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

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86
very good
1,056 Ratings
Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Organic Lager BeerSamuel Smith's Pure Brewed Organic Lager Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 02-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,056
Reviews:
579
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
108
For Trade:
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Ratings: 1,056 |  Reviews: 579
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 spycow
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +3.9%
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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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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 emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying a bunch of random euro lagers lately, I sought this out as it was among the top listed for the style.

Into a pint glass it pours a bright gold, a slim cap of foam rises on top. A swirl brings it back, though it later fades to a bare skim. Carb trails are visible, and rising through the liquid.

Crisp, clean aroma, honey and mild hops. Pretty mild and nice, all things considered. A lager should be simple and clean.

Flavor is lightly bitter, crisp with a nice bite, clover honey and biscuit flavors dominate. Some mild hop bitterness and a fleeting impression of grass or weeds. Light bodied and a little too watery. Ultimately clean with no off flavors and an agreeable taste. Quenching and easy going. A benchmark lager.

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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +5.8%
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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/15/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops ,and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean and robust flavors for a pale lager as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent pale lager style. All around great balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 oberon
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its great to see such a renowned ale producer like Samual Smiths produce such a top notch lager.Poured great with nice golden color,with freash aroma of bread and even a little minerally?The hop presence really comes through on this but there is a malty backbone.Very easy to drink,very high quality will again for sure.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -18.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nose grains, sweet malt, light fruit, bready, cereals. Taste light lemon, herbal grassiness, sweet malt, hay, biscuits, & hoppy bitter finish

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy/foamy bright white head that reduces to thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a slight hint of honey sweetness. Lighter notes of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit and grainy malts with a very light hint of honey sweetness. There are light to moderate flavors of grassy hops that impart a light to moderate of bitterness that fades rather quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and clean.

O: Enjoyable and pairs well with many different types of food (in my case Chinese) - easy to drink.

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