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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

472 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 33
Gots: 15 | 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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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 02:04:22 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 02:47:20 | More by Shiloh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 15:05:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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beerguy101

California

2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 02:08:49 | More by beerguy101
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 15:42:56 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Scoats

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 20:45:47 | More by Scoats
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Rumrunner

California

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 08:36:15 | More by Rumrunner
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bushwhacker

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A respectable lager that poured a clear light yellow, faint aroma of malts with a white head that did a disappearing act. Good taste and a pleasant mouthfeel, with smooth and finely tuned finish. I swooned the brew by swirling in the glass as it warmed, hoping to summons potential latent aromas and tastes, but it didn't happen. Overall an above-average lager for future enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 20:39:31 | More by bushwhacker
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The wife says "I want a light beer, it's hot outside", so I figure, how can I go wrong with a good lager? It poured a nice yellow color with a crisp white head. It's been a while since I drank a lager, or perhaps, I just haven't noticed before: they have hops. It had a slight bite, a good one. Mmmm. A pleasant discovery.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 08:18:29 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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Indybeer

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle. Poured a straw yellow, with very little head, and no sign of lacing. Aroma of malt and fresh mown hay. Taste is light, slightly sweet, and also of fresh hay. Mild carbonation, and a smooth and clean mouthfeel. In my opinion a very good lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 19:52:41 | More by Indybeer
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hotstuff

Indiana

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured this brew had a small white head with fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished. There was a lot of carbonation with this brew. The body was cloudy and pale yellow in hue. The aroma was malty and the lacing was fair on the sides of my glass. In my opinion, this brew had a bitter taste that lingered.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2003 07:39:23 | More by hotstuff
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TheDM

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized white bubbles that left little lacing and a cloudy straw yellow carbonated body. It has a plesant malt-hop aroma. Ifelt it was a rather smooth brew with a mild hop flavor. Its a nice all-around brew, but nothing special to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 17:42:37 | More by TheDM
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There’s no question in my mind that this is a superb beer. This isn’t my favorite style, but if all Pale Lager’s were like this one, I’d drink considerably more of ‘em.
The beer pours a clear, straw color with a cotton-candy like, bulbous white head. Wonderful smells accompany the appearance….floral hop aromas, mixed with malt and yeast….a little grassy. Taste is solid and clean, with citrus up front and a nice sweet, malt backbone. Finishes clean and crisp, with a nice hop presence. This is one nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 14:22:27 | More by Suds
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed this beer, and consider it to be one of the best lagers I've tasted. Tonight, I had it in a taste-test with what I consider to be the best lager in the world, Weihenstephan original. The latter won the taste test. The Sam pours a nice golden hue, small head and some lasting lace. Taste is crisp and refreshing, with a flowery, malty smooth fragrance. This is a nice lager, as good as the rest. Just not THE best. That title remains with Weihenstephan (IMHO).

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 20:51:59 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This monster pours a pale yellow, straw color with a thin head that will last throughout. An aroma of bread, hops and fruit, very complex smell for a lager. A delicious taste of malted barley, hops, some yeast and bread notes are noted, balanced well. Somewhat dry, but not too much, and malty on the palate, very pleasant and easy to drink. Clean, crisp, one darn fine lager, to be expected from Samuel Smith!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 18:42:35 | More by GeoffRizzo
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden color with a moderately sized snow-white cloud top head and quite good lacing. The aroma is quite sweet and perfumed, like freshly mown grass and honeysuckle. Tasting yields smooth, slightly sweet malt, followed by mild lemon hop bitterness. Finish is crisp and very dry with lingering metallic notes. A well-crafted beer that is a pleasure to drink. Praise too, for the brown glass bottle, just as elegant as the clear version, but affording protection to the precious beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 18:55:24 | More by Pegasus
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Scooter77

