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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some slight grass/hay aromas. Taste is much the same along with a slight fruity note. There is a very mild bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a traditional golden yellow color with a pretty good foamy head on it. The head fades after a few sips and leave a little lacing in the beginning. The smell of the beer had a typical lager aroma, grass and a little skunk to it. The taste was pretty crisp and clean. It's got a nice bitter finish and a little bit of sweet grains in there. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side with some good carbonation. Overall this beer is a decent one to have when you got a group of people over and just wanna offer a good beer to them.

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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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, with an attractive hop-vine foil neck enclosure. One of the very few Samuel Smith brews not repped in my home jurisdiction, so I just couldn't pass it up upon seeing it here on Oahu, in a most unlikely British beer locale.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, silky, and foamy white head, which leaves a decently weird array of random op-art lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of grainy white cereal malt, a bit of hotel breakfast toast, and muddled grassy/leafy hops. The taste is strong grainy malt, with a Riesling-like petrol essence, very slight drupe fruitiness, and a soft dead-leaf and mildly tangy hoppiness.

The bubbles are a bit frizzy, and sometimes petulant, but easily disregarded, the body an agreeable medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes with more of that food-grade gasohol aura, blended into the hearty crackery graininess, and meek, but steadfast noble hop bitters.

A solid pale lager, of the European bent - full, comprehensive, and thorough - you could be forgiven if you think I'm talking about insurance policies, but, no, it's a lager - and a damned good one at that, if stiff British upper lip-ism is your thing.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into a pint glass. Very pure appearance, like it was brewed with nothing but the purest ingredients. The first whiff reveals aromas of malt, hops, yeast, water and purity. Pretty tasty, too. It's got a nice bit of maltiness to it, though it's quite dry and crackery. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Mild lager yeast character. Dry, bitter and hoppy finish. Yummy yum yum, I like beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying a bunch of random euro lagers lately, I sought this out as it was among the top listed for the style.

Into a pint glass it pours a bright gold, a slim cap of foam rises on top. A swirl brings it back, though it later fades to a bare skim. Carb trails are visible, and rising through the liquid.

Crisp, clean aroma, honey and mild hops. Pretty mild and nice, all things considered. A lager should be simple and clean.

Flavor is lightly bitter, crisp with a nice bite, clover honey and biscuit flavors dominate. Some mild hop bitterness and a fleeting impression of grass or weeds. Light bodied and a little too watery. Ultimately clean with no off flavors and an agreeable taste. Quenching and easy going. A benchmark lager.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a white, soapy/bubbly, three-finger head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled sweet and floral. Also, notes of grain and light caramel malt.

T - It tasted sweet and of corn/grains. Also, light caramel malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Euro Pale Lager. Much better than others of this style.

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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 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 NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its clear, deep golden body is topped by a short and foamy bright white head that drops shortly to just a creamy collar. A softly sweet malt greets the nose along with some mild grassy/herbal hops. The body is medium/light with a very fine and moderate carbonation that's lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor mimics the aroma with a straight-forward malt that has some grassy/herbal hops flavors tightly woven throughout. It finishes dryish with a lingering earthy/mineral maltiness and some very light hoppiness. A well-balanced and enjoyable lager, but probably not worth it's elevated price as there are many better lagers available for less.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, grain, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of lager yeast, grain and a thin but hearty malt character. There's a little bit of honey and caramel sweetness that comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lighter beer with a little bit of substance making it worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body with a thin, white ring of bubbles.

Smell: Sweetish, light pale malt aroma with a tiny grain note and hints of clover honey.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a honeyish sweetness. Very tiny grain hint. Lightly spicy, floral hop character with a light, though lacking bitterness, so you're left with a bit of extra sweetness for the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A generally pleasant, well-balanced lager that has all impure brewed lagers beat by a mile.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Subtly hazed lemon-gold. The head is bleached bone white in color and is densely foamy. It's a bit less snappy looking than the Organically Produced Sam Smith's Lager that I had a while back, although I have to believe that the ingredients are the same. The cap is unimpressive as it falls and leaves very little lace in its wake.

A better than average nose as Euro pale lagers go. For starters, there's no trace of skunk (since this is one of the few SS beers to be offered in brown glass). The aroma is floral and somewhat sweet. Rounded, smooth, polished and friendly are all words that come to mind. Interestingly, it displays very little, if any, of the spiciness found in the noble varieties of hop.

SS's PBLB tastes pretty much like all of the other EPLs that have crossed my palate, but is clearly a small cut above. It has more malt than most, which is probably one of the biggest reasons why it's a better beer. The flavor is akin to a very lightly toasted cracker with a thin layer of something sweet spread on top. There's plenty of floral hoppiness without much actual bitterness.

I also appreciate sweetened citrus zest (mostly lemon) that adds to the experience. Like the nose, there are no rough edges to be had. This beer seems eager to please even if it means blunting the more forceful, and potentially interesting, aspects of its personality. The mouthfeel is light-medium, probably favoring the latter thanks to the low level of CO2.

