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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 BBM
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light amber into a pint glass with a thin white head. Nice to see an amber body on a light beer. Aroma was non-descript, slightly sweet.

Well this is by far the best "light" beer I've had, but that isn't saying much. A malty, sweet flavor is balanced by just a touch of hops. Overall not too much flavor is lost from the Boston Lager, but there is a difference.

A perfect beer to cut carbs/calories while still maintaining flavor. I'm sure it's not as "light" as the major brands (calorie wise), but it's rather tasty all things considered.

BBM, May 19, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. 2 fingers of head float atop an amber body. Good retention, little lacing. Aroma is of fresh cut grain and a little bit of caramel sweetness. Flavor is like a lighter Boston Lager: bready and sweet but a tad watery. Mouthfeel is thinnish but satisfying. Really easy to drink.

illidurit, May 13, 2008
Photo of skeetermoses
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoy this beer, it does have a hearty flavor to it, but it is a light beer. Not bad, and I do respect the different styles. This one is going into my good beer phaze. Enjoy the SA samle back. drink up and enjoy this beer, I had people †ell my that notheing

skeetermoses, May 11, 2008
Photo of Yimosan
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly good light beer, it has become my favorite in that category.
1 inch head when served in a freezer cold mug.
The beer has a reddish tint to it and taste-wise, it has a malty sweet after taste.
Sam Adams light is a great every day beer and I find that for me, it pairs well with spicy Asian foods because of its sweetness.
Very very refreshing!


Yimosan, May 08, 2008
Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber-golden color. Clear with a tan head.
Wow, this light beer actually has some flavor. Aromas of grain, faint hops and some syrupy malts. Taste is very similar. Very grainy. A light hop presence keeps it drinkable. Decent body. Light with good carbonation. Perhaps the most drinkable light beer around. Nice job Sam Adams, just a little expensive for what you get.

rye726, May 05, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretaste notes: This is the only light beer I know of that doesn't use adjuncts (rice, corn, etc.). The only ingredients in this light beer are barley, hops, yeast, and water. Sam Adams Light is the only light beer to win a medal at any German beer tasting competition.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the 12oz bottle. The beer is a classic "cold gold" color with a hint of red. Head is all-white and grew to two fingers thick after a hard pour. Head dissolved after a bit less than 2 minutes.

Smell: Surprisingly nice aroma with a clean introduction, leading into an aroma of fresh grain and light hops. I was pleasantly surprised to find light fruits in the aroma, alondside fresh hops, which highlights the fact that there are no adjuncts used in the production of the beer.

Taste: Again, very clean throughout, but much maltier than I expected... and that's not a bad thing. This is a light beer that actually delivers on its promise of a bolder taste. There is a nice bready malt backbone throughout alongside a slight caramel note, and a superbly balanced hop profile.

Notes: If I didn't know that this was a light lager, I would have rated it as an American Amber or a regular all-malt lager. This is a great beer that has the potential to ease the average BMC drinker into the realm of craft brews. However, it has all of the calories (and taste, plus more) of a normal American style lager, which I think puts it outside of the realm of light beers. This would be a great alternative to regular Budweiser and other domestic macro lagers because of the sheer fact that it actually has taste, and is very very drinkable... even for the "only-drink-to-get-get-drunk" crowd. Also, this is the only light beer that I consider to be actual beer.

BucBasil, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown with a medium level of activity rising from the bottom of the pilsner glass. A one finger head quickly shrank down to a little lacing.

Sharp with a slight malt and corn scent. The corn scent was not oily but instead was very alcohol based.

Crisp with a tang of alcohol. Some malt but not very flavorful.

A light body that is refreshing and which goes down smooth.

This beer is drinkable. But only because it is so light and neutral. A great representation of its style.

Rennpferd, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: clear light golden color with about an eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving little lacing, fairly typical given style
s: like other Sam beer the malt flavor is much more present than the hop aroma
t: kind of a fruity flavor, very nice that there is flavor in a light, the hop taste is noticeable as is the malt flavor
m: light bodied with a little more than average carbonation

overall for a light beer this is amazing, theres flavor and some body, my light lager of choice...if I ever decide i need one

jayrod20, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of bltzburgh
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As most Sam Adams beers this flows with drinkability. Pours almost a light amber color. The head is crisp and tasty with lasting affect. Stronger and more tasty thatn most light beers which can not impress those non beer drinkers. But for those who like beer this is a light beer with some muscle. Drinkable in any atmosphere.

bltzburgh, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is malty with some caramel and some grain.(corn) Not a bad nose for a light beer. It says 119 calories on the label.

