Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light

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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 SpecialK088
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Light amber low head

S-Malt, barley, bread mild hop notes also a note of spice

T-Grain, hops and water smooth and easy to drink

M-Good carbonation level easy to drink medium body

D-This is my grab one and drink it from the bottle beer, easy for me to just pick up drink and forget for a little while that im a compete beer snob

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Photo of Dirtgoddess
4.6/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried this beer on a lark, wanting a bottle of light beer as a 'cleansing ale' after a bomber of the stronger stuff for my thrice a week 'beer night.' I couldn't find the Amstel Light, and purchased one of these.

First of all, I'm not crazy about light beer - many are just glasses of water spoiled - when I see the young guys lugging cases of that stuff to the check stand, I assume they're the victims of slick advert campaigns.

However, this brew amazed me, and I think in the pantheon of light beers should rate far higher than it is here. This is LIGHT BEER folks, not regular, give it its due. It has a firm, almost nutty taste, no skunk and a smooth mouth feel. It pours a rich colour into the glass, rather like my beloved Yuengling, and frankly tastes like an old recipe lager. It is light in alcohol, only 4%, which makes it a great afternoon beer - its flavourful character will hold its own with anything from pasta to burgers.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear golden-amber, forming a thick, dense off-white head. Very nice retention and good lacing.
S-Simplicity...slightly sweet malt backbone, light noble hops, very faint metallic character.
T&M-Starts out w/slightly sweet malt and light-bodied w/sharp carbonation, gets a little watery midway and finishes partly on the hops (light citrus emerges on the swallow), and partly w/the metallic sensation.
D-I was still tasting this beer when I realized it was almost gone. This drinks quickly and quietly, without fanfare, but I still think it's a great "gateway beer" to lead the masses away from macros to Brewtupia.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some slight hops. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy. Light body. Drinkable, not worth buying again though. Not into light brew's.

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Photo of Slynger
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper orange with a nice cap of finely bubbled, slightly creamy, off-white.

The nose brings a touch of carameled, bready sweetness and light, herbal hops.

Tastes pretty much the same. A touch watery in the light body, with a moderate amount of fine bubbly, foamish carbonation.

Not a great beer, but it is one of the best light beers you can find. Nicely done for the style.

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

From a twelver to my glass to my belly...

Clear amber orange. Looks better than you would expect. Head was up then down though.

Can smell some malt. Not very strong on the aroma.

Light malt flavor, but it does have flavor. One of the few light beers with any flavor at all.

Mine was ice cold so the feel was a little harsh. I forgive.

This is a great beer to take to a BMC buddy's house. It's a step up and many people will like it because it's not too "brown."

Overall: good stuff that has it's place

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

The new go-to here at the homestead.

The pour creates a quick dissipating head, with many carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom. Golden yellow/orange coloring in the beer.

Smells of yeast and corn, slight hop aroma. Decent malt scent.

Very balanced flavor, slightly malty, slightly bitter, good flavors of wheat and corn, and upgrade flavor of your typical macro American lager.

The feel is watery initially but actually is very filling. Light on the tongue. Crisp.

Well, this is impossible not to praise. Beats all other widely available light beers hands down. Thing is, it is a very tasty brew REGARDLESS of it being a light beer. Easy drinking, delicious, cheaper than craft beer, and really really refreshing.

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Photo of changeup45
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad light beer at all. Amber in color topped with just a thin white head. The head fizzles pretty quickly and little to no lace is left on the glass. Not really a whole lot like a regular Boston Ale or Lager. This had a watery, slightly sour taste and just a bit of a hoppy flavor. Not really for me but if I feel like a light beer or you are looking for a good light beer definitely give this one a shot.

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Photo of billybob
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

medium amber in color with a with a two finger white head that quickly fades away with a small amount of sticky lace. strong smell of corn and corn husk but after a while turning to a slightly metalic smell. taste is smooth and malty and it has some flavor to it. carbonation was a little weak. not a beer i would buy again.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date of July, bought in August. Too bad I didn't realize this until I was at home.

