Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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2,226
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840
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
18.21%
 
 
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Photo of beerman207
4.35/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into glass at 45 degree angle and finished pour in the center. Nice head for a light beer. Suprised by the lacing left by this beer. Smell had some fruity tones to it. The mouthfeel was very smooth and the drinkability was very high. This is a solid light beer and should be compared only to other light beers. The appearance was also impressive with a nice copper color.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Light, Style: Light Lager
ABV = 4.05%, cals = 119
Bottle>dimpled mug, reviewed @ home 10/28/08
A 4.0 - clear/dark copper for a light beer, good head/retention & collar
S 4.0 - nice hop aromas present for a light beer. I get a subtle whisper of apple & pear aromas.
T 4.5 - Hoppy semi bitter but balanced for a light beer. Very interesting and surprising brew.
MF 4.0 - "full body" (for a light beer), balanced/appropriate carbo
D 4.5 - This stuff is one of the best light beers I have had to date. A nice surprise indeed!

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Photo of johnnymoto
4.17/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head was thin but at least it was there, which is usually hard to find for a light beer. The color was alot darker than most light beers that I've seen. The taste was exceptional for a light beer and the mouthfeel was pretty smooth for the most part. Overall I think it is a great light beer.

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

This is a pretty decent beer even looking beyond its status as a light. A light beer that tastes like beer? Well, this is the first I've had, though I'd like to try some light micros to compare. To say this is by far the thickest, maltiest light beer I've ever seen or tasted isn't necessarily saying much since my experience with lights has only been the domestic swill some friends of mine like. But this one has a decent malt and hops taste and smell, the subtle toasty, nutty accents one wouldn't expect to find in a light, and a decent mouth feel. As lights go, I'll stick with this one until someone points me to something better.

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Photo of Foxman
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a crystalline ingot gold. A fat finger of dense white head sustains some time. lacing is minimal but lasting.

The aroma is light, pale malt, mildly sweet with a trace of berry. The hops are generally fragrant, softly bitter, and fairly crisp.

Upon tasting, the malt is initially sweet and even blinks a lash of caramel before the hops, while vague, prove quite capable of crisping and drying with a spicy nip. A dull fruitiness lays flat toward the close. The finish is clean but seemingly more because there's not a great deal of substance. The drop off the precipice at the end is sheer.

Light bodied, carbonation helps keep it from being too watery, but barely.

Well, as light beers go, you could do a lot worse, though that's damning with faint praise. At least any prominent adjunct character is refreshingly absent, a departure from the usual light beer fare. If you have to drink light, this one would go down ably enough. I might not seek it out, but I'll take it before just about anything else in the style.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper color with a slight off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves small amounts of lacing.

Smells of malt and some hops with a light sweetness.

Taste consists of caramel, toffee and light hops. Simple enough for just any beer...but for a light beer, this is quite flavorful.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A little watered down but that shouldn't come as a surprise. Pretty tasty for a light beer and I have to say I actually wouldn't mind having a few of these in a sitting. Highly drinkable, nothing outstanding but I'm pretty sure there's no other light like it.

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Photo of JayNH
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice clear light copper color with a foamy head.

S- a pleasant sweet biscuity malt with a hint of spice.

T- Bready malt balanced with a mild hop note.

M- Smooth, perfect carbonation, solid body for this style.

D- Excellent! This "light" beer is in a class of it's own

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Photo of AtlasBrew
5/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not going to run through the usual on this one. It's got a great copper color, nice aroma, and a wonderful smell. I think that has been determined already.

However, here is what I want to convey to all of my fellow beer brothers:

Take this for what it is and not for what it isn't. Here is a brewer (I say pioneer) that has defied conventional wisdom by creating a light, lawnmower beer for the beer snob and did it with out rice syrup solids! Koch and crew have created a "Light" beer that has a wonderful flavor, aroma, and color. I say BRAVO!

This beer deserves an A+ for all that it represents and not the catagory it resides in.

Z

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Photo of nebula1999
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours copper clear. Nice rocky cream-colored head. Mild hop aroma, hint of malt. Not offensive. Smooth, easily drinkable, low alcohol light beer. This light beer does not trade micro-trademarks for appearance, aroma or taste. Certainly a session beer at 4% abv. Recommended for just about any occasion.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.01/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I do believe that you have to rate this beer compared to other light beers and nothing else. Simply because the purpose of the brewer was to make a beer that was lighter, or more health conscious, while still preserving taste and quality.

A: Copper colored with a head that fades quickly, but can be decent if you pour hard enough. Minimal lacing.

S: Still smell some hops, which is not always easy in a light beer. Other than that, not much else.

T: For a light beer, the taste is quite good and refreshing. In fact, I've never had another light beer with taste that was as good.

M: Easy on the tongue, with a fair amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Yes, it may be a bit "heavier" than other light beers, but, that's because there's still a little body in this beer, which to me, makes it even that much more drinkable. Yes Budweiser may pitch their "drinkability", but if the taste is poor - as is with Budweiser - it doesn't matter how light the beer is...I wouldn't be able to finish it. So, Sam light is far more drinkable to me.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear straw hue with a moderate white head that diminished quickly with fair lacing.

Light hoppy aroma.

Light body with a watery texture and soft carbonation.

Light bittersweet flavor with a light sweet finish of short duration.

Better then most light beers.

