Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light
2,233 Ratings
Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light

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

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Ratings: 2,233 |  Reviews: 842
Photo of Kingcurio
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of aingle
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of xhcadamx
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - darkest light beer I have ever seen.

S - grain and metallic notes

T - grain and metallic notes (what causes this?). The background has a smooth creamy taste which I really enjoy.

M - decently carbonated and a very thin body

D - I guess if I ever went on a diet this beer would be up for consideration. Glad to try but doubt I will ever buy it.

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Photo of Raime
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Simple pre-bed night cap

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Photo of geryeb624
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Part 3 of the Summer Styles 12-pack.

A- Pours a surprisingly dark amber with a creamy 1 inch head.

S- Lightly toasty malts with a little alcohol smell. Not a whole lot going on here.

T- Sweet malts with a bready cracker-like finish reminiscent of most lagers I've had. Definitely more flavor than its Light label would lead you to believe.

M/D- Pretty thin with reasonable carbonation. Could put away a few of these, but might get sick of it eventually.

A very good beer for its style, but not my favorite SA offering. Definitely a good session beer that won't make you feel too guilty.

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Photo of SamN
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is easily the most appetizing looking light lager I've ever seen. Nice caramel color with a pretty thick frothy head. Pretty lively. Smell is somewhat adjuncty; clean vegetable smell. but faint underlying smells of caramel malts and crisp hopping. Taste is quite good for style; balanced malts and a nice clean hop taste. Earthy barley tastes. A little adjuncty here, too, but faint and does not hurt the flavor much. Feels pretty well structured on the palette actually, nice body. A little rough feeling.

The light beer I would have no problem drinking any time. Quite tasty.

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Photo of gford217
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden amber with a one-finger white head that showed great life with lots of bubbles rushing to the top. This looks great compared to most light beers. Nothing too special in the smell with wheat, light hops and some other grainy smells. The taste was a fuller version of the aroma with some decent wheat and light hop flavors. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and not very watery at all. This is one of the better light lagers I've tasted and very drinkable.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this one straight from the bottle. Aroma was caramel malts and faint hoppiness. Taste is, you guessed it, light and crisp. Some small bitterness on the finish, keeps it from being just another light lager. Definitely more than just a watered down Boston Lager.

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Photo of dnrobert24
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rated on BA as the best "light" beer, I can see why. Unlike the majority of Sam Adams beers that take premium beer styles and tone them down to appeal to the masses, Sam Adams takes a beer style that appeals to the masses and makes it premium. High props to Sam Adams for making such a good "light" beer.

I consumed this a few hours after playing some basketball. With it, I ate a some "premium" nuts (what else to go with a premium light beer?), i.e. macadamias, hazelnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, and almonds. The beer is dark for a "light" beer--almost on the coppery side of golden. Aroma reminded me of keg parties that serve cheap beer, meaning it smelled slightly corny--just like any other light beer. No hops were discernable in the taste or smell, but there was a nice malt flavor with a tiny bit of caramel. It went well with the nuts and made for a nice post-exercise snack. Very drinkable--It was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of Drew966
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Light pours an orange color, much darker than most regular lagers and it has an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mild and malty. Light, crisp and malty. Best light beer I've tasted, but I'm not sure how light it really is, most companies would consider this a darker lager.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was tasted from a bottle in a pilsener glass.

The key thing to remember here is that this is a light beer so one must take it for what it is. It pours out a slightly golden color with hints of brown. A decent head can be created but it does not hold to well. The smell however might be the best part of the beer. There is a good smell of hops and sweetness that is quite refreshing. The taste however is not as full as the smell. It is a little watery but you do get the taste of hops that far surpasses other light beers. It feels a little watery in your mouth and it could use a little more carbonation. Overall it is a very drinkable beer. I would much rather take this on a hot summer day over any other light beer

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a clear and tea-colored light brown with a finger of white head that doesn't stick around.

S: Fruity esters, light caramel, and bread malts.

T: Light toffee, caramel, toast, berries, and some sour notes late.

M: It has a light body with above-average carbonation and a crisp finish.

O: This tastes okay and is beyond quaffable.

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Photo of kq4q
3.52/5  rDev +8%

Photo of granger10
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, this might be the best "light" beer that I have had so far in my life, but that still isn't saying all that much. Pours a bronzish golden color with a moderate to weak white head. Taste is grainy sweet, cereal grains are most noticeable. Hop undertones and low carbonation makes the cereal really stand out. Crisp and smooth, which is what all light beer drinkers want. It's still a little watery but not as watery as most light beers. But, my only problem with this is that it's not really that light in calories and carbs. I don't really care personally, but it seems like false advertising or something. I bet it has more carbs and calories than Guiness and most irish stouts.

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Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Light amber with an almost orange tint. Pretty heavy carbonation pours into a half finger white foamy head. Dissipates quickly leaving only a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Light carbonation continues to rise throughout experience. You can see the brew really thin out toward the edges in normal light beer fashion. No lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malt, light hop, hints of honey, molasses, and chocolate.

