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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

352 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Reviews: 352
Hads: 602
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 55
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-26-2001

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Photo of dansmcd
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear and light pale gold, looks like sparkling apple juice. One finger of frothy white head which fades rather quickly but leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S - Mild. Green apple, hay and lemon. Clean but faint.

T - Some citrus, light rice and apple skin. Malted barley provides the backing. Nice enough and perfectly sessionable but fairly bland.

M - Moderately carbonated, light body, nice for the style. Slightly acidic.

O - Yeah, they don't make any crap beers at Sam Smith's but this one is pretty forgettable. (537 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

18.7 oz. bottle. Samuel Smith's Organic Lager has a thick, creamy, white head and a slightly hazy, extremely bubbly, straw appearance, leaving lots of thick lacing behind. The aroma is sweet barley malt, biscuit, and just a touch of stinging hops. Taste is wonderful- sweet barley malt, sugar, water, and good hop balance. Mouthfeel is light, and Samuel Smith's Organic Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, ultra drinkable, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a most excellent beer!

RJT (489 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a medium straw color with perfect clarity and intense looking carbonation. The head is a two finger white color with surprisingly decent retention.

S: Very grassy and zesty, almost to the point of having a slight 'skunk' to it (it's not a bad skunk, though). There are also slight hints of fruitiness in the scent. Solid enough.

T: The grassiness moves down to the taste buds, augmented by a light malt backbone and a hint of fruitiness. It's almost like bizarro Heineken in a manner, refreshing and easy to drink without being offensively skunky.

M: Has a nice thickness, especially for a lager, without being overly bloated. It isn't overly carbonated, allowing it to go down in an incredibly easy manner.

O: Quite a good thirst quencher, but a little expensive for what it is. At least it offers enough over the Heinekens of the world to make it worth it. (910 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with almost no head. Very thin and frothy. Has thin lacing.

Smell - Sweet with bready and pale malts, along with corn and grains.

Taste - Pale malts, very sweet, corny, grains, grassy, and bready.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall - This is a very good lager. It's interesting to try an organic beer. It's very refreshing and would be great on a summer day. (435 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a clear bright golden body.

S: full on the nose for the style with nice almost noble hop note and musty pale malts.

T: again full for flavored for the genre with grain, pale malts, slight hop bitterness and noble hop like note.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: a full flavored and aromaed beer for the genre which almost diverts from the genre. (399 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a glass mug. Pours clear straw yellow with a large white head and lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates slowly. There isn't much in the way of lacing left on the side of the glass. The beer has that nice, crisp clean lager smell. There are pale malts with some hops in the aroma. There are flavors of cracker and some hops. It's mildly bready. The body is light with abundant carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good refreshing beer. If you're looking for a different Euro lager, you can't go wrong with this one. (619 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always kind of forget about this brewery because it is always kept cold at my local store. Founds some 12oz bottles I never noticed.

A- Pint glass receives a very pale light straw yellow lager. A one-finger white head forms and had decent retention. Foamy ring and some cloudy patches remain atop the beer. Lace is not happening besides a few tiny spots.

S- Pretty much standard pale Euro lager here. Some yeast bread, buttery, light cracker malt sweets and Euro hops.

T- Light but flavorful. Opens up with light fruit and cracker caramel malt. A yeast bread note rounds it out along with hints of hops (herbal, floral, spicy grassy Euro), a buttery quality, nutty malt and apple/white grape for the fruit character.

MF- Creamy light-end body with moderately high carbonation providing only a bit of a singe to the palate. Slight bittersweet finish.

A solid light lager, not something I have said a ton up until now. The aroma had me a bit worried but this one is flavorful and balanced. (992 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy gold. Head is 2 fingers, retention fair, but lacing minimal.

S: Floral to citrus hops, with bready malt aromas.

