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

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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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Reviews: 366 | Ratings: 633
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 RonaldTheriot
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

18.7 oz. bottle. Samuel Smith's Organic Lager has a thick, creamy, white head and a slightly hazy, extremely bubbly, straw appearance, leaving lots of thick lacing behind. The aroma is sweet barley malt, biscuit, and just a touch of stinging hops. Taste is wonderful- sweet barley malt, sugar, water, and good hop balance. Mouthfeel is light, and Samuel Smith's Organic Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, ultra drinkable, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a most excellent beer!


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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Pours out looking like a dressed up macro lager, but things are too early to tell everything so far, darker for sure, a pale gold with a first a foamy white head that becomes ever rockier as the beer settles down a bit in the glass.

This is easily the cleanest smelling euro pale lager I've ever happened across, so stella skunk, in fact the aroma is so rare for this style of beer you would probably think it was an English pale before you thought of it a pale lager, that is how rich and sweet the hop character comes out in this beer. Honey comb, slightly grassy, mild apple but generally very flowery and sweet.

Taste brings me back down to earth a bit but still remains about the best pale lager I've ever tasted. Malts play a bigger role here as they should and the beer takes on a chewiness that you would not expect from its appearance. Grassy, rich earthy tones for balance but an ever present and lingering bitterness, only a slight hint of bready grains coming in near the finish. Yet as suprisingly chewy as the mouthfeel is it retains a bright, snappy and uplifting feel that makes each sip a joy.

Style wise this beer is tops, have never been happier to drink a beer labled 'euro pale lager' in my life. As a session it is hard to beat, light, crisp, refreshing and complex without being pretentious. Fantastic beer, should be the benchmark for all other beers of this style. Drinking a beer like this makes me wonder why/how macro beer became what it is today. I suppose capitalism had something to do with it when companies realized they could make tons of money even after cutting back on more expensive ingredients. That being said though, I am willing to bet my paycheck that if you gave this beer to a stone cole BMC drinking in a blind taste test with the BMC product of thier choice they would choose this beer every time and then immediatly after realizing this they would commit suppoku for the unbearable amount of shame such a realization brings and spill their entrails right on the floor of the tasting room. That is how good this beer this.

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Photo of Todd
4.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Great big 550ml custom brown Victorian pint bottle (a real pint), with old-style labeling. No freshness stamp. Organically Certified brew.

Appearance: Beer pours great, leaving a hodge-podge of different bubble sizes in a pure white, foam lace of a head. Colour is a clear, bright, pale yellow.

Smell: Clean and crisp nose, with light fruity, grain, floral and metallic aromas. Delicately aromatic.

Taste: A rich malty lager with a pleasant sweetness that is balanced, and complemented, by a mildly lime-like hop bitterness and floral flavour. Light, complex fruity notes, and a touch of watery grape-like character. Crisp, semi-dry, but an overall smooth mouthfeel and a firm body. Tame metallic and fresh bread notes pull through as the beer warms. Finishes just a tad dry with some trace grain and metallic flavours.

Notes: I can't remember a cleaner, fresher tasting imported lager. It's absolutely outstanding, and organic which is a big plus. I hope others follow suit and we all see more organically brewed beers worldwide.

Thanks to Merchant Du Vin for the fresh sample.

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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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Photo of jazztoloc
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served into a wine glass from a 550 ml brown bottle (I would't have this in any other size..perfect!)

A: Very clear, bright yellow in color. Small white head that doesn't stay long. Some lacing in the glass.
S: Nice grassy smell, very smooth.
T: A lot of malt in the begining and some light bitterness at the end. The bitterness is light but stays as a true companion.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation, kind to the palate.
D: Very high. I am not experienced or fan in the style (this is the reason why I don't rate it with a higher score), but it feels like this is the real thing.
Being from Mexico, makes me aware, that this is the beer Mexico used to have. Too bad we just have cheap copies of it.

This beer shows me why I like this Brewery so damn much.

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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 Offa
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful lager, rich, tasty and complex, but light.

Deep gold, it has a big, dense, white head that shrinks slowly and leaves some lace.

The aroma is a stronger, more full-bodied take on pale lagers, quite malty with grain, some bread, quite flowery, with herbs and a mustiness.

