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)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5%
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 Billolick
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle, pours very light straw, with a long lasting white head, nice malt husk nose and this one leaves moderate and thick lacing. Nice smooth and rounded mouthfeel. Soft on the palate with notes of light honey and ripe melon. Soft and delicate grainy hops in the background and late in the finish. Soft, delicate, understated, subtle, elegant, a fine light and flavorful brew. would be great with some fish, cheese, salad etc etc.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy, Forms a thin head of white bubbles, small and medium and does not leave lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Mild pilsner malt aroma. Smells good.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Mild sweetness up front, low carbonation in the mouth. No aftertaste, wet finish. Some graininess but its not bitter or astringent. Just nice. This beer is highly drinkable and I can see it being a nice light lager to sip on a hot day (such as today). I would definitely drink this again.

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

02/08/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Perfect golden colored pour. About 1 1/2 inch head, pretty creamy in texture. Leaves some decent lace lines and streaks behind.

Smell- Suprisingly--unskunked! Hard to find a lager that isn't skunked. Strong malty lage nose with some sweet bready notes and even some light hoppy notes.

Taste- Ultra bready in malt flavor...perhaps the most bready I have tasted. Tastes fresh and even a tad fruity from the hops..not bitter though.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level..sweet bready aftertaste.

Drinkability- I have now had every mainstream US imported Sammy Smith brew and I am very impressed. I will be buying many of these in the future.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick and creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful pale malt scent that is a bit sweet and bisquity. It also has a dry and earthy English ale yeast aroma as well as a light noble hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a sweet and creamy pale malt flavor that goes down slow and finishes dry and slightly hoppy. It's sweet in the flavor, but bisquity and earthy in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good lager, but it has a little too much body for my tastes. This is my least favorite Sam Smith brew.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a bright white fluffy 2" head. Loads of lace paints the glass.

Smell: light malt sweetness, grass, and a bit of hop bitterness.

Taste: grainy malt presence. Some bits of unripe pear, grass, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer. Flavor profile is a bit mellow so one 550ml bottle may be enough for one session.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure brewed, so what's so pure about it? Well, I'm about to find out. On to the beer:

Poured into a flute, this beer is slightly tinted gold, filtered in the body, with a big, sticky head on top. Some carbonation bubbles in the body. Slight fruity aroma, a bit of grain, raw hop. Taste...very clean body and crisp is my first impression. Mild pale alt sweetness, there's some doughiness too. Liquid bread? Somewhat fruity in the body, almost melon-like, I'm guessing the hops are doing that. Yeah, now I see why this is pure.

Like it's organic counterpart, this is clean, easy to drink, and darn good. And they taste practically the same as well. Hmmm, imagine that....

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

550ml Bottle
Green/Gold Tin Foil

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus foamy white head, with some small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some lemon notes, slight spice. The taste is slightly sweet on the lips, malty, nice little citrus note, with a slight spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 18.7 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smeels of malts, a bit sweet. Taste is crisp, malty finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this mkes for a decent selection.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

19 oz from the Coop for about $3.50 .. shared with Steven from my New Belgium snifter.

1" head leaves nice lacing above a crystal clear straw colored brew.

Grainy pale malts.. slight DMS.. no hops to speak of.

Flavor is again more pale malts.. slightly sweet .. sorta husky .. still very clean. light earthy hop flavor is present but not in the forefront. Malts display themselves as soda crackers with a deep and sorta overlooked earthy background. Malty finish with a good dose of mineral. Light/medium body with a little less than expected carbonation.

Good beer for sure.. just probably way out of range on expenditures if we are talking about a daily drink. I wish I could brew an English lager this well. but I will probably only buy it again if I am brewing this style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer

Pours a light golden color, white head forms and little lace. Aroma of lager yeast, some fruityness, fresh buttered bread, mild floral notes. In the taste, almost has an ale yeast fruityness, with apple and pear flavor. Some buttery diacetyl, bread and leafy hops. Not too bitter, but hardly too sweet either. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, carbonation is at a low medium. The feel is a little flimsy and not quite as crisp, but still fine. Overall, a decent lager, plenty of character, has that Samuel Smith's taste, more than probably from stone vats the beer is fermented in.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear sunny yellow brew.

Smells very malty for a lager with some grain smells.

Tangy for a lager. Slightly sweet and grainy and mild yeasty sour note. Assertive hops, but well balanced. The hops keeps coming back now and then giving my tongue a little slap to keep it fun to drink.

Good Mouthfeel!

Super drinkable, too bad it is a bit expensive.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A simple, classic lager. Not the most complex beer going, obviously, or one of my favorite styles, but I enjoyed this nonetheless. Everything this brewery does is classy and well-made.

Clear and light yellow in color with a nice fluffy head. Retention and lacing are solid. Aroma is mostly bready malt, cereal, a touch of grassy hops. Plain and to the point. Taste is very much the same, straightforward pale lager, mostly a clean malty flavor with light hoppiness, faint bitterness, very crisp and easy to drink. Very moderately sweet. Solid carbonation, short finish. Decent session choice, although I feel it’s the least interesting beer I’ve had from Sam Smith’s and I generally prefer the German lagers to begin with.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 550mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very slightly hazy yellow-gold color with two fingers of foamy head. Pretty nice looking.

Smell: very grainy and a little citrusy. It seems a little raw to me.

