Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager BeerSamuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 317 | Ratings: 580
Photo of lyttleb
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer, and I've tasted hundreds. Any time I need something to lift me up that I know won't leave me dissapointed, it's this beer. The green and gold foil top screams quality and refined.

The best way to describe the taste is balanced, light, yet full-flavored and reminescent of honey. This beer is so clean that your buddies who won't venture past Bud Light will have respect.

Of course, anytime you have good memories associated with a good beer, the beer becomes one of your all-time favorites. Consume this beer when you want some good memories with good friends. Cheers!

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Photo of zythus
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Beer drinkers distinguished by candor and insight boast in their inborn belief in the superiority of Samuel Smith beers. This lager is a harbinger of success. It is teeming with life. It is Unreservedly, unequivocally, and absolutely right, and I feel called upon to asseverate that Samuel Smith's Brewed Lager Beer will flow in a notable way amidst the mountains of God. I would say so in the presence of an Apostle.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.79/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a crystal clear sparkling light golden yellow with a big loose airy egg shell colored head. foam is active and fizzy and recedes forming a thin membrane over the top with cobweb lined bubbles popping here n there depositing small chunky patches of lace around the rim of the glass. sparse bubbles rise up to rebuild the head but it falls pretty quickly with its thin skin in tact and a loose patchwork of foam bubbles underneath.

S- classic tadcaster hop and malt aroma, buttery sweet, but this time with an alluring sweetened bran cereal smell and golden raisins. honestly, this smells extremely similar to raisin bran and i just wanna keep sniffing forever. granola, oat, and pale barley are very prominent and inviting. hop aroma is floral and clean and just right, not overpowering the beautiful malt and soft spicy yeast. this is an amazing aroma to say the least and there is nothing to be desired here, except to a certain extent, i wish it were solid so i could eat it.

T- as far as i know this is the first english lager i've tried and i appreciate everything about it at first taste. the granola/bran aroma carries over into the taste along with fruity alcohol esters and a seemingly endless yeast/hop combination of white grapes and lemon rind, and unripe peaches. no grassy flavors that i'm used to in a EPL, but more of an overall herbaceous hop flavor that makes me think of roses, hibiscus, and flowering herbs. that old tadcaster stone water taste comes out near the end with a metallic tinge, making me feel at ease cuz sam smith's is like 'comfort beer' to me. finish is very well balanced being neither dry or cloying, with bitter green apple notes, leaving my mouth with a clean minty fresh feeling even at +/-45 degrees.

MF- juicy and silky smooth just the same as every offering i've had from this brewery.a deceiving full bodied feeling is created from the low carbonation level making for a pleasurable palate experience then thinning out in the throat ultimately quenching any thirst that may be distracting you from the supreme taste and aroma of this brew.

D- damn near perfect world class euro lager. tadcaster has obviously lent some of its ale techniques to the making of this one and the result is a wonderfully flavorful, uniquely complex beer the likes of which i could have never imagined. i'm not one for this style, but my favorite english brewery continues to amaze me.

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Photo of liquoricefish
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've got to say, as a macro lager kind of guy, this is a damn good lager.

A - Not too many bubbles, good light golden color, but what does that matter?

S - I want to describe it as a sweet smell. Sweet in a honey-like way but not sugary-sweet. Beyond the sweetness I detect some very complex wheat and hops aromas. I really don't know what to say except this smells amazing! Sweet, but not sugary. Hoppy, but not overpowering. Like wheat, but not too much like wheat.

T - Wow. Very complex taste, yet no one sensation overpowers. Very nice and pleasant (very slightly) sweet and biscuity taste at first, with a very smooth finish.

M - Feels carbonated but very balanced. (Overall this is kind of what I'm saying - notice the incredible balance of this beer.)

D - Well, I could drink these all day, but too bad this is no cheap brew. Very very expensive in fact.

Overall, I wouldn't say this is absolutely my favorite beer, but it's really quite incredible. I enjoy beer that's not very dark, or fruity, or spicy, or sweet. Like I said, I'm anh all-American macro lager kind of guy. But this is what macro lagers strive to be, they're just unbalanced at some point. I admit, this is no perfect beer, but wow! Balanced! Smooth! Delicious! EXPENSIVE!

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Photo of DarkBeer
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer. It has a yellowish gold color, and nice head when poured in a pint glass. The taste of it is similar to Sam Smith's Organic Lager, but with less of an acidic aftertaste. The soft water in Pure Brewed Lager helps it go down smooth and easy. There is a good amount of carbonation that blends well with the grainy aftertaste. It's very pure tasting with well balanced flavors and texture, something I can drink regularly.

