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 TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

I wanted the Latitude 48, so I had to get the whole Summer Styles box. Oh well, I guess I'll suck it up and drink the extraneous bottles. Tee hee. This one pours a clear pale straw, tending toward more of an amber in the bulb, topped by about a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises light wheat, light corn, puffed rice, and some very faint hop florals. The taste holds notes of caramel, light toffee, a mild bitterness, and a vague extra bolt of sweetness (which is rather short-lived). Honestly, not as bad as I imagined. The body is light ( I even need to say it here?...), with an active carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty solidly decent light beer...a first for me, for sure.

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Photo of mjurney
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Light honey amber color, very clear, some little bubbles, no head, no lacing. But the color looks nice for a light beer, so I give that a credit.
[Smell]: Clean malts, semi-floral hops, dash of fruity.
[Taste]: Clean cereal malts, very light floral hops, I could detect some fruity (peach like), clean finish at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light on the body (but thicker than most light beer I had), carbonation is moderate, finish is clean and slightly dry.
[Drinkability]: Fairly good, but doesn't impress me.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color, definitely one of the darkest "light" beers I've seen. Frothy white head stays nice and tight - a pretty nice look in general, and especially for this woebegone style.

Nose is lightly citric, with soft grain malt notes. A little metallic aroma keeps this from the next higher score. Power is obviously quite muted as well.

Thin body with just enough grain, starch, and caramel from the malt to pull an above average score. Not a ton going on here, but with an actually tastable malt bill and some citric and floral hop notes, you're looking at a very good and drinkable light lager. Finishes dry and the carbonated-metallic note returns - a bit of a bummer there.

Having enjoyed my fair share of Sam Adams when the selection is a little thin at bars or restaurants, I was not surprised to find that Light is also a pleasant beer to have around when a light beer is necessary.

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Photo of elniko
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Picked this up in Sam Adams Summer Variety pack. Best by October 2010.

A: Darkest light beer I have encountered. High carbonation apparent with decent head and lacing.

S: Nose slightly underwhelming. Clean with some mild floral qualities.

T & M: Mouthfeel slightly silky, carbonation from appearance not really apparent in mouthfeel. Taste as expected a little muted but for a light beer quite nice. Balance is there.

D: Quite drinkable, easily best light beer I've encountered.

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Photo of kneeland
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It almost tastes like a light version of a pale ale. There's nothing really special to it. It has too much of a unfiltered taste to it, and a lot of malt.

This beer proves that light beer doesn't have to taste like a light beer. I've said it before, Sam Adams knows what they're doing.

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Photo of dcook11
4.53/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- a lighter version of the regular version. Amber with a medium carbonation. Nice two finger head. Nice look for a light beer, puts all bmc lights to shame.

S- Not bad at all. Again, a less intense version of the regular.

T- Very refreshing after a run or yard work. Great summer beer.

M- pleasent, light and easy going down.

D- Great session beer

Sure do wish all light beers were this good!

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

Appears clear, golden amber-brown with a moderate head that leaves not much lacing.

A light aroma of open fields, mild hops, and barley malts.

Taste is definitely malty with a touch of hops. If more "light" beers tasted as good as this one, I'd probably weigh about five to ten pounds less. There's a touch of bitterness typical of most beers from this brewery, but it's not overwhelming.

Light and refreshing, with a well carbonated, easy drinking, dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's refreshing and is just as good ice cold as at 45 degrees.

Not their best, but certainly tasty for a light beer.

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Photo of zimm421
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a dark amber color with off-white fluffy head that leaves no lacing.

Smells very bready, dominated by the malts. The taste is also full of malts, some caramel and very bready as well. There is a slight hop presence in the taste, actually very good for a light beer.

Mouthfeel is very light and watery, just as it should be. Very drinkable and refreshing. Actually quite a good beer for what it is intended to be.

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Photo of tvljr
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably best served on a really hot day as it could certainly be called refreshing.

For a light beer it pours dark with a good head. Not much aroma.

A crisp, light body with a hint of the flavor of a real Sam but in the end it leaves you wanting for the real deal.

