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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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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 47
Gots: 26 | 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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Ratings: 588 | Reviews: 354
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  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.

Photo of Higravity
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  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!!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  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!!!

Photo of scooter231
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of OldSock
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Luigi
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of maek228
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of pikemark
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Litterbean
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of rousee
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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.

Photo of bearrunner44
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of MobBarley
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of mrfosters
2.97/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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