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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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1,333 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,333
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 27.69%
Wants: 7
Gots: 96 | 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 MusicmanSD
2.91/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of robocrouch
3.37/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of fido
2/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.


Photo of aquatonex
2/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.22/5  rDev +74.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gruntlumber
1.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of AChamberlain
3.07/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jwc215
1.75/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of supercolter
2.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

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

(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.

Photo of palffyfan
2.74/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - Straw yellow color with mild carbonation. Looks refreshing. Almost no head.

Smell - Some odd semi-processed smell with something else trying to break through. I was disappointed as I kept drinking more because I had to smell the beer everytime I took a sip from my pilsner glass--the smell wore on me.

Taste - Went down smoothly with a mostly hoppy taste and the slightest hint of bitterness at the end. Tastes kind of average to me for a macro--nothing distinct, yet drinkable.

Drinkability - I would consider drinking this occasionally if it wasn't for the steep price. This beer is like the Miller Lite of Holland, average at best. Otherwise, should be pretty drinkable.

Photo of akajimmyd
1.51/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Big carbonation leads to a big white fluffy head. Very pale straw color.

Smell – Strong astringent smell. Some straw.

Taste – Very watery. Some faint bready malts. Nothing really here.

Mouthfeel – Like most cheap beers its watery, thin and over carbonated. Sweet, dry and fizzy.

Drinkability – I have never liked this beer, even before I started drinking a better variety. Below average even for the style.

Photo of Sosh
2.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With food I think this beer would be fine, but there's nothing by itself to really make me want to fork over extra money when I'm just having a beer on a hot day. It is better than a lot of light lagers, but I'm not running out to get this beer again anytime soon.

Photo of scaliasux
2.65/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Crystal clear, light gold with a frothy white head that quickly dissapates. Some lacing. Maybe a notch above average for style.

Smell - Stronger than most lights, i.e. you can actually smell this. Aroma itself is nothing special - regular macrolager maltiness. Slightly above average simply because it's detectable

Taste - Very crisp and dry because this is very watery. Just a hint of malty sweetness and just a little lemony hops - balanced. Malt tastes toasted or maybe just corny, different from American macrolager. Almost seems like this could be a quality lager if not so watered down. Definitely tends toward the low-carb, low-flavor side of the light lagers.

Mouthfeel - Watery and highly carbonated like one would expect.

Drinkability - This one loses a point for being pretentious. Pretty decent light lager, especially considering how low-cal and low-carb it is. Several notches above Michelob Ultra.

Photo of bignick
2.92/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle consumed at work (I have a cool job).

This beer pours the same as anyother beer of the style: straw yellow. The moutfeel is very thin, but there is substantial hops (again for the style) to go along with an upfront sweetness. This is not a good beer, but it is not a bad light lager.

Photo of MrSeth
3.66/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a crystal clear golden body and a white head. Some retention of foam and some bubbly can be seen.

Smell: Whoa! Never stopped to smell this stuff.. skunky, maybe some vague malt wiffs.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts with maltiness that's not sweet at all. The hops seem a bit weak with a short finish, but there's almost no aftertaste as a result.

Drinkability: High. A beer for people who don't really like beer? Hey, say what you want about Amstel Light, I'd rather have one of these at a bar without craft brews than most of the other corporate products out there.

Photo of squish059
3.27/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

an average beer at best. this drink has a light color almost yellow. the smell was a grainey citric hop blend. the felt nice on the tongue mostly liked to citrus mist . not too sweet but not very bitter, a better alternative to corona. worth trying again but probably not my first choice.

Photo of jabocu
2/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a light straw yellow color with very small head that was gone fast. Smell was cereal grain with lightly sweet malt notes. A faint hint of citrus hops also. Taste was lightly sweet with almost a skunk bitterness, that did mellow into a more smooth bitterness as it went down. Probably one of the most "tastefull" macro light lagers I've had, but I didn't say "enjoyable". Mouthfeel was a little above medium carbonation and watery. Could be a decent pizza beer. I'd look for something else before grabbing one of these.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.78/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The last Macro Smackdown was the first to venture outside the borders of the U.S. It was, however, still confined to North America. MacSmack VIII puts on its traveling shoes and pits Amstel Light against Beck's Light in a titanic clash of European lightweights.

