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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

496 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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 steinlifter
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw color thin sudsy head with little retention, smell was fairly interesting light hop aroma ,fruit as well, taste was light hop and fruity tang, mouthfeel was thin and watery, not the best Sam I've had, but beats the shit outta a Bud! drinkability is good, I would have another, but with all the other great varieties of Sam Smith, it could take me awhile to get back to this one.

steinlifter, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of mrfosters
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was from their 550ml bottle .( I liked the green and gold foil around the top, for whatever that's worth.)It poured a nice pale gold with a decent head that left quickly. There was a nice balance of malt and hops , a little grassy aroma and flavor.I did a side by side with thier organic lager , and I must admit that even though I feel we ingest way too many unnecessary chemicals,this was a much better tasting lager. There seemed it had better carbonation and overall much more satisfying. As a lager drinker ,I will definitely try this one again.

mrfosters, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of helloloser12345
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 550ml brown bottle with “Samuel Smith” embossed on the shoulder. Green and gold foil around the neck and cap with pictures of hops and barley on it.

Pour: Brilliant white head with great retention for a lager and a good amount of lacing.

Appearance: Translucent warm amber colour.

Smell: Warm smells of hay, slight fruity esters, nice and hoppy. Floral.

Flavour: Beautiful full bodied lager. Earthy. Fresh hay. Lovely yeasty aftertaste with a slight bitterness.

Overall: Yet another fantastic brew from Samuel Smiths. A true classic. A bit on the pricey side but well worth it.

helloloser12345, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml victorian pint bottle

Pours with medium yellow hue, slightly cloudy, almost foaming head and some retention

Smell, hints of malt sweetness, has the traits of a good euro lager

Taste, sweetness coming thorugh, slight hop aroma and flavour on the finish

A nice refreshing lager, similar but slightly different to the 'organic lager'

cypressbob, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served it in a pint glass. I'm surpised that this beer is not bottled in a clear bottle like most of their other beers.

Appearance is a vibrant yellowish golden.Nice sized white head on top that dissapeared rather quickly.

Aroma has a mild sweet malt aroma and fresh cut grass.

Sweet bready mouthful with a tasty balance of a hop bite and grassy flavor. Clean and crisp.

Very Drinkable. For me personally, I would much rather bye a 4 pack of the Taddy Porter or either of the Samuel Smith's stouts. Overall this is a very enjoyable offering.

Hibernator, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of woemad
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.62. First time I'd seen a Sammy Smith lager around here, so I jumped on it like a hobo on a hotcake.

Poured a yellowish gold color. Decent sized white head that dropped quickly, but left a white foamy ring behind.

Aroma was of mild, grassy hops, mildly sweet malt and a rather bready yeastiness. No skunk aroma, and no vegetable oil smells, unlike most pale lagers I have known.

Tasted pretty much like the smell. The taste was dominated by the mildly sweet malt, though ably augmented by the grassy hoppiness. There was a mild but pleasing dryness at the finish.

Mouthfeel was pretty much what I expected from a decently made lager. Thin, but not water -like. Carbonation was about right for the style.

This is a very drinkable lager, or would be if not for the price. A sixer of this would put you well on the way to 20 bucks. Acceptable in a bar, perhaps, but not when you're buying it in a store. This beer goes down easy and it's relatively mild abv guarantees a seasoned drinker several with no dire consequences.

woemad, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of surfmeister
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful sparkling yellow with one of the most impressive heads I have ever seen on a lager/pils, full bread-like aroma with a nice dose of grassy hop, taste followed suit and did not disappoint, very well balanced, a nice hop intro that backed of quickly to a clean finish, mouthfeel was frothy and full, a very bavarian English lager, tally ho!

surfmeister, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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 +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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