Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light

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2,081 Ratings

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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 steveh
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not quite sure how to review this beer -- as a regular ol' beer, or as the light beer I bought it as? Well, here goes with my impressions and I'll see how I can wrap it up:

A -- Clear, light copper color with a nicely thick, white head.

S -- Light malts with a hint of spicy hops.

T -- Light bready malts at the start with a grainy follow up and vague noble hops with a dry finish.

M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel.

D -- Dangerous drinkability, 119 calories (based on the latest info at the Sam Adams web site) could add up with this beer, especially at 4%.

I picked up this brew for 2 reasons, the first being the usual reason you might consider a light beer, the second being that it was recommended by someone whose beer opinion I respect. What a great all around beer -- "light" or not. The flavor and drinkability of the Sam Light make this a great session beer. Back in 2002 I see that Todd says this is a beer he wouldn't normally buy, but I'm pretty impressed with it all around and may have just found a new regular for the fridge.

Photo of WuBByG999
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of mdlb44
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BabaBeer
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of happygnome
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: clear light golden color with about an eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving little lacing, fairly typical given style
s: like other Sam beer the malt flavor is much more present than the hop aroma
t: kind of a fruity flavor, very nice that there is flavor in a light, the hop taste is noticeable as is the malt flavor
m: light bodied with a little more than average carbonation

overall for a light beer this is amazing, theres flavor and some body, my light lager of choice...if I ever decide i need one, I got this in a beers of summer sample pack

Photo of SonOfKyuss
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a clear and tea-colored light brown with a finger of white head that doesn't stick around.

S: Fruity esters, light caramel, and bread malts.

T: Light toffee, caramel, toast, berries, and some sour notes late.

M: It has a light body with above-average carbonation and a crisp finish.

O: This tastes okay and is beyond quaffable.

Photo of KevChiTown
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of supercolter
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All in all not the best light beer that I have had.

Appearance is average for the style- not a lot of head and less retension. Little lacing and straw yellow coloring.
Smell and taste are not bad but do lack some flavor/smell- MGD light and Leine's light both have better and more flavor and are more aromatic.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are on par for the style- its meant to be a light palate beer and it satisfies that.

Photo of cowboy83
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of n00blar
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of waughbrew
2.35/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light copper/gold, nice looking white head with some retention. big bubbles. Pleasant but light spicy hop aroma overshadowed by empty graininess with some caramel. Some sweetness and a hint of butter. Flavor fails to avoid the vacuous taste of light beer. It can't hide the fact that there is stuff missing. An overall wateriness. That being said, the flavor that is there before it disappears is pretty nice with a thin carameliness and clean hop bitterness. Feel is thin.

Overall a step up from the macros in amount and quality of flavor, but I still wonder why anyone would buy this. I guess if you want to drink a ton of beer, like the taste a bit, and are not willing to exercise, then this would be a good choice. So far I am sticking to non-lights.

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

My mom had this beer and I had one before and did not think anything about it, so with BA in mind I tried it again.

It appeared average for a light beer, but I expected no less. It seemed like any other beer and smelled the same. While I haven't tried any light beer since Natty, I could give this one an average rating compared with "non-lights".

It had no real stong flavor, yes there were notes of better beers there, also notes of alcohol , but otherwise, it's very average. It's a better taste for light beer drinkers, but for the $$$/Flavor , I'd go for Goose Island or regular Sammy flavors.

Mouth and Drinkability also average.

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: One finger head retreats into a thin white line on top. Body is a typical Boston Lager color. Does not look at all like a light beer,

S: Extra weak aroma, barely any hop or malt profile.

T/M: A crisp, bland taste that is expected by a light beer on the front. With a nice finish of malt cream taste, this brew does stray away from others and hit some non-light beer notes. A slight zing taste that hits the bottom notes the whole way through.

D: The overall drinkablity of this beer is high, easy to drink and is not heavy. Would I buy this> no. A nice beer to try, but not one I would get,> I typically do not get light beers. But this one did have a high flavor content for a light beer. If you are in search of a light beer this is the one.

Photo of banger7
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of paulys55
3.75/5  rDev +15%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of dherling
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the world of light beers, this is a good one. It drinks like a decent brew, but with fewer calories, if you are intersted in that sort of thing. It pours clean with a foamy just off white head. The taste is straight forward, a little malt, a decent amount of hops, but basically a watered down experience. If you are looking to go light, this is a great choice. If you're looking for refreshing beer, you could do a lot worse.

Photo of giblet
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ok first off i am not a lover of light beer. with that being said this is some damn fine light beer. ;pours nicely with nice head and carbonation. light color as expected. nice tasting beer more taste than just about any light beer around.

if you are watching your calories this is a great choice.

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of SD-Alefan
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Fish113d
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Pours an amber color at 45 degrees from my fridge to my tulip glass. The head that is there quickly dissipates to nothing except a slight edge layer. Clean brew though. Aroma is of sweet brown malts and a slightly wheat aroma that comes through along with some sort of berry or fruit (plums maybe or something else)...also some sugary sweetness pops through along with the fruit. Light watery brown malts are on display here on the sip. Some light hops pop through as well, but nothing to note really. Sweet caramel and fruit comes through as well for a nice crisp refreshing flavor, and a grainy finish. Lots of carbonation takes this one over with a very watery finish. Overall, it doesn't sound like it, but I like this light brew. It is probably the best tasting light beer brewed from what I can tell...I can drink 100 of them I bet!!! haha

Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev -8%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.