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Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager BeerSamuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer

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528 Ratings

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%

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:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-26-2001)
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Photo of Auraan


4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear golden yellow with very little white head that quickly receded to a ring of white. Abundant carbonation bubbles could be seen going up the glass. Very nice looking and true to style. Scents of lager yeast, grainy malt and slight earthy hops. A simple but well rounded and bright aroma, very suitable to the style, quite pleasant. Taste begins with sweet malt, moving into some grainy and bready malt in the middle, before finishing with sweet malt and slight hints of hops. The aftertaste is sweet, with faint undertones of herbal, earthy hops. A good, crisp, bright flavor, befitting a pale lager. Maybe a touch on the sweet side and needing a little bit more hops, but otherwise quite good. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate-high carbonation and a crisp feel. Very nice, quite easy to drink. Overall this is a good lager with a nice refreshing aroma and flavor profile. My only complaint is the relatively low hop character, but otherwise it's a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 07:04:44 | More by Auraan
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Transparent gold with a generous frothy head.

S: Faint smell of grain and malt.

T: Similar to a german Helles - grainy with a mild grassy hop presence. Tastes very fresh - there's nothing skunky about this at all.

M: Medium carbonation - crisp and refreshing.

I'm generally a bit intolerant of this style, but this is actually fairly drinkable - it's definitely one of the better blond lagers I've experienced, though I'd choose a german pilsner over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 10:50:16 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
Photo of Steamer


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale yellow, nice effervescence; pristine 2 inch, white head. Light hops & barley smell with some flowery notes. Very smooth, slightly sweet taste, no bitterness; the hops, barley, & malt are very well balanced. Mouth feel - medium carbonation, light bodied. Overall - a pleasant surprise and a nice break from the heavier beers I've been leaning toward lately. I almost passed this one up; glad I didn't.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:29:00 | More by Steamer
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is crystal clear, pale amber with a foamy white head.

The smell is grains, earth, wet grass, cat piss.

The taste is light, sweet grains, finishing slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is very light with medium carbonation. The finish is very clean and crisp.

This is a very light flavored lager, more so than I like but it's very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 01:58:02 | More by Dave1999
Photo of Fatehunter


3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an imperial pint glass. A finger and half of head on a clear, golden colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is wonderful. Lots of grain with a little wet hay.
The taste is clean grain with a moderate bitterness to round it out. Simple and good.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Here's a solid lager. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 03:34:26 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of bubseymour


4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appears very pale yellow and slightly murky like a wheat with 1 finger white head and decent retention and carbonation.

S - I really like the freshness and grassy scents of this beer. It smells like a meadow in the springtime. Very pleasant for the style.

T - Oh wow. That is what I said to myself after taking a sip (or actually a big first gulp) of this beer. This beer has that very distinct European flavorings of the best German or Czech lagers you can think and can't quite be replicated in the US, but absolutely none of the off-putting skunkiness that often resonates in imported Euro Lagers. Incredibly sessionable and light with slight crisp finish and no dryness like you sometimes get with some over hopped pilsners.

M - wonderful for the style

Overall - I think this may be one of my new favorite session beers. I'll revisit this one quite often. This is a world class lager in my book. Probably the best Euro Lager I've sampled. Samuel Smith makes another masterpiece, and is a brewery that is certainly one of the best on the planet.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 23:42:48 | More by bubseymour
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from now on every lager I taste will be compared to the bruerys humulus, so im sorry to all the well made generic lagers, you will never be the same to me. this one though, is quite good for what it is, absolutely not a mind bender, but a solid beer no doubt. pours dead clear golden with an inch of lasting white airy head. the thing about this though, is that theres a launch point, a central feature of my glass thats rocketing spiraling bubbles hurriedly to the surface forever, it wont stop, and its sexy. the nose is straight lager yeast, over a light malt body, no inspirational but well done. the flavor is the same, with some decent bittering hops and that crispness that any good lager needs. with one sip left in my glass, the bubbles are still sprinting to the surface, its so awesome. a littler herbal, a little hoppy, a true euro lager, better than almost all of them, plus its organic, so props for that. light body, super soft and clean, like a Swiffer. overall a solid brew, not as fun as the stouts and stuff, but a worthwhile offering that I would like to share with my Molson drinking father.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 07:16:45 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of sethcroisant


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- a finger of fluffy white head with major retention

S- plenty of cracker-like malt. also some sugary sweetness, maybe a touch of honey. hops are modest, but are spicy and a bit lemony. quite a variety of scents.

