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Amstel Light | Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
Netherlands | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2001

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has the basic grass and corn aroma of light beers Appearance- Has a pale straw color with a white head Taste- A slight sweet flavor with no aftertaste, faint hint of hops Palate- Light bodied thin textured brew with a soft carbonation Overall- Not a great beer but not bad for a "light beer". If you are on a diet and need a beer to go with a meal this would work

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.61/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Amstel light

330 ml can served cold into a glass.

Appearance- fairly rich golden color, with a nice helping of two and a half fingers of head. This dissipates quickly however. Significant amount of bubbles in the see through beer.

Smell - slightly metallic, and other than that some mild adjunct aromas especially corn and nothing else to speak of. Fortunately nothing off putting either.

Taste- very bland, reminiscent of tonic water with a few adjuncts in there. Bland even by light beer standards. However nothing weird tasting that would give this an even lower score.

Mouthfeel - moderately high carbonation, dry finish in the mouth. Works well with the fizzy water flavor.

Overall - a little more flavor and this could be considered a pretty decent light beer, unfortunately this is extremely bland and water will quench the thirst better. Fortunately enough, there's nothing awful about it either meaning, it serves it's purpose well enough.

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Photo of sommersb
2.56/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted On: 05-20-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

Clear and very light blond-colored beer with a white head that stands a couple of fingers tall. Head retention is good, and leaves a fair trace of lace behind.

Hay and grassy aromas, plus sweet bread-like malts.

The first sip reveals a crisp and clean lager with lots of carbonation. The taste is semisweet from the malts, with no bitterness of hops. I also get some lemony character. The body is light, true to the style.

The finish has some malt sweetness to it, but is generally lacking in flavor. Overall this isn't a great beer, but for the sad style of light lager it's not a bad representation.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
1.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

It poured golden yeal, light head, lots of carbonation, and some lacing. It had the taste of corn and metal, with hints of anything, was also watery and light bodied. It was refreshing, had no edge, and went down easy. It had no after to speak of and not many redeeming qualities. Good party beer I guess for all those hipster types out there.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.83/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sampled on 3/10/14 but had this one many times in the past but has been a few years since I had one. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pilsner pint glass.

Pours a light straw-yellow in color with a very thin white head. Some very spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is just of some yeast and grain. Nothing fancy really. The taste is on the flat side and watered-down with just some grain with a hint of floral as well. Slight metallic taste through out Overall, not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on or freshness date present. Surprisingly, my first encounter with this beer and this brewery, acquired this bottle from my neighbors last night in a drunken stupor. So here we are again. Another awful adjunct lager. Expectations are bad based on the reviews and this beer's current rating of "awful".

Poured into a Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale pint glass.

A - Pours a light golden colored body with perfect clarity. About a finger of sudsy white head that disappears within moments. Not much to look at, but I've seen far worse.

S - Smell is pretty nonexistent. Maybe a hint of sweet grains, corn, and wheat, but that's about it.

T - Flavor is a few notches upward from the nose, but this is still nothing to brag about. Watery, lightly grainy, wheat, husky corn, some sweet pilsner malt sorts of taste, lending a more full-bodied AAL sort of character to the beer.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, smooth, and watery. Refreshing, even.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised, and I would say this is a likely contender for repeat drinking on a scorching summer day, and with a low 3.50% abv, this one sure is sessionable. I can't see much other reason to get this unless you want something to drink on all day without getting plastered. And I suppose in the realm of awful adjunct lagers and light lagers, Amstel Light wouldn't be too bad of a choice.

Amstel Light ---2.5/5

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Photo of FLima
2.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Yellow golden color with a thin head with low retention.
Very light aroma of floral hops and sweet malt. More towards an adjunct lager.
Flavor is slightly more interesting. Floral hops are more noticeable here with notes of sweet pale malt. Hints of minerals with a mild spice bite.
Light to watery body with good carbonation.
Refreshing beer, and that is it. Though, not bad among its style.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.41/5  rDev +83%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I rated this beer against other light lagers. It is good lager !

