Light - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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:
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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Ratings: 151 | Reviews: 76
Reviews by rosmhuire:
Photo of rosmhuire
2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +34.2%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.84/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

Photo of jakester
3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.72/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.22/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Photo of Rootdog316
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.37/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.67/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of theghost3
2.45/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of TexIndy
2.41/5  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)

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.51/5  rDev -15.8%
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!

Photo of EgadBananas
3.52/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of wcudwight
2.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.07/5  rDev +36.6%
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

Photo of HoustonTX
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Not a bad pour, pale yellow, with a white creamy head. Excellent carbonation and retention.

S - Grains including corn, hay, and wheat.

T - Light sweetness, adjuncts present. Corn being the most prominent. Leads to a strong adjunct aftertaste, which lingers for some time.

This beer was not bad for a light beer. Suprisingly drinkable, give it a try.

Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

The smell featured a solid light grain and a smattering of aroma hop.

The taste was light and balanced. Good doughy grain bill.

The mouthfeel was clean.

Overall a decent light beer. Better than a macro, but not on par with Sam Light.

Photo of dustylong
3.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color, with a small, quickly dissipating head, and no lacing (poured from a bottle into a pint glass). This beer has almost no aroma whatsoever, with a slightly malty taste. The taste is better than most light beers on the market today, and slightly stronger, too. Malty taste to it, with a slight taste of hops. Very light feel in the mouth, with a good amount of carbonation. Considering the style, not too bad, but not a beer I plan on drinking again.

Photo of jasonjlewis
2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

119 calories, 8.2 grams carbs

Light yellow color. Faint head on the pour, Decent retention. It's a light lager, what can I expect?

Smell is of cooked vegetables, the malts are very low and it's not much different than seltzer water. Light lager, what can I expect?

Taste is very light. A littele better than BMC, but still I know light lagers can do better than this. Abita beers have an artificialness to me I don't know why.

Crisp light refreshing lager. A little better than average.

Decent refreshing beer, EH.

Photo of CHickman
3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of au1sec
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abita has entered the light beer world, and they've done a good job. Brown twist-off bottle, freshness date notched on the back label. Freshness wasn't an issue as I had it in New Orleans the same month it was released. I was told they had been testing recipes for a light beer for two years. Its color is perhaps a bit more amber than most light lagers, and that reflects in the taste. It's richer and more full than your average light beer. Only 119 calories, but in a blind taste test I don't believe most beer drinkers would think it was a light. Abita uses no adjuncts. I'm looking forward to my next trip there so I can do the brewery tour again and ask some more questions about this beer, but I think Abita is going to be very successful with it.

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Light from Abita Brewing Co.
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