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Photo of seedyone
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From bottle at home. Lovely clear gold that shows the champagne-style bubbles rising to form tight suds for lightly laced tracings on the glass.

The aroma has a minerality with virtually no yeasty notes, yet they are present on the tongue. Aftertaste is lingering & malty. Not what I would call your typical lager, by American standards. There is nothing 'flat' here as there are in many others. It's viscous, very lively & refreshing. It's substantial character will reduce some gulpers to sippers as each mouthful has plenty to offer.

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Photo of botham
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 2.7 oz bottle porued into a pilsener glass. pours a pale straw color with four fingers of tight white head that remains for a few minutes. light lacings.

aroma is lightlt sweet and malty, with a touch of floral hops and a distant note of grain. fresh in the nose, with a pleasant, almost munich malt-like character.

taste is more of the same, with a light and crisp quality. the malt and hops balance eachother out perfectly, leaving only a sinple and well proportioned brew. just what a good pale lager should be.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a thin texture and soft CO2 on the palate. finishes crisp and lightly dry with residual pale malts.

drinkability is excellent. this is a light bodied lager with excellent flavors and aromas, and a rich profile, despite its light mouthfeel. another excellent brew from Samuel Smith. cheers!

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Photo of smgordo13
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful Golden Yellow, slight head but nothing remarkable.

Malty, and flowery.

Flowery and Malty. I had it with a slice of homemade bread and they were surprisingly similar in flavor. Very refreshing, not bitter at all!

Pleasant very light and refreshing. Like having a piece of homemade bread, buttered and melting in your mouth.

Very smooth and refreshing. Very drinkable, no hard aftertaste, not bitterness (IMO).

This is a very refreshing, summery type lager. My 1st thought when I took the sip was me lounging in the pool with a glass of it. It is very flavorful but not overly complex. I am a huge fan of the maltiness!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pale golden with a loose, white head. Smells of honey and hefty malt with a nuttiness in the background. Tastes of bready, sweet malts with an aggressive hoppiness that offsets the malt perfectly. This tastes distinctly Samuel Smith and I can't figure out why. I thought at first that it might be the yeast strain, but would they use said yeast strain for their lagers too? Mouthfeel is extremely smooth for a pale lager, but feels a tad too sticky in the finish. This is an excellent beer from the great Tadcaster brewery. Without a doubt, this is the best lager I've ever had.

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Photo of putnam
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Stubborn, English country hops decorate this slick carnation. Chewy and decidedly herbal, the plantiness overwhelms the senses. This is forward beer. Stony purity. Harsh. Maybe the best English Lager ever...

Brown bottle.

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Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great lager with a full, malty body and great hop taste.

It's dark gold with a rather big, permanent white head that leaves some lace.

The aroma is lightly toasted malty grain, crackers, sweet, flowery hops, pine.

The taste is full-bodied grain that lasts all the way through, with herb and grass elements providing a nice, tingly herbal bitterness that smoothly blends with the sweet malt body.

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Photo of Church89
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle, foil wrapped cap. No gimmicks.

Pours a light golden color, a little murky.

Smells of crisp apples and light hops.

Taste is a little sweet, nice hops flavors minus the spice.

Mouth is smooth, not very dry at all.

Refreshing and smooth, great session beer.

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Photo of NHGrafx
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a golden yellow color with a big 3 finger head. Not the greatest head retention. Has good lacing.

Aroma is malty and grassy with some light sweetness. Some grainy smells are present. Light aroma from the hops and yeast comes through as well. Nice hints of honey come through too.s

Taste is very nice. Touch of malt sweetness, some corn like flavors come through with grains and yeast. Light bitterness, some grassy flavors. Slight lemony/citrus like taste. Slight honey like taste comes out too. Very light bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation seems moderate. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Easily the best lager I have had. Another great offering from Samuel Smith.

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Photo of claytri
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Pale Lager poured a bright gold with a thin white head that settled down to an oily lace. It smelled of malt and hops with a slight citric aroma. It is slightly malty with just the right amount of hops, and features a dry finish with a minty flavor. The feel is smooth and oily with a dry finish. This lager has a beautiful blend of malt and hops. This is a beer that will find it's way to my table again and again.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was almost perfect,..good smoke after opening, nice blonde color,very busy with bubbles and good robust fluffy head and lots of lace. Looked like a TV commercial. The smell was also very enticing, an aroma with a clean malty sweet odor and yet some bitter hops to it as well. The taste is wonderful...again a great balance,very satisfying,no after taste, a wonder how they get both a malty robust taste and yet so light and a bit of hops to it as well. Overall just one of the best Ive had,and would recommned to anyone who likes beer.

