Amstel Light | Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel LightAmstel Light

Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV in the USA is 4.1%

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2001

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Photo of FBarber
1.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light dehydrated golden color. Watery in appearance. Thinnish white head dissipates steadily leaving no residual foam. Bit of a slick on top of the beer.

Smell is so subtle its almost non-existent. A touch of skunk, some grain, maybe some gentle hops, but mostly a subtle skunk and grain come through.

Taste is very watery with almost no flavor whatsoever. Some grass, corn, grain, come through. Mild bitterness is noted, but not very noticeable.

Feel is very carbonated, refreshing, but in the same way carbonated water is refreshing.

Overall this is a poor example of a light lager. Watery and flavorless. Anything else would be better than this.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer definitely is on the higher end of light beer, this has a somewhat darker color compared to most light beers, it has a light malt scent. The malt flavor seems to follow throughout the beer with a highly carbonated finish with a hint of european hops.

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Photo of TeleGraff
2.28/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A fine 4.1% ABV beer. Better than Bud Light. Sometimes has skunky smell. It taste better from a can I haven't had this on draught.

I thought this was 3.5% beer but actually is a 4.1% ABV

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.38/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a 6-pack of these. Heard about this beer and have known about it for awhile and had to try it, supposedly this is the beer that is recommended for beer drinkers that want a light beer. Overall, it reminded me of a much better tasting version of Bud Select-- the feel was light of course, but I could actually taste hops in this one along with grass and corn. Feel was good, not overcarbonated and has a clean finish. I will say that this beer is not bad at all, and would not be a problem to drink another one in the future.

I do have a couple of issues with this beer however. For starters, this beer is priced like a good quality craft beer-- if the price was more in line with, say the Bud/Coors/Miller line of beers, I'd consider it when I want to drink a light beer. $9.99 a 6 pack is a little steep for light beer IMO.

A second issue is that the alcohol level is only 3.5%, not the typical 4%+ of other light beers. The way I see it, there are 3 reasons to drink this beer, 1)refreshment, 2)to manage calories in a diet, or 3) to get drunk. So, it is only 100 calories which is in line with other light beers, and has a very good taste, so reasons 1 and 2 are upheld-- but if someone is looking at reason #3 to drink this beer, they will be disappointed and are better off going with other mass-produced light beers.

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Photo of EMH73
2.94/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In my opinion, Amstel Light has far more flavor than all the macro lagers out there and I'm not just talking about the light versions. When limited by poor selection this is a quite drinkable choice that goes down easily, is crisp and clean and is less likely to be skunky than many others.

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Photo of DarkStar75
2.99/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I always considered Amstel to be the 'Heineken Light' before Heineken Light existed. It always has a slight hint of skunk to it in my opinion, but definitely not as strong as a Heineken or even a Stella. Looks slightly darker than Bud, Coors.etc...way more flavor too and definitely on the high end of the 'light beer' category. I do prefer an Amstel to any other light beer I've tasted...very good for its category/style.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.4/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Well chilled from a bottle, pours a pale straw color with quickly dissipating thin white head. Fairly crisp and refreshing with carbonation but with tastes of boiled corn and only very slight hops taste. Yes, it's drinkable as a beer, but it's kind of "why bother".

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Photo of bwood06
3.02/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Moderate pour produces a 2 finger head in height that is a bright white in color and light foam in appearance. The head dissipates quickly to an ultra thin lacing. The beer itself is clear with high carbonation in the form of moderately sized bubbles rising quickly toward the surface. The beer is a light straw in color. 3.5/5

S - The aroma is typical of a light lager with corn, light malt, unmalted barley, and hops that come across as grassy, herbal, and noble. The aroma is really fairly sweet with just a bit of hops to balance things out. 3.25/5

