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Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of Hawk345
1.82/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

What is the point. No flavour, lite, dull, its like spending the afternoon being made to visit the most boring relative you have.
Slight flavour resembles watered down beer.Even reminds you of the days you used to drink beer. Real beer. Maybe a Brewdog punk IPA, or anything that has any resemblance to something good.
Dont do it
Its bad

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Photo of pops28078
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass used Tulip

Pours amber on the reddish side

Head is one finger white pretty much disappears within 1 min. leaving a thin ring. Lacing is very light.

Aroma bread, malt, very light citrus; not an overpowering aroma yet a little sweet

Taste is crisp with tingling hops first followed by the malt; finishes without much bitterness; medium to light bodied mouthful; not complex; after taste hints of some citrus mainly lemon yet doesn't linger; I didn't taste much sweetness.

Overall this is a very drinkable light beer; it has more taste than most light beers; 4.0 ABV; I'd have it again when after a light beer. One down side is its price compared to other lights.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was at a friend's house and he no one was going to be drinking his S.A. Lights, so I drank the two that were left. Since I drank them out of the bottle, I didn't get to see how it looked, but I have seen pictures ... for a "light" beer, this 120 calorie Sam Adams has a fairly deep amber color, which isn't often seen in light beers.

The smell seemed iron-like to me, but this is more than likely due to the fact that I had it straight from the bottle. I can't really comment on it, so I just gave it a 3... Unfair? DEAL with it.

The taste and mouthfeel ... among the best light beers I've ever tasted. As others have said, it's quite a bit like Yuengling, maybe with a bit more carbonation. This also has more flavor than Yuengling, but Sam Adams is never cheap, while Yuengling is. Again, I'm reviewing this as it compares to other light beers, not beers as a whole.

If I saw this sitting around -- like I did today -- I'd drink it. I really enjoy it, especially considering I don't normally like light beers. But for the price, I wouldn't be able to justify paying upwards of $10 for a 6-pack of this beer. Still, pretty good.

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Photo of rangerred
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger off-white head. Decent head retention but absolutely no lacing at all.

Aroma of light caramel malt along with noble hops. Maybe a little biscuit in there as well.

The flavor really taste like a watered down version of Boston Lager. Nice hop flavor up front with a little bit of caramel and biscuit but it all fades away rather quickly leaving a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty good for the style.

For a light beer, this is definitely one of the better ones but honestly, it isn't very "light" as far as calories are concerned. This beer kind of falls into a hole for me because I could pick up Yuengling Light that has decent flavor and less calories if I really wanted to drink light beer. If I wanted Sam Adams I would just as soon have a Boston Lager.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours into the shaker pint a dark amber color, trending toward yellowish. A healthy cap of foam sits above. The aroma is of starchy grain and grassy hops. The noble hops are showcased well here. The beer nimbly dances across the palate through its carbonation and light body. The malt flavor nicely emerges as the temperature increases. Not a very assertive beer, but a well made light beer.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is a very enjoyable beer. Nice amber color, malty taste, and easy to drink.

I am surprised it qualifies as a light beer, not that this is a heavy beer, it is just has so much more to offer than your usual light beers.

The only bad thing I can say about this beer is that it costs too much.

To me it is very similar to Yuengling.

Overall, I cannot see buying Sam Adams Light when Yuengling costs half as much.

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Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by: Sep, 2012

Pours amber with a cap of white foam. Brilliant clarity. Smells of sweet malts and hints of tea - very, very similar to standard Boston Lager. Flavors of grain and light malts with a bit of corny character - but pleasant. Thin with hi carb and lightly dry finish. Nice beer and well worth a try for those watching their calories.

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Photo of acevenom
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have not had this beer in many years as I do not normally purchase light beer, but I picked this up as a single to review it. Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours amber with a large white head that dissipates quickly. The dissipating head is what makes the appearance of Sam Adams Light different from Boston Lager. There is also a lack of lacing left behind on the glass as the head dissipates. Tiny bubbles are visibly rising from the bottom of the glass. A thin wisp of lace is left atop the beer. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption.

Biscuit malt comes through in the aroma more than it did for Boston Lager. The beer smells grainy and the hop aroma is not strong. The beer tastes mildly sweet and watery. It's a little fuller than most light lagers, but still watery. The hop bitterness is minimal. The body is light to full with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth and the finish is dry. The drinkiability is high because it is easy to drink. Overall, this is a good beer for the style, but as a beer it is merely above average. Thus, the price for this beer is not justified. If you are looking to buy light lagers, you could easily spring for cheaper offerings because the quality of this beer does not justify the price tag.

