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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2001

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.4/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Virtually identical to any macro-lite beer produced. Poured a thin, fizzy yellow. Minimal white head. No lacing.

Smell: Barely detectable. Grainy, "husk-like" aroma.

Taste: IMHO, a little better than any of the domestic macros available. This beer had become the semi-traditional post-game beer for my D-league softball team. It's not elegant and not terribly good (despite the claims to the contrary made by Dennis Miller), but can act as a semi-tolerable thirst quencher good for tackling a thirst induced by playing bad softball. Bland, non-descript flavor. Slightly on the bitter side at the end. Somewhat unpleasant metallic flavor lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy...and the finish is crisp and dry.

Drinkabilty: Perhaps my review is slanted towards the positive side based on the fact that I am usually parched when I drink this beer. It isn't horrible, but they usually disappear quickly. I just don't see the hype. Why pay more for a bad import when you can have bad beer cheaper by buying American crap?

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.96/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I lucked out and scored a ticket to a luxury suite for Reds vs. Dodgers last night at Great American Ballpark. Nice suite, and a quick inspection of the mini fridge showed 3 choices: Bud, Bud Light, and Amstel Light. Being a good American, I started off the evening with a Bud, then before my taste buds got too anesthetized I wanted to see what the Amstel Light was like.

To my surprise, I rather liked it. After tasting micro beers and specialty offerings, it's important to ratchet down the expectation for a mass-produced beer. I did and was not disappointed.

I didn't pour it out of the can, but the red and gold was attractive enough. Faint smell, nothing offensive there. The taste is very light, obviously, and kind of magnified by the carbonation. But then this hop character comes through, and I'm thinking 'not bad for a light beer!'. It's actually got a little character and personality! I decided to make a session of it and through half a dozen of these babies, I could still taste the light bitterness, enjoying the beers with metts, chicken tenders, chip and dip, chips and salsa, even a few cookies. It tasted fine with everything.

If I get another chance at a luxury suite, I think I'll go with Amstel Light.

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Photo of Andreji
2.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An openly light beer. You pour this one anywhere and it could pass off as something else. a faint, yellow colour and a very small foam head. Youd expect some smell to be perceivable but you can notice <<something>> after a while. The taste is no better: a poor taste where the most perceivable factor is a faint bitterness. Heck, i had to buy this to get change to pay for parking my car. i sure won't buy it again.

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Photo of allboutbierge
2.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Extremely grainy fragerance--smells much like it looks--straw water. No noticeable hops, malts, or any other flavor. Watery and thin. If you are one of those people who pay 1.25 for a bottle of water out of a pop machine you'll probably like this. If ever offered this, Im passing.

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Photo of Redrover
2.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle no freshness date

Beer pours a very pale yellow with a large head. Head fades quickly and leaves some lace.

Smell is very clean, hints of corn and perhaps some hops. Beer needs a little more to smell, this is bland.

Taste is good for a light beer, but thats faint praise. Beer has corn instead of malt sweetness and a hint of hops. It is very carbonated which seems to help the taste. Don't let this one get warm! Some slight skunkyness sneaks in as well.

Mouthfell is somewhat thin which is expected for a light beer. If I was forced to only drink light, this would be an ok choice. Luckily we are free to choose!

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Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bland, a bit corny, a bit adjuncty, may have some hop flavour.... i couldn't tell. A touch bitter i suppose. Tastes like sparkling mineral water. Just an even lighter version of Amstel (the normal stuff), which sounds dissapointing, and it is dissapointing, but, to be truthful, i wasn't expecting much in the first place, its hard to right something about it in detail, boring.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This offering poured a medium golden hue with a mid range crown of light fluffy foam. The body was medium/light and the mouthfeel quite pleasant.
Unfortunatley, this brew came with that nasty skunk odour that also penetrated the taste, and leaving a slight bitter after taste.
Not a bad brew, Amstel just needs to address that aroma/taste issue, but not a good brew either.

