Amstel Lager
Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #528
ABV:
5%
Score:
63
Ranked #49,088
Avg:
2.63 | pDev: 23.19%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
400
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Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  113
SCORE
63
Poor
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Nov 29, 2012
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Amstel Lager from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 400 ratings