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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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310 Reviews

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Reviews: 310
Hads: 547
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 59
Gots: 48 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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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. (481 characters)

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. (1,828 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a bright white fluffy 2" head. Loads of lace paints the glass.

Smell: light malt sweetness, grass, and a bit of hop bitterness.

Taste: grainy malt presence. Some bits of unripe pear, grass, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer. Flavor profile is a bit mellow so one 550ml bottle may be enough for one session. (494 characters)

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

550 ml bottle, pours very light straw, with a long lasting white head, nice malt husk nose and this one leaves moderate and thick lacing. Nice smooth and rounded mouthfeel. Soft on the palate with notes of light honey and ripe melon. Soft and delicate grainy hops in the background and late in the finish. Soft, delicate, understated, subtle, elegant, a fine light and flavorful brew. would be great with some fish, cheese, salad etc etc. (438 characters)

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. (680 characters)

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

Appearance: Pale gold with a slight white head.

Smell: Malty with a hint of hops.

Taste: Light and sweet taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Easy drinking Lager more than one would be no problem. Not an overwhelming beer. (250 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure brewed, so what's so pure about it? Well, I'm about to find out. On to the beer:

Poured into a flute, this beer is slightly tinted gold, filtered in the body, with a big, sticky head on top. Some carbonation bubbles in the body. Slight fruity aroma, a bit of grain, raw hop. Taste...very clean body and crisp is my first impression. Mild pale alt sweetness, there's some doughiness too. Liquid bread? Somewhat fruity in the body, almost melon-like, I'm guessing the hops are doing that. Yeah, now I see why this is pure.

Like it's organic counterpart, this is clean, easy to drink, and darn good. And they taste practically the same as well. Hmmm, imagine that.... (672 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
Hmm...this is difficult beer to describe.
Head was there, a bit lacey a bit rich. Stayed almost throughout.
Color was a nice golden hue. A bit cloudy, but an even cloud.
Taste is...well, the taste was malt, hops and yeast. A beer. Nothing fantastic stood out, but that's its charm. Smooth, easy to drink. After I finished one I didn't think I'd want another, but I did...and did.
Probably the benchmark lager. (434 characters)

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. (623 characters)

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

Pours a clear sunny yellow brew.

Smells very malty for a lager with some grain smells.

Tangy for a lager. Slightly sweet and grainy and mild yeasty sour note. Assertive hops, but well balanced. The hops keeps coming back now and then giving my tongue a little slap to keep it fun to drink.

Good Mouthfeel!

Super drinkable, too bad it is a bit expensive. (365 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this beer on tap at the Captain Kidd pub nr. Wapping, London, after work two days ago.

A: coming in a half-pint slim glass designed for this beer, the hue is extremely light straw, with an incredibly thick and tight, shaving foam like frothy head staying forever and backed by champagne-like slowly ascending but abundant and constant fizz. Sensational!
S: lightly sour dough, with dryish grassy hops and lightly fruity characters (lemony+mildly honeyish)--refreshing and balanced nose b/w malts and hops. A good sign.
T: refreshing and light texture of softly grainy malts with lots of flowery and mild lemony hop flavour--slightly tart, backed by a solid, fruity malty overtone, then a dryish, toasty bitterness gradually comes through to balance the maltiness; a little honeyish touch in the aftertaste.
M&D: very lively on the mouthfeel and almost full-bodied, but leaving no sugary or sticky residual taste in the end--crisply clean in the finish, making this beer taste just the way a quality lager should be like. The draught/tap version definitely has the upperhand over the bottled one. This beer proves the quality of SS to make not just great ales, but very decent lagers as well!! (but their Ayinger range of lagers brewed under license are not impressive, though... don't know why?) (1,310 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a imperial strange)

A- This beer pours a pale but golden yellow faint hued crystal clear body with a billowy snow white head of cream on top that was popping with bubbles after the pour. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The soft slightly sweet aroma of pale malt changes into a pear blossom nose as the beer warms. There is a dry honey malt aroma to follow with a softer raw silage note. The finish has a green herbal hop quality with a slightly sweet sulfur aroma mixed with it.

T- The clean flavor has a very light honey malt flavor with some pale malt notes and a crisp carbonic acid flavor to it. The finish has some green hop flavors with a green sulfur finish that is slightly sweet. As the beer warms the sulfur flavor becomes more pronounced and just a bit sweeter.

M- This beer mas a light crisp mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a clean finish.

