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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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Ratings: 2,236 |  Reviews: 842
Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours amber with a wispy cap of white head.

S: Smells like weak Boston Lager...which I suppose is appropriate. Mild caramel-sweet malts with a dash of earthy hops.

T: Slightly watered-down flavour, but not as bad as I though. That familiar Boston Lager flavour is there and its hop presence is pretty nice and crisp.

D: Well, isn't drinkability the whole point of this style? So yes, its drinkable for what it is, but I can't say I'm craving another one.

Overall: Its tough to rate this beer. It isn't that great, but for the STYLE its downright superb! I have to give it a middling rating, but it was actually better than I expected and has to be one of the best light beers I've had yet.

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Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +22.7%

4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of trixdout
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of tobelerone
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.48/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Into a pilsener:

A: clear amber body, fizzy white head forms but dies down very quickly, no lacing

S: slight fruity flavors, light bread/caramel/nutty

T: subdued sweetness, not much there

M: light, sessionable, bland dry aftertaste and finish

O: does the trick for what its worth - it fits the style, and at a decent price

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Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to drinking and reviewing this beer. Certainly darker than any other light lager. Clear amber color with one finger of head that settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Nothing special about the aroma. A little malt and a touch of floral hops. It does smell better than BMC light lagers but this underwhelming for a BBC beer.

It tastes like real beer. Sweet caramel malt is balanced by floral hops. Bitterness is high compared to other light lagers, but here it is nicely done.

Beer is nearly flat in carbonation. It was lively at the pour but after a few minutes there is almost no carbonation. Feels lifeless and stale.

No other need to drink another light lager after this. That is if you actually like the taste of beer. With better carbonation and a little drier taste, this would be a good beer.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.92/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light amber or deep gold. Not your traditional light lager look. 2 finger frothy head that dissipates quickly with a little lacing. Smells like a normal light lager with more complexity. Some clove in there, and no hops to be found.

Light, but fairly complex taste. Can definitely tell there are some adjuncts there, but definitely more higher quality ingredients. A little bit of the clove in there. No hops bittereness, and a light crisp finish with no aftertaste. Like and easy to drink.

Overall, I wondered why my dad raved about this growing up, and I can see why. He mainly drank Natural Light at the time, and this is a big upgrade and a solid beer overall.

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Photo of cbutova
2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear amber ale poured into pint glass. A fizzy white head forms to a decent size but dies down very quickly. Eventually no foam at all and no lace either.

S- Not much, like a light lager indeed. A bit of bread and sweet caramel malt. Faint nutty.

T- Somewhat different from the aroma with a bit of fruity flavors, almost an apple juice sweetness feel. Light bread, caramel and nutty hints. No hops that I can detect.

MF- Light body with high carbonation, seltzer-esque feel. Slight bitterness.

Really not bad for a light beer but still nothing I would regularly buy.

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Photo of unshodjogger
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a light beer, this one is pretty dark. I'm not a dark beer drinker but love Sam Adams beers so had to give this one a try. If I'm looking for a light beer but don't want to sacrifice too much taste I will go for this one. Smooth feel, great taste, has typical Sam Adas flavor.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a mostly clear amber/copper color with light carbonation. Head appears rich and frothy, but fades away in a few minutes to a marginally impressive foam on the surface.

Smell: A light wheat-like essence accompanied by slight sweetness in the malt. A little citrus in there, maybe.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Definitely very light on the palate, medium to high carbonation. The beer really gets going if you swish it around. Almost like a soft-bodied wheat beer. Very malty, which is probably the best quality. Aftertaste is very tinny or aluminum-tinted.

Overall: It came in a sampler pack...2 bottles of 6 varieties. Glad I got this one out of the way, it just leaves me longing for the OG Samuel Adams Lager (or better yet, Samuel Adams Ale).

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Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid beer, not just by light beer standards, but overall.

Appearance is amber with a frothy, foamy head. Recedes to a thin film that stays all the way down.

Aroma is malty, grainy..which follows in the general taste. Good body and mouthfeel for a light beer..not as bland and one dimensional as one might expect, but it's still easy to tell it's a light beer.

I'd have it again.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass:

A- Very dark for a light beer. Amber color with a white head

S- Extremely malty smell, with that typical Boston hops smell that all Sam Adams beers seem to have

T- One of the better tasting light beers, but that being said, the flavor is still very muted. Very malty with a taste similar to white bread.

M- Pretty watery with a bit too much carbonation

O- Pretty good for a light beer, although give me a Boston Lager over this any day of the week

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Photo of lstokes
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with a decent white head. Smells too grainy. Grassy, malty, faint caramel, pleasant taste. Clean, slightly drying finish. Surprisingly hefty, creamy mouthfeel for a light beer, and in the end, a perfectly respectable light beer. If you're gonna go light, I guess you should go for a Sam Adams.

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Photo of bobhits
2.05/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer makes note that there isn't any lingering bitterness, I'm already upset.

Pours a nice amber color, a good bit darker than any diet beer, and even a bit more than most lighter summer beers. Head and lacing are after thoughts.

Caramel, toast, and a hint of bitterness make for an inviting nose even the description, but a bit bland by any other standards.

This is like really watered down amber in the malt profile, but the hops given off just enough bitterness though I can't even being to describe them as they don't impart much flavor. I assume this is rather fresh because once the bitterness fades even a hair this beer is going from rather drinkable to being just water.

