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

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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Organic Lager BeerSamuel Smith's Pure 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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3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear straw yellow, decent size head. Aroma was very mild, I only picked up a slight hop scent, maybe citrus? Taste was very well balanced, with a slightly bitter dominance. The mouthfeel was very smooth, carbonation added a nice crispness to it overall. An easy to drink beer that I enjoyed while working the grill.

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Photo of soultrain
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Clear pale yellow golden beer. 1 1/2" white head that is like an appealing rocky pillow. Nice carbonation, decent lacing all down the glass..
S-Fine grainy aroma, and some alchohol, not much going on.
T-Mild. Well balanced. I'd appreciate some more hop bitterness, but it does have some anyway. Mild lemon. More minerally flavors develop as it warms, but it's still wicked light of the almost euro-macro type (Beck's.) It's almost watery, but the excellent carbonation saves it from that. No off aftertastes. Well made lager.
M-Very good carbonation that pricks the palette unceasingly until the end of the beer. Thin/almost medium. I was impressed with the carbonation.
D-Easy drinking found here. Certainly refreshing.

CRUX: GOOD LAGER. Very good drinker, and the best organic beer I ever had.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine one from Samuel Smith's. I must admit, I was unsure of what to expect from "organic lager", but saying "Tadcaster" on the bottle reassured me that I would not be dis-satisfied. It poured a medium orange gold colour with a snow white foamy head that lasted approximately 90 seconds or so. The liquid was crystal clear with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles trailing towards the surface. A lovely sight, indeed. The smell was a bit malty, and perhaps a bit biscuity. The wonderful English hop varietal aroma that I enjoy so much was present, as well. The taste was terrific. Faintly, faintly sweet with mostly bitterness / dryness dominating. The mouthfeel was light weight and smooth; very easy to drink. A fantastic lager and wonderful product from Sam Smith!

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much that comes from Samuel Smith will ever bear a bad review from any beer drinker, even the "beer stinks, i drink liquor" beer drinker. So, as the name implies, this is an organically produced lager style beer, and it has loads of good things to be said for that fact. It's a cleaner beer, the fermentation isn't rushed (which is noticeable in it's overly appetizing appeal), the human body copes and digests the beer with more ease (so it's healthier for you!!), and it tastes absolutley impeccable for being a lager. This beer has a knuckle of creamy head, a pleasant nose of dainty crisp fall-wheat, golden cereal there too. The flavor is basically an overpronouncement of the nose. Very hearty cereal grained, some dryness, a quenching acidity on the finish, and a lingering hay taste. yes, i've eaten hay and so have you. Mouthfeel and weight of the brew: it's easy to drink. It doesn't burden the palate by any stretch of the imagination, and you will welcome yourself to another and another, and probably, one or two more.
Great Beer. Period.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice straw colored hue with a one finger foamy head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell consisted of grassy notes with a subtle malt presence. Some flowery hop aroma was detected as well.

The taste is very crisp. Nice grain flavors highlighted with some substantial hop kick. A little bit of spiciness as well. Nice biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was about average. Really crisp with good carbonation.

A very drinkable lager. As far as organic though, I really can't tell the difference.

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Photo of Boto
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml bottle: This one pours a crystal clear golden color, with only a small head on it. The aroma was slightly floral, but very weak. It was difficult to make anything else out of it. The taste was quite non-descript. Like the aroma it was OK, but very bland. Certainly not worth the price of a premium beer.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very pretty, pure, 24-karat golden honey. Head is big and ivory in color, but it is too volatile and collapses upon itself quickly.

Smell: Sweet, pale, pilsener-like malts. Sparkling white grape juice. Resiny hops.

Taste: Fresh, grainy, honey-ish malts. Very light, but tasty. Hops are vaguely leafy and rather acidic.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, but well-carbonated. Clean finish.

Drinkability: Well, this isn't great, but you could do a hell of a lot worse for the style. Perfect for kicking off a session.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
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 twelvsies
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had a Sammy Smith in quite a while, but I've been digging the English beers lately, so it's about time. Man, how did they get this beer so clear? Perfect clarity in this straw colored beer, with a decent white head, which fades slowly. Sweet malt in the nose, with plenty of grains and a dry English hoppyness. Very sweet in the taste too, as the malt takes over up front. Grainy too, and even slightly fruity, and ripe. Hops take a backseat here, but they are actually there, dry, dusty, and spicy. Very smooth and drinkable, and not at all light. Not as crisp as some lagers, but it's more well rounded. Perfect for and early spring day, with just a bit of warm weather starting to speak up on us.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden color with a very slight red tint to it. There was a small 1/4" head of thick white foam at first pour that disappeared within about 30 seconds. There are a few bubbles rising, but those don't maintain the head at this time.

Aroma: Very reserved aroma. There is a little contribution from the malt that leaves a sweet and pilsner like impression, but the hops is really reserved so it really lets the malt shine through on this on even though it makes a delicate showing. As it warms a touch, there is more contribution from the hops. It has a definitely British aroma, but still manages to let the malt run the show.

Taste: In the flavor, the hops play a bigger role than I would have anticipated. They give a noticeable floral presence to the profile and let you know that this is a British style lager through and through. The malt is a big player, but in the flavor it lends a slightly toasty and buttery flavor that is really soft on the palate. The finish is balanced toward the malt and leaves you with some caramel sweetness to linger for some time.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. The flavor is mild enough to make this a pretty enjoyable session beer. I like how the British hops are a major player, and that is not something that you get to enjoy too often, as the majority of British styles are ales. It is an interesting mix to get to try them showcased like this. This isn't my absolute favorite beer, but it is different enough that I will probably be drinking it again in the near future.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pleasant, unassuming beer. It is yellow-orange in color with a fairly thick white head. It has a sweet, fruity odor, mostly of apples (almost a cany apple smell). The taste is sweet, mildly fruity, with a little caramel there too. A nice beer, but not outstanding.

