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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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2,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,106
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 34
Gots: 174 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of BigRedN
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Left over from Christmas. I was finishing the last of these off and surfing BA when I thought I'd see how I rated this. Well, low-and-behold I had not reviewed it yer.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle with best by April '08 notched on the label into a pint glass. The beer is a crystal clear amber color with a rather thin 1/2 inch head that faded to a ring around the glass and leaves little lacing. When compared to other light beers this one blows them away.

Smell: A light aroma of some malts (a lightly roasted caramel aroma). A bit low on scent.

Taste: Some light malt and grains, just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Low in flavor for many other styles (such as amber lager/ale that this looks like), but is pretty decent for a light beer.

Mouthfeel: I hesitate to call this light in body, but it is. Not watery, so that is good. A nice crisp, clean finish.

Drinkability: Low alcohol, just enough flavor, I could session with this for long hours with no problem. While this is probably just an average craft beer; when compared to other beers that call themselves light (or lite) beer (the typical BMC offerings) this is by far better.

Photo of bnes09
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light copper colored brew with great clarity and tons of bubbles. Pours a thick and creamy white foam which actually sticks around pretty well. Exceptional appearance for a light beer.

Not much to say about the aroma. Very clean and grainy.

Taste is actually descent. By far the best light beer I have ever had. Mostly smooth and cream malt flavor comes through. Hops are subtle but there with a mild bite which is short lived. The best part is the lack of corn and rice adjunct flavors that taint the flavor of macro lights.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied as expected and tingly from the bubbles. Nice smooth finish.

Drinkablity for this one is actually exceptional due to the lightness and the fact that I don't want to dump it down the drain after the first sip. Strickly comparing it to other light beers, this is outstanding! Not a lot of complex flavors but no offensive flavors either. Well done!

Photo of mjw2808
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with about a one finger head that leaves a little trail. The aroma is malty with a lot of citrusy lemon flavor in it. Also pretty grainy with a hint of caramel. Cant smell any hops. The taste goes down smooth, its lemony at first with some malt in the back round and grain as its going down. Light yet flavorful. In all honesty I hate light beers, but this is without question the best light beer ive ever had. Its a truely enjoyable light beer, which is something I cant say for any other light beers. nice mouthfeel and drinkability.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Light amber low head

S-Malt, barley, bread mild hop notes also a note of spice

T-Grain, hops and water smooth and easy to drink

M-Good carbonation level easy to drink medium body

D-This is my grab one and drink it from the bottle beer, easy for me to just pick up drink and forget for a little while that im a compete beer snob

Photo of SAtaMi
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Little head to it. Dark golden color.

Smell - Malty with a very light bakery smell like french bread to it.

Taste - Like the smell it has a light malty and lighter hop with a dry back.

Mouthfeel - Crisp refreshing and full bodied for a light beer.

Drinkability - Nice and smooth better then other light beers i have had.

Photo of Leebo2007
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a GREAT beer. Sam Adams is the primiere brewer in America. They have really saved the classic beer taste from the Mega-Brewers. I always drink Sam Adams Lager if it is on tap. Sometimes (when I am feeling "not so fresh") I will drink the Light version...it has the same great color and taste as its big brother. I have only found a few places with it on tap.

Photo of Todd
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the darkest light beers I have ever seen, one of the maltiest light beers I have ever tasted also.

Photo of MattyG85
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Aroma of bready malts with caramel and biscuit. Very light hint of hops and lemon. Smells more like a full malty lager than a typical light beer.

Taste: Lots of bready malts with caramel and cereal like grains. Hint of lemon and a faint hint of hop bitterness. Very malty and fairly tasty for a light beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Fairly full for a light beer. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a light lager that is fuller than some regular lagers.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear golden-amber, forming a thick, dense off-white head. Very nice retention and good lacing.
S-Simplicity...slightly sweet malt backbone, light noble hops, very faint metallic character.
T&M-Starts out w/slightly sweet malt and light-bodied w/sharp carbonation, gets a little watery midway and finishes partly on the hops (light citrus emerges on the swallow), and partly w/the metallic sensation.
D-I was still tasting this beer when I realized it was almost gone. This drinks quickly and quietly, without fanfare, but I still think it's a great "gateway beer" to lead the masses away from macros to Brewtupia.

Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber in color with a nice foamy head that lasts a good while. Wow, this actually has color. Impressive.

Smell: Lightly toasted grain, faint maltiness. Slightly metallic. Floral hoppiness. Not hugely aromatic, but not bad.

Taste & mouthfeel: Soft malty sweetness with a bit of toast and leafy hops. Becomes dry and crisp rather quickly, with a light (but not watery) texture. There's a touch of noble hops in the dry finish, but it's not particularly bitter on the whole. Pretty damn good for a light lager. Can't say I'd buy this with any regularity, but it's great for what it is.

Photo of bignick
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, consumed numerous times.

This is a very good light beer. It truly is a lighter version of Sam Adams Boston Lager, in the way it drinks and tastes. There is a nice caramelly maltiness with a little hop bite. The body is thin, but it is decently full-bodied for a light beer. While I could drink this beer all night, the thiness gets tiresome, the metallic after taste starts to catch up.

