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
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strange to have bought a British lager--here goes. Pours a bubbly, transparent golden body with a swiftly thinning, white head--looks "pure"... aroma is reminiscent of of an Eastern block pilsner--crisp sharp malts and perfumy yeast... full-bodied yet pleasantly mouth-watering and satisfying with a buttery-smooth presence in texture... malt is soft and sweet--balanced with a mellowness that invites another... lagers are tough to argue against when they present little flaw, and the Samuel Smith brewers aren't about to offer a second-rate anything apparently... clean and crisp, as a lager should be...

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

Another excellent offering from Samuel Smiths.Found this at a nice little spot in Dunedin,Fl (Kellys). Beautiful crisp golden near perfect looking. The smell was sweet and grainy, as was the taste. Very drinkable,on the highest levels. I could enjoy this flavorful Lager again and again,and I will next time I see it!

Photo of TroyS
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked-up this very good Lager at The Grapevine in Pocatello, Idaho; it came in a brown 12oz. bottle. This is a very tasty Lager. I'd say that it's a very good brew....actually....I said it...very tasty. Nice and simple Lager. Really nice head that stuck around for a bit. Enjoyed it while gardening. Plain and simple, this Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Lager is a Good drink;)

Photo of Lenny2884
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale straw color with nice white head. Spotty lacing. Very clean aroma and taste, classic Sammy Smith. Great balance all around, I could drink this all day. The complex grain profile makes it so delicious. Finishes slightly dry. Overall, I dig it. For the style, this is top notch. Cheers!!

Photo of inhoc00
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Smith lager poured into a Hopleaf pint glass.

A- This is a lager so let's judge based on that. Clear as can be, very refreshing, clean. Nice solid white head that disovles with constant carbonation bubbles rising.

S- When I cracked the the bottle I had a quick hint of something, then and now nothing much.

T- Lagers are either clean tasting or skunky - this is no skunk. Fresh buttery corn with light hops near the end.

M- Nice carbonation, fresh great summer beer.

D- Unlimited. Excellent session ale (well technically lager). Buying these in the 550ml is cool but it would be great to get a six pack of these.

Enjoyed everything from Sam Smith want to try more! Just goes to show you can make great beer with reasonable alc. and non imperial huge beer.

Photo of philbe311
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale gold color... Slight head quickly dissappears and leaves no discernable lacing... Nothing memorable...

S - Malt and grains... Buttery biscuit... Maybe some european hops... A nice scent for a lager...

T - Mild hops... Oats... Stale biscuit...

M - Medium bodied and dry...

D - I've recently become a big fan of the Samuel Smith family of beers, but this was a big dissappointment... Not much substance other then a nice aroma...

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a crystal clear sparkling light golden yellow with a big loose airy egg shell colored head. foam is active and fizzy and recedes forming a thin membrane over the top with cobweb lined bubbles popping here n there depositing small chunky patches of lace around the rim of the glass. sparse bubbles rise up to rebuild the head but it falls pretty quickly with its thin skin in tact and a loose patchwork of foam bubbles underneath.

S- classic tadcaster hop and malt aroma, buttery sweet, but this time with an alluring sweetened bran cereal smell and golden raisins. honestly, this smells extremely similar to raisin bran and i just wanna keep sniffing forever. granola, oat, and pale barley are very prominent and inviting. hop aroma is floral and clean and just right, not overpowering the beautiful malt and soft spicy yeast. this is an amazing aroma to say the least and there is nothing to be desired here, except to a certain extent, i wish it were solid so i could eat it.

T- as far as i know this is the first english lager i've tried and i appreciate everything about it at first taste. the granola/bran aroma carries over into the taste along with fruity alcohol esters and a seemingly endless yeast/hop combination of white grapes and lemon rind, and unripe peaches. no grassy flavors that i'm used to in a EPL, but more of an overall herbaceous hop flavor that makes me think of roses, hibiscus, and flowering herbs. that old tadcaster stone water taste comes out near the end with a metallic tinge, making me feel at ease cuz sam smith's is like 'comfort beer' to me. finish is very well balanced being neither dry or cloying, with bitter green apple notes, leaving my mouth with a clean minty fresh feeling even at +/-45 degrees.

