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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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1,906 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,906
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 21
Gots: 57 | 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 ShepardCommander


3.75/5  rDev +15%

02-01-2014 17:30:41 | More by ShepardCommander
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid beer, not just by light beer standards, but overall.

Appearance is amber with a frothy, foamy head. Recedes to a thin film that stays all the way down.

Aroma is malty, grainy..which follows in the general taste. Good body and mouthfeel for a light beer..not as bland and one dimensional as one might expect, but it's still easy to tell it's a light beer.

I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 06:31:03 | More by kshankar
Photo of Luiz0930


1.5/5  rDev -54%

05-31-2013 08:55:26 | More by Luiz0930
Photo of necoadam


3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, it is a light beer. But comparing to other light beers I must say it's quite good for a light beer. I like the apperance that it has on it. An amber color compared to others which have a very pale yellow. You can tell that this beer actually uses hops and malts in their beer, even though it's light. Smell was lightly hoppy and a touch of grain in there. Taste was...well light. Kinda watery compared to other beers out there. But it did have some taste to it. You can taste the malts at least. Hey, I got this beer for free, I won't complain, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to find this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 01:29:15 | More by necoadam
Photo of BeerAngel


3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keep in mind, I'm basing my review as per the style. I don't condone light beer, nor do I usually ever buy it. That said, here it goes. Pours a beautiful amber/orange that has excellent clarity. It has a very small white head that disappeared very quickly only leaving a light sheet on the top. Faint aromas revealing light earthy malt are non-offensive and are fairly pleasant for such a brew. First taste reveals a carb/hop bite right off and tapers into a mild (very mild) light grain and faint malt and finishes clean and quite crisp for a light beer. This brew is very light bodied, duh!

Now, for my opinion. I'll never buy this again and I can't ever see myself in the situation where this is the best on the list. Surely if they have SA Light, they will at least have regular SA lager....so I would choose the lager. Why does SA make this stuff? Well, it's not for us BA's. Obviously trying to please everyone. Can't say I wouldn't do the same if it were my business, but I'd like to think that I would not. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 09:37:00 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of afinepilsner


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

12oz brown bottle

Sam Adams Light was a light amber color with an off-white head. The head was medium in size with decent retention. The aroma was light with some sweet malt, a little hops and a touch toasty. The taste was sweet malt with a hint hops and a dry finish. The body was medium-light with medium carbonation. Drinkabilty was good for a light beer. This is the best light beer I have tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 22:20:33 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of nquigley16


3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

09-21-2012 17:29:24 | More by nquigley16
Photo of AKuehn47


3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

08-05-2013 21:06:19 | More by AKuehn47
Photo of BDIMike


4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me say first, that one thing that bothers me about this website is that the site asks people to rate a beer based on its style. Sam Adams is, in my opinion, has more taste and better attributes than any light beer out there. If it isn't your favorite, it is probably in the top 3. But people rate it lowly because it doesn't have the same great tastes of a Double IPA. Well, it is a light beer, not a Double IPA and should be rated like one. Anyway, my rant of the day is over, on with the tasting...
Appearance is darker than almost all light beers. It has an amber, copper color with a nice white head that fades fast, but leaves a nice lacing.
Aroma is of toasted malts, but there is a nice floral smell to it as well. A lot of good smells that one normally does not get out of a light beer.
Taste is similar to the aroma. A nice biscuit taste with a good caramel malt taste as well. A bit of a hop taste, but the caramel taste is very stront. Much more taste than most light beers.
Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing, which is the most important aspect of a light beer to me.
Drinkability is awesome. Great taste and the refreshing style of a light beer. Definitely the best I have had and you can read more about my opinion above.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:35:29 | More by BDIMike
Photo of Matthew607


3/5  rDev -8%

03-08-2014 07:19:36 | More by Matthew607
Photo of beertaster13


2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best light beer on the market today. Pours a very dark brown with a nice frothy head that resides after about a minute, lacing is fair. The smell is that of boston lager, rather skunky with hints of hops and malts. The taste is ligh but still malty and refreshing. Feels crisp in the mouth. Drinkable if you like the light beers, still go for the original Boston Lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 22:46:54 | More by beertaster13
Photo of tmm313


3.75/5  rDev +15%

07-18-2012 21:00:03 | More by tmm313


3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1 1/4" off-white head that recedes in less than a minute to a cap. Deep golden beer with plenty of bubbles rising to the top.

S - Sweet malt. Adjunct aroma? Any hops are virtually undetectable.

