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Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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2,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,106
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 33
Gots: 173 | 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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Photo of Shaw
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light amber in color, far darker than other light beers I've come across, with a short off-white head.

Light aroma of toasted malt. I don't note any hops.

The taste is pretty light, but there is some malt flavor here, unlike other light beers. It's pretty light on flavor, though.

Body, while light and watery, has some substance to it.

Overall this is the best light beer I've had. If you want to drink a light beer, this is the one to drink.

Photo of tkepx182
3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a refreshing light beer. Although i still holds true to the watered-down taste, it has more flavor then the major light beer brands. It has a typical beer smell with nothing worth noting. All in all it is an average beer compared to full bodied beers, but good compared other light beers.

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

Pours a nice golden color with a decent white head. Not a lot of bubbles, but overall looks much better than I expected.

The smell is mainly malt, maybe a touch of citrus as well.

The taste is a bit on the sweet side, maybe a hint of citrus, and a bit of peppery spice.

The feel is a bit on the watery side, but I didn't expect too much there.

This was a bit of a surprise, I expected a very bland beer, and what I got was a halfway decent beer. This is easily the best light beer I have tried. While not going to change styles over this, if you want a light beer that actually has flavor, give this one a try.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a clear and tea-colored light brown with a finger of white head that doesn't stick around.

S: Fruity esters, light caramel, and bread malts.

T: Light toffee, caramel, toast, berries, and some sour notes late.

M: It has a light body with above-average carbonation and a crisp finish.

O: This tastes okay and is beyond quaffable.

Photo of BennyL1
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle came from the Summer Styles pack so hey why not review it? Served into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Nice new label with a drink by date of September 2011 on the label.

Sam light has a clear amber body with not much head to speak of. A small bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly light caramel malt with a touch of grassy hops.

A decent amount of flavor for a 'light' beer. Nice balance between the malts and hops make for a pleasant flavor. Slight metallic tinge at the end of the taste.

Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This beer is a great alternative to the light adjuncts out there. I wouldn't buy this regularly but in a spot this works for me.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep orange/amber body, 2 finger head, decent lacing

S: mild malt, hint of citrus

T: sweet malt body, mild toasted, slight roasted finish

M: light/med body, firm carbonation, hint of dry finish

D: Dare I say it, this is one of my favorite "light beers".
Great session beer and fine gateway brew.


Photo of Hoptometrist
3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Dark clear amber straw color with with a two finger sudsy head and pretty high carbonation

S- sour grains, barley, and caramel

T- Cereal grains (reminds me of cheerios), caramel, and a little of an adjunct taste. Finishes with some sourness and a little skunkiness.

M- Fairly high carbonation, fuller body than you would expect for a light lager, and finishes just a little watery

O- A solid light lager that does not really drink like a light lager. Has some nice flavor for a light lager, but has a little sourness and skunkiness to it.

Photo of Groomsy
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the Summer Styles pack poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. "Best by" date of August.

Appearance: Hey, this looks much better than its light lager competition. The body is sort of light golden amber with a solid one finger head of a foamy consistency and with steady carbonation bubbles rising. The head, unfortunately, fades away pretty quickly and leaves next to no lacing. Still a pretty nice looking beer though. Props for having the appearance of something other than carbonated urine in a glass.

Smell: Rather than smelling adjuncts out front, my nose was greeted by some fresh grains, followed by just the slightest hint of spicy and floral Noble hops. There is a little bit of a metallic funk lingering behind all of this, but this is a good change from what you would expect from a light lager. Think of a scaled-back Boston Lager, and that's about what this beer smells like. Sort of understated on the nose, but that's to be expected, I think.

Taste: The front of the tongue is hit grainy sweetness from the malt and some subtle bread flavors, which stay fairly constant throughout the drinking session. In the finish, there's a noticeable (but not assertive) dash of Noble hops and some spicy bitterness. This blends with an undesirable but quickly fading metallic taste, and maybe some caramel in there. I also thought I picked up green apples? Not a bad beer at all. Refreshing and crisp on the palate, and probably the best light beer you'll ever drink. Take that for what it is.

