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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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495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

robotiks, Apr 27, 2014
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
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

RoyFokker, Apr 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Falcone, Apr 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

RummyRedbeard, May 19, 2014
Photo of Boto
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml bottle: This one pours a crystal clear golden color, with only a small head on it. The aroma was slightly floral, but very weak. It was difficult to make anything else out of it. The taste was quite non-descript. Like the aroma it was OK, but very bland. Certainly not worth the price of a premium beer.

Boto, May 14, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

saburky, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 18.7 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smeels of malts, a bit sweet. Taste is crisp, malty finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this mkes for a decent selection.

tone77, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of shadow1961
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's Lager pours a fluffy head over a clear
cider colored brew. The head collapses pretty quickly,
though there is sufficient carbonation to maintain a ring
of loose foam. The nose is light barley malts and lager
yeast. The flavor is slightly sweet light malt and a mild
grassy hop finish, and citrus notes. The mouthfeel is light
and crisp. A decent lager, but again, it's a pretty tough
choice- pay more for an import or stick with a local micro's
output. The label is gorgeous. Tasty.

shadow1961, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of techtatu
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light gold color to the beer and nice thick head. Smooth tasting and nice smell to it, somewhat sweet. The overall taste is good. The foam does not stick to the side of the glass after a drink like most lagers.

This beer feels more like a thirst quencher to me. Something you would drink after a hard days work out in the yard and, or while grilling out side on a hot summer day. You can also include fishing on that list :-).

techtatu, Sep 11, 2008
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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a deep shade of gold with a white foamy head that rises up quickly, maintains very good lacing and a nice layer of head throughout the beer. Light fruity smell with good mouth feel, but I think it fell a little flat on the finish. I agree with other reviewers here, this beer is a quality lager, but cannot quite compare to the quality usually offered from this brewer - which, by the way, is incredibly high. A decent beer, but average when compared to other good lagers.

scalffd, Sep 04, 2006
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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours piss ass clear bright yellow with a stark white head that reduces quickly, but lingers a little better than average and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is pure euro skunk lager with gnarly grain and a little hop kiss.

Bah. I hope this is old because its kind of a malt bomb. As much as a lager can be anyway. Old grain, minimal hops, slight skunkiness, just ok.

Mouthfeel is what you would expect, a touch too thick for the style and the carbonation is slightly low.

Drinkability is ok, but it would alot better if this was fresh.

Overall, really unimpressed. Somewhat suprised considering their organic lager is fantastic. This is probably an old bottle, it sure tastes old. Review over.

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 02, 2009
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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a flat golden color with bright white head and moderate carbonation.

S: sweet malt with some floral hopping, fresh grains and a light herbal hoppiness.

T: For flavor the sweet malt grain palate is balanced well with the floral hops producing light floral hop bitterness but fades to quickly.

M: light, with a good floral bittering.

D: The finish was clean making for a decent lager with pizza.

beerthulhu, Jun 05, 2008
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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Smells like a slightly corn filled lager (not good).

Appearance - Clear yellow white head and not much carbonation.

Taste - Sweet sugary lager. Unoffensive enough but a little too sweet for my taste.

Notes - Could use a little more carbonation.

jwhawkins81, Jul 09, 2009
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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

mikeg67, Nov 12, 2010
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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
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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright golden in color and a bright white head. It has lace that is sticking around and the classic continual bubbles that lagers should have.

S - Woody at first. Then there is a background of piney hops and toasty malts.

T - Dry toasted malts. Not a strong flavor. There are some background hops but not strong.

M - very creamy and heavy. It was an odd feeling for a lager.

D - Definite session beer. If you want a Euro lager then this is it. Stronger than american lagers but still classic in its taste.

quasimoto, Feb 17, 2006
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whether I pay $5 a bottle or $2, I still cannot find a decent Euro Pale Lager that I will order time and time again. Even though Samuel Smith makes some pretty fine beers, this one doesn't do anything for me. Though better than your Heineken or anything produced in Italy, it still seems basic, plain, and flat. Personally, Kroenenbourg is a better and more economically feasible choice.

Backer2004, Oct 26, 2005
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle (and into the pint glass) straight gold with medium carbonation. Starts out with a fluffy white head which lasts if you're drinking from the right glass.

VERY light aroma. Sweet. Grassy and floral.

Thankfully it doesn't taste this light. I mean, it's light but not LITE. Like the label says it's "a flavorful lager". Pale maltiness, lightly hopped at the end. And, boy, does it drink easily.

I see this being a good gateway beer but it's not something I'd quaff regularly. Especially if Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout or Nut Brown Ale is sitting right next to it at the store.

edskirk3, Jul 26, 2007
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle to a golden yellow, with thick, snow white head, and good lacing. Both bottles I had have foamed out the top upon opening, so I’m not sure if it is the beer or handling. Aroma is fruity, mostly lemons, with a hint of floral hops. Flavor is harder to pinpoint, althogh it is tasty and mold, with a smooth fiinish. Although not as highly touted as some of its Samuel Smith relatives, it is one of my favorites from that brewer so far.

kimcgolf, Aug 23, 2006
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paleblond color, clean. White and creamy head, quite beautiful.
Pleasant smell, with a good maltiness, and light biscuity notes.
Malt prevails in the taste, too, soft, with pleasant hop notes, quite fresh.
Average body. Malty aftertaste, with fresh hop in theback.
Soft, and pleasantly drinkable.

stcules, Oct 25, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle into standard pint. No freshness date on the bottle.

Pours a clear and bright yellow body with a large foamy head. Bit of sticky lacing.

Pale sweet malt scent with a small touch of hops.

Pretty much all malt in the taste which makes for a refreshing and easy drinking brew. Hints of grain and bread with a touch of hops but not all that bitter.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

As far as Euro Pale Lagers go this one is pretty good. Probably wouldn't seek this one out though, definitely better lagers out there.

BennyL1, Oct 06, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paleish golden-straw color with good head and decent lacing.

Hmm... malt hops water.

Grainy malt flavor with slight hop spice that adds a bit of dryness.

Very very beery. As in, there's nothing special about this brew, just drink it... but for about $9 a 4-pack! around here, why would you drink it unless money is falling out of your anus?

BeerZack, Jun 06, 2007
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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Samp01, Nov 25, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Simple slightly honey sweet & subtle malt smell with a doughy tang and yeasty, sweaty breadiness. Short to medium lasting bright white head. Taste is simple, somewhat light, but quite good, with a semi quick finish and a touch of lingering sweetness. Nicely carbonated, and a very good, simple easy to drink lager. Nothing that will blow your socks off probably, but a tasty lager

JDV, Jan 07, 2008
Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.