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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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1,985 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 26
Gots: 93 | 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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

A- Pours a clear light amber color. Decent head not much retention and little lacing.

S- Bready malts and touch of hop spice.

T- Pretty good for a "light" beer. Bready malts followed up by a touch of hops.

M- Light in body and good carbonation.

D- Easy to drink but I think this one is like a watered down Boston Lager. I prefer the regular.

nrbw23, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Berticus
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%

This beer is awesome.
Just like the commercials are saying, you wont believe its a light beer.
The aftertaste is nothing like any other light beer i have ever had.
It looks and tastes like some kind of bock/lager hybrid but its actually just another light beer.

Berticus, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%

Appearance: Golden amber in color with a nice foamy head that lasts a good while. Wow, this actually has color. Impressive.

Smell: Lightly toasted grain, faint maltiness. Slightly metallic. Floral hoppiness. Not hugely aromatic, but not bad.

Taste & mouthfeel: Soft malty sweetness with a bit of toast and leafy hops. Becomes dry and crisp rather quickly, with a light (but not watery) texture. There's a touch of noble hops in the dry finish, but it's not particularly bitter on the whole. Pretty damn good for a light lager. Can't say I'd buy this with any regularity, but it's great for what it is.

largadeer, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%

For a light lager I guess this is decent, but as a beer I wasn't impressed at all. On the commercials it claims this beer won awards at beer shows even though there wasn't a light beer category.. I wonder what categories it won in? Anywho, it's way too light bodied and the taste is severely lacking. It's drinkable yeah, but it needs some taste. Also, for being light, it has a calorie count comparable to most regular beers.

oriolesfan4, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of disastermouse
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%

If you've got to drink a 'light' beer, this is the only mainstream one you should consider.

A - Beautiful gold-brown color. It's transparent, but at least it's really brown.

S - You can really smell the malt in this beer. Caramel-ly with the teeniest tiniest smoky smell. There's no skunk in this beer.

T - At least there's a little malt in the flavor. It's not a premium beer, but it's got more flavor than most 'lights' out there.

M - Thin. You can really feel the water in this beer - and that'd be great for a summer beer. For the style, it does better than most.

D - You could pound these back all day. Eventually, you'll harken back to real beer, but it's not this beer's fault.

disastermouse, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%

The nose is blessed with a soft biscuit malt, and a slightly sour hoppy edge makes my mouth water, lightly fruity.

Pours a medium caramel color, good clarity, moderate head with mild retention.

First sip displays the looked-for biscuit malt, now fully expressed with corresponding sweetness that adds welcomed dimension and body, and fruit. Resoundingly soft hops are little more than an echo, just loud enough to be found if you're looking. Hints of vanilla and bitterness. Not lacking carbonation.

How light should a Light Beer be? The very fact that on the label Boston Beer Co. brags that Sam Adams Light took a medal at 'a major German beer tasting competition' even though 'there was no light beer category' begs the aforesaid question. That's arbitrary though, I suppose, as the focus should be more on flavor and drinkability where I'd say it has friends in Heineken, Beck's, and the like.

MrHungryMonkey, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Light amber low head

S-Malt, barley, bread mild hop notes also a note of spice

T-Grain, hops and water smooth and easy to drink

M-Good carbonation level easy to drink medium body

D-This is my grab one and drink it from the bottle beer, easy for me to just pick up drink and forget for a little while that im a compete beer snob

SpecialK088, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Dirtgoddess
4.65/5  rDev +42.6%

I tried this beer on a lark, wanting a bottle of light beer as a 'cleansing ale' after a bomber of the stronger stuff for my thrice a week 'beer night.' I couldn't find the Amstel Light, and purchased one of these.

First of all, I'm not crazy about light beer - many are just glasses of water spoiled - when I see the young guys lugging cases of that stuff to the check stand, I assume they're the victims of slick advert campaigns.

However, this brew amazed me, and I think in the pantheon of light beers should rate far higher than it is here. This is LIGHT BEER folks, not regular, give it its due. It has a firm, almost nutty taste, no skunk and a smooth mouth feel. It pours a rich colour into the glass, rather like my beloved Yuengling, and frankly tastes like an old recipe lager. It is light in alcohol, only 4%, which makes it a great afternoon beer - its flavourful character will hold its own with anything from pasta to burgers.

