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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Photo of SetarconeX
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see an organic beer, though I wasn't really aware that beer related agriculture was particularly harmful to the environment. A nice clear gold color. A sweet, malty aroma on the nose, with a touch of that oddly distinctive euro-lager scent.

A sweet malty start, with a nicely balanced bit of hoppiness on the follow up. Nice clean finish. Not a bad beer, but basically a good execution of a normal, straightforward, run of the mill lager.

A good beer, if this style's your cup of tea.

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Photo of danielharper
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a light orange color with a very thin white head. Leaves little-to-no lacing on glass. Very clear body, slight carbonation apparent in glass.

Sweet, macro-like aroma. Not much there to discuss, really, aside from a touch of malt, but for a lager it's not bad.

Tangy corn flavor with small amounts of hops in the aftertaste. Sweet, but not too sweet, and reasonably refreshing.

Thin mouthfeel, as expected for the style.

Overall, I find this a more drinkable beer than you'd expect. It's light and easy, and good enough quality to make it quite quaffable. I've been known to drink these straight from the bottle when I just need a relaxing beer -- this is sort of a nice "Bud Light" for me. It's a bit expensive to call a cheap lager, but a decent lager it is.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - honeyed orange appearance. Finely bubbled bead. Initial head is lively and a bit soapy, but reduces to a thin film quickly.

Aroma - dry, crackery nose with a light peppery note. Fades into obscurity.

Taste - English malts, slightly buttery, taste is good but a little watered down.

Mouthfeel - to the thin side but nicely carbonated.

Drinkability - a tasty but rather indistinctive brew. For the price I can do better.

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Photo of jettjon
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Mellow, balanced flavor
Lows: None

From the 550ml bottle (roughly 19 oz), pours a golden pale with a nice, thick pale whitish head of various sized bubbles. Typical lager nose, mostly light malt and a hint of hops. Wet, bubbly, and slightly creamy refreshing mouth. Good flavor, a bit citrusy and mild; overall well-balanced. Drinkability is good as would be expected from a decent lager.

Overall: An above average lager, though somewhat pricey.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear body/pale yellow. A variety of carbonation. Pretty damn good head for a euro pale lager and it maintains at least a layering at all times.

Theres a similarity that connects most samuel smith's that I dont find in the smell of this beer. It stands alone in their abundant stable of gems as a unique offering. Picked up a subtle fruity aroma, some grain, touch of hops. Far from overpowering but this lager has some complexity to it.

Full flavored, crisp, even a little watered bitter touch comes in at the end of each pull, more so when it warms.

On the dryer end of the my handy lager scale otherwise known as my palate. Easily a top notch sessioner and would pair nicely with a light meal.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A straw/lemon yellow that's clear as can be, except for the huge number of tiny bubbles floating up to keep a massive pretty white head fed. About as good as it gets for a "fizzy yellow beer".

Aroma is of light lemons, grasses waving in the wind, and the hops gently call my name. The flavor is sharp, crisp, and clean, with a nice hop profile that isn't overly sour or bitter. Malts give a nice bready undertone.

Drinkability is about as good as it gets too.

For this style, which is usually given a pretty short leash amongst BAs, I would say this is one of the best. Highly recommneded.

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Photo of wl0307
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this beer on tap at the Captain Kidd pub nr. Wapping, London, after work two days ago.

A: coming in a half-pint slim glass designed for this beer, the hue is extremely light straw, with an incredibly thick and tight, shaving foam like frothy head staying forever and backed by champagne-like slowly ascending but abundant and constant fizz. Sensational!
S: lightly sour dough, with dryish grassy hops and lightly fruity characters (lemony+mildly honeyish)--refreshing and balanced nose b/w malts and hops. A good sign.
T: refreshing and light texture of softly grainy malts with lots of flowery and mild lemony hop flavour--slightly tart, backed by a solid, fruity malty overtone, then a dryish, toasty bitterness gradually comes through to balance the maltiness; a little honeyish touch in the aftertaste.
M&D: very lively on the mouthfeel and almost full-bodied, but leaving no sugary or sticky residual taste in the end--crisply clean in the finish, making this beer taste just the way a quality lager should be like. The draught/tap version definitely has the upperhand over the bottled one. This beer proves the quality of SS to make not just great ales, but very decent lagers as well!! (but their Ayinger range of lagers brewed under license are not impressive, though... don't know why?)

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Photo of thetachibro
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very nice golden honey color with a thick frothy two inch head that slowing dissapates leaving a mild amount of lacing down the sides...not much as far as the scent goes but what is there is mildly hoppy...the taste is very clean and crisp with the malts being the first thing that comes through to my palate...enjoyable...i can definatley suck down a few if not more

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Photo of psychoholicagogo
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the standard Sammy bomber.

Appearance: Gold to straw colored with a thick, foamy, and quick to dissipate head.

Smell: Very mild overall with sweet hay-like undertones. Almost scentless.