T: Not very complex. Slightly grassy, grainy malt; no sweetness up front. Tangy to mildly bitter hops, a little orange peel flavor. Unlike most beers, the sweetness kicked in late, along with the mildly bitter hops, which lingered fairly well. There was just a hint of fatty acid in the finish.

M: Decently crisp, with good carbonation.

O: Lagers aren't my favorite, but this one's clearly above average. I'm not sure that the organic ingredients add anything but marketing flair, but they don't hurt either. All in all, a very refreshing and drinkable option, and better than most American lagers (especially those from the macro-brewers). (775 characters)

Photo of alankwak
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear with decent head retention and lacing.

S: Light hoppy aroma.

T: Wonderful rye, grainy backbone of high quality malt barley. Just medium hop bitterness but good balance. A very smooth and clean tasting lager.

M: Full quality mouthfeel from the wonderful quality barley.

O: Quite a good lager. Ingredients must be the key as well as a great yeast and brewing process. (386 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden/straw color from a 550 mL bottle. There is a freshness code on the neck of the bottle, but couldn't see the ABV anywhere.
Massive foamy, frothy head that dissipates very slowly. Crystal clear beer with tons of carbonation. Visually arresting with lots of lace on the insides of the glass as the head dissipates.
Aroma is malt dominant; lots of grain notes, with hints of bread, yeast and some notes of floral hops.
Taste is crisp and clean with the malt presence being dominant right from the front to the back.
Easy drinking and has all the makings of a perfect session beer.
A winner from Samuel Smith, a brewery that has not disappointed me so far.
Definitely recommended and comes highly recommended.
Perfect beer for a hot summer day and pairs well with almost all types of food. (807 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A normal pour leaves a finger of very active white head that is all but gone in a couple of minutes. Body is a clear pale straw color. No lacing.

Wheat and earthy/gardeny tones are first noted aromas. Wheat takes on more body and becomes a bread smell as it warms. Very clean and simple.

Flavor is dominantly bready malt. A faint citrus zest and light floral notes are also apparent. Again, clean and simple.

I do not mean to insult this beer in any way, but this is the perfect lawnmower beer. It's light bodied, only faintly coats the tongue, and well carbonated. Washes down really nice and easy, would be a great refresher on a hot summer day. (650 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light, clear and sparkling. Nice white head that sticks to the glass. Smells clean with notes of citrus, Wheat, and floral notes. Taste is fresh and clean, sweet malts and a slight lime-like taste. Finishes a bit dry with notes of grains on the back end.

Overall, this os a very good lager. Clean taste and well balanced. (329 characters)

Photo of Spider889
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into a stein.

Excellent clarity on this bright golden brew. The head isn't particularly tall, though I got the feeling that if you wanted a full 4 fingers a little effort might have produced it. The 2 fingers I did get are bone white and once receded, remains as a short cap atop the beer. Very consistent bubbles visibly rise up through the beer.

At first the aroma seems a little musty and vegetal the way many lagers can be. It's definitely not skunked, but similar. Pushing past this, one can also pick out a bit of lemon zest and noble hops.

Crisp and refreshing, Organic Lager tastes full of noble hops - above and beyond the average lager - just as the label claims. The malt is smooth and bready. Very clean finish.

Overall a simple but surprisingly enjoyable beer. I bought this bottle tonight at the grocery store because all I have at home are spiced holiday beers and Imperial Stouts. This scratched my itch for something more quaffable.

Now I am thinking that I'd like to pit this beer against Noble Pils in the spring. Samuel Smith vs Samuel Adams. I could easily see myself preferring this beer. (1,135 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of jerryjeff
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma
Pretty fresh and vibrant am getting citrus and grassiness from this maybe a bit of vanilla in there, very much a eurolager kind of scent venturing more toward german pils.

Mouthfeel
Pretty light on the palette but do get a bit of presence and slight oily feel with a bit of wateriness. Medium/higher carbonation, not too overpowering that it hides flavors maybe a bit higher than I like.