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Photo of budgood1
1.6/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

pours out a clear, extremely pale straw colour...a thin head appears and leaves a bit of lace. aroma of euro lager grainy malt, with a slight bit of skunk for good measure...actually doesn't smell that bad. well....the aroma is the best part of this beer, because it really is lacking in any redeemable flavors. some weak fizzy grainy notes and a ghost like hop crispness in the finish. it really is a weak and crappy beer. really. there is no reason to believe that this is a quality beer, even among the "light" ranks. save your money and buy any domestic light beer and you won't be able to tell the difference. this is bad as mich ultra, except for a relatively nicer aroma. ugh.

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

Pale yellow with a thin white head. Crisp, clean taste with little real character other than a grain sense and a thin, watery mouthfeel. This beer has much in common with many American light lagers from the macro brewers, but cost more than domestics. I'll give it an extra point or two for the attractive can.

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Photo of bditty187
1.78/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ultra pale-yellow hue, translucent, tiny soapy white head, little retention, few specks of lace. Cooked-veggie (DMS) nose, hints of skunk… borderline awful. The palate is pathetic… grainy, husky, skunky, somewhat sweet, weak bitterness. The malt saves the taste (from being awful) and provides enough substance for a respectable mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Slightly sweet finish, empty. Amstel Light possess few redeeming qualities. This is lower tier, even for a light beer, not recommend for human consumption.

My first Amstel Light will also be my last.

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Photo of kindestcut
2.13/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"It's the only light beer that I'll drink." This is true of Amstel Light for me. However, that's not saying much. I last had Amstel Light during a night of heavy eating during the Super Bowl. I wanted to eat, and drink, but not explode. Some might say why drink beer at all then. Well, they kind of have a point...

Amstel Light poured a pale gold with a moderate head. There appeared to be a good amount of carbonation. Good, light beers need to stimulate as many senses as possible.

Wow! I mean, wow. There's not much to the aroma of this beer. I didn't notice the skunk some people complained of but neither did I notice much of anything. I think I'd have to have the nose of a dog to interpret this beer's "aroma."

This is indeed a weak beer. the only thing it has going for it is the hoppy finish. Sure, it has a clean, crisp taste and a fizzy mouthfeel, but otherwise this is a bland beer.

But you don't know bland until you've had a Bud Light or a Coors Light and that is what Amstel Light has going for it. It is the light beer that has a vague taste of beer. That may not be enough for those who don't usually drink light beers but for those of us who do on a RARE occasion, it's enough.

But it will never truly be enough.

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Photo of Bruiser81
2.37/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is probably the plainest, clearest beer I've ever seen. The head dissipated immediately and left no lacing. The smell was dominated by a skunky grainy aroma. I could pick out a little bit of malts in the taste and maybe a bit of hops bitterness but it was pretty boring. The aftertaste was a little bitter with a sort of corn like taste to it. The mouthfeel was highly carbonated and not very enjoyable. I would not drink this beer again.

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Photo of Pegasus
1.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Medium golden color with a decent snow-white head and lots of fizzy, fast-rising carbonation, fairly good broken lace.

Aroma: Somewhat skunky aroma with slight graininess and a distinct cooked vegetable aroma.

Taste: Begins with thin malt and crisp carbonation, towards the middle of the taste some hop bitterness appears.

Mouth feel: Rather thin, soft on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: Finishes quite dry with a lingering metallic bitterness. This beer is certainly no better than a cheap American light.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass euro-style long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, server in a Pilsener glass.

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

After reading a forum post about the “Best Light Beers”, I realized It had been a very long time since I had sampled an “Amstel Light”, over two years.

The beer pours archetypal lager color a translucent gold, the head impressive in size, brilliantly white in color, the texture creamy and the lace a nice fine clinging sheet to conceal the glass. Nose as expected, all malt, crisp, clean and lightly sweet as it the start. Top is skeletal, the finish is perkily acidic, the hops sparse, but at least present, dry aftertaste, and a decent if altogether to “Light” for me beer, but not at all bad.