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Photo of Dools9
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice crystal clear golden amber, lots of carbonation. produced two fingers of head that reduced to a skim and left minimal lacing.

S: Bready, toasted malts, grainy sweetness, light spice notes.

T: Again, bready toasted caramel malts, very sweet overall with minimal hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Maybe a bit watery, but for the style not too bad.

O: For a light lager this is pretty good. Not a great beer by any means but for the style, it does it right.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thin, white bubbly head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film of lacing throughout the beer.

The scent is of toasted caramel malt, grain, and notes of yeast.

The taste is of caramel malt, toasted grains, and some yeast notes.

Light bodied, crisp and a little oily, high carbonation.

This is more flavorful than most light beers. Overall this is a decent beer but not really something I would buy again.

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Photo of mnrider
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date on label.

A: Clear and illuminates light. Amber in tone with extreme carbonation. Thin white head turns to nothing fast.

S: Grains, Malts, and light Hops. Also a slight metallic touch.

T/M: Malt sweetness and light grains lead to a faint hop taste, which is on the citrus side. Goes down smooth with a higher than normal fizzy feel. Grainy clean aftertaste.

O: This light lager is unlike almost all others in this style. Not even sure you could call it a light beer. Although it does have a pretty low ABV. This is a toned down lager with good enough taste and easy drinkability. Worth a try at least.


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Photo of GregBlatz
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice golden orange. Head is thin and disappears very quickly and settles to the surface area. Beer is very clear.

S - Malt sweetness is present. Slight cereal grain notes. Subtle breadiness.

T - Subtle caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness balances out the sweetness creating a dryer finish than the nose would indicate. No noticable hop flavor. Slight fruitiness that reminds of Ale rather than lager.

M - Thin with medium carbonation.

O - It is a nice offering. Interesting to see a light beer from a craft brewer. Light beer is tough to do and they did a good job. I could knock several out. However craft beer prices for such a small beer is tough to justify.

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Photo of jktedder12
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured from a bottle into a chilled pint glass. Light orange/copper color with a quarter inch head, which dissipated quickly. Fairly nice lacing.

Smell - hint of caramel, with some spices.

Taste - Roasted malts with nuts and caramel, finishing with a sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light body with minimal carbonation. Almost a watered down version of the original Sam Adams.

Overall - Pretty good beer overall for a light beer.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Now this is unusual for me, the first 'light' beer I have ever really truly liked! Pours out a standard transparent amber in color with a sticky two fingered head with a mild level of lacing left behind. Smells of toasted malts and raw cereal grains, tastes of light toasted malts as well combined with actual grainy flavor in a light beer makes me one happy camper! Texture is light but flows well in the mouth without being too watery, finishes crisply. Much better than other light beers I have tried.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.64/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light amber with a finger of white creamy head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of earthy hops and cereal malts with a little spice.

Taste kind of watered down SA Boston Lager. A little bit of the bready malt comes through. Hardly any bitterness and a grainy texture.

Very light with medium-high carbonation.

Eh for what it tries to be it works. It's a cut about normal light beers, but I'd still reach for a Berliner Weiss or APA when I wanted something lower in alcohol.

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Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes more like diluted Sam Adams Lager than a lighter brewed version. Color is suprisingly orange-- more like a double IPA. Usual head and carbonation. Not very bitter at all. More of a club soda twang. Slightest hint of caramel, but doesn't have that insipid taste of most light beers. So something gives it a faint edge. Maybe hop by-products.

I suppose this ought to be rated fairly well for standing out in this dismal category. Quite drinkable, but I would never go out of my way to drink another one unless it was in a back yard ice chest with a load of Corona.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a light orange/copper color with a half inch thick head that dissipates quickly. Very nice lacing.

Smell - A hint of caramel, very earthy, and some spices.

Taste - Toasted malts, nutty, caramel, and a strong sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body with medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good lighter version of the Boston Lager.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Had this beer many times, bout time I review it.

A: Crystal clear copper brown. Certainly darker than any "light beer" Ive ever had. Initially large white foam head, no lacing, quickly dissipated, like all Sam Adams.

S: Underwhelming. Roasted barley malts, mulchy, "brown".

T: Roasted barley malts in forfront of taste, lots of brown sugar, molasses, a hint of chocolate, a touch of metallic biittering hops. One dimensional. Like a light brown ale in taste.

