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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Photo of VI_BeerMan
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Surprisingly true to the original taste for a Light beer. Crisp, distinctive flavor, a step above all other mass produced commercial light American lagers.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by Aug 2014, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear dark golden color with an orange hue, small creamy white head that retains nicely, due to some carbonation bubbles shooting to the top

S- toasted cracker malt with a subtle bready sweetness, faint grassy hops

T- light bready sweetness continues into the flavor with hints of a cream ale, small traces of grassy hops mix with a bit of yeast, lightly toasted malt on the finish

M- light-medium body with moderate-but-biting carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp and dry finish, high drinkability

O- the best light beer I've had to date, this certainly isn't a style that I enjoy often, but SA did a good job with this one

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Photo of KSGearhead
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass...

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden amber with about a third of a finger of foamy head, nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel and roasty malt; some clove

Taste: Bready mixture of grains and caramel predominate at first, then a citrusy finish. Not unpleasant at all. As a beer overall, the taste is in the middle of the pack. For a light beer, this is top of the line. Basically, a slimmed down version of Sam Adams Boston Lager with less APV content and texture.

Mouthfeel: Light to very low medium bodied, normal carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: It is hard to beat Sam Adams Light if you are looking for a quality light beer, but because of the price and my budget, I relegate this to being a rare treat.

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Photo of nota
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When I first drank this beer (2003) back when I first discovered craft beer, I thought it to be an excellent light beer, but also a good beer all on its own without the "light" label. I was looking for a low alcohol session beer and thought to give SA Light a try again. This time around I was disappointed. It looks great with its amber color and thick head. To me it leaves a hard water dry aftertaste. That is all I seem to get from its flavor profile. For what I got and for what I paid ($9.19 a six-pack) I won't be purchasing this beer again. This is the first SA beer that I can say I did not care for.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Has good malty flavor. Very malt forward a little watery but for a light beer it has a ton of flavor. It tastes a lot like a Boston lager just a little weaker. I would recommend a beer like this to anyone coming for a BMc background. It is very good overall but for a light beer it is world class.

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Photo of RingoBro
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A - Amber, golden color with minimum head and no lacing.

S - light malt.

T - light Carmel malt taste

M -light body medium carbonation

Overall, a great choice if you're looking for a light alternative.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 1/9/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a light amber in color with almost a 1-finger head with a white head at first which settles down to a thin head. Much darker in color than other "Light" beers. Some spotty lacing was seen which each sip. The aroma is of pale malts but that's about it. The taste was the same but didn't have a bitter or unpleasant aftertaste. Carbonation was slightly above average as is most light beers but not bad at all.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance: This beer actually has some color to it. A very light amber coloration distinguishes itself from its other light brethen, with no real head forming in my glass. Might had been my extra careful pour. Overall not bad. 4\5

aroma: Their really isn't anything here that I like. It really just smells like your typical light lagger, with maybe some kind of odd hoping, but I cant place it. Even so, I really don't care for it. I was kinda hoping for a nice load of hop aroma. 1.5\5

taste: moment of know what, its really not that bad at all! Extremely neutral, light, with few flavors backing it up. Very grainy malt body dominates the flavor. The Trader Joes pilsner had far more hop characters to it, but then again, this is a light beer. Its not suppose to have a lot of hop character. Compared to Bud light, or platinum, seriously, I give this one a 4\5

mouthfeel: light with a heavy dose of carbonation, making it very spritzy and covering its very light body. 4\5

overall: This beer really was not made for me, but I'll be honest, I don't hate it. Id be happy drinking it for free at a friends house or at a party. Its easy to consume, and is not offensive at the least, and does count as a light lagger. That's impressive, as to make a light lagger inoffensive is damn hard. After drinking the entire glass, my final rating is... a 3.75\5.

Its not bad at all. I cant say that I like its aftertaste very much at all, but overall, the beer really is ok...especially for anyone who wants to indulge the fantasy of a “diet beer”.

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Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: the beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of pale and adjunct malts are present in the nose along with hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has faint hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pretty good compared to the other light lagers that I tried as it seems a little maltier and less watery.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best by December 2013, so it looks like I'm just in time. The local beer store is selling cases of this stuff for $8.99. My bottle lists a 4.30% abv rather than the 4.00% abv listed here. Expectations are pretty good.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice light coppery orange colored body with some good clarity. About a finger and a half to two fingers of fluffy khaki foam. Good lacing.

