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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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1,932 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,932
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 23
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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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 shippos

New York

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

pale amber color with a thin white head. slight hints of malt and hops in the aroma. has a dry mouthfeel with a nice malty finish. this has gotta make the "big 3 drinkers" go insane when they see it in a glass, as it's not the standard pale yellowy color that one would expect with a light beer and this actually has some taste to it. gotta be the best light beer on the market to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 13:49:56 | More by shippos
Photo of flaminghomer


3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i won't talk about the details. i'll just say this... sam adams is an AWSOME! light beer! but, the only people who are going to buy it are health concious people who only drink sam adams. anyways, i'm glad they make it, one day (when i'm old and grey with a clogged artery) i might drink it, until then, good luck.

notes: i see they're pitching it towards the college tools who drink what they're told to drink. hmm...what a paradox?

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 07:49:17 | More by flaminghomer
Photo of winomark


2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice deep gold with a wispy white head. Darker than your average "light" beers.

Aroma: Good hop aroma backed up with a solid malt backbone.

Taste: Light palate, with little hops and malt. Lots of carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry and refreshing. Short finish with slight hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Easy-drinking and quite palatable. Not as exciting as their flagship brew, but still respectable.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 15:36:42 | More by winomark
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the Winter Seasonals 12-pack

Pours a pale gold. Fizzy. Semi-lacy white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of pale malt and light hops. Light fruity aromas.

Tastes of bright malt with some light hoppy flavors. again, the light fruity flavors awith a lightly sour finish. (Sense a trend?) Light mouthfeel and quickly leaves the palate. Definitely smooth and drinkable.

I am torn here. I love Sam Adams beers but hate light beers. I understand why they have brewed this beer and don't hold it against them. It is better than most light beers I have sampled. A mediocre brew that was brewed to be that way although I appreciate the lack of adjuncts. Note to Jim Koch: Don't put this in the Winter Classics pack! I have been buying your Winter Classics for 9 years now and this is not a winter beer. Put it in all the other 12-packs but leave the winter pack be. Put your Scotch Ale in there instead. (or better yet, bring back Honey porter...)

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 17:17:59 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of grynder33


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tasted this on two occasions,once side by side with Miller Lite and Bud Light the second time with MGD and Coors. With the lights it stood easily on top, much darker color, much bolder aroma, and definitely a better taste. With the regular beers , this tasted very ordinary.I guess light is just light, there are beers that taste good for a light, but not lights that taste great as a beer

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 18:56:48 | More by grynder33
Photo of TastyTaste


3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compared to anything that I have ever tried in the light beer category, this wins hands down. Tastes like a full-flavored beer with a little water added. While other lights taste like water with a hint of beer flavor and alcohol. Very worth buying, and drinking on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 21:35:40 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best light beer I have had. I liked the maltiness, rather than the hoppiness of it. It was a darker shade than most lighter beers, but then again, it's Sam Adams. The head lasted a few minutes and was light colored. I got it at Red Lobster, which sucks anyways, so it was a highlight of the meal. I am defaintley going to recomend this one to all my bros and biotches. Gotta keep the scene alive!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 02:40:20 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I will come right out and say that Sam Adams Light is simply the best light beer I've ever had. With that out of the way, I must admit that I still don't see a reason for the BBC to produce a light beer, since most of their fanbase appreciate fuller bodied beers, and the macro-light drinkers will probably stick to their usual fare. I'll definitely drink this stuff, but I won't make a regular habit out of it.

