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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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353 Reviews

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Reviews: 353
Hads: 607
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 57
Gots: 35 | 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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-26-2001

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Photo of seesnow3
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour-Huge head that gradually recedes more and more, very pale straw yellow, more than a light American beer, head sticks to the glass but other than that there really isn’t any lacing

Nose-Light crisp citrus hops, faint yeast and malt aromas, maybe a little bit of apricot

Palate-Matches the nose for the most part with a slightly off almost skunk-like taste that isn’t unpleasant. Nice grain taste with just a hint of lemon to compliment it, not bad

Body-Very light in almost every way, but not like a light beer type of light, there is still a tiny bit of complexity there. Nothing offensive really at all

Finish-Grains and a bit of fresh lemon are all that stay, dry finish but refreshing, very clean, overall not a bad beer, very easy to drink, excellent balance even though the flavor is light.

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Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550mL bottle (code S106PI - or something like that - no dates) poured into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color with a nice clean soapy white head.

Aroma is grainy, mild, clean - smells like your standard lager.

Taste is light, fruity, clean and dry. Light and drinkable but not watery. Good balance between malt and hops. Nice crisp finish.

There's nothing particularly interesting or complex about this beer, but it's good for what it is.

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Photo of stcules
2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clean, golden color, with white and abundant foam.
Malty smell, with cereals, and a bit of hop.
The cereal notes are a bit too heavy.
Same notes in the taste, with maybe a faint citrus note.
Cereal and honeyed notes in the aftertaste again.
Quite useless beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with noticeable carbonation bubbles and loose, bubbly head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. The nose has notes of straw, grass, and lager yeast. The taste is straw-like and grassy with faint apple-like sweetness and a very mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is clean, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

For a euro lager, this is pretty solid. It has some of the same smells as the macros, but the taste is cleaner and more balanced coming close to a pilsner.

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

A- Straw yellow hue with a very clean clear body and a rocky egg shell foam. Thick rings of lace notches fill the glass.

S- clean grassy smell, cereal grain, fruity hop, bready malt.

T- just like the smell. This beer is light, refreshing, really goes down smooth, sweet on the tongue, and slightly bitter on the finish.

O- such a clean, refreshing lager. A constant go to for my dad and me both.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was a clean,bubbly wheat colored hue and the smell too similar. No skunk or bitter odor. The taste expecting to be full of hops,was to me a great mixture of malt,fullness and body,but also a kick of hops and honey sweetness. Ive had 2 kinds of Samuel Smith's now and again..I loved this beer. Can't wait to try another kind and see if they hit it out of the park again!

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: honey and grass

Taste: honey, grain, and grass

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter and dry backbone

Overall: Very solid and clean English lager. No frills here, but certainly sessionable. Exceptional for the style. I will get this again if not just for the clean finish.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Currently the #1 Euro pale lager.

The beer is crystal clear, and appears light yellow hued. The head measures nearly an inch thick, slowly descending to a thin, white layer.

The aroma is of pils malt, light citrus, and grain. It smells good for the style.

The flavor is excellent, and I can see why this beer ranks best in its class. Clean and refreshing. The beer is light, simple, and pleasant. Toast, biscuits, bread, with a hint of citrus. Terrific balance. I could drink several of these. Thoroughly enjoyable. I wish this was available in six packs. I will certainly be having this one again.

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

550ml bottle poured into a Weizen Glass.

A - Clear, glowing gold with a 2-inch fluffy white head that settles to a nice cap, leaving some spotty lacing.
S - Lightly toasted bready malt, yeast, and grassy hops. Very crisp and clean.
T - Sweet and toasty malt with more slightly bitter grassy hops. Fairly typical of a Euro Pale Lager, but very tasty nonetheless. Well made.
M - Highly drinkable, with a thinnish body and sharp carbonation.
O - I burned through the bottle pretty quick, just an excellent brew after a long day at work!

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

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - this literally looks like the classic tv beer with a light golden color, lots of carbonation and a one finger head that disappears after a few minutes to leave behind some patchy, thin lacing.

S - not a lot to smell, though there is a nice bready malt present

T - surprisingly intense flavors for a larger with a solid hops bite backed with a hint of bready malt and a crisp clean finish. Stays sharp all the way through.

M - nice light mouthfeel with sharp carbonation and a really clean finish.

D - this is probably the definition of drinkability - goes down very well.

A very nice lager from Samuel Smith - has the intensity of a good pale ale, but the light lager body. Very nice beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

In appearance this looks like a typical Pale Euro Lager with one difference distinctly. It does have a standard good looking clear gold body, but the head has a solid white and clumpy texture. As the head receeds, it makes mountains in the glass and valleys, bumping along with some neat retention. I call.. great looking.

