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 ehammond1
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear golden yellow with a thick near-white head that eventually leaves sticky rings of lace down the glass. Per the style, this is perfect.

Aroma consists of sweet pale malt, grassy hops, and simple grain. Nothing exciting, nothing bad. Quite simple.

Flavor follows the aroma and is quite simple. Plain graininess, grass, and a bit of sweet malt make for an easy drinking lager, but little else.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Great drinkability.

A very good Euro pale lager--perhaps a great one. That being said, the style is quite limiting and simple in nature.

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

Thanks to Rob for sharing.

This poured a clear yellow with a finger's width of off-white foam. Smell was clean mildly sweet biscuit malt. Taste was biscuit malty, caramel, quite refreshing. Not bitter. Mouthfeel was almost creamy in a medium body with nice carbonation. Good lager, nice drinkability, another good one from Samuel Smith.

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Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear golden straw color with a full finger of white head that settles slowly into a ring.

s: typical lager, slight sweetness and a faint touch of grass.

t: not much to it, a little sweet with a hint of malt. prettty clean.

m: medium body with good carbonation and a wet finish.

o: a good clean crisp classic looking beer that would be very sessionable and help steer others towards craft beer.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle into standard pint. No freshness date on the bottle.

Pours a clear and bright yellow body with a large foamy head. Bit of sticky lacing.

Pale sweet malt scent with a small touch of hops.

Pretty much all malt in the taste which makes for a refreshing and easy drinking brew. Hints of grain and bread with a touch of hops but not all that bitter.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

As far as Euro Pale Lagers go this one is pretty good. Probably wouldn't seek this one out though, definitely better lagers out there.

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Photo of bogus564
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

It's the first big day of NFL football this season, and frankly, I'm 9/11'd out. It's time for beer and food and football, so let's get it started.

A: It looks okay, not great. Light golden color, with a 3 cm wheat-colored head, much like what you'd expect. On to the nose.

S: Again, okay, not great. I smell the citrus hoppiness, there's a grassy note, and the malt is producing something in the way of licorice, which can't be right.

T: There's confirmation of what I was smelling, but that's not licorice. There's orange, there's grass, there's a bit of pine, there's what tastes a bit like pepper, and then there's that sweetness. Almost like honey. Interesting.

M: Good, almost very good. Light-bodied, well carbonated, washes fairly well over the palate, with a dry, slightly bitter finish. It's a bit of alright.

O: A very decent offering by Samuel Smith; I do like their stouts much better, though. This is great for a long day of watching football and eating nachos. Enjoy.

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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 BarryMFBurton
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love me some Samuel Smith; this is one brewery that knows tradition. Their labels, their style, and most importantly, their palates; they all reflect beer culture that goes back hundreds of years. And, with my recent love affair with lagers, especially European ones, this Pure Brewed Lager Beer is right up my alley at the moment. Here’s to hoping it leaves me as satisfied as Sam’s other offerings!

Oh yea, and TADCASTER! Tadcaster tadcaster tadcaster! Still a fun word to say…

A: A shining gold beauty with a hint of haze. A good thick body that rouses a creamy white head, whose sudsy plumage is supported by some residual bubbling. Just the tiniest hint of lacing shows itself along the glass’ edge, supporting the fact that this is a rather light beer. It’s not my favorite look, but it seems par for the course with this style.

S: The nose is incredibly mellow on this lager. Unfortunately, there’s only a slight tinge of pale fruits, conjuring up melon and apple thoughts. Malts come in as grassy and slightly raisin-like, and yeasts are slightly buttery and estery. A pleasant, but muted nose.

T: At first, this comes off as slightly muted, like the nose. The biggest flavors are bready and slightly bitter, and, upon first taste, that’s all that really comes out. As more of the beer disappears from my glass, though, more flavors climb out from behind the breads. I get a sense of earthy hops, just barely hanging on for the ride; some dried fruits are there, too, but not in huge form; lemony freshness from the yeast becomes more apparent towards the end of each sip. Flavors that are small, but nice. The finish consists of very faint barley husks and some distant hops; they’re so slight, in fact, that the aftertaste is nearly non-existent.

M: I love this mouthfeel; it tastes real. Nice, slightly fizzy, but mostly creamy. It’s the feel of a traditional English lager, and I love it.

O: This beer is great. It looks good, tastes good, and feels good. It’s not the best lager I’ve ever had, mostly due to its lack of zest in the nose and palate, though it’s not offensive. It’s a drinkable lager that Samuel Smith should be proud of. And if I can get my hands on a few more bottles, you know I’ll be a happy man.

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

This lager pours crystal blond in color with a generous fine bubbled head that lasts fairly well. It has a nice balance of hops and malt. It is what most lagers aspire to be. Lovely taste, that one does not tire of. Definitely worth trying. It is a bit expensive in the USA for regular consumption.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with very little head. The smell is a bit sweet, and there seems to be a bit of an apple juice aroma. The taste is lighter, just a bit of hops, a bit of malts, very balanced, and I keep picking up a flavor like apple juice. Light flavor, easy to drink, but wont stay on the palette long. Overall decent, nice in the summer, I would get it again, but i wasnt blown away.

