Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
75
okay

2,081 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 31
Gots: 124 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass fairly quickly and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts with some lighter rice + grain adjuncts. There is a light aroma of fruity yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale and lightly toasted malts with a touch of grain + rice adjuncts though they do not introduce much sweetness to the flavor of the brew. Light flavors of fruity yeast and just a touch of grassy hops contributing a touch of bitterness to the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Definitely tastier than the majority of mass produced light lagers available in the US - especially those from the larger brewers. Nothing special but easy to drink, would probably be a good beer for on the boat or at the beach.

Photo of stakem
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.

Photo of corby112
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mothman
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.

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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.

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of jdhilt
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.

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.

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.

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -8%

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.

Photo of tdm168
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.

Photo of KAF
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -38.7%

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.

Photo of Kelp
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of plaid75
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.

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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