T: Light chocolaty malt, hops, subtle honey sweetness.

M: Light and carbonated. Feels a bit diluted as you'd expect a light to. The chocolate malt to start, finishing with a light hop complimented with the honey sweetness, which hangs around.

D: Good drinkability. Has a light feel and refreshing palette.

Decent flavor and nose, both with a little more complexity than you would expect from a light. Does feel light and diluted, but then again. . . it is a light beer, so what do you expect. For a light beer, it's a real contender; just considering it as a member of the beer universe, still pretty solid. Overall, good quaff. If you feel compelled to drink a light beer, this is probably the way to go.

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

Photo of kneeland
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It almost tastes like a light version of a pale ale. There's nothing really special to it. It has too much of a unfiltered taste to it, and a lot of malt.

This beer proves that light beer doesn't have to taste like a light beer. I've said it before, Sam Adams knows what they're doing.

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

Appearance - 3.75/5
An extremely clear amber-orange color. No head retention. Medium-large carbonation bubbles flow upward at a moderately quick rate.

Smell - 3.5/5
Traditional amber smell. Some sweet maltiness along with some alcohol flavor. The malty sweetness has perhaps a bit of a fruity aroma. Also, a bit of a lager-esque smell. I feel like I can smell the fact that the beer is going to be a little watered down (this might just be psychological though, since I know this is a light beer). Nothing special, but not bad.

Taste - 3.5/5
The first sip presents a distinct lager taste, but with a slightly sweet malty amber flavor. The taste is not extremely strong, which is to be expected from a 'light' beer. But the taste is definitely still present, and is refreshing. If you are looking for a light beer, this seems like it would be a good tasty option, much better than a Budweiser or a Miller Lite.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
The beer is definitely light in body, perhaps on the edge of being 'watery'. There is a light amount of medium carbonation. A little bit crispy. But not super crispy either. Overall, it seems like the mouthfeel is what's to be expected from a 'light' beer like this.

Overall - 3.5/5
I hardly ever drink light beers, so I actually found the lightness of the beer quite refreshing. I don't know whether or not this should be chalked up to this beer in particular, or rather just the genre. I am not well versed enough in my light beers to know how this compares to others. Still, I enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far my favorite light beer pours a orange/gold color with light to mediium head,aroma is slightly bready like malt aroma.Taste has a good hop flavor for a light beer with a good malty smack in the finish.Good mouthfeel for a light beer as well,and can drink many of these without feeling full.Its a light beer take it for what it is.

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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.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, a light beer that tastes like a real beer. At first it reminds me of the cheap amber lagers like Yuengling, but it doesn't have that annoying sweetness. This is just a nice clean, lager with a bit a pale grains, caramel malt and slight lager tang. I can't really pull any hops of it, which is a shame, but this is by far the best light beer I've ever had.

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

Photo of shand
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

This beer pours a pale gold colour with about two fingers of head that has poor retention and above-average lacing. Light malts and floral noble hops are chilling out on the nose. A smooth, "beery" aroma, yet quite weak. This has a very light and delicate taste that reminds me of tons of Euro lagers, just done better. It mostly follows the nose, it's not a complex beer, just light malts and a touch of noble hops.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both quite good, this beer goes down easily. But, as a light beer, that's kind of what it's supposed to do! Just a nice, inoffensive, easy drinking beer that can really hit the spot. Nothing stellar, but it's a nice brew that lives above the "light" label.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must applaud this beer. This is the best light beer I've ever had. It has more flavor packed into a light beer than I've experienced.

A- Darker than most light beers. Amber, copper color with descent head that fades fast and leaves little lace.

S- Toast, grass and herbs, biscuits, caramels, floral notes. clean, metallic. Thats a lot for a light beer.

T- Follows the nose. Biscuits and herbs, grass and toasted grain. Sweet caramels. Watery, but a lot of flavor for a light beer.

M- Light, refreshing, crisp, smooth, thin.

D- Very drinkable. Smooth and refreshing with good flavors.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this served up at the Sam Adams joint in the Cincinatti, Kentucky airport in between Germany and Atlanta. They only had four or five beers, and I had already had everything BUT the venerable Sam Adams Light.

Serving was from an ice-cold bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance was a medium amber color with a small white cap that left minimal lacing on the glass.

Nose a mix of vague grain and herbal hop notes, but nothing spectacular.

Taste is somewhat bland, with a thin malt background balanced by a deal of hop bitterness. Body is medium-thin, with a decent amount of carbonation. Finish is a short-lasting, semi-dry bitterness that mellows into a sweetness as it dies.

Overall, the beer is what it is -- just a better-tasting, more balanced version of a Light beer. If ever I was forced to drink a light beer, I'd definitely choose this over any of the macro water beer, but it's certainly no replacement for a fuller beer.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 2,233 ratings
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