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 jaydanahy
2.89/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 12 oz...poured into pint glass

Poured a pale yellow color with moderate white head. Smell is very light. Taste is also very faint overall. Beer doesn't have bad qualities about the beer, but little flavor that Sam Adams Lager has for a mass-market beer. A decent alternative if necessary

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Photo of ikats
2.71/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light amber in color. Head builds up to a nice size, but then fizzles out quickly. Light hops in aroma, definitely not enough. Taste is more substantial then in other light beers, but flavor is not there. It is light in taste, yet with some presence. I guess if there was nothing else, I wouldn't mind drinking it.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my pint glass and appears a very rich clear amber color with a finger of tight, eggshell colored foam. Smells of honey, nuts and toasted malt. Tastes of sweet, toasty, bready malted grains, with a touch of nutiness. Excellent body for a light beer with medium carbonation. A fantastic light lager. I could session this forever and a day. The absolute mother of all light beers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rowew
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Best by month and date notched on the label.

Appearance: Pale amber in color, decent sized head that fades quickly. Quite dark in color for a light beer.

Smell: Bready malt aroma - a bit sweet, and some grassy smells.

Taste: Similar to the aroma - malt dominated, with some grassy hop flavor in the finish.

Overall impression: This seems to be a light beer in name only. Color, flavor, and everything else are in the range of a standard amber lager. Enjoyable - and maybe the name will get more people on to quality beer.

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Photo of Homebrew63
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this light beer from the Sam Adams company. It actually is not a bad light as others I have tatsed. It poured with good color and very minimal lacing (which is surprising) and malty nose. it had an almost clensing mouth feel and finished crisp. Not a bad beer to mow the lawn to as it does taste better than the mass produced light beer swill.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is best light beer I have tasted so far.

A - Golden color, carbinated, white head.

S - Sweetness, light smell, hints of hops. Nice.

T - Love it, hints of malt and hops, not too heavy. Not bitter.

M - Very light in the mouth, not watery, nice and clean feel.

D - I could drink a few of these, best light beer I have tasted.

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz longneck into a standard pint glass. Beer was light copper in color with a minimal head that quickly faded to a slight covering. There was lively carbonation rising to the surface throughout the life of this beer. The only aroma I detected was that of light grain. The initial taste of this beer was obstructed by the very high carbonation, but this quickly subsided, and a very delicate and pleasant grainy flavor came through. This was coupled with a slight caramel flavor, and if its really looked for, there is a slight bitterness to the finish. In the mouth, this beer is light-bodied and has high carbonation. It is highly drinkable and very refreshing, but if you are looking to experience the nice flavors of this beer, I wouldn't drink anything but water or swill before it. Overall, a very good light beer made with quality ingredients.

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Photo of theopholis
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very clear amber color with an off white 3 finger head that has little staying power and leaves a touch of lace. For a light lager, it's okay I guess.

Aroma-A bit sour and fairly grainy. Very little malt sweetness or hop aroma. Bit of cardboard aroma. Still...better than most light beers.

Taste-Some malt characteristics, with a graininess that actually makes it kind of interesting.'s a light beer. Just the tiniest amount of bittering hops.

Mouthfeel- Thin bodied (which is appropriate) with high carbonation . Good CO2 bite through-out. Fairly refreshing. Not as thirst quenching as Coors light, but hey, that's not really beer is it?

Drinkability- Pretty good. I don't like light beers that much, but this one ALMOST tastes like beer. Let's face it. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear copper – golden color with a nice head which quickly left. The smell is malty but faint. The taste is sweet with some slight caramel characteristics. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. This is a very drinkable beer – probably the best light beer I’ve encountered thus far.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.17/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful light beer....yards and yards above the typical 'light'.
Pours a pale crystal clear gold with a half finger of white that slowly melts.
Aroma of lager yeast, grain, and crisp light hops in the background.
Flavor is very crisp and light with a nice balance between sweet malt and citrus hops. Finish is crisp hop.
Very drinkable. Great to session.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Ultra clear amber color with an off white one inch head that has decent retention, especially for a light lager.

Sweet and grainy, with a stronger (and better) smell than other light lagers.

Cracker like malts with maybe a tiny hint of hop bitterness in the back of the tongue, but you really have to look for this. Thin bodied with high carbonation gives it a sharp feel. The finish (yes, there is a finish) is some lingering grain.

For the beer enthusiast, this is a good light lager to try. You're not going to get any outstanding characteristics or bursts of flavors, but you are going to get a relatively flavorful light lager that's made with 100% two-row barley malt, rather than adjuncts. I don't normally drink this style of beer, but if I did, this would be my choice.

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Photo of MiScusi
2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I understand what they are aiming for in this beer, and the reason I score it so low is because it is so highly carbonated that it almost hurts when it hits your tongue. It made it almost undrinkable to me. That and it still has that "cheap beer" feel regardless of being all-natural or whatever they claim. It looks nice in a glass though, at least for a light lager.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Sam Adams Light to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale copper color and is clear. A small bubbly head forms, and dissipates quickly to nothing.

The smell is very faint. Malted grain aroma is about it.

The taste is cereal, grain, with a mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

This is a drinkable beer, but not a very compelling one. It is average or below average in almost every respect. Still it is very sessionable, and would be a good thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of
2.44/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle

Clear gold in color, medium sized white head.

Not much aroma, seemed to be more malt than hops.

Taste followed aroma. I prefer hoppier beers, and this one certainly wasn't. Cracker kind of taste characterized the malt character. Hops faintly pine. Left an aftertaste I really didn't like.

Mouthfeel was light in body, with medium to high carbonation. Sweet/wet finish.

