Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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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
2.08/5 rDev -45.5%
Poured 40 degrees Fahrenheit into a Dogfish Head shaker pint.
Pours a lucid gold with a tall 3 finger white head settling into a persistent cap. Endless stream of champagne bubbles coming up from the bottom.
Smells of a lightly skunky cereal. Not unlike bud light. Not well projected.
Really going to deviate from the norm here. The taste is a thin, quickly dissipating maltyness with a touch of sweetness and grass. No finish. Some robustness, some good carbonation, but flavorless and boring. No where near worth the 1.50USD I spent on it.
Really don't see where the A's coming from here. This is really nothing to write home about and bears striking resemblance to an American adjunct lager. Organic on the bottle is pretty much nothing but a marketing ploy. No enhancement of taste, IMO.
11-09-2011 16:47:04 | More by Crossmd
2.3/5 rDev -39.8%
Reviewed 9/25/2008 (bottle):
Pours a very clear honey-yellow colored body, with an average white head, but diminishing. Some maltiness, spice. Fresh like hay or grass. Not much aroma. Laggerish taste, that same fresh plant smell. Clean aftertaste. Amost watery.
03-25-2009 00:16:50 | More by jujubeast6000
2.63/5 rDev -31.2%
Clean, golden color, with white and abundant foam.
Malty smell, with cereals, and a bit of hop.
The cereal notes are a bit too heavy.
Same notes in the taste, with maybe a faint citrus note.
Cereal and honeyed notes in the aftertaste again.
Quite useless beer.
10-16-2011 09:47:54 | More by stcules
2.75/5 rDev -28%
bought in to complete the samuel smith line up ... a prettty decent lager ... a good bitterness level ... low lacing ... a good organic that dosn't remind me of hippies .. not much else to this beer, to sum it up: a simple non offensive organic-fad lager from tadcaster..5%..
08-23-2008 15:07:14 | More by Onslow
2.78/5 rDev -27.2%
A - Pale colored lager that poured with a bubbly head, quick dissipation and no lacing.
S - Smells a bit like grass, mild malt characteristic, and a little empty somehow.
T - Not a big fan of this, it doesn't taste bad, but it's not very good. Misses on not being full enough. Grainy lager taste is overcome by an almost chemically overhead flavor. Maybe organic tastes less organic than a plain beer. Kind of bland.
M - Light bodied, nicely carbonated, too thin.
D - Easy to drink, because there's not much to it. Just don't want to drink many of these.
11-14-2009 20:26:40 | More by AgentZero
2.8/5 rDev -26.7%
Well, it basically tastes like a bland Dortmunder, so I guess that's on for the style. The aroma has hints of skunk, which doesn't seem to covering much up. The skunk carries over a bit in the flavor which mixes with a bit of grassy hops then mostly creamy malt with a touch of bread. Sure it's drinkable, if you don't mind paying over $4 for a large bottle. I give this a thumbs down, not emphatically, but still. And I am blaming the skunk on SS because it seems to be so consistent in their beers - even with a brown bottle.
09-01-2007 02:11:18 | More by tempest
2.8/5 rDev -26.7%
Pours a pale champagne colour with mild cloudy haze. Nice white head when poured, sinks to a film that is quite decently thick, but disappointingly lacking in lace. Slow but steady carbonation keeps the head alive. Pretty good.
Smell is very grainy, and a little too sweet. Lots of corn notes with an over-sweet vanilla aroma and an odd cough syrup note at the back. Slight bready notes as well - just full of those insipid grain lager notes I despise. Too strong, too sweet.
Taste is better. The same sweet notes abound though, but they're less offensive and strong. Starts well, proper grainy notes with barley and sourdough characters, gets overly sweet on the mid, with a processed, floury character and touches of vanilla as well. Not a lot of hop flavour on the back, but a mild phenolic bitterness at the back cleans up the sweetness...adequately, if not really well. It's a light, airy beer and I'm far more an earthy, sinful beer kind of guy. I don't really care if it's organic as long as it tastes good.
Mouthfeel is quite thick on the front and gets a harsh carbonation sizzle on the back; not great.
Yeah, could really take or leave this beer.
01-14-2011 01:13:29 | More by laituegonflable
2.85/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
08-26-2003 19:23:02 | More by WVbeergeek
2.93/5 rDev -23.3%
(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.
04-27-2006 19:14:09 | More by rhoadsrage
2.95/5 rDev -22.8%
Light golden in color with a nice thin, foamy head. Grassy and light hops on the nose. A tender balance of malt and hops, but rather mellow. Light bodied, lacks good quality for the style, it is clean and rather refreshing, but not the best that Samuel Smith has produced.
06-27-2003 19:32:01 | More by GeoffRizzo
2.95/5 rDev -22.8%
Poured a straw yellow with a 1" head which dissipated to just a trace. Taste was very mild and really could have been mistaken for most any standard lager. Did have a better than average finish.
Hey I'm a big fan of Samuel Smith's beers, I just didn't find anything special about this one.
10-16-2010 12:26:43 | More by MoreThanWine
2.98/5 rDev -22%
This was poured from a 550l bottle.The color was a whiter shade of pale gold. It had a very decent head that lasted a pretty good while.An Average well balanced aroma and taste.But, I did a side by side with their pure brewed lager ,and, I had high hopes for this one, becauseI do believe we ingest way too many chemicals. Unfortunately I think this came out fairly weak.The carbonation seemed flat and overall ,not very interesting.Organic is a nice idea ,but , this one ain't working for me.
12-12-2004 22:03:52 | More by mrfosters
Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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