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Amstel Light - Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel LightAmstel Light

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1,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 28.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2001)
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2/5  rDev -17.4%

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2/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev +24%

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1/5  rDev -58.7%

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3/5  rDev +24%

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3/5  rDev +24%

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

Poured 39 degrees into a Dogfish Head bulbed pint. No born date.

Pours a lucid gold with a 3 finger white head that disspiates very quickly into a consistent cap.

Smells of some urine, a hint of yeast and a tertiary sweatiness. Yummy.

Taste is a little bit smoother than I expected, but I wasn't expecting a tremendous amount. Slides over the palate with a thin dryness that ends up turning into a hint of corn on the drydown. Feels sort of flat already.

Overall, probably a drainpour. Not much going on here in terms of identity next to any other light beer.


Photo of jsdunlop
3.35/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and clear appearance with a decent light and white head that forms. Some corn and grain in the nose mixed in with a little rag weed and some citrus. Very mellow taste, slight sweetness from the malt with a touch of grain and hay. Nice mild bitterness in the finish. Smooth and light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed it. It is what it is, a fairly simple light lager.

Photo of perrymarcus
1.83/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of jmdrpi
1.75/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12 oz can, no clear bottling date.

appears a super pale golden color, fizzy white head that quickly fades to nothing. aroma reaks of that typical adjuct smell. bland corny and pale malt flavor. no hops. bearable when cold, but goes downhill way fast as it warms. body is thin and fizzy.

ug. "the beer drinker's light beer" this is not. avoid!

Photo of shealoftus14
2.85/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Expected better than what I got. Wasn't too bad but not my type of beer. Didn't like the aftertaste. The flavor is only slightly better. A little light grain and the slightest hint of hops. Very weak in my eyes overall.

It pours a clear, light yellow body. Good white head initially, but it fades quickly and leaves nothing behind.

Very light aroma of lager yeast and a touch of grain. Not much going on.

Photo of drowninginhops
2.3/5  rDev -5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So bad it does not deserve a full review.

Looks like carbonated water with added beer color white head that was not there when I put the bottle down. way too fizzy. Hazy gold in color taste and flavor are flat zero watery Craaaappy save your money.

Photo of ChicagoHopHead
1.3/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I bought a 12 pack based on their motto that it is a beer drinkers light beer. It took me over a month to drink the 12'er. It became my beer of last resort. God awful front end and back end taste. This is garbage. I would not recommend this beer and have told many to avoid.

Photo of FanofHefe
2.4/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. No dating present. Clear, light yellow body. Good white head initially, but it fades quickly and leaves nothing behind.

Very light aroma of lager yeast and a touch of grain. Not much going on.

The flavor is only slightly better. A little light grain and the slightest hint of hops (noble?). Very weak overall.

Nearly the same consistency as water. I did not find this beer offensive, but it was not very good either.

Photo of crossovert
1.08/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Randomly found this in a cooler in my garage.

At first it was like hm this is sort of like carbonated water, not beery but not bad, but then it just flew off the rails.

It is a clear gold. Taste and flavor are near nil. Watery, not as good as mineral water. Crappy beer. Not worth buying, it sucks.

Photo of nickd717
1.55/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle review dated 12/19/2008.

Gag me. This beer shows how uninformed a lot of people are. It costs more because it is an "import." The fact is that it is really just a Dutch version of Bud Light. It sucks.

Pale golden color with a small fizzy white head. Adjunk aroma. Amstel Light is slightly malty relative to its American low-end brethren, with hints of dirt, cast iron, and general badness. Unpleasant bitterness and a touch of metal. Unexciting mouthfeel. Terrible aftertaste.

Photo of mikeg67
1.75/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Bottle. Pours straw hue with a lasting white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Nose is light grassy hay that reminds me of a standard European macro. Light, watery body. Unpleasant bitter taste probably from hops extract. I finished the bottle only because I had to flush a sandwich with something.

