Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager BeerSamuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

538 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 54
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Ratings: 538 | Reviews: 313
Photo of Scarycarrie1
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight lemon taste. Great lager.

Photo of Nickholland
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bready/malty brew that finishes really well, absolutely quaffable and very representative of the style. Puts the adjuncts to shame. I would drink this all the time if it weren't so expensive.

Photo of Ale_Dog
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich and smooth, almost a
Honey sweetness to it.

Photo of Tomvanconant
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very crisp clean and fresh tasting.

Photo of vince_arch_beer
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great, crisp flavor at first sip with a sweet tail at the end. Very beautiful color, quite clear with an SRM around 8-12. Very low hop/bitterness. Carbonation is beautiful and mouthfeel is exactly what I'd expect from a lager.

What makes this bottle of beer go over the edge is the bottle design as well as its organic nature. You can taste the quality and craftsmanship, no additives or preservatives (or at least the chemical ones).

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very nice label in the Samuel Smith traditional style with very vibrant, colorful, and eye-catching graphics. Front label gives a bit of info on the beer, states “USDA Organic” and “Serve Cold”. Back label gives ABV info, web info, a bit of brewery info, a nice back story and description of the beer, states “USDA Organic”, and has a nice graphic. Has “Samuel Smith” and “Bottled at Yorkshires oldest brewery est. 1758” embossed on the bottle.

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour from its 550ml brown bottle into a 13oz stemmed pokal led to a 3 finger white frothy head of a light airy density atop an almost perfectly clear yet slightly hazy pale golden yellow beer. Head retention was a very good 4min 59sec before fading to thick ring and coating with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is very clean with a floral grassy hop aroma with a nice light malt sweetness and a bit of perhaps white grapes and light fruit.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of floral and grassy hops on the front end with a sweet malt grain flavor. Mid point has a very grainy malt flavor that begins to come to the fore front while still giving a bit of grainy hop bitter notes. Back end is dominated by grainy malt sweetness with just a slight floral hop bite. Finishes with a grainy aftertaste. Very clean on the palette.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation. Has a crisp clean mouthfeel that is highly refreshing and highly drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This is one of the better beers I have had in quite a while. Beer is very drinkable with spot-on flavor and nose. A prime example of the style. This a must try lager. Consumed 1/8/14. Classified as a Euro Pale Lager @ 5% ABV.

Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am surprised it took me this long to review this but I had this chance so here goes, enjoyed chilled in a 1/2pint from the 500ml.

Golden color with thin 1/2 finger white head with great clarity in body and visible carbonation rising to a fine bead collar and lace that clings in a ring. The smell is mildly fruity with English yeast aroma and light herbal hop scent with slight sweet grain essence with light floral hop accent. The feel is mildly fruity from yeast with medium high carbonation and light toasted dry malt middle with semi-bitter and dry finish with very lightly spiced finish.

The taste begins with malt that is mild and yeast fruitinesss with a slight apple/pear quality wiht subtle sweetness level and a hint of spice in the periphery with a slight toasted grain flavor in the middle. The flavor is on the dry side with herbal hops adding to the flavor with mildly bitter taste as it finishes. Overall I consider this very good - a clean lager with a lot of flavor -excellent drinkability for the style

Photo of Larry_Moon
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

This is just a great beer. Such a simple brew solution yet the product of this labor is perfect! It's the only lager I've ever found to have malty legs. Its perfect blend of barley and hops gives you the sense that its malty and bitter attributes are released on to your taste buds for an epic battle (which is ultimately just won by the hops army). The finish is crisp but doesn't leave your tongue feeling dry. The complexity of the competing flavors makes for a fantastic taste interrupted by nothing as the malted barley and hops in this beer are organic. It clearly makes a difference. I would enjoy this beer in the company of the most boring and annoying people in the world.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/15/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops ,and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean and robust flavors for a pale lager as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent pale lager style. All around great balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of OsoRojo
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Everything about this beer is above-average for the style. Refreshing every time, consistency matters. Organic ingredients, why don't we see more of this happening? This is my go-to lager when I need a break from IPAs and Stouts. Highly reco!mended

Photo of AyeMito
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was definitely pleased when I had this after work a few weeks ago. It is fresh, crisp, and sweet with notes of caramel and honey. I feel its simple enough that all the ingredients blend perfectly with each other and no one part is overwhelming. Its fresh and herbal to start finishing with a smooth caramel spice. I will without a doubt be drinking plenty of these this autumn!