The taste is very nice, full bodied, with good light complexity. It has bread and grain, with a flowery herbal-lemon bitterness and some apple, great bitter-sweet balance, with strong malt taste transitioning into a pleasantly bitter, hoppy finish. Refreshing and tasty, it's very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of mullenite
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a clear golden color with a two finger white head that left a nice lacing down the side of the glass. It is the perfect look for a Pale Lager and even had better retention than most of the others I have had.

Smell is floral, earthy, bready and fruity. Lots of apples and pears in the nose with a nice blend of the other scents in the background. I'm a bit surprised by the strong esters in this beer but really enjoyed them, it has set a new standard for the style.

Taste is identical to the smell, with floral, earthy and bready flavors as it goes down and that clean ester flavor throughout. Very clean, very refreshing.

Body is a little thin, but very refreshing beer that is remarkably easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is perhaps one of the most drinkable lagers on the planet...perhaps the entire universe. Pours out a deep golden color with a puffy and foamy white head. The lace lingers and fades slowly, leaving spotty traces. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt; a faint whiff of fruit and light floral hops arouses the senses. The lightly herbal and slightly sweet malt is a perfect compliment to the citrusy and tea-like hops. This heavenly liquid is balanced, rounded and smooth, but flavorful. The complexion and flavors change ever so subtly as the glass warms and the change is good. One is not enough!

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Photo of abriggs1
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Simply put, this is an amazing combination of drinkability and unique tastiness. It's got all the refreshing qualities of a good lager, with a whole bunch more. The aftertaste has a delicious creaminess that lingers on the palate and tickles my tongue. Every sip makes me want more. I have to say, I have never tasted a lager this good. Even though it traveled here all the way from England, it tastes as fresh as the day it was bottled. At around $10 for a four pack it's a bit pricey, but I find myself looking forward to the next time I can buy it non-the-less.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow what a lager. Pours a nice pale yellow with a nice foam head, lacing will linger on the glass. The smell uprfront has floral tones mixed with fresh fruit, a very clean nose. The taste is smooth and refreshing. The fruit taste is so pleasant with the subtle sugared grain that you can't help but raise the glass over and over. Light bodied and very pleasant, god bless this beer.

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4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Same as most have said, large brown bottle, nice old-fashioned label. Very appealing.

Pour: Smooth pour with lots of bubbles that stick to the side like a Sprite.

Smell: Like a strong, malty lager. Grass and dirt, maybe corn.

Mouthfeel: Honey.

Taste: Outstanding. This is what the cheap lagers that many drink are hoping to reminisce on. You might understand why Bud tastes like it does and where this style comes from when you taste something like this.

Comments: All people who hate cheap beer should drink this to see what it is modeled off of. There aren't many lagers this good.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far, the BEST lager I have ever tasted. Clear golden color underneath a beautiful fluffy white head that won't go away and sticks all over the glass. Aroma is somewhat spicy, almost that of a Belgian ale. Good malt character, and a smoothness to kill for. Slight hop flavor towards the end. This is what all American lagers wish they could be.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

In appearance this looks like a typical Pale Euro Lager with one difference distinctly. It does have a standard good looking clear gold body, but the head has a solid white and clumpy texture. As the head receeds, it makes mountains in the glass and valleys, bumping along with some neat retention. I call.. great looking.

Bouquet is just bang on great. This is toast, this is bread in a nutshell. Nice light toasty grain and malt with a great brown sort of baked cracker, crisp and slightly sweet and dry. Just fantastic.

Taste is hop forward just right. But more so as the hop gives way to that great cracker like nose and dry character. Cracker like dry finish and crisp body, with flour chew and bread.

Overall a great drink to be had, and what a fantastic summer beer this is on a hot day, I think it makes me appreciate it more.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was a clean,bubbly wheat colored hue and the smell too similar. No skunk or bitter odor. The taste expecting to be full of hops,was to me a great mixture of malt,fullness and body,but also a kick of hops and honey sweetness. Ive had 2 kinds of Samuel Smith's now and again..I loved this beer. Can't wait to try another kind and see if they hit it out of the park again!

