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 Scooter77
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a medium-sized fluffy white head that dissipated slowly leaving a very thin lace. Aromas are of malt, hops, and apples with mild hay-like undertones. The taste is very similar to the smell with just a hint of apples in the finish. This is a very smooth and easy drinking beer. It’s a very refreshing beer to have on a warm spring/summer day.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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 sixerofelixir
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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 seagullbeer
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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 kgotcher
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Nickholland
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bready/malty brew that finishes really well, absolutely quaffable and very representative of the style. Puts the adjuncts to shame. I would drink this all the time if it weren't so expensive.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This monster pours a pale yellow, straw color with a thin head that will last throughout. An aroma of bread, hops and fruit, very complex smell for a lager. A delicious taste of malted barley, hops, some yeast and bread notes are noted, balanced well. Somewhat dry, but not too much, and malty on the palate, very pleasant and easy to drink. Clean, crisp, one darn fine lager, to be expected from Samuel Smith!

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Photo of stoutman
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely clear and golden, light carbonation, fully diminishing head. Fresh aroma of buttered bread (dinner rolls) and honey. Lots of soft pale malt, and lightly bitter. This is a very tasty lager. Why is Samuel Smith's so great in ALL their brewing efforts???

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Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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 mcsquint
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550ml bottle into large dimpled mug.
A - Pale straw yellow in color with pure white 1 finger creamy head. Head diminishes very quickly, but leaves nice lacing.
S - Very light malt, grassy, a bit of lemon.
T - Maltier than I would expect, grassy, slight citrus and floral on the finish.
M - Light and crisp. Not overly carbonated.
D - I'm not a big fan og lagers, but this would be a good lager to give to friends stuck on American macro 'lagers'. Crisp, refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of MikeMoriendi
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Golden yellow color with a frothy white head that disappeared rather quickly.

Smell - Not a very strong scent. I was actually surprised and thought there was something wrong with my sense of smell.

Taste - Very full taste that is a little sweet and malty. Extremely smooth finish.

I have been a fan of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stoat for quite some time and after recommendations to try this I was not disappointed in the slightest. I still can not believe how very smooth the drink is. Definitely is one of the best lagers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. I can now believe that Samuel Smith Breweries can do no wrong with their beer making. Highly recommended if you enjoy lagers and this will get my highest grade yet.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pint, 2.7 FL.OZ bottle (550ml) into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a pale yellow/straw color. Lite carbonation with very little head that reduces rather fast. Leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of rich caramel malt & floral hops. Musky Biscuit, corn husk & a touch of chocolate as it warms. Very surprising and very inviting!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of rich caramel and malt, and ends dry hopy and crisp. A touch of fruit and very well balanced (No adjuncts or corny flavor!) Very clean. Biscuit & rich caramel flavor develops as beer warms (Pleasant) Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Lite-medium bodied, goes down easy. Crisp as well.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - One could find themselves drinking copious amounts of this beer, at least I sure could. From start to finish this beer left me wanting more. Sip by sip, I absolutely loved its rich caramel start, and dry hopy finish. This was my first Samuel Smiths beer, and it wont be my last. I definitely recommend you try this, you wont be disappointed. Cheers!

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of AyeMito
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was definitely pleased when I had this after work a few weeks ago. It is fresh, crisp, and sweet with notes of caramel and honey. I feel its simple enough that all the ingredients blend perfectly with each other and no one part is overwhelming. Its fresh and herbal to start finishing with a smooth caramel spice. I will without a doubt be drinking plenty of these this autumn!

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Photo of Kamaphant
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living in the UK this beer was on tap at my old local Pub, however this is the first time i've tasted it from the bottle and the first time i've had this beer at all for 4-5 years.
It doesnt dissapoint.
Immaculate texture and colour, quite sweet but slides down with a lick of the lips and a yearning for more.
This is the best of British when it comes to lagers and would reccomend to all our American Cousins.
Exceptional tipple.

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Photo of tjd112
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Quaffer
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the brown bottle, Sammy Smith!

Appearance: This brew poured a yellow, slightly orange color. It had a brilliant white head that sunk down quickly. A thin layer capped the beer for most of the drink, being fed from below by a heavy sustained bead.

Smell: What a wonderfully clean aroma. It was mild and fresh, being comprised of straw and malt. A rich sweetness was present as well, but it was not overpowering. The aroma is such a wonderful departure from the adjunct laden macro lagers.

Mouthfeel: The body was thin to medium-thin and very smooth for a lager. There was a slight carbonation tingle on the sides of the tongue and in the back of the mouth.

Taste: There were flavors of straw and mild citrus (possibly grapefruit) upfront that merged beautifully into a light hops bitterness. The finish was all hops and a soft sweetness.

I am not a big lager fan, but this is a great beer. I guess I had just never tried the right lager before. I will revisit this beer again very soon, especially with summer headed this way.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a most of 355ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Produced a very big fluffy white head which gradually dissipated to leave a thin layer of foam down to the last sip. Some lacing.

Very nice clean smelling nose with some citrus, grassy aromas and malt. Nice.

Palate is extremely smooth. Very nice for a lager. Malty with fruity hop flavours, citrus notes and some grass. Excellent.

Mouth is lovely. Very full and creamy. Carbonation is good.

Overall a superb lager. Flavoursome, well-balanced, refreshing and highly quaffable.

There should be a separate category for a beer like this. Lumping it in with the euro pale lagers doesn't do it justice.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of jayrod20
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It boasts primarily of pale malts and lager yeast with a mild hop scent. The taste is good. It is clean and refreshing. It has largely a pale malt flavor with a light hop taste. It is light and highly drinkable. This is a low bodied beer with decent carbonation. This is the best lager you will have. This is the best lager you can find other than the organic from Sam Smith.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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 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 oelergud
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I usually dont think much of pale light colored beer, which I learned was a big mistake, this brew pours a beautiful light amber with a fluffy white head, not much lace but it the head stays big for a decent amount of time.
The smell got me seeing big grassy fields with patches of grain growing here and there, very pleasant fragrance.
Taste is great as well, very clean smooth and simple, a beer to enjoy when you dont want to be bothered with half a dozen different flavors.
Feels very good going down, my glass was quickly empty leaving me wishing I had bought more than just 1 bottle.
I will drink this again, no question about that


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Photo of WxAxGxS
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured with a nice bubbly head, mostly small bubbles with a few fisheyes. The brew is a crisp, clear golden yellow. Smells of citrus and hoppy... maybe a little too sweet in my opinion. The taste is clean, with a good amount of carbonation. There is a sweet maltiness to it, but it maintains a nice hoppy bite. It finishes pretty sweet, but dies off quickly leaving nothing but a hoppy bite on my tongue. Definitely not my favorite Sam Smith, but a great lager in my opinion and sometimes that's exactly what I want

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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 Larry_Moon
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

This is just a great beer. Such a simple brew solution yet the product of this labor is perfect! It's the only lager I've ever found to have malty legs. Its perfect blend of barley and hops gives you the sense that its malty and bitter attributes are released on to your taste buds for an epic battle (which is ultimately just won by the hops army). The finish is crisp but doesn't leave your tongue feeling dry. The complexity of the competing flavors makes for a fantastic taste interrupted by nothing as the malted barley and hops in this beer are organic. It clearly makes a difference. I would enjoy this beer in the company of the most boring and annoying people in the world.

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