Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light
2,233 Ratings
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 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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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a cookout this weekend.

Poured a very crisp looking gold with alot of bubbly head.

Smells like malt and a bit of grain, can't really smell much else.

Taste was very crisp and mild, hops and malt are there but not too strong.

Mouthfeel is light, good weight, good carbonation.

Drinkability is average. If I'm in the market for a light beer I may try this again.

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Photo of Edgecrusher
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber-very dark compared to other light beers.

Smell: hardly and defining aromas.

Taste: Water down beer taste. However better than any other light beer.

Mouthfeel: Slightly higher carbonation than desired.

Drinkabilty: Only if ya have to.

Def best tasting light beer. Not something I would willingly purchase-but if a light is what you desire-this is the one.

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Photo of Spikester
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Very hard to find in Oregon. Have been wanting to find this for those occasions when a light beer is needed. Very much a little brother to the Sam Adams Boston Lager. Has all the good properties of the regular without as much alcohol. The mouthfeel is a bit less but certainly the best "light" beer I have found thus far. I just wish it was available everywhere the regular Sam Adams is sold.
Well done Boston Beer Co.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Pours a nice amber color with a generous white head. Not much going on in the lacing category, but for a light beer this is good looking.

S: Nothing too complex but it is light. Got some malt, grains, and sweet, floral hops.

T: Same deal, the hops hit you with a bit of sweetness. The malt can be tasted with a bit of caramel. Not bad.

M: Very light, clean and crisp.

D: For a session beer, this is not bad especially if you are watching your calories.
Very nice one from SA.

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Photo of rpardon7
3.86/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Poured a nice amber with a residual white head with a little lacing.

S - Could smell the grain and malt with an undertone of sweet hops.

T - A very good tasting light beer, not too watered down but not as full tasting as the boston lager. However in the light beer category you can tell more work was put into this beer.

M - Very light and crisp.

D - Very good session beer good for BBQ or a hot afternoon, not my choice of beers but if choosing a light beer this is my choice.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Okay, sometimes I enjoy chugging a few cold ones after a hike. While washing the car. While arguing with buddies over the best automatic transmission ever. Often times I am stuck with whatever light macro said buddies have in the fridge. If I ever write my memoirs I will insert this beer in place of the macros.

A truly refreshing light beer. Enjoyable with barbecue and friends. I'd rather have Samuel Adams Boston Lager but when I have the macro light drinking crowd over I stock up on this one.

Jewel of a light beer!

Gorgeous amber...

slight whiff of hop acid with a touch of adjuncts noted!

Tastes smooth like a watered down Boston Lager...

Crisp and goes down easy...way easy to chug!

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Photo of BBM
3.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light amber into a pint glass with a thin white head. Nice to see an amber body on a light beer. Aroma was non-descript, slightly sweet.

Well this is by far the best "light" beer I've had, but that isn't saying much. A malty, sweet flavor is balanced by just a touch of hops. Overall not too much flavor is lost from the Boston Lager, but there is a difference.

A perfect beer to cut carbs/calories while still maintaining flavor. I'm sure it's not as "light" as the major brands (calorie wise), but it's rather tasty all things considered.

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Photo of illidurit
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. 2 fingers of head float atop an amber body. Good retention, little lacing. Aroma is of fresh cut grain and a little bit of caramel sweetness. Flavor is like a lighter Boston Lager: bready and sweet but a tad watery. Mouthfeel is thinnish but satisfying. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoy this beer, it does have a hearty flavor to it, but it is a light beer. Not bad, and I do respect the different styles. This one is going into my good beer phaze. Enjoy the SA samle back. drink up and enjoy this beer, I had people ┬ćell my that notheing

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Photo of Yimosan
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly good light beer, it has become my favorite in that category.
1 inch head when served in a freezer cold mug.
The beer has a reddish tint to it and taste-wise, it has a malty sweet after taste.
Sam Adams light is a great every day beer and I find that for me, it pairs well with spicy Asian foods because of its sweetness.
Very very refreshing!


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Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber-golden color. Clear with a tan head.
Wow, this light beer actually has some flavor. Aromas of grain, faint hops and some syrupy malts. Taste is very similar. Very grainy. A light hop presence keeps it drinkable. Decent body. Light with good carbonation. Perhaps the most drinkable light beer around. Nice job Sam Adams, just a little expensive for what you get.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretaste notes: This is the only light beer I know of that doesn't use adjuncts (rice, corn, etc.). The only ingredients in this light beer are barley, hops, yeast, and water. Sam Adams Light is the only light beer to win a medal at any German beer tasting competition.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the 12oz bottle. The beer is a classic "cold gold" color with a hint of red. Head is all-white and grew to two fingers thick after a hard pour. Head dissolved after a bit less than 2 minutes.

Smell: Surprisingly nice aroma with a clean introduction, leading into an aroma of fresh grain and light hops. I was pleasantly surprised to find light fruits in the aroma, alondside fresh hops, which highlights the fact that there are no adjuncts used in the production of the beer.

Taste: Again, very clean throughout, but much maltier than I expected... and that's not a bad thing. This is a light beer that actually delivers on its promise of a bolder taste. There is a nice bready malt backbone throughout alongside a slight caramel note, and a superbly balanced hop profile.

Notes: If I didn't know that this was a light lager, I would have rated it as an American Amber or a regular all-malt lager. This is a great beer that has the potential to ease the average BMC drinker into the realm of craft brews. However, it has all of the calories (and taste, plus more) of a normal American style lager, which I think puts it outside of the realm of light beers. This would be a great alternative to regular Budweiser and other domestic macro lagers because of the sheer fact that it actually has taste, and is very very drinkable... even for the "only-drink-to-get-get-drunk" crowd. Also, this is the only light beer that I consider to be actual beer.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 2,233 ratings
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