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

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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #1
ABV:
5%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,868
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 12.73%
Reviews:
626
Ratings:
1,180
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  118
Gots
  131
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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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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LanceBiggums

3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Sigmund from Norway

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
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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MNAle from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Code on the bottom of the can: S D 22 T1.

From what I can determine, here is the decoder ring for Samuel Smith date codes:
S=Samuel Smith
D=Month (A=Jan)
xx=Day of month
T=Year (A=2001)
1=ignore?

From that, I get April 22, 2020.

So, 1 year old.

Let's see how this beer aged.

Crystal clear golden yellow body with columns of bubbles rising to a 1 inch white, thick head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

In the aroma, I get grass, biscuit, and fruit - apple or pear.

The flavors in the taste repeat the aroma, with just a touch of bittering initially that fades a bit, but does hang on into the finish and aftertaste. The apple/pear flavors are quite pleasing and blend well with the grass and biscuit. There is a solid bready maltiness as well. The hops add just enough bitterness to keep the beer balanced, crisp, and refreshing.

The mouth feel is on-point for the style. It is thin, for sure, but it has a nice presence on the tongue. A bit creamy as well.

Overall, this beer seems to have survived its age and poor treatment in reasonably good shape. I can see why this beer is #1 in its style. It's only too bad I didn't get a fresh one to try.

Apr 09, 2021
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MNJR from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours sparkling and gold, nice head of soft foam, smells a bit underwhelming, nothing notable. Carbonation is very fine and crisp, the body is excellent. Very grassy (or hay), a little spicy, and then very quickly with each sip an unexpected musty/metallic flavor kicks in at the finish. Not totally unenjoyable or "bad," but not something I would seek out again. There are many other lagers that easily surpass this.

Mar 18, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Currently ranked #1 in the "Lager - European Pale" top beers list.

14.9 fl oz/440ml pull-tab can nabbed in 4 pack form for $10.99 USD plus tax at Total Wine & More, Metairie, Louisiana. Can lacks a canned on/best before date.

"Pure brewed organic lager beer." 5.0% ABV.

Served cold into a dimpled mug.

APPEARANCE: In a word, classic. Head is of an apt white hue and boasts ample frothiness, promising a creamy beer. Body is a clear well-filtered vibrant yellow. As transparent and clean in appearance as they come, lacking any chill haze or visible yeast/lees.

Head retention is impressive (~10+ minutes). Head height is about 2-3cm when well poured.

Looks apt for the style. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: Creamy biscuity pale malts, crisp 2-row, grassy hops, low minerality, and a scintilla of pear. Initially, I thought I was getting a sort of creamed corn note, but I think it may just be 6-row?

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Creamy and soft on the palate, with a smooth wet and not unrefreshing mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

I can't say I adore its flavour profile, in all honesty. Has a cheap taste to it I'd attribute to 6-row barley, and the subtle hop flavour - while grassy enough to indicate Noble hops were used - isn't terribly impressive. A biteen buttery, a biteen evocative of corn though none was used. Very simplistic and shallow, lacking the depth of malt flavour I'd hoped for in a top tier lager.

OVERALL: I don't dislike it but it's not a standout lager especially compared to its German competition. I'd sooner drink Vedett or Black Isle's Organic Blonde...this is drinkable but it's not top tier fare and I doubt it'd perform well in any blind taste test. Maybe I just got an old can that's sat on shelves at Total Wine unrefrigerated for months, but the brewers' lack of date codes put that possibility on their shoulders. Sure, I'll try it again on-draught if I come across it in the U.K., but I'm finding it pretty unremarkable out of a can.

C / AVERAGE

Mar 14, 2021
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Skywave from Oklahoma

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Very pretty Crystal clear medium gold, BUT... Sudsy head that does not last or lace.

Aroma:
Faint but pleasant pale, crackery malt. Light grassy hops.

Flavor:
Clean, crisp biscuity, crackery pale malt flavor, moderate noble hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel:
Light body, moderate CO2, and no harshness. Feels great.

Overall:
A top-tier European Pale Lager. No vegetal or garbagey character so often found in this style category. The flavor and feel is so very nice. Nearly flawless, except for the lack of heading , which makes it harder to get a good read on the aroma.

Feb 19, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

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

Pours a clear straw yellow, airy 2" head from the bottle. Nose is sweet malts, apple, light hay; not much in the way of hops, but maybe a touch of earthiness in there. Taste is also malt/sweet forward, sweet corn, but a good bitter finish. Would like a bit of hop up front to balance the sweet notes, but guessing that's there on a fresh(er) bottle. Mouthfeel is on the full side, even a bit slick, but manages to be refreshing nonetheless.

Dec 06, 2020
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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 (AB)

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
Pure Brewed Organic Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1180 ratings