Appearance: Yellow straw beer

Smell is good compared to an AA Lager. It was grassy hoppys and grains smell to it.

Taste;: It taste of grains and gassy notes to it, unlike other light beer it does have some beer taste. Amstel basically taste like light of version to a European light lager.

Mouthfeel: Light with moderate carbonation

Overall: It enjoyed this beer. It beats out 95 percent of light lagers out there. It beats out bud light , coors light , natural light but the price is to high for my pocket book . I will drank Amstel Light in the future from a break from the norm but I will stick Miller Light from now.

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Photo of tastemeister
1.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wholly unimpressive, this beer is not worth the money, and is hardly worth drinking. It is flat, tasteless, nearly colorless, and has zero zing in the moth. One might consider it refreshing, if you looking for a super light beer that resembles water.

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Photo of NiceTaps
2.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can into a pilsner glass.

A- Pale light straw color. Thin white head, little bit of lacing, lots of bubbles.

S- Damp musty grains and bread. Is that floral hop and composte that I smell? Or is it just skunkiness?

T- Like the smell, damp musty breads. Heineken-esque.

M- A cross between seltzer and syrup.

O- Unbelievably bad.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
2.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Slightly darker than US light lagers, the head dissapates quickly, leaving only the impression of light malts and tangy hop. flavor is very slight, a bitterness that leaves immediately when swallowed, leaving no notable flavors other than light malts and bitter hops; same as the nose. Carbonation level is very heavy with a very watery mouthfeel, yet this same trait makes this beer as easy to drink as a diet soda. Unimpressive but inoffensive, and a less offensive flavor then most american light lagers. This is a beer whose whole is better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of rangerred
2.56/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a fluffy one finger head. Actually good head retention thanks to the abundant carbonation.

Aroma of hay and light bread along with a touch of skunk. Some corn thrown in there too.

Flavor starts out with bread and hay and is actually not half-bad albeit very light. However it then completely disappears to nothing but a tinge of bitterness. I can't believe how quick the flavor just disappears. Extremely watery mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer is just barely a step above water. Almost no flavor whatsoever.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.32/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

not the worst wash on the market, but another generic macro euro lager type, this one falling on the sweeter side, with an extract malt vibe and a general lack of anything fresh or interesting. more carbonation would make this passable, and its not bad from the bottle, but a little air exposure in the glass and the beer goes flat. a little bitterness in the aftertaste, but hard to credit hops for that. its a little filling as well, which is odd for a beer this low in abv, it doesn't even work to catch a quick buzz. its not horribly off in flavor, which I guess is redeeming in some sense, but this is a pretty beat brew, and one to avoid if you are looking for quality lager.

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Photo of Beric
2.58/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Serving: Bottle
Served: 18 January 2016

Appearance: A hazy, barely there yellow with a billowy head that dies down to nothing quickly.

Smell: Standard 'beery' smell with a bit of earthiness, a pinch of skunk, and solid malt sweetness.

Taste: Honestly, one of the worst. Sweet beer that is thin and really not flavorful in any respect. The beer just tastes like 'beer', but thin and earthy as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation.

Overall: I needed the bottle cap to add to my collection. I will never drink this again unless it's offered to me and is the only thing offered.

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Photo of soju6
2.4/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours alight yellow color with a modest head and no real lacing.

S: Very mild aroma hops and malt sweetness.

T: Taste is quite bland with just a bit of malt sweetness. Fair crispness and a clean finish.

F: Light body with a light crispness, again pretty bland.

O: Euro light lager for the faint of heart

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Photo of jjamadorphd
2.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Note to self: Never again drink a light beer, imported or otherwise. (This will be my first and last post on a light beer...)

I haven't had a light beer in quite some time, heck I don't really need to drink light beers, but I was out with the wife, feeling good and when the waitress rattled this brew out I thought, what the heck. Boy I wish I woulda had a Bud instead...

