Amstel Bright
Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #331
ABV:
5%
Score:
72
Ranked #50,328
Avg:
2.93 | pDev: 25.94%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
83
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dapatriot1 from New York

4.89/5  rDev +66.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

had this beer when i was in Sint Maarten. This beer was great. Its pale golden and clear with a grassy hop and a hint of lemon taste. Great beer to drink in the sun and on a beach! I only wish it was sold in the states.

Jul 09, 2020
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hreb from Washington

2.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

27.5cL clear bottle. Label proudly includes water, malted barley, sugar, and hops in the ingredients. Not much flavor, slightly skunky. Not as refreshing as an ice cold Amstel Bier, but better with a lime.

Jan 19, 2019
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank cases of this recently on St Marteen, Its pale golden and clear with a grassy hop and lemon sweet malt taste. It comes in a 9.3 oz bottle which you can just pound, i have to say i loved this brew, and wish it was sold in the states.

Apr 06, 2017
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contika from Netherlands

4.07/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Amstel Bright was invented and brewed on Curacao by Amstel. After Amstel closed the brewery on Curacao, Bright is now brewed in the Netherlands. And as I was told it's still being brewed using original Curacao water to preserve it's unique taste.

May 25, 2016
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RemcoVerhaar from Netherlands

4.73/5  rDev +61.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amstel Bright is a perfect beer for the summer. The taste with the lime and ice cold makes him perfect.

In The Netherlands we buy our Amstel Bright at https://www.amstel-bright.nl/. I've heard they send it over the world.

Enjoy!

May 18, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

2.22/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This must be a Amstel's version of Corona but it wasn't as good. Comes in a clear bottle and is very light and easy to pound. Not a bad beer but America is not missing out on anything. Had in CuraƧao.

May 03, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

2.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Eric A, thanks for bringing this back for me.
Bright light golden color with a smallish bubbly white head. I think a skunk dies in this bottle. Several minutes after pouring this one still stinks. Faint sweet bready pilsner malt and earthy spicy hop. Lingering metallic aftertaste. Glad to try and glad to finish.

Sep 26, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

2.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker, the beer is a pale, copper-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and no substantial head. Aromas of tangy floral and sweetness, with a toasted grain backbone. Fairly muted, and fairly standard. Flavors are extremely muted, and the increased carbonation provides a sharpness that makes the drinkability dip a bit, which is surprising for an island style lager. Toast, with buttery notes, and that's about it. Sharp, light, crisp bodied, but too much so. The aftertaste is more of the tangy sweet and floral, with that buttery character still kicking around. Light, effervesced, clean aftertaste. I can see why this has never come stateside.

Oct 01, 2014
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Billybrewboy from New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Similar to Corona but bottle is smaller. I'm bringing my own cans of real beer at the end of this month. Aruba was great wasteland for Craft beer 2 years ago when I went last.

Sep 14, 2014
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MartzMimic from Oklahoma

2.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a clear bottle that says "Drink it Ice Cold." Yes, to avoid having to actually taste it. Pours a clear light golden with only the slightest white head that disappears quickly. The nose consists of skunky grains. The taste is marginally better, with biscuitous bready notes. The mouth is light, and goes down easy. Roughly equal with Corona or any of the mass-produced pale lagers/cervezas. I can say it's any worse than they are, but neither is it better.

Aug 03, 2014
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Dave128 from Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at casa tua restaurant in Aruba from bottle

3.5
A. Don't have a glass to pour it in so it's hard to judge appearance. Perfectly clear golden color. Head is white and seems to stick around in the bottle. Unable to judge lacing

3.5
S. grAiny but not incredibly grassy. Slightly skunky but not as bad as I expected. No hope on the nose.

T. 4
Very refreshing when enjoyed cold. The skunky smell doesn't really carry through on the taste. Sweet up front and slightly bitter and grainy on the finish. Even As the beer warms it remains inoffensive as a cerveza

M. 4.

Crisp and refreshing. Light body with medium carbonation. The medium carbonation is refreshing compared to the heavy carbonation of light lagers

O. 4.

A good shot at the cerveza style. Does well to stand up to the task.

Sep 27, 2013
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

2.41/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

10 oz had in St. Maarten.

