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Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light

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1,820 Ratings

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Ratings: 1820
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.35%

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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of powoo19


4.33/5  rDev +32.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2002 07:45:02 | More by powoo19
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is best light beer I have tasted so far.

A - Golden color, carbinated, white head.

S - Sweetness, light smell, hints of hops. Nice.

T - Love it, hints of malt and hops, not too heavy. Not bitter.

M - Very light in the mouth, not watery, nice and clean feel.

D - I could drink a few of these, best light beer I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 22:52:58 | More by auxiliary
Photo of seipmoney


4.33/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very Good for a light beer probably one of the better light beers out there. Very close to sam adams boston lager a littel less alcohol content though which was the only downside that i see in this one. I think i would definitely buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 02:59:09 | More by seipmoney
Photo of unclejimbay


4.33/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Light, Style: Light Lager
ABV = 4.05%, cals = 119
Bottle>dimpled mug, reviewed @ home 10/28/08
A 4.0 - clear/dark copper for a light beer, good head/retention & collar
S 4.0 - nice hop aromas present for a light beer. I get a subtle whisper of apple & pear aromas.
T 4.5 - Hoppy semi bitter but balanced for a light beer. Very interesting and surprising brew.
MF 4.0 - "full body" (for a light beer), balanced/appropriate carbo
D 4.5 - This stuff is one of the best light beers I have had to date. A nice surprise indeed!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 23:29:32 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at a cookout. The host bought one of the summer variety packs of Sam Adams. This was the only beer I had never really tried from it, so I gave it a shot.

I was not sure what to expet, as I enjoy most of Sam Adams offerings, but I am not usually a light beer drinker. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. There was a nice malt aroma, and some barely perceptible hops in the nose. The taste was nice and malty with caramel notes everywhere. Not much hops, just enough to offer some bitterness as a contrast. Mouthfeel was a bit heavily carbonated, but not distracting. Drinkability was high due to the lo ABV and the fact that it is a light lager.

Overall, way more flavor than I could ever expect from a light beer. A solid offering that really isn't just the light alternative to Boston Lager, but a good brew in its own right. It should not be criticized for being light.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 05:15:27 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of Dadoftwogirls


4.33/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a light beer, I have to admit this is one of the best offerings available. I actually has taste that makes you believe it can't be a light. After trying watered down piss offered by just about everyone... Triple Hops this... silver that... low carb blah blah blah... it is nice to finally find a light beer you could enjoy while knowing you were at least attempting to keep your diet in line.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 21:02:37 | More by Dadoftwogirls
Photo of fuhgeddaboudit

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sammy Adams never seems to let me down, and this light offering of theirs is no exception. You can't expect a bold mixture of flavors from a light beer, but you also can't expect the exceptional drinkability you'll discover in the first sip of this delightful brew. This is most definitely my go-to beer for nights dedicated to quantity of alcohol over quality, and the quality of a decent beer is still more than present in this heavily drinkable offering from Samuel. Try this if boldly flavored beers scare you away, if you naturally enjoy light beers, or if you are new to drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 21:34:43 | More by fuhgeddaboudit
Photo of MattBrooks


4.28/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had never been a big Sam Adams Lager drinker. I've enjoyed most of the seasonals over the years and I do enjoy a couple of the Brewmaster Collection six's like the Hefe and the Pale; but when the Boston Beer Co came out with Sam Adams Light, I was hooked. A rich, malty taste with a slight bitter tinge on the finish, this is a great beer! I use a pint glass (from the overly enourmous collection in my bar) and relish in the nice head and excellent amber hue. After the first few, I admit....I do sometimes switch over and drink the next few from the bottle. You don't get to smell it too much from the bottle, but hey you just smelled the the last three you drank...enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 14:28:53 | More by MattBrooks
Photo of usmittymc


4.28/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard room-temp pub glass

A- Perfectly clear, medium amber color with a full 1.5 finger head that dissipates to a nice lacing around the glass. Much darker than any other "light" beer that I have ever experienced.

