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Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,910 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 21
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into one of those curvy Sam Adams glasses.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready with a little sweetness and contains flavors of caramel and mild amount of floral hops. The malt character is hearty but not heavy at all. The after-taste is slightly sweet. It tastes just like Sam Adams Boston Lager but milder in flavor.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, this beer is exactly what you would expect, a lighter version of Sam Adams Boston Lager, but still has enough substance to make it the best "light beer" out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 17:53:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the darkest light beers I have ever seen, one of the maltiest light beers I have ever tasted also.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2001 23:02:55 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, faded amber hue, slight carbonation, Slim white foam.
Aroma: small, but pleasant, slightly vegetal, herbal, grassy, a faint, shadow of hops.
Taste: hey, there is some! Can't say that about other light beers, not many of them, any way. Nice, if spare, malty bottom, pleasing coppery feel on the palate. Light body, naturally, with a tidy little finish. Not a bad beer at all, compared to the competition.
When this first exploded on the market, the ads were stocked with actors from the Tex Avery School of Drama, all bugged-out eyes, jaws dropped, tongue rolling on the floor, smashing their heads with mallets at the utter amazingness of the flavor. It's a matter of scale, I suppose. If I knew nothing but the other light beers on the market, I'd react the same way.
(Received as part of the current holiday 12-pack. I probably wouldn't have found myself with one, otherwise.)

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 11:16:53 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. beer is amber and clear. Forms a big head of medium bubbles after a hard pour. Carbonation seems low and the head leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks OK.

Aroma is slightly sweet but overall really weak. Some malt.

Beer is thin and a little watery with a grainy aftertaste. Its mildly sweet on the front but overall its a little muted. I guess its a pretty good LIGHT LAGER but its not a very palatable beer. I'd rather be drinking almost any pilsner to this. What a shame.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 00:35:47 | More by drabmuh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the summer mixed pack, bbd of Aug

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, pear notes, floral notes once warm

T: Follows the nose, some crackery notes up front, along some crisp floral hop notes. Pear & grassyness dominate as this warms. Finishes crisp & fruitty

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, decent balance

Not a bad take on the style. This does make me miss the old lightship ale which was way more flavorful

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:55:39 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is light copper amber hued with a nicely formed off white foam head leaves even lacing down my pint. Aroma contains a touch of caramel in the malts with herbal hops showing up in the scent as well. Taste has a smooth mild sweetness, touch of caramel toasty nut from the the specialty malts finishes mildly bitter with herbal hops. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied evenly carbonated not watery but light. Drinkability is very smooth and refreshing with ample flavor one of the best tasting light beers available in the US market.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 21:26:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tenderbranson69 for sharing this w/ me.
Poured cold into a tumbler
A - A full 3 finger crown of white and clear amber body

S - Light malt odors w/ slight adjunct scent

M - Mild carbonation w/ hints of malt. A generally light feel w/ out hop effect of any sort. Cereal graininess gives this a light dry aspect.

T - A grainy malt flavor w/ gentle herbal notes and tinges of barley. Light adjunct sweetness - basically a lighter version of an amber lager. This is still a flavorful beer somewhat, and still just shy of 'real taste'

D - Probably just passable for a drinkable beer, but very good for a 'light' beer. I would have given it a higher taste rating, but it is just missing something. Maybe the calories I am used to, but more likely hops and the lack of adjunct flavor. If I had to choose between all lights, though, this would probably be the best bet.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 17:25:55 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is yeasty. It has the scent of pale malts and that musty lager aroma. The taste is light. There is a slight malt flavor. I would have to say that this has more taste than most light beers. The mouthfeel is good. It has a low body and good carbonation. This is a good light beer; a real good drinker with some flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 01:21:38 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well, not expecting much for a light beer, but I want to try everything so might as well.

Pours a nice fizzy to fluffy head that hits 1.5 fingers and hits the very top almost perfect pour into the SA PP glass, but fades semi quickly at first and slows to med with lots of bubbles streaming up from the etch, just a touch of lacing, over very clear amber orange color.

Nose starts with some light amber malts, a caramel almost but at the same time that almost sorghum like aroma that I get from some gluten free beers, strangely fruity although maybe lager aromas, just a bit crisp, and faint hint of grassy hops.

Taste starts with light lager flavors, crisp mostly, hint of the fruity quality. Then onto malts, a bit of amber toasty malts and hint caramel, but then into a bit of the cheap filler, not quite macro but def something like corn or sorghum to fill out the middle to get some alcohol with no flavor, and just a touch of unhappy yeast flavor. Faintest hint of grassy hops. Finish is sticky and not as dry or crisp as I thought it would be, just a bit of syrupy malts and bad filler flavors.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall, not what I expected at all. This isn't as good as I remember from trying it on draft which I thought was a decent version, just lighter than regular Sam. This is more macro lager and bleh like. Not as light as most macros, and much more flavor, but some unhappy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 03:11:40 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a white head, considerably darker than the BMC light beers this is going up against.

