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Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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

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Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the summer mixed pack, bbd of Aug

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, pear notes, floral notes once warm

T: Follows the nose, some crackery notes up front, along some crisp floral hop notes. Pear & grassyness dominate as this warms. Finishes crisp & fruitty

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, decent balance

Not a bad take on the style. This does make me miss the old lightship ale which was way more flavorful

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

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass fairly quickly and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts with some lighter rice + grain adjuncts. There is a light aroma of fruity yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale and lightly toasted malts with a touch of grain + rice adjuncts though they do not introduce much sweetness to the flavor of the brew. Light flavors of fruity yeast and just a touch of grassy hops contributing a touch of bitterness to the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Definitely tastier than the majority of mass produced light lagers available in the US - especially those from the larger brewers. Nothing special but easy to drink, would probably be a good beer for on the boat or at the beach.

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Photo of smcolw
2.15/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Crystal clear, light amber in color with a mediocre fast-fading head

Pale malt aroma with a touch of hop; very mild aroma

Thin and relatively flavorless, it's difficult to detect any real beer-like flavors.

With Light Beers dominating the conventional beer market, it's understandable that Boston Beer Co. would want to enter into the fray. And the like nationals, this beer is watered down, bland and non-descript. It will probably sell to the masses nicely. Personally, I preferred Sam's old Lightship.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 07/09/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a transparent golden amber color with one finger of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Light spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of bready malts, burnt malts, and fruity malts. Very light caramel as well. Pretty nice overall.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of malts. Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, grain, and light fruity malts. More caramel than the nose, which I enjoyed.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A bit too carbonated, but otherwise easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good light beers. Not as good as some of their other offerings but better than most light beers. Would give it another shot, though I wouldn't seek it out.

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

Appearance is light copper amber hued with a nicely formed off white foam head leaves even lacing down my pint. Aroma contains a touch of caramel in the malts with herbal hops showing up in the scent as well. Taste has a smooth mild sweetness, touch of caramel toasty nut from the the specialty malts finishes mildly bitter with herbal hops. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied evenly carbonated not watery but light. Drinkability is very smooth and refreshing with ample flavor one of the best tasting light beers available in the US market.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.59/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Currently the #1 light lager.

The beer appears orange and clear, with a steady stream of effervescence. The head is minimal, leaving faint traces of lacing on the pint glass when you rock it gently from side to side like a little cute baby.

The aroma is faint, but if you practically stick your nose into the beer, and imagine that you're smelling beer, you can barely detect distant traces of malt that is too sweet.

Taste = no thanks. Too sweet, tastes cheap, odd, off, etc. Is it light beer you seek? Try a great German or Czech pils, or perhaps an English session beer. Although I respect Sam Adams, this beer is a macro lager engineered for the masses. I won't be having this again.

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Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard brown bottle with a brewery freshness date of August poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Sam Adams light appears a clear light orange color with about a finger of head that is composed mostly of bubbles that rise to the surface from the etching in the bottom of the sensory glass. The aroma has a very light grainy sweetness and a touch of hops. Taste includes the grainy sweetness upfront as indicated by the aroma and through the medium light body has a slight bitterness in the finish. Moderate level of carbonation and a slightly noticable alcohol character in the back of the throat for only 4%. There is a lingering presence of light levels of diacetyl mixed with the grain left in the mouth after each sip tasting quite buttery. Overall not bad, I guess if I was forced into drinking a light lager this would be the one to have.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper with a fizzy head that, unfortunately doesn't stick around.


Some vague fruity hoppiness is present. Actually has a beer-type aroma, unlike the macro-lights, for the most part.

It's watered down malt and hops. Some graininess, too. Unfortunately, there is a metallic edge to it. Still, it has some actual flavors, again - unlike most other lights.

It has a watery thinness to it, but the flavors hold on. the sweet malt and bitter hops are well-blended. This is certainly better than the typical macro light by far. Still in all, it is a light beer, and has an unfortunate metallic taste (though mild). I bought this in a restaurant to try it, but switched to regular Sam Adams Lager just after it. The latter is much better, but for a light beer, this one is not bad at all.
Scores reflective of light beer style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, faded amber hue, slight carbonation, Slim white foam.
Aroma: small, but pleasant, slightly vegetal, herbal, grassy, a faint, shadow of hops.
Taste: hey, there is some! Can't say that about other light beers, not many of them, any way. Nice, if spare, malty bottom, pleasing coppery feel on the palate. Light body, naturally, with a tidy little finish. Not a bad beer at all, compared to the competition.
When this first exploded on the market, the ads were stocked with actors from the Tex Avery School of Drama, all bugged-out eyes, jaws dropped, tongue rolling on the floor, smashing their heads with mallets at the utter amazingness of the flavor. It's a matter of scale, I suppose. If I knew nothing but the other light beers on the market, I'd react the same way.
(Received as part of the current holiday 12-pack. I probably wouldn't have found myself with one, otherwise.)

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Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with little head. The smell has a pretty decent malty aroma for a light lager. Taste is malty with a very nice hop bitterness; pretty good balance and hop characteristic for a light lager. Mouthfeel is light and crisp; well carbonated.

Overall, it's a great light lager. It's better flavor-wise than any other on the market.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the summer mix pack.
Pours a clear deep golden color with a stingy white head that dissolves almost instantly leaving a small ring on top. Smells of bready malt, honey, and toffee with hints of floral and earthy hops. Taste is slightly sweet with that grainy malt flavor. A Little bit of floral earthy hop flavors. Light bodies with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet watery mouthfeel. This is definitely not my favorite style, but if I had to drink it this would be the one I would choose. There's enough flavor and maltiness in here to make this an interesting lawnmower beer and its certainly better than the competitors in the style.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till September 11th, on the Sam Adams kick of and a light break so let's see how this goes.

