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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 Vendetta
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 23, 2008

I don't really know how to go about rating this beer. Compared to other pale, fizzy, watery lagers it's spectacular. But in the full spectrum of beer it's below average, like most light beers. The taste pleasantly surprised me with a full mouthfeel that lacked the super watery, fizzy feeling that most American light beers have. The malty nose wasn't bad either, but nothing to write home about. Had a much better, more refined taste than pretty much every other pale light lager I've ever tasted. It's a bit sweet, malty, carbonated. Better than the competition in its bracket, but obviously falls short when compared to other, higher quality non-light beers.

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Photo of WetCoaster
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of Boto
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bit of a pale amber in color. Fizzy, with a head that dissipates rapidly. The carbonation leaves this beer quickly, as it almost flat after the head goes away. The aroma is rather bland and thin. I only get a little bit of malts, no hops to speak of. The taste has a little body to it. Really tastes like a watered down Sam Adams. Comparing it to most "light" beers, it is better. There is no compelling reason to buy this. I would say that it is best as probably a "chick" beer. Came in with the holiday gift pack: a present.

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Photo of JAL67
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
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)

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.36/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half finger head on a clear golden amber body with minimal lacing. Sweet corn, caramel, toasted malts. Flavors are clean and crisp with caramel malts but there is a earthy and toasted flavor that tastes more like a bad macro brewed beer. Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Actually this is a pretty bad light beer. I would rather have a coors light than this one. The flavor is sour and not very palatable. Wouldn't have this again.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.32/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Sam Adams Summer Seasonal 12 pack, because I would likely never buy this on it's own accord.

Brewed with Two-row Harrington, and Metcalfe, pale malts, and Caramel 60 and hopped with Spalt Spalter Noble hops, fermented with "Samuel Adams lager yeast" strain.
OG=9.2° Plato, 4.07%ABV - 3.2%ABW, Calories/12oz: 119.

Pours out to a clear light copper, forming a nice white head with very good retention and solid thick lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is not all that great...Definitely could use more hops in the nose, and hey...hops don't add calories, so why not? Mouthfeel is thin with a light body, although crisp and clean with a soda-pop carbonation. The taste is that of a watered down amber lager on a par with something like Michelob dark or Lowenbrau dark/St.Pauli Girl, etc, but I would actually rather drink those than this as the yeast has a peculiar adjuncty flavor. They would be better off fermenting this with an ale yeast and dry hopping this if they wanted a flavorful light beer.

Not interesting.

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Photo of marvin213
2.31/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It's very light--totally translucent. The head, though it fizzles to near nothingness within a minute or two, really isn't too shabby (for a light beer). Not expecting much, I figure the head and some semblance of lacing makes this an above par look for the style.

The smell definitely ain't much, though I detect a distinct Sam Adams smell--maybe it's the two-row malt. Acknowledging I know basically nothing about noble hops, the beer certainly doesn't smell hoppy to me. For a light lager, it's got character but, at least for the odor, that Sam Adams distinctiveness is not a positive one.

Particularly for a light beer, I taste a bit more malt than I'd expect. There's undoubtedly that Sam Adams something in the taste as well. I don't want to knock it too much, but I don't really like it. The more I think about it, the more I think it's that two-row malt; if not, I maintain it's the same sorta substance I found displeasing about the smell. It's got character...but maybe I don't want character in a light lager.

It's fully carbonated--maybe overly so because the mouthfeel is really fizzy. I respect that it's homogenous--every aspect of this beer is the same with every sense you can use to experience it. It looks, smells, tastes, and feels the same throughout. Since there's that sole ingredient that seems to dominate the senses, and I don't really like it, the fizzy burst of it I get in the mouthfeel makes that the least enjoyable component of the beverage.

