Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4/5 rDev +4.7%
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 cant the macros do Lager like this?
Update I originally review this with an 04 vintage so thought Id give it another crack with an 06. Id 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. Its a great way to celebrate springs arrival.
10-01-2004 15:48:11 | More by RoyalT
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
09-24-2004 22:08:39 | More by beertaster13
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
05-29-2004 02:27:09 | More by necoadam
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
05-20-2004 22:38:30 | More by JackTheRipper
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
04-26-2004 22:15:41 | More by edchicma
3.03/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
04-14-2004 05:16:40 | More by blitheringidiot
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
02-11-2004 04:02:57 | More by cretemixer
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
01-31-2004 17:53:19 | More by TerryW
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
01-23-2004 19:46:01 | More by Imbiber
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
01-21-2004 01:13:49 | More by WesWes
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-23-2003 05:03:01 | More by Beastdog75
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
12-08-2003 23:26:01 | More by longpondbeerman
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
09-30-2003 05:08:07 | More by UnionMade
3/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
09-20-2003 02:26:23 | More by beerguy101
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
08-28-2003 13:23:50 | More by hotstuff
2.85/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
08-26-2003 19:23:02 | More by WVbeergeek
3.33/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
07-31-2003 21:23:23 | More by granger10
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
07-08-2003 08:17:01 | More by ADR
2.95/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
06-27-2003 19:32:01 | More by GeoffRizzo
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
05-24-2003 05:16:21 | More by AtLagerHeads
4.58/5 rDev +19.9%
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!
05-22-2003 06:36:18 | More by BeerResearcher
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-24-2003 19:17:31 | More by Pegasus
3/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
03-07-2003 08:11:36 | More by bewareOFpenguin
3.63/5 rDev -5%
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.
02-03-2003 14:40:14 | More by putnam
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
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 Id recommend.
The fact that it is organically made is a plus of sorts. Not a typical clear Samuel Smith bottle, another plus of sorts.
01-06-2003 09:11:47 | More by bditty187
Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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