Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.38/5 rDev +14.7%
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!
01-29-2010 07:08:07 | More by VWBuggirl
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-20-2010 06:30:44 | More by biboergosum
4.45/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
01-16-2010 00:03:31 | More by Josievan
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
01-14-2010 00:33:44 | More by tconboy
4.68/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
01-04-2010 00:46:43 | More by jazztoloc
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
12-29-2009 02:47:07 | More by wahhmaster
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
12-26-2009 22:15:16 | More by WeezyBoPeep
4.25/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
12-25-2009 16:51:39 | More by mempath
4.6/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
12-16-2009 18:17:04 | More by mullenite
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
12-13-2009 00:30:20 | More by saccro
3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
12-06-2009 04:32:27 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
Live review. Poured from the 355 ml dark brown bottle purchased at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage
in Mentor as a single for $2.25 a few days ago into my Samuel Smith pint glass. Mark on neck of bottle: SK27H1 but I am not sure what that means.
A Initially generous white, fluffy head over a straw yellow, very translucent body. Classic lager look but nothing special. 3.5
S Some sweetness but mostly barley grains to the nose. On target with the style but it is overly simple to my nose and therefore does not inspire me. 3.0
T Nice barley grain first and secondary hops taste in a nicely flavorful lager. 4.0
M Certainly on the thin side but this is appropriate to the style. 3.0
D Very good and much better than, say, Budweiser which is much thinner tasting. This lager has more depth and therefore interest for me. 4.0
Notes: Next up is the non organic Sam Smith Lager so that I can see if there is any appreciable difference. Lager is not my favorite style but this is a nice, flavorful one.
12-02-2009 23:06:38 | More by adamette
4.22/5 rDev +10.5%
550ml bottle into sam smith pint glass
big frothy white head and a slightly orange golden body. completely clear body as well. slightly citrusy nose, with a weaker malt body. for a euro pale lager this nose is pretty good, nice bit of hops. the taste is better than average for the style, and extremely drinkable. good thicker than usual feel.
11-23-2009 23:36:17 | More by erz316
4.6/5 rDev +20.4%
Simply put, this is an amazing combination of drinkability and unique tastiness. It's got all the refreshing qualities of a good lager, with a whole bunch more. The aftertaste has a delicious creaminess that lingers on the palate and tickles my tongue. Every sip makes me want more. I have to say, I have never tasted a lager this good. Even though it traveled here all the way from England, it tastes as fresh as the day it was bottled. At around $10 for a four pack it's a bit pricey, but I find myself looking forward to the next time I can buy it non-the-less.
11-19-2009 01:14:42 | More by abriggs1
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
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
good color, good fruitie smell and taste but not to strong, not a really heavy lager a little bit too light for my taste. but if you enjoy that, go for it!
But, it is just a good drinkable beer it easy and it has a good taste. i mean what the heck can you ask for!
but samuel smith has never really done me wrong.
11-02-2009 03:36:53 | More by Eiik
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
Served in a Pilsner glass.
A: Slightly hazy brass colored brew. A soapy white head is rocky at first. It dissolves quick to a ring around the edge of the beer. Very small bubbles from carbonation. Leaves a small amount of lace.
S: Earthy and lemony hops with a balanced malty sweetness. Slightly musty.
T: Initial malt is dry and honey sweet. The sweetness is balanced with a subtle lemon tea hop flavor. Finishes with a faint lingering bitterness.
M: Medium-light body is slightly grainy. Carbonation is just about right.
D: One of the better EPL's. The lightness makes it an easy drinker. Not the most complex beer in the world, but a decent pickup overall.
10-15-2009 23:22:01 | More by Rayek
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
A: Pours a light clear straw color with a generous foamy white head. Retention isn't bad, and it leaves decent lacing. Lagers generally aren't the prettiest beers, but this is quite nice looking given the style.
S: Relatively mild aroma, a little earthy. Hops and sweetness are both mild but detectable.
T: Mild, but not quite bland. There's a little bit of body and texture to the taste, and no one flavor dominates.
M: Medium carbonation, relatively light mouthfeel.
D: Drinks very easily, but potentially a bit boring.
Pale lagers aren't my favorite kind of beers, but this was a well executed example of the style.
10-07-2009 05:16:28 | More by seand
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
Appearance: Typical lager gold. Slightly darker than average. White head that dissipates to 1/4 inch layer in a couple of minutes, minimal lacing.
Smell: Balanced hops and grains. Clean.
