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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

489 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 37
Gots: 18 | 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 Tballz420
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

This brew is a clear straw/gold color brew, with a nice white foam head topping it off. Not much of an aroma that i can detect other than some malty bits. The front is all light sweet malt, some light hop action in the back. Dry finish, light to medium bodied. Nice light refreshing lager, but besides being good for the style this brew isnt my all time favorite.

Tballz420, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle inspection: Nice hop leaf foil on the top and cap, 1940’s style label with a serving recommendation (Serve Cool). Striking my best Sean Connery pose, I decant.
Aroma: Floral and peppery hops and a bready yeast. Slightest hint of pale malt sweetness as well.
Appearance: Bright, clear, lemon yellow with an eighth of a finger of white head. Thin streaks make a valiant effort at lace, but “lace” is generous.
Flavor: A clean lager taste with a citric spike. Fruits are mostly orange, and the peppery and bread notes carry over to taste.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full given the color, a solid medium body. A lively yet appropriate carbonation with a slightly oily finish.
Overall Impression: A good lager. I’m not doing back flips, but maybe that is just a quality of the style more than the beer. This might be a good one to wean the macro crowd with.

HardTarget, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.18/5  rDev -17%

I've always enjoyed the Samuel Smith dark beers and when I saw this lager in the store I couldn't pass up the chance to try it.

The beer poured a very pale gold and if it weren't for the thick, persistent white head it could have easily been confused with any of the macros. One smell, though, and you knew this wasn't any ordinary lager - it had a nice yeasty nose to compliment the malt character and a light hop note to suggest a balanced brew.

Unfortunately, the taste didn't quite follow up on the promise of the smell - it was a rather mild lager with a mild malt taste and a soft hop finish. The mouthfeel was similar to the taste - pretty inconsequential. It could have been any of a dozen inoffensive lagers with no real character.

Overall, it was drinkable, certainly - you could drink a few without being overwhelmed, but there really wasn't anything to recommend this particular lager of any other.

RedwoodGeorge, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of koolk
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Pale yellow in colour with a flashy white head that drops quickly, but laces well. Steady carbonation.

Nose is, of course, a lager based nose - malts and green hops mingle in very pleasing manner. Has a toasty element (think baked cookies) hidden in there between the sweet clean malt and slight hoppiness.

Has that midpalate "Sammy Smithness"...that I can't describe (and it frustrates me so) but have found in the porter, stout and nut brown (very full midflavour sweetness - but very unique). Back palate is classy as hell hop flavours with some more sweet malts. Mouthfeel is full and creamy and this has some wicked length to it.

Picked up cheap due to it just hitting its used by - absolutely nothing wrong with it, a class beer through and through, will be back for some more.

koolk, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

Color is light straw; crystal clear (I can read through the glass). Initial head is a finger thick but it dissipates quickly. The lace on the glass is intermittent at best.

Largely light malt aroma. Very little hop spice. a quenching gulp draws out the malt, but it's very one-dimensional. The bitter hop is present on the swallow. The carbonation is high and the body is much fuller than would be expected from the color/head.

I try to avoid mentioning price on reviews but given the premium required to acquire this beer (in America), I'd recommend other similar beer before this one. It's worthy of a taste to let you decide whether it works for you.

smcolw, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.83/5  rDev 0%

Two fingers of white, noisy, rocky head leave arcs and swoops of lacing. The beer is a clear, pale gold. The nose is really quite floral, with lots of sugar and corn syrup. Aromas echoed in the front. A pleasant goldeny (?) malt middle. Finish is quite nicely bitter: hoppy, somewhat grainsy. This is just a good, fresh, sweet lager.

kbub6f, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Medium yellow clear hue with a middling head that's a skim after a minute. Good lacing, complicated patterns. Aroma is lightly grassy, some sense of musty notes, a little like modeling clay. Dry flavor, well-balanced in medium hopping with light but equal shortbread and slight almond characteristics. Carbonation is lively and about right. Nose was slightly off for me, flavor meets quality-Lager characters and the mouthfeel works well. Seems slightly less buttery than Sam Smith's Organically-Produced Lager.

ADR, May 20, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

its been ages. this pours out a clear golden with fat white head. the nose is light, some malt here, light hopping there. smells a bit grainy. taste wise? lemony, raw grains, straw....different. a light hop bitterness finishes things off. strong carbonation makes it crisp, this is a refresing beer. pretty drinkable, not my favorite lager and a bit different than what i usually like, but not bad either.

