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Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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2,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,089
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 34
Gots: 148 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of Drew966
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Light pours an orange color, much darker than most regular lagers and it has an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mild and malty. Light, crisp and malty. Best light beer I've tasted, but I'm not sure how light it really is, most companies would consider this a darker lager.

Photo of mchegash
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance - 3.75/5
An extremely clear amber-orange color. No head retention. Medium-large carbonation bubbles flow upward at a moderately quick rate.

Smell - 3.5/5
Traditional amber smell. Some sweet maltiness along with some alcohol flavor. The malty sweetness has perhaps a bit of a fruity aroma. Also, a bit of a lager-esque smell. I feel like I can smell the fact that the beer is going to be a little watered down (this might just be psychological though, since I know this is a light beer). Nothing special, but not bad.

Taste - 3.5/5
The first sip presents a distinct lager taste, but with a slightly sweet malty amber flavor. The taste is not extremely strong, which is to be expected from a 'light' beer. But the taste is definitely still present, and is refreshing. If you are looking for a light beer, this seems like it would be a good tasty option, much better than a Budweiser or a Miller Lite.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
The beer is definitely light in body, perhaps on the edge of being 'watery'. There is a light amount of medium carbonation. A little bit crispy. But not super crispy either. Overall, it seems like the mouthfeel is what's to be expected from a 'light' beer like this.

Overall - 3.5/5
I hardly ever drink light beers, so I actually found the lightness of the beer quite refreshing. I don't know whether or not this should be chalked up to this beer in particular, or rather just the genre. I am not well versed enough in my light beers to know how this compares to others. Still, I enjoyed this brew.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

Photo of MSchae1017
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was tasted from a bottle in a pilsener glass.

The key thing to remember here is that this is a light beer so one must take it for what it is. It pours out a slightly golden color with hints of brown. A decent head can be created but it does not hold to well. The smell however might be the best part of the beer. There is a good smell of hops and sweetness that is quite refreshing. The taste however is not as full as the smell. It is a little watery but you do get the taste of hops that far surpasses other light beers. It feels a little watery in your mouth and it could use a little more carbonation. Overall it is a very drinkable beer. I would much rather take this on a hot summer day over any other light beer

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a clear and tea-colored light brown with a finger of white head that doesn't stick around.

S: Fruity esters, light caramel, and bread malts.

T: Light toffee, caramel, toast, berries, and some sour notes late.

M: It has a light body with above-average carbonation and a crisp finish.

O: This tastes okay and is beyond quaffable.

Photo of kq4q
3.52/5  rDev +8%

Photo of granger10
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, this might be the best "light" beer that I have had so far in my life, but that still isn't saying all that much. Pours a bronzish golden color with a moderate to weak white head. Taste is grainy sweet, cereal grains are most noticeable. Hop undertones and low carbonation makes the cereal really stand out. Crisp and smooth, which is what all light beer drinkers want. It's still a little watery but not as watery as most light beers. But, my only problem with this is that it's not really that light in calories and carbs. I don't really care personally, but it seems like false advertising or something. I bet it has more carbs and calories than Guiness and most irish stouts.

Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Light amber with an almost orange tint. Pretty heavy carbonation pours into a half finger white foamy head. Dissipates quickly leaving only a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Light carbonation continues to rise throughout experience. You can see the brew really thin out toward the edges in normal light beer fashion. No lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malt, light hop, hints of honey, molasses, and chocolate.

T: Light chocolaty malt, hops, subtle honey sweetness.

M: Light and carbonated. Feels a bit diluted as you'd expect a light to. The chocolate malt to start, finishing with a light hop complimented with the honey sweetness, which hangs around.

D: Good drinkability. Has a light feel and refreshing palette.

Decent flavor and nose, both with a little more complexity than you would expect from a light. Does feel light and diluted, but then again. . . it is a light beer, so what do you expect. For a light beer, it's a real contender; just considering it as a member of the beer universe, still pretty solid. Overall, good quaff. If you feel compelled to drink a light beer, this is probably the way to go.

