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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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2,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,064
Reviews: 820
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 29
Gots: 119 | 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 ThaBobfather
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly clear golden color with about two inches of white medium bodied head.
Smells nicely of yeast and some flowery hops.
Taste has a very grainy taste with hops backing it up, thicker bodied than most light lagers.
Finish is crisp and refreshing, though there is not an above average after-taste, kind of grainy, but good.
Highly drinkable, but that's not out of the ordinary for this style, given its ABV I wouldn't categorize it as an above average smooth drink.

ThaBobfather, May 29, 2009
Photo of njthebestofme
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- For a light beer nothign about looked light.. wasnt that nasty yellow looked like it had nice body to it

S- malts nice smell of malts and hops.. light and sweet

T- Lots of body and character.. great matls and hops ..

M- great after taste i didnt even think it was a light beer

D- Great beer. and a def 6er for this one..

njthebestofme, May 25, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz single from the SLS in Vernal, not sure on price, but not much.

A: Nice copper color, white head about half an inch thick or so reduced to a film, excellent clarity, nothing to speak of for lacing. This is the most appealing looking light beer I've ever seen!

S: Strong grainy smell, a few hints of spicy hops, not a lot, but it definitely smells like an actual beer, not fermented corn water.

T: Light in flavors, but what is there is slightly caramel with a big of a hop bite. Really flavorful light beer. Not huge, not a lot going on, but a great low alcohol, light beer. Good flavors.

M: A little thicker than a usual light lager, but that isn't bad, quite refreshing, somewhat dry, begs for another drink.

D: Easy drinker, and enjoyable, this is a pretty great beer for what it is. I'll be buying this again.

pokesbeerdude, May 22, 2009
Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright carmel brown with a 1 finger head that left spotted lacing

smell is of light earthy hops and sweet carmel malts

taste - this is hands down the best light beer
so much flavor for a light beer - a tiny bit metalic

mouthfeel is light with a smooth creamy finish

drinkability is good if you want a light american lager this is your beer

jsh420, May 22, 2009
Photo of coalcracker
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with decent carbonation- head not too substantial. Very little lacing noted.Color is orange-gold-, a little darker than most other light lagers.
Smell: Aroma is mildly hoppy (floral) with mild caramel maltiness.
Taste: Decent hoppy bite at first that departs fairly quickly. Malts are there (grainy and a little husky) but has a thin presence. Aftertaste is a little metallic. Overall, a little more oomph than other lights in its category.
Mouthfeel: As with other lights, on the thin side.
Drinkability: Pretty drinkable for a light lager. Easy to drink.

Overall, a notch better than other light lagers. This would be one of my choices (along with Yuengling light) as a go-to light lager.

coalcracker, May 16, 2009
Photo of steanu
4.22/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-It's got a nice brown color to it. It actually looks similar to the Boston Lager.

S- It's got a nice scent to it.

T- Considering that it's a light beer it's got a nice flavor to it. Got some nice taste of yeast and hops and it doesnt go overboard with it.

M-It's got a nice clean finish to it and it doesn't leave an aftertaste.

D-It's a fine beer to drink without worrying about the extra calories.

I love Sam Adams as you probably know if you read my previous reviews and this is no exception. I like this beer a lot and I am not really into light beers. It's like the diet pepsi of beers.

steanu, May 14, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Pours an amber orange color. Three fingers of creamy foam that leaves behind gobs of sticky lacing. Not bad.

Smells like pretty much every other light lager. Better than an adjunct lager, but not by much. Toasted malt and grains, but not much of either. I guess you could say there's a hop aroma.

Very underwhelming flavor, much like the aroma. There's not much flavor at all, except for a grainy aftertaste. Watery more than anything else. Not bad, but not good, either.

Very light body. Thin and watery texture. It would be easy to pound these, but it just doesn't taste very good. Gets bumped up to a 3.5 because it doesn't give that awful light lager recoil feel.

Gyle41386, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of Sam Adams Summer Pack.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Rich gold with decent head. Very nice appearance for a light beer.

Smell: Grainy malts and slight noble hops.

Taste: Sweet grains with minimal hop presence. "Beer" aftertaste.

