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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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Photo of hdf561
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like, and tastes like Boston Lager with more drinkability.

Still got a kind of full feeling from it, but you could definetly take this beer to a sporting event and drink alot of them.

I would recommend this beer for when you are cooking on the grill, and while eating dinner (like a steak).

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice coppery color, lots of carbonation. Head diminishes rather rapidly.

S: Smells quite nice - some floral hops and some malty caramel notes.

T: This is a lite beer? "Lite years" ahead of all the other lite beers. Way ahead of all those standard American lagers and pilseners too.

M: Full, hoppy prickles, good carbonation.

D: Good beer - sessionable.

Overall: this is a lite beer? Guaranteed that if you held a taste-testing contest no one would get that it was a lite beer. Sam Adams sure has more better choices (well, mostly) than this one, but you can't go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.54/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sammy light, had gotten this in a mixed 6 pack once and I was
Hoping it would be along the lines of a Boston Lager or something but to my surprise there was basically no hops! I have had it since and still no hops! To me it's like they made the stuff out of all malts and not much else. So with that I feel the balance is is little off. I would still choose this over most light beers though.

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

From old notes.

A: The pour is an amber/copper type color with a couple fingers of just off-white head.

S: Smells like toasted malts and toffee. Sweet but not terribly so with some slight floral hop aromas. A touch of biscuity malts are there too. Sort of like a less bold Boston Lager.

T: The slightly watered down Boston Lager comparison is appropriate here too. Some nice toffee (and maybe caramel) flavor with some floral hops and just a touch of bitterness. Mild toast and biscuit notes.

M: On the light side of medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Definitely not what most of us think of when it comes to a light lager, but this is still a good choice.

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Photo of thebrood1987
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a full flavor beer but with a head that pretty much goes away as you get through the beer. You can smell the spicy perfume like Noble hops with a sweet malt small. You can definitely tell its a light beer from the first sip but by no means a Coors, Budweiser or Miller. The slight spicy hop is the very first thing that you taste then with a bready sweet malt ending with a flash of citrus from the hops. You can also taste the yeast mixing quite nicely with the malt and fruitiness from the hops. Extremely well crafted you can tell they put a lot of time into making this a flavorful light beer and making sure all the flavors meld together amazingly. I always notice the yeast taste more in light beers. Whats funny is that this is more flavorful then not the light version of the Big 3 but the full flavored versions of Bud Miller and Coors.... and this is a light beer! Their light beers compared to this are pure water. This is kind of watered down in the body which makes it extremely easy to drink but the flavors hit you and are impossible not to notice. Definitely not a favorite style of mine but wow this is delicious for a light beer.

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

From notes.

Appearance - Pours into an appropriate SA Perfect Pint with a slight copper color and a finger or more of white head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Honestly, you can smell the similarities between the normal SA. However, the smells (hops, caramel, light grain) are more subdued.

Taste - Similar to the aroma, relatively one sided, a decent hop bite with sweet backbone.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability - If I had to have a light beer I suppose I'd choose this. Glad they have somewhat stopped including this in the variety packs and including a new beer instead.

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Photo of SamN
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is easily the most appetizing looking light lager I've ever seen. Nice caramel color with a pretty thick frothy head. Pretty lively. Smell is somewhat adjuncty; clean vegetable smell. but faint underlying smells of caramel malts and crisp hopping. Taste is quite good for style; balanced malts and a nice clean hop taste. Earthy barley tastes. A little adjuncty here, too, but faint and does not hurt the flavor much. Feels pretty well structured on the palette actually, nice body. A little rough feeling.

The light beer I would have no problem drinking any time. Quite tasty.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner: Two fingers loose, sudsy head over transparent body that's about two-shades darker than most light beers, approaching a light amber. A few thin strands of nucleation. No lacing.

Smells of weak cereal grain, musty & mineral, with an earthy, kind of herbal hop presence.

