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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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486 Ratings

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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 37
Gots: 18 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Reviews by Neorebel:
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

04-16-2013 00:48:55 | More by Neorebel
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Its great to see such a renowned ale producer like Samual Smiths produce such a top notch lager.Poured great with nice golden color,with freash aroma of bread and even a little minerally?The hop presence really comes through on this but there is a malty backbone.Very easy to drink,very high quality will again for sure.

03-01-2003 18:17:15 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance – I love LBB’s take on the appearance of this ale. It does pour and look exactly like a good German Pilsner. The delicate light-yellow body is clear as a bell with a huge, pitting head.

Smell – Finally! This is the 32nd Pale Lager that I have rated, and for the first time I found one that doesn’t smell like shit.

The subtle hop aroma is very crisp. It’s difficult to pull off the “classy grassy” nose, but this one does an excellent job of it.

Taste – Very good. The clean, crisp hops from the nose manage to deliver at the taste, which is no easy task. This is what just about every American macro (Bud, Miller, Michelob, etc) wants to be. There’s no cheap grain, no lame sucrose, and no nasty finish

This is the standard-bearer for all Pale Lagers. This is exactly how a PL should taste, in my very humble opinion. A terrific job by Sam Smith.

Mouthfeel – Crisp, clean, and very dry. It’s difficult to get a good mouthfeel for a style so thin, but Sam Smith manages to do it with this offering. This one will quench your thirst and make you beg for more.

Drinkability – The ultimate session beer, and certainly one I’ll ask for. I can’t imagine how good this would taste on-tap.

Update – Well, I wrote in my review that this was the 32nd lager that I’ve rated. Now I have over 150 under my belt, so I thought it would be interesting to re-review this one again.

It really is a lovely lager. I didn’t emphasize it in my initial review, but the grain here is just terrific. It makes the beer, IMHO. This is so much better than the standard fare it’s not even funny. Way to go, Sam Smith!

12-17-2003 04:19:27 | More by RoyalT
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours from brown 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Nice golden hue with lots of carbonation. Aroma is grains with faint floral and some pleasant citrus. Taste is rather grainy malts with just enough hops to keep you interested. Very delicately balanced. An excellent lager and a perfect summer session candidate.

03-20-2007 23:34:36 | More by Duster72
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle that has green and gold foil of hop vines and barley shoots on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pale yellow straw with a white well retaining lace.

Smell: Clean lager smell with slight hop and malt aromas. Smell like fresh cut hay and cooled biscuits.

Taste: A complex dryness with beautiful malt flavour and even semi grassy hop bitterness. The full pale malt spectrum is in the flavour ... malt, husk, grain, etc. Semi clean palate through and through ... hop character stay for a bit. Finish is clean with a hint of grain.

Notes: This is a good classic lager from a legendary brewery ... though there are lots of other lagers that are comparable at a cheaper price. Top notch of an English Lager ... give it a try.

08-07-2002 18:21:35 | More by Jason
Photo of Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

550 ml bottle, pours very light straw, with a long lasting white head, nice malt husk nose and this one leaves moderate and thick lacing. Nice smooth and rounded mouthfeel. Soft on the palate with notes of light honey and ripe melon. Soft and delicate grainy hops in the background and late in the finish. Soft, delicate, understated, subtle, elegant, a fine light and flavorful brew. would be great with some fish, cheese, salad etc etc.

08-02-2005 01:11:49 | More by Billolick
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: Deep golden color , with a 2 inch head of white bubbly foam , a nice lace left on the glass.

Smell: clean but rich malts , bit of straw/hay , herbal and almost flowery hop aroma.

Taste: biscuity and clean malt flavors , slight straw , hops are are on the grassy/herbal side , very slight dryness, grain.

Mouthfeel: medium body , slight dryness to the finish.

Drinkability: A very drinkable English lager. Flavor focus on the clean and tasty , paler malts. Well worth a try if you like lagers.

10-11-2006 05:30:24 | More by Byeast
Photo of wer


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-27-2013 02:33:47 | More by wer
Photo of ryanocerus


3.23/5  rDev -15.9%

Golden color with moderate creamy head that dissipated quickly. No carbonation to speak of and there was a faint sweet aroma. The beer had a mild hoppy taste and the lack of carbonation gave it an average mouthfeel. A mild beer overall but not worth three times the price of most macros.