Feel: High carbonation, relatively light body but heavier than normal for style.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink but not exciting.

Obviously better than other light beers, but since I view this as a pointless category, I compare this versus the grand spectrum of pale lagers.

bsp77, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of RollingRocker
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off lets be clear i have yet to find a light beer that doesn't taste like every other light beer. I don't like light beer, but it came with the sampler and I'm a fan of Samuel Adams. Pours a darker color than any other light beer I've seen i recent memory. Smells and tastes very lightly of malty goodness. Very light mouth feel and crisp with a clean finish surprisingly drinkable. Quite surprised by this beer very light with more flavor than most, if i drank light beer this is probably what i would pick up.


RollingRocker, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - darkest light beer I have ever seen.

S - grain and metallic notes

T - grain and metallic notes (what causes this?). The background has a smooth creamy taste which I really enjoy.

M - decently carbonated and a very thin body

D - I guess if I ever went on a diet this beer would be up for consideration. Glad to try but doubt I will ever buy it.

xhcadamx, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1" head that creates some soft lacing.

Smell: malt sweentess is pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: malt sweetness, green apples, and a hint of caramel are balanced with a mild but noticeable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is almost clean.

Drinkability: this has to be the best light beer on the market today. It has a nice flavor and is easy to consume.

Gavage, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of SimpleM
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally tried this. I have come to like Sam's Boston Lager and am a huge fan of their ales.

12 oz bottle, poured ok, half the head I usually get from BL. Very nice looking, darker than I expected. Laced well.

Smell? Maybe I have a sinus infection or something (or had the beer too cold)but I could hardly smell anything. THe faint aromas I got were plesant, but I didn't really smell much.

Again... What taste? I guess I will have to try some macro swill again so that I realize that not all beer has flavor. I may have to try this again some time in the summer and re-review.

Mouthfeel was really good for a light beer. Liked the carbonation, and felt richer than it tasted.

Drinkability... definitely not a drain pour, but I'd rather have something with more flavor. Choice between this and "Lite" Or Bud Light, this wins, but I prolly wont buy it again unless I really do have no smell due to sinus.

SimpleM, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of ghebel
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very clear amber/ gold with 1 inch off white head that dissipates quickly down to a thin ring leaving only minor laces on the glass.

S - Caramel malt, fruity. Mild herbal, earthy hop aroma in the background.

T - Sweet caramel malt initially, floowed by a drier finish. Moderate bitterness.

M - Not as thin as other Light lagers. Has a good bite and some lingering bitterness.

D - Very drinkable and not as filling as many other beers.

Overall - This is a good beer. I drink it quite frequently when I want something "light". I'm not sure it belongs in the same category as other light lagers though.

ghebel, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.38/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into glass at 45 degree angle and finished pour in the center. Nice head for a light beer. Suprised by the lacing left by this beer. Smell had some fruity tones to it. The mouthfeel was very smooth and the drinkability was very high. This is a solid light beer and should be compared only to other light beers. The appearance was also impressive with a nice copper color.

beerman207, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
4.33/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Light, Style: Light Lager
ABV = 4.05%, cals = 119
Bottle>dimpled mug, reviewed @ home 10/28/08
A 4.0 - clear/dark copper for a light beer, good head/retention & collar
S 4.0 - nice hop aromas present for a light beer. I get a subtle whisper of apple & pear aromas.
T 4.5 - Hoppy semi bitter but balanced for a light beer. Very interesting and surprising brew.
MF 4.0 - "full body" (for a light beer), balanced/appropriate carbo
D 4.5 - This stuff is one of the best light beers I have had to date. A nice surprise indeed!

unclejimbay, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of johnnymoto
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head was thin but at least it was there, which is usually hard to find for a light beer. The color was alot darker than most light beers that I've seen. The taste was exceptional for a light beer and the mouthfeel was pretty smooth for the most part. Overall I think it is a great light beer.

johnnymoto, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent beer even looking beyond its status as a light. A light beer that tastes like beer? Well, this is the first I've had, though I'd like to try some light micros to compare. To say this is by far the thickest, maltiest light beer I've ever seen or tasted isn't necessarily saying much since my experience with lights has only been the domestic swill some friends of mine like. But this one has a decent malt and hops taste and smell, the subtle toasty, nutty accents one wouldn't expect to find in a light, and a decent mouth feel. As lights go, I'll stick with this one until someone points me to something better.

