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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 | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, picked up on a whim since I've never had it before, and I was in the mood for something lighter,

A: Darkest light beer ever, it pours a light amber, about the colour of light maple syrup, the real stuff from Vermont or Canada, with a small off-white head, which dissipates quickly.

S: Very light, but picked up some maltiness and bread character/cracked wheat/bulghur.

T: Bready in the main taste, with a light hop bite at the end, tasty enough for a light beer, but for a craft brewed lager it is lacking.

M: Light and watery, but with enough heft to know you're drinking a beer.

D: Best light beer I've ever had, but that's not saying much for this style, don't think I'll buy it again, but was nice to try to see if a light lager could actually have flavour.

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

Pours a clear dark amber gold brew.

Smell is all malt and a bit sweet.

Taste is quite malty, but hops are lacking here, not bad for a light beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but thick enough to be called beer.

Real drinkable, if forced to drink light beer choose this.

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Photo of plaid75
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark copper hue with a finger of foamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was very subtle. There were minor malt and hop aromas. A bit of a grainy element.

The taste had a light malt sweetness and a decent hop presence. It was well balanced. There was a definite biscuity aftertaste. Really nothing to write home about. Tastes a bit like a low end micro effort. Pocono lager comes to mind.

The mouthfeel was rather light, but not thin. Very carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer. However, since in terms of calories it isn't really a light beer, I really would not opt for this beer again. For 40 more calories I'd go for the Boston Lager.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is crisp with malts, actually some flavor here. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall I found myself saying "this is a light beer? ". For this beer style, this one is darn good.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a clear body and half a finger of creamy light-tan foam. This beer is average for a normal beer, but stellar for something marketed as a light beer. I'll give it points for style for that one.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a bit of a mainstream adjunct-y undertone. Not horrible, but not as good as I was expecting.

Taste: light, sweet malt with a little bit of bitterness and with a hint of that slightly unpleasant undertone. Still, it's got a bit of the Vienna lager personality of regular old Sam Adams Boston Lager, which I like. Decent, but not great.

Mouthfeel: quite light with a decent level of carbonation. Fizzy, though; not creamy.

Overall: pretty good, especially for a light lager, but it has its missteps. Still, working within the limitations of the style, Sam Adams has done a pretty good job here.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.79/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a light its drinkable and is much better than a Bud light. Deep coppery color with some carbonation. Still the best of the lights is Alexander Keith's Light Ale.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated January (2014?). Sampled on July 13, 2013.

The color is a nice looking light to medium amber with a full head that settles down after a couple minutes.

The aroma does have a hint of pale caramel malts, yeast, and clean hops. A little more vibrant than most light lagers.

The body is light.

The taste is remarkably full for a light lager with a decent sweetness and slightly dry finish. As far as lights go this is quite nice.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a golden yellow body that is crystal clear. There is a strong carbonation of bubbles supporting a thin white head that fades pretty quickly.

S- The clean light smell of dry malt with a slight sweetness had a hint of green hops as it warmed. Very soft over all.

T- The taste of dry pale malt has a fresh note with a faint depth of toasted hint. There was a smooth faint noble hop finish but it didn't really have any bitterness to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tiny fizz that makes the finish pretty clean.

D- This beer is smooth and light but it has much more flavor than any other beer in this style that I have tasted.

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

A: Poured a clear, deep cranberry-orange with a quickly diminishing ivory colored head that left some covering behind. Visible carbonation was extremely light with but a few stray bubbles making their way to the surface.

S: light traces of fresh oranges. Not much hoppiness was detected if any.

T: The initial flavor was sweet, citric oranges with some caramel sweetness. A very light noble dry flowery hopping was detected and was quite nice. Some dry oranges, flowers and a dry alcohol fade was detected on the finish. Overall pretty decent for a light beer and probably one of the best ive had.

M: very light, almost watery with no carbonation detected.

D: An average if not slightly above average drinkability factor, wouldn't know this to be a light beer. The beer drank progressively better as it got along but still wouldn't invest in a six pack.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a white creamy head that quickly forms into a thin lace. This is a light beer? Amazing, this is the darkest light beer I have ever seen. Aroma is malty with a slight amount of hops as well. Taste is much like the smell in that it is malty with a mild hop flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Decent brew but excellent light lager. Good job by Boston Beer Company in making such a good light beer. At 4% abv this would make a decent session beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass and received almost no head on top of a light copper body that was pretty seethru, but still not invisible like other light beers. I couldn't pick up anything in the smell except some hops and faint earthiness - could've been me. The beer has a nice hoppy taste and some sweet juiciness in it, like apples. A light, thin body that goes down extra smooth but leaves its mark with the hop backbite and the little bit of sweetness. I will take this light beer over anything from other macro/"macro micros" anyday, but still not my first choice.

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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 Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is malty with some caramel and some grain.(corn) Not a bad nose for a light beer. It says 119 calories on the label.