Photo of kylehay2004
2.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Straw yellow and very clear. 2 finger head rapidly dissipates.

S: very malty, sour aroma.

T: Bitter hops, corn and malts add to the sweetness.

M: Light as it gets. Crisp, refreshing beer.

Overall: Light beers are why I thought I didn't like beer in my early drinking days. But I want to try as many as I can and light beers are still beers.

Photo of BEERME528
2.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As you can imagine, it seems to be a watered down version of Amstel. Any head that forms will vansish quickly. Distinguishing smells are not there, and the taste is not noteworthy or special. A very typical macro brew. It comes in plastic liters in parts of Europe so that was convenient.

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a shade darker than most Macros I have come across. Head is born and dies down to a skinny layer that sits atop the beer's body. Minute splotches of lacing dot the inside of the glass.

S-Trying to go for the Noble hop aroma here but I just get blindsided by skunk. One of the skunkier beers I have come across.

T-A bit better than the nose. Skunk aroma is lesser on the palate. Grains, and a bit of grass, then the skunk comes back. Not as unpleasant as I was expecting.

M-Light of course. The carbonation is not brazen.

O/D-Could be worse. End review.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured all head, standard BMC white. Settled down to a clear standard straw yellow. Smell has a hint of the start of skunking and standard grass and grain. Taste is just a standard BMC despite all the advertising claims that he has so much more flavor than other light beers. The only thing a little stronger than most lights is the bitter finish. So I'd say acceptable if you like standard BMC lights, but that's about it.

Photo of biboergosum
2.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So continues my tour of the beer menu at a chain wing restaurant in Idaho Falls. My only other experience with this beer was in seeing it everywhere the last time I was at Wrigley Field.

This beer pours a clear, very pale yellow colour, with a few fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves a nice Joshua tree profile of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of thin pale cracker malt, mildly sour lemon, and skunky hops. The taste is diluted, somewhat sweet rice and malt grain, and a bit of weedy, skunky hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body light in weight, tending towards feather, but strangely not thin or particularly watery. It finishes clean, and, there, now comes the watery, lack of anything else quality.

Innocuous, plain, and good for totally divided attentions, and evidently popped collars.

Photo of ferrari29
2.65/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Mug shaped glass

A - Beer was visibly, very well carbonated; had a clear golden body; beer formed a frothy one finger sized white colored head from the pour; the head held well and had lots of lacing

S - Yeasty fruit aromas, followed up immediately with a grainy or corn smell; touch of dries hay; lager airiness

T - Grain and corn flavors; lager crisp and dry flavors; clean wash of alcohol flavor malt taste followed up with a touch of corn

M - Thin and watery; bubbly at first then turns thin; spoiled lingering flavor leads to a bitter aftertaste

D - OK, and not bad; its somewhat decent for a light beer and probably one of the lights I would choose for a Miller or Bud; low flavor profile, characteristic of a light beer, but not as much flavor as the ads claim the beer has; still tastes too watery

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.23/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I can't believe I actually bought a single at the grocery store. I also can't believe this used to be my favorite beer, I would buy this if I were treating myself. I also can't believe I poured this into a glass and am judging it's appearance. Well I did.

Appearance-Pale light yellow with a white bubbly head that dissipates almost immediately. Little lacing.

Smell-Corn and Grain.

Taste-Some earthy tones and grassy funk. Drinkable though, and I'm trying to judge according to style.

Mouthfeel-Worst part. Tons of prickly carbonation, no body at all, had to choke this down.

Overall-Only positive is it's under 100 calories, besides that don't drink this unless you like Light Beers.

Photo of nrbw23
1.45/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a clear light gold with white head. Head is gone a in a flash and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Grains, very light floral hops, and a bit of corn.

T- This is pretty much water with a touch of corn, grains, and a hint of grassy hops.

M- Very light in body and quite a bit of carbonation.

O- No thanks on this one.

Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
59 out of 100 based on 1,313 ratings.