Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by LightEnthusiast:
4.43/5 rDev +35.9%
Purchased one bottle on a whim to see what the fuss was about. A few years back I tried a Sam Adams something or other (I can't remember, I was playing a show and it was handed to me) and I had to choke it down. It must have been a strong dark lager.
I purchased ONE of these just in case I hated it. That way I wouldn't be spending the whole $8 on a 6'er like I did with the horrendous Bud Light Golden Wheat (read my review).
I'm glad I purchased it. I had no beer opener so I had a little trouble trying to get it open (metal spoon, counter top, prying with metal objects) but once I did I noticed the foam was nice and thick (this was very different from the other light beers I had been trying). I couldn't smell much through the foam but I let it die off in the sink for about 30 seconds and took my first sip.
At first taste it was absolutely clear this was a stand-out from all of the other "light" so-called beers. This was thick, full, hearty - and the mouthfeel wasn't cheap or overly carbonated. The flavor was not artificial - this beer took time to brew. Wonderful honey and fruity tomato notes tagged at the end. My initial reaction was eye-popping "now THAT'S a beer." I was ecstatic.
Because I tasted it before I smelled it, I took a whif after the initial taste. The smell is not overwhelmingly original, but the scents do not clash and though it doesn't really reflect how the beer tastes, I have definitely smelled worse. If I had to describe it, I would say it is very robust, thick, and hearty. I'm getting some very strong wheat, barley and straw right out front with a note of sasparilla trailing right behind. Very very faint hint of vanilla creme and caramel. Floral notes are in the background, overshadowed by the straw and barley. I can't quite tell what they are.
The mouth-feel is incredible. Smooth, thick, full, floating. Its thickness is thick without being thick. Swishes to the back of your palette effortlessly and leaves a smooth finish all the way down. The finish disappears near-perfectly at the right time before the bitter sets in, like a good house guest that knows when to leave. No harsh notes, very mild bitterness. Smooth, smooth, smooth.
Drinkability is superb in the way that it drinks like a beer and not like a soda. Not as easy or as light as, persay, many light "carbonated beers" that go right down the hatch quickly and leave you craving for more (they have their place); but on the contrary you will have more time to enjoy this beer properly because it doesn't doesn't finish as quickly as the others and is likened more to hot chocolate than skim chocolate milk.
Incredibly smooth. Full of flavor, mildly sweet, very low bitterness. Absolutely impeccable. This is what a light lager should be.
02-17-2010 22:57:15 | More by LightEnthusiast
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3.55/5 rDev +8.9%
By far my favorite light beer pours a orange/gold color with light to mediium head,aroma is slightly bready like malt aroma.Taste has a good hop flavor for a light beer with a good malty smack in the finish.Good mouthfeel for a light beer as well,and can drink many of these without feeling full.Its a light beer take it for what it is.
08-06-2003 00:01:46 | More by oberon
3/5 rDev -8%
Pours a not-so-light amber color. Smells like a macro (corn I believe). Tastes not at all like your daddy's light beer swill. It's actually not that bad, surprisingly. This might be a good choice for those buds who refuse to drink anything other than Coors Light.
10-14-2004 00:35:28 | More by skybluewater
2.88/5 rDev -11.7%
Clear golden, slightly amber pour with a fizzy small head that quickly fades to nothing. Eh. A spicy, herbal hop is apparent along with a sweet cereal grain aroma. The nose is really subdued and doesn't do much for me at all.
A mellow pale, slightly caramelly maltiness along with some sweet grains and a touch of herbal, spicy hops on the way down. An unoffensive brew that is still very pedestrian. If I HAD to drink a light beer...I would definetly choose this over anything else.
Mouthfeel is borderline medium bodied with much more maltiness than standard light lagers. This makes a good lawnmowing beer...which I am about to go do. Not something I'd ever pick up as "light" beer is pointless to me. However it was nice enough to try out of the mixed 12 pack.
04-24-2005 19:27:28 | More by orbitalr0x
2.7/5 rDev -17.2%
This isn't bad for a light beer. That being said, it's still a light beer, and has all my negative connotations associated with being a light beer.
It is an amber color with a medium-sized, but quickly disappearing, white head.
Not much for the aroma, mostly sweet malt.
Even less comes through in the taste, sweet, breadlike.
Not a beer I would seek out, but as part of the summer 12 pack, someone had to drink it.
05-31-2010 22:02:09 | More by lordofthewiens
3.8/5 rDev +16.6%
!2 onz amber bottle
Appearance : Light brown color with a pale creamy color head that looks really good.
