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Light - Abita Brewing Co.

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 20.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: au1sec on 10-26-2003)
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Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.6/5  rDev -13%
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

Arithmeticus, Nov 06, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is light yellow in color and tinged with orange. The head came up nicely.

Smell – The grain aroma is actually pretty stiff for a Light Lager. I can pick up the faintest hint of grassy hops as well.

Taste – The grain is actually quite good here. It’s very delicate but persistent through the finish. There’s a sweetness that isn’t really a sweetness, if that makes any sense. It’s like that residual carbohydrate flavor that you get when eating well-cooked grains.

Mouthfeel – This of course is light-bodied and very thirst-quenching. The carbonation is solid and tingly.

Drinkability – This one does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It’s thirst quenching, not complex, doesn’t have any offensive sugars, isn’t hopped, and goes down quite well.

Comments – I know this style is “poo-pooed” by most, and I’m certainly not a big fan of light American lagers. Having said that, this is one of the better examples that I’ve had. I owe a big thanks to BigLove for sending me this gem.

RoyalT, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of tbryan5
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

tbryan5, 42 minutes ago
Photo of mediumrare
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

mediumrare, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

BeerDreadz, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

tigg924, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of jakester
3.63/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was from a sampler case I bought at Shangy's. No friggin' date on the case, but date is clearly notched on the label.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a short-lived head of white bubbles. It quickly drops to islands and a ring, with intermittent splotches of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is at first grainy, with a faint DMS smell behind it. That does leave to give up a light, pleasant, bready, grassy aroma. As it warms, the DMS smell comes back.

The flavor is crisp and clean, bready, light, with a just detectable hop bitterness and flavor. Fairly tasty for a light beer. Aftertaste is light pilsner malt, with a small amount of residual sugar.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a good zing from carbonation. The residual sweetness is pleasant, and adds to this beer. Finish is short and kind of sweet.

<Mumbling incoherently> I actually think I could drink this beer. Pretty darn tasty, if I do say so myself, taking style into consideration. Recommended, especially if you're looking for a light beer. Well made.

jakester, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of kingcrowing
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

kingcrowing, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of rcm5693
3.08/5  rDev +3%

rcm5693, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a fizzy light beer ultra pale lighter than apple juice golden straw color with a bright white vibrant head forming. Lacing that is left behind is thin and rare between sips. Aromatics light biscuit and two row cereal notes refreshing but no real hop character going on. Flavor fizzy pale lager with some creamy cereal grain sweetness and spring water mineral zing to the finish really crisp clean and smooth as in carbonated mineral water. Mouthfeel is light and airy pretty much light fizzy carbonation and sweetness sticks to the sides of the palate after each finish, no hop burps either. Drinkability is much like any other macro yet I have much more integrity drinking something out of Louisiana that is really pushing the craft industry forward as well as catering to the masses.

WVbeergeek, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of ste5venla
3/5  rDev +0.3%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of markmccoy
3/5  rDev +0.3%

markmccoy, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Griffith, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita Light: Clear, golden, bright white head that drops shortly. Very minor lacing. Malty and fruity in the nose and the mouth. Much more flavorful than your average light beer. In fact, it's more flavorful than some American macro lagers. A little bit sweeter, but that's not the point. It appears to be all-grain, or at least close to it. Mild hop flavor and supporting bitterness. Well-balanced! Really nice! One of the best light beers I've ever had, but that leads me to ask, how light is it? There's a lot going on in this beer considering it's "light", so just how many calories does it have? And what about carbs? Honestly, I don't care myself, but it's good enough that I have to ask. Well done!

NeroFiddled, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Rootdog316
3.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

Rootdog316, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev +0.3%

cliff1066, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of wilfonzo
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

wilfonzo, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev +0.3%

atlbravsrno1, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of EagleTalon
3.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin white head and a bit of lace. Pale yellow color with slight haze and strong carbonation. Aroma is very weak malt and slight noble hops. Flavor is lacking a punch but not bad for an all-malt light beer with 119 calories. It is slightly sweet and has a nice carbonic bite. Finishes clean (no real aftertaste). This is what pale lo-cal light beer should be.

EagleTalon, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of corrrance
3/5  rDev +0.3%

corrrance, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of goochpunch
3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazy pale gold with not much of a head. Really subtle, faint aroma here with a touch of grain and some malt sweetness. Refreshing not smelling any adjuncts. Flavor is all light, honey sweetness with just a touch of a weird rubber quality (may be past its prime). Faint floral hops are in the background. Nice. Mouthfeel is light, but not too spritzy. Extremely quaffable with no offensive quality to it really. Light on flavor, but what's there is really nice. Up there with Shiner Light in terms of awesome light beers.

goochpunch, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of theghost3
2.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is extremely light gold with a thin, white head. Smell is yeast & sweet corn. It has a strong yeast flavor with a hint of some kind of grains. There's a sort of odd metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp but it ends with a smoothness. The Abita Light is OK for its style, but it's really no different from most macro lights--little flavor and not distinctive.

theghost3, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
2.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a sampler. Poured from a 12oz bottle with bottled on date on the back label. It was a clear light golden color. It had a small head that quickly went away. The smell was the typical light beer smell and didn't impress. It was a tad more skunky than Lite or Bud Light. The taste was pretty much on par with those beers as well. It had a slightly stronger finish than them but otherwise same shit different glass. Wouldn't seek out but if stuck in bar and forced to choose between the usual macros and this I'd probably go with this for variety. (2.5, NA, Tie, N)

TexIndy, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
2.53/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle purchased in early July 2006 at Cuban Liquor in Shreveport, LA. Pours a decent light yellow for a light beer- more color than expected. A fizzy head lasts almost no time in a plastic cup on the river on the 4th of July- your mileage may vary!

Aroma- what aroma? None to speak of. Flavor- light malts, light hops, very inoffensive, but it really was lacking in both. It went down smoothly, clena and refreshing, and it was superior to the Bud Light that predominated the festivities, but I tried it- moving on!

Dukeofearl, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of MLasoski
3/5  rDev +0.3%

MLasoski, Nov 18, 2011
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Light from Abita Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.