On a hot summer day it would certainly beat the best of BMC and is worth your time if it looks like a long day of drinking in the heat. Goes down easy.

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Photo of showell
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay. I wouldn't go out of my way to get one of these. But it's drinkable. Pours a dark amber. Darker than I thought it would be. The head was about a finger, and faded almost immediately. Smell is malt with a hint of fruit. Maybe citrus? Taste is almost all malt. None of the fruit you get from the scent. Fizzier than what I normally like. Well, if it's cold, I suppose it's okay. But there are a lot of nicer beers out there. For a light it was pretty good. Way darker than I thought it would be and more flavor than I expected.

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Photo of DMBoSox11
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #4 - 12 ounce brown bottle (best if date displayed) in a weizen glass.

A: A clear amber (darkest Light Lager I've come across) with a slightly off-white head. The head had medium bubbles with medium retention and light, splotchy lacing.

S: The same noble hop aroma from their flagship beer, just much lighter. A bit of straw follows the hops.

T: More of the same "Boston Lager" light. The hops still come through, but the bready malt has the final say.

M: Crisp, light body with medium carbonation. Due to the lightness, it doesn't cloy to any one part of the palate.

D: Very smooth and clearly the best Light Lager out there.

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Photo of bashiba
2.71/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear amber color with a thick off white head, nice lacing.

The smell is lightly hopped with a grassy Euro Pils quality to it.

While it starts out quite different than the typical American Light beer, one taste proves otherwise. Very watery and thin with a very light corn taste and almost no hops in the flavor at all.

The mouthfeel is very watery and thin with light carbonation.

Maybe a slight bump over a BMC brewed light, but still not much better.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came in the Summer Styles variety pack.

Appearance- golden color, nice foamy head

Smell- malt

Taste- malt

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- It was an ok beer. It was really good for a light beer. I usually don't like light beers, they are too weak for me. A cold one of these might be nice though, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of SAtaMi
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Little head to it. Dark golden color.

Smell - Malty with a very light bakery smell like french bread to it.

Taste - Like the smell it has a light malty and lighter hop with a dry back.

Mouthfeel - Crisp refreshing and full bodied for a light beer.

Drinkability - Nice and smooth better then other light beers i have had.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This isn't bad for a light beer. That being said, it's still a light beer, and has all my negative connotations associated with being a light beer.
It is an amber color with a medium-sized, but quickly disappearing, white head.
Not much for the aroma, mostly sweet malt.
Even less comes through in the taste, sweet, breadlike.
Not a beer I would seek out, but as part of the summer 12 pack, someone had to drink it.

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

Drinking a few 12 ounce bottles from a Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12 pack. 'Enjoy before' date notched August 2010.

Pours a clear golden, with a white head that holds up decently. Smell is sweet grains, better than most all light beers. Taste starts off sweet and malty, and finishes with a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Easily drinkable, a solid brew. Recommended for those seeking a tasty light lager.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Best by september. Reviewed on my Droid

Pours a nice auburn color with one finger of foam. Darker than expected. Aroma is mild, just a bit of malty sweetness.

Solid maltiness with minimal hops. Overall, a very refreshing, flavorful and quaffable brew. Stellar for the style.

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Photo of ugaterrapin
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a hint of amber. A finger of loosely packed head recedes fairly quickly to leave little to no lacing.

S: The aroma is dominated by a sweet malty presence that boasts some caramel and bread notes. No hops are present in the aroma.

T: The taste follows the sweet malt presence in the smell. It is subdued a little from what I was expecting in the aroma and there is a watered down mouthfeel. Not surprising since it is a light beer. Some hops make a slight appearance in the finish. Overall this is better than the rest of the light beers on the market. It still falls short though of being a great beer.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.21/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Could have sworn I reviewed this one before but apparently not so here goes nothin'...

It's been a while since I've had the opportunity to review a brew with "light" in the name, but this fella pours a bright orange amber with golden yellow highlights. The moderate, foamy head appears pearl-white and leaves little lace behind after diminishing.