Smell: Grainy and a light but very light sweet aroma.
Taste: Light bodied, maltiness is there in a very nice way,Hops are there present, a small caramel or sweet flavour.
Mouthfeel & Drinkabilty : Very easy to drink,feels nice in the mouth not wattery like light beer.
Notes; This beer can be a regular lager for other brand. Very nice label.
09-29-2007 05:18:26 | More by BeerDreadz
3.63/5 rDev +11.3%
Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with freshness date on the side.
Appearance: Bright, clear amber in colour with very active carbonation and a semi-sticky thin white creamy lace.
Smell: Soft metallic, grain and floral aromas.
Taste: A light bodied, dextrin malty sweetness starts this brew off, followed by grain notes, a smooth and creamy palate (fizzy, tight carbonation), a slighty dry crispness and background metallic and very faint caramel flavours. Hop flavour is soft with a mild citrus quality to it. Ends with a drying grain tannin feel and flavour.
Notes: This is a light beer that is sure to revolutionize the perception of light beers! Okay, no it's not ... and it's not even really a light beer. Sam Adams Light is full of flavour, colour and aroma at 128 calories (no different than most non-light beers) per 12oz serving. It's also made from two-row barley and 100% noble hops -- unlike other light beers that are chuck full of adjuncts and sometimes other icky things. In the light category, this is at the top, hence my rating, but as a beer this is something that I would not normally buy.
09-22-2002 16:52:57 | More by Todd
5/5 rDev +53.4%
Just like the Boston lager, with a less prevalent taste, but the taste kicks in at the end. A good beer for when you don't want to get full. But still not as good as some of the other Sam Adams varieties. not bad if you just want a good beer but don't want to be filled up, or excessively drunk, still a better alternative than bud light.
11-14-2002 23:37:07 | More by twi1609372
3.2/5 rDev -1.8%
I tasted this on two occasions,once side by side with Miller Lite and Bud Light the second time with MGD and Coors. With the lights it stood easily on top, much darker color, much bolder aroma, and definitely a better taste. With the regular beers , this tasted very ordinary.I guess light is just light, there are beers that taste good for a light, but not lights that taste great as a beer
11-02-2003 18:56:48 | More by grynder33
2.3/5 rDev -29.4%
It's very light--totally translucent. The head, though it fizzles to near nothingness within a minute or two, really isn't too shabby (for a light beer). Not expecting much, I figure the head and some semblance of lacing makes this an above par look for the style.
The smell definitely ain't much, though I detect a distinct Sam Adams smell--maybe it's the two-row malt. Acknowledging I know basically nothing about noble hops, the beer certainly doesn't smell hoppy to me. For a light lager, it's got character but, at least for the odor, that Sam Adams distinctiveness is not a positive one.
Particularly for a light beer, I taste a bit more malt than I'd expect. There's undoubtedly that Sam Adams something in the taste as well. I don't want to knock it too much, but I don't really like it. The more I think about it, the more I think it's that two-row malt; if not, I maintain it's the same sorta substance I found displeasing about the smell. It's got character...but maybe I don't want character in a light lager.
It's fully carbonated--maybe overly so because the mouthfeel is really fizzy. I respect that it's homogenous--every aspect of this beer is the same with every sense you can use to experience it. It looks, smells, tastes, and feels the same throughout. Since there's that sole ingredient that seems to dominate the senses, and I don't really like it, the fizzy burst of it I get in the mouthfeel makes that the least enjoyable component of the beverage.
I bet this is a big seller, and I'm certainly not gonna knock Sam Adams just because it's readily available. I got this one in a summer variety pack, and I've enjoyed most of the beers out of that. Truth is, however, I'd prefer they leave this one out; furthermore, it's tough for me to contemplate a time when I'd pick Sam Adams Light over ANY beer. Maybe over the worst of the worst (read: Milwaukee's Best Light or King Cobra), but even then it might still be a decision.
08-22-2009 03:05:14 | More by marvin213
3.6/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours a light amber color, very clear. Decent head that goes away pretty quickly. Minimal lacing. Smells of biscuity malts and a slight hop spice. A light beer that actually smells like beer! Taste is also great for a "light beer." Biscuity malts followed by a hop spice, some vanilla notes...almost like a watered down Boston Lager. Really terrific for a light beer, I must say. It doesnt have the usual off flavors that accompany the rest. Crisp, clean, and actually some flavor in there. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Clean finish. Very drinkable.
08-01-2008 22:59:22 | More by Doomcifer
Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,957 ratings.