Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 823
Hads: 2,137
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 40
Gots: 218 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Reviews: 823 | Hads: 2,137
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was prepared to jump on the anti-BBC bandwagon, seeing the comercials and all. Has a nice copper color with a whispy white head. Does have taste, almost like a good summer beer. I am not a big of lights, but will not turn down an offer of one of these. Buying one however is another matter.... (293 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I've been a fan of Sam Adams products for many years, from the now extinct Honey Porter to the Boston Lager to the Triple Bock. When I heard they were coming out with a light version of beer, I immediately started looking for it. You see, after playing ball, many times you want a beer that tastes great, but not one that has so much quality flavor that you feel guilty taking a good healthy pull from the bottle. Sam Adams Boston lager is like that. It's so full of flavor, you just want every last milliliter to traverse its way over your tongue, getting max flavor from every lovely bottle. Ahem...

Okay, so I'm thinking SA Light oughtta have that same great flavor we know and love, but in a light form so when we're thirsty we can take a big mouthful and have no regrets. Well guess what, Boston Brewing is spot on with the SA Light. It is just as I was hoping. Most light beers taste like pee colored soda water, this beer has character. You can taste the Sam Adams classic taste, but it's not so intense that you can't take a good swig. 'Sweet nectar of life' may be a bit strong and I don't think I'd ever go light on a non-sports night, especially if they got regular Sammy on tap... :-)

But it is a great pick for thirst-quenching without coming across as too heavy. Big thumbs-up here... (1,310 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear copper hue, covered by a fluffy two fingered ivory white head that manages lace. Much more enticing in appearance versus the typical insipid light. Light caramel sweetness and a hint of toasty malt in aroma, along with a very mild floral hop nose. Bland, but above average characterwise aromawise for a light. Unfortunately, flavorwise this brew falls prey to the typical dearth in flavor of a typical light, and is both thin in body and malt character. Sweetness is caramel malt derived, and hints of dry, toasty malt provide character a bit above the norm for a light. Hop bitterness is above the norm and provides a crisp, quenching feel. Paltry Mittelfruh hop flavor eeks its way in, but isn't assertive enough to prevent overall blandness. Very well attenuated and dry overall, w/ a slightly watery mouthfeel. Finishes dry, w/ trace biscuity malt briefly lingering. SA Light tastes like a Boston Lager diluted with Seltzer water. Although perhaps the most flavorful light I've tasted, it's still very much a lackluster beer. (1,051 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First the good news....this is without question the best light beer I have ever had...

Now the bad news...for the price, I can't rationalize spending this much for a light beer. True it has better flavor than any other light beer, but if I'm spending Micro $ I want something more than this..

It is golden in color...pours a puffy white head that fades very quickly...not much of a nose...the taste is toasty to me...the noble hops add a lot to the overall taste...the body is light, but for the style it is excellent....not as much of a floral hop flavor as S.A BL, but a fine beer in a different way...

If this was the same price as any other light beer it would be a staple in the ZAP household....maybe some day.....right now I'll be spending my $$ on Octoberfests/stouts/doppels/IPA's/etc...

Still...I challenge anyone to find me a better tasting light beer.... (879 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with freshness date on the side.

Appearance: Bright, clear amber in colour with very active carbonation and a semi-sticky thin white creamy lace.

Smell: Soft metallic, grain and floral aromas.

Taste: A light bodied, dextrin malty sweetness starts this brew off, followed by grain notes, a smooth and creamy palate (fizzy, tight carbonation), a slighty dry crispness and background metallic and very faint caramel flavours. Hop flavour is soft with a mild citrus quality to it. Ends with a drying grain tannin feel and flavour.

Notes: This is a light beer that is sure to revolutionize the perception of light beers! Okay, no it's not ... and it's not even really a light beer. Sam Adams Light is full of flavour, colour and aroma at 128 calories (no different than most non-light beers) per 12oz serving. It's also made from two-row barley and 100% noble hops -- unlike other light beers that are chuck full of adjuncts and sometimes other icky things. In the light category, this is at the top, hence my rating, but as a beer this is something that I would not normally buy. (1,119 characters)

Photo of yen157
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unlike other Light beers, it's better than bad! However at 124 calories, it's not as light as Miller Lt. or Amstel Lt. (96 & 95 cals). It's pretty dark for a Light beer, a nice dark gold. Average head, and sweet aroma with some hops noticable. Malty and grainy in taste, the hops are there, too. Good job, Jim! (310 characters)

Photo of StevieW
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very pleasantly surprising clear copper color, with a better than expected white head. Smell had the characteristic Sam Adams "2 row barley malt" and decent hops as well. Very much in the Boston Lager tradition. Taste was creamy, smooth, and very enjoyable. Enough barley, and crisp dry finish to make this taste like a beer. Easily the best light beer I have had. A pleasant surprise and another winning product for the Boston Beer Co. (449 characters)

