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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 tobelerone
2.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Someone handed me an ice cold bottle of this at the end of a very long, very hot day of work, so don't be surprised if my review is a little skewed towards the positive here. I was struck by how refreshing and clean drinking it is and how much more palatable it is in comparison to most other commercial light beers. That being said, that's damning with faint praise and I wouldn't be shocked if my reaction was quite different upon returning to this at another juncture. I certainly wouldn't buy it and don't feel the need to have it again, having had more than enough of these in my early beer drinking days when any import was a step up from Buds and Millers.

Anyways the pour is golden amber, good clarity, slowly settling cream-colored head, a little patchy lacing here and there. Appearance is pretty solid. Very bland aroma with a hint of grainy adjuncts, some kind of faint corniness, very vague floral hops. Not much here.

The flavor is similarly bland but mostly inoffensive; again there's that cereal grain/corn thing going on, a touch of honey sweetness, and a suggestion of floral hops. Very little actual bitterness, little in the way of an aftertaste, dry, clean finish. A touch of oxidized cardboard but it's not overwhelming.

Good mouthfeel, medium light body, crisp carbonation, not too watery. Look, this isn't a good beer by any means but it might get the job done on a sweltering day and it's your first and you're not expecting much and you're really thirsty and you can't have too much alcohol cause you have to drive soon and so on and so forth. Or you could just have water and wait for something better to come along, I don't know.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.24/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small blotches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some skunky vegetal aromas. Taste is pretty watery and is mainly of grain and a mild grassy note. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is watery and thin.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.33/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Very nice...darker, more golden yellow. Clear although I noticed some very small "floaters" suspended in the beer. A nice white that faded off slowly leaving some nice lacing for a light beer. A few carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom.

Smell: A fair amount going on...some malt, some hops, dry piney citrus aroma, fruity and floral.

Taste: Nice hop bitterness for a light beer. The finish lingered after going down. Very pleasant taste. Crisp and semi-dry.

Mouth Feel: Thin to medium body with a semi-dry finish. Nice carbonation bite.

Overall: This is a very good light beer. It exceeds expectations, for me anyway, for a light beer. Pleasant tasting and easy to drink. I have tried a number of light beers and to date this was the best. Until i find another light beer to be better this would be my favorite.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.52/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Into a pint glass. Light straw color with not a bit of head.
Weird smell of burnt wood and metal.
Taste like fizzy water with burnt wood in it. How to they do this?
Light and fizzy body, moderate carbonation.
It is truly amazing that this beer is literally nothing. The wonders of science.

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Photo of mgironta
1.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew poured with a half finger of pure white head that actually took awhile to dissipated. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate visible carbonation. The nose was very mild with a hint of grain and nothing else. The taste was…well…pretty terrible. I got a hint of grass, grain and metal. The body was thicker than expected with moderate carbonation. The metal lasted until the finish that was luckily pretty quick. Nothing about this beer was very pleasant. I would definitely avoid this one.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
2.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Open bar selection at a wedding..Clean straw yellow, fizzy, little head, no lacing.

Smell is grain, grass, some straw.

More grain on the palate, no development to speak of...just bland

Thin..got rid of this one quickly

Glad this was free at a wedding...forgettable

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Photo of bedwards
2.97/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm reviewing this as what it is, a "light" beer.
Kind of thin, kind of boring, slight nice bitterness.
Not bad for a light and something I drink regularly since I
can't drink homebrew all night. Definitely better than bud has to
offer. If you want a beer to drink but don't want the carbs, give it a try.