Pours light gold with some white suds for a head.

Smells like sugar and light barley malts.

Light watery barley malt flavor.

Light body with a crisp carbonation.

Very boring and unmemorable. Its not bad, just not at all interesting.

Aug 16, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In what may be the official "unofficial" beer of Curacao, the crisp, clean, and bright lager is elected as such as it seems to be the prevalent choice among beer drinkers of the island.

And like many other lagers, it's brilliantly clear straw color promises lightness in taste and refreshment in drinkability. An arid and foamy head pulls from the beer and falls somewhat quickly. But before so, the beer leaves behind spiderweb lacing.

Grainy sweet aromas of dry crackers, thin barley, fresh yeast and dough. Light earth and spice reside early in the aroma while more sulfury apple and citrus notes linger closely behind.

Flavors fare similarly with light sweetness from grain- both barley and cereal. Lightly herbal with mild grassy (hay-like) flavors that turn spicy bitter to balance the malts, but offer little else. Again, a sulfury, match stick-like character seems to crispen the taste as much as hops and give a little strength to apple-like esters. Mild mineral notes seem lightly salty for a tad of richness.

Light bodied, the beer is built for hot tropical weather with zesty refreshment even if it falls thin and dry from middle palate onward. Light minty warmth and slight grain derived astringency closes the beer.

With little to celebrate nor criticize, the beer tastes much like many adjunct riddled beers of bastardized European fame, or worse- American macro swill. But in a pinch it's a refreshing choice with genuine 'beer' taste that water cannot provide.

Dec 06, 2012
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MadCat from New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, small white head, leaves no lacing

Smell: Grains and malt sweetness

Taste: Bready malt sweetness with a clean finish

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing

Overall: This is another beer that is only good in hot weather. I had it on my trip to Aruba. I preferred cocktails to the available beer.

Oct 10, 2012
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Duff27 from Illinois

2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eight ounce bottle. Best Before JUL 2013...damn

A- Two centimeters of white fizzy head. A couple dozen streams of effervescence. Leaves cap and collar for most of the glassful, no lacing.

S- "Wet stank grains" on the nose. Hidden sweetness.

T- Biscuit/bready malt sweetness. No hop presence. Fairly clean finishing.

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. High carbonation that leaves a stinging sensation on the tongue.

D/O- Couple of things I notices about this 9.3 ounce bottle: It's clear and the label says "drink it ice cold"...that's funny to me. I don't know, it's drinkable if your not looking for flavor. Thanks to my sister for bringing this back from Bonaire for me.

Sep 02, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed while watching planes land at sunset beach st marteen.
A: clear deep golden body with a thin head. No real lacing.

S: orange and pale malts. Fairly sweet

T: fairly malty but pale malts dominate. Not much fruitiness as was in the aroma.

M: moderate carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall: fuller body than I expected. This is probably witbier-ish. Refreshing and fruity.

May 02, 2012
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TheBrewo from New York

2.18/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We pour a brew of the lightest, watered-down yellow. It holds a fluffy two finger head, briefly, before it quickly recedes to a bubbly mist over the glass. No lacing is left, and no sediment is noted. There is maximal transparency, and carbonation appears to be very high. The aroma is wrought with adjuncty grain. There is also a sticky sweetness present, along with an offensive coiny metal and floury graininess. The taste profile is initiated with sour adjuncty grain. Through the middle there is a slight fruity vibe, perhaps of sweeter lime, or of the lemony variety. From here we transition to a finish that highlights adjuncty grain, and little else. The aftertaste follows suite with more bitter adjuncts, and a boringness of corn. The body is light, and the carbonation is medium to high. The mouthfeel of the beer is watery, with no coating, froth, creaminess, or slurpability. Very light. The abv is standard, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is the way it pours, with a nice, but short lived, fluffy head. This, however, quickly disappears, only to set us up for a flat feel, adjuncty aroma, and a watery, sour, and less than desirable taste.

Jul 02, 2011
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the beer that you can find everywhere on St. Martin/St. Maarten. And it was also the cheapest, so I ended up drinking it a lot. Most times, it was only $2 a bottle at bars. Fizzy yellow body. Tons of carbonation. Very faint on the smell, and mellow on the flavor. Goes down like water. It's made for the beach, and it does the trick. An easy drinking hot weather beer. But reminded me a lot like if Amstel Light and Corona had a baby. Surprisingly higher abv than regular Amstel Light.

