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 MobBarley
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Above average: golden yellow with a small fizzy head and minimal lacing. Textbook for the style, but in a very solid way.

Smell: Initially a nostril-lashing tinny/iron note dominates before redeeming itself by becoming first bitter and finally sweet and grainy. Average.

Taste: Balance is the word here as bready malts and foliar hops go tit for tat before the sweet, dry finish that puts me right in a late-summer field of dry grass.

Mouthfeel: Stupendous. Initially evervescent so as to allow a cascade of flavors and finally dry and comforting. CRISP.

Drinkability: Good quaffing lager with almost no real weaknesses.

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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 PorterLambic
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a smallish head that is a little coarse.
Smell is hoppy (no surprise) with a little malt in the background and a hint of spruce & grass.
Taste is hoppy, spruce hint late & grassy. Good balance.
Mouthfeel is smooth, effervescent all over, and medium bodied.
Drinkability: While I'm no real fan of the style, this is quite a good example of it, I could drink this again.

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

The lager poured a nice gold with a small white head. It's aroma is a pleasant, but faint, mix of malt and hops. It has a good malty taste with a well done hoppieness that shows up in the finish. It's medium bodied and is slightly oily and has a dry finish. A good beer, but not a match for Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager. This beer seems to be a weaker copy of it in all but appearance.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml victorian pint bottle

Pours with medium yellow hue, slightly cloudy, almost foaming head and some retention

Smell, hints of malt sweetness, has the traits of a good euro lager

Taste, sweetness coming thorugh, slight hop aroma and flavour on the finish

A nice refreshing lager

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a beautiful, bright straw color with big carbonation bubbles and a good, foamy, clean-looking head.

Smell – The grain here is terrific and very strong. It is smoothed nicely by a light, refined sugar compliment.

Taste –This is American grain at its best. The rich, full flavor is incredibly smooth and clean. The light sweet finish brings up the rear of the flavor profile. Nice.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Lager is very refreshing. I like the light carbonation as well.

Drinkability – This is a classic. Why can’t the macros do Lager like this?

Update – I originally review this with an ’04 vintage so thought I’d give it another crack with an ’06. I’d say definitely lighter than medium-bodied for sure, but otherwise this is just the way I remember it. I have a few of these over the course of a year, especially when the winter weather first breaks. It’s a great way to celebrate spring’s arrival.

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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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Photo of necoadam
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a golden color with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell is straight forward. Malts, grassy, barley-like aromas. It was pretty clean and crisp. Taste was quite decent. Sweet malts hit the palate and then blend in with some slight hop flavors with a grain like aftertaste. The aftertaste was slightly buttery as well, but not too powering. This beer won't knock off any socks, but the taste is pretty decent and could be a great fall back beer. Perhaps you'll notice the organic part by the very crisp and clean taste, but seemed like any other lager out there. Decent enough though.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an oh-so-clear honey golden color. Head started off a big fluffy white pillow, but is now a scant layer of suds. Zero lacing.
S: Initial smell is a nice full maltiness. As it warms a bit, there's a hint of a floral hop aroma. quite nice.
T: Nicely balanced malty/hoppy profile, and a bit of bitterness, more than I'd expect from a lager. Not overly sweet. The only drawback is a faintly metallic taste. No clue what that's about.
M: Medium in body. Crisp and clean on the palate. Carbonation and alcohol levels are quite nice. Leaves me feeling a bit dry.
D&N: Originally bought this one for the gimmick factor of an "organically produced" beer, but leave it to Sam Smith to make a darn fine brew. The weather is a bit warm today, and this one really hits the spot. Nicely done, Sam.

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Photo of edchicma
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice brew...I am not a lager fan, but I was intrigued by the Organic I gave it a try. Appearance was a crystal clear yellow, nicely carbonated with a nice head that left some lacing on the side of the glass. Smell was a nice malt aroma with some earthy and fruity undertines. Taste was malty and lightly sweet with a hint of hops on the finish. Mouthfeel was excellent with a smoothness and crispness balance that was very refreshing. Extremely easy on the palate...very drinkable.

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

Crystal clear glowing light gold in color. A thick "sea foam" pure white head stays long after the pour. Large-bubbled carbonation rises steadily.
Clean aroma, very much to style. A slight vegetal note and a floral hoppiness.
Somewhat sweet taste, but very crisp & clean. Well balanced, but I could go for just a bit more hop bitterness.
Light in body, springy carbonation and very drinkable.
If you see it, give it a try.

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Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy gold with a moderate head that settles some but has reasonable staying power. Leaves a trail of rings as you drink.

Hops and malt both in the nose with a touch of grass, not overpowering.

Nice clean taste with a good malt / hop balance. Some sweetness up front with a mild hop finish. Earthiness and grain up the middle.