S- Faint citrusy hoppiness that you do not experience with other "light" beers. Also a nice "biscuity" aroma is present

T- Full of flavor that you will not get from other "light" beers. Smooth malt on the front with a nice hoppy finish

M- Much more body to this beer than other "light" beers. Sits very well on the palate and has a nice, clean finish

D- Definitely my default beer of choice. SA Light is available practically everywhere, at a reasonable price ($5.99 / 6-pack). So you get a good quality "light" beer (not so light calorie-wise), for under a buck a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 21:07:11 | More by usmittymc
Photo of jngle24


4.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured , gave a beautiful golden color, with a nice white frothy top, that did not cling to the glass. It smelled to me like a Sam Adams beer(to me they seem to all smell fairly similar). A very smooth drink from begining to end. I also found barely any after taste. I really enjoyed this beer, and would recommend to any light beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 20:12:54 | More by jngle24
Photo of JackTheRipper


4.22/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got two of these in a sampler pack and will try to keep in mind reviewing it vs. other "light" beers.

Appearance: Poured a pale golden amber color, big fluffy head which is now just a thin layer of foam, no real lacing on my glass.

Smell: is a grainy, ever so slightly fruity smell.

Taste: a bit light in the taste department, but what I'm tasting is a mostly malty sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than a Boston Lager, but with more body than any other light beer I've had (read: macro). Carbonation is good, alcohol is barely noticeable. I think if this had just a wee bit higher ABV, this would be better.

Drinkability&Notes: Kicks the tail feathers out of any other light beer I've had. That being said, though, I'm not sure I'd buy a whole case of these, but would definitely buy this if it was available in a pub before I would any other light. Quite nice, and my scores are putting this beer vs. the macro lights.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 22:39:21 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of metallistout


4.22/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I went into this review knowing that I have to match it up with other Light Lagers, like Miller Lite, Bud Light etc...

Bottle 12 oz.

Amber in color and a decent thick head for a light beer.

Smell of floral hops and malty grains, does not quite smell like a light beer.

This beer taste pretty much like a "toned down" version of it's big brother. Take out a little hops and a little malt and instead of Boston Lager; you have Sam Light.

Mouthfeel is watery, and refreshing.

Drinkability- if I ever get a feeling to drink a light beer, this would be the beer for sure. If you stack it up to the Big Commercial Light beers (includin amstel) I would say that Sam Adams Light is the winner.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 20:35:04 | More by metallistout
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.22/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply one of the best, most flavorful light beers I have ever tried.

Six pack for $7.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in Sept. 2007.

Pours a surprisingly deep amber golden for the style, with a slight head that doesn't last too long. Aroma is dry malty, maybe a hint of hops. Flavor is light but still a lot for the style. Moderate, toasty malts, minimal hops makes for a tasty light alternative.

Mouthfeel includes a fair amount of carbonation- why no head retention?

Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 02:36:02 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of steanu


4.22/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-It's got a nice brown color to it. It actually looks similar to the Boston Lager.

S- It's got a nice scent to it.

T- Considering that it's a light beer it's got a nice flavor to it. Got some nice taste of yeast and hops and it doesnt go overboard with it.

M-It's got a nice clean finish to it and it doesn't leave an aftertaste.

D-It's a fine beer to drink without worrying about the extra calories.

I love Sam Adams as you probably know if you read my previous reviews and this is no exception. I like this beer a lot and I am not really into light beers. It's like the diet pepsi of beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 21:30:17 | More by steanu
Photo of RossPeterson


4.22/5  rDev +29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 05:18:43 | More by RossPeterson
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very impressive light lager. Nothing ordinary here at all. The colour is a nice medium amber and the nose is crisp and clean. The head is limited, showing little to no lace at all. The body is medium/light.
The taste is fairly well balanced leaning slightly towards the hops, the finish seems dry. Lively carbonation added to this expierience.
Believe this to be the best light that I have ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 16:19:51 | More by Shiloh
Photo of Gatch


4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The greatest light beer in the world, hands down. The low ratings don't make sense to me. I think people have the anti-AB snob mentality when it comes to light beers. I also think people tend to forget about rating a beer based on style. This beer has just as much flavor and nose as a Boston Lager, yep I said it, and it's one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. It's a great night when you have a 12-pack of Sammy's Light and don't have to worry about a huge amount of calories or a lack of flavor.

