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 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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Photo of aval89
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color, lots of bubbles sticking to the walls of glass.. Very little head.. Very dark for this style haha.

Smelled very sweet upfront ... Grainy/malty aroma.. Hop presemse is very very faint... Bananas? Maybe?

Taste again is sweet malt upfront...finishes grainy with just a touch of hops.. Kind of bland for me..

Mouthfeel is very light.. Light carbonation in mouth..

Finishes easy with a sweet grainy aftertaste.. Didn't really pick up much on the hops..

Overall I've had this brew before and this time I wasn't impressed.. Very bland.. Before this beer actually stood out and was impressive for a light lager..

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

12oz bottle, served in a SA Perfect Pint glass

A - briefly held about a quarter inch of loose white foam before settling to a ring. clear, light amber colored beer.

S - clean light biscuity malts with some caramel sweetness. barely noticeable earthy hops, some mint and light berries.

T - light and slightly sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, very mild bittering at the end. some metallic but not too off-putting. finishes clean with very little aftertaste.

M - nice medium body for a light lager, carbonation is lively yet contained. leaves mouth feeling just a bit prickly, goes down smooth.

D - exceptional for a light lager. has a nice look, some taste, and a great body. great beer for hot days or dieters. overal enjoyable.

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

5-6-10: Consumed directly from bottle. The sweetness I found offensive last time was not there. Bottle to bottle variation within a case? Doubtful. Significantly more refreshing than before.

5-5-10: Poured into a pilsner glass, not much head, but a nice clear amber color.

Smell is a standard malty lager, with a little bit of sweetness peeking through. Fairly impressive for a light beer.

Tastes far too sweet for my liking. If I could remove the sugary taste of it, I would enjoy it far more. In the past I don't remember as sweet a beer as the batch I have now.

The mouthfeel is a little dense for a light beer, and the sugary nature only makes it feel heavier.

I find this to be not that drinkable, far too heavy for a light beer, and far too sweet. After about 2/3 of the glass I've had enough. It's not that it tastes bad, but it doesn't make me come back for more. Perhaps it's just not refreshing enough, and that's what I'm looking for in a light lager.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a best by date of aug 2010 drank out of a standard american pint glass. part of the summer mixed 12 case.

A- this one pours out a pale copper colored body with a skin of eggshell colored head. small spots of lacing are left behind. lots of carbonation can be seen racing to the top.

S- grainy malts are the first thing i notice, along with a very mild metallic twang. a decently hoppy end to the nose on this one.

T- the taste also has that metallicness that i could smell. the grainy or cereal like malts come through strong also. the hoppy finish i could smell is almost nonexistent.

M- light bodied. crisp carbonation. refreshing.

D- meh, not the most exciting beer in the world but certainly not offensive. just sort of bland and reminiscent of a macro lager.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber with minimal lace. Mild smell of sweet malts and mild hops. Similar to the regular Boston lager - well balanced in flavor but a watered down version. While yes, this is more flavorful than many other light beers, after having zero light beers for a very long time, it tastes weak in comparision. But the sweet/caramel malts are there, the crisp apple lager taste, some hops as well. If I had to choose amongst light beers I'd probably choose this one. But if I could choose any beer, I'd probably not choose light. Its worth the calories.

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Photo of channelzero0
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear

S - Nothing really to report on smell

T - For a light beer it has an exceptional full taste

M - Just the right amount of carbonation

D - I could drink this all day

I can see myself drinking this at a BBQ in the summer heat.
If I drank more light beer I would choose this one.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with about a one finger head that leaves a little trail. The aroma is malty with a lot of citrusy lemon flavor in it. Also pretty grainy with a hint of caramel. Cant smell any hops. The taste goes down smooth, its lemony at first with some malt in the back round and grain as its going down. Light yet flavorful. In all honesty I hate light beers, but this is without question the best light beer ive ever had. Its a truely enjoyable light beer, which is something I cant say for any other light beers. nice mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into perfect pint

A: pour clear light brown to amber, with a almost nonexsitant head light brown soft-drink like head
S: smells like boston lagers little brother, same malt same hops just not a potent.
T: just like smell, its not as potent, not that boston lager is potent but its a lighter version of it. light malt light hop, but is not lacking in flavor.
M: agian light and a bit more crisp than boston lager.
D: easy, THE easiest to drink and best tasting light lager I have ever had.

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Photo of thscc1659
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A - Has a clear amber tone with small amount of head that dissipates pretty quickly

S - No real aroma, but has a slight malty hint

T - Has an incredibly full taste for a light beer, but no light beer can match up to any real beer.

M - Mostly taste carbonation

D - Well, it's a light beer so it doesn't take much to throw one back.

In no way does this match up with Sam Adams' other brews, but it is undoubtedly the most complex light beer I've ever tasted. Personally I wouldn't go with it on most occasions, but if you want something with taste that isn't too heavy this would be a solid choice.

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