Bouquet is just bang on great. This is toast, this is bread in a nutshell. Nice light toasty grain and malt with a great brown sort of baked cracker, crisp and slightly sweet and dry. Just fantastic.

Taste is hop forward just right. But more so as the hop gives way to that great cracker like nose and dry character. Cracker like dry finish and crisp body, with flour chew and bread.

Overall a great drink to be had, and what a fantastic summer beer this is on a hot day, I think it makes me appreciate it more.

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into a Sam Smith pint (I got suckered into a pint night, damn it).

Uniquely malty with a rustic, biscuit-like, graininess. Hops are floral at onset and then are washed away in the maltiness. Balanced slightly toward malt. Yeast adds some mild sulfur and apple skin. Less "clean" than a German brewed lager, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, and given that this is produced from a traditional English ale brewer that's rather expected.

Overall it's a delicate, but pleasant to drink beer. The real issue is price. For a fraction I could drink any number of pale lagers that are just as good, if not better.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: pours a clear yellow-golden color with a nice white head
Smell: Hop, grass, malts, fruits and light vegetable
Taste:Bitter hops, malts with a slight sour bite in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: very watery and medium carbonation
Overall: average brew from one of my favorite traditional English breweries

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a pale golden hue, completely translucent, and is capped with a short-lived pillow of white froth. The head recedes to a wispy film, but leaves spots of lace upon the glass.

S - The nose is just a tad better than average due to a malty sweetness that livens up an otherwise plebeian combination of mineral notes and slightly skunky continental hops.

T - The flavor delivers a very nice subtle balance of sweet, bitter, herbal, mineral, and effervescent elements; varied notes of honey, wildflowers, cut grass and mineral water are suggested.

M - The feel is light and refreshing.

O - Pretty decent but not mind-blowing or worth spending the $, as it is relatively pricey for a straight-up lager.

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Photo of minterro
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clear light gold, thick white frothy head that hangs around the top of the beer but doesn’t really cling to the glass.

S: grainy, sweet malts, grassy

T: At first couldn’t really pin down the fruit flavor, but if I had to pick one I guess I would go with a light green grape. Not really buttery bread like their nut brown, but more of whole grain bread. A bit spicy, and has a distinct bitter finish that contains hoppy notes.

M: very carbonated, light bodied, crisp

O: good for its style but overall I wouldn't buy it again. From the Samuel Smith beers that I have tried this one was my least favorite, but not bad by any sort of measure.

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Photo of BangerNYC
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Changing over from being a lager drinker to an ale drinker is a heavenly experience, but sometimes, you have to go back to what brought you to the love in the first place and that's where the Samuel Smith Organically Produced Lager lay...

I've had the Organically Produced Lager before and it brought me to buy another one to share here.

The appearance is crystal clear and refreshing LOOKING and what's to follow doesn't disappoint.

There isn't any overpowering smells, but will make you think of what you would want in a lager... No overpowering hops with a hint of freshly baked bread.

The only way I can think of describing the taste is that the barleys lay perfectly within the beer and once again, nothing overpowers.

The mouthfeel is clean and refreshing and all commercially brewed lagers should take note of. It's what everyone should want in a beer. It's refreshingly clean and smooth, with a hint of yeast activity making you want another sip!

Overall a great beer that will make you want to keep a few on hand "just in case!"

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Someone in a recent thread (http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/3853486) inspired me to get busy on the Samuel Smith's oeuvre and after a stop at the local bottle shop today, I am ready to do just that! I do not mind making the occasional pit stop on The CANQuest (TM) highway, but the extended breaks bother me.

I am probably greener than most, never having had a driver's license and a frequent user of public trans, but somehow "organic" has not held the cachet for me that it has for others.

From the bottle: "The malted barley & hops used to brew this lager have been organically grown without the use of chemical sprays or artificial fertilizers."; "A full-bodied lager with lots of malty character, a touch hoppier than many lagers yet perfectly balanced. Brewed using lightly-kilned organic lager malt from barley grown in the UK, organic hops, yeast and water."; Picture depicting: "Samuel Smith's Shire Horses taking out deliveries in Tadcaster. The horses deliver five days a week."

My pour netted me a big, foamy cap of a dense finger of bone-white head with very good retention. Color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the characteristic lager-malt sweetness with grassy undertones. Fantastiche, especially after all of those AALs! Mouthfeel was soft, not overly carbonated, but I am unsure of their claim about it being a hoppier lager. Instead, I got a good bit of clean lager sweetness and by clean, I mean adjunct free. If you really want to understand the impact adjuncts have on lager beers, have and afternoon of AALs followed the next day by one of these. Finish was dry and refreshing, just the way lager should be. "Organic" usually = more expensive, but this bottle was the same price as the other beers from Sam. Smith's and it was very pleasant to drink. I would have it again.

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4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Same as most have said, large brown bottle, nice old-fashioned label. Very appealing.