Photo of kneeland
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It almost tastes like a light version of a pale ale. There's nothing really special to it. It has too much of a unfiltered taste to it, and a lot of malt.

This beer proves that light beer doesn't have to taste like a light beer. I've said it before, Sam Adams knows what they're doing.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Light brown color with a thin white head, no lacing.

Smell: Grassy skunky notes with some hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste of mild hops, some sweetness to it as well, very light taste.

Overall: This is a great light beer, if I have to drink light this would be my first choice.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, a light beer that tastes like a real beer. At first it reminds me of the cheap amber lagers like Yuengling, but it doesn't have that annoying sweetness. This is just a nice clean, lager with a bit a pale grains, caramel malt and slight lager tang. I can't really pull any hops of it, which is a shame, but this is by far the best light beer I've ever had.

Photo of shand
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

This beer pours a pale gold colour with about two fingers of head that has poor retention and above-average lacing. Light malts and floral noble hops are chilling out on the nose. A smooth, "beery" aroma, yet quite weak. This has a very light and delicate taste that reminds me of tons of Euro lagers, just done better. It mostly follows the nose, it's not a complex beer, just light malts and a touch of noble hops.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both quite good, this beer goes down easily. But, as a light beer, that's kind of what it's supposed to do! Just a nice, inoffensive, easy drinking beer that can really hit the spot. Nothing stellar, but it's a nice brew that lives above the "light" label.

Photo of JayS2629
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must applaud this beer. This is the best light beer I've ever had. It has more flavor packed into a light beer than I've experienced.

A- Darker than most light beers. Amber, copper color with descent head that fades fast and leaves little lace.

S- Toast, grass and herbs, biscuits, caramels, floral notes. clean, metallic. Thats a lot for a light beer.

T- Follows the nose. Biscuits and herbs, grass and toasted grain. Sweet caramels. Watery, but a lot of flavor for a light beer.

M- Light, refreshing, crisp, smooth, thin.

D- Very drinkable. Smooth and refreshing with good flavors.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this served up at the Sam Adams joint in the Cincinatti, Kentucky airport in between Germany and Atlanta. They only had four or five beers, and I had already had everything BUT the venerable Sam Adams Light.

Serving was from an ice-cold bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance was a medium amber color with a small white cap that left minimal lacing on the glass.

Nose a mix of vague grain and herbal hop notes, but nothing spectacular.

Taste is somewhat bland, with a thin malt background balanced by a deal of hop bitterness. Body is medium-thin, with a decent amount of carbonation. Finish is a short-lasting, semi-dry bitterness that mellows into a sweetness as it dies.

Overall, the beer is what it is -- just a better-tasting, more balanced version of a Light beer. If ever I was forced to drink a light beer, I'd definitely choose this over any of the macro water beer, but it's certainly no replacement for a fuller beer.

Photo of jneiswender
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a small tasting glass.

A--Light amber color. Quick dying head.

S--Smell is faintly fusel, floral and somewhat berry aroma.

T--Grainy malt flavor, some good hop bitterness.

M--Somewhat thin. But full flavor for a light.

D--The only reason I would drink light beer is if I needed save my life and I needed to be weaned off of beer. In that case I may choose death. That said, I looked up similar data on light beers found by others. Seems to be that you would do just as good getting a nice lager than a Sams Light because they have roughly the same number of calories. I can't believe people that there are a group of people who think they are loosing weight by drinking SA Light!

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a deep yellow color, clear, with a short head that disappeared almost immediately.

It smelled slightly sweet, with bitter aromatic hops that were vaguely skunky.

The taste was of light malt, and it was slightly bitter. It was also quite carbonated.

This was better than most light beers I have tried.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Aug. Pours a translucent light amber color with a thin layer of head. Aroma is biscuits and floral. Some grape aroma and a bit tart. Some caramel flavor along with a biscuity taste. Definitely tastes watered down. Slight tart aftertaste of the grapes. To quote every athlete ever "It is what it is." And what this Is is a decent beer. Nothing I would go out of my way to buy but it is probably the best Light beer I have ever had. I feel it is a bit of a ripoff to put it in the Summer Mix Pack but it does fit in well. Overall, it's not bad but I hope I don't ever have to drink it by default.

