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

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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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Photo of sokol_1993
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite a strange brew, very mineralty, with some earthy notes. Somehow this beer reminds me a lot of corn, corn taste corn husk. Feeling like I was on a corn field.
Not your everyday lager at all. It's bustling with taste. But still manage to be quite crisp and easy to drink.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow appearance, 1/2" white head. Aroma had some vegetal earthen antique green apple. Very, . . . huh.

Taste brought a medley of not citrus fruit, earthen cardboard, noble hop, explosive carbonation. Of course the price is on the high side given that you're getting a noble hopped, earthen malt contribution kind of lager. I dunno, I like mine skunky from that side of the pond, and this one lacked that. It was I dunno, just felt earthy. Toffee. In a lager. How does the lager taste like Burton (usually)_ and ale yeast? Somewhat of an anamoly.

Anyways, maybe better than average, but a price way above average, its a wash.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours like spun gold and just bright with a white head that fell fast. No lacing. Lots of bubbles very active. malt is just rich and breaddy and has depth. the hops are soft and have an earthy spice. The bubbles are perfect and crisp. The beer finishes malty and with a glimpse of the cooler herbal side of the hops. Malt is soft and expansive and I am sure that is because of some kind of special water. No diacetyl. No dms, no esters form yeast. A mild tingle from bubble finishes this beer.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw yellow.
Sweet malty smell, a bit grassy as well.
Taste is smooth and grassy with a light sweet malt gain.
Crisp, clear, well done 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 mkh012
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hard to review a lager for look and smell. Very light yellow. Almost no smell. Just some vague sweetness and grass.

Taste is very well-balanced though. Probably better than any American adjunct lager. Easy drinking, light, clean finish. Doesn't become any harder to drink as it warms like some American macros do. A good summer beer. More respectable and substantive than your average lager, but hard to rave about something thats main merit is being inoffensive. If I'm looking for something light and easy drinking, I would go with a hefe instead.

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Photo of ARoman
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

20 oz bottle poured into a english pint glass. The aroma of fresh grass and hemp is noticeable along with a light, acute, clean lemony citrus followed by bread dough and grains. It pours clear with a pale straw hue and a light effervescent nature. It's head is white with a filmy surface and a very light retention and lace.The taste is a medium light sweet and light bitter.The texture is a thin oily with a lght, soft fizz carbonation and a light body. The flavor is a bit of lemon, a light floral hemp, and bread grains that has a finish that's crisp and clean with a light spice and a honey slickness, as well as lighter notes of cornbread and citrus. It's refreshing aftertaste is mild, spice and bread.

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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 vince_arch_beer
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great, crisp flavor at first sip with a sweet tail at the end. Very beautiful color, quite clear with an SRM around 8-12. Very low hop/bitterness. Carbonation is beautiful and mouthfeel is exactly what I'd expect from a lager.

What makes this bottle of beer go over the edge is the bottle design as well as its organic nature. You can taste the quality and craftsmanship, no additives or preservatives (or at least the chemical ones).

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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 Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am surprised it took me this long to review this but I had this chance so here goes, enjoyed chilled in a 1/2pint from the 500ml.

Golden color with thin 1/2 finger white head with great clarity in body and visible carbonation rising to a fine bead collar and lace that clings in a ring. The smell is mildly fruity with English yeast aroma and light herbal hop scent with slight sweet grain essence with light floral hop accent. The feel is mildly fruity from yeast with medium high carbonation and light toasted dry malt middle with semi-bitter and dry finish with very lightly spiced finish.

The taste begins with malt that is mild and yeast fruitinesss with a slight apple/pear quality wiht subtle sweetness level and a hint of spice in the periphery with a slight toasted grain flavor in the middle. The flavor is on the dry side with herbal hops adding to the flavor with mildly bitter taste as it finishes. Overall I consider this very good - a clean lager with a lot of flavor -excellent drinkability for the style

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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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/15/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops ,and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean and robust flavors for a pale lager as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent pale lager style. All around great balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 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 kflorence
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear, light wheat in color with a good amount of creamy head atop. Carbonation looks lively, lots of creamy lace is present as you drink, gradually sliding down to head level. Head retention is great, probably the best I've seen in this category. Looks the part of a refreshing lager!

S: Sweet malts, light grains (corn is especially predominant), with lots of grass and notes of honey, apple and white grapes. No hint of skunk and not overly astringent (though more so as it warms). Classic European pale lager characteristics.

T: Follows the nose well. Lots of sweet malts and grains up front followed by lots of grass, apple, butter and even a bit of corn as it opens up on the tongue. Lingering flavor is butter, corn and sour apple. Very clean on the palate with no metal and no skunk. Everything you want from a pale lager and nothing you don't.

M: Very light with strong carbonation. While this is to be expected from the style, I don't particularly care for strongly carbonated brews. It's thin and watery with a tiny bit of butteriness. Very smooth, finishes crisp and dry.