DESTRO, May 18, 2004
Photo of claytri
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%

The Pale Lager poured a bright gold with a thin white head that settled down to an oily lace. It smelled of malt and hops with a slight citric aroma. It is slightly malty with just the right amount of hops, and features a dry finish with a minty flavor. The feel is smooth and oily with a dry finish. This lager has a beautiful blend of malt and hops. This is a beer that will find it's way to my table again and again.

claytri, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +7%

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.

Zorro, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of sparkydoyle
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Beer poured from 18oz bottle, no freshness date. Beer appeared fresh.

Nose--none to speak of, possibly a slight sulphur lager note. small head quickly dissipated into clumpy lacework. Appeared light straw colored, with moderate carbonation.

Flavor profile is very neat and tidy. Slight English-style hops notes play against a practically nonexistent malt flavors. In this environment, any small imperfection would be immediately noticeable, but amazingly all is balance and perfection.

Despite the slightness of malt character, the beer is not particulary dry. The flavor has none of the astringency that one associates with North American all-malt lagers, but there isn't the malty-breadyness of many of the German lagers. There's nothing like a well-balanced beer.

sparkydoyle, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of yeagerbm
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

First of all I'd like to say that I am normally annoyed by all of this organic/diet fad hype, so this would have diminished my expectations of this beer...
Poured yellow with a thin head with very little retention. average appearance.
Smell- clean and refreshing, slightly malty.
Taste is crisp and smooth with a unique taste, well balanced and very good.
The feel of this beer is good and all around a tasty brew that is very drinkable.
I am almost embarrassed to say this is a beer I recommend trying.... Oh I'm turning into a diry yuppie!!!

yeagerbm, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.45/5  rDev -36%

Samuel Smith pure brewed lager beer

This sure isn't their oatmeal stout but lets give it a go shall we.

Appearance- light yellow/ straw with a big soapy white head that holds together well.
smell- a clean watery malt aroma.
Taste- light malt and water. not much body. There's not much here.
Mouthfeel- watery watery watery. A slight, ever so, bitter hopiness.

Overall, This is so watery it goes down quickly. maybe a good beer for drinking games or quenching your thirst after playing tennis but not a beer drinkers beer!

NJpadreFan, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of flaminghomer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

pours a light hazy yellow with a white head with small bubbles that go away quickly. smell is clean and mild, i picked up mostly a light hop smell. taste is clean and refreshing but lacking any real character. goes down very smooth.

every sam smith beer i've ever had tastes very pure and all natural.
maybe it's the old time label that puts me in the mindset to expect that. idunno.

anyways, it is very good and drinkable and thats about it. if ever i'm a millionare i think the first thing i'll do is buy a bunch of sam smith and drink it as a session beer. what a night that would be!

flaminghomer, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
4.1/5  rDev +7%

Although this is the self-proclaimed "England's Finest Lager," I'd be hard pressed to find a suitable challenger to that claim. Most beers in the "pale lager" category are not the most complex of beers and are meant as a refreshing imbibment. This one fits the bill, but somehow it does it better than many others of its ilk can.

Sam Smith's Pure Brewed Lager pours a light golden color with a decent rocky white head that lasts for about a minute and a half, leaaving some whispy lace. The smell is a clean, malty smell with some light hop scent. This beer feels smooth on the palette and is moderately carbonated. A good ol' malty flavor is the main aspect throughout this beer. There is a presence of grass and hay throughout the flavor of this beer as well. The hop presence in this beer is quite satisfying and it lends some citric qualities to the beer. It ends up being moderately dry in the finish, and this drying bitterness carries into the aftertaste with some continued notes of grass and hay. This lager finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

I would have to say that this beer did remind me of some Czech pilseners that I've had (namely Pilsner Urquell and Czechvar). This beer is almost too quaffable, if there ever was such a thing. I think this would complement a chicken dish very well. Quite simply, one of the best pale lagers I've had.

Beastdog75, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of HochFliegen
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

Light copper in appearance. Well developed head, but didnt last but a few minutes(due to my glass?). Smell was very subtle to me. It was a slight hoppines aroma. Taste was quite smooth and mellow. Very easy to enjoy. Almost tastes of pears of some other fruit I couldnt quite put my finger on it.

HochFliegen, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +7%

Appearance – I love LBB’s take on the appearance of this ale. It does pour and look exactly like a good German Pilsner. The delicate light-yellow body is clear as a bell with a huge, pitting head.

Smell – Finally! This is the 32nd Pale Lager that I have rated, and for the first time I found one that doesn’t smell like shit.

The subtle hop aroma is very crisp. It’s difficult to pull off the “classy grassy” nose, but this one does an excellent job of it.

