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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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511 Ratings

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 41
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of stcules
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paleblond color, clean. White and creamy head, quite beautiful.
Pleasant smell, with a good maltiness, and light biscuity notes.
Malt prevails in the taste, too, soft, with pleasant hop notes, quite fresh.
Average body. Malty aftertaste, with fresh hop in theback.
Soft, and pleasantly drinkable.

Photo of pauljmccain
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a finger of white foam. Replenished by the glass. Smells predominately of very fresh hops. A nice springy smell, slightly sweet. Has a weak flavor, nothing strong. Reminiscent of American style lagers. But a good balance, and quality tasting. Quite bitter on the end. Feels very light in the mouth, again like American style lagers. Carbonated moderately heavily. Overall, this is a nice session beer, quite refreshing on a hot day in London.

Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of NODAK
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very little odor on this beer...almost imperceptible. Maybe a tad bit of grain.

Taste is fairly mild as well, only solidifying what I got off of the smell. Seems a bit watery to me. There's a small hop bite up front, which is short-lived. The body is pretty bright in flavor...citrusy, with a bit of lemony flavor also perceptible. Finish is a tad dry with a little more hop character.

Certainly drinkable due to its light character, I was expecting a bit more in the complexity department. I'm sure it would be very refreshing as a session beer.

Photo of Church89
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle, foil wrapped cap. No gimmicks.

Pours a light golden color, a little murky.

Smells of crisp apples and light hops.

Taste is a little sweet, nice hops flavors minus the spice.

Mouth is smooth, not very dry at all.

Refreshing and smooth, great session beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium yellow with a white fizzy head. No true lacing.

Light grain, some grass, a bit sweeter in the malt dept. Light metallic scent.

Light malt, with some alternate sweetness and bitterness. Some mineral edges, with grain, straw, grass, husk, and some hop bitterness. Clean finish for sure.

Medium to medium light mouthfeel. Not alot of carbonation, but enough.

Overall, an easy drinker, with plenty of character and flavor for all seasons. This was great on a bar rooftop on a humid summer day. Good to try for sure.

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of thekanna
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden appearance with about a finger of white head.

S: Malts and faint hops with a general freshness.

T: Earthy malts with a strong green tea aspect to it, rounded out with some hops and a great freshness again.

M: Well-carbonated without being overwhelmingly filling as I had suspected given my previous experience with other Samuel Smith brews. Nice crisp and refreshing aspect to the entire brew.

D: Definitely a well-brewed lager.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a quarter inch white head that remains.
Smell is caramelly malts with a faint, toasted aspect. Some corny notes in there as well, and some faint, grassy hops.
Taste is malts with some very faint sweetness, and a tiny bit of hops following. More, slight corn notes that come in before the finish. Finish is slightly malty, with a touch of hops.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth up front, with some bite from the carbonation on the back end. Finish is slightly dry. Light body.
Very good drinkability. A great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day. Definitely another good one to "session."

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Lexiconical
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at room temperature with my own chicken BBQ. I wanted a lager, not a stout, and that's what I got. I did read the other reviews and I have to say -- surely this is above average, not average?

Appearance -- Golden. Okay, this part _is_ average.

Smell -- Soapy and clean. Promises a fresh taste. Thick head contributes to notable but not overwhelming aroma.

Taste -- As promised, a fresh and bright taste. Slightly bitter and sour, even a little lemony.

Mouthfeel -- Good and soft and light. Very pleasant.

Drinkability -- I don't usually drink the whole pint in one day. Excellent drinkability.

In summary, if you're looking for a smooth and tasty lager with a nice aroma, you cannot go wrong with this lager from a truly elite brewer.

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

Wife picked this up for me....though I'm not sure I would have on my own. My mistake. Pint glass pour and I am met with a crystal clear light yellow ale with a bright white foamy head which quickly dissolves into a thin layer. Malty aroma with some rice, grass and earthy tones. Very refreshing taste. Crisp and clean with some mild spice and a lot of light malt. Very clean finish with a minimal aftertaste. I was expecting a somewhat lingering aftertaste from the aroma but I got none of that. Nicely done. Light carbonation in the mouthfeel and very dry, thin sips. A very easy drink and very refreshing. A hot summer lager to view the days going by.

