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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

564 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 43
Gots: 17 | 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: Bitterbill on 02-26-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Vogie:
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Vogie, Dec 05, 2012
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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a beautiful, bright straw color with big carbonation bubbles and a good, foamy, clean-looking head.

Smell – The grain here is terrific and very strong. It is smoothed nicely by a light, refined sugar compliment.

Taste –This is American grain at its best. The rich, full flavor is incredibly smooth and clean. The light sweet finish brings up the rear of the flavor profile. Nice.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Lager is very refreshing. I like the light carbonation as well.

Drinkability – This is a classic. Why can’t the macros do Lager like this?

Update – I originally review this with an ’04 vintage so thought I’d give it another crack with an ’06. I’d say definitely lighter than medium-bodied for sure, but otherwise this is just the way I remember it. I have a few of these over the course of a year, especially when the winter weather first breaks. It’s a great way to celebrate spring’s arrival.

RoyalT, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Zakk, Jun 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pleasant, unassuming beer. It is yellow-orange in color with a fairly thick white head. It has a sweet, fruity odor, mostly of apples (almost a cany apple smell). The taste is sweet, mildly fruity, with a little caramel there too. A nice beer, but not outstanding.

lordofthewiens, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of Todd
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Great big 550ml custom brown Victorian pint bottle (a real pint), with old-style labeling. No freshness stamp. Organically Certified brew.

Appearance: Beer pours great, leaving a hodge-podge of different bubble sizes in a pure white, foam lace of a head. Colour is a clear, bright, pale yellow.

Smell: Clean and crisp nose, with light fruity, grain, floral and metallic aromas. Delicately aromatic.

Taste: A rich malty lager with a pleasant sweetness that is balanced, and complemented, by a mildly lime-like hop bitterness and floral flavour. Light, complex fruity notes, and a touch of watery grape-like character. Crisp, semi-dry, but an overall smooth mouthfeel and a firm body. Tame metallic and fresh bread notes pull through as the beer warms. Finishes just a tad dry with some trace grain and metallic flavours.

Notes: I can't remember a cleaner, fresher tasting imported lager. It's absolutely outstanding, and organic which is a big plus. I hope others follow suit and we all see more organically brewed beers worldwide.

Thanks to Merchant Du Vin for the fresh sample.

Todd, Feb 26, 2001
Photo of dill
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 550ml bottle into mug

A - pours a pale yellow gold with a frothy white head.
S - a bit sweet with some floral aromas and yeast.
T - lots of fresh bread here with a touch of hops and some of the floral notes coming through.
M - crisp, tight carbonation.
D - this one is really easy to drink.

dill, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

nstroup, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of EsoxLucius
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the wife bought this for me, i much enjoy their imperial stout, so she must've figured this would be a match as well...

well, it's good, but not as good as their imp. stout, though we're more into ales and less lagers, this is nonetheless quite a nice lager.

onto the review:

A: a pale, golden yellow with a fluffy white head that's fairly thick when i did the entire 500ml bottle, the head leaves quickly, but there is lacing throughout the drink. it's above average, but the head vanishes faster than some other lagers i've tried as of late.

S: it's not strong, what's there is a fruity smell with some malt, maybe my nose wasnt working properly tonight... there was nothing offensive about the smell, just nothing special either.

T: tastes quite nice, very clean and crisp with a nice fruity taste with barley taking control mid-way through, very enjoyable. not bitter in the least and again, nothing offensive.

M: it's body thickens up a little bit better than most lagers and feels good going down.

D: quite a smooth drink, with a good taste and feel, i could honestly care less about the appearance and smell if it were left in the bottle.

i would reccomend trying this one out, it's not bad, but i'm a ale/stout guy so it's not my fancy, but good for what it is.

EsoxLucius, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml brown bottle with no freshness date. Sparkling clarity with a fluffy white that stick to the glass just fine.

Grassy and sweet aroma of malt with a light herbal hop in the back.

Easy going malt character, moderate body and carbonation. Mellow hoppiness that reaches the palate with more flavour than bitterness. Lots of grain on the tongue with a lightly sweet finish.

Its good to know that there are good organic beers out there, as for buying this again it is more of a novelty item. No great shake here, just a good drinking lager.

Jason, Aug 07, 2002
Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slim 12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info. Pours quite light golden amber and very clear. Soft white head, retentive at the 1/8 of an inch level and leaving scattered lace upon a more then gentle swirl. The nose I pick up is of some grass, and lemony/floral mild hops. Pleasant and easy drinking. For the style its got generous hope bite up front riding over an undercoating of soft and friendly malts. Better then average interest here, nice beer to try out on your unfortunate macro swilling amigos. Bring on the spicy foods as this one has the crispness and bite to "cut through" the heat and fat. Worthy offering, dare I say "one of my favorite Euro Pale Lagers"

Billolick, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Weizenmensch
1.88/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Purchased in Japan, best before 2010年1月, although it may have spent some serious time on shipping containers before getting to me. Label differs from the one pictured - it says "Organic Lager" on the green banner, not "Organically Produced Lager Beer".