The taste is pretty malty with some caramel sweetness and a slight bitterness that shows up mostly in the finish. Good taster this light beer though I'm not a fancier of light beers in general.

Bitterbill, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle> 16 oz. SA glass

This one pours out a clear, pale amber or dark pumpkin in color. mighty fine carboantion makes an all-white, substantial, fluffy head that is bubbly and active, moderate retention.

mild, sweet oak, musty herbal wheat scent, and only a slight hop whiff...pretty subdued but down right aromatic compared to something like michelob ultra.

The flavor is a light, smokey but sweet malt,Very clean...basically every thing I want from a standard, easy drinker! very good malt for a light beer. The rest is earthy, musty, herbal yeast, mildly sour and almost fruity finish.

Feels light bodied, but crisp and it stays that way!! of course it feels thin overall but it is a light beer. Crispy and clean feel, easy to ride.

A decent party choice and a really good choice after long, hot day.

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear solid orange with clumpy sudsy head. Not much retention or lacing. Smell: Clean, toasted malts and a touch of noble hops. Taste: Toasted and some caramel malt, noble hops. Mouthfeel: Light bodied, active carbonation, finishes with a kiss of bitterness and a hard water feel. The best light beer (or beer labeled as light) around, but I remember this being a bit better, did it change?

babaracas, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass and received almost no head on top of a light copper body that was pretty seethru, but still not invisible like other light beers. I couldn't pick up anything in the smell except some hops and faint earthiness - could've been me. The beer has a nice hoppy taste and some sweet juiciness in it, like apples. A light, thin body that goes down extra smooth but leaves its mark with the hop backbite and the little bit of sweetness. I will take this light beer over anything from other macro/"macro micros" anyday, but still not my first choice.

clayrock81, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review for a lite lager!
Pours a dark straw color with a small, quarter inch head, quite a lot better looking than any other lite lager I've seen. Aroma of lightly toasted bread, mild spice, green apple and sweet cornbread. On the palate, you can tell it's all malt, starts off with a solid Munich malt profile, lightly toasty but it leaves too quickly. Noble hop character provides a good floral note and gives it interest. This is certainly leaps and bounds above any other Lite Lager on the market, and applaud BBC for making it.

dreadnatty08, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was given to me as a gift since my stash was running pretty low. I haven't had this in a long time, and while I used to think this beer was quite good, my tastes have changed considerably in recent years. For it's style, this is certainly at the head of the pack. However, it's still a light lager when one boils it down, so don't expect the world from this!

The pour wasn't anything to write home about - a bit of head, no lacing to be found, and a medium amber hue to it was all easily seen. There wasn't a lot of carbonation either, and everything about this beer is implied in the name: light. Light on taste, body, and hops. The only notes I could detect here were a bit of burnt/caramel up front and lots of detergent-like lightness in the back, after the crisp taste cuts through. Sure, it's a bit malty, but it's so light...who would know?

Sure, the 4.0% ABV is there, but you're going to drink this because it's low calorie, better than the alternatives in it's class, and yes, it can be quite satisfying on a hot day when any other light beer just don't cut it. Unfortunately, it's not like that outside right now, so I'll enjoy the rest of these in my six pack, knowing that I gave it a whirl. It's a very basic beer with a very basic taste: consider yourself warned!

JerzDevl2000, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light clear amber color with some head but not much lacing, honestly this beer is much darker than a light beer deserves to be which is pleasing to the eye though, based on looks I would not know this is a light lager.

Smell has a light caramel and hop aroma, well balance for a light beer, stronger aroma than most, sweet malt comes through in spades.

Taste is typical of a light lager but with slightly stronger aspects, crisp clean taste with a soft carbonation touch, decent balance, has the light bitterness with a strong sweet malt backing.

