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Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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2,097 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,097
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 33
Gots: 162 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is basically a thinner version of the Boston Lager. The same general grain and hops tastes are there, they're just a little weaker. The appearance is the same, except the color is a touch lighter and the head isn't quite as thick. As a light beer, it's great. A dumbed-down Samuel Adams is still better than the full versions of Budweiser, MGD, Coors and most other macrobrews. Still, there really isn't a reason to get this instead of the full Boston Lager.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear, light amber with little head. The aroma is grain with a little hops. The taste is a thin malt flavor with some hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is not as weak and watery as most light beers, but still not impressive. Nice drinkability because it's crisp and refreshing,and there are no unpleasant flavors. Not bad for the style, but the style is not a very interesting one.

Photo of tweeder263
3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an light amber color with a quickly dissipating 1 finger head.Smells grainy nothing special.Taste is ok for a light beer,malt and hops are barely evident though.Very thin feel no body to it.Drinkability is good, id rather have a few of these compared to the other light beers im stuck with at local bars.

Photo of deejaydan
3.24/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in the Holiday Sampler pack. It's not bad, yet not great. It has a crisp dryness that I do like. Pours a nice golden with a fluffy head. Not much going on in the aroma department. Taste is nice, a crispness, and a slight malt flavor. It's not bad, but not good.. it's just average.

Photo of FormatKid
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12oz from my Sam Adam’s Holiday Pack. This beer pours out an almost perfect shade of amber, like you’d see a mosquito trapped in on TV. Not much of a head, even when getting aggressive with the pour. The small one that does appear fades rapidly into a thin film on top. Suprisingly (it being a light beer and all) I catch a whiff of a nice aroma with the glass still several feet away from my head. Closer inspection of the nose reveals the malts with aromas of dry toast and hints of toffee with a nice little bitter hop crusting. The taste is initially husky, with a slight allusion to toffee, I think I detect a small unfortunate trace of veggie. It finishes very slick and clean with a somewhat robust, yet vague bitterness. The mouthfeel is very light, which would be appealing to some people and is not misplaced. I will say for it’s style this is probably among the cream of the crop, and is more flavorful than the full-bodied version of some brewer’s product. A great beer to suck down while you’re cooking your meal and preparing to drink some beer that will demand more of your attention.

Photo of allengarvin
3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came in a holiday pack. I've had it before and wouldn't but it otherwise.

Appearance: Dark gold color, with very good head retention. Small streaming bubbles rise through the clear brew. Looks very good, I'll give it that.

Aroma: Sweet malt, only a very slight hop aroma.

Flavor: Grainy, sweet malt flavor, with a little bitterness. Clean finish.

Body: Creamy mouthfeel, fairly big for a light beer.

Very similar to the Boston Lager: if you like the flagship of the Sam Adams line, you'll probably like this. Vastly better than any of the mass-produced lights out there, but still it lacks good beery character.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really don't think this is a light beer, maybe only in comparison to SA's Boston Lager. The color is entirely too dark for a light beer, and the aroma actually contains malt smell. Taste is initially full and grainy, with a nice lightly malty finish. Thankfully no hint of adjunct tastes are present. This is a very easy-to-drink beer that blows anything else labeled "light" out of the water. I would pick this up when I just want a "easy" beer to kick back with.

Photo of soper2000
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the winter sampler pack, because when I think of winter, I think light beer. Pours a golden orange with minimal (ie no) head. Nose is of sweet malt with little or no hop aroma. Nothing too amazing here but at least I could smell something! Taste is like a Boston lager only without the hops and a small addition of malt. Finishes sweet. Watery mouthfeel. For me it's not too pleasurable to drink. But if for some reason I could only drink beer with "light" on the label this would probably be it.

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

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by month notched on label.

Pale watery amber colour. Topped by a thin white head, that leaves some patchy lace behind.

Grassy hop notes are backed up by some grainy sort of aromas.

Pleasantly malty & biscuity. Straight forward & clean, ending dry with some grassy / herbal hop flavours. Light bodied, prickly carbonation. A light beer that actually tastes like something.

Photo of Tballz420
2.41/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My thoughts: light beer is only meant for college kids who want to drink it for hours and hours and still be able to stumble home, even if they wont remember it. So I dont buy light beers for their taste, mainly for drinking contests. But that goes against the philosophy here at BA, so ill review it like its a normal beer.