Head was a nice white, but it faded down quickly. The color of this beer does not look like any light beers I have seen. It is almost an amber colored orange (if that makes any sense). The balance between hops and malts is very good. The mouthfeel is wonderful, as I just want to let it linger in my mouth for a while before drinking it. Very clean and refreshing.

This is definitely the best light beer that I have had and it really packs a lot of flavor. If the label didn't say it was light, then I would have never guessed it to be a light beer.

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Photo of engisch
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the best light beer that I have tasted. It is far better than the typical American light beers (Bud, Coors, Miller, etc.). I would even say this beer could almost compete against some non-light beers. If I cared much for my caloric intake this would be the brew that I would drink.

Before this beer, I had practically given up on light beers and figured none would have enough oomph to please my taste buds. This was leftover from some visitors at my house-party. Comparing this to the standard Sam Adams is unfair, but this is a good light version of it. It has much less body and has a much harder time holding any head. It has a pleasant light hop flavor. It is very drinkable.

All in all, it is possibly the best light ever.

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Photo of gford217
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden amber with a one-finger white head that showed great life with lots of bubbles rushing to the top. This looks great compared to most light beers. Nothing too special in the smell with wheat, light hops and some other grainy smells. The taste was a fuller version of the aroma with some decent wheat and light hop flavors. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and not very watery at all. This is one of the better light lagers I've tasted and very drinkable.

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Photo of semihobo
4.45/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Best by August 08. Pours with a light brown, clear body, and a large enough head that the whole beer can't fit in the pint glass on the first pour. Poor retention. Very lively bubbling.

Smells very clean, just a simple malt profile, the bottle says two-row. The smell is not "light," although it's not strong either. Slight grassy hops. No off notes or adjuncts.

Tastes like Sam Adams Boston Lager mixed 50/50 with water. First taste was disappointing after the smell. Not disappointing for a light beer, but because it smelled like a real beer. Weak, slightly sweet bread taste with low alpha hops, minimal bittering. No adjuncts.

Body also suffers. I would prefer higher carbonation to cover for a light, watery body, as is the norm for the style. Carbonation is smooth but dies mid-sip.

The light beer that sets the bar for others in the style. Light beer drinkers should also see New Belgium's Skinny Dip -- 110 calories and 4.2% alcohol, vs. Sam Adams Light at 124 calories and only 4.0% alcohol.

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

Had this served up at the Sam Adams joint in the Cincinatti, Kentucky airport in between Germany and Atlanta. They only had four or five beers, and I had already had everything BUT the venerable Sam Adams Light.

Serving was from an ice-cold bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance was a medium amber color with a small white cap that left minimal lacing on the glass.

Nose a mix of vague grain and herbal hop notes, but nothing spectacular.

Taste is somewhat bland, with a thin malt background balanced by a deal of hop bitterness. Body is medium-thin, with a decent amount of carbonation. Finish is a short-lasting, semi-dry bitterness that mellows into a sweetness as it dies.

Overall, the beer is what it is -- just a better-tasting, more balanced version of a Light beer. If ever I was forced to drink a light beer, I'd definitely choose this over any of the macro water beer, but it's certainly no replacement for a fuller beer.

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Photo of kinger
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Probably one of the best "lights" on the market, I've had this a while back and as luck would find due one of these snuck into my Sammy's variety pack. Light malty aroma nothing wrong here, pours a nice light copper small head little left on the glass. Mouthfeel is fuller than most but still thin considering. Good taste, I prefer more but this is a light. If you are a worried beer drinker this may be for you, If you enjoy beer, spend your cash on the real thing.

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Photo of mbenthall
4.5/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clean, clear amber with thin head.

Smell: malt and floral hops.

Taste: Light in body with malty sweetness, undertones of caramel, finishes with a slight hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean finishes dry.

Drinkability: I'm reviewing this as a light beer and as such it is the best I've ever had. Nice and refreshing. But if your main reason for drinking a light beer is calories, and not taste, take note of the 128 calorie count.

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

Probably my favorite light beer (though this really has about 125 calories, not really "light").