MF- juicy and silky smooth just the same as every offering i've had from this brewery.a deceiving full bodied feeling is created from the low carbonation level making for a pleasurable palate experience then thinning out in the throat ultimately quenching any thirst that may be distracting you from the supreme taste and aroma of this brew.

D- damn near perfect world class euro lager. tadcaster has obviously lent some of its ale techniques to the making of this one and the result is a wonderfully flavorful, uniquely complex beer the likes of which i could have never imagined. i'm not one for this style, but my favorite english brewery continues to amaze me.

Photo of botham
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 2.7 oz bottle porued into a pilsener glass. pours a pale straw color with four fingers of tight white head that remains for a few minutes. light lacings.

aroma is lightlt sweet and malty, with a touch of floral hops and a distant note of grain. fresh in the nose, with a pleasant, almost munich malt-like character.

taste is more of the same, with a light and crisp quality. the malt and hops balance eachother out perfectly, leaving only a sinple and well proportioned brew. just what a good pale lager should be.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a thin texture and soft CO2 on the palate. finishes crisp and lightly dry with residual pale malts.

drinkability is excellent. this is a light bodied lager with excellent flavors and aromas, and a rich profile, despite its light mouthfeel. another excellent brew from Samuel Smith. cheers!

Photo of jayrod20
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It boasts primarily of pale malts and lager yeast with a mild hop scent. The taste is good. It is clean and refreshing. It has largely a pale malt flavor with a light hop taste. It is light and highly drinkable. This is a low bodied beer with decent carbonation. This is the best lager you will have. This is the best lager you can find other than the organic from Sam Smith.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Golden color and fairly small head that recedes to patchy cap.

S - I detected some malt, faint hops, but compared to a lot of beers the smell wasn't very strong, which I suppose is typical of the style.

T - Very clean, with a solid but unobtrusive malt flavor. I had a hard time picking apart the flavors. In a lot of ways it reminded me of American macro lager but a little more polished; less bitter and less watery.

M - Thin and carbonated, but what I was expecting from the style.

D - This beer didn't really pique my interest in craft brewed pale lagers, but it was by no means bad and I could've drank these all night. With it's mild character and absence of undesirable flavors or excessive bitterness, it went down very easy.

This wasn't a bad beer, but it might be the least interesting offering I've tried from Samuel Smith's. I assume that perhaps the style itself isn't all that interesting, and Smith's brewed one of the better examples.

Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great lager with a full, malty body and great hop taste.

It's dark gold with a rather big, permanent white head that leaves some lace.

The aroma is lightly toasted malty grain, crackers, sweet, flowery hops, pine.

The taste is full-bodied grain that lasts all the way through, with herb and grass elements providing a nice, tingly herbal bitterness that smoothly blends with the sweet malt body.

Photo of PBBC
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark yellow, very much like apple juice.

The aroma is also similar to a dry apple cider, very tart and tangy.

The taste is excellent, light, but with a full biscuit-like flavor with the distinct sam smith's apple tang.

Very drinkable, goes down smooth, nice carbonation level

One of the better light-lagers I have had.

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of BBM
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear goldenrod with a thin white head. A shade darker than your standard lager, I'd say. Aroma was malty, with hints of cereal and a touch of grassy hops.

Clean, crisp grass hops are balanced very well with malted barley for a balanced flavor. No hints of vegetable or tin sometimes found in Euro lagers. It's not going to blow anyone away, but there is something to be said for its quality of ingredients. Thin and carbonated mouthfeel, and highly drinkable. Very enjoyable lager from Sam Smith.

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of liquoricefish
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've got to say, as a macro lager kind of guy, this is a damn good lager.

A - Not too many bubbles, good light golden color, but what does that matter?

S - I want to describe it as a sweet smell. Sweet in a honey-like way but not sugary-sweet. Beyond the sweetness I detect some very complex wheat and hops aromas. I really don't know what to say except this smells amazing! Sweet, but not sugary. Hoppy, but not overpowering. Like wheat, but not too much like wheat.

T - Wow. Very complex taste, yet no one sensation overpowers. Very nice and pleasant (very slightly) sweet and biscuity taste at first, with a very smooth finish.

