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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
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-26-2001)
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Photo of pikemark


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this second after writing my first review. My first organic brew ever.

Came in 12 oz bottle, had hops all over the bottle.

Appearance was straw yellow and had great lacing all around. The smell reminded me of apple juice, or a cider right from the start and couldnt get the taste of apples out of my head.

Not as hoppy as I expected, but didnt taste like any lager Ive had. It reminded me more of a White Ale or even a Heffe.

Easy to drink, very crisp, only bad thing was the aftertaste reminded me of a certain silver bullet.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2005 02:28:36 | More by pikemark
Photo of Litterbean

New York

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Bright pale yellow, with a 2 fingered head that disappears really quick. Meh.

Typical lager smell. Clean, slightly hoppy. It isn't very powerful, even from a thin glass. I would like a bit more "nose candy" from this beer.

Tastes like a decent lager. Sweet start, carbonation adds to the bitterness that comes in at the end. Clean going down, making for a good mouthfeel.

Decent example of a traditional lager, I'd say. May be a bit pricey at close to $4 for a 550 ml bottle, but it's refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2005 01:55:35 | More by Litterbean
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuzzy lemon-amber with a lovely looking cap of cotton white that's cottony in texture as well. Large hillocks form on the surface of the head as it ever so slowly descends, leaving wisps of elegant lace in its wake. A quality look from a quality brewer.

The nose is lagery clean with floral, lemony hops in the forefront. It's a little softer and more rounded than I'd like, but then again, when noble hops are used in large quantities they tend to be aggressively pungent. Although I'm beginning to see their appeal, it's still hard to find a beer brewed with noble hops that I flat out love.

This is just about the best Euro pale lager (if that's indeed what it is) that I've ever had. Its soft, rounded personality is more of a positive attribute on the palate, making it unchallenging to drink for those of us who find that less is often more in beer of this style. There is a fair amount of flavor present, so bland and blase don't apply, as they often do when it comes to EPLs.

OPLB tastes lemony and grassy; kind of like... lemongrass. It's lightly but appropriately malted and is moderately hopped with a gentle, friendly bitterness. The finish favors the dry side of things and the light, willowy mouthfeel contains a perfect amount of carbonation.

This is pretty good beer, all things considered. It's far from the best pale lager that I've ever had, but then it's equally far from the worst. While it's much more expensive than the regular offerings from the Big 3, it's also a much, much better beer. "You get what you pay for" isn't always true, but in this case, it's right on the money.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 19:06:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of rousee


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one smooth lager. It pours gold -nice head--stays for a while-lvs some moderate lace. The smell is mild malt-- a basic lager beer. It tastes like a very straightforward gold beer. I wish they sold this at Fenway. This is a beer that would be good to give to a bud drinker and see if they can be converted to better beer. The mouthfeel is a little dry but not unpleasant. Drinkability--oh yeah--you could have a bunch of these as long as you dont get bored with the flatness which is so common in many British beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 21:14:41 | More by rousee
Photo of mynie


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This looks the way Bud does in the commercials. Dark gold with a tight, foamy white head and champagne bubbles. Nice.

Fruit grain and spice in the nose. Very sweet with tons of malt but no real complexity.

Taste very much like it smells: all malt. Good malt, yes, but there's really not much of it. Very sweet upfront and a little bit sour in the back.

Nothing impressive. Really a let down from a usually superlative brewer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 01:04:21 | More by mynie
Photo of bearrunner44


3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, light amber color with a decent-sized head. The smell is about the same as most mainstream lagers- it's grainy, and it has a slightly sweet-smelling presence. The taste is sweet and malty, and it's extremely simplistic compared to other Samuel Smith beers that I've tried. It's smooth and drinkable, but I was hoping something a little more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 04:43:01 | More by bearrunner44
Photo of watermelonman


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

This poured to a great golden color with a relatively large head that lasted pretty well.

The smell is very crisp and ever so slightly floral. Malts take over the taste in a solid and pleasing fashion. Hops definitely take a back seat and are used only for balance. Speaking of balance, that's one thing that this beer has down cold.

Simply put, this is a good lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2005 20:39:19 | More by watermelonman
Photo of MobBarley


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

Appearance: Above average: golden yellow with a small fizzy head and minimal lacing. Textbook for the style, but in a very solid way.

Smell: Initially a nostril-lashing tinny/iron note dominates before redeeming itself by becoming first bitter and finally sweet and grainy. Average.

Taste: Balance is the word here as bready malts and foliar hops go tit for tat before the sweet, dry finish that puts me right in a late-summer field of dry grass.

Mouthfeel: Stupendous. Initially evervescent so as to allow a cascade of flavors and finally dry and comforting. CRISP.

