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

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

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very good

452 Ratings

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%

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:
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 06:11:05 | More by biboergosum
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Lager Beer has a thick, stark-white head and a hazy (after swishing the bottom 20% of the bottle), yellow-golden appearance, with some lacing and lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is of lightly-toasted malt, grain husks, sweetness, and water. Taste is of a bit of lemon, biscuit, malt, some hop bitterness, paper, and water. The mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Smith’s Pure Brewed Lager finishes mostly dry, crisp, and very refreshing. Overall, this is a very fine beer.


Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 14:59:05 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a real good deal on this 19 oz. $1.50. Was it past the freshness date? Tasted OK to me.
Poured into a pint glass

A: golden with a touch of amber. White, one finger head that dissipates rather quickly; big bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: A pleasant maltiness with some lemon in the mix.

T: Light, clean, crisp. Citrus and lemons are present with a sweet, bready, malt backbeat. Slight hoppy finish that doesn't overwhelm.

M: light to medium; medium carbonation.

O: A really sessionable lager. Smooth. A great stepping stone from the BMC lagers.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 01:52:45 | More by brewskifan55
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very slightly foggy yellow with lots of foamy meringue head that forms beautiful lacing.

S: Crisp and fresh, bready, grainy

T: Clean, refreshing flavor, grainy malts. Really fresh tasting lager.

M: Light body with plenty of basic carbonation.

O: A beautifully poured lager with a clean, refreshing taste. Extremely easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 04:04:35 | More by bluHatter
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was almost perfect,..good smoke after opening, nice blonde color,very busy with bubbles and good robust fluffy head and lots of lace. Looked like a TV commercial. The smell was also very enticing, an aroma with a clean malty sweet odor and yet some bitter hops to it as well. The taste is wonderful...again a great balance,very satisfying,no after taste, a wonder how they get both a malty robust taste and yet so light and a bit of hops to it as well. Overall just one of the best Ive had,and would recommned to anyone who likes beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 01:07:02 | More by K9AleingPiss
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer

Pours a light golden color, white head forms and little lace. Aroma of lager yeast, some fruityness, fresh buttered bread, mild floral notes. In the taste, almost has an ale yeast fruityness, with apple and pear flavor. Some buttery diacetyl, bread and leafy hops. Not too bitter, but hardly too sweet either. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, carbonation is at a low medium. The feel is a little flimsy and not quite as crisp, but still fine. Overall, a decent lager, plenty of character, has that Samuel Smith's taste, more than probably from stone vats the beer is fermented in.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 14:37:47 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real distinct pale lemon body, very straw, and some rising cola carbonation. Very glowing. Head is foamy and shocking white practically and also very soapy looking, doesn't stick around much. Leaves a filmy puck while settling and a faint collar.

Nice dry airy lemon hop citrus on the nose, sense of crispness to come. Dense malt. Quite nice, really enjoying it.

Taste is nice hop tangyness mixing with a slight sweet malt. Faint lemon on the finish with a long lasting hop air. Crisp palate feel with tight carbonation without a gaseous feeling.

Overall another solid Smith, but I prefer their other lager beer than this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:02:10 | More by smakawhat
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: bright and clear golden-yellow with an inch of white, foamy head. There is a lot of intricate lacing on the glass.

The aroma is largely typical of a pale lager: spicy and fresh with a some bready aromas. Everything was rather subdued.

This English lager has a solidly malty entry with some doughy aspects as well as a faint fruity flavor not usually found in a European style lager. There is a slightly sour bite on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with mellow carbonation. The sweet and bready flavors become more prominent as the lager warms. This is actually a lager that improves as it warms.

When you search for an offering from England, a lager does not usually come to mind. Despite the cost this lager is worth trying even though it pales in comparison to Samuel Smith's ale offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 01:16:13 | More by jkrich
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A simple, classic lager. Not the most complex beer going, obviously, or one of my favorite styles, but I enjoyed this nonetheless. Everything this brewery does is classy and well-made.

Clear and light yellow in color with a nice fluffy head. Retention and lacing are solid. Aroma is mostly bready malt, cereal, a touch of grassy hops. Plain and to the point. Taste is very much the same, straightforward pale lager, mostly a clean malty flavor with light hoppiness, faint bitterness, very crisp and easy to drink. Very moderately sweet. Solid carbonation, short finish. Decent session choice, although I feel it’s the least interesting beer I’ve had from Sam Smith’s and I generally prefer the German lagers to begin with.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 15:35:48 | More by tobelerone
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 01:56:10 | More by ehammond1
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rob for sharing.