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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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Photo of sevineyes
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 550 ml brown bottle. The label features a glass of beer and the neck has a green and gold foil wrapper of hops and barley.

A: Clear bright straw color. Thick, chunky head. Poured huge and then died back leaving big chunks of lace and rings as you drink.

S: Pick up some bananna, but the overall aroma is bready and yeasty. Some toastiness.

T: Man, sweetness and floral hops. Nice bitter return on the swallow. The flavor is so clean though. Makes me feel like I'm drinking some kind of nectar. Some nuttiness as you swallow.

M: Silky and quenching. A bit dry on the finish.

D: Although thoroughly drinkable, I find myself wandering more towards the flavors rather than having the desire to pound them down.

Overall: This is reminding me a bit of meads as much as it does beer. This beer is very clean and crisp. Perhaps it's too well crafted for me to want to drink rather than savor.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a golden yellow with a frothy white head that leaves a little lace and a little film. The smell is mostly some mildly sweet maltiness with the faint aromas of hops. The taste is also mildly sweet along with some hops. There is also a tad bit of spiciness. There is a good mouthfeel and a good carbonation. Overall this is a good easy drinking beer. especially as the weather gets warmer.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice pale gold body with fine pure white head.
S - Nice simple pale malt aroma.
T - Saltine cracker malt without much finish or hop bite. Minerally. Light hopoy bitterness.
M - A little big on the carbonation for the medium body.
D - This is a simple beer by a great brewery.

Decent enough. I guess it would be the lager I would reach for if I needed a lager and wanted to save the world and buy organic.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a liquid-honey gold into my lager glass, with a standard soapy eggshell head; It leaves behind thin lacing, and fades after a few sips to a thin covering on top of the very clear cylinder of gold (that's full of energetic bubbles).

Bitter noble hops, slight oat malt chracter - Simple, full, lagerish. Hard to describe, but it's good enough that I expect good flavor as well...

And am well rewarded - the flavor is full, round, well-balanced. Honeyed oat bread malts, a slight sugary sweetness, balanced by that lovely mellow noble hop bitterness that is is biting at first, then creamy and fulfilling.

The mouthfeel is quite delightful - smooth, crisp while the malts reign, then creamy as the hops take over and you swallow.

Delicious - I actually honestly didn't have great hopes for this, but this is a really, really good lager! Definitely in there with the top two or three I've ever had. I wish I had more!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pale golden with a loose, white head. Smells of honey and hefty malt with a nuttiness in the background. Tastes of bready, sweet malts with an aggressive hoppiness that offsets the malt perfectly. This tastes distinctly Samuel Smith and I can't figure out why. I thought at first that it might be the yeast strain, but would they use said yeast strain for their lagers too? Mouthfeel is extremely smooth for a pale lager, but feels a tad too sticky in the finish. This is an excellent beer from the great Tadcaster brewery. Without a doubt, this is the best lager I've ever had.

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Photo of seebus
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured a nice golden color with a thick head. It had a nice honey smell, and the taste was sweet honey with an easy hoppy bitter aftertaste. It had less carbonation than I expected. It had a decent mouthfeel, but was a little watery at the end. Drinkability? Not too shabby. I could sit down with a few of these again.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

beer # 7 in last nights meeting of the Michiana Coalition of the Drinking. Golden, clear, small white head. malt odor with hints of citrus. Dry taste, somewhat bitter. malt and hops both very subtle. good lager, if a bit weak. i could drink it again but overall its kind of boring.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright golden in color and a bright white head. It has lace that is sticking around and the classic continual bubbles that lagers should have.

S - Woody at first. Then there is a background of piney hops and toasty malts.

T - Dry toasted malts. Not a strong flavor. There are some background hops but not strong.

M - very creamy and heavy. It was an odd feeling for a lager.

D - Definite session beer. If you want a Euro lager then this is it. Stronger than american lagers but still classic in its taste.

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Photo of Drew966
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 550ml bottle (brown, I wish they would put the rest of their line in this type of bottle), poured a nice light orange color with a thick fluffy white head. No off smells in the aroma, taste is pretty good for a European lager. This is one of the first organic beers I've had, and I think its pretty good. Give it a try.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. slender bottle, served chilled in a pilsner glass. It's a golden hue with a few beads of carbonation and a half inch white head that leaves some lacing. It smells very clean with maybe some grassiness. The taste is biscuity/grassy with a mild bitterness from a light dose of perfumy/floral hops, and the body is light to medium. There are traces of skunk in the flavor. Overall not a bad lager, probably better when it's more fresh.

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Photo of b33rb3lly
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After seeing so many good reviews of just about everything that comes from Samuel Smith I went on a quest looking for product. I should say that I have been looking for some time but never can find anything Samuel Smith in my area. Low and behold I did happen upon 2, 4-packs of the Nut Brown ale and 2 - 4 packs of this lager. I have to say it was really worth the search and the wait!

It is simply a great lager. 3.5's all around... Pricey yes but well worth it.

I am going to go have one right now!

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Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear bright yellow color with a permanent frothy white head. Smells sharply clean...light sweetish malt aroma with faint floral hops. Crisp, grassy hop flavor with a lightly sweet malt backing it up - good, easy drinkin'. Some grain shows up in the finish.

An enjoyable organic lager. I could probably drink a bunch of these...if not for the $4 price tag.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is sparkling, glowing gold with a nice white head that lasts and creates a nice lacing. Smells creamy and bready with a hint of spice. Nice smooth taste. Very simple and balenced. Very British, and nice hop malt balence. Extremely easy to drink.

I could have many of these, easilly.

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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Organic Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,046 ratings.
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