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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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2,088 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -31%

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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had never been a big Sam Adams Lager drinker. I've enjoyed most of the seasonals over the years and I do enjoy a couple of the Brewmaster Collection six's like the Hefe and the Pale; but when the Boston Beer Co came out with Sam Adams Light, I was hooked. A rich, malty taste with a slight bitter tinge on the finish, this is a great beer! I use a pint glass (from the overly enourmous collection in my bar) and relish in the nice head and excellent amber hue. After the first few, I admit....I do sometimes switch over and drink the next few from the bottle. You don't get to smell it too much from the bottle, but hey you just smelled the the last three you drank...enjoy!

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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.

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of BierManVA
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I must say this, "For a light bier, this is pretty good". This is not your typical watered down pisswater macro-light. This bier has good carbonation and color (not light), The smell is a little skunky but standard for the style. Tatse is light and smooth. Not a bier to write home about, but I could see it in a long session.

Certainly more flavorful than the macro lights on the st.


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3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass

A- carmel brown with a nice off white head and some good lacing on the glass.

S- some malt some hops, the fact that this has any nose at all is amazing for a light beer

T- some balanced hops and a clean finish

M- a bit light but some decent carbination balances it out

D- SA beers are always very drinkable, this is not an execption. If I had to drink a light beer this is the only one I would drink.

Notes- light beers are not my thing; and honestly this beer borders on whether it is actually a light beer. However, none of the awful chemical adjucts that are added to lights are present in this beer. So one has to say this is the standard of what semi light beers should aspire too.

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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

This pours a medium amber color, much darker than typical lights. About a two finger head here. Lasted a while with decent retention and lacing.

The smell is maltier than even most 'non-lights'. More character than usual.

This follows on to the taste as well. Very malty. No hop bite or bitterness at all. But a decent taste which for this style is saying something.

The mouthfeel is kind of watery but with no bitterness it does go down very smooth.

Weirdly, compared to other lights, this isn't quite as drinkable since it has the malty taste. Still, if someone had this or macros in the fridge I'd could drink them for a night.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.4/5  rDev +4.3%

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5/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just like the Boston lager, with a less prevalent taste, but the taste kicks in at the end. A good beer for when you don't want to get full. But still not as good as some of the other Sam Adams varieties. not bad if you just want a good beer but don't want to be filled up, or excessively drunk, still a better alternative than bud light.

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2.25/5  rDev -31%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

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