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
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
315
Ratings:
576
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
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Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355mL bottle poured into pilsner glass

Pours a clear straw yellow with plenty of bubbly carbonation. A frothy, white head bubbles up, retaining a nice solid layer across the beer.

Some light, grassy hops in the nose, along with toasted biscuit, straw, and a touch of citrus.

Dry, mildly bitter hops up front with some lemongrass and citrus zest. Light bready qualities give the flavor more body, along with some toasted notes. Finishes crisp, clear, and refreshing.

Lighter to medium body, decent carbonation, refreshing profile throughout. Smooth feel combined with solid flavor makes this a pretty easy drinker, although the higher price tag is a bummer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with a small short lived white head and nice carbonation. Aroma of apple, honey, yeast. Not much hops in the nose for the style. Light body with herbal hops dominating the flavor with some citrus and sweet malt in the background. Finish is short and dry. Brits should stay with ales.

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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 r0nyn
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a very pale straw hue that's slighty hazy. Thick fluffy white head quickly dissipates into a thin cap, leaving quite a bit of stringy lacing. Very clean appearance. Smell is quite malty with lots of sweet fruitiness and grain. None of that abrasive metallic quality that is so prevalent in adjunct lagers. This is the way a good lager should smell.

Taste is clean, crisp and refreshing. Malts are the order of the day, with a lot of grainy sweetness washing over the palate. Some fruits and a mild caramel flavoring as well. Hops are almost non-existent, just barely making an appearance at the end. A pleasant floral bite rounds out the taste. Very well done. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a very minimal amount of carbonation, allowing you to fully enjoy the various flavor nuances.

Drinkability is off the charts with an exceptional lager like this. Great smell, great taste, great feel; it has all the qualities of a great beer. Samuel Smith knows how to craft excellent, no-frills brews. None of that triple hop advertising garbage. Just a delicious drinking experience through and through.

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Photo of cpolking
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark honey golden color. Aroma is of a slightly dusty grain bin full of recently harvested grain, with a hint of floral sweetness. It has a full malt and grain flavor, a bit of the musky lager funk and a slightly crisp, slightly creamy finish on the mouth. Pretty good overall but does not stand up to some European lagers that are more flavorful.

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Photo of stcules
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paleblond color, clean. White and creamy head, quite beautiful.
Pleasant smell, with a good maltiness, and light biscuity notes.
Malt prevails in the taste, too, soft, with pleasant hop notes, quite fresh.
Average body. Malty aftertaste, with fresh hop in theback.
Soft, and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of pauljmccain
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a finger of white foam. Replenished by the glass. Smells predominately of very fresh hops. A nice springy smell, slightly sweet. Has a weak flavor, nothing strong. Reminiscent of American style lagers. But a good balance, and quality tasting. Quite bitter on the end. Feels very light in the mouth, again like American style lagers. Carbonated moderately heavily. Overall, this is a nice session beer, quite refreshing on a hot day in London.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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 NODAK
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very little odor on this beer...almost imperceptible. Maybe a tad bit of grain.

Taste is fairly mild as well, only solidifying what I got off of the smell. Seems a bit watery to me. There's a small hop bite up front, which is short-lived. The body is pretty bright in flavor...citrusy, with a bit of lemony flavor also perceptible. Finish is a tad dry with a little more hop character.

Certainly drinkable due to its light character, I was expecting a bit more in the complexity department. I'm sure it would be very refreshing as a session beer.

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Photo of Church89
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle, foil wrapped cap. No gimmicks.

Pours a light golden color, a little murky.

Smells of crisp apples and light hops.

Taste is a little sweet, nice hops flavors minus the spice.

Mouth is smooth, not very dry at all.

Refreshing and smooth, great session beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very pale straw appearance, got leery. Aroma leans to the apple side.

Taste, a little bit of everything, some lemon, apple, spice, carbonation zips it all upward, minimal hop bite with the carbonation. The beer is a great example of the style that isn't necessarily too popular with craft brew drinkers. A great beer to introduce people to that might not be craft drinkers yet, without feeling like you're giving them something really dumbed down.

Price is a little on the steep side for what it is, but I can't think of too many examples that are better for a lesser price.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium yellow with a white fizzy head. No true lacing.

Light grain, some grass, a bit sweeter in the malt dept. Light metallic scent.

Light malt, with some alternate sweetness and bitterness. Some mineral edges, with grain, straw, grass, husk, and some hop bitterness. Clean finish for sure.

Medium to medium light mouthfeel. Not alot of carbonation, but enough.

Overall, an easy drinker, with plenty of character and flavor for all seasons. This was great on a bar rooftop on a humid summer day. Good to try for sure.

