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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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311 Reviews

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Reviews: 311
Hads: 560
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 59
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

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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Photo of bambam2517
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass at 40F.

A - Very pale straw color, short-lived froth that dissipates to a watery ring, slight effervescence in the body.

S - Faintly floral, some light hops aroma.

T - Refreshing and mildly hoppy, but not outstanding. Pretty standard actually, falling in line with the Buds and Coors of the world. The floral aftertaste is an improvement over American macrolagers, but is not present in enough abundance to score higher.

M - Light and clean, pleasant.

O - This one is easy to enjoy, wouldn't mind a few in a row at a wedding or the like. Much better values to be had though. Look elsewhere.

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Photo of DarkBeer
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color forming a small white bubbled head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacings

S: Sweet grains and honey, basically. Lager yeasts and some flowery hops

T: Follows the nose, sweet grains and honey, mainly. Lager bready yeasts and some hops. In overall, a slightly sweet beer with a very light bitter end

M: Watery light body. Medium carbonation. Grainy aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. One of the best Lagers I've ever had

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Photo of seagullbeer
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

If you are looking for a nice simple lager that does everything right and has no weird syrupy things going on get this beer

A- Typical lager yellow with a nice soft head

S- Light fresh piny, mild lime zest

T- Clean bitter flavor. Not much of any malts or darker tastes. Perfect lager taste!

M- Light with small bubbles and refreshing mild bitterness left at end

O- I've been meaning to try a few of the Samuel Smith lagers but haven't because I'm accustom to paying no more than a dollar a beer. When i'm made of money I will be buying bottles of these in place of tall cans.

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Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

does england have a budweiser?
yellow - definitely STRAW color, minimal head.
typical lager smell with a slight accent , , , you know, like 'those guys' over there . . . .
taste . . . WAY more drinkable than a bud or a cuurs...
mouthfeel? like a heavier bud or cuurs...
overall? dang! i like it. 5%, too. plain wrapper. plain beer. refreshing. maybe it's NOT a commercial beer in england, afterall . . . .seems EVERYTHING samuel smith is EXCELLENT. way better than that samuel ADAMS junk too....

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa recently since I never had this before and this was lighter than the other Sam Smith's beers that I've had before. I was never a fan of this style, given how similar and "skunky" the popular examples of this are but after having enjoyed this bottle, I can say that this was by far and away the best example of a Euro Pale Lager that I've ever had!

The pour to this was what I expected when I bought this beer - golden, clear, and foamy. Not a lot of lacing though but the carbonation was good for a beer that was this clear in appearance. Lots of grass and straw here with a good malt balance and a slightly sour aftertaste. This blew the green-bottled beers of this style and there was just enough body here to keep this from feeling watered-down.

The alcohol was spot-on too and had I hard another bottle, I would have downed that after finishing this. I wish more lagers were this floral and easy to drink. There's nothing flashy here but this was enjoyable and ups the ante for a style that doesn't get a whole lot of love!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some slight grass/hay aromas. Taste is much the same along with a slight fruity note. There is a very mild bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pure, translucent gold with a huge head of dense, foamy, creamy, white head that has great retention

S - grassy, faintly fruity, a hint of cereal grains

T - grassy, cereal grains, corn flakes

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent light-bodied lager that's easy to put away. It has a nice, corn flake-like flavor that is welcomed in a see of musty, watered down Euro lagers. I would try this again if I were in the mood for something highly sessionable.

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Photo of Jerone
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker straw color than most lagers, bright head that stays for a minute, lots of bubbles, some lacing.

S - slight malt and fresh hop, mmm.

T - Great, some slightly floral hops with a malt backbone and a bit of a yeasty flavor in there too. Really delicious beer, everything in the right balance.

M - Moderate carbonation, nice and refreshing.

O - Tastes really good and hits the spot. Nothing overly complex, but doesn't need to be.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Samuel 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 colour, with three fingers of puffy, silky, and 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 sometimes petulant, but easily disregarded, the body an agreeable medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes with more of that food-grade gasohol aura, blended into the hearty crackery graininess, and meek, but steadfast noble hop bitters.

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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Angel in the Fields.

A: Clear straw-gold body with lively carbonation rising to an ultra-fine inch of white head. Lots of lace. Great-looking lager.

S: Clean, lightly-toasted bready malt aroma, with some faint grassiness as well. Solid but unimpressive.

T: Again, clean, light, bready malt. Nothing off, but nothing interesting either.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with lots of lively, slightly prickly effervescence. Ok.

O: This is a nice, drinkable, crisp lager. It's better than most examples of its style, but still isn't something I'd seek out.


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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.


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Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of jkrich
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of bogus564
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.