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 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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, deep cranberry-orange with a quickly diminishing ivory colored head that left some covering behind. Visible carbonation was extremely light with but a few stray bubbles making their way to the surface.

S: light traces of fresh oranges. Not much hoppiness was detected if any.

T: The initial flavor was sweet, citric oranges with some caramel sweetness. A very light noble dry flowery hopping was detected and was quite nice. Some dry oranges, flowers and a dry alcohol fade was detected on the finish. Overall pretty decent for a light beer and probably one of the best ive had.

M: very light, almost watery with no carbonation detected.

D: An average if not slightly above average drinkability factor, wouldn't know this to be a light beer. The beer drank progressively better as it got along but still wouldn't invest in a six pack.

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Photo of MrMonkey
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The new CEO of my company brought a six-pack of these in at the end of the day. Who am I to refuse free beer, right?

Pours a clear light golden amber with a 1/8" bubbly off-white head that recedes quickly to a sticky ring.

Smell is faint, but there's some lightly toasted bread, corn husk, and the slightest amount of grassy, floral hops.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, with a crisp bitter finish.

If I were dieting on a hot summer day, this might not be a bad choice, but otherwise I'll pass.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5


A - Beuatiful auburn golden in color, head dissipates ultra quick, leaving moderate carbonation left in the pint glass.

S - Honey, caramel, and grassy hops.

T - Honey, caramel, and grassy and earthy hops.

M - Overwhelmed by all this carbonation. Other than that, slight malty-sweet aftertaste.

D - Good if you are counting your calories (will have to reject your man card and need to prescribe gravy shots) and better than other light beers. This would be a great example if not for the overcarbonation.

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Photo of nem2006
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank the beer in a pint glass. Poured a deep amber color with very little head. Good carbonation. Surprised by the color.

The smell was pretty typical, but not for a light beer. It clearly had more body.

The beer was pretty normal. A little maltiness at the start and then a slight bitterness from the hops to finish it off. The body was much fuller than other lights.

As stated a couple times earlier in my review. It is not really your typical light beer. Of course it doesn't have the body or full flavor of other non-light beers, but for a light beer, it was surprising at how 'not light' it was.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass just for the hell of it.

Note: I am going to be judging this beer in terms of its style so it is going to be as honest a review as possible.

A: Pours the darkest color for a light beer that I've ever seen a sort of rosy colored copper with a rather thin and whispy looking pure white head with no visible carbonation bubbles (I must have a pretty well maintained glass at least). It looks as if someone poured a rose into my glass and called it beer.

S: Smell is nothing to write home about rather standard, I mean no blast you in the face adjunct aromas, decently sweet malt with a faint kiss of citric hops but brought down by a slight corny tinge.

T/MF: Decent malt breadiness that I wish held together a bit more as it yeilds and enventually finishes again with a slight corny adjunctness. Mouthfeel is much fuller for a light beer which is very nice, none of that soda like consistency with this beer as it is rather chewy. The hop presence is mild at best but its a light beer so its nice to see at least some being used.

D: Honestly I think this one is better out of the bottle as it does a bit of a better job hiding the flaws in this beer, but still in terms of style this is about the best beer I've ever had. Good if you are counting carbs I suppose...

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

sam light is a nice malteym light that is impersivaly bold in flavor for a light beer

it is hot and humed hear today and i hade a couple of them that my cousan gave me, i usaly like a beer that is extream with flavor, this beer was thirst quenching, it poored real nice, with just the right amount of head and keept me wanting more, this is a great beer for the dog days of summer

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Photo of gpogo
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Brilliant light gold with white head that quickly dissipates.

A- Slightly macro aroma, with more of a floral and grain aroma as well.

T- Crisp malty taste with a slight sweetness. Kindof metallic with a very light hop flavour. Finishes dry.

M- Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- Nothing like any light beer I have ever had. If anything this is like a watered down Sam Adams. I suppose I'm one of those people that finds people that drink diet soda to be retards and that thought reflects with this brew. However if someone offered me this brew(opposed to offering me a diet soda) I would gladly accept. If you are one of those people that drinks diet soda, perhaps this is the beer for you.

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

I was really skeptical, but all that worry for nothing. Similar to the Boston Lager, but less hoppy and lighter in color. Nothing too complex, but hit the nail on the head for trying to make a light beer with some character. Really crisp, a fuzz dry vs. being a typical watery light beer. I was pleasantly surprised at this one. Very light and refreshing. Simplicity at it's finest.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Very nice golden amber color with, with a 1 finger head, and little bubbles racing to the top, the best looking light beer I have poured.

Smell was average but good for a light beer. Smelt of wheat, hops, and a hint of citrus.

Taste was very clean and crisp, no watery taste like many light beers. Wheat and light hops.

The mouthfeel was thin and slightly too carbonated.

Could throw these back all day.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 2,245 ratings