M - Feels carbonated but very balanced. (Overall this is kind of what I'm saying - notice the incredible balance of this beer.)

D - Well, I could drink these all day, but too bad this is no cheap brew. Very very expensive in fact.

Overall, I wouldn't say this is absolutely my favorite beer, but it's really quite incredible. I enjoy beer that's not very dark, or fruity, or spicy, or sweet. Like I said, I'm anh all-American macro lager kind of guy. But this is what macro lagers strive to be, they're just unbalanced at some point. I admit, this is no perfect beer, but wow! Balanced! Smooth! Delicious! EXPENSIVE!

Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This beer is a clear light/medium gold color. White head 1/2 inch when poured. Eventually settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with decent lace. Smells of sweet grassy grain and maybe rice and corn. Not a very complex smell, but quite pleasant. Mildly sweet grain malt grassy flavor followed by some mild hops. Very good balance. Certainly not the boldest of flavors I have ever had in a beer, but quite enjoyable indeed! Has a crisp and smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink indeed! Another winner from Samuel Smith!


Photo of taez555
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a bright clear pale yellow body with a white head.

Nose is clean and mildly sweet and fruity with touches of fresh cut grain, rice, fresh corn and touches of hay.

Taste is light to medium body with lots of soft rich syrupy sweet light grain malt. Almost a clarified butter type of richness. There's a strong bitterness and a grain husk coarseness that although isn't huge, against the light malt backbone is pretty big. Light floral touches dance around the malt. Ends crisp and clean with a soft hard water granite aftertaste.

I, like most beer nerds, talk the talk about appreciating light lager style beers, but when it comes to walking the walk, tend to only really enjoy big high alcohol ales. This is an amazing lager. What you imagine budweiser tasted like before prohibition. Full rich malt, buttery, yummy and oh so clean. I may never buy another regular lager again.

Photo of avalon07
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a clear texture and a bright golden color. Left a big, creamy head and some okay lacing.

There was a bit of citrus in the smell, along with some hops. Not particularly overwhelming.

I was a little let down with the taste. There was a mild hops flavor, but mainly it just seemed watery to me. Could've been better.

The mouthfeel was decent, with an okay amount of carbonation. Had a somewhat slick, syrupy finish.

On the whole, this was a little disappointing to me. While I've certainly had worse beers, I expected a much richer, more complex beer from Sam Smith. It was like they were intent on imitating lesser, more mainstream beers.

Photo of WxAxGxS
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured with a nice bubbly head, mostly small bubbles with a few fisheyes. The brew is a crisp, clear golden yellow. Smells of citrus and hoppy... maybe a little too sweet in my opinion. The taste is clean, with a good amount of carbonation. There is a sweet maltiness to it, but it maintains a nice hoppy bite. It finishes pretty sweet, but dies off quickly leaving nothing but a hoppy bite on my tongue. Definitely not my favorite Sam Smith, but a great lager in my opinion and sometimes that's exactly what I want

Photo of JDV
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Simple slightly honey sweet & subtle malt smell with a doughy tang and yeasty, sweaty breadiness. Short to medium lasting bright white head. Taste is simple, somewhat light, but quite good, with a semi quick finish and a touch of lingering sweetness. Nicely carbonated, and a very good, simple easy to drink lager. Nothing that will blow your socks off probably, but a tasty lager

Photo of dsa7783
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average brew in all respects, sampled many selections from Samuel Smith that I really like, and this was probably the weakest... pours an apple-juice color with no froth and a slight carbonation present... not a very appealing appearance... smell was almost non-existent, very bland, as was the taste which was non-descript and slightly watery... mouthfeel and drinkability were also about average, just wanted to try this one because all of the other Samuel Smith brews were great, this one was a miss... Not recommended...

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

Didn't find much difference between Samuel Smiths own Organic Lager and this Pure Brewed Lager.

Pours a clear, golden color with minimal head.

Smell is dominantly hops with very little malt.

Fairly smooth taste with some hop bitterness, has a little more malt than the Organic, still thin tasting though.

This beer still won't make me a lager fan.

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