Mild grainy sweetness, with a slightly biting bitterness that restrains the sugars nicely, keeping this from the synthetic taste that a lot of adjunct lagers get (though I don't know if this uses adjuncts or not). Still, the aftertaste is a sweetly corny curl, with a little lemony zing.

Thin & crisp on the palate, with a little activity. Doesn't just lay there.

Pretty easy-drinking, nothing really offensive but not strong, either. I guess there are worse alternatives, but I can't say I'd go for this one. And honestly, if faced with this vs. other light beers at a bar, I'd probably just save a little money & go for the cheaper ones.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me say first, that one thing that bothers me about this website is that the site asks people to rate a beer based on its style. Sam Adams is, in my opinion, has more taste and better attributes than any light beer out there. If it isn't your favorite, it is probably in the top 3. But people rate it lowly because it doesn't have the same great tastes of a Double IPA. Well, it is a light beer, not a Double IPA and should be rated like one. Anyway, my rant of the day is over, on with the tasting...
Appearance is darker than almost all light beers. It has an amber, copper color with a nice white head that fades fast, but leaves a nice lacing.
Aroma is of toasted malts, but there is a nice floral smell to it as well. A lot of good smells that one normally does not get out of a light beer.
Taste is similar to the aroma. A nice biscuit taste with a good caramel malt taste as well. A bit of a hop taste, but the caramel taste is very stront. Much more taste than most light beers.
Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing, which is the most important aspect of a light beer to me.
Drinkability is awesome. Great taste and the refreshing style of a light beer. Definitely the best I have had and you can read more about my opinion above.

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Photo of HosP
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this after a long day of chemical training at a cocktail hour.
12 oz.

A little darker than most light beers you would find. Get mostly biscuit malty aroma. Subtle hints of some hops, mostly floral.

Taste is a little better than most light lager beers as well. Get some bready malt flavors with some hop flavors sprinkled in. Kinda grassy, a little floral, but not much in the way of hops.

Light body with lots of carbonation in the mouth. Some bitterness stays with you. I guess compared to other light lagers, this has a little more flavor to it. More drinkable than the other options they had.

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Photo of sliverX
4.48/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice clear light copper with a thin whisp of white for a head.
Smell is just light malt don't pick up any hops.
Taste malts a slight vegetable tinge of hops, compared to traditional light lager this blows them all away.
Mouthfeel is light but no where near water like. Well carbonated.
Drinkability is for the style amazing.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a surprisingly persistent, puffy head.

Smell is decent. Muted, generic malts, with an ever-so-slight fruitiness detected.

Taste is clean, neat, and refreshing. Has a lot more body than your typical light beer, and that allows some of the (albeit mild) flavors to show their stuff. It's a nice, mild, generic malt profile, and the slight fruitiness from the nose remains.

Mouthfeel is excellent. It's a fuller brew, in mouthfeel and flavor, than almost every non-light adjunct lager that I've tasted. While this may not be a crowd-pleaser at parties, it will be a crowd-satisfier.

Drinkability is quite high. The mildness, pleasant flavor, and manageable ABVs make this a great party choice.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before March, 2011.

12oz. bottle served cool into the curvy signature Samuel Adams glass.

I haven't had a light beer in years but this one stands out already for being a few shades darker than typical. It has a nice golden amber color with good clarity. The head is thick and sturdy.

Aroma is more hoppy than any light beer I remember but it still leans towards a malt-forward balance.

Flavor is better than expected with a good amount of hop bitterness, maybe along the lines of an English pale ale. While the flavor isn't remarkable, it certainly has much more boldness than your more common light lager. It's well balanced and very drinkable as a result.

Mouthfeel is light in body but not thin. It has great carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall, this is the best light lager out there but that's really not saying much. Probably the easiest step for someone to take who's looking to go from BMC to craft. For those of us who have already gone off the deep end, this is a reminder of simpler days.