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Photo of Jfriz25
1.36/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

My best review ever...got this at an open bar at a wedding. It is truly awful. Makes bud light seem tasty. I'm am just writing this sentence to get to 250 characters. Seriously still not 250 characters? How about now? Holy shit still not at 250, but this beer is still unbelievably terrible almost beyond explanation

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Photo of BostonHops
1.86/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a clear, straw yellow tone while yielding a short lived finger or so of a spritzy white head. no real retention or lacing to speak of. not atypical for the style. very muted nose is mainly grain, corn, and *maybe* a slight touch of hops hiding in the background. not impressed.

taste is not very good. not because it's repulsive, but more because there is nothing to taste; somehow even more muted than the aroma. light corn and grain element. thin bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, nothing i will waste my time with again. its only real selling point is that it's relatively inoffensive. unless you're offended by bland, flavorless beers.

(originally reviewed: 10-04-2011)

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Photo of frankiepop
2.97/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing more stupid than light beer. That makes a lot of Americans stoopid too. But this light beer passes my taste test. Clean crisp dry and hoppy. A little bitter, but not a bad ale as ales go. Carbonation is a little intense for me, but then again it's night a fizzy budweiser.

Fans of one of my favorite international soccer teams, The Orange of The Netherlands, so rejoice with this nice beer. Good luck today, Orange!

Oh What? Well, this little silly goes very well with the music of Dutch masters drummer Han Bennink and Pianist Mengelberg maybe on ce entitled '3 Points and a Mountain' with German sax player Brotzmann!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.51/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 ounce Carlsberg pilsner-style glass. The beer is a clear golden color with small bubbles rising from the bottom. A thick foamy white head sits on top. It dissipates to a thin film of white, and nice lacing coats the glass. The beer smells metallic and of corn husks like most macro lagers. The taste is like the old motto, "It just tastes like beer" or whatever it was. It's corn-husk, grainy, and metallic. It tastes like macro beer. The mouthfeel is light bodied and carbonated.

Overall, I'll drink this beer any day of the week over any American Adjunct Lager. I was surprised at how good the appearance was, perhaps it was the glass I used. But anyway, a good beer to session during a sporting event. I actually like this macro.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving just the thinnest of rings at the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Extremely mild aromas of adjunct malts (corn and grain) along with some subtle hints of grassy hops.

T: The beer has some flavors of bready malts with some additional corn sweetness to it, there is a light amount of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable but not one of my favorites and not one that I will have very often. At the open bars at many receptions and conferences, this is often the best choice but otherwise I might avoid it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a very pale straw color with a small white head. The head faded fast giving almost no lacing.

Smell - The smell is almost non-existent with just the tiniest aroma of corn and wheat cereal.

Taste – The taste is quite light and is of a little bit of breadiness as a base. At the start, there is a light corn taste that mixes with the bread. This sweetness diminishes some as the taste goes on and in the end just leaves a light cereal taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The beer has a very thin body with a high level of carbonation – very fitting more the light tastes and body.

Overall – It is somewhat refreshing, but not flavorful at all. Possibly good on a very warm day, but otherwise not worth the time.

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Photo of stan66
3.69/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice beer for a lite. Pleasent hops taste, nice color. It purs with a weak head on my glass. Low carbonation. It has a nice palate for being a light beer. Better by far than most american light beers. I would drink it anyday of the week. I have not tasted the regular version, soon I am going to do it

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.29/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pilsener glass

A - Light pale yellow, almost no head and some activity

S - Nice pronpunced malt, some sweet floral hops, best characteristic

T - Watery and bland, grainy, metallic

M - Smooth and refreshing, just like an AAL, easy to knock back

O - It's beer, that's about it

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Photo of thebrood1987
2.48/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Skunky and sweet corn smells the tiniest amount of hops as well. It does have that skunky taste a bit with the sweet grainy corn malt and then ending with an almost metallic grainy bitterness/

Theres really not much to say about this beer its a light beer and its definitely drinkable. The off bitterness might set some people off but I know some of that is from the hops they do use in this beer so its not bad.

IT has a sweetness to it that makes you wanna keep drinking to balance out the grainy bitterness so you can easily go through a bunch of these if you wanted to. With that being said I'd take this over Coors or Bud Light anyday so its definitely better than those beers in my opinion.

