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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

551 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 41
Gots: 14 | 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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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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
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longpondbeerman

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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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beerguy101

California

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A medium bodied lager. Mild malts and fairly aggressively hopped. Full flavor. Good taste. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 02:26:23 | More by beerguy101
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dayton, OH AleFest:A light bodied beer whose palate was smooth and somewhat thin.It had a small size white head that contained fine sized bubbles that mostly diminished.The body was clear and there was carbonation observed.The nose was malty, fruity and sweet with a light bitter flavoring.There was nothing really all that special about this beer as it needs to have more character in order for it to be an enjoyable beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 13:23:50 | More by hotstuff
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Organically produced eh?....well it pours a glowing golden amber crystal clear tone with an exubriantly white full vivacious head very bubbly in a good way lacing is left in thick tuckets great appearance for a lager. Aromatics are grassy lemony sweetness with a not full on aromatic but nice and mellow touch of hops not bad. Flavor is crisp with a bready malt characteristic easy drinking and enjoyable on this humid day the hops come through with just enough bitterness. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with mellow carbonation solid beer. Drinkability for the price I don't think I could justify buying this beer regularly, but hey it has satisfied my beer craving and for that I thank thy beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 19:23:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let's see here. I'm not particularly fond of organic food or drink (even though it is much better for the environment) nor an I too fond of lagers. So why did I get this? I don't know, it seemed interesting enough and might be good during these hot summer days. So I bought one and drank it a week ago. It tasted sort of grassy but not in a bad way. Malts are weaker than the hops which aren't that aggressive either. But this is smooth and goes down easy. I probably won't get this again but it wasn't too bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 21:23:23 | More by granger10
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich gold appearance with a trace of a fluffy 1/8 of an inch head that lasts for a short time and laces practically not at all. Nice nutty candy bar aroma, some almond, some buttery diacetyl. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonation, and an accurate reflection of the malt aromas in the taste statement. The hopping seems too "tight" to properly balance this beer throughout, it seems more apparent in the aftertaste than in the mouth. Overall, a very enjoyable Lager here.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 08:17:01 | More by ADR
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden in color with a nice thin, foamy head. Grassy and light hops on the nose. A tender balance of malt and hops, but rather mellow. Light bodied, lacks good quality for the style, it is clean and rather refreshing, but not the best that Samuel Smith has produced.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 19:32:01 | More by GeoffRizzo
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy or cloudy deep yellow with a minimal white head. There was also minimal lacing effect. The nose is of malt and there hints of hops lurking there as well. The flavor is a nice malt and grain with nice light hop balancing. This is a nice beer with a decent body and feel. Very drinkable with a clean, pleasant finish. My sense is that this is a very well balanced and thought out formula.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 05:16:21 | More by AtLagerHeads
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is perhaps one of the most drinkable lagers on the planet...perhaps the entire universe. Pours out a deep golden color with a puffy and foamy white head. The lace lingers and fades slowly, leaving spotty traces. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt; a faint whiff of fruit and light floral hops arouses the senses. The lightly herbal and slightly sweet malt is a perfect compliment to the citrusy and tea-like hops. This heavenly liquid is balanced, rounded and smooth, but flavorful. The complexion and flavors change ever so subtly as the glass warms and the change is good. One is not enough!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 06:36:18 | More by BeerResearcher
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear medium golden amber color with lots of fat, slow-rising bubbles and a half-inch white head which retains fairly well. The lacing is quite good.

Aroma: Butterscotch, grain, fruits, and mild hops comprise the fairly complex and pleasing aroma.

Taste: Begins with rather sweet malt notes with a slight honey characteristic and fruit flavors. Midway through the taste, bread notes appear. Finishes with a strong and lingering metallic note and some mild sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and delicate with mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: I had rather low expectations for this beer; prior to trying it, the "organically produced" statement concerned me, as if it were the reason for producing this beer. These concerns proved unwarranted, this is a very good beer, organically produced or not.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 19:17:31 | More by Pegasus
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a nice yellow color with somewhat of a head. But the taste, typical. It tasted like Bass. Non-eventful, perhaps they should add some non-organic ingrediants and "spice" it up. That's the ticket! Maybe some industrial strenghth hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 08:11:36 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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putnam

Michigan

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

I hope this wasn't just an afterthought for one of my favorite brewery's in the world. There is no reason that I know of why an "organic" beer should taste any different than a...what..."synthetic" (?) beer. But this has an overall much more rustic, awkward character than Tadcaster's other Lager. Notes of pine-infused water, brick dust, and ragweed adorn respectable lager texture and glycerin. For the finish, which manages to come into decent balance, I say it is pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 14:40:14 | More by putnam
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light goldish-brown hue, bubbly white head, ½ a finger worth, below-average retention, decent lace. Mildly aromatic nose, malty with floral notes, kind of clean though. Very flavorful, calmly sweet malt is dominant; lovely citrus and floral hops are tactfully blended. Ideal mouthfeel, semi-dry finish. This is an enjoyable quaff and something I’d recommend.

