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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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496 Ratings

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 37
Gots: 20 | 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 Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Gmann, May 27, 2007
Photo of albern
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

albern, May 12, 2007
Photo of jmc44
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

jmc44, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Duster72
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Duster72, Mar 20, 2007
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.

barefootbrewer, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 ml (1 pt 2.7 oz) brown glass bottle.

Poured a hazy pale gold much like a pale ale. Small white head that dropped almost at once. Nose is caramel, toffee, and apples, rather pleasant and unusual. Taste is smooth and round and rather sweet, not a lot of bitterness though the hops are there if you look for them. Finish is dry. A solid but easygoing beer.

alexskovan, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Mandrake
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, clear yellow with a two-finger pure white head that lasts quite well and leaves substantial lacing. Vigorous surfacing carbonation is apparent. Smell is of grains and light malts. Noticeable hop presence, light and floral, gives this lager some distinction and demonstrates that it's been brewed by someone who knows what they're doing and wants to produce a real beer. Taste is lightly fruity, some citrus showing, with a grassy tone as well. Very clean and pleasant, if not particularly distinctive. Mouthfeel is very crisp and well carbonated, and drinkability is excellent. Impeccable, but unexciting.

Mandrake, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As Euro Pale Lagers go this is by far preferred of Heiny, Stella, or Grolsch. It is a clean easy sessionable beer but certainly nothing special, and it a shame it cost so darn much or it could actually be a party beer.

Presentation: Classic Samuel Smith's clear glass foil wrapped bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with a white head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Clean. It has a pale malt aroma with hints of grassy hops and suggestion of corn oil. Pleasantly fresh and not a sign of that 'Euro funk' in the nose.

Taste: It is a very approachable and yet intricate flavor in this friendly lager. It would make a good transition beer for the Heiny drinkers as this is a step in the right direction IMO. A large step from the American counterparts. It is clean and dry with malts, shortbread, and grassy hops and a mineral water attribute that comes across as juicy.

Mouthfeel: It is pleasantly clean but thin and light which is apropos for the style still not what I hope to see. Certainly adequate though.

Drinkability: With so much better coming form Samuel Smith's and so much cheaper in this style and quality range I see little demand personally for more of this beer but I wish the price would drop I might serve it at a party.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of jettjon
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into the pilsner a handsome golden clear color with a good amount of tiny bubbles coruscating up. Thick, whitish head up top, about three fingers of foam that fades slowly leaving very good lacing and a solid cap. Nose is nicely balanced with sweet malt against bold hops. There’s also a bit of an underlying “tea” smell that I’ve noticed in some of the better lagers and pilsners. Taste is subtle with a good malt presence balanced against the hops. Sweetness/bitterness is very middle-of-the road. There’s a bit of citrus and a decent dry bitter finish. Mouth is wet but not watery, just thick enough to be substantial without being heavy; this is still a good refreshing, easily drinkable lager-style beer. Drinkability is excellent.

Overall: A very good lager. Recommended.

jettjon, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I always kind of wondered why Sam Smith's put their Imperial Russian and Oatmeal stouts in clear botttles and their lagers in brown ones. If you're going to protect the lesser stuff from sunlight, why not protect the quality as well? Alas, I still don't have an answer, but let's review this "pure brewed" action anyway.

Color is a light golden with a respectable cap of head and a yeast influenced nose with hints of citrus. Remarkably clean for a lager smell, which is a plus.

Taste has clean crystal malt and a small amount of residual hoppiness but not much. Actuallly, in general, like the Annoat system (a shout out to Star Wars geeks), there's not much there. There is a slightly unpleasant grassy note to the taste and mouthfeel is strangely overdry one sip and refreshing the next. This isn't even real good for the style, like I expected; I feel a little cheated for my $3..99 for 18.7 oz. It hurts to give Sam Smith such a low score, but I have to call 'em like I see 'em.

daliandragon, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: alright head, decent retention.

Smell: I could smell the beer as I poured it. Fresh smell of a pale lager. Nothing distinct.

Taste: typical euro lager taste. However this one finishes a bit too dry for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat crisp, could cling to the mouth a little better.

Drinkability: Decent brew. Not as good as some other euro lagers.

jasonjlewis, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden color , with a 2 inch head of white bubbly foam , a nice lace left on the glass.

Smell: clean but rich malts , bit of straw/hay , herbal and almost flowery hop aroma.

Taste: biscuity and clean malt flavors , slight straw , hops are are on the grassy/herbal side , very slight dryness, grain.

Mouthfeel: medium body , slight dryness to the finish.

Drinkability: A very drinkable English lager. Flavor focus on the clean and tasty , paler malts. Well worth a try if you like lagers.

Byeast, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice embossed 12oz. brown bottle with a fancy "old fashioned" looking label and cap/neck foil. It pours a light yellow-gold with pristene clarity and a fluffy foam pure-white head. Good carbonation with some lace as the head settles.

