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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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1,135 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 2.41
pDev: 27.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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JayS2629

Alabama

1.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale clear yellow straw color with thin white head, little retention, and no lacing.

S- Faint and weak grains and hops. Skunky and musty.

T- Musty water with a bitter skunk finish. Boring.

M- Light, watery and thin.

D- Easy as water until you get the terrible bitter skunk aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 03:44:42 | More by JayS2629
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Stunner97

New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Yellow and clear with very light thin head, moderate carbonation to be seen

Smell- very light to little smell of grain hop and malt

Taste- Very little flavor up front, followed by slight bitter finish, overall not the craziest most complex, very simple but kinda non offensive flavor, kinda bland and boring

Mouthfeel- very light not much going almost like water just very thin

Drinkability- it is easy drinking but just not super complex its nothing i would probably ever by again just such a boring beer its nothing id search out again, its better then alot macros from USA but still nothing incredible at all,

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 21:39:26 | More by Stunner97
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

1.1/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

First had: ?

A: Clear, pale gold color. Quickly dissipating head.

S: Rotten and skunky.

T: Grainy, dilluted, watery, with an unpleasant aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with some carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, but the taste and aftertaste ruin any possibility of good quality drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 19:58:34 | More by Rifugium
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barknee

New York

3.53/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I struggle to comprehend why this is called a light beer as it shares absolutely nothing in common with any other light beer I have crossed or tasted. Nevertheless, if this is "really" a light beer, then what do we call other light beers? Very light beers?
I was surprised of the flavor profile this brew offered; heady, doughy, singing of clear malts,and ultimately very refreshing. Judging this beer within it's rightful category,as a "light beer" it's a blockbuster by comparison. Don't let the "light" connotation dissuade you from trying it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 03:31:50 | More by barknee
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taigor

New York

2.65/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from glass into a pint glass.

A - Poured clear pale golden color with medium head that dissipated very quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S - Hint of grains and skunkiness but other than that nothing more can be detected.

T - Watered down grains with slightly bitter finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Easily consumed light beer but definitely not enjoyable. Would not recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 11:58:59 | More by taigor
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hardy008

Minnesota

1.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear golden color with a white head with fair retention. The aroma has grain and some earthiness, with a little bit of sweetness. Not impressive.

This beer taste like it smells. Not much going on here. Some grain, a small amount of sweetness, and some earth just don't cut it.

Light bodied. high carbonation, and not too interesting. This is not something I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 19:19:42 | More by hardy008
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

1.18/5  rDev -51%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured this very light colored lager into my glass and it produced a broken bubble head of one finger which vanished in seconds. Mild lacing but no real body or cling to that. The color is a 3 on the SRM chart. Smell is weak corn, more like the stalks, wheat chaff, and malt. Taste is harsh, sour bread, the rest I can't really identify, just not good. A little buzz on my tongue, but leaves the back of my throat sort of sticky and dry. Not at all worth the price. Glad I don't have any more of this to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 18:20:42 | More by beerprovedwright
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A pale macro yellow with a fizzy white head and some streaky lacing.

Grain and straw in the nose, along with a familiar "imported beer" funkyness.

Toasted grain and wheat tendencies quickly disintegrate into metallic barley flavors. Swirls with mealy tastes before finishing fairly clean.

Lighter body, watery, quick, clean drinking, but definitely not pleasurable. It's not horrible for light beer, but if you consider the price, buying this is pretty much ludicrous.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 03:59:28 | More by xnicknj
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TMoney2591

Illinois

1.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

Another Quizzo beer entry. It ours a clear pale straw topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises soap, flowers, and corn syrup. Normally, these macro-ish types don't smell so goofy, but, frankly, as they smell bad, it's hard to really say this is entirely unusual. The taste follows closely, though some funky wheat slithers its way in there as well. Coulda done without that. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a sad beer, one I would definitely never call a damn good beer (even with spelling errors intact).

