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Opa Opa Light - OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

58 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 20.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-16-2004)
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Photo of BingDings
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

BingDings, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of u2carew
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

u2carew, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
1.95/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear pale straw color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Corn and grass nose. Flavor is sweet grass and corn. There are better lights like Sam Adams. Brewed on May 6, 2010 at least its fresh. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

DrJay, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

smcolw, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

plaid75, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled on tap at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts on September 28. 2009. The pour is a very pale, straw yellow with little to no white head. It is more like a little fizz. The malts are the most notable scent on the nose but otherwise there is virtually nothing. I was satisfied with the mouthfeel. The taste has a dash of hops and bread but little in the way of malts, which are so evident in the aroma. It kind of had more of a flavor of a non-alcohol beer. This was not the most preferable introduction to their line of brews but indeed it had a pleasing freshness to it.

puboflyons, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation, clear, straw yellow

Smell: grass and malt--almost pilsner like

Taste: Grass, sweet malt, a touch of tea

Mouthfeel: light body, high carbonation, smooth, somewhat sweetish

Drinkability:A light lager that feels like an average pils. There are several other light lagers I would choose first. Nothing to turn away, but certainly nothing to session.

tigg924, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

donkeyrunner, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a faint hint of hops.

T: The taste is bready and a little sweet with flavors of grain and light touches of caramel and citrus. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, not a bad alternative if you're looking for something light but almost anywhere that I could get this beer, I could find something better.

TheManiacalOne, May 05, 2009
Photo of kenscrx
1.88/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I did not care for this beer. The other Opa Opa beers I have had were decent. I got this as a gift among several other six packs. I found it to have no microbrew qualities. I am not knocking it for being a light beer. i am knocking it for being a sub par light beer. I found it to be like any generic light beer, but with more of a fizzy, grainy taste. Little to no hops with an extremely light, straw like color. I did not finish the glass that I poured.

kenscrx, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

CharlesRiver, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of KBoudreau66
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

KBoudreau66, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Coorskid33
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Coorskid33, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, very light yellow body with a thin ring of white bubbles up top.

Smell: Pale malts, sweetish smelling, with some mild floral hints.

Taste: Faint pale malts with a light cereal sweetness. Tiny pop of citrus. Floral hops with only the faintest amount of bitterness. Sweetness rebounds and lasts till the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Oops Oops, Opa Opa! Wholly underwhelming, but, then again, we are dealing with a light here.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of bedwyr
2.05/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I won this one on the Wheel of Beer at the Bodega in La Crosse, WI. That can sometimes mean that it's reaching the end of its shelf life. That being said, the Opa-Opa Light is not impressive.

The color is rather typical for a light beer as is the mouthfeel. But there is almost a slight sourness to both the smell and taste that is not particularly pleasing. It has a sharp bite at the end that makes it rather undrinkable for a light lager.

The label calls it "crisp and refreshing." I can't really argue with crisp. I don't personally find it to be refreshing. I can't definitively vouch for the freshness of this particular bottle, so I hate to be too harsh. Give it a try, if you like citrusy beers, you make like it.

bedwyr, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of currysage1
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

currysage1, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of LarryV
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

LarryV, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of JoKo
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

JoKo, May 31, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

fitzy84, May 23, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

erosier, May 06, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

geexploitation, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

rousee, Aug 18, 2007
Opa Opa Light from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.