The fact that it is organically made is a plus of sorts. Not a typical clear Samuel Smith bottle, another plus of sorts.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 09:11:47 | More by bditty187
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yummy! Sam Smiths is generally known for their wonderful line of ales, but this lager is top notch! Ii poured a nice light golden/amber colour and smelled of fresh ingredients! This tasted like a dream, crisp and refreshing with every sip. Carbonated just enough to give it a nice head, and extremely drinkable with its creamy yet crisp mouthfeel.
A true classic of the style, and it's organic to boot.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 11:09:20 | More by francisweizen
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Gusler

Arizona

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the pour an opalescent gold color with a modest sized head, the lace is a fair sheet to cover the glass. Nose is malt, slightly earthy, clean and crisp. Front is slightly malt sweet, the top skimpy, the finish is purposefully acidic, hops are meaningful, the aftertaste dry and long lasting. As I normally don't care for lagers/pils, this one is clean and fresh, and a good beer for the "Long Hot Summer Months".

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2002 07:05:47 | More by Gusler
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inebrius

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden glowing lager juice sports a thin top and a few skeletal lace fingers. Breakfast in bed as the aromas of toast, a wedge of melon and a fresh mum drift through your nose. Less sprightly than your typical lager makes for prompt and easy drinking. A fine, toasted malt base flows into a loamy hop flavor that turns a mild bitter and strolls across the backsides of your tongue. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 06:23:07 | More by inebrius
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far, the BEST lager I have ever tasted. Clear golden color underneath a beautiful fluffy white head that won't go away and sticks all over the glass. Aroma is somewhat spicy, almost that of a Belgian ale. Good malt character, and a smoothness to kill for. Slight hop flavor towards the end. This is what all American lagers wish they could be.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 21:12:26 | More by IrishRedRock
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John

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw color. Pillowy white head. Bready, light grain aroma. Plenty of flavor packed into this light brew. Biscuity malt flavor with oily but reserved hops. Carbonation nips at the throat. Light mouthfeel. An appreciation for a fine lager like this should not be understated. A quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2002 21:26:54 | More by John
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jreitman

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big lager fan, but really enjoyed this one. My girlfriend was serving this at her table at the Seattle International Beer Fest. For hours it went untouched, then someone finally decided to try and really enjoyed it, convincing me to give it a shot when our shifts were over.

Pale golden color and clear as possible. Fruit and flowers dominate the nose and flavor. Good mouthfeel and nice finish. Definitely worth checking out as it is a pretty unique beer. Just beer worried about skunked bottles as the bottles are clear.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2002 09:12:57 | More by jreitman
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml brown bottle with no freshness date. Sparkling clarity with a fluffy white that stick to the glass just fine.

Grassy and sweet aroma of malt with a light herbal hop in the back.

Easy going malt character, moderate body and carbonation. Mellow hoppiness that reaches the palate with more flavour than bitterness. Lots of grain on the tongue with a lightly sweet finish.

Its good to know that there are good organic beers out there, as for buying this again it is more of a novelty item. No great shake here, just a good drinking lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2002 18:29:41 | More by Jason
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a great clean lager. lighter in color and smooth down the chute. my first experience with an organic lager, and it was a good one. it was great like sam smith's lager, but this was toned down.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2002 07:59:45 | More by ElGuapo
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marc77

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color and slightly hazy. It's topped with a head that dissipates readily. The mild noble hop nose is herbal, a touch spicy, unassertive, and is coupled w. a mellow graininess. The aroma is pleasant overall. Lightly bodied. Soft, bready malt flavors and mild sweetness is very well balanced by hop bitterness. Hop flavor, although secondary, seems a bit grassy. The finish is clean and mildly grainy. This is a lightly bodied and flavorful brew, but seems more like a Dortmunder Export rather than a Helles, since it was a touch shy on malt character.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2002 19:47:21 | More by marc77
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Jordan

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Frothy golden, slightly hazey, bit of sediment in the glass. When pouring it's almost like looking through water. Raw barley, clove, ginger on the nose. The flavors on the palate have strong resemblance to the scent on your nose. Crisp? Yes. Refreshing? Definately. Healthy? I'd like to think so.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2001 00:30:33 | More by Jordan
Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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