M- leveled carbonation that goes down smooth but is also dense enough to make a really balanced mouthfeel

T- hops present a kick with a high level of spice. it takes a few seconds for the malt to make an impact. slightly caramel-like sweetness that is quickly overtaken by citrus flavors, particularly lemon zest that carries until the very end.

O- not great by samuel smiths' standards, but that still makes for a solid brew. nice to see a lager that's a little more hop-centric than most.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 03:52:36 | More by sethcroisant
Photo of WissBrauSean


4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured crystal clear with a light straw color and very thin clear to white head with very little, although attractive evenly spaced polka-dot lacing.

NO adjunct grains in this lager! You can smell nothing but pure light sweet malts and it is so refreshing not to smell corn or skunk. I get a hint of honey and light biscuit as well. So very nice.

The beer tastes as it smells for the most part, it's not overly complicated. With the hotness of the carbonation you get some of the hops but you would think that from the aroma that sweet would hit you in the face. It does not. It's so well balanced with the overlying hops that after the first few sips I mostly get a peppery lingering on the tongue from the hops which are not overly bitter at all.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with lively carbonation that really speeds along the honey aroma to your nose and the peppery hops to the outer portion of your tongue. The finish once again is mostly of mild black pepper and hops and moderatley dry. This is one balanced exquisite beer! Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall I am going to vote this in the world class lager realm. And maybe even one up them because it is NOT in a green bottle to get skunked!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 01:17:12 | More by WissBrauSean
Photo of SmashPants


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: very solid, embossed 550mL brown bottle. Very old-school label, in a good way. A nice package all told.

Appearance: a vibrant golden yellow in colour with a decent-looking amount of carbonation. A small head pops up and settles to a solid cap. Limited lacing.

Aroma: a vibrant golden yellow in colour with a decent-looking amount of carbonation. A small head pops up and settles to a solid cap. Limited lacing.

Taste: much more controlled and better rounded than your average lager. Gentle sweet biscuit and caramel malts, grass hops and some spices to back up. Quite pleasant.

Aftertaste: heads a little bit down in the aftertaste - a touch of standard cereal grains come through, but still with a touch of those lovely crisp grass hops.

Mouth feel: a clean and crisp light body and moderate-to-high carbonation makes this a very easy-drinking beer.

Overall: generally, I am anti-"organic-movement" products, but with this beer you can really pick up on the clean, crisp and pure flavours. A very nice lager indeed. My only concern is that I still don't think a lager is worth this. Sure it's a damn quality lager, but it is still AU$83 a case of 12 x 550mL (2013). Ouch.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 09:16:27 | More by SmashPants
Photo of RichieS2


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

Poured a 550 ml bottle into Imperial Pint craft glass.

A - Beer pour a golden yellow and has a barely noticeable haze. Decent carbonation and frothy white head.

S - At first whiff is malty, promising a sweeter brew and gratefully no skunk.

T - At first it regretfully seems like a very light beer then the sweetness hits and satisfies the mouth. The sweetness then turns over to some spiciness just shy of being bitter. Interesting if you ask me.

M - Light but not overly watery.

