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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel LightAmstel Light

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1,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,254
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 27.69%
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 waughbrew
1.88/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The color of the sand at a New England beach. Had a small head for about 5 seconds, no lace. Smell is a sandy hop leaf - just one and it is kind of a shriveled runt. Flavor is like a salty desert. Damn, I can't get the whole sand and desert idea out of my head with this beer. It is just so dry it is shocking and I am surprised light beer drinkers can deal with such bitterness. Thin body with some zip and sizzle that smooths out at it sits. Sort of refreshing in its dryness. Pretty clean, better made than most light beers yet still far from desirable. Did I mention that this is dry?

waughbrew, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
2.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a couple of these while playing 18 holes of golf in 100ºF+ heat in Phoenix. This brew went from an ice-cold can to a clear plastic cup to my stomach before it had any chance to get too warm. Amstel Light had a clear, bubbly yellow color with a fizzy, quick-fading white head. Lots of large bubbles rapidly rose to the surface but didn't keep the head alive long.
The aroma was moderately sweet with overtones of grassy grains and herbal hops. Not too bad; average, considering some other light beers I'd had the misfortune to try. The taste was a bit disappointing as the malt profile never established itself. All I could taste was a lot of harsh herbal hops. The feel was light, prickly thanks to the overload of carbonation, and dry.
Overall, this wasn't too bad when taken into the context of a very hot day and little to no shade plus physical activity. That said, I don't think I'll find myself drinking this brew very often.

Boilermaker88, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
1.78/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I must give props to the makers of Amstel light for marketing this as an imported light beer so they can charge 20 bucks a case and become popular in the states. This is a watered down beer if you can call it that. Pours a light pale yellow with NO head. Smell is grainy and skunky. Taste is of slight hops with a watered down taste. No body at all. Not drinkable, drink water if thirsty. I thought I would never say this but I would have rather had a Bud Light than an Amstel light, that should put into perspective how much I disliked this beer.

beertaster13, May 31, 2004
Photo of cptnjck101
2.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is marketed as the best tasting light beer in America. It's a good beer, but nothing spectacular. Average flavor, kinda like a jazzed up Miller Lite. Better than most American macrobrewed lagers, but for the price I'll take a Samuel Adams any day of the week. Did I mention the 3.5 ABV? Yea, wtf is that all about?

cptnjck101, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
2.53/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Yellow in color and a bit hazy with some mild carbonation and a smallish head.

Smell – Light but deadly American grain with a hint of sweetness.

Taste – Typical American grain mixed with Gummi-Bear sweetness. It’s not quite as offense as some, but not good by a long shot.

Mouthfeel – Of course, this lager is exceptionally light. It lacks the strong carbonation though that is typical of the style.

Drinkability – On the cusp of being poured out, but barely hanging on.

RoyalT, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of Trentonator
2.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Only positive thing I can post about this beer is the appearance, as it does pour a nice hazy yellow color, and starts off with a nice (albeit short-lived) head. Taste is bitter, coppery, not at all flavorful. Seemed lacking in carbonation and zing. Mouthfeel is similarly uninspired. I could only drink one, then had to cleanse my palate with a water and several Hoegaardens. This is to beer as a Big Mac is to fine cuisine. Don't waste your money on this overpriced and completely tasteless garbage.

Trentonator, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of chaduvel
2.13/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Standard pale fair here. Smell of veggies and corn, bit of skunk. This a basically a light version of a Heineken, but with less skunk. Flavor is dominated by corn, not as 'adjuncty' as domestic light lagers. Avoid if you can, if you must go light and you're not paying for it, go for this one.

chaduvel, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of mschofield
1.58/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Just slightly above pale gold, one finger tall stark white head.
Not a bad appearance for this class of beer.
Slight sulfur aroma (from a can!), middling low level of lemony spiciness (saaz?), corn and boiled carrots and celery.
Light body, sulfur, kind of light lemon rind that fell in an ashtray.
Useless, this was free and still wasn't worth drinking.

mschofield, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of jsolack
1.83/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow with light head... faded quickly with no lacing.

Faint smell of skunk (as typical of a lager), sweetness and grain. Doesn't smell bad but doesn't smell very intriguing.

Very mild taste... has a little sweetness and grain... finish is mildly bitter. Overall tastes very watery.

Tastes very sparkly... too crisp and watery.

It's an easy beer to drink and is one of the better light beers but overall it is watery and bland.

jsolack, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of Zorro
2.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow brew.

Smell is mild perfume and grain, and a little sweet.

Taste is watery with a sweet grain flavor and a mild bitter finish. Good for a light, but not so great for a beer.

Mouthfeel is average or less.

I can drink this if no real beer is available, but it is still a light.

Zorro, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of Foxman
2.53/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a crisp, clear true yellow, with the expected quick white head that sticks around just enough to make you notice it, then settles out so you can get your lips to the beer.

The aroma is very light, with mere traces of malt and hops, about what you'd expect from a light beer, but still disappointing.

The flavor delivers a watered-down malt character that's incapable of asserting itself over the equally limp hops profile. There's definite notes of adjunct activity in the mix. The finish is rather bright considering what came before it, leaving an almost refreshing dry bitterness that lingers a bit.

Very light bodied, it's pretty much the consistency of, you guessed it, water. It's overall presence in the mouth is minimal, though there is a lingering aftertaste from the understated hops.

Neither good nor bad, this beer just is, really. It's so close to average that there's nothing to rip severely or recommend heartily. It is what it is, a light beer with more flavor than most other light beers. That alone gives it a leg up on the competition. And if it was the only beer offered me, I'd drink it, because in spite of it's mediocrity, or perhaps because of it, it is quite drinkable. But when all's said and done, this is not something I'd buy for myself. I'll just cut my calories elsewhere.

