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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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353 Reviews

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Reviews: 353
Hads: 607
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 57
Gots: 35 | 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 Imbiber
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden with an enthusiastic head which diminishes slowly. A very slight haze was present. The aroma offered up hops and doughy yeast, a sign of a quality lager. Hop and malf flavours are well-balanced, and this beer tastes crisp and has a clean 'bite'; another sign of a quality lager. I'm not the biggest fan of bottom-fermenting beers usually, but this is top quality and enjoyable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's organic lager is certified organic by the U.K. Soil Association and uses only malt and hops which have been grown without the aid of chemical fertilizers or the protection of pesticides. With that said, does this necessarily make it a better beer? I would say no, but Sam Smith's has a funny way of brewing a good beer no matter what the conditions and ingredients are. Those concerned about chemicals need not be when drinking this lager.

This beer pours a light, slightly hazy gold color with a decent foamy head that lasts for about a minute, leaving minimal lace. The smell is similar to their regular lager with some clean malt smell, although it seems a tad bit lighter and sweeter. This beer does feel smooth on the palette and has a moderate carbonation to it. Upon first sip, the first true difference between this and the regular lager was that I thought this was much sweeter. While there is a very good malt presence here, the sugary sweetness was quite prevalent. A leafy-green element is present in the flavor as well (not as grassy or haylike as the regular lager, more like a leaf off of a tree). There is a decent hop bitterness here, but not as much as the Pure Brewed Lager, which surprised me because the Merchant du Vin pamphlet I picked up awhile back said that this was hoppier than most other lagers. Some moderate bitterness and dryness in the finish. In the aftertaste the sweetness continues with some light dryness, and this finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

In summary, a good beer but not quite as impressive as the Pure Brewed Lager. Certainly better than most macro-swill. I would think that this would really appeal to the health-concious and the stricter vegan types. Another good beer from Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light, golden tone with just a hint of cloudiness and a fine frothy white head--just what one might expect from a lager. I could smell the wheaty aroma most clearly, and there was a hint of ginger. Both of these were in evidence at the initial tasting, but the taste went flat quickly, and there was little follow-up, just a touch of bitters. The consistency was thin, but sparkling. A good lager.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystal clear ochre gold, topped with a buoyant fluffy white head. The head dies very quickly, leaving only a thin mist that dies out completely about halfway through the glass.
Aroma is exceptionally clean, with a light corny pilsner malt presence. Some spicy, herbal hoppiness, with a touch of apparent alcohol. Well defined aroma. Excellent.
Flavor is extremely clean, definitely aged adequately. A light, crisp pils malt starts out the sip, with a touch of corn towards the middle. Spicy noble hops come through in the middle, finishing the beer with a mild herbal bitterness. Spritzy carbonation, light and airy, with a light body. Excellent balance of flavor.
A very tasty lager, much better than I expected. Easily the best english lager I've had the pleasure of drinking. Absolutely Fabulous.

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A medium bodied lager. Mild malts and fairly aggressively hopped. Full flavor. Good taste. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dayton, OH AleFest:A light bodied beer whose palate was smooth and somewhat thin.It had a small size white head that contained fine sized bubbles that mostly diminished.The body was clear and there was carbonation observed.The nose was malty, fruity and sweet with a light bitter flavoring.There was nothing really all that special about this beer as it needs to have more character in order for it to be an enjoyable beer in my opinion.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of granger10
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let's see here. I'm not particularly fond of organic food or drink (even though it is much better for the environment) nor an I too fond of lagers. So why did I get this? I don't know, it seemed interesting enough and might be good during these hot summer days. So I bought one and drank it a week ago. It tasted sort of grassy but not in a bad way. Malts are weaker than the hops which aren't that aggressive either. But this is smooth and goes down easy. I probably won't get this again but it wasn't too bad.

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Photo of ADR
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich gold appearance with a trace of a fluffy 1/8 of an inch head that lasts for a short time and laces practically not at all. Nice nutty candy bar aroma, some almond, some buttery diacetyl. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonation, and an accurate reflection of the malt aromas in the taste statement. The hopping seems too "tight" to properly balance this beer throughout, it seems more apparent in the aftertaste than in the mouth. Overall, a very enjoyable Lager here.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden in color with a nice thin, foamy head. Grassy and light hops on the nose. A tender balance of malt and hops, but rather mellow. Light bodied, lacks good quality for the style, it is clean and rather refreshing, but not the best that Samuel Smith has produced.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy or cloudy deep yellow with a minimal white head. There was also minimal lacing effect. The nose is of malt and there hints of hops lurking there as well. The flavor is a nice malt and grain with nice light hop balancing. This is a nice beer with a decent body and feel. Very drinkable with a clean, pleasant finish. My sense is that this is a very well balanced and thought out formula.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is perhaps one of the most drinkable lagers on the planet...perhaps the entire universe. Pours out a deep golden color with a puffy and foamy white head. The lace lingers and fades slowly, leaving spotty traces. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt; a faint whiff of fruit and light floral hops arouses the senses. The lightly herbal and slightly sweet malt is a perfect compliment to the citrusy and tea-like hops. This heavenly liquid is balanced, rounded and smooth, but flavorful. The complexion and flavors change ever so subtly as the glass warms and the change is good. One is not enough!

