Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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77
okay
2,228 Ratings
THE BROS
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Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,228
Reviews:
840
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
18.15%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
305
For Trade:
1
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

As far as "light" beers go, this one is pretty decent. Comes off as a lighter boston lager in the appearance department. Amber in color, lighter, 1/2" white head. Nice retention for style. Aroma has well, nothing really going on.

Taste, yeah, I mean, there is discernable hops and malt here. Its light, but that is exactly what they were going for. A lighter bodied Boston Lager, delivers for what it is. Not my cup of tea, but I know plenty of people I would serve this to.

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Photo of SebastianMandeville
2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of bankboy66
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Simply one the better light beers out there. Has a little weirdness on the back end I can't really describe but overall pretty good for what it is.

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

Photo of BeerMeister8
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of porters4life
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kw_pip
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. I just don't like the taste of this one. Has some distinctly Sam Adam's flavors going on, but as of super imposed over an awful beer.

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

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of swierczt
2.77/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tschnab
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cdman56
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dfecteau
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Resuin
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Gauss
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

For a light beer, this is very good. The one I'm trying is a year past the Best Buy date and it still is drinkable. I think that's a good sign but on second thought, maybe it isn't.

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

Photo of Squire123
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Remarkably rich gold color for a light beer, or any beer for that matter, with light cap and some lacing.

Aroma of caramel malt and something deeper, perhaps roasted malt, mild hit of spicy, floral hops.

Taste is straight forward and much more so than any other light beer I've tried. I don't know how many that is but dozens at least. Nice, almost pastry like flavor upfront, I'm thinking strudel, followed by malt of some depth. I've had full horsepower beers with less flavor. Mid palate taste resolves into more of a yeasty bread sensation with hops entering the picture as if sprinkled on top. Crisp finish with some hop touches in the aftertaste yet no roast malt or hop bitterness apparent. Very clean and refreshing.

Medium to slightly full texture. Body has a rounded creaminess sparked by a prickle of carbonation.

Very surprising overall. I poured a light beer and drank a regular one. Like Boston Lager with all the edges rounded off. I can't call it complex but it is well put together and presented with a ribbon on top.

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Photo of 57md
2.21/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I have tried and rated many Sam Adams brews and this is the first one that I must say tastes and smells like it was mass produced by people who don't care.

Granted, I think that the concept of light beer is almost as oxymoronish as non-alcoholic beer. That said, if I had to pick a favorite light beer, it would probably still be Miller.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AD17
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Eden222
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gvhockey
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.36 out of 5 based on 2,228 ratings.
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