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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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2,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,105
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 33
Gots: 170 | 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 caminiti
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just what you would expect from a light beer, and maybe, just maybe, a little bit more, though at $13 a twelve pack, it should be.
The good folks at Sam Adams, through their advertising, get you to drink the Kool-Aid and think this may be something better than light beer, but its really not ("Won best beer, and there wasnt even a category for light beer"). If I was forced to drink light, which I sometimes am, I would choose this, but its probably along the same lines, calorie wise, as Guiness, but twelve steps up from Coors light, etc.

Photo of dnichols
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a 12 ounce mug.

A: It poured a fresh clear, bright copper body with amber highlights when back lit. A moderately aggressive pour produced a dirty white robust half finger head that receded to a ring around the collar and supported a barely there curtain.

S: It had crisp and clean lightly roasted malts with a recessed hop aroma. More aroma than any macro light I have tried.

T: It has a light sweet malt flavor with a recessed bitterness. There is a steady stream of carbonation that helps keep the taste fresh and zippy on the tongue. There are hints of sweet white fruit but they are so recessed it is difficult to determine the profile of the flavors.

M: It is a light bodied very clean brew with sweet malts on the front and slight bitterness on the back. The carbonation keeps the palate fresh and clean.

D: I doubt you could find a finer session beer for the diet set. This brew is easy to consume in mass and light and refreshing enough for a hot long day while being sufficiently flavorful to not loose your interest due to lack of character.

Comment: This is a surprising light brew. It is more like a dilute ale than any macro light. Well done and one that I could recommend to my Coors and Bud light friends.

Photo of montageman
3.91/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

While this is by no means my favorite beer, this is by far the best widely available light beer I've tried. The look, smell, & taste are totally decent when the style is considered. The carbonation is a light heavy, but that is the case for most light beers. Overall, an easy drinking light beer that can be paired with just about anything, I'd imagined. Recommended.

Photo of calebmills
3.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

tastes really malty has a dark color for light beer and i really wouldnt want to sit down and just drink one for the taste. my second to least favorite sam adams style. good for a light beer but if you want a good sam adams go elsewhere but an above average light beer thats for sure.

Photo of usmittymc
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard room-temp pub glass

A- Perfectly clear, medium amber color with a full 1.5 finger head that dissipates to a nice lacing around the glass. Much darker than any other "light" beer that I have ever experienced.

S- Faint citrusy hoppiness that you do not experience with other "light" beers. Also a nice "biscuity" aroma is present

T- Full of flavor that you will not get from other "light" beers. Smooth malt on the front with a nice hoppy finish

M- Much more body to this beer than other "light" beers. Sits very well on the palate and has a nice, clean finish

D- Definitely my default beer of choice. SA Light is available practically everywhere, at a reasonable price ($5.99 / 6-pack). So you get a good quality "light" beer (not so light calorie-wise), for under a buck a beer.

Photo of supercolter
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All in all not the best light beer that I have had.

Appearance is average for the style- not a lot of head and less retension. Little lacing and straw yellow coloring.
Smell and taste are not bad but do lack some flavor/smell- MGD light and Leine's light both have better and more flavor and are more aromatic.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are on par for the style- its meant to be a light palate beer and it satisfies that.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.18/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply one of the best, most flavorful light beers I have ever tried.

Six pack for $7.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in Sept. 2007.

Pours a surprisingly deep amber golden for the style, with a slight head that doesn't last too long. Aroma is dry malty, maybe a hint of hops. Flavor is light but still a lot for the style. Moderate, toasty malts, minimal hops makes for a tasty light alternative.

Mouthfeel includes a fair amount of carbonation- why no head retention?

Good stuff.

Photo of metallistout
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I went into this review knowing that I have to match it up with other Light Lagers, like Miller Lite, Bud Light etc...

Bottle 12 oz.

Amber in color and a decent thick head for a light beer.

Smell of floral hops and malty grains, does not quite smell like a light beer.

This beer taste pretty much like a "toned down" version of it's big brother. Take out a little hops and a little malt and instead of Boston Lager; you have Sam Light.

Mouthfeel is watery, and refreshing.

Drinkability- if I ever get a feeling to drink a light beer, this would be the beer for sure. If you stack it up to the Big Commercial Light beers (includin amstel) I would say that Sam Adams Light is the winner.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle,poured into my SA glass. Best by Nov. 07
Very clear,brilliant amber/coppery color with a 1' white creamy head,dissapated a bit quick to a creamy coating. A few tiny bubbles staggered rising to the surface.