O - A superior pale beer, has the strengths of the style without being beer-flavored water. Overall I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 17:25:04 | More by RichieS2
Photo of Curtis


3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This poured a very crystal clear pale gold -promising. White feathery head that disappeared in seconds - 1st warning.. Aroma was mild, not very hoppy at all -2nd warning. Mouthfeel was mild, not flat, not overly carbonated.. just average. And that pretty much explains this beer -average in every sense of the word. The hops were almost non-existant. Tasted like a watered down Miller High Life without the hops and malt. As if the MHL is malty in any way. Considering the price I paid for this experiment (4 or 5$ for the bottle maybe? I forget, kind of like how this beer is forgetable), i'd take the Miller hands down every time. It's not that this Sam Smith brew is bad in any way -there is nothing obviously "wrong" with it. It just doesn't stand out at all or do anything "right". The malt is light as expected, the aroma is milder than expected, carbonation was right on -not high or low. More hops would give this some decent flavor -something it is lacking. It is drinkable but the question is.... why would I ?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 03:14:12 | More by Curtis
Photo of silverking


3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a very light clear gold with a white head that dissapates quickly. Lacing is nice once the head dies down a bit. Very grainy on the nose with a touch of hops and citrus. The taste shows a lot of grain up front, but then fades into a malty mildly bitter finish. The carbonation is ferocious, but it gives the lighter mouthfeel some character. I love that is is organic,but I just wish that there was some more body behind it.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 17:02:46 | More by silverking
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml (1 pint 2.7 fl oz.) bottle, no bottled on date present, poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. My bottle is slightly different than the one pictured and says only Samuel Smith's Organic Lager Beer. My expectations are slightly above average, because I've come to really enjoy all the beers I've tried from this brewery so far.

A - Pours a clear yellow urine looking color which is typical of a lager. No real head to speak of on the first pour, got a nice sizzling two finger white head on the second pour.

S - Straight up organic malt smell. Doesn't smell like much, but definitely smells a hell of a lot more genuine than any terrible American adjunct lagers.

T - Smooth, very clean, malty, earthy, yet with a very defined and distinct fruity hop crispness. Very genuine, natural malt / hop profile makes this beer a pleasure to sip on. Probably the best lager I have tasted yet.

M - Smooth, clean, and crisp. Nice level of carbonation. Very well balanced. A delightful beer all around.

Overall, I remain impressed with the beers Samuel Smith's is putting out, and this is definitely a lager I would happily drink again, although I am not a big fan of the style.

Samuel Smith's Organic Lager Beer ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 05:18:47 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of diamondc


4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Huge head and lots of lacing. Very pale yellow tint.

S: Fresh bread and lemon.

T: Very lemon-y, very hoppy on the aftertaste. Earthy, dirt-like. Balanced out with sweet malt flavors.. honey, red apple skin.

M: Very quaffable, dry and herbal-y on the finish.

O: A real good Euro Pale Lager / Pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 04:00:53 | More by diamondc
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a large thick white head. The head has great retention, fading slowly over time to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell- The smell is of a bready and grainy aroma mixed with a grassy hop smell mixed within. With these aromas are some lighter citrus and caramel aromas as well. Overall it has a rather crisp smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy flavor upfront which creates a base flavor for the entire taste. Upfront there is a very light caramel flavor as well as a citrus taste that are mixed with the grain. The bitter citrus keeps strong as the taste advances with some flavors of a grassy hop note coming to the tongue as well. In the end a crisp and clean lightly hopped malt taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is light with a carbonation just above average. Very appropriate for the style as it enhances the crisp and simple flavors of the brew as well as creates a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – While the bitter is possibly slightly a little too intense for a lager, the flavor transitions, look, smell and feel are all quite nice. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 01:30:09 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of harrymel


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

Bottled: unk

Pours a light straw color with a solid sheet of white foam. Brilliant clarity. Standard grainy, slightly fruity nose with a hint of corn. Flavor is clean and subtle with straw, a bit of soil and some lemon. Light bodied with soft carb and an off dry finish. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 06:27:48 | More by harrymel
Photo of DarkBeer

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Smith Organic Lager has a nice crisp gold color, and looks refreshing in a pint glass. It has a classic lager smell, similar to that of Yuengling, and a classic lager taste, but with heavier malt flavors and stronger hops. There is an acidic and slightly bitter aftertaste. The flavors are good, the beer gives me a euphoric and energetic buzz, and it tastes and feels very pure. It tastes like a beer that I'd drink in a fairly decent dive bar, however, this obviously would not be available at most dive bars. There is a classic dive bar feel to it, but with pure ingredients.

