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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Photo of Chico1985
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the summer mix pack.

Pours translucent copper orange, foamy off-white head retains decently as a full cap and leaves some lacing.

It's got the beer-y scent. Cereal, oats, bread, not bad but a little weak.

Slightly adjunct-y tasting toasty/bready malt is most noticeable with really light notes of fruit and earthy hops. Sweetens up after some warmth with some caramel malt. Nice for a light lager but flavors are quite muted.

High carbonation for sure but a good body for the style, not much in the way of off-tastes.

Definitely opens alot with warmth, it's still a mostly bland light beer when it comes down to it, but easily better than the majority of light lagers.

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Photo of tito42
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by NOV 2011 notched on label.

A: Golden amber, crystal clear, with little carbonation. White head dissipates quickly.

S: Roasted malt and caramel. Major points for a light lager not smelling like corn.

T: Malty with caramel notes, plum, and a metallic, grainy finish with a touch of hops. Head and shoulders above Bud Light.

M: Medium-light bodied, a bit too carbonated on the tongue. More body than your typical light lager for sure.

O: Head of the class for the light lager category, no doubt. I think I'd still prefer the better adjunct lagers (Schlitz, PBR) than this light, however. The flavor profile simply makes you wish you'd had a regular Sam Adams brew. There are times for a lighter beer, and PBR will still be my go-to for those occasions.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the summer mix pack.
Pours a clear deep golden color with a stingy white head that dissolves almost instantly leaving a small ring on top. Smells of bready malt, honey, and toffee with hints of floral and earthy hops. Taste is slightly sweet with that grainy malt flavor. A Little bit of floral earthy hop flavors. Light bodies with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet watery mouthfeel. This is definitely not my favorite style, but if I had to drink it this would be the one I would choose. There's enough flavor and maltiness in here to make this an interesting lawnmower beer and its certainly better than the competitors in the style.

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Photo of nukem5
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice pour rich amber color with a thick head of tan resting on top.

S: Sweet caramel malts with a light grainy note in there as well.

T: Definitely a sweet malty character with some lighter finishing hops in there. Some graininess there also.

M: Very surprising for a "light" beer a very well crafted lager probably the best light beer I have had in a while right up there with "non-light beers.

O: Would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear red amber that with a thick white head that maintains very good lacing and retention. The nose has some sweet malts to it, but very little hops. The taste starts out with a sweet caramel taste followed by some grains and a very weak watered down floral and citrus hops to finish off the taste. A lot of the taste reminds me of Boston Lager, but the flavor is so watered down that it ruins the taste of it. The mouthfeel is light and very watery which makes it easy to drink, but overall this is probably the best light beer I ever tasted. I would recommend this to anyone that likes a light beer, even though I personally don't care much for this style.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear burnt amber body with an airy beige head and some nice lacing.

S- like a toned down version of boston lager with a shot of fresh toasted grain on the side

T- not so hoppy. there's plenty of fresh cereal flavors. finishes clean and grainy.

MF- light? ample carbonation. far better than "other" light lagers.

D- as far as this style goes (adjunct lagers included here), it's the only one i've ever had with any quality of flavor so that's awesome.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till September 11th, on the Sam Adams kick of and a light break so let's see how this goes.

Light off white two finger head with a nice cap. Simple uniform looking alright. A surprising simple amber orange body, clear, distinct minimal rising carbonation, not too shabby. I thought this body would be straw yellow as all get out. Looking alright I must say so far. Head doesn't stick around though.

Funky smelling. Hint of butter. I am talking bernaise creamy butter going on a weird one. After some rest not much else comes through, not a hint of even wet body to come. I'll let this be not too impressed.

Taste is... minimal in every way. Finish though brings some malt depth, but it's very wet and light. Perhaps though that is to style? Missing crispness, but taken over by a simple easy drinking feel and quaffing capability.

Well, I am probably never going to be a fan of light body and light taste, but this one seemed to be done pretty well all things saying. I will admit that the beer feels "slightly" bigger than the 4 abv rating gives it so there you have it.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a best-before bottle. Absolutely no head to speak of, it pours clear, the brownish-orange color of rum. This beer smells like nothing. I don't mean it smells like flavorless beer; I mean NOTHING. I shove my nose in the glass and it might as well be empty.

Taste isn't all that much either, although there is a certain amount of malty substance that obviously is absent in most macro lagers. It's obviously light and easy on the palate, and although there is no hop presence to speak of, it's not really that sweet either.

Generally what I'm looking for in a macro/light lager is a beer that does not taste bad and I can drink a lot of it. This certainly does not taste bad. However, it does have a bit more heft than some others. I guess that makes this my go-to beer when I want something dumbed-down but I'm only having two or three. The problem is that I'm just not in that situation very often.

