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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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484 Ratings

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
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 JohnnyDuvel


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

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).

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


4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

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!

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


4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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


4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

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


3.13/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

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???

02-23-2003 12:22:39 | More by stoutman
Photo of garymuchow


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Light, slightly sweet malt aroma with aspects of honey, and just a hint of sourness. Medium and mildly steady white head. Gold and slightly cloudy with slight lacing. Mildly rich, with a largely pale malt lager flavor which is consistent throughout the drink, yet finishes with a mild bitterness with some lingering. Medium to light mouthfeel, that has adequate crispness, thus some thirst quenching qualities. Medium to fully carbonated. Decent English lager. Consistent flavor that could compliment food well.

02-22-2003 20:00:32 | More by garymuchow
Photo of StevieW


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Big 16 oz brown bottle. Ah, yea...lagers well let's give it a try.
Clear golden color. An agressive pour produce a full bodied, creamy, bubble beige head. Sweet malt smells and crisp saaz hop snap. Almost buttery smell escapes the glass.
Taste is super smooth, sweet up front, more than a hint buttery richness. I can almost imagine dipping a corn cob into the glass. The taste though is smooth and very balanced. It has a great richness yet clean taste to it. Nice malty sweetness, and definite crispy saaz snap. No metallic or bitter harshness than is so evident in the big American lagers. Moderate carbonation, right on for the style. The creamy rich taste was really impressive, and made for a very very drinkable beer. I was more than surprised and will definitly reach for this again. I thought it just as good as a Victory Prima Pils. This would be a great summer cookout beer. Give it a try.

02-22-2003 15:44:33 | More by StevieW
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

I have had Samuel Smiths Pure Brewed Lager Beer several times, but not since I have been in the USA, the passing of 16 months is far too long – I forgot how accomplished this beer is.

It is nice to see that it came in a 550ml (1 Pint 2.7fl.oz.) brown glass bottle. More, and more, I am seeing Sams utilizing brown glass bottles for several of their beers. Hopefully, this will start to silence those “whinging” Texas BA’s ;-)

It pours with a Pilsner-style clarity and look. Golden in color with an underlying yellow hue. Head is impressive at first but soon rescinds to a thin collar, little lacing.

Aromas are extremely clean, they are well dressed in a new tuxedo, the smells are exceptionally crisp and presented in a very concise manner – Smart. Yet again I am drawn to its Pilsner-like qualities, it so reminds me of lashings of fresh draft Pilsner Urquell that I drank in the Beer Bars of Prague in 1991. A hoppy, freshly mown lawn introduction reveals, with the help of the high inherent carbonation, a solid, satisfying mouthfeel. Light citric quality announces itself in the middle, the finish has light malty aspects but still retains a delicate, but firm, hoppiness. Just as it should be. Very refreshing and incredibly drinkable. Superb!

However, with other, low-priced Czech Lagers hitting the shelves in So.Cal, the competition is very stiff. Indeed, my only "beef" with this beer, is not with the beer at all, but that it is relatively high in price when compared to other imports. Still, when I have the money – I will definitely buy more, and stock up for the upcoming Summer for sure.

A quite remarkable, highly excellent Lager Beer.

Certainly the best Lager brewed in England, and maybe the UK, well with the possible exception of Cask-Conditioned Schiehallion Lager from the Harviestoun Brewery, Scotland.

02-15-2003 15:42:11 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of kunzbrew


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

This brew pours a clean crisp straw color with a white fluffy head that last the duration, and leaves a sexy white lace behind. The smell of hops fills the nose with great pleasure. The first sip brings a strong hop flavor that last the entire time it is on the palate. A clean yeast aftertaste is also very nice.


01-19-2003 11:26:02 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of Stubbie1


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a clear Golden color toped off with a white head, which quickly faded to a small white collar. I like a bit more of a lingering lace with my beers. It could have been my glass. Another reason to drink this Larger again. Nice aroma, not over powering, a bit sweet maybe citrus tones involved, some malt and a touch of hops. Very nice flavor, a fine balance of the malt at the top and finishing with a touch of hops at the end giving it a pleasant aftertaste. A very nice Larger. Is good alone or with food.

01-09-2003 05:07:07 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of oelergud


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

I usually dont think much of pale light colored beer, which I learned was a big mistake, this brew pours a beautiful light amber with a fluffy white head, not much lace but it the head stays big for a decent amount of time.
The smell got me seeing big grassy fields with patches of grain growing here and there, very pleasant fragrance.
Taste is great as well, very clean smooth and simple, a beer to enjoy when you dont want to be bothered with half a dozen different flavors.
Feels very good going down, my glass was quickly empty leaving me wishing I had bought more than just 1 bottle.
I will drink this again, no question about that


01-05-2003 19:46:41 | More by oelergud
Photo of the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours out the usual clear golden colour, but with a very nice head - I just love a lager with a big, billowing head. Nose is pleasant and a little apple-y. The big trend I noticed in this beer was an apple-like background flavour. Very pleasing. More malt than hop in the taste, finish is short for bitterness and slightly longer with sweetness.

An excellent lager, from the presentation down to the last drop. This is what Canadian Macros could be with a little effort.

12-18-2002 19:56:52 | More by the42ndtourist
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Its clear, deep golden body is topped by a short and foamy bright white head that drops shortly to just a creamy collar. A softly sweet malt greets the nose along with some mild grassy/herbal hops. The body is medium/light with a very fine and moderate carbonation that's lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor mimics the aroma with a straight-forward malt that has some grassy/herbal hops flavors tightly woven throughout. It finishes dryish with a lingering earthy/mineral maltiness and some very light hoppiness. A well-balanced and enjoyable lager, but probably not worth it's elevated price as there are many better lagers available for less.

11-27-2002 19:23:02 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Gusler


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Pleasing opalescent straw color on the pour, brilliant purposeful head, and the lace thick sheets to coat the glass. Clean and crisp nose, dominated by the malt, with hints of citrus, quite nice actually. Front is sweet malt; top is slim, with a nice hop spicy bite, portly carbonation and a very dry aftertaste that is quite long lasting. Still one of the better "Lagers" brewed anywhere, and that tells a lot as we all know, it’s not a favorite style with me.

11-27-2002 06:25:10 | More by Gusler
Photo of putnam


4.55/5  rDev +18.5%


Stubborn, English country hops decorate this slick carnation. Chewy and decidedly herbal, the plantiness overwhelms the senses. This is forward beer. Stony purity. Harsh. Maybe the best English Lager ever...

Brown bottle.

11-21-2002 22:22:51 | More by putnam
Photo of jackndan


2.68/5  rDev -30.2%

Sam Smith’s Lager: Eh, its an euro lager, well made with taste, but you can find a lot of beers just like this, and as good, from Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic. Anyhow, it looks like a euro pilsner, and its pretty good, but I had as good for half the price. If its British, it had better be an ale is my new motto.

11-16-2002 19:01:07 | More by jackndan
Photo of Morris729


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a pale golden straw color with aromas of malt and hops and reminds me of fresh hay. It tastes just like it smells and has a somewhat dry refreshing, slightly bitter quality. A smooth beer that goes down very easily. If not for the price, I would make this a regular in my beer drinking rotation.

11-10-2002 01:36:11 | More by Morris729
Photo of tang214


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

This one from Sammy Smith is pretty decent. It pours a golden straw color with some foam that thins out after a while. It has nice lightly hoppy smell. The taste is great, very smooth but not watery. It goes down pretty well. I like this beer but it is a little bit too much for my pocketbook.

10-04-2002 11:22:54 | More by tang214
Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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