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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a clear bright golden body.

S: full on the nose for the style with nice almost noble hop note and musty pale malts.

T: again full for flavored for the genre with grain, pale malts, slight hop bitterness and noble hop like note.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: a full flavored and aromaed beer for the genre which almost diverts from the genre.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey color with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy and hay aromas. Taste is much the same along with a slight fruity flavor. There is a mild herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and easy drinking beer that is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from now on every lager I taste will be compared to the bruerys humulus, so im sorry to all the well made generic lagers, you will never be the same to me. this one though, is quite good for what it is, absolutely not a mind bender, but a solid beer no doubt. pours dead clear golden with an inch of lasting white airy head. the thing about this though, is that theres a launch point, a central feature of my glass thats rocketing spiraling bubbles hurriedly to the surface forever, it wont stop, and its sexy. the nose is straight lager yeast, over a light malt body, no inspirational but well done. the flavor is the same, with some decent bittering hops and that crispness that any good lager needs. with one sip left in my glass, the bubbles are still sprinting to the surface, its so awesome. a littler herbal, a little hoppy, a true euro lager, better than almost all of them, plus its organic, so props for that. light body, super soft and clean, like a Swiffer. overall a solid brew, not as fun as the stouts and stuff, but a worthwhile offering that I would like to share with my Molson drinking father.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager pours out much like any other lager. The color is clear and yellow with a white soapy looking head. The aroma of this beer is a little grassy with some fresh wood coming through along with the malts and hops. The taste of the beer is lightly grassy and has a good amount of malt upfront. This fades into the slightly hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and mostly on the lighter side for a lager. Not too bad of a beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit crisp and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and definitely tastes organic with all-malt flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid Lager beer that doen't exactly fit the Lager flavor profile. Looks predictably straw / golden with a fluffy white foamstand. Smells much more malty and fruity than expected from a Lager. Flavors of apples, peaches, pears (of the almost-bruised variety) and with a bold maltiness about it. Barley, a little caramelly (typical of English beers) and bready. Sweet malt character and estery fruitiness takes away from the crispness or refreshing Lager quality, but substitutes it with better malt character and complexity. Still a bit grainy with a lightly oily finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle. Another old-world, 20th century label. Don't change guys, there's just no need, marketing job justifications notwithstanding.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, moderately foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some random instances of ice sculpture lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of crackery grainy pale malt, a touch of stale, sightly uric citrus, wet hay, and floral, earthy hops. The taste is more crisp, bready pale malt, a hint of dry caramel, a low-level spicy citrus fruitiness, and mildly bitter, earthy, weedy, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is softly frothy, the body a decent medium weight for the style, and mostly smooth, with that strange airy creaminess leeching in. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt holding on, with some lingering citrus and grassy hop notes to keep it company.

While I'm sure that I don't know what actual contributions are made by the organic properties of this beer, overall, this is a clean and refreshing lager. A simple concept, but not always easy in its rendering, and this purveyor of fine English standard ales shows that to be the case here.

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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale and golden, perfectly clear. The head dies down a bit fast on this one, settling to a thin sheet. A nice looking lager, but a firmer head would be nice.

Smell: Clean and crisp with a little honey-like sweetness. Grainy, faintly fruity. Subtle but nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry crackery malt flavors appear up front, again, very clean and crisp. Slight sweetness appears mid-palate. Light bodied. Very light frutiness toward the finish, with a mild dry aftertaste that's faintly metallic and grainy. A damn fine lager, somewhat rough but in a good way.