Photo of StevieW
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very pleasantly surprising clear copper color, with a better than expected white head. Smell had the characteristic Sam Adams "2 row barley malt" and decent hops as well. Very much in the Boston Lager tradition. Taste was creamy, smooth, and very enjoyable. Enough barley, and crisp dry finish to make this taste like a beer. Easily the best light beer I have had. A pleasant surprise and another winning product for the Boston Beer Co.

Photo of JMad
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a light copper color, very thin white head.
Smells of buttered toast with a hint of lemon.
Tastes like bread and has a very light tingle of bitterness.
Feels very light but still smooth.
This was good for a light beer, a lot better than your typical macros.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light copper with a nice white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Visible carbonation bubbles rising throughout. Smells fairly light, but brings a decent amount of light grain with hints of caramel. Some like Noble hops as well. The taste is slightly sweet and grainy and brings a fairly crisp hop bite. Light body with good carbonation. Certainly one of the better light lagers out there, if not the best.

Photo of veech
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is far and away the best american macro light out there. A: Deep golden with a nice level of carbonation and head esp. for a light beer S: Light maltiness, with some very mild citrus hints and a touch of hopped bitterness all on the mild side. T: Very close to the aroma with understated flavors of what the nose hints at. More body than you would expect from a light lager without being filling M: Good viscosity with enough feel to coat one's mouth without affecting the drinkability which is very good. To put it simply, this is a beer drinker's light beer with enough taste to satisfy without resorting to levels of heaviness that would exclude it from being classified a light lager. Another nicely done product from Sam A.

Photo of medic25
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, sparking copper color, with a thin white head. Nicely carbonated. Minimal malty aroma. Taste is light and clean; maltier than other light beers I've tried. Got a little hint of hops, although certainly nothing powerful. Almost no aftertaste, and very easy drinking. A nice option when watching your calories.

Photo of assmandugle
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber color. Has a nice head to it. Has a hoppy beer scent to it just like Sam Adams lager does. It has a darker taste which is odd for a light beer almost that of Yeungling. It is the best tasting light beer I've ever had. It goes down smooth as well. The color scent taste ratio blows other light beers out of the water. I recommend this beer to everyone.

Photo of Mdog
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, good carbonation, good head.

Smell: Caramel aroma.

Taste: Follows the smell, moderately sweet caramel and a hint of earthy-tea-like hops.

Drinkability: At 4% and good flavor, this is a nice alternative to BMC.

Another beer from Sam Adams that I wasn't too impressed with several years ago, but my opinion has changed. For a light beer it has a lot of flavor, and if the ABV number is right, would still be quite poundable.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rumors had it this is one of the best Light beers available. I had to see for myself. Out of the bottle it poured a classic, clear, copper color with a two finger tan head. The retention was decent and the lacing moderate. The aroma was a little macro for my preference but still a good mix of clean lager malt and hoppy bitterness. The flavors were well balanced too, just enough of everything with hints of sweetness and a crisp finish. The aftertaste, however, was a little metallic. But for a light beer the flavors are surprisingly full and malty. The carbonation was a little high obviously being used to "fill in" the beer but the mouthfeel was still relatively smooth. The body was light and a bit watery but again, that's the style so I have to forgive it. Generally, this is a good beer, which is impressive for a Light so I have to give it high marks. If you gotta go light, go this way.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear straw hue with a moderate white head that diminished quickly with fair lacing.

Light hoppy aroma.

Light body with a watery texture and soft carbonation.

Light bittersweet flavor with a light sweet finish of short duration.

Better then most light beers.

Photo of jtw5877
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a little white head. Tastes maltier & hoppier than any light beer I have tried, not a bad beer. I am sure it would be a good session beer. If you put aside all bias towards or against BBC, you have to admit it's not bad.

Photo of aepb1
3.64/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light brown with a small white head

S- Some malts, a bit of citrus in there as well

T- Malts, smooth light, and the citrus hops come in the end as well as the aftertaste

M- Light bodied with good carbonation

D- Great, will return to this one! I was leery as it is a light beer, but it had a better mouthfeel than most light beers I've experienced

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.64/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in a Boston Lager perfect pint. Best by Sept. '09 notched on the label.

A - Clear and very effervescent light amber with a small off-white head. Very little retention - left a ring. Surprising color for a light beer. Little lacing.

S - Dry husky straw smell with an almost undetectable caramel malt hint and a tad of hops. Sweet corn adjunct aroma.

T - Light sweet malts with a stronger roasted corn and dry straw flavor that finishes with a good balance of light hops that's dry but not bitter.

M - It's constant stream of carbonation lends to the very crisp bite the Light has. Tingly with a dry finish.

D - This light is one hell of a light beer. Despite some minor flaws, as a light beer, this is good and very drinkable. The color surprised me too. Nice solid beer!

Photo of acrawf6
3.64/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark straw/orange with a white head.

Smell. All malts; nice sweet malts, small caramel aroma and a touch of tea.

Taste. Toasty malts and sweet. It has a nice flavor, especially for a light beer, but this is pretty much all it get in the taste. Aftertaste is about the same as the taste, nothing new.

Mouthfeel is good for a light beer, but is on the light side. Balance is ok, carbonation level is good.

Overall, a decent beer, and a very good light beer. Not one I would get often though- much rather get the lager.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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