The aroma has some biscuit malt to it, but it is also heavy on the grain. The flavor is more of the same. I get a little bit of grass from the hops, but the flavor is predominantly grain and bready malt, with just a little bit of toffee mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Better than other light lagers such as Bud Light, but still not too much going on here. One of the weakest offerings from Boston Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:59:13 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Keswick Tavern, Glenside, PA

It's a light beer, but it's Sam Adams, so it's still somewhat okay. Poured a clear, golden brown with a finger or two of white head that receded rather quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Pale malts in the aroma with trace scents of caramel and toasty bread. More of the same in the taste: pale malts, lightly toasted, very subdued hoppiness, though it's still present, light caramel. A bit watered down--this is a light beer--light bodied, yet still decently flavorful for the style. Drinkable, I suppose, if you're on a diet.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 13:49:12 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 07/09/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a transparent golden amber color with one finger of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Light spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of bready malts, burnt malts, and fruity malts. Very light caramel as well. Pretty nice overall.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of malts. Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, grain, and light fruity malts. More caramel than the nose, which I enjoyed.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A bit too carbonated, but otherwise easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good light beers. Not as good as some of their other offerings but better than most light beers. Would give it another shot, though I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 19:12:37 | More by mdfb79
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper with a fizzy head that, unfortunately doesn't stick around.


Some vague fruity hoppiness is present. Actually has a beer-type aroma, unlike the macro-lights, for the most part.

It's watered down malt and hops. Some graininess, too. Unfortunately, there is a metallic edge to it. Still, it has some actual flavors, again - unlike most other lights.

It has a watery thinness to it, but the flavors hold on. the sweet malt and bitter hops are well-blended. This is certainly better than the typical macro light by far. Still in all, it is a light beer, and has an unfortunate metallic taste (though mild). I bought this in a restaurant to try it, but switched to regular Sam Adams Lager just after it. The latter is much better, but for a light beer, this one is not bad at all.
Scores reflective of light beer style.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 02:52:56 | More by jwc215
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mactrail

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:27:37 | More by mactrail
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -8%

12-06-2011 18:04:39 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, picked up on a whim since I've never had it before, and I was in the mood for something lighter,

A: Darkest light beer ever, it pours a light amber, about the colour of light maple syrup, the real stuff from Vermont or Canada, with a small off-white head, which dissipates quickly.

S: Very light, but picked up some maltiness and bread character/cracked wheat/bulghur.

T: Bready in the main taste, with a light hop bite at the end, tasty enough for a light beer, but for a craft brewed lager it is lacking.

M: Light and watery, but with enough heft to know you're drinking a beer.

D: Best light beer I've ever had, but that's not saying much for this style, don't think I'll buy it again, but was nice to try to see if a light lager could actually have flavour.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 02:23:19 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.13/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 18:03:07 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1" head that creates some soft lacing.

Smell: malt sweentess is pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: malt sweetness, green apples, and a hint of caramel are balanced with a mild but noticeable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is almost clean.

Drinkability: this has to be the best light beer on the market today. It has a nice flavor and is easy to consume.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 00:01:46 | More by Gavage
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kojevergas

Texas

2.08/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 04:10:19 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -38.7%

11-21-2011 10:09:59 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-10-2012 21:54:45 | More by imperialking
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, a light beer that tastes like a real beer. At first it reminds me of the cheap amber lagers like Yuengling, but it doesn't have that annoying sweetness. This is just a nice clean, lager with a bit a pale grains, caramel malt and slight lager tang. I can't really pull any hops of it, which is a shame, but this is by far the best light beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 01:44:40 | More by tempest
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a golden yellow body that is crystal clear. There is a strong carbonation of bubbles supporting a thin white head that fades pretty quickly.

S- The clean light smell of dry malt with a slight sweetness had a hint of green hops as it warmed. Very soft over all.

T- The taste of dry pale malt has a fresh note with a faint depth of toasted hint. There was a smooth faint noble hop finish but it didn't really have any bitterness to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tiny fizz that makes the finish pretty clean.

D- This beer is smooth and light but it has much more flavor than any other beer in this style that I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 02:31:55 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

For a light lager I guess this is decent, but as a beer I wasn't impressed at all. On the commercials it claims this beer won awards at beer shows even though there wasn't a light beer category.. I wonder what categories it won in? Anywho, it's way too light bodied and the taste is severely lacking. It's drinkable yeah, but it needs some taste. Also, for being light, it has a calorie count comparable to most regular beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 00:41:16 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard brown bottle with a brewery freshness date of August poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Sam Adams light appears a clear light orange color with about a finger of head that is composed mostly of bubbles that rise to the surface from the etching in the bottom of the sensory glass. The aroma has a very light grainy sweetness and a touch of hops. Taste includes the grainy sweetness upfront as indicated by the aroma and through the medium light body has a slight bitterness in the finish. Moderate level of carbonation and a slightly noticable alcohol character in the back of the throat for only 4%. There is a lingering presence of light levels of diacetyl mixed with the grain left in the mouth after each sip tasting quite buttery. Overall not bad, I guess if I was forced into drinking a light lager this would be the one to have.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 01:34:42 | More by stakem
Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.