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Photo of Kooz
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Decent head but dissipates almost immediately. Okay color to it--really good for a light beer. It is more orange than brown, but rests somewhere between.

Smells clean with a slight hint of malt. Somewhat lacking--nothing special.

Tastes okay; it has actual flavor, but it isn't spectacular. Aftertaste is almost soapy. Not good.

Very good mouthfeel. Once again, Sam Adams steps it up in this department. It's nice to see a brewery pay attention to this aspect of beer. It's got some bite initially, but it's foamy and rich.

Overall, it's not bad except for that unfortunate aftertaste. I'd be willing to drink this again. If I taste it again and get a different aftertaste, I will re-review.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This light lager poured a clear amber color and produced a nice white head. The head retention is average and the lacing was a bit below average. The aroma had soft hints of grain and a slight amount of hops. The taste of the beer was light in body, it had a sweet malt flavor and a ever so slight hint of caramel and citrus. In context of other so called "light beers" on the market, this has to be the best that I have had to date. This beer has flavor, character and aroma. Like Papa Johns says Better ingredients, better beer!

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Photo of Scottw86
2.79/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear pale orange-yellow color wit ha thin white head that faded quickly.

S: Aroma is not too strong. A bit skunky with a small amount of light fruit at first. Also there are some caramel malts that add to the smell.

T: Taste is pretty watery. Flavors include caramel at first, with some bitter hops in the finish. The taste could have used a little bit more sweetness and less of the slightly skunky hoppy bitterness. Some light fruit as well. Not terribly flavorful.

F: Slightly light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finish is a bit bitter.

O: Not bad for a light beer, but it isn't too interesting. A better choice than most light lagers, but I prefer the regular Sam Adams a lot more.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.32/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Sam Adams Summer Seasonal 12 pack, because I would likely never buy this on it's own accord.

Brewed with Two-row Harrington, and Metcalfe, pale malts, and Caramel 60 and hopped with Spalt Spalter Noble hops, fermented with "Samuel Adams lager yeast" strain.
OG=9.2° Plato, 4.07%ABV - 3.2%ABW, Calories/12oz: 119.

Pours out to a clear light copper, forming a nice white head with very good retention and solid thick lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is not all that great...Definitely could use more hops in the nose, and hey...hops don't add calories, so why not? Mouthfeel is thin with a light body, although crisp and clean with a soda-pop carbonation. The taste is that of a watered down amber lager on a par with something like Michelob dark or Lowenbrau dark/St.Pauli Girl, etc, but I would actually rather drink those than this as the yeast has a peculiar adjuncty flavor. They would be better off fermenting this with an ale yeast and dry hopping this if they wanted a flavorful light beer.

Not interesting.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Keswick Tavern, Glenside, PA

It's a light beer, but it's Sam Adams, so it's still somewhat okay. Poured a clear, golden brown with a finger or two of white head that receded rather quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Pale malts in the aroma with trace scents of caramel and toasty bread. More of the same in the taste: pale malts, lightly toasted, very subdued hoppiness, though it's still present, light caramel. A bit watered down--this is a light beer--light bodied, yet still decently flavorful for the style. Drinkable, I suppose, if you're on a diet.

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Photo of dbossman
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear and brass colored with a 1-inch head that dissipates to a thin but steady finger-nail head; lacing is decent

S: Very subdued--just not much going on--but a biscuity bready malt quality does pervade; a touch of lemon but mostly bready and toasty

T: A bit watery up front and then a pleasant bready malt quality appears; a touch of sweet toffee and an even smaller touch of lemon citrus

F: Nicely carbonated up front; a touch thin but decent overall mouth feel

O: A pleasant enough beer for what it is but it is still just a light beer--albeit a light beer with some flavor

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Photo of BelgiumBill
2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How do you review this? As a beer in general it's probably a C or C-. As a light beer, it's a A. So disregard whatever letter my review generates.

I poured this into a Sam Adams glass and it was a golden amber color with an off-white 1 inch head that receded quickly to a rim and islands of foam. Looked great when compared to other watery mass produced light beers.

The smell was of malts up front, some general spiciness and light hops.

The flavors brought out some light hops, citrus.

The color was very atypical for a light beer which would lead one to expect that the body and taste would be fuller. However, the flavors and body were much lighter than the appearance suggested. Overall, a very good beer for a 'light beer".

Sam Light has 119 calories for a 12 oz bottle. So if you are turning to a light beer because of calories, then you may as well suffer and drink some Bud Select 55 if you want to save calories.

I would suggest to you that you would have a much greater beer experience if you drank the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier which is a World Class hefe for 210 calories in 12 oz. If you can't afford the extra 90 calories you probably shouldn't be drinking beer in the first place.

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Photo of KJay1408
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: I'm reviewing this as a light beer and comparing it to other light beers.

