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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Light is uniquely hand-crafted using 100% all natural ingredients: malted barley, the finest hops, German lager yeast and pristine Abita Springs water. The result is the smoothest, most flavorful light beer you will ever taste.

10 IBU

Added by au1sec on 10-26-2003

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.36/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass is a clear yellow-gold body with a full 2in white head that dissipates to just a ring hugging the glass, sans lacing.
Aroma is faint bitter hop under the dominant, but still lihht malt.
Flavors match. Medium to light feel, lower carbonation, and a wet, and oddly, watery finish.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured this into a standard pub pint. It has 4.0% ABV and a mere 10 IBUs.

Look-It has a clear light yellow color and a thin foamy white head.

Smell-It smells malty and of corny and bready malts. It smells like a pilsner.

Taste-It tastes corny and malty, but with noticeable fruitiness lightly floating above the malts. Definitely is light-bodied and no hops to speak of.

Overall-It is a crisp and light beer to say the least. Not my favorite style or anything, but it has its place on the shelves.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.21/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

1/22/16 Washington DC (16 oz draft poured at Reagan National into a standard pint glass). Very pale blonde pour, minimal white head and carbonation. Nominal malt aroma and negligible bland taste. Light watery texture. Not a good offering.

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Photo of tennoklark
3.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer. Interesting how it creates a head after opening. It is very good with a burger. Although the taste is not as full as other craft beers its good on a typical weekend with friends.

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Photo of JoLight
1.84/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: clear, yellow body with a white head that dissipates into a small, but not insignificant, ring layer of foam.

Aroma: faint malts. Somewhat skunky, oddly enough. The skunky aroma must be a characteristic of the product, though, because every bottle of the six pack I had smelled the same way, and it was a fresh batch as well.

Taste: general grain flavor; some crackery malt. Lots of water. Somewhat stale towards the end of each bottle.

Mouthfeel: light, watery.

Finish: semi-dry. Watery.

Overall, this starts out as a good light beer. But almost instantaneously, it loses all its carbonation. Alongside the total lack of carbonation and the lack of flavor, what's left is a very gross concoction of water and stale hay/grain flavor. I'm very surprised that I did not enjoy this beer, given that I am a regular light beer drinker. What truly "does this beer in", in my opinion, is its losing almost all its carbonation within a minute. I don't know why the carbonation doesn't keep, but ample carbonation is needed for any light beer, otherwise it's just gross, just like drinking flat Coca-Cola is gross.

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Photo of tone77
3.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some faint malts, not much else. Taste is malts, grains, some crackers, more flavor than most light beers. Feels light in the mouth and overall not bad for a light beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away and left some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of malts in the nose along with very faint hints of citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some light flavors of cracker malts along with very slight hints of lemon and orange citrus and bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not thin and watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really easy to drink and quite flavorful when compared to other beers in the style, especially since you cannot taste any adjunct malts.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

"Abita Light: For when you want a light beer, but don't wanna look bad amongst the craft beer glitterati." I'd use it. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises light biscuit and a hint of what may or may not be grass and flowers. It's all decidedly evanescent. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly sweeter biscuit character and a flower component that's almost completely detectable. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, an okay little thing, better than other light lagers out there (however much that says), but still nothing to write home about.

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Photo of WMEugene
3.69/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a straw yellow color with a thick, fluffy head (dissipates as expected) and great lacing. For a light lager, this looks fantastic.

S - Malts are most present, sort of a biscuity/nutty nature. Very mild hops. Nothing offensive, but nothing noteworthy.

T - Very clean and crisp lager taste. Some biscuit and nutty flavors, but nothing too strong. For a light beer, this is really well done.

M - Light body, crisp and smooth taste. Extremely drinkable.

O - Abita's Light beer is definitely steps above your normal light macros. While I'm not a huge light beer fan (I try to grade to style as much as I can), this one is definitely worth it if you want an easy-drinking, low-calorie, lawnmower beer. For what it is and strives to be, it does a fantastic job.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.52/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color, with a bone white head, maybe a finger and a half. Didn't stick around long. Aroma is a biscuity maltiness, though not too pronounced. Slight bit of earthy hops. Tastes like a cracker. Slight grassy hops. Again, it's all very mild. Light bodied, and a bit slick.

For a light beer, I don't think it gets much better.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.55/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: yellow; clear; no head; bits of carb; no lacing
S: yikes this is not promising; rather smelly
T: yep, as promised; but much of that is because of the style of beer, so I've marked up the flavor accordingly; low hops; high malt; simple; a bit grassy, light but not unpleasant flavor
M: a bit watery

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear light gold color with a decent froth of white head. Retention is just ok, but the lacing is very nice for a light lager.

Nose is...well, very light. Mild grassy hop and grain aroma is about it, but it smells fresh and clean. Different than the macro adjunct lagers, that is for sure.