Photo of Jayli
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a light amber, copper color with a one finger head of bone white head. Head recedes rather quickly and leaves little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a light herbal, grassy hop, with a big hearty dose of grain.

T: Taste starts with a toasted caramel malt sweetness. A hint of hop bitterness comes through. Grain takes over the middle and carries through with a bit of grassiness in the finish.

M: Lighter bodied, medium to high carbonation, nice crisp clean feel to the body.

D: Goes down very easily, somewhat tasty, not filling, minor kick, and a good representation of the style. I've not had a light lager before and although I wouldn't seek this out, this is a great alternative to the macro selection generally available out at the bars.

Photo of nasty15108
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A - Poured a light copper color, with a nice head of white foam. The head quickly gave way yo a thin spotty film. decent carbonation, very little in the way of lacing, but still a nice suprise for a "Light" beer.

S - Slightly malty, with a grainy "Macro" aroma. Slightly grassy.

T - Malty with floral hints. I also detect a slightly metallic, macro flavor. Not too bad.

MF&D - Light and crisp. Not very big on flavor, but its quite drinkable.

Photo of mdr4669
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Clear golden coloration with minimal head not much lacing.

Smell: Nothing stands out, it just smells like beer.

Taste: Biscuity, multi-grain, malty with a hint of hops, very well-balanced and tasty for a light beer. Pleasantly surprised.

MF: Water, there's no kick or punch to this beer.

OA: Not bad, but not fantastic either. There's nothing that stands out about Sam Adams Light, but nothing puts it off either.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a mostly clear amber/copper color with light carbonation. Head appears rich and frothy, but fades away in a few minutes to a marginally impressive foam on the surface.

Smell: A light wheat-like essence accompanied by slight sweetness in the malt. A little citrus in there, maybe.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Definitely very light on the palate, medium to high carbonation. The beer really gets going if you swish it around. Almost like a soft-bodied wheat beer. Very malty, which is probably the best quality. Aftertaste is very tinny or aluminum-tinted.

Overall: It came in a sampler pack...2 bottles of 6 varieties. Glad I got this one out of the way, it just leaves me longing for the OG Samuel Adams Lager (or better yet, Samuel Adams Ale).

Photo of micmillon18
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint class. Best Before date reads August of 2011.

A - Pours a clear amber color with a small thin white head. Surpise! It has color! It's easily the best looking light beer I've ever seen mainly because it looks nothing like your typical light lager. Head dissipates quickly with little to no lacing.

S - Sweet malt and a faint hop scent.

T - Sweet malts with a nice grainy taste at the end. Also finishes with a slight balancing hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

O - As far as light lagers go, this is at the head of its class. I can't think of another in its class that matches its flavor. If your going to worry about calories, it might as well taste good.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light brown body with a full, though quickly thinning off-white head.

Smell: Faint aroma of caramel and crumbly, dry toast.

Taste: Light flavor of toasted bread with a touch of caramel malts and a very subdued sweetness. Hops remain exceedingly light. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It has alot to offer, relatively, for a little light lager.

Photo of jsisko01
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a light orange/copper color with a half inch thick head that dissipates quickly. Very nice lacing.

Smell - A hint of caramel, very earthy, and some spices.

Taste - Toasted malts, nutty, caramel, and a strong sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body with medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good lighter version of the Boston Lager.

Photo of Treyliff
3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by Aug 2014, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear dark golden color with an orange hue, small creamy white head that retains nicely, due to some carbonation bubbles shooting to the top

S- toasted cracker malt with a subtle bready sweetness, faint grassy hops

T- light bready sweetness continues into the flavor with hints of a cream ale, small traces of grassy hops mix with a bit of yeast, lightly toasted malt on the finish

M- light-medium body with moderate-but-biting carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp and dry finish, high drinkability

O- the best light beer I've had to date, this certainly isn't a style that I enjoy often, but SA did a good job with this one

Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,089 ratings.