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Photo of Larry_Moon
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

This is just a great beer. Such a simple brew solution yet the product of this labor is perfect! It's the only lager I've ever found to have malty legs. Its perfect blend of barley and hops gives you the sense that its malty and bitter attributes are released on to your taste buds for an epic battle (which is ultimately just won by the hops army). The finish is crisp but doesn't leave your tongue feeling dry. The complexity of the competing flavors makes for a fantastic taste interrupted by nothing as the malted barley and hops in this beer are organic. It clearly makes a difference. I would enjoy this beer in the company of the most boring and annoying people in the world.

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Photo of OsoRojo
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Everything about this beer is above-average for the style. Refreshing every time, consistency matters. Organic ingredients, why don't we see more of this happening? This is my go-to lager when I need a break from IPAs and Stouts. Highly reco!mended

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Photo of smerkinb
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a 1 inch fuzzy pure white head. Crystal clear pale gold body under a rapidly falling head.

Sweet,sweet biscuity nose mixes with water cracker overtones. Little hint of hop plays against the sweet malt scent.

Sweet, slightly tangy malt, smoothes to pure biscuity flavor that yields slowly to rich yeasty notes. The end is punctuated by a light spiciness. Somewhere in there I get a strange (in a good way) taste that makes me think citrus blended with caramel and peach. Clearly I can't describe it better than that. Very light hops presence, just enough to provide a bit of balance.

Rich mouthfeel, not "thick" but definitely full-bodied. Nice carbonation followed by a satisfyingly dryish finish.

Pretty damn good brew especially on a hot spring day. Great balance of quaffable and flavorful. Top Notch!

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Photo of WxAxGxS
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured with a nice bubbly head, mostly small bubbles with a few fisheyes. The brew is a crisp, clear golden yellow. Smells of citrus and hoppy... maybe a little too sweet in my opinion. The taste is clean, with a good amount of carbonation. There is a sweet maltiness to it, but it maintains a nice hoppy bite. It finishes pretty sweet, but dies off quickly leaving nothing but a hoppy bite on my tongue. Definitely not my favorite Sam Smith, but a great lager in my opinion and sometimes that's exactly what I want

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Photo of oelergud
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I usually dont think much of pale light colored beer, which I learned was a big mistake, this brew pours a beautiful light amber with a fluffy white head, not much lace but it the head stays big for a decent amount of time.
The smell got me seeing big grassy fields with patches of grain growing here and there, very pleasant fragrance.
Taste is great as well, very clean smooth and simple, a beer to enjoy when you dont want to be bothered with half a dozen different flavors.
Feels very good going down, my glass was quickly empty leaving me wishing I had bought more than just 1 bottle.
I will drink this again, no question about that


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Photo of KTCamm
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the classic Sam Smith 500ml bottle into a pint glass. This is what a lager should taste like.

Brilliantly clear gold with fizzy white foam subsiding to liquid. Minimal stickiness.

Plain beer smell but without the corn. Something happening in there. Little hop.

Clean taste with firm mild hop backing. Very smooth. Lightly carbonated.

Very drinkable, delicious. Fantastic as the months get warmer here.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
Hmm...this is difficult beer to describe.
Head was there, a bit lacey a bit rich. Stayed almost throughout.
Color was a nice golden hue. A bit cloudy, but an even cloud.
Taste is...well, the taste was malt, hops and yeast. A beer. Nothing fantastic stood out, but that's its charm. Smooth, easy to drink. After I finished one I didn't think I'd want another, but I did...and did.
Probably the benchmark lager.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a most of 355ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Produced a very big fluffy white head which gradually dissipated to leave a thin layer of foam down to the last sip. Some lacing.

Very nice clean smelling nose with some citrus, grassy aromas and malt. Nice.

Palate is extremely smooth. Very nice for a lager. Malty with fruity hop flavours, citrus notes and some grass. Excellent.

Mouth is lovely. Very full and creamy. Carbonation is good.

Overall a superb lager. Flavoursome, well-balanced, refreshing and highly quaffable.

There should be a separate category for a beer like this. Lumping it in with the euro pale lagers doesn't do it justice.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of jayrod20
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. This is the best lager you will have. This is the best lager you can find other than the organic from Sam Smith.

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Photo of tjd112
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Poured into (you guessed correctly) a Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - Golden, somewhat clear color, finger fluffy white head, good lacing

Smell - Very biscuity and grassy, some maltiness saving the day

Taste - Vanilla biscuits with some citrus-esque hops, the smell does not do it justice

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with carbonation

Drinkability - Very

Overall - A good example of an EPL that's NOT in a green bottle. Also try the very similar River Horse lager.

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