Other light beers don't even touch Sammy's Light and there's a reason it doesn't participate in Light Beer competitions. Jim Koch spent a lot of time developing such a great Light Beer and he definitely did it right.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 23:58:46 | More by Gatch
Photo of Chugmonkey


4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was really skeptical, but all that worry for nothing. Similar to the Boston Lager, but less hoppy and lighter in color. Nothing too complex, but hit the nail on the head for trying to make a light beer with some character. Really crisp, a fuzz dry vs. being a typical watery light beer. I was pleasantly surprised at this one. Very light and refreshing. Simplicity at it's finest.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 20:12:27 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of johnnymoto


4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head was thin but at least it was there, which is usually hard to find for a light beer. The color was alot darker than most light beers that I've seen. The taste was exceptional for a light beer and the mouthfeel was pretty smooth for the most part. Overall I think it is a great light beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 19:10:54 | More by johnnymoto
Photo of BDIMike


4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me say first, that one thing that bothers me about this website is that the site asks people to rate a beer based on its style. Sam Adams is, in my opinion, has more taste and better attributes than any light beer out there. If it isn't your favorite, it is probably in the top 3. But people rate it lowly because it doesn't have the same great tastes of a Double IPA. Well, it is a light beer, not a Double IPA and should be rated like one. Anyway, my rant of the day is over, on with the tasting...
Appearance is darker than almost all light beers. It has an amber, copper color with a nice white head that fades fast, but leaves a nice lacing.
Aroma is of toasted malts, but there is a nice floral smell to it as well. A lot of good smells that one normally does not get out of a light beer.
Taste is similar to the aroma. A nice biscuit taste with a good caramel malt taste as well. A bit of a hop taste, but the caramel taste is very stront. Much more taste than most light beers.
Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing, which is the most important aspect of a light beer to me.
Drinkability is awesome. Great taste and the refreshing style of a light beer. Definitely the best I have had and you can read more about my opinion above.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:35:29 | More by BDIMike
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

ENjoy before August

A - Rich copper body, minimal white head.

S - Crisp citrusy notes, bready malts. A fine smelling beer.

T - It's definitely pretty bland, and you kind of feel the flavors more than taste them, but there is a pleasant malt profile along with some dry/tart fruit character. Definitely the only light lager I've ever had that is worth tasting.

M - Body is nothing special here. It's definitely light, but there is some residual feeling left behind, which I think is not the idea.

O (D) - well, for a light lager, this is exceptional. Reviewing to style, this is a great beer. I don't like it very much, but it's simply much better than other similar beers that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 21:00:56 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of ski271


4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium orange-bronze with a medium-large, foamy, off-white head that quickly diminished to a thick film. Some light lacing.

Smell: Bready malts, light caramel, light herbs and pine. Very pleasant.

Taste: Rather doughy & rich with flavors of sweet malts and a hint of tobacco with a slightly bitter finish that’s pretty long for a light beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lightly chewy texture, soft carbonation

Drinkability: Probably the most impressive mass-produced, bottled light beer I’ve had. Very good body for a light beer. Refreshing, with enough character to keep a more seasoned palate happy.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 19:24:40 | More by ski271
Photo of IntriqKen


4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful light beer....yards and yards above the typical 'light'.
Pours a pale crystal clear gold with a half finger of white that slowly melts.
Aroma of lager yeast, grain, and crisp light hops in the background.
Flavor is very crisp and light with a nice balance between sweet malt and citrus hops. Finish is crisp hop.
Very drinkable. Great to session.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 02:43:19 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of KJay1408


4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: I'm reviewing this as a light beer and comparing it to other light beers.

Poured from Bottle into a glass

A: Pours a nice amber color with about two fingers worth of head, that dissipates to a nice lacy reminisce

S: I'm getting some malt, with earthy tones, not a whole lot happening here, but more than most light beers

T: A nice malt flavor, with a little bit of sweetness, and some bready-cereal notes that transitions into a subtle hop flavor to compliment the lingering malt sensation.

M: It's beer, not imitation piss water like most light brews.

O: If this weren't a light beer it would be average. However keeping in mind that this is a "light" beer and not a "full flavored" beer. This is very, very good, finally there is a light beer that tastes like beer and not just some piss yellow watery crap that is passed of as "premium" beer. Thank you Jim Koch and the Boston Beer Company for making a light beer that is beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 03:05:00 | More by KJay1408
Photo of kilustration


4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:26:46 | More by kilustration
Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,820 ratings.