Amstel Lager | Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel LagerAmstel Lager

Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.24/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11-22-16 - Had a half liter of this today while in Amsterdam. This was the Amstel Lager. Served from the tap into signature Amstel Bier glass stein. Refreshing after a walk along the canals. Not sure I'll hunt this one down once back home, but it was the right thing to have while so close to the source.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.38/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottled (massive 650ml green glassed affair)
Pours a lemon jelly coloured body wit splatterings of white head.
Aroma is lemon barley barely there
Generic lager flavour some semolina and metallic notes
Very average

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.46/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 650ml green bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Pale golden colour, clear, lots of bubbles, fluffy white head.

S) Skunked for a start. When that dissipates, a sweetish lager malt odour.

T) Very light on flavour, clean taste, marginally sweet, no bitterness. Just not much of anything.

F) Very clean, fizzy and refreshing, not aftertastes, very easy drinking. Just the job for a warm day like this.

O) Refreshing very easy drinking lager, this does a good job on a warm day. Don't expect complexity or even a lot of flavour.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Good amount of head, I like the deep ruby colour....

Nice hoppy aroma, top notch for a lager.

Quite a unique taste, sweet and refreshing.

Not really for me as I prefer a bit more bitterness, though as a change it is a nice beer, definitely...

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Photo of matuto
2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

350 ml can (exp. 06/2016; drinking in 03/05/2016), brewed in Brazil, poured in a small pilsner glass. Yellow and very clear liquid, almost without any foam. Aroma is not good, but still has some hops there. Taste has a balanced sweetness and the off note present on nose turns much subtler. Mouth feel is a downside here, as carbonation overpowers everything. Dry and crisp finish. Light body, but not watery.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got to try the non light version of this beer when I was in Amsterdam. Was one of my spendier beers from HS days (baby, you mean so much to me, put that Meister Brau to the side, I brought the good stuff. . . opens 6 pack of Amstel Light).

Anyways, comes in equal parts gold and amber, a substantial color for such a style of beer. Nice, 1" white head on the top. Aroma was light toasted pale malts, light noble hops.

Taste was very similar to the light version (which is a hefty light beer). A smidge of caramel note, lots of carbonation, not a ton of hop flavor, ample bitterness for style. I dunno, I enjoyed it for what it is.

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Photo of FLima
2.24/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pale yellow golden color with a thin head.
Mild aroma with notes of bread and cereals.
Flavor with notes of floral and herbal hops, white bread, faint hay and cereals. A bit of cardboard. Mildly dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light to watery body with good carbonation.
This works fine as a thirst quencher, but is still a very plain Adjunct Lager. I did not see much difference from their Amstel light.

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Photo of fede_glodo
3.83/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It has a bright golden color with a creamy white head. In flavor profiles are malted and floral with a slightly fruity traces from yeast. In the mouth, the body is light, slightly silky, with a carbonation at all exaggerated. The flavor has a rich malty character, bitterness a bit more shy than the average Pilsner. The finish is refreshing with a fleeting presence fruity and medium bitterness. Interesting Lager, refreshing and rich in character of the grain.
One of the best industrial options in the market.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours pale golden with a medium tall crystal white head. Somewhat nice lacings.

S: Some bready malt but also rich corn. Sweet. Some bitter hops and citric notes.

T: Follows the smell - very adjunct.

M: Medium body, carbonation and aftertaste. The latter holds some bitter notes, but also sweet ones.

O: A standard Euro Pale Lager - balanced and quite quenchable.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This and Amstel Light were my import beers of choice when I was younger and I was limited to imports back in the States. As much as they have some bad reviews they bring back nostalgia and I would still rather drink them over Grolsch and Heineken. It was given to me in an Amstel glass. There was just the right amount of head and the lace had retainability over its transparent body. The aroma was crisp with mild sweet malt tones. The flavor is average for this style. Basic crisp, pils style lager. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.24/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Well, I was in Amsterdam, and because the US market doesn't receive this beer, it was the time to cure my curiosity. Served on-tap in its own branded glass. On to the beer:

Looks quite good. Its pale gold color, creamy head, and whispy lace which it leaves sends a good signal to the eyes. Oh, how I've seen this before. Nose is....bland. Husky malt, rotting citrus, and did somebody throw a popsicle stick in front of me?

