Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager BeerSamuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bitterbill on 02-26-2001

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Photo of DBosco
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle, photo needs an update - looks like the label for Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer with the word Organic jammed in. A dense yellow with a head that vanishes; only a small amount of carbonation with small bubbles. Very clean lager smell. Taste is very clean, lager with some bitter hops, slightly sweet apple. Mouthfeel is great, bubbly refreshing and clean. This is a great beer, very drinkable, I cannot find much fault with it.

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Photo of Fourlives
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Just want to get out first that this is a go to beer for me when I'm trying to tone my palette down from a beer that's too hoppy. Poured cold into a Stella glass with about a half inch head and some lacing. Initial scent is of good 2-row pale malts, a little rye and just good, clean, bready goodness. As it warms, you can smell the grains better. There's a low IBU after that is really non-invasive to the organic lager experience of this brew. This is a really good session beer that you can sip on and won't lose its mouthfeel. Lastly, the reason I rate this beer so highly is that it is a very good and consistent beer that justifies itself as a good lager.

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Photo of ThePold
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't tell if it's old or not. Bought at a Wegmans warm stock area in Virginia with no obvious sell by date. It's pale and has almost no head. Two of the 6 bottles foamed up upon ooening. It's a decent lager. Looks watery with little carbonation. Meh.

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Photo of aleigator
2.22/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a bright golden-yellow color with a thin, stable white head.

Smells of wheat and sweet toffee, with the toffee sweetness being very prominent on the nose. Pretty muted apart from that.

Has a very high carbonation among a fizzy, overly light body, showcasing the same sweetness from the nose.

Tastes of water, an effervescent carbonation rushing over the tongue, leading to sweet malts and a whiff of hay, while finishing watery.

Tastes thin, fizzy and boring, this manages to develop almost no noteable taste at all.

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Photo of Squire123
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought this because it had the words Samuel Smith and Lager on the label. Really didn't take organic into consideration. As a pale lager this one's allright. Light, clean, malt forward approach, hops there in a restrained sort of fashion. An all rounder I wouldn't mind having around if it didn't cost so darn much.

Not enough value for money here for me to be a repeat purchaser.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rate this one in-style, and you've got yourself a world-class beer; rate this one along a broader continuum and you're left with a solid entry in a pretty boring sub-style--a sub-style whose very trademark seems to be its blandness (what else do you get when you've eschewed flavour-altering adjuncts, spicy Pilsner hops, and/or prominent German malts?).

Definitely crisp. Tremendously clean, refreshing, and supremely drinkable (a body that is not watery, but feels light and enjoyable). Balanced, with a doughy, biscuit/cracker character and light boiled veg hopping. Signs of an almost ale-y fruity estery-ness. Nice straw-gold colour (signs of chill-haze initially that fade in a couple of moments) with moderate head. Worth trying, but not worth hoarding, and certainly not worth import prices you'll pay outside of the UK.

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Photo of Bretweir
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice flavor - cascading bubbles on the pour mislead, the carbonation (at least in mine) was lacking. Not flat, but not as crisp and dry as I would like.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow pour, a little more substantial looking than AAL, over an inch of white head, above average lacing and retention. Aroma was like nothing going on, didn't have the skunkiness of a lot of Euro lagers.

Taste was crisp and a good lesson in the different yeast strains, as it stands out here. Grassy metal notes.

Its a pretty good beer, expensive format. Not a lot of hop flavors, but the bitterness is in the right range.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber, just lighter than natural honey, and mostly clear, with wispy off-white head of moderate retention. Smells honey-like, with white bread and grain notes. Taste is more grainy, and less honey or bread like. Hops are subdued, but seem almost menthol-like, could be influenced by honey suggestions. Fairly dry finish. Medium-bodied, could be on the lighter side but carbonation effervesces to cream and velvet, quite crisp.

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Photo of JDaniel502
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The smell of this beer was faint but pleasant. The impression after my first sip was a light and gentle carbonation and a light body. The taste can be described as cereal with mild hints of grain.

This was a very clean lager and may very well become my go to light beer . I very much enjoyed it!