Foxman, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a very bland beer. What'd you expect? I must say that its better than most light beers out there especially all the other American macro light lagers. It has a light golden color and pours a thin almost not there head. It smells of hops and some malt and has a hopy bitter taste but its a little watered down hence the term light after the name.

JoEBoBpr, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of oggg
2.73/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, among light beers this is probably one of my preferred ones.

Pours golden yellow. Fizzy. Not much head. Weak aroma. Subtle caramel and mild hops. It's funny because it tastes a lot like O'Douls Amber. Thin, but nowhere as thin as something like Coors light. When there's no other choice, this is an acceptable beer.

oggg, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of theozag
2.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps I am too forgiving when it comes to bland beers, or perhaps I tend to vote all so-so beers into the average catagory, but whatever the reality, Amstel Light was another beer that other users have rated poorly but I thought was not too bad.

This beer pours medium yellow with a fairly thin white head. It's smell is faint (though I admit I was rather stuffed up when I tried it), and is something like fresh spring air.

Amstel Light starts cool, crisp, and somewhat hoppy. It is light-to-medium bodied with a bit of cane sugar flavor mixed with hop bitterness and malty wheat smoothness. This beer packs a rough, semi-dry, and tasty finish boasting lemon-, orange-, and ginger-like accents. It's aftertaste is okay, but quite long-lasting.

Overall, I am fairly ambivalent about Amstel Light. I'm not a particular fan of light beers, but I wouldn't mind being offered an Amstel Light again.

theozag, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
3.05/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As light beers go, this is one of the more flavorful ones. It's abv makes it right above NA beer, but it still tastes alright. Came in a 12 oz brown bottl, which is what a idrank it from. Had a pretty good malt and grain flavor that gives way to a little hops that taste a little peppery. I would never buy this unless I was choosing between this or macro lites.

TastyTaste, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
2.65/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Airplane beer. This is the stuff that you can get on nearly every flight within the US. This is worse in cans than it is in bottles. The apperance takes a hit, as this light golden brew is sitting in my plastic cup and the aromas are more subdued as well. I still smell slight malts, hops, and seltzer water, but the aromas just arent as strong as they are in the bottled version. The same thing can be said about the taste. The mouthfeel remains MOR and the drinkability is just OK.

francisweizen, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
2.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm really not too crazy about this beer. Considering the amount of money it cost, I was not too impressed. It had a decent taste, and a decent mouthfeel, but overall I felt a little let down. It looks good in case and the bottle, but thats where the fun stops. I'd drink it, but I'd never pay 14 bucks for a twelve pack ever again.

Rootdog316, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of counselor
2.58/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The light beer for serious beer drinkers (or something like that)? This beer starts out like a good looking lager with a crisp golden color and a stiff, rocky head, but it goes downhill after that. The beer had no real aroma even though I practically dropped my nose in the head. That shortfall continued into the taste, with none really present - no rich sweet malts, no tasty classic hop flavor - nothin'. The beer was cold and I thought maybe the flavor needed time to open, but as the beer warmed, still nothing and now, the crispness of this lager began to fade as well. If you are a seriuos beer drinker, take a pass on this lite offering .

counselor, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.45/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Smelled like old pizza dough right off the top. Almost no head. Skunky, Skunky, flavor with the added bonus of that metallic light beer taste, like a nickel has been dissolved into it. I had mine for free at a nearby reception, so at least I don't feel ripped off.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
2.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is a golden color brew, white head to top it off. There are some grainy flavors, slighty malty, slight hop presence. The company will tell you that this is a beer drinkers light beer, which may not be far off except that beer drinkers dont drink light beers. The effort they spent coming up with a decent light should have been spent coming up with a good regular beer.

Tballz420, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of ADR
2.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale and clear yellow color, middling head at best, laces in two incomplete rings. Some sulfur to the aroma, some of cream corn aspects, malt dominates. Mouthfeel is light, along with carbonation and an overall graininess, the malt impression is fairly impaired. Hopping is decent and the finish is crisp, better than the beginning. Some metallics in later sips. Weak upfront and a little strident at the close, I can't say its very good even for the category.

ADR, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of flaminghomer
2.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

color is a light golden yellow with a white head. the head on this actually isn't too bad considering the beer is blah. i take that back, the head sucks as well.

aroma is mostly slight skunk, and a slight metallic smell.

taste is not very good but not overly disgusting, such as a cheap american light beer.

i hate myself for buying this beer. this beer ruined my evening, well almost, i guess i should just be grateful to have beer at all.

flaminghomer, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
2.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear straw with no head but a lace is left behind. The hops are low to moderate.

The pale flavor and light hops make this beer a little week. The beer in Europe taste much better there than here. I would like to try this one in Holland.

kunzbrew, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of SixpointJMH
2.3/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not a very good beer overall, but one of the top light beers available, probably only bested by sam adams light. pours a light, light amber colour and pretty much lacks any and all characteristics. there's a minimal grainy, malty smell and taste, but it's mostly just a watery brew. carbonation is low so it goes down smooth and is rather easy to drink, but that's not necessarily a good thing. boring. if i have to have a light beer, i guess an amstel will do.

SixpointJMH, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of putnam
2.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ah, "the beer drinker's light beer."
Has color.
On the nose it offers steamy, sweaty cereal aromas.
This is not combining well with the Red Seal Ale I just drank. The two together are creating a distinctly fecal impression. An evil transition. I swallow several times to clear the former beer from my palate. This beer smells and tastes exactly like a box of Rye Crisp crakers. Watery, sunny mid-palate impresions of honey and dried grass give way to dense, rye craker, wax paper and cardboard.

Husk water.

putnam, Aug 25, 2003
Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.