Not good, just not good. Somebody took the leftover malt after the mashing and fed it to me. Soaked grain, husky, that's not very appealing. It's like chewing on bubblegum which had the sugar already sucked out. At least in its light medium body comes an acceptable carbonation rate (nothing like overcarbonated American light lager, thank goodness).

The curiousity is cured, but my mouth would like a different beer next. Amstel Lager might just be a novelty item for American tourists like me who (thankfully) can't get this version stateside.

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Photo of metter98
3.11/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Pannenkoekenrestaurant Oude Mueller, Utrecht, Netherlands

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of pilsener malts are present in the nose along with some hints of bready malts.
T: The taste is filled with flavors of pilsener malts and also has hints of floral hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a basic pilsener but it is very easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The grainy sweet taste of Amstel found in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. Par for the course in any hot weather drinking session, but the beer finds favor with several of the fresh fish entrees and also richer Dutch-inspired cuisine.

Light gold in color, the beer shows a slightly darker hue than is average for European lagers which makes me read richer taste as well. The beer builds a rich and creamy froth that recedes with partly fizzy sparkling wine appearances. Mild lacing reaches upward on the glass.

Rich pilsner aromas carry an oddly compelling caramel overtone that implies richness and hearty sweetness and thwarts the more common grain and vegetal notes. A light herbal presence of grass, honey, and perfume accompanies the malt sweetness and offers a mild balance.

Bready, light grain, and honey flavors sooth the taste with a heartier than usual caramel or buckwheat note that's presumably from kettle caramelization. Fused with crusted bread, yeast, and dough the beer takes on an inherent grain taste that the somber hop balance can't quite offset completely. Herbal notes and light tobacco earthiness complement the malt in mid palate, but a grainy sweet late palate could use better support from noble hop spice.

Medium-light in texture, there's the tendency to want to read higher level of fullness due to the slightly more substantial malt balance and residual grain sweetness. But the body is light and refreshing to complement island foods well. But in subsequent session, the timid hop balance leaves the beer unsupported and the sweetness fatigues the palate quicker than a lighter beer should.

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Photo of Duff27
2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

8.4oz can

A- Thin white head on an extremely clear light golden body. A dozen streams of effervescence float upward. surprisingly leaves a bit of lacing. very little head retention.

S- Smells "adjuncty", slightly sweet.

T- Fairly balanced but I'd give the nod to the sweet side over the hops.

M- Medium-low mouthfeel. Relatively crisp carbonation bite for the first few sips then flatter as the pint wears on.

D/O- Good for what it is I suppose. Drinkability is high if you don't get a headache. Amstel, and Heineken for that matter, always reminds me of "wannabe beer snobs" for some reason. Thanks for bringing this back from South America sister.

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Photo of seydou
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a whole lot to say here... Drank straight from the bottle. Color is unremarkable, pretty translucent with no head.

Quite carbonated, which makes it enjoyable to drink.

Surprisingly good alongside some Indian food, played off the spice nicely.

Better than the really standard stuff on tap places, but not sure I would pick it over other popular on-tap beers here in South Africa (Peroni, etc.).

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Photo of Douberd
3.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle of 300 ml.
Pours a pale golden yellow colour with a one finger head, with no retention. No lacing on the glass either.
Light aroma of malts and slighty of hops.
Taste is bitter, but not as much as one would expect. Highly drinkable though.
Medim carbonation, medium thickness on the body, dry.

I don't know, I used to like it when I was younger but now it would be my last choice among the other dutch commercial beers. I'll give it a high overall mark, just for all those moments we spend together..

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Photo of soju6
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Served a pale golden color with a small head and no real lacing.

S: Aroma of mild grain with a bit of citrus. Not much else.

T: Mild sweet flavor, grain mild bitterness and a slightly sweet finish.

F: Light body, pretty bland.

O: Typical Euro Lager. Makes Heineken taste good.

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Photo of IPA35
3.33/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden beer with a nice creamy white head.

Smells clean, some grain some hops. Nothing special.

Tastes clean as well. Mainly grain. Nothing wrong with it ON TAP. Out of a bottle it is certainly not my favourite but on tap this is one of my favourite Dutch macrolagers.

Mouthfeel is thin and prehpa even slightly creamy. In a wierd way.