Sam Adams Light pours a nice golden amber color with a decent off-white foam head that disappears in under 30 seconds, leaving some sudsy remnants in its wake for the remainder of the glass. The smell is of some light caramel malts, and some of that "typical light beer smell", i.e. that soapy/papery smell. The mouthfeel is watery and somewhat fizzy, but reasonably crisp. Indeed, this does taste like a watered down Boston Lager. There is a reasonable amount of caramel malt flavors here with some nuttiness. The hops have been greatly subdued, and there is a light spicy/herbal hop presence in the finish. Not very dry or bitter. Aftertaste has some continuing caramel malt notes, but for the most part is very clean. This beer finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

I'd would make this a "keep in the back of the fridge for when the guys come over" type of beer. It is a tolerable beer (for the most part) by swillers and BAs. Good beer to bridge the gap.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 05:49:55 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of JAL67


2.38/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I understand the market for a light beer from Sam Adams...but I wasn't impressed with it. I bought a six pack when it first came out and I really had a hard time finishing all six. Better than average light beers out there but...why? Taste wasn't that good and that caused drinkability to suffer. I'll stick with the "lighter" SA beers(Vienna, Summer Ale, etc)

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 19:47:50 | More by JAL67
Photo of beerguy101


3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, small head. Aroma is grassy and sweet. Light malts, some hoppyness. Has the feel of a light beer, but has some flavor to it. Not bad for a light beer, but as a regular beer it's a little weak. It is, after all, a LIGHT Beer. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer for a light.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 02:17:11 | More by beerguy101
Photo of tysandiego


4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Light is, by far, the best light beer that has flowed across my palate. It had a crisp, thick head and a hearty aroma not found in other beers in that class. The lack of the tradmark Sam Adams flavor was noticeable, but the label did said "light".
This is an easy to drink beer with a decent flavor.

I'm not a light beer drinker, but I don't mind having a few Sam Adams Lights every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 06:31:28 | More by tysandiego
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this one left over from a party at my house last week. Perfect time to review.

Light brown in color with a nice fluffy white head that seems to last. Not much of a smell, just some light malt notes. The taste is very light with not really much there. It task like a really light Bass Ale to me. No hops that I can find. Very easy drinking as I feel like I could have five and not even know if.

Would I have it again? Sure. Just not all the time.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 22:56:53 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of UncleAl


4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is highly carbonated, and pours to a thin head. Crystal clear, amber color -- perhaps the darkest of any light beer I've had. Has the aroma of mild malts and light hops, with excellent bite and mouthfeel. Has an excellent, flavorful finish, as one would expect from a Sam Adams.

This is simply one of the best light beers out there, even though it is really a borderline light beer (with high calorie content, that is). Too bad it isn't somewhat cheaper, as it would have a constant presence in my fridge. My hunch is that it was designed and marketed for the beautiful people who visit the gyms and are watching their wastlines. Poor sods.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 14:51:20 | More by UncleAl
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A small, off-white, coarse head on a clear, darkish amber beer. Interesting color for a light beer. Smell is lagery, sweetish, a little nutty. Good. Lotsa nuts in the front, fruit and malt in the middle. Major nuttiness again in the finish. This is very, very good for a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 00:05:20 | More by kbub6f
Photo of 86MonteSS


3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best light beer ever, there's no getting around that.

It's Sam Adams Boston Lager, just a little sweeter and a little watered down. As a poor college student, this would be "my new beer" if it were a little cheaper. The store I bought it at sold it for the same price as the original lager, and I don't think the benefit of less calories makes up for the deficit of flavor.

For a light beer, it does the commercials justice. On the other hand, I'm inclined to regard it in the same manner I do every other non-light beer. It certainly raises the bar (about a mile and a half) for light beers, but it probably won't find its way into my fridge until it can compete price-wise with other lights.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 05:54:16 | More by 86MonteSS
Photo of UnionMade


2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a crystal clear light amber, with a moderate fluffy white head.
Aroma is mildly malty, with some light hopping. A bit watery, but not nearly as bad as most other light beers. Clean and semi-sweet.
Flavor is a touch watered down, although still fairly flavorful. Clean malts, with some mild german hopping taking up the back, providing a crisp finish. Somewhat grainy. Body is very light, with moderate to high carbonation. Not bad, certainly not something I'll make a habit of, but great for a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 04:55:10 | More by UnionMade
Photo of taez555


2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

This beer poured a very clear, highly carbonated, orange brown body with a small white head. It actually took it's time to die down and once it did it never fully left.

