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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: 569
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 44
Gots: 18 | 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 hyland24
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tall pilsner glass.

The beer poured a clear golden color with decent carbonation forming a 1 inch white head with minimal but noticeable lacing throughout.

The smell was malty but faint, nothing strong jumping off the beer.

The taste was nice with a hoppy malt mix that finished with hints of alcohol.

The beer was light bodied and crisp with nice carbonation throughout. I would fit this into the session category with the second one tasting just as good as the first.

hyland24, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Subtle biscuit toasty malt with a slight sour edge.

Light-to-medium straw perfect clarity, good little head.

Soft malt comes out just as I would expect from the aroma, only accompanied by a pleasantly strong bitterness. The warm biscuit tones are accentuated nicely. Light honey-apple sweetness. Twist of bright, fresh hop in the finish adds a nice final balance. A remarkably crisp, clean flavor profile makes this one immensely refreshing.

A good, solid, no-frills brew that flirts with the notion of being a paradigm beer; and it's organic - for what that's worth. Good show!

MrHungryMonkey, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of churchillps
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass. Crystal clear golden color with a medium head that dissipated quickly and left hardly any lacing. Smelled like a standard lager - hops with a bit of citrus. Tasted extremely crisp on the palate. Fairly dry and light bodied. Nice hop flavor, a bit of sweet malt on the tip of the tongue, finishing nicely with a bitter aftertaste. Really crisp, clean brew.

churchillps, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a watery white head. Not much lacing on the pint glass. Aroma is pretty standard lager, with clean grainy flavors, a hint of citrus, and a smooth sweetness. Flavor is much the same. The graininess is very clean and crisp, with some caramel to it. Hops come into play as a tart lemony citrus that's quite subdued. Mouthfeel is very smooth but the carbonation is a bit high. Clean, dry, and refreshing. Easy to drink.

illidurit, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of beavers
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden into a SA BL glass with a good finger of white head that falls into a decent blanket cover for a while and then disappears. A very mild aroma of sweet malt, a faint hop note and familiar lager yeast. Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation, a grainy flavor with a little sweetness and a very faint hop bitterness. Crisp, clean finish. Very drinkable like many other pale lagers of this ABV range. Although I don't visit this style very often it is easily the best pale lager I've tried.

beavers, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

19 oz bottle picked up today at the Coop for about $4.50 ... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1.5" head drops quick leaving no lacing. Clear copper orange brew.

Aroma is clean pale malts.. sorta sweet with a grassy background.

Flavor is pale malts with a good portion of toasted malts.. not caramel but still sweet and malty... Grainy with just enough hops to make it interesting. Grassy and slightly herbal mid palate ... the malt sweetness tends to be all encompassing. Mildly metallic as it warms... has a copper penny note. Fairly thick mouthfeel given the style .. but the carbonation helps break things up. I don't know why, but although it is very clean it still speaks English to me.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer.. no problem as session barring the price. I've had it 7-8 times over the years and all note point toward expensive but tasty.

JohnGalt1, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of maccroz
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours and appears like any cheap American lager but has a smell more like a European lager - think Stella Artois.

The taste is mildly bitter but very light, crisp, and refreshing. It's a very clean tasting beer without any offensive aftertastes so the mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent.

Overall I'd have to say that this is one of the best lagers I've ever tasted.

maccroz, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive white head that recedes into a rocky froth, leaving generous lace. The color is darker straw and quite clear.

Crisp and slightly skunky in the nose. Malty over hoppy.

Smooth for a lager, this is predominantly a malt offering. There is hop at the finish, but even there, it is lighter than most. The aftertaste is dry and lasting with a slight bitter bite. Full bodied for the style.

Take away the skunky nose, this would be a superb lager. Although it was served in a brown bottle, this obviously had sat on the shelf for too long.

smcolw, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- On first opening, the beer came gushing out! I quickly got my glass under it to collect this beautiful yellow/golden brew with a 2 inch white head that is totally transparent.

