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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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2,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 820
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 29
Gots: 117 | 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:
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Photo of EagleTalon
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Co. has a done a good job of combining two disparate concepts "light beer" and "craft beer". It's not a terrible product. It has it's flaws but it is not something to be mistaken for a crappy beer. Pours to a white head that dissipates (oh well). Amber-gold color and lots of carbonation. Aroma is of sweet malt and grassy hops. Flavor is watery and malty with a grassy noble hop tang on the back end. Mouthfeel is best described as "mineral water"--kind of thin but chalky/astringent. Finishes dry and malty. Easy to drink and not worry about getting too A good beer to have when watching calories and alcohol intake...and you care about taste. This would be my beer of choice of all "light" beers.

EagleTalon, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of Mustard
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "For brewery-fresh taste, purchase before month" warning -- in this case Feb 2004 -- notched on the bottom label's left periphery; no ABV %; purchased from Ralph's as part of a 12 beer sampler pack for $9.99.

Appearance: Pours a maple-tinged, gold-colored hue with fair to decent clarity; voluminous, off-white head; a good b-cup's worth of lacing; very good head retention.

Aroma: Mildly of grain, pine and floral hops with just a hint of caramel.

Taste: Overall picture is one of balance; lightly sweet malt profile is more or less evened out by a gentle, floral bitterness; grainy with a mildly disquieting sour twang; light to medium bodied; this sample was more than a tad undercarbonated -- presumably this could be remedied by a gentle pour.

Notes: I don't give a rat's ass about whether a beer is light or not... or a brewer macro or not; this is not a bad tasting lager; at 124 calories and 4% ABV, though, the appellation "light" is a tad misleading -- almost every 4% beer will weigh in at about 130 calories... including the vastly superior Pilsner Urquell.

Mustard, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of WetCoaster
2.33/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: A moderate pour produces a thin, white, wafer-thin foam that disappears quickly and completely. Beer is a deep golden bronze, much more attractive than your average light.

Smell: Starts with a slightly flowery hop aroma with a bit of green apple yeast. This ends almost immediately and fades into bland nothingness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Eh, nothing special. Mouthfeel is your standard macro light and fizzy foam. Taste starts a with a hint of sweet malt that soon vanishes, leaving behind a bland cardboard/metallic tang. Finishes bitter with a very mild hop bite. If I hadn't had this brew on a half-dozen occasions, I'd swear it was stale.

Drinkability/Notes: Sure, it's light, but it's just not flavorful enough to warrant a repeat, IMHO. While I have been greatly impressed with the quality and consistency of Sam Adams products, this, I'm afraid, is mediocre even for a light beer. I'll pass.

WetCoaster, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of mschofield
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the winter seasonal 12 pack

Pours a clear amber with a 2 finger white head.
Malt under a light hop aroma.
The feel and taste is stronger than I'd expect from a light beer.
Malty taste. But when it warms this gets very watery.
If I didn't know what this was and had to guess I'd think it was a Macro amber, and not a light beer. It seems like watered down Boston Lager.
It is fairly easy to drink when cold, but it decreases when it warms.

It's the best light beer out there, but does it really have a purpose? At almost 130 calories it's too much for light drinkers.
Please remove this from the variety packs BBC, put the Boston Ale back in. Maybe this would belong in the Summer pack, but I couldn't think of a worse winter beer than a light.

mschofield, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of clemtig76
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now here is a light beer that looks, tastes, and smells like real beer! Pleasant amber color and hoppy aroma. Although calorie wise it is on par with Bud or regular Coors, it is much more beer than either. Almost as smooth and rich a regular Sam Adams. A regular in my fridge.

clemtig76, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams light is definitely the best light lager beer out on the market today. Although I really am not too crazy at all about regular Sam Adams Boston Lager, this is really pretty good especially for a light beer. Recommended to anyone who wants a few beers and watch the calories at the same time who enjoy a damn good tasting beer.

Rootdog316, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of shippos
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.

shippos, Nov 17, 2003
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?

flaminghomer, Nov 17, 2003
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.

winomark, Nov 11, 2003
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...)

ViveLaChouffe, Nov 08, 2003
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

grynder33, Nov 02, 2003
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.

TastyTaste, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
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!!!

JISurfer, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
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.

Beastdog75, Oct 04, 2003
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)

JAL67, Sep 25, 2003
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.

beerguy101, Sep 19, 2003
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.

tysandiego, Sep 16, 2003
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.

CharlesRiver, Sep 11, 2003
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.

UncleAl, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
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.

kbub6f, Sep 10, 2003
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.

86MonteSS, Sep 03, 2003
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.

UnionMade, Sep 01, 2003
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.

taez555, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of AaronRed
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.

AaronRed, Jul 29, 2003
Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,063 ratings.