Pours with a very excitable head, but it isn't excessively carbonated - many fine bubbles instead. Head retention is moderate, and the beer is pale yellow in colour. Lacing all over the glass. The head retention is surprising - it pours like a beer that's all frothy to begin with, and subsides to total flatness. Despite the head retention, there isn't too much classiness about the look of this yellow lager.

Smell is a little odd, not quite skunky, more like old yeast a bit. Can't really clarify any better than that, as the beer definitely appears filtered, but there is a weird 'off' smell to it. There is a slight grassy hop freshness but this is overpowered by the odd earthy mushroom-like smell.

There's a potent sweetness on the palate that tastes like this bottle hasn't been handled well. This may be part of the reason for the poor sample, but I'm sure it's not the only reason - the yeasty off-smell which is also present on the tongue is not indicative of too much time spent in sunlight or rocky seas. Despite this, the beer is not as undrinkable as it sounds - it's quaffable, just very uninteresting and a little cloying. Gentle but fresh hops are evident, but carbonation is relatively low and this affects the mouthfeel. It's quaffable enough not to be awful, but it's definitely below par.

Mouthfeel is lame because of the low carbonation. I can detect the oiliness of the hop oils which isn't pleasant, and if this beer had more guts to it, more life, it would be more fun to drink.

Drinkability: even on a hot summer's day I'd rather have something with either more body or more carbonation and refreshingness. This has neither.

Weizenmensch, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: honey and grass

Taste: honey, grain, and grass

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter and dry backbone

Overall: Very solid and clean English lager. No frills here, but certainly sessionable. Exceptional for the style. I will get this again if not just for the clean finish.

tigg924, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of LyonsHead
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep gold with a big creamy white head that stuck around for the whole drink. Lacing all the way down the glass.

A: Nice pale malt aroma, grainy and breadlike. There is a delicate earthy and slightly floral hop aroma

T: Light malty sweetness, followed by actual malt flavors. There is a slight unbuttered popcorn character here. wonderfully balanced hop bitterness. earthy, piney flavors coming from the hops. This is one of the cleanest beers I can remember drinking.

M: Medium light, clean, dry, and crisp. super refreshing

D: You can't get any more drinkable than this. Perfect balance of malt and hops, clean, dry, well attenuated and just plain good!

LyonsHead, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

standardcherry, May 25, 2012
Photo of NOLTERN
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

NOLTERN, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of deaconsmith
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is a really good beer, it is my least favorite samuel smiths but still very very good.
its definatly a smoother approach to a more balanced sweeter lager..it wasnt as bitter as i like but bitter enough fo a lager..i enjoyed it.

iv had it a few different times but this is the last place i remember buying it:

mikes mart
south main street
harrisonburg va 22801

deac

deaconsmith, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -21.5%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear golden yellow with a thick near-white head that eventually leaves sticky rings of lace down the glass. Per the style, this is perfect.

Aroma consists of sweet pale malt, grassy hops, and simple grain. Nothing exciting, nothing bad. Quite simple.

Flavor follows the aroma and is quite simple. Plain graininess, grass, and a bit of sweet malt make for an easy drinking lager, but little else.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Great drinkability.

A very good Euro pale lager--perhaps a great one. That being said, the style is quite limiting and simple in nature.

ehammond1, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of mte1972
3/5  rDev -21.5%

mte1972, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +4.7%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Mantooth, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of wo87810
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

wo87810, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid yellow pour, plenty of 1.25" head, great lace and retention. Didn't really pickup any aroma, definitely no discernable difference in the smell of something organic.

Taste, crisp, plenty flavorful yeast presence. Mild hopping. Somewhat metallic mouthfeel, mixed in with a grassy vibe and even some notes of green apple.

One of the more expensive lager examples, but its a solid one. Drink fresh, these have a tendency to get all yeasty all over the place when they get older, replete with chunkie floaties.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of ADR
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich gold appearance with a trace of a fluffy 1/8 of an inch head that lasts for a short time and laces practically not at all. Nice nutty candy bar aroma, some almond, some buttery diacetyl. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonation, and an accurate reflection of the malt aromas in the taste statement. The hopping seems too "tight" to properly balance this beer throughout, it seems more apparent in the aftertaste than in the mouth. Overall, a very enjoyable Lager here.

ADR, Jul 08, 2003
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Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.