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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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516 Ratings

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 45
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of ralree
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish gold and translucent with bubbles stuck to the sides, short-lived white head that doesn't lace very well.

S: A nice flowering hop smell backed by some grain and malt. Barley?

T: Strong bitter grainy taste hits the tongue first. A little bit of alcohol coming through, but manageable. The flowering hops in the secondary taste are great. A hardy flavor that would go well with a good meal.

M: Light-bodied, clean, and refreshing. Non-astringent, but a little over-carbonated.

D: Very easy to put down, and enjoyable to boot.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, $2.57 for a single bottle at Anderson's (East Columbus). Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a yellow/gold color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like sweet malt and grain and nothing else from what I can tell. But it is a nice clean aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some herbal/grassy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, with medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down pretty easy and it's non-offensive. It's a decent beer overall, but for the price I don't think it's a good deal. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out, but I would drink it again. It's not a bad lager at all.

Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sammy Smith just can't make a bad beer. Another good one, and <just> a lager. Used my Bitburger pilsner glass with the 550ml bottle.

Poured clean and clear straw yellow, with a chunky foam top of white with sticky laces.

Very rich and robust aroma of malted barley. Powerful smell.

Sweet taste of malt, finishes dry and crisp. Body is a bit watery, the only drawback. Nice drinker, but a bit pricey with the import fees. Bummer there.

Photo of yelterdow
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at just over fridge temperature in the brewery's imperial pint glass. Code reads SD25B1, which is lasered on the neck.

Appearance- Crystal clear pale gold with terrific activity... there are rockets of effervescent streams coming from below, replenishing the snow white crown. Starting at three full fingers, it has since dropped to an elegant foamy mat.

Smell- Clean and husky, there is an abundant grain aroma here that muscles the fleeting zesty, hop nose. There's also a sweet, almost unpleasant off character that hangs around.

Taste- As with the nose, the first impressions are those of husky grains. The middle brings a pure, clean balance of subdued malts and hops, and the finish is mostly grains with a lasting, delicately placed hop bitterness. The extreme back/sides of the tongue carry the lingering sensation for minutes after the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The near perfect texture in the mouth is fantastic, and the best part of this tasting. Smooth and rolling, it becomes soft like seafoam and goes down easy. It complements the effortless balance of pure ingredients, and would make a good pairing with everyday simple cuisine... from pizza to sushi, this beer lets the food do the talking.

Photo of pootz
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from IHB trade fest thanks Paul.

My first Sam Smith's lager...anticipation is maxed.

The pour reveals a liquid that can call itself a proper lager....straw-gold with a frothy white 3 finger cap..good lace.

Aroma is a tad sweeter than I like in a lager but there are ample bready notes and some dry hay.

Malty sweet with light stabs of target bittering, some floral essence here, light fruity notes???...clean finish.

A substantial beer but has too many tastes in it that should not be in a lager...although it is well made and satisfying

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a light golden butter color, totally clear with sporatic carbonation that creates a two-finger deep, bubbly, airy, all-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a few sticky clumps behind.
The aroma is pretty heady, with herbal, spices, wet-hay field scented wheat malt and some starfruit way down deep.
The buttery wheat malt flavor is crisp and very clean, light and maybe a bit thin but ending smooth. The malt is perfectly balanced with herbal, green-veggie hops and a delightful wheat 'n grains effect. There are some fine subtle flavors like, starfruit, citric lemmon, and a sour, herbal yeast. Altogether, very complex and well balanced.
This is a high quality lager that is very easy to drink but slightly on the light and thin side, otherwise worth it's $3.49 price tag.

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

550 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Clear yellow-gold color, somewhat pale, with slight noticable carbonation. Foamy, airy white head retains well for a beer of this type.

Smell: Slightly sweet grasses, light hops, malty grains.

Taste: Dry taste of grains with malty notes at the start, gradually goes to the spicier hops which dominate the finish and aftertaste (though they are not too bitter). Slight grassy and even slighter yeast elements, though it's not really bready.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but more substantial than most lagers of this style. Very smooth, with rather light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Though not particularly complex, it would make a decent session beer. ABV is just fine.

One of the most solid Euro Pale Lagers I've had. Seems to possess a bit more substance than many others. Not particularly memorable, thus with the price tag it doesn't warrant being an everyday beer, but it's definitely one to try.

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of MMansfield
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from Seaport Beer Fest 08/11/07

Appearance: Poured a clear gold colour with a fluffy bone white cap, good retention.

