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 MrHurmateeowish
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is way better than most light lagers. I can smell it and even taste it! It also has a solid deep amber color to it. Nose is sweet and malty. reminds me of toasted buttery oats. Taste is likewise. Not extreme, but for the style the best yet. Crisp and clean with some actual body. Nice pleasant mouthfeel, brisk, clean and slightly coating. Unoffensive in any way and actually enjoyable.

If seeking giant flavor and a healthy dose of hops, then stay clear of light beer. If your plan is to consume, a lot fairly soon, then this is for you.

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Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden amber - foamy white head. Faint sweet malt aroma with a rich, toasty butterscotch note that I've never found in a light beer before. Solid flavor...nothing really sticks out but there's not a nasty or overly cheap taste to be found. Sweet with a grainy aftertaste. Solidly carbonated, better-than-light mouthfeel.

Real good for a light beer and no adjuncts either which is a huge plus. Suprisingly only 10-20 more calories than most of the others...not that I care.

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Photo of Freshie
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark golden colour, with decent head that dissapates to the sides and laces nicely. Very active carbonation. Is this a light beer?!

Smells of caramel malt and something fruity, like an apple, or any other various crisp fruit, maybe a pear?

The taste is surprisingly flavourful for light beer. Rich sweet malt, and fruitiness that comes later. The carbonation leaves a bite in your mouth and makes this beer very crisp.

Very very drinkable, hence the high score. I can absolutely enjoy this anytime.

Cheers to SA for once again a great light beer, most likely the best!

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Photo of veech
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is far and away the best american macro light out there. A: Deep golden with a nice level of carbonation and head esp. for a light beer S: Light maltiness, with some very mild citrus hints and a touch of hopped bitterness all on the mild side. T: Very close to the aroma with understated flavors of what the nose hints at. More body than you would expect from a light lager without being filling M: Good viscosity with enough feel to coat one's mouth without affecting the drinkability which is very good. To put it simply, this is a beer drinker's light beer with enough taste to satisfy without resorting to levels of heaviness that would exclude it from being classified a light lager. Another nicely done product from Sam A.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, I don't often imbibe in "light" beers, but I wanted to see how Sam Adams stacks up. Pours a nice golden color...darker and richer than it's macro cousins. Huge, fluffy white head and a lot of lacing in the pint glass. Nose is quite malty...but wait, Ido smell some hops in here, I believe. Palate is definitely on the light side, but not completely tasteless. Malty and easy going, with just enough hop character to keep it interesting. Mouthfeel is light and the finish, dry. A light beer that actually has a flavor profile, albeit slight. Definitely beats the macro competition in the light lager category.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass

A- carmel brown with a nice off white head and some good lacing on the glass.

S- some malt some hops, the fact that this has any nose at all is amazing for a light beer

T- some balanced hops and a clean finish

M- a bit light but some decent carbination balances it out

D- SA beers are always very drinkable, this is not an execption. If I had to drink a light beer this is the only one I would drink.

Notes- light beers are not my thing; and honestly this beer borders on whether it is actually a light beer. However, none of the awful chemical adjucts that are added to lights are present in this beer. So one has to say this is the standard of what semi light beers should aspire too.

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Photo of dherling
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the world of light beers, this is a good one. It drinks like a decent brew, but with fewer calories, if you are intersted in that sort of thing. It pours clean with a foamy just off white head. The taste is straight forward, a little malt, a decent amount of hops, but basically a watered down experience. If you are looking to go light, this is a great choice. If you're looking for refreshing beer, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a white creamy head that quickly forms into a thin lace. This is a light beer? Amazing, this is the darkest light beer I have ever seen. Aroma is malty with a slight amount of hops as well. Taste is much like the smell in that it is malty with a mild hop flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Decent brew but excellent light lager. Good job by Boston Beer Company in making such a good light beer. At 4% abv this would make a decent session beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce standard brown glass bottle with a “Sam Adams” embossed shoulder. Classic Sam Adams label design with a light silver colored background. ‘Sam Adams’ in dark blue lettering above a red banner that has the words ‘LIGHT’ in a silvery gray color. Looks slightly different to the bottle pictured in the BA Database. Crown cap and neck label is color coordinated with the main label. No strength listed but it has a prominently nicked purchase before “Nov 2006” Brewery-Fresh date.

Appearance: Sturdy looks, fresh copper body when not back lit but closer examination reveals a light amber body, either it is very much darker than I expected. Dirty white head leaves a great looking ½” thick beige cap that leaves some smattered lacing on the walls of my Glass. I actually dunked two 12 ounce bottles into my large 24 ounce Mug, and it looked damn fine.

Nose: Clean malts, some grain and a low brow hoppy tone. Gentle yeast with a dried hay body. The strength is medium but the simple schnozzle does more than enough to maintain interest and convince you that this may not even be a Light beer. Could be better though.