Light off white two finger head with a nice cap. Simple uniform looking alright. A surprising simple amber orange body, clear, distinct minimal rising carbonation, not too shabby. I thought this body would be straw yellow as all get out. Looking alright I must say so far. Head doesn't stick around though.

Funky smelling. Hint of butter. I am talking bernaise creamy butter going on a weird one. After some rest not much else comes through, not a hint of even wet body to come. I'll let this be not too impressed.

Taste is... minimal in every way. Finish though brings some malt depth, but it's very wet and light. Perhaps though that is to style? Missing crispness, but taken over by a simple easy drinking feel and quaffing capability.

Well, I am probably never going to be a fan of light body and light taste, but this one seemed to be done pretty well all things saying. I will admit that the beer feels "slightly" bigger than the 4 abv rating gives it so there you have it.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. beer is amber and clear. Forms a big head of medium bubbles after a hard pour. Carbonation seems low and the head leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks OK.

Aroma is slightly sweet but overall really weak. Some malt.

Beer is thin and a little watery with a grainy aftertaste. Its mildly sweet on the front but overall its a little muted. I guess its a pretty good LIGHT LAGER but its not a very palatable beer. I'd rather be drinking almost any pilsner to this. What a shame.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Light Lager isnt bad....not preferred...but not bad. The color is a nice amber with thin white head that isnt leaving alot of lace. The smell is caramel malt with sublte spice and grain undertones. The taste is primarily malt with some hop at the end that helps the beer clear the pallet instead of lingering. The mouthfeel is fine, nice and smooth....very drinkable. Definitely can session this one without issue.

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Photo of WesWes
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is yeasty. It has the scent of pale malts and that musty lager aroma. The taste is light. There is a slight malt flavor. I would have to say that this has more taste than most light beers. The mouthfeel is good. It has a low body and good carbonation. This is a good light beer; a real good drinker with some flavor.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, a light beer that tastes like a real beer. At first it reminds me of the cheap amber lagers like Yuengling, but it doesn't have that annoying sweetness. This is just a nice clean, lager with a bit a pale grains, caramel malt and slight lager tang. I can't really pull any hops of it, which is a shame, but this is by far the best light beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really don't think this is a light beer, maybe only in comparison to SA's Boston Lager. The color is entirely too dark for a light beer, and the aroma actually contains malt smell. Taste is initially full and grainy, with a nice lightly malty finish. Thankfully no hint of adjunct tastes are present. This is a very easy-to-drink beer that blows anything else labeled "light" out of the water. I would pick this up when I just want a "easy" beer to kick back with.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light yellow color with light brown undertones. Head was small, but visible.
Didn't smell much of anything, but I was at a smokey bar.
Taste had bits of dill, malt and lemon. Not too bad for a light beer. Clean finish, dry and smooth
Very drinkable if you want to drink a lot.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a white head, considerably darker than the BMC light beers this is going up against.

The aroma has some biscuit malt to it, but it is also heavy on the grain. The flavor is more of the same. I get a little bit of grass from the hops, but the flavor is predominantly grain and bready malt, with just a little bit of toffee mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Better than other light lagers such as Bud Light, but still not too much going on here. One of the weakest offerings from Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1" head that creates some soft lacing.

Smell: malt sweentess is pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: malt sweetness, green apples, and a hint of caramel are balanced with a mild but noticeable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is almost clean.

Drinkability: this has to be the best light beer on the market today. It has a nice flavor and is easy to consume.

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

I've never crossed a light beer that I kind of liked, but tonight may change that. Enter Sam Adams Light:

Orangish amber color with caramel hues and a head that dissipates quick. The nose is made of toasted malt and dried up toffee, quite clean in fact. Okay, so it's something so far. And the taste? Well...it does kind of taste like a watered down SABL, though the company claims this lighter beer is a totally different beer. In this beer, it tastes of toasted malt with a side of orange and citrus. There's enough pizzaz going on in here to keep he interested and going. To boot, this is an easy drinker.

Here's the first light beer which I can say with confidence that I like. No off-flavors and just enough of the original goodness to keep on going.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow. 1 inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt and cleanliness of a lager. Fits the style rather nicely. Has a high carbonation level. Smooth and crisp mouth feel. Tastes of a sweet malt and strong lager. Overall, one of the better light lagers I've ever had.

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Photo of Duff27
3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by Sept. 2011

A- One inch fizzy white head. Medium pale beer. Some lacing(!) and decent enough head retention.

S- Touch of lemon zest.

T- Slight malt sweetness, subdued bitterness that is so present in others of the style.

M- Medium to medium/low mouthfeel. Average carbonation. Dry finish.

D/O- An above average (read: better tasting) "light" beer but i believe there to be better examples of the style, although not many. Very sessionable...lower ABV than most of the "big boys". Who knows...could be a gateway beer for some. Graded to style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass, thanks Jim.

A- Sammy light, looks darker than most light lagers, a clear orange burnt copper look with a head that diminishes as it builds if you will. No lace.

S- Smells maltier than most light lagers Two row I believe, a definite caramel vibe with a noble hopage.

T- Pretty tasty for a four pointer, light in nature, nothing extravagent, malts and noble hops. Alot in a little package no frills style. Caramel.

M- Feel kinda lost me, kinda dead on the tounge, there was a spritz when I popped the cap, it's carbed, but feels DEAD!! Light with a malty body, the nobel hops impart no bitterness.

D- I liked this to an extent, and I like that it's a four percenter, my favorite kind.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some slight hops. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy. Light body. Drinkable, not worth buying again though. Not into light brew's.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.
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