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 Premo88
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: clean pale gold, 1/2-inch white head; slight lacing

S: biscuits; sweet malt

T: sweet yeasty malt -- thorough sweetness that is there from the front to back end; very little bitter hops, but you can taste some mellowed hops

F: heavier than water, decent carbonation ... nothing exceptional

O: not your average lager; really sweet and malty; blindfolded, I could mistake this for an English pale ale ... the big giveaway is the lack of "bitter," but that isn't a bad thing. It makes this brew very distinctive. It's fantastically sweet without being overly so; no cloying banana or anything like that ... just good yeast and barley.

I must say had I rated this beer after the first bottle, it might've gotten all 5s. It just blew me away how malty a lager can taste. After working through a four-pack, the beer became less of a mind-blower and just a good solid beer. It's not cheap, and chances are you can find a local lager better for a better price, BUT if you want to show a friend the difference between the corn tortilla chip that is the American macro brew and a true lager, THIS IS IT!

And maltheads, sign up ...

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Photo of BuckIronRocket
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Classic; bright shining gold with a half inch of foamy white head. Looks almost like a prototype movie or TV show beer. Reminds me of a Notre Dame football helmet.

S - Best part about this beer. HONEY. Strong smell of honey and buttered biscuits.

T - After the smell the taste is a slight let down. Clean, cold and complex. Has a mild hop bite, strong yeast flavor. There is something missing that I cannot quite explain.

M- Refreshing and light. Good bubbly carbonation through out.

O- One of the more intriguing beers I've ever had. The smell is OUTSTANDING and I may buy again based on smell alone. The taste is just as compelling for what it lacks in comparison to what it has to offer.

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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 DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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 BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a half an inch's worth of head that fades to a thin cap quickly

S: Pale malts, buttered bread, lager yeast, and light hops. Very clean and crisp

T: Follows the nose. Buttered bread and malts come through the most, with a background of the yeast and hops. Finishes with lightly spicy hops. Again, very clean and crisp

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very clean and simple lager with nice flavor and great drinkability. Good price point, as usual with SS. Definitely recommended for those who like lagers

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Photo of RaulMondesi
2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Four pack at my local Trader Joes in Tustin, CA.

Was looking forward to drinking session after session of Hottenroth all day - but apparently walking into The Bruery Provisions at 5:01 (they closed at 5:00 on Christmas Eve) was too late for them to sell Raul a few bottles. (The also sent me to a liquor store that didn't even sell any of their items, but that is besides the point.)

Anyway, so here Raul is with this swill instead. I was looking forward to pounding the entire 4-pack, but I could only get through 1. Is it me, or do all Euro Lagers/Pilsners either taste just decent, or like this nasty astringent, windex, skunk-like lager?

Raul was pumped on this, but he highly disagrees with it. Raul will use it to clean his windows instead. Peace!

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Photo of bambam2517
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass at 40F.

A - Very pale straw color, short-lived froth that dissipates to a watery ring, slight effervescence in the body.

S - Faintly floral, some light hops aroma.

T - Refreshing and mildly hoppy, but not outstanding. Pretty standard actually, falling in line with the Buds and Coors of the world. The floral aftertaste is an improvement over American macrolagers, but is not present in enough abundance to score higher.

M - Light and clean, pleasant.

O - This one is easy to enjoy, wouldn't mind a few in a row at a wedding or the like. Much better values to be had though. Look elsewhere.

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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 eduardolinhalis
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color forming a small white bubbled head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacings

S: Sweet grains and honey, basically. Lager yeasts and some flowery hops

T: Follows the nose, sweet grains and honey, mainly. Lager bready yeasts and some hops. In overall, a slightly sweet beer with a very light bitter end

M: Watery light body. Medium carbonation. Grainy aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. One of the best Lagers I've ever had

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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 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 JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa recently since I never had this before and this was lighter than the other Sam Smith's beers that I've had before. I was never a fan of this style, given how similar and "skunky" the popular examples of this are but after having enjoyed this bottle, I can say that this was by far and away the best example of a Euro Pale Lager that I've ever had!

The pour to this was what I expected when I bought this beer - golden, clear, and foamy. Not a lot of lacing though but the carbonation was good for a beer that was this clear in appearance. Lots of grass and straw here with a good malt balance and a slightly sour aftertaste. This blew the green-bottled beers of this style and there was just enough body here to keep this from feeling watered-down.

The alcohol was spot-on too and had I hard another bottle, I would have downed that after finishing this. I wish more lagers were this floral and easy to drink. There's nothing flashy here but this was enjoyable and ups the ante for a style that doesn't get a whole lot of love!

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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 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 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 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 woosterbill
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Angel in the Fields.

A: Clear straw-gold body with lively carbonation rising to an ultra-fine inch of white head. Lots of lace. Great-looking lager.

S: Clean, lightly-toasted bready malt aroma, with some faint grassiness as well. Solid but unimpressive.

T: Again, clean, light, bready malt. Nothing off, but nothing interesting either.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with lots of lively, slightly prickly effervescence. Ok.

O: This is a nice, drinkable, crisp lager. It's better than most examples of its style, but still isn't something I'd seek out.


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

Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Lager Beer has a thick, stark-white head and a hazy (after swishing the bottom 20% of the bottle), yellow-golden appearance, with some lacing and lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is of lightly-toasted malt, grain husks, sweetness, and water. Taste is of a bit of lemon, biscuit, malt, some hop bitterness, paper, and water. The mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Smith’s Pure Brewed Lager finishes mostly dry, crisp, and very refreshing. Overall, this is a very fine beer.


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Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a real good deal on this 19 oz. $1.50. Was it past the freshness date? Tasted OK to me.
Poured into a pint glass

A: golden with a touch of amber. White, one finger head that dissipates rather quickly; big bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: A pleasant maltiness with some lemon in the mix.

T: Light, clean, crisp. Citrus and lemons are present with a sweet, bready, malt backbeat. Slight hoppy finish that doesn't overwhelm.

M: light to medium; medium carbonation.

O: A really sessionable lager. Smooth. A great stepping stone from the BMC lagers.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very slightly foggy yellow with lots of foamy meringue head that forms beautiful lacing.

S: Crisp and fresh, bready, grainy

T: Clean, refreshing flavor, grainy malts. Really fresh tasting lager.

M: Light body with plenty of basic carbonation.

O: A beautifully poured lager with a clean, refreshing taste. Extremely easy to drink.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 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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Photo of jkrich
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: bright and clear golden-yellow with an inch of white, foamy head. There is a lot of intricate lacing on the glass.

The aroma is largely typical of a pale lager: spicy and fresh with a some bready aromas. Everything was rather subdued.

This English lager has a solidly malty entry with some doughy aspects as well as a faint fruity flavor not usually found in a European style lager. There is a slightly sour bite on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with mellow carbonation. The sweet and bready flavors become more prominent as the lager warms. This is actually a lager that improves as it warms.

When you search for an offering from England, a lager does not usually come to mind. Despite the cost this lager is worth trying even though it pales in comparison to Samuel Smith's ale offerings.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.8 out of 5 based on 580 ratings.
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