Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,173
Reviews:
848
Ratings:
2,260
pDev:
18.4%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
321
Trade:
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Photo of KMcGrath
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Drak-Nib
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Well, for a light beer it's certainly not bad. I found it a little hard to get through, but I'll give it another chance. 2010/08/06

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Photo of PMakowski
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - light amber color, thick foam head and some lacing on glass
Smell - clean, grains. Adjunct aroma.
Taste - bready, sweet. Very slight hop presence. Not really watery but lacking body as expected. A malty light beer is unusual but they did a good job. More flavor than any other light macro that's for sure.

Overall, if it was a bit heavier, it would be an amber lager. It is light but certainly packs some flavor. It has the typical Sam Adams carbonation which is nice, it's not overly carbonated. Grade is a B

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Photo of Peter100513
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JimboBrews54
3.81/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDrinker2020
1/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This company aspires to mediocrity.

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

Photo of rdub
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of npdevil27
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of EMH73
3.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

By far the best light beer I have ever tasted. Pours a clear medium yellow with a half inch, poorly retained white head that left a little lacing. Actually smells like beer and not malt scented water. Tastes on the sweet side, with notes of bread, grass, light hop presence and caramel. Very good for what it is. Light bodied, thin mouth feel, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ceddd99
3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I agree with the reviews that say this is good for a light beer. I am not much of a light beer drinker but I bought a couple six packs of this because I wanted a beer with a low alcohol by volume (something that is a bit uncommon in the craft scene) to drink in the warmer weather without getting too dehydrated. I am giving it a rather high rating because it is clean, crisp and has some flavor to it but on the downside it is rather expensive for a thin light beer without much flavor.

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Photo of Fitzy01
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hackattack
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The only reason I got this was because it was still within the freshness date and cost a little over 5 bucks at my local liquor store. I would never buy Sam Adams stuff that has such a light flavor, but this is no doubt the best light beer out there! For ABV of 4.3 it has a nice rich, full flavor. P.S. BEER INFO on this says ABV 4.0 but the bottle says 4.3.

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Photo of USMC2012-2016
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreedeSon
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beersampler6
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice easy-to-drink beer, if a bit safe and underwhelming. Clean and crisp, faint notes of malt and biscuit, hints of caramel. Thin mouthfeel and strong carbonation. Refreshing and good to quench the thirst but not really a beer to sip slowly and savor (and let warm up).

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Photo of stadmo1
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikerieder
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottyB515
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of matuto
4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking from the bottle. 355 ml, exp. 08/2018. ABV 4.25%. Nice bitterness and malt notes, considering the style.

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Photo of einman
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RAFH
3.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Curbfeeler26
3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 2,260 ratings