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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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494 Ratings

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 304
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 WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -25%
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.

beerguy101, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of Scoats
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Scoats, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Rumrunner, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of bushwhacker
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

bushwhacker, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

bewareOFpenguin, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Indybeer, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

hotstuff, Jun 19, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

TheDM, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Suds, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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).

JohnnyDuvel, May 20, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

GeoffRizzo, May 12, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Pegasus, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Scooter77, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

BeerBuilder, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Quaffer, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of canucklehead
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

canucklehead, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

bditty187, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Bruiser81, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

oberon, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of Kunsan90
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Kunsan90, Feb 27, 2003
Photo of stoutman
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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???

stoutman, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

garymuchow, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

StevieW, Feb 22, 2003
Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.