T - The flavor follows the aroma dead on with corn and light malt leading the way with their accompanying sweetness. A bit of graininess from unmalted barley shows up as well before the hops kick in feature grass and herbal notes and a very clean flavor from Noble hops. Very light lingering bitterness. Flavors are all more undertones than anything and the beer is fairly watery. 2.75/5

M - Light and crisp. Mainly a thirst quenching beer so it is very drinkable and sessionable. Somewhat drying and this dryness lingers on the palate for a bit after swallowing. 3.25/5

O - Decent offering, especially for such a light beer. Good beer to drink on an especially hot day or with really heavy food. Not a beer that I would approach for the sake of flavor and complexity. 3/5

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
2.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Very light color, typical lager you find in any store. Smell is faint like soapy beer, pours clean with little head that fades fast. Taste is average, nothing special nothing great but it is easy to drink. Has a light feel and just your typical generic beer. I would say this is a better choice than other beers in the class, least it has some better taste than your typical mass market guys.
If you want average you found it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A light beer with some color beyond pale yellow, I can dig it. Aroma was like, nothing.

Taste is mild hops, light malt, lots of water, refreshing carbonation. Already know my rating is gonna be above the average because there are no off flavors and it seems like it is 100% barley.

Pairs well with other stuff from the region (dank). Good on a hot day for what it is. Used to love these, was kind of a segue to craft for me 20 years ago.

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Photo of Squire123
3.35/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Banana yellow color with quickly disappearing cap and lace.

Aroma of bright, floral, spicy hops with a mild malt cracker following.

Taste is first rate for a light beer. The malt presence is there in a dry sense but the sensation is primarily one of floral hops. Flavor is malt (or grain) forward and pleasant. It tastes like a beer as opposed to a number of light brews who's taste is hard to describe due to their elusive, fleeting natures. Like trying to describe the color of fog.

Light medium texture.

I can see how this one is popular. Enough flavor to say it has flavor, low cal (85), food friendly and comes with the cache of being an import. Decent, unobtrusive, like soft background music. Doesn't ring any bells in my tower though.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.86/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear light piss color with head that vanishes quite quickly. Nice aroma with a bouquet of floral noble hops. A sweet Pilsner malt character shines through. Unfortunately, the Pils character in the taste gives way to grainy unpleasant malt flavor. Tastes like they oversparged or used third running to make this beer. Low ABV and thin tasting.

I used to like this beer back when I first started drinking. Thought this was a classic import. How I was wrong. Even still, I do admire the nose. Just think the taste and feel and subpar.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
2.87/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just your typical light lager. Pours clear gold with a thin white head. Not much in the nose. Malty taste with a slight hop presence. Finishes extremely clean, which is the best part about this beer.

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Photo of JessiL
3.7/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a homebrewer and love all types of beer. We brew only ales, such as IPA, Porter, Stouts and the like. Every now and again I like to drink a nice light beer, but I can't stand any of the domestic beers brewed here (bud, miller, coors, etc.). I tried Amstel Light a while back and think it is a great light alternative to the the domestic light beers. It does have a bit of a skunk smell, but I think Heineken/Light does too, and I like that one. I think the flavor is a nice, crisp, refreshing flavor and is really nice for a change to the typical higher gravity ales. I think a lot of the reviews on here come from "beer snobs", which I actually consider myself one as well, but I think the critics are a little harsh on this one. To me it is a great, refreshing, light swilling beer.

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Photo of brendan85
3.5/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a beer aficionado, but as far as light beer goes this tastes more full flavored than American domestics. Yeah it has a lower alcohol content than it's counterparts and costs more, but as far as light beer goes, I think it's very good.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.5/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Big foamy head. Some lacing. Light golden body. Very clear. Medium carbonation.

Very mild. Some malt. Clean.

Tastes like a watered down version of Warsteiner. This is a watery beer. Washed out malt that is a little bit smokey or toasted. A mild hop bitterness is present and lingers on the palate.