Taste: Two tone body, sweet-ish malts with a light bitterness and a little more sweetness in the finish. Carbonation helps to get the tastes that are here to all the nooks and crannies. Fulfilling, in a not-so Light way.

Mouthfeel: A very clean brew, brisk malts and soft carbonation give this one a well above average feel in the mouth for a light beer at least. Satisfying body with a medium-plus composition.

Drinkability: This is a damn fine Light beer, and one that I could drink all night with little hassle. If anything the flavors may become a tad staid after the first Six-Pack, but nothing but praise from me for this, this is in fact the *only* Light beer that I have ever grabbed a second bottle of.

Overall: Quietly impressive, hard to get too excited about this brew, as Light beer is not one of my favorite “genre styles”, I like some “balls” in my beer. That said, this is no disappointment either, in fact given this in a blind tasting I will freely admit that, if I had not tried this before, I would have never thought it was a Light beer at all, to me it is more of a Mild Ale than a Light Beer.

The darkest, tastiest, heaviest “Light” beer that I have ever had. Great stuff from SamA’s and a beer that could well push boundaries and open up new frontiers for many a fledgling craft beer drinker; it has to be applauded for that alone. Well crafted and cleverly constructed.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Moderately vigorous pour produces a large off-white head that quickly fades and leaves minimal lacing over a clear amber body. Decent looking beer for a light lager.

Smell is remarkably malty and relatively intense for an l.l.

Taste falls off a bit, but still good. Not very hoppy or very malty, but pretty pleasant.

Mouthfeel is where this brew suffers: it's really just pretty thin.

If you like the taste -- and I do -- you could drink a lot of these.

Overall, a pretty decent beer, for a light lager. Still, this is not a stand-alone brew: it goes great with food.

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Photo of variousartists
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievable light beer. This beer is in a class of its own. Sets the bar for all other light beers. Light copper color with a white head. Good hoppy aroma, sweet maltiness, and traces of wheat and corn. Taste is outstanding considering it is a light beer. Nice carbonation, with a nice crisp finish. Good body. Very drinkable. Every other beer maker is now playing catch up with this beer.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light and clear golden color with an amber hue. Fizzy head dies down quickly as usual for a light lager.

Smell is much better than any other light lager I have tried. I can actually smell malty grain and slight hoppiness.

Body is light and taste is pretty good for a light beer. Crackery grainy malts and a subtle hop spicyness. Nice dry finish.

I don't understand how this beer gets a "not recommended" status and a low average rating when it is obviously one of the best light lagers in the world. I don't think people take any account for style which is too bad since this beer deserves a bit more respect.

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Photo of theozag
3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear and amber in color. Minimal white head over the brew. The rich hop smell is slightly sweet. Flavors are slightly sour but incredibly smooth. Settles onto the tongue with plenty of character. Finish is smooth with only a mild aftertaste.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now let me start off by saying that I am not at all a fan of American macro light lagers at all. Read the reviews I have posted of ones I have already had the unpleasureable experience of drinking and you'll quickly know why. Fortunately, this beer is a totally different story from those ones. Even though it is a light lager, I have yet to be let down by Sam Adams so I didn't think this beer could possibly be half bad to begin with even before cracking it open. Had a bottle of this at a family get together yesterday. This beer pours a clear, deep golden amber color with anice big head that shrinks considerably 5 minutes after pouring, but stays a good 1/4 inch thick right down to the last sip while leaving some nice lacing on the way down. Aromas of malt, grains, and some fruityness ensue. A somewhat sweet taste of bread, malt, with a touch of spice. It has a clean, smooth creamy mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. It goes down easy and I find it to be quite drinkable. I would never have guessed this was a light lager if it hadn't said so on the bottle's label. I have finally found an American light lager that I enjoy. Cheers!


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Photo of HoustonTX
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep golden in color, frothy head initially which lacked retention.

S - Malt/Bread

T - Malt sweetness rushes over the palate, and tastes pretty good. Only complain is the astringentness at the end on the palate. Slightly metallic.

M - Light mouthfeel, rich creaminess, and dry finish.

D - Good drinkability for those on the "light" diet. As it's on of the better lights.

If light beers are your thing, this is one of the better ones. Give it a shot.

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Photo of hero27
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Best before September 2006.
119 calories. Is that a lot? I honestly don't know.

Doesn't look too bad for a light beer.. Clear gold color, fairly small head on this one. Aroma is some faint sweet malts and definitely some hops thrown in also. The taste really has more hops than expected, with a definite Noble hop bite. Despite the rich toasted malt flavor and caramel, it's a very crisp and refreshing brew. The body has some definite muscle to it as well. If I was doing a blind tasting, I honestly would be pretty surprised if someone told me this was a "light" beer.

