Edison Light Beer | New Century Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Century Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
All-malt light lager; reformulated recently.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 33
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best thing about this beer is its bottling. Browsing through singles at a shop on Cape Cod, the clear bottle and quaint naming caught my attention. Only one single bottle to be found. Straightfoward appearance and better than many lights, this one may not have caught on. Slightly skunked in the European green bottle mode, it was nonetheless drinkable beer on a sunny summer afternoon.

Update: I inquired of the New Century Brewing Company of the fate of Edison Light Beer and received this response - Yes, Edison is still being brewed and is selling well in the greater Boston and metro Atlanta marketplaces. In addition, all Trader Joe's Markets that sell beer offer Edison as well. We needed to refocus our resources after the difficult launch (9/10/01).

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Photo of WMBierguy
1/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is, quite simply, the worst beer that I've ever had. Ever. I've had over 100 different brands of beer from all different styles, and this beer sticks out to me as the low mark of my beer drinking experience. This is a light beer that is not trying to be light. Translation: it takes all of the most foul, skunky, gross residue that it can find and boils them together combining to make a horrible drink. I can't decide if it tastes like skunky Bud Light or Old English mixed with water, but whatever it is it sure is horrible. It comes in a clear bottle, has zero head, and is a urine like yellow color. Smells terrible. To top it off, it is expensive ($6.99 for a six pack). I could barely finish a bottle of this swill. I'd take a Beast Ice or a PBR any day over this. Stay away at all costs!

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Photo of Gusler
3.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I normally wouldn't touch any beer that says "Ice", or "Light", but this beer was recommended by a fellow who knows beer and said it was quite drinkable. So let’s see how accurate he was.

Translucent straw or light gold color on the pour. Head is adequate in size, brilliant white in color the texture frothy and light, with the lace nice clinging sheets that are quite long lasting. Crisp clean malt aroma, hints of orange peel, and quite pleasant actually. Sweet light malt start, the top as one would expect skimpy, and the finish acidic or maybe astringent is more suitable, sparsely hopped, dry as a bone aftertaste. Certainly not as bad as I would have guessed before sampling, and a good beer when you’re ready for something light and refreshing

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Photo of Jason
3.21/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean with little to talk about, that is what light beer is about right? The new lawn mower beer on the block. The head retention is fair and clarity is good. Not much in the aroma at all. Clean palate with a thin maltiness, a bigger than normal hop presence for a light beer. Touch of hop flavour and a tingling yet balanced bitterness. Not as dry as most other light beer either. Not bad at all. Better than the other macro light lagers but a bit more $$$.

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Photo of Todd
2.58/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz clear bottle, twist-off. No recognizeable freshness date. Label states "Brewed for smooth flavor and easy drinking by the brewmaster who invented light beer"

Appearance: Very pale, clear, straw yellow in colour with a thin foamy lace.

Smell: Ultra clean aroma, except for some extremely light musty-grain notes and an unique hop aroam.

Taste: Extremely light bodied and rather smooth, with a high carbonation level that induces a creamy, palate lifting sensation. Initial flavour is a sharp lime-like hop flavour and bitterness that is unlike any other hop flavour I've tasted before. There's even a very odd and very unique light herbal-like character lurking about -- rumour has it that the hops employed in this beer are engineered. There's no real malt flavour or sweetness, except for a touch of grain, however what malt there is does lend a bit to the body. Finish is very clean with hardly any aftertaste, just some dryness and faint hop and grain residuals that fade quickly. Overall, everything is very light and watery. No flavours, except the hops, come out to play.

Notes: Created by the legendary Joe Owades, the inventor of light beer. According to New Century, "Joe actually developed a special brewing process (which has a patent pending) specifically to create Edison Light Beer." 109 Calories (only 11 less than 12oz of Guinness), 6.6 grams carbohydrates, 0.9 grams protein and 0 fat. Edison Light Beer is also available in the can.

Okay, I hate "lite" beers. I see no reason for them, and I think they are evil marketing tools to manipulate beer drinkers who think they need to watch their weight. This aside, for what it is, Edison Light Beer kicks the shit out of any other mainstream light beers on the market (edit: it did until Sam Adams Light came out). I'm not saying that I love it, or would buy it. I'm just saying that those who drink light beers now have a decent easy drinking alternative.

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Edison Light Beer from New Century Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.65 out of 5 with 33 ratings