Pour: Smooth pour with lots of bubbles that stick to the side like a Sprite.

Smell: Like a strong, malty lager. Grass and dirt, maybe corn.

Mouthfeel: Honey.

Taste: Outstanding. This is what the cheap lagers that many drink are hoping to reminisce on. You might understand why Bud tastes like it does and where this style comes from when you taste something like this.

Comments: All people who hate cheap beer should drink this to see what it is modeled off of. There aren't many lagers this good.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden-orange with a rather pathetic head. Almost non-existent with faint retention and minimal lace.

The nose has a delightful note of butterscotch dripping over the nice biscuity malt character. Hops are fresh and floral, adding further touches of meyer lemon.

The palate is bright and crisp, with more of that buttery, biscuity malt. Minimal hops but enough to be well balanced, and the mouthfeel has plenty of weight for its overall lightness.

This really grew on me as it opened up. The butterscotchy, buttery biscuit flavors were wonderfully executed and a nice change of pace from the lagers I've had recently.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a clear pale-yellow color with a finger of white head that slowly fades and does not lace well.

S: Sweet corn, light grassiness, and some citrus notes.

T: Sweet corn, grassy hoppiness, a little lemon, and dry, bready maltiness.

M: The body is medium-light with average carbonation and a drying finish.

O: This is on par with Heineken and the like; it's not something I care to drink again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager pours out much like any other lager. The color is clear and yellow with a white soapy looking head. The aroma of this beer is a little grassy with some fresh wood coming through along with the malts and hops. The taste of the beer is lightly grassy and has a good amount of malt upfront. This fades into the slightly hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and mostly on the lighter side for a lager. Not too bad of a beer.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Halftime of an good Sunday night MLS game (three goals in five minutes). Time to slip in a review.

Poured from a 1 pt 2.7 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thick, bready white head on top of a pale, crystal clear beer. Thousands of tiny carbonation bubbles moving quickly throughout.

Smell: Grassy smell of a standard Euro lager.

Taste: Perfect "lager" taste. Not sweet and not bitter. A full-bodied taste, not at all watery.

Mouthfeel: I hate to say crisp and refreshing (did I steal that from Budweiser?!), but this beer is crisp and refreshing. Exactly what I was craving today as the weather gets a little warmer. I don't feel a lot of the carbonation and there is little to no aftertaste.

Overall: A solid lager that I would definitely seek out again. I usually like hoppier lagers/pilsners, but this one is a sessionable, refreshing beer.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale clear yellow in my pint glass, almost tan, with a big bubbly head that disappears after a minute leaving just a bare minimum of sloppy lacing that falls away quickly. Very little carbonation is visible.

I smell a little orange zest, a hint of floral and spicy from the hops, but nothing strong. Almost nothing there except the lager yeast which always smells a little earthy/woody to me.

Mild bitterness, but it's there. A very earthy and grainy, above average but somewhat typical lager style in my opinion. It balances out nicely in the end with more of that mildly floral, spicy hoppiness than most lagers I've tasted though. There's still just almost a hint of some orange and the beer sweetens as it warms.

The mouthfeel is what takes this from a typical lager to something I would choose to drink again despite my preference for ales. Light and smooth, but with just enough body and dryness in the finish to make this a crisp and enjoyably drinkable beer.

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a frosty pilsner glass at a restaurant, if it weren't so busy I would have nerded out and told them I didn't want a frosty glass. Oh well...

A: Transparent pale clear lager. Slight orange or yellow hue. Very light looking. Nice frothy head.

S: Grassy, slightly malty pleasant and simple lager style scent. Not much going on here, but nothing negative.

T: Very clean and light tasting beer. Nice Euro Lager sort of of taste but much cleaner and better than your typical boring euro lager. There is a clean yeasty flavor that is fresh crisp and refreshing. I like this beer.

M: Lightly tingly in carbonation, easy feeling, pleasant.

D: Gee, I could pound three or four of these without flinching. Nothing funky are heavy about this to pull you down into the depths of boring clumsy yeasty lager blotation hell.

A well refined simple lager, much better than your average beer of this style. Thumbs up.

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

Brown 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date poured into a stein. Clear, golden with a two inch, fluffy white-head that quickly dissipated to a small ring.

The odor was surprisingly spicy for a lager with the typical lager sweetness also evident.

The flavor was crisp with a nice bready, malty flavor that lingers. With just a slight hint of honey and apple, this lager had some subtle complexity. This is a step above the standard "Euro pale lager".

While the mouthfeel was rather crisp, the carbonation is lower than most pale lagers. The body was rather light while maintaining a solid, bready-sweet mouthfeel.

I am not sure how old this bottle is, but this lager does taste fresh. Lagers usually don't come to mind when you think of Britain, but this is a solid effort. While this four pack was quite expensive, it is worth seeking out.

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Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.