Mouthfeel: As expected, this beer has a very light body and goes down very smoothly. It is a little overcarbonated and watery for my taste but leaves a pleasant crisp dryness in its wake. Very little flavor in the finish, as expected from a light beer.

Overall: Not something I would drink on a regular basis, but this was indeed a bold move by Boston Beer Company, and this is actually a good beer. Want to take some craft beer to a cookout and not get hassled by your BMC drinking friends? Get this. They might even enjoy it. This is a good summer beer if nothing else.

Photo of NEhophead
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Enjoy before August 2011.

Pours a thin straw with a shade of light copper. Carbonation-filled white head that dissipates almost on impact.

Sweet, toasted malt aroma; biscuit-like. Stiff wheat and adjunct grains, but well masked by the moderate malt sweetness.

Clean wheat with just a touch of must; rice and other grains that are a bit bland, yet not offensive. Faint notes of citrus: lemon and orange peel that give a bit of brightness to the grain profile. Well balanced malt sweetness.

Light bodied; pretty well balanced, but over-carbonated even for a Light Lager.

It's hard to get excited about a Light Lager, but this is a pretty good version of the style comparatively.

Photo of gkunkle
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouts a transparent amber color with a light one finger white head. The head has decent retention and leaves a little alcing in my glass. The aroma is of bready malt and light malts. Taste is grainy and bready with a light herbal hops. Mouthfeel is thin with light fluffy carbonation. Overall, this isn't a very impressive beer, but when you consider the competition it looks a lot better. It certainly blows the socks off bud light.

Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-gold, on the darker side, thin cream colored head, lots of bubbles. looks good for a light lager.

S-really refreshing scent of grains and corn. very fresh smelling. doesn't smell gross.

T-comes in with a good crisp taste of sweet barley. its short lasting with a fair after-taste of corn. its a very simple taste, one that has no negative side affects as far as i can tell.

M-medium to high carbonation with a crisp finish

O-i admit, i hate hate hate BMC light beers to the max. its not the lack of taste to me, but they honestly make me sick. i can get sicker quicker off of BMC light beers than craft beers even though their ABV is lower. this light lager lacks that gross quality other light lagers seem to have. it still is not a beer i will be enjoying on any occasion, even if i'm drinking for volume.

Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.23/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

ENjoy before August

A - Rich copper body, minimal white head.

S - Crisp citrusy notes, bready malts. A fine smelling beer.

T - It's definitely pretty bland, and you kind of feel the flavors more than taste them, but there is a pleasant malt profile along with some dry/tart fruit character. Definitely the only light lager I've ever had that is worth tasting.

M - Body is nothing special here. It's definitely light, but there is some residual feeling left behind, which I think is not the idea.

O (D) - well, for a light lager, this is exceptional. Reviewing to style, this is a great beer. I don't like it very much, but it's simply much better than other similar beers that I've had.

Photo of BigSteinsEmpire
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into the Samuel Adam's perfect pint glass for Mothers Day today.

Drinkability was great especially on a hot day. Easy to tell this is a lighter version of the Boston Lager. Great beer for summer grilling. Light, crisp, but still get a good taste of the malts that is synonamous with the Boston Lager.

Photo of gatornation
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a clear light golden color with an off white 1 finger head some lacing looks deceny

S- is average with malts first some baked bread and hops a grass and oat smell

T- is the same its light with malts and hops a baked bread and hints of toffee and caramel

M- is watery with medium carbonation

O-a step in the wrong direction from boston lager,,to watered down with not alot of flavor..always like boston lager.. its a light beer thats just not for me

Photo of emmasdad
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a couple of bottles of this one in one of the Samuel Adams mixed 12 packs. Admittedly, especially for a light beer, this one ain't bad. Poured a light golden color with a nice white head. Not a whole lot going on here, other than an easy drinkability, but there is some light hoppiness and a nice malt undertone.

Photo of flagmantho
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a clear body and half a finger of creamy light-tan foam. This beer is average for a normal beer, but stellar for something marketed as a light beer. I'll give it points for style for that one.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a bit of a mainstream adjunct-y undertone. Not horrible, but not as good as I was expecting.

