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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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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 47
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-26-2001

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Ratings: 588 | Reviews: 354
Photo of BeerMasterD
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber yellow color with 2 fingers of white fluffy head that receedes to a thinner layer with some light lace on the glass.
S- Sweet aromas here, not much going on beyond that though.
T- Taste is pretty clean, grainy and malt. Simple flavors.
D- It's very easily drinkable.
M- High carbonation and a light-medium feel clean/crisp.

Photo of velosuds
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a clear pint glass. Paid $2.99 at Cost Plus World Market.

A-Pours a clear, golden-yellow color with a two finger bright white foamy head the slowly recedes into a modest lacing. Very effervescent.

S-Grainy and biscuity malts, and lemony hops.

T-Lightly toasted malt sweetness and some bitterness. Very nice for a pale lager.

M-Smooth, well balanced, crisp, and refreshing.

D-Very easy drinking, just not anything to get real excited about, which has more to do with the style than this particular beer. One of the better organic beers I've had.

Photo of mjurney
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden color, clear. Lots of nice fine bubbles. Fluffy head, lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Fruity, grainy, some floral, dash of earthly.

Rich malts, biscuity, slight toasty, just a touch of nutty. Hop character is very crisp, floral/glassy. I could detect some tart green apple in the middle, along with mild earthly. Very clean and crisp finish with dash of dryness. Body is very juicy. Carbonation feels very nice.

Extremely high. Probably the best Euro Lager I've drank so far. A perfect session beer.

Photo of obrendano
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

nothing bad to say about anything I've yet had from Samuel Smith's, and this is no exception

A - lager light gold color, slightly hazy, settles to a finger of head with carbonation bubbling to the top all the way down the glass

S - light crisp smell, some yeast and crackery malt

T - same as above, crisp lager taste, smooth flavor with just a very moderate bite lingering around the corner

M - carbonation adds to the bite, beer is well balanced and nicely bodied, just enough to encourage slow enjoyable sipping rather than hammering it back

D - this one could easily break someone of a Bud addiction. it has all the seemingly positive hallmarks of your average high profile adjunct beer (light, simple taste, familiarity, drinkability, etc) and and then some. great for a summer day like today

Photo of darkmartin
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a clear yellowish gold with a small, fluffy white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Plenty of floral hops, some yeast.

Taste: Honestly not a whole lot going on here. Very mild floral hops come into play, with faint yeast and sweet malt in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light with just enough carbonation.

Drinkability: Although the flavor is pretty mild here, it is very smooth and goes down pretty easy. Not something I would crave, but would definitely do if options were limited.

Photo of rtepiak
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great brew that i'm worried may have been too old... in comparison to the original (non organic) lager this was not as brisk. didn't really contain any bitter palate cleanser. just a mild sweet of apple pie. golden in color with some lace. the malt had a mild caramel that i didn't come across before. good summer brew none the less. a session starter. drink this! not american lager. they yeast is more interesting.

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

A - Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange. Nice 2 finger head the stays around until the last 1/4 of the beer.

S - Sweet yeast, honey, hints of floral, toasted bread, sweet malt.

T - Pretty much the same as smell. Yeast, honey, bread, floral, malt, with gentle spice on the finish.

This a great tasting brew. The smell and flavor profile was something I've never experienced before. Different but good. It just feels like a lot of love went into making this beer.

Photo of droomyster
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a small white head; fine stream of carbonation race upward for several minutes. It smells and tastes far better than other Euro Pale Lagers in that completely lacks that chemically/metallic quality that ruins so many of its competitors. Its flavors are simple but well balanced and without blemish. In my opinion this is perhaps the best pale lager in the world.

Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-hazy, but clear, yellow with an inch of fluffy white head that had good retention and low lacing.

The aroma was smooth, balanced and grainy. The taste was very similar, with the addition of of some gentle hopping. The body was fairly typical for the style, as was the drinkability.

Overall, a nice little beer, worth trying if you haven't, and worth grabbing a couple bottles to keep around for summer sipping.

Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold and crystal clear with a bright white cap. Lots of sticky lace, good head retention. Balanced aroma of cereal grains, doughy malt, pears, herbal hops. Nicely balanced flavour too. Moderate bitterness with an herbal edge, sweet malts with a hint of caramel, grassy hops with a bit of spice and lemon in the finish. Medium bodied with ample carbonation, light dryness and a crisp character. Good stuff. Highly drinkable and quite tasty.

Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden color with a finger of creamy white head. Not bad but the head seems to be dissipating pretty rapidly; not a good trait in this style.

Smell: sweet, rich, pleasant malt aroma with just hints of grain and grassiness. Just what the doctor ordered.

Taste: nice malty flavor with very little graininess. Bitterness is on the low side, but overall it works very well. A nice, light, refreshing flavor.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation. Nothing to write home about.

Drinkability: quite drinkable and refreshing. If there were a little more complexity, then perhaps my interest would remain piqued long enough to rate this even higher. Still, I would gladly have this again. I find it *considerably* better than the SS Pure Brewed Lager Beer.

Photo of Snamnoum
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours crystal clear and pale honey colored. Produces about two fingers of head and is very carbonated as a lager should be.

Smell: Light hoppiness and not much else

Taste: Crisp and refreshing, good hops, well balanced and not over powering.

Mouthfeel: Is ok but not memorable but this is perfectly fine considering its a pale lager

Drinkability: This is probable its strongest point. This beer is a flavorful and thirst quenching while still being very drinkable could easily be a fantastic session beer if the abv was slightly lower.

Overall: I like this beer, it is a good solid lager. But I must admit , I am a bit biased. When I reach for a beer, unless I really in the mood I don't normally reach for a lager. That being said it is a pretty damn good lager.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a clear straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts with mild amounts of leafy hops and lemon rind.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pilsner malt flavors kick things off with good amounts of earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip very mild amounts of citrus enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was a nice and understated beer. Nothing spectacular but no flaws. Worth a shot.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass.

Fairly hard pour yields a white airy finger and a half head. The head fairly quickly resides to a very fine layer of foam on top freckled with a few larger bubbles. The beer is extremely clear some bubbles rising to the top and has a light straw golden color. Some lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Smell is of light pale malts. A wiff of herbal hops. Pretty typical lager fragrance.

The taste is of light sweet pale malts. A touch of fruitiness. A touch of herbal hops. Some white bread flavors.

A low end of medium bodied beer. Decently carbonated, and slightly assertive bubbles with a clean refreshing finish and a bit of a bite on the way out as well.

Overall a pretty uncomplicated, straight forward lager. Easy to drink and refreshing. Definitely a cut above standard lagers. Something you might want to share with a BMC drinking friend that you are trying to convert.

Photo of NeutroMan
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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
4/5  rDev +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 +17.3%
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.


Photo of OttoBomb
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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 +5%
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
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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.


Photo of LyonsHead
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

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