Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light

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2,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 31
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of mjw2808
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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 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 zachlink720
3.64/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Saulus
3.64/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +12%
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 Stigs
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a SA Perfect Pint glass

A - briefly held about a quarter inch of loose white foam before settling to a ring. clear, light amber colored beer.

S - clean light biscuity malts with some caramel sweetness. barely noticeable earthy hops, some mint and light berries.

T - light and slightly sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, very mild bittering at the end. some metallic but not too off-putting. finishes clean with very little aftertaste.

M - nice medium body for a light lager, carbonation is lively yet contained. leaves mouth feeling just a bit prickly, goes down smooth.

D - exceptional for a light lager. has a nice look, some taste, and a great body. great beer for hot days or dieters. overal enjoyable.

Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright carmel brown with a 1 finger head that left spotted lacing

smell is of light earthy hops and sweet carmel malts

taste - this is hands down the best light beer
so much flavor for a light beer - a tiny bit metalic

mouthfeel is light with a smooth creamy finish

drinkability is good if you want a light american lager this is your beer

Photo of bignick
3.65/5  rDev +12%
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 IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of our colleague that returned our cooler - with a whole bunch of beer in it! This was one of them - into a Sea Dog pint glass...

Pours a light-to-moderate amber color with a clean, bready head. Doesn't stick around too long but doesn't hinder the solid appearance. Ample carbonation and quite hearty-looking for a "light" beer.

Clean nose with a surprisingly strong backbone of malt - almost Marzen-ish. Some piney hops with a slight silage aftershock that passes with warmth.

Moderate grassy hop presence backed by rather earthy malt. A husky feel to it...more stewed/boiled than roasted malt at first, expecting this one to be slightly cleaner. Slight slate aftertaste and mild off-silage character thankfully dissipate with warmth.

You would expect the mouthfeel of this to depreciate with time but it actually gets cleaner. Quite crisp without discernable bite on the afterburner.

For a true "light" beer you can't do a lot better than this for stuff that's widely available in the "macro micro" space. One of my favorite SA offerings.

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow. 1 inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt and cleanliness of a lager. Fits the style rather nicely. Has a high carbonation level. Smooth and crisp mouth feel. Tastes of a sweet malt and strong lager. Overall, one of the better light lagers I've ever had.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Seems to be the newest craze with all the kiddies these days, probably due to the amount of marketing it is getting.

Anyway, it was good. Extremely smooth for a light beer and very easy to drink. And the taste beats any other American light beer I have had to date. Very faint hops in both smell and aftertaste. A very nice light beer, and its quite easy to drink 2 or 30 of them. Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Very nice golden amber color with, with a 1 finger head, and little bubbles racing to the top, the best looking light beer I have poured.

Smell was average but good for a light beer. Smelt of wheat, hops, and a hint of citrus.

Taste was very clean and crisp, no watery taste like many light beers. Wheat and light hops.

The mouthfeel was thin and slightly too carbonated.

Could throw these back all day.

Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rather pleasing hoppy aroma, especially for a light, with a light malt backing. Amber. Clear. Medium fizzy head with left fairly quickly. Light overall taste,as would be expected, but some nice hop characteristics, with malt backing, again. Short finish, but not unpleasant. Fairly thin, but some fullness from the amount of carbonation. Certainly better that any light I've ever had. Has a sweetwater smell and taste of NA's, yet not too much. Could maybe even settle for this if I had too.

Photo of JISurfer
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best light beer I have had. I liked the maltiness, rather than the hoppiness of it. It was a darker shade than most lighter beers, but then again, it's Sam Adams. The head lasted a few minutes and was light colored. I got it at Red Lobster, which sucks anyways, so it was a highlight of the meal. I am defaintley going to recomend this one to all my bros and biotches. Gotta keep the scene alive!!!

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber gold, fairly clear with a one and a half finger head. Lacing and retention are good for a light lager. The smell is sweet, apple esters and traces of grain, similiar to watered down malt liquor. The supposed two row malt and 100% noble hops only become detectable in the taste, which is semi-sweet, with a pleasent drying hops. Light to medium in body, low carbonated, and finishes clean. This is a smooth and drinkable beer with good taste, but not the best example of a light lager.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey orange color with a 1 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to an oily film. Small legs of lace drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted grains, malt, and some honey notes. Taste is of toasted grains, bready malt, slight honey, and some mild citrus zest. Very little bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and fizzy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good light beer - probably the best light beer I have ever had really.

