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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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310 Reviews

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Reviews: 310
Hads: 553
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 59
Gots: 52 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager pours crystal blond in color with a generous fine bubbled head that lasts fairly well. It has a nice balance of hops and malt. It is what most lagers aspire to be. Lovely taste, that one does not tire of. Definitely worth trying. It is a bit expensive in the USA for regular consumption.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with very little head. The smell is a bit sweet, and there seems to be a bit of an apple juice aroma. The taste is lighter, just a bit of hops, a bit of malts, very balanced, and I keep picking up a flavor like apple juice. Light flavor, easy to drink, but wont stay on the palette long. Overall decent, nice in the summer, I would get it again, but i wasnt blown away.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed after SS's Organically Produced Lager. This one is better than that one.

A - It looks just as the organic version did, so I'll copy+paste: pours a pale golden hue, completely translucent, and is capped with a short-lived pillow of white froth. The head recedes to a wispy film, but leaves spots of lace upon the glass.

S - Compared to the organic version, this one has stronger notes of everything. The malt is honey-ish, the hops are discernible and herbal-floral in aroma, and the clean minerality is pronounced.

T - The beer is much fuller in flavor than the Organic, and has less similarity to EPL and more to Munich Helles. There is a bit of honey-ish malt, but perhaps the honey impression is due to the floral qualities of the hops used. Hops are at any rate sublimely discernible; a nice feature in a Lager style. Mineral notes are there but are not a major feature. The continental hops are earthy and herbal, but not skunky; another plus for the brew.

M - The feel is the same as the organic: light and refreshing.

O - Quite a bit better than SS's Organic Lager which preceded this. Very drinkable...

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Photo of MightyMonk
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear golden color with a pronounced foamy white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind some lacing.
The smell is earthy and slightly floral.
Tastes of floral hops and good malty taste for a lager. Finishes clean with a zip of hops.
All in all, a great lager beer.

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Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear straw color with a thick fluffy white head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: A rich malty aroma. It's weird but it sort of smells like tomato sauce. It's a good smell, but sort of strange.

T: A rich malty and fruity flavor. A bit of bitterness in the finish with some candy-like flavors.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation.

O: As usual a good beer from Sammie Smith. Very unique and quality flavors.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a traditional golden yellow color with a pretty good foamy head on it. The head fades after a few sips and leave a little lacing in the beginning. The smell of the beer had a typical lager aroma, grass and a little skunk to it. The taste was pretty crisp and clean. It's got a nice bitter finish and a little bit of sweet grains in there. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side with some good carbonation. Overall this beer is a decent one to have when you got a group of people over and just wanna offer a good beer to them.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale straw color with a thick white head that settles slowly. Retention is very good, and lacing is sticky, but not overly thick. Carbonation is lively as well.

S: Grassy hop aromas up front, with some biscuit and honey-like malt on the backbone.

T: Very well-balanced. Malty notes of honey, cracker, and some pancake up front, along with some fruity notes. Hops lend the beer a floral, grassy note and lead to a crisp, dry finish.

Notes: Sam Smith has done it again. When you think that Britain is all about ale, a lager such as this comes along. Very tasty and easy to drink. It's one of the cleanest brews I have tried. Very refreshing.

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Photo of shand
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours a clear golden color with a tiny head. Lacing is good, nonetheless. The aroma on this one is pale bready malts with a touch of mineral water. The taste is just a nice crisp lager, the smooth malts and just a hint of hop zest make for a tasty lager. The mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is just about right for the style. A good lager from Sam Smith's, probably not worth import prices though.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale, slightly orange hue and very carbonated with a light foamy 1 finger head. Killer head and retention even lacings, not normally expected on a pale lager.

Aroma is nice and solid for a lager beer, good and bready with a very nice malt profile. Slight hop aroma with hint of lemon. Lovin it so far.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing but not too light or watery. Good body with high carbonation to lighten things up. Finish is dry with just a hint of bitterness.

Tastes great, more malty than typical pale lager with nice grainy notes, caramel sweetness, and a lemony bitterness that all goes down easy with balanced carbonation. Extremely drinkable but enjoyable on a higher level. While you could throw back a 4 pack of these easy, you really want to slow down and enjoy them more.

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Photo of ant5431
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.
Poured a nice pale yellow with a rather nice head to it.
Has a strong fruity, malt smell very pungent for a lager, Nice.
Has a nice hoppy crisp slightly bitter bite to it.
As far as Lagers go I think its got a lot af flavor and could easily drink a few of these in no time. nice little beer all around!

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Classic lager appearance with a head that dies quickly.

S - Straw, grain like aromas but only feint.

T - Tpasted bread and cripsness with a nice hoppiness to it .

M - Ligght body and fll carboantion as you would expect.

D - Could easily down 10 of these and not notice.

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Photo of foogerd
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale clear yellow body, nice sized white head.

S- clean light hops some biscuity malts

T- Hops do have some bite to them a nice light touch thats great that I wish some American Lagers would have. Grainy malts. Clean crisp throught

M- Light bodied and high in carbonation

O- This is an A plus Lager but will never get that because of its Lager lack of luster as compared to big time brews. Its great washing down a meal with a beer that has some taste to it.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Full Sail tumbler.

A: Average. Super clear golden, not much head. Pretty much what you'd expect from a lager.

S: I've got a pretty good nose and I can't find much in this one. I mean, it is a lager, we can't expect a bouquet here. Bread, fresh straw, light yeasty notes, very little peanuts and a tiny wave of florals.

T: Here is where this one shines. Amazingly crispy and fresh-tasting beer. Mouthfeel is the best of any lager I've tried. Crispy and carbonated at first, with nuts, then creamy and wet with a good clean finish. Toasted sourdough bread finish with a decent hoppy presence left behind.