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18.7 oz bottle. I really like the retro-looking illustrated label.

Nice clear, light golden straw color. White fluffy head with some stick, lots of carbonation bubbles. A lot of simple sugars on the nose, a LOT of apple, a bit of apricot, a bunch of light wafer. Pleasant and snack-like. Taste is just as sweet and has a pronounced floral quality that twists quickly into a decently bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slick. A good, crisp linger and dryness at the end. Drinkability is definitely above average, but it's enough like a dessert beer, imo, that intake of a 550 ml bottle will suffice. Very nice.

Photo of smerkinb
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a 1 inch fuzzy pure white head. Crystal clear pale gold body under a rapidly falling head.

Sweet,sweet biscuity nose mixes with water cracker overtones. Little hint of hop plays against the sweet malt scent.

Sweet, slightly tangy malt, smoothes to pure biscuity flavor that yields slowly to rich yeasty notes. The end is punctuated by a light spiciness. Somewhere in there I get a strange (in a good way) taste that makes me think citrus blended with caramel and peach. Clearly I can't describe it better than that. Very light hops presence, just enough to provide a bit of balance.

Rich mouthfeel, not "thick" but definitely full-bodied. Nice carbonation followed by a satisfyingly dryish finish.

Pretty damn good brew especially on a hot spring day. Great balance of quaffable and flavorful. Top Notch!

Photo of KTCamm
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the classic Sam Smith 500ml bottle into a pint glass. This is what a lager should taste like.

Brilliantly clear gold with fizzy white foam subsiding to liquid. Minimal stickiness.

Plain beer smell but without the corn. Something happening in there. Little hop.

Clean taste with firm mild hop backing. Very smooth. Lightly carbonated.

Very drinkable, delicious. Fantastic as the months get warmer here.

Photo of VWBuggirl
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This had a golden yellow color that is crystal clear, little foam and almost no lacing. As for the scent, there isn't much depth to it. Mainly maltiness. I agree with a previous reviewer that it is quite grainy, but in a non-skunked way.

This is a pretty standard euro pale lager, nothing special.

Photo of tjd112
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Poured into (you guessed correctly) a Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - Golden, somewhat clear color, finger fluffy white head, good lacing

Smell - Very biscuity and grassy, some maltiness saving the day

Taste - Vanilla biscuits with some citrus-esque hops, the smell does not do it justice

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with carbonation

Drinkability - Very

Overall - A good example of an EPL that's NOT in a green bottle. Also try the very similar River Horse lager.

Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Looks like a standard American adjunct lager, but has a small head that doesn't go away.

S- Very malty, with a slight sweetness.

T- Shockingly good for this type of beer. Similar to Heineken or a Mlller beer, but with a lot of character. Malty flavors, with that biscuit backbone reminiscent of Czech pilsener. The biscuit flavor turns slight sweet before drying in the finish. The hops create a non-overpowering floral taste as well.

M- Heavier than a Heineken or Bud-type beer, but is still relatively light. The beer has the right amount of carbonation to balance out the hops and the malty biscuit flavors.

D- Similar to most lagers drank in The States, extremely drinkable, and since the alcohol content is low, it helps all the better to drink.

Overall, this one of the, dare I say, best lagers I've ever had. If you like Heineken or are a macro lager drinker, try this well-crafted brew. You will realize instantly what a true beer drinking experience is. Many thanks to the Samuel Smith Old Brewery out of England. I intend to try more of your beers in the future.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of adamette
2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

Photo of bristol2120
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 550 ml brown bottle. Pours a medium golden hue, with a significant head with moderate retention. Leaves a pleasing, significant lacing. Aroma is malty and creamy, with some very subtle vanilla notes present in the background. Taste is very well balanced, with a nice malty character set off by hops on the aftertaste, along with a hint more of vanilla. Very good mouthfeel; full and creamy with a satisfying richness. All in all, this is a very drinkable and pleasant beer.

Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.