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Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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2,088 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,088
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 34
Gots: 146 | 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 sudz42
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I give this OK scores because it is a "light" beer but I'd take Becks over it. It's not in the same league as Sam Adams. Sam Adams is a pleasant, perfectly balanced malt-hop experience, and SAL, while less calories, doesn't deserve the name Sam Adams.

Having said that, SAL does not fill you up, and you can metabolize a couple bottles very easily, whereas with regular beer you'll be working them off for a few hours.

Photo of bbeane
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz pint glass. Light head that disapates quickly leaving little lacing. Darker in color than the typical light beer, has more of an amber tone

S- Not to much there. Maybe a slight hint of hops and malt

T- Tastes more like a beer (some hints of hops and malt) than your bud, miller, or coors light... but still tastes watered down

M- Light and watery... carbonated

D- I'd reach for another over Bud, Miller, or Coors... but would rather be enjoying something not accompanied by the word "light"

Photo of PintOHops
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a clear amber with a flimsy head, and very poor retention. Low-medium carbonation can be seen, and it doesn't leave any lacing. Smells of semi bright grape, pair, and apple fruitiness, following is a dominate sweet grainy, molasses & caramel aroma. Pretty clean and grainy overall, but has a sweeter, non adjunct aroma that one could appreciate.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes grainy & malty, following is a bright, crisp grape/apple fruity note that quickly vanishes making room for a soft caramel finish. Some bread notes can be slightly detected as well, and mild bitterness rounds out the flavor profile decently. Mouthfeel is crisp, semi smooth, thin, and lite bodied. Pretty much fits the style while not complimenting much on the flavor profile.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well I'm not big on lite beers, I was however curious about this one. This lite beer is extremely easy to toss back, 2-3 pints even, on any given day. It's not rich, or robust, and at times can be a little boring, but Id say this is one of the best lite beers you can get for your money. The appearance was lacking a bit, but the smooth caramel flavors make up for it. Sam Adams Light is definitely the best lite beer that Ive had, and I say go for a try. Cheers!

Photo of Gosox8787
4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at a cookout. The host bought one of the summer variety packs of Sam Adams. This was the only beer I had never really tried from it, so I gave it a shot.

I was not sure what to expet, as I enjoy most of Sam Adams offerings, but I am not usually a light beer drinker. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. There was a nice malt aroma, and some barely perceptible hops in the nose. The taste was nice and malty with caramel notes everywhere. Not much hops, just enough to offer some bitterness as a contrast. Mouthfeel was a bit heavily carbonated, but not distracting. Drinkability was high due to the lo ABV and the fact that it is a light lager.

Overall, way more flavor than I could ever expect from a light beer. A solid offering that really isn't just the light alternative to Boston Lager, but a good brew in its own right. It should not be criticized for being light.

Photo of NeutroMan
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

A - Clear copper color with a decent sized head that quickly fades and leaves no lacing.

S - Sweet malts, and a very slight alcohol scent.

T - Pretty much consistent with the smell, although I did get a modest earthy hop taste as well.

M - Light bodied, nothing special. Too much carbonation.

D - I could definitely knock back a few of these on a hot summer day.

Photo of santomark
3.74/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice foam and pours an amber color.

S: smells of light hops and hints of spices.

T: lightly flavored hops, and barley. At times its a bit carbonated, makes me feel like I'm drinking a soda; but it tastes more pure than a lot of other light beers I've had.

M: Its a bit above average, the only thing holding it back is the carbonation.

D: This is drinkable simply because its a simple beer. Its a good beer that pairs well with a lot of foods.

This beer is my safety-net beer.

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 Gambrinus1184
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sunset Grill & Tap pint glass.

A: Poured a light amber color with a one-finger head of pure white foam. Carbonation was sparse and lacing was pretty minimal.

S: Nice, light herbal hop aroma and some zesty grain as well.

T: Taste is slightly sweet at first, with a toasted caramel malt flavor backed by a little zesty hop bitterness. Fairly light flavors overall, but enough character to keep it interesting.

M: Mouthfeel is light, crisp and smooth.

D: This would be one of the upper echelon sessionable light beers. With the low ABV, crisp and smooth flavor, it goes well on its own or with lighter fare and pizzas.

One of the only light beers I'd ever purchase with a clear conscience. A great beer to initiate the light BMC drinker into the realm of craft brews, although it's not THAT far of a step off the curb.

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 Devilsfan87
3.86/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a Sam Adams summer sampler pack with the notion that I really don't like Sam Adams winter ales so I figured I would give the Summer ales a try!

The Light was one of the best "light" beers I have had to date. Sam Adams is leaps and bounds better than Bud or Miller but I think it is in the same boat as yuengling. Yuengling makes its lights really light but Sam Adams doesn't. Sam Adams light has a very full flavor but it is very drinkable at the same time. I didn't like the smell too much but its appearance and mouth feel were decent.

I would recommend Sam Adams light to anyone who is watching their calories or people who enjoy lights but doesn't want to drink garbage like Bud or miller light. 5 more flavors to go!

Photo of dacrza1
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The idea that these guys offer a light beer is comical, but I guess the market needs another one, so here goes... pours an orange-copper body that boasts a thick, two-finger head that does not look light.... sweet, malty bouquet; bright and a bit punchy, but still leaves a beer drinker a bit wanting.... body is sturdy, but not heavy--in fact, its lack of hops melows the mouthfeel to an actual light beer approximation--highly drinkable...the obvious absence of hops creates a vacuum--I know this isn;t supposed to be a less caloric version of the lager, but the malt doesn't bite either... pleasant, with prerequisite thinness and smoothness... did Samuel Adams have to use the silver label as a joke or a jab? as a light, I'd defer to these guys on name alone... the beer is meant for sudsing whatever carbs and grilled proteins you're eating anyway...

