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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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548 Ratings

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 41
Gots: 13 | 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 Drew966


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 550ml bottle (brown, I wish they would put the rest of their line in this type of bottle), poured a nice light orange color with a thick fluffy white head. No off smells in the aroma, taste is pretty good for a European lager. This is one of the first organic beers I've had, and I think its pretty good. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 20:47:29 | More by Drew966
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear bright yellow color with a permanent frothy white head. Smells sharply clean...light sweetish malt aroma with faint floral hops. Crisp, grassy hop flavor with a lightly sweet malt backing it up - good, easy drinkin'. Some grain shows up in the finish.

An enjoyable organic lager. I could probably drink a bunch of these...if not for the $4 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 05:22:14 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is sparkling, glowing gold with a nice white head that lasts and creates a nice lacing. Smells creamy and bready with a hint of spice. Nice smooth taste. Very simple and balenced. Very British, and nice hop malt balence. Extremely easy to drink.

I could have many of these, easilly.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 05:14:07 | More by tastybeer
Photo of SetarconeX


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see an organic beer, though I wasn't really aware that beer related agriculture was particularly harmful to the environment. A nice clear gold color. A sweet, malty aroma on the nose, with a touch of that oddly distinctive euro-lager scent.

A sweet malty start, with a nicely balanced bit of hoppiness on the follow up. Nice clean finish. Not a bad beer, but basically a good execution of a normal, straightforward, run of the mill lager.

A good beer, if this style's your cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 02:10:08 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of danielharper


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a light orange color with a very thin white head. Leaves little-to-no lacing on glass. Very clear body, slight carbonation apparent in glass.

Sweet, macro-like aroma. Not much there to discuss, really, aside from a touch of malt, but for a lager it's not bad.

Tangy corn flavor with small amounts of hops in the aftertaste. Sweet, but not too sweet, and reasonably refreshing.

Thin mouthfeel, as expected for the style.

Overall, I find this a more drinkable beer than you'd expect. It's light and easy, and good enough quality to make it quite quaffable. I've been known to drink these straight from the bottle when I just need a relaxing beer -- this is sort of a nice "Bud Light" for me. It's a bit expensive to call a cheap lager, but a decent lager it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 23:20:19 | More by danielharper
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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Mellow, balanced flavor
Lows: None

From the 550ml bottle (roughly 19 oz), pours a golden pale with a nice, thick pale whitish head of various sized bubbles. Typical lager nose, mostly light malt and a hint of hops. Wet, bubbly, and slightly creamy refreshing mouth. Good flavor, a bit citrusy and mild; overall well-balanced. Drinkability is good as would be expected from a decent lager.

Overall: An above average lager, though somewhat pricey.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 18:18:12 | More by jettjon
Photo of DogFood11


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear body/pale yellow. A variety of carbonation. Pretty damn good head for a euro pale lager and it maintains at least a layering at all times.

Theres a similarity that connects most samuel smith's that I dont find in the smell of this beer. It stands alone in their abundant stable of gems as a unique offering. Picked up a subtle fruity aroma, some grain, touch of hops. Far from overpowering but this lager has some complexity to it.

Full flavored, crisp, even a little watered bitter touch comes in at the end of each pull, more so when it warms.

On the dryer end of the my handy lager scale otherwise known as my palate. Easily a top notch sessioner and would pair nicely with a light meal.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 04:52:45 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A straw/lemon yellow that's clear as can be, except for the huge number of tiny bubbles floating up to keep a massive pretty white head fed. About as good as it gets for a "fizzy yellow beer".

Aroma is of light lemons, grasses waving in the wind, and the hops gently call my name. The flavor is sharp, crisp, and clean, with a nice hop profile that isn't overly sour or bitter. Malts give a nice bready undertone.

Drinkability is about as good as it gets too.

For this style, which is usually given a pretty short leash amongst BAs, I would say this is one of the best. Highly recommneded.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 02:12:10 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of thetachibro

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very nice golden honey color with a thick frothy two inch head that slowing dissapates leaving a mild amount of lacing down the sides...not much as far as the scent goes but what is there is mildly hoppy...the taste is very clean and crisp with the malts being the first thing that comes through to my palate...enjoyable...i can definatley suck down a few if not more

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 01:43:15 | More by thetachibro
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the standard Sammy bomber.

Appearance: Gold to straw colored with a thick, foamy, and quick to dissipate head.

Smell: Very mild overall with sweet hay-like undertones. Almost scentless.

Taste: Mild and mellow with sweet undertones of hay and alfalfa. Finishes lightly with a mild mix of wheat and fresh corn. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly strong given the light scent and mild finish. The flavors, though subtle, envelope the mouth quite well.