Photo of mnrider
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date on label.

A: Clear and illuminates light. Amber in tone with extreme carbonation. Thin white head turns to nothing fast.

S: Grains, Malts, and light Hops. Also a slight metallic touch.

T/M: Malt sweetness and light grains lead to a faint hop taste, which is on the citrus side. Goes down smooth with a higher than normal fizzy feel. Grainy clean aftertaste.

O: This light lager is unlike almost all others in this style. Not even sure you could call it a light beer. Although it does have a pretty low ABV. This is a toned down lager with good enough taste and easy drinkability. Worth a try at least.


Photo of dreadnatty08
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review for a lite lager!
Pours a dark straw color with a small, quarter inch head, quite a lot better looking than any other lite lager I've seen. Aroma of lightly toasted bread, mild spice, green apple and sweet cornbread. On the palate, you can tell it's all malt, starts off with a solid Munich malt profile, lightly toasty but it leaves too quickly. Noble hop character provides a good floral note and gives it interest. This is certainly leaps and bounds above any other Lite Lager on the market, and applaud BBC for making it.

Photo of assmandugle
3.65/5  rDev +12%
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 CampusCrew
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best light beer on the market. Good job, Finally.

appearance: light yellow actually not clear like others

smell: slight hops

taste: did not taste like a light beer. like a regular lager

mouthfeel: not watery and good mix of carbonation

drinkability: very easy. My go to football beer when it's really hot or if I'm eating alot of food.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright copper and very clear. Some good activity from the carbonation, but very little head and a small amount of white lace

Malty (for a light beer). Slightly metallic and a hint of floral hops.

Light bodied with a light crispness from the carbonation. Sweet malt at the beginning and then grain and a some bitter hops in the middle. A thin and refreshing finish.

One of the best light beers I've ever tasted.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darker than any other light beer I've seen in a glass, that is a good sign. Its a decent shade of auburn, not too far off from the full octane Sam. Head is pretty decent, about an inch of tight off-white foam.

Smell is a bit sweet, nothing too overly present other than that malty smell.

You know, you pour this is in a glass at a decent temperature (not too cold) and it really is a quite drinkable light beer. Its got a decent amount of malt presence that gives it a bit of body, not just a light, tasteless, piss-colored, watery swill like other light beers. Granted, I don't get a lot of flavor profiles other than that bit of malt sweetness, some light caramel and honey flavors and thats about it.

Extremely drinkable, very enjoyable when extremely cold and very enjoyable when its at a decent temperature and enjoyed from a pint glass.

A bit of a surprise I must say...

Photo of biggmike
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass. Poured amber not piss yellow like most light beers. Actually has malty flavor that is very smooth with no aftertaste. If I was ranking this just against other light beers, this would have gotten much higher rating, but I’m rating it among all beers. Definitely not a lighter version of the Boston Lager, tastes totally different.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good head at first that goes away immediately. More golden yellow and less brown and copper than Boston Lager. Still lots of active carbonation but almost no lacing. Still, an attractive light lager.

Smell: I honestly get very little here. Nice, pleasant maltiness but nothing else. Above average for the style.

Taste/Moutfeel: Not as complex as Boston Lager. It's kind of water, but hey, it's a light lager. More complex than light BMC products. Good malt flavoring that gives a dry aftertaste. Doesn't taste great but I still enjoy it.

Drinkability: There's a bitterness to Sam Adams Light that gets kind of skunked at the end. At least average in this category.

Overall: Probably my favorite light lager. Definitely more malted and hopped than larger commercial light beers.

Photo of u2carew
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a finger thick head then quickly settles. Lacing is big bubble and not together. Upward carbonation. Transparent. Copper in color.
S) Grainy. Caramel. Light citrus notes. Just a touch of banana under the surface.
T) Malt sweetness - light caramel. Very mellow hops in the end and lingering in the aftertaste.
M) Slightly grainy. Crisp. Refreshing. Light bodied.
D) For a "light" beer I would definitely drink another as long as it came in a glass - I don't want the stigma of "light beer drinker" advertised by the bottle.

Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.