Drinkability: Good quaffing lager with almost no real weaknesses.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 06:32:50 | More by MobBarley
Photo of mrfosters

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured from a 550l bottle.The color was a whiter shade of pale gold. It had a very decent head that lasted a pretty good while.An Average well balanced aroma and taste.But, I did a side by side with their pure brewed lager ,and, I had high hopes for this one, becauseI do believe we ingest way too many chemicals. Unfortunately I think this came out fairly weak.The carbonation seemed flat and overall ,not very interesting.Organic is a nice idea ,but , this one ain't working for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 22:03:52 | More by mrfosters
Photo of PorterLambic


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a smallish head that is a little coarse.
Smell is hoppy (no surprise) with a little malt in the background and a hint of spruce & grass.
Taste is hoppy, spruce hint late & grassy. Good balance.
Mouthfeel is smooth, effervescent all over, and medium bodied.
Drinkability: While I'm no real fan of the style, this is quite a good example of it, I could drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 17:07:06 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of claytri


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lager poured a nice gold with a small white head. It's aroma is a pleasant, but faint, mix of malt and hops. It has a good malty taste with a well done hoppieness that shows up in the finish. It's medium bodied and is slightly oily and has a dry finish. A good beer, but not a match for Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager. This beer seems to be a weaker copy of it in all but appearance.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 22:27:07 | More by claytri
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml victorian pint bottle

Pours with medium yellow hue, slightly cloudy, almost foaming head and some retention

Smell, hints of malt sweetness, has the traits of a good euro lager

Taste, sweetness coming thorugh, slight hop aroma and flavour on the finish

A nice refreshing lager

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 18:40:18 | More by cypressbob
Photo of RoyalT


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a beautiful, bright straw color with big carbonation bubbles and a good, foamy, clean-looking head.

Smell – The grain here is terrific and very strong. It is smoothed nicely by a light, refined sugar compliment.

Taste –This is American grain at its best. The rich, full flavor is incredibly smooth and clean. The light sweet finish brings up the rear of the flavor profile. Nice.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Lager is very refreshing. I like the light carbonation as well.

Drinkability – This is a classic. Why can’t the macros do Lager like this?

Update – I originally review this with an ’04 vintage so thought I’d give it another crack with an ’06. I’d say definitely lighter than medium-bodied for sure, but otherwise this is just the way I remember it. I have a few of these over the course of a year, especially when the winter weather first breaks. It’s a great way to celebrate spring’s arrival.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 15:48:11 | More by RoyalT
Photo of beertaster13


4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow what a lager. Pours a nice pale yellow with a nice foam head, lacing will linger on the glass. The smell uprfront has floral tones mixed with fresh fruit, a very clean nose. The taste is smooth and refreshing. The fruit taste is so pleasant with the subtle sugared grain that you can't help but raise the glass over and over. Light bodied and very pleasant, god bless this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 22:08:39 | More by beertaster13
Photo of necoadam


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a golden color with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell is straight forward. Malts, grassy, barley-like aromas. It was pretty clean and crisp. Taste was quite decent. Sweet malts hit the palate and then blend in with some slight hop flavors with a grain like aftertaste. The aftertaste was slightly buttery as well, but not too powering. This beer won't knock off any socks, but the taste is pretty decent and could be a great fall back beer. Perhaps you'll notice the organic part by the very crisp and clean taste, but seemed like any other lager out there. Decent enough though.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2004 02:27:09 | More by necoadam
Photo of JackTheRipper


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an oh-so-clear honey golden color. Head started off a big fluffy white pillow, but is now a scant layer of suds. Zero lacing.
S: Initial smell is a nice full maltiness. As it warms a bit, there's a hint of a floral hop aroma. quite nice.
T: Nicely balanced malty/hoppy profile, and a bit of bitterness, more than I'd expect from a lager. Not overly sweet. The only drawback is a faintly metallic taste. No clue what that's about.
M: Medium in body. Crisp and clean on the palate. Carbonation and alcohol levels are quite nice. Leaves me feeling a bit dry.
D&N: Originally bought this one for the gimmick factor of an "organically produced" beer, but leave it to Sam Smith to make a darn fine brew. The weather is a bit warm today, and this one really hits the spot. Nicely done, Sam.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2004 22:38:30 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of edchicma


4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice brew...I am not a lager fan, but I was intrigued by the Organic lable..so I gave it a try. Appearance was a crystal clear yellow, nicely carbonated with a nice head that left some lacing on the side of the glass. Smell was a nice malt aroma with some earthy and fruity undertines. Taste was malty and lightly sweet with a hint of hops on the finish. Mouthfeel was excellent with a smoothness and crispness balance that was very refreshing. Extremely easy on the palate...very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 22:15:41 | More by edchicma
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not too much to write on this one. Interesting, tall SS embossed bottle with a generic white cap. An announced 5% ABV on the label.