This beer delivers what it claims to. Not a singing endorsement and for a company that says "this is no light beer" and who admits that calories aren't light, well I'm not going to rush out to buy more.

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Photo of anglagard1
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this partially with the idea in mind that this is a light beer. I say partially, because it is at the high end calorie-wise of this catagory.

This is a nice looking light beer. The aroma is light but pleasant, like honeydew melons and apples. Taste follows, but doesn't have a lot to add. Mouthfeel drops off from the Boston Lager. I remember this as being the most flavorful light beer I had ever tasted, but it has been a long time since light beer has passed these lips. I find myself taking huge gulps of it just to taste anything at all. I give it extra points for being a light beer, which probably means I'm giving it a better review than the full flavored Sam Adams. But as it has the same calories as a Guinness Draft, I'll stick with the Guinness.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Light Lager isnt bad....not preferred...but not bad. The color is a nice amber with thin white head that isnt leaving alot of lace. The smell is caramel malt with sublte spice and grain undertones. The taste is primarily malt with some hop at the end that helps the beer clear the pallet instead of lingering. The mouthfeel is fine, nice and smooth....very drinkable. Definitely can session this one without issue.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Tawny copper, just on the light side. But quite dark for a “light” beer. Smallish eggshell head. Clear with a few lazy bubbles. Not much for retention, but a few splotches of lace.

S: Sweet lager nose with some soft muted esters. Munich malt with hints of bread crust and a pronounced malty sweetness. Barest ghost hints of noble hops. About like the regular, just toned down – less hoppy & spicy, and less richness to the malts.

T: Even sweeter than the nose implied. Far less hoppy & bitter, and far sweeter, than the flagship Boston Lager. Slight bit of cooked corn DMS even though it says all malt. Barest hints of bread crust and toasty malts. Muted herbal, grassy, and floral sweet noble hops. Faint hint of lemony citrus.

M: A bit under medium body with CO2 a touch over-balanced. A bit much carbonation actually, but it is crisp and quenching. Still, it is more substantial than the usual “lite” offering. Semi-sweet with just an edge of drying finish.

D: Pretty darn good for a “light” beer – far better than most. Good look, fair nose, a bit much sweetness, and rather too much carbonation. Significantly better than the average – “regular” non-light – macro swill. About the same calories though with less abv. Rated to “light” style, this is nice.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was honey or light copper with about ¼-inch of head. Light lacing on the top. Some film on the sides that stayed throughout the beer.

Similar to Sam Adams Boston Lager, but not as strong of aromas. Main smells were lemon zest, malts, hops and a tad bit of bread/grains.

Initial taste was bready and grainy. More bland than anything. Second/aftertaste was mild hops, but still a bit bland. Definitely not your typical light beer (Bud Light, Coors Light, etc.).

Average to mild carbonation. Still a bit bland and it got a little boring. I went back and forth here between a 3.0 and a 3.5, but went with my initial reaction - 3.0.

You know if Sam Adams is going to do a light beer, it was going to be good and this didn’t disappoint. I would call it a WNBA’s Sam Adams Boston Lager.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.09/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO. Reviewed live.

A: Five finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention - though it's only four percent. Clear yellow-copper colour.

Sm: Lemon-lime citrus ester hops and slightly off barley. Not really appealing. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: Very light lemon esters, light weak barley as a foundation, and a nasty faux-cream climax. Best described as abysmal. It isn't even ruined by its simplicity, just by its flavour. Badly built and rather imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet - overly so on both counts. Not at all complementary of the style or the flavours of the body.

Dr: You could easily down it if only you could get past the wretched "flavours". A huge disappointment from Sam Adams.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey orange color with a 1 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to an oily film. Small legs of lace drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted grains, malt, and some honey notes. Taste is of toasted grains, bready malt, slight honey, and some mild citrus zest. Very little bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and fizzy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good light beer - probably the best light beer I have ever had really.

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Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fortunately for Sam Adams, light does not mean light on flavor.

Appearance: A nice light amber color, a few shades lighter than the Boston Lager. Pours with a decent white head that dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing.

Smell: Light malts, toasted grain, and some refreshing hops

Taste: Again, lighter on the malt than Boston Lager, has some toasted grains, as well as a hop presence, though the hops are lighter than Boston Lager as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body, full carbonation, smooth mouthfeel

Overall: Impressive for a light beer. Refreshing, very summer appropriate, and a good way to try and get the standard light beer drinker into craft. I wouldn't turn one down, though I wouldn't seek it out either. Only got this due to it being included in the Summer Sampler 12 pack.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Aroma of bready malts with caramel and biscuit. Very light hint of hops and lemon. Smells more like a full malty lager than a typical light beer.

Taste: Lots of bready malts with caramel and cereal like grains. Hint of lemon and a faint hint of hop bitterness. Very malty and fairly tasty for a light beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Fairly full for a light beer. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a light lager that is fuller than some regular lagers.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.59/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Currently the #1 light lager.

The beer appears orange and clear, with a steady stream of effervescence. The head is minimal, leaving faint traces of lacing on the pint glass when you rock it gently from side to side like a little cute baby.

The aroma is faint, but if you practically stick your nose into the beer, and imagine that you're smelling beer, you can barely detect distant traces of malt that is too sweet.

Taste = no thanks. Too sweet, tastes cheap, odd, off, etc. Is it light beer you seek? Try a great German or Czech pils, or perhaps an English session beer. Although I respect Sam Adams, this beer is a macro lager engineered for the masses. I won't be having this again.

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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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