Dirtgoddess, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%

A-Pours a clear golden-amber, forming a thick, dense off-white head. Very nice retention and good lacing.
S-Simplicity...slightly sweet malt backbone, light noble hops, very faint metallic character.
T&M-Starts out w/slightly sweet malt and light-bodied w/sharp carbonation, gets a little watery midway and finishes partly on the hops (light citrus emerges on the swallow), and partly w/the metallic sensation.
D-I was still tasting this beer when I realized it was almost gone. This drinks quickly and quietly, without fanfare, but I still think it's a great "gateway beer" to lead the masses away from macros to Brewtupia.

BoitSansSoif, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a nice clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some slight hops. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy. Light body. Drinkable, not worth buying again though. Not into light brew's.

Wasatch, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a clear copper orange with a nice cap of finely bubbled, slightly creamy, off-white.

The nose brings a touch of carameled, bready sweetness and light, herbal hops.

Tastes pretty much the same. A touch watery in the light body, with a moderate amount of fine bubbly, foamish carbonation.

Not a great beer, but it is one of the best light beers you can find. Nicely done for the style.

Slynger, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

From a twelver to my glass to my belly...

Clear amber orange. Looks better than you would expect. Head was up then down though.

Can smell some malt. Not very strong on the aroma.

Light malt flavor, but it does have flavor. One of the few light beers with any flavor at all.

Mine was ice cold so the feel was a little harsh. I forgive.

This is a great beer to take to a BMC buddy's house. It's a step up and many people will like it because it's not too "brown."

Overall: good stuff that has it's place

PatronWizard, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of cnally
4.03/5  rDev +23.6%

The new go-to here at the homestead.

The pour creates a quick dissipating head, with many carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom. Golden yellow/orange coloring in the beer.

Smells of yeast and corn, slight hop aroma. Decent malt scent.

Very balanced flavor, slightly malty, slightly bitter, good flavors of wheat and corn, and upgrade flavor of your typical macro American lager.

The feel is watery initially but actually is very filling. Light on the tongue. Crisp.

Well, this is impossible not to praise. Beats all other widely available light beers hands down. Thing is, it is a very tasty brew REGARDLESS of it being a light beer. Easy drinking, delicious, cheaper than craft beer, and really really refreshing.

cnally, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of changeup45
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%

Not a bad light beer at all. Amber in color topped with just a thin white head. The head fizzles pretty quickly and little to no lace is left on the glass. Not really a whole lot like a regular Boston Ale or Lager. This had a watery, slightly sour taste and just a bit of a hoppy flavor. Not really for me but if I feel like a light beer or you are looking for a good light beer definitely give this one a shot.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of billybob
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%

medium amber in color with a with a two finger white head that quickly fades away with a small amount of sticky lace. strong smell of corn and corn husk but after a while turning to a slightly metalic smell. taste is smooth and malty and it has some flavor to it. carbonation was a little weak. not a beer i would buy again.

billybob, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%

Freshness date of July, bought in August. Too bad I didn't realize this until I was at home.

Head was a nice white, but it faded down quickly. The color of this beer does not look like any light beers I have seen. It is almost an amber colored orange (if that makes any sense). The balance between hops and malts is very good. The mouthfeel is wonderful, as I just want to let it linger in my mouth for a while before drinking it. Very clean and refreshing.

This is definitely the best light beer that I have had and it really packs a lot of flavor. If the label didn't say it was light, then I would have never guessed it to be a light beer.

mothman, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of engisch
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%

This is the best light beer that I have tasted. It is far better than the typical American light beers (Bud, Coors, Miller, etc.). I would even say this beer could almost compete against some non-light beers. If I cared much for my caloric intake this would be the brew that I would drink.

Before this beer, I had practically given up on light beers and figured none would have enough oomph to please my taste buds. This was leftover from some visitors at my house-party. Comparing this to the standard Sam Adams is unfair, but this is a good light version of it. It has much less body and has a much harder time holding any head. It has a pleasant light hop flavor. It is very drinkable.

All in all, it is possibly the best light ever.

engisch, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a light golden amber with a one-finger white head that showed great life with lots of bubbles rushing to the top. This looks great compared to most light beers. Nothing too special in the smell with wheat, light hops and some other grainy smells. The taste was a fuller version of the aroma with some decent wheat and light hop flavors. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and not very watery at all. This is one of the better light lagers I've tasted and very drinkable.

gford217, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of semihobo
4.45/5  rDev +36.5%

Best by August 08. Pours with a light brown, clear body, and a large enough head that the whole beer can't fit in the pint glass on the first pour. Poor retention. Very lively bubbling.