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

Consumed after SS's Organically Produced Lager. This one is better than that one.

A - It looks just as the organic version did, so I'll copy+paste: pours a pale golden hue, completely translucent, and is capped with a short-lived pillow of white froth. The head recedes to a wispy film, but leaves spots of lace upon the glass.

S - Compared to the organic version, this one has stronger notes of everything. The malt is honey-ish, the hops are discernible and herbal-floral in aroma, and the clean minerality is pronounced.

T - The beer is much fuller in flavor than the Organic, and has less similarity to EPL and more to Munich Helles. There is a bit of honey-ish malt, but perhaps the honey impression is due to the floral qualities of the hops used. Hops are at any rate sublimely discernible; a nice feature in a Lager style. Mineral notes are there but are not a major feature. The continental hops are earthy and herbal, but not skunky; another plus for the brew.

M - The feel is the same as the organic: light and refreshing.

O - Quite a bit better than SS's Organic Lager which preceded this. Very drinkable...

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Photo of MightyMonk
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear golden color with a pronounced foamy white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind some lacing.
The smell is earthy and slightly floral.
Tastes of floral hops and good malty taste for a lager. Finishes clean with a zip of hops.
All in all, a great lager beer.

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Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear straw color with a thick fluffy white head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: A rich malty aroma. It's weird but it sort of smells like tomato sauce. It's a good smell, but sort of strange.

T: A rich malty and fruity flavor. A bit of bitterness in the finish with some candy-like flavors.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation.

O: As usual a good beer from Sammie Smith. Very unique and quality flavors.

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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 WYVYRN527
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale straw color with a thick white head that settles slowly. Retention is very good, and lacing is sticky, but not overly thick. Carbonation is lively as well.

S: Grassy hop aromas up front, with some biscuit and honey-like malt on the backbone.

T: Very well-balanced. Malty notes of honey, cracker, and some pancake up front, along with some fruity notes. Hops lend the beer a floral, grassy note and lead to a crisp, dry finish.

Notes: Sam Smith has done it again. When you think that Britain is all about ale, a lager such as this comes along. Very tasty and easy to drink. It's one of the cleanest brews I have tried. Very refreshing.

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Photo of shand
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours a clear golden color with a tiny head. Lacing is good, nonetheless. The aroma on this one is pale bready malts with a touch of mineral water. The taste is just a nice crisp lager, the smooth malts and just a hint of hop zest make for a tasty lager. The mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is just about right for the style. A good lager from Sam Smith's, probably not worth import prices though.

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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 ant5431
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.
Poured a nice pale yellow with a rather nice head to it.
Has a strong fruity, malt smell very pungent for a lager, Nice.
Has a nice hoppy crisp slightly bitter bite to it.
As far as Lagers go I think its got a lot af flavor and could easily drink a few of these in no time. nice little beer all around!

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Classic lager appearance with a head that dies quickly.

S - Straw, grain like aromas but only feint.

T - Tpasted bread and cripsness with a nice hoppiness to it .

M - Ligght body and fll carboantion as you would expect.

D - Could easily down 10 of these and not notice.

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

A- Pale clear yellow body, nice sized white head.

S- clean light hops some biscuity malts

T- Hops do have some bite to them a nice light touch thats great that I wish some American Lagers would have. Grainy malts. Clean crisp throught

M- Light bodied and high in carbonation

O- This is an A plus Lager but will never get that because of its Lager lack of luster as compared to big time brews. Its great washing down a meal with a beer that has some taste to it.

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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 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 crossovert
2.34/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. "Pure Brewed" lol, is this budweiser or something?

It pours a clear gold with a foamy white head that dissipares with some decent lacing.

The smell is metallic and grainy. It has a doughy, crusty malt scent.

The flavor is rather poor in my opinion. It is super watery. The hops leave a vomity flavor and the malt is bland.

Try again boys, whew.

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 18.9oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a honey-yellow color, moderate level of carbonation, two-finger white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Has a bit of a bready aroma, taste is quite nice with a mix of sweetish malts and a mild hop taste in the finish. I noticed that this beer seems more medium-bodied than most lagers, was a bit thicker but nice. Drinkability is high, this is a refreshing beer that still tastes good after it has warmed up a bit. This isn't Samuel Smith's best beer in my opinion, but if you are a big fan of old-fashioned, all-malt lagers, this is a good choice.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a bottle of this at Chevy Chase yesterday.

A beautiful, clear yellow with a dense, off-white head that slowly recedes to a disk, leaving some lace work. The nose has a moderate malt character, rich and delicate, with mild bready notes. A nice hop backbone is present as well with an earthy, dusty and mineral-like hop aroma and reserved bitterness.

The palate opens moderately hoppy with a moderate bitterness and a rather robust hop flavor. Earthy and mineral-like, the bitterness quite perfectly balances these flavor components. While I don't know my malts very well, I could almost swear that there is some Marris Otter and pilsner malt in here, there's a complex, delicate sweetness present. A little bready, this tastes moderately rustic. Almost a touch fruity, this beer dries out on the finish with a lingering bitterness. Carbonation is high, this is a top notch lager.

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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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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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