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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86
very good

310 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 310
Hads: 542
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 56
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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 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. (499 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and grassy hops are present in the nose along with a touch of nondescript malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a bit grassy and has some flavors of pale and bready malts along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very drinkable and well-crafted all-malt lager. There's nothing in the way of "off flavors" that are often attributable to some of the beers in this style. (788 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into a pint glass. Very pure appearance, like it was brewed with nothing but the purest ingredients. The first whiff reveals aromas of malt, hops, yeast, water and purity. Pretty tasty, too. It's got a nice bit of maltiness to it, though it's quite dry and crackery. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Mild lager yeast character. Dry, bitter and hoppy finish. Yummy yum yum, I like beer. (399 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Subtly hazed lemon-gold. The head is bleached bone white in color and is densely foamy. It's a bit less snappy looking than the Organically Produced Sam Smith's Lager that I had a while back, although I have to believe that the ingredients are the same. The cap is unimpressive as it falls and leaves very little lace in its wake.

A better than average nose as Euro pale lagers go. For starters, there's no trace of skunk (since this is one of the few SS beers to be offered in brown glass). The aroma is floral and somewhat sweet. Rounded, smooth, polished and friendly are all words that come to mind. Interestingly, it displays very little, if any, of the spiciness found in the noble varieties of hop.

SS's PBLB tastes pretty much like all of the other EPLs that have crossed my palate, but is clearly a small cut above. It has more malt than most, which is probably one of the biggest reasons why it's a better beer. The flavor is akin to a very lightly toasted cracker with a thin layer of something sweet spread on top. There's plenty of floral hoppiness without much actual bitterness.

I also appreciate sweetened citrus zest (mostly lemon) that adds to the experience. Like the nose, there are no rough edges to be had. This beer seems eager to please even if it means blunting the more forceful, and potentially interesting, aspects of its personality. The mouthfeel is light-medium, probably favoring the latter thanks to the low level of CO2.

I don't taste much difference between Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager and Organically Produced Lager. I would think that the word 'pure' would apply more to the organic beer, but 'pesticide-enhanced' probably didn't make it past the marketing department. This is a decent, drinkable lager. I still haven't found an EPL that does much for me though. (1,816 characters)

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 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. (1,214 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying a bunch of random euro lagers lately, I sought this out as it was among the top listed for the style.

Into a pint glass it pours a bright gold, a slim cap of foam rises on top. A swirl brings it back, though it later fades to a bare skim. Carb trails are visible, and rising through the liquid.

Crisp, clean aroma, honey and mild hops. Pretty mild and nice, all things considered. A lager should be simple and clean.

Flavor is lightly bitter, crisp with a nice bite, clover honey and biscuit flavors dominate. Some mild hop bitterness and a fleeting impression of grass or weeds. Light bodied and a little too watery. Ultimately clean with no off flavors and an agreeable taste. Quenching and easy going. A benchmark lager. (742 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a white, soapy/bubbly, three-finger head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled sweet and floral. Also, notes of grain and light caramel malt.

T - It tasted sweet and of corn/grains. Also, light caramel malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Euro Pale Lager. Much better than others of this style. (404 characters)

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

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. (320 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body with a thin, white ring of bubbles.

Smell: Sweetish, light pale malt aroma with a tiny grain note and hints of clover honey.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a honeyish sweetness. Very tiny grain hint. Lightly spicy, floral hop character with a light, though lacking bitterness, so you're left with a bit of extra sweetness for the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A generally pleasant, well-balanced lager that has all impure brewed lagers beat by a mile. (546 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

For whatever reason, I have Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" stuck in my head right now... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-buttered biscuit, very light grass, and a hint of honey. The taste holds notes of dried honey, light toffee, even lighter biscuit, and a vague sense of funky lemon peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though I could possibly see this working well on cask (don't ask me why, I just get that impression here), it just didn't do it for me out of the bottle. This is quite the letdown. (676 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its clear, deep golden body is topped by a short and foamy bright white head that drops shortly to just a creamy collar. A softly sweet malt greets the nose along with some mild grassy/herbal hops. The body is medium/light with a very fine and moderate carbonation that's lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor mimics the aroma with a straight-forward malt that has some grassy/herbal hops flavors tightly woven throughout. It finishes dryish with a lingering earthy/mineral maltiness and some very light hoppiness. A well-balanced and enjoyable lager, but probably not worth it's elevated price as there are many better lagers available for less. (648 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, grain, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of lager yeast, grain and a thin but hearty malt character. There's a little bit of honey and caramel sweetness that comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lighter beer with a little bit of substance making it worth drinking for a while. (795 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am surprised it took me this long to review this but I had this chance so here goes, enjoyed chilled in a 1/2pint from the 500ml.