Poured from Bottle into a glass

A: Pours a nice amber color with about two fingers worth of head, that dissipates to a nice lacy reminisce

S: I'm getting some malt, with earthy tones, not a whole lot happening here, but more than most light beers

T: A nice malt flavor, with a little bit of sweetness, and some bready-cereal notes that transitions into a subtle hop flavor to compliment the lingering malt sensation.

M: It's beer, not imitation piss water like most light brews.

O: If this weren't a light beer it would be average. However keeping in mind that this is a "light" beer and not a "full flavored" beer. This is very, very good, finally there is a light beer that tastes like beer and not just some piss yellow watery crap that is passed of as "premium" beer. Thank you Jim Koch and the Boston Beer Company for making a light beer that is beer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.54/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So... This may just be the best "light lager" I have had so far in my life... But that doesn't mean I'm impressed.

To give a beer "all 5's" means that you can't imagine a beer being any better-- and I could certainly imagine a better beer than this. Personally, for me, it needs flavor. This is bland.

A rather dark color gold for the style, which looks mire appealing to me than the normal fizzy yellow. White head was small and didn't stay around long. No lacing... But still, this is the most appealing looking light lager I have had. I think we could see more retention and lacing though.

Smells like nothing. Doesn't remind me of boiled white rice or sweet corn though-- more like really weak, watered down malts, bland mild yeast, and no hops. The taste has a little bitterness and a light spicy hop note.

This is weak and boring. The body is too full and filling.

Overall-- where's the flavor? It's dark enough and full enough to have some malt in the recipe, so where'd they go?!
This is certainly not flavorful enough to be a good beer, and not light enough to be a good light lager.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle given to my daughter after someone won it in a raffle along with a bunch of "made in Massachusetts" stuff. I'll take care of this, thanks Kate.

Poured into a Sam Adams Owner Silver Anniversary glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head, over the clear amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet, with hops character, maybe saaz, apparent.

Taste also begins sweet, prickly hops in the middle on through the close, again making me think saaz. Mouthfeel is smooth, although body is light in the middle, with easy drinkability. What do you want, it's a light beer, and as far as they go, not bad.

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Photo of MrOH
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light, clear copper with a dense white head.

Sweet, caramelly, biscuity malt, light citrus and hoppy hop aromas.

Crisp. Citric hops, slightly toasty, malty flavor. All light and balanced. Good.

Light-bodied and well carbonated.

If you're gonna drink light beer, this is an excellent choice, tastes light, but it also tastes like something.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice light amber tone, good full finger head which dissipates slowly. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Some nice sweet citrusy aromas, yeast in there too.

T: Roasted malts, caramel up front, little bit of hops come through and an ok finish.

M: Decent body, small finish.

O: I'm not sure if i've had a better light beer, for the style you can't go wrong here.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright copper and very clear. Some good activity from the carbonation, but very little head and a small amount of white lace

Malty (for a light beer). Slightly metallic and a hint of floral hops.

Light bodied with a light crispness from the carbonation. Sweet malt at the beginning and then grain and a some bitter hops in the middle. A thin and refreshing finish.

One of the best light beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of hoppyhampy
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler. best before september. Pours a pretty light bronze color with two fingers of foam and lots of carbonation. Malt and yeast on the nose with some hop bitterness. Smells pretty close to bud light. Taste is reminiscent as well but with more roasted malt flavor. Not a lot but enough to make it much more enjoyable than bud light. Mouthfeel is surprisingly flat. Finish is brief and clean. Roasted malt lingers for just a second with some sweetness and then vanishes. Nothing fancy. I don't know if this is what they were going for but they built a nice session beer if you're used to sessioning a 12 pack of bud light or something similar.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks and smells nice. Flavor is very lacking but no bad tastes of note. An easy drinker, dry aftertast but horribly boring. If I want something this lacking in flavor a nd easy to drink, I'd save $1-2 a 6-pack and buy a BMC of preference.

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Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber with a quickly dissipating cap of beige foam. Hence, not much in the way of lacing was present, though a few stray bubbles did top the beer for a while. Sweet caramel, marshmallow aroma with some fruity and spicy notes. Medium to low bitterness, nicely balanced by more caramel, same hop profile as the aroma. The malt did disappear towards the end of each sip, leaving some lingering spicy hops and metallic character behind. Medium to light bodied, average carbonation, slight dryness, decent texture overall. A pretty good beer and quite a good light lager. It has way more flavour than similar offerings from the big brewers.

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

A light amber in color, far darker than other light beers I've come across, with a short off-white head.

Light aroma of toasted malt. I don't note any hops.

The taste is pretty light, but there is some malt flavor here, unlike other light beers. It's pretty light on flavor, though.

Body, while light and watery, has some substance to it.

Overall this is the best light beer I've had. If you want to drink a light beer, this is the one to drink.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.36 out of 5 based on 2,230 ratings.
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