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
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

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2,226
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Avg:
3.35
pDev:
18.21%
 
 
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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far my favorite light beer pours a orange/gold color with light to mediium head,aroma is slightly bready like malt aroma.Taste has a good hop flavor for a light beer with a good malty smack in the finish.Good mouthfeel for a light beer as well,and can drink many of these without feeling full.Its a light beer take it for what it is.

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Photo of jlindros
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well, not expecting much for a light beer, but I want to try everything so might as well.

Pours a nice fizzy to fluffy head that hits 1.5 fingers and hits the very top almost perfect pour into the SA PP glass, but fades semi quickly at first and slows to med with lots of bubbles streaming up from the etch, just a touch of lacing, over very clear amber orange color.

Nose starts with some light amber malts, a caramel almost but at the same time that almost sorghum like aroma that I get from some gluten free beers, strangely fruity although maybe lager aromas, just a bit crisp, and faint hint of grassy hops.

Taste starts with light lager flavors, crisp mostly, hint of the fruity quality. Then onto malts, a bit of amber toasty malts and hint caramel, but then into a bit of the cheap filler, not quite macro but def something like corn or sorghum to fill out the middle to get some alcohol with no flavor, and just a touch of unhappy yeast flavor. Faintest hint of grassy hops. Finish is sticky and not as dry or crisp as I thought it would be, just a bit of syrupy malts and bad filler flavors.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall, not what I expected at all. This isn't as good as I remember from trying it on draft which I thought was a decent version, just lighter than regular Sam. This is more macro lager and bleh like. Not as light as most macros, and much more flavor, but some unhappy flavors.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, rich amber in color, with a big bubbled off-white head that drops quickly and soon dissolves to nothing. Not a great appearance, but at least the head didn't immediately disappear like a Coors Light. The aroma offers a lightly sweet caramel maltiness and very subdued hops. The body is surprisingly firm for a light beer - medium/light - and it's not watery at all. It starts off with a fairly crisp carbonation but loses quite a bit as the beer warms. Fortunately, that allows some more of the flavor to come through, displaying a surprising amount of sweet caramel maltiness. The bitterness and hop flavor are understandably well-heeled. It finishes lightly sweet at first, but quickly dries out with a light touch of hop - similar to many other lights, and even somewhat reminiscent of a non-alcoholic beer. Much better than I'd expected! My new favorite light beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into one of those curvy Sam Adams glasses.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready with a little sweetness and contains flavors of caramel and mild amount of floral hops. The malt character is hearty but not heavy at all. The after-taste is slightly sweet. It tastes just like Sam Adams Boston Lager but milder in flavor.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, this beer is exactly what you would expect, a lighter version of Sam Adams Boston Lager, but still has enough substance to make it the best "light beer" out there.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
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 mactrail
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes more like diluted Sam Adams Lager than a lighter brewed version. Color is suprisingly orange-- more like a double IPA. Usual head and carbonation. Not very bitter at all. More of a club soda twang. Slightest hint of caramel, but doesn't have that insipid taste of most light beers. So something gives it a faint edge. Maybe hop by-products.

I suppose this ought to be rated fairly well for standing out in this dismal category. Quite drinkable, but I would never go out of my way to drink another one unless it was in a back yard ice chest with a load of Corona.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.48/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Keswick Tavern, Glenside, PA

It's a light beer, but it's Sam Adams, so it's still somewhat okay. Poured a clear, golden brown with a finger or two of white head that receded rather quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Pale malts in the aroma with trace scents of caramel and toasty bread. More of the same in the taste: pale malts, lightly toasted, very subdued hoppiness, though it's still present, light caramel. A bit watered down--this is a light beer--light bodied, yet still decently flavorful for the style. Drinkable, I suppose, if you're on a diet.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light brown body with a full, though quickly thinning off-white head.

Smell: Faint aroma of caramel and crumbly, dry toast.

Taste: Light flavor of toasted bread with a touch of caramel malts and a very subdued sweetness. Hops remain exceedingly light. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It has alot to offer, relatively, for a little light lager.

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Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Why do I buy beer like this? It's the curiosity factor I suppose. I want to see if a good brewery can make a flavorful light beer that surpasses the light beers brewed by BMC. Since the bar has been set laughably low, my guess in this particular case is 'yes'.

Medium amberish orange with a modest amount of suspended stuff. Sam Adams Light is much darker and richer looking than most other light/lite beers and looks better as a result. The pale beige head is a little soft, but at least it hangs around for more than a few minutes. Unfortunately, very little lace ends up on the glass.

