Amstel Light | Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

Amstel LightAmstel Light
1,548 Ratings
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 mdunman
1.98/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Clear light gold with a small head and almost no linger

S: Musky maltiness with some slight hoppiness.

T: Bland maltiness with some musky hop flavor that leaves an unejoyable bitter aftertaste.

M: Light body without much carbonation

This showed to be just another cheap selection at a small bar. It's like the BMC's. Something you buy to save money instead of enjoy a good beer.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.05/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer appeared a very pale yellow with a small, light, and fluffy head that disappeared in the blink of an eye, with no part of the head retained and no lacing.

The beer gave off a light corn-ish aroma. Not much else.

The taste was actually a little better than expected, but less than average. Heavier on the malt than most of the same style, this provided for a little sweetness. Not much else.

The beer was pretty light. The carbonation was a bit too high, but honestly one of the better beer for this style. I might choose this one if given the choice over most BMC beers.

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Photo of JMad
2.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this beer when I was at La Hacienda Ranch, I poured it into a pint glass...

It was very pale yellow, with a thin white bubbly head.

I could smell some skunkiness, lemony hops, and maybe a hint of corn.

The flavor was lemony and skunky to with a hint of grassiness.

This beer was very light and had lots of carbonation.

It's drinkable but not very enjoyable.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, ricy, very slight hop note. The taste is kinda malty, skunked/ricy. Light body. Not Drinkable, why do they make these kinds of beer are beyond me, what a waste of water.

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Photo of deadliest
1.56/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pale yellow, but a decent head that lasts longer than expected.

S- Light grain and straw. Not something I wanted to smell enough to find anything else in there.

T- Damp straw. Corn. Nothingness.

M- Thin, watery.

D- Just bleh overall. Part of a mix 6, so I don't feel too bad. Not something that tastes bad enough(or at least not present enough) to recoil from, but I'll never buy again.

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Photo of secondtooth
1.66/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Re-tasting a popular lager here for review.

Pours a pale gold with ample foam, but the aroma is off-putting.

Skunkiness for sure.

Heineken fans, take note.

The flavor is watery and insubstantial, with no lingering flavors or complexity. As an associate once said, "beer-flavored water".

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
2.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden body with a small head. Just has the average Dutch skunky smell with not much else going on. Tastes quite light; not too much here, but more than most light beers. Feels pretty bubbly. One of the better light beers out there, but that is not saying much.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
1.71/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a golden straw color with barely any head that quickly dissipates with small streams of bubbles rising form the bottom

The smell is not good at all, there are no traditional smells to be detected like malt hop or anything like that

the taste follows the smell nothing to let me know that this is a beer, just a small amount of bitterness

mouthfeel is light and watery and the drinkability is low due to lack of flavor and aroma

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, faint sweetness to a standard European lager. In the taste, dry malt and a small bite, but thin and not much going on. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry standard lager kind of aftertaste. Nothing too exciting here, I guess that is why I don't golf!

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Photo of alleykatking
2.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had last night while out with the wife and some friends.

A- I had this in the bottle with no glass. Why is that? Well I asked for a glass and none came my way and I wanted some so...oh well. Average is what I'll give it because I've seen it many times over in other people's glasses.

S- Skunked and more skunked. Light sweet grain bill to this with some hop presence (earthy) this gets all covered up with a skunked Euro Lager style nose. It made me kind of not want to try it to be honest. But I did of course!

T- Some sweet upfront to the beer with light grainy flavors. This gets put in background with a light mild bitter hop flavor. Although, this even get s covered up with a ton of musty skunky flavor. I meant this takes over the palate along with a light hop bite. It's not bad but I know it shouldn't be there.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was high but good for the beer. Light skunked flavor left on the palate and long into the aftertaste with a hint of hops and alcohol. Flavors were off balanced due to the skunked flavor. Not clean although overall it had a crisp hint to it. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was average in the drinkability. It wasn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Is it a great beer? Nope. Does it do it's job? For the most part. I would rather drink this than most offerings from BMC.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.45/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pale yellow, with tint of gold, trace head on top

S- sweet corn and hint of malt.

T- light corn, grain taste with mild bitter finish.

M- dry, light body, big carbonation.

D- This is a very weak light beer, but isn't that the point. Honestly, if you want a light beer there are better, cheaper ones at your local store. Highly sessionable only because it is so watery and will not fill you up or make you drunk.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

126th review on BA
Bottle to pint

App- Straw yellow with a 1/2" head. Very little bubble activity. No lacing either.

Smell- Has that euro lager smell, just less skunky. More subtle. 1st Amstel in about 5 years.

Taste- A general pale lager with more of a wheaty taste. Very not mellow. Not overtly offensive. A good intro beer some would say.

Mouth- Thin but crisp and not too watery.

Drink- On a hot day in So. Cal 5 years ago probably a sixer while mowing the lawn. Today just 1. All I can do.

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Photo of theboozecruise
2.22/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A friend left a few of these at my place last night... might as well give it a proper honest review.