Very moderate aromas, kinda expected a bit more aroma. Light sweet maltiness with some herbal,perfumy hop notes. Had a bit og skunkiness to it. Haven't really smelled this before in a SA within the freshness date.

Light malty tastes,slightly toasty and sweet. very well balanced with a good sharp,clean bitterness. earthy and woody. has a bit of the skunkyness in the taste also.

Had more of a meduim bodied feel than a light. A good bit more than most light beers. Was a bit of a letdown. Expected just a bit more taste and aroma even for a light,afterall it's still a Sam Adams. Could have a few,just a teaser for me,makes me crave the real thing Boston Lager.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a super clear light copper hue with a one finger head that quickly dies down to an almost non-existant layer. No stickiness to be seen, not a whole lot goin' on with this beer in terms of looks. Smell is a bit metallic with a small amount of caramel malt and a hint of noble hops. A weak floral aroma seems to appear in the nose as well. Yeah, this is definitely a light beer. Watered down caramel malt and corn with a tiny hop aftertaste, nothing more, nothing less. Good fluffy light mouthfeel with a bunch of carbonation. If I had to choose a light beer, this would be it. Good flavor for the style, but clearly weak in the overall spectrum.

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

Appearance: Pours a light brown body with a full, though quickly thinning off-white head.

Smell: Faint aroma of caramel and crumbly, dry toast.

Taste: Light flavor of toasted bread with a touch of caramel malts and a very subdued sweetness. Hops remain exceedingly light. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It has alot to offer, relatively, for a little light lager.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber color, poured one finger head which faded to wisp which then also faded. Lacing is all but non exsistent.

S- Nice spicy hop aroma with little to no malt aroma

T- Initial malt taste is somewhat weak in the sweetness area followed by a solid but light hop pressence.

M- Smooth, typical carbonation for a light beer.

D- I'll take this over anyother light beer out there.

If I were to eliminate personall taste completely and judge based on style I'd rank this beer much higher. In my opinion this is the best mass marketed light beer out there, it actually tastes like beer!

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

Appearance- Poured a light amber color with a thin off white head which disappears quickly.

Smell- Smells of grain with hint of malts and slight hops smell.

Taste- Not bad for a light beer. There is taste to it. Slight hints of sweetness and pine.

Mouthfeel- Light body with medium carbonation

Drinkabilty- Not so bad. I'm not a fan of light beers but as light beers go this was the best of the bunch that I've had.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

!2 onz amber bottle

Appearance : Light brown color with a pale creamy color head that looks really good.

Smell: Grainy and a light but very light sweet aroma.

Taste: Light bodied, maltiness is there in a very nice way,Hops are there present, a small caramel or sweet flavour.

Mouthfeel & Drinkabilty : Very easy to drink,feels nice in the mouth not wattery like light beer.

Notes; This beer can be a regular lager for other brand. Very nice label.

Photo of Overlord
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just how "light" is this beer? Judging from taste alone, I don't think it's quite the caloric minimizer the label would lead one to suggest. Mouthfeel is thicker than water (which is better than just about every other beer of this type) and the head stayed longer than thirty seconds, which was nice.

In any event, it pours a mildly attractive reddish color. Nice malt backbone, some grain/yeast notes ... tastes like a real beer. One of the best of the "light" beers out there.

Photo of Romulus141
3.31/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams Lager drinking glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber color into my glass. There is a pale, white head with decent retention. The lacing in this beer isn't that strong. When held up to the light, the beer glows red-orange. There are carbonation bubbles that float to the surface. Overall this is a healthy looking beer, very atypical of the "light" category.

Smell: Malts are the dominating characteristic here. The smell is somewhat sweet, and also gives hints of grains. Nothing complicated here.

Taste: It begins with a malty sweetness, which gives way to a nice balance of hoppy bitterness. There are also grains and oats in the flavor. The finish is crisp, and leaves no aftertaste. This balance of taste makes this the best "light" beer I've ever had. Truly, I'm not sure you can even consider this a true light beer, as its calorie content is higher than any other in this category. It is what it is, and it is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated, which is par for such a beer. It leaves no residue.

Drinkability: It'd be very easy to drink several of these, and with the lower calorie count, I guess that makes you feel less guilty. Truly, if this was offered on tap around my area, I'd probably buy pitchers of these somewhat often.

A good entry in the light category. It's nothing overly special, but it's worth a try.

