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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

489 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
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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1/5  rDev -73.9%

SirPlunkett, Jan 05, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of RaulMondesi
2.23/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Four pack at my local Trader Joes in Tustin, CA.

Was looking forward to drinking session after session of Hottenroth all day - but apparently walking into The Bruery Provisions at 5:01 (they closed at 5:00 on Christmas Eve) was too late for them to sell Raul a few bottles. (The also sent me to a liquor store that didn't even sell any of their items, but that is besides the point.)

Anyway, so here Raul is with this swill instead. I was looking forward to pounding the entire 4-pack, but I could only get through 1. Is it me, or do all Euro Lagers/Pilsners either taste just decent, or like this nasty astringent, windex, skunk-like lager?

Raul was pumped on this, but he highly disagrees with it. Raul will use it to clean his windows instead. Peace!

RaulMondesi, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of crossovert
2.3/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. "Pure Brewed" lol, is this budweiser or something?

It pours a clear gold with a foamy white head that dissipares with some decent lacing.

The smell is metallic and grainy. It has a doughy, crusty malt scent.

The flavor is rather poor in my opinion. It is super watery. The hops leave a vomity flavor and the malt is bland.

Try again boys, whew.

crossovert, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a brown bottle - Pours a very light pale yellow with almost no head or carbonation. Smells of sweet malts with just a tad of light hops. First sip is sweet with very little hops coming through. Pretty much flavorless. Finishes slightly bitter. Well under carbonated. Not much happening here. Worth skipping this one!

ATLbeerDog, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/13/2009 (Bottle):

Pours an extremely clear, extremely pale yellow colored body, with a huge frothy white head, lasting. Vegetably aroma, corn, straw. Malty. Some sweetness too, like something I can't place. Maybe sweet corn. Corny, vegetably taste, especially in the aftertaste. Sweet taste. Clean. Refreshing, but still a lager. Carbonated body.

jujubeast6000, May 19, 2009
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2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the 12oz bottle mom and dad. Pours a light, clear amber with a quick eggshell had that very quickly recedes. The aroma is a very musty toasted malt. The taste is pretty bready with some light floral hops. Very musty, adjuncty palate with maybe a littl citrus here and there.

scruffwhor, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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!

NJpadreFan, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of adamette
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Live review. Poured from the 355 ml dark brown bottle purchased at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage
in Mentor as a single for $2.25 a few days ago into my Samuel Smith pint glass. Foil wrap over the cap is green with gold leaves and hops represented in a nice pattern. Mark on neck of bottle: SC27I1 but I am not sure what that means. I like the label on this beer better than the "Organically Produced" version of Sam Smith lager which I just drank. It is more colorful and there is a nice image of a glass of the lager and the hops and barley plants presented in color as well.

A Initially generous white, fluffy head over a straw yellow, very translucent body. Classic lager look but nothing special. 3.5

S Less aromatic than the organically produced lager but the barley and hops are still able to be smelled. I am bored with this smell. 2.5

T Barley and hops are there dutifully but they have less depth and interest for me than the organically produced lager from Samuel Smith. The result is a rather boring lager. 2.5

M Somewhat thin but appropriate to the style. 3.0

D Lagers, in my opinion, are brewed to be very drinkable but this one is rather flat, lacks the interest of the organically produced lager and therefore its drinkability suffers for me. 2.5

Notes: Skeptical at first, this side by side comparison of organic vs. non organic showed me that organic can possibly really offer something. Interesting.

adamette, Dec 02, 2009
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2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Smith’s Lager: Eh, its an euro lager, well made with taste, but you can find a lot of beers just like this, and as good, from Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic. Anyhow, it looks like a euro pilsner, and its pretty good, but I had as good for half the price. If its British, it had better be an ale is my new motto.

jackndan, Nov 16, 2002
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2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I really enjoy Samuel Smith brews, but this one I can do without. Pours out to your typical lager golden yellow, with medium carbonation and a short lived white head. Medium odor of hay and barley. Tastes a bit watered down with flavors of hops and stale malt. A touch of sweetness on the finish. Not one of my favorites, but possibly more akin to those who have a more developed palate. Go for the Oatmeal Stout for what I would call a good brew.