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

Light chill haze that quickly disappeared, leaving the beer a bright gold colour. Sticky white foam coated the top of the beer in a thin layer and a more substantial collar left clumpy lace on the glass. Nice aroma, malty, caramel and biscuits, honey, light hoppiness with notes of fruit and grass. Good balance, enough bitterness to keep the flavour crisp while letting the sweetness of the malt and grassy/herbal hop flavours stay in the spotlight. Light caramel. Lingering bitterness and mineral character. Slightly crisp carbonation, light to medium bodied, dry, the texture's more rounded and smooth than a good pils. Easy drinking and quite tasty. I'd pick this up more often if I couldn't get less expensive high quality lagers on a regular basis.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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 thekanna
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden appearance with about a finger of white head.

S: Malts and faint hops with a general freshness.

T: Earthy malts with a strong green tea aspect to it, rounded out with some hops and a great freshness again.

M: Well-carbonated without being overwhelmingly filling as I had suspected given my previous experience with other Samuel Smith brews. Nice crisp and refreshing aspect to the entire brew.

D: Definitely a well-brewed lager.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a quarter inch white head that remains.
Smell is caramelly malts with a faint, toasted aspect. Some corny notes in there as well, and some faint, grassy hops.
Taste is malts with some very faint sweetness, and a tiny bit of hops following. More, slight corn notes that come in before the finish. Finish is slightly malty, with a touch of hops.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth up front, with some bite from the carbonation on the back end. Finish is slightly dry. Light body.
Very good drinkability. A great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day. Definitely another good one to "session."

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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 Lexiconical
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at room temperature with my own chicken BBQ. I wanted a lager, not a stout, and that's what I got. I did read the other reviews and I have to say -- surely this is above average, not average?

Appearance -- Golden. Okay, this part _is_ average.

Smell -- Soapy and clean. Promises a fresh taste. Thick head contributes to notable but not overwhelming aroma.

Taste -- As promised, a fresh and bright taste. Slightly bitter and sour, even a little lemony.

Mouthfeel -- Good and soft and light. Very pleasant.

Drinkability -- I don't usually drink the whole pint in one day. Excellent drinkability.

In summary, if you're looking for a smooth and tasty lager with a nice aroma, you cannot go wrong with this lager from a truly elite brewer.

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

Wife picked this up for me....though I'm not sure I would have on my own. My mistake. Pint glass pour and I am met with a crystal clear light yellow ale with a bright white foamy head which quickly dissolves into a thin layer. Malty aroma with some rice, grass and earthy tones. Very refreshing taste. Crisp and clean with some mild spice and a lot of light malt. Very clean finish with a minimal aftertaste. I was expecting a somewhat lingering aftertaste from the aroma but I got none of that. Nicely done. Light carbonation in the mouthfeel and very dry, thin sips. A very easy drink and very refreshing. A hot summer lager to view the days going by.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18.7 oz bottle. I really like the retro-looking illustrated label.

Nice clear, light golden straw color. White fluffy head with some stick, lots of carbonation bubbles. A lot of simple sugars on the nose, a LOT of apple, a bit of apricot, a bunch of light wafer. Pleasant and snack-like. Taste is just as sweet and has a pronounced floral quality that twists quickly into a decently bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slick. A good, crisp linger and dryness at the end. Drinkability is definitely above average, but it's enough like a dessert beer, imo, that intake of a 550 ml bottle will suffice. Very nice.

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Photo of smerkinb
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a 1 inch fuzzy pure white head. Crystal clear pale gold body under a rapidly falling head.

Sweet,sweet biscuity nose mixes with water cracker overtones. Little hint of hop plays against the sweet malt scent.

Sweet, slightly tangy malt, smoothes to pure biscuity flavor that yields slowly to rich yeasty notes. The end is punctuated by a light spiciness. Somewhere in there I get a strange (in a good way) taste that makes me think citrus blended with caramel and peach. Clearly I can't describe it better than that. Very light hops presence, just enough to provide a bit of balance.

Rich mouthfeel, not "thick" but definitely full-bodied. Nice carbonation followed by a satisfyingly dryish finish.

Pretty damn good brew especially on a hot spring day. Great balance of quaffable and flavorful. Top Notch!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the classic Sam Smith 500ml bottle into a pint glass. This is what a lager should taste like.

Brilliantly clear gold with fizzy white foam subsiding to liquid. Minimal stickiness.

Plain beer smell but without the corn. Something happening in there. Little hop.

Clean taste with firm mild hop backing. Very smooth. Lightly carbonated.

Very drinkable, delicious. Fantastic as the months get warmer here.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This had a golden yellow color that is crystal clear, little foam and almost no lacing. As for the scent, there isn't much depth to it. Mainly maltiness. I agree with a previous reviewer that it is quite grainy, but in a non-skunked way.

This is a pretty standard euro pale lager, nothing special.

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Photo of tjd112
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Poured into (you guessed correctly) a Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - Golden, somewhat clear color, finger fluffy white head, good lacing

Smell - Very biscuity and grassy, some maltiness saving the day

Taste - Vanilla biscuits with some citrus-esque hops, the smell does not do it justice

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with carbonation

Drinkability - Very

Overall - A good example of an EPL that's NOT in a green bottle. Also try the very similar River Horse lager.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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