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

12oz Bottle at Lavo nightclub at the palazzo las vegas

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Bread, apples, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste light malts, corn syrup, and a bit of an apple sweetness. That's about it, it's very light tasting.

Overall - The beer selection was weak, so I tried something I hadn't had before. Not good.. I wouldn't drink this again unless it was free and I was planning on drinking 20 of them while camping.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass at Woodmore Country Club.

A: Pours a straw golden hue with a thin 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Mild aroma of grains and hops. Thin nose – slightly skunky.

T: Typical lager flavor of mild grains and hops – slightly bitter and crisp.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Typical lager – nothing I would grab again – only drank this one because it was really the only thing available.

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Photo of tdm168
2.6/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale, golden yellow with a half of an inch of loose, bubbly, soap-like head that fades quickly. There are a ton of noticeable carbonation bubbles that rise to the surface. The nose is very faint and grainy. The flavor is also quite light but with a decent malt character that is grainy and slightly sweet. There are some very faint grassy notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light and crisp.

This is yet another lightly flavored, lager. It's drinkable and refreshing, but overall it's forgettable.

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Photo of yamar68
2.53/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nose is heavy on the grains - straw, wet hay, reminds me of my days working at a garden center. Pours like my piss after a week in the bush, plus a finger of a fizzy white cap. Ends up looking like a decent lager though to be honest. It’s got that metallic brown / corn presence that you’ll find in new castle, stella and the like. I have no idea what this comes from but it’s there across the board. Not off-putting really. Perfectly drinkable. I would never seek this out though. Overall, fine, yeah, it is what it is.

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Photo of Douberd
1.41/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 0.3 cl bottle.

Strong yellow-golden color.

Very thin head which disappears while you put the bottle aside.

None distinctive aroma.

Taste is thin and watery, almost as flat out.

My frst light beer, are they supposed to taste bad like that? Like every food and/or drink which is light "but good for you" ??

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Photo of FriarPrickly
2.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle provided at family gathering. I provided Hacker Pschorr and my brother-in-law provided this Aruban classic.
Pours a clear golden with a pure white fluffy head that disappeared almost immediately with no lacing on the pint glass.
Smells of wet grass with an unpleasant skunkiness.
Taste consistent with smell. High carbonation sizzles on the tongue and feels watery. Finishes quick and dry.
Overall this beer is not for me. I will happily drink while in the hot sun and gentle breezes at the pool at the all inclusive next time in Aruba but this is not a discretionary choice for me.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.12/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amstel Light has a thin, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with some streaming bubbles and almost no lacing. The aroma has an initial strong whiff of barley malt, then it settles into a faint, sweet malt smell. The taste is water, lightly-roasted malt, a touch of hop bitterness, and sweetness. Mouthfeel is watery and thin, and Amstel Light finishes crisp, clean, mostly dry, and easy drinking. Overall, this is an okay light beer, and I guess it’s worth trying.


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Photo of whitefire
2.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours with a light yellowish color, slight head.

S: unremarkable

Taste/mouth feel: somewhat refreshing. nothing great though.

O: A decent beer that fills the need while mowing the lawn or killing a thirst but fails in the long run. it's definitely better than bud light or Coors light but that doesn't mean much.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white head that leaves little in the way of lacing.

S: Like most light lagers, there really isn't much of a scent to this beer. All I can detect is a little bit of straw, with some grassy hop and biscuit aromas behind it.

T: Fleeting notes of grass, lemon, straw, biscuits, minerals, and honey disappear after a couple of seconds in the mouth. The finish is virtually nonexistent, with only the faintest traces of grass and mineral flavors lingering in the mouth after the beer has been swallowed.

M: Very light-bodied, crisp, and dry.

O: This is a pretty standard light lager. Fortunately, it's better than Coors Light and Bud Light, but that's still not saying much.

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