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

Pours amber with a small head.

The nose reveals a green apple scent with some roasted, malty notes and a touch of hops.

On the palate, fruity notes upfront and a big caramel sweetness in the middle. It's a bit fusel on the back end with a grainy finish. Medium body and smooth carbonation.

It's drinkable, but no more so than most other lights.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.64/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in a Boston Lager perfect pint. Best by Sept. '09 notched on the label.

A - Clear and very effervescent light amber with a small off-white head. Very little retention - left a ring. Surprising color for a light beer. Little lacing.

S - Dry husky straw smell with an almost undetectable caramel malt hint and a tad of hops. Sweet corn adjunct aroma.

T - Light sweet malts with a stronger roasted corn and dry straw flavor that finishes with a good balance of light hops that's dry but not bitter.

M - It's constant stream of carbonation lends to the very crisp bite the Light has. Tingly with a dry finish.

D - This light is one hell of a light beer. Despite some minor flaws, as a light beer, this is good and very drinkable. The color surprised me too. Nice solid beer!

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Photo of imanidiot777
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Was not as light as you would think when you see the word light. It was a dark gold or amber color, good head and lacing.

S: I'm terrible at the smells, it was very hoppy from what I could tell.

T: Basically a lighter version of Boston Lager, not quite as bitter or strong. Not extremely light though.

M: Felt average, nothing special, I could use a little more carbonation for my taste.

D: Goes down easy but I'm not sure I am in love with the after taste that I got.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A - Poured a light copper color, with a nice head of white foam. The head quickly gave way yo a thin spotty film. decent carbonation, very little in the way of lacing, but still a nice suprise for a "Light" beer.

S - Slightly malty, with a grainy "Macro" aroma. Slightly grassy.

T - Malty with floral hints. I also detect a slightly metallic, macro flavor. Not too bad.

MF&D - Light and crisp. Not very big on flavor, but its quite drinkable.

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

Appearance- Pours a fluffy white head with low retention and minimal lacing.

Smell- Biscuity and lightly sweet malts.

Taste- Light amber and german malt flavors, a pleasant wash of hops across the palate.

Mouthfeel- Crisply carbonated and light to moderate bodied.

Drinkability- Just enough flavor and body to be somewhat interesting and refreshing. Not my cup of tea, but a great gateway beer for neophytes testing the non-macrolager styles. Better than other "light" beers.

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Photo of Nobody420
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

By far the best light beer ive ever had.

This beer is darker than any light beer ive seen before, a dark amber color if i must pick a color.

The smell is strong of hops

The taste is absolutely amazing. very refreshing and enjoyable, i like to savor the flavor of this malty brew.

Drinkability is up there with the best, if not the best.

I would recommend this beer be the first you try, if your new to Samuel Adams family of beers

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Photo of xoqx
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice copper, vaguely amber color with little head that rapidly dies and leaves no lacing. The nose has hints of apricot and noble hops but it is dominantly malty - it smells like a marzen. The taste begins with a rush first of carbonation with preceding almost any flavor, followed by the malt and then a modest assertion of the Noble hops. The finish is short, a little awkward, and has a slight sourness to it. This beer rates high on the drinkability scale, if only for its 4.0% ABV.

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

Pours a nearly clear golden color with about two inches of white medium bodied head.
Smells nicely of yeast and some flowery hops.
Taste has a very grainy taste with hops backing it up, thicker bodied than most light lagers.
Finish is crisp and refreshing, though there is not an above average after-taste, kind of grainy, but good.
Highly drinkable, but that's not out of the ordinary for this style, given its ABV I wouldn't categorize it as an above average smooth drink.

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

A- For a light beer nothign about looked light.. wasnt that nasty yellow looked like it had nice body to it

S- malts nice smell of malts and hops.. light and sweet

T- Lots of body and character.. great matls and hops ..

M- great after taste i didnt even think it was a light beer

D- Great beer. and a def 6er for this one..

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

Picked up a 12oz single from the SLS in Vernal, not sure on price, but not much.

A: Nice copper color, white head about half an inch thick or so reduced to a film, excellent clarity, nothing to speak of for lacing. This is the most appealing looking light beer I've ever seen!

S: Strong grainy smell, a few hints of spicy hops, not a lot, but it definitely smells like an actual beer, not fermented corn water.

T: Light in flavors, but what is there is slightly caramel with a big of a hop bite. Really flavorful light beer. Not huge, not a lot going on, but a great low alcohol, light beer. Good flavors.

M: A little thicker than a usual light lager, but that isn't bad, quite refreshing, somewhat dry, begs for another drink.

D: Easy drinker, and enjoyable, this is a pretty great beer for what it is. I'll be buying this again.

