Sam Adams Light | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Sam Adams LightSam Adams Light
BA SCORE
3.26/5
2,233 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,134
Reviews:
842
Ratings:
2,233
pDev:
18.4%
Bros Score:
3.63
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
311
Trade:
1
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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of jgunther71
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
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 TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Huhzubendah
2.59/5  rDev -20.6%
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 johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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 WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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 BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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 ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of imbibehour
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
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 rab53
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of AlexFields
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a fair light yellow color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Head quickly died off - no matter how many times I tried to pour fast and vigorous, I have never had a good head in this beer. Mild lace ran here and there but even that doesn't last.
The aroma had some soft bready malts and a mild earthy to grassy hoppiness.
The flavor was mainly sweet throughout with the same sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Finish seemed non-existent.
Overall, I don't want to be too harsh on this beer since it is a Light Lager and that's what I should compare it to. In the end, I'd say this actually does the trick as there's nothing "off" in it's aromas and flavors. If anything, why drink a Bud Light, I'd rather have this any day.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +14.7%
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 mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Sam Adams Light from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 2,233 ratings
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