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: American 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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Photo of yankhawk
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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

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3/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of thestoutmaster
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ksi4077
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%

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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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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Photo of pixarnick
3/5  rDev -8%

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