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

Appearance: Clear medium golden amber color with lots of fat, slow-rising bubbles and a half-inch white head which retains fairly well. The lacing is quite good.

Aroma: Butterscotch, grain, fruits, and mild hops comprise the fairly complex and pleasing aroma.

Taste: Begins with rather sweet malt notes with a slight honey characteristic and fruit flavors. Midway through the taste, bread notes appear. Finishes with a strong and lingering metallic note and some mild sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and delicate with mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: I had rather low expectations for this beer; prior to trying it, the "organically produced" statement concerned me, as if it were the reason for producing this beer. These concerns proved unwarranted, this is a very good beer, organically produced or not.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a nice yellow color with somewhat of a head. But the taste, typical. It tasted like Bass. Non-eventful, perhaps they should add some non-organic ingrediants and "spice" it up. That's the ticket! Maybe some industrial strenghth hops.

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Photo of putnam
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hope this wasn't just an afterthought for one of my favorite brewery's in the world. There is no reason that I know of why an "organic" beer should taste any different than a...what..."synthetic" (?) beer. But this has an overall much more rustic, awkward character than Tadcaster's other Lager. Notes of pine-infused water, brick dust, and ragweed adorn respectable lager texture and glycerin. For the finish, which manages to come into decent balance, I say it is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of bditty187
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light goldish-brown hue, bubbly white head, ½ a finger worth, below-average retention, decent lace. Mildly aromatic nose, malty with floral notes, kind of clean though. Very flavorful, calmly sweet malt is dominant; lovely citrus and floral hops are tactfully blended. Ideal mouthfeel, semi-dry finish. This is an enjoyable quaff and something I’d recommend.

The fact that it is organically made is a plus of sorts. Not a typical clear Samuel Smith bottle, another plus of sorts.

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

Yummy! Sam Smiths is generally known for their wonderful line of ales, but this lager is top notch! Ii poured a nice light golden/amber colour and smelled of fresh ingredients! This tasted like a dream, crisp and refreshing with every sip. Carbonated just enough to give it a nice head, and extremely drinkable with its creamy yet crisp mouthfeel.
A true classic of the style, and it's organic to boot.

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Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the pour an opalescent gold color with a modest sized head, the lace is a fair sheet to cover the glass. Nose is malt, slightly earthy, clean and crisp. Front is slightly malt sweet, the top skimpy, the finish is purposefully acidic, hops are meaningful, the aftertaste dry and long lasting. As I normally don't care for lagers/pils, this one is clean and fresh, and a good beer for the "Long Hot Summer Months".

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

Golden glowing lager juice sports a thin top and a few skeletal lace fingers. Breakfast in bed as the aromas of toast, a wedge of melon and a fresh mum drift through your nose. Less sprightly than your typical lager makes for prompt and easy drinking. A fine, toasted malt base flows into a loamy hop flavor that turns a mild bitter and strolls across the backsides of your tongue. Good stuff.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far, the BEST lager I have ever tasted. Clear golden color underneath a beautiful fluffy white head that won't go away and sticks all over the glass. Aroma is somewhat spicy, almost that of a Belgian ale. Good malt character, and a smoothness to kill for. Slight hop flavor towards the end. This is what all American lagers wish they could be.

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Photo of John
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw color. Pillowy white head. Bready, light grain aroma. Plenty of flavor packed into this light brew. Biscuity malt flavor with oily but reserved hops. Carbonation nips at the throat. Light mouthfeel. An appreciation for a fine lager like this should not be understated. A quality brew.

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

Not a big lager fan, but really enjoyed this one. My girlfriend was serving this at her table at the Seattle International Beer Fest. For hours it went untouched, then someone finally decided to try and really enjoyed it, convincing me to give it a shot when our shifts were over.

Pale golden color and clear as possible. Fruit and flowers dominate the nose and flavor. Good mouthfeel and nice finish. Definitely worth checking out as it is a pretty unique beer. Just beer worried about skunked bottles as the bottles are clear.

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml brown bottle with no freshness date. Sparkling clarity with a fluffy white that stick to the glass just fine.

Grassy and sweet aroma of malt with a light herbal hop in the back.

Easy going malt character, moderate body and carbonation. Mellow hoppiness that reaches the palate with more flavour than bitterness. Lots of grain on the tongue with a lightly sweet finish.

Its good to know that there are good organic beers out there, as for buying this again it is more of a novelty item. No great shake here, just a good drinking lager.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a great clean lager. lighter in color and smooth down the chute. my first experience with an organic lager, and it was a good one. it was great like sam smith's lager, but this was toned down.

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Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.