S - Smell is of crisp toasted malt, fresh earthy hops, and some fruitiness reminiscent of peaches / apricot.

T - Taste is surprisingly full-flavored, especially when we consider what would normally constitute as a "light" beer in today's world of horrible adjunct lagers. Crisp grain & malts balanced nicely with dank earthy and fruity / floral hoppiness.

M - Feel is crisp, malty, light, and even refreshing. Full-bodied, considering this is listed as a light lager, with good carbonation.

Overall, an excellent full-flavored beer, pretty much a spot on toned down replica of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, with a lower abv. Definitely one of the better beers I've tried from Samuel Adams lately. Light, sessionable, and refreshing, I will definitely be buying more of this.

Sam Adams Light ---4/5.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a real heart breaker. I thought it would be more flavorful but it really isnt much better than any other light beer. It looked like a decent beer when poured. Not much on the nose and the taste was pure watered down light beer. I didnt buy it again simply because the beer store has other light beers that are cheaper and basically taste the same. Nice try though SA but to sell it the price needs to be closer to that of an AALL

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is clearly head and shoulders above the light beer competition. Some claim that this isn't a light beer at 119 calories but remember that bud light is 110. This is clearly a different brew than Boston lager. Something for which I commend the Boston beer company.

This is a good beer, a very good light beer. Still it leaves something to be desired on the malt end of the flavor spectrum (Hey the calories had to come from somewhere). The hops are very noticeable but not overpowering. I would recommend that if you're interested you try this beer because I think you'll like it.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While I would normally stay away from lighter versions of original lagers, this manages to be a bit thinner without being a light beer in the same context as Bud Light, Miller Lite, etc. It's really not all that light, and while the ABV is quite low, it does not lose sight of the hop flavor one bit and still manages to be a nicely balanced beer just like the original. If you're looking for a session beer, or just don't want a beer that's so heavy, you really can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated January (2014?). Sampled on July 13, 2013.

The color is a nice looking light to medium amber with a full head that settles down after a couple minutes.

The aroma does have a hint of pale caramel malts, yeast, and clean hops. A little more vibrant than most light lagers.

The body is light.

The taste is remarkably full for a light lager with a decent sweetness and slightly dry finish. As far as lights go this is quite nice.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very bready, with lots of malt and some yeast. Very surprising however, is how much clove there is in the aroma.

Taste: However, the flavor of the beer doesn’t match up to the surprising aroma. I get some faint malt and very faint hops, but not much else. Actually, it’s pretty flat in flavor but then again, it is a light beer, and it certainly, definitely, absolutely has much more flavor than the MBC light beers, just a lot less than I was expecting from a Samuel Adams beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with some ok carbonation.

Overall: I have to confess that I abhor light beers in general, because they have almost no beer flavor (or flavor at all, I’m looking at you MBC!!!). I personally believe that light beers are beers for people who care more about their appearance than they do their beer and/or don’t like the flavor of beer and therefore drink the light beers because they have practically no flavor. That being said, Samuel Adams’ Light beer was pretty good. It had some beer flavor, not as much as I think that it should, but some, and it sure as hell didn’t look like a glass of urine like all of the other major light beers do.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle labeled best by october 2013. poured into a snifter for the goof (and for appearance.)

Look is a fantastic clear amber/orange with a small smattering of a head. One of the best looking light beers there is. Smell is wheat corn/grain and hops. Creamy light feel, roasted malts, english hops. this is clearly a small beer version of their boston lager, minor tweaks aside.

As far as light beers go, this kicks ass.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber color with a thick carbonated head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Standard floral, lager aroma. Maybe some caramel at the end. Not very strong. There is some caramel in the taste with a bigger biscuity malt at then end. Feels like it just stops at then end with very little aftertaste. Better than an adjunct lager but still not much too it. Light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of fps_dean
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing this from memory.

I should preface this as I generally hate light beers, most of them are watered down and too salty (and most of their non-light counterparts are exactly the same).

I had got Sam Adams light in a sampler pack, which is the only way I'd ever get a light beer to begin with.

It's an amber color with a light head.

It smells of caramel malts and hops. Not an exceptionally strong smell, but more than I was expecting of a "light" beer. And it actually tastes even better. It goes down much like Samuel Adams Boston Lager, with 80% of the flavor, maybe a bit more bitter. It's actually quite passable, and easily the best light beer.