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Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head with a slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of sweet malt, and rice. Fits the style of an American Light Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean with any average carbonation level and noticeable dryness. Tastes of a pale malt, slight sweet malt, caramel malt, rice, and a hint of hops. Overall, one of the better light lagers I've ever had.

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Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Light amber with an almost orange tint. Pretty heavy carbonation pours into a half finger white foamy head. Dissipates quickly leaving only a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Light carbonation continues to rise throughout experience. You can see the brew really thin out toward the edges in normal light beer fashion. No lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malt, light hop, hints of honey, molasses, and chocolate.

T: Light chocolaty malt, hops, subtle honey sweetness.

M: Light and carbonated. Feels a bit diluted as you'd expect a light to. The chocolate malt to start, finishing with a light hop complimented with the honey sweetness, which hangs around.

D: Good drinkability. Has a light feel and refreshing palette.

Decent flavor and nose, both with a little more complexity than you would expect from a light. Does feel light and diluted, but then again. . . it is a light beer, so what do you expect. For a light beer, it's a real contender; just considering it as a member of the beer universe, still pretty solid. Overall, good quaff. If you feel compelled to drink a light beer, this is probably the way to go.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is light amber gold. The head is a little off white in color and lightly frothy

The smell is of a very light hop smell as well as a slight malty flavor to the background.

The taste at first is sweet at first and then has a slight bitterness to it to round out the flavor. Hints of caramel, and toffee.

I have had a few light beers and this rates best among the several that I have had. The taste does not differ much from the reular Sam Adams lager and therefore is quite easy to switch from one to the other without even noticing.

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Photo of edbeer
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits, wheat malt. Hops are prevalent and well balanced Initial taste is of caramel malt and as the beer warms and becomes it much more fruity and light and crisp. Although this is not technically a lighter version of the Boston Lager, it sure tastes like it! A little less fruity, weaker palate. But certainly the best light beer I've ever had and it is so close to the SABL that they're practically interchangeable. I applaud SA for making a light beer that actually has flavor and no adjuncts!! Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of gerardoluna
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really light???

[Eyes] Clear, light yellow with a nice white head.

[Nouse] a little notes of malts with a touch of spicy hops.

[Mouth] smoooth bready malts at the start with a a good remix of noble hops... a dry finish. In mouth is fresh soft and smooth.


Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 10-28-2008 12:55:30

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Photo of seipmoney
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very Good for a light beer probably one of the better light beers out there. Very close to sam adams boston lager a littel less alcohol content though which was the only downside that i see in this one. I think i would definitely buy this beer again.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/28/08. Bottle. Pours a light amber with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits, wheat malt. Initial taste is of stale wheat, but this disappears as the beer warms and becomes much more fruity and light and crisp. Although this is not technically a lighter version of the Boston Lager, it sure tastes like it! A little less fruity, weaker palate. But certainly the best light beer I've ever had and it is so close to the SABL that they're practically interchangeable. I applaud SA for making a light beer that actually has flavor and no adjuncts!! Tasty and refreshing.
6/4/7/4/12 (3.3/5)

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Photo of brewbucker
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on July 31, 2007. A light beer with the color of most other lager style beers. Medium amber with a small head. Aroma is light caramel malts, wheat and grains. For a light beer with a ABV of barely 4% the flavor is huge. Malty and hoppy with a crisp bite. You could put this head to head with many non loght beers and it would blow them out of the water. It is the best light beer I have ever had.

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Photo of colts9016
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is light yellow some carbonation and no head.
Nose A light malt and yeast.
Taste is a lighter body version of the Boston lager you can taste the malt with some yeast. I was surprised that this beer was pretty good. It is one of the few fuller body light beer that I have tried and enjoyed.

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Photo of fullsweep
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light beer is kinda like diet soda. Overall, it sucks, but if it's the only thing that's offered, you take it and smile. Sam Adams is definitely the best light beer I've tried. The diet taste is minimal. If you must do ligth beer, this is the one to choose.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best American Light Beer. Dark golden in color and sparklingly clear, this beer's carbonation is lively on the tongue and fizzy and crisp in the finish. The flavor is a bit thin, but the beer has a nice, well-balanced hope and malt flavor. Most importantly, it's not rice beer like most other American Lights and American Standards. I like it and will order it again... if I ever go on a low cal diet.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.38/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 23, 2008

I don't really know how to go about rating this beer. Compared to other pale, fizzy, watery lagers it's spectacular. But in the full spectrum of beer it's below average, like most light beers. The taste pleasantly surprised me with a full mouthfeel that lacked the super watery, fizzy feeling that most American light beers have. The malty nose wasn't bad either, but nothing to write home about. Had a much better, more refined taste than pretty much every other pale light lager I've ever tasted. It's a bit sweet, malty, carbonated. Better than the competition in its bracket, but obviously falls short when compared to other, higher quality non-light beers.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is better than a Bud Light, Milller Lite, and a Coors Light. Pours clear gold with a nice white head. Faint sweet nose of barley and goldings. It does have more caramel and hops in the taste, which sets it above its peers. Not worth the price, but I'll drink it if someone else put it in the cooler.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the King of light beer. Although I strongly beleive that light beer is a sin, I tried it at a beer festival, and it wasn't that bad, but it realy wasn't that good either. For a light beer, it's good, but other than that, I don't know what to say.

Compaired to other light beers, this one surpasses them all in every catagory.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.35 out of 5 based on 2,226 ratings.
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