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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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582 Ratings

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 47
Gots: 23 | 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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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.

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.

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.

Photo of Reanimator
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
2.76/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of botham
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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...

Photo of yourunclewalt
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of wcudwight
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

355mL, no date
Pours a ultra clear, ultra pale straw color. Thin head of small white bubbles. Aroma is spicy and earthy hops. First sip yields a balanced, yet hoppy flavor. Mild fruit and grain character. Clean and crisp. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great; not nearly as light as I expected from the appearance. Wonderful summer beer.

Photo of cjgator3
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a creamy white head that quickly turns into a white lace. The aroma is grain, a slight biscuity flavor and hops. The taste starts out with a smooth malt flavor with a slightly spicey hop finish. Overall, this is a nice, clean and highly drinkable lager.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big head that retains very well,and with al= wonderful lacing. The color is gold and clear. The head hasn't fallen past 1/4'' yet. The smell is pretty damn good, reminds me of the beer from Germany (My first English Lager). The smell is bready, but not over bready, it's slightly hopped as well which balances it very nicely. The taste is a little old. The hoppiness and the breadiness come at you at the same time. Mouthfeel was good, nothing bad there. Overall I would love to try this again, but I'd like to find a fresher bottle first.

Photo of dawg
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a bottle donated from a friend.

Appearance is exceptional. Mostly sexy from the bottle. Smells good like a medium light lager should.

Very clean and crisp. Well balanced sweetness and lightly hopped. Tastes and feels very good. Very, very drinkable.

Not sure if I would have paid $60USD for the case but a damn fine beer nonetheless.

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

Color of light straw with a thick creamy head. Smell of sweet malt, light hops and a slight note of honey. Taste has slight sweet malt that is clean and refreshing with a light body. An easy to go down lager that would be quinching on those warmer days.

Photo of Damian
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt. 2.7 fl. oz./550 ml bottle purchased at Trader Joe's, Brookline, MA

Poured a clear, straw yellow with a four-finger, sea foam head that slowly faded to a thick, bubbly film. Large splotches of lacing stuck all along the glass.

Aroma was hardly detectable initially. A touch of biscuit-like maltiness was noticeable. As the beer warmed, the nose became somewhat more pronounced and sweet, caramel malts became apparent.

Taste was crisp, biscuity, buttery and hoppy from start to finish with the hops crescendoing in the clean, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was fizzy and thin.

Overall, this is a light, refreshing and easy-drinking beer that serves as a nice palate cleanser with food.

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

For a lager, this is an attractive beer, with a healthy hat of snow white head and a straw colored body featuring excellent clarity and only medium visible carbonation. Nose is fresh and a little sweet with light noble hop notes blending in the backround.

Clean and refreshing taste showing decent balance, marred only by a metallic tint at the finish. Maybe a little sweeter than I'd like but still crisp and drinkable. Another quality product from Sam Smith''s, showing that any style can be home to quality beer if the brewer has talent and cares.

Photo of adowney523
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the 355 ml brown bottle. Appearance is light-golden with a head that quickly fades leaving a slight lacing.

Smell is slighly metallic, husky grain, and light alcohol.

Taste is slightly caramel sweet. Floral esters and a faint hop bitterness also detected.

Overall, an above-average Euro lager, but very drinkable.

Photo of AChamberlain
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml bottle bought from the Park Slope Food Coop. No freshness date and organically certified.

A: Clear golden color. Thick white head.

S: Clean. Malty aroma. Almost a smell that would hint at a later bitterness.

T: Malty. Wet and sharp. Finishes dry and bitter, I knew it. Nice.

MF: Bubbly, medium bodied.

D: Extremely drinkable. Refreshing. If it were not so pricey, I'd drink it more often. A special treat once and awhile.

Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After pouring this lager that was a medium light yellow in color and very little foam, I was pleasantly happy with the flavor. I could taste the light hops and malts that wern't over powering or, like many others, tart and bitter. This was a very smooth and mellow Lager. This has to be one of my favorite Lagers and will drink more often. Other breweries should learn a lession here!

Photo of atigerlife
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a samll white head that dissipates quickly. Sparse amounts of carbonation rising.

Aroma is of malts, yeast and light hops. Nothing too exciting.

Taste is defined by light hops bitterness blended with malt. Rather sweet and smooth. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel was of light/med. body and nicely cleansing.

Overall, very easy to drink. A nice session beer.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle. Golden yellow translucent body with a quarter inch of white head. Smells sweet, fruity, and hoppy. Tastes sweet and malty, with some hop. Clean finish. On the lighter side of medium bodied, with a little less carbonation than one might expect. Still pretty damn good for the style, though I wouldn't expect any less from this brewery.

Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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