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Opa Opa Light - OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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Opa Opa LightOpa Opa Light

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 59
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 19.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-16-2004

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 59
Photo of billybob
4.6/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a flute glass a very clear light straw yellow color with a three finger white head that filled the glass to the rim then faded quickly to a ring around the glass. lot of bubbles coming to the surface looks real nice when first poured. smell of spices and a slight musty aroma. taste is malt and spice and a touch of fresh lemon with a slight hop bite. mouthfeel was light to medium, crisp lots of body for a light beer. easy drinker good summer refresher.

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Photo of JoKo
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a SA Boston Lager pint glass. Medium sized head with moderate retention. The carbonation in this beer is very high giving it a real crisp taste. The color is a straw yellow. The nose is hops up front with some citrus. As expected, the taste is light hops, citrus, and some malts lingering in the background. This beer was exceptionally crisp and clean on the palate and quite flavorful for a light lager. For this style of beer, I feel that this one was well done.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

We generally would not review a light beer but coming from a craft brewer we'd like to see how they compare to the big guys. It takes guts to brew this style rather than the usual boring Blonde or Golden Ale that most craft brewers use as their "light beer."

Crackling, fluffy-white head slowly dissipates to virtually no head but a quick swirl of the glass brought it back. Color is spot on for style with a bight and clear pale yellow hue. A small amount of cooked corn and cabbage in the aroma from dimethyl sulfide (DMS), other than that the aroma is very clean. High level of crispness leaves some smoothness in the light body. Same cooked corn--almost creamed corn--flavor is present but not substantial enough to make an impact. Clean grainy palate with light doughy biscuity and mild hay malt flavors, a touch of sharp hop bitterness to balance and a very faint floral hop flavor is pleasing to the taste buds. Finished bone dry with a very clean aftertaste.

Some of the hardest beers to make are the lightest, like this one, and other than a negligible amount of DMS, there are no up-front flaws to be found. A damn good example of a style that most beer geeks run away from.

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Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold color with a nice cap of about 1/2 inch. Holds reasonably well with good continual carbonation. The smell is so fresh and clean on this. It has nice malty bready biscuit like elements with a slight twinge of lemon rind.

Tastes like the beer you wish was Americas numer one seller. Excellent for the style Lots of good grain flavor with clean fresh water and a nice german/czech (saaz/hallertau) style hop finish.

I wonder if this is really a true helles but who the helles knows the answer to that anyway. Most brewers I know dont like their beers grouped into a style guideline. This is very easy to have a few of.

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Photo of BingDings
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a very thin, creamy white head that quickly fizzled away without leaving any trace of lace. A lot of upwards carbonation when poured.

Smell: A faint scent of hops accompanied by a grassy and almost sweet smell.

Taste: The taste is crisp though a bit mild. There are hints of floral and citrus flavors with a bit of a malty sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Soft, with medium carbonation and refreshing.

Overall: A nice beer to sit back and enjoy on a hot day. It's not overwhelming on the palate and goes down easy and even though the flavor isn't as up front as I would like, I understand that it is a light beer.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very thin and light yellow, with a thin, brittle head that dissipates in no time flat. Relatively sparse aroma of light malts and just a few sprinkles of hops thrown in. What hops are present are green in nature and rough things up just a bit. On the palate, slick on the tongue, with some zesty hop bitterness that is unassuming and gentle. Very smooth and drinkable. Overall, this is very good for a light beer. It's easy to put down and pleasant in a mild way, with nothing in the way of off notes or brewing foibles. Well done.

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Photo of erosier
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow with a medium sized and medium bodied white head that settles pretty fast and has a nice amount of lacing down the glass. It has a very light aroma of sweet malts and bitter hoppiness at the end. Nothing out of the ordinary in the nose. The taste was very good for a light lager though. The malts and the hops are very flavorful and it's nice because I wasn't expecting as much flavor as I was getting. Nice sweet toasted malts and a nice hoppy bitter make it a decent tasting light lager. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing which makes for a drinkable beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What's with the cowboys?

Pale straw color with a thin white head. Ok retetion, pretty standard looking for the style.