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Photo of assmandugle
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber color. Has a nice head to it. Has a hoppy beer scent to it just like Sam Adams lager does. It has a darker taste which is odd for a light beer almost that of Yeungling. It is the best tasting light beer I've ever had. It goes down smooth as well. The color scent taste ratio blows other light beers out of the water. I recommend this beer to everyone.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Usually drank out of the 12oz bottle. Poured a clear amber color with a two finger white head. The aroma was malty and floral. The flavor was a malt base with a citrus finish. Light body and mild carbonation. This is actually one of the better light beers I've had. Better than Sam Adams Lager IMO.

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Photo of shand
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

This beer pours a pale gold colour with about two fingers of head that has poor retention and above-average lacing. Light malts and floral noble hops are chilling out on the nose. A smooth, "beery" aroma, yet quite weak. This has a very light and delicate taste that reminds me of tons of Euro lagers, just done better. It mostly follows the nose, it's not a complex beer, just light malts and a touch of noble hops.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both quite good, this beer goes down easily. But, as a light beer, that's kind of what it's supposed to do! Just a nice, inoffensive, easy drinking beer that can really hit the spot. Nothing stellar, but it's a nice brew that lives above the "light" label.

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

reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.

i actually began and ended the night with this one. a nice little light beer to get me in the mood. pours out a light amber with nice head of white that managed to leave some good lacing down the glass throughout the session. smooth and easy on the palate in every way with light grassy notes, malty balance that is just sweet enough, a light and easy going feel and smooth, clean finish that has just a hint of dryness to it..

overall a very solid offering and a light beer that can be counted on to do what it does.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must applaud this beer. This is the best light beer I've ever had. It has more flavor packed into a light beer than I've experienced.

A- Darker than most light beers. Amber, copper color with descent head that fades fast and leaves little lace.

S- Toast, grass and herbs, biscuits, caramels, floral notes. clean, metallic. Thats a lot for a light beer.

T- Follows the nose. Biscuits and herbs, grass and toasted grain. Sweet caramels. Watery, but a lot of flavor for a light beer.

M- Light, refreshing, crisp, smooth, thin.

D- Very drinkable. Smooth and refreshing with good flavors.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#56. A light variation of a Samuel Adams Lager. Date is December 2010, again another beer I purchased after the expiration date. I have to look out for these dates more often. Let this light lager warm up; the flavors have better opportunity to be felt and tasted rather than when it be served at near frozen temperatures.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Beer pours a 3 finger-depth highly carbonated head that settles down quickly to a thick cover in about 2 minutes. Color is a slightly hazy dark orange, much darker than most light lagers I have had. Carbonation is lively and plentiful. Looks decent, but nothing here is exceptional. 3

(Smell) Light cereal malts and some docile floral odors. Very clean, almost metallic smell. Caramel odors are surprisingly low-to-absent as far as I can tell which differs this from other non-light Samuel Adams beers, where it is almost a common ingredient. Potency average, a big improvement for the light lager category over pretty much anything. The end result is something that I neither die for nor resent. It's really a 50/50 aroma. 3

(Taste) Light taste but a far better one than the smell gives off. Some light clean malts and perhaps some more caramel. Not very hoppy and very little aftertaste. Big swigs reveal some alcohol traces. Nothing amazing but not a big letdown. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Considerably smooth, but rightfully so. Finish is pretty amicable and lacks any defining characteristics aside from a stretched out malty body. Body is on the lighter side of Samuel Adams beer. Possibly thin, possibly watery. This seems like a regular Samuel Adams lager plus a hefty deal of water as nearly every aspect of the beer has been cut in half. Mouthfeel is probably the most impressive part, as it remains pleasurably smooth without going flat. Not a bad mouthfeel at all. 4.5

(Drinkability) For light beers, one of the highest I can give. There's nothing amazing about this beer and I don't ever drink light beers, but this one has far more characteristic and detail for a light lager over most macros. Nothing overwhelming or even remotely dominant in flavor. It does a good job at remaining passive without getting boring. I could finish off a sixer with ease should I ever be watching my waistline. 4

Verdict: Light beers never venturing far into my drinker's repertoire, I have to say that this is one of the best light lagers one can get for their money. It does a good job at being light without sacrificing quality or content. It's not too watery and has plenty of flavor, much more than, say Bud Light. In the end, I wouldn't go for more knowing that a Sam Adams Boston Lager costs about the same and is far more fulfilling, but if you feel like a light beer for whatever reason, there is no shame in picking one of these up. B- (3.45)

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass, thanks Jim.