S- Smells of grass and wheat like tones in there too. Hops are very mild, but present.

T- Very refreshing grassy brew. It goes down very nice and clean with the same subtle hops hidden in there with the grassy tastes.

M- High carb and thin mouthfeel.

D- Very high for refreshment.

Overall- My first organic brew. It was good and light with very refreshing factors. I enjoyed it and would drink it again on a hot day.

MMAJYK, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of RedBeerHead
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light, two inch, carbonated head that settles quickly. Pours light gold and pretty much clear. Light bitter smell. Actually smells a little like a pilsner. Good fruity taste, they skimp on the malt. I’m not particularly impressed with this beer, however, I’m not a huge fan of lighter beers in general. You have to respect it as a good light lager. In fact, if you have a friend that refuses to drink anything except for miller light or bud light, introduce them to this. It might direct their taste toward the better beers.

RedBeerHead, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had Samuel Smith's regular lager beer and wasn't too crazy about that one... it's amazing what prouducing a beer organically can do, because this one was the definite flip-slide... good appearance and smell coupled with a great taste was more in-line of what I was expecting from a good company like Samuel Smith... citrus and bready flavors that went down smooth as water... Recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden color with minimal head.

Smell is dominantly hops with very little malt.

Fairly smooth taste with some hop bitterness, bit thin tasting, nothing to really stand out and make it anything more than average lager.

Not much of a lager fan and being organic still doesn't make much of a difference.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Wikipeteia
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to say that this is as likely to be as close as I'll get to Der Reinheitsgebot as I possibly can get in 2007. The lager produced is tasty, and likely the reason why German purity laws were invented in the first place. Sure, you can get better, but, why bother?

The beer pours well into two portions, each into a Bass pint glass, stolen one fantastic drunken night, years ago, after one too many Black and Tans. The first pour has a fantastic aroma. There's not much to the beer. It smells like beer, and that's all you need to know. The taste, if you can believe it, tastes like beer. And it looks like beer, too. Drinks like beer. By george, it's beer!

I'd seen this for months at my local Trader Joe's, passing it by for other beers each time, and I can say that this beer will likely become my TJ's beer of choice.

Wikipeteia, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of Traquairlover
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 550ml bottle.

A = Golden, clear yellow color, large froth head which dissipated slowly and left good lacing. Fair amount of carbonation bubbles throughout the entire process.

S = Very fresh smell of barley malt, some slight fruitiness.

T = Clean, fresh light-bodied slightly doughy taste. Just what you would like from a nice, simple lager.

M = Light, thin and crisp with heavy but not unpleasant carbonation.

D = A nice refreshing lager, which could definitely serve as a session beer but for slightly too high an ABV or as the half of a half and half with a good solid stout.

Traquairlover, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of baos
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: 2 finger head. A nice golden color with good clarity.

S: Clover, malts, and grains.

T: Clover again, almost a honey flavor, but this beer isn't too sweet by any means.

M: A one for a lager

D: Good. I happy about this bloke beer.

baos, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Reanimator
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First poured from a 550mL bottle a clear golden copper color with a tall, but not very dense, head which faded into a thin, dense forth. Awesome nose from both the bottle and glass, lots of fruity overtones.

The first sip made me grin from ear to ear. This is a very smooth lager, with bites of hop in the right places at the beginning and end of each taste. Has an almost apple juice quality to it.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not distractingly so.

This organically produced lager is a wonderful beer! I followed the first 550mL with another 12oz that I had bought, and both were great.

Reanimator, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and pale hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of barley and light malts. There’s a mild and pale hops presence. There really isn’t much else to it, simple and done well. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good representation of style, decent kick, this is one of the better organic beers that I’ve had, but there isn’t enough to it to make me choose it, unless I was limiting myself to just organic beers.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden yellow with a well-retained thin white head.

