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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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1,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,909
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 21
Gots: 58 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Zorro


3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber gold brew.

Smell is all malt and a bit sweet.

Taste is quite malty, but hops are lacking here, not bad for a light beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but thick enough to be called beer.

Real drinkable, if forced to drink light beer choose this.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2004 04:17:49 | More by Zorro
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

10-22-2013 21:18:25 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2002 18:35:40 | More by jdhilt
Photo of orangesol


3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

03-08-2013 00:34:21 | More by orangesol
Photo of DoubleJ


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

I've never crossed a light beer that I kind of liked, but tonight may change that. Enter Sam Adams Light:

Orangish amber color with caramel hues and a head that dissipates quick. The nose is made of toasted malt and dried up toffee, quite clean in fact. Okay, so it's something so far. And the taste? Well...it does kind of taste like a watered down SABL, though the company claims this lighter beer is a totally different beer. In this beer, it tastes of toasted malt with a side of orange and citrus. There's enough pizzaz going on in here to keep he interested and going. To boot, this is an easy drinker.

Here's the first light beer which I can say with confidence that I like. No off-flavors and just enough of the original goodness to keep on going.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:59:11 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Wasatch


3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some slight hops. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy. Light body. Drinkable, not worth buying again though. Not into light brew's.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 01:51:37 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ppoitras


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

12oz bottle given to my daughter after someone won it in a raffle along with a bunch of "made in Massachusetts" stuff. I'll take care of this, thanks Kate.

Poured into a Sam Adams Owner Silver Anniversary glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head, over the clear amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet, with hops character, maybe saaz, apparent.

Taste also begins sweet, prickly hops in the middle on through the close, again making me think saaz. Mouthfeel is smooth, although body is light in the middle, with easy drinkability. What do you want, it's a light beer, and as far as they go, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 22:59:58 | More by ppoitras
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date of July, bought in August. Too bad I didn't realize this until I was at home.

Head was a nice white, but it faded down quickly. The color of this beer does not look like any light beers I have seen. It is almost an amber colored orange (if that makes any sense). The balance between hops and malts is very good. The mouthfeel is wonderful, as I just want to let it linger in my mouth for a while before drinking it. Very clean and refreshing.

This is definitely the best light beer that I have had and it really packs a lot of flavor. If the label didn't say it was light, then I would have never guessed it to be a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 04:41:47 | More by mothman
Photo of ejimhof


2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

03-30-2013 04:23:37 | More by ejimhof
Photo of BARFLYB


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

12oz bottle into a pint glass, thanks Jim.

A- Sammy light, looks darker than most light lagers, a clear orange burnt copper look with a head that diminishes as it builds if you will. No lace.

S- Smells maltier than most light lagers Two row I believe, a definite caramel vibe with a noble hopage.

T- Pretty tasty for a four pointer, light in nature, nothing extravagent, malts and noble hops. Alot in a little package no frills style. Caramel.

M- Feel kinda lost me, kinda dead on the tounge, there was a spritz when I popped the cap, it's carbed, but feels DEAD!! Light with a malty body, the nobel hops impart no bitterness.

D- I liked this to an extent, and I like that it's a four percenter, my favorite kind.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 05:35:12 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Currently the #1 light lager.

The beer appears orange and clear, with a steady stream of effervescence. The head is minimal, leaving faint traces of lacing on the pint glass when you rock it gently from side to side like a little cute baby.

The aroma is faint, but if you practically stick your nose into the beer, and imagine that you're smelling beer, you can barely detect distant traces of malt that is too sweet.

Taste = no thanks. Too sweet, tastes cheap, odd, off, etc. Is it light beer you seek? Try a great German or Czech pils, or perhaps an English session beer. Although I respect Sam Adams, this beer is a macro lager engineered for the masses. I won't be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 21:13:46 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of brandoman63


3/5  rDev -8%

11-29-2011 23:40:05 | More by brandoman63
Photo of rab53


2/5  rDev -38.7%

11-25-2011 04:25:46 | More by rab53
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark copper hue with a finger of foamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was very subtle. There were minor malt and hop aromas. A bit of a grainy element.

The taste had a light malt sweetness and a decent hop presence. It was well balanced. There was a definite biscuity aftertaste. Really nothing to write home about. Tastes a bit like a low end micro effort. Pocono lager comes to mind.