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Photo of Morris729
2.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale golden straw color with a foamy white head that quickly fades away. Nose is very similar to American macros. Taste is quite bland with a bit of corn and a faint hop bitterness. Finish is crisp. A pretty boring beer. It’s a lot like drinking a glass of tap water.

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Photo of Zraly
2.6/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is definately not anything to write home about. I am drinking a beer that has less than 100 calories per 12oz. serving. I do have expectations, but I'm not demanding anything exceptional . I just want a drinkable, light beer. This one doesn't conjure up too much from the taste department. It's kinda fitting the bill. Huh.

It actually poured fairly nice; a very pale yellow accompanied by a decent white, fluffy head. Good carbonation throughout. There are faint smells of fruity, skunky malt and there is a slightly dry, bitter finish, which isn't enough to substantiate a good finish. It's kinda "blah" on the ol' tongue. Nothing shocking. No grace. But, it functions on a small scale.

Personally, if I were to choose a light beer, I think I would go with Sam Adams Light. It seems to have more of an aroma and a better overall body...well, as much body as a light beer can have. But, I will drink the Amstel and enjoy it for what it is. Even if it isn't much.

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Photo of elmocoso
3/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was drinkable with the dinner i was having at the time. (salmon) Looked a little darker than an average light beer. Not much character, but no bad quality that really stuck out. I would drink it again if i had to.


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Photo of ipogios
1.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Said it before and i'll keep saying it until they stop these "light" versions of beers. Light golden color with completely NOTHING special to offer. I see the "light" versions as experiments gone wrong and I can't really see the reason why they are distributing them to the public...


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Photo of ElGuapo
2.67/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

heineken light. it pours to a light golden color with a limited head. smells bitter like a heineken.

the taste is lacking, but it is bitter with some malts to it. it really does not have too little flavor for a light beer, but you know how it goes. the carbonation is also not overpowering which i find pleasing. you can drink it easy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.05/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | 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 Dogbrick
1.45/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Let me put it this way, I had a free bottle at a reception and dumped it. If I dump out a beer that I didn't pay for, you know there is a problem. No redeeming qualities whatsoever (unless you count not being an A-B product).

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Photo of yen157
1.66/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On pouring, it is slightly darker than other light beers, but the head falls flat quickly. There are no percievable hops in the nose, only that bad-beer smell. It's way too carbonated, and the condition is only made worse because the beer is really thin and watery. Slight bitterness from hops in the finish along with something else that can only be described as a grain related taste. The only reason I'd get this is because Dennis Miller did some ads for them. Otherwise, I'll leave it for those who believe Import = good.

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Photo of BeerAngel
1.96/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Know how you can jam 6 skunks in a bottle...me either, but Amstel knows how. It smells really skunky. Pours a really clear golden hue with a 1 1/2 finger white head that dissipates rapidly. Fortunately the flavor isn't as skunky as I first thought from the smell, but there's at least 1/2 of a skunk in there. Maybe a tad of corn taste in it as well. Extremely watery mouthfeel, that might be okay on a severely hot day. It is drinkable, but say PBR is way way better and for the price, why bother with this stuff. I can't believe I did.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.22/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

For a "light beer" this is excellent because it tastes like real beer. By that I mean it has a noticable hop nose and thirst-quenching hop bitterness, and a faint but discernable malt character with no noticable adjunct taste. This is what a light beer should be. Light, easy drinking and actually taste like a beer. I also appreciate the brown botttle. It does help reduce the formation of skunky flavors and I can tell a difference in Amstel Light.

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Photo of goindownsouth
2.85/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the worst beer I have ever had. Decent color. No aroma nor real flavor, and definately not my favorite brew, but when I feel concious about my figure, this is the direction to go!

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Amstel Light from Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
2.42 out of 5 based on 1,510 ratings.
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