeel is on the watery side, but much better than the other light beers out there, sans Beck's and the new Hein light. Drinkability is great. Definitely beats the Rodney King out of American light beers, however, it is watery and low in alcohol.

08-10-2006 04:31:15 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of robocrouch


3.4/5  rDev +40.5%

Poured into my pint glass a clear amber color, with a small head. Smelled a hint of sweet. Taste was not too shabby. The drink ability of this is good. It would be great to chug one or two of these down with a brat. Overall for a Light Lager it wasn't half bad.

08-08-2006 23:57:49 | More by robocrouch
Photo of fido


2/5  rDev -17.4%

This beer pours a clear golden color, medium sized head, no lacing; Smell is of light hops and little bit skunky; Taste is grainy, some corn, and hops; Mouthfeel weak and watery; Refreshing but not very flavorful; Drinkability is good, specially for those hot days.


07-29-2006 03:22:47 | More by fido
Photo of aquatonex

New York

2/5  rDev -17.4%

Was on special at Friday's, figured I'd give it a shot.

Pours light piss colored, slight swirls of head. Lightly carbonated. Smell is immediately skunky with light notes of 'beer', but not much else. Taste is also rather like bitterish seltzer, but the taste isn't so bad as to not be drinkable. Mouthfeel? It's a light beer and goes down like one. All in all, I've had better light beers, but it could be worse.

07-12-2006 03:35:33 | More by aquatonex
Photo of RBorsato


4.2/5  rDev +73.6%

Bright yellow straw color with a decent to low white head and decent-good carbonation. Light hop, light adjunct, and light malt aroma and flavor ... see a theme here ? :-) Tastes like a baby Heineken. LIght-medium bodied and fairly smooth with a decent finish for a lighter beer.

Call me a choad but I reviewed this for what it was ... a light beer... A very nice low calorie alternative to the light American varieties... only drawback is $.

Per label: Since 1870. 95 cal, 5g Carb, 1g Prot, 0 Fat.

06-27-2006 16:54:41 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Gruntlumber


1.7/5  rDev -29.8%

As much as I would like to believe this is better then BMC Light, it isn't. Simply add an off-putting skunky import wang to any typical light beer and you have Amstel Light. Yes, I know the skunkiness is the unique component to all those "great" import lagers, but Amstel is just plain worthless. At least with Bud Miller Coors you get a beer over 4% ABV. And to pay a premium for this stuff? Nah.

06-19-2006 20:46:49 | More by Gruntlumber
Photo of AChamberlain


3.08/5  rDev +27.3%

Every time my cousin would drink this in college, he would scream into my ear "MOST POPULAR BEER IN NEW YORK CITY." I don't think it is anymore, but people used to love this stuff. This was most likely due to the Atkins craze that swept the nation.

That aside, it's not great. The flavor is beer-flavored water, with a slight skunky aftertaste.

It's easy to drink, you have to give it that, but nothing stands out about this beer.

06-13-2006 19:25:01 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of jwc215


1.73/5  rDev -28.5%

Poured a light yellow with a quickly disappearing head.
The smell was of corn and vegetable oil.
This tasted like any other typical macro light. I think that it is the concept of "imported" that makes it seem better than the average macro light.
I think people drink this to give people the impression that they are drinking something above average when, in reality, it tastes the same as any other light macro. In other words, like nothing but vegetable with some skunk.

06-03-2006 06:29:27 | More by jwc215
Photo of supercolter


2.03/5  rDev -16.1%

A- yeah so slightly gold, very slightly, almost no head or carbonation, little to no visible lacing
S- All I could smell is malt and a very slight hint of lemon or lime
T- The lightest beer I have ever drank, some malt taste and a bit of citrus at the end, not enough to bite, but just enough to finish skunked
M- too light, some carbonation that gave it a bit of life
D- if i was doing a keg stand, this would be the beer, but hard to swallow when drinking slow

05-20-2006 05:10:08 | More by supercolter
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.85/5  rDev +17.8%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a straw yellow body with a thick creamy white head that boils into a rocky head and a big carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The light smell of sulfur and green noble hops come through in the smell.

T- The light taste of dry pale malt finishes with a bitter noble hop and a carbonic bit. There is a faint sulfur note that comes through the malt.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big fizzy texture. The texture is also a bit watery in the beginning of the sip.

D- It is a light lager with all the clean cut flavors and smoothness. Not that exciting but maybe on a really hot day at a baseball game it would taste better.

05-15-2006 03:07:43 | More by rhoadsrage
Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.