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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

574 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 45
Gots: 19 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-26-2001)
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Photo of NeutroMan
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Mostly clear bright pale straw color with a gorgeous fluffy white head that really sticks.

S: Light and fruity with a pleasant sweet, grainy malt aroma.

T: Robust, yet restrained malty sweetness nicely balanced by mild floral hops. Some light fruity notes as well.

M: Medium bodied with heavy carbonation (although it does die down rather quickly). Crisp and dry towards the end with a slightly metallic aftertaste.

D: A fantastic, sessionable lager.

Photo of IronLover
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep yellow with a light head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very little lacings sticking to the edge of the glass. Nice clarity. Sweet, malty aroma with wisp of hoppiness. Lightly carbonated. Initial heavy malt feel with a surprisingly light finish. Nice malty lager flavor with a pleasant light hop finish. Not a whole lot of character but very drinkable. Could definitey put a few of these away at one sitting.

Photo of chiefydawg
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic pale lager looks: yellow, ultra-clear; fizzy with a tall, white, quickly dissipating head. A little lace.

Light, slightly fruity lager scent. Some powdered sugar, baking bread. Deepest inhales reveal a super faint perfume. No hop, no DMS, no diacetyl. Way cleaner than I expected. Almost too clean.

Sweet grain, with just the exact amount of hop to bitter and balance without adding much character at first. As glass empties, getting a white bread with some leafy hop spice. Always stays very well balanced. Super clean with just enough taste to keep it interesting. And the taste is good.

Super easy drinking beer with some flavor to enjoy without needing to pause to contemplate anything about it. Kudos to Sam Smith's for being organic and pulling off an English Lager. I was pleasantly surprised. This would be ultimate go-to for football parties if money was not a concern.

Photo of mnrider
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ML. Very nice looking brown bottle. Pint glass. No Freshness date.

A: Pours a pale yellow. Nice head with plenty of carbonation. Not much lacing going on.

S: Smells of sparkling cider. With fruits and other grains. Nice.

T/M: Malty sweetness with a fruity taste. Crisp and smooth. The taste is very refreshing and organic. The finish is a little dry. Overall this is great well balanced brew.

D: An excellent import lager. Tastes great. I could definitely see myself drinking this one again.

Cheers!!!

Photo of OttoBomb
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head signature glass (September 9, 2009). No freshness date that I can find.

Eyes: Pours a right golden amber with a large fluffy white head. Classic frothy lager look.

Nose: I'm surprised by how subdued the nose is. The main aroma is clean lemony pale malts. A touch sweet with a hint of grass. It's a soft aroma, but with so many poor macro lagers out there, it's nice to have one that actually smells like beer.

Tongue: Slightly toasty/bready pale malt flavor. Some sweet fruit character; a very lemon/lime profile.

Mouth: A steady stream of bubbles floats up from the etching, well carbonated, appropriately bitter and smooth.

Libation: Very drinkable, and the 5% ABV means you can have a few without flinching. Not the most flavorful lager on the planet, but I think is has enough complexity for the style. Probably a very good beer to wean people away from generic macro brews.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear golden amber with a big dense eggshell colored head. Remarkable texture and retention to the foam, and ridiculously buildable. With careful pouring near the rim of the glass I was able to create a nearly 2in tall mountain of sturdy suds. Ample spotty lace.

S- famliar fresh grain aroma that I associate with the few organic English ales I've had. This one of course with the buttery sweetness of pale malt and raw nutty aroma of lager yeast. Grassy and fruity, pear, melon, sweet bread, butterscotch, and corn.

T- malty sweet and almost sugary but very fresh and clean tasting. Pear, melon, butterscotch, sweet corn, just as the aroma indicated. Some hard mineral water. Nothing outstanding but definitely nothing bad either. Some bright earthy hoppy notes appear near the clean grainy finish with almost no bitterness.

MF- smooth, light, perfect extremely tight carbonation like fine grit sandpaper on the tongue.