Taste has a pleasant hop flavor that is pretty damn nice, floral almost. Graininess is there, but oh so faint. This beer tastes light a light macro, without the grimacing 'twang' usually associated with such. Its quite good for a light lager, but it really does not have much actual flavor. If you were a light beer drinker and money was no object, this beer is for you. Personally, I dont think the price difference between this and a rack of 'stones is close enough to justify purchasing on a regular basis if pounding light beers is what youre into.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours golden hue with a lasting white head and soda like carbonation. Nose is light herbal hops and sweet biscuit malt. Light, very crisp body. Light hops, sweet malt combine on the palate. Light finish. Not a bad brew for a light beer, but it is still a light beer.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Abita Light pours to a pale golden color with a medium sized spritzy head formation and a faint touch of malt in the nose. There is a very light amount of malt in the palate, along with a faint hint of the creamy nutty flavor found in Abita Amber. The beer is fairly clean overall and benefits from the lack of adjunct flavors. Unfortunately, the flavors here are too light for my taste. In the finish, a very subtle kiss of hops is barely perceptible. The beer finishes on the watery side.

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Photo of tigg924
3.84/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, one inch head, bright yellow in color, clear

Smell: adjunct corn and grass

Taste: corn, light toasted malt, sugar, a touch of wood.

Mouthfeel: really sweet, high carbonation, super light body--borderline watery

Overall: My new favorite in the style and I do like this beer. This is way better than BMC and Sam Adams. This does have way more flavor than most in this style and would be one to reach for in hotter weather. I tried scoring this to style, so as a beer overall, take off roughly .5 in each category.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a golden yellow color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of barley and maybe pale malts. Tastes of malts, a strange hop bitterness that flows away quickly, and some bread. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is okay.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color with a fizzy white head. Head has good retention. Kind of a musty smell. I may even smell some grassy and spicy hops which is nice for the style. Pale malts and grains in the flavor. Hint of a spicy hop bitterness but it is faint. Weird dry aftertaste. Hey a light lager with flavor, it can be done. Light bodied with good lively carbonation. For a light lager this is a pretty good one. Sam Adams is my favorite but I wouldn't turn this down.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.07/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abita Light beer has a medium, off-white head and a somewhat cloudy golden appearance, with moderate carbonation. Aroma is of barley, and it has a decent hop background smell. The taste is very good for a light beer, and the overall characteristic is breadiness, with a nice hop spice. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Abita Light finishes crisp and refreshing. This is the best light beer I've ever had.


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Photo of mralphabet
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Straw yellow, very clear with lots of carbonation. About a fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly with very little lacing.

S: Sweet corny aroma, strangely clean... must be the good water they use down at Abita..

T: Pretty basic light beer, sweet just a little corny... very clean...

M: Light, clean, and crisp... just a good light beer.

D: Overall a pretty good light beer.... another good beer from Abita.

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Photo of rosmhuire
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at my wife's company picnic.

A: Piss-colored yellow with white head which quickly dissipates.

S: Smells like a macro light beer. 'Nuff said.

T: Not bad for a light beer. I would definitely prefer this to a macro light lager, but what's the point of even drinking this style from a "micro"? If I want this type of beer, I'll just get a macro and save a lot of cash.

M: Watered down.

D: As far as light lagers go, I wouldn't say this is especially drinkable. Don't get me wrong, this is easy to drink, but most macros would be even easier ot throw back.

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Photo of CHickman
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear yellow with a 1/2 inch white head; the head cleared quickly and left basically zero lacing.

Smells of light malt, faint hops, lemon and some faint yeast. Very weak nose, but par for the course for a light beer.

Tastes of faint malt, grass, lemon, light hops and a little grain. There was some actual flavor to this beer, and while it was meek, it was there and made for a decent compliment to lunch.

Light and crisp, very refreshing and very easy to drink with no aftertaste. Very high and light carbonation.

Overall it was on the watery side, but that's to be expected for a light beer. Much better than a Bud Light, and to me a very above average light beer.

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Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Freshness label, but nothing marked (though recently arrived in the store).

Pours light golden with a thin white head that immediately becomes a thin wisp, then disappears to nothing. No lacing sticks.

The smell is husky with a light sweet graininess.

The taste is of mild sweetness - mild grain, some husk. It has a bland, mildly sweet finish.

Light-bodied, it's pretty fizzy, though not overly so.

Not much here - could be mixed in with so many other light lagers. Could be a quick thirst-quencher in the heat, but so could so many others. It's 119 calories, if you are watching (which isn't particularly "light", compared to some other light beers), but is light on everything else. If "light" is your choice, I still think Sam Adams has the most character of the style.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a short head that breaks apart quick.

Smell: little aroma as some malt sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: light malt presence with some hints of lemon zest, grass, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to quaff. This beer has a bit of flavor that puts it above some others.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.45/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a very clear light straw with not much head or retention.

The aroma is light all skunk nothing special.

The taste is the same as the aroma, light and skunky.

The feel is water, not drinkable.

Nothing more than you're typical american lager, very disappointing.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a fancy pint glass.

Pours a very clear light yellow with almost no head at all. Nose is of light sulfer, has a pretty nice pilsner nose.

Wow, for a light lager this is very tasty! Has a light maltiness and a light hop bit to it. Way better than any BMC light lagers. Really clean finish a good amount of carbonation, very smooth drinker.

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