Aroma is of buttery pizza crust malt with light floral hop.

Tastes buttery and crisp with honeyed accents that coat my mouth.

I worked my way through the Opa Opa sampler 12 pack and this was my favorite of the bunch. It seems OO brews their beers with food in mind and this would go great with pizza or a burger.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a recent tasting sponsored by Table and Vine. The drink settled as a pale, yellow-gold color with little to no head. The aromas were surprisingly strong in alcohol and a light yeast touch. In taste, there was a bready, slight citrus and hoppy flavoring to it. The drink, in general, had a smooth bitter taste. Mouthfeel was a good strength for this: really dry and light, very enjoyable. Overall, not the best light lager I have had but pretty good.

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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light doughy malt and a touch of sweetness.

The taste consisted of a light doughy malt and a balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a tasty light lager.

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Photo of u2carew
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Big bubbled and white. Slowly settles. Active upward carbonation. Clear body, golden in color, but pale gold.
S) Grassy. Grainy. Subtle citrus fruit.
T) The flavor is light. Some light banana and starfruit (maybe). At times nutty, but very faint. Finishes with a pleasant malty sweetness.
M) Crisp. Refreshing. Light body.
D) A decent light beer. I'd drink this before one of those other light beers!

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pilsner malt scent that's a bit grainy as well as a light hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. It's an easy drinking lager with a light malt flavor and some hops as well. It's nothing to write home about, but it's smooth and quaffable. It goes down easy and finishes clean and crisp. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is your basic light lager; pale, crisp, clean, light, and easy drinking.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at the brewpub July 2005.

This light lager poured a clear, light yellow color with creamy, white foam that settled but clung to the glass here and there. The smell was light, biscuity malt. The taste was lightly malty with a hint off sweetness and a touch of tanginess. The mouthfeel was smooth with light body and good carbonation. A very, very light hoppiness came through in the finish. This was a decent light lager, though very light in body and flavor.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used to drink Opa light's after work all time to prevent taking insulin and keeping my blood sugar under control
Pours the atypical golden yellow with a quick dissipating white head, and has a lot of carbonation.
Smells of sweet citrus maybe even a little bit of hop trying to come through.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and fizzy.
It's not bad at all for a light beer. For the style of beer that it's supposed to be I believe that it's right on. A good beer for those just starting out or anyone watching calories or trying to keep their blood sugar under control. Especially good if you feel like slugging a couple down real quick haha.

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Photo of Coorskid33
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears~ Pours like light beer, decent head but does not linger for long at all.

Smell~ Head releases strong aroma, kind of floral but more citrusy than anything.

Taste~ Keeping in mind that this is light beer, flavor is there. Taste how it smells and ends with a sharp bite at the end that I enjoyed.

Mouthfeel ~ Watery and carbonated, but it is what is is.

Drinkability~ I could have several of these and enjoy it. Hot summer day beer though, and it's 12 degrees outside so I'll store the rest until it's warmer. Maybe buy more. I enjoy a light beer once in a while. No think, just drink .... sometimes not a bad thing. Good try to for new beer drinkers.

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Photo of edchicma
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad choice for a light beer. Pours a light gold. Smell has definite malt notes and this transcends into a ligt, malty taste that is adequate. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet smooth...very refreshing. Drinkability is good due to crispness, smoothenss and low abv.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz standard brown bottle. Pours our really light in color with very little head that does not last. Looks a lot like Ginger Ale.

Smell offers some hope after seeing the color. Seems to be some solid malt notes mixed with something grassy. Things are looking up.

Taste brings out more of that light malt. I like the carbonation level on this one, not too over the top like most light lagers. Almost Euro Pils like sans the skunk. Fresh and lively and very easy to drink.

To be honest, this is what it is. A solid beer that is very easy drinking yet has some good flavors. A perfect beer to bring to your next football game.

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Photo of LarryV
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with a very short lived head. Aroma is malty, slight hop aroma mixed in. Taste is crisp and clean with the maltiness taking the front seat. Bready notes from the yeast, and just the slightest hint of sweetness far in the background. Not bad for a light beer, I can put a few of these down easily on a hot summer day.