Medium amber with several vigorous bubble streams leading up to an eggshell white crown that actually looks pretty good. This beer is a bit darker than Beck's and its head is darker as well; more cream than bright white. A little lace ends up sticking to the glass.

The nose is of husky grain with a whiff of hops (that I don't think I'm imagining). It's the more powerful and the better of these two. Keep in mind that 'powerful' and 'better' are strictly relative terms.

This is not good beer. Too many light lagers are flavor deficient. However, when they aren't, and they taste like this, I wish they were. Amstel Light tastes more like a BMC product than I would have thought possible. The flavor profile consists of stale grain with an artificial quality that causes that telltale sign of bad beer... the involuntary grimace. When I can't keep the corners of my mouth from turning down, I know that I've entered the land of the truly wretched.

In terms of mouthfeel, each beer's positive is canceled out by its negative. This one has a slightly more full mouthfeel, relatively speaking, but a much fizzier carbonation. Let's call it a draw and move on.

I didn't expect much from Amstel Light in spite of the fact that it's 'the #1 imported light beer in America'. Actually, that last sentence would be more accurate if I changed 'in spite of the fact that' to 'since'. The winner of Macro Smackdown VIII has been crowned (largely due to a lack of any serious competition), but it wears that crown uneasily. Not recommended.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears pale golden with a nice large white lively bubbled head leaves even fine lacing down my pils v shaped glass. Aroma has Euro hops...herbal with a touch of skunk some lemongrass sweetness thrown in as well as two row malts providing light cereal sweetness. Taste has a clean refreshing tone malts lightly toasted cereal grains gives off a peanut like flavor herbal grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied and carbonation is a bit high no special textures to report. Drinkability is great for nine holes of golf yes I'd rather be drinking some Prima, Sunshine, or Pikeview Pils but when in WV a light beer with some hops could be your best option yes that's the sorry state of beerdom in West Virginia.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
2.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since its availability here in the states is widespread, Amstel Light is the beer to go to when you want a light beer, imo. Appearance is golden/yellow with a slight white head. Not much lacing on the glass. The smell is nothing special -- grainy with some aroma of malts. Taste is OK - it's a little thin w/ a good amount of carbonation. But, it's easy to drink and has more of a kick than Bud Light or Coors Light.

Photo of Hibernator
2.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Amstel Light
12 oz brown bottle
Served mainly out of the bottle, but also used an 8 oz juice glass for apperance

Pours a fizzy yellow with nasty carbonation bubbles. Sudsy, light thin lace for a head.

A very poor nose with whiffs corn. Rather faint whiffs of over cooked vegetables.

Taste is bland and dull, but very drinkable. Watered down mouthfeel with a seltzer water quality and promising hop snap. Easy to slam with little effort, but also a heavly overpriced lager and not that satisfying. The 3.5% ABV doesn't help the situation either.

A decent beer and more satisfying than most other light domestic beers.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Right out of the bottle this beer seemed light...since it is. Fortunately not skunked. Smell of grains, some malt, some grass and something else.
A light taste of malt, pear and a bit of hops. The lightness fits the beer, refreshing on a summer day, but not very flavorful.
Finishes dry and empty.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.96/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured one of the ugliest colors I’ve ever seen in a beer. It’s a straw yellow that has some sort of brown, or mossy green tint to it. Made me think of mold.

Smelled lager-like with a soft and sweet nutty malt.

Tasted of big grainy barley, a honey sweetness and a smooth pasty nut. There was also a dry floral and citrus hop.

The mouth feel was thick for a light beer with a little too much carbonation.

Photo of tesguino
3.07/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A beer from the netherrlands; i´m happy for the heineken group thet introduce this beer in my country this year, i waiting for the 1870, meanwhile in the first the taste is like a kolsch, very pretty yellow color, hops, and rice are present in its smell, little lacing, mouthfeel like a genuine holland bier, but is still present the kolsch taste; good for mexican and snacks, drink from a bottle, 79% recommended.

Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,333 ratings.