Drinkability: Light and sweet, yet quite refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day or when something lighter is simply in order.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 00:43:07 | More by psychoholicagogo
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark bottle to block out the light. Crystal clear light golden straw. Some visible carbonation with nice fluffy white head and lacing.
Smell: not sure.
Taste: Not much of a flavor, but has smooth, clean taste with a bit of spent match. Light bitterness follows the up the rear, but does not linger for long (i.e. no lingering aftertaste).
Mouthfeel: medium body with light carbonation.
Drinkability: I want another one. For a brew with such little flavor, I find this to be very satisfying. Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 20:26:14 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of Reidrover


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a regular pale lager when poured into the glass, light golden with a small white head, some laceing as the beer goes down. Again the aroma is average for a good lager, slight grassy hoppiness and some malts. It s rather thin in the flavour department but the well done carbonation makes up for it. It is quite a sweet lager with a tang of perfumy /flowery hopiness, I also get a slight hint of pear flavour for some reason. Overall its quite a nice lager and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 13:43:33 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Hibernator


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer
18.7 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a golden yellow color. Bubble patterns race to the top of the glass. Fluffy, light head on top that turns to a thin white lace. Spotted lacing patterns decorate the side of the glass.

Clean nose. A touch of grass, grains and hops.

Medium bodied lager with a sweet, grain presence. The sweetness is similiar to that of honey. Nice snap finish. A tad more hoppy than most lagers that I have had. Clean and refreshing which lead to a good drinkability level.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 16:50:10 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Higravity


3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pale lager all the way. Nice straw gold coloring with a white head that leaves some lacing in the Imperial pint glass I crammed this beer into. Well I must say nice brown bottle too. Anyway is smells decent with an acidic edge popping through the head a little deeper is some malt and a lager yeast smell. The taste is killed for me by the heavy metal salt taste, but after fighting through the metal the is a decent malt base that yeilds up a tasty floral hop finish. After I got over the metallic zing, it was ok.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 14:17:26 | More by Higravity
Photo of Bitterbill


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nice with a decent head and very nice gold color.
A bit weak in malt and hops but pretty well balanced.

This is my first organic and I'm not sure how that helps the beer overall but this one is pretty darned drinkable so I'll buy it again and for the US$3.07 price tag, it's a pretty good bargain.

Update: I'm enjoying another bottle of this very nice lager.
It poured(room temp) a light gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The smell is sweet with some fruitness.

The taste is fairly hoppy at the start and then the malt moves in and creates a balance that makes this lager a pleasure to drink.
Darn good stuff!!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 21:22:39 | More by Bitterbill
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: “Sam's” break tradition and delve deep into the coffers to wrap the Organically produced Lager Beer in a brown glass sleeve which has the words Samuel Smith embossed on the shoulder…..wait brown glass from Samuel Smith <gasp>, well at leas it is one less thing for the Skunked beer hallucinogenics to complain about thankfully!!. Virile 550ml wide bodied bottle has a long thin neck, the whole container though actually holds a “real” proper Imperial Pint, none of that 16 or 12 fl.oz. short serving here. Similar styled label to the Organically Produced Ale, the main label for the Organically Produced Lager Beer has a black, white, green, yellow and gold design, topped off by the irrepressive White Yorkshire Rose – damn right! Nice packaging as usual.

Appearance: Pours a lovely inviting very clear golden-yellow color. Soft white head is not expansive but it has a tough character and longevity. Plenty of finely dissolved carbonation which keeps the conditioning in this one top drawer. Spotty lacing.

Nose: Slightly acidic feint hop character, lightly toasted malts and some spicy earthy traits. Mild hint of sweet malts. Crisp and very, very clean.

Tastes: Toasted malts run throughout, flanked by a nice bitterness which occasionally swings into a light sweetness in the middle. Spicy traits, earthy grain, fading acidic hops, herbal tones and a nice doughy bitterness in the short yet well defined crisp finish. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: This is a very aerodynamic libation, a very clean drinking beer that has the softest conditioning and an interesting and attractive taste profile.

Drinkability: Nothing here to detract at all, nothing. Crisp, refreshing, clear, clean and exceptionally easy to sink into. Oh but if all English brewed Lagers were like this and the not that fizzy processed pseudo Germanic crap that is touted.

Overall: A little pricy, but hey it is a quality Yorkshire Beer and as a Tyke that matters to me. I am not sure that I could ever differentiate Organic beers form erstwhile brethren, but I guess that is not the point. Even so, of the ones that I have tried, this is one of the best Organic brews out there, and by far the best Organic Lager Beer. Despite its pricey tag, I always sample this great brew once in a while. York-shire!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 06:11:33 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all around very tasty concoction. I find the more of Sam Smiths' I have, the more I like. I should grab these more often.

Pours an orangeish/golden/ruby color, with very little head and little lacing- very clear and inviting. Smell is extremely subtle- but the sour and sweet combination I'm getting is appealing, though delicate. Very clean, crisp.