This poured a clear yellow with a finger's width of off-white foam. Smell was clean mildly sweet biscuit malt. Taste was biscuit malty, caramel, quite refreshing. Not bitter. Mouthfeel was almost creamy in a medium body with nice carbonation. Good lager, nice drinkability, another good one from Samuel Smith.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 00:27:57 | More by JackieTH
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear golden straw color with a full finger of white head that settles slowly into a ring.

s: typical lager, slight sweetness and a faint touch of grass.

t: not much to it, a little sweet with a hint of malt. prettty clean.

m: medium body with good carbonation and a wet finish.

o: a good clean crisp classic looking beer that would be very sessionable and help steer others towards craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 01:14:55 | More by match1112
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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle into standard pint. No freshness date on the bottle.

Pours a clear and bright yellow body with a large foamy head. Bit of sticky lacing.

Pale sweet malt scent with a small touch of hops.

Pretty much all malt in the taste which makes for a refreshing and easy drinking brew. Hints of grain and bread with a touch of hops but not all that bitter.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

As far as Euro Pale Lagers go this one is pretty good. Probably wouldn't seek this one out though, definitely better lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 03:28:06 | More by BennyL1
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

It's the first big day of NFL football this season, and frankly, I'm 9/11'd out. It's time for beer and food and football, so let's get it started.

A: It looks okay, not great. Light golden color, with a 3 cm wheat-colored head, much like what you'd expect. On to the nose.

S: Again, okay, not great. I smell the citrus hoppiness, there's a grassy note, and the malt is producing something in the way of licorice, which can't be right.

T: There's confirmation of what I was smelling, but that's not licorice. There's orange, there's grass, there's a bit of pine, there's what tastes a bit like pepper, and then there's that sweetness. Almost like honey. Interesting.

M: Good, almost very good. Light-bodied, well carbonated, washes fairly well over the palate, with a dry, slightly bitter finish. It's a bit of alright.

O: A very decent offering by Samuel Smith; I do like their stouts much better, though. This is great for a long day of watching football and eating nachos. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 16:32:58 | More by bogus564
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saluted my boys at Merchant du Vin recently and here is another of the fine beers under their purvey. It is a good thing I am running low on CANs or I might have been less willing to buy so many bottles recently.

From the bottle: "Samuel Smith's is a small, independent British brewery'; "A flavourful lager, brewed only from the purest ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water."; "Brewed with great care using only malted barley, hops, medium-soft water and a bottom-fermenting yeast; matured at low temperatures to bring out its delicate flavour and soft hop-character finish. The cold maturation period allows the bottom-fermenting yeasts to secondary ferment and improve this lager's flavour, purity and condition. Before the days of refrigeration lager was matured in underground caves."; "Samuel Smith's brews at a small, traditional British brewery, the oldest brewery in Yorkshire."

My pour gave me a finger-and-a-half of thick eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Perhaps I should have waited until a dreary February day to have opened this one ... Nose smelled of pure, unadulterated lager - slightly sweet with an underlying earthiness. It is never going to knock your socks off, but when you have been on a steady diet of AALs as I have been with The CANQuest (TM), a clean adjunct-free lager is a welcome treat. Mouthfeel was medium with a honey-like taste that is (or should be) lager's trademark. Man, I just weep for what we Americans wrought with Prohibition. People developed a taste for bootleg hooch made with whatever was at hand and lost their taste for well-made beer. Boo hoo. At least some breweries did not do away with their traditional recipes. Finish was clean, refreshing and semi-sweet, just as I would hope all lagers to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 00:52:08 | More by woodychandler
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love me some Samuel Smith; this is one brewery that knows tradition. Their labels, their style, and most importantly, their palates; they all reflect beer culture that goes back hundreds of years. And, with my recent love affair with lagers, especially European ones, this Pure Brewed Lager Beer is right up my alley at the moment. Here’s to hoping it leaves me as satisfied as Sam’s other offerings!

Oh yea, and TADCASTER! Tadcaster tadcaster tadcaster! Still a fun word to say…

A: A shining gold beauty with a hint of haze. A good thick body that rouses a creamy white head, whose sudsy plumage is supported by some residual bubbling. Just the tiniest hint of lacing shows itself along the glass’ edge, supporting the fact that this is a rather light beer. It’s not my favorite look, but it seems par for the course with this style.

S: The nose is incredibly mellow on this lager. Unfortunately, there’s only a slight tinge of pale fruits, conjuring up melon and apple thoughts. Malts come in as grassy and slightly raisin-like, and yeasts are slightly buttery and estery. A pleasant, but muted nose.

T: At first, this comes off as slightly muted, like the nose. The biggest flavors are bready and slightly bitter, and, upon first taste, that’s all that really comes out. As more of the beer disappears from my glass, though, more flavors climb out from behind the breads. I get a sense of earthy hops, just barely hanging on for the ride; some dried fruits are there, too, but not in huge form; lemony freshness from the yeast becomes more apparent towards the end of each sip. Flavors that are small, but nice. The finish consists of very faint barley husks and some distant hops; they’re so slight, in fact, that the aftertaste is nearly non-existent.