M: Carbonated, light, a tad thin, as sessionable as anything not named bud light. All you could ask for.

O: Its not mind blowing but I actually really like this beer on family events or with large feasts. Enough flavor to stimulate palate, wont dominate any meal, and light enough that you wont get full. When I'm crushing thanksgiving food I'll actually be able to drink a few of these. Perfect for a non-filling beer.

You wont be disappointed.

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Photo of rodney45
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: bronze amber with an off white head, that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lace around the glass.

S: Malty overtone with a cereal and crystal malt kick.

T: First taste profile is malt with a hint of orange zest. Secondary flavor is a black pepper spiced hop note. Slight bitterness.

M: Light body with medium to medium high carbonation.

O: Pretty good for a light lager. It has the malty backbone of an actual lager, but its refreshing and pretty light. I would def recommend.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Adams Light has a mostly thin, white head and a clear, amber appearance, with some streaming bubbles and little lacing. The aroma presents a whiff of honey, water, and bread. Taste is of Roman Meal brand bread, light cracker, and a dash of hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Sam Adams Light finishes crisp, refreshing, easy drinking, and dull. This is no better than Milwaukee’s Best Light or Old Milwaukee Light, for a point of reference. Any company can take light beer and add caramel color to it. I think it’s average and not worth the elevated price.


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Photo of kilustration
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass, rich bronze color for a light lager. Decent white head, doesnt last very long. Not very fizzy, which is a good sign.

Average to slightly above average smell.

One of the better tasting light beers around, malty.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Smooth & goes down very easy.

I like this better than Boston Lager. Would buy again no question.

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Photo of RossPeterson
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A lighter amber color, capped nicely with a white two-finger head.

S: Caramel, malts and grains. Nothing super bold or standing out.

T: A hint of sweet caramel with malts and grains. A very pleasant, bold flavor for a light beer.

M: Crisp and refreshing, very drinkable but not lacking any flavor. Carbonated with a tiny bitterness. Not as watery as any other light beer.

Overall: Rating this solely as a light beer, this beer is the best in its class. Great beer and a decent beer compared to any other ale or lager.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Light opens with a yeasty malt aroma, smelling of sourdough bread and French baguettes, as well as wet wheat stalks and Grape Nuts Cereal. A few fruit esters, mainly apricot and orange, drift up through the bread-like aromas, as well as just a hint of hops and brown sugar. For a light beer, the aromas are surprisingly potent and delicious, and more resemble something I'd expect from a full-calorie brew.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a malt grain hit, full of toasted bread crusts, Grape Nuts cereal, and hay straw, with a hint of toasted nut providing a bit of earthiness. These flavors occupy the majority of the flavor profile, but are joined by slight touches of apricot and berry. Hops mainly provide a slight citrus counter. The aftertaste is more of the malt flavors--really just a continuation of the main mouthful--and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is a watery medium-light, and carbonation is medium-high, biting at the tongue and soft palate.

Overall, and keeping in mind that this is a light beer, it's surprisingly good. It certainly wouldn't keep up with, say, a Dogfish Head, but it wasn't intended to. Sam Adams set out to provide the world with a flavorful light beer, and they did succeed; it's certainly in the top five of the light beers I've tried, and is leagues beyond any Anheuser-Busch light beer. This is not to say that the beer is without its flaws, for it does move too far in the direction of bread and grain flavors, and could use a bit more fruit and sugar (which, yes, would probably add calories) to help soften the flavor profile. But for a light beer, it's delicious: exactly the sort of fare I'd want with lunch after working outside on a hot day.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-medium amber color with a light white head which dissipates quickly

S-mild malt notes

T-a little roasted malt and mild bitter flavors

F-light to medium body and moderate carbonation

O-a good light beer, but overall not one I would normally drink

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Photo of Shinypoptart
2.16/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've always heard good things about Sam Adams Light. A lot of people say that its one of the best options in the realm of "Light Lagers". I completely disagree. From what other Sam Adams beers that I have had, their Octoberfest and Latitude 48, I have been pretty impressed. But I found Sam Adams Light quite disheartening. While their was a discernibly more malty taste to it as compared to other light lagers, it was not a pleasant maltiness. The taste comes off as a glass of tonic water with a little bit of "quality beer" poured in to top it off. While you can taste that Sam Adams used good ingredients in this offering, it just doesn't transfer to a good experience. When it comes to light lagers I would much rather have a generic BMC.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.