07-26-2002 06:22:40 | More by ryanocerus
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%


Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear golden yellow with a thick near-white head that eventually leaves sticky rings of lace down the glass. Per the style, this is perfect.

Aroma consists of sweet pale malt, grassy hops, and simple grain. Nothing exciting, nothing bad. Quite simple.

Flavor follows the aroma and is quite simple. Plain graininess, grass, and a bit of sweet malt make for an easy drinking lager, but little else.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Great drinkability.

A very good Euro pale lager--perhaps a great one. That being said, the style is quite limiting and simple in nature.

11-23-2011 01:56:10 | More by ehammond1
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-24-2013 20:16:45 | More by Mantooth
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-14-2014 02:04:38 | More by tyleeis
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Very pale straw appearance, got leery. Aroma leans to the apple side.

Taste, a little bit of everything, some lemon, apple, spice, carbonation zips it all upward, minimal hop bite with the carbonation. The beer is a great example of the style that isn't necessarily too popular with craft brew drinkers. A great beer to introduce people to that might not be craft drinkers yet, without feeling like you're giving them something really dumbed down.

Price is a little on the steep side for what it is, but I can't think of too many examples that are better for a lesser price.

07-15-2010 23:12:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

Medium yellow clear hue with a middling head that's a skim after a minute. Good lacing, complicated patterns. Aroma is lightly grassy, some sense of musty notes, a little like modeling clay. Dry flavor, well-balanced in medium hopping with light but equal shortbread and slight almond characteristics. Carbonation is lively and about right. Nose was slightly off for me, flavor meets quality-Lager characters and the mouthfeel works well. Seems slightly less buttery than Sam Smith's Organically-Produced Lager.

05-20-2004 22:13:16 | More by ADR
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West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Crystal clear golden with a vibrant white nice formed head minimal lacing as it dwindles though. Aroma: Sweet subtle grassiness with a nice floral soft hoppiness and somewhat a biscuity yeast tone that I come to have found characteristic in most Sammy Smith's I have sampled. Taste: Crisp clean grassy and a great slightly citrusy bitterness with subtle bready tones very nice flavor a session brew if found cheaper. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied good amount of carbonation tickles the throat. Drinkability: Is clean taste refreshing low abv and quite flavorful version of a lager.

09-22-2003 15:05:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a straw gold with a nice white head and active carbonation. A nice looking lager. Nose is grassy with some very faint spicy, peppery notes. Nice biscuity malt in the taste with some grassy hops in the finish. Not terribly complex, but its simplicity is quite pleasant. Good mouthfeel with the carbonation not too aggressive. A drinkable lager and a good standby if you need a bit of a break.

04-20-2005 17:04:18 | More by foamer
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

(Served in a imperial strange)

A- This beer pours a pale but golden yellow faint hued crystal clear body with a billowy snow white head of cream on top that was popping with bubbles after the pour. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The soft slightly sweet aroma of pale malt changes into a pear blossom nose as the beer warms. There is a dry honey malt aroma to follow with a softer raw silage note. The finish has a green herbal hop quality with a slightly sweet sulfur aroma mixed with it.

T- The clean flavor has a very light honey malt flavor with some pale malt notes and a crisp carbonic acid flavor to it. The finish has some green hop flavors with a green sulfur finish that is slightly sweet. As the beer warms the sulfur flavor becomes more pronounced and just a bit sweeter.

M- This beer mas a light crisp mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a clean finish.

D- This beer is easy to drink and smooth but I wasn't expecting that much sweetness in a lager. It was nice to taste some lager qualities and some ale qualities and have a good depth of flavor. I would love to try this on cask next time I hop over the pond.

06-23-2009 17:57:17 | More by rhoadsrage
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-16-2012 13:57:02 | More by acurtis
Photo of r0nyn

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a very pale straw hue that's slighty hazy. Thick fluffy white head quickly dissipates into a thin cap, leaving quite a bit of stringy lacing. Very clean appearance. Smell is quite malty with lots of sweet fruitiness and grain. None of that abrasive metallic quality that is so prevalent in adjunct lagers. This is the way a good lager should smell.