T - Bready malt and a flash of sweetness mid-palate. Touch of spicy hops. Would have rated higher if not for a strange almost formaldehyde (sp?) like taste towards the end of a swig.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Finishes surprisingly dry.

D - Good drinkability. Far cry above normal domestic light lager. Pretty decent other than that one off flavor..

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 01:20:06 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of 1fastz28


4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is one of my absolute favorite beers. Pours a nice amber hue with a decent head. Smell is like fresh bread, very malty with a slight hopiness. Taste is similar, very sweet maltiness with a breadish taste. The alcohol is hard to detect, which isn't too hard to believe considering its only 4% ABV. I could easily drink this beer on a hot summer day or a cold winter evening, all day long, i truly think its a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 04:20:14 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of WJVII


3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was part of a summer sampler. Plenty more Sam Adams I would have liked in there but when buying for a grill out with guest variety pack works best. One left so here we go.

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a lighter straw color with a good 1 finger white head. The brew settles and looks very thin with moderate carbonation. The aroma is yeasty with malts most notable. The taste is full of bready malt and some slight sweetness from caramel malts. This is a thin beer with high carbonation for the viscosity. All in all for a 'light' beer it stands up.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 00:45:51 | More by WJVII
Photo of thecarster1


3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, 3/4 inch off white head, golden brown clear coloring, decent amount of carbonation, minimal lacing.

s- very mild, malt, little sweetness.

t- mild once again, slight hop finish (which shocked me for a light beer), mostly malt, very decent.

m- has a little bit of body to it, good amount of carbonation, goes down very easily.

d- this beer was a pleasant surprise, this may be my new go to light beer, very drinkable, it's lightyears away from the usual adjunct light beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 00:56:20 | More by thecarster1
Photo of leodarko


4/5  rDev +22.7%

03-04-2012 23:26:59 | More by leodarko
Photo of cubedbee


3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I always avoid light beers, horrible flavor and not worth wasting my money, would rather drink water, but I heard good things about this one so I gave it a try. Right out of the bottle I know this is something special--doesn't look at all like the pale fizzy yellow drinks the other people at the bar are drinking---this is a nice caramel orange with a finger of foamy white head, and some good lacing evident right away. Nose was faint, a grainy malt with a subtle spicy hoppiness. Taste is a very nice clean malt, slight caramel flavor, and a crisp hop finish. Very nice, very assertive flavor for a light beer, better tasting than most macros, let alone lights. Mouthfeel is obviously a little thin, but there's a nice carbonation level and this is a crisp refreshing beer. Sam Adams really does it again, making an amazing light beer. The bottle label says "tastes unlike any light beer" and that couldn't be more true. I'll be looking for this in the future in lieus of BMC crap.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 03:49:43 | More by cubedbee
Photo of unclejimbay


4.33/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Light, Style: Light Lager
ABV = 4.05%, cals = 119
Bottle>dimpled mug, reviewed @ home 10/28/08
A 4.0 - clear/dark copper for a light beer, good head/retention & collar
S 4.0 - nice hop aromas present for a light beer. I get a subtle whisper of apple & pear aromas.
T 4.5 - Hoppy semi bitter but balanced for a light beer. Very interesting and surprising brew.
MF 4.0 - "full body" (for a light beer), balanced/appropriate carbo
D 4.5 - This stuff is one of the best light beers I have had to date. A nice surprise indeed!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 23:29:32 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of Cavanaghty


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

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Light brown color with a thin white head, no lacing.

Smell: Grassy skunky notes with some hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste of mild hops, some sweetness to it as well, very light taste.

Overall: This is a great light beer, if I have to drink light this would be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 20:48:41 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice medium copper color with a good head and nice lace.
Smell of malt with a hint of hops. Taste is good, as light beers go. Its a light version af Sam Adams Boston lager. A bit less hoppier and not as heavy. Clean, clear and refreshing. A great summer beer. I always keep some in my fridge during the warm months. It is very easy drinking and leaves a nice aftertaste. As light beers go this is the best I have had, but I have not had that many.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 01:18:47 | More by sabrills70
Photo of Kornoms


2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

09-12-2012 21:53:54 | More by Kornoms
Photo of NickyDee21


3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

04-17-2012 18:35:57 | More by NickyDee21
Photo of SonOfKyuss


2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

03-29-2013 23:19:35 | More by SonOfKyuss
Photo of UncleAddie


3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a light beer, this one is pretty dark. I'm not a dark beer drinker but love Sam Adams beers so had to give this one a try. If I'm looking for a light beer but don't want to sacrifice too much taste I will go for this one. Smooth feel, great taste, has typical Sam Adas flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 23:07:07 | More by UncleAddie
Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.