Photo of kflorence
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear, light wheat in color with a good amount of creamy head atop. Carbonation looks lively, lots of creamy lace is present as you drink, gradually sliding down to head level. Head retention is great, probably the best I've seen in this category. Looks the part of a refreshing lager!

S: Sweet malts, light grains (corn is especially predominant), with lots of grass and notes of honey, apple and white grapes. No hint of skunk and not overly astringent (though more so as it warms). Classic European pale lager characteristics.

T: Follows the nose well. Lots of sweet malts and grains up front followed by lots of grass, apple, butter and even a bit of corn as it opens up on the tongue. Lingering flavor is butter, corn and sour apple. Very clean on the palate with no metal and no skunk. Everything you want from a pale lager and nothing you don't.

M: Very light with strong carbonation. While this is to be expected from the style, I don't particularly care for strongly carbonated brews. It's thin and watery with a tiny bit of butteriness. Very smooth, finishes crisp and dry.

O: This is a classic European pale lager that excels in appearance and drinkability. Very sessionable and quite modest, it delivers a distinctive pale lager flavor without the downsides that accompany many and would pare nicely with a variety of foods, especially light meats and anything greasy (I'd love to wash down some fish and chips with this one). I've come to expect this level of quality from Samuel Smith and they again did not disappoint here. Extra kudos for brewing organic. Cheers!

Photo of Foyle
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 2"+ fluffy white head recedes slowly. Moderate lacing and moderate carbonation. Color is straw and mostly clear.
Aroma: smell is of fruity hops (almost a grape/raisin aroma), yeasty bread, and lightly toasted malts.
Mouthfeel: light and slightly sticky. Finishes crisp, dry, and refreshing.
Flavor: nicely balanced lager with sweet malts holding forth but enough floral hops to even it out. Overall: I can’t find anything to criticize about this beer. Excellent and enjoyable.

Photo of marzenfannm
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale straw color with a tall, foamy head. The head disapated quickly and left a bit of lacing. Citrusy aroma from the mug I poured it into. Pleasant taste -- malty with a crisp, wheaty finish. Excellent palette ... creamy and smooth. I would stock up on this one if it wasn't quite expensive ($4+ for a 550 ml bottle).

Photo of BeernerdJeff
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a brilliant golden color with a great white head of three fingers. A lot of bubbles, so good carbonation. As head fades, there is a nice cling around the sides of the glass.

Smell-there is a slight bread smell with a hint of hops coming through. Not strong and not complex to the nose. Seems simple and very light.

Taste-where the beer lacks in smell, it makes up for in taste! The malty goodness hits first followed by hops. Though a hearty malt flavor, it's just right. Great balance in flavor. Seems to be made from simple, basic ingredients but Samuel Smith has been able to bring out full flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel- light and smooth. Can really feel the carbonation on the tongue. Has a nice linger, not too much and not little. Very drinkable and very refreshing.

Overall, I am very much a fan of this lager-quickly becoming one of my favorites! Highly recommend this one.

Photo of Beric
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsener glass
Enjoyed: 6 December 2013

Appearance: Pours a pale golden yellow, crystal clear, with some nice lines of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Looks exactly as you would expect an EPL to look like. Huge three finger head slowly subsides to a one-half finger head that sticks around. Incredible lacing.

Smell: Clean and spicy. Smells very clean, beery, with minor noble hop notes. No skunk or weird funkiness happening in this one.

Taste: Although EPLs are a style regularly ridiculed on BA, this one is a league above all others. This is my gold standard for EPLs- magnificently brewed with good balance between golden malts and hop bitterness. The flavors in this one are very subtle. Most importantly, unlike mass-produced EPLs like Stella Artois or Heineken, this one continues to taste magnificently pure and clean even as it warms up, rather than getting weird earthy, funky tastes like the mass produced ones.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly, just as you'd expect from an EPL.

Overall: The gold-standard for Euro Pale Lagers, in my book. A great beer in an underappreciated style. This one really showcases the subtleties pale lagers can have if brewed correctly and this is indeed a masterful example of such.

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and grassy hops are present in the nose along with a touch of nondescript malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a bit grassy and has some flavors of pale and bready malts along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very drinkable and well-crafted all-malt lager. There's nothing in the way of "off flavors" that are often attributable to some of the beers in this style.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy/foamy bright white head that reduces to thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a slight hint of honey sweetness. Lighter notes of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit and grainy malts with a very light hint of honey sweetness. There are light to moderate flavors of grassy hops that impart a light to moderate of bitterness that fades rather quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and clean.