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me of a nice German helles lager, very much cereal grains, but full of flavor. Tends to the sweet side, with a bit of bitter dryness at the end. The way lagers should be done.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(bottle code SG2161 - poured into a shaker)

L: just about crystal-clear, pale, grainy yellow-gold... 1/2" of eggshell white foam - loose, open suds... no lace

S: smells like an industrial lager from Germany, say Bitburger? Becks?... little bit of sulfur, little less grain husk in the background... at its foundation is a pleasant cereal malt with flourishes of vaguely tobacco-y, grassy hops floating atop

T: mmm, pretty nice... dry, delicately bitter, peppery finish - pretty darn dry throughout... the malt flavor is sanded down pretty flat... very clean, quenching taste - wasn't expecting it to be so clean - it could use more malt depth, but I think I have a Helles in mind

F: flat-chested, on the lighter side of light-bodied... maybe the most mild of residual sugars and oils, but altogether notably damn dry... beware of how easy it knocks back

O: like a step above BMC, not too far off from Stella perhaps... it being organic, it'll get more play from me than those others

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Photo of ironGEEKpete
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance (Look): poured into 20-ounce Arc International Luminarc Gravity Glass, yellow color, clear, one to one-half finger foamy white head, quickly dissipated to nothing more than a thin ring border around the glass, similar effervescent effect, lively up front, but rapidly dropped off to barely perceptible activity, exception being when contents are swirled

Smell: sweet, malty, bread, hint of honey

Taste: sweet and malty, appears to match Ba description for the style, bitterness was a bit much, but that's more personal preference than actual level of

Mouthfeel (Feel): very crisp, definite fizz party on the palate if allowed to linger before swallowing, light

Overall: A tad too much crispness and bitterness, although it grew on me over time. Being health conscious I appreciate the organic ingredients. Appearance was adequate, not remarkably enticing. This won't replace my go-to lager, but I plan to partake again from time to time.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear golden straw, 1 inch white head, no lacing

S: Sweet malts, slight hops

T: Sweet maltiness, hop bitterness in middle of taste and hangs around, not bad but not the best tasting lager I've had

M: Light to medium

O: A decent lager but I've had better lagers that are widely available American beers. Will not go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of hopmashian
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite UK lager. It's clean, light yellow and pours a beautiful white head that sticks around. What a well balance between hops and malt. It's the perfect lager, not bitter and not sweet. Not heavy or watery a refreshing brew that other lagers will be measured against. An outstanding offering!

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Photo of Premo88
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: 100% clear dark yellow/gold (no amber) with 1-inch head of white foam off a hard pour; some sticking off head; beer keeps a good skin as hundreds of bubbles fly up the middle of the column ... shows a ton of carbonation; keeps a thick collar of white and is lacing in a fantastic way. beautiful brew.

S: bread malt ... very sweet and fruity, almost like plums or apples; lemon; sour apple ... pretty interesting notes, little to no hop presence of the typical European lager kind; apricot/peach; call me crazy, but it's giving off a tomato sauce note -- I'd swear it smells like a pepperoni pizza (namely the pizza sauce) from Blue Baker's in College Station, TX ... yeasty, thin crust, almost sun-ripened tomato like ... I swear I'm not making this up

T: lemon apples ... sweet at times from loads of bread malt flavor; lots of fruit sweetness at times, but it also has a slight earthiness to it that tames the sweet ... over time becomes almost entirely peachy/apricoty ... very fruity ... any hop presence is only remarkable in how it keeps the flavor from becoming too sweet -- can't really taste the hops, which isn't a bad thing

F: pretty solid all around, even after a pretty hard pour ... good carbonation but a soft feel around the crispness ... again, interesting

O: interesting keeps coming up and up with this brew, for it's got a lot of smell and taste notes and even a mouthfeel that is different from anything else I've had ... not 100% unique, not completely different but still different. the peachy/apricot flavor slowly takes hold, but the grain and lemon flavors, the bread malt and the mix of many different aroma notes make for a cool path to the leveling out fruitiness. great brew.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: Clear golden body. White head. Little to no lacing.

Aroma: Clean, sweet, and grainy. Malty.