Taste is full of goodness- spicey, sweet, sour- crackers in there? wouldn't think it would fit, but it does- also some honey- very well-balanced and complex, very tasty. Some hops and bitter in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy, and the bubblyness works its way in. Pretty drinkable- a clean, tasty, refreshing brew, one that everyone should try.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 06:51:25 | More by scooter231
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems that it's hard to go wrong with Samuel Smith brews. This is one of the better lagers I've had in recent times and it stands out among in spite of the bigger beers I've been trying.
Pours pale gold with a fizzy white head that says its piece and goes along its merry way. Has a pretty clean "beer" smell to it. The taste is ballsier than the smell. Has a good hops bite with a well balanced malt backbone in the flavor. A little toasty, a little bready, sharp and clean tasting with a good bubbly mouthfeel. Goes down real easy.
As compared to many other lagers out there, think home grown vegetables as opposed to grocery store or frozen vegetables. There is a difference.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 02:39:12 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of allengarvin


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear, perfectly golden brew with a fine head and many nice streams of bubbles flowing up. Crisp, light malt aroma with pleasant, grassy hops. Taste is uncomplex: clean, slightly sweet malt with a moderately high bitterness and a nice fresh-mown hay-like hop flavor. Finishes sharp and clean. Body is a bit thin.

A fine lager, better than many pils in Germany and the continent. Better than the other lager from Sam Smith, too.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 00:50:34 | More by allengarvin
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4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since I had a lager. Pours a golden/yellow with a two finger head which disipates quickly, but leaves a nice lacing. Taste is very nice not to full with a light feel. Not too malty or hoppy. Many of these can be drunk if you do not watch yourself, LOL.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 00:59:45 | More by Wasatch
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District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation and Appearance – Big 550 ml brown bottle poured repeatedly into my comparatively diminutive pilsner glass. Massive swirling carbonation runs through the transparent light yellow beer. The head is creamy and snow white with good staying power due to the carbonation. There is also good lacing the clings in rings around the glass.

Smell – It has the clean fresh aroma of grass, with some light hints of grainy malt. Not too unlike many other euro lagers, but with a cleaner more inviting hop profile than most.

Taste – Clean, fresh and refreshing, not traditionally English at all. The main flavors are from the herbal, grassy hops, but there is little hop bitterness to accompany the hop flavors. There is just a hint of the malts, their grainy sweetness is just to balance the hops. It is a clean easy drinking flavor, but it really isn’t too interesting to me and the big bottle is a lot to drink.

Mouthfeel – Despite the appearance of carbonation, the bubbles are almost unnoticeable on the tongue. The body is pretty light with a mild slickness.

Drinkability and Notes – One of the better pale lagers that I have had, but this is a category that I normally avoid because of the lack of complexity and excitement. This is a fine summer beer or a good choice to give to a friend who normally drinks Heineken or the like.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 20:16:31 | More by OldSock
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a good lace for a head. Head retention is good for the style. The aroma is typical Euro pale lager. Clean grassy grains and some hoppy herb. Taste fairly clean. Sweet malty flavor hits the tounge at first and is balanced well with some mild hops. Clean grainy aftertaste and a great drinkability. A very tasty Euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 06:05:59 | More by Luigi
Photo of PatandDavid


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time having and reviewing this one, although I enjoy their regular lager. Appearance is very nice: bright, golden, rising small bubbles, with puffs of white head that resemble a petri dish. Aroma doesn't seem too bad, but a deep whiff brings up some sweetness, a little bit of jelly beans. Tastewise, I am not picking up as much sweetness as indicated by the aroma. It's actually pretty refined grainyness, with maybe just a touch of honey in the end. I do enjoy the mouthfeel, medium with nice, small, not overwhelming carbonation. I have to say the drinkability is decent, and I would drink another right now if I had one.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 23:42:27 | More by PatandDavid
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale amber, big, fat white froth atop...nice looking lager.
Aroma is soft and faultless...nice, again...grainy, maybe, but that's it...has some character, at least, which is more than many lagers can claim. Solid.
Taste: swift and sure. Definite malty, crisp, caramely, light and tangy, but very mellow, subdued, and well–controlled...this is easy-drinking defined, with the flavor the very perfection of a lager. Wow! I'm very impressed by this one!
Very clean, with cereal certain in the flavor, but, dude, you can drink this happily and proudly.
I'm not normally a lager-lover, but find myself favoring this one highly... if it's your style, grab on to this one, fast and sure...share with your friends and spread the organic goodness around!
A beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 10:50:00 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got this from a pint bottle (a nice looking one I might add, which is par for the course with the Tadcaster brewery) and drank with an angus burger. Quite a sweet pairing

Appearance: A bright yellow...a teeny bit darker than say bud or miller though. Had a bleached white head.

Taste: You could tell this was organic. The beer tasted really clean. Although it was a bit bland, the overall freshness and quality of the beer really upped the score for me. Had a prickly carbonation that tickled your mouth, a very thin veil of malt, and a earthy lemon hop kick.

Mouthfeel: Clean...but had a bit of a skunked feel to it. Maybe mine was past due?

Drinkability: I could drink this bitch all night. I'd like to try more organic beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 00:55:20 | More by maek228
Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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