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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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2,022 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,022
Reviews: 820
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 26
Gots: 107 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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BeerNacho, Nov 21, 2012
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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.

MunchkinDrinker, Jun 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

json83, Nov 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

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4.28/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard room-temp pub glass

A- Perfectly clear, medium amber color with a full 1.5 finger head that dissipates to a nice lacing around the glass. Much darker than any other "light" beer that I have ever experienced.

S- Faint citrusy hoppiness that you do not experience with other "light" beers. Also a nice "biscuity" aroma is present

T- Full of flavor that you will not get from other "light" beers. Smooth malt on the front with a nice hoppy finish

M- Much more body to this beer than other "light" beers. Sits very well on the palate and has a nice, clean finish

D- Definitely my default beer of choice. SA Light is available practically everywhere, at a reasonable price ($5.99 / 6-pack). So you get a good quality "light" beer (not so light calorie-wise), for under a buck a beer.

usmittymc, Nov 13, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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3/5  rDev -8%

mrsimm, Apr 28, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Okay, sometimes I enjoy chugging a few cold ones after a hike. While washing the car. While arguing with buddies over the best automatic transmission ever. Often times I am stuck with whatever light macro said buddies have in the fridge. If I ever write my memoirs I will insert this beer in place of the macros.

A truly refreshing light beer. Enjoyable with barbecue and friends. I'd rather have Samuel Adams Boston Lager but when I have the macro light drinking crowd over I stock up on this one.

Jewel of a light beer!

Gorgeous amber...

slight whiff of hop acid with a touch of malt...no adjuncts noted!

Tastes smooth like a watered down Boston Lager...

Crisp and goes down easy...way easy to chug!

CamuMahubah, May 21, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer from Sam adams is a pleasent choice for light beer drinkers, but for a BA, it's not worth my time.

Pours a copper color, with little head.

Smell is astringent, with some lager yeast off products very apparent.

Taste is better, with some of the off flavors from the yeast hidden under a mild, but noticiable hopping and simple sweetness.

Easy to drink and better tasting than most light beers. Still, the question begs for a BA, why?


Charthepirate, Aug 15, 2004
Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,022 ratings.