Pure Brewed Organic Lager Beer
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Pure Brewed Organic Lager BeerPure Brewed Organic Lager Beer
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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #1
ABV:
5%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,324
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 12.73%
Reviews:
617
Ratings:
1,155
From:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  118
Gots
  130
SCORE
86
Very Good
Pure Brewed Organic Lager BeerPure Brewed Organic Lager Beer
Notes: Brewed with great care using only organic malted barley, organic hops, medium-soft water and a bottom-fermenting yeast; matured at low temperatures to bring out its delicate flavour and soft hop-character finish.

The cold maturation period allows the bottom-fermenting yeasts to secondary ferment and improve this lager’s flavour, purity and condition.
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smooth herbal hoppiness with a string crackers malty base. This version of the style just seems to have a malty base that complements the hops making it a nice beer though still a medium bodied beer.

Aug 26, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Mostly clear, amber yellow in color, and a lively amount of carbonation. The amount of nucleation happening here is positively insane.

S: Tangy crackery malts with mild hops.

T: A slightly buttery, bready chew followed by subtle hop bitterness.

F: The character of the yeast is most apparent in the finish.

O: Crisp and clean. I know how I like my lager, and this is competitive if not better than my tendencies. I'm excited to share this brew with my customers, especially those that tend towards Michelob and the like.

Aug 11, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 550mL bottle*

Looks a predictably pale yellow and clear with a thin layer of white head and low retention. Not a whole lot to say here!

Definitely could smell the malted barley on this. It wasn't too strong of a smell, but it was definitely the dominant aroma here. I could pick up on some clove notes, but not much else. It wasn't very complex smelling, but I was glad to find that it smelled "clean and fresh" with absolutely no off smells.

Immediately when tasting, I could see that this tasted very light and refreshing to me. Absolutely no bitterness to it, and had a predominant barley taste to it in the front, middle, and back. It was biscuit-y, light, refreshing, and no aftertaste to it what-so-ever.

Like I said before, this was super refreshing to me. It had no lingering bitterness or aftertaste, and also had a light body and a low-medium carbonation--making this super drinkable, crisp and clean. I would definitely use this to cook some meat in, but it would also be really good to pair with some Korean pork belly and other fatty meats to cut back the oiliness.

Apr 29, 2020
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ChrisCage from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- This brew pours a nice light straw color when coming out of the bottle, which by the way is a favorite of mine....the style. After the bubbles settle down, we are treated to a yellow tinged, light golden color, with a frothy white head that shows excellent retention, starting about 2.5 fingers thick and settling down to a solid one finger. The relatively clear beer shows delicate, lumbering carbonation rising to the top in only a couple of columns, and shows off a lacing that is also excellent, leaving behind cave art inspired drawings around the inside of the glass.

S- Six Row Barley sweetness, crystal and caramel malts, slight grassy dryness, cracker/biscuit yeast, and perhaps some honeyed/caramel character. The finish is clean, crisp and is of soft noble hop bitterness. Overall this has a typical, but more pronounced quality lager aroma.

T- The blend of malt sweetness and hop bitterness interchange throughout the taste, and makes this a well rounded, flavorful lager. Underlying notes of dry grains and grassy flavors, slight caramel, soda biscuit/wafer cleanliness, and the finish lingers with soft hop bitterness, and toasted barley kernels. Quite nice.....no adjuncts used here!

M/O- Full bodied for a lager style.....so probably medium overall. The carbonation is soft, which is different and pleasant on the palate, as I can appreciate the rich flavors that are present. This would make a great pairing with a BBQ meat, or with a spicier dish, as it would cut through any hot oily dish. Quite sociable, I am glad to have finally tried this one, and recommend it for a true lager lover!

Apr 26, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear straw color with a moderate sudsy head. The head retains very well and yields lacing.

The nose opens with a touch of grassy and floral hops. This is immediately followed by aromas of biscuity malt and notes of yeast that combined with the malt evoke a jammy and marmalade like sweetness.

The taste opens cleanly and with a crisp mouthfeel. The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate to lively. As the flavors develop, it begins with a hint of grainy sweetness that becomes more biscuity, and with hints of caramel/toffee, as it opens up. This beer really grows unto itself as the hops spices become unlocked and create a nice balance. They yield a subtle earthy bitterness along with floral and grassy flavors.

