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

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

Paleish golden-straw color with good head and decent lacing.

Hmm... malt hops water.

Grainy malt flavor with slight hop spice that adds a bit of dryness.

Very very beery. As in, there's nothing special about this brew, just drink it... but for about $9 a 4-pack! around here, why would you drink it unless money is falling out of your anus?

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Photo of Samp01
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a small short lived white head. Aroma of light malt, cereal, and lightly fruitiness. Taste is malt, some grains, a light fruity notes. Palate is light to med body with moderate carbonation. Finish is light malts, some cereal and light fruitiness. Overall an average lager but drinkable.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle (and into the pint glass) straight gold with medium carbonation. Starts out with a fluffy white head which lasts if you're drinking from the right glass.

VERY light aroma. Sweet. Grassy and floral.

Thankfully it doesn't taste this light. I mean, it's light but not LITE. Like the label says it's "a flavorful lager". Pale maltiness, lightly hopped at the end. And, boy, does it drink easily.

I see this being a good gateway beer but it's not something I'd quaff regularly. Especially if Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout or Nut Brown Ale is sitting right next to it at the store.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle to a golden yellow, with thick, snow white head, and good lacing. Both bottles I had have foamed out the top upon opening, so I’m not sure if it is the beer or handling. Aroma is fruity, mostly lemons, with a hint of floral hops. Flavor is harder to pinpoint, althogh it is tasty and mold, with a smooth fiinish. Although not as highly touted as some of its Samuel Smith relatives, it is one of my favorites from that brewer so far.

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

Simple slightly honey sweet & subtle malt smell with a doughy tang and yeasty, sweaty breadiness. Short to medium lasting bright white head. Taste is simple, somewhat light, but quite good, with a semi quick finish and a touch of lingering sweetness. Nicely carbonated, and a very good, simple easy to drink lager. Nothing that will blow your socks off probably, but a tasty lager

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

12 oz. slender bottle, served chilled in a pilsner glass. It's a golden hue with a few beads of carbonation and a half inch white head that leaves some lacing. It smells very clean with maybe some grassiness. The taste is biscuity/grassy with a mild bitterness from a light dose of perfumy/floral hops, and the body is light to medium. There are traces of skunk in the flavor. Overall not a bad lager, probably better when it's more fresh.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours piss ass clear bright yellow with a stark white head that reduces quickly, but lingers a little better than average and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is pure euro skunk lager with gnarly grain and a little hop kiss.

Bah. I hope this is old because its kind of a malt bomb. As much as a lager can be anyway. Old grain, minimal hops, slight skunkiness, just ok.

Mouthfeel is what you would expect, a touch too thick for the style and the carbonation is slightly low.

Drinkability is ok, but it would alot better if this was fresh.

Overall, really unimpressed. Somewhat suprised considering their organic lager is fantastic. This is probably an old bottle, it sure tastes old. Review over.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body with a thin, white ring of bubbles.

Smell: Sweetish, light pale malt aroma with a tiny grain note and hints of clover honey.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a honeyish sweetness. Very tiny grain hint. Lightly spicy, floral hop character with a light, though lacking bitterness, so you're left with a bit of extra sweetness for the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A generally pleasant, well-balanced lager that has all impure brewed lagers beat by a mile.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

its been ages. this pours out a clear golden with fat white head. the nose is light, some malt here, light hopping there. smells a bit grainy. taste wise? lemony, raw grains, straw....different. a light hop bitterness finishes things off. strong carbonation makes it crisp, this is a refresing beer. pretty drinkable, not my favorite lager and a bit different than what i usually like, but not bad either.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is light straw; crystal clear (I can read through the glass). Initial head is a finger thick but it dissipates quickly. The lace on the glass is intermittent at best.

Largely light malt aroma. Very little hop spice. a quenching gulp draws out the malt, but it's very one-dimensional. The bitter hop is present on the swallow. The carbonation is high and the body is much fuller than would be expected from the color/head.

