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

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

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531 Ratings

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%

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)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey color with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy and hay aromas. Taste is much the same along with a slight fruity flavor. There is a mild herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and easy drinking beer that is pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 01:31:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuzzy lemon-amber with a lovely looking cap of cotton white that's cottony in texture as well. Large hillocks form on the surface of the head as it ever so slowly descends, leaving wisps of elegant lace in its wake. A quality look from a quality brewer.

The nose is lagery clean with floral, lemony hops in the forefront. It's a little softer and more rounded than I'd like, but then again, when noble hops are used in large quantities they tend to be aggressively pungent. Although I'm beginning to see their appeal, it's still hard to find a beer brewed with noble hops that I flat out love.

This is just about the best Euro pale lager (if that's indeed what it is) that I've ever had. Its soft, rounded personality is more of a positive attribute on the palate, making it unchallenging to drink for those of us who find that less is often more in beer of this style. There is a fair amount of flavor present, so bland and blase don't apply, as they often do when it comes to EPLs.

OPLB tastes lemony and grassy; kind of like... lemongrass. It's lightly but appropriately malted and is moderately hopped with a gentle, friendly bitterness. The finish favors the dry side of things and the light, willowy mouthfeel contains a perfect amount of carbonation.

This is pretty good beer, all things considered. It's far from the best pale lager that I've ever had, but then it's equally far from the worst. While it's much more expensive than the regular offerings from the Big 3, it's also a much, much better beer. "You get what you pay for" isn't always true, but in this case, it's right on the money.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 19:06:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of BEERchitect


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid Lager beer that doen't exactly fit the Lager flavor profile. Looks predictably straw / golden with a fluffy white foamstand. Smells much more malty and fruity than expected from a Lager. Flavors of apples, peaches, pears (of the almost-bruised variety) and with a bold maltiness about it. Barley, a little caramelly (typical of English beers) and bready. Sweet malt character and estery fruitiness takes away from the crispness or refreshing Lager quality, but substitutes it with better malt character and complexity. Still a bit grainy with a lightly oily finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 14:22:59 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very, very transparent golden color, bordering on a bright apricot. A pretty-hard pour produces a single-finger head that reduces to half its size somewhat quickly, though leaves a pretty good bit of lacing behind. Good looking collar sits around the edges. The nose brings forward a bit of grain and a slight fruitiness. Some English yeast present; not much, but it's there. Slight earthy feel to it as well. Taste has a nice bit of hoppines and a smooth, crisp bit of grain. Finish is really smooth and crisp. Great character in the finish. Quite drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 02:02:54 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit crisp and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and definitely tastes organic with all-malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 21:29:39 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly effervescent, yellow body topped with a respectable, snow white head.

Smell: Pale malts with a pleasant floral note and just a hint of cracked pepper.

Taste: Pale maltiness, lightly sweet and with a vague grainess in the background. A drop or two of citrus. Floral hop character with a mild, restrained bitterness. Hints of caramel work their way in as it warms. Final hop bite on the otherwise sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very competent lager from Samuel Smith.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 23:23:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sammy's organic lager is a pretty standard European-style lager: Clear golden body. Short cap of creamy white foam. Average head retention and better than average lacing. Grassy and lightly floral hops in the nose. Medium-bodied and crisp on the palate. Straightforward malt and hop blend in the flavor, seemingly Hallertauer or Tettnanger. A touch of mineralish character. Solid bitterness beneath. Well-balanced. The fact that it's organic lends it point and helps to balance it's extra cost, but for the most part there are better golden lagers out there for less.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 16:43:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 06:30:44 | More by biboergosum
Photo of feloniousmonk


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale amber, big, fat white froth atop...nice looking lager.
Aroma is soft and faultless...nice, again...grainy, maybe, but that's it...has some character, at least, which is more than many lagers can claim. Solid.
Taste: swift and sure. Definite malty, crisp, caramely, light and tangy, but very mellow, subdued, and well–controlled...this is easy-drinking defined, with the flavor the very perfection of a lager. Wow! I'm very impressed by this one!
Very clean, with cereal certain in the flavor, but, dude, you can drink this happily and proudly.
I'm not normally a lager-lover, but find myself favoring this one highly... if it's your style, grab on to this one, fast and sure...share with your friends and spread the organic goodness around!
A beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 10:50:00 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and pale hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of barley and light malts. There’s a mild and pale hops presence. There really isn’t much else to it, simple and done well. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good representation of style, decent kick, this is one of the better organic beers that I’ve had, but there isn’t enough to it to make me choose it, unless I was limiting myself to just organic beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 02:16:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden/bronze & efferevescent with a 4 fingers+ white head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Perfumy hops up front, then cornyness