The taste is pretty malty with some caramel sweetness and a slight bitterness that shows up mostly in the finish. Good taster this light beer though I'm not a fancier of light beers in general.

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

12oz bottle given to my daughter after someone won it in a raffle along with a bunch of "made in Massachusetts" stuff. I'll take care of this, thanks Kate.

Poured into a Sam Adams Owner Silver Anniversary glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head, over the clear amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet, with hops character, maybe saaz, apparent.

Taste also begins sweet, prickly hops in the middle on through the close, again making me think saaz. Mouthfeel is smooth, although body is light in the middle, with easy drinkability. What do you want, it's a light beer, and as far as they go, not bad.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 1.75$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel/toffee, grass

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste light hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some grass and corn. It ends with a nice crisp aftertaste.

Overall - Probably the first 'light' beer I've ever had that didn't taste/look light. Really good stuff that I will buy again for sure.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Light orange with a respectable Sam Adams head.

S-Light hops and caramel malt. Infinitely better smelling than any other light.

T-Not bad. I wouldn't drink this unless it came in the variety packs but it is an interesitng take on the light beer. Like the nose light hops and malts. This is the Tom Brady of light beer.

M-Most full bodied light i've had.

D-Drinkable like a light without being pure water like a light.

If only these were as cheap as the bottom of the barrel lights this would be my shitface maker.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in the "new" Sam Adams Lager pint glass, the beer pours a gold/amber color with an inch white head. It's darker than any other light beer I've ever seen. The beer smells like grain, honey and caramel. It's a sweet smelling beer. It tastes the same way, but there's also a little bit of a metallic taste. Even then, there's still more flavor compared to most (if not all) light beers. Mouthfeel is light, but it's also crisp and clean. Drinkability is good too, it's not hard to drink at all. Overall, this is by far the best "light" beer I've ever had. I don't drink light beer too often, but if I made it a point to get one this would be the one to buy.

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

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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Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber with a quickly dissipating cap of beige foam. Hence, not much in the way of lacing was present, though a few stray bubbles did top the beer for a while. Sweet caramel, marshmallow aroma with some fruity and spicy notes. Medium to low bitterness, nicely balanced by more caramel, same hop profile as the aroma. The malt did disappear towards the end of each sip, leaving some lingering spicy hops and metallic character behind. Medium to light bodied, average carbonation, slight dryness, decent texture overall. A pretty good beer and quite a good light lager. It has way more flavour than similar offerings from the big brewers.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a clear amber color that produced a good white head with some good retention. The darkest looking "light" beer ive ever seen.

(S)- A toasty nuttiness with a corn meal thing.

(T)- A creamy-like nuttiness with a subtle sprinkle of brown sugar & corn meal.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. One of the maltiest "light" beers I have ever had.

(D)- Very sessionable. A beer I would definitely have all the time in my fridge if I was a light beer drinker since this have more flavor than any of the style I have had so far. Fantastic for the style.

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Photo of Brad007
4.8/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden color with a very thin head. Aroma is one of malt and a bit of sweetness, much more than a typical light lager. Taste is much of the same except that it has a nice biscuity goodness to it. Goes down very smooth and tastes better than many other examples of the style that I have had.

No other light lager can come close to this one. This beer is perfection for the style as far as I'm concerned. Not many craft beer companies have even made light lagers. However, it's too bad that many macros cannot come close to matching a beer as good as this. It's not thin or watery, there are no adjuncts and it doesn't taste like a typical light lager. Could down a few of these on a warm day when I didn't feel like drinking heavier beers.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is almost a copper color. Very clear. Interesting tone for a light beer. A thin head recedes to a thin film quickly and then sticks around for a while. Decent maltiness and noble hop aroma on the nose. The mouthfeel is almost too carbonated for me to give it a good rating in the drinkablility category. Pretty big body for a light beer though. Maybe a little better than medium. The taste is a notch above most macro brewed light beers. But it's not that much better. The noble hops make their presence known only with a slight spiciness. The malt backing is o.k. For a light beer, this is decent. Still not enough taste in it to make it very enjoyable.

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

A- golden, but not bright with a redish/copper hue

S- biscuits and malt, light spice nose

T- bready malts with a nice litte hop flavor

M- smooth, great carbonation, drinkable

D- deceptive for a light beer, id put it above Amstel as one of th emost drinkable lights around

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

Geez, I'm kinda hard pressed to admit it, but this is an elite light beer. Really looks good, like an amber lager.

Taste, there is taste here people! Most malt and hop feel in anything this side of Sprecher's diet beer. I guess if this is the route you need to go, SA is highly recommended.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden brown in color, clear, high carbonation, 1/3 inch head

Smell: honey, sugar, and toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, honey, grass, and small sugar and hops in the background

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweeter than I would expect with a slightly bitter back bone

Drinkability: Very good for the style and one of my favorites in the style. This does have elements of the taste I associate with Sam Adams. That being said, I am likely to go to other beer styles first and would pass it over if it were not in the variety pack.

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Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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