Very light bodied and watery. Lots of carbonation. This is a very light bodied beer with only 95 calories. I believe this beer is all malt. That means that without adjuncts to lighten the body the only way to get the body so light is to use a reduced amount of malted barley. The result is a washed out maltiness that is somewhat lacking yet inevitable when brewing an all malt beer that is so light.

Amstel Light is a nice alternative to the typical light beer (BMC etc). It is very light and drinkable, yet it has some bitterness and a little bit of smokey malt flavor. There is also a little bit of sweetness to the beer. When served cold it is quite refreshing, especially in hotter weather. Amstel Light is actually pretty good and of better quality than most adjunct lagers. However the price is high for what you get. The most similar beer to this is Heineken Light. Heineken Light is a little more hop forward in flavor, while this beer is more balanced between hops and malt. This beer is better than the scores it has on this site.

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is beer for people that don't like beer. Bland and boring.

I do not say this because "oh it's a cheap macro lager, yuck..." That is not the case at all. I happen to enjoy Coors and Budweiser from time to time. I also know that you shouldn't expect a lot from the style. This was just bad though. It was lightly yellow and tasteless. The only semblance of flavor was a extremely slight bitter note on the finish. Outside of that, nothing.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of FrothFanatic
2.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

The Netherland's version of Budweiser and Miller Light, the Macro of Amsterdam, nothing special, nothing particularly awful as others have said, but nothing special or remarkable either, obviously.

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Photo of leantom
2.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pretty f'ing bad. Here goes:

A: Light gold, very well carbonated. Leaves a moderate head with some lacing.

S: Well, it's not as corny as American adjunct lagers, but this doesn't mean it's good. In fact, the smell is rather skunky - regardless of how many times I've had this beer, the smell is always skunked. I've given up looking for a fresh bottle. Some wheat and corn, but mostly skunk.

T: Follows the nose, which isn't a good thing.

F: light and well-carbonated. Good.

O: I've honestly never had a fresh bottle. God bless those who find one.

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Photo of Try_em_all
2.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a guy who prefers high alcohol micro brews and full bodied flavor this is not bad for a light, low alcohol alternative. Better than Bud Light (by miles) and superior to Miller Lite and Coors Light. All you beer snobs who want to hack on it, accept it for what it is a decent resemblance of a real beer in lower calorie and lower alcohol form.

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Photo of brandonld23
2.94/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't think this beer is awful. It has its place an almost always available low alcohol beer. I would absolutely drink this over Budweiser beers or Coors.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.32/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Brilliant clarity with light golden color

A bit adjuncty on the nose, corn, DMS, perhaps slightly skunked, acedylaldahide

Not much to the flavor, DMS, adjunt flavors

Well carbonated and fits the style guidelines

I bought a single out of curiosity. It doesn't suck but it's not something I would buy again either. I would welcome one offered to me, however.

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Photo of shigg85
3.5/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decently brewed light lager. Don't rate it down just because it's not an IPA; rate it against its own comparative brews. Compared to other light lagers, this is a well-balanced, not overly grainy or adjunct-y light lager that is crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of RonJensen
2.99/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned version
I think this is one the best light beers I've ever had. I don't mind the low ABV, it has a fuller flavor than AAL light beers. I just wish I could find Amstel regular lager here in the US, as I expect it to have a fuller flavor and even more enjoyable.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.57/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amstel Light brewed by Amstel Brouwerij B. V., with an ABV of 3.50% This brew pours out a Light amber color, with a nice white head. It has the look of a light lager. The smell is rich with sweetness. You also pick up on some grains and malts. Nothing bad so far now for the taste , it is mild with flavor. You also pick up on the watery taste in this brew. Not saying that is a bad thing. There is also grains and malts, in the taste of this brew. Amstel Light has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about it. The mouthfeel of Amstel Light is mild, but bold and rich with flavor. I like the taste of this brew. Overall I'm giving Amstel Light a 3.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. This brew would go down good on a hot summer day.

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