Darker golden color, good sized white foam head on the top. Weak grain malt scent, not very appealing. Tastes like watery cherios with a slight hint of hops. Thin mouth. Drink the two that come with your holiday sampler and then go for the keystone light if you want a light beer. Yuck.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the Holiday 12 Pack. I never drink light beer, but, since it was there and I was full from Thanksgiving dinner, I decided to give it a try.

Pours out a pale amber color that is clear and fully carbonated. A thick white head results from the pour, leaving a good amount of sticky lace.

The aroma is much like an American macro-vinegary smell that comes from the addition of adjucts. The taste is a little better, but there is not much there. Kind of watered down with very little malt or hop taste. This is much better than any other light I have tasted, but, I stick to the real thing.

Photo of niknar
3.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came as part of the Winter Classics Holiday 12 pack (I'd have never purchased this in its own right!).

Pours out a very light copper with a tiny little head that almost instantly disappears. Very clear appearance. Weak aroma that faintly reminds of Boston Lager if you concentrate extremely hard. Otherwise, not much there. Taste is pretty typical of the style - overcarbonated, riddled with adjunct off-flavors, and not particularly good. However, to compare this against others in the style, it is actually a bright point. The slightly higher than average score I've awarded this offering is to mark that it is slightly better than the average BMC Light. That said, this is definitely in the same class as a BMC Light... Mouthfeel is thin and overcarbonated. Drinkability is comparable with that of other offerings in the style. This is not a beer I consider "good" in any way, but when compared against other offerings in the style, its not terrible. I'd say it might make a bridge with the macro crowd to hopefully eventually open someone up to the world of better beer. This however would have to be the very first step, and a long road would be ahead before anyone tried a truly class-act!

Photo of Hibernator
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this in the Winter Classics 12 pack. I have seen this many times, but never picked it up. Curious to see where this stands next to other light beers in the market.

I had it of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a British imperial pint glass. Freshness date notched for February 2005 on the side of the label.

Pours a light amber color. Nice head on top, but disappears quickly.

Aroma smells like caramel and grains.

Taste has a light caramel sweetness. Grainy and carbonated finish.

A unique take on a light beer after the cliche marco light offering. If I was faced with only light beers as an option, I would go with the Sam Adams Light. Not the most flavorful beer, but the malt profile in this beer is re assuring.

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

Appearance: clear, faded amber hue, slight carbonation, Slim white foam.
Aroma: small, but pleasant, slightly vegetal, herbal, grassy, a faint, shadow of hops.
Taste: hey, there is some! Can't say that about other light beers, not many of them, any way. Nice, if spare, malty bottom, pleasing coppery feel on the palate. Light body, naturally, with a tidy little finish. Not a bad beer at all, compared to the competition.
When this first exploded on the market, the ads were stocked with actors from the Tex Avery School of Drama, all bugged-out eyes, jaws dropped, tongue rolling on the floor, smashing their heads with mallets at the utter amazingness of the flavor. It's a matter of scale, I suppose. If I knew nothing but the other light beers on the market, I'd react the same way.
(Received as part of the current holiday 12-pack. I probably wouldn't have found myself with one, otherwise.)

Photo of RushLimbmalt
5/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Judging this beer solely as a light lager... WOW! This would give a lot of "full" lagers a run for their money. It has a malty backbone and decent hop character. I have never had a light beer that I have liked, including the much loved Amstel. I am not a light beer drinker, but if I was this would be my beer.

Photo of oelergud
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copperish red body, big rocky white head, decent retention and lace low/moderate carbonation.
Light slightly spiced flavor and scent. Malts are clearly stronger than the hops. Not much aftertaste or body. Some hay, bread and mustyness.
Better than most light beers and better than most regular swill beers. Judged against most beers this one gets it's ass kicked but for a light brew it is good.


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

Again... this is part of the price of the Samuel Adams Winter Classics case. To get the other goodies, you have to put up with 4 of these and 4 of the Cranberry Lambics, too!

Pours golden-amber with a large white head. This lacks the hoppy aroma of Boston Lager, there is a little hop aroma in there, but not much. Taste is not bad, really. Much like a watered-down SA Boston Lager (surprise!) Malt and grain flavors up front, a little hop bitterness on the finish (very little!) Mouthfeel is light-beer watery. This is probably a better choice than any other Light beer, and also better than many non-light macros! I'd drink it over a Bud or Coors any day!

