Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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BA SCORE
58
awful

1,394 Ratings
THE BROS
46
awful

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Ratings: 1,394
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 27.69%
Wants: 7
Gots: 159 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2001

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Ratings: 1,394 | Reviews: 503
Photo of CJNAPS
1/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This only being reviewed so i have a complete list of beers I've tired, and it's sad but this is on it.

Photo of smb
1.43/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Essentially this is carbonated water. Also, I shouldn't be forced to review this beer because I gave it low scores.

It should also be noted that this is being reviewed solely for the sake of being a completest.

Photo of AdrianRP
4/5  rDev +65.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see how this beer got such low ratings! I think people need to understand that this is a LIGHT beer! There is no way it can compete with a full bodied lager..just no way. BA should start creating classifications for beers to be review.

However, this beer in the light category has no peers..none that I know of anyway...and feel it pretty closely is brewed in accordance with the purity law.

I certainly CAN NOT say that about any of the other light beers we all know of: Miller Light, Bud Light, etc...which is made with corn and GMOs... Amstel Light is real beer...

It maintains a head, decently all the way down, and laces the sides of the glass just like a real beer. It's flavor is pretty typical Euro-Lager, but just a lighter version with less taste. It also can be spoiled by light as well..even more illustrating it's close proximity to the purity law...

Be sure you buy fresh supplies as you would with any import beer that is brewed in accordance with the purity law!

Always remember: 'If it's skunk, it's junk'...

Photo of namanjoshi23
2.76/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

An average beer. Nothing special.

Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.18/5  rDev +72.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As lager, I really like it. Much more than some of the other light beers. Tastes great and isn't as filling as the others.

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
3/5  rDev +24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

when i am on a diet this is my go to light beer. not bad for a light beer but thats not saying much..

Photo of cryptic_jester
1/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Its just bad all around bad

Photo of Quietflightxv
3.23/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had Amstel LIght for the first time over the weekend, was ok, at best

Photo of DeanBB
1.81/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Awful. Really couldnt drink this beer.

Photo of Baltimore_Adam
2.67/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I will usually pick this up to serve at parties. I won't serve any of the big 3 light beers, this one at least has real beer pretensions (however limited), and swill drinkers won't complain that there's no "normal" beer if this is in a cooler on the back porch. Not horrible, not great, pretty much right down the middle with perhaps a bit stronger nose (mild skunk) than expected. Thin on the palate, straw color, and limited aftertaste. Amstel is also my preferred golf course beer; it’s available from the drinks cart at most courses, isn’t terrible, and you can drink 6 of them without losing your putting stroke.

Photo of PhiloFox
2.25/5  rDev -7%

Better than many of the other popular light lagers. This however, is not saying much. I was pleasantly surprised by a bitterness I would not expect from a beer like this.

Photo of jacobkrotz
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

Hey! It's better than Heineken. If you like bitter aftertaste in the form of an amber watery beer than this one for you. Very little body to this beer. All-in-a all, it's a mediocre "skunk" beer.

Photo of lbrown71
3/5  rDev +24%

Not bad

Photo of nowhere_native
3/5  rDev +24%

Significantly better in the Netherlands than in the states, no where near as bitter.

Photo of Wobbly
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

I would take this over most in this category, but this is no winner.

Photo of Cybr
2/5  rDev -17.4%

Awful. Tastes like a watered down lager. Proper Amstel isn't as bad but still nothing to sing praise over.

Photo of misternebbie
1.3/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I don't see this beer as any different than all other light beers, I'll drink it,if you buy me one and if your pretty!

Photo of hopnado
2.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Silky smooth. Great thirst quencher on a 95 degree day

Photo of DenisKolkin
2.61/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of sommersb
2.56/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
1.75/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.83/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.34/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Photo of FLima
2.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.41/5  rDev +82.2%
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.

Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,394 ratings.