M: I love this mouthfeel; it tastes real. Nice, slightly fizzy, but mostly creamy. It’s the feel of a traditional English lager, and I love it.

O: This beer is great. It looks good, tastes good, and feels good. It’s not the best lager I’ve ever had, mostly due to its lack of zest in the nose and palate, though it’s not offensive. It’s a drinkable lager that Samuel Smith should be proud of. And if I can get my hands on a few more bottles, you know I’ll be a happy man.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 18:08:33 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager pours crystal blond in color with a generous fine bubbled head that lasts fairly well. It has a nice balance of hops and malt. It is what most lagers aspire to be. Lovely taste, that one does not tire of. Definitely worth trying. It is a bit expensive in the USA for regular consumption.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:52:39 | More by Internatbrewlove
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with very little head. The smell is a bit sweet, and there seems to be a bit of an apple juice aroma. The taste is lighter, just a bit of hops, a bit of malts, very balanced, and I keep picking up a flavor like apple juice. Light flavor, easy to drink, but wont stay on the palette long. Overall decent, nice in the summer, I would get it again, but i wasnt blown away.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 03:18:31 | More by vette2006c5r
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed after SS's Organically Produced Lager. This one is better than that one.

A - It looks just as the organic version did, so I'll copy+paste: pours a pale golden hue, completely translucent, and is capped with a short-lived pillow of white froth. The head recedes to a wispy film, but leaves spots of lace upon the glass.

S - Compared to the organic version, this one has stronger notes of everything. The malt is honey-ish, the hops are discernible and herbal-floral in aroma, and the clean minerality is pronounced.

T - The beer is much fuller in flavor than the Organic, and has less similarity to EPL and more to Munich Helles. There is a bit of honey-ish malt, but perhaps the honey impression is due to the floral qualities of the hops used. Hops are at any rate sublimely discernible; a nice feature in a Lager style. Mineral notes are there but are not a major feature. The continental hops are earthy and herbal, but not skunky; another plus for the brew.

M - The feel is the same as the organic: light and refreshing.

O - Quite a bit better than SS's Organic Lager which preceded this. Very drinkable...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 18:27:27 | More by ktrillionaire
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear golden color with a pronounced foamy white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind some lacing.
The smell is earthy and slightly floral.
Tastes of floral hops and good malty taste for a lager. Finishes clean with a zip of hops.
All in all, a great lager beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 18:53:03 | More by MightyMonk
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear straw color with a thick fluffy white head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: A rich malty aroma. It's weird but it sort of smells like tomato sauce. It's a good smell, but sort of strange.

T: A rich malty and fruity flavor. A bit of bitterness in the finish with some candy-like flavors.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation.

O: As usual a good beer from Sammie Smith. Very unique and quality flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 22:23:19 | More by Kromes
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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a traditional golden yellow color with a pretty good foamy head on it. The head fades after a few sips and leave a little lacing in the beginning. The smell of the beer had a typical lager aroma, grass and a little skunk to it. The taste was pretty crisp and clean. It's got a nice bitter finish and a little bit of sweet grains in there. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side with some good carbonation. Overall this beer is a decent one to have when you got a group of people over and just wanna offer a good beer to them.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 20:30:47 | More by Knapp85
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale straw color with a thick white head that settles slowly. Retention is very good, and lacing is sticky, but not overly thick. Carbonation is lively as well.

S: Grassy hop aromas up front, with some biscuit and honey-like malt on the backbone.

T: Very well-balanced. Malty notes of honey, cracker, and some pancake up front, along with some fruity notes. Hops lend the beer a floral, grassy note and lead to a crisp, dry finish.

Notes: Sam Smith has done it again. When you think that Britain is all about ale, a lager such as this comes along. Very tasty and easy to drink. It's one of the cleanest brews I have tried. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 03:40:06 | More by WYVYRN527
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours a clear golden color with a tiny head. Lacing is good, nonetheless. The aroma on this one is pale bready malts with a touch of mineral water. The taste is just a nice crisp lager, the smooth malts and just a hint of hop zest make for a tasty lager. The mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is just about right for the style. A good lager from Sam Smith's, probably not worth import prices though.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 23:53:50 | More by shand
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4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale, slightly orange hue and very carbonated with a light foamy 1 finger head. Killer head and retention even lacings, not normally expected on a pale lager.

Aroma is nice and solid for a lager beer, good and bready with a very nice malt profile. Slight hop aroma with hint of lemon. Lovin it so far.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing but not too light or watery. Good body with high carbonation to lighten things up. Finish is dry with just a hint of bitterness.

Tastes great, more malty than typical pale lager with nice grainy notes, caramel sweetness, and a lemony bitterness that all goes down easy with balanced carbonation. Extremely drinkable but enjoyable on a higher level. While you could throw back a 4 pack of these easy, you really want to slow down and enjoy them more.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 04:45:58 | More by kgotcher
Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.