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Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
75
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2,106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,106
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 34
Gots: 174 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Ratings: 2,106 | Reviews: 833
Photo of Kestrel452
4.53/5  rDev +39%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an EXCELLENT beer to try if you're relatively new to beer. Don't let the name fool you, this isn't a "light" beer. It's simply a lighter version of Boston Lager. It's also nothing similar to the vast majority of "light beers". It's full of flavor, uses traditional ingredients (no adjuncts), and is a nice amber color. The only low point to this beer is the lack of head retention and less than desirable lacing; but with that we're talking trivial aesthetics that don't effect how it tastes or drinks.

This was the first "real" beer I tried, and it was love at first taste. Right down the middle balanced, yet you can clearly taste both the malty sweetness and hop bitterness. While the hop character is subtle, it's clearly present. The appearance of this beer is hard to beat. A clear amber hue with a few carbonation strands make for a dazzling display in any beer glass.

I can't praise this beer enough, or stress it's drinkability, especially for beginning drinkers. It's also a great beer to have if you're the driver for the night because of the somewhat modest ABV; all the characteristics of a great non-light beer but you can enjoy one of two more because it won't impair you as fast as most other "real" beers will. Happy Drinking!

Photo of dcook11
4.53/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- a lighter version of the regular version. Amber with a medium carbonation. Nice two finger head. Nice look for a light beer, puts all bmc lights to shame.

S- Not bad at all. Again, a less intense version of the regular.

T- Very refreshing after a run or yard work. Great summer beer.

M- pleasent, light and easy going down.

D- Great session beer

Sure do wish all light beers were this good!

Photo of DOCRW
4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of Will96
4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of mbenthall
4.5/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clean, clear amber with thin head.

Smell: malt and floral hops.

Taste: Light in body with malty sweetness, undertones of caramel, finishes with a slight hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean finishes dry.

Drinkability: I'm reviewing this as a light beer and as such it is the best I've ever had. Nice and refreshing. But if your main reason for drinking a light beer is calories, and not taste, take note of the 128 calorie count.

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.5/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my pint glass and appears a very rich clear amber color with a finger of tight, eggshell colored foam. Smells of honey, nuts and toasted malt. Tastes of sweet, toasty, bready malted grains, with a touch of nutiness. Excellent body for a light beer with medium carbonation. A fantastic light lager. I could session this forever and a day. The absolute mother of all light beers. Highly recommended.

Photo of hardigree2831
4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of JayNH
4.5/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice clear light copper color with a foamy head.

S- a pleasant sweet biscuity malt with a hint of spice.

T- Bready malt balanced with a mild hop note.

M- Smooth, perfect carbonation, solid body for this style.

D- Excellent! This "light" beer is in a class of it's own

Photo of MichaelDobbins
4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of sliverX
4.48/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice clear light copper with a thin whisp of white for a head.
Smell is just light malt don't pick up any hops.
Taste malts a slight vegetable tinge of hops, compared to traditional light lager this blows them all away.
Mouthfeel is light but no where near water like. Well carbonated.
Drinkability is for the style amazing.

Photo of semihobo
4.45/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Best by August 08. Pours with a light brown, clear body, and a large enough head that the whole beer can't fit in the pint glass on the first pour. Poor retention. Very lively bubbling.

Smells very clean, just a simple malt profile, the bottle says two-row. The smell is not "light," although it's not strong either. Slight grassy hops. No off notes or adjuncts.

Tastes like Sam Adams Boston Lager mixed 50/50 with water. First taste was disappointing after the smell. Not disappointing for a light beer, but because it smelled like a real beer. Weak, slightly sweet bread taste with low alpha hops, minimal bittering. No adjuncts.

Body also suffers. I would prefer higher carbonation to cover for a light, watery body, as is the norm for the style. Carbonation is smooth but dies mid-sip.

The light beer that sets the bar for others in the style. Light beer drinkers should also see New Belgium's Skinny Dip -- 110 calories and 4.2% alcohol, vs. Sam Adams Light at 124 calories and only 4.0% alcohol.

Photo of Ike_Potter
4.43/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good and easy to drink. I've come to expect nothing less from Samuel Adams.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,106 ratings.