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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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1,991 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,991
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 26
Gots: 94 | 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 Notacraftdrinker
1.5/5  rDev -54%

Notacraftdrinker, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of paulys55
3.75/5  rDev +15%

paulys55, May 31, 2013
Photo of SonOfKyuss
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

SonOfKyuss, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of RandyKemka
2.25/5  rDev -31%

RandyKemka, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of EStreet20
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first ever light beer review, simply because I never beer light beer. A family friend had some of this left over from a party and gave it to us so I figure I'd review it. I had this once before quite some time ago (before I discovered BA) and remember it being better than any other light beer out there. Here goes...

A - Light, and pale colored but had a little golden character to it, not as yellow as most light beers. About one finger of foamy head that dissipates rapidly. Lots of bubbles.

S - Nearly non-existent. Basicallly just a clean "light beer" smell.

T - A light beer. A little bit better than most adjunct laden light beers, as it doesn't have an offensive corn flavor to it. Still largely just a watery liquid.

M - Very light and highly carbonated.

D - I really just don't get how people drink light beer. This could be a session beer for someone drinking beer for the sake of drinking a beer but there are no characteristics that make me want this brew.

M -

EStreet20, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber gold, fairly clear with a one and a half finger head. Lacing and retention are good for a light lager. The smell is sweet, apple esters and traces of grain, similiar to watered down malt liquor. The supposed two row malt and 100% noble hops only become detectable in the taste, which is semi-sweet, with a pleasent drying hops. Light to medium in body, low carbonated, and finishes clean. This is a smooth and drinkable beer with good taste, but not the best example of a light lager.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of wahhmaster
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent copper color with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Has a large foamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells grainy with a strong metallic smell. Could be better...

Taste: For a light beer, this is a full-flavored beer. Starts malty and a little bitter. Finishes hoppy with a bit of a metallic twinge. Hops are kind of subtle but this is still impressive for a light beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and tasteful for a light beer. Pretty average for a beer in general, but great for a light beer. Sam Adams impresses me yet again.

wahhmaster, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of hockeypuck
3/5  rDev -8%

hockeypuck, Jun 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +22.7%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am definately not a light beer drinker but I have to give credit where it is due. People tend to give light beers a bad rap right off the bat, and in almost all cases they are right to do so. This beer on the other hand should be treated like a light lager is supposed to be. Granted there is no complexity or pizzaz to this, but this style of beer isn't supposed to have it. If a beer should be reviewed with style in mind, I think it is a very good beer. Just try to look at other beers in this category and this one will look pretty tasty. The color and aroma are very nice and there is a crisp refreshing taste.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of cvfish
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a light amber color that produces a foamy white head that had a less than average retention and leaves little lacing

S - There is not much nose on the beer, subtle caramel malts is the only thing I pick up

T - The taste of this beer was caramel, malts, and hop flower, kind of like a muted version of the Boston Lager, but in the category of Light Beers, far superior to others

M - The body on this beer was light to moderate bodied, with moderate carbonation

D - I guess if I am ever in the mood for a Light Beer, or ever at WOW again and this is the best thing that they have (really it is), then the Sam Adams Light would add some taste to a bland style

cvfish, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of BierReise
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this years ago when it was called Lightship. This is probably the best light beer you can get right now. Basically a lighter version of their Boston lager. Color is almost the same as the B.L. Medium copper with minimal head. Aroma still not bad even after being watered down, some malt and hops there. Crisp and refreshing with some decent flavor for a light.

BierReise, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of arguemaniac
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A medium-dark amber color with a quickly disappearing white head leaving a creamy white lace. Lots of visible carbonation, though.

Aroma: Only a very mild grain aroma and a tiny bit of floral hop scent as well. Pretty thin (But maybe not when compared to other “light” beers)

Taste and Mouthfeel: An overall grainy maltiness with very subtle hints of toffee too. The mouthfeel is clean but somewhat thin and there is much less carbonation here than the appearance led me to believe. A fairly brief finish with some very minor hop bitterness; not very balanced, the malt flavor, mild as it is, totally overwhelms any hop bitterness that the beer has to offer.

While its quite pleasant, it’s also thin and somewhat unremarkable. I guess, though, that relative to over reduced calorie beers, its actually pretty good, maybe even one of the best I’ve tried. But, overall, it isn't very rich or complex. If, for some strange reason, you are determined to drink only light beers, then you’ll definitely want to give this one a try, it’ll probably be one of the best you encounter. But otherwise I wouldn’t strongly recommend this one; its not bad, there just isn’t much too it.

Note: The ratings I gave this one may appear a little out of sync with my written review. This is because for the ratings I decided to judge to beer relative to its style, and for the written review I simply gave a more objective assessment.

arguemaniac, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of HopBrain
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

HopBrain, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WilliamPhilaPa, Jan 17, 2003
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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Gyle41386
2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gyle41386, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.48/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

BeerKangaroo, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -8%

jmathis, May 25, 2012
Photo of BigRedN
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Left over from Christmas. I was finishing the last of these off and surfing BA when I thought I'd see how I rated this. Well, low-and-behold I had not reviewed it yer.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle with best by April '08 notched on the label into a pint glass. The beer is a crystal clear amber color with a rather thin 1/2 inch head that faded to a ring around the glass and leaves little lacing. When compared to other light beers this one blows them away.

Smell: A light aroma of some malts (a lightly roasted caramel aroma). A bit low on scent.

Taste: Some light malt and grains, just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Low in flavor for many other styles (such as amber lager/ale that this looks like), but is pretty decent for a light beer.

Mouthfeel: I hesitate to call this light in body, but it is. Not watery, so that is good. A nice crisp, clean finish.

Drinkability: Low alcohol, just enough flavor, I could session with this for long hours with no problem. While this is probably just an average craft beer; when compared to other beers that call themselves light (or lite) beer (the typical BMC offerings) this is by far better.

BigRedN, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of BBM
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BBM, May 19, 2008
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.

afinepilsner, Nov 10, 2006
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3/5  rDev -8%

sdaly3, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of nukem5
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

nukem5, Jul 07, 2011
Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,991 ratings.