Overall, I just don't like this beer. Lack of hops and an unpleasant aftertaste pretty much finished this off for me. I had tried it some time ago and didn't like it, then decided to give it another go. Unfortunately, first impression was accurate.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with moderate white puffy head. Pour retention.
Smell is very light for a sweet maltiness.
Taste id also very light, witha faint sweet maltiness backed by an even fainter note of hops
Thin in the mnouth with little taste retention.
Nothing offensive about the beer, but little flavor.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a golden yellow body that is crystal clear. There is a strong carbonation of bubbles supporting a thin white head that fades pretty quickly.

S- The clean light smell of dry malt with a slight sweetness had a hint of green hops as it warmed. Very soft over all.

T- The taste of dry pale malt has a fresh note with a faint depth of toasted hint. There was a smooth faint noble hop finish but it didn't really have any bitterness to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tiny fizz that makes the finish pretty clean.

D- This beer is smooth and light but it has much more flavor than any other beer in this style that I have tasted.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Sam Adams Light was a light amber color with an off-white head. The head was medium in size with decent retention. The aroma was light with some sweet malt, a little hops and a touch toasty. The taste was sweet malt with a hint hops and a dry finish. The body was medium-light with medium carbonation. Drinkabilty was good for a light beer. This is the best light beer I have tried so far.

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Photo of beeroclock
2.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle is very professional looking. nice and sleek, the bottle's graphics has changed since the picture on this site. Very appealing just as the bottle. Once poured, it's even more amazing. The first thought is "this is a light beer??" as it looks like a regular Sam Adams w/ a dark color, copper and carbonated w/ a nice head that fades quickly, mild lacing. Smell is average, I'm actually not picking up a lot from it. Taste is not as much as I had hoped, maybe the appearance got me excited. I am picking up some corn type of flavors. Maybe a slight sweetness in there as well. Mouthfeel is nothing special, some carbonation, thats it. It's ok, one of the better light beers, but still not great. I would bring this to a get together of non-appreciative beer drinkers, those that wouldn't appeal to some of the better beers out there.

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Photo of DogFood11
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can enjoy a light offering now and again and this has a reputation for being one of the better light beers around so I had to pick up a sixer. It pours much darker than any light offering I've had. It is a light shade of copper with lots of racing carbonation.

Malted body is the theme here. Sweet malts with underlying light fruitiness and a slight hop twinger. Sweetness seems to come from a fresh baked breadiness and is somewhat balanced out by a slighty spiced hop presence. This is unlike any light brew I've had. This one has taste and doesn't come across as corny or adjunct riddled.

Notes: Although this won't make it to my fridge to often, I won't turn a nose to this well brewed beer. If I want something on the lighter side a good German pils will do it for me every time but Sam Adams is usually more available and a decent tasting brew.

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Photo of teg8612
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Not your typical light beer. Light amber, almost copper color. White head with a thick cap and some decent lacing.

S- Clean. Malt is somewhat grainy. Hops are subtle. The whole smell thing is mild but inviting.

T&M- Malt has a dextrin sweetness to it with only a hint of hop bitterness. finish is also sweet. Light bodied though not watery with good carbonation. Clean.

D- This is a fine light lager. Nothing comes close in the category. Not lawnmower type but good for a night out with many brews. I would reach for a lighter style first if that's what I wanted like a kolsch or helles but this will work.

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Photo of asabreed
2.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance:A darker yellow color, though not really all that close to amber. Lots of bubbles floating to the top, and actually a decent net of white lacing clinging to the middle of the glass.

Smell: Seems like a lot of dextrin sweetness and maybe DMS, though I doubt the latter since they're using what they say they use. Can't discern much other than the malt sweetness; there's hardly any hops in the nose.

Taste: Again, a lot of seemingly artificial sweetness and hardly any hops, which is a big disappointment. I can discern maybe a bit of darker German malts, but that's about it.

Mouthfeel: I wish there was more carbonation, as it's slightly watery, though still fairly full-feeling I suppose somehow.

Drinkability: I'd take this light beer over others I imagine, but at the same time, why not just have a regular Sam Adams lager? More hops, more body, more taste, and probably not a lot more calories a bottle.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another brew with a ton of reviews. My 2 cents - great for the summer at a restaurant eating outside. This tasting was in an indoor event and it involved multiple appetizers crossing quite a few taste spectrums. Good choice for the evening but not one that pick up for enjoyment during the week.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Darker amber in color, big head left lots of lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly some smell here, I didn't expect that from a light beer, a bit of malts, a bit of hops.

Taste: Nice balance between the hops and malts, with the malts winning.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Drinkability: I can't imagine anyone reading this that couldnt session it.

Overall, good for a "light" beer. I always think "light" as the body of the beer, so I'm not sure if thats what Boston Beer was going for or the whole calorie thing. Either way, I am never in the mood for anything called light but I would pick this up for guests who I know would rather have something along these lines.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper with a fizzy head that, unfortunately doesn't stick around.

Some vague fruity hoppiness is present. Actually has a beer-type aroma, unlike the macro-lights, for the most part.

It's watered down malt and hops. Some graininess, too. Unfortunately, there is a metallic edge to it. Still, it has some actual flavors, again - unlike most other lights.

It has a watery thinness to it, but the flavors hold on. the sweet malt and bitter hops are well-blended. This is certainly better than the typical macro light by far. Still in all, it is a light beer, and has an unfortunate metallic taste (though mild). I bought this in a restaurant to try it, but switched to regular Sam Adams Lager just after it. The latter is much better, but for a light beer, this one is not bad at all.
Scores reflective of light beer style.

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

Amber in color with a very thin light tan head. Smells hoppy with some malt. Tastes somewhat sweet with some hops too. Slight hints of roast. Not too strong in flavor, but by far the most flavorful low calorie beer I've ever had. Light medium body. In the right situation, I can see myself having this. It's a decent beer.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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