Brenden, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Foxman
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a crystalline ingot gold. A fat finger of dense white head sustains some time. lacing is minimal but lasting.

The aroma is light, pale malt, mildly sweet with a trace of berry. The hops are generally fragrant, softly bitter, and fairly crisp.

Upon tasting, the malt is initially sweet and even blinks a lash of caramel before the hops, while vague, prove quite capable of crisping and drying with a spicy nip. A dull fruitiness lays flat toward the close. The finish is clean but seemingly more because there's not a great deal of substance. The drop off the precipice at the end is sheer.

Light bodied, carbonation helps keep it from being too watery, but barely.

Well, as light beers go, you could do a lot worse, though that's damning with faint praise. At least any prominent adjunct character is refreshingly absent, a departure from the usual light beer fare. If you have to drink light, this one would go down ably enough. I might not seek it out, but I'll take it before just about anything else in the style.

Foxman, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper color with a slight off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves small amounts of lacing.

Smells of malt and some hops with a light sweetness.

Taste consists of caramel, toffee and light hops. Simple enough for just any beer...but for a light beer, this is quite flavorful.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A little watered down but that shouldn't come as a surprise. Pretty tasty for a light beer and I have to say I actually wouldn't mind having a few of these in a sitting. Highly drinkable, nothing outstanding but I'm pretty sure there's no other light like it.

Vengeance526, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of JayNH
4.5/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice clear light copper color with a foamy head.

S- a pleasant sweet biscuity malt with a hint of spice.

T- Bready malt balanced with a mild hop note.

M- Smooth, perfect carbonation, solid body for this style.

D- Excellent! This "light" beer is in a class of it's own

JayNH, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of AtlasBrew
5/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not going to run through the usual on this one. It's got a great copper color, nice aroma, and a wonderful smell. I think that has been determined already.

However, here is what I want to convey to all of my fellow beer brothers:

Take this for what it is and not for what it isn't. Here is a brewer (I say pioneer) that has defied conventional wisdom by creating a light, lawnmower beer for the beer snob and did it with out rice syrup solids! Koch and crew have created a "Light" beer that has a wonderful flavor, aroma, and color. I say BRAVO!

This beer deserves an A+ for all that it represents and not the catagory it resides in.


AtlasBrew, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of nebula1999
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours copper clear. Nice rocky cream-colored head. Mild hop aroma, hint of malt. Not offensive. Smooth, easily drinkable, low alcohol light beer. This light beer does not trade micro-trademarks for appearance, aroma or taste. Certainly a session beer at 4% abv. Recommended for just about any occasion.

nebula1999, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of jbertsch
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I do believe that you have to rate this beer compared to other light beers and nothing else. Simply because the purpose of the brewer was to make a beer that was lighter, or more health conscious, while still preserving taste and quality.

A: Copper colored with a head that fades quickly, but can be decent if you pour hard enough. Minimal lacing.

S: Still smell some hops, which is not always easy in a light beer. Other than that, not much else.

T: For a light beer, the taste is quite good and refreshing. In fact, I've never had another light beer with taste that was as good.

M: Easy on the tongue, with a fair amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Yes, it may be a bit "heavier" than other light beers, but, that's because there's still a little body in this beer, which to me, makes it even that much more drinkable. Yes Budweiser may pitch their "drinkability", but if the taste is poor - as is with Budweiser - it doesn't matter how light the beer is...I wouldn't be able to finish it. So, Sam light is far more drinkable to me.

jbertsch, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear straw hue with a moderate white head that diminished quickly with fair lacing.

Light hoppy aroma.

Light body with a watery texture and soft carbonation.

Light bittersweet flavor with a light sweet finish of short duration.

Better then most light beers.

tmoneyba, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow. 1 inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt and cleanliness of a lager. Fits the style rather nicely. Has a high carbonation level. Smooth and crisp mouth feel. Tastes of a sweet malt and strong lager. Overall, one of the better light lagers I've ever had.

Tone, Jan 17, 2009
Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,064 ratings.