Aroma: Malt forward, a bit of sweetness and a bit of skunky grains. A bit of citrus as well.

Taste: Grainy malts, very little from the hops besides a slight bitter tang amongst a very bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft, medium carbonation. Drinkability is medium.

Final Statement: Definately the least exciting Sam Smiths I've had to date. There's definately better lagers out there.

Photo of Drew966
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer pours a golden yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle that has a foil neck and cap wrap. A little bit of malt is noticeable in the aroma. Toasted malt is strong in this beer's flavor. Hops balance it out toward the end. Very enjoyable lager.

Photo of biggmike
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey sweet & subtle malt smell with a doughy tang and yeasty, sweaty breadiness. Decent 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. A tasty English lager that surprised me by how much I liked it.

Photo of edskirk3
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle (and into the pint glass) straight gold with medium carbonation. Starts out with a fluffy white head which lasts if you're drinking from the right glass.

VERY light aroma. Sweet. Grassy and floral.

Thankfully it doesn't taste this light. I mean, it's light but not LITE. Like the label says it's "a flavorful lager". Pale maltiness, lightly hopped at the end. And, boy, does it drink easily.

I see this being a good gateway beer but it's not something I'd quaff regularly. Especially if Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout or Nut Brown Ale is sitting right next to it at the store.

Photo of shadow1961
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's Lager pours a fluffy head over a clear
cider colored brew. The head collapses pretty quickly,
though there is sufficient carbonation to maintain a ring
of loose foam. The nose is light barley malts and lager
yeast. The flavor is slightly sweet light malt and a mild
grassy hop finish, and citrus notes. The mouthfeel is light
and crisp. A decent lager, but again, it's a pretty tough
choice- pay more for an import or stick with a local micro's
output. The label is gorgeous. Tasty.

Photo of BeerZack
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paleish golden-straw color with good head and decent lacing.

Hmm... malt hops water.

Grainy malt flavor with slight hop spice that adds a bit of dryness.

Very very beery. As in, there's nothing special about this brew, just drink it... but for about $9 a 4-pack! around here, why would you drink it unless money is falling out of your anus?

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color with an average white head that didn't leave much lacing. The smell is of nobel hops and pale malt, bready. The taste is pale malts, cracker-like, with a nice nobel hop kick, very similar to a fine pilsner. Very simple form of a lager, crisp, light, and very refreshing. The feel is light and a bit watery, finishes a tad dry. This is the ultimate in a summer brew (though it is not a summer brew), very drinkable and no odd flavors to get in the way.

Photo of albern
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very fine lager from a very fine brewery. Pours a lighter pale of yellow with a nice head, no lacing, a nice aroma with no skunkiness. This is a little on the thin side as far as body goes, it could be a little bit more dense, but it isn't. The taste is a bit citrusy, I think somewhat lemony, with the hops coming through in the middle. You can taste a wheatiness (or as some would call it) a grassiness in the malt. The aftertaste is mild and the beer does mellow as it warms. It's a good lager, you won't go wrong. It is truly solid but I wouldn't call it exceptional. L'Chaim.

Photo of jmc44
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale straw color with white head, decent retention and nice lacing.

Fairly light aroma composed mainly of hops, spicy and citrus being prominent. A slightly husky note is present as well.

Clean, crisp tasting, surprisingly bitter, a bit grassy. Nice backbone of light malts is present and provides a nice lingering sweetness. Well balanced and flavorful; a great warm-weather beer.

Light bodied, slick, easy drinking. Low alcohol makes it a great summer night session beer.

Photo of Duster72
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from brown 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Nice golden hue with lots of carbonation. Aroma is grains with faint floral and some pleasant citrus. Taste is rather grainy malts with just enough hops to keep you interested. Very delicately balanced. An excellent lager and a perfect summer session candidate.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very clear light straw color – decent lacing. The smell was quite hoppy. The taste is bitter and spicy. There is also a hint of citrus. Overall, this is a very flavorful beer. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated. I’d say this is a refreshing beer that is quite drinkable.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

550ml brown bottle from Florian's. Yellow-amber with about a half an inch of white head that dissipates rather quickly. Caramel malt and English hops dominate the aroma. Tastes like equal parts English hops and roasty/caramel malt, though somewhat aqueous. Finishes rather clean. Lighter mouth feel. Flavor is pleasing albeit a bit weaker than expected. Very drinkable though, as it's pleasant and tasty. Not a great beer, but good for what it is, probably the best Euro-lager I've ever had by quite a bit.

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