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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Quaffer
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the brown bottle, Sammy Smith!

Appearance: This brew poured a yellow, slightly orange color. It had a brilliant white head that sunk down quickly. A thin layer capped the beer for most of the drink, being fed from below by a heavy sustained bead.

Smell: What a wonderfully clean aroma. It was mild and fresh, being comprised of straw and malt. A rich sweetness was present as well, but it was not overpowering. The aroma is such a wonderful departure from the adjunct laden macro lagers.

Mouthfeel: The body was thin to medium-thin and very smooth for a lager. There was a slight carbonation tingle on the sides of the tongue and in the back of the mouth.

Taste: There were flavors of straw and mild citrus (possibly grapefruit) upfront that merged beautifully into a light hops bitterness. The finish was all hops and a soft sweetness.

I am not a big lager fan, but this is a great beer. I guess I had just never tried the right lager before. I will revisit this beer again very soon, especially with summer headed this way.

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Photo of Kamaphant
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living in the UK this beer was on tap at my old local Pub, however this is the first time i've tasted it from the bottle and the first time i've had this beer at all for 4-5 years.
It doesnt dissapoint.
Immaculate texture and colour, quite sweet but slides down with a lick of the lips and a yearning for more.
This is the best of British when it comes to lagers and would reccomend to all our American Cousins.
Exceptional tipple.

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Photo of MikeMoriendi
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Golden yellow color with a frothy white head that disappeared rather quickly.

Smell - Not a very strong scent. I was actually surprised and thought there was something wrong with my sense of smell.

Taste - Very full taste that is a little sweet and malty. Extremely smooth finish.

I have been a fan of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stoat for quite some time and after recommendations to try this I was not disappointed in the slightest. I still can not believe how very smooth the drink is. Definitely is one of the best lagers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. I can now believe that Samuel Smith Breweries can do no wrong with their beer making. Highly recommended if you enjoy lagers and this will get my highest grade yet.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pint, 2.7 FL.OZ bottle (550ml) into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a pale yellow/straw color. Lite carbonation with very little head that reduces rather fast. Leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of rich caramel malt & floral hops. Musky Biscuit, corn husk & a touch of chocolate as it warms. Very surprising and very inviting!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of rich caramel and malt, and ends dry hopy and crisp. A touch of fruit and very well balanced (No adjuncts or corny flavor!) Very clean. Biscuit & rich caramel flavor develops as beer warms (Pleasant) Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Lite-medium bodied, goes down easy. Crisp as well.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - One could find themselves drinking copious amounts of this beer, at least I sure could. From start to finish this beer left me wanting more. Sip by sip, I absolutely loved its rich caramel start, and dry hopy finish. This was my first Samuel Smiths beer, and it wont be my last. I definitely recommend you try this, you wont be disappointed. Cheers!

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bought this for my Dad for Christmas and he split it with me last night. Thanks Dad! Poured a clear golden color with loads of carbonation bubbles. There was a one and a half finger white head, that had decent retention and left some lacing.

S - Smelled of sweet wheat with a touch of yeast. Very nice.

T - There was some sweet yeast with some fluffy wheat taste. There is a slight hop taste toward the end that brings this Lager to a nice close.

M - Good amount of carbonation, although at the end of each swig, I felt that it was just a wee bit watery.

D - For this style, easy to drink and tastes good. A fine choice for the Lager lover.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was definitely pleased when I had this after work a few weeks ago. It is fresh, crisp, and sweet with notes of caramel and honey. I feel its simple enough that all the ingredients blend perfectly with each other and no one part is overwhelming. Its fresh and herbal to start finishing with a smooth caramel spice. I will without a doubt be drinking plenty of these this autumn!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This monster pours a pale yellow, straw color with a thin head that will last throughout. An aroma of bread, hops and fruit, very complex smell for a lager. A delicious taste of malted barley, hops, some yeast and bread notes are noted, balanced well. Somewhat dry, but not too much, and malty on the palate, very pleasant and easy to drink. Clean, crisp, one darn fine lager, to be expected from Samuel Smith!

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Photo of stoutman
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely clear and golden, light carbonation, fully diminishing head. Fresh aroma of buttered bread (dinner rolls) and honey. Lots of soft pale malt, and lightly bitter. This is a very tasty lager. Why is Samuel Smith's so great in ALL their brewing efforts???

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Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

does england have a budweiser?
yellow - definitely STRAW color, minimal head.
typical lager smell with a slight accent , , , you know, like 'those guys' over there . . . .
taste . . . WAY more drinkable than a bud or a cuurs...
mouthfeel? like a heavier bud or cuurs...
overall? dang! i like it. 5%, too. plain wrapper. plain beer. refreshing. maybe it's NOT a commercial beer in england, afterall . . . .seems EVERYTHING samuel smith is EXCELLENT. way better than that samuel ADAMS junk too....

