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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Ratings: 2,242 |  Reviews: 842
Photo of powoo19
4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I happen to be a fan of Sam Adams for years so my opinion is bias, but this beer is a hearty light beer without the awful aftertaste. Other beers such as Amstel try to pass themselves off as a great tasting light beer, but it's aftertaste is just plain aweful!
Jim Koch did it again and as usual, has yet to disappoint

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Photo of chilidog
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good looking brew. Dark Amber in color. Very nice head & ok on lace. I don't know other light beers so I can't compair fairly.It is drinkable with alittle hop smell. But...To me its no Boston Lager, it falls short on finish with no hop kick and leaves mouth with a foam-like feel. Its ok for someone who dosn't know Sam Adams. We that do, its alittle light, then again, thats its purpose.

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

wow! a light beer with some flavor. it goes down nice and smooth, and doesn't have that typical light beer watered-down taste. i can see why it is such a hit. it is not fantastic, but there is probably not a better american light beer out there. It has more flavor than your average light, which doesn't mean much, but what can you really expect.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Seems to be the newest craze with all the kiddies these days, probably due to the amount of marketing it is getting.

Anyway, it was good. Extremely smooth for a light beer and very easy to drink. And the taste beats any other American light beer I have had to date. Very faint hops in both smell and aftertaste. A very nice light beer, and its quite easy to drink 2 or 30 of them. Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Better than average light beer. A little more flavor than is the norm for lighter fare and a much nicer color. Hint of caramel aftertaste as well. I still wouldn't classify it as a "revolution".

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Photo of Suds
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with an attractive amber color and a respectable white head. Faint hop aroma. I expected more from the taste, however. With very little body, the beer lacked a satisfying fullness. Granted, this is better than all other light beer's I've had, but it doesn't live up to the standards of the brand.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper amber body. Lots of carbonation. Large white head of micro bubbles which quickly settles to half-inch. Decent lacing. Both floral and citrus notes in aroma. Some of the Sam Lager spicyness. A little too fizzy, which pushes back the taste. Could use more malt backbone, but then it probably wouldn't be a light beer. Far superior to any of the major light beers, and better than my memory of other micro lights (Harpoon, Mr. Mike's, New Amsterdam). I don't really remember Lightship, so I can't compare them. And better than a lot of Sam knockoffs over the years. One ugly label, though.

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Photo of mikes2923
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally got to try Sam Adams Light here in Chicago at a local bar, (not in stores just yet), and while admittedly it was better than your average light beer, actually better than 95% of the light beers. It has good flavor, and body for a light beer. The only light beer I would rank higher would be Leinenkugel's Amber Light.

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

Much better than your average light beer. I like the fact that it does not taste like sam adams lager or boston ale. Really sweet I was up all night after drinking it.

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

The best light beer out there. Pours to a very Sammy Lager looking copper color. Light taste of caramel malt with a slight hop finish. Unlike other lights, you can actually taste some malt and hops. As another reveiwer said, no much in terms of body, but if you are drinking a light beer, you aren't looking for body. I've been told national rollout of this will be in August. Better than Amstel, or the lights from the imports.

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Photo of jackndan
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sammy Light has finally come to Chicago. It is available in bars/taverns until about the middle of June. First, it is a great looking beer, deep bronze with an off-white head. Nice Belgian Lace clings to the side of the glass throughout. Nice aroma, with a hint of hops. The taste is significantly better than any light beer I’ve ever had, and fuller and richer than most macro-lagers. The beer has definite malt sweetness, with lingering sweet aftertastes. It is lacking the complexity, balance of other Sam products. It does not have the body either.

As a beer, it’s a good beer, as a light beer it is great.

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Photo of packetknife
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not deserving of the Sam Adams label. The only thing really poor was the way it felt in my mouth. It almost felt soapy.. odd. For a light beer though it was one of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This basically tastes like SA's Boston lager with water added. Substantial malt character and pleasant aroma. Better than other light beers but tough to recommend on its own terms. Will drink again if offered, might be nice at a summer BBQ. Would work as a compromise brew with someone who'd pick something like Amstel if left to her/his own devices.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a light its drinkable and is much better than a Bud light. Deep coppery color with some carbonation. Still the best of the lights is Alexander Keith's Light Ale.

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

My first taste of this light was disapointing. As this brew warmed in my glass the flavors came out and I was quite impressed. This is what a light beer should taste like. Just the copper color of this light beer is enough to try it. This isn't your nascar swilling light. A definite brew for that summer bbq or tailgate.

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Photo of gwfrankpsu
3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THIS SURPRISED ME!!!!!!!!!!! I hate light beers, or is it lite? This has a wonderful flavor and mouth feel for a light beer. This could be a great lawnmower beer for next summer.

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, sample purchased from store.

One of the darkest light beers I have ever seen, one of the maltiest light beers I have ever tasted also.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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