Edison Light Beer | New Century Brewing Company

Edison Light BeerEdison Light Beer
33 Ratings
Edison Light BeerEdison Light Beer

Brewed by:
New Century Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by Todd on 12-02-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Shaw
2.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got two 12-ounce bottles of this in my beer of the month club from www.beveragebistro.com. I was quite surprised to see that a "light" beer was included. Real beer drinkers don't need light beer, right? Maybe I was wrong, and Edison Light (neat name and bottle) would teach me a lesson.

It looks a lot better than other "light" beers. It has a golden color, rather than a sickly urine-like yellow. It has a nice head when you pour it, but the head vanished almost instantly.

The smell is a little malty. Not much aroma at all, but at least it doesn't smell bad. Too bad it doesn't taste that good. It has a bit of an acidic bite that I haven't noticed in other regular golden lager styles. Perhaps it's from using corn and/or rice?

No aroma hops here! Now that would be interesting: Make a light beer with a boatload of dry-hopping. Maybe that could cover up the light taste.

Edison Light is better than other "lights," which is probably why it was included in the beer of the month selection. But it's not that much better. If you were looking for a beer to drink on a hot day, this might do, but there are better choices out there. Just stick to a regular lager and damn the calories!

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Photo of UnionMade
2.2/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a slightly golden yellow, topped with a thin, frothy white head. The head diminshes to a few scraggly pockets of mist clinging to the side of the glass almost immediately.
The aroma is light and entirely unassuming. Vague pale pils malt, with some mild rice and a wandering hop presence. Not terrible for a light beer, but really nothing better than Bud Light or something like that. Clean.
The flavor starts with a crisp nothing in the front, with basically all the flavor coming through in the finish. Light and clean, with a bit of pils malt, some rice, and just enough hops for them to actually be there. Sweet and tonic water-like. Decent fizzy carbonation, with an extremely light body. I can imagine this being a step up for your average light beer drinker, just because it's a micro of sorts.

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Photo of packetknife
3.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a light beer, it's not going to be hugely robust and flavorful.. but it was certainly better than I expected. As a matter of fact, it's now my favority light. I got a case for $15!!! Apparantly the distributor in our area wasn't selling them well.

In any case. Foamy bleaced white head that doesn't hold well. Very very light citrus on the nose, fizzy at the back of the throat. Very crisp feeling even when not quite cold enough. Hops came through well. Ridiculously drinkable.

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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
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