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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 02-26-2001

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Photo of Weizenmensch
1.86/5  rDev -51.2%
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 Crossmd
2.1/5  rDev -44.9%
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 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 jujubeast6000
2.32/5  rDev -39.1%
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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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 stcules
2.63/5  rDev -31%
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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Photo of Onslow
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bought in to complete the samuel smith line up ... a prettty decent lager ... a good bitterness level ... low lacing ... a good organic that dosn't remind me of hippies .. not much else to this beer, to sum it up: a simple non offensive organic-fad lager from tadcaster..5%..

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Photo of tempest
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it basically tastes like a bland Dortmunder, so I guess that's on for the style. The aroma has hints of skunk, which doesn't seem to covering much up. The skunk carries over a bit in the flavor which mixes with a bit of grassy hops then mostly creamy malt with a touch of bread. Sure it's drinkable, if you don't mind paying over $4 for a large bottle. I give this a thumbs down, not emphatically, but still. And I am blaming the skunk on SS because it seems to be so consistent in their beers - even with a brown bottle.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.77/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale champagne colour with mild cloudy haze. Nice white head when poured, sinks to a film that is quite decently thick, but disappointingly lacking in lace. Slow but steady carbonation keeps the head alive. Pretty good.

Smell is very grainy, and a little too sweet. Lots of corn notes with an over-sweet vanilla aroma and an odd cough syrup note at the back. Slight bready notes as well - just full of those insipid grain lager notes I despise. Too strong, too sweet.

Taste is better. The same sweet notes abound though, but they're less offensive and strong. Starts well, proper grainy notes with barley and sourdough characters, gets overly sweet on the mid, with a processed, floury character and touches of vanilla as well. Not a lot of hop flavour on the back, but a mild phenolic bitterness at the back cleans up the sweetness...adequately, if not really well. It's a light, airy beer and I'm far more an earthy, sinful beer kind of guy. I don't really care if it's organic as long as it tastes good.

Mouthfeel is quite thick on the front and gets a harsh carbonation sizzle on the back; not great.

Yeah, could really take or leave this beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale colored lager that poured with a bubbly head, quick dissipation and no lacing.

S - Smells a bit like grass, mild malt characteristic, and a little empty somehow.

T - Not a big fan of this, it doesn't taste bad, but it's not very good. Misses on not being full enough. Grainy lager taste is overcome by an almost chemically overhead flavor. Maybe organic tastes less organic than a plain beer. Kind of bland.

M - Light bodied, nicely carbonated, too thin.

D - Easy to drink, because there's not much to it. Just don't want to drink many of these.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Organically produced eh?....well it pours a glowing golden amber crystal clear tone with an exubriantly white full vivacious head very bubbly in a good way lacing is left in thick tuckets great appearance for a lager. Aromatics are grassy lemony sweetness with a not full on aromatic but nice and mellow touch of hops not bad. Flavor is crisp with a bready malt characteristic easy drinking and enjoyable on this humid day the hops come through with just enough bitterness. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with mellow carbonation solid beer. Drinkability for the price I don't think I could justify buying this beer regularly, but hey it has satisfied my beer craving and for that I thank thy beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden in color with a nice thin, foamy head. Grassy and light hops on the nose. A tender balance of malt and hops, but rather mellow. Light bodied, lacks good quality for the style, it is clean and rather refreshing, but not the best that Samuel Smith has produced.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a straw yellow with a 1" head which dissipated to just a trace. Taste was very mild and really could have been mistaken for most any standard lager. Did have a better than average finish.

Hey I'm a big fan of Samuel Smith's beers, I just didn't find anything special about this one.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(Served in a imperial strange)

A- This beer has a deep golden yellow crystal clear body with a thick white head that turns spongy after a bit. There is a good carbonation of medium size bubbles that roll from the bottom.

S- The sulfury smell of a lager comes through even during the pour. The distinct smell of noble hops are balanced by a slight pale malt aroma.

T- This beer has a clean taste with a faint note of pale malt in the background with some soft noble hops finishing the taste. Not much depth or character in the flavor.

M- This beer has a watery mouthfeel with a fizz texture at the finish.

D- This is a very average beer. There is very little flavor to offend anyone or interest anyone either. I feel like adding some fruit to give it some flavor.