Nov 18, 2010
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Jayli from Massachusetts

2.13/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this at the airport in Aruba

A: This beer pours a pale, translucent, straw yellow with a one finger of white head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is mostly of a malt sweetness, perhaps caramel malts but some what different, notes of grain are also present.

T: Taste is all sweet graininess. Starts with a sweet malt flavoring that holds through the entire beer and really sticks in the finish. Middle has notes of grain and grassiness.

M: Light bodty, moderate carbonate, crisp and clean.

D: Goes down ok, not much of a kick, nit a great representation of the style. I would opt for other choices.

Sep 20, 2010
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BeerZack from North Carolina

1.61/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

9.3oz (275ml) bottle from Aruba.

Pale yellow gold with small white ring of head.

Smells almost entirely of skunked hops. Bit of sweet corn-like adjunctiness there also.

Wow, lots of "dirty" and skunky metallic taste for how little taste is here overall. Nothing "clean" about it at all. Sweet corn tortilla chips. Corona Light.

Rough, stingy carbonation, almost no body, ultra-light feel overall. Hard to finish all 9.3 oz.

Jan 08, 2009
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hoppheadIPA from Florida

3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in curacao. Pretty much the best beer you can get on the island. Isn't much to look at. Straw yellow in a clear bottle. Tastes like corona. Goes down good in an island atmosphere, but that's the only place. I drank alot of these on my trip!!!

Nov 21, 2008
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eb003 from Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll agree with gorilla19 in that this is the best beer on the island of Aruba. My only disappointment with this brew is that I have not been able to find it here in "the states". I was told by a local bar tender that they don't sell it here. I'm hoping a liquor store will prove me wrong.

The appearance is very bright and clean. I like the taste. They serve it up with a lime... but I tasted it without the lime squeeze and thought it tasted fantastic. I added the lime for "flare" and didn't think it affected the overall flavor. The mouthfeel is very light and crisp. I rate this pretty high on drinkablilty because no matter what time of year, I could see myself putting a few of these back. Some people on here say it reminds them of Corona. The only thing that reminded me of Corona was the way they serve it with lime. I do not drink Corona and am not a fan of it, but this Amstel is fantastic. I'm not surprised that I enjoyed this because I enjoy most Amstel products. It's very crisp, very clean, very refreshing. It's just a darn good brew, in my humble opinion.

Mar 06, 2006
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vladimerjr from New York

3.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely clear light refreshing beach beer. Very clean and crisp and smooth light pilsner taste. Brewed locally in the carribean can usually be had for under a buck for a 10.9 oz bottle. It has a 5.0% alcohol but I must have had 11 of these sitting on the beach (they bring them right to you at your blanket/beach chair) in St. Maarten last summer before I felt the kick.
One of the best light beers I have had and very refreshing while sitting on the beach but you would never see me drinking one in a pub or with my dinner.

Mar 15, 2005
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Tang07 from California

3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fine cheap local Caribbean beer.

Amstel Bright is brewed in Curacao NA. It is widely available in the Dutch West Indies (0r Netherlands Antillies if you like), Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba, and Sint Maartin (The Friendly Island).

I spend extended periods of time in the various NA islands and I always buy this beer.

It is made of malted barley, hops and Curacao tap water. (yuck you think, Tap Water!, well in Curacao and Bonaire all of the water is produced by desalination and is some of the softest water that can be found, in the tap in the world.)

The beer is a very pale yellow and makes a light very light head.
There is little glass lacing. The taste is very nice. It is great hot weather/beach beer. It can be drank in large quantities. It has more flavor than domestic beers and is slightly lighter than its cousin in the green bottle.

There is a slightly grainy taste with a light hop finish.

Nov 06, 2004
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KingSpank from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brand new from Amstel, I'm not sure if this refreshing Carribean beer is available in America right now. It is brewed in Curacao and can be found throughout Holland's Carribean islands (e.g. Curacao, Aruba). It has a very crisp, light taste, bearing resemblance to Corona. Must be served ice cold.

Apr 15, 2002
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Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 83 ratings