Amstel Lager
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European Pale Lager
Ranked #527
Ranked #48,859
2.63 | pDev: 23.19%
Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
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1.59/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From a can while on a boat on the Amstel River.

A rather wretched nose with a nauseating grainy note of cooked cereal, corn and a little honey. The palate is worse, with an undrinkable grainy flavor of cooked corn, candy and some cereal. Wretched finish too. Avoid.

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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cerveza con una buena cabeza espumosa. Es ligera y de una carbonatación media. En aroma se percibe la malta, granos y un poco de limón. En boca es refrescante, ligeramente amarga con un dejo de cebada. Para una cerveza industrial de su precio es una buena opción.

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2.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a 25cL bottle of Amstel's "AMSTEL BIER", labeled PIlsener, as packaged for the Dutch Caribbean market, and dated Mrt-19. Served in a tapered tumbler the beer is pale yellow, clear, and forms nearly no head. Aroma has a bit of biscuit malt and skunk. Flavor is mild, with a neutral level of carbonation for the style and very little flavor to bite on the palate. Mostly, but not entirely, inoffensive. And when served absolutely ice cold, it's positively enjoyable after a few hours of snorkeling under the tropical sun. But, this is beeradvocate, not refreshmentadvocate, and as a beer, this just isn't very tasty.

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hreb from Washington, Jan 19, 2019
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2.79/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A 440ml can with a BB of Aug 2018. Brewed in the UK under contract; ABV is stated as 4.1%. Purchased a while back from Morrisons. The label states that this is brewed according to the Amstel tradition.

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. A crystal-clear golden colour with light carbonation and some vague floating sediment. Forms a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a moment or two before collapsing and dissipating.

S: Aroma of faint pale malt with whispers of earthiness and stewed leaves. Almost non-existent. Not flawed but not really beer either....

T: Tastes of very light malt with faint notes of grain, stewed leaves/veg and a twinge of earthiness. Very dry, with little bitterness to speak of. Underwhelming would be an understatement.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with prickly carbonation and thin body for the style. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves and faint malt.

O: A subpar industrial lager. Unimpressive on all fronts. Average looks and body, while the aroma and flavour are bland yet punctuated by subtle off-notes. Barely worth the effort of drinking - give it a miss.

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jazzyjeff13 from United Kingdom (England), Jul 27, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amstel has always been synonymous with 'quality lager' in my opinion. This beer is bold flavored, hearty, and goes well with just about anything. The only noticeable downside is a bit of an aftertaste, but it still holds a special place in my heart.

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TCP2017 from Florida, Jun 01, 2017
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2.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Been ages since I last had this beer - it is not on sale anymore in Hungary.
There was a time when this was second to Stella Artois, well that is about what it is. As much as I remember it was a lager with a strange yeast overtone that always seemed "rotten" to me...
Not quite sure if I would want to have it again even if I could.

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monkist from Hungary, May 22, 2017
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2.87/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aroma and flavor is pale malts, mild fruit and a beery finish. No real adjunct flavor, a basic/generic pale lager, but with no nasty edges to it, a plus.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Apr 03, 2017
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3.24/5  rDev +23.2%
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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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania, Nov 23, 2016
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2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
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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EmperorBevis from United Kingdom (England), Oct 26, 2016
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3.46/5  rDev +31.6%
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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Malt_Man from United Kingdom (England), Jul 23, 2016
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3/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Ant777uk from United Kingdom (England), Jul 12, 2016
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1.94/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

this euro lager is not that easy to find in Europe nowadays. It has clearly been brutalized by heinekein and inBev. Still this is not a good beer. Completely out of balance

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2.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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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matuto from Brazil, Apr 17, 2016
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3.16/5  rDev +20.2%
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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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with some slight malt flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-An average beer

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VABA from Virginia, Aug 15, 2015
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2.24/5  rDev -14.8%
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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FLima from Brazil, Jan 23, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev +45.6%
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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fede_glodo from Argentina, Jan 30, 2014
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2.9/5  rDev +10.3%
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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3.07/5  rDev +16.7%
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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MTNboy from Germany, Aug 09, 2013
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2.24/5  rDev -14.8%
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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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, May 11, 2013
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3.11/5  rDev +18.3%
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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metter98 from New York, Apr 18, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Nov 29, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Duff27 from Illinois, Oct 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
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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seydou from South Africa, May 18, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev +17.1%
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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Douberd from Netherlands, Mar 04, 2012
Amstel Lager from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 399 ratings