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a medium-sized fluffy white head that dissipated slowly leaving a very thin lace. Aromas are of malt, hops, and apples with mild hay-like undertones. The taste is very similar to the smell with just a hint of apples in the finish. This is a very smooth and easy drinking beer. It’s a very refreshing beer to have on a warm spring/summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 07:22:45 | More by Scooter77
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-straw in color with a white head that dissipates. The aroma is of sweet English malts and hints of grain. The flavor is of sweet malt, with a bit of grain. The hop bitterness is subtle. This is a very clean, refreshing, easy drinking lager. A decent lager, but nothing really stands out to make me want to sample this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 06:55:23 | More by BeerBuilder
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Quaffer

Nevada

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the brown bottle, Sammy Smith!

Appearance: This brew poured a yellow, slightly orange color. It had a brilliant white head that sunk down quickly. A thin layer capped the beer for most of the drink, being fed from below by a heavy sustained bead.

Smell: What a wonderfully clean aroma. It was mild and fresh, being comprised of straw and malt. A rich sweetness was present as well, but it was not overpowering. The aroma is such a wonderful departure from the adjunct laden macro lagers.

Mouthfeel: The body was thin to medium-thin and very smooth for a lager. There was a slight carbonation tingle on the sides of the tongue and in the back of the mouth.

Taste: There were flavors of straw and mild citrus (possibly grapefruit) upfront that merged beautifully into a light hops bitterness. The finish was all hops and a soft sweetness.

I am not a big lager fan, but this is a great beer. I guess I had just never tried the right lager before. I will revisit this beer again very soon, especially with summer headed this way.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 18:49:35 | More by Quaffer
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this beer in Hawaii as it is unavailable in B.C. .
This beer suffers from comparisons with other Samuel Smith products, it is simply a good lager instead of a world class
stout or pale ale. I would drink this beer again but at the
price paid I would buy another Samuel smith beer or a less
expensive lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 10:50:31 | More by canucklehead
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vaguely hazy, light golden hue; smallish white head, poor retention, no lace. Frail nose, mildly earthy… little other development, maybe some herbalness. The palate is more flavorful than the nose, slightly grassy with plenty of malt support, distinct herbal undertones, some sweetness as well, caramel/malt finish. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, suitable mouthfeel. This is an above-average lager; I’d drink it again, for a lesser price. This is the least impressive Samuel Smith product but its still worth a try.

Brown bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 14:51:15 | More by bditty187
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Bruiser81

Kansas

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was a sort of hazy color with a very small head, and thats with an aggressive pour. There wasn't any lacing either. There was a large amount of bubbles rising to the surface though. The aroma consisted sweet malts, a grassy aroma, and a sort of metallic aroma. I have no idea where the metallic smell came from? The aroma was complex, but not very good. The taste was not very good either. There was a malt taste up front followed by a grassy taste and it finished with a weird metallic flavor. Where is that coming from? Overall I was not impressed especially considering the brewery, however I don't care for many lagers.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 15:52:47 | More by Bruiser81
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its great to see such a renowned ale producer like Samual Smiths produce such a top notch lager.Poured great with nice golden color,with freash aroma of bread and even a little minerally?The hop presence really comes through on this but there is a malty backbone.Very easy to drink,very high quality will again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2003 18:17:15 | More by oberon
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Kunsan90

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured clear and gold with a nice, thick white head. The head receded fairly quick and left little lace work on the glass. It had a sweet malt smell and the taste, like the smell, was sweet and crisp, and had a slight spicy bite. It had a nice full mouth feel and was of medium carbonation. This was a good beer that I felt sad to see finished.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 14:22:21 | More by Kunsan90
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stoutman

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely clear and golden, light carbonation, fully diminishing head. Fresh aroma of buttered bread (dinner rolls) and honey. Lots of soft pale malt, and lightly bitter. This is a very tasty lager. Why is Samuel Smith's so great in ALL their brewing efforts???

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 12:22:39 | More by stoutman
Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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