D: I would happily down several of these. Wish this came in sixer format.

Value: Paid $2.50 for a single 12 oz. Great deal!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear and pale yellow in color, with a quarter inch of white, foamy head that settles to just a thin layer after a few moments. Effervescence is mild, but steady.

S: The aroma is of honey, fruits, and malt, with a floral quality about it.

T: The beer is slightly sweet, with a pleasant honey flavor coming through prominently. The floral character is present throughout, with a hop bitterness showing near the finish.

M: Relatively thin in body, with a solid carbonation level. Good feel.

D: I could see myself drinking a couple of these, especially on a hot day. It's a rather straight forward beer, and a good example of the style.

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Photo of crossovert
2.34/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. "Pure Brewed" lol, is this budweiser or something?

It pours a clear gold with a foamy white head that dissipares with some decent lacing.

The smell is metallic and grainy. It has a doughy, crusty malt scent.

The flavor is rather poor in my opinion. It is super watery. The hops leave a vomity flavor and the malt is bland.

Try again boys, whew.

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 18.9oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a honey-yellow color, moderate level of carbonation, two-finger white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Has a bit of a bready aroma, taste is quite nice with a mix of sweetish malts and a mild hop taste in the finish. I noticed that this beer seems more medium-bodied than most lagers, was a bit thicker but nice. Drinkability is high, this is a refreshing beer that still tastes good after it has warmed up a bit. This isn't Samuel Smith's best beer in my opinion, but if you are a big fan of old-fashioned, all-malt lagers, this is a good choice.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a bottle of this at Chevy Chase yesterday.

A beautiful, clear yellow with a dense, off-white head that slowly recedes to a disk, leaving some lace work. The nose has a moderate malt character, rich and delicate, with mild bready notes. A nice hop backbone is present as well with an earthy, dusty and mineral-like hop aroma and reserved bitterness.

The palate opens moderately hoppy with a moderate bitterness and a rather robust hop flavor. Earthy and mineral-like, the bitterness quite perfectly balances these flavor components. While I don't know my malts very well, I could almost swear that there is some Marris Otter and pilsner malt in here, there's a complex, delicate sweetness present. A little bready, this tastes moderately rustic. Almost a touch fruity, this beer dries out on the finish with a lingering bitterness. Carbonation is high, this is a top notch lager.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bought this for my Dad for Christmas and he split it with me last night. Thanks Dad! Poured a clear golden color with loads of carbonation bubbles. There was a one and a half finger white head, that had decent retention and left some lacing.

S - Smelled of sweet wheat with a touch of yeast. Very nice.

T - There was some sweet yeast with some fluffy wheat taste. There is a slight hop taste toward the end that brings this Lager to a nice close.

M - Good amount of carbonation, although at the end of each swig, I felt that it was just a wee bit watery.

D - For this style, easy to drink and tastes good. A fine choice for the Lager lover.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, grain, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of lager yeast, grain and a thin but hearty malt character. There's a little bit of honey and caramel sweetness that comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lighter beer with a little bit of substance making it worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Samp01
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a small short lived white head. Aroma of light malt, cereal, and lightly fruitiness. Taste is malt, some grains, a light fruity notes. Palate is light to med body with moderate carbonation. Finish is light malts, some cereal and light fruitiness. Overall an average lager but drinkable.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355mL bottle poured into pilsner glass

Pours a clear straw yellow with plenty of bubbly carbonation. A frothy, white head bubbles up, retaining a nice solid layer across the beer.

Some light, grassy hops in the nose, along with toasted biscuit, straw, and a touch of citrus.

Dry, mildly bitter hops up front with some lemongrass and citrus zest. Light bready qualities give the flavor more body, along with some toasted notes. Finishes crisp, clear, and refreshing.

Lighter to medium body, decent carbonation, refreshing profile throughout. Smooth feel combined with solid flavor makes this a pretty easy drinker, although the higher price tag is a bummer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with a small short lived white head and nice carbonation. Aroma of apple, honey, yeast. Not much hops in the nose for the style. Light body with herbal hops dominating the flavor with some citrus and sweet malt in the background. Finish is short and dry. Brits should stay with ales.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold with a slight white head.

Smell: Malty with a hint of hops.

Taste: Light and sweet taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Easy drinking Lager more than one would be no problem. Not an overwhelming beer.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a very pale straw hue that's slighty hazy. Thick fluffy white head quickly dissipates into a thin cap, leaving quite a bit of stringy lacing. Very clean appearance. Smell is quite malty with lots of sweet fruitiness and grain. None of that abrasive metallic quality that is so prevalent in adjunct lagers. This is the way a good lager should smell.

Taste is clean, crisp and refreshing. Malts are the order of the day, with a lot of grainy sweetness washing over the palate. Some fruits and a mild caramel flavoring as well. Hops are almost non-existent, just barely making an appearance at the end. A pleasant floral bite rounds out the taste. Very well done. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a very minimal amount of carbonation, allowing you to fully enjoy the various flavor nuances.

Drinkability is off the charts with an exceptional lager like this. Great smell, great taste, great feel; it has all the qualities of a great beer. Samuel Smith knows how to craft excellent, no-frills brews. None of that triple hop advertising garbage. Just a delicious drinking experience through and through.

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Photo of cpolking
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark honey golden color. Aroma is of a slightly dusty grain bin full of recently harvested grain, with a hint of floral sweetness. It has a full malt and grain flavor, a bit of the musky lager funk and a slightly crisp, slightly creamy finish on the mouth. Pretty good overall but does not stand up to some European lagers that are more flavorful.

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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.