Smells very clean, just a simple malt profile, the bottle says two-row. The smell is not "light," although it's not strong either. Slight grassy hops. No off notes or adjuncts.

Tastes like Sam Adams Boston Lager mixed 50/50 with water. First taste was disappointing after the smell. Not disappointing for a light beer, but because it smelled like a real beer. Weak, slightly sweet bread taste with low alpha hops, minimal bittering. No adjuncts.

Body also suffers. I would prefer higher carbonation to cover for a light, watery body, as is the norm for the style. Carbonation is smooth but dies mid-sip.

The light beer that sets the bar for others in the style. Light beer drinkers should also see New Belgium's Skinny Dip -- 110 calories and 4.2% alcohol, vs. Sam Adams Light at 124 calories and only 4.0% alcohol.

semihobo, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%

Had this served up at the Sam Adams joint in the Cincinatti, Kentucky airport in between Germany and Atlanta. They only had four or five beers, and I had already had everything BUT the venerable Sam Adams Light.

Serving was from an ice-cold bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance was a medium amber color with a small white cap that left minimal lacing on the glass.

Nose a mix of vague grain and herbal hop notes, but nothing spectacular.

Taste is somewhat bland, with a thin malt background balanced by a deal of hop bitterness. Body is medium-thin, with a decent amount of carbonation. Finish is a short-lasting, semi-dry bitterness that mellows into a sweetness as it dies.

Overall, the beer is what it is -- just a better-tasting, more balanced version of a Light beer. If ever I was forced to drink a light beer, I'd definitely choose this over any of the macro water beer, but it's certainly no replacement for a fuller beer.

superdedooperboy, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%

Probably one of the best "lights" on the market, I've had this a while back and as luck would find due one of these snuck into my Sammy's variety pack. Light malty aroma nothing wrong here, pours a nice light copper small head little left on the glass. Mouthfeel is fuller than most but still thin considering. Good taste, I prefer more but this is a light. If you are a worried beer drinker this may be for you, If you enjoy beer, spend your cash on the real thing.

kinger, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of mbenthall
4.5/5  rDev +38%

Appearance: Clean, clear amber with thin head.

Smell: malt and floral hops.

Taste: Light in body with malty sweetness, undertones of caramel, finishes with a slight hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean finishes dry.

Drinkability: I'm reviewing this as a light beer and as such it is the best I've ever had. Nice and refreshing. But if your main reason for drinking a light beer is calories, and not taste, take note of the 128 calorie count.

mbenthall, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of RedBaron
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%

Probably my favorite light beer (though this really has about 125 calories, not really "light").

Appearance: brilliant yellow gold; nice head
Smell: Nice hop aroma, as well as that "freshly mown lawn" malt nose. Quite good for a beer of this stature.
Taste: Caramel-ly, toffee, roasty up front, dry bittering, citrusy hop finish. Nothing extraordinary here, but slightly better than average.
Mouthfeel: pretty good balance between the sweetness/roastiness of the malts and the bitter hop. S.A. gets it right with this beer though it does taste just a bit light in the finish. True to style perhaps, but I guess I was expecting just a bit more (whatev...my hang-up I suppose!).
Drinkability: A great beer to have after a long day of work, or after cutting the grass in the summer warmth. Nice session-able beer that I could easily drink all night if warranted. Certainly it's the best "light" beer I've ever had. Nice job, Mr. Koch.

RedBaron, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%

Hands down, the best light beer I've ever had. That may not be saying much, but it's worth noting.

Smell is grainy, though much cleaner than the average light lager.

Tastes like a good lager, only much tamer. None of those corn and rice flavors from the macro lights. Toasted grains, a little bread, and some sweet caramel.

Easy to drink and enjoyable. It may be light beer, but it's actually pretty good.

ElGrecoVerde, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a light amber color, very clear. Decent head that goes away pretty quickly. Minimal lacing. Smells of biscuity malts and a slight hop spice. A light beer that actually smells like beer! Taste is also great for a "light beer." Biscuity malts followed by a hop spice, some vanilla notes...almost like a watered down Boston Lager. Really terrific for a light beer, I must say. It doesnt have the usual off flavors that accompany the rest. Crisp, clean, and actually some flavor in there. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Clean finish. Very drinkable.

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2008
Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,985 ratings.