Overal a decent macrolager as long as it is on tap.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
2.67/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

37.5 cl can poured into beer stein

white head quickly dissipating to almost nothing, leaving no lacing

aroma is of malts, hay, some sweetness; better than most euro pale lagers

flavor is quite sweet, a light barley flavor, but not too much else going on

overall, a bit chemical-tasting, but much cleaner and crisper than the standard pale lager - is it the can vs. green bottle, is it being in Europe vs. the US? considering it is cheaper than most similar Spanish lagers, it is a clear step above.

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Photo of NatalBrewingCo
2.01/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased in Durban South Africa. 340ml bottle poured into a Guinness glass.

a - Pours a pale straw color, clear with medium head.

s - Smells of grain, very faint.

t - Grains and a hint of hops. Clean finish but not much more flavor than the generic adjunct lagers.

m - very light bodied and medium carbonation, crisp.

o - Drinkable but forgettable. Marginally better than the standard SAB lagers available in South Africa.

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Photo of biegaman
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This lager needs no Photoshop, it should require no help doing its own commercials and billboards; a clear golden body absorbs the light like a sponge and spits it out far and wide in the form of bright, refulgent rays. Its head is pristine white and even manages to inscribe the glass.

Amstel is wise to stay away from the green glass bottles; it's no coincidence that this smells cleaner than most Dutch export lagers. The aroma is faint but heavy on the bready notes, like stepping into a bakery, with corn grits playing only a negligible role. It doesn't smell very appetizing but at least it's easily recognizable as beer - and not corn syrup or skunk.

The taste is almost non-existent which would likely make it agreeable to mainstream drinkers. I admit I find it somewhat refreshing. It is, by most accounts, a thoroughly average beer in the sense that its flavour is grainy-sweet and ordinary, free of bitterness, and the presence of adjunct flavour light, far from off-putting, but still a little perceptible.

Frankly, Amstel does nothing for me. I've had plenty of swill lagers like it, both better and worse, and a bland, mainstream beer like this doesn't offer me anything new. It has no character to distinguish it; there's nothing that set's it apart from its competitors (except that it lacks the foul adjunct tinge of some). Still, I won't go so far as to say it's a "bad" beer...

Of all the beers I had in Holland, the pint of Amstel I had after a hot summer day of walking through Amsterdam for the first time is still one of the most memorable - and not memorable for the wrong reasons. It was cold, clean, ordinary and refreshing - what more could I ask of it? It would be far from the best beer I had that trip, but it did the trick when called upon.

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Photo of BEERME528
2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very typical beer. I purchased this often in Europe because it was cheaper then most while still offering a drinkable liquid. Pours a little head that dissapates quickly. Does not taste very good at all but is still doable if there is a shortage of options and/or money. Heineken is probably a little better but not by a long shot.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.85/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer on tap. There's nothing better on a scorching hot summers day than going into the shade of the White Horse, and being able to get a ice cold, refreshing, thirst quenching lager. What's more, a lager that isn't fosters or heineken.

I really, genuinely love this stuff, it has a good taste, and is very refreshing. Also unlike Fosters it doesn't smell like stale urine!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the non lite version out in Amsterdam. Pours a light amber with amazing clarity, almost no head retention to it. Aroma was spritzy carbonation.

Taste, light, easy to drink, slight Saaz hop feel to it, not discernably different than the light version we get in the states. Uplifting, refreshing, just enough caramel to it. Overall, pricy, but one of the more enjoyable beers in the style. Have no idea why it isn't available in the states. Nothing groundbreaking, but sometimes we're in the mood for an easy drinking, lightly hopped beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Can into Whitewater brewery pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Expectations are low. I bought this because after a trip to Belgium, I noticed my average review was going up, and I figured this would be shite enough to bring it down. Will I be correct? Oh, the suspense...

A: Pours a crap no-cream head of fair thickness. Bubbly likely overcarbonated clear dark yellow. Looks a bit like sheep piss. Four finger head of decent retention. Not terribly excited to give it a go.

Sm: Light barley and a bit o' cream. Not particularly delightful, but not shite either. W√ľnderbar.

T: Nice cream on the open and a mixed barley/malt body with maybe some crystal hops to tame her down. More complex than I expected based on the appearance and smell. Far better than American macro lagers at the same price. Finish is flat and uncharacteristic of quality. Balanced and built decently.

Mf: Lumpy and too thick. Very poorly executed. Not watery like American macros.

Dr: Affordable, but garbage. Don't waste yer time with this one, lads. Grab a Pacifico instead, at this price range.

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