D- Sam's organic ale beats out the lager in my opinion, but they are two different genres of music. There's really nothing spectacular about this beer and I could have expected more from my favorite English brewery. Not bad by any means, and really quite tasty. A little too sweet for my taste but easily drinkable. Still for something of this nature, it's nothing more than ordinary. Even if it is all organic.

Photo of Blissfullbrew
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- porous off white head with minimal lacing. The head disipates quickly and is gone with in 10 seconds. Dark golden body almost orange in appearance.

S-Biscuity nose with a hint of earthy hops and fresh cut grass.

T - Light but beautiful with a clean finish that does not leave you unfulfilled. Crsip meaty pear taste with a hint of caramel.

MF- zesty but not overbearing. Carbonation is just right and it does not hurt the palate at all. Very mellow with great body and lasting flavor.

D- very much so and I can see why this one of Europe's most popular lagers.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bizarre lager kick continues. I sell 50 IPA at the shop and this is what I bring home to drink, go figure.

Simple, but pleasing aroma. Toasty grain, cracker, malt sweetness.

Toasty, bready malt flavor too. Malt sweetness, some fruit character, though not much. The flavor is very clean. Lime-esque hop finish.

Rather sharp carbonation.

If American Macro lager tasted like this, none of us would rip on it. Sam Smith Lager has more body and flavor than mass-produced lagers, but it still delivers the crisp refreshment that makes a good lager such a turn on.

Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml into Glass

Poured a golden yellow with a thin white 2 finger head that quickly disapeared. Smells of sweet malts and grainy with a slight floral earthy hop backround but not to crazy. Medium body that tastes like the smell. Nothing to complex, solid pale lager. Good amount of carbonation that really tickles the tounge as it goes down combined with a slight bitterness makes this beer very easy to drink. Great session beer IMO.

SKÅL!

Photo of LyonsHead
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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 BeerisfoodLLC
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle:

A - Pale yellow in color, slight head, mild lacing.

S - Light floral scents, with spicey tones.

T - Well balanced, light but complex flavours. Floral hoppiness, sweet maltiness.

M - Light bodied, pleasant on the pallet.

D - Refreshing and easy drinking.

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Kromes
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear golden beer. good carbonation visible in glass. No real head, just a thin line of bubbles.

S: There are some big honey and malt aromas with a little bit of floral hop.

T: Very sweet and tasty. It's got lots of sweet honey malts and then a slight hint of noble hops in the finish with a very small bitterness. It remains sweet throughout the finish.

M: a higher carbonation feel, but light in body to make it easy to drink.

D: Great lager. Very refreshing and easy to drink

Photo of VWBuggirl
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer because it had so many high marks from those before me. I was browsing the site to find something I might enjoy and so I sought out this at my local beer spot. Not only was I excited about the consistently high ratings, but also that it is organically produced. Bonus!

It has lived up to my expectations. In fact, it is my new favorite and I can't wait to get more. It is very flavorful and so easy to drink!

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Josievan
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pale golden yellow, with a moderate head and lacing. Rather average appearance.

Smell: Hoppy and crisp, akin to a good pilsener.

Taste: Bready barley malt in front, then finishes with mild hops. There's a tinge of sweetness. Nicely balanced. More malt character is here than the appearance would indicate.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. One of the richer bodies I've encountered in a lighter lager.

Drinkability: This is really the ideal session beer. There's good malt flavor, good hop flavor, it's smooth, thirst quenching, and not filling.

Notes: I have to admit I was a little skeptical of a pale organic lager. I should have known better. Apparently, Samuel Smith can do no wrong.

Photo of tconboy
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into my samuel smith's glass. Pours a transparent golden with a decent head that lasts much longer than expected. Smells of fresh malted barley and hops. Taste is smooth grain malted barley, I was expecting this to taste much more like that offensive barley you get from miller lite, but none of that here. Maybe because the ingredients are "organically grown withou the use of chemical sprays or artificial fertilizers" which is nice, if you're into that kind of thing. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. Very drinkable. This would be a great session beer. Of what I would characterize as this style, this is definitely one of the better beers I have had. Cheers.

