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Amstel Bright | Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel BrightAmstel Bright

Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by bsm80x:
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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

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Photo of KingSpank
3.83/5  rDev +29%
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.

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Photo of BeerZack
1.61/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Tang07
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of vladimerjr
3.8/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

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Photo of eb003
4.2/5  rDev +41.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of vande
2.92/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.38/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of gatornation
3.93/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jayli
2.13/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of hoppheadIPA
3.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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!!!

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Photo of Cylinsier
2.41/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of pavpav12
3/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of hreb
2.59/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of mikepcarney
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duff27
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Amstel Bright from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
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