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Light - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 153
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: au1sec on 10-26-2003

Light is uniquely hand-crafted using 100% all natural ingredients: malted barley, the finest hops, German lager yeast and pristine Abita Springs water. The result is the smoothest, most flavorful light beer you will ever taste.

10 IBU
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Photo of JoLight
1.84/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: clear, yellow body with a white head that dissipates into a small, but not insignificant, ring layer of foam.

Aroma: faint malts. Somewhat skunky, oddly enough. The skunky aroma must be a characteristic of the product, though, because every bottle of the six pack I had smelled the same way, and it was a fresh batch as well.

Taste: general grain flavor; some crackery malt. Lots of water. Somewhat stale towards the end of each bottle.

Mouthfeel: light, watery.

Finish: semi-dry. Watery.

Overall, this starts out as a good light beer. But almost instantaneously, it loses all its carbonation. Alongside the total lack of carbonation and the lack of flavor, what's left is a very gross concoction of water and stale hay/grain flavor. I'm very surprised that I did not enjoy this beer, given that I am a regular light beer drinker. What truly "does this beer in", in my opinion, is its losing almost all its carbonation within a minute. I don't know why the carbonation doesn't keep, but ample carbonation is needed for any light beer, otherwise it's just gross, just like drinking flat Coca-Cola is gross. (1,127 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some faint malts, not much else. Taste is malts, grains, some crackers, more flavor than most light beers. Feels light in the mouth and overall not bad for a light beer. (261 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away and left some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of malts in the nose along with very faint hints of citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some light flavors of cracker malts along with very slight hints of lemon and orange citrus and bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not thin and watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really easy to drink and quite flavorful when compared to other beers in the style, especially since you cannot taste any adjunct malts. (736 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

"Abita Light: For when you want a light beer, but don't wanna look bad amongst the craft beer glitterati." I'd use it. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises light biscuit and a hint of what may or may not be grass and flowers. It's all decidedly evanescent. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly sweeter biscuit character and a flower component that's almost completely detectable. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, an okay little thing, better than other light lagers out there (however much that says), but still nothing to write home about. (734 characters)

Photo of WMEugene
3.69/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a straw yellow color with a thick, fluffy head (dissipates as expected) and great lacing. For a light lager, this looks fantastic.

S - Malts are most present, sort of a biscuity/nutty nature. Very mild hops. Nothing offensive, but nothing noteworthy.

T - Very clean and crisp lager taste. Some biscuit and nutty flavors, but nothing too strong. For a light beer, this is really well done.

M - Light body, crisp and smooth taste. Extremely drinkable.

O - Abita's Light beer is definitely steps above your normal light macros. While I'm not a huge light beer fan (I try to grade to style as much as I can), this one is definitely worth it if you want an easy-drinking, low-calorie, lawnmower beer. For what it is and strives to be, it does a fantastic job. (768 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.52/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color, with a bone white head, maybe a finger and a half. Didn't stick around long. Aroma is a biscuity maltiness, though not too pronounced. Slight bit of earthy hops. Tastes like a cracker. Slight grassy hops. Again, it's all very mild. Light bodied, and a bit slick.

For a light beer, I don't think it gets much better. (345 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: yellow; clear; no head; bits of carb; no lacing
S: yikes this is not promising; rather smelly
T: yep, as promised; but much of that is because of the style of beer, so I've marked up the flavor accordingly; low hops; high malt; simple; a bit grassy, light but not unpleasant flavor
M: a bit watery (329 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear light gold color with a decent froth of white head. Retention is just ok, but the lacing is very nice for a light lager.

Nose is...well, very light. Mild grassy hop and grain aroma is about it, but it smells fresh and clean. Different than the macro adjunct lagers, that is for sure.

Taste has a pleasant hop flavor that is pretty damn nice, floral almost. Graininess is there, but oh so faint. This beer tastes light a light macro, without the grimacing 'twang' usually associated with such. Its quite good for a light lager, but it really does not have much actual flavor. If you were a light beer drinker and money was no object, this beer is for you. Personally, I dont think the price difference between this and a rack of 'stones is close enough to justify purchasing on a regular basis if pounding light beers is what youre into. (872 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours golden hue with a lasting white head and soda like carbonation. Nose is light herbal hops and sweet biscuit malt. Light, very crisp body. Light hops, sweet malt combine on the palate. Light finish. Not a bad brew for a light beer, but it is still a light beer. (279 characters)

Photo of Rootdog316
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Abita Light pours to a pale golden color with a medium sized spritzy head formation and a faint touch of malt in the nose. There is a very light amount of malt in the palate, along with a faint hint of the creamy nutty flavor found in Abita Amber. The beer is fairly clean overall and benefits from the lack of adjunct flavors. Unfortunately, the flavors here are too light for my taste. In the finish, a very subtle kiss of hops is barely perceptible. The beer finishes on the watery side. (490 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.84/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, one inch head, bright yellow in color, clear

Smell: adjunct corn and grass

Taste: corn, light toasted malt, sugar, a touch of wood.

