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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

563 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 43
Gots: 15 | 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 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.

daliandragon, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of adowney523
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

adowney523, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of AChamberlain
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

AChamberlain, Feb 28, 2007
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!

BeerManDan, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

atigerlife, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of iamtyler
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an overside pint glass, this lager pours a beautiful and vibrant gold. Also forming a light half-inch thick head that remained for the majority of the beer.

From the first impression, Samuel Smith's did an exceptional job on this lager. The smell is lightly hoppy and rather citrus. Just smelling the beer is refreshing.

I enjoyed the taste of this lager quite a bit. It's zesty on the palate and very crisp. It's such a refreshing lager and quite an impressive beer.

This is has become a favorite to keep around for both myself and my father and I would certainly recommend this to anyone looking for a crisp lager.

iamtyler, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Abita45
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a straw gold color and has a mildly hoppy and yeast aroma to it. It has an off-white, foamy head that holds up well throughout the pint. The head opened up the aroma well.

It has a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a good amount of carbonation to it. There's a nice balance of hops, mild yeast/bread taste, and floral malt. The hops bring a nice bitterness to the beer that plays well with the sweet malt taste. Very well balanced in taste, while the carbonation and slight creaminess of the beer's consistency make for a nice balance as well.

Not matter how the ingredients were grown, or where they came from, I found this to be a good lager under any circumstance and very good. An unremarkable appearance gave way to an interesting and layered taste.

Abita45, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sammy's organic lager is a pretty standard European-style lager: Clear golden body. Short cap of creamy white foam. Average head retention and better than average lacing. Grassy and lightly floral hops in the nose. Medium-bodied and crisp on the palate. Straightforward malt and hop blend in the flavor, seemingly Hallertauer or Tettnanger. A touch of mineralish character. Solid bitterness beneath. Well-balanced. The fact that it's organic lends it point and helps to balance it's extra cost, but for the most part there are better golden lagers out there for less.

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of MVassar
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A gorgeous lager. Light gold, clear, almost brilliant in appearance. Ample bubbly head, which is bright white. Beautiful web of white lacing in the glass which lasts and lasts.

Light, sweet fruit in the nose, a touch of citrus and malt.

Very pleasant malt flavor, with a hint of sweetness. Crisp citrus flavors, followed by a smooth introduction of hops, which leave a long, lingering, citrus zest finish.

Medium-body, with a nice, chewy mouthfeel. Very crisp, exceptionally well-balanced.

One of the very best lagers I've had. Exceptionally well-made. Irresistable.

MVassar, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of MillRat
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 550 ml bottle at Trader Joe's in Geneva. Chilled to 45 F. Poured a medium-light yellow with an unremarkable loose white head, which dissipated quickly. Aroma was faint and unremarkable for a European pale lager. Flavor was of subdued malts and nice English hops playing off each other in a retrained and genteel manner. The body of this beer is rather light, which with the evident but moderate hops bitterness makes for a very sessionable brew. At 3 bucks for slightly over a pint, it's not a bad value, but I'd rather enjoy some of SS other more assertive offerings for that price. For a pale lager fan, this is a very well balanced brew.

MillRat, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date. The color is a semi-cloudy, pale orange that has a large amount of rising bubbles. The head is not abundant, but, there is a thin layer that remains on top.

The aroma is pretty strong and fruity. I detect some grape-like aroma accompanied by some buttery diacetyls. The taste is a mildly malty and bready flavor followed by a nice hoppiness. I also taste a little bit of sharp cheese.

The mouthfeel is tangy and light bodied. This is a unique lager that is unexpectedly good.

abcsofbeer, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of auntfloyd
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 550 ml bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass.

Pours a bright, clear, light golden color with a small amount of head. The nose is sort of sweet, floral, and grainy. The taste is sweet at first, with malty and then, surprisingly, sour apple notes, followed by a bitter finish. The taste is very clean, and the mouthfeel is very crisp and light, and drinkability is high.

This is an interesting lager... the flavor is definitely not what you'd expect, and this is anything but a generic beer. Plus it helps the planet, so bonus points there :) This is the first time I've approached this beer, but it's definitely something I'll be picking up again. Another great beer from Sam Smith's.

auntfloyd, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light and clear with a reasonably fluffy white head. The smell is crisp and clean, mainly grain. Taste was no suprise, mainly grains with a touch of hops. Aftertaste was a little sweet, but overall nice and clean with only a hint of fruity tartness. Mouthfeel was light, but not so light it was water. For the style, this is really great stuff. Plain, simple, no frills. This is what so many other crappy lagers should taste like.

zjungleist, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550mL bottle into mug.

Light amber color with a white fizzy head. The retention is decent, which settles to a patchy cap. Spotty lacing along the glass.

Grainy malt notes with touches of honey-like scents. A good balancing amount of grassy hops.

Sweet malt flavors with a little bit of hop twang added. Bittersweet finish. Thin bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is clean with very little bitterness.

An average brew. Not bad but nothing exciting. If you want to support organic products then this is a good beer for you.

BeerSox, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of BuckSpin
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now let me tell you how I got to try this for free because of a roving band of teenage girls in mid-thigh skirts hitting things with sticks. Curious? Read on...

Poured a pale, slightly hazy, lemony-straw gold that bubbled mildly. Head was loose, pearl white 3/4" inch layer of brilliant foam that faded quickly....the classic stereotypical beer head. The nose was tough at first, but I was able to pick up some flowery attributes, some citrus, sweetness (apples?), kinda nectar like, a bit creamy.

It is light & crisp, very even, mild malts are noticable. No real peeks or valleys here - it is what it is...an organic pale lager. If other beers are roller coasters, this is a merry-go-round...fun, but no real heightened experiences. The pallete & finish are echoes of the taste - clean, crisp, even, maybe some fruity traces.