Taste: Notable hops characterize the initial flavor, blending with grains and malts, then dissipating into the minimal aftertaste together.
Mouthfeel: Bubbly and moderate to thin body.
Drinkability: Average, alcohol taste is present and noticeable.
Overall: I like this beer, it is a well crafted high quality lager. I could have stronger grain and malt in the flavor, but that is a personal preference. If you like lagers, try this beer.
10-05-2009 22:02:33 | More by allforbetterbeer
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
Classic Sam Smith 550ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours clear golden yellow with less than 1 finger white foam. Completely see through.
Mild hop aroma swirling in malt.
Taste is clean & crisp - very mild hop presence throughout. Nice bite at the finish. Very well carbonated.
Pretty much everything Sam Smith brews is money and this is no exception. Even the simplest of styles comes out beautiful. Could drink buckets of this stuff.
09-26-2009 14:55:12 | More by KTCamm
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
A classic lager, and one of my favorite cabin brews. Great label design.
Pours a clear yellow fizz with a nice white head that retains well.
Typical euro lager nose, euro hops and some light grain.
Taste follows, very euro lager intensive, as it claims to be. A nice crisp flavor with just enough of a hop profile and no skunkiness or intense old grain notes. good.
Mouthfeel is what you would expect, maybe a tiny touch thick for the style, but good.
Drinkability is quite solid, i love to splurge and session these when i feel like it.
Overall a fine a very drinkable lager. A tasty summer slammer lawnmower beverage that also has some style. A good beer.
09-19-2009 06:09:05 | More by AKBelgianBeast
United Kingdom (England)
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
Appearance: Crystal clear and golden, with a big fluffy white head. Light carbonation.
Aroma: Subtle floral aromas, with a biting hoppiness.
Taste: Cereal grain flavours, with a light sweetness. Slight citrus.
Mouthfeel: Quite lively, light.
Drinakbilty: Not as carbonated a the pure brewed lager by Samuel Smith but still quite active. Good lager better than 99% of lagers on the market.
09-04-2009 21:07:08 | More by PartyBear
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a medium yellow, with good clarity, and a nice big snow white foamy head. Decent lacing too boot.
Lighter in the smell department, but you get some decent sweet grain and light hop aromas. No corn or oddities here.
Light malt, clean crisp grain flavors, some moderate hoppiness, clean finish. What more could you ask for?
Well carbonated and medium-medium/light bodied.
This was consumed in front of the grill on a real hot day, and it hit the spot. Clean crisp flavors, no off aftertaste. Solid beer. I'd buy again.
08-23-2009 16:45:18 | More by OtherShoe2
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
Presentation: 500ml bottle into mug
Appearance: Thin fizzy head which dissipates into a little bit of white soapiness and a thin white ring around the glass.
Smell: Grainy malt, faint hops and what smells like english pale yeast. Faint aroma of grapes and apples.
Taste: Grainy malt with the faint sweetness of fermentable sugars resembling grapes and apples. Hops provide a brightness in the finish and the after taste is all grain.
Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy, with a mild hoppiness not offensive and thats all that matters in this style.
Drinkability: Euro Pale laggers are usual a hateful thing. Even when they are good they are just ok. This brings flavor to the world of euro pale lagers. At the price though there are much better beers to have in both the lager and ale kingdoms respectively. A good take on a rather boring style
08-17-2009 21:23:09 | More by MaxBrews
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
the wife bought this for me, i much enjoy their imperial stout, so she must've figured this would be a match as well...
well, it's good, but not as good as their imp. stout, though we're more into ales and less lagers, this is nonetheless quite a nice lager.
onto the review:
A: a pale, golden yellow with a fluffy white head that's fairly thick when i did the entire 500ml bottle, the head leaves quickly, but there is lacing throughout the drink. it's above average, but the head vanishes faster than some other lagers i've tried as of late.
S: it's not strong, what's there is a fruity smell with some malt, maybe my nose wasnt working properly tonight... there was nothing offensive about the smell, just nothing special either.
T: tastes quite nice, very clean and crisp with a nice fruity taste with barley taking control mid-way through, very enjoyable. not bitter in the least and again, nothing offensive.
M: it's body thickens up a little bit better than most lagers and feels good going down.
D: quite a smooth drink, with a good taste and feel, i could honestly care less about the appearance and smell if it were left in the bottle.
i would reccomend trying this one out, it's not bad, but i'm a ale/stout guy so it's not my fancy, but good for what it is.
08-08-2009 06:19:33 | More by EsoxLucius
Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.