I bet this is a big seller, and I'm certainly not gonna knock Sam Adams just because it's readily available. I got this one in a summer variety pack, and I've enjoyed most of the beers out of that. Truth is, however, I'd prefer they leave this one out; furthermore, it's tough for me to contemplate a time when I'd pick Sam Adams Light over ANY beer. Maybe over the worst of the worst (read: Milwaukee's Best Light or King Cobra), but even then it might still be a decision.

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Photo of Bcant
2.31/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours with decient head which goes down in seconds. It is amber in color but lacks richness. Faint smell of hopps followed by a watery taste that is common to American lagers that are produced in mass quantity. The finish is the worst part of the beer, intruducing flavors that I am conviced are derived from rice or corn insead of malts and hopps.

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Photo of pdgreen
2.29/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Its a great light beer, that being said its still a light beer. It looks great when poured but I was dissapointed with the smell and taste. I'd drink it again if it came in a variety pack but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it. Overall I wasn't impressed but I can see why some enjoy it.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.28/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Chili's... Not bad for $2.99 at a 16-ounce size, but definitely not my favorite lite beer... was never a big fan of Sam Adams, and the only brew from the company which ever caught my fancy was the Cream Stout... this one doesn't do it for me for a lite beer... personally would prefer a Miller or Coors, but I'm sure those in the Boston area might be a little warmer towards a home-town favorite... Drinkability was average, and the taste, which wasn't awful just wasn't too impressive... somewhat bitter which really didn't do it for me... Not recommended... Better lite beers to choose from...

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Photo of cdizinno
2.27/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Clear reddish-amber color with active carbonation with minimal white head and lacing.

S: Funny initial scent. Mild grain and floral aromas.

T&M: Very light bodied but highly carbonated. Malty sweetness but oily taste. Background metallic that has some taste that I cannot identify and do not like. Very watery and not a very good aftertaste at all.

Definitely not good. The only brew by Sam Adams that might be worse is the Hefe. Maybe I got a bad batch or something. I'll try to get another and update review later. Whew.

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Photo of Jangles
2.26/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Mine will also be a short review. Let me preface it by saying that I enjoy several of the Sam Adams beers.

I picked up a sixer tonight, trying to "do the right thing" and drink light beer.

This beer can best be summed up with one word.


That is all.

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Photo of kelticblood
2.25/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a head that dissapeared within seconds to nothing.The color is an orange-red.A mild hop aroma.With a weird smell of pond water or the smell the outside after it rains.A very crisp mouthfeel with a fizzy taste.A slight hop taste with a wheaty finish.A light bodied beer with very little malt texture.The taste is really bad overall.I really cant believe Sam Adams would lower themselves in putting out a "Light" beer that tastes as bad as this.It really lowered my perception of Sam Adams.

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Photo of 57md
2.21/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I have tried and rated many Sam Adams brews and this is the first one that I must say tastes and smells like it was mass produced by people who don't care.

Granted, I think that the concept of light beer is almost as oxymoronish as non-alcoholic beer. That said, if I had to pick a favorite light beer, it would probably still be Miller.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.17/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sam Adams beers are generally decent, but I must have either gotten a skunked one, or this beer just really sucks. Nose was grainy, taste was like wet burlap, and the finish was something I could not get washed out of my mouth quickly enough. Very disappointing.

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Photo of immunoboy
2.16/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The color made me wonder if this really was a light beer, but the nose lacked in depth. My eyes fooled my tastebuds, because at first sip, I was surprised at the watered down quality of the beer. As light beers go, it IS the best I have tasted. However, I unfortunately do not quite enjoy this class of beer.

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Photo of Shinypoptart
2.16/5  rDev -35.7%
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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Photo of smcolw
2.15/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Crystal clear, light amber in color with a mediocre fast-fading head

Pale malt aroma with a touch of hop; very mild aroma

Thin and relatively flavorless, it's difficult to detect any real beer-like flavors.

With Light Beers dominating the conventional beer market, it's understandable that Boston Beer Co. would want to enter into the fray. And the like nationals, this beer is watered down, bland and non-descript. It will probably sell to the masses nicely. Personally, I preferred Sam's old Lightship.