O: This is a classic European pale lager that excels in appearance and drinkability. Very sessionable and quite modest, it delivers a distinctive pale lager flavor without the downsides that accompany many and would pare nicely with a variety of foods, especially light meats and anything greasy (I'd love to wash down some fish and chips with this one). I've come to expect this level of quality from Samuel Smith and they again did not disappoint here. Extra kudos for brewing organic. Cheers!

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Photo of Foyle
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 2"+ fluffy white head recedes slowly. Moderate lacing and moderate carbonation. Color is straw and mostly clear.
Aroma: smell is of fruity hops (almost a grape/raisin aroma), yeasty bread, and lightly toasted malts.
Mouthfeel: light and slightly sticky. Finishes crisp, dry, and refreshing.
Flavor: nicely balanced lager with sweet malts holding forth but enough floral hops to even it out. Overall: I can’t find anything to criticize about this beer. Excellent and enjoyable.

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Photo of marzenfannm
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale straw color with a tall, foamy head. The head disapated quickly and left a bit of lacing. Citrusy aroma from the mug I poured it into. Pleasant taste -- malty with a crisp, wheaty finish. Excellent palette ... creamy and smooth. I would stock up on this one if it wasn't quite expensive ($4+ for a 550 ml bottle).

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Photo of BeernerdJeff
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a brilliant golden color with a great white head of three fingers. A lot of bubbles, so good carbonation. As head fades, there is a nice cling around the sides of the glass.

Smell-there is a slight bread smell with a hint of hops coming through. Not strong and not complex to the nose. Seems simple and very light.

Taste-where the beer lacks in smell, it makes up for in taste! The malty goodness hits first followed by hops. Though a hearty malt flavor, it's just right. Great balance in flavor. Seems to be made from simple, basic ingredients but Samuel Smith has been able to bring out full flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel- light and smooth. Can really feel the carbonation on the tongue. Has a nice linger, not too much and not little. Very drinkable and very refreshing.

Overall, I am very much a fan of this lager-quickly becoming one of my favorites! Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Beric
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsener glass
Enjoyed: 6 December 2013

Appearance: Pours a pale golden yellow, crystal clear, with some nice lines of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Looks exactly as you would expect an EPL to look like. Huge three finger head slowly subsides to a one-half finger head that sticks around. Incredible lacing.

Smell: Clean and spicy. Smells very clean, beery, with minor noble hop notes. No skunk or weird funkiness happening in this one.

Taste: Although EPLs are a style regularly ridiculed on BA, this one is a league above all others. This is my gold standard for EPLs- magnificently brewed with good balance between golden malts and hop bitterness. The flavors in this one are very subtle. Most importantly, unlike mass-produced EPLs like Stella Artois or Heineken, this one continues to taste magnificently pure and clean even as it warms up, rather than getting weird earthy, funky tastes like the mass produced ones.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly, just as you'd expect from an EPL.

Overall: The gold-standard for Euro Pale Lagers, in my book. A great beer in an underappreciated style. This one really showcases the subtleties pale lagers can have if brewed correctly and this is indeed a masterful example of such.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and grassy hops are present in the nose along with a touch of nondescript malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a bit grassy and has some flavors of pale and bready malts along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very drinkable and well-crafted all-malt lager. There's nothing in the way of "off flavors" that are often attributable to some of the beers in this style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy/foamy bright white head that reduces to thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a slight hint of honey sweetness. Lighter notes of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit and grainy malts with a very light hint of honey sweetness. There are light to moderate flavors of grassy hops that impart a light to moderate of bitterness that fades rather quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and clean.

O: Enjoyable and pairs well with many different types of food (in my case Chinese) - easy to drink.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer pours a brilliant, clear gold, with about a 1/2" of fluff adorning the top. Bubbles are consistently rising, indicating a fair amount of carbonation. It's almost perfect, as the head also clings to the side of the glass nicely. The nose is that of fresh baked bread, and the smells of Spring fields. A soft, European hop aroma can be detected within as well. While the scents leads one to believe the beer will be delicate, the taste is much more vibrant. It's got a hearty, buttery malt taste in the background with the crisp, yet floral hops coming in next. The fading sensation in the finish is gradual and pleasing. The mouth feel is very light, borderline watery. The best way I can describe it is that the back of the throat is filled with the presence of the beer on the way down more than the beer actually coats the mouth during each sip. This is a great beer to get someone started on the finer lagers in life, or for any beer enthusiasts who are skeptical about European lagers or lighter ABV beers in general.

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Photo of rangerred
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle into a Samuel Smith nonic.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a billowy two finger head that very quickly fizzles away to a very thin cap. Abundant carbonation keeps the little foam around for awhile though.

Aroma of bready grain along with some soft noble hops. Not very strong but subtle and soft. A tiny bit of orange and lemon zest as well.

The flavor provides lots of bread with grassy/floral hops along with a hint of biscuit. Very typical for the style but this feels just a little more refined than some cheaper versions. Soft, clean mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish.

Overall, a decent, quaffable beer but not worth the steep price it commands. I would much rather drink a Baltika 3.

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