Amstel Light | Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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59
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1,539 Ratings
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Amstel LightAmstel Light
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
Netherlands
amstel.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,539
Reviews:
497
Avg:
2.42
pDev:
27.27%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
249
For Trade:
0
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Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Straw yellow and very clear. 2 finger head rapidly dissipates.

S: very malty, sour aroma.

T: Bitter hops, corn and malts add to the sweetness.

M: Light as it gets. Crisp, refreshing beer.

Overall: Light beers are why I thought I didn't like beer in my early drinking days. But I want to try as many as I can and light beers are still beers.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small blotches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some skunky vegetal aromas. Taste is pretty watery and is mainly of grain and a mild grassy note. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is watery and thin.

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Photo of spycow
2/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.32/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

not the worst wash on the market, but another generic macro euro lager type, this one falling on the sweeter side, with an extract malt vibe and a general lack of anything fresh or interesting. more carbonation would make this passable, and its not bad from the bottle, but a little air exposure in the glass and the beer goes flat. a little bitterness in the aftertaste, but hard to credit hops for that. its a little filling as well, which is odd for a beer this low in abv, it doesn't even work to catch a quick buzz. its not horribly off in flavor, which I guess is redeeming in some sense, but this is a pretty beat brew, and one to avoid if you are looking for quality lager.

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Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Knapp85
2/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I enjoy the Damm Good Beer commercials but thats about all. I'm sure that Amsterdam isn't that proud of this beer. Anyway this was probably one of the first imported beers I ever had and honestly it wasn't anything to really brag about. This beer pours out as a pale yellow with a little head on top. The aroma is basically just a malt based brew. Not much to pick out really. The taste is the same as the aromas. Not a whole lot going on here. It's drinkable but that's all.

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2/5  rDev -17.4%

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2.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of metter98
2.53/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of cooked corn and other adjunct malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of rice.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but the aroma and taste are not very appealing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good light lager, and that is saying a lot. It looks golden clear and highly carbonated, like a typical lager. Actually retains a white loosely knit head and laced a bit on the glass. Smelled lightly malty and cereal-like. Slight souring and grainy. Tasted also slightly malty and cereal-like. Exhibited some flavors of butter-popcorn, vegitive, and corn sugar. Body was light and clean. Finish was crisp and clear. No true flavors pronounced themselves, but this beer is good at washing down pizza and nachos.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So continues my tour of the beer menu at a chain wing restaurant in Idaho Falls. My only other experience with this beer was in seeing it everywhere the last time I was at Wrigley Field.

This beer pours a clear, very pale yellow colour, with a few fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves a nice Joshua tree profile of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of thin pale cracker malt, mildly sour lemon, and skunky hops. The taste is diluted, somewhat sweet rice and malt grain, and a bit of weedy, skunky hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body light in weight, tending towards feather, but strangely not thin or particularly watery. It finishes clean, and, there, now comes the watery, lack of anything else quality.

Innocuous, plain, and good for totally divided attentions, and evidently popped collars.

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2.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
2/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of zeff80
2.53/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

One of the limited options in the BVI.

A - Poured out a golden amber color with a small, short-lived, white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted of corn and grains. Fairly sweet with no bitterness or hop flavor.

M - It is a little thin and water. A very light beer.

D - It is easy drinking and when given very limited options it is drinkable.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of zestar
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Photo of Thorpe429
2.11/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale golden color. Quite clear with visible carbonation. Smells mostly of grain. Taste brings grain and some husks along with the faintest hint of hops. Mouthfeel is light with loads of carbonation. Overly carbonated without much flavor, not too drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.37/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear. Straw gold in color with a bright white head that holds well for a light beer. The aroma is of an herbal, lightly earthy, hoppiness. The body is light with a median carbonation. The mouthfeel is fairly crisp. The flavor expresses the same herbal hoppiness as the aroma, well entwined with a light, grainy and dryish malt. It lingers dryly in the mouth with more malt and hops than bitterness. Not bad for a light beer.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.15/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little pungent with the typical macro smell of grain, corn and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with flavors of light malts & corn. However, overall there really isn’t a lot to it, which, I guess is what appeals those that drink it regularly as they can drink a beer without feeling like they’re drinking a beer.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very tasty simply because there’s not much to taste, goes down very easily, not filling at all, with a 3.50% ABV there’s almost no kick but that’s essentially what this style is for. However, there are definitely better light beers out there.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving just the thinnest of rings at the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Extremely mild aromas of adjunct malts (corn and grain) along with some subtle hints of grassy hops.

T: The beer has some flavors of bready malts with some additional corn sweetness to it, there is a light amount of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable but not one of my favorites and not one that I will have very often. At the open bars at many receptions and conferences, this is often the best choice but otherwise I might avoid it.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.1/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

First had: ?

A: Clear, pale gold color. Quickly dissipating head.

S: Rotten and skunky.

T: Grainy, dilluted, watery, with an unpleasant aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with some carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, but the taste and aftertaste ruin any possibility of good quality drinkability.

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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
2.42 out of 5 based on 1,539 ratings.
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