Certainly one of the best light beers on the market that I've tried. If you're trying to cut down on the calories, this is definitely a viable option rather than cutting out beer completely.

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3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1 1/4" off-white head that recedes in less than a minute to a cap. Deep golden beer with plenty of bubbles rising to the top.

S - Sweet malt. Adjunct aroma? Any hops are virtually undetectable.

T - Bready malt and a flash of sweetness mid-palate. Touch of spicy hops. Would have rated higher if not for a strange almost formaldehyde (sp?) like taste towards the end of a swig.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Finishes surprisingly dry.

D - Good drinkability. Far cry above normal domestic light lager. Pretty decent other than that one off flavor..

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Photo of spaceranger
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What can you say? It is, afterall, a LIGHT beer. When the finest brewers in the universe attempt to make something LIGHT it's gonna get screwed up. BUT - if light is what you want then this is one of the very few (2) that is worth a drink...If taste is what you want don't drink LIGHT.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The only reason I gave it a four, is because it is the best Light Lager I've drank. When poured, it was a medium golden in color with a slight reddish hue.

The smell of lightly roasted malts and hops was evident in the aroma. The flavor was a surprise. I tasted the mild malts and hops, but, I could also pick up a hint of citrus and it seemed like just a hint of corriander.

A fine balanced Light Lager you have here. For me a pleasant surprise on the flavor of this light lager!

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Photo of hgrong
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this with a Sam Adams rep last night.

Pours a very light amber with very active carbonation. Nice head that faded quickly. Much more color than any other light beer that I have tasted. The nose is uninspiring. It has that very typical "beer" smell that is present in so many domestic macros, i.e. total lack of hops and odd grains. On the palate it is again unexciting, but certainly not offensive. Sweet grains to begin with and only the slightest hop presence in the finish. Oddly enough I thought that the alcohol was discernable on the palate. The mouthfeel is light but not watery. It has active enough carbonation that I knew there was a beer in my mouth. Impressive for a light beer. Given that it is a light beer the drinkability is fairly high. There is not much to it, so if you like the taste you could easily throw them down.
Overall it is the best light beer that I have ever encountered. Unfortunately that isn't saying a whole lot.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: The color is fairly nice, a light amber/dark orange color. The head unfortunately goes away (almost entirely) rather quickly.

Smell: Grains, malts, hops, and fruit. But unfortunately it's got some rather nasty undertones that defy description.

Taste: Mostly grains and malts. Plus a bit of hops. Not really complex, but the flavor is nice and isn't watered down at all. Sometimes the aftertaste gets a bit of the nasty flavor that the smell has... this seems to increase over time, for some reason.

Mouthfeel: A light- to medium-bodied beer, to my surprise. Generally smooth feel. Tingly with carbonation, but a bit too much for my liking (makes it feel a bit gritty going down at times).

Drinkability: A fairly drinkable light beer. Goes down alright; low but sufficient ABV. Unfortunately the nastiness becomes a bit bothersome after a while.

One of the better light beers I've had -- it has flavor and body. Could definitely drink a lot of these with ease if it weren't for this inexplicable and indescribable nasty smell and taste. When you start, usually it's fine but with some sips it's a bit nasty. But then every sip begins to have this nasty aftertaste. I'd probably ignore this one unless someone offered it to me for free. Basically, if you really want a light beer, try this one. Otherwise, no need to bother...

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goldish color with a thin head, which fizzled out quickly. If there is anything bad about this light beer it is the smell, it is quite repulsive. Luckily, it tastes much better and can be very refreshing. It is best served very cold and is a great beer to drink while watching a baseball game. When I settle down for the Met's game, this is a perfect partner.

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Photo of DuqTroops
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - goldish color, little head. not the typical light beer.

Smell - sweet smell to it, little hops, more malt

Taste - weak beer, but it is still good.

Mouthfeel - not much carbonation, very good.

Drinkability - since it is a light beer, you can drink more, right?

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Photo of yelterdow
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before September 2006. Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a clear medium gold, with a loud, popping white head that recedes gently to a thin mat. Surprisingly active in the glass, small bubbles rush to the surface.

Smell- Grains and malt primarily envelop the nose, what a nice change to not smell corn and vegetables in a light beer. Very clean and honest... great for the style.

Taste- Very watered down version of a great beer... you can grasp the malts and hops easily, and they're good... just fleeting and wimpy. The finish is over before it even starts, and it's a bit sweet. The hops do lend a bright, hoppy bitterness right at the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Though the carbonation is certainly more than adequate, it is borderline aggressive... the bubbles are knife-edged and sharp texturally. But more is better with this beer, and I enjoy the light but full mouthfeel. A bit gassy in the stomach, and after one I'm not thinking about following it up with another.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.36 out of 5 based on 2,222 ratings.
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