Frozensoul327, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This offering is light! Pours a very light golden colour with full head and limited carbonation. The body is light and aroma mildly grassy.
The taste is of a constant lingering ginger with a mild hoppy back.
Most impressive here is the mouthfeel, again due to the lightness of the product. Nagging sweet aftertaste.
Sorry Sammy, where it counts, ya ain't got it!!!

Shiloh, Oct 11, 2003
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

hansavijaticar, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of MMansfield
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from Seaport Beer Fest 08/11/07

Appearance: Poured a clear gold colour with a fluffy bone white cap, good retention.

Aroma: Malt forward, a bit of sweetness and a bit of skunky grains. A bit of citrus as well.

Taste: Grainy malts, very little from the hops besides a slight bitter tang amongst a very bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft, medium carbonation. Drinkability is medium.

Final Statement: Definately the least exciting Sam Smiths I've had to date. There's definately better lagers out there.

MMansfield, Aug 12, 2007
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2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Samuel Smith beers, but unfortunately this does not live up to the (incredibly high) standards of this brewery. A nice appearance and mouthfeel but there seems to be a bit missing that prevents this beer from being the usual treat that Samuel Smith provides. Just seeing the name on the label makes me crave an Oatmeal Stout, so I plan on passing on this one in the future to move on to the other well crafted brews from this company.

Neehan, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of Dogbrick
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Winking Lizard. This beer pours a clear pale orange-gold color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing. The aroma is mildly hoppy with a bit of malt. Light-bodied with a light hops and malt flavor with touches of grass and fruit. The finish is lightly hopped and short. Overall this beer is rather subpar.

Dogbrick, Nov 24, 2008
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2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average brew in all respects, sampled many selections from Samuel Smith that I really like, and this was probably the weakest... pours an apple-juice color with no froth and a slight carbonation present... not a very appealing appearance... smell was almost non-existent, very bland, as was the taste which was non-descript and slightly watery... mouthfeel and drinkability were also about average, just wanted to try this one because all of the other Samuel Smith brews were great, this one was a miss... Not recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 30, 2007
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2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color, medium head. A light bodied lager. Crisp and light mild flavor. Mild taste. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Fairly well made, very standard tasting lager beer. Nothing particularly wrong with this beer, its very well made just not a lot of taste or flavor to it.

beerguy101, Sep 21, 2003
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2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured this brew had a small white head with fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished. There was a lot of carbonation with this brew. The body was cloudy and pale yellow in hue. The aroma was malty and the lacing was fair on the sides of my glass. In my opinion, this brew had a bitter taste that lingered.

hotstuff, Jun 19, 2003
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2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale and highly filtered. Soft, tight head is easily managed and eventually falls to a sheer covering with minimal lace.

Sweet malts are readily available in this style and this is no exception. A light fruitiness adds to the mix and loads of dry hay.
Pale sweet malts of the euro style lager just don't do it for me. With that said this is one of the better ones in the style. Finishes pretty clean but lacks depth or complexity.

Notes: Although I'm a huge fan of Samuel Smith's this is the one offering I'll pass on.

DogFood11, Jul 27, 2006
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2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale/clear yellow with a medium bright white head

S - Pale malt smell.

T - Yeasty and a slight malt taste.

M - Thin of course, lightly caffeinated.

D - This lager is easy to drink due to its lightness and thinness. It's got the typical watery taste that makes it easy to down a few.

Yesac, Nov 05, 2008
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

acurtis, Apr 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

chim52chim, Jun 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This always seems more ale-like than lager-like. Pretty substantial body with a distinct, malty molasses/caramel flavor.

Brent, Aug 10, 2001
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

calebv2, Saturday at 06:09 PM
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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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