Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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77
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2,224 Ratings
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,224
Reviews:
839
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
18.15%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
301
For Trade:
1
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3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Mtn
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ESPN_Woodsy
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this one straight from the bottle. Aroma was caramel malts and faint hoppiness. Taste is, you guessed it, light and crisp. Some small bitterness on the finish, keeps it from being just another light lager. Definitely more than just a watered down Boston Lager.

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Photo of Raime
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Simple pre-bed night cap

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this one out of the bottle, I was actually surprised they still make this and people buy it. It's quite an oddity for sure, but not in a good way. Like an O'Douls Amber kind of way. Looks clear, amber color, light head kicks off some lacing.

Smell is light, some graininess and nondescript sweetness. Taste is pretty weak, it's got the caramel maltiness of a Boston Lager, just lacking everything that makes BL a decent beer. Crisp finish isn't actually too bad. Overall just very underwhelming, but probably the best light beer I've had.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zazzi82
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ChrisCharles
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichialTanner1
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of LuckyJohn
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheRamie
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ronjohn
4.7/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite light beer. Just the perfect amount of flavor and 'lightness' for a light beer. Pretty easy to drink a few of these and not get weighed down and still have room for a meal. I wish this beer was more readily available in bars and restaurants.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a clear orange color, with a small head, and a good bit of lacing.

Smells fairly malty, honey, toasted malt, and grain. Not a whole lot of hoppy notes on the palate here.

This is really a pretty solid take on a light lager, far more palatable than most in the style. It's got a grainy honey-like sweetness, with a crisp kick on the end. Simple, but certainly enjoyable.

This is light bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet honeyed mouthfeel.

A really fairly solid beer here, nothing amazing, but for the style it's excellent.

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Photo of jakea
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tillmac62
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SoonerNY
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of swimmatt
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of briandaube
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBen5
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, brewery-fresh date Dec 2015... poured into a shaker)

L: crystal-clear liquid, mildly-fiery amber color... not quite finger width pad of foam, which does peter out in standard time... nice that it's not yellow

S: quick whiff and it's like a malty amber German lager (that's a compliment!), and relatively potent... but knowing how pretty much all of SA's amber beers taste, I think I know what to expect on the palate... this is all malt, by the way - very little in the way of hops, though there's a lil fruitiness (almost like an English ale) on the edges

T: ok, this is definitely not a watered-down Boston Lager... nice, crisp, clean malt profile, which is actually kind of overshadowed by the fruity, slightly spicy hop flavor... you would be hard pressed to immediately pin this as a light lager, but the dry clean finish may convince you... the flavors aren't explosive, but compared to the rest of the lot, this is a revelation

F: quite a light body, but with more than enough smoothness and muscle on its bones so it doesn't come across watery... very light and dry finish, super easy to drink quickly without feeling full

O: for a light lager, this is fantastic... I would actually drink this on a regular basis if I had to go 'light'... but of course I'm curious if they could (and I think they could) get even more flavor going with this beer

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.36 out of 5 based on 2,224 ratings.
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