Taste: light, sweet malt with a little bit of bitterness and with a hint of that slightly unpleasant undertone. Still, it's got a bit of the Vienna lager personality of regular old Sam Adams Boston Lager, which I like. Decent, but not great.

Mouthfeel: quite light with a decent level of carbonation. Fizzy, though; not creamy.

Overall: pretty good, especially for a light lager, but it has its missteps. Still, working within the limitations of the style, Sam Adams has done a pretty good job here.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Effervescent, clear, light orange-amber color. Two fingers of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Caramel malts and grain. Light floral hops.

Taste: Like watered-down Boston Lager. Sweet caramel malty taste and some hop bitterness, with a slightly biscuity middle. Unlike the "Big 3" this has no taste of adjuncts at all.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's definitely palatable. Better than the big three, for sure. I could just pound these.

Final Notes: For a light beer, this is where it's at. It's a little more caloric than the other options when it comes to light beer, but it's a lot more flavorful. However, it is still a light beer, and as such, don't set the bar too high for it. Decent, though.

Photo of mdr4669
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Clear golden coloration with minimal head not much lacing.

Smell: Nothing stands out, it just smells like beer.

Taste: Biscuity, multi-grain, malty with a hint of hops, very well-balanced and tasty for a light beer. Pleasantly surprised.

MF: Water, there's no kick or punch to this beer.

OA: Not bad, but not fantastic either. There's nothing that stands out about Sam Adams Light, but nothing puts it off either.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Aug. Pours a translucent light amber color with a thin layer of head. Aroma is biscuits and floral. Some grape aroma and a bit tart. Some caramel flavor along with a biscuity taste. Definitely tastes watered down. Slight tart aftertaste of the grapes. To quote every athlete ever "It is what it is." And what this Is is a decent beer. Nothing I would go out of my way to buy but it is probably the best Light beer I have ever had. I feel it is a bit of a ripoff to put it in the Summer Mix Pack but it does fit in well. Overall, it's not bad but I hope I don't ever have to drink it by default.

Photo of micmillon18
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint class. Best Before date reads August of 2011.

A - Pours a clear amber color with a small thin white head. Surpise! It has color! It's easily the best looking light beer I've ever seen mainly because it looks nothing like your typical light lager. Head dissipates quickly with little to no lacing.

S - Sweet malt and a faint hop scent.

T - Sweet malts with a nice grainy taste at the end. Also finishes with a slight balancing hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

O - As far as light lagers go, this is at the head of its class. I can't think of another in its class that matches its flavor. If your going to worry about calories, it might as well taste good.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light copper color with almost no head that fades very quickly

S: Smells very similar to a light adjunct, for sure. Malts, adjuncts, and possibly very light hops

T: The taste is also very similar to a light adjunct, with bready malts, adjuncts (corn, grain, etc.), and a little hop bite at the end. At least I can smell/taste some hops (unlike those infamous BMC light lagers)

M: Light with decent carbonation

D/O: Definitely a better alternative to BMC, but I honestly wouldn't notice much of a difference at all if I was drunk and throwing them back

Photo of hdf561
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like, and tastes like Boston Lager with more drinkability.

Still got a kind of full feeling from it, but you could definetly take this beer to a sporting event and drink alot of them.

I would recommend this beer for when you are cooking on the grill, and while eating dinner (like a steak).

Photo of ProfessorHomer
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice coppery color, lots of carbonation. Head diminishes rather rapidly.

S: Smells quite nice - some floral hops and some malty caramel notes.

T: This is a lite beer? "Lite years" ahead of all the other lite beers. Way ahead of all those standard American lagers and pilseners too.

M: Full, hoppy prickles, good carbonation.

D: Good beer - sessionable.

Overall: this is a lite beer? Guaranteed that if you held a taste-testing contest no one would get that it was a lite beer. Sam Adams sure has more better choices (well, mostly) than this one, but you can't go wrong with this beer.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,106 ratings.