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

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Pure Brewed Organic Lager BeerPure Brewed Organic 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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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

Photo of Weizenmensch
1.86/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Purchased in Japan, best before 2010年1月, although it may have spent some serious time on shipping containers before getting to me. Label differs from the one pictured - it says "Organic Lager" on the green banner, not "Organically Produced Lager Beer".

Pours with a very excitable head, but it isn't excessively carbonated - many fine bubbles instead. Head retention is moderate, and the beer is pale yellow in colour. Lacing all over the glass. The head retention is surprising - it pours like a beer that's all frothy to begin with, and subsides to total flatness. Despite the head retention, there isn't too much classiness about the look of this yellow lager.

Smell is a little odd, not quite skunky, more like old yeast a bit. Can't really clarify any better than that, as the beer definitely appears filtered, but there is a weird 'off' smell to it. There is a slight grassy hop freshness but this is overpowered by the odd earthy mushroom-like smell.

There's a potent sweetness on the palate that tastes like this bottle hasn't been handled well. This may be part of the reason for the poor sample, but I'm sure it's not the only reason - the yeasty off-smell which is also present on the tongue is not indicative of too much time spent in sunlight or rocky seas. Despite this, the beer is not as undrinkable as it sounds - it's quaffable, just very uninteresting and a little cloying. Gentle but fresh hops are evident, but carbonation is relatively low and this affects the mouthfeel. It's quaffable enough not to be awful, but it's definitely below par.

Mouthfeel is lame because of the low carbonation. I can detect the oiliness of the hop oils which isn't pleasant, and if this beer had more guts to it, more life, it would be more fun to drink.

Drinkability: even on a hot summer's day I'd rather have something with either more body or more carbonation and refreshingness. This has neither.

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Photo of terence
2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Better than the typical American lagers, but not saying much. Pretty average, nothing too exciting. A lot of carbonation.

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2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of Crossmd
2.1/5  rDev -45%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured 40 degrees Fahrenheit into a Dogfish Head shaker pint.

Pours a lucid gold with a tall 3 finger white head settling into a persistent cap. Endless stream of champagne bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smells of a lightly skunky cereal. Not unlike bud light. Not well projected.

Really going to deviate from the norm here. The taste is a thin, quickly dissipating maltyness with a touch of sweetness and grass. No finish. Some robustness, some good carbonation, but flavorless and boring. No where near worth the 1.50USD I spent on it.

Really don't see where the A's coming from here. This is really nothing to write home about and bears striking resemblance to an American adjunct lager. Organic on the bottle is pretty much nothing but a marketing ploy. No enhancement of taste, IMO.

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Photo of Darandos
2.19/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Photo of aleigator
2.22/5  rDev -41.9%
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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2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Four pack at my local Trader Joes in Tustin, CA.

Was looking forward to drinking session after session of Hottenroth all day - but apparently walking into The Bruery Provisions at 5:01 (they closed at 5:00 on Christmas Eve) was too late for them to sell Raul a few bottles. (The also sent me to a liquor store that didn't even sell any of their items, but that is besides the point.)

Anyway, so here Raul is with this swill instead. I was looking forward to pounding the entire 4-pack, but I could only get through 1. Is it me, or do all Euro Lagers/Pilsners either taste just decent, or like this nasty astringent, windex, skunk-like lager?

Raul was pumped on this, but he highly disagrees with it. Raul will use it to clean his windows instead. Peace!

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2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a brown bottle - Pours a very light pale yellow with almost no head or carbonation. Smells of sweet malts with just a tad of light hops. First sip is sweet with very little hops coming through. Pretty much flavorless. Finishes slightly bitter. Well under carbonated. Not much happening here. Worth skipping this one!

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2.32/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/25/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very clear honey-yellow colored body, with an average white head, but diminishing. Some maltiness, spice. Fresh like hay or grass. Not much aroma. Laggerish taste, that same fresh plant smell. Clean aftertaste. Amost watery.

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2.34/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. "Pure Brewed" lol, is this budweiser or something?

It pours a clear gold with a foamy white head that dissipares with some decent lacing.

The smell is metallic and grainy. It has a doughy, crusty malt scent.

The flavor is rather poor in my opinion. It is super watery. The hops leave a vomity flavor and the malt is bland.

Try again boys, whew.

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2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the 12oz bottle mom and dad. Pours a light, clear amber with a quick eggshell had that very quickly recedes. The aroma is a very musty toasted malt. The taste is pretty bready with some light floral hops. Very musty, adjuncty palate with maybe a littl citrus here and there.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.45/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Samuel Smith pure brewed lager beer

This sure isn't their oatmeal stout but lets give it a go shall we.

Appearance- light yellow/ straw with a big soapy white head that holds together well.
smell- a clean watery malt aroma.
Taste- light malt and water. not much body. There's not much here.
Mouthfeel- watery watery watery. A slight, ever so, bitter hopiness.

Overall, This is so watery it goes down quickly. maybe a good beer for drinking games or quenching your thirst after playing tennis but not a beer drinkers beer!

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Photo of David1975
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of swungomonkey
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of saburky
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of cleve1212
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of VoxRationis
2.59/5  rDev -32.2%
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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Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
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 stcules
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clean, golden color, with white and abundant foam.
Malty smell, with cereals, and a bit of hop.
The cereal notes are a bit too heavy.
Same notes in the taste, with maybe a faint citrus note.
Cereal and honeyed notes in the aftertaste again.
Quite useless beer.

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