Mouthfeel: really sweet, high carbonation, super light body--borderline watery

Overall: My new favorite in the style and I do like this beer. This is way better than BMC and Sam Adams. This does have way more flavor than most in this style and would be one to reach for in hotter weather. I tried scoring this to style, so as a beer overall, take off roughly .5 in each category. (545 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a golden yellow color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of barley and maybe pale malts. Tastes of malts, a strange hop bitterness that flows away quickly, and some bread. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is okay. (275 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color with a fizzy white head. Head has good retention. Kind of a musty smell. I may even smell some grassy and spicy hops which is nice for the style. Pale malts and grains in the flavor. Hint of a spicy hop bitterness but it is faint. Weird dry aftertaste. Hey a light lager with flavor, it can be done. Light bodied with good lively carbonation. For a light lager this is a pretty good one. Sam Adams is my favorite but I wouldn't turn this down. (464 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.07/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abita Light beer has a medium, off-white head and a somewhat cloudy golden appearance, with moderate carbonation. Aroma is of barley, and it has a decent hop background smell. The taste is very good for a light beer, and the overall characteristic is breadiness, with a nice hop spice. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Abita Light finishes crisp and refreshing. This is the best light beer I've ever had.

RJT (412 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Straw yellow, very clear with lots of carbonation. About a fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly with very little lacing.

S: Sweet corny aroma, strangely clean... must be the good water they use down at Abita..

T: Pretty basic light beer, sweet just a little corny... very clean...

M: Light, clean, and crisp... just a good light beer.

D: Overall a pretty good light beer.... another good beer from Abita. (459 characters)

Photo of rosmhuire
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at my wife's company picnic.

A: Piss-colored yellow with white head which quickly dissipates.

S: Smells like a macro light beer. 'Nuff said.

T: Not bad for a light beer. I would definitely prefer this to a macro light lager, but what's the point of even drinking this style from a "micro"? If I want this type of beer, I'll just get a macro and save a lot of cash.

M: Watered down.

D: As far as light lagers go, I wouldn't say this is especially drinkable. Don't get me wrong, this is easy to drink, but most macros would be even easier ot throw back. (576 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear yellow with a 1/2 inch white head; the head cleared quickly and left basically zero lacing.

Smells of light malt, faint hops, lemon and some faint yeast. Very weak nose, but par for the course for a light beer.

Tastes of faint malt, grass, lemon, light hops and a little grain. There was some actual flavor to this beer, and while it was meek, it was there and made for a decent compliment to lunch.

Light and crisp, very refreshing and very easy to drink with no aftertaste. Very high and light carbonation.

Overall it was on the watery side, but that's to be expected for a light beer. Much better than a Bud Light, and to me a very above average light beer. (677 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Freshness label, but nothing marked (though recently arrived in the store).

Pours light golden with a thin white head that immediately becomes a thin wisp, then disappears to nothing. No lacing sticks.

The smell is husky with a light sweet graininess.

The taste is of mild sweetness - mild grain, some husk. It has a bland, mildly sweet finish.

Light-bodied, it's pretty fizzy, though not overly so.

Not much here - could be mixed in with so many other light lagers. Could be a quick thirst-quencher in the heat, but so could so many others. It's 119 calories, if you are watching (which isn't particularly "light", compared to some other light beers), but is light on everything else. If "light" is your choice, I still think Sam Adams has the most character of the style. (778 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a short head that breaks apart quick.

Smell: little aroma as some malt sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: light malt presence with some hints of lemon zest, grass, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to quaff. This beer has a bit of flavor that puts it above some others. (394 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.45/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a very clear light straw with not much head or retention.

The aroma is light all skunk nothing special.

The taste is the same as the aroma, light and skunky.

The feel is water, not drinkable.

Nothing more than you're typical american lager, very disappointing. (329 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a fancy pint glass.

Pours a very clear light yellow with almost no head at all. Nose is of light sulfer, has a pretty nice pilsner nose.

Wow, for a light lager this is very tasty! Has a light maltiness and a light hop bit to it. Way better than any BMC light lagers. Really clean finish a good amount of carbonation, very smooth drinker. (363 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of grain, pale malt, yeast, and slight citrus. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, grain, and slight citrus. Overall, another light lager that is slightly better than average. (331 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: As is the way with light lagers, the nose is pretty lifeless, but, at least it's not entirely absent. Very meager hints of waterlogged grains and floral notes.

Taste: Tremendously light pale malts with a faint touch of toasted grain. Even at this early stage, the flavor begins to thin and grows increasingly watery. Hops provide some vague floral hints and a tiny bit of bitterness. Minor rebound of graininess prior to the dry, clean, but very thin finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied to nobody's surprise. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Water-like refreshment. Thirst: quenched! Above average for a light lager, but, even the best light lager is still a light lager. (756 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Abita Light....

Appearance- pale golden color, heavily fizzy head.

Smell-fairly clean, slight maltyness along with grain, par for the norm.

Taste/Mouthfeel- decent flavor, light, easy to drink, nothing too off but isn't powerful, tastes clears up almost immediately.

Drinkability- certainly drinkable for a light beer.

Overall-one of the better light beers out there. (375 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before "XX", but no dating. Also, the obligatory calorie, fat, protein count on the label.

Hazy light amber orange in the pour, with a small white that died quick. Aroma is also light husky grains, which progress into the quaff. Pretty tasty "light" brew, enough hops in the finish to make it crisp and interesting. Really dig the hints of citrus and orange as I move down the glass, each sip maintaining "drink refreshment".

I was skeptical at first (with all light branded beers), but this on is darn good. Recommended for summer session drinking. (556 characters)

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Light from Abita Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.