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

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
European Pale Lager
Ranked #5
Ranked #19,711
3.83 | pDev: 12.53%
Mar 11, 2023
Feb 26, 2001
Very Good
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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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Rated: 3.53 by Eychung from New York

Mar 11, 2023
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
a: clear, dark straw yellow color with a fluffy bright white head, 2 fingers that fades quick

s: sweet grainy citrus zest hits you up front for a nice note. grassy and grains followed by a lager spice. some lemongrass and biscuits behind that. this has a nice bit of citrus that you don't see all the time in Euro Lagers

t: clean and crisp grains up front followed by a biscuity bready note that isn't heavy. sweet grass and lemongrass followed by sweet lemon. crackers and lager spice to close

m: light mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. could use a bit more carb

o: a very fantastic Pale Lager. it goes beyond the mass-produced stuff and you can tell it's well-made. the citrus adds a nice bit
Mar 05, 2023
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Reviewed by datstankadank from New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
As many times as i've tried to give this the benefit of the doubt with each revisit, it has always made me regret picking it up. As average as an average lager could taste. it's just not worth it.
Feb 28, 2023
Rated: 3.71 by Budlum from Maryland

Feb 15, 2023
Rated: 4.06 by TinFang from California

Jan 15, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
440ml can into a tall glass. Coding hard to understand except 22.

Looks decent enough in the glass. Pale yellow body with a generous white head. Spiders web of lacing.

Sweet floral aroma.

Not so floral in the taste, but it's there. On the sweet side. Clean.

Mouth medium. There is a light bitterness left on a dry tongue.

Overall, decent lager, clean, easy drinking.
Jan 14, 2023
Rated: 3.95 by dansushi from New York

Dec 29, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 3 by mpenske from California

Sep 22, 2022
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Rated by Bigiron10 from Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Decent lager. Smooth taste. Very drinkable. Will buy again.
Sep 10, 2022
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Reviewed by SWOhio-aquifer from Ohio

5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Biased here cause I have drink alot of the sam Smith beer, particularly the nut brown.
I believe in pursuit of using the best ingredients as well and those grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers would be conducive to that goal. Not a whole lot of organic options to compare this to, so one must keep that in mind.
Have had this a long time ago when everything was in glass. So, pouring SS out of can is interesting.
Smell is grassy, herbal and floral. More typical grassy with lagers but like fresh hay smell. I'm a country dweller so you may associate what that "grassiness" is to you.
Taste is surprisingly a bit sweet. Malts take over and it rounds back out to grassy, faint hop some dryness. Let me have another taste!
This finishes a bit sweeter than my memory serves me. Not bad cause I was fearing it would be too dry, typical pale lager.
It is balanced. Hop heads will want more hops but this could have been on the shelf for a while so you never know without dating.
The average beer person I think will love this.
Well done, taste as if the ingredients are top notch.
Sep 07, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Poured from am undated 12oz bottle.

On the pour a soft lightly fizzy white head with decent retention and some active fine carbonation in a pale golden body. No lacing.

Aroma is a nice lager fermentation note mixing with some light british hops. Some light biscuity malts are present. Smells like if it wasn't fermented more it would be sweet.

Taste follows the aroma but with some bigger malts and bigger hops. Is this a British pilsner? Haha. A classic bitter English hop note followed by a nice biscuity pilsner malt note that ends a bit sweet relative to everything else going on.

Feel is carbonated and is actually a pretty big bodied lager, and despite the dryer mouthfeel this finish is actually pretty long. Decent mouthcoating maltiness foiled by a dry hoppy feel.

Overall this is a quality euro lager that actually has some local hop taste, and a clean malty lager flavor. More dry than a lot of euro pales and it works pretty well. My first sam Smith lager, and it doesn't taste like their ale yeast so I'm curious what kind of yeast they used.
Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
550ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear golden yellow with two rocky fingers of bone white head that leaves some soap bubble lace as it recedes,

Smells of rising dough, faint apple and pear skin, faint caramel and some mild flowery hops.

Tastes of doughy pale malt, some more pomme fruit peel, caramel glaze and more grassy, floral hops.

Feels light and fizzy. Light bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes off-dry

Verdict: Recommended. A nice light tasty beer, great for trying in vain to beat this ridiculous heat wave.
Aug 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Aug 05, 2022
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A very light smelling & tasting lager. Very easy to drink.
Jul 29, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
440mL can stamped SB28V1 (2/28/22 according to my secret decoder ring) poured into a nonic pint glass at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer pours bright, gold in color with light cream colored head. The head recedes to a half inch cap and sticks. The aroma is pale malt and pleasant yeast. The taste is bittersweet pale malt with a hint of stone fruit and a slight mineral note. Mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very enjoyable lager.
Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jul 01, 2022
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger white head with great retention and solid lacing. Aroma of pale malt, grassy hops, hay, a hint of caramel with slight skunkiness, despite having a proper brown bottle. Flavor follows, with pale malt with a touch of biscuit, grassy hops, dry hay with slight floral note and mild sweetness that resembles corn, although I'm sure none are used here. Medium bodied with light creaminess. This is a fairly typical Euro pal lager, with perhaps a touch more character to the noble hops. Light flavor that tapers off into the finish. Satisfactory, but does not stand out from this large crowd of light lagers. I prefer their more traditional English styles.
Jun 01, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by Beecham from California

Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by BalancingBrooms from California

3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Crystal clear pale gold with half finger white head. Nose is soft pale malt. Taste opens with a carbonation bite followed by a cereal malt and ends with a mineral light bitterness. Body is light with light to medium carbonation. Ends crisp with a lingering mineral notes. Remind me of a seltzer water in some regards, guess I’m not used to the water profile. Overall it’s fine.
Apr 06, 2022
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Look: Slightly cloudy gold. One finger of fizzy white head with mediocre retention.

Smell: Biscuity malt, lightly sweet.

Taste: Mild. Very light, crisp malt. A tiny hint of hop bitterness that lingers and becomes more prominent on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit creamy, with very high carbonation.

Overall: A normal, refreshing summer drink.
Mar 20, 2022
Rated: 3.95 by NastyNorseman from New York

Mar 16, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I don't see an obvious date code on the can, but the bottom says: "SC17U1"

Appearance: The body is a medium shade of gold with good clarity. It has a medium-sized white head with a creamy texture and a lot of visible carbonation causing craters to pop over the surface.

Aroma: There is a very light aroma of cereal grain mixed with a slightly metallic scent. There is a light herbal hop character and a bit of clove. The metallic scent goes away after the beer sits in the glass for a few minutes.

Taste: Up front there is a touch of clove and bay leaf. Towards the middle of the palate there is some slightly sweet tasting cereal grain flavor with some more herbal hop notes. The back of the palate and aftertaste have a slightly spicy hop character with notes of clove and white pepper. It has a very nice flavor presence. About half-way through the can it started to pick up some caramel sweetness which was odd, but the hops still manage to cut it back some.

Mouthfeel: It is on the upper edge of light bodied with just a light bit of texture which keeps the beer smooth. It drinks well.

Overall: The hop and malt flavors come across as fresh and they combine to deliver excellent flavors to the palate. The hops really stand out in this beer and there is this interesting clove note which is pleasant. I could drink it again and I would recommend it.
Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
440 mL can. Clear golden with a nice white head. Smells of pleasantly sweet grains and dough. Tastes of minerals, kinda seltzery, spicy hops behind it. The grain is back in the finish, but it isn't as present as in the nose. Very light. It's fine, but very light, to the point of blandness.
Jan 15, 2022
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Nov 24, 2021
Rated: 3.8 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

Nov 20, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Nov 09, 2021
Rated: 3.89 by BlueShepard19 from Kentucky

Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
550 ml bottle in a Willi becher glass.

Nice looking golden color with a 2F white cap that drops to a lasting film and leaves a bit of lacing. It’s see through with lots of active bubbles.

Pungent floral hops and strong grassy aromas. Honey crackers.

The hop flavors are soft floral and herbal. Light spice and malt. A hint of licorice.

Light and smooth feel. Lager sweet with a hop tang.

It’s a go-to lager and a steppingstone on the craft beer trail.
Oct 06, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by Rhetion from Florida

Oct 04, 2021
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Rated by Hophazzard from California

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A fine organic lager. The colder the better with this one
Oct 03, 2021
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Some other reviews described this as clear. Mine is hazy. Could be something is off with mine, could be they were wrong, who knows. I'm just reviewing the beer I have in front of me. This one is slightly hazy. I'm not complaining about it though. Head is exactly what you expect of a lager. Nose gives a hint of biscuit malt, then grassy hops. Some reviews mentioned tasting more malt than hops. I found the opposite. There's barely a hint of faint malt, if anything that's more in the mouthfeel. The taste starts like a clean and crisp but generic lager, then finishes with pleasantly strong and bitter grassy hops. Goes down easy, crisp, refreshing, but the hops on the tail end have a slightly drying effect that I don't dislike. Overall a solid example of a well brewed lager. Not outstanding, but solid.
Aug 20, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by bad_poetry from England

Aug 15, 2021
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Rated by TerryMills from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Admittedly I don't seek out many craft or quality lagers ...

With that being said , this is a great lager ...
Jul 21, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by arzt from Germany

Jul 18, 2021
Rated: 3.95 by DioS from Georgia

Jul 12, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by Daneve76 from Australia

Jun 21, 2021
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Reviewed by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Carbonated golden yellow with a quickly dissipating soapy head. Very inviting aroma of cracker malt and crisp grassy hops. Taste is fresh with slight diacetyl taste. Mineral water base that can be found in other Samuel Smith beers. Very drinkable lager that doesn't sacrifice on flavor. Very good.
Jun 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
On tap at Top1 Forever restaurant, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Pale golden color, low white head. Aroma and flavour are more malty than hoppy, this is more of a Bavarian Helles than a Pilsener. Moderate diacetyl comes through as the beer warms up a little.
Jun 02, 2021
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