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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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474 Ratings

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 35
Gots: 16 | 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 Kunsan90

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 12:22:39 | More by stoutman
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 20:00:32 | More by garymuchow
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.


Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 11:26:02 | More by kunzbrew
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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


Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 11:22:54 | More by tang214
Photo of Wildman


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a straw color and formed a nice airy white head that left some nice lace. The aroma was of hops and malt. The flavor was also of hops and malt, with a slight sweetness of citrus with a bit of a doughy finish to it. Not a bad lager from Old Tadacaster crew.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2002 16:42:31 | More by Wildman
Photo of Jon


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very tasty, well-crafted lager. It poured a pale-golden color with a small head that held up decently, leaving some decent lace. The mouthfeel was very smooth and I noted some zest in the nose. This lager is quite pricy, though, and although I enjoyed it, I probably won't be drinking it too often.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2002 12:39:21 | More by Jon
Photo of Jason


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle that has green and gold foil of hop vines and barley shoots on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pale yellow straw with a white well retaining lace.

Smell: Clean lager smell with slight hop and malt aromas. Smell like fresh cut hay and cooled biscuits.

Taste: A complex dryness with beautiful malt flavour and even semi grassy hop bitterness. The full pale malt spectrum is in the flavour ... malt, husk, grain, etc. Semi clean palate through and through ... hop character stay for a bit. Finish is clean with a hint of grain.

Notes: This is a good classic lager from a legendary brewery ... though there are lots of other lagers that are comparable at a cheaper price. Top notch of an English Lager ... give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2002 18:21:35 | More by Jason
Photo of ryanocerus


3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with moderate creamy head that dissipated quickly. No carbonation to speak of and there was a faint sweet aroma. The beer had a mild hoppy taste and the lack of carbonation gave it an average mouthfeel. A mild beer overall but not worth three times the price of most macros.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2002 06:22:40 | More by ryanocerus
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the organic was a little better, cleaner and a hint smoother, but this was clean smooth, and marvelous. samuel smith's brews are made for the top shelf. they are wonderful

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 13:43:27 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of Mark


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent British Lager, pale straw with a nice malty taste. Obvious choice over domestic macros when in the lager mood. Probably not as good as some domestic micro lagers but I find myself choosing it over said beers. Good drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2002 21:07:29 | More by Mark
Photo of marc77


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden hue. The head settles unfortunately quickly & doesn't leave any lace. The earthy and grassy Hersbrucker hop nose is accompanied by a touch of toasty Munich malt. Lightly bodied, w/ a soft and a bit understated malt flavor, but the mild hop bitterness provides sufficient balance. This is a lot like Sam Smith's organic lager in aroma and flavor. If I did a side by side comparison any differences would be more noticeable. This is a no frills, drinkable, and relatively flavorful lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2002 06:10:39 | More by marc77
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts by pouring a head that is initially average sized, frothy, white, that mostly diminishes. Body is medium, with a rich yellow / golden tint and is slightly hazy, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is some what malty, moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), light peach note maybe. Flavor is moderately sweet as well as moderately bitter. A nice clean finish. I was able to quaff this lager down. Overall it is a very good brew...
I can’t wait to taste the Samuel Smith Porter!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2002 05:52:39 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of Brent


3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This always seems more ale-like than lager-like. Pretty substantial body with a distinct, malty molasses/caramel flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2001 09:40:22 | More by Brent
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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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