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Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 824
Hads: 2,145
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 41
Gots: 229 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half finger head on a clear golden amber body with minimal lacing. Sweet corn, caramel, toasted malts. Flavors are clean and crisp with caramel malts but there is a earthy and toasted flavor that tastes more like a bad macro brewed beer. Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Actually this is a pretty bad light beer. I would rather have a coors light than this one. The flavor is sour and not very palatable. Wouldn't have this again. (452 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: the beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of pale and adjunct malts are present in the nose along with hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has faint hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pretty good compared to the other light lagers that I tried as it seems a little maltier and less watery. (610 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.54/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sammy light, had gotten this in a mixed 6 pack once and I was
Hoping it would be along the lines of a Boston Lager or something but to my surprise there was basically no hops! I have had it since and still no hops! To me it's like they made the stuff out of all malts and not much else. So with that I feel the balance is is little off. I would still choose this over most light beers though. (392 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It makes for a nice light lager, unless you interpret light beer as being much less in calories...it really isn't, so this beer should have good flavors, albeit on the light flavored side. A clean and crisp aroma brings out light malt and bread sweetness without being grainy or vegital. Looks a bit over carbonated, but with a nice light straw color and crystal clear. Little lacing and head retention, but nothing to brag about. Flavors, again, are clean and crisp with light malt sweetness and mild bread-like flavors. Yeastiness comes through a bit. Body is short of light, but pleasant with a mild creaminess and bit too much fizz. Finishes very crisp with a little residual malty sweetness. Never bitter or bite-ey. A good beer to chase a slice of pizza down. (765 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Why do I buy beer like this? It's the curiosity factor I suppose. I want to see if a good brewery can make a flavorful light beer that surpasses the light beers brewed by BMC. Since the bar has been set laughably low, my guess in this particular case is 'yes'.

Medium amberish orange with a modest amount of suspended stuff. Sam Adams Light is much darker and richer looking than most other light/lite beers and looks better as a result. The pale beige head is a little soft, but at least it hangs around for more than a few minutes. Unfortunately, very little lace ends up on the glass.

The nose is much too weak. I detect faint notes of lightly toasted malt with grain-like overtones. The fact that there's no trace of offensiveness puts it far ahead of its macro peers. Like the nose, the flavor is underwhelming, but I guess that's to be expected in a light lager. It's next to impossible to have both kick-ass taste *and* low calories/carbs.

There's not enough malt in this here beer. In fact, there's not enough of anything except water. The flavor is lightly malty with a slight hop bitterness and very little hop flavor. Again, it isn't offensive, but it doesn't taste all that good either. The body is thin, barely avoiding watery.

Sam Adams Light reminds me why I don't drink light beer. It doesn't have enough 'beerness' to capture my fancy and, besides, diet beer just strikes me as wrong. Acceptable if no real beer is available. (1,454 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden orange color with a small, white, fizzy/bubbly head. No lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malt and some grassy hops, which most light lagers sorely lack.

T - It tasted like a beer! Another rarity in a light lager. Good, sweet caramel and toffee flavors blend with a very slight hop kick.

M - It was fizzy and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is probably the best beer of its style, however, its still not going to be something I purchase very often. (493 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.

i actually began and ended the night with this one. a nice little light beer to get me in the mood. pours out a light amber with nice head of white that managed to leave some good lacing down the glass throughout the session. smooth and easy on the palate in every way with light grassy notes, malty balance that is just sweet enough, a light and easy going feel and smooth, clean finish that has just a hint of dryness to it..

overall a very solid offering and a light beer that can be counted on to do what it does. (689 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old notes.

A: The pour is an amber/copper type color with a couple fingers of just off-white head.

S: Smells like toasted malts and toffee. Sweet but not terribly so with some slight floral hop aromas. A touch of biscuity malts are there too. Sort of like a less bold Boston Lager.

T: The slightly watered down Boston Lager comparison is appropriate here too. Some nice toffee (and maybe caramel) flavor with some floral hops and just a touch of bitterness. Mild toast and biscuit notes.

M: On the light side of medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Definitely not what most of us think of when it comes to a light lager, but this is still a good choice. (673 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear, golden brown body, topped with a small white head of foam. The head settles slowly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Some bready malt with a hint of toast and herbal hops.

T - Light malt up front with a little hop flavor. More herbal hops in the middle with a hint of toasted grain. The beer finishes with a bit of dry malt and light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is the most beer like "light" beer that I have ever encountered. There is genuine malt character here and enough hops to balance it out. It isn't complex enough to warrant deep examination, but it is quite drinkable. It does make you wonder just how light this beer actually is. (703 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

I wanted the Latitude 48, so I had to get the whole Summer Styles box. Oh well, I guess I'll suck it up and drink the extraneous bottles. Tee hee. This one pours a clear pale straw, tending toward more of an amber in the bulb, topped by about a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises light wheat, light corn, puffed rice, and some very faint hop florals. The taste holds notes of caramel, light toffee, a mild bitterness, and a vague extra bolt of sweetness (which is rather short-lived). Honestly, not as bad as I imagined. The body is light (...do I even need to say it here?...), with an active carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty solidly decent light beer...a first for me, for sure. (750 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, rich amber in color, with a big bubbled off-white head that drops quickly and soon dissolves to nothing. Not a great appearance, but at least the head didn't immediately disappear like a Coors Light. The aroma offers a lightly sweet caramel maltiness and very subdued hops. The body is surprisingly firm for a light beer - medium/light - and it's not watery at all. It starts off with a fairly crisp carbonation but loses quite a bit as the beer warms. Fortunately, that allows some more of the flavor to come through, displaying a surprising amount of sweet caramel maltiness. The bitterness and hop flavor are understandably well-heeled. It finishes lightly sweet at first, but quickly dries out with a light touch of hop - similar to many other lights, and even somewhat reminiscent of a non-alcoholic beer. Much better than I'd expected! My new favorite light beer. (884 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well, not expecting much for a light beer, but I want to try everything so might as well.

