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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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1,961 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,961
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 25
Gots: 86 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +15%

05-31-2013 14:38:37 | More by paulys55
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West Virginia

3/5  rDev -8%

12-13-2011 04:17:11 | More by spedprof
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

07-10-2012 16:47:35 | More by HopBrain
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3/5  rDev -8%

06-22-2013 12:55:30 | More by hockeypuck
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a bright, clear amber color with solid carbonation, small white lace. On the nose the aroma is fairly clean, slight grain. On the palate the flavors are all mild, light grain notes, slight sweetness, slight fizzy mouthfeel, light caramel maybe, and soft hop citrus flavors as well. This is hands down the best light beer I have ever tasted, but I haven’t tasted many.

01-17-2003 09:30:26 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

03-04-2014 16:28:15 | More by EF4
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South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -16.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Pours an amber orange color. Three fingers of creamy foam that leaves behind gobs of sticky lacing. Not bad.

Smells like pretty much every other light lager. Better than an adjunct lager, but not by much. Toasted malt and grains, but not much of either. I guess you could say there's a hop aroma.

Very underwhelming flavor, much like the aroma. There's not much flavor at all, except for a grainy aftertaste. Watery more than anything else. Not bad, but not good, either.

Very light body. Thin and watery texture. It would be easy to pound these, but it just doesn't taste very good. Gets bumped up to a 3.5 because it doesn't give that awful light lager recoil feel.

04-29-2009 05:46:23 | More by Gyle41386
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2.48/5  rDev -23.9%

Into a pilsener:

A: clear amber body, fizzy white head forms but dies down very quickly, no lacing

S: slight fruity flavors, light bread/caramel/nutty

T: subdued sweetness, not much there

M: light, sessionable, bland dry aftertaste and finish

O: does the trick for what its worth - it fits the style, and at a decent price

11-05-2011 20:31:49 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3/5  rDev -8%

05-25-2012 18:36:59 | More by jmathis
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +15%

This beer pours a clear light amber into a pint glass with a thin white head. Nice to see an amber body on a light beer. Aroma was non-descript, slightly sweet.

Well this is by far the best "light" beer I've had, but that isn't saying much. A malty, sweet flavor is balanced by just a touch of hops. Overall not too much flavor is lost from the Boston Lager, but there is a difference.

A perfect beer to cut carbs/calories while still maintaining flavor. I'm sure it's not as "light" as the major brands (calorie wise), but it's rather tasty all things considered.

05-19-2008 17:48:05 | More by BBM
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

03-29-2013 23:19:35 | More by SonOfKyuss
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-19-2014 19:34:34 | More by Iamjeff6
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

06-20-2014 02:43:35 | More by mmmbeerNY
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3.13/5  rDev -4%

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.

11-10-2006 22:20:33 | More by afinepilsner
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Nice pour rich amber color with a thick head of tan resting on top.

S: Sweet caramel malts with a light grainy note in there as well.

T: Definitely a sweet malty character with some lighter finishing hops in there. Some graininess there also.

M: Very surprising for a "light" beer a very well crafted lager probably the best light beer I have had in a while right up there with "non-light beers.

O: Would definitely buy this one again.

07-07-2011 00:24:28 | More by nukem5
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

07-30-2012 14:54:52 | More by kobeer
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

03-04-2012 23:26:59 | More by leodarko
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

From notes: drank while tearing out dressing rooms where I work. Nice work beer I have to say =)

12 oz into glass.

A: Nice looking lager a bit of a darker hue than most of the macros. Decent head with decent lacing.

S: Detect a bit o' hops there Mr. Henry-faced man. Nice maltiness as well Mr. Troubadour.

T: This is the best light beer I've ever had times a million. Can taste the hops and it has a very nice malt character as well.

M: Perfect for this type of beer plus a bit more for ya, but not much more.

D: This is a sixer over poker kinda beer. Drink away boys and girls!

01-23-2008 02:04:44 | More by baos
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3/5  rDev -8%

12-02-2011 02:08:32 | More by pavpav12
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3.38/5  rDev +3.7%

A- Brilliant light gold with white head that quickly dissipates.

A- Slightly macro aroma, with more of a floral and grain aroma as well.

T- Crisp malty taste with a slight sweetness. Kindof metallic with a very light hop flavour. Finishes dry.

M- Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- Nothing like any light beer I have ever had. If anything this is like a watered down Sam Adams. I suppose I'm one of those people that finds people that drink diet soda to be retards and that thought reflects with this brew. However if someone offered me this brew(opposed to offering me a diet soda) I would gladly accept. If you are one of those people that drinks diet soda, perhaps this is the beer for you.

06-27-2008 01:24:44 | More by gpogo
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3/5  rDev -8%

11-15-2011 01:11:48 | More by Beefytits4
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2.73/5  rDev -16.3%

Never a Sam Adams light, ehhh....

Pours very light amber below a wimpy white head.

Sweetgrass scent. Not much else.

Pretty flavorless. A little sweetness throughout. Ends with a very faint bitterness.

Okay, so some say it's really not a bad beer. I say it's not good either. It has a bit more flavor and color than your typical AMerican macro, but not much. Corporate beer, and that's all she wrote.

11-08-2005 02:22:00 | More by nortmand
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3/5  rDev -8%

03-11-2013 02:10:47 | More by JeffSuttonTX
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3.6/5  rDev +10.4%

This is the King of light beer. Although I strongly beleive that light beer is a sin, I tried it at a beer festival, and it wasn't that bad, but it realy wasn't that good either. For a light beer, it's good, but other than that, I don't know what to say.

Compaired to other light beers, this one surpasses them all in every catagory.

12-04-2008 17:14:52 | More by hoplover82
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1.5/5  rDev -54%

04-12-2014 17:57:37 | More by Notacraftdrinker
Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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