The water used in the brewing process is not tap water, it is drawn from a well over 250 years old in the UK. So, the water in this beer is purer than tap water. This helps the beer maintain an organic consistency with each ingredient.

The con I see with this beer is the acidic aftertaste. It takes some getting used to. But, overall, it is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:03:22 | More by DarkBeer
Photo of Mavigo


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also goes by the name of Samuel Smith Organic Lager. As a large consumer of organic foods, this beer caught my interest, never seen a USDA approved beer before.
Served in pilsner glass.

A: pours a golden straw color, with a short and quickly dissipating head with a white ring around the glass remnant with not much lacing.

S: Smells hoppy, malty, can smell grains too

T: Is very sweet, can barely pick up on the hops, malty flavor, pretty mellow on flavors

M: Pretty carbonated, as expected, very light and airy, crisp

O: Its a pretty decent beer, don't drink pale lagers too often, I understand why some may be disappointed from a beer like this coming from Samuel Smith (their Oatmeal Stout and Nut Brown Ale are impeccable), Its a decent beer, not amazing like some would expect from Samuel Smith but its alright, little lacking on flavor in my opinion but wouldn't hurt for anyone to try. Props for being organic too.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 02:41:52 | More by Mavigo
Photo of ckollias


3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a thick, frothy, white head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass and ending in a solid lace.

S: Grainy malt aroma slight hops– not much of a nose here.

T: Crisp fresh brew – malty character with a hoppy background.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation.

O: Not a huge fan of this beer – it’s cool it is organic but. First beer by Samuel Smith that disappointed me.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 02:23:34 | More by ckollias
Photo of dansmcd


3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear and light pale gold, looks like sparkling apple juice. One finger of frothy white head which fades rather quickly but leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S - Mild. Green apple, hay and lemon. Clean but faint.

T - Some citrus, light rice and apple skin. Malted barley provides the backing. Nice enough and perfectly sessionable but fairly bland.

M - Moderately carbonated, light body, nice for the style. Slightly acidic.

O - Yeah, they don't make any crap beers at Sam Smith's but this one is pretty forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 08:49:40 | More by dansmcd
Photo of metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit crisp and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and definitely tastes organic with all-malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 21:29:39 | More by metter98
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

18.7 oz. bottle. Samuel Smith's Organic Lager has a thick, creamy, white head and a slightly hazy, extremely bubbly, straw appearance, leaving lots of thick lacing behind. The aroma is sweet barley malt, biscuit, and just a touch of stinging hops. Taste is wonderful- sweet barley malt, sugar, water, and good hop balance. Mouthfeel is light, and Samuel Smith's Organic Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, ultra drinkable, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a most excellent beer!


Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 15:35:28 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey color with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy and hay aromas. Taste is much the same along with a slight fruity flavor. There is a mild herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and easy drinking beer that is pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 01:31:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a medium straw color with perfect clarity and intense looking carbonation. The head is a two finger white color with surprisingly decent retention.

S: Very grassy and zesty, almost to the point of having a slight 'skunk' to it (it's not a bad skunk, though). There are also slight hints of fruitiness in the scent. Solid enough.

T: The grassiness moves down to the taste buds, augmented by a light malt backbone and a hint of fruitiness. It's almost like bizarro Heineken in a manner, refreshing and easy to drink without being offensively skunky.

M: Has a nice thickness, especially for a lager, without being overly bloated. It isn't overly carbonated, allowing it to go down in an incredibly easy manner.

O: Quite a good thirst quencher, but a little expensive for what it is. At least it offers enough over the Heinekens of the world to make it worth it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 00:00:34 | More by ThisWangsChung
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