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Photo of mcsquint
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550ml bottle into large dimpled mug.
A - Pale straw yellow in color with pure white 1 finger creamy head. Head diminishes very quickly, but leaves nice lacing.
S - Very light malt, grassy, a bit of lemon.
T - Maltier than I would expect, grassy, slight citrus and floral on the finish.
M - Light and crisp. Not overly carbonated.
D - I'm not a big fan og lagers, but this would be a good lager to give to friends stuck on American macro 'lagers'. Crisp, refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale, slightly orange hue and very carbonated with a light foamy 1 finger head. Killer head and retention even lacings, not normally expected on a pale lager.

Aroma is nice and solid for a lager beer, good and bready with a very nice malt profile. Slight hop aroma with hint of lemon. Lovin it so far.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing but not too light or watery. Good body with high carbonation to lighten things up. Finish is dry with just a hint of bitterness.

Tastes great, more malty than typical pale lager with nice grainy notes, caramel sweetness, and a lemony bitterness that all goes down easy with balanced carbonation. Extremely drinkable but enjoyable on a higher level. While you could throw back a 4 pack of these easy, you really want to slow down and enjoy them more.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bready/malty brew that finishes really well, absolutely quaffable and very representative of the style. Puts the adjuncts to shame. I would drink this all the time if it weren't so expensive.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Full Sail tumbler.

A: Average. Super clear golden, not much head. Pretty much what you'd expect from a lager.

S: I've got a pretty good nose and I can't find much in this one. I mean, it is a lager, we can't expect a bouquet here. Bread, fresh straw, light yeasty notes, very little peanuts and a tiny wave of florals.

T: Here is where this one shines. Amazingly crispy and fresh-tasting beer. Mouthfeel is the best of any lager I've tried. Crispy and carbonated at first, with nuts, then creamy and wet with a good clean finish. Toasted sourdough bread finish with a decent hoppy presence left behind.

D: I would happily down several of these. Wish this came in sixer format.

Value: Paid $2.50 for a single 12 oz. Great deal!

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18.7 oz bottle. I really like the retro-looking illustrated label.

Nice clear, light golden straw color. White fluffy head with some stick, lots of carbonation bubbles. A lot of simple sugars on the nose, a LOT of apple, a bit of apricot, a bunch of light wafer. Pleasant and snack-like. Taste is just as sweet and has a pronounced floral quality that twists quickly into a decently bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slick. A good, crisp linger and dryness at the end. Drinkability is definitely above average, but it's enough like a dessert beer, imo, that intake of a 550 ml bottle will suffice. Very nice.

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Photo of seagullbeer
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

If you are looking for a nice simple lager that does everything right and has no weird syrupy things going on get this beer

A- Typical lager yellow with a nice soft head

S- Light fresh piny, mild lime zest

T- Clean bitter flavor. Not much of any malts or darker tastes. Perfect lager taste!

M- Light with small bubbles and refreshing mild bitterness left at end

O- I've been meaning to try a few of the Samuel Smith lagers but haven't because I'm accustom to paying no more than a dollar a beer. When i'm made of money I will be buying bottles of these in place of tall cans.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its great to see such a renowned ale producer like Samual Smiths produce such a top notch lager.Poured great with nice golden color,with freash aroma of bread and even a little minerally?The hop presence really comes through on this but there is a malty backbone.Very easy to drink,very high quality will again for sure.

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Photo of StevieW
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big 16 oz brown bottle. Ah, yea...lagers well let's give it a try.
Clear golden color. An agressive pour produce a full bodied, creamy, bubble beige head. Sweet malt smells and crisp saaz hop snap. Almost buttery smell escapes the glass.
Taste is super smooth, sweet up front, more than a hint buttery richness. I can almost imagine dipping a corn cob into the glass. The taste though is smooth and very balanced. It has a great richness yet clean taste to it. Nice malty sweetness, and definite crispy saaz snap. No metallic or bitter harshness than is so evident in the big American lagers. Moderate carbonation, right on for the style. The creamy rich taste was really impressive, and made for a very very drinkable beer. I was more than surprised and will definitly reach for this again. I thought it just as good as a Victory Prima Pils. This would be a great summer cookout beer. Give it a try.

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Photo of Jerone
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker straw color than most lagers, bright head that stays for a minute, lots of bubbles, some lacing.

S - slight malt and fresh hop, mmm.

T - Great, some slightly floral hops with a malt backbone and a bit of a yeasty flavor in there too. Really delicious beer, everything in the right balance.

M - Moderate carbonation, nice and refreshing.

O - Tastes really good and hits the spot. Nothing overly complex, but doesn't need to be.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had Samuel Smiths Pure Brewed Lager Beer several times, but not since I have been in the USA, the passing of 16 months is far too long – I forgot how accomplished this beer is.