The nose is much too weak. I detect faint notes of lightly toasted malt with grain-like overtones. The fact that there's no trace of offensiveness puts it far ahead of its macro peers. Like the nose, the flavor is underwhelming, but I guess that's to be expected in a light lager. It's next to impossible to have both kick-ass taste *and* low calories/carbs.

There's not enough malt in this here beer. In fact, there's not enough of anything except water. The flavor is lightly malty with a slight hop bitterness and very little hop flavor. Again, it isn't offensive, but it doesn't taste all that good either. The body is thin, barely avoiding watery.

Sam Adams Light reminds me why I don't drink light beer. It doesn't have enough 'beerness' to capture my fancy and, besides, diet beer just strikes me as wrong. Acceptable if no real beer is available.

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Photo of smcolw
2.15/5  rDev -35.8%
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 smithj4
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Jason
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.

i actually began and ended the night with this one. a nice little light beer to get me in the mood. pours out a light amber with nice head of white that managed to leave some good lacing down the glass throughout the session. smooth and easy on the palate in every way with light grassy notes, malty balance that is just sweet enough, a light and easy going feel and smooth, clean finish that has just a hint of dryness to it..

overall a very solid offering and a light beer that can be counted on to do what it does.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tenderbranson69 for sharing this w/ me.
Poured cold into a tumbler
A - A full 3 finger crown of white and clear amber body

S - Light malt odors w/ slight adjunct scent

M - Mild carbonation w/ hints of malt. A generally light feel w/ out hop effect of any sort. Cereal graininess gives this a light dry aspect.

T - A grainy malt flavor w/ gentle herbal notes and tinges of barley. Light adjunct sweetness - basically a lighter version of an amber lager. This is still a flavorful beer somewhat, and still just shy of 'real taste'

D - Probably just passable for a drinkable beer, but very good for a 'light' beer. I would have given it a higher taste rating, but it is just missing something. Maybe the calories I am used to, but more likely hops and the lack of adjunct flavor. If I had to choose between all lights, though, this would probably be the best bet.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old notes.

A: The pour is an amber/copper type color with a couple fingers of just off-white head.

S: Smells like toasted malts and toffee. Sweet but not terribly so with some slight floral hop aromas. A touch of biscuity malts are there too. Sort of like a less bold Boston Lager.

T: The slightly watered down Boston Lager comparison is appropriate here too. Some nice toffee (and maybe caramel) flavor with some floral hops and just a touch of bitterness. Mild toast and biscuit notes.

M: On the light side of medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Definitely not what most of us think of when it comes to a light lager, but this is still a good choice.

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Photo of ZEB89
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

My curiosity is piqued in that of the Top 50 Light Lagers on this site, I have reviewed 35 of them, to date. What makes this one so glaring is that it is # 6 & with this review, I will have reviewed the top 21 & I am now looking for Michelob Ultra Amber to complete the top 33! The reason for their absences is that they are in bottle format only & it is only my eradication of the Chez Woody Bottle Backlog that has gotten me to this one. Onward!

From the bottle: "Before introducing a light beer, we spent 2 years and brewed 23 different recipes. This drive for flavor perfection means we poured more than 7,000 gallons of pretty good beer down the drain. One happy visitor to our brewery asked if he could apply for a job as 'the drain'. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".

Ha ha! I have never gone on the tour, but clearly, that is a man after my own heart. I will have to satiate myself by
Pop!ping the cap and drinking the contents of the bottle. Speaking of which, is it possible to "dump" as opposed to "pour" the contents of a bottle into a glass? I tried, anyway. To say that the foam came angrily roaring up would be to understate the case! Two-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, tawny appeared for my perusal & then subsequently faded into memory. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. The toasty, biscuit malts were prevalent on the nose and this did not seem like any of the other Top 10 Light Lagers from previous reviews. This actually smelled palatable! Mouthfeel was, well ,,, light. I guess that sacrifices needed to be made somewhere. The taste was kind of sugary, vaguely reminiscent of maple syrup, but still quite tasty as opposed to others of its ilk. Finish was semi-sweet, which was also unexpected, given its initial flavors. I know that my numbers are going to be high on this one, but it is supposed to be to style, not to personal taste.

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Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

I wanted the Latitude 48, so I had to get the whole Summer Styles box. Oh well, I guess I'll suck it up and drink the extraneous bottles. Tee hee. This one pours a clear pale straw, tending toward more of an amber in the bulb, topped by about a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises light wheat, light corn, puffed rice, and some very faint hop florals. The taste holds notes of caramel, light toffee, a mild bitterness, and a vague extra bolt of sweetness (which is rather short-lived). Honestly, not as bad as I imagined. The body is light (...do I even need to say it here?...), with an active carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty solidly decent light beer...a first for me, for sure.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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