First off... only 3.5% abv? That's awful weak, I didn't expect anything higher than 5%, but am surprised it's that low.

It pours (into a pint glass) a clear golden color with a bubbly white head. It dissipates extremely fast and no lacing at all.

The smell is muted, but there is some straw present, a little bread notes.

The taste is more of the same... nothing offensive, but there's just not much there. Earthy notes, but nothing bold, straw flavors on the aftertaste. Not sure if it was hopped at all, but I'm not picking up any.

Very thin and watery, to be expected from a light lager... nothing to really enjoy here, other than a cold flavorless beer. It's easy to drink, but I wouldn't want to drink another one. Certainly not on my dime.

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Photo of larryi86
1.23/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, got a bottle in a holiday beer exchange

A- Very pale clear gold color with a white head that fades quickly.

S- Watered down sweet malts and corn.

T- Watery, light sweet malts and grains, a little bitter in the end, but not a good hoppy bitter, more like a skunked bitter.

M- Crisp, very light, and watery.

D- Drinkable like flavored water is drinkable. I guess if you wanted to chug watery beer this will work, but you want to drink a beer for the flavor this is not worth having.

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Photo of JayS2629
1.71/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale clear yellow straw color with thin white head, little retention, and no lacing.

S- Faint and weak grains and hops. Skunky and musty.

T- Musty water with a bitter skunk finish. Boring.

M- Light, watery and thin.

D- Easy as water until you get the terrible bitter skunk aftertaste.

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Photo of Stunner97
2.41/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Yellow and clear with very light thin head, moderate carbonation to be seen

Smell- very light to little smell of grain hop and malt

Taste- Very little flavor up front, followed by slight bitter finish, overall not the craziest most complex, very simple but kinda non offensive flavor, kinda bland and boring

Mouthfeel- very light not much going almost like water just very thin

Drinkability- it is easy drinking but just not super complex its nothing i would probably ever by again just such a boring beer its nothing id search out again, its better then alot macros from USA but still nothing incredible at all,

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Photo of Rifugium
1.1/5  rDev -54.7%
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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Photo of barknee
3.51/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I struggle to comprehend why this is called a light beer as it shares absolutely nothing in common with any other light beer I have crossed or tasted. Nevertheless, if this is "really" a light beer, then what do we call other light beers? Very light beers?
I was surprised of the flavor profile this brew offered; heady, doughy, singing of clear malts,and ultimately very refreshing. Judging this beer within it's rightful category,as a "light beer" it's a blockbuster by comparison. Don't let the "light" connotation dissuade you from trying it.

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Photo of taigor
2.68/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from glass into a pint glass.

A - Poured clear pale golden color with medium head that dissipated very quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S - Hint of grains and skunkiness but other than that nothing more can be detected.

T - Watered down grains with slightly bitter finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Easily consumed light beer but definitely not enjoyable. Would not recommend to anyone.

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Photo of hardy008
1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear golden color with a white head with fair retention. The aroma has grain and some earthiness, with a little bit of sweetness. Not impressive.

This beer taste like it smells. Not much going on here. Some grain, a small amount of sweetness, and some earth just don't cut it.

Light bodied. high carbonation, and not too interesting. This is not something I will seek out again.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
1.2/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured this very light colored lager into my glass and it produced a broken bubble head of one finger which vanished in seconds. Mild lacing but no real body or cling to that. The color is a 3 on the SRM chart. Smell is weak corn, more like the stalks, wheat chaff, and malt. Taste is harsh, sour bread, the rest I can't really identify, just not good. A little buzz on my tongue, but leaves the back of my throat sort of sticky and dry. Not at all worth the price. Glad I don't have any more of this to drink.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A pale macro yellow with a fizzy white head and some streaky lacing.

Grain and straw in the nose, along with a familiar "imported beer" funkyness.

Toasted grain and wheat tendencies quickly disintegrate into metallic barley flavors. Swirls with mealy tastes before finishing fairly clean.

Lighter body, watery, quick, clean drinking, but definitely not pleasurable. It's not horrible for light beer, but if you consider the price, buying this is pretty much ludicrous.

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Photo of TMoney2591
1.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

Another Quizzo beer entry. It ours a clear pale straw topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises soap, flowers, and corn syrup. Normally, these macro-ish types don't smell so goofy, but, frankly, as they smell bad, it's hard to really say this is entirely unusual. The taste follows closely, though some funky wheat slithers its way in there as well. Coulda done without that. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a sad beer, one I would definitely never call a damn good beer (even with spelling errors intact).

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Photo of Derranged
2.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to drink this a lot before I discovered Heineken light, before I knew what good beer was.

A- Pale golden in color.

S- Grains, a little skunk.

T- Not much going on, slight metallic, watery grains with mild bitterness.

M- Very carbonated and thin.

D- Because the taste isn't much, I guess its another easy pounder, but not something I enjoy anymore.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.11/5  rDev -13.2%
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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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
Beer rating: 2.43 out of 5 with 1,548 ratings
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