The nose was rather difficult to make out, but still, it was a alot brighter than your average light beer. Some soft malt smells mostly. I swore I could smell a little rice or corn, but it might have just been the malt.

The taste was actually very malty for a light beer. Still, nothing to distinct. Very faint roasted malts. A slight touch of bitterness and a very smooth earth hop flavor. It actually started maltier, then died away, but a nice little malt flavor returned in the finish.

Basically Sam light tastes like watered down sam adams. I actually found this beer difficult to drink because it had so much flavor with such a watered down taste. As if something beautiful had been destroyed.
As far as light beers goes, it's easily one of the most flavorful, but I'd almost rather drink a macro light simply because you're not taunted by how good it could be.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 06:55:06 | More by taez555
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

By far my favorite light beer pours a orange/gold color with light to mediium head,aroma is slightly bready like malt aroma.Taste has a good hop flavor for a light beer with a good malty smack in the finish.Good mouthfeel for a light beer as well,and can drink many of these without feeling full.Its a light beer take it for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 00:01:46 | More by oberon
Photo of AaronRed

New York

2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was not impressed with this offering from the Boston Beer Company. Light a fizzy, this brew did not pack much flavor at all. Now of course, it is cleary better then most mass produced swill, but as for a person who enjoys beer, there are TONS more beer that are light, but offer much more in the way of flavor. This one had some malt and hops, that provided some bittering flavor, but this really tasted like someone watered down a Boston Lager. This beer is obviously valuable to some, but it really is not in the same category as their other beers and ales. Just my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 01:22:26 | More by AaronRed
Photo of TheDM


2.05/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew poured a medium head of finely sized white bubbles and a transparent light amber brown body. The head faded away fairly quickly and left no lacing. It has a very mild unnoticeable aroma. Its flavor is a bit on the fizzy side and that of mild hops. It was fairly smooth with a bit of a foretaste and a mild lingering hop aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2003 16:17:16 | More by TheDM
Photo of BierReise


3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this years ago when it was called Lightship. This is probably the best light beer you can get right now. Basically a lighter version of their Boston lager. Color is almost the same as the B.L. Medium copper with minimal head. Aroma still not bad even after being watered down, some malt and hops there. Crisp and refreshing with some decent flavor for a light.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 18:32:41 | More by BierReise
Photo of Redrover


3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with clear freshness dating.

Beer pours a lovely bronze gold with a two inch head. a little lacing.

Beer smells a little to faint. You get some malts and a distant hint of hops. Perhaps a little biscuit smell as well.

Taste does not live up to the appearance of this beer. Not enough hops or malt push through to make this one very interesting. Compared to its peer group, I guess it is an upper tier light beer. I like the Leines Amber and Special Export Lights better than this, but it blows the pants off of Bud, Miller, Mich, etc.

Mouthfeel, as expected, is thin. Drinkability may be fairly high, but "taste-ablity" isn't.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 18:54:14 | More by Redrover
Photo of aaronh


3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber color, topped by a white head that displays pretty good retention. Sweet grainy aroma is fairly one dimensional. The taste is actually fairly malty, without the stronger sweetness seen in the Boston lager. Something resembling bitterness on the finish, but it quickly disappears. Mouthfeel is decent for a near-macro. Drinakbility is also pretty good, although the overall mild flavor doesn't prod me to drink more. I'd have to say it's my second favorite light lager behind Saranac. And it didn't make me scream like an idiot.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 22:35:23 | More by aaronh
Photo of Indybeer


3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a darker amber than would be expected from a light beer. Very good head that stuck around, and some fine lacing that also lasted till the end. Aroma was very light malt and no hops. Taste was the same, light and slightly sweet. Not to fizzy, and very smooth. Enjoyable, but I still prefer something more substantial.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 19:54:07 | More by Indybeer
Photo of Ellbert


3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a great light beer. It definitely has more to offer than any other light beer I have had. A very malty light brew. It almost tricks you into thinking you are drinking a regular brew. A great light beer.

"Mmmm Beer..." Homer Simpson

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 20:39:48 | More by Ellbert
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