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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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472 Ratings

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 33
Gots: 15 | 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.

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Photo of smgordo13


4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful Golden Yellow, slight head but nothing remarkable.

Malty, and flowery.

Flowery and Malty. I had it with a slice of homemade bread and they were surprisingly similar in flavor. Very refreshing, not bitter at all!

Pleasant very light and refreshing. Like having a piece of homemade bread, buttered and melting in your mouth.

Very smooth and refreshing. Very drinkable, no hard aftertaste, not bitterness (IMO).

This is a very refreshing, summery type lager. My 1st thought when I took the sip was me lounging in the pool with a glass of it. It is very flavorful but not overly complex. I am a huge fan of the maltiness!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 22:33:32 | More by smgordo13
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/13/2009 (Bottle):

Pours an extremely clear, extremely pale yellow colored body, with a huge frothy white head, lasting. Vegetably aroma, corn, straw. Malty. Some sweetness too, like something I can't place. Maybe sweet corn. Corny, vegetably taste, especially in the aftertaste. Sweet taste. Clean. Refreshing, but still a lager. Carbonated body.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 05:01:43 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass

A - Very pal golden starw yellow. White head that is very dense and 1 inch thick. Reduces slowly into a film with nice lacing retention.

S - Malty and earthy tones. Very little hop character. Smells refreshing and crisp with hints of straw.

T - Malty all around, limited hops but still some bitterness there at the end. Very tasty and refreshing a bit of freshly baked bread taste with some earthy tones as well. Very very good. Faint citrusy taste as well with some black pepper.

M - Very light bodied but flavorful and satisfying. Well balanced carbonation with the malt and slight hops.

D - Refreshing. Extremely drinkable beer could have many of these without being overwhelmed by ABV or taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 19:15:18 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of zythus


5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Beer drinkers distinguished by candor and insight boast in their inborn belief in the superiority of Samuel Smith beers. This lager is a harbinger of success. It is teeming with life. It is Unreservedly, unequivocally, and absolutely right, and I feel called upon to asseverate that Samuel Smith's Brewed Lager Beer will flow in a notable way amidst the mountains of God. I would say so in the presence of an Apostle.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 23:34:56 | More by zythus
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml Bottle
Green/Gold Tin Foil

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus foamy white head, with some small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some lemon notes, slight spice. The taste is slightly sweet on the lips, malty, nice little citrus note, with a slight spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 00:32:28 | More by Wasatch
Photo of BierFan


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 18.7 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Off-white head slowly shrinks on top of the clear golden yellow body. This really is an amazing lager. The floral and herbal hops provide just the right amount of spice and bitterness to balance the sweetness. What can I really say, it's another great beer from, what is in my opinion, one of the best breweries.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 03:13:41 | More by BierFan
Photo of uwmgdman


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager pours a brilliant light golden color with a moderate fluffy white head. The aroma is sweet grain and floral European hops, quite pleasant. The taste is sweet, with a bit of grain and there is a nice hop presence to balance the malt. The finish is quenching and satisfying. Overall this is a well put together beer with some nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 17:23:16 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of Kamaphant

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living in the UK this beer was on tap at my old local Pub, however this is the first time i've tasted it from the bottle and the first time i've had this beer at all for 4-5 years.
It doesnt dissapoint.
Immaculate texture and colour, quite sweet but slides down with a lick of the lips and a yearning for more.
This is the best of British when it comes to lagers and would reccomend to all our American Cousins.
Exceptional tipple.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 20:53:31 | More by Kamaphant
Photo of GClarkage


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/08/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Perfect golden colored pour. About 1 1/2 inch head, pretty creamy in texture. Leaves some decent lace lines and streaks behind.

Smell- Suprisingly--unskunked! Hard to find a lager that isn't skunked. Strong malty lage nose with some sweet bready notes and even some light hoppy notes.

Taste- Ultra bready in malt flavor...perhaps the most bready I have tasted. Tastes fresh and even a tad fruity from the hops..not bitter though.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level..sweet bready aftertaste.