Pours a nice fizzy to fluffy head that hits 1.5 fingers and hits the very top almost perfect pour into the SA PP glass, but fades semi quickly at first and slows to med with lots of bubbles streaming up from the etch, just a touch of lacing, over very clear amber orange color.

Nose starts with some light amber malts, a caramel almost but at the same time that almost sorghum like aroma that I get from some gluten free beers, strangely fruity although maybe lager aromas, just a bit crisp, and faint hint of grassy hops.

Taste starts with light lager flavors, crisp mostly, hint of the fruity quality. Then onto malts, a bit of amber toasty malts and hint caramel, but then into a bit of the cheap filler, not quite macro but def something like corn or sorghum to fill out the middle to get some alcohol with no flavor, and just a touch of unhappy yeast flavor. Faintest hint of grassy hops. Finish is sticky and not as dry or crisp as I thought it would be, just a bit of syrupy malts and bad filler flavors.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall, not what I expected at all. This isn't as good as I remember from trying it on draft which I thought was a decent version, just lighter than regular Sam. This is more macro lager and bleh like. Not as light as most macros, and much more flavor, but some unhappy flavors. (1,424 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into one of those curvy Sam Adams glasses.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready with a little sweetness and contains flavors of caramel and mild amount of floral hops. The malt character is hearty but not heavy at all. The after-taste is slightly sweet. It tastes just like Sam Adams Boston Lager but milder in flavor.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, this beer is exactly what you would expect, a lighter version of Sam Adams Boston Lager, but still has enough substance to make it the best "light beer" out there. (821 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes more like diluted Sam Adams Lager than a lighter brewed version. Color is suprisingly orange-- more like a double IPA. Usual head and carbonation. Not very bitter at all. More of a club soda twang. Slightest hint of caramel, but doesn't have that insipid taste of most light beers. So something gives it a faint edge. Maybe hop by-products.

I suppose this ought to be rated fairly well for standing out in this dismal category. Quite drinkable, but I would never go out of my way to drink another one unless it was in a back yard ice chest with a load of Corona. (570 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tenderbranson69 for sharing this w/ me.
Poured cold into a tumbler
A - A full 3 finger crown of white and clear amber body

S - Light malt odors w/ slight adjunct scent

M - Mild carbonation w/ hints of malt. A generally light feel w/ out hop effect of any sort. Cereal graininess gives this a light dry aspect.

T - A grainy malt flavor w/ gentle herbal notes and tinges of barley. Light adjunct sweetness - basically a lighter version of an amber lager. This is still a flavorful beer somewhat, and still just shy of 'real taste'

D - Probably just passable for a drinkable beer, but very good for a 'light' beer. I would have given it a higher taste rating, but it is just missing something. Maybe the calories I am used to, but more likely hops and the lack of adjunct flavor. If I had to choose between all lights, though, this would probably be the best bet. (884 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

For a light lager I guess this is decent, but as a beer I wasn't impressed at all. On the commercials it claims this beer won awards at beer shows even though there wasn't a light beer category.. I wonder what categories it won in? Anywho, it's way too light bodied and the taste is severely lacking. It's drinkable yeah, but it needs some taste. Also, for being light, it has a calorie count comparable to most regular beers. (426 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, sample purchased from store.

One of the darkest light beers I have ever seen, one of the maltiest light beers I have ever tasted also. (151 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the summer mixed pack, bbd of Aug

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, pear notes, floral notes once warm

T: Follows the nose, some crackery notes up front, along some crisp floral hop notes. Pear & grassyness dominate as this warms. Finishes crisp & fruitty

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, decent balance

Not a bad take on the style. This does make me miss the old lightship ale which was way more flavorful (497 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Keswick Tavern, Glenside, PA

It's a light beer, but it's Sam Adams, so it's still somewhat okay. Poured a clear, golden brown with a finger or two of white head that receded rather quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Pale malts in the aroma with trace scents of caramel and toasty bread. More of the same in the taste: pale malts, lightly toasted, very subdued hoppiness, though it's still present, light caramel. A bit watered down--this is a light beer--light bodied, yet still decently flavorful for the style. Drinkable, I suppose, if you're on a diet. (578 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.09/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO. Reviewed live.

A: Five finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention - though it's only four percent. Clear yellow-copper colour.

Sm: Lemon-lime citrus ester hops and slightly off barley. Not really appealing. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: Very light lemon esters, light weak barley as a foundation, and a nasty faux-cream climax. Best described as abysmal. It isn't even ruined by its simplicity, just by its flavour. Badly built and rather imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet - overly so on both counts. Not at all complementary of the style or the flavours of the body.

Dr: You could easily down it if only you could get past the wretched "flavours". A huge disappointment from Sam Adams. (827 characters)

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