It pours out a decent golden yellow color, small white head, no staying power but good lacing. Now the wheels fall off the wagon. The beer smelled worse that the normal hoppy or malty scents you find in your average beers. Mouthfeel was way too carbonated for my taste - which took away from an average taste to begin with.

Do yourself a favor - if you have to try a light beer, choose something else.

(If you drink then please don't drive, and if you've gotta drive then do us all a favor and please don't drink.)

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Photo of flooshmander
2.39/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'll tell you what; for a light beer when your on a diet this beer rocks. It's not the best light beer in any category, but overall its just the best alternative to the light beer magnates C light, B light, M light, M ultra etc....

95 calories 3.5% alcohol

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Photo of jimmah120
3.38/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, unintelligible code on back

very clear golden yellow look, no smell to note. taste is similar to the nose. light musty grain, heavily carbonated, with a sickly sweet finish.

very watery and light, even for a light beer. without the off-putting, sweet, garbage-juice finish, i would rate it higher.

EDIT: the bottle i had must have been skunked out, i had this again recently at my grandparents and it was excellent(for the style)

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Photo of armiakhe
3.28/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The appearance of Amstel Light was a light golden amber color. The smell of it was a little like corn but very little smell overall. The taste was a little watery but did have a little bit of hops to it. Overall, not bad but it did taste a little watered down compared to other beers that i have tried.

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Photo of Dope
1.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a clear, very very light amber. Small fizzy head that disappears quickly. Moderate light fluffy lacing.

S: Skunky aroma with a little corn.

T: A little corn, a little sulfur. A hint of sweet grains.

M: Water.

O: Disgusting for the most part. No flavor or aroma to speak of. What's there is actually terrible and skunky. Who drinks this stuff?

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Photo of Roguer
3.36/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear, nothing remarkable. Decent head retention. Looks good for a lager.
S - Nothing bad, certainly, but nothing remarkably good. Absolutely middle of the road. The only aroma I notice that is notable is banana (see below).
T - Amstel is a very decent pilsner/lager. It's not great, but I easily rank it above the other heavyweight export of its area, Heineken. Most notably, there's a very clear banana presence almost every time. As this is pretty far removed from a Weissbier, it's strange, but it makes for a very clear departure from other pilsners and lagers. Other than that, it's hard to imagine Amstel offending anyone's tastes, but then again, it's hard to imagine it being your favorite brew.
M - Very light. Goes down easy and quick. Not a beer to toss around in the mouth, although if you do, it isn't at all unpleasant.
O - See Taste. This is a good beer, and I don't mind keeping it in the fridge as my lager, even though it isn't my favorite (I do like to change it up every now and then).

I think the reviews are overly harsh because this is an import, and a *gasp* lager. It's not supposed to be an IPA. If you judge it against what it's supposed to be, I think it easily meets the mark, even if it's not setting a new standard.

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Photo of JGargano
4.21/5  rDev +74.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of all the light beers Amstel does a great job of providing the calorie concious drinker a great alternative.

Unlike many light beers that try to emulate their full-calorie counterparts amstel does not try to be a "full" beer.

There is a pleasant initial aroma followed by a mellow taste and decent mouth-feel for a light.

This beer does not offend(as many lights do) and instead provides an unassuming gardening beer.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Amstel light is just another light beer. If you are a fan of light beers, you will probably love it.
It is light, easy to drink. Has a grainy taste, with a little hop bitterness.

It is pleasant enough. I found it enjoyable.

It is a nice light beer, but not worth the high price.

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Photo of jimilayne
1.26/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Drank from a bottle, several times unfortunately.

This is the one beer I absolutely do not like. Sometimes I order it out of spite, just to remind myself why I don't like it.

I don't mind light beers, but this one tastes awful. I can't tell you why. It's bitter and disgusting.

I'd rather have a no-taste Coors or Bud Light than an Amstel.

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Photo of metter98
2.53/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of cooked corn and other adjunct malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of rice.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but the aroma and taste are not very appealing.

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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.