This grew on me as the hops to malt balance developed. Well crafted with a deft and delicate touch.

Apr 24, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Somehow I missed this one. A great wrong has been righted! Or something like that. Bubbly yellow classic lager body with a sudsy white head. Grains, pale malts, light grassy hops, lemon drops, and herbs in the nose. Taste has a cracker and light caramel addition. Feel is highly carbonated, grainy and crisp. Best euro pale lager I may have ever had.

Apr 18, 2020
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with nice lacing as it goes down. Smell is slightly skunked and maybe a bit floral. Flavor is good If not slightly watery with a bit of biscuit. Fizz is perfect. A very nice beer

Mar 21, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear, pale golden color, white head... Fairly grassy and herbal on the nose with grainy notes, follows with a very mild grain and watered down hop element - very light-bodied, a bit watery to my tastes - or perhaps I should say "too thin" - I'll finish the 4-pack without a problem, of course, but there's nothing about this to make me want to come back.

Mar 13, 2020
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

if these were cheaper around here i'd drink three of them in five minutes every saturday. poured a crystal clear golden yellow, with a tiny white head that has left like three strings of lace and not much else. nose is clean, lots of floral and grassy hop notes blending with light malts, leaning towards a fresh biscuit. very pleasant and surprising. flavor is much the same, and not what i had expected going in. a slightly sweet blend of super grassy, floral and ever so citrusy hops blending nicely with a strong supporting light biscuit/good bread malt base. there's a tinge of bitterness that balances out the "sweet" malts and lingers for just a moment. not much else goes on but it's incredible and crushable. very light on the palate but still has some body, it has just enough happening to force the next drink but not so much you're overwhelmed. tasty stuff, will grab a pack next time.

Mar 09, 2020
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dpao from California

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden color, very clear, small head. Nice hoppy aroma, notes of wood, malt, and fruit. Taste is hoppy, crisp, and strong notes of apple (think martinelli's) and mild grape. Proper amount of carbonation that feels consistent across the tongue. Not my preferred style of beer, but this is arguably best in class.

Jan 12, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very clear straw yellow color, with a small fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like grassy and floral hops, sweet honey malt, and a touch of breadiness.

This is very simple, but well brewed. There's a nice sweet floral and mineral-like flavor here, with some crisp grassy hops, and a nice biscuity malt thing going on. It's very well constructed, and no one flavor dominates.

This is light bodied, crisp, and super clean, with a really nice drinkability.

I can't believe I haven't tried this before. It's not something I'd expect Sam Smith to do well, but they definitely did.

Jan 01, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale yellow - fizzy stuff.
Smells like grass and malts.
Taste is smooth and easy to crush. Yet has some good body for the style. I could session the hell out of this. This beer is underrated. With I could find it in cans.

Dec 30, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A cloudy pale yellow in color with a white head on top.

S: Classic noble hop aroma. slightly floral with light malt.

T: Lightly malty, crisp and refreshing with floral and herbal hops, a very subtle caramel flavor in the finish.

M: Light in body, crisp, and clean, with a touch of a hop cling in the finish. Carbonation is low to moderate.

O: Overall a decent lager. Clean, easy drinking with a nice hop character.

Nov 28, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a super pale straw yellow with an almost green tint, topped by a lovely white cloud that rides high and persists stupendously leaving really lovely lacing in it's wake.
Nose has a surprisingly bright herbal/floral character with some faint and clean breadiness and a lightest nip of citrus. Really pleasant and aromatic for a light lager.
Taste follows along with a wonderfully clean pale malt flavor and a wonderfully floral light bitterness. Quaffable in the extreme, can't believe this is my first taste of this. This is a really great, really easy drinking, highly beer flavored beer. It's a pale lager, the flavors aren't gigantic but it is a pleasure and has more going on than I expected.
Mouthfeel is wonderfully crisp and clean. It's a light lager and it drinks like water. You can certainly imagine putting these down by the tankard
This is a fantastic beer. It is all it claims to be and is the new benchmark for me. Really great, easy drinking.

Oct 02, 2019
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zonker17 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall boy to tall glass pour. Golden with a tiny bit of haze, robust white head with some retention and some lacing. Nose is bready, some lemon, green apple. Taste is remarkably clean, cracker, bright hops. Feel is lighter than average with average carbonation.