The smell is of some sweet grain with an underlying earthiness. Clean and crisp. No "Euro-skunk" here.

The taste is of sweet graininess balanced by a touch of earthy bitterness. Balanced, clean, crisp finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, this one is smooth and refreshing.

A tasty "thirst-quencher". A nice, easy-drinking lager from England (a country and brewery known more for its ales than lagers). This one hits the spot, especially on a warm day. It reminds me, too, that I haven't tried the other lager that this brewery produces in a long time - will have to look out for it!

jwc215, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of jar2574
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color. Decent level of head, but average retention. Smells slightly bitter, but nothing special. Tastes a little bitter, but there's a good balance of hops and malts. Could be drank over long sessions, but there's not much that keeps you coming back for more. It's a very average beer, overall.

jar2574, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very mildly chill hazed light golden colored beer. Very tall and quite superior snowy white colored head.

The scent is sweetish and grainy with a grassy hop aroma. Light spicy and fruity aromas are present I detect a slight strawberry smell. Lightly herbal the Nobel hops are present but not too strong.

The taste begins mildly sweet and grainy with a mild and spicy hop snap in the finish. Good lager flavor with quite a few subtle flavors. Biscuit, lemon, herbs, grass, hay, and faint smoke are all present.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite drinkable too bad it is quite expensive too. As Organic goes this is about as good as it gets. Recommended for the experience and if you just have to drink organic beer sometime.

Zorro, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of tempest
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it basically tastes like a bland Dortmunder, so I guess that's on for the style. The aroma has hints of skunk, which doesn't seem to covering much up. The skunk carries over a bit in the flavor which mixes with a bit of grassy hops then mostly creamy malt with a touch of bread. Sure it's drinkable, if you don't mind paying over $4 for a large bottle. I give this a thumbs down, not emphatically, but still. And I am blaming the skunk on SS because it seems to be so consistent in their beers - even with a brown bottle.

tempest, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of botham
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 2 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. pours a crystal clear straw color with a sizable white head that dissipates slowly leaving a clean glass behind.

the aroma here is very basic. there are hops, with some malts, and a light base of bready aroma from the yeast. the hops are the strongest of the three, but not by much. nothing stands out from the smell.

the taste has more of the same. the hops are the most prevalent, with the yeast and malt close behind. though very well balanced, this brew has nothing to call its own.

aftertaste is of light hops. pleasant.

mouthfeel is slightly creamy and light bodied, with only a slight bite from the carbonation.

drinkability is great. this is not a heavy or complex beer, but a simple and crisp lager, which does what a euro pale lager should. very refreshing.

botham, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden with plenty of head that fades rather quick.

Big malty grain scent thats slightly sweet.

Definately a malt-focused beer, smooth, but not much else going on- just enough hops to keep the malt from becoming cloying... I guess.

Nothing bad to say about this one except the outrageous price! Gimme a break...

BeerZack, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mild carbonation, clear yellowish amber body with a one-finger creamy eggshell head

S - Fruity esters dominate with a sweet malty background balanced nicely by a bit of resiny hops

M - Sikly, well-bodied

T - Tang of resiny hops starts off and is balanced by a nice barley / malty finish. None of the metallic, phenolic notes usually associated with the Euro Pale Lagers widely available in the States

D- This is what a Heineken / Beck's should taste like!

yourunclewalt, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a 1/2" fluffy white head. Moderate to mild lacing.
Smells like fresh cut grass with some lemon.
Taste is well balanced with subtle but tasty sweet malts and a mild but complex hop profile that gives it a bit of a lemon/lime flavor. Somewhat grainy. Kind of reminds me of Cheerios.
Mouthfeel is what sets this beer apart. Very crisp and refreshing with clean finish that is a bit dry. Great warm weather beer.
Very drinkable given the right occasion and setting. I was suprised by this beer and will purchase again.

wcudwight, Jun 20, 2007
Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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