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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

496 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 37
Gots: 20 | 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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Ratings: 496 | Reviews: 305 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of lyttleb
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer, and I've tasted hundreds. Any time I need something to lift me up that I know won't leave me dissapointed, it's this beer. The green and gold foil top screams quality and refined.

The best way to describe the taste is balanced, light, yet full-flavored and reminescent of honey. This beer is so clean that your buddies who won't venture past Bud Light will have respect.

Of course, anytime you have good memories associated with a good beer, the beer becomes one of your all-time favorites. Consume this beer when you want some good memories with good friends. Cheers!

lyttleb, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of pigSTI04
5/5  rDev +30.2%

pigSTI04, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of OkieMik
5/5  rDev +30.2%

OkieMik, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of zythus
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow.

Beer drinkers distinguished by candor and insight boast in their inborn belief in the superiority of Samuel Smith beers. This lager is a harbinger of success. It is teeming with life. It is Unreservedly, unequivocally, and absolutely right, and I feel called upon to asseverate that Samuel Smith's Brewed Lager Beer will flow in a notable way amidst the mountains of God. I would say so in the presence of an Apostle.

zythus, May 14, 2009
Photo of Pahn
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Pahn, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of hustlesworth
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a crystal clear sparkling light golden yellow with a big loose airy egg shell colored head. foam is active and fizzy and recedes forming a thin membrane over the top with cobweb lined bubbles popping here n there depositing small chunky patches of lace around the rim of the glass. sparse bubbles rise up to rebuild the head but it falls pretty quickly with its thin skin in tact and a loose patchwork of foam bubbles underneath.

S- classic tadcaster hop and malt aroma, buttery sweet, but this time with an alluring sweetened bran cereal smell and golden raisins. honestly, this smells extremely similar to raisin bran and i just wanna keep sniffing forever. granola, oat, and pale barley are very prominent and inviting. hop aroma is floral and clean and just right, not overpowering the beautiful malt and soft spicy yeast. this is an amazing aroma to say the least and there is nothing to be desired here, except to a certain extent, i wish it were solid so i could eat it.

T- as far as i know this is the first english lager i've tried and i appreciate everything about it at first taste. the granola/bran aroma carries over into the taste along with fruity alcohol esters and a seemingly endless yeast/hop combination of white grapes and lemon rind, and unripe peaches. no grassy flavors that i'm used to in a EPL, but more of an overall herbaceous hop flavor that makes me think of roses, hibiscus, and flowering herbs. that old tadcaster stone water taste comes out near the end with a metallic tinge, making me feel at ease cuz sam smith's is like 'comfort beer' to me. finish is very well balanced being neither dry or cloying, with bitter green apple notes, leaving my mouth with a clean minty fresh feeling even at +/-45 degrees.

MF- juicy and silky smooth just the same as every offering i've had from this brewery.a deceiving full bodied feeling is created from the low carbonation level making for a pleasurable palate experience then thinning out in the throat ultimately quenching any thirst that may be distracting you from the supreme taste and aroma of this brew.

D- damn near perfect world class euro lager. tadcaster has obviously lent some of its ale techniques to the making of this one and the result is a wonderfully flavorful, uniquely complex beer the likes of which i could have never imagined. i'm not one for this style, but my favorite english brewery continues to amaze me.

hustlesworth, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of liquoricefish
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've got to say, as a macro lager kind of guy, this is a damn good lager.

A - Not too many bubbles, good light golden color, but what does that matter?

S - I want to describe it as a sweet smell. Sweet in a honey-like way but not sugary-sweet. Beyond the sweetness I detect some very complex wheat and hops aromas. I really don't know what to say except this smells amazing! Sweet, but not sugary. Hoppy, but not overpowering. Like wheat, but not too much like wheat.

T - Wow. Very complex taste, yet no one sensation overpowers. Very nice and pleasant (very slightly) sweet and biscuity taste at first, with a very smooth finish.

M - Feels carbonated but very balanced. (Overall this is kind of what I'm saying - notice the incredible balance of this beer.)

D - Well, I could drink these all day, but too bad this is no cheap brew. Very very expensive in fact.

Overall, I wouldn't say this is absolutely my favorite beer, but it's really quite incredible. I enjoy beer that's not very dark, or fruity, or spicy, or sweet. Like I said, I'm anh all-American macro lager kind of guy. But this is what macro lagers strive to be, they're just unbalanced at some point. I admit, this is no perfect beer, but wow! Balanced! Smooth! Delicious! EXPENSIVE!

liquoricefish, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of DarkBeer
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer. It has a yellowish gold color, and nice head when poured in a pint glass. The taste of it is similar to Sam Smith's Organic Lager, but with less of an acidic aftertaste. The soft water in Pure Brewed Lager helps it go down smooth and easy. There is a good amount of carbonation that blends well with the grainy aftertaste. It's very pure tasting with well balanced flavors and texture, something I can drink regularly.