Good beer, not quite as interesting as some of Samuel Smith's other offerings, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden with an enthusiastic head which diminishes slowly. A very slight haze was present. The aroma offered up hops and doughy yeast, a sign of a quality lager. Hop and malf flavours are well-balanced, and this beer tastes crisp and has a clean 'bite'; another sign of a quality lager. I'm not the biggest fan of bottom-fermenting beers usually, but this is top quality and enjoyable.

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It boasts primarily of pale malts and lager yeast with a mild hop scent. The taste is good. It is clean and refreshing. It has largely a pale malt flavor with a light hop taste. It is light and highly drinkable. This is a low bodied beer with decent carbonation. I think this is an outstanding lager; probably one of the best I've had.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's organic lager is certified organic by the U.K. Soil Association and uses only malt and hops which have been grown without the aid of chemical fertilizers or the protection of pesticides. With that said, does this necessarily make it a better beer? I would say no, but Sam Smith's has a funny way of brewing a good beer no matter what the conditions and ingredients are. Those concerned about chemicals need not be when drinking this lager.

This beer pours a light, slightly hazy gold color with a decent foamy head that lasts for about a minute, leaving minimal lace. The smell is similar to their regular lager with some clean malt smell, although it seems a tad bit lighter and sweeter. This beer does feel smooth on the palette and has a moderate carbonation to it. Upon first sip, the first true difference between this and the regular lager was that I thought this was much sweeter. While there is a very good malt presence here, the sugary sweetness was quite prevalent. A leafy-green element is present in the flavor as well (not as grassy or haylike as the regular lager, more like a leaf off of a tree). There is a decent hop bitterness here, but not as much as the Pure Brewed Lager, which surprised me because the Merchant du Vin pamphlet I picked up awhile back said that this was hoppier than most other lagers. Some moderate bitterness and dryness in the finish. In the aftertaste the sweetness continues with some light dryness, and this finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

In summary, a good beer but not quite as impressive as the Pure Brewed Lager. Certainly better than most macro-swill. I would think that this would really appeal to the health-concious and the stricter vegan types. Another good beer from Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light, golden tone with just a hint of cloudiness and a fine frothy white head--just what one might expect from a lager. I could smell the wheaty aroma most clearly, and there was a hint of ginger. Both of these were in evidence at the initial tasting, but the taste went flat quickly, and there was little follow-up, just a touch of bitters. The consistency was thin, but sparkling. A good lager.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystal clear ochre gold, topped with a buoyant fluffy white head. The head dies very quickly, leaving only a thin mist that dies out completely about halfway through the glass.
Aroma is exceptionally clean, with a light corny pilsner malt presence. Some spicy, herbal hoppiness, with a touch of apparent alcohol. Well defined aroma. Excellent.
Flavor is extremely clean, definitely aged adequately. A light, crisp pils malt starts out the sip, with a touch of corn towards the middle. Spicy noble hops come through in the middle, finishing the beer with a mild herbal bitterness. Spritzy carbonation, light and airy, with a light body. Excellent balance of flavor.
A very tasty lager, much better than I expected. Easily the best english lager I've had the pleasure of drinking. Absolutely Fabulous.

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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 hotstuff
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dayton, OH AleFest:A light bodied beer whose palate was smooth and somewhat thin.It had a small size white head that contained fine sized bubbles that mostly diminished.The body was clear and there was carbonation observed.The nose was malty, fruity and sweet with a light bitter flavoring.There was nothing really all that special about this beer as it needs to have more character in order for it to be an enjoyable beer in my opinion.

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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 granger10
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let's see here. I'm not particularly fond of organic food or drink (even though it is much better for the environment) nor an I too fond of lagers. So why did I get this? I don't know, it seemed interesting enough and might be good during these hot summer days. So I bought one and drank it a week ago. It tasted sort of grassy but not in a bad way. Malts are weaker than the hops which aren't that aggressive either. But this is smooth and goes down easy. I probably won't get this again but it wasn't too bad.

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Photo of ADR
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich gold appearance with a trace of a fluffy 1/8 of an inch head that lasts for a short time and laces practically not at all. Nice nutty candy bar aroma, some almond, some buttery diacetyl. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonation, and an accurate reflection of the malt aromas in the taste statement. The hopping seems too "tight" to properly balance this beer throughout, it seems more apparent in the aftertaste than in the mouth. Overall, a very enjoyable Lager here.

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy or cloudy deep yellow with a minimal white head. There was also minimal lacing effect. The nose is of malt and there hints of hops lurking there as well. The flavor is a nice malt and grain with nice light hop balancing. This is a nice beer with a decent body and feel. Very drinkable with a clean, pleasant finish. My sense is that this is a very well balanced and thought out formula.

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