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

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

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596 Ratings

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 49
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-26-2001

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  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.

Photo of Todd
4.76/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Photo of dill
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  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"

Photo of Weizenmensch
1.86/5  rDev -51.2%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Photo of deaconsmith
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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 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


Photo of ehammond1
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.99/5  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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Organically produced eh?....well it pours a glowing golden amber crystal clear tone with an exubriantly white full vivacious head very bubbly in a good way lacing is left in thick tuckets great appearance for a lager. Aromatics are grassy lemony sweetness with a not full on aromatic but nice and mellow touch of hops not bad. Flavor is crisp with a bready malt characteristic easy drinking and enjoyable on this humid day the hops come through with just enough bitterness. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with mellow carbonation solid beer. Drinkability for the price I don't think I could justify buying this beer regularly, but hey it has satisfied my beer craving and for that I thank thy beer.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a clear straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts with mild amounts of leafy hops and lemon rind.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pilsner malt flavors kick things off with good amounts of earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip very mild amounts of citrus enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was a nice and understated beer. Nothing spectacular but no flaws. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(Served in a imperial strange)

A- This beer has a deep golden yellow crystal clear body with a thick white head that turns spongy after a bit. There is a good carbonation of medium size bubbles that roll from the bottom.

S- The sulfury smell of a lager comes through even during the pour. The distinct smell of noble hops are balanced by a slight pale malt aroma.

T- This beer has a clean taste with a faint note of pale malt in the background with some soft noble hops finishing the taste. Not much depth or character in the flavor.

M- This beer has a watery mouthfeel with a fizz texture at the finish.

D- This is a very average beer. There is very little flavor to offend anyone or interest anyone either. I feel like adding some fruit to give it some flavor.

Photo of Auraan
4.04/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see an organic beer, though I wasn't really aware that beer related agriculture was particularly harmful to the environment. A nice clear gold color. A sweet, malty aroma on the nose, with a touch of that oddly distinctive euro-lager scent.

A sweet malty start, with a nicely balanced bit of hoppiness on the follow up. Nice clean finish. Not a bad beer, but basically a good execution of a normal, straightforward, run of the mill lager.

A good beer, if this style's your cup of tea.

Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a great golden color with a relatively large head that lasted pretty well.

The smell is very crisp and ever so slightly floral. Malts take over the taste in a solid and pleasing fashion. Hops definitely take a back seat and are used only for balance. Speaking of balance, that's one thing that this beer has down cold.

Simply put, this is a good lager.

Photo of zjungleist
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light and clear with a reasonably fluffy white head. The smell is crisp and clean, mainly grain. Taste was no suprise, mainly grains with a touch of hops. Aftertaste was a little sweet, but overall nice and clean with only a hint of fruity tartness. Mouthfeel was light, but not so light it was water. For the style, this is really great stuff. Plain, simple, no frills. This is what so many other crappy lagers should taste like.

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle. Another old-world, 20th century label. Don't change guys, there's just no need, marketing job justifications notwithstanding.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, moderately foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some random instances of ice sculpture lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of crackery grainy pale malt, a touch of stale, sightly uric citrus, wet hay, and floral, earthy hops. The taste is more crisp, bready pale malt, a hint of dry caramel, a low-level spicy citrus fruitiness, and mildly bitter, earthy, weedy, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is softly frothy, the body a decent medium weight for the style, and mostly smooth, with that strange airy creaminess leeching in. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt holding on, with some lingering citrus and grassy hop notes to keep it company.

While I'm sure that I don't know what actual contributions are made by the organic properties of this beer, overall, this is a clean and refreshing lager. A simple concept, but not always easy in its rendering, and this purveyor of fine English standard ales shows that to be the case here.

Photo of tastybeer
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is sparkling, glowing gold with a nice white head that lasts and creates a nice lacing. Smells creamy and bready with a hint of spice. Nice smooth taste. Very simple and balenced. Very British, and nice hop malt balence. Extremely easy to drink.

I could have many of these, easilly.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Props for producing an all-organic version of this style! It pours out a thin,totally clear, golden color with moderate carbonation and a fine, thin white-lacy head that dissipates rather quick with not much left over to enjoy.

I'm surprised by the big rather large aroma of fruity hops with deep, red fruits popping out. The slightly sour lager yeast is right on and so is the earthy and herbal grains and wheat effect with a very subtle backdrop of malt on the nose.

The flavor is a wonderful balance of herbal and earthy grains and wheat with a current of soft and gentle fruity-flavored hops that is rather noticable for the style. The malt is very subtle but clean and it adds a nice round sweetness to the finish.

Light bodied, VERY clean and crisp with a little smooth edge at the end.

This is easily one of he best Organic brews I've had and a very unique lager.

Photo of KDeLibero
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This week, we would like to feature a Sammy Smith beer that is a bit less common than some of the others. Their Organic Lager is a great example of the early pale lagers of Europe. The main ingredient in this beer is lightly kilned organic lager malt that is grown in the UK, backed by an ample addition of UK Vienna malt. Most of the hops used in this recipe are from England as well. This beer is certified organic by the USDA-accredited UK Soils Association. Cheers to Samuel Smith for sourcing out local ingredients and supporting organic agriculture!

Samuel Smith Organic Lager pours a bright straw color with a lot of clarity and a light effervescence. On the nose, aromas are reminiscent of lemon, spent yeast, and floral hops. This is a full-bodied lager with much more malt and hop flavor than we are used to in the US. The taste is herbaceous with a lot of lemongrass and toasty bread up front, followed by a moderate bitterness, and a mellow sweet tang on the finish. This is one of the best Euro Pale Lagers that I have had, the body is much more well rounded than some, and the flavors are balanced and interesting. Be sure to grab an Organic Lager for the sunny 70 degree weather to come, it is refreshing and easy-drinking!

That being said, pair it with the light, yet flavorful foods that you want to eat on those nice days. Fried fish tacos, a niçoise salad, deviled eggs, sushi, a lemony pasta dish, crab cakes, etc. As for cheese, set up a cheese plate with a good garlicky salami, some olives, nuts, and an assortment of cheeses to try with this beer. Some mellow middle-of-the road cow cheeses such as Pleasent Ridge Reserve, or Montgomery's Farm Cheddar will pair well with the delicacy and acidity of this beer. A fresh, local goat milk cheese, such as Snowdrop from Haystack, or Cabra Blanca from Avalanche Goat Dairy will be a nice compliment as well. Feel free to play around a bit though, this beer offers an interesting, complex texture and flavor profile that offers a great deal of cheese pairing potential.

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