Photo of Floydster
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint from Bad Dog Ale House in El Segundo

Pour was an almost see through golden color with no real head

Smell was nothing at really, maybe a little yeast

Tasted very nice for a light beer with a strong flavor at the end

Could drink several of these because it is about as light as a Michelob Ultra as far as ultra light brews go

Photo of Brad007
4.8/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden color with a very thin head. Aroma is one of malt and a bit of sweetness, much more than a typical light lager. Taste is much of the same except that it has a nice biscuity goodness to it. Goes down very smooth and tastes better than many other examples of the style that I have had.

No other light lager can come close to this one. This beer is perfection for the style as far as I'm concerned. Not many craft beer companies have even made light lagers. However, it's too bad that many macros cannot come close to matching a beer as good as this. It's not thin or watery, there are no adjuncts and it doesn't taste like a typical light lager. Could down a few of these on a warm day when I didn't feel like drinking heavier beers.

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

Damn, a light beer that tastes like a real beer. At first it reminds me of the cheap amber lagers like Yuengling, but it doesn't have that annoying sweetness. This is just a nice clean, lager with a bit a pale grains, caramel malt and slight lager tang. I can't really pull any hops of it, which is a shame, but this is by far the best light beer I've ever had.

Photo of absolutbc2001
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In my opinion this is the best light beer on the market. Sometimes I actually think I'm drinking a regular beer.

The appearance is what does it for me. The rich amber color with a light but nicely colored head. It also smells way better then any other light beer. I think these two characteristics are easier to improve in a light beer without increasing calories. Nicely done.

The taste is OK. It still has that light beer after taste.

The mouthfeel is good for a light beer. Thick enough to seem like it has extra calories.

The drinkability of this beer is amazing. Not paying attention, I easily finished a whole one while writing this review.

Photo of Slatetank
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tenderbranson69 for sharing this w/ me.
Poured cold into a tumbler
A - A full 3 finger crown of white and clear amber body

S - Light malt odors w/ slight adjunct scent

M - Mild carbonation w/ hints of malt. A generally light feel w/ out hop effect of any sort. Cereal graininess gives this a light dry aspect.

T - A grainy malt flavor w/ gentle herbal notes and tinges of barley. Light adjunct sweetness - basically a lighter version of an amber lager. This is still a flavorful beer somewhat, and still just shy of 'real taste'

D - Probably just passable for a drinkable beer, but very good for a 'light' beer. I would have given it a higher taste rating, but it is just missing something. Maybe the calories I am used to, but more likely hops and the lack of adjunct flavor. If I had to choose between all lights, though, this would probably be the best bet.

Photo of lawman834
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber! Thin head that goes down quickly.

S: Grainy with a lttle spiciness.

T: A little thin and watery, but awesome for a light. Mostly malt with a hint of hops on the finish. Very crisp.

M: Light and crisp.

D: Perfection. Very easy to drink.

Overall: This is one kickass Light. I follow the rules and judge within the beer's respective category. That's why my score is so high. If I was comparing this to a Vienna, then it would score low, but for a Light, it is phenominal. It is very drinkable, while still pretty tasty. This would be perfect for football games and hot summer days. There is one catch....it's not that light. It's pretty much got the same calories and carbs as a regular Bud. Don't drink this if you are on some kind of diet (that what Mic Ultra is for). This stuff is just lighter than the other Sam Offerings.

Photo of argock
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a glass mug

A: Clear, light amber color with bright white head with lace

S: Grainy with some floral aromas.

T: Malty with a fine clean hops finish. I'm not sure I'd call this a lager -- it's kind of like Boston Lager in that it's somewhere between a lager and APA.

M: Crisp and clean with high amount of carbonation.

D: A little ethereal but, for a light beer, is pleasant enough to consume.

Photo of ghostmech007
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Charlie Waterfront Cafe.

Amber color with a thin but sticky white lace. Carbonation is very active.

Smells of grain and malts.

Very light on the tongue. Malty sweetness with grain notes and a smooth creamy palate. Background metallic caramel flavors. Hops finish it with a mild grain flavor. Not bad for a "light beer".

Not something I that would buy normally. I mean it really isn't a light beer, and I really don't buy light beers. But it still is very enjoyable.

Photo of maltysfalcon
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I hate to do this for a light beer, but I have never tasted anything like it in the category. It pours amber- who ever heard of that for a light beer? It has great a great malted barley flavor that finishes clean and light. It fools you into thinking that you are drinking a much more substantial beer. There is a great depth of flavor and crispness which almost never go hand-in-hand. Light beers are considered a joke, but don't laugh at this one- just smile.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,105 ratings.