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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a crystal clear, golden yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of pale caramel malts and some citrusy hops.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a hint of hop bitterness. Grain and barely flavors com throught, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the back of the tongue. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a great tasting Euro Pale Lager. I was really impressed with the sweet malty flavor.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very, very transparent golden color, bordering on a bright apricot. A pretty-hard pour produces a single-finger head that reduces to half its size somewhat quickly, though leaves a pretty good bit of lacing behind. Good looking collar sits around the edges. The nose brings forward a bit of grain and a slight fruitiness. Some English yeast present; not much, but it's there. Slight earthy feel to it as well. Taste has a nice bit of hoppines and a smooth, crisp bit of grain. Finish is really smooth and crisp. Great character in the finish. Quite drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sammy's organic lager is a pretty standard European-style lager: Clear golden body. Short cap of creamy white foam. Average head retention and better than average lacing. Grassy and lightly floral hops in the nose. Medium-bodied and crisp on the palate. Straightforward malt and hop blend in the flavor, seemingly Hallertauer or Tettnanger. A touch of mineralish character. Solid bitterness beneath. Well-balanced. The fact that it's organic lends it point and helps to balance it's extra cost, but for the most part there are better golden lagers out there for less.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and pale hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of barley and light malts. There’s a mild and pale hops presence. There really isn’t much else to it, simple and done well. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good representation of style, decent kick, this is one of the better organic beers that I’ve had, but there isn’t enough to it to make me choose it, unless I was limiting myself to just organic beers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly effervescent, yellow body topped with a respectable, snow white head.

Smell: Pale malts with a pleasant floral note and just a hint of cracked pepper.

Taste: Pale maltiness, lightly sweet and with a vague grainess in the background. A drop or two of citrus. Floral hop character with a mild, restrained bitterness. Hints of caramel work their way in as it warms. Final hop bite on the otherwise sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very competent lager from Samuel Smith.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuzzy lemon-amber with a lovely looking cap of cotton white that's cottony in texture as well. Large hillocks form on the surface of the head as it ever so slowly descends, leaving wisps of elegant lace in its wake. A quality look from a quality brewer.

The nose is lagery clean with floral, lemony hops in the forefront. It's a little softer and more rounded than I'd like, but then again, when noble hops are used in large quantities they tend to be aggressively pungent. Although I'm beginning to see their appeal, it's still hard to find a beer brewed with noble hops that I flat out love.

This is just about the best Euro pale lager (if that's indeed what it is) that I've ever had. Its soft, rounded personality is more of a positive attribute on the palate, making it unchallenging to drink for those of us who find that less is often more in beer of this style. There is a fair amount of flavor present, so bland and blase don't apply, as they often do when it comes to EPLs.

OPLB tastes lemony and grassy; kind of like... lemongrass. It's lightly but appropriately malted and is moderately hopped with a gentle, friendly bitterness. The finish favors the dry side of things and the light, willowy mouthfeel contains a perfect amount of carbonation.

This is pretty good beer, all things considered. It's far from the best pale lager that I've ever had, but then it's equally far from the worst. While it's much more expensive than the regular offerings from the Big 3, it's also a much, much better beer. "You get what you pay for" isn't always true, but in this case, it's right on the money.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden/bronze & efferevescent with a 4 fingers+ white head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Perfumy hops up front, then cornyness

T: Perfumy hops up front, then some grainyness & hints of soapyness that make me think pils vice eurolager. Malt sweetness & honey notes follow as the brew warms. Peppery hops asert as well with time. Finishes malty with a crisp (lemony) hops profile

MF: Medium bodied, good balance & carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, nothing too complex here, but good for a few pints to be sure

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Photo of smcolw
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive white head that recedes into a rocky froth, leaving generous lace. The color is darker straw and quite clear.

Crisp and slightly skunky in the nose. Malty over hoppy.

Smooth for a lager, this is predominantly a malt offering. There is hop at the finish, but even there, it is lighter than most. The aftertaste is dry and lasting with a slight bitter bite. Full bodied for the style.

Take away the skunky nose, this would be a superb lager. Although it was served in a brown bottle, this obviously had sat on the shelf for too long.

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml brown bottle with no freshness date. Sparkling clarity with a fluffy white that stick to the glass just fine.

Grassy and sweet aroma of malt with a light herbal hop in the back.

Easy going malt character, moderate body and carbonation. Mellow hoppiness that reaches the palate with more flavour than bitterness. Lots of grain on the tongue with a lightly sweet finish.

Its good to know that there are good organic beers out there, as for buying this again it is more of a novelty item. No great shake here, just a good drinking lager.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Someone in a recent thread ( inspired me to get busy on the Samuel Smith's oeuvre and after a stop at the local bottle shop today, I am ready to do just that! I do not mind making the occasional pit stop on The CANQuest (TM) highway, but the extended breaks bother me.