A- Sammy light, looks darker than most light lagers, a clear orange burnt copper look with a head that diminishes as it builds if you will. No lace.

S- Smells maltier than most light lagers Two row I believe, a definite caramel vibe with a noble hopage.

T- Pretty tasty for a four pointer, light in nature, nothing extravagent, malts and noble hops. Alot in a little package no frills style. Caramel.

M- Feel kinda lost me, kinda dead on the tounge, there was a spritz when I popped the cap, it's carbed, but feels DEAD!! Light with a malty body, the nobel hops impart no bitterness.

D- I liked this to an extent, and I like that it's a four percenter, my favorite kind.

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Photo of Jayli
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a light amber, copper color with a one finger head of bone white head. Head recedes rather quickly and leaves little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a light herbal, grassy hop, with a big hearty dose of grain.

T: Taste starts with a toasted caramel malt sweetness. A hint of hop bitterness comes through. Grain takes over the middle and carries through with a bit of grassiness in the finish.

M: Lighter bodied, medium to high carbonation, nice crisp clean feel to the body.

D: Goes down very easily, somewhat tasty, not filling, minor kick, and a good representation of the style. I've not had a light lager before and although I wouldn't seek this out, this is a great alternative to the macro selection generally available out at the bars.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a white head, considerably darker than the BMC light beers this is going up against.

The aroma has some biscuit malt to it, but it is also heavy on the grain. The flavor is more of the same. I get a little bit of grass from the hops, but the flavor is predominantly grain and bready malt, with just a little bit of toffee mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Better than other light lagers such as Bud Light, but still not too much going on here. One of the weakest offerings from Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.76/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into my Northern Brewer pint glass. Freshness date was notched Nov 2010, but I've had this thing in the fridge since the summer so I'm pretty confident it hasn't gone bad.

A: Pours a copper color, slightly amber, with lots of fizzy carbonation. There's not a prolonged head. In fact, after a minute or two all that's left is a few bubbles skimming the surface.

S: Smells like chewy caramel. The aromas don't overpower. There's some faint noble hops there that seem mostly floral. A little roastiness is present.

T: Too watered down for me. The faintest of malts is there, but barely. Better as it warms, but I'd much rather prefer the standard Sam Adams brew when given the choice.

M: Carbonation is spot on, but it's too light for my liking. (Yes - I do realize this is a light beer.)

D: Drinkability is definitely there. Could drink this all day long if I had to. I only think I would choose something with more flavor.

Seems like a decent session beer if you wanted something a notch above BMC. Otherwise, I think Sam Adams has plenty better options.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden Amber and a very foamy head

The nose is nothing. I feel like I'm smelling beer while sick. Light citrus, grassy toasted malts

Thin body with descent carbonation. Burnt caramel, very faint and mild fruit.Some off flavors. Lacking in the end. I only want more to get over the after taste.

For Sam I'm not impressed. Light beer shouldn't even be a category.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a glowing orange with a fluffy white head that quickly faded into a thin film leaving no lace.
S: Light notes of toasted grains with a touch of lemon and sweet malt.
T: Very light flavors of grain and grain husk. A fair amount of sweet malt comes through in the finish. Aftertaste is a touch sticky and astringent.
M: Medium bodied, bubbly crispy carbonation, and a kind of soda-like mouthfeel.
D: I'm no expert on the style since most light lagers I see are of the BMC variety, but this one is actually drinkable and is something I wouldn't mind having again (in the right situation).

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 2,233 ratings
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