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Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light

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1,962 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,962
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 25
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Reviews by rlee1390:
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3.33/5  rDev +2.1%

A-Clear amber, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Skunky, earthy notes, in a way smells like a legit light lager would...

T-Grass caramel, very malt forward. No hops/bitterness to speak of. The blend of flavors isn't all there as well.

M-Light to medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-Not sure why someone would ever drink this beer. Light on calories, light on flavor. However I always wanted to try it and now I have.

10-10-2012 23:19:41 | More by rlee1390
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8%

09-26-2013 00:56:15 | More by cam477
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

04-10-2013 02:06:01 | More by tbryan5
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3/5  rDev -8%

01-08-2012 16:14:58 | More by Shakerman
Photo of skybluewater


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
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -8%

04-09-2014 14:56:15 | More by MikeC144
Photo of orbitalr0x


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
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5/5  rDev +53.4%

12-23-2012 01:56:08 | More by markallmon
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3/5  rDev -8%

06-21-2014 21:37:07 | More by jonny1138
Photo of lordofthewiens


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
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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
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South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

01-29-2014 18:46:21 | More by SD-Alefan
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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
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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
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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
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3/5  rDev -8%

05-19-2012 01:01:52 | More by 40451
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North Carolina

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
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New York

4/5  rDev +22.7%

08-12-2012 12:40:07 | More by generallee
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-13-2013 00:43:03 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

07-06-2014 16:28:10 | More by Kurt1326_
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-25-2011 07:26:47 | More by TimoP
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

10-15-2012 20:25:32 | More by Twifiter
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Rhode Island

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
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-22-2013 19:44:52 | More by JakerLou
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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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