The mouthfeel was rather light, but not thin. Very carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer. However, since in terms of calories it isn't really a light beer, I really would not opt for this beer again. For 40 more calories I'd go for the Boston Lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 18:10:24 | More by plaid75
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, deep cranberry-orange with a quickly diminishing ivory colored head that left some covering behind. Visible carbonation was extremely light with but a few stray bubbles making their way to the surface.

S: light traces of fresh oranges. Not much hoppiness was detected if any.

T: The initial flavor was sweet, citric oranges with some caramel sweetness. A very light noble dry flowery hopping was detected and was quite nice. Some dry oranges, flowers and a dry alcohol fade was detected on the finish. Overall pretty decent for a light beer and probably one of the best ive had.

M: very light, almost watery with no carbonation detected.

D: An average if not slightly above average drinkability factor, wouldn't know this to be a light beer. The beer drank progressively better as it got along but still wouldn't invest in a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 22:19:26 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Bighuge


3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is almost a copper color. Very clear. Interesting tone for a light beer. A thin head recedes to a thin film quickly and then sticks around for a while. Decent maltiness and noble hop aroma on the nose. The mouthfeel is almost too carbonated for me to give it a good rating in the drinkablility category. Pretty big body for a light beer though. Maybe a little better than medium. The taste is a notch above most macro brewed light beers. But it's not that much better. The noble hops make their presence known only with a slight spiciness. The malt backing is o.k. For a light beer, this is decent. Still not enough taste in it to make it very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2002 20:24:50 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Geez, I'm kinda hard pressed to admit it, but this is an elite light beer. Really looks good, like an amber lager.

Taste, there is taste here people! Most malt and hop feel in anything this side of Sprecher's diet beer. I guess if this is the route you need to go, SA is highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 15:22:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of smakawhat


3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till September 11th, on the Sam Adams kick of and a light break so let's see how this goes.

Light off white two finger head with a nice cap. Simple uniform looking alright. A surprising simple amber orange body, clear, distinct minimal rising carbonation, not too shabby. I thought this body would be straw yellow as all get out. Looking alright I must say so far. Head doesn't stick around though.

Funky smelling. Hint of butter. I am talking bernaise creamy butter going on a weird one. After some rest not much else comes through, not a hint of even wet body to come. I'll let this be not too impressed.

Taste is... minimal in every way. Finish though brings some malt depth, but it's very wet and light. Perhaps though that is to style? Missing crispness, but taken over by a simple easy drinking feel and quaffing capability.

Well, I am probably never going to be a fan of light body and light taste, but this one seemed to be done pretty well all things saying. I will admit that the beer feels "slightly" bigger than the 4 abv rating gives it so there you have it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 03:01:33 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8%

05-24-2014 19:38:22 | More by Latarnik
Photo of DrJay


3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber with a quickly dissipating cap of beige foam. Hence, not much in the way of lacing was present, though a few stray bubbles did top the beer for a while. Sweet caramel, marshmallow aroma with some fruity and spicy notes. Medium to low bitterness, nicely balanced by more caramel, same hop profile as the aroma. The malt did disappear towards the end of each sip, leaving some lingering spicy hops and metallic character behind. Medium to light bodied, average carbonation, slight dryness, decent texture overall. A pretty good beer and quite a good light lager. It has way more flavour than similar offerings from the big brewers.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 18:52:40 | More by DrJay
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-26-2014 22:41:53 | More by LXIXME
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with little head. The smell has a pretty decent malty aroma for a light lager. Taste is malty with a very nice hop bitterness; pretty good balance and hop characteristic for a light lager. Mouthfeel is light and crisp; well carbonated.

Overall, it's a great light lager. It's better flavor-wise than any other on the market.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 22:35:00 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

01-17-2013 10:09:23 | More by Kelp
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light yellow color with light brown undertones. Head was small, but visible.
Didn't smell much of anything, but I was at a smokey bar.
Taste had bits of dill, malt and lemon. Not too bad for a light beer. Clean finish, dry and smooth
Very drinkable if you want to drink a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2006 04:11:06 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of sendbeer


2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

12-14-2012 05:48:27 | More by sendbeer
Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,909 ratings.