Taste: Very sweet up front with clean malts and grains. A touch of tang in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied.

Overall: A very easy to drink beer, very clean, light, and tasty. On the sweet side.

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Photo of Larry_Moon
5/5  rDev +31.2%

This is just my favorite beer ........ever. Such a simple brew solution yet the product of this labor is perfect! It's the only lager I've ever found to have malty legs. Its perfect blend of barley and hops gives you the sense that its malty and bitter attributes are released on to your taste buds for an epic battle (which is ultimately just won by the hops army). The finish is crisp but doesn't leave your tongue feeling dry. The complexity of the competing flavors makes for a fantastic taste interrupted by nothing as the malted barley and hops in this beer are organic. It clearly makes a difference. I would enjoy this beer in the company of the most boring and annoying people in the world.

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Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: See through straw color, lots of carbonation.

S: Smells really inviting, mild citrus aromas.

T: Smooth, typical lager taste.

M: Plenty of carbonation, good mouthfeel.

O: Good choice for a lager, organic ingredients. Found at local craft beer shop for 4.99/pint.

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Photo of Auraan
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear golden yellow with very little white head that quickly receded to a ring of white. Abundant carbonation bubbles could be seen going up the glass. Very nice looking and true to style. Scents of lager yeast, grainy malt and slight earthy hops. A simple but well rounded and bright aroma, very suitable to the style, quite pleasant. Taste begins with sweet malt, moving into some grainy and bready malt in the middle, before finishing with sweet malt and slight hints of hops. The aftertaste is sweet, with faint undertones of herbal, earthy hops. A good, crisp, bright flavor, befitting a pale lager. Maybe a touch on the sweet side and needing a little bit more hops, but otherwise quite good. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate-high carbonation and a crisp feel. Very nice, quite easy to drink. Overall this is a good lager with a nice refreshing aroma and flavor profile. My only complaint is the relatively low hop character, but otherwise it's a nice beer.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Transparent gold with a generous frothy head.

S: Faint smell of grain and malt.

T: Similar to a german Helles - grainy with a mild grassy hop presence. Tastes very fresh - there's nothing skunky about this at all.

M: Medium carbonation - crisp and refreshing.

I'm generally a bit intolerant of this style, but this is actually fairly drinkable - it's definitely one of the better blond lagers I've experienced, though I'd choose a german pilsner over this any day.

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Photo of Steamer
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale yellow, nice effervescence; pristine 2 inch, white head. Light hops & barley smell with some flowery notes. Very smooth, slightly sweet taste, no bitterness; the hops, barley, & malt are very well balanced. Mouth feel - medium carbonation, light bodied. Overall - a pleasant surprise and a nice break from the heavier beers I've been leaning toward lately. I almost passed this one up; glad I didn't.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is crystal clear, pale amber with a foamy white head.

The smell is grains, earth, wet grass, cat piss.

The taste is light, sweet grains, finishing slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is very light with medium carbonation. The finish is very clean and crisp.

This is a very light flavored lager, more so than I like but it's very easy drinking.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an imperial pint glass. A finger and half of head on a clear, golden colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is wonderful. Lots of grain with a little wet hay.
The taste is clean grain with a moderate bitterness to round it out. Simple and good.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Here's a solid lager. Delicious.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appears very pale yellow and slightly murky like a wheat with 1 finger white head and decent retention and carbonation.

S - I really like the freshness and grassy scents of this beer. It smells like a meadow in the springtime. Very pleasant for the style.

T - Oh wow. That is what I said to myself after taking a sip (or actually a big first gulp) of this beer. This beer has that very distinct European flavorings of the best German or Czech lagers you can think and can't quite be replicated in the US, but absolutely none of the off-putting skunkiness that often resonates in imported Euro Lagers. Incredibly sessionable and light with slight crisp finish and no dryness like you sometimes get with some over hopped pilsners.

M - wonderful for the style

Overall - I think this may be one of my new favorite session beers. I'll revisit this one quite often. This is a world class lager in my book. Probably the best Euro Lager I've sampled. Samuel Smith makes another masterpiece, and is a brewery that is certainly one of the best on the planet.

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