Photo of thecarster1
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, 3/4 inch off white head, golden brown clear coloring, decent amount of carbonation, minimal lacing.

s- very mild, malt, little sweetness.

t- mild once again, slight hop finish (which shocked me for a light beer), mostly malt, very decent.

m- has a little bit of body to it, good amount of carbonation, goes down very easily.

d- this beer was a pleasant surprise, this may be my new go to light beer, very drinkable, it's lightyears away from the usual adjunct light beers.

Photo of mutd8710
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once poured the thin head quickly disappears and you are left with a bright yellow/amber looking beer. There is not too much of a smell besides a faint scent of malts. The taste consists of malts, which the definitely included a fair amount of, as well as a subtle hop flavor to keep it in balance. It is not overly carbonated and is definitely drinkable.

I rarely drink light beers, but this one is definitely something I can tolerate and reminds me of a miller light with a little more taste.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer review # 350! Why not celebrate with this super rare beer!


I was gonna wait to review a fancier or more hyped beer for this milestone, but after a long and painful day at work, this one was cold and ready to drink!

Pours a nice, clear, dark copper/brownish with a light tan head which dissipates quickly leaving no foaming and light traces of lacing in the form of dots... Attractive golden hues can be seen when looking down into the beer.

Smells of light, semi-sweet malts and light earthy hops.

The nose carries over to the taste. Highly carbonated, light bodied and light flavored. Nice drinker if you want something refreshing and easy to drink on a hot day (like today).

Very nice for a light lager!

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a VERY slightly lighter Boston Lager. Clear solid Amber, white bubbly head. A little lacing, but not much. Can't say it looks bad.

S - Sweet caramel-like malts. Not much else there. But not unpleasant. Doesn't smell thin.

T/M - Sweet bready malts. No hops really. Carbonation is mildly biting. Nothing special.

D - This is an easy party beer. Quite drinkable.

Photo of cdizinno
2.27/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Clear reddish-amber color with active carbonation with minimal white head and lacing.

S: Funny initial scent. Mild grain and floral aromas.

T&M: Very light bodied but highly carbonated. Malty sweetness but oily taste. Background metallic that has some taste that I cannot identify and do not like. Very watery and not a very good aftertaste at all.

Definitely not good. The only brew by Sam Adams that might be worse is the Hefe. Maybe I got a bad batch or something. I'll try to get another and update review later. Whew.

Photo of thryn
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will preface this review by saying I have not made a habit of drinking "light" beers, but I grabbed the summer mix pack and am trying to review them all.

A light copper color with cream-colored head that drops to a layer of foam. Looks pretty nice -- no insipid pale-straw yellow.

Smells a lot like SABL, but less powerful and a bit more biscuity malt. Still, the hops are evident, if clearly secondary.

Taste follows smell pretty much exactly. Biscuity malt up front; a bit of floral hops provides a bitter finish. It's not complicated, but this is light beer, and hey, it's also not bad. At all. Actually reminds me a bit of a british pale ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy and maybe a bit thick for a light beer? Carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability is good and if I wanted a staple stock-the-fridge beer that wasn't quite as calorie-laden as my usual heavy-hitters, this would likely be my choice.

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

Pours amber with a small head.

The nose reveals a green apple scent with some roasted, malty notes and a touch of hops.

On the palate, fruity notes upfront and a big caramel sweetness in the middle. It's a bit fusel on the back end with a grainy finish. Medium body and smooth carbonation.

It's drinkable, but no more so than most other lights.

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 imanidiot777
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Was not as light as you would think when you see the word light. It was a dark gold or amber color, good head and lacing.

S: I'm terrible at the smells, it was very hoppy from what I could tell.

T: Basically a lighter version of Boston Lager, not quite as bitter or strong. Not extremely light though.

M: Felt average, nothing special, I could use a little more carbonation for my taste.

D: Goes down easy but I'm not sure I am in love with the after taste that I got.

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 olmatty
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a fluffy white head with low retention and minimal lacing.

Smell- Biscuity and lightly sweet malts.

Taste- Light amber and german malt flavors, a pleasant wash of hops across the palate.

Mouthfeel- Crisply carbonated and light to moderate bodied.

Drinkability- Just enough flavor and body to be somewhat interesting and refreshing. Not my cup of tea, but a great gateway beer for neophytes testing the non-macrolager styles. Better than other "light" beers.

Photo of Nobody420
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

By far the best light beer ive ever had.

This beer is darker than any light beer ive seen before, a dark amber color if i must pick a color.

The smell is strong of hops

The taste is absolutely amazing. very refreshing and enjoyable, i like to savor the flavor of this malty brew.

Drinkability is up there with the best, if not the best.

I would recommend this beer be the first you try, if your new to Samuel Adams family of beers

Photo of xoqx
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice copper, vaguely amber color with little head that rapidly dies and leaves no lacing. The nose has hints of apricot and noble hops but it is dominantly malty - it smells like a marzen. The taste begins with a rush first of carbonation with preceding almost any flavor, followed by the malt and then a modest assertion of the Noble hops. The finish is short, a little awkward, and has a slight sourness to it. This beer rates high on the drinkability scale, if only for its 4.0% ABV.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly clear golden color with about two inches of white medium bodied head.
Smells nicely of yeast and some flowery hops.
Taste has a very grainy taste with hops backing it up, thicker bodied than most light lagers.
Finish is crisp and refreshing, though there is not an above average after-taste, kind of grainy, but good.
Highly drinkable, but that's not out of the ordinary for this style, given its ABV I wouldn't categorize it as an above average smooth drink.

Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,088 ratings.