Pleasant, mild sweet grainy malt nose that smells freshly brewed with a touch of grassy hops off the back...a clean, crisp aroma.

A malty intro that is slightly sweet and reminds me of freshly cracked barley on the boil in a micro-brewey. Cereal like then doughy through the middle that winds down to a mildly bitter hop note in the finish. Very nicely balanced, clean and refreshing lager here.

Medium light body with the alcohol well masked, a super easy to drink beer that is very sessionable. A lager that I would definetely recommend and enjoy again in the near future...cheers.

scottoale, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of scalffd
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a deep shade of gold with a white foamy head that rises up quickly, maintains very good lacing and a nice layer of head throughout the beer. Light fruity smell with good mouth feel, but I think it fell a little flat on the finish. I agree with other reviewers here, this beer is a quality lager, but cannot quite compare to the quality usually offered from this brewer - which, by the way, is incredibly high. A decent beer, but average when compared to other good lagers.

scalffd, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle to a golden yellow, with thick, snow white head, and good lacing. Both bottles I had have foamed out the top upon opening, so I’m not sure if it is the beer or handling. Aroma is fruity, mostly lemons, with a hint of floral hops. Flavor is harder to pinpoint, althogh it is tasty and mold, with a smooth fiinish. Although not as highly touted as some of its Samuel Smith relatives, it is one of my favorites from that brewer so far.

kimcgolf, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of Neehan
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Samuel Smith beers, but unfortunately this does not live up to the (incredibly high) standards of this brewery. A nice appearance and mouthfeel but there seems to be a bit missing that prevents this beer from being the usual treat that Samuel Smith provides. Just seeing the name on the label makes me crave an Oatmeal Stout, so I plan on passing on this one in the future to move on to the other well crafted brews from this company.

Neehan, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale and highly filtered. Soft, tight head is easily managed and eventually falls to a sheer covering with minimal lace.

Sweet malts are readily available in this style and this is no exception. A light fruitiness adds to the mix and loads of dry hay.
Pale sweet malts of the euro style lager just don't do it for me. With that said this is one of the better ones in the style. Finishes pretty clean but lacks depth or complexity.

Notes: Although I'm a huge fan of Samuel Smith's this is the one offering I'll pass on.

DogFood11, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of kmo1030
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lightly malty with an equally light fruitiness. it's got traces of hay and faint grassy leafy hops.
the taste is pretty sweet and caramel malty with a cracker-y breadiness. a little bitterness at the back end balances, but this is more malty than i expected. faintly roasted qualities with some warmth.
medium bodied, and pretty clean.
a nice very drinkable lager, american macros should take note.

kmo1030, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of MichaelMeister
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can Samuel Smith make a bad beer? Not to my knowledge and this Lager is no exception.

Although, not one of my favorite Smith beers, this is a tasty lager.

Pours clear pale yellow with a nice white head that leaves pretty good lacing. Smell is of fresh 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 lighter lagers. Worth having again.

MichaelMeister, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

cjgator3, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim...

Poured a pale golden yellow colour... White head poured pretty big and foamy then faded to very light layer... no real lacing...

Aroma - Biscuity malts, vanilla notes, floral, some creaminess, slight saltiness, light lemon hints, faint corn, can just about make out some grassy hops...

Taste – Nice light dry hop bitterness, lemony notes, definite floral hints, grassy hops, light sweetness, some slight spiciness, peppery..

Feel - Pretty smooth and dry. Light body. Pretty refreshing and very drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good beer.... Very drinkable and certainly worth a try...

mdagnew, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of Boto
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml bottle: This one pours a crystal clear golden color, with only a small head on it. The aroma was slightly floral, but very weak. It was difficult to make anything else out of it. The taste was quite non-descript. Like the aroma it was OK, but very bland. Certainly not worth the price of a premium beer.

Boto, May 14, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours almost completely clear with mixed size bubbles making up a 1/4" head. The head fell within a minute or so to end up as a small ring across the top of the beer. There are very few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: Very light sweet malt profile along with a noticeable musty component. If you really get deep into the aroma, there are some almost muted British floral hops contributing. Sweet buttery British malts are ultimately in charge of the cold beer.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma profile pretty closely. The malts are in charge of this beer through-and-through. There is a noticeable toasty malt presence along with a caramel-like flavor that wasn't too apparent in the nose at first. There are a little hops to balance, but the malt rules the finish as well.

Opinion: This is a really good beer, and I would probably appreciate it more on a really hot summer day. This isn't a lawnmower beer as it has too much body and flavor. This is a light flavored beer, but could not be used to rehydrate. This is a front porch kind of beer and one that I definitely would like to drink again.

SkeeterHawk, May 08, 2006
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

WesWes, Apr 14, 2006
Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.