Golden color with thin 1/2 finger white head with great clarity in body and visible carbonation rising to a fine bead collar and lace that clings in a ring. The smell is mildly fruity with English yeast aroma and light herbal hop scent with slight sweet grain essence with light floral hop accent. The feel is mildly fruity from yeast with medium high carbonation and light toasted dry malt middle with semi-bitter and dry finish with very lightly spiced finish.

The taste begins with malt that is mild and yeast fruitinesss with a slight apple/pear quality wiht subtle sweetness level and a hint of spice in the periphery with a slight toasted grain flavor in the middle. The flavor is on the dry side with herbal hops adding to the flavor with mildly bitter taste as it finishes. Overall I consider this very good - a clean lager with a lot of flavor -excellent drinkability for the style (1,025 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (777 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a bubbly white head , loads of bubbles churn through my pint glass. Head drops to a film with no lacing

Smell: Malt and skunky/musty eurolager hops

Taste: Sweet malt with slight hoppy edge. Alcohol and dryness in the finish

MF: Good balance and carbonation levels

Very clean, refreshing and drinkable. Tastes fresher most the lagers I've tasted from Europe lately. Try it (401 characters)

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

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. (589 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is light straw; crystal clear (I can read through the glass). Initial head is a finger thick but it dissipates quickly. The lace on the glass is intermittent at best.

Largely light malt aroma. Very little hop spice. a quenching gulp draws out the malt, but it's very one-dimensional. The bitter hop is present on the swallow. The carbonation is high and the body is much fuller than would be expected from the color/head.

I try to avoid mentioning price on reviews but given the premium required to acquire this beer (in America), I'd recommend other similar beer before this one. It's worthy of a taste to let you decide whether it works for you. (660 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy, Forms a thin head of white bubbles, small and medium and does not leave lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Mild pilsner malt aroma. Smells good.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Mild sweetness up front, low carbonation in the mouth. No aftertaste, wet finish. Some graininess but its not bitter or astringent. Just nice. This beer is highly drinkable and I can see it being a nice light lager to sip on a hot day (such as today). I would definitely drink this again. (555 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle:

Pours golden yellow with a white head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of a sweet grainy maltiness with underlying grass and a touch of nuts.

The taste is of sweet grain with an underlying nuttiness. Earthy bitter notes give balance to the sweetness, especially in the finish.

Smooth and mostly clean, this light-to-medium bodied lager is a nice, tasty refreshing brew. (447 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/15/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops ,and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean and robust flavors for a pale lager as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent pale lager style. All around great balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,391 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy/foamy bright white head that reduces to thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a slight hint of honey sweetness. Lighter notes of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit and grainy malts with a very light hint of honey sweetness. There are light to moderate flavors of grassy hops that impart a light to moderate of bitterness that fades rather quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and clean.

O: Enjoyable and pairs well with many different types of food (in my case Chinese) - easy to drink. (898 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick and creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful pale malt scent that is a bit sweet and bisquity. It also has a dry and earthy English ale yeast aroma as well as a light noble hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a sweet and creamy pale malt flavor that goes down slow and finishes dry and slightly hoppy. It's sweet in the flavor, but bisquity and earthy in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good lager, but it has a little too much body for my tastes. This is my least favorite Sam Smith brew. (656 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/08/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Perfect golden colored pour. About 1 1/2 inch head, pretty creamy in texture. Leaves some decent lace lines and streaks behind.

Smell- Suprisingly--unskunked! Hard to find a lager that isn't skunked. Strong malty lage nose with some sweet bready notes and even some light hoppy notes.

Taste- Ultra bready in malt flavor...perhaps the most bready I have tasted. Tastes fresh and even a tad fruity from the hops..not bitter though.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level..sweet bready aftertaste.

Drinkability- I have now had every mainstream US imported Sammy Smith brew and I am very impressed. I will be buying many of these in the future. (787 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear and pale yellow in color, with a quarter inch of white, foamy head that settles to just a thin layer after a few moments. Effervescence is mild, but steady.

S: The aroma is of honey, fruits, and malt, with a floral quality about it.

T: The beer is slightly sweet, with a pleasant honey flavor coming through prominently. The floral character is present throughout, with a hop bitterness showing near the finish.

M: Relatively thin in body, with a solid carbonation level. Good feel.

D: I could see myself drinking a couple of these, especially on a hot day. It's a rather straight forward beer, and a good example of the style. (660 characters)

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