D- This beer is easy to drink and smooth but I wasn't expecting that much sweetness in a lager. It was nice to taste some lager qualities and some ale qualities and have a good depth of flavor. I would love to try this on cask next time I hop over the pond. (1,172 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger white head that fades soon leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium bodied. Slight malty/hoppy nose. Light carbonation. Starts with a mix of hops and sweetness, finish is clean. $2.32 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH. (281 characters)

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

550ml Bottle
Green/Gold Tin Foil

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus foamy white head, with some small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some lemon notes, slight spice. The taste is slightly sweet on the lips, malty, nice little citrus note, with a slight spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew. (391 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

19 oz from the Coop for about $3.50 .. shared with Steven from my New Belgium snifter.

1" head leaves nice lacing above a crystal clear straw colored brew.

Grainy pale malts.. slight DMS.. no hops to speak of.

Flavor is again more pale malts.. slightly sweet .. sorta husky .. still very clean. light earthy hop flavor is present but not in the forefront. Malts display themselves as soda crackers with a deep and sorta overlooked earthy background. Malty finish with a good dose of mineral. Light/medium body with a little less than expected carbonation.

Good beer for sure.. just probably way out of range on expenditures if we are talking about a daily drink. I wish I could brew an English lager this well. but I will probably only buy it again if I am brewing this style. (780 characters)

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. (729 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a flat golden color with bright white head and moderate carbonation.

S: sweet malt with some floral hopping, fresh grains and a light herbal hoppiness.

T: For flavor the sweet malt grain palate is balanced well with the floral hops producing light floral hop bitterness but fades to quickly.

M: light, with a good floral bittering.

D: The finish was clean making for a decent lager with pizza. (411 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 550mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very slightly hazy yellow-gold color with two fingers of foamy head. Pretty nice looking.

Smell: very grainy and a little citrusy. It seems a little raw to me.

Taste: not bad, but I'm not really impressed. Again, it seems a little grainy and raw; it's not adjunct-y or skunky, though. Hops are rather citrusy, which isn't bad. Overall, this is an average beer.

Mouthfeel: light side of medium with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: well, its flavor is not my favorite but overall it is a pretty drinkable package. In a hot-weather or hot-food context, I'm sure I could down a couple of these; however, I doubt I'll seek this one out in future. (713 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 18.7 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smeels of malts, a bit sweet. Taste is crisp, malty finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this mkes for a decent selection. (258 characters)

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

Light chill haze that quickly disappeared, leaving the beer a bright gold colour. Sticky white foam coated the top of the beer in a thin layer and a more substantial collar left clumpy lace on the glass. Nice aroma, malty, caramel and biscuits, honey, light hoppiness with notes of fruit and grass. Good balance, enough bitterness to keep the flavour crisp while letting the sweetness of the malt and grassy/herbal hop flavours stay in the spotlight. Light caramel. Lingering bitterness and mineral character. Slightly crisp carbonation, light to medium bodied, dry, the texture's more rounded and smooth than a good pils. Easy drinking and quite tasty. I'd pick this up more often if I couldn't get less expensive high quality lagers on a regular basis. (754 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear pale yellow with a nice white head that leaves pretty good lacing. Smell is of fresh cut hay, grass and malt. Taste is dry and crisp with malt and grassy flavors that finish clean. Overall an enjoyable brew when in the mood for lagers. This is definately one of the best lagers that I have tried. (308 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very pale straw appearance, got leery. Aroma leans to the apple side.

Taste, a little bit of everything, some lemon, apple, spice, carbonation zips it all upward, minimal hop bite with the carbonation. The beer is a great example of the style that isn't necessarily too popular with craft brew drinkers. A great beer to introduce people to that might not be craft drinkers yet, without feeling like you're giving them something really dumbed down.

Price is a little on the steep side for what it is, but I can't think of too many examples that are better for a lesser price. (578 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 5, 2010. The lot code is smudged on the bottle altough the last few numbers seem to be 511. Too bad because it is a good indicator of whether my bottle was better or worse than someone else's. The pour is light yellow, a bit cloudy, with no head to speak of. The aroma smacks of freshness as well as a bit of malts and floral notes. The taste tenbds to be a bit better with more emphasis on the malts and creaminess. It is not bad but Samuel Smith's brews many that are better. (518 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.42/5  rDev -36.3%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Clear, yellow color with a thin one-finger head.

Aroma: Sweet and malty like a lager. Smooth.

Taste: Smooth and bitter. Grainy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Delicious. Doesn't feel like a macro lager at all.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

Verdict: Can't go wrong with this lager. (282 characters)

Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.