Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light

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