DarkBeer, Nov 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

JasonONeill, Feb 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Zachariah1978, Jul 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

slim2043, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of JeffSuttonTX
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of JustOneMorePlz
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

JustOneMorePlz, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of prisdefer
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

prisdefer, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Feel_the_Darkness
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Feel_the_Darkness, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of botham
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 2.7 oz bottle porued into a pilsener glass. pours a pale straw color with four fingers of tight white head that remains for a few minutes. light lacings.

aroma is lightlt sweet and malty, with a touch of floral hops and a distant note of grain. fresh in the nose, with a pleasant, almost munich malt-like character.

taste is more of the same, with a light and crisp quality. the malt and hops balance eachother out perfectly, leaving only a sinple and well proportioned brew. just what a good pale lager should be.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a thin texture and soft CO2 on the palate. finishes crisp and lightly dry with residual pale malts.

drinkability is excellent. this is a light bodied lager with excellent flavors and aromas, and a rich profile, despite its light mouthfeel. another excellent brew from Samuel Smith. cheers!

botham, May 09, 2008
Photo of smgordo13
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
A beautiful Golden Yellow, slight head but nothing remarkable.

Smell:
Malty, and flowery.

Taste:
Flowery and Malty. I had it with a slice of homemade bread and they were surprisingly similar in flavor. Very refreshing, not bitter at all!

Mouthfeel:
Pleasant very light and refreshing. Like having a piece of homemade bread, buttered and melting in your mouth.

Drinkability:
Very smooth and refreshing. Very drinkable, no hard aftertaste, not bitterness (IMO).

This is a very refreshing, summery type lager. My 1st thought when I took the sip was me lounging in the pool with a glass of it. It is very flavorful but not overly complex. I am a huge fan of the maltiness!

smgordo13, May 25, 2009
Photo of goochpunch
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pale golden with a loose, white head. Smells of honey and hefty malt with a nuttiness in the background. Tastes of bready, sweet malts with an aggressive hoppiness that offsets the malt perfectly. This tastes distinctly Samuel Smith and I can't figure out why. I thought at first that it might be the yeast strain, but would they use said yeast strain for their lagers too? Mouthfeel is extremely smooth for a pale lager, but feels a tad too sticky in the finish. This is an excellent beer from the great Tadcaster brewery. Without a doubt, this is the best lager I've ever had.

goochpunch, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of claytri
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Pale Lager poured a bright gold with a thin white head that settled down to an oily lace. It smelled of malt and hops with a slight citric aroma. It is slightly malty with just the right amount of hops, and features a dry finish with a minty flavor. The feel is smooth and oily with a dry finish. This lager has a beautiful blend of malt and hops. This is a beer that will find it's way to my table again and again.

claytri, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Country.

Stubborn, English country hops decorate this slick carnation. Chewy and decidedly herbal, the plantiness overwhelms the senses. This is forward beer. Stony purity. Harsh. Maybe the best English Lager ever...

Brown bottle.

putnam, Nov 21, 2002
Photo of NHGrafx
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a golden yellow color with a big 3 finger head. Not the greatest head retention. Has good lacing.

Aroma is malty and grassy with some light sweetness. Some grainy smells are present. Light aroma from the hops and yeast comes through as well. Nice hints of honey come through too.s

Taste is very nice. Touch of malt sweetness, some corn like flavors come through with grains and yeast. Light bitterness, some grassy flavors. Slight lemony/citrus like taste. Slight honey like taste comes out too. Very light bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation seems moderate. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Easily the best lager I have had. Another great offering from Samuel Smith.

NHGrafx, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great lager with a full, malty body and great hop taste.

It's dark gold with a rather big, permanent white head that leaves some lace.

The aroma is lightly toasted malty grain, crackers, sweet, flowery hops, pine.

The taste is full-bodied grain that lasts all the way through, with herb and grass elements providing a nice, tingly herbal bitterness that smoothly blends with the sweet malt body.

Offa, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of Church89
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle, foil wrapped cap. No gimmicks.

Pours a light golden color, a little murky.

Smells of crisp apples and light hops.

Taste is a little sweet, nice hops flavors minus the spice.

Mouth is smooth, not very dry at all.

Refreshing and smooth, great session beer.

Church89, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

tyleeis, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of sdj5
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

sdj5, Feb 27, 2012
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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.