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Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a good head but it settles to a single layer very quickly. Some slippery lace that leaves the occasional spot. Lemon color and very cloudy.

Light, grainy malt aroma, somewhat grassy. Light hop in the background. It's a little bit like a macro to the nose.

A touch of citrus on the tongue. Thin bodied with a spritzy carbonation; yet, it is slightly creamy. Mostly raw grain flavor. Again, there's a passing, subtle hop touch. Decent session beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" bright white head over the clear lemony yellow brew. Head faded down at a moderate to fast rate, but leaves ample frothy lacing. Aroma is light biscuity malts, with a twinge of lemon. Taste has the same grain flavor upfront, but muted and short-lived before giving way to the lemongrass hops and moderate but mouth-filling bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are what you would expect for a light beer, for better or worse. Hoped for a bit better out of this one.

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Photo of currysage1
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Girlfriend had this in the fridge, decided to review. Thats what they all say.

Pours with a very quickly disappearing head, to almost non existent. Watered down straw colored.

Sweet malt faintly comes in, maybe some sawdust, pretty tame.

Taste has a corn flavor in the beginning but it opens up somewhat with some additional malt, with a clean grain finish to it.

Mouthfeel is what it should be for this style, light refreshing with a thin body and maybe just a little too much carbonation. I might drink again but only if I didn't have a RIS.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a mixed 12 Pk, which is out of season and should have had a reduced price, but still not bad for $13. I got 4 of these to get through, so im starting with the Light which only has 4 ingredients.

A: The beer pours a pale yellow color with virtually no head at all. Lots of carbonation with just a thin film of tiny bubbles on top. This beer looks like Ginger Ale basically!

S: The smell consists of just a small amount of malt and hops. Nothing really to talk about here.

T: In the flavor, I do get a wheat-like taste up front which could be from the yeast. No hop presence on the tongue, but has a dry-malt finish.

M: This very light bodied beer is sweet up front with almost like a lemony-wheat feel and then it just mellows out into nothing.

O: Not much characteristics about this beer and even though it lacks in appearance and aroma, I enjoyed the taste of it. Best advice, try it and if you don't like it, then save some for female company!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle from variety pack into a plain pint glass.

A: Poured a very clear and pale straw yellow with a great two-finger head of rocky white foam which dissipated into a thin film. Lacing was decent for a light lager.

S: Smells of faint malt, some toasted corn, and a little metal.

T: The taste is very light; some cooked corn malt and faint hopping. There is no bitterness, and a sharp, clean carbonated bite.

M: Mouthfeel is light and bubbly.

D: Not that tasty, but it's a great way to beat the heat. That said, a low ABV and clean taste make for a very drinkable beer.

Probably satisfying for a light lager drinker and I give a microbrew/brewpub some props for brewing their own light lager to keep BMC light fans happy while offering them its own brew.

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Photo of RyanLigeia
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color that almost looks like apple juice thats been carbonated with a thin white head that fizzles to nothing.
Smells like an average light beer with some sweetness behind it as well. Almost like apples
Tastes a little sweet but nothings really strong enough to note. More flavor than most other light beers (maybe a little apple and lemon if anything) but not enough to really put your finger on them.
The mouthfeel is a little watery. I know its a light beer but I wish it at least had some more carbonation to it and was more crisp.
Overall its nothing special or mind blowing but its better than your run of the mill bud light or coors light. Plus I live by them and I think its kinda cool for such a small brewery to do a light beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, pale yellow with some rocky white bubbles coating the beer. The only thing that kept a thin layer on the surface was the glass it was poured in - the etching on the bottom produced a constant stream of bubbles floating to the top. Light aroma, grainy cereal, malt, faint floral/spicy hops. Low bitterness up front, mild malt sweetness, grain, faint lemon. A bit of bitterness lingered. Light bodied, dry, average carbonation. Pretty clean tasting and easy going down, but I'm usually looking for a little more flavour even in my light lagers.

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Opa Opa Light from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
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