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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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very good

516 Ratings

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 45
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this beer on tap at the Captain Kidd pub nr. Wapping, London, after work two days ago.

A: coming in a half-pint slim glass designed for this beer, the hue is extremely light straw, with an incredibly thick and tight, shaving foam like frothy head staying forever and backed by champagne-like slowly ascending but abundant and constant fizz. Sensational!
S: lightly sour dough, with dryish grassy hops and lightly fruity characters (lemony+mildly honeyish)--refreshing and balanced nose b/w malts and hops. A good sign.
T: refreshing and light texture of softly grainy malts with lots of flowery and mild lemony hop flavour--slightly tart, backed by a solid, fruity malty overtone, then a dryish, toasty bitterness gradually comes through to balance the maltiness; a little honeyish touch in the aftertaste.
M&D: very lively on the mouthfeel and almost full-bodied, but leaving no sugary or sticky residual taste in the end--crisply clean in the finish, making this beer taste just the way a quality lager should be like. The draught/tap version definitely has the upperhand over the bottled one. This beer proves the quality of SS to make not just great ales, but very decent lagers as well!! (but their Ayinger range of lagers brewed under license are not impressive, though... don't know why?)

Photo of ElGuapo
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

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 55cl bottle into .5l swiss boot.

A- Creamy head. Classic lager color. Excellent example of style.

S- Sweet, floral. Hops are there.

T- Awesome sweet hops and a nice malt mouthfeel. The malt is delicious, bready, and the hops are great, too.

M- Crisp, refreshing. Healthy carbonation. Exceptionally nice... lager blueprint stuff right here.

D- Moderately high to insane. A bit pricey, but worth a try...for some of you this is a must-buy.

Photo of BuckIronRocket
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Classic; bright shining gold with a half inch of foamy white head. Looks almost like a prototype movie or TV show beer. Reminds me of a Notre Dame football helmet.

S - Best part about this beer. HONEY. Strong smell of honey and buttered biscuits.

T - After the smell the taste is a slight let down. Clean, cold and complex. Has a mild hop bite, strong yeast flavor. There is something missing that I cannot quite explain.

M- Refreshing and light. Good bubbly carbonation through out.

O- One of the more intriguing beers I've ever had. The smell is OUTSTANDING and I may buy again based on smell alone. The taste is just as compelling for what it lacks in comparison to what it has to offer.

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

550 ml bottle, pours very light straw, with a long lasting white head, nice malt husk nose and this one leaves moderate and thick lacing. Nice smooth and rounded mouthfeel. Soft on the palate with notes of light honey and ripe melon. Soft and delicate grainy hops in the background and late in the finish. Soft, delicate, understated, subtle, elegant, a fine light and flavorful brew. would be great with some fish, cheese, salad etc etc.

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

550ml bottle, with an attractive hop-vine foil neck enclosure. One of the very few Sam Smith brews not repped in my home jurisdiction, so I just couldn't pass it up upon seeing it here on Oahu, in a most unlikely British beer locale.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale golden straw hue, with three fingers of puffy, silky, foamy white head, which leaves a decently weird array of random op-art lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of grainy white cereal malt, a bit of hotel breakfast toast, and muddled grassy/leafy hops. The taste is strong grainy malt, with a Riesling-like petrol essence, very slight drupe fruitiness, and a soft dead-leaf and mildly tangy hoppiness.

The bubbles are a bit frizzy, and petulant, but easily disregarded, the body an agreeable medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes with more of the food-grade gasohol aura, blended into the hearty crackery graininess, and meek, but steadfast noble hops.

A solid pale lager, of the European bent - full, comprehensive, and thorough - you could be forgiven if you think I'm talking about insurance policies, but, no, it's a lager - and a damned good one at that, if stiff British upper lip-ism is your thing.

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a bubbly white head , loads of bubbles churn through my pint glass. Head drops to a film with no lacing

Smell: Malt and skunky/musty eurolager hops

Taste: Sweet malt with slight hoppy edge. Alcohol and dryness in the finish

MF: Good balance and carbonation levels

Very clean, refreshing and drinkable. Tastes fresher most the lagers I've tasted from Europe lately. Try it

Photo of Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of EBeckett3
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of muswellbeerbelly
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kowens1389
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

550ml bottle into a pint glass. Very pure appearance, like it was brewed with nothing but the purest ingredients. The first whiff reveals aromas of malt, hops, yeast, water and purity. Pretty tasty, too. It's got a nice bit of maltiness to it, though it's quite dry and crackery. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Mild lager yeast character. Dry, bitter and hoppy finish. Yummy yum yum, I like beer.

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

Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Lager Beer has a thick, stark-white head and a hazy (after swishing the bottom 20% of the bottle), yellow-golden appearance, with some lacing and lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is of lightly-toasted malt, grain husks, sweetness, and water. Taste is of a bit of lemon, biscuit, malt, some hop bitterness, paper, and water. The mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Smith’s Pure Brewed Lager finishes mostly dry, crisp, and very refreshing. Overall, this is a very fine beer.


Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually don't like lagers, but this was very clean and refreshing. It pours a crystal clear straw color with a foamy head. It delicately laced the glass. The smell was very clean. The flavor was refreshing, consisting of light grain and a gentle noble hop tartness. The finish was crisp and dry.

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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of erogers
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

I saluted my boys at Merchant du Vin recently and here is another of the fine beers under their purvey. It is a good thing I am running low on CANs or I might have been less willing to buy so many bottles recently.

From the bottle: "Samuel Smith's is a small, independent British brewery'; "A flavourful lager, brewed only from the purest ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water."; "Brewed with great care using only malted barley, hops, medium-soft water and a bottom-fermenting yeast; matured at low temperatures to bring out its delicate flavour and soft hop-character finish. The cold maturation period allows the bottom-fermenting yeasts to secondary ferment and improve this lager's flavour, purity and condition. Before the days of refrigeration lager was matured in underground caves."; "Samuel Smith's brews at a small, traditional British brewery, the oldest brewery in Yorkshire."

My pour gave me a finger-and-a-half of thick eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Perhaps I should have waited until a dreary February day to have opened this one ... Nose smelled of pure, unadulterated lager - slightly sweet with an underlying earthiness. It is never going to knock your socks off, but when you have been on a steady diet of AALs as I have been with The CANQuest (TM), a clean adjunct-free lager is a welcome treat. Mouthfeel was medium with a honey-like taste that is (or should be) lager's trademark. Man, I just weep for what we Americans wrought with Prohibition. People developed a taste for bootleg hooch made with whatever was at hand and lost their taste for well-made beer. Boo hoo. At least some breweries did not do away with their traditional recipes. Finish was clean, refreshing and semi-sweet, just as I would hope all lagers to be.

Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.