I don't taste much difference between Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager and Organically Produced Lager. I would think that the word 'pure' would apply more to the organic beer, but 'pesticide-enhanced' probably didn't make it past the marketing department. This is a decent, drinkable lager. I still haven't found an EPL that does much for me though.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a bubbly white head , loads of bubbles churn through my pint glass. Head drops to a film with no lacing

Smell: Malt and skunky/musty eurolager hops

Taste: Sweet malt with slight hoppy edge. Alcohol and dryness in the finish

MF: Good balance and carbonation levels

Very clean, refreshing and drinkable. Tastes fresher most the lagers I've tasted from Europe lately. Try it

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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 smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is light straw; crystal clear (I can read through the glass). Initial head is a finger thick but it dissipates quickly. The lace on the glass is intermittent at best.

Largely light malt aroma. Very little hop spice. a quenching gulp draws out the malt, but it's very one-dimensional. The bitter hop is present on the swallow. The carbonation is high and the body is much fuller than would be expected from the color/head.

I try to avoid mentioning price on reviews but given the premium required to acquire this beer (in America), I'd recommend other similar beer before this one. It's worthy of a taste to let you decide whether it works for you.

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Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle that has green and gold foil of hop vines and barley shoots on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pale yellow straw with a white well retaining lace.

Smell: Clean lager smell with slight hop and malt aromas. Smell like fresh cut hay and cooled biscuits.

Taste: A complex dryness with beautiful malt flavour and even semi grassy hop bitterness. The full pale malt spectrum is in the flavour ... malt, husk, grain, etc. Semi clean palate through and through ... hop character stay for a bit. Finish is clean with a hint of grain.

Notes: This is a good classic lager from a legendary brewery ... though there are lots of other lagers that are comparable at a cheaper price. Top notch of an English Lager ... give it a try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

For whatever reason, I have Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" stuck in my head right now... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-buttered biscuit, very light grass, and a hint of honey. The taste holds notes of dried honey, light toffee, even lighter biscuit, and a vague sense of funky lemon peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though I could possibly see this working well on cask (don't ask me why, I just get that impression here), it just didn't do it for me out of the bottle. This is quite the letdown.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saluted my boys at Merchant du Vin recently and here is another of the fine beers under their purvey. It is a good thing I am running low on CANs or I might have been less willing to buy so many bottles recently.

From the bottle: "Samuel Smith's is a small, independent British brewery'; "A flavourful lager, brewed only from the purest ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water."; "Brewed with great care using only malted barley, hops, medium-soft water and a bottom-fermenting yeast; matured at low temperatures to bring out its delicate flavour and soft hop-character finish. The cold maturation period allows the bottom-fermenting yeasts to secondary ferment and improve this lager's flavour, purity and condition. Before the days of refrigeration lager was matured in underground caves."; "Samuel Smith's brews at a small, traditional British brewery, the oldest brewery in Yorkshire."

My pour gave me a finger-and-a-half of thick eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Perhaps I should have waited until a dreary February day to have opened this one ... Nose smelled of pure, unadulterated lager - slightly sweet with an underlying earthiness. It is never going to knock your socks off, but when you have been on a steady diet of AALs as I have been with The CANQuest (TM), a clean adjunct-free lager is a welcome treat. Mouthfeel was medium with a honey-like taste that is (or should be) lager's trademark. Man, I just weep for what we Americans wrought with Prohibition. People developed a taste for bootleg hooch made with whatever was at hand and lost their taste for well-made beer. Boo hoo. At least some breweries did not do away with their traditional recipes. Finish was clean, refreshing and semi-sweet, just as I would hope all lagers to be.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear and pale yellow in color, with a quarter inch of white, foamy head that settles to just a thin layer after a few moments. Effervescence is mild, but steady.

S: The aroma is of honey, fruits, and malt, with a floral quality about it.

T: The beer is slightly sweet, with a pleasant honey flavor coming through prominently. The floral character is present throughout, with a hop bitterness showing near the finish.

M: Relatively thin in body, with a solid carbonation level. Good feel.

D: I could see myself drinking a couple of these, especially on a hot day. It's a rather straight forward beer, and a good example of the style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear golden with a vibrant white nice formed head minimal lacing as it dwindles though. Aroma: Sweet subtle grassiness with a nice floral soft hoppiness and somewhat a biscuity yeast tone that I come to have found characteristic in most Sammy Smith's I have sampled. Taste: Crisp clean grassy and a great slightly citrusy bitterness with subtle bready tones very nice flavor a session brew if found cheaper. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied good amount of carbonation tickles the throat. Drinkability: Is clean taste refreshing low abv and quite flavorful version of a lager.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pure, translucent gold with a huge head of dense, foamy, creamy, white head that has great retention

S - grassy, faintly fruity, a hint of cereal grains

T - grassy, cereal grains, corn flakes

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent light-bodied lager that's easy to put away. It has a nice, corn flake-like flavor that is welcomed in a see of musty, watered down Euro lagers. I would try this again if I were in the mood for something highly sessionable.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold with a slight white head.

Smell: Malty with a hint of hops.

Taste: Light and sweet taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Easy drinking Lager more than one would be no problem. Not an overwhelming beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real distinct pale lemon body, very straw, and some rising cola carbonation. Very glowing. Head is foamy and shocking white practically and also very soapy looking, doesn't stick around much. Leaves a filmy puck while settling and a faint collar.

Nice dry airy lemon hop citrus on the nose, sense of crispness to come. Dense malt. Quite nice, really enjoying it.

Taste is nice hop tangyness mixing with a slight sweet malt. Faint lemon on the finish with a long lasting hop air. Crisp palate feel with tight carbonation without a gaseous feeling.

Overall another solid Smith, but I prefer their other lager beer than this one.

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