Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, brewery-fresh date Dec 2015... poured into a shaker)

L: crystal-clear liquid, mildly-fiery amber color... not quite finger width pad of foam, which does peter out in standard time... nice that it's not yellow

S: quick whiff and it's like a malty amber German lager (that's a compliment!), and relatively potent... but knowing how pretty much all of SA's amber beers taste, I think I know what to expect on the palate... this is all malt, by the way - very little in the way of hops, though there's a lil fruitiness (almost like an English ale) on the edges

T: ok, this is definitely not a watered-down Boston Lager... nice, crisp, clean malt profile, which is actually kind of overshadowed by the fruity, slightly spicy hop flavor... you would be hard pressed to immediately pin this as a light lager, but the dry clean finish may convince you... the flavors aren't explosive, but compared to the rest of the lot, this is a revelation

F: quite a light body, but with more than enough smoothness and muscle on its bones so it doesn't come across watery... very light and dry finish, super easy to drink quickly without feeling full

O: for a light lager, this is fantastic... I would actually drink this on a regular basis if I had to go 'light'... but of course I'm curious if they could (and I think they could) get even more flavor going with this beer

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can't believe I haven't rated this beer yet, poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer is a dark golden amber color with a nice thick short white head. The flavor is yeasty with a hop finish, very good flavor for a light beer. Overall, an excellent light beer and a good beer overall.

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Photo of Phillip13
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is why Sam Adams is the founder of craft beer only he could make a light beer worth drinking. Forget the rest this is the best light beer out there.

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Photo of SenorElRaz
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far the best light beer I've ever had. I knew I could count on Sam Adams to succeed in making a light beer that has all the full flavor of a normal brew.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice orange color with large white quickly receding head

S: Good amount of malt, a little hoppiness , maybe some fruityness

T: Get the sweet malts up front, followed by a little hop bitterness and that fruityness at the end

M: Medium, really decent for a light beer

O: Really nice light beer. Will go with this over any other light beer that I have tried.

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Photo of predikit
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very little I can say about this brew. Tastes like most macros, a light beer with mostly barley in it's flavor.

Maybe a bit heavier overall, but really, my first thought was how much it tasted like a Bud Light.

Drinkable if nothing else is around.

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Photo of Alestorm4069
5/5  rDev +48.8%

Comparing this against light beers like coors light and Bud light, other Light beers. This stuff is way better. Decent flavor at a decent price. refreshing on a hot day

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Photo of mchegash
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev +11%

Cheap! Cheap! Cheap! Is how I got this single.

Serving Style : 12 oz bottle poured into glass. Best by May of 2014. So it's a little out of date, but hey, cheap beer!

Appearance (3.75) : Stable foamy 2 fingered head on top of a golden red wheat colored body. Opacity is about 40%. After a moment or two the head recedes to about 1 finger and stays there. Slight webbing of lace on the glass. All in all not bad for a light brewski.

Aroma (3.5) : Oats, barley, wheat. A heavy roasted malt aroma. Upon deeper whiff and slight imagination there's a faint hop smell to balance things out somewhat. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4) : Definitely a light lager but a tasty one. This beer has no off notes, but instead has a robust yeasty body with malt character and very faint hop. For a light lager Sam Adams slams it out of the park. Real easy drinking, and tasty to boot. Finish is barley malts and wheat cracker.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Fizzy, light bodied, slightly robust and creamy. Ends semi-creamy.

Overall (3.73) : This beer can be enjoyable no matter where you're at. It has enough flavor to compete with full flavored lagers, but trims the fat in all the right places. So many light beers taste like corn or nothing. This one has malt character and faint hop. I'm not going all the way to say it's the best beer in the world, but it just may be the best tasting light lager I've tried yet.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass fairly quickly and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts with some lighter rice + grain adjuncts. There is a light aroma of fruity yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale and lightly toasted malts with a touch of grain + rice adjuncts though they do not introduce much sweetness to the flavor of the brew. Light flavors of fruity yeast and just a touch of grassy hops contributing a touch of bitterness to the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Definitely tastier than the majority of mass produced light lagers available in the US - especially those from the larger brewers. Nothing special but easy to drink, would probably be a good beer for on the boat or at the beach.