Drinkability- I have now had every mainstream US imported Sammy Smith brew and I am very impressed. I will be buying many of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 23:58:31 | More by GClarkage
Photo of lyttleb


5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer, and I've tasted hundreds. Any time I need something to lift me up that I know won't leave me dissapointed, it's this beer. The green and gold foil top screams quality and refined.

The best way to describe the taste is balanced, light, yet full-flavored and reminescent of honey. This beer is so clean that your buddies who won't venture past Bud Light will have respect.

Of course, anytime you have good memories associated with a good beer, the beer becomes one of your all-time favorites. Consume this beer when you want some good memories with good friends. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 02:47:06 | More by lyttleb
Photo of chiapete


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical lager color , clear , pale yellow. Has a nice white head with little carbonation that fades rather quickly.
Aroma was faint, but did pick out some straw , grassy hints.
Had a nice clean , crisp lager taste. With a sweet malty taste , finished with a little hop flavor . Very well balanced , no smell or flavor to over powering.
This is a very good lager , very drinkable , nice and refreshing.
will keep this one in mind as one of the better lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 19:29:45 | More by chiapete
Photo of DoubleJ


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure brewed, so what's so pure about it? Well, I'm about to find out. On to the beer:

Poured into a flute, this beer is slightly tinted gold, filtered in the body, with a big, sticky head on top. Some carbonation bubbles in the body. Slight fruity aroma, a bit of grain, raw hop. Taste...very clean body and crisp is my first impression. Mild pale alt sweetness, there's some doughiness too. Liquid bread? Somewhat fruity in the body, almost melon-like, I'm guessing the hops are doing that. Yeah, now I see why this is pure.

Like it's organic counterpart, this is clean, easy to drink, and darn good. And they taste practically the same as well. Hmmm, imagine that....

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 03:47:18 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of JBogan


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is the standard light gold lager with a one finger white foam head which leaves minimal lacing. I'd put money on it that if you did a blind test between this beer and a BMC you couldn't tell the difference as far as appearance goes.

Smell however, is much better here than your standard macro. Nice mild hops and grains along with a fresh meadow scent.

Taste was along the same lines as the smell. Nothing complex about it, but everything blends nicely into a pleasing, smooth brew. No sign of alcohol to be found.

This had a medium (for a lager) body, along with plenty of carbonation, as shown by the busy bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Going by appearance, this looks just like any standard lager. I'd bet money the folks here on BA would never bee able to tell this from a macro. However in every other category this is a full step or two up. It's not an over the top hop bomb, nor a heavy ale with a high ABV. It's just a very pleasing, simple beer which hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 02:02:17 | More by JBogan
Photo of cadenwhitaker


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the style, I enjoy this beer. It is clean, crisp, grassy, flavorful and simple. Not every beer needs to have a quarter pound of spices or a half cup of hops poured into every bottle. This is great in the simplicity of it. Good session beer, well rounded taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 20:48:52 | More by cadenwhitaker
Photo of NHGrafx


4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a golden yellow color with a big 3 finger head. Not the greatest head retention. Has good lacing.

Aroma is malty and grassy with some light sweetness. Some grainy smells are present. Light aroma from the hops and yeast comes through as well. Nice hints of honey come through too.s

Taste is very nice. Touch of malt sweetness, some corn like flavors come through with grains and yeast. Light bitterness, some grassy flavors. Slight lemony/citrus like taste. Slight honey like taste comes out too. Very light bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation seems moderate. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Easily the best lager I have had. Another great offering from Samuel Smith.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 01:15:14 | More by NHGrafx
Photo of mcsquint


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550ml bottle into large dimpled mug.
A - Pale straw yellow in color with pure white 1 finger creamy head. Head diminishes very quickly, but leaves nice lacing.
S - Very light malt, grassy, a bit of lemon.
T - Maltier than I would expect, grassy, slight citrus and floral on the finish.
M - Light and crisp. Not overly carbonated.
D - I'm not a big fan og lagers, but this would be a good lager to give to friends stuck on American macro 'lagers'. Crisp, refreshing and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 18:58:43 | More by mcsquint
Photo of Chugmonkey


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice clean, crisp lager. No grainy or metallic tastes to mess it up.