O: Enjoyable and pairs well with many different types of food (in my case Chinese) - easy to drink.

Photo of Neorebel
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer pours a brilliant, clear gold, with about a 1/2" of fluff adorning the top. Bubbles are consistently rising, indicating a fair amount of carbonation. It's almost perfect, as the head also clings to the side of the glass nicely. The nose is that of fresh baked bread, and the smells of Spring fields. A soft, European hop aroma can be detected within as well. While the scents leads one to believe the beer will be delicate, the taste is much more vibrant. It's got a hearty, buttery malt taste in the background with the crisp, yet floral hops coming in next. The fading sensation in the finish is gradual and pleasing. The mouth feel is very light, borderline watery. The best way I can describe it is that the back of the throat is filled with the presence of the beer on the way down more than the beer actually coats the mouth during each sip. This is a great beer to get someone started on the finer lagers in life, or for any beer enthusiasts who are skeptical about European lagers or lighter ABV beers in general.

Photo of rangerred
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle into a Samuel Smith nonic.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a billowy two finger head that very quickly fizzles away to a very thin cap. Abundant carbonation keeps the little foam around for awhile though.

Aroma of bready grain along with some soft noble hops. Not very strong but subtle and soft. A tiny bit of orange and lemon zest as well.

The flavor provides lots of bread with grassy/floral hops along with a hint of biscuit. Very typical for the style but this feels just a little more refined than some cheaper versions. Soft, clean mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish.

Overall, a decent, quaffable beer but not worth the steep price it commands. I would much rather drink a Baltika 3.

Photo of Premo88
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: clean pale gold, 1/2-inch white head; slight lacing

S: biscuits; sweet malt

T: sweet yeasty malt -- thorough sweetness that is there from the front to back end; very little bitter hops, but you can taste some mellowed hops

F: heavier than water, decent carbonation ... nothing exceptional

O: not your average lager; really sweet and malty; blindfolded, I could mistake this for an English pale ale ... the big giveaway is the lack of "bitter," but that isn't a bad thing. It makes this brew very distinctive. It's fantastically sweet without being overly so; no cloying banana or anything like that ... just good yeast and barley.

I must say had I rated this beer after the first bottle, it might've gotten all 5s. It just blew me away how malty a lager can taste. After working through a four-pack, the beer became less of a mind-blower and just a good solid beer. It's not cheap, and chances are you can find a local lager better for a better price, BUT if you want to show a friend the difference between the corn tortilla chip that is the American macro brew and a true lager, THIS IS IT!

And maltheads, sign up ...

Photo of BuckIronRocket
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Classic; bright shining gold with a half inch of foamy white head. Looks almost like a prototype movie or TV show beer. Reminds me of a Notre Dame football helmet.

S - Best part about this beer. HONEY. Strong smell of honey and buttered biscuits.

T - After the smell the taste is a slight let down. Clean, cold and complex. Has a mild hop bite, strong yeast flavor. There is something missing that I cannot quite explain.

M- Refreshing and light. Good bubbly carbonation through out.

O- One of the more intriguing beers I've ever had. The smell is OUTSTANDING and I may buy again based on smell alone. The taste is just as compelling for what it lacks in comparison to what it has to offer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

For whatever reason, I have Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" stuck in my head right now... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-buttered biscuit, very light grass, and a hint of honey. The taste holds notes of dried honey, light toffee, even lighter biscuit, and a vague sense of funky lemon peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though I could possibly see this working well on cask (don't ask me why, I just get that impression here), it just didn't do it for me out of the bottle. This is quite the letdown.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright light yellow not faint like a light beer with a 1/2 inch of frothy head that trickles to a mild lace ring.

S - Sweet corn, mild grain, some faint hops, and a bit of skunk.

T - Best corn tasting beer I ever had. Very little skunk and has a touch of caramel malt and hops too.

M - Light and crisp easy to drink.

Overall not a huge fan of lagers but this one was well crafted. As good as everything they make.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a half an inch's worth of head that fades to a thin cap quickly

S: Pale malts, buttered bread, lager yeast, and light hops. Very clean and crisp

T: Follows the nose. Buttered bread and malts come through the most, with a background of the yeast and hops. Finishes with lightly spicy hops. Again, very clean and crisp

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very clean and simple lager with nice flavor and great drinkability. Good price point, as usual with SS. Definitely recommended for those who like lagers

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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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