I try to avoid mentioning price on reviews but given the premium required to acquire this beer (in America), I'd recommend other similar beer before this one. It's worthy of a taste to let you decide whether it works for you.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bomber. Pours out clear golden in color, whipped egg white head, lively carbonation. Sticky lace.
Sweet floral aroma dusted with a touch of grain.
Flavor is crisp and clean, sweet malt upfront, with a clean dry finish.
Went down quickly. great summer brew.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, $2.57 for a single bottle at Anderson's (East Columbus). Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a yellow/gold color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like sweet malt and grain and nothing else from what I can tell. But it is a nice clean aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some herbal/grassy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, with medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down pretty easy and it's non-offensive. It's a decent beer overall, but for the price I don't think it's a good deal. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out, but I would drink it again. It's not a bad lager at all.

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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 bditty187
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vaguely hazy, light golden hue; smallish white head, poor retention, no lace. Frail nose, mildly earthy… little other development, maybe some herbalness. The palate is more flavorful than the nose, slightly grassy with plenty of malt support, distinct herbal undertones, some sweetness as well, caramel/malt finish. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, suitable mouthfeel. This is an above-average lager; I’d drink it again, for a lesser price. This is the least impressive Samuel Smith product but its still worth a try.

Brown bottle.

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Photo of ralree
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish gold and translucent with bubbles stuck to the sides, short-lived white head that doesn't lace very well.

S: A nice flowering hop smell backed by some grain and malt. Barley?

T: Strong bitter grainy taste hits the tongue first. A little bit of alcohol coming through, but manageable. The flowering hops in the secondary taste are great. A hardy flavor that would go well with a good meal.

M: Light-bodied, clean, and refreshing. Non-astringent, but a little over-carbonated.

D: Very easy to put down, and enjoyable to boot.

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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 fitzy84
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a darker shade of gold with a thick head at first that settled to a creamy lacing on top and throughout the glass. Aromas are a bit thin but apparent of biscuity hops and more of a floral sense that its organic counterpart. Taste is much sweeter than Smith's Organic Lager with an almost spiced, herby aspect to it. Mouthfeel is still superb with a great crispness, balance and lightness that does not, at all, take away taste. Overall, I preferred the Organic one more for its consistency but the Pure lager from Samuel Smith still has great dimensions.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

beer # 7 in last nights meeting of the Michiana Coalition of the Drinking. Golden, clear, small white head. malt odor with hints of citrus. Dry taste, somewhat bitter. malt and hops both very subtle. good lager, if a bit weak. i could drink it again but overall its kind of boring.

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Photo of ADR
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium yellow clear hue with a middling head that's a skim after a minute. Good lacing, complicated patterns. Aroma is lightly grassy, some sense of musty notes, a little like modeling clay. Dry flavor, well-balanced in medium hopping with light but equal shortbread and slight almond characteristics. Carbonation is lively and about right. Nose was slightly off for me, flavor meets quality-Lager characters and the mouthfeel works well. Seems slightly less buttery than Sam Smith's Organically-Produced Lager.

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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 maddogruss
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a transparent, golden body with a silky, white head with nice retention and lacing, up until about the finish.

S: A sweet, malty smell that was complimented by some sweet, honey undertones.

T: A slight, earthy taste that was complimented by a sweet malt evidence. An earthy, honey aftertaste was complimentary. A crisp, dry, earthy finish.

M: A fairly light and crisp mouthfeel that was pretty good overall and quite nice for a lager. Fairly refreshing.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste made it very formidable. Its refreshing effects makes it a nice beer to have served rather cool during the warmer spring and summer months. Excellent beer.

Sam Smith, based on this and past offerings, is a fairly formidable brewery and I am always on the hunt for their beers.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger white head that fades soon leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium bodied. Slight malty/hoppy nose. Light carbonation. Starts with a mix of hops and sweetness, finish is clean. $2.32 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

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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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