It is nice to see that it came in a 550ml (1 Pint 2.7fl.oz.) brown glass bottle. More, and more, I am seeing Sams utilizing brown glass bottles for several of their beers. Hopefully, this will start to silence those “whinging” Texas BA’s ;-)

It pours with a Pilsner-style clarity and look. Golden in color with an underlying yellow hue. Head is impressive at first but soon rescinds to a thin collar, little lacing.

Aromas are extremely clean, they are well dressed in a new tuxedo, the smells are exceptionally crisp and presented in a very concise manner – Smart. Yet again I am drawn to its Pilsner-like qualities, it so reminds me of lashings of fresh draft Pilsner Urquell that I drank in the Beer Bars of Prague in 1991. A hoppy, freshly mown lawn introduction reveals, with the help of the high inherent carbonation, a solid, satisfying mouthfeel. Light citric quality announces itself in the middle, the finish has light malty aspects but still retains a delicate, but firm, hoppiness. Just as it should be. Very refreshing and incredibly drinkable. Superb!

However, with other, low-priced Czech Lagers hitting the shelves in So.Cal, the competition is very stiff. Indeed, my only "beef" with this beer, is not with the beer at all, but that it is relatively high in price when compared to other imports. Still, when I have the money – I will definitely buy more, and stock up for the upcoming Summer for sure.

A quite remarkable, highly excellent Lager Beer.

Certainly the best Lager brewed in England, and maybe the UK, well with the possible exception of Cask-Conditioned Schiehallion Lager from the Harviestoun Brewery, Scotland.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very nice label in the Samuel Smith traditional style with very vibrant, colorful, and eye-catching graphics. Front label gives a bit of info on the beer, states “USDA Organic” and “Serve Cold”. Back label gives ABV info, web info, a bit of brewery info, a nice back story and description of the beer, states “USDA Organic”, and has a nice graphic. Has “Samuel Smith” and “Bottled at Yorkshires oldest brewery est. 1758” embossed on the bottle.

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour from its 550ml brown bottle into a 13oz stemmed pokal led to a 3 finger white frothy head of a light airy density atop an almost perfectly clear yet slightly hazy pale golden yellow beer. Head retention was a very good 4min 59sec before fading to thick ring and coating with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is very clean with a floral grassy hop aroma with a nice light malt sweetness and a bit of perhaps white grapes and light fruit.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of floral and grassy hops on the front end with a sweet malt grain flavor. Mid point has a very grainy malt flavor that begins to come to the fore front while still giving a bit of grainy hop bitter notes. Back end is dominated by grainy malt sweetness with just a slight floral hop bite. Finishes with a grainy aftertaste. Very clean on the palette.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation. Has a crisp clean mouthfeel that is highly refreshing and highly drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This is one of the better beers I have had in quite a while. Beer is very drinkable with spot-on flavor and nose. A prime example of the style. This a must try lager. Consumed 1/8/14. Classified as a Euro Pale Lager @ 5% ABV.

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Photo of dpend
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lager is one of favorites of the style. Appearance is a rich amber with a fluffy white head that retains and laces well. A pleasant aroma of grasses, malts and hops. Taste is on par for the style and is very well balanced with the expected hops finish. Great session lager and a must try whether one is into the style or not.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a medium-sized fluffy white head that dissipated slowly leaving a very thin lace. Aromas are of malt, hops, and apples with mild hay-like undertones. The taste is very similar to the smell with just a hint of apples in the finish. This is a very smooth and easy drinking beer. It’s a very refreshing beer to have on a warm spring/summer day.

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Photo of Duster72
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from brown 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Nice golden hue with lots of carbonation. Aroma is grains with faint floral and some pleasant citrus. Taste is rather grainy malts with just enough hops to keep you interested. Very delicately balanced. An excellent lager and a perfect summer session candidate.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- pours a lemon lime type of color. A very odd color which is perplexing but quite unique. I dont know if it will be good or bad. A nice lil lacing left on my glass but nothing to extreme.

S- sweet malts and hops. a biscuity and flaky smell. good on the malts though. Very strong essence.

T- a husky and malty type of feel to it. Flavori s dry yet crisp and refreshing.

M- very smooth and a great lager. this might be my favorite lager right now. I am impressed. This puppy goes down without any issue.

D- easily a sessionable beer. This would be case worthy in my eyes. I dont say that too often. I nice beer for the weekends for football. Go Steelers!

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Photo of nasty15108
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden color. The pour produced a thick head of white foam that quickly dissapated into a thin bubbly film. Good carbonation and minimal lacing throughout.

S - Malty with hints of fruit(citrus?)and grass. Typical Euro Pilsner aroma.

T - A smooth almost creamy taste. Malty up front followed by a slightly hoppy bitterness. Very light hints of citrus and grains also detected.

MF&D - Very crisp and clean tasting. Thin bodied and extremely drinkable. If you like pilsner you have to try this lager.

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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.8 out of 5 based on 578 ratings.
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