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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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552 Ratings

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 41
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 18:17:04 | More by mullenite
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 00:30:20 | More by saccro
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 04:32:27 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of adamette


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 23:06:38 | More by adamette
Photo of erz316


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 23:36:17 | More by erz316
Photo of abriggs1


4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 01:14:42 | More by abriggs1
Photo of AgentZero


2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 20:26:40 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Eiik


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

good beer.

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 03:36:53 | More by Eiik
Photo of Rayek


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 23:22:01 | More by Rayek
Photo of seand


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 05:16:28 | More by seand
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 22:02:33 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 14:55:12 | More by KTCamm
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 06:09:05 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 21:07:08 | More by PartyBear
Photo of OtherShoe2


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 16:45:18 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of MaxBrews


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

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

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 21:23:09 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of EsoxLucius

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 06:19:33 | More by EsoxLucius
Photo of bark


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer creates foam already in the bottle. When poured, the colour is medium yellow with a tint of gold. The high compact off-white head leaves some fine lacing.

The sweet smell got clean notes of red berries and fresh bread. Some bitterness.

The taste is clean and fresh with a lot of pale malt. Some bitter flavours and lots of bread, hints of minerals. The aftertaste got notes of malt, honey and a gentle elegant bitterness. Nuts and bread in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh and medium strong; the bubbles are medium sized.

A very pleasant and well done lager, but those who think that it is the world's best one in the world... They have probably not been in Germany.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 18:50:11 | More by bark
Photo of Weizenmensch


1.88/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 13:15:50 | More by Weizenmensch
Photo of Cylinsier


3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz.

Pours a light clear grain yellow with a medium white head that dissipates to lacing pretty quick but then holds there.

Smells of dry barley and maybe a hint of toasty hops.

Tastes clean and light with only the slightest hop hints at the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth, relatively full and not especially bubbly.

A nice easy to drink lager. Tastes clean and flavorful. However, there's nothing special that sets it apart from the pack. A good one and worth a try but not an award winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 00:16:11 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden-orange colour and a fairly tame head that settles down quite quickly and almost disappears near the end.

Typical, slightly skunky malt and citrusy hop smell. Tame, low-key flavour but it works here. Nothing overwhelms here and nothing stands out - just a well balanced, clean lager flavour.

Mild carbonation and a smooth body make this a nice session lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 22:58:53 | More by BDTyre
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Head kind of blew up on me upon pouring this, indicating (wrongly, I might add) that this beer was highly carbonated. Nope. Nice lacing and pale yellow color. Nice, smooth, creamy citrusy, malty smell, with a musky caramel and soft oats. Taste does not come out swinging, but then again thats what is so great about this beer. The hops are light and, though notable, not overwhelming at all.

This beer has enough up front, but the finish is where its at. A touch light on the finish, but VERY smooth. Quite refreshing and carbonation is just enough to cover the beer through the finish. Oaty, fruity, malty finish that is just delicate enough to melt away in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 02:30:34 | More by TLove
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4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Head fizzed up immediately after opening bottle. Had me worried.

Pours very clear and light yellow. A full head quickly fizzles down to a thin one.

Smells light with malty undertones.

Feels good and natural better than other lagers. Slightly thin with tiny bubbles popping themselves all across my tongue.

Taste is typical of a lager with the exception of a slightly smoother draw in it, little to entertain the attention deficit pallet. Leaves a tiny malty taste clinging to the memory of the back of my throat and its after taste.


Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 09:37:04 | More by JordanEllwanger
Photo of BigJim5021


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear gold with a big-ass white head. Good lacing for a lager.

Pale biscuity malts dominate the tame aroma. I wish the smell was stronger, because what little exists is quite nice.

Flavor isn't insanely strong either, but it's damn good. This is a really clean, smooth lager. The biscuity malts that I mentioned in terms of aroma translate over to the flavor as well. Hop bitterness is noticeable enough to make for a pleasant finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but you get what you pay for with a lager. Carbonation is good, though. Somewhat prickly at times.

Drinkability is huge. This is a wicked refreshing lager. Easily among my favorite lagers, and something I'm probably going to buy a lot of this summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 04:14:44 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of RunDWP


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's not a flavor explosion but a crisp refreshing beer. Poured a golden yellow in my tulip glass with a fluffy white head. I have a weak nose, but really not picking up anything in the aroma department. The flavor was a crisp malt and subtle, yet spicy and with a little citrus and floral hop bitterness. Right level of carbonation and a really enjoyable refreshing beer. Impressed that an organic, which can have all sorts of off tastes, can be so fresh and clean.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 03:12:53 | More by RunDWP
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