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Saturday, February 13, 2010

A taste of… Samuel Adams Light

Boston Beer Company
30 Germania Street,
Jamaica Plain, MA‎
(617) 983-9036‎

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Samuel Adams Light was purchased for $2.49(USD) at Garden of Eden Gourmet Market, 180 Montague St., Brooklyn, NY. There was an “Enjoy before month notched…” – this bottle was marked APRIL.

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: This crystal clear, bright amber brew is well carbonated. The head is a thin layer of tiny bubbles that forma loosely knit head that leaves a trace of lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma: The first impression is of grain. A second visit reveals slight fresh-cut hay aromatic. A final nose-dive continues the fresh-cut hay aromas.

Flavor: First impression is a refreshing sensation that carries with it a combination of quick grain sweetness chased by an equally fast moving spike of hops (that slightly metallic, slightly astringent sensation). The second sip again begins with that refreshing sensation followed by more of the hop spikes leading the sweeter grain this time. A third sip notices how well behaved these two flavors are. No fighting for prominence or domination.

Mouth feel: Svelte but not undernourished.

Finish: If you can remember the name of the first person who danced with you at the first high school dance you ever went to you have the capacity to remember the finish of this brew.

Comments: They pull a nice trick with the slightly roasted barley malt base that gives this brew a darker color than expected with a “Light/Lite” beer. The brain kicks in and looks for what it expects from a beer this color and is not disappointed.

Food & Beer: This would be my choice for a professional working lunch when the rest of the group orders mineral water and fruit smoothies. I’m betting that, at 119 calories the alcohol content is most of those calories and the alcohol by volume is easy to compute. If you have the intestinal fortitude to order a beer when your boss orders a mineral water you deserve a raise.

The Brewery: http://www.bostonbeer.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=69432&p=irol-homeProfile

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/1503

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/sam-adams-light/12719/

1 comment:

Scott-TheBrewClub said...

That's a nice review, and for a lite beer it doesn't sound too bad actually. I generally like Sam Adams beers, but I tend to shy away from lite beers!