It paired excellently with a burger & fries, and I could see this pairing with a lot of foods (especially standard bar fare).

Overall a good beer. Not exciting, but refreshing and clean. I'd recommend it and drink it again.

Oh yeah, the stick waving mob of skirted girls. Turns out a bar regular has a connection to the local high school field hockey team who won their 3rd connsecutive state championship whilst I sat on my bar stool, so he bought a round for the house! Thanks girls!

BuckSpin, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Stimack
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brew pours to a clear yellow/golden color with a fair sized white head that has fair retention and leaves a little lacing. The aromas are not bad, grainy, pale malts, and a slight skunk scent. The taste is also pretty good with a malt flavor up front that lends itself to s sweet flavor. The hops make a presence and seem to lead to a dry aftertaste that sticks to the pallet for a while. Over all this is a pretty good brew, not sure I would go out and track it down again for a few reasons.

1. I feel Sam Smiths has many better offerings.
2. It is not a style that is high on my radar.

Stimack, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of calinative68
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this lager twice this year, once at my brothers house and once, last week, at a local beer watering hole. I find this to be a very pleasant, tasty, and enjoyable lager. It's easy to drink, yet has more chartacter and flavor than your basic lager you would find in the US that is mass produced. Good when it's cold, but as it warms up it developes a nice malty smell and flavor. In the past I have not paid attention too much to English beers, but this is an example that has changed my mind, I will be sampling more in the future. I would recommend this beer.

calinative68, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really a no frills beer to relax with. It has a soft flavor. Not very strong at all. Yet it is pleasing. It is flavorful. It is a nice beer to relax with or have a session with. A beer to come home to after a hard day at work. This is truly a great organic lager beer. It has nice head and retention. The smell is very inticing and the mouthfeel is very nice. Goes down smooth. Nicely carbonated, sticks to the mouth well. Easily one of the most sessionable beers I've ever had.

Drink this beer when you just want to chill out.

jasonjlewis, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of sockeye101
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn nice clean lager....very nice. Samuel Smith has yet to disappoint me and once again, Tad delivers. From the 550ml brown bottle it poured a beautiful deep yellowish golden colr and a firm one finger head that faded to a thin layer that lasted about 3/4 of the drink...nice lacing throughout. My initial thoughts on aroma were floral and bit sweet, a touch of grain and not the usual lager smell that I'm used to...what a relief. Tastes were a very nice balance of slight hoppy bitterness up front followed by a grainy malty smoothness....golden. A bit of grassiness in the flavor, but just a touch. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, smooth and not too dry. Primo lager in my book, yes ma'am, I'll have another.

sockeye101, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden/bronze & efferevescent with a 4 fingers+ white head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Perfumy hops up front, then cornyness

T: Perfumy hops up front, then some grainyness & hints of soapyness that make me think pils vice eurolager. Malt sweetness & honey notes follow as the brew warms. Peppery hops asert as well with time. Finishes malty with a crisp (lemony) hops profile

MF: Medium bodied, good balance & carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, nothing too complex here, but good for a few pints to be sure

russpowell, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a golden yellow color, with medium thick white head, that lasted for most of the glass, and left good lacing. Aroma is very hoppy, with a hint of floral. Taste is more hops, with no real recognizable flavor jumping out. Palte is on the dry side, but not bad. I have tried several Samuel Smith beers, and while most are decent, I don’t find any to be outstanding, and this fits in that same mold.

kimcgolf, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a billowing, fluffy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, through which you can see a persistent bubbles of carbonation wafting up through the full gold liquid. The aroma is a mix of toasted, lightly sweet malt and spicy, herbaceous hops as I pour this into my Tulip glass. Touches of lemon aromatics mix with notes of hay, light notes of sweet honey nectar and an underlying dry grain notes. The nose on this one is quite appealing, much better than I was expecting.

Soft and creamy up front, it transitions quickly to a light sharp note that is a mix of the light carbonation and a herbaceous hop bite. It finishes with a bitterness that started up front. The bitterness in the finish gives this a dry, lightly astringent aftertaste, which makes me want to take another sip so as to experience the malt and hop flavor. Sweet notes of malt and a light herb nectar hoppiness give this beer a light honey note.

This is quite a refreshingly tasty brew; I did not quite know what to expect from this beer, but am pleasantly surprised. I really like the light honey note that runs throughout this beer; it is a nice mix of organic malt and hops.

Gueuzedude, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vinyard, Belfast...

Poured a pale golden yellow colour... White rocky head poured big, thick and foamy then faded to very light layer... no real lacing... sparse carbonation...

Aroma - Nice fruitiness (grapefruits, lemons, pears and some apples), light biscuity malts, some sea saltiness, peppery hops, floral / grassy, light nutty sweetness, some clove hints, light boiled rice traces...

Taste – Very light biscuity malts, quite watered down fruits (grapefruits, lemons and apples), definite saltiness, very light spicy hops, grassy, some vanilla notes, peppery, some butteriness...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body. Pretty refreshing and very drinkable...

Overall - An OK lager.... Nothing spectacular but worth a try....

mdagnew, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of brushpig
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 12oz bottle at Uncommon ground cafe in Chicago, served in a SS glass.

Clear yellow body hue with a frothy white head that diminished quickly.

The aroma reminded me of fresh grass grains, light hoppy aroma.

Im not sure if the smell dictated my first sip, but the first thing I could taste ws a grass flavor, then spices, light citrus, and doughy
yeasts. Interesting.

The mouthfeel was good, fresh and refreshing, watery texure with a soft carbination.

Drinkable? Yes. Have a few, no problem.

brushpig, Jul 18, 2006
Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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