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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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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)
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 2,236 ratings
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