Light sunshine yellow lager pour. Steep ½" off white head that slides straight down the glass with scant bubbles.

Scents are all malt on this lager. Sweet welcome malt lager aroma. This is reminiscent of VICTORY Prima Pils. Easy organic lager flavor.

Last swigs: This has a German flavor, borderline weiss. Almost lemony, citrus in the upfront taste. The aftertaste slowly fades to an easy sweet corn bread. Easy Drinkability even tho’ this pilsner style lager is not my favorite. This is a respectable Lager offering.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 05:16:40 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of cretemixer


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear glowing light gold in color. A thick "sea foam" pure white head stays long after the pour. Large-bubbled carbonation rises steadily.
Clean aroma, very much to style. A slight vegetal note and a floral hoppiness.
Somewhat sweet taste, but very crisp & clean. Well balanced, but I could go for just a bit more hop bitterness.
Light in body, springy carbonation and very drinkable.
If you see it, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 04:02:57 | More by cretemixer
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy gold with a moderate head that settles some but has reasonable staying power. Leaves a trail of rings as you drink.

Hops and malt both in the nose with a touch of grass, not overpowering.

Nice clean taste with a good malt / hop balance. Some sweetness up front with a mild hop finish. Earthiness and grain up the middle.

Good beer, not quite as interesting as some of Samuel Smith's other offerings, but quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 17:53:19 | More by TerryW
Photo of Imbiber

New York

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden with an enthusiastic head which diminishes slowly. A very slight haze was present. The aroma offered up hops and doughy yeast, a sign of a quality lager. Hop and malf flavours are well-balanced, and this beer tastes crisp and has a clean 'bite'; another sign of a quality lager. I'm not the biggest fan of bottom-fermenting beers usually, but this is top quality and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 19:46:01 | More by Imbiber
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It boasts primarily of pale malts and lager yeast with a mild hop scent. The taste is good. It is clean and refreshing. It has largely a pale malt flavor with a light hop taste. It is light and highly drinkable. This is a low bodied beer with decent carbonation. I think this is an outstanding lager; probably one of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 01:13:49 | More by WesWes
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's organic lager is certified organic by the U.K. Soil Association and uses only malt and hops which have been grown without the aid of chemical fertilizers or the protection of pesticides. With that said, does this necessarily make it a better beer? I would say no, but Sam Smith's has a funny way of brewing a good beer no matter what the conditions and ingredients are. Those concerned about chemicals need not be when drinking this lager.

This beer pours a light, slightly hazy gold color with a decent foamy head that lasts for about a minute, leaving minimal lace. The smell is similar to their regular lager with some clean malt smell, although it seems a tad bit lighter and sweeter. This beer does feel smooth on the palette and has a moderate carbonation to it. Upon first sip, the first true difference between this and the regular lager was that I thought this was much sweeter. While there is a very good malt presence here, the sugary sweetness was quite prevalent. A leafy-green element is present in the flavor as well (not as grassy or haylike as the regular lager, more like a leaf off of a tree). There is a decent hop bitterness here, but not as much as the Pure Brewed Lager, which surprised me because the Merchant du Vin pamphlet I picked up awhile back said that this was hoppier than most other lagers. Some moderate bitterness and dryness in the finish. In the aftertaste the sweetness continues with some light dryness, and this finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

In summary, a good beer but not quite as impressive as the Pure Brewed Lager. Certainly better than most macro-swill. I would think that this would really appeal to the health-concious and the stricter vegan types. Another good beer from Samuel Smith's.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 05:03:01 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of longpondbeerman


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

Poured a light, golden tone with just a hint of cloudiness and a fine frothy white head--just what one might expect from a lager. I could smell the wheaty aroma most clearly, and there was a hint of ginger. Both of these were in evidence at the initial tasting, but the taste went flat quickly, and there was little follow-up, just a touch of bitters. The consistency was thin, but sparkling. A good lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 23:26:01 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of UnionMade


4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystal clear ochre gold, topped with a buoyant fluffy white head. The head dies very quickly, leaving only a thin mist that dies out completely about halfway through the glass.
Aroma is exceptionally clean, with a light corny pilsner malt presence. Some spicy, herbal hoppiness, with a touch of apparent alcohol. Well defined aroma. Excellent.
Flavor is extremely clean, definitely aged adequately. A light, crisp pils malt starts out the sip, with a touch of corn towards the middle. Spicy noble hops come through in the middle, finishing the beer with a mild herbal bitterness. Spritzy carbonation, light and airy, with a light body. Excellent balance of flavor.
A very tasty lager, much better than I expected. Easily the best english lager I've had the pleasure of drinking. Absolutely Fabulous.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 05:08:07 | More by UnionMade
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