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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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2,062 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,062
Reviews: 820
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 29
Gots: 116 | 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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Photo of jucifer1818
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance: This beer actually has some color to it. A very light amber coloration distinguishes itself from its other light brethen, with no real head forming in my glass. Might had been my extra careful pour. Overall not bad. 4\5

aroma: Their really isn't anything here that I like. It really just smells like your typical light lagger, with maybe some kind of odd hoping, but I cant place it. Even so, I really don't care for it. I was kinda hoping for a nice load of hop aroma. 1.5\5

taste: moment of truth...and...you know what, its really not that bad at all! Extremely neutral, light, with few flavors backing it up. Very grainy malt body dominates the flavor. The Trader Joes pilsner had far more hop characters to it, but then again, this is a light beer. Its not suppose to have a lot of hop character. Compared to Bud light, or platinum, seriously, I give this one a 4\5

mouthfeel: light with a heavy dose of carbonation, making it very spritzy and covering its very light body. 4\5

overall: This beer really was not made for me, but I'll be honest, I don't hate it. Id be happy drinking it for free at a friends house or at a party. Its easy to consume, and is not offensive at the least, and does count as a light lagger. That's impressive, as to make a light lagger inoffensive is damn hard. After drinking the entire glass, my final rating is... a 3.75\5.

Its not bad at all. I cant say that I like its aftertaste very much at all, but overall, the beer really is ok...especially for anyone who wants to indulge the fantasy of a “diet beer”.

jucifer1818, Dec 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

rjs246, Nov 15, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -31%

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Photo of mchegash
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance - 3.75/5
An extremely clear amber-orange color. No head retention. Medium-large carbonation bubbles flow upward at a moderately quick rate.

Smell - 3.5/5
Traditional amber smell. Some sweet maltiness along with some alcohol flavor. The malty sweetness has perhaps a bit of a fruity aroma. Also, a bit of a lager-esque smell. I feel like I can smell the fact that the beer is going to be a little watered down (this might just be psychological though, since I know this is a light beer). Nothing special, but not bad.

Taste - 3.5/5
The first sip presents a distinct lager taste, but with a slightly sweet malty amber flavor. The taste is not extremely strong, which is to be expected from a 'light' beer. But the taste is definitely still present, and is refreshing. If you are looking for a light beer, this seems like it would be a good tasty option, much better than a Budweiser or a Miller Lite.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
The beer is definitely light in body, perhaps on the edge of being 'watery'. There is a light amount of medium carbonation. A little bit crispy. But not super crispy either. Overall, it seems like the mouthfeel is what's to be expected from a 'light' beer like this.

Overall - 3.5/5
I hardly ever drink light beers, so I actually found the lightness of the beer quite refreshing. I don't know whether or not this should be chalked up to this beer in particular, or rather just the genre. I am not well versed enough in my light beers to know how this compares to others. Still, I enjoyed this brew.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

mchegash, Nov 11, 2014
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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,062 ratings.