Photo of DFN
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ho-hum, another light beer. Who came up with that idea, anyhow? Like some of the other reviewers, I got this beer as part of the Winter Classics collection, and I wish Boston Beer would drop this and the Cranberry Lambic from the group, and give us four sixpacks of the remaining brews. Sam Adams Light is drinkable, but nothing to write home about. Honey-orange color; light, frothy head that dies in 30 seconds. Smells faintly "cardboardy". Taste is bland, neither hoppy nor malty. Leaves a slightly greasy aftertaste. Not awful, but I wouldn't buy it on its own merits.

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

Pours a not-so-light amber color. Smells like a macro (corn I believe). Tastes not at all like your daddy's light beer swill. It's actually not that bad, surprisingly. This might be a good choice for those buds who refuse to drink anything other than Coors Light.

Photo of KoG
3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Golden-orange hue with a lite head that dissipates rather quickly leaving very little lace around the glass. The smell is that of a watered down SA Boston Lager, but little is left to really capture. The taste is better than any light beer I have ever tried and tasted better than any of the regular Macro brews from the "Big 3," a little bit sweet though.

Has a slight malty bite that quickly disappears due to the carbonation but leaves a decent aftertaste for a light beer. The mouthfeel is that of carbonated water, but less acidic, similar to most non-light lagers.

I'm not a light beer drinker but I could see this as being more drinkable than the watered down, tasteless Macro lights anyday. For a light beer, Sam Adams has managed to pull off a decent entry to the market and I may consider it if I can't find a decent Kolsch during the hot summer months.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.45/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sam Adam's Light

Appearance- light caramel brown with a modest head.
Smell- very sweet malt and grassy hops.
Taste- very watery and sweet.Light malt but not much else.
Mouthfeel- Watery and sugery sweet.

Overall- not a very good beer. Too sweet! I could drink it if I HAD too but I would never purchase this beer!

Photo of cokes
2.48/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clean golden, leaned slightly towards amber. The head is white, compacted and fleeting.
Nose of grain and unsweetened breakfast cereal. Traces of grass and hay, and that odorless, seltzer fizz that light beer seems to always possess.
Grainy on the start, and lightly so. Starts to edge towards caramel but is stopped short by the carbonation and natural reductionism of this type of brew. Vapid and vacant through the midsection. Hopping adds very little on the end. No bitterness, no flavor.
Pale and fizzy in the mouth.
This is not discernibly better than many a macro version.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Why do I buy beer like this? It's the curiosity factor I suppose. I want to see if a good brewery can make a flavorful light beer that surpasses the light beers brewed by BMC. Since the bar has been set laughably low, my guess in this particular case is 'yes'.

Medium amberish orange with a modest amount of suspended stuff. Sam Adams Light is much darker and richer looking than most other light/lite beers and looks better as a result. The pale beige head is a little soft, but at least it hangs around for more than a few minutes. Unfortunately, very little lace ends up on the glass.

The nose is much too weak. I detect faint notes of lightly toasted malt with grain-like overtones. The fact that there's no trace of offensiveness puts it far ahead of its macro peers. Like the nose, the flavor is underwhelming, but I guess that's to be expected in a light lager. It's next to impossible to have both kick-ass taste *and* low calories/carbs.

There's not enough malt in this here beer. In fact, there's not enough of anything except water. The flavor is lightly malty with a slight hop bitterness and very little hop flavor. Again, it isn't offensive, but it doesn't taste all that good either. The body is thin, barely avoiding watery.

Sam Adams Light reminds me why I don't drink light beer. It doesn't have enough 'beerness' to capture my fancy and, besides, diet beer just strikes me as wrong. Acceptable if no real beer is available.

Photo of Charthepirate
2.57/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer from Sam adams is a pleasent choice for light beer drinkers, but for a BA, it's not worth my time.

Pours a copper color, with little head.

Smell is astringent, with some lager yeast off products very apparent.

Taste is better, with some of the off flavors from the yeast hidden under a mild, but noticiable hopping and simple sweetness.

Easy to drink and better tasting than most light beers. Still, the question begs for a BA, why?


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

My mom had this beer and I had one before and did not think anything about it, so with BA in mind I tried it again.

It appeared average for a light beer, but I expected no less. It seemed like any other beer and smelled the same. While I haven't tried any light beer since Natty, I could give this one an average rating compared with "non-lights".

It had no real stong flavor, yes there were notes of better beers there, also notes of alcohol , but otherwise, it's very average. It's a better taste for light beer drinkers, but for the $$$/Flavor , I'd go for Goose Island or regular Sammy flavors.

Mouth and Drinkability also average.

Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,097 ratings.