Appearance: brilliant yellow gold; nice head
Smell: Nice hop aroma, as well as that "freshly mown lawn" malt nose. Quite good for a beer of this stature.
Taste: Caramel-ly, toffee, roasty up front, dry bittering, citrusy hop finish. Nothing extraordinary here, but slightly better than average.
Mouthfeel: pretty good balance between the sweetness/roastiness of the malts and the bitter hop. S.A. gets it right with this beer though it does taste just a bit light in the finish. True to style perhaps, but I guess I was expecting just a bit more ( hang-up I suppose!).
Drinkability: A great beer to have after a long day of work, or after cutting the grass in the summer warmth. Nice session-able beer that I could easily drink all night if warranted. Certainly it's the best "light" beer I've ever had. Nice job, Mr. Koch.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hands down, the best light beer I've ever had. That may not be saying much, but it's worth noting.

Smell is grainy, though much cleaner than the average light lager.

Tastes like a good lager, only much tamer. None of those corn and rice flavors from the macro lights. Toasted grains, a little bread, and some sweet caramel.

Easy to drink and enjoyable. It may be light beer, but it's actually pretty good.

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

Pours a light amber color, very clear. Decent head that goes away pretty quickly. Minimal lacing. Smells of biscuity malts and a slight hop spice. A light beer that actually smells like beer! Taste is also great for a "light beer." Biscuity malts followed by a hop spice, some vanilla notes...almost like a watered down Boston Lager. Really terrific for a light beer, I must say. It doesnt have the usual off flavors that accompany the rest. Crisp, clean, and actually some flavor in there. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Clean finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of matty
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is mainly malty.Taste is toffee and bread.I have never seen a light beer with this dark of a color nor have I ever had a light beer with this much flavor.This is something both macro and micro beer drinkers could agree on.I could drink these all day.Highly recommend!!

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Photo of fitzy84
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with an extremely thin head with some patchy lacing. Clear, light amber color overall. Aromas had a slight roasty hint to a generally bready and malty smell. Taste mirrored the aromas with a slight fruity and hoppy taste. Lightly grassy and pretty sweet for a light lager. Great carbonation, in general; very, very refreshing, light and crisp. Overall, I am not a light beer drinker, but this is pretty darn good for one.

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

I've never crossed a light beer that I kind of liked, but tonight may change that. Enter Sam Adams Light:

Orangish amber color with caramel hues and a head that dissipates quick. The nose is made of toasted malt and dried up toffee, quite clean in fact. Okay, so it's something so far. And the taste? does kind of taste like a watered down SABL, though the company claims this lighter beer is a totally different beer. In this beer, it tastes of toasted malt with a side of orange and citrus. There's enough pizzaz going on in here to keep he interested and going. To boot, this is an easy drinker.

Here's the first light beer which I can say with confidence that I like. No off-flavors and just enough of the original goodness to keep on going.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.92/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into glass beer mug.

A - Light colored amber brew, with a quarter to half inch of head. Short retention and some minimal lacing.

S - Pretty assertive malt aroma for a light beer, perhaps even a little toasty with a faint floral hop note.

T - Pale malts with the same toasty suggestion from the nose, slowly drying out with fruity hop flavor.

M - Light bodied, but solid, high carbonation but more natural than others of the style.

D - Very easy to drink. Could have a few if I had to.

In many ways, this reminded me of a drier blonde ale. Though it is certainly the best beer with the word "light" on the label, I wouldn't call it the best light beer because it isn't really a light beer. While it might impress the initiated as a "light beer," an average light beer drinker would find this brew contradictory to the idea behind a light lager in the first place.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a hard pour of this amber colored beer rendered very little head and minimal lacing.

this beer actually smells pretty good. a good malt character and hops are easily noticeable. a little bready smelling as well.

the taste is light, but not absent. not much of the maltiness in the nose follows through to my mouth however.

this beer is pretty thin and light, but i guess that's what it's going for.

overall, a good alternative to a regular "mass marketed" beer, but not one that i'd pick unless i was outside on a hot summer day. not the best sam adams offering IMO.

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

Pours orange yellow, Head goes quickly. Smells of Oranges and grain and a little malt. Very refreshing taste never would know this was a Light beer. This is a very drinkable beer one leads to another. Pricey but a nice smooth drink. I never drink light beers but gave this a try because its Sam Adams and find it to be very good!

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