Aug 28, 2019
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misteil from Ireland

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look : Golden, honey , rather clear , frothy head at pour with thin layer of bubbles remaining throughout

Smell : Grains , grass , bread , honey , vanilla , lemon

Taste : Sweet , honey again , golden syrup , grassy , buscuity , malty , slight metallic finish but overall delicious

Mouthfeel : Light and crisp , lightly carbonated and refreshing

Overall : Achieves to be a refreshing easy to drink larger while maintaining an intriguing level of complexity , and the uniqueness of this is represented in its reviews

Aug 14, 2019
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mactrail from Washington

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber brew with an enthusiastic pile of foam in the snifter. Clean and refreshing. Lovely sudsy mouthfeel. Cereal taste. Flowery hop aromatics are inviting and have that resiny, perfumey Euro note. This is a perfectly drinkable Lager for traveling so far from its factory birthplace. From the bottle purchased at the local food co-op in the New World.

Aug 10, 2019
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leantom from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, but not too good either. Pretty mediocre. Here goes:

A: Clear gold. Pours a substantial head, but it dissipates too quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. I must say, however, there's a ton of carbonation in the beer. Almost too much.

S: Very bready/yeasty/musty - almost like a pale ale instead of a lager; added to this are the cereal grains that further underscore the pale-ale-like qualities in the scent. Has straw and grassy pilsner hops, though.

T: Follows the nose, but not very flavorful. Cereal grains and yeast. Not very clean for a lager.

F: Too watery.

O: OK beer, but probably won't have again. Prefer the German lagers.

Aug 03, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4 pack of 15oz cans picked up at Total Wine in Seattle, Washington. Odd code for BB date, served in a pint glass.

Look- Solid golden wheat color. Decent fizzy pure white head, very lively carbonation and almost no lacing.

Smell- Lemon, green apple, malty grain and grassy.

Taste- Lemon, green apple, green grapes, grainy honey with grassy notes.

Feel- Really easy drinking, soft almost delicate despite the fierce carbonation.

O- Reminds me very much of some of the better German helles lagers. Went very well with the bacon cheeseburger I had for lunch. Definite re-purchase this summer.

Jul 14, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell like a corn mill, and doesn't taste much better. It feels like I just got a bad batch or something, because this beer tastes quite poor. Full of flavors I don't particularly appreciate in lager, like hay and, generally, barnyard, I struggle to make it through a full glass. After a few sips, however, the pungent nature of the hay notes tone down to become more pleasant.

Jun 12, 2019
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cold and fresh right out of the can and this beer is really tasty. A little bit of sweetness, a little sharpness from the Hops and super refreshing... I can imagine chipping away at this while watching Premier League....

May 13, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear pale gold with four fingers of off white head.
Smell is noble hops with biscuit malts.
Taste is light noble hops withperfect malt support.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbontion. Finish is balanced lightly bitter and mostly dry.
Overall crisp clean and very refreshing. Delicious!

Mar 23, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour from a 12-oz. bottle yields a finger of white creamy foam with average retention and spotty lacing. A cap and ring last throughout. Pale straw color with a little haze.
The smell features biscuit, rising bread dough and floral hops. These are included during the taste.
The taste starts malty and semi-dry with low bitterness. The middle has a mild sweet fruitiness, apple and white grape. The quick and clean finish is neutral with moderate hop bitterness. There is some mineral dryness, not astringent, to the fast aftertaste.
Light bodied, the feel is fluffy from ample carbonation. Smooth, even and well balanced.
Kept simple; malt, hops, and yeast remnants are easily discernible. A pleasure to drink.

Mar 23, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold orang colie with medium carbonation. Body is close to medium. Aroma is grain,cracker,malt ,yeast,a little floral and hoppy
Taste is similar with the grain/bread/cracker and malt being slightly forward. A bit floral,sweet and earthy.
Easy to just drink this down but it's more complex than first whiff of aroma hints at. Very enjoyable and totally worth a try

Feb 07, 2019
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Sclip from Taiwan

4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An exceptional lager. Fresh, crisp, clean from nose to finish. Well-balanced between hops and malt characteristics. Biscuity aroma with a slight hop floralness.

Dec 26, 2018
Pure Brewed Organic Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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