Taste: Mild and mellow with sweet undertones of hay and alfalfa. Finishes lightly with a mild mix of wheat and fresh corn. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly strong given the light scent and mild finish. The flavors, though subtle, envelope the mouth quite well.

Drinkability: Light and sweet, yet quite refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day or when something lighter is simply in order.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whether I pay $5 a bottle or $2, I still cannot find a decent Euro Pale Lager that I will order time and time again. Even though Samuel Smith makes some pretty fine beers, this one doesn't do anything for me. Though better than your Heineken or anything produced in Italy, it still seems basic, plain, and flat. Personally, Kroenenbourg is a better and more economically feasible choice.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark bottle to block out the light. Crystal clear light golden straw. Some visible carbonation with nice fluffy white head and lacing.
Smell: not sure.
Taste: Not much of a flavor, but has smooth, clean taste with a bit of spent match. Light bitterness follows the up the rear, but does not linger for long (i.e. no lingering aftertaste).
Mouthfeel: medium body with light carbonation.
Drinkability: I want another one. For a brew with such little flavor, I find this to be very satisfying. Great session beer.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - very typical of a lager. better head than average with alright lacing. i don't normally drink beers this light so i'm not super into tasting it.

s - doesn't smell like anything i like. cabbage comes to mind. very light hops..VERY light hops. no malts that i can smell.

t - okay, way better than i expected from the looks of it (but it's samuel smith's so i don't know why i wasn't psyched on drinking it). for a lager this is great. for something i'd normally drink i'm not so into it. i don't really taste the biscuit flavor everyone is talking about. it's a pretty average lager.

m - light bodied with an alright finish. the taste of it leaves your mouth after about 30 seconds though.

notes: i'm not so into this. it's better than most lagers, but i'm not so into this type of beer. personally wouldn't recommend it unless you're really really into lagers.

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

Looks like a regular pale lager when poured into the glass, light golden with a small white head, some laceing as the beer goes down. Again the aroma is average for a good lager, slight grassy hoppiness and some malts. It s rather thin in the flavour department but the well done carbonation makes up for it. It is quite a sweet lager with a tang of perfumy /flowery hopiness, I also get a slight hint of pear flavour for some reason. Overall its quite a nice lager and very drinkable.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer
18.7 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a golden yellow color. Bubble patterns race to the top of the glass. Fluffy, light head on top that turns to a thin white lace. Spotted lacing patterns decorate the side of the glass.

Clean nose. A touch of grass, grains and hops.

Medium bodied lager with a sweet, grain presence. The sweetness is similiar to that of honey. Nice snap finish. A tad more hoppy than most lagers that I have had. Clean and refreshing which lead to a good drinkability level.

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Photo of Higravity
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pale lager all the way. Nice straw gold coloring with a white head that leaves some lacing in the Imperial pint glass I crammed this beer into. Well I must say nice brown bottle too. Anyway is smells decent with an acidic edge popping through the head a little deeper is some malt and a lager yeast smell. The taste is killed for me by the heavy metal salt taste, but after fighting through the metal the is a decent malt base that yeilds up a tasty floral hop finish. After I got over the metallic zing, it was ok.

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

Poured nice with a decent head and very nice gold color.
A bit weak in malt and hops but pretty well balanced.

This is my first organic and I'm not sure how that helps the beer overall but this one is pretty darned drinkable so I'll buy it again and for the US$3.07 price tag, it's a pretty good bargain.

Update: I'm enjoying another bottle of this very nice lager.
It poured(room temp) a light gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The smell is sweet with some fruitness.

The taste is fairly hoppy at the start and then the malt moves in and creates a balance that makes this lager a pleasure to drink.
Darn good stuff!!

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

Presentation: “Sam's” break tradition and delve deep into the coffers to wrap the Organically produced Lager Beer in a brown glass sleeve which has the words Samuel Smith embossed on the shoulder…..wait brown glass from Samuel Smith <gasp>, well at leas it is one less thing for the Skunked beer hallucinogenics to complain about thankfully!!. Virile 550ml wide bodied bottle has a long thin neck, the whole container though actually holds a “real” proper Imperial Pint, none of that 16 or 12 fl.oz. short serving here. Similar styled label to the Organically Produced Ale, the main label for the Organically Produced Lager Beer has a black, white, green, yellow and gold design, topped off by the irrepressive White Yorkshire Rose – damn right! Nice packaging as usual.

Appearance: Pours a lovely inviting very clear golden-yellow color. Soft white head is not expansive but it has a tough character and longevity. Plenty of finely dissolved carbonation which keeps the conditioning in this one top drawer. Spotty lacing.

Nose: Slightly acidic feint hop character, lightly toasted malts and some spicy earthy traits. Mild hint of sweet malts. Crisp and very, very clean.

Tastes: Toasted malts run throughout, flanked by a nice bitterness which occasionally swings into a light sweetness in the middle. Spicy traits, earthy grain, fading acidic hops, herbal tones and a nice doughy bitterness in the short yet well defined crisp finish. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: This is a very aerodynamic libation, a very clean drinking beer that has the softest conditioning and an interesting and attractive taste profile.