Won't convert me to liking light lagers, but if I had to drink one this would probably be it since the flavors are more pronounced than your typical light beer yet delicate at the same time.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Enola
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice clear orange with a small head. Very little lacing remains in the glass. Smell is grain like, a little richer than your average light brew. Taste is richer too. The hops are noticable and the beer has a nice flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with drinkability good as is typical with lighter brews.

Enola, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Grimes
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured translucent deep gold in my pint glass with a single fingered head that quickly dissolves leaving little to no lacing at all.
Big, bold smell for a light beer. Sweet with a bit of hops.
Taste is typical of Sam Adams, very malty with a nice hops backbone.
Very light mouthfeel. A little watery. Too much carbonation for my tastes, but still better than your typical light beer.
This would make a great introductory brew for most macro lovers.

Grimes, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of jar2574
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent amount of head, and retention. Light amber color.

Sweet malty smell, with only a slight touch of hops, but a bit metallic as well.

Good for a light lager, but too bland, all things considered. Watery, instead of hoppy. Probably had to take some of the good stuff out to make it a "light" beer.

Not bad, just not something I'd order when you can order the real Sam Adams instead. That's good stuff. This isn't quite up to snuff.

Goes down easy though, like a light beer should.

jar2574, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into one of those curvy Sam Adams glasses.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready with a little sweetness and contains flavors of caramel and mild amount of floral hops. The malt character is hearty but not heavy at all. The after-taste is slightly sweet. It tastes just like Sam Adams Boston Lager but milder in flavor.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, this beer is exactly what you would expect, a lighter version of Sam Adams Boston Lager, but still has enough substance to make it the best "light beer" out there.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a short white head that laces a litle bit down the glass. Has a light malty aroma and some hops, but not alot. It had a kind of watery taste but a nice amount of malt and hop taste for a light beer. Has a nice mouthfeel - very smooth. The drinkability is good for a light beer. It is definately one of the better light beers out there and worth a try if you like light beers.

erosier, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.38/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed straight from the bottle, no glass to use.

I given a good on appearance because it is from a bottle and I can't really rate, when I can't see.

Smell is good, light hops with a malt backbone. Piney and citrusey at the same time.

Taste is very good for a macro. Malty with a good balance of hops. The label says nobles and I can't disagree. Sourdough bread with pine, citrus with maple syrup....Awesome for a light beer!

Mouthfeel is good, a little bubbly, but feels full bodied.

Drinkability is awesome. A light beer with this much flavor!!!! Give me a case and get outta my way!!!

For a "light" macro, this is awesome...I love it! Perfect for indoctrinating people to the wonderful world of craft beer.

wheatyweiss, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll issue the caveat up front when I say I am far from a light beer fan. This, however, actually isn't bad. Not one I'll ever grab a six-pack and watch a baseball game with, mind you, but not bad. Its presentation is nice, a finger of off-white head atop a somewhat darker golden body that is far better than most rudimentary macros that I've seen, without question. Decent hops on the nose, but its light, so there's not much and I don't expect much. The taste surprises me with a little complexity--nicely hopped, a tad bitter in spurts, a yeasty back beat--not too shabby for light. It weakens and flattens sooner than I had hoped, unfortunately.

Ultimately, this isn't worth turning down, and is genuinely better than macros I've had. Not an award-winner, but surprisingly decent.

Gehrig, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of DrainBamage
4.55/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a copper color with a nice lace of head. The smell has virtually no aromas of corn or rice, but rather malty aromas. The taste has a very caramel malt flavor to it with bitterness being minimal. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. This is hands down the best light lager I've ever had. It's gonna be pretty hard to beat this.

DrainBamage, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of baos
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From notes: drank while tearing out dressing rooms where I work. Nice work beer I have to say =)

12 oz into glass.

A: Nice looking lager a bit of a darker hue than most of the macros. Decent head with decent lacing.

S: Detect a bit o' hops there Mr. Henry-faced man. Nice maltiness as well Mr. Troubadour.

T: This is the best light beer I've ever had times a million. Can taste the hops and it has a very nice malt character as well.

M: Perfect for this type of beer plus a bit more for ya, but not much more.

D: This is a sixer over poker kinda beer. Drink away boys and girls!

baos, Jan 23, 2008
Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,064 ratings.