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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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Blending the best of both worlds. While there are no ďLightĒ beers in Belgium, we have taken up the challenge and created a very lightly hopped beer with a true clean crisp taste. Although not as thin as most light beers, this lager has an alcohol percentage of only 3.5%.


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2006
I noticed a nice fresh aroma of biscuit and a light beachy aroma. Flavor on the palate was minimal with no distracting flavors, and very light citrusy hop aspects. Thinnest head of all of the St. S beers.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Remember now they are making an effort to introduce beer to a wider audience up in this area of hard to find good brews. Yes itís a light. Nice flavor & texture. Some fruity essence on the nose with a clear amber color & a crisp taste. Well done ... but, itís a light! :-)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Pretty fruity taste to this, some banana even, this is probably the best light lager Iíve ever had. Even though itís a light beer how can you diss this.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Light hop aroma and a tinge of sweet malts, but not much else. Transparent pale yellow with a dime thin white head. Watery fore leads into a hop cereal grain and malt finish. Not a bad little lager, but not anything that will make you rethink the style either..

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Clear pale straw body with small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, honey, light spice. Taste is moderately sweet, honey, some grassy, minimally bitter. Light-medium body, some crispness. No surprises here -- as the name suggests, a beer for the masses. Still, certainly drinkable.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2004
I have trouble coming up with a lot to say about light beers. Typical of the style, watery, with the flavor being almost imperceptable. Having said that, what taste was there was still better than the macrobrewed light beers.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Perhaps the palest looking beer I have ever seen. Looks almost like a glass of water with one drop of yellow food coloring with a thin white head. Very subtle somewhat tart, malty aroma. Body is very thin and watery, but has some grainy malt character to it. Drinkable, yes, better than the typical BMC light beers, most likely, but nothing great.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Draft at Saint Sebastiaan Belgian Microbrewery in Spring Hill, FL. Thedm, Matta and I had a wonderful supper and sampled the beers here at this fine establishment. This beer had a small sized white head that was creamy and smooth and contained fine sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body was uncarbonated and transparent with a pale yellow hue. The nose was malty as was the flavor of this beer. The mouthfeel was smooth, watery and thin. This was a light bodied beer with good lacing.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thedm (4927) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 19, 2003
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 90. This draft brew was sampled at the brewery in Spring Hill Florida with Matta and was served to us by Jim Leen, the brewer, and Serge Van Limbergen, the owner. This brew poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a softly carbonated transparent very light weak yellow colored body and agood lace. The mouthfeel was tinglyand bubbly while the aroma was that of a medium malt hop. The flavor was that of a very mild malt hop.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Let me begin by saying that the microbrewery is Absolutely Amazing! I was lucky enough to enjoy these beers with some visitors to Florida, TheDM and Hotstuff, very nice company. The owners and brew-masters of St. Sebastiaan, Leen, and her husband Serge were very kind and exceptionally knowledgeable people as well. Thanks to all!

6oz sample: The Novice Light’s name describes it well.
The body was a lucid yellow gold, totally transparent, small white, quickly diminishing head…. In the nose I picked up on a touch of lemon zest and a pinch of saltiness…. The flavor was rather lackluster, again a bit of lemon, slight hint of yeast, mostly just reminiscent of seltzer water…. This beer reminded me of swallowing a mouth full of salt water when swimming in the Gulf.


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