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Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright carmel brown with a 1 finger head that left spotted lacing

smell is of light earthy hops and sweet carmel malts

taste - this is hands down the best light beer
so much flavor for a light beer - a tiny bit metalic

mouthfeel is light with a smooth creamy finish

drinkability is good if you want a light american lager this is your beer

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

Appearance: Pours with decent carbonation- head not too substantial. Very little lacing noted.Color is orange-gold-, a little darker than most other light lagers.
Smell: Aroma is mildly hoppy (floral) with mild caramel maltiness.
Taste: Decent hoppy bite at first that departs fairly quickly. Malts are there (grainy and a little husky) but has a thin presence. Aftertaste is a little metallic. Overall, a little more oomph than other lights in its category.
Mouthfeel: As with other lights, on the thin side.
Drinkability: Pretty drinkable for a light lager. Easy to drink.

Overall, a notch better than other light lagers. This would be one of my choices (along with Yuengling light) as a go-to light lager.

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Photo of steanu
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-It's got a nice brown color to it. It actually looks similar to the Boston Lager.

S- It's got a nice scent to it.

T- Considering that it's a light beer it's got a nice flavor to it. Got some nice taste of yeast and hops and it doesnt go overboard with it.

M-It's got a nice clean finish to it and it doesn't leave an aftertaste.

D-It's a fine beer to drink without worrying about the extra calories.

I love Sam Adams as you probably know if you read my previous reviews and this is no exception. I like this beer a lot and I am not really into light beers. It's like the diet pepsi of beers.

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Photo of Gyle41386
2.74/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Pours an amber orange color. Three fingers of creamy foam that leaves behind gobs of sticky lacing. Not bad.

Smells like pretty much every other light lager. Better than an adjunct lager, but not by much. Toasted malt and grains, but not much of either. I guess you could say there's a hop aroma.

Very underwhelming flavor, much like the aroma. There's not much flavor at all, except for a grainy aftertaste. Watery more than anything else. Not bad, but not good, either.

Very light body. Thin and watery texture. It would be easy to pound these, but it just doesn't taste very good. Gets bumped up to a 3.5 because it doesn't give that awful light lager recoil feel.

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Photo of bsp77
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of Sam Adams Summer Pack.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Rich gold with decent head. Very nice appearance for a light beer.

Smell: Grainy malts and slight noble hops.

Taste: Sweet grains with minimal hop presence. "Beer" aftertaste.

Feel: High carbonation, relatively light body but heavier than normal for style.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink but not exciting.

Obviously better than other light beers, but since I view this as a pointless category, I compare this versus the grand spectrum of pale lagers.

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

First off lets be clear i have yet to find a light beer that doesn't taste like every other light beer. I don't like light beer, but it came with the sampler and I'm a fan of Samuel Adams. Pours a darker color than any other light beer I've seen i recent memory. Smells and tastes very lightly of malty goodness. Very light mouth feel and crisp with a clean finish surprisingly drinkable. Quite surprised by this beer very light with more flavor than most, if i drank light beer this is probably what i would pick up.


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

A - darkest light beer I have ever seen.

S - grain and metallic notes

T - grain and metallic notes (what causes this?). The background has a smooth creamy taste which I really enjoy.

M - decently carbonated and a very thin body

D - I guess if I ever went on a diet this beer would be up for consideration. Glad to try but doubt I will ever buy it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1" head that creates some soft lacing.

Smell: malt sweentess is pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: malt sweetness, green apples, and a hint of caramel are balanced with a mild but noticeable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is almost clean.

Drinkability: this has to be the best light beer on the market today. It has a nice flavor and is easy to consume.

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Photo of SimpleM
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally tried this. I have come to like Sam's Boston Lager and am a huge fan of their ales.

12 oz bottle, poured ok, half the head I usually get from BL. Very nice looking, darker than I expected. Laced well.

Smell? Maybe I have a sinus infection or something (or had the beer too cold)but I could hardly smell anything. THe faint aromas I got were plesant, but I didn't really smell much.

Again... What taste? I guess I will have to try some macro swill again so that I realize that not all beer has flavor. I may have to try this again some time in the summer and re-review.

Mouthfeel was really good for a light beer. Liked the carbonation, and felt richer than it tasted.

Drinkability... definitely not a drain pour, but I'd rather have something with more flavor. Choice between this and "Lite" Or Bud Light, this wins, but I prolly wont buy it again unless I really do have no smell due to sinus.

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

A - Pours very clear amber/ gold with 1 inch off white head that dissipates quickly down to a thin ring leaving only minor laces on the glass.

S - Caramel malt, fruity. Mild herbal, earthy hop aroma in the background.

T - Sweet caramel malt initially, floowed by a drier finish. Moderate bitterness.

M - Not as thin as other Light lagers. Has a good bite and some lingering bitterness.

D - Very drinkable and not as filling as many other beers.

Overall - This is a good beer. I drink it quite frequently when I want something "light". I'm not sure it belongs in the same category as other light lagers though.

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Photo of beerman207
4.35/5  rDev +33.4%
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 +31.9%
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 +27.9%
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 +7.4%
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 -7.1%
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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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 2,246 ratings