Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 561 | Reviews: 348 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ktrillionaire:
3.78/5 rDev -1%
A - It pours a pale golden hue, completely translucent, and is capped with a short-lived pillow of white froth. The head recedes to a wispy film, but leaves spots of lace upon the glass.
S - The nose is just a tad better than average due to a malty sweetness that livens up an otherwise plebeian combination of mineral notes and slightly skunky continental hops.
T - The flavor delivers a very nice subtle balance of sweet, bitter, herbal, mineral, and effervescent elements; varied notes of honey, wildflowers, cut grass and mineral water are suggested.
M - The feel is light and refreshing.
O - Pretty decent but not mind-blowing or worth spending the $, as it is relatively pricey for a straight-up lager.
07-06-2011 17:25:03 | More by ktrillionaire
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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 cant the macros do Lager like this?
Update I originally review this with an 04 vintage so thought Id give it another crack with an 06. Id 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. Its a great way to celebrate springs arrival.
10-01-2004 15:48:11 | More by RoyalT
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
03-23-2006 13:03:51 | More by lordofthewiens
4.8/5 rDev +25.7%
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.
02-26-2001 20:24:40 | More by Todd
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
03-24-2008 23:43:39 | More by dill
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
08-08-2009 06:19:33 | More by EsoxLucius
3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
08-07-2002 18:29:41 | More by Jason
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
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"
09-21-2008 13:56:24 | More by Billolick
1.88/5 rDev -50.8%
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.
07-29-2009 13:15:50 | More by Weizenmensch
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
09-11-2011 14:04:55 | More by tigg924
4.45/5 rDev +16.5%
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!
02-18-2010 21:33:35 | More by LyonsHead
4.45/5 rDev +16.5%
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:
south main street
harrisonburg va 22801
09-22-2008 11:51:46 | More by deaconsmith
3.63/5 rDev -5%
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.
12-05-2011 03:41:43 | More by ehammond1
3.4/5 rDev -11%
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.
11-09-2011 17:28:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
07-08-2003 08:17:01 | More by ADR
Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.