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 05:56:46 | More by TMoney2591
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Derranged

New York

2.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to drink this a lot before I discovered Heineken light, before I knew what good beer was.

A- Pale golden in color.

S- Grains, a little skunk.

T- Not much going on, slight metallic, watery grains with mild bitterness.

M- Very carbonated and thin.

D- Because the taste isn't much, I guess its another easy pounder, but not something I enjoy anymore.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 22:06:08 | More by Derranged
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale golden color. Quite clear with visible carbonation. Smells mostly of grain. Taste brings grain and some husks along with the faintest hint of hops. Mouthfeel is light with loads of carbonation. Overly carbonated without much flavor, not too drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 11:47:34 | More by Thorpe429
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NODAK

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Smell is almost non-existant. What is present seems to be a bit of an adjunct aroma. But it's very faint.

The taste....well, it's one of the most watery and flavor devoid beers I've ever had. There is no crispness up front, nor are there any hops I can detect at all. The body is of a somewhat watery cereal grain taste....which leads into a finish with more cereal sweetness mixed with a bit of grassiness and hay. It certainly isn't much.

Is it drinkable?? Sure. But, with all the decent beers out there, I'm not sure why I should seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:37:36 | More by NODAK
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socon67

New York

2.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I wanted to try one of the more common beers and review for comparison.

A - Very light golden color. Generates a good amount of foam.

S - Kinda bland. What I did smell was a bit of skunkiness and a little of the grain.

T - This is why I don't prefer the light beers. It seems muted and watered down. There is very little taste to it.

M - Nothing major, but it did feel heavier than most light beers I recall.

D - I didn't find this all that drinkable. After I had the one I wasn't looking foward to the taste of another. There are bettewr light beers if that is your preference.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 03:50:45 | More by socon67
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

So he goes for another mixed sixer of the best of the worst from the grocery store this weekend. I grabbed six more "gems" and did my best to get them all down. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2010.

and here we go with the winners of the night. i have ha this one more times then i can count and it just never gets any better. the classic light golden almost water colored pour with a small fizzy head and lots of carbonation.

aroma is light grains, muted hay, just a watery almost none existent taste and smell, really just not at all what you are looking for in a good beer. clean and crisp, it really is just about like water from beginning to end.

overall not the worst tasting, just the least tasting i had this evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 02:36:07 | More by mikesgroove
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divineaudio

Michigan

1.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz into a pokal glass.

pours a pale, crystal clear yellow. gives me 2 fingers of coarse foamy head that dies down quick and leaves a few legs of lace.

smell is grainy with a hint of spice.

what little taste it has comes through as stale bread. no hop character at all, not even enough to taste balanced. the body on this is watery with way too much carbonation, which sort of gives it a spicy feel. goes way beyond prickly.

i suppose you could argue that this is super drinkable, but the mouthfeel really hurt this for me. also, with no flavor, why would anyone _want_ to drink this? even a cheap 40 of malt liquor is better than this.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 00:26:06 | More by divineaudio
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VietPong

Connecticut

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

Despite the bad ratings, I kind of enjoy this beer. It is not overly carbonated, it does not have too strong of flavoring, and it is easy to find. It's not a preferable beer, but it surely has nothing wrong with it. Not watery at all. I think it deserves better than it has been given

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 04:55:44 | More by VietPong
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claybeer

Oklahoma

2.45/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I can smell this beer as soon as I open it but I always like to start with the pour. In the pint glass it pours a bright, golden, crystal clear yellow. The head is not impressive. Just a plain white that doesn't hang out very long. The nose is quite pungent with a lingering skunkiness. The taste is similar to the nose but with less skunkiness. It was replaced with some bitterness. I wouldn't say it's bad especially compared to some of the other ultras and lights available if you're watching calories. However, like my friend Travis says, "Watch what you eat, not what you drink."