Taste is clean, crisp and refreshing. Malts are the order of the day, with a lot of grainy sweetness washing over the palate. Some fruits and a mild caramel flavoring as well. Hops are almost non-existent, just barely making an appearance at the end. A pleasant floral bite rounds out the taste. Very well done. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a very minimal amount of carbonation, allowing you to fully enjoy the various flavor nuances.

Drinkability is off the charts with an exceptional lager like this. Great smell, great taste, great feel; it has all the qualities of a great beer. Samuel Smith knows how to craft excellent, no-frills brews. None of that triple hop advertising garbage. Just a delicious drinking experience through and through.

11-07-2010 01:37:30 | More by r0nyn
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

550ml bottle, with an attractive hop-vine foil neck enclosure. One of the very few Sam Smith brews not repped in my home jurisdiction, so I just couldn't pass it up upon seeing it here on Oahu, in a most unlikely British beer locale.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale golden straw hue, with three fingers of puffy, silky, foamy white head, which leaves a decently weird array of random op-art lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of grainy white cereal malt, a bit of hotel breakfast toast, and muddled grassy/leafy hops. The taste is strong grainy malt, with a Riesling-like petrol essence, very slight drupe fruitiness, and a soft dead-leaf and mildly tangy hoppiness.

The bubbles are a bit frizzy, and petulant, but easily disregarded, the body an agreeable medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes with more of the food-grade gasohol aura, blended into the hearty crackery graininess, and meek, but steadfast noble hops.

A solid pale lager, of the European bent - full, comprehensive, and thorough - you could be forgiven if you think I'm talking about insurance policies, but, no, it's a lager - and a damned good one at that, if stiff British upper lip-ism is your thing.

05-12-2012 06:11:05 | More by biboergosum
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4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

08-15-2014 18:50:09 | More by BC65
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Strange to have bought a British lager--here goes. Pours a bubbly, transparent golden body with a swiftly thinning, white head--looks "pure"... aroma is reminiscent of of an Eastern block pilsner--crisp sharp malts and perfumy yeast... full-bodied yet pleasantly mouth-watering and satisfying with a buttery-smooth presence in texture... malt is soft and sweet--balanced with a mellowness that invites another... lagers are tough to argue against when they present little flaw, and the Samuel Smith brewers aren't about to offer a second-rate anything apparently... clean and crisp, as a lager should be...

06-25-2008 03:52:34 | More by dacrza1
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Picked up at a relatively good price, so I figured that I would try it. Pours a light golden color with a quickly retreating white head that leaves a nice lacing down the side of my Sam Smith pint glass. Smell is faint but grassy and slightly peppery. Taste is very clean with a slight european hop bite that finishes very subtle. Super drinkable. Nice beer but nothing complex at all, hence the uber short review.

03-27-2005 01:18:25 | More by soper2000
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -36.2%

Samuel Smith pure brewed lager beer

This sure isn't their oatmeal stout but lets give it a go shall we.

Appearance- light yellow/ straw with a big soapy white head that holds together well.
smell- a clean watery malt aroma.
Taste- light malt and water. not much body. There's not much here.
Mouthfeel- watery watery watery. A slight, ever so, bitter hopiness.

Overall, This is so watery it goes down quickly. maybe a good beer for drinking games or quenching your thirst after playing tennis but not a beer drinkers beer!

01-24-2004 16:45:15 | More by NJpadreFan
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

This brew has a light golden butter color, totally clear with sporatic carbonation that creates a two-finger deep, bubbly, airy, all-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a few sticky clumps behind.
The aroma is pretty heady, with herbal, spices, wet-hay field scented wheat malt and some starfruit way down deep.
The buttery wheat malt flavor is crisp and very clean, light and maybe a bit thin but ending smooth. The malt is perfectly balanced with herbal, green-veggie hops and a delightful wheat 'n grains effect. There are some fine subtle flavors like, starfruit, citric lemmon, and a sour, herbal yeast. Altogether, very complex and well balanced.
This is a high quality lager that is very easy to drink but slightly on the light and thin side, otherwise worth it's $3.49 price tag.

10-12-2007 16:04:34 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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