Taste – Very good. The clean, crisp hops from the nose manage to deliver at the taste, which is no easy task. This is what just about every American macro (Bud, Miller, Michelob, etc) wants to be. There’s no cheap grain, no lame sucrose, and no nasty finish

This is the standard-bearer for all Pale Lagers. This is exactly how a PL should taste, in my very humble opinion. A terrific job by Sam Smith.

Mouthfeel – Crisp, clean, and very dry. It’s difficult to get a good mouthfeel for a style so thin, but Sam Smith manages to do it with this offering. This one will quench your thirst and make you beg for more.

Drinkability – The ultimate session beer, and certainly one I’ll ask for. I can’t imagine how good this would taste on-tap.

Update – Well, I wrote in my review that this was the 32nd lager that I’ve rated. Now I have over 150 under my belt, so I thought it would be interesting to re-review this one again.

It really is a lovely lager. I didn’t emphasize it in my initial review, but the grain here is just terrific. It makes the beer, IMHO. This is so much better than the standard fare it’s not even funny. Way to go, Sam Smith!

RoyalT, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of dpend
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

This lager is one of favorites of the style. Appearance is a rich amber with a fluffy white head that retains and laces well. A pleasant aroma of grasses, malts and hops. Taste is on par for the style and is very well balanced with the expected hops finish. Great session lager and a must try whether one is into the style or not.

dpend, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

A very nice English style lager that is pleasing to the eye and to the palate. The clear golden body is topped by a semi-lasting white head that does very light lacing of the glass. The lighlty malty nose is mild and non-complex, bringing forth the typical lager aroma. The flavor is subdued and malty but dry at the start and through the finish. Very mild bittering and clean, fresh fell with lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable lager beer.

AtLagerHeads, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

This offering is light! Pours a very light golden colour with full head and limited carbonation. The body is light and aroma mildly grassy.
The taste is of a constant lingering ginger with a mild hoppy back.
Most impressive here is the mouthfeel, again due to the lightness of the product. Nagging sweet aftertaste.
Sorry Sammy, where it counts, ya ain't got it!!!

Shiloh, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance: Crystal clear golden with a vibrant white nice formed head minimal lacing as it dwindles though. Aroma: Sweet subtle grassiness with a nice floral soft hoppiness and somewhat a biscuity yeast tone that I come to have found characteristic in most Sammy Smith's I have sampled. Taste: Crisp clean grassy and a great slightly citrusy bitterness with subtle bready tones very nice flavor a session brew if found cheaper. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied good amount of carbonation tickles the throat. Drinkability: Is clean taste refreshing low abv and quite flavorful version of a lager.

WVbeergeek, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%

Light straw color, medium head. A light bodied lager. Crisp and light mild flavor. Mild taste. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Fairly well made, very standard tasting lager beer. Nothing particularly wrong with this beer, its very well made just not a lot of taste or flavor to it.

beerguy101, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +7%

From a 550ml bottle.

Poured a bright gold with a very light whiote head that dissipated within 2 minutes. Little if any lacing. Tiny sparking bubbles. The smeel was almost non-existent but sweet, like fresh cut grass. Smelled a bit creamy?

I must admit I was a bit disappointed when I tasted it. Tasted of light, bright malt with just a hint of hoppy aftertaste. Light bodied and pleasant but nothing special whatsoever. What a letdown!

However, as it warmed a bit and I got used to the subtle flavors (I had the whole 550ml in one sitting so these impressions are from the second glass) it is remarkably complex for a light lager. I would attribute this to two things:

1. The hops that are used are different from the hops I have tasted in most American light lagers. (My buds aren't sharp enough to tell what kind)

2. There is a subtle creaminess similiar to the creamy taste of their oatmeal stout.

One of my new favorite lagers but I really had to give it a chance.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of Scoats
3/5  rDev -21.7%

This beer is amazingly average. Pleasant but not great. I guess I one never knows what to expect frrom a generic "lager" but I was expecting something more. More color, more flavor, more anything. So what is this beer? I imagine this is what Heineken would taste if it was unskunked and fresh. Not a bad beer but not worth the high price.

Scoats, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

550ml bottle.

A very well designed lager.

Pours a transparent golden yellow. Head quickly dissipates and no lacing what so ever. The scent is mellow with grass, hay and a mild hop finish. There is also a corn scent that is very mild and more of an after scent. Very carbonated at first but is subsides quickly.

Crispy hop flavor with some malt for balance. Some bread flavor. Floral flavors which combine with grass for a well balanced lager. A bit of banal spice that ends with a bit of wheat and oats.

I really enjoyed this lager. It drinks well and is medium bodied. Slightly more dense than most lagers. If you have gotten away from lagers I say try a return(recall. California joke) visit with this one. A great English lager.

Rumrunner, Aug 20, 2003
Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.