I am probably greener than most, never having had a driver's license and a frequent user of public trans, but somehow "organic" has not held the cachet for me that it has for others.

From the bottle: "The malted barley & hops used to brew this lager have been organically grown without the use of chemical sprays or artificial fertilizers."; "A full-bodied lager with lots of malty character, a touch hoppier than many lagers yet perfectly balanced. Brewed using lightly-kilned organic lager malt from barley grown in the UK, organic hops, yeast and water."; Picture depicting: "Samuel Smith's Shire Horses taking out deliveries in Tadcaster. The horses deliver five days a week."

My pour netted me a big, foamy cap of a dense finger of bone-white head with very good retention. Color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the characteristic lager-malt sweetness with grassy undertones. Fantastiche, especially after all of those AALs! Mouthfeel was soft, not overly carbonated, but I am unsure of their claim about it being a hoppier lager. Instead, I got a good bit of clean lager sweetness and by clean, I mean adjunct free. If you really want to understand the impact adjuncts have on lager beers, have and afternoon of AALs followed the next day by one of these. Finish was dry and refreshing, just the way lager should be. "Organic" usually = more expensive, but this bottle was the same price as the other beers from Sam. Smith's and it was very pleasant to drink. I would have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Currently the #1 Euro pale lager.

The beer is crystal clear, and appears light yellow hued. The head measures nearly an inch thick, slowly descending to a thin, white layer.

The aroma is of pils malt, light citrus, and grain. It smells good for the style.

The flavor is excellent, and I can see why this beer ranks best in its class. Clean and refreshing. The beer is light, simple, and pleasant. Toast, biscuits, bread, with a hint of citrus. Terrific balance. I could drink several of these. Thoroughly enjoyable. I wish this was available in six packs. I will certainly be having this one again.

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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 tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with noticeable carbonation bubbles and loose, bubbly head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. The nose has notes of straw, grass, and lager yeast. The taste is straw-like and grassy with faint apple-like sweetness and a very mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is clean, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

For a euro lager, this is pretty solid. It has some of the same smells as the macros, but the taste is cleaner and more balanced coming close to a pilsner.

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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 jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden yellow with a well-retained thin white head.

The smell is of some sweet grain with an underlying earthiness. Clean and crisp. No "Euro-skunk" here.

The taste is of sweet graininess balanced by a touch of earthy bitterness. Balanced, clean, crisp finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, this one is smooth and refreshing.

A tasty "thirst-quencher". A nice, easy-drinking lager from England (a country and brewery known more for its ales than lagers). This one hits the spot, especially on a warm day. It reminds me, too, that I haven't tried the other lager that this brewery produces in a long time - will have to look out for it!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale amber, big, fat white froth atop...nice looking lager.
Aroma is soft and faultless...nice, again...grainy, maybe, but that's it...has some character, at least, which is more than many lagers can claim. Solid.
Taste: swift and sure. Definite malty, crisp, caramely, light and tangy, but very mellow, subdued, and well–controlled...this is easy-drinking defined, with the flavor the very perfection of a lager. Wow! I'm very impressed by this one!
Very clean, with cereal certain in the flavor, but, dude, you can drink this happily and proudly.
I'm not normally a lager-lover, but find myself favoring this one highly... if it's your style, grab on to this one, fast and sure...share with your friends and spread the organic goodness around!
A beautiful beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slim 12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info. Pours quite light golden amber and very clear. Soft white head, retentive at the 1/8 of an inch level and leaving scattered lace upon a more then gentle swirl. The nose I pick up is of some grass, and lemony/floral mild hops. Pleasant and easy drinking. For the style its got generous hope bite up front riding over an undercoating of soft and friendly malts. Better then average interest here, nice beer to try out on your unfortunate macro swilling amigos. Bring on the spicy foods as this one has the crispness and bite to "cut through" the heat and fat. Worthy offering, dare I say "one of my favorite Euro Pale Lagers"

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