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 20:26:21 | More by claybeer
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jrallen34

Illinois

1.48/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this was my first taste of imported beer at a robust age of sixteen, I was stepping up in the world. I didn't like this gargage 14 years ago and I don't like it now. Its funky, skunky, way to bitter and almost impossible to drink. The bottle does not help, this should be canned and served next to carlsberg.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 20:12:50 | More by jrallen34
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aasher

Indiana

1.25/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm only reviewing this because my parents had some friends over a couple weeks ago and they left some beers behind in my aging fridge that I leave at their house, because they don't drink. This beer poured watery and had a billowing white head that took about two minutes to fade before lacing the glass. It is the palest of yellow, actually kind of looks urine. It isn't skunked but smells as if it is. Horrible smell. The taste is weak and somewhat metallic. I only gave it a 1.5 because it isn't the worst beer I've ever had. The mouthfeel is watery and ultra light, pretty flat really. This beer is awful. I don't even know why they make beers that're 3.5%, it's only for show.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 03:30:12 | More by aasher
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Mosstrooper

California

3.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Very, very pale straw color with a small, think white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no sign of lace.

Smell: Actually has a strong smell for a light beer- sweet grain maybe some corn hints, and grassy hops.

Taste: Begins with grassy hop flavors, finishing with sweet grains and a hint of corn.

Mouthfeel: Thin with sharp carbonation and a watery, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This is one of the better, more flavorful beers for its style, actually. A beer I wouldn't seek out, but I'd drink it again if it were offered. Of course this doesn't stand up to the best craft brews, but it is a good beer for its style- though there are better light beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 00:33:34 | More by Mosstrooper
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jsprain1

Minnesota

1.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Golden straw with just a faint head to it after it disappates. Standard light lager appearance.
S- Smell is of that import skunk with a bit of grain backbone.
T- Husk, grain, faint hops. very little going on.
M- Light, but not more so than most light lagers.
D- It's a light lager. It's made to be drank copiously. Altogether there's little going on with this beer other than a slap to the wallet.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 06:33:55 | More by jsprain1
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drabmuh

Maryland

1.45/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Beer served in an imperial pint glass out of a bottle. Beer is yellow and clear, very light. Appears to have moderate carbonation, head is thin and white of medium and small bubbles. No lacing on the galss. Looks like beer.

Aroma is strong like boiled vegetables and corn, really strong a little gross.

Does not have a flavor, except for a slight after taste. Kind of gross really. Thin mouthfeel, harsh almost stringent mouthfeel. Really gross.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 02:59:10 | More by drabmuh
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beertunes

Washington

3/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, light yellow with a tall, fluffy, white head that had decent retention and no lacing.

The aroma had a bit of skunk up front, with a nice grain scent and some gentle hops providing the main features. In the taste, the skunk was less noticeable, but still present. That light grain and hop was also still there.

The body was, as expected, light and clean. Drinkability was OK for a style that's not really my thing. Overall, a decent beer, for what it is. If you're in the mood for a "Lite" beer, you could do worse.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 22:25:07 | More by beertunes
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Blitzen15

Michigan

2.95/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale, stripped of color, fizzy

S - Weak odor but smooth

T - slight crisp, mild flavor but enjoyable. My beer hating fiance' didn't mind it. take that for what it's worth

M - Very bubbly, it left my mouth feeling clean & refreshed

D - Great on a warm day or a cool night. smooth with a great crisp after-tone.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 15:34:38 | More by Blitzen15
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.83/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - light straw yellow color with a white head that thins out leaving a few spots of lacing.
S - smell isn't half bad for a light beer. I smell malt and a hint of Euro hops.
T - decent taste, the more I drink it, the more I like it. Malty taste with a slightly bitter finish.
F - light bodied with crisp carbonation.
D - at 3.5% abv I could drink quite a few of these and I have. Goes great with bbq'd brauts and/or seafood.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 21:55:20 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.