Taste: not bad, but I'm not really impressed. Again, it seems a little grainy and raw; it's not adjunct-y or skunky, though. Hops are rather citrusy, which isn't bad. Overall, this is an average beer.

Mouthfeel: light side of medium with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: well, its flavor is not my favorite but overall it is a pretty drinkable package. In a hot-weather or hot-food context, I'm sure I could down a couple of these; however, I doubt I'll seek this one out in future.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 5, 2010. The lot code is smudged on the bottle altough the last few numbers seem to be 511. Too bad because it is a good indicator of whether my bottle was better or worse than someone else's. The pour is light yellow, a bit cloudy, with no head to speak of. The aroma smacks of freshness as well as a bit of malts and floral notes. The taste tenbds to be a bit better with more emphasis on the malts and creaminess. It is not bad but Samuel Smith's brews many that are better.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger white head that fades soon leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium bodied. Slight malty/hoppy nose. Light carbonation. Starts with a mix of hops and sweetness, finish is clean. $2.32 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

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Photo of wl0307
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this beer on tap at the Captain Kidd pub nr. Wapping, London, after work two days ago.

A: coming in a half-pint slim glass designed for this beer, the hue is extremely light straw, with an incredibly thick and tight, shaving foam like frothy head staying forever and backed by champagne-like slowly ascending but abundant and constant fizz. Sensational!
S: lightly sour dough, with dryish grassy hops and lightly fruity characters (lemony+mildly honeyish)--refreshing and balanced nose b/w malts and hops. A good sign.
T: refreshing and light texture of softly grainy malts with lots of flowery and mild lemony hop flavour--slightly tart, backed by a solid, fruity malty overtone, then a dryish, toasty bitterness gradually comes through to balance the maltiness; a little honeyish touch in the aftertaste.
M&D: very lively on the mouthfeel and almost full-bodied, but leaving no sugary or sticky residual taste in the end--crisply clean in the finish, making this beer taste just the way a quality lager should be like. The draught/tap version definitely has the upperhand over the bottled one. This beer proves the quality of SS to make not just great ales, but very decent lagers as well!! (but their Ayinger range of lagers brewed under license are not impressive, though... don't know why?)

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a flat golden color with bright white head and moderate carbonation.

S: sweet malt with some floral hopping, fresh grains and a light herbal hoppiness.

T: For flavor the sweet malt grain palate is balanced well with the floral hops producing light floral hop bitterness but fades to quickly.

M: light, with a good floral bittering.

D: The finish was clean making for a decent lager with pizza.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a imperial strange)

A- This beer pours a pale but golden yellow faint hued crystal clear body with a billowy snow white head of cream on top that was popping with bubbles after the pour. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The soft slightly sweet aroma of pale malt changes into a pear blossom nose as the beer warms. There is a dry honey malt aroma to follow with a softer raw silage note. The finish has a green herbal hop quality with a slightly sweet sulfur aroma mixed with it.

T- The clean flavor has a very light honey malt flavor with some pale malt notes and a crisp carbonic acid flavor to it. The finish has some green hop flavors with a green sulfur finish that is slightly sweet. As the beer warms the sulfur flavor becomes more pronounced and just a bit sweeter.

M- This beer mas a light crisp mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a clean finish.

D- This beer is easy to drink and smooth but I wasn't expecting that much sweetness in a lager. It was nice to taste some lager qualities and some ale qualities and have a good depth of flavor. I would love to try this on cask next time I hop over the pond.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear pale yellow with a nice white head that leaves pretty good lacing. Smell is of fresh cut hay, grass and malt. Taste is dry and crisp with malt and grassy flavors that finish clean. Overall an enjoyable brew when in the mood for lagers. This is definately one of the best lagers that I have tried.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, $2.57 for a single bottle at Anderson's (East Columbus). Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a yellow/gold color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like sweet malt and grain and nothing else from what I can tell. But it is a nice clean aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some herbal/grassy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, with medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down pretty easy and it's non-offensive. It's a decent beer overall, but for the price I don't think it's a good deal. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out, but I would drink it again. It's not a bad lager at all.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright light yellow not faint like a light beer with a 1/2 inch of frothy head that trickles to a mild lace ring.

S - Sweet corn, mild grain, some faint hops, and a bit of skunk.

T - Best corn tasting beer I ever had. Very little skunk and has a touch of caramel malt and hops too.

M - Light and crisp easy to drink.

Overall not a huge fan of lagers but this one was well crafted. As good as everything they make.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.42/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the 12oz bottle mom and dad. Pours a light, clear amber with a quick eggshell had that very quickly recedes. The aroma is a very musty toasted malt. The taste is pretty bready with some light floral hops. Very musty, adjuncty palate with maybe a littl citrus here and there.

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Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a clear texture and a bright golden color. Left a big, creamy head and some okay lacing.

There was a bit of citrus in the smell, along with some hops. Not particularly overwhelming.

I was a little let down with the taste. There was a mild hops flavor, but mainly it just seemed watery to me. Could've been better.

The mouthfeel was decent, with an okay amount of carbonation. Had a somewhat slick, syrupy finish.

On the whole, this was a little disappointing to me. While I've certainly had worse beers, I expected a much richer, more complex beer from Sam Smith. It was like they were intent on imitating lesser, more mainstream beers.

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