Taddy Lager
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Lager - European Pale
Ranked #63
Ranked #45,379
3.39 | pDev: 12.09%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i dont know these guy to be a lager house, its their famous and classic ales that have made them known around the world, but i was excited to see a few lagers happening when we hit one of their pubs in london. this looks great, clear and bright golden under an inch of creamy white head. the yeast is curious in nose and taste to me, almost more like a fruity mexican lager than an old world english one, things like lime and papaya in here, so unexpected and kind of oddly modern, maybe just some esters from a warmer lager fermentation, not totally sure, but its different and kind of appealing. the rest of the beer doesnt really match it all that well though, like the minimal malt profile and the english bittering hops are classic, and the yeast is strange, so there is some kind of disconnect here, i dont dislike it, but its a little disjointed and it kind of heavies up a little for me, especially as it warms, no more than the sum of its parts this time. a fine afternoon pint to drink down, but i much preferred their double four lager, which has a much cleaner and more traditional complexion to it.

May 19, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- clear, pale gold with a white head.
S- grains, mild, pleasant.
T- Light and refreshing
F- Refreshing, went well with lunch
O- A pleasant if unremarkable lager. Sessionable.
Enjoyed this week at one of their pubs, the Cittie or Yorke on Holborn in London. £3.80/pint. The tap-head showed this as being 4.5% and the brewery listing also does https://www.samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk/product/taddy-lager/ so it appears the listing above at 3.70% is either superceded or simply incorrect.

Apr 06, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got in Laurel, MS.
Pours a clear golden color with a white head that quickly fades.
Aroma is fruity with apple and some pepper spice.
Taste has the pepper spice hops, corn husk and grass.
on the tart side, overall just o.k.

Dec 23, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a thin head with apparent carbonation that feeds a constant head plate.
Light aroma of herbal hops and honey with hints of bready malt.
Fresh flavor of herbal hops and pale malt.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
A flawless straight forward lager.

Nov 16, 2013
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flyingpig from Scotland

2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pint on Tap at The White Horse, Soho, London (£5.50):
Golden straw with a 0.5cm foamy white and holds well. The beer is clear and leave some lacing on the glass.

Light corn and lager hops with some sweetness and background fruits, mainly apple smelling though. There is some light citrus and overall the beer is quite weak on the nose.

Bland tasting with some light fruits, some corn and a medium bitterness running through it. There is some apples and a few basic hops but not much other than that.

Grainy on the palate with some semi-bitterness coming through on top of a relatively bland mouthfeel that starts sweet but quickly fades. The beer has a medium to light body and moderate carbonation.

A poor offering here and this one was especially given the reputation of the brewery and the fact I was expecting a lot better. This one was a very average beer that had nothing memorable about it and didn't do anything to grab my attention.

Sep 25, 2013
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DocJitsu from Florida

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale golden color with huge fluffy, pure white head. The nose is comprised of unripe green grape, earthiness, and a note of banana. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth, and wet. Just a bit of carbonation toward the finish for balance. Speaking of balance. Speaking of balance, a lot of mild flavor that is well-balanced. Not too much of anything. Sweetness on the front of the to the and tartness on the back. Soft notes of banana and bread emerge ever so subtly. Painfully drinkable.

Dec 11, 2012
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BlackHaddock from England

3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure why I had a half of this: purely to review it I suppose, plus I’d never seen it before: Half pint poured for me by an Australian young lady in the beautiful ‘Citte of Yorke, Holborn, London.

Regular pilsner/lager looks, golden, clear and clean, except it had a solid looking crown of white bubbles on top which almost stayed for the whole review, very un-lager like.

Not much in the nose, some citrusy hints but not otherwise nothing.

This is a fairly sweet lager, certainly sweeter than a typical UK brewed lager/pilsner and I found it refreshing, but only because it became a little drier towards the end of each sip.

Not harsh, but not really smooth either, a bit ‘fizzy’ to be honest: lacked that zing and sharpness this style of drink should have, comes out as a Mr Average in almost all aspects. The alcohol content didn't help its cause to greatly either.

Oct 31, 2011
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half-pint on nitro at the Angel in the Fields.

A: Clear gold body under a gorgeous inch of creamy white foam that rises well above the rim of the glass. Tons of ultra-fine bubbles rise through the beer to reinforce the epic (for a half-pint, at least) head. Terrific.

S: Sharply spicy, fruity nose. Pepper, apple, and citrus. Surprising, and fairly pleasant.

T: Fairly sweet + lightly vegetal - both spicy pepper an sweeter bell pepper are noticeable, as well as some herbal, leafy hops on the tail end. Almost reminds me of a white wine (Sauvignon Blanc?). Weird, but not entirely bad.

M: Smooth, light body; all the carbonation seems to have gone to its head.

O: I liked this one less and less as I drank it, largely because it failed to be anywhere near as drinkable as I'd expect from the style. Part of me enjoyed the strangely fruity and spicy characteristics, but they really distracted from what should have been a crisper, more quaffable brew. I would take the Alpine Lager over this any day, and any other Sam Smith's beer over either.


Jun 17, 2011
Taddy Lager from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 37 ratings