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Photo of mrfosters
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured from a 550l bottle.The color was a whiter shade of pale gold. It had a very decent head that lasted a pretty good while.An Average well balanced aroma and taste.But, I did a side by side with their pure brewed lager ,and, I had high hopes for this one, becauseI do believe we ingest way too many chemicals. Unfortunately I think this came out fairly weak.The carbonation seemed flat and overall ,not very interesting.Organic is a nice idea ,but , this one ain't working for me.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a nice yellow color with somewhat of a head. But the taste, typical. It tasted like Bass. Non-eventful, perhaps they should add some non-organic ingrediants and "spice" it up. That's the ticket! Maybe some industrial strenghth hops.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Telegraph Road is a song by Dire Straits. Organically this is a brew that should be the coconut falling off the tree that hits you in the head, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get the immediate farm smell, like I am feeding hay to cows. The smell then accelerates to a golden grain meadow but quickly goes white grape. The pour is nicely golden with an off white mutli bubble head that laces nicely. The taste is all grape as the smell might preclude. This is a sweet lager with minimum hopping that would pair well with seafood and light fare. Not my cup of tea, but rated for what it is, not bad and refreshing. I think the chunnel was a bad idea. This beer shows you why.

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Photo of jar2574
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color. Decent level of head, but average retention. Smells slightly bitter, but nothing special. Tastes a little bitter, but there's a good balance of hops and malts. Could be drank over long sessions, but there's not much that keeps you coming back for more. It's a very average beer, overall.

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A medium bodied lager. Mild malts and fairly aggressively hopped. Full flavor. Good taste. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of yesyouam
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Smiths Organic Lager is a very clear, sparkling, golden beer with a thick, pillowy white head that leaves nice lacing. It has a faint, peppery aroma. I has a smooth medium-light body with a pretty crisp finish. It's a mellow flavor: a little corny and a little spicy. It tastes clean. There's nothing really stand-out here. It's pretty plain, but very chuggable.
(rated Aug 14, 2008)

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden color with minimal head.

Smell is dominantly hops with very little malt.

Fairly smooth taste with some hop bitterness, bit thin tasting, nothing to really stand out and make it anything more than average lager.

Not much of a lager fan and being organic still doesn't make much of a difference.

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Photo of ckollias
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a thick, frothy, white head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass and ending in a solid lace.

S: Grainy malt aroma slight hops– not much of a nose here.

T: Crisp fresh brew – malty character with a hoppy background.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation.

O: Not a huge fan of this beer – it’s cool it is organic but. First beer by Samuel Smith that disappointed me.

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Photo of Blissfullbrew
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- porous off white head with minimal lacing. The head disipates quickly and is gone with in 10 seconds. Dark golden body almost orange in appearance.

S-Biscuity nose with a hint of earthy hops and fresh cut grass.

T - Light but beautiful with a clean finish that does not leave you unfulfilled. Crsip meaty pear taste with a hint of caramel.

MF- zesty but not overbearing. Carbonation is just right and it does not hurt the palate at all. Very mellow with great body and lasting flavor.

D- very much so and I can see why this one of Europe's most popular lagers.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not too much to write on this one. Interesting, tall SS embossed bottle with a generic white cap. An announced 5% ABV on the label.

Light sunshine yellow lager pour. Steep ½" off white head that slides straight down the glass with scant bubbles.

Scents are all malt on this lager. Sweet welcome malt lager aroma. This is reminiscent of VICTORY Prima Pils. Easy organic lager flavor.

Last swigs: This has a German flavor, borderline weiss. Almost lemony, citrus in the upfront taste. The aftertaste slowly fades to an easy sweet corn bread. Easy Drinkability even tho’ this pilsner style lager is not my favorite. This is a respectable Lager offering.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of MillRat
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 550 ml bottle at Trader Joe's in Geneva. Chilled to 45 F. Poured a medium-light yellow with an unremarkable loose white head, which dissipated quickly. Aroma was faint and unremarkable for a European pale lager. Flavor was of subdued malts and nice English hops playing off each other in a retrained and genteel manner. The body of this beer is rather light, which with the evident but moderate hops bitterness makes for a very sessionable brew. At 3 bucks for slightly over a pint, it's not a bad value, but I'd rather enjoy some of SS other more assertive offerings for that price. For a pale lager fan, this is a very well balanced brew.

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