Photo of jazztoloc
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served into a wine glass from a 550 ml brown bottle (I would't have this in any other size..perfect!)

A: Very clear, bright yellow in color. Small white head that doesn't stay long. Some lacing in the glass.
S: Nice grassy smell, very smooth.
T: A lot of malt in the begining and some light bitterness at the end. The bitterness is light but stays as a true companion.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation, kind to the palate.
D: Very high. I am not experienced or fan in the style (this is the reason why I don't rate it with a higher score), but it feels like this is the real thing.
Being from Mexico, makes me aware, that this is the beer Mexico used to have. Too bad we just have cheap copies of it.

This beer shows me why I like this Brewery so damn much.
Salud!

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a large fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of sweet malts and various hops. A tad bit grainy too.

Taste: Hoppy up front with a delicate malty sweetness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. A good lager.

Drinkability: A decent lager. Exceedingly drinkable with much more flavors than your standard pale lagers. Worth a try.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Procured a cold 550ml bottle at ABC Fine Wines and Spirits West Colonial.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a huge, pure white foamy head. Looks like I want to drink it.

S: Pretty non-offensive for a lager. I smell honey and fresh baked bread.

T: Amazingly refreshing, lightly carbonated greatness. I get a hint of corn and malt but not in a bad way. Tastes like gold. This is one of the best lagers I've ever tasted.

Drinkability: Shoulda gotten two bottles. Dammit.
Reviewed within the STYLE, no one could score this less than a B+.

Value: I paid $3.99 for this big beer. If it was a buck cheaper, it might be the only lager I'd ever buy again. Maybe I should move my ass to Tadcaster.

Another plus is that this is an organic product and the hippy in me just loves that.

Photo of mempath
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the big victorian pint into a classic lager glass. golden straw color with some lacing.

nose has a wonderful malty breadth...like being in a bakery before the bread is baked.

what i expect to be overly sweet immediately dissipates as a mild hop element comes in and keeps things semi-sour and bready.

the mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, medium-bodied.

for british style lager, this is right up there at the top. heck, it's organic. like in the old days. very drinkable. i need some pub food. organic or not.

Photo of mullenite
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a clear golden color with a two finger white head that left a nice lacing down the side of the glass. It is the perfect look for a Pale Lager and even had better retention than most of the others I have had.

Smell is floral, earthy, bready and fruity. Lots of apples and pears in the nose with a nice blend of the other scents in the background. I'm a bit surprised by the strong esters in this beer but really enjoyed them, it has set a new standard for the style.

Taste is identical to the smell, with floral, earthy and bready flavors as it goes down and that clean ester flavor throughout. Very clean, very refreshing.

Body is a little thin, but very refreshing beer that is remarkably easy to drink.

Photo of saccro
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pure golden color. Good foamy head fades to thin layer of bubbles.

S - Bready malt. Lager yeast aroma. Fruity esters -- lemon? No distinguishable hop aroma.

T - Sweet, almost cidery. Medium bitterness with fairly bland aftertaste. No obvious hop flavor - fairly subtle. Slight lemon candy flavor.

M - medium body and carbonation. Could be a little drier.

D - Fairly drinkable and refreshing. Just not a big fan of the cidery sweetness. Lacks punch.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very lovely dark golden colour with lots of small-bubbled streaming carbonation. Head is a fine white film of tiny, almost creamy bubbles. Lacing is very good. Overall, it looks like a very tasty lager.

A lot of grain sweetness on the nose, very European, in fact, quite like the classic German lagers. A little seltzer water funk, some coppery metallic character. It's possibly the hops, but otherwise they're absent. Nice.

Very carbonated body - that's what I notice first. It's so crazy with tiny sparkling bubbles. And it adds an unusual acidity to it. Other than that, it has a reasonably pleasant grain character. And despite this, it's not overly sweet, the cleansing metallic character is pleasant. Mouthfeel's a bit much, but it's quite interesting.

A very decent lager, very smooth and cleansing. The carbonation is slightly too extreme, but otherwise I found it perfectly drinkable and enjoyable. Nice.

Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.