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

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bitterbill on 02-26-2001

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Photo of Squire123
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought this because it had the words Samuel Smith and Lager on the label. Really didn't take organic into consideration. As a pale lager this one's allright. Light, clean, malt forward approach, hops there in a restrained sort of fashion. An all rounder I wouldn't mind having around if it didn't cost so darn much.

Not enough value for money here for me to be a repeat purchaser.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rate this one in-style, and you've got yourself a world-class beer; rate this one along a broader continuum and you're left with a solid entry in a pretty boring sub-style--a sub-style whose very trademark seems to be its blandness (what else do you get when you've eschewed flavour-altering adjuncts, spicy Pilsner hops, and/or prominent German malts?).

Definitely crisp. Tremendously clean, refreshing, and supremely drinkable (a body that is not watery, but feels light and enjoyable). Balanced, with a doughy, biscuit/cracker character and light boiled veg hopping. Signs of an almost ale-y fruity estery-ness. Nice straw-gold colour (signs of chill-haze initially that fade in a couple of moments) with moderate head. Worth trying, but not worth hoarding, and certainly not worth import prices you'll pay outside of the UK.

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Photo of Bretweir
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice flavor - cascading bubbles on the pour mislead, the carbonation (at least in mine) was lacking. Not flat, but not as crisp and dry as I would like.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow pour, a little more substantial looking than AAL, over an inch of white head, above average lacing and retention. Aroma was like nothing going on, didn't have the skunkiness of a lot of Euro lagers.

Taste was crisp and a good lesson in the different yeast strains, as it stands out here. Grassy metal notes.

Its a pretty good beer, expensive format. Not a lot of hop flavors, but the bitterness is in the right range.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber, just lighter than natural honey, and mostly clear, with wispy off-white head of moderate retention. Smells honey-like, with white bread and grain notes. Taste is more grainy, and less honey or bread like. Hops are subdued, but seem almost menthol-like, could be influenced by honey suggestions. Fairly dry finish. Medium-bodied, could be on the lighter side but carbonation effervesces to cream and velvet, quite crisp.

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Photo of JDaniel502
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The smell of this beer was faint but pleasant. The impression after my first sip was a light and gentle carbonation and a light body. The taste can be described as cereal with mild hints of grain.

This was a very clean lager and may very well become my go to light beer . I very much enjoyed it!

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me of a nice German helles lager, very much cereal grains, but full of flavor. Tends to the sweet side, with a bit of bitter dryness at the end. The way lagers should be done.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(bottle code SG2161 - poured into a shaker)

L: just about crystal-clear, pale, grainy yellow-gold... 1/2" of eggshell white foam - loose, open suds... no lace

S: smells like an industrial lager from Germany, say Bitburger? Becks?... little bit of sulfur, little less grain husk in the background... at its foundation is a pleasant cereal malt with flourishes of vaguely tobacco-y, grassy hops floating atop

T: mmm, pretty nice... dry, delicately bitter, peppery finish - pretty darn dry throughout... the malt flavor is sanded down pretty flat... very clean, quenching taste - wasn't expecting it to be so clean - it could use more malt depth, but I think I have a Helles in mind

F: flat-chested, on the lighter side of light-bodied... maybe the most mild of residual sugars and oils, but altogether notably damn dry... beware of how easy it knocks back

O: like a step above BMC, not too far off from Stella perhaps... it being organic, it'll get more play from me than those others

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Photo of ironGEEKpete
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance (Look): poured into 20-ounce Arc International Luminarc Gravity Glass, yellow color, clear, one to one-half finger foamy white head, quickly dissipated to nothing more than a thin ring border around the glass, similar effervescent effect, lively up front, but rapidly dropped off to barely perceptible activity, exception being when contents are swirled

Smell: sweet, malty, bread, hint of honey

Taste: sweet and malty, appears to match Ba description for the style, bitterness was a bit much, but that's more personal preference than actual level of

Mouthfeel (Feel): very crisp, definite fizz party on the palate if allowed to linger before swallowing, light

Overall: A tad too much crispness and bitterness, although it grew on me over time. Being health conscious I appreciate the organic ingredients. Appearance was adequate, not remarkably enticing. This won't replace my go-to lager, but I plan to partake again from time to time.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear golden straw, 1 inch white head, no lacing

S: Sweet malts, slight hops

T: Sweet maltiness, hop bitterness in middle of taste and hangs around, not bad but not the best tasting lager I've had

M: Light to medium

O: A decent lager but I've had better lagers that are widely available American beers. Will not go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of hopmashian
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite UK lager. It's clean, light yellow and pours a beautiful white head that sticks around. What a well balance between hops and malt. It's the perfect lager, not bitter and not sweet. Not heavy or watery a refreshing brew that other lagers will be measured against. An outstanding offering!

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Photo of Premo88
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: 100% clear dark yellow/gold (no amber) with 1-inch head of white foam off a hard pour; some sticking off head; beer keeps a good skin as hundreds of bubbles fly up the middle of the column ... shows a ton of carbonation; keeps a thick collar of white and is lacing in a fantastic way. beautiful brew.

S: bread malt ... very sweet and fruity, almost like plums or apples; lemon; sour apple ... pretty interesting notes, little to no hop presence of the typical European lager kind; apricot/peach; call me crazy, but it's giving off a tomato sauce note -- I'd swear it smells like a pepperoni pizza (namely the pizza sauce) from Blue Baker's in College Station, TX ... yeasty, thin crust, almost sun-ripened tomato like ... I swear I'm not making this up

T: lemon apples ... sweet at times from loads of bread malt flavor; lots of fruit sweetness at times, but it also has a slight earthiness to it that tames the sweet ... over time becomes almost entirely peachy/apricoty ... very fruity ... any hop presence is only remarkable in how it keeps the flavor from becoming too sweet -- can't really taste the hops, which isn't a bad thing

F: pretty solid all around, even after a pretty hard pour ... good carbonation but a soft feel around the crispness ... again, interesting

O: interesting keeps coming up and up with this brew, for it's got a lot of smell and taste notes and even a mouthfeel that is different from anything else I've had ... not 100% unique, not completely different but still different. the peachy/apricot flavor slowly takes hold, but the grain and lemon flavors, the bread malt and the mix of many different aroma notes make for a cool path to the leveling out fruitiness. great brew.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: Clear golden body. White head. Little to no lacing.

Aroma: Clean, sweet, and grainy. Malty.

Taste: Very sweet up front with clean malts and grains. A touch of tang in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied.

Overall: A very easy to drink beer, very clean, light, and tasty. On the sweet side.

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Photo of Larry_Moon
5/5  rDev +31.2%

This is just my favorite beer ........ever. Such a simple brew solution yet the product of this labor is perfect! It's the only lager I've ever found to have malty legs. Its perfect blend of barley and hops gives you the sense that its malty and bitter attributes are released on to your taste buds for an epic battle (which is ultimately just won by the hops army). The finish is crisp but doesn't leave your tongue feeling dry. The complexity of the competing flavors makes for a fantastic taste interrupted by nothing as the malted barley and hops in this beer are organic. It clearly makes a difference. I would enjoy this beer in the company of the most boring and annoying people in the world.

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Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: See through straw color, lots of carbonation.

S: Smells really inviting, mild citrus aromas.

T: Smooth, typical lager taste.

M: Plenty of carbonation, good mouthfeel.

O: Good choice for a lager, organic ingredients. Found at local craft beer shop for 4.99/pint.

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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.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Steamer
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of sethcroisant
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of SmashPants
3.83/5  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.

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