Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of johnrobe
2.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is light amber in the glass, darker than any "light" beer I've ever seen, with a two finger off-white head that quickly disappears. Almost no smell at all. Malt flavor dominates, hops are muted but evident and there's a slightly metallic quality to the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Kudos to SA for producing an adjunct-free light beer, but as has been pointed out many times before, the caloric difference between "light" beers and regular versions of lighter styles is minimal so why bother.

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Photo of FormatKid
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12oz from my Sam Adam’s Holiday Pack. This beer pours out an almost perfect shade of amber, like you’d see a mosquito trapped in on TV. Not much of a head, even when getting aggressive with the pour. The small one that does appear fades rapidly into a thin film on top. Suprisingly (it being a light beer and all) I catch a whiff of a nice aroma with the glass still several feet away from my head. Closer inspection of the nose reveals the malts with aromas of dry toast and hints of toffee with a nice little bitter hop crusting. The taste is initially husky, with a slight allusion to toffee, I think I detect a small unfortunate trace of veggie. It finishes very slick and clean with a somewhat robust, yet vague bitterness. The mouthfeel is very light, which would be appealing to some people and is not misplaced. I will say for it’s style this is probably among the cream of the crop, and is more flavorful than the full-bodied version of some brewer’s product. A great beer to suck down while you’re cooking your meal and preparing to drink some beer that will demand more of your attention.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a small head.

The nose reveals a green apple scent with some roasted, malty notes and a touch of hops.

On the palate, fruity notes upfront and a big caramel sweetness in the middle. It's a bit fusel on the back end with a grainy finish. Medium body and smooth carbonation.

It's drinkable, but no more so than most other lights.

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

Pours a not-so-light amber color. Smells like a macro (corn I believe). Tastes not at all like your daddy's light beer swill. It's actually not that bad, surprisingly. This might be a good choice for those buds who refuse to drink anything other than Coors Light.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of backfat
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a light copper with a one finger white head. light floral aromas. the taste is very light and bready with biscuit tones. faint malt and caramel throughout. very grainy with a creamy mouthfeel. a bit watery but compared to most light lagers, decent flavor. crisp and refreshing, just very very light and too boring for me.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle came from the Summer Styles pack so hey why not review it? Served into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Nice new label with a drink by date of September 2011 on the label.

Sam light has a clear amber body with not much head to speak of. A small bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly light caramel malt with a touch of grassy hops.

A decent amount of flavor for a 'light' beer. Nice balance between the malts and hops make for a pleasant flavor. Slight metallic tinge at the end of the taste.

Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This beer is a great alternative to the light adjuncts out there. I wouldn't buy this regularly but in a spot this works for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of msolar
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably don't need another review of this beer, so I'm just going to say that it's my default light beer and what I order when I'm not in the mood to be creative. There are certainly lighter beers out there, but this is just an easy light lager.

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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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

Photo of vitesse
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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3/5  rDev -8%

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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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3.08/5  rDev -5.5%

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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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 2,254 ratings