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Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,815 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1815
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.35%


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:
No notes at this time.

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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:10:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.65/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 14:50:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 03:07:16 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 18:37:00 | More by womencantsail
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 18:32:38 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 18:42:16 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 00:29:58 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 02:10:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 00:01:46 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 13:51:40 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 12:58:52 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, faded amber hue, slight carbonation, Slim white foam.
Aroma: small, but pleasant, slightly vegetal, herbal, grassy, a faint, shadow of hops.
Taste: hey, there is some! Can't say that about other light beers, not many of them, any way. Nice, if spare, malty bottom, pleasing coppery feel on the palate. Light body, naturally, with a tidy little finish. Not a bad beer at all, compared to the competition.
When this first exploded on the market, the ads were stocked with actors from the Tex Avery School of Drama, all bugged-out eyes, jaws dropped, tongue rolling on the floor, smashing their heads with mallets at the utter amazingness of the flavor. It's a matter of scale, I suppose. If I knew nothing but the other light beers on the market, I'd react the same way.
(Received as part of the current holiday 12-pack. I probably wouldn't have found myself with one, otherwise.)

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 11:16:53 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 17:53:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:55:39 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is yeasty. It has the scent of pale malts and that musty lager aroma. The taste is light. There is a slight malt flavor. I would have to say that this has more taste than most light beers. The mouthfeel is good. It has a low body and good carbonation. This is a good light beer; a real good drinker with some flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 01:21:38 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. beer is amber and clear. Forms a big head of medium bubbles after a hard pour. Carbonation seems low and the head leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks OK.

Aroma is slightly sweet but overall really weak. Some malt.

Beer is thin and a little watery with a grainy aftertaste. Its mildly sweet on the front but overall its a little muted. I guess its a pretty good LIGHT LAGER but its not a very palatable beer. I'd rather be drinking almost any pilsner to this. What a shame.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 00:35:47 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a white head, considerably darker than the BMC light beers this is going up against.

The aroma has some biscuit malt to it, but it is also heavy on the grain. The flavor is more of the same. I get a little bit of grass from the hops, but the flavor is predominantly grain and bready malt, with just a little bit of toffee mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Better than other light lagers such as Bud Light, but still not too much going on here. One of the weakest offerings from Boston Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:59:13 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 15:19:32 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 03:11:40 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:57:08 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper with a fizzy head that, unfortunately doesn't stick around.


Some vague fruity hoppiness is present. Actually has a beer-type aroma, unlike the macro-lights, for the most part.

It's watered down malt and hops. Some graininess, too. Unfortunately, there is a metallic edge to it. Still, it has some actual flavors, again - unlike most other lights.

It has a watery thinness to it, but the flavors hold on. the sweet malt and bitter hops are well-blended. This is certainly better than the typical macro light by far. Still in all, it is a light beer, and has an unfortunate metallic taste (though mild). I bought this in a restaurant to try it, but switched to regular Sam Adams Lager just after it. The latter is much better, but for a light beer, this one is not bad at all.
Scores reflective of light beer style.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 02:52:56 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is light copper amber hued with a nicely formed off white foam head leaves even lacing down my pint. Aroma contains a touch of caramel in the malts with herbal hops showing up in the scent as well. Taste has a smooth mild sweetness, touch of caramel toasty nut from the the specialty malts finishes mildly bitter with herbal hops. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied evenly carbonated not watery but light. Drinkability is very smooth and refreshing with ample flavor one of the best tasting light beers available in the US market.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 21:26:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1" head that creates some soft lacing.

Smell: malt sweentess is pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: malt sweetness, green apples, and a hint of caramel are balanced with a mild but noticeable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is almost clean.

Drinkability: this has to be the best light beer on the market today. It has a nice flavor and is easy to consume.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 00:01:46 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.13/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Crystal clear, light amber in color with a mediocre fast-fading head

Pale malt aroma with a touch of hop; very mild aroma

Thin and relatively flavorless, it's difficult to detect any real beer-like flavors.

With Light Beers dominating the conventional beer market, it's understandable that Boston Beer Co. would want to enter into the fray. And the like nationals, this beer is watered down, bland and non-descript. It will probably sell to the masses nicely. Personally, I preferred Sam's old Lightship.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 18:03:07 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, picked up on a whim since I've never had it before, and I was in the mood for something lighter,

A: Darkest light beer ever, it pours a light amber, about the colour of light maple syrup, the real stuff from Vermont or Canada, with a small off-white head, which dissipates quickly.

S: Very light, but picked up some maltiness and bread character/cracked wheat/bulghur.

T: Bready in the main taste, with a light hop bite at the end, tasty enough for a light beer, but for a craft brewed lager it is lacking.

M: Light and watery, but with enough heft to know you're drinking a beer.

D: Best light beer I've ever had, but that's not saying much for this style, don't think I'll buy it again, but was nice to try to see if a light lager could actually have flavour.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 02:23:19 | More by Halcyondays
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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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