Mostly pale and caramel malts in the nose. Sweet and bready with a light toastiness and very mellow hops. Fairly mild but I suppose that is to be expected.

Up front we have some solid malt character with slick, toasty caramel and buttered, brown bread. Some honey and toffee sweetness opens up the middle for a tinge of spicy yet citrusy hops. I understand this brew is designed to be mild and somewhat understated but I would have definitely liked a little more in terms of a floral hop note in a lager like this. Some vanilla and faint citrus floats around as well. As the brew warms there is, oddly enough, a noticeable booze note in the finish despite the low ABV.

Slick and even somewhat creamier than expected with a modest carbonation level. Definitely one I would enjoy on the colder side in terms of serving temperate; as it warms the lower carbonation does not do anything in the way of a crisp or refreshing character and the flavor doesn't intensify much as it warms either.

An ok selection I suppose. If I was to compare it to traditional, domestic light lagers it would potentially stack up well, but I feel that would not be accurate somehow.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.82/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color, but produces next to no head. What head there is forms a ring and a sporadic covering, and is off-white. Plenty of visible carbonation in the body though.

Scent is a very nice malt character.

Nice malt flavoring. A bit of grain. The carbonation is noticeable, but not distracting.

This is probably the best light lager I have ever had. Easy to drink, enough flavor to make it enjoyable. If it wasn't for the fact that it says "light" on the bottle, I never would have guessed.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber colored lager with a thick off-white head. Lots of carbonation in this baby.

Nice crisp malt aroma, with a touch of hop spice. Carbonation tickles the nostrils adding to the positive experience. Taste is much more mild than the aroma, I do not get any noticeable hop flavor, and the malt profile is very subtle. Slightly bitter finish cleans up pretty quickly.

light bodied but the heavy carbonation gives it a more full feel, and also makes me feel a little bloated. I could drink a few of these, but probably not crush a sixer.

All categories rated against the other light lagers I have had.

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Photo of Fnord
3.21/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very light amber with a medium white head and a lot of effervescence.

Smell - Not much there. A little hay, some alcohol.

Taste - Again, not much. A little cabbage and hay, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Thin and highly carbonated.

Notes - Eh, it's a light lager. For the style, it's better than average, though, so I have to give BBC some credit. I admit, I just finished washing my car in really muggy weather, and it's very refreshing. Then again, so would a glass of water, and that would have zero calories.

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

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Copper with a thick white head at first. No lacing. Some head retention.

Smell: Orange, metals, and some hops. Easily the best light beer I've ever smelled, but then I've encountered very few (intentionally).

Taste: Orange again, tasty malts, hop balance. Faint metallic background, which I expect from light beers. Very, very easily the most flavorful light beer I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing.

Drinkability: High for a light beer. I'm surprised this is so enjoyable, but then, this is Sam Adams, and they have a certain level of quality they aspire to.


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Photo of Blakaeris
3.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours coppery amber with a thick soapy head.

Aroma is initially sweet and vegetal, but has sour undertones. Really not very pleasant.

Taste is biscuity caramel malt up front, then it is overwhelmed by a metallic sourness. Finishes with a crisp hop bite and a residual powdery sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

There are an awful lot of crappy light lagers out there. By comparison this one is actually quite flavorful with a generous dose of hop bitterness. That said; the flavor doesn't hold a candle to their standard offering. If I wasn't grading to style the scores would be much lower.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good head at first that goes away immediately. More golden yellow and less brown and copper than Boston Lager. Still lots of active carbonation but almost no lacing. Still, an attractive light lager.

Smell: I honestly get very little here. Nice, pleasant maltiness but nothing else. Above average for the style.

Taste/Moutfeel: Not as complex as Boston Lager. It's kind of water, but hey, it's a light lager. More complex than light BMC products. Good malt flavoring that gives a dry aftertaste. Doesn't taste great but I still enjoy it.

Drinkability: There's a bitterness to Sam Adams Light that gets kind of skunked at the end. At least average in this category.

Overall: Probably my favorite light lager. Definitely more malted and hopped than larger commercial light beers.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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