Drinkability: Nothing here to detract at all, nothing. Crisp, refreshing, clear, clean and exceptionally easy to sink into. Oh but if all English brewed Lagers were like this and the not that fizzy processed pseudo Germanic crap that is touted.

Overall: A little pricy, but hey it is a quality Yorkshire Beer and as a Tyke that matters to me. I am not sure that I could ever differentiate Organic beers form erstwhile brethren, but I guess that is not the point. Even so, of the ones that I have tried, this is one of the best Organic brews out there, and by far the best Organic Lager Beer. Despite its pricey tag, I always sample this great brew once in a while. York-shire!!!

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Photo of scooter231
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all around very tasty concoction. I find the more of Sam Smiths' I have, the more I like. I should grab these more often.

Pours an orangeish/golden/ruby color, with very little head and little lacing- very clear and inviting. Smell is extremely subtle- but the sour and sweet combination I'm getting is appealing, though delicate. Very clean, crisp.

Taste is full of goodness- spicey, sweet, sour- crackers in there? wouldn't think it would fit, but it does- also some honey- very well-balanced and complex, very tasty. Some hops and bitter in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy, and the bubblyness works its way in. Pretty drinkable- a clean, tasty, refreshing brew, one that everyone should try.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems that it's hard to go wrong with Samuel Smith brews. This is one of the better lagers I've had in recent times and it stands out among in spite of the bigger beers I've been trying.
Pours pale gold with a fizzy white head that says its piece and goes along its merry way. Has a pretty clean "beer" smell to it. The taste is ballsier than the smell. Has a good hops bite with a well balanced malt backbone in the flavor. A little toasty, a little bready, sharp and clean tasting with a good bubbly mouthfeel. Goes down real easy.
As compared to many other lagers out there, think home grown vegetables as opposed to grocery store or frozen vegetables. There is a difference.

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

Rocky and porous bright white head with decent retention. Light patchy lace without much strength. Crisp golden in color with a slight chill haze.

Semi-sweet caramel aroma; wheat and oat background with a musty earthenness. Hints of lemon.

Sweet caramel/toffee flavored malt profile that goes in and out for the entire sip. Toasted oat and gritty wheat flavors that add an earthy quality to this lager. Finishes light with a touch of citrus and an aftertaste of light toffee.

A touch heavier than light bodied; smooth, almost creamy on the palate.

A pleasant and flavorful lager. In all honesty, I dislike this style, but this version is actually quite tasty. I'd be happy to grab another one the next time I'm in the mood for a lager.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear, perfectly golden brew with a fine head and many nice streams of bubbles flowing up. Crisp, light malt aroma with pleasant, grassy hops. Taste is uncomplex: clean, slightly sweet malt with a moderately high bitterness and a nice fresh-mown hay-like hop flavor. Finishes sharp and clean. Body is a bit thin.

A fine lager, better than many pils in Germany and the continent. Better than the other lager from Sam Smith, too.

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

It's been awhile since I had a lager. Pours a golden/yellow with a two finger head which disipates quickly, but leaves a nice lacing. Taste is very nice not to full with a light feel. Not too malty or hoppy. Many of these can be drunk if you do not watch yourself, LOL.

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Photo of OldSock
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation and Appearance – Big 550 ml brown bottle poured repeatedly into my comparatively diminutive pilsner glass. Massive swirling carbonation runs through the transparent light yellow beer. The head is creamy and snow white with good staying power due to the carbonation. There is also good lacing the clings in rings around the glass.

Smell – It has the clean fresh aroma of grass, with some light hints of grainy malt. Not too unlike many other euro lagers, but with a cleaner more inviting hop profile than most.

Taste – Clean, fresh and refreshing, not traditionally English at all. The main flavors are from the herbal, grassy hops, but there is little hop bitterness to accompany the hop flavors. There is just a hint of the malts, their grainy sweetness is just to balance the hops. It is a clean easy drinking flavor, but it really isn’t too interesting to me and the big bottle is a lot to drink.

Mouthfeel – Despite the appearance of carbonation, the bubbles are almost unnoticeable on the tongue. The body is pretty light with a mild slickness.

Drinkability and Notes – One of the better pale lagers that I have had, but this is a category that I normally avoid because of the lack of complexity and excitement. This is a fine summer beer or a good choice to give to a friend who normally drinks Heineken or the like.

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Photo of Luigi
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a good lace for a head. Head retention is good for the style. The aroma is typical Euro pale lager. Clean grassy grains and some hoppy herb. Taste fairly clean. Sweet malty flavor hits the tounge at first and is balanced well with some mild hops. Clean grainy aftertaste and a great drinkability. A very tasty Euro lager.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bomber. Pours out clear golden in color, whipped egg white head, lively carbonation. Sticky lace.
Sweet floral aroma dusted with a touch of grain.
Flavor is crisp and clean, sweet malt upfront, with a clean dry finish.
Went down quickly. great summer brew.

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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 1,044 ratings.
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