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

Pure Brewed Organic Lager BeerPure Brewed Organic Lager Beer
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Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #1
ABV:
5%
Score:
86
Ranked #17,680
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 12.73%
Reviews:
602
Ratings:
1,130
From:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Photo of zonker17
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.

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Photo of mactrail
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.

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Photo of leantom
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.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
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.

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Photo of SB2017
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
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....

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Photo of Spikester
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!

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Photo of Amendm
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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Photo of Sclip
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear pale golden pour with small ring of white that laces somewhat. Aroma is wonderful bready semisweet malty goodness. Flavor follows nose yet somehow even better. One of the tastiest lagers I've ever encountered, this stuff is delicious. Finish is clean with an ever-so-slight lingering sweet note. Love it - simple, tasty!

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

poured into a pilsner glass.

appearance: a beautiful slightly opaque golden straw color with a 2 inch head on top. the head is white and fluffy but the bubbles are very dense. the head sticks around awhile and leaves nice lacing.

smell: the primary smell is bready and a little sweet. it's rounded off by a slight floral dankness. has notes of caramel.

taste: nice clean and crisp lager. the taste as it hits the tongue is sweet with a sharp hoppy bite. as it continues, the hoppiness mellows out and gives way to the toasty malted goodness. finishing off the experience is a gentle bitterness in the back of the throat.

feel: noticeable carbonation, but super smooth nonetheless. a bit oily as it goes down but it's got a relatively light body that works quite well to make it super crisp.

overall: a little more hop forward than a helles or a k├Âlsch, it still retains a great malty body and a very nice clean taste and feeling. it's pricier than a 6 pack, weighing in at about $5 for a 22oz bottle, but it's definitely worth it in my eyes. bottom line: this is a great lager and samuel smith brewery has yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of EMV
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Toasted grains... lager yeast and floral hops.

T/F: Follows the nose. Light malts and grains. A little grassy... hopping gives some floral and herbal notes. Very modest bitterness. Light bodied... good carbonation. Crisp and clean. The finish is grains and more of the floral/spicey hops.

O: A really nice easy drinking lager. Nothing fancy... just a well crafted beer. One I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into wine sniffer. No date.
Look is clear yellow. Smell is yeasty and balanced hops and malt. Taste follws nose. Nice clean lager. Fell is light. Overall a very nice lager. Would drink again.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From Latiendadelacerveza. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 2. I suppose this is as good as euro pale lagers can be. Clean and refreshing maltyness with plenty of grassy bitterness but still dull and watery

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

At first we are graced with some elegant yet distinguishable Samuel smith can art. Pale lagers don't get much better than this right here. On the taste i'm picking up some mild honey, a little floral, some lager yeast, great tasting tap water, faint white bread, a little bitterness on the backend. Additionally, i'm picking up on this sweet delicious marshmallow type of note that I tend to get with a lot of well made pale lagers. This is a very well made organic pale lager. You ought to go out & get your hands on some of this if you are able to. Samuel Smith would probably do better if they put bottled on dates instead of that julian code. I usually don't like organic beers but this was good. Cheers! A-

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 355ml bottle into glass. Date stamping on bottle is 'SE04Q1', which puts this in May of 2017.
Clear, straw colored body. A little bit of an off white, fizzy head upon pouring settles away to a bubble fed ring and some bursting islands.
Lots of yeast in the smell, which kind of smells like grain dust.
The flavor is rather sweet, and crisp. The malt and yeast combine for a slightly spicy and fruity taste. Has that slightly sour lager flavor.
Thin mouth feel, with fizzy carbonation levels.
Easy to drink, refreshing lager. Would rather try a more recently bottled example, but these are often difficult to find.

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

A-A clear yellow color with a slight head and some lacing.
A-Aroma has fruity citric hints.
T-The taste has mild citric froral and herbal hints with a generous amount of carbonation..
M-A light bodied gentle beer.
O-A well done easy drinking beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

.5 /l bottle.
Clear golden body with a decent white head.
A mild and mildly bitter brew but with plenty of flavor for style. Hop dominated with a floral-herbal Euro hop profile.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear, light amber with a full white head. The aroma is of bready malts with a touch of spicy hops behind it. Light bodied, with a minimal mouthfeel. There's a touch of sweet malt, which fades out to a clean noble hop note. Very simple and clean, a well built lager.

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Photo of obywan59
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours straw yellow with a chunky 4 finger white head that leaves thick, sticky lacing.

Smell of sweet, nutty malts. A little fruity.

Taste is a little flat. This beer's probably past it's prime. Citric and just faintly bitter with light sweet malts.

Moderate in feel with light to moderate carbonation. Drying.

Pretty good, even though there's not much hop presence.

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Photo of DoctorRobert1969
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I first tasted this, I thought "Wow, this is what a lager is supposed to taste like like and I never knew it!" So clean and refreshing. A near perfect golden lager.

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Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: brilliant straw gold permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1.5" ivory cap with good retention.

S: Rich hop aromas, some floral and spice, earthy biscuit and light cracker smells rise from the glass.

T: crisp, starting lightly sweet with a faint hint of apple, light spicy floral, some bread dough and cracker malt flavors finishing bitter with a trace of tart on the finish

F: smooth, medium light bodied with medium high carbonation

O: an excellent, easy to drink International Pale Lager with some flavor

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

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a nice light colored clear yellow with streams of carbonation rising at a decent pace to fill a one and a half finger white foamy head. The head dissipated within less than about forty seconds and graced the glass with a nice speckled lacing. The smell had some subtle biscuit to breadiness rolling under my nose and allowing a nice sweet honey coated hoppiness. The taste had a nice sweet fruity character over top of some light breadiness. There was a quick dry and crisp finish. On the palate, this beer was about a light on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. The carbonation finishes fairly smooth. Overall, in my opinion, this was a good beer to have again.

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Photo of VoxRationis
2.59/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Decanted from a 12 oz bottle into a conical pint glass.
A: Straw to golden color, quarter inch head which dissipates quickly leaving serious lacing.
S: Light roast malt with some pitted fruit notes.
T: Light roast malt with a metallic (iron) taste throughout leading to a metallic aftertaste. No evidence of hops, really.
M: Light bodied with limited effervescence.
O: It is drinkable and would quench a thirst when chilled, but hardly distinguishable from a commercial, so-called "convenience" beer. It is at best a "run of the mill" lager.
Samuel Smith has labelled quite a number of its offerings "Organic." Aren't the vast majority of drinks made from barley (and other grains), hops, yeast, and water organic? Are the letting the bottles run "free range" before packaging them for sale. Seems a bit silly, n'est pas?

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Pure Brewed Organic Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1130 ratings