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Photo of VI_BeerMan
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Surprisingly true to the original taste for a Light beer. Crisp, distinctive flavor, a step above all other mass produced commercial light American lagers.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by Aug 2014, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear dark golden color with an orange hue, small creamy white head that retains nicely, due to some carbonation bubbles shooting to the top

S- toasted cracker malt with a subtle bready sweetness, faint grassy hops

T- light bready sweetness continues into the flavor with hints of a cream ale, small traces of grassy hops mix with a bit of yeast, lightly toasted malt on the finish

M- light-medium body with moderate-but-biting carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp and dry finish, high drinkability

O- the best light beer I've had to date, this certainly isn't a style that I enjoy often, but SA did a good job with this one

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Photo of KSGearhead
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass...

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden amber with about a third of a finger of foamy head, nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel and roasty malt; some clove

Taste: Bready mixture of grains and caramel predominate at first, then a citrusy finish. Not unpleasant at all. As a beer overall, the taste is in the middle of the pack. For a light beer, this is top of the line. Basically, a slimmed down version of Sam Adams Boston Lager with less APV content and texture.

Mouthfeel: Light to very low medium bodied, normal carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: It is hard to beat Sam Adams Light if you are looking for a quality light beer, but because of the price and my budget, I relegate this to being a rare treat.

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Photo of nota
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When I first drank this beer (2003) back when I first discovered craft beer, I thought it to be an excellent light beer, but also a good beer all on its own without the "light" label. I was looking for a low alcohol session beer and thought to give SA Light a try again. This time around I was disappointed. It looks great with its amber color and thick head. To me it leaves a hard water dry aftertaste. That is all I seem to get from its flavor profile. For what I got and for what I paid ($9.19 a six-pack) I won't be purchasing this beer again. This is the first SA beer that I can say I did not care for.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Has good malty flavor. Very malt forward a little watery but for a light beer it has a ton of flavor. It tastes a lot like a Boston lager just a little weaker. I would recommend a beer like this to anyone coming for a BMc background. It is very good overall but for a light beer it is world class.

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Photo of RingoBro
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A - Amber, golden color with minimum head and no lacing.

S - light malt.

T - light Carmel malt taste

M -light body medium carbonation

Overall, a great choice if you're looking for a light alternative.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 1/9/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a light amber in color with almost a 1-finger head with a white head at first which settles down to a thin head. Much darker in color than other "Light" beers. Some spotty lacing was seen which each sip. The aroma is of pale malts but that's about it. The taste was the same but didn't have a bitter or unpleasant aftertaste. Carbonation was slightly above average as is most light beers but not bad at all.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance: This beer actually has some color to it. A very light amber coloration distinguishes itself from its other light brethen, with no real head forming in my glass. Might had been my extra careful pour. Overall not bad. 4\5

aroma: Their really isn't anything here that I like. It really just smells like your typical light lagger, with maybe some kind of odd hoping, but I cant place it. Even so, I really don't care for it. I was kinda hoping for a nice load of hop aroma. 1.5\5

taste: moment of know what, its really not that bad at all! Extremely neutral, light, with few flavors backing it up. Very grainy malt body dominates the flavor. The Trader Joes pilsner had far more hop characters to it, but then again, this is a light beer. Its not suppose to have a lot of hop character. Compared to Bud light, or platinum, seriously, I give this one a 4\5

mouthfeel: light with a heavy dose of carbonation, making it very spritzy and covering its very light body. 4\5

overall: This beer really was not made for me, but I'll be honest, I don't hate it. Id be happy drinking it for free at a friends house or at a party. Its easy to consume, and is not offensive at the least, and does count as a light lagger. That's impressive, as to make a light lagger inoffensive is damn hard. After drinking the entire glass, my final rating is... a 3.75\5.

