Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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77
okay
2,230 Ratings
THE BROS
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Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light
BEER INFO

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

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,230
Reviews:
841
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
18.15%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
307
For Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jimdkc
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Again... this is part of the price of the Samuel Adams Winter Classics case. To get the other goodies, you have to put up with 4 of these and 4 of the Cranberry Lambics, too!

Pours golden-amber with a large white head. This lacks the hoppy aroma of Boston Lager, there is a little hop aroma in there, but not much. Taste is not bad, really. Much like a watered-down SA Boston Lager (surprise!) Malt and grain flavors up front, a little hop bitterness on the finish (very little!) Mouthfeel is light-beer watery. This is probably a better choice than any other Light beer, and also better than many non-light macros! I'd drink it over a Bud or Coors any day!

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Photo of rodney45
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: bronze amber with an off white head, that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lace around the glass.

S: Malty overtone with a cereal and crystal malt kick.

T: First taste profile is malt with a hint of orange zest. Secondary flavor is a black pepper spiced hop note. Slight bitterness.

M: Light body with medium to medium high carbonation.

O: Pretty good for a light lager. It has the malty backbone of an actual lager, but its refreshing and pretty light. I would def recommend.

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3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown with a medium level of activity rising from the bottom of the pilsner glass. A one finger head quickly shrank down to a little lacing.

Sharp with a slight malt and corn scent. The corn scent was not oily but instead was very alcohol based.

Crisp with a tang of alcohol. Some malt but not very flavorful.

A light body that is refreshing and which goes down smooth.

This beer is drinkable. But only because it is so light and neutral. A great representation of its style.

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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MrOH
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light, clear copper with a dense white head.

Sweet, caramelly, biscuity malt, light citrus and hoppy hop aromas.

Crisp. Citric hops, slightly toasty, malty flavor. All light and balanced. Good.

Light-bodied and well carbonated.

If you're gonna drink light beer, this is an excellent choice, tastes light, but it also tastes like something.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.6/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of semihobo
4.45/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Best by August 08. Pours with a light brown, clear body, and a large enough head that the whole beer can't fit in the pint glass on the first pour. Poor retention. Very lively bubbling.

Smells very clean, just a simple malt profile, the bottle says two-row. The smell is not "light," although it's not strong either. Slight grassy hops. No off notes or adjuncts.

Tastes like Sam Adams Boston Lager mixed 50/50 with water. First taste was disappointing after the smell. Not disappointing for a light beer, but because it smelled like a real beer. Weak, slightly sweet bread taste with low alpha hops, minimal bittering. No adjuncts.

Body also suffers. I would prefer higher carbonation to cover for a light, watery body, as is the norm for the style. Carbonation is smooth but dies mid-sip.

The light beer that sets the bar for others in the style. Light beer drinkers should also see New Belgium's Skinny Dip -- 110 calories and 4.2% alcohol, vs. Sam Adams Light at 124 calories and only 4.0% alcohol.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.36 out of 5 based on 2,230 ratings.
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