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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Reviews: 316 | Ratings: 578
Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice head and some lace has a nice light malty aroma. Pleasing gold color. Nice body. Very well balanced. Not a lot of flavor. Super subtle. Clean. Just not a lot there. Finish is similar to the rest. Guess it's not bad, kind of boring. I like all the other Sam Smiths a lot more.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - honeyed orange appearance. Finely bubbled bead. Initial head is lively and a bit soapy, but reduces to a thin film quickly.

Aroma - dry, crackery nose with a light peppery note. Fades into obscurity.

Taste - English malts, slightly buttery, taste is good but a little watered down.

Mouthfeel - to the thin side but nicely carbonated.

Drinkability - a tasty but rather indistinctive brew. For the price I can do better.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper in appearance. Well developed head, but didnt last but a few minutes(due to my glass?). Smell was very subtle to me. It was a slight hoppines aroma. Taste was quite smooth and mellow. Very easy to enjoy. Almost tastes of pears of some other fruit I couldnt quite put my finger on it.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was a sort of hazy color with a very small head, and thats with an aggressive pour. There wasn't any lacing either. There was a large amount of bubbles rising to the surface though. The aroma consisted sweet malts, a grassy aroma, and a sort of metallic aroma. I have no idea where the metallic smell came from? The aroma was complex, but not very good. The taste was not very good either. There was a malt taste up front followed by a grassy taste and it finished with a weird metallic flavor. Where is that coming from? Overall I was not impressed especially considering the brewery, however I don't care for many lagers.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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 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 ryanocerus
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with moderate creamy head that dissipated quickly. No carbonation to speak of and there was a faint sweet aroma. The beer had a mild hoppy taste and the lack of carbonation gave it an average mouthfeel. A mild beer overall but not worth three times the price of most macros.

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Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've always enjoyed the Samuel Smith dark beers and when I saw this lager in the store I couldn't pass up the chance to try it.

The beer poured a very pale gold and if it weren't for the thick, persistent white head it could have easily been confused with any of the macros. One smell, though, and you knew this wasn't any ordinary lager - it had a nice yeasty nose to compliment the malt character and a light hop note to suggest a balanced brew.

Unfortunately, the taste didn't quite follow up on the promise of the smell - it was a rather mild lager with a mild malt taste and a soft hop finish. The mouthfeel was similar to the taste - pretty inconsequential. It could have been any of a dozen inoffensive lagers with no real character.

Overall, it was drinkable, certainly - you could drink a few without being overwhelmed, but there really wasn't anything to recommend this particular lager of any other.

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Photo of bushwhacker
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A respectable lager that poured a clear light yellow, faint aroma of malts with a white head that did a disappearing act. Good taste and a pleasant mouthfeel, with smooth and finely tuned finish. I swooned the brew by swirling in the glass as it warmed, hoping to summons potential latent aromas and tastes, but it didn't happen. Overall an above-average lager for future enjoyment.

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Photo of Boto
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml bottle: This one pours a crystal clear golden color, with only a small head on it. The aroma was slightly floral, but very weak. It was difficult to make anything else out of it. The taste was quite non-descript. Like the aroma it was OK, but very bland. Certainly not worth the price of a premium beer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale gold color... Slight head quickly dissappears and leaves no discernable lacing... Nothing memorable...

S - Malt and grains... Buttery biscuit... Maybe some european hops... A nice scent for a lager...

T - Mild hops... Oats... Stale biscuit...

M - Medium bodied and dry...

D - I've recently become a big fan of the Samuel Smith family of beers, but this was a big dissappointment... Not much substance other then a nice aroma...

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Photo of daliandragon
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I always kind of wondered why Sam Smith's put their Imperial Russian and Oatmeal stouts in clear botttles and their lagers in brown ones. If you're going to protect the lesser stuff from sunlight, why not protect the quality as well? Alas, I still don't have an answer, but let's review this "pure brewed" action anyway.

Color is a light golden with a respectable cap of head and a yeast influenced nose with hints of citrus. Remarkably clean for a lager smell, which is a plus.

Taste has clean crystal malt and a small amount of residual hoppiness but not much. Actuallly, in general, like the Annoat system (a shout out to Star Wars geeks), there's not much there. There is a slightly unpleasant grassy note to the taste and mouthfeel is strangely overdry one sip and refreshing the next. This isn't even real good for the style, like I expected; I feel a little cheated for my $3..99 for 18.7 oz. It hurts to give Sam Smith such a low score, but I have to call 'em like I see 'em.

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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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 shadow1961
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's Lager pours a fluffy head over a clear
cider colored brew. The head collapses pretty quickly,
though there is sufficient carbonation to maintain a ring
of loose foam. The nose is light barley malts and lager
yeast. The flavor is slightly sweet light malt and a mild
grassy hop finish, and citrus notes. The mouthfeel is light
and crisp. A decent lager, but again, it's a pretty tough
choice- pay more for an import or stick with a local micro's
output. The label is gorgeous. Tasty.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Smells like a slightly corn filled lager (not good).

Appearance - Clear yellow white head and not much carbonation.

Taste - Sweet sugary lager. Unoffensive enough but a little too sweet for my taste.

Notes - Could use a little more carbonation.

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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 canucklehead
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this beer in Hawaii as it is unavailable in B.C. .
This beer suffers from comparisons with other Samuel Smith products, it is simply a good lager instead of a world class
stout or pale ale. I would drink this beer again but at the
price paid I would buy another Samuel smith beer or a less
expensive lager.

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

Pours from the bottle a deep shade of gold with a white foamy head that rises up quickly, maintains very good lacing and a nice layer of head throughout the beer. Light fruity smell with good mouth feel, but I think it fell a little flat on the finish. I agree with other reviewers here, this beer is a quality lager, but cannot quite compare to the quality usually offered from this brewer - which, by the way, is incredibly high. A decent beer, but average when compared to other good lagers.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whether I pay $5 a bottle or $2, I still cannot find a decent Euro Pale Lager that I will order time and time again. Even though Samuel Smith makes some pretty fine beers, this one doesn't do anything for me. Though better than your Heineken or anything produced in Italy, it still seems basic, plain, and flat. Personally, Kroenenbourg is a better and more economically feasible choice.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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 techtatu
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light gold color to the beer and nice thick head. Smooth tasting and nice smell to it, somewhat sweet. The overall taste is good. The foam does not stick to the side of the glass after a drink like most lagers.

This beer feels more like a thirst quencher to me. Something you would drink after a hard days work out in the yard and, or while grilling out side on a hot summer day. You can also include fishing on that list :-).

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

A - bright golden in color and a bright white head. It has lace that is sticking around and the classic continual bubbles that lagers should have.

S - Woody at first. Then there is a background of piney hops and toasty malts.

T - Dry toasted malts. Not a strong flavor. There are some background hops but not strong.

M - very creamy and heavy. It was an odd feeling for a lager.

D - Definite session beer. If you want a Euro lager then this is it. Stronger than american lagers but still classic in its taste.

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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 vince_arch_beer
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great, crisp flavor at first sip with a sweet tail at the end. Very beautiful color, quite clear with an SRM around 8-12. Very low hop/bitterness. Carbonation is beautiful and mouthfeel is exactly what I'd expect from a lager.

What makes this bottle of beer go over the edge is the bottle design as well as its organic nature. You can taste the quality and craftsmanship, no additives or preservatives (or at least the chemical ones).

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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.8 out of 5 based on 578 ratings.
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