I give this a 3 overall because it's a light beer that's actually passable. While it's far from my favorite beer, I'm surprised that I like it at all being a light beer so that gets a few extra points.

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Photo of barczar
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brilliant golden brown with a foamy half inch cream head that dissipates quickly into tony bubbles on the surface.

Grain, toasted malt, and an adjunct character form the aroma. There's a hint of caramel and light floral hops.

More grain and adjunct show up in the flavor, with a fairly toasted, nutty malt note rounding out the finish. There's a little caramel sweetness mid palate.

Body is moderate to light, with carbonation a tad over moderate, and a significant grain harshness.

Overall, more flavor than most light beer. At least there's some malt character. But the grainy flavor and notes of adjuncts are offputting.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively fast to leave only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of caramel and roasted malt mixed with lighter floral and citrus notes.

Taste – The taste starts out of caramel malt mixed with a corn like taste. As the taste advances some hints of hop flavor come to the tongue. The hop is of a more herbal and citrus in nature and in the end with the caramel flavor leave a mainly sweet kind of herbal like taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is on the thinner side with respects to body with a carbonation level that is on the slightly standard side. Both make for a rather refreshing taste and are appropriate for the style.

Overall – A tastier version of a light beer with more hop and malt characteristic for the “light” lager style. While nothing to pine over it is rather refreshing.

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Photo of tekn0ph1sh
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall for a light beer it's not bad at all. I was turned on to it by a friend who told me that SA uses it to train their beer tasters and it is used in to train beer judges for competitions. It is a very neutral tasting beer and additions can be made to it to help judges or tasters identify off tastes or maltiness or hoppiness. Plus for me it was a gateway beer to widen my wife's taste for beer. She is an AB Budweiser girl all the way and she really likes this beer. She started drinking Grolsch this week. The recovery is going slow but soon she will drink real beer! So for those of you looking to introduce a hardened BMC drinker into the wonderful world of craft beer this is a good beer to start with. And hey it's definitely a drinkable session beer that's relatively low in calories and cheap and if you are down to your last beer you can grab one from your girl and not have to choke down a bud lite or (shudders) Natty Light from a can.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would never have known what this taste like is it did not come in a varity pack. It just simply is not my thing, even thogh I do need a diet. I take the pain of eating less food so I can enjoy a few beers at night, and it works great for me.

I would like to say "I do not know why Samuel Adams would make these" and at the same time I understand them wanting to make everyone happy!

No flavor notes .... sorry

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Photo of jlindros
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well, not expecting much for a light beer, but I want to try everything so might as well.

Pours a nice fizzy to fluffy head that hits 1.5 fingers and hits the very top almost perfect pour into the SA PP glass, but fades semi quickly at first and slows to med with lots of bubbles streaming up from the etch, just a touch of lacing, over very clear amber orange color.

Nose starts with some light amber malts, a caramel almost but at the same time that almost sorghum like aroma that I get from some gluten free beers, strangely fruity although maybe lager aromas, just a bit crisp, and faint hint of grassy hops.

Taste starts with light lager flavors, crisp mostly, hint of the fruity quality. Then onto malts, a bit of amber toasty malts and hint caramel, but then into a bit of the cheap filler, not quite macro but def something like corn or sorghum to fill out the middle to get some alcohol with no flavor, and just a touch of unhappy yeast flavor. Faintest hint of grassy hops. Finish is sticky and not as dry or crisp as I thought it would be, just a bit of syrupy malts and bad filler flavors.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall, not what I expected at all. This isn't as good as I remember from trying it on draft which I thought was a decent version, just lighter than regular Sam. This is more macro lager and bleh like. Not as light as most macros, and much more flavor, but some unhappy flavors.

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Photo of hardy008
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Amber color with a white head, with decent retention and lacing. Smells and tastes like toasted and biscuit malt, with light hop bitterness. Light bodied with average carbonation. Not bad for a Light Lager.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.36/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half finger head on a clear golden amber body with minimal lacing. Sweet corn, caramel, toasted malts. Flavors are clean and crisp with caramel malts but there is a earthy and toasted flavor that tastes more like a bad macro brewed beer. Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Actually this is a pretty bad light beer. I would rather have a coors light than this one. The flavor is sour and not very palatable. Wouldn't have this again.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.36 out of 5 based on 2,220 ratings.
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