Appearance
Pale straw in a goblet glass. Poured to decent head that dissipated down pretty quickly, am getting some lacing on the glass as it goes.

Taste
Getting hints of the citrus and the hop bitterness, very little to no malt in the flavor with an almost grassy kind of taste.

Drinkability
Rather, this is meant to be a sessionable beer and it is. Not sure if I like it quite as well as some other eurolagers I've had though.

Overall
I do like this and the aroma is very nice which may be my favorite part. Compared to a german pils I don't like it as well but it seems to be most reminiscent of that style to me with hop and malt profile. I believe there are some cheaper alternatives that are close that are better. (1,125 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

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. (621 characters)

Photo of Psilo707
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like yellow awesome. Straw, hay, a dark sense of the farmland comes into my mind when trying to peer through the opaque liquid. It's not light, but it's not heavy. Lacing is pretty decent.

S: Very fruity! A nice light-natured whiff of air comes through the nostrils in a very clear manner. Into it.

T: Very grassy. It tastes like this beer was just harvested off of the plains of the mid-west during the days of the buffalo. It tastes like it was brewed by the strictest vegans in the world. It's a very unique beer and I don't truly know how to consider it after tasting so many other beers recently. This is such a different kind of taste, and it tastes... it tastes very good. It's natural, it's inviting, and it fills you up.... but....

M: ... the best part about it is the mouthfeel. This is a solid 5.0/5.0 rated mouthfeel beer. I have almost never had something so creamy and delicious in my mouth, ever. This is where it's at.

O: This is a very unique beer and although it's a bit expensive at -some- places, it's totally worth it imo. The grassy nature of it gives it such a natural vibe and a new refreshing taste to the entire concept of 'beer'. Good stuff! (1,181 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle, got it for $2.99 on sale at my local Giant Eagle this morning. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is sweet and grainy malt along with some lemon peel. The brew tastes like grainy malt, grassy hops and a bit of lemon peel. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. I think it's a solid beer. Nothing really impresses me about this, but it's certainly not bad at all. (515 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about two fingers' worth of frothy white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - the aroma matches that of most Euro pale lagers. It seems as though more of the malts are present, but the hops do come through a bit as well.

Taste - as with the smell, the taste reflects a somewhat typical Euro pale lager taste, but with the hops a little more present than normal. There is a clean texture to the taste though, possibly from the organic process.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall - not a terribly intriguing beer to sample, but still good-tasting nevertheless. (726 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into Mug

Super clean/clear straw yellow, 2" fluffy white head, left some pretty decent lacing.

S: Sweet, rice/malts/wonder bread, some earthyness too.

T: Very sweet up front, very bready with a hint of fruits, finishes with a lot of grassy flavors that are quite pleasant. Very subtle complex flavors on top of a basic style/flavor.

M: Clean, high carbonation, very easy to drink, quite light.

O: The best of the style I've ever had, its obviously doesnt have the intense flavors of a RIS or DIPA but for a pale lager its really good. I wouldnt go too far out of my way for it though, its still just a pale euro lager. (638 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of Crossmd
2.1/5  rDev -45%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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. (795 characters)

Photo of seesnow3
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour-Huge head that gradually recedes more and more, very pale straw yellow, more than a light American beer, head sticks to the glass but other than that there really isn’t any lacing

Nose-Light crisp citrus hops, faint yeast and malt aromas, maybe a little bit of apricot

Palate-Matches the nose for the most part with a slightly off almost skunk-like taste that isn’t unpleasant. Nice grain taste with just a hint of lemon to compliment it, not bad

Body-Very light in almost every way, but not like a light beer type of light, there is still a tiny bit of complexity there. Nothing offensive really at all

Finish-Grains and a bit of fresh lemon are all that stay, dry finish but refreshing, very clean, overall not a bad beer, very easy to drink, excellent balance even though the flavor is light. (808 characters)

Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.