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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 jsisko01
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with almost no head. Very thin and frothy. Has thin lacing.

Smell - Sweet with bready and pale malts, along with corn and grains.

Taste - Pale malts, very sweet, corny, grains, grassy, and bready.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall - This is a very good lager. It's interesting to try an organic beer. It's very refreshing and would be great on a summer day.

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Photo of scootny
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light straw old with a large white fluffy head. Clear liquid with good retention and lacing. Smell is light sweet malt breadiness with a twang that is typical of an organic ale. Nice light herbal hops. Taste is just grand and proper. Smooth malt and grains with a touch of funk and earth. A hint of doughy sweetness. Dry clean finish features excellent hops with some bread crusts and crackers. Feel is light, crisp, and quenching. A gentle carbonation aids feel and drinkability which is superb. I went through my 500 ml bottle in a flash. This has taste profile that goes with so many things that I could spend a month drinking and combining foods. Yum!

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much that comes from Samuel Smith will ever bear a bad review from any beer drinker, even the "beer stinks, i drink liquor" beer drinker. So, as the name implies, this is an organically produced lager style beer, and it has loads of good things to be said for that fact. It's a cleaner beer, the fermentation isn't rushed (which is noticeable in it's overly appetizing appeal), the human body copes and digests the beer with more ease (so it's healthier for you!!), and it tastes absolutley impeccable for being a lager. This beer has a knuckle of creamy head, a pleasant nose of dainty crisp fall-wheat, golden cereal there too. The flavor is basically an overpronouncement of the nose. Very hearty cereal grained, some dryness, a quenching acidity on the finish, and a lingering hay taste. yes, i've eaten hay and so have you. Mouthfeel and weight of the brew: it's easy to drink. It doesn't burden the palate by any stretch of the imagination, and you will welcome yourself to another and another, and probably, one or two more.
Great Beer. Period.

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Photo of mnrider
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ML. Very nice looking brown bottle. Pint glass. No Freshness date.

A: Pours a pale yellow. Nice head with plenty of carbonation. Not much lacing going on.

S: Smells of sparkling cider. With fruits and other grains. Nice.

T/M: Malty sweetness with a fruity taste. Crisp and smooth. The taste is very refreshing and organic. The finish is a little dry. Overall this is great well balanced brew.

D: An excellent import lager. Tastes great. I could definitely see myself drinking this one again.


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Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into a wiezen glass, the Organic Lager is clear gold with lazy streamers forming a 1 finger head that settles to tight, creamy skim and leaves heavy white lace.

Smell is soft, sweet and clean cereals, floral.

Taste is also very clean, a bit sweet, balanced by the grassy, citric hops, pleasantly light, buttery diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth.

Drinkability is very good, a great euro pale lager. Probably cost prohibitive to drink by the case, but it would sure beat Heineken or something if you wanted to switch it up for your non beer geek friends.

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Photo of dawg
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a bottle donated from a friend.

Appearance is exceptional. Mostly sexy from the bottle. Smells good like a medium light lager should.

Very clean and crisp. Well balanced sweetness and lightly hopped. Tastes and feels very good. Very, very drinkable.

Not sure if I would have paid $60USD for the case but a damn fine beer nonetheless.

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Photo of deaconsmith
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is a really good beer, it is my least favorite samuel smiths but still very very good.
its definatly a smoother approach to a more balanced sweeter wasnt as bitter as i like but bitter enough fo a lager..i enjoyed it.

iv had it a few different times but this is the last place i remember buying it:

mikes mart
south main street
harrisonburg va 22801


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Photo of LyonsHead
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep gold with a big creamy white head that stuck around for the whole drink. Lacing all the way down the glass.

A: Nice pale malt aroma, grainy and breadlike. There is a delicate earthy and slightly floral hop aroma

T: Light malty sweetness, followed by actual malt flavors. There is a slight unbuttered popcorn character here. wonderfully balanced hop bitterness. earthy, piney flavors coming from the hops. This is one of the cleanest beers I can remember drinking.

M: Medium light, clean, dry, and crisp. super refreshing

D: You can't get any more drinkable than this. Perfect balance of malt and hops, clean, dry, well attenuated and just plain good!

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