Its not bad at all. I cant say that I like its aftertaste very much at all, but overall, the beer really is ok...especially for anyone who wants to indulge the fantasy of a “diet beer”.

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Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: the beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of pale and adjunct malts are present in the nose along with hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has faint hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pretty good compared to the other light lagers that I tried as it seems a little maltier and less watery.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best by December 2013, so it looks like I'm just in time. The local beer store is selling cases of this stuff for $8.99. My bottle lists a 4.30% abv rather than the 4.00% abv listed here. Expectations are pretty good.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice light coppery orange colored body with some good clarity. About a finger and a half to two fingers of fluffy khaki foam. Good lacing.

S - Smell is of crisp toasted malt, fresh earthy hops, and some fruitiness reminiscent of peaches / apricot.

T - Taste is surprisingly full-flavored, especially when we consider what would normally constitute as a "light" beer in today's world of horrible adjunct lagers. Crisp grain & malts balanced nicely with dank earthy and fruity / floral hoppiness.

M - Feel is crisp, malty, light, and even refreshing. Full-bodied, considering this is listed as a light lager, with good carbonation.

Overall, an excellent full-flavored beer, pretty much a spot on toned down replica of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, with a lower abv. Definitely one of the better beers I've tried from Samuel Adams lately. Light, sessionable, and refreshing, I will definitely be buying more of this.

Sam Adams Light ---4/5.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a real heart breaker. I thought it would be more flavorful but it really isnt much better than any other light beer. It looked like a decent beer when poured. Not much on the nose and the taste was pure watered down light beer. I didnt buy it again simply because the beer store has other light beers that are cheaper and basically taste the same. Nice try though SA but to sell it the price needs to be closer to that of an AALL

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is clearly head and shoulders above the light beer competition. Some claim that this isn't a light beer at 119 calories but remember that bud light is 110. This is clearly a different brew than Boston lager. Something for which I commend the Boston beer company.

This is a good beer, a very good light beer. Still it leaves something to be desired on the malt end of the flavor spectrum (Hey the calories had to come from somewhere). The hops are very noticeable but not overpowering. I would recommend that if you're interested you try this beer because I think you'll like it.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While I would normally stay away from lighter versions of original lagers, this manages to be a bit thinner without being a light beer in the same context as Bud Light, Miller Lite, etc. It's really not all that light, and while the ABV is quite low, it does not lose sight of the hop flavor one bit and still manages to be a nicely balanced beer just like the original. If you're looking for a session beer, or just don't want a beer that's so heavy, you really can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated January (2014?). Sampled on July 13, 2013.

The color is a nice looking light to medium amber with a full head that settles down after a couple minutes.

The aroma does have a hint of pale caramel malts, yeast, and clean hops. A little more vibrant than most light lagers.

The body is light.

The taste is remarkably full for a light lager with a decent sweetness and slightly dry finish. As far as lights go this is quite nice.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very bready, with lots of malt and some yeast. Very surprising however, is how much clove there is in the aroma.

Taste: However, the flavor of the beer doesn’t match up to the surprising aroma. I get some faint malt and very faint hops, but not much else. Actually, it’s pretty flat in flavor but then again, it is a light beer, and it certainly, definitely, absolutely has much more flavor than the MBC light beers, just a lot less than I was expecting from a Samuel Adams beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with some ok carbonation.

Overall: I have to confess that I abhor light beers in general, because they have almost no beer flavor (or flavor at all, I’m looking at you MBC!!!). I personally believe that light beers are beers for people who care more about their appearance than they do their beer and/or don’t like the flavor of beer and therefore drink the light beers because they have practically no flavor. That being said, Samuel Adams’ Light beer was pretty good. It had some beer flavor, not as much as I think that it should, but some, and it sure as hell didn’t look like a glass of urine like all of the other major light beers do.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.36 out of 5 based on 2,220 ratings.
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