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Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light
2,236 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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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.15/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

served in brown 12 oz. bottle.

i got this one in a mixed 12-pack and felt compelled to try it. pours an amber color with very very high clarity. head is way too fizzy. the beer's texture is just awful. super high carbonation and fizziness just ruins this for me. yeah there's a slight touch of carmelly malt flavor but it's not enough to mask the metallic finish and over-carbonated body. i understand that it's a light beer but i would actually prefer a pils style -- this one just didn't work and tasted way off balance. i'd recommend it maybe if someone only drank lite beers and wanted to taste a bit more malt, but c'mon -- that's not enough of a raison d'etre.

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Photo of BB1980
3.74/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of masterbruewer
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden amber with a thick head, minimal lacing and moderate carbonation.

The smell had a hint of the Tettnanger hops in regular Sam Adams and a hint of a "Bud-like" adjunct flavor.

The taste is similar to regular Sam Adams but weaker with a bit of bitter off-flavor, almost like a spoiled flavor, but its not a strong off-taste at all.

The mouthfeel is light and bitter with minimal carbonation.

This is a highly drinkable beer.

As far as light beers go, this is pretty good, but I don't see the point, other than marketing. Give me regular Sam Adams anyday.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Crystal clear pale amber color. Thin, light-colored head. Appears to have medium carbonation.

Smell - Light malty aroma. Very little or no hops.

Taste - Crisp with a clean finish. There is some sweet malty aftertaste, which is good.

Mouthfeel - Thin body, but a relatively high level of carbonation contributes some more feel to the beer.

Drinkability - This one is pretty easy to drink. High carbonation leaves me feeling a little bloated, but otherwise the beer is decent.

Comments - Given that this is a light beer, it is not too bad. Worth a try.

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Photo of thryn
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will preface this review by saying I have not made a habit of drinking "light" beers, but I grabbed the summer mix pack and am trying to review them all.

A light copper color with cream-colored head that drops to a layer of foam. Looks pretty nice -- no insipid pale-straw yellow.

Smells a lot like SABL, but less powerful and a bit more biscuity malt. Still, the hops are evident, if clearly secondary.

Taste follows smell pretty much exactly. Biscuity malt up front; a bit of floral hops provides a bitter finish. It's not complicated, but this is light beer, and hey, it's also not bad. At all. Actually reminds me a bit of a british pale ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy and maybe a bit thick for a light beer? Carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability is good and if I wanted a staple stock-the-fridge beer that wasn't quite as calorie-laden as my usual heavy-hitters, this would likely be my choice.

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5/5  rDev +53.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was really skeptical, but all that worry for nothing. Similar to the Boston Lager, but less hoppy and lighter in color. Nothing too complex, but hit the nail on the head for trying to make a light beer with some character. Really crisp, a fuzz dry vs. being a typical watery light beer. I was pleasantly surprised at this one. Very light and refreshing. Simplicity at it's finest.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Scooter77
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, I had to try it…only because it was mixed in the Winter Sampler pack and if I threw it out it would be alcohol abuse. I was surprised, it was actually a decent light beer, much better that any other light American beer that I’ve had. Pours a light copper color topped off with a 1/2-inch white head that slowly fades away leaving a thin lace on the glass. The aroma had a moderate amount of toasted malt and hops with just a slight sweetness of caramel. The taste is very similar to the aroma. Even though, I’m not much of a light beer drinker, I will definitely keep this one in mind.

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3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I love it for what it is, which is a moderately complex and enjoyable beer, with a high degree of drinkability. It's not even fair to compare it to other light beers. That's like comparing the Lexus hybrid to a Prius. This beer is an enjoyable and interesting experience. I always like it out of my frosty fluted pilsner. Give it a try!

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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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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.08/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is going to be a short review.


This tastes like beer, feels like beer and smells like beer.

Enough said.

If you like light beer, get this and nothing else. That is, if you like light beer.

The choice is up to you.

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1/5  rDev -69.3%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of seanbhudson
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with enjoy by date of October 2009. Pours a clear amber color with a medium white head. No noticeable lacing.
Light aroma of toasted malt and hint of earthy hops.
Light toasted malt and hint of grain and spicy hops. No corn flavors. Definitely more flavor than most light beers but nothing exciting.
Light body with crisp mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Finishes dry due to carbonation.
Easy drinking and relatively flavorful light beer.
NOTES: BJCP Light American Lager

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 2,236 ratings
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