Not much to get excited about here, but very clean and refreshing. Would be a nice beer to mix in between hardier offerings to help cleanse your taste buds.

Good thing it comes in the bigger size bottle, cuz it goes down quickly and 12oz would not last very long.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 18:41:01 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of Dogbrick


2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Winking Lizard. This beer pours a clear pale orange-gold color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing. The aroma is mildly hoppy with a bit of malt. Light-bodied with a light hops and malt flavor with touches of grass and fruit. The finish is lightly hopped and short. Overall this beer is rather subpar.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 17:17:00 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of PintOHops


4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pint, 2.7 FL.OZ bottle (550ml) into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a pale yellow/straw color. Lite carbonation with very little head that reduces rather fast. Leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of rich caramel malt & floral hops. Musky Biscuit, corn husk & a touch of chocolate as it warms. Very surprising and very inviting!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of rich caramel and malt, and ends dry hopy and crisp. A touch of fruit and very well balanced (No adjuncts or corny flavor!) Very clean. Biscuit & rich caramel flavor develops as beer warms (Pleasant) Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Lite-medium bodied, goes down easy. Crisp as well.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - One could find themselves drinking copious amounts of this beer, at least I sure could. From start to finish this beer left me wanting more. Sip by sip, I absolutely loved its rich caramel start, and dry hopy finish. This was my first Samuel Smiths beer, and it wont be my last. I definitely recommend you try this, you wont be disappointed. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 20:22:56 | More by PintOHops
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body with a thin, white ring of bubbles.

Smell: Sweetish, light pale malt aroma with a tiny grain note and hints of clover honey.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a honeyish sweetness. Very tiny grain hint. Lightly spicy, floral hop character with a light, though lacking bitterness, so you're left with a bit of extra sweetness for the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A generally pleasant, well-balanced lager that has all impure brewed lagers beat by a mile.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 17:29:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of DoctorDog


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Victorian pint bottle into a large tulip glass.

A- Pours golden and bubbly, with a huge, puffy, white head. Head fades gradually into but a ring, leaving minimal traces of lacing.

S- Mild hops and maltiness. Not much going on here to either please or offend.

T- Tastes like a nice lager with some mild hops and malt flavors. Nothing outrageous, but it's a good tasting lager to be sure.

M- Crisp and smooth. Quite refreshing.

D- Very Drinkable. Seems like it would be great to pound a few of these on a hot summer day...

Future outlook: I look forward to drinking this again when the heat returns....

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 03:26:36 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of jjanega08


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= a little darker than a straw yellow color with a high head that's chunky and fluffy great lacing on my mug
S= typical of a lager great corn smell with wheat and a little hops
T= really tingles the front of the tounge, good corn flavor slightly hoppy going down, no malt sweetness is tasted. A little extra goodness when its licked off your lips
M= good caronation light mouthfeel and very very smooth going down
D= good I feel like after a little time I would want something a little more interesting bit its truely one of the best lagers around

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 03:26:45 | More by jjanega08
Photo of tugdriver7


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first from my Samuel Smith Gift Pack (hand-picked by "UF"... thanks UF!). Larger (half liter?) bottle. Decent pale yellow color and nice foamy head, a bit hazy with light carbonation visible. Fruity hops (a la euro lager) in the nose, with malt coming through in the first sip, but balanced fairly well by the hops. As euro lagers go, this one was free from the typical "skunk" smell and I attribute it to the really heavy brown bottle it came in. Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but not particularly complex. A fresh alternative to similar styled offerings from Europe.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 15:07:07 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of Yesac


2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale/clear yellow with a medium bright white head

S - Pale malt smell.

T - Yeasty and a slight malt taste.

M - Thin of course, lightly caffeinated.

D - This lager is easy to drink due to its lightness and thinness. It's got the typical watery taste that makes it easy to down a few.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 03:22:13 | More by Yesac
Photo of ATLbeerDog


2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a brown bottle - Pours a very light pale yellow with almost no head or carbonation. Smells of sweet malts with just a tad of light hops. First sip is sweet with very little hops coming through. Pretty much flavorless. Finishes slightly bitter. Well under carbonated. Not much happening here. Worth skipping this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:37:44 | More by ATLbeerDog
Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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