T: Perfumy hops up front, then some grainyness & hints of soapyness that make me think pils vice eurolager. Malt sweetness & honey notes follow as the brew warms. Peppery hops asert as well with time. Finishes malty with a crisp (lemony) hops profile

MF: Medium bodied, good balance & carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, nothing too complex here, but good for a few pints to be sure

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 20:18:25 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It boasts primarily of pale malts and lager yeast with a mild hop scent. The taste is good. It is clean and refreshing. It has largely a pale malt flavor with a light hop taste. It is light and highly drinkable. This is a low bodied beer with decent carbonation. I think this is an outstanding lager; probably one of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 01:13:49 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it. Carbonation is moderate and the head is thin and white, made up of small bubbles that leave some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is simple and kind of pilsner in sweetness but overall weak.

Drinkability is high, mouthfeel is medium bodied and finishes cleanly. There is some mild sweetness at the front of the mouth and overall its a fine beer. Not much to say, but I did enjoy it and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 03:08:01 | More by drabmuh
Photo of zeff80


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a crystal clear, golden yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of pale caramel malts and some citrusy hops.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a hint of hop bitterness. Grain and barely flavors com throught, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the back of the tongue. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a great tasting Euro Pale Lager. I was really impressed with the sweet malty flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 16:29:41 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a billowing, fluffy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, through which you can see a persistent bubbles of carbonation wafting up through the full gold liquid. The aroma is a mix of toasted, lightly sweet malt and spicy, herbaceous hops as I pour this into my Tulip glass. Touches of lemon aromatics mix with notes of hay, light notes of sweet honey nectar and an underlying dry grain notes. The nose on this one is quite appealing, much better than I was expecting.

Soft and creamy up front, it transitions quickly to a light sharp note that is a mix of the light carbonation and a herbaceous hop bite. It finishes with a bitterness that started up front. The bitterness in the finish gives this a dry, lightly astringent aftertaste, which makes me want to take another sip so as to experience the malt and hop flavor. Sweet notes of malt and a light herb nectar hoppiness give this beer a light honey note.

This is quite a refreshingly tasty brew; I did not quite know what to expect from this beer, but am pleasantly surprised. I really like the light honey note that runs throughout this beer; it is a nice mix of organic malt and hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 22:18:02 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager pours out much like any other lager. The color is clear and yellow with a white soapy looking head. The aroma of this beer is a little grassy with some fresh wood coming through along with the malts and hops. The taste of the beer is lightly grassy and has a good amount of malt upfront. This fades into the slightly hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and mostly on the lighter side for a lager. Not too bad of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 02:05:27 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden yellow with a well-retained thin white head.

The smell is of some sweet grain with an underlying earthiness. Clean and crisp. No "Euro-skunk" here.

The taste is of sweet graininess balanced by a touch of earthy bitterness. Balanced, clean, crisp finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, this one is smooth and refreshing.

A tasty "thirst-quencher". A nice, easy-drinking lager from England (a country and brewery known more for its ales than lagers). This one hits the spot, especially on a warm day. It reminds me, too, that I haven't tried the other lager that this brewery produces in a long time - will have to look out for it!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 01:00:18 | More by jwc215
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2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 19:23:02 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a 2" head that falls to a thick surface foam. Some spots of lace stick to the glass.

Smell: some light malt sweetness and an earthy hop bitterness is soft but pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice bready malty profile with some hints of honey, grass, mild bitterness, and a hint of butter late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: very easy to drink this lager and the flavor profile hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 19:58:18 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive white head that recedes into a rocky froth, leaving generous lace. The color is darker straw and quite clear.

Crisp and slightly skunky in the nose. Malty over hoppy.

Smooth for a lager, this is predominantly a malt offering. There is hop at the finish, but even there, it is lighter than most. The aftertaste is dry and lasting with a slight bitter bite. Full bodied for the style.

Take away the skunky nose, this would be a superb lager. Although it was served in a brown bottle, this obviously had sat on the shelf for too long.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 23:23:55 | More by smcolw
Photo of Halcyondays


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a medium white head. Very gooe retention, spotty lace.

S: Nice floral hop character, grass, bready malt.

T: Good bready malt flavour with some nice noble hopping. Flavour is above average in the style, tastes fresh.

M: Light-bodied, very crisp and clean. An refresher for sure.

O: A very well made lager, certainly better than the large majority of so-called Euro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 02:28:37 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 07:16:45 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of tempest


2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 02:11:18 | More by tempest
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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"

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 13:56:24 | More by Billolick
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2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 19:14:09 | More by rhoadsrage
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