Photo of powoo19
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I happen to be a fan of Sam Adams for years so my opinion is bias, but this beer is a hearty light beer without the awful aftertaste. Other beers such as Amstel try to pass themselves off as a great tasting light beer, but it's aftertaste is just plain aweful!
Jim Koch did it again and as usual, has yet to disappoint (320 characters)

Photo of chilidog
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good looking brew. Dark Amber in color. Very nice head & ok on lace. I don't know other light beers so I can't compair fairly.It is drinkable with alittle hop smell. But...To me its no Boston Lager, it falls short on finish with no hop kick and leaves mouth with a foam-like feel. Its ok for someone who dosn't know Sam Adams. We that do, its alittle light, then again, thats its purpose. (388 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

wow! a light beer with some flavor. it goes down nice and smooth, and doesn't have that typical light beer watered-down taste. i can see why it is such a hit. it is not fantastic, but there is probably not a better american light beer out there. It has more flavor than your average light, which doesn't mean much, but what can you really expect. (346 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Seems to be the newest craze with all the kiddies these days, probably due to the amount of marketing it is getting.

Anyway, it was good. Extremely smooth for a light beer and very easy to drink. And the taste beats any other American light beer I have had to date. Very faint hops in both smell and aftertaste. A very nice light beer, and its quite easy to drink 2 or 30 of them. Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooo (456 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Better than average light beer. A little more flavor than is the norm for lighter fare and a much nicer color. Hint of caramel aftertaste as well. I still wouldn't classify it as a "revolution". (194 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with an attractive amber color and a respectable white head. Faint hop aroma. I expected more from the taste, however. With very little body, the beer lacked a satisfying fullness. Granted, this is better than all other light beer's I've had, but it doesn't live up to the standards of the brand. (306 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper amber body. Lots of carbonation. Large white head of micro bubbles which quickly settles to half-inch. Decent lacing. Both floral and citrus notes in aroma. Some of the Sam Lager spicyness. A little too fizzy, which pushes back the taste. Could use more malt backbone, but then it probably wouldn't be a light beer. Far superior to any of the major light beers, and better than my memory of other micro lights (Harpoon, Mr. Mike's, New Amsterdam). I don't really remember Lightship, so I can't compare them. And better than a lot of Sam knockoffs over the years. One ugly label, though. (594 characters)

Photo of mikes2923
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally got to try Sam Adams Light here in Chicago at a local bar, (not in stores just yet), and while admittedly it was better than your average light beer, actually better than 95% of the light beers. It has good flavor, and body for a light beer. The only light beer I would rank higher would be Leinenkugel's Amber Light. (325 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better than your average light beer. I like the fact that it does not taste like sam adams lager or boston ale. Really sweet I was up all night after drinking it. (169 characters)

Photo of proc
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best light beer out there. Pours to a very Sammy Lager looking copper color. Light taste of caramel malt with a slight hop finish. Unlike other lights, you can actually taste some malt and hops. As another reveiwer said, no much in terms of body, but if you are drinking a light beer, you aren't looking for body. I've been told national rollout of this will be in August. Better than Amstel, or the lights from the imports. (434 characters)

Photo of jackndan
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sammy Light has finally come to Chicago. It is available in bars/taverns until about the middle of June. First, it is a great looking beer, deep bronze with an off-white head. Nice Belgian Lace clings to the side of the glass throughout. Nice aroma, with a hint of hops. The taste is significantly better than any light beer I’ve ever had, and fuller and richer than most macro-lagers. The beer has definite malt sweetness, with lingering sweet aftertastes. It is lacking the complexity, balance of other Sam products. It does not have the body either.

As a beer, it’s a good beer, as a light beer it is great. (634 characters)

Photo of packetknife
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not deserving of the Sam Adams label. The only thing really poor was the way it felt in my mouth. It almost felt soapy.. odd. For a light beer though it was one of the better ones I've had. (189 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This basically tastes like SA's Boston lager with water added. Substantial malt character and pleasant aroma. Better than other light beers but tough to recommend on its own terms. Will drink again if offered, might be nice at a summer BBQ. Would work as a compromise brew with someone who'd pick something like Amstel if left to her/his own devices. (350 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a light its drinkable and is much better than a Bud light. Deep coppery color with some carbonation. Still the best of the lights is Alexander Keith's Light Ale. (167 characters)

Photo of WORT
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first taste of this light was disapointing. As this brew warmed in my glass the flavors came out and I was quite impressed. This is what a light beer should taste like. Just the copper color of this light beer is enough to try it. This isn't your nascar swilling light. A definite brew for that summer bbq or tailgate. (326 characters)

Photo of gwfrankpsu
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THIS SURPRISED ME!!!!!!!!!!! I hate light beers, or is it lite? This has a wonderful flavor and mouth feel for a light beer. This could be a great lawnmower beer for next summer. (181 characters)

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.