Beer Reviews: Amstel Light

Now before some of you go all apoplectic on me for reviewing a common light beer, I have to rationalize my choice here. For one, in order to become to a certified beer judge, I have to recognize and be familiar with all beer varieties, including the light beers. Second, I choose the Amstel because I was unfamiliar with it, and I thought it better than drinking a Coors Light.

Amstel Light is brewed in the Netherlands by Amstel Brouwerij B. V. They have several other beers, mostly of the lager variety. I would hazard that typical Americans would recognize Amstel Light, but precious little of the rest of their catalog.

Light beers are a bit perplexing to me, for several reasons. One, I have a clear and definable bias against them, mostly because they lack the flavor that I so enjoy in beers. Two, there is no hard and fast rule on what “Light Beer” is supposed to mean. Here in the States, it means less calories than the traditional lagers, else where in the world, it means less alcohol content.

My review, (which I’ve documented over at Beer Advocate), was probably done incorrectly, as if given another chance, I’d review it against other light beers, rather than my own personal preference. Alas, this is not what occured, and this is the review that followed:

The color is a pale yellow, while the head was virtually nonexistant after a minute or so.

Smell? There’s only a hint of an aroma, but it mostly smells of nothingness.

Taste, a bit grainy/malty at first, but soon becomes a watery nothingness with a bit of a metal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It’s as if they heard of carbonation, and this was there best possible guess as how it should manifest itself in their beef. If mouthfeel could equate to knives, Amstel Light would be a butter knife.

: I do see how some people could defend this beer on a hot summer day – after all, it is mostly water. But there has to be a better light beer out there than this.

Overall this resulted in a “D” Average. But let’s consider this first official attempt at an official beer review a bit flawed.