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Photo of vitesse
2.15/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

served in brown 12 oz. bottle.

i got this one in a mixed 12-pack and felt compelled to try it. pours an amber color with very very high clarity. head is way too fizzy. the beer's texture is just awful. super high carbonation and fizziness just ruins this for me. yeah there's a slight touch of carmelly malt flavor but it's not enough to mask the metallic finish and over-carbonated body. i understand that it's a light beer but i would actually prefer a pils style -- this one just didn't work and tasted way off balance. i'd recommend it maybe if someone only drank lite beers and wanted to taste a bit more malt, but c'mon -- that's not enough of a raison d'etre.

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Photo of ark57
2.1/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was given a Christmas sampler from Sam Adams this year, so I found myself with 2 Lights to drink. It has a pale golden color, though it is slightly darker than many other light beers. The aroma slightly sweet, but it is barley there. It has a light body and an ever so slight bitterness. It is fuller in body and hoppier than most other lights, but definitely not worth drinking

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Photo of kojevergas
2.09/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO. Reviewed live.

A: Five finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention - though it's only four percent. Clear yellow-copper colour.

Sm: Lemon-lime citrus ester hops and slightly off barley. Not really appealing. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: Very light lemon esters, light weak barley as a foundation, and a nasty faux-cream climax. Best described as abysmal. It isn't even ruined by its simplicity, just by its flavour. Badly built and rather imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet - overly so on both counts. Not at all complementary of the style or the flavours of the body.

Dr: You could easily down it if only you could get past the wretched "flavours". A huge disappointment from Sam Adams.

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Photo of 9InchNails
2.06/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Its pretty dark for a light beer but overall a light amberish golden color. White head that's smooth and creamy looking. It looks extremely carbonated with bubbles rushing to the top to form the creamy head. Some lacing on the bottom half of the glass.

It has that light smell that most light beers have. I can smell the hops and the grainy smell. It smells a little better than light beers though.

Not as carbonated as I thought. Very smooth.

Is there even a taste? This is the most bland tasting light beer I have ever tried... I take that back... Coors light is, this is almost as bad. I'm trying to taste the hops I can't. Tastes like carbonated water and a single hop added.

Drink Ability I don't like the taste, I don't want another one ever.

If you like Coors Light and you're tired of getting made fun of for drinking it, give yourself a better name and you really don't have to sacrifice the taste all that much from Coors Light. At least you're drinking a Sam's, right?

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Photo of bobhits
2.05/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer makes note that there isn't any lingering bitterness, I'm already upset.

Pours a nice amber color, a good bit darker than any diet beer, and even a bit more than most lighter summer beers. Head and lacing are after thoughts.

Caramel, toast, and a hint of bitterness make for an inviting nose even the description, but a bit bland by any other standards.

This is like really watered down amber in the malt profile, but the hops given off just enough bitterness though I can't even being to describe them as they don't impart much flavor. I assume this is rather fresh because once the bitterness fades even a hair this beer is going from rather drinkable to being just water.

This beer delivers what it claims to. Not a singing endorsement and for a company that says "this is no light beer" and who admits that calories aren't light, well I'm not going to rush out to buy more.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.04/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 10/19/2005 (bottle):

Light brown in color, not much head which diminished quickly, not much aroma but hoppy floral scent, very slight bitter, tastes like a light domestic beer but better..somehow, light body, slightly oily. Again, good for a light beer, but if you can handle regular beer, go with that instead for better taste.

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Photo of TheDM
2.04/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew poured a medium head of finely sized white bubbles and a transparent light amber brown body. The head faded away fairly quickly and left no lacing. It has a very mild unnoticeable aroma. Its flavor is a bit on the fizzy side and that of mild hops. It was fairly smooth with a bit of a foretaste and a mild lingering hop aftertaste.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.