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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 02-26-2001

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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 foamer
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw gold with a nice white head and active carbonation. A nice looking lager. Nose is grassy with some very faint spicy, peppery notes. Nice biscuity malt in the taste with some grassy hops in the finish. Not terribly complex, but its simplicity is quite pleasant. Good mouthfeel with the carbonation not too aggressive. A drinkable lager and a good standby if you need a bit of a break.

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Photo of maek228
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got this from a pint bottle (a nice looking one I might add, which is par for the course with the Tadcaster brewery) and drank with an angus burger. Quite a sweet pairing

Appearance: A bright yellow...a teeny bit darker than say bud or miller though. Had a bleached white head.

Taste: You could tell this was organic. The beer tasted really clean. Although it was a bit bland, the overall freshness and quality of the beer really upped the score for me. Had a prickly carbonation that tickled your mouth, a very thin veil of malt, and a earthy lemon hop kick.

Mouthfeel: Clean...but had a bit of a skunked feel to it. Maybe mine was past due?

Drinkability: I could drink this bitch all night. I'd like to try more organic beer.

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Photo of pikemark
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this second after writing my first review. My first organic brew ever.

Came in 12 oz bottle, had hops all over the bottle.

Appearance was straw yellow and had great lacing all around. The smell reminded me of apple juice, or a cider right from the start and couldnt get the taste of apples out of my head.

Not as hoppy as I expected, but didnt taste like any lager Ive had. It reminded me more of a White Ale or even a Heffe.

Easy to drink, very crisp, only bad thing was the aftertaste reminded me of a certain silver bullet.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Bright pale yellow, with a 2 fingered head that disappears really quick. Meh.

Typical lager smell. Clean, slightly hoppy. It isn't very powerful, even from a thin glass. I would like a bit more "nose candy" from this beer.

Tastes like a decent lager. Sweet start, carbonation adds to the bitterness that comes in at the end. Clean going down, making for a good mouthfeel.

Decent example of a traditional lager, I'd say. May be a bit pricey at close to $4 for a 550 ml bottle, but it's refreshing.

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Photo of soper2000
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at a relatively good price, so I figured that I would try it. Pours a light golden color with a quickly retreating white head that leaves a nice lacing down the side of my Sam Smith pint glass. Smell is faint but grassy and slightly peppery. Taste is very clean with a slight european hop bite that finishes very subtle. Super drinkable. Nice beer but nothing complex at all, hence the uber short review.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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 horndecker
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours clear, the color of straw with a nice, though short-lived, head. There are decent remnants of lace.
Smells like grass, hay, hints of cabbage and honey. Smells clean.
The taste is juicy malt, subtly fruity, and a lingering gentle hop finish. Occasionally there is the impression of melted butter in the nose and the taste. As it warms there are hints of grapefruit and/or riesling in the aroma.
It's very smooth and refreshing, and surprisingly complex for a lager.

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

This is one smooth lager. It pours gold -nice head--stays for a while-lvs some moderate lace. The smell is mild malt-- a basic lager beer. It tastes like a very straightforward gold beer. I wish they sold this at Fenway. This is a beer that would be good to give to a bud drinker and see if they can be converted to better beer. The mouthfeel is a little dry but not unpleasant. Drinkability--oh yeah--you could have a bunch of these as long as you dont get bored with the flatness which is so common in many British beers.

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

Pours a deep golden with a thin, but quickly dissipating head. Aroma is a mixture of sweet, doughy malt and some grassy hops. Flavor is begins with sweet malt which is balanced by some grassy and herbal bitterness in the finish. Moutfeel is light and the carbonation is quite low for the style. This is a solid, if unspectacular brew. Although for the price, I don't think it's one I'll be buying again. I can find many local craft-brewed Pilsners or Dortmunders that are more satisfying than this one, and they are all less expensive.

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Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This looks the way Bud does in the commercials. Dark gold with a tight, foamy white head and champagne bubbles. Nice.

Fruit grain and spice in the nose. Very sweet with tons of malt but no real complexity.

Taste very much like it smells: all malt. Good malt, yes, but there's really not much of it. Very sweet upfront and a little bit sour in the back.

Nothing impressive. Really a let down from a usually superlative brewer.

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

Pours with a two-finger white head that fades soon leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium bodied. Slight malty/hoppy nose. Light carbonation. Starts with a mix of hops and sweetness, finish is clean. $2.32 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I really enjoy Samuel Smith brews, but this one I can do without. Pours out to your typical lager golden yellow, with medium carbonation and a short lived white head. Medium odor of hay and barley. Tastes a bit watered down with flavors of hops and stale malt. A touch of sweetness on the finish. Not one of my favorites, but possibly more akin to those who have a more developed palate. Go for the Oatmeal Stout for what I would call a good brew.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, light amber color with a decent-sized head. The smell is about the same as most mainstream lagers- it's grainy, and it has a slightly sweet-smelling presence. The taste is sweet and malty, and it's extremely simplistic compared to other Samuel Smith beers that I've tried. It's smooth and drinkable, but I was hoping something a little more interesting.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw color thin sudsy head with little retention, smell was fairly interesting light hop aroma ,fruit as well, taste was light hop and fruity tang, mouthfeel was thin and watery, not the best Sam I've had, but beats the shit outta a Bud! drinkability is good, I would have another, but with all the other great varieties of Sam Smith, it could take me awhile to get back to this one.

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

This poured to a great golden color with a relatively large head that lasted pretty well.

The smell is very crisp and ever so slightly floral. Malts take over the taste in a solid and pleasing fashion. Hops definitely take a back seat and are used only for balance. Speaking of balance, that's one thing that this beer has down cold.

Simply put, this is a good lager.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -21.8%
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 helloloser12345
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 550ml brown bottle with “Samuel Smith” embossed on the shoulder. Green and gold foil around the neck and cap with pictures of hops and barley on it.

Pour: Brilliant white head with great retention for a lager and a good amount of lacing.

Appearance: Translucent warm amber colour.

Smell: Warm smells of hay, slight fruity esters, nice and hoppy. Floral.

Flavour: Beautiful full bodied lager. Earthy. Fresh hay. Lovely yeasty aftertaste with a slight bitterness.

Overall: Yet another fantastic brew from Samuel Smiths. A true classic. A bit on the pricey side but well worth it.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +2.9%
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 -1.3%
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 woemad
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.62. First time I'd seen a Sammy Smith lager around here, so I jumped on it like a hobo on a hotcake.

Poured a yellowish gold color. Decent sized white head that dropped quickly, but left a white foamy ring behind.

Aroma was of mild, grassy hops, mildly sweet malt and a rather bready yeastiness. No skunk aroma, and no vegetable oil smells, unlike most pale lagers I have known.

Tasted pretty much like the smell. The taste was dominated by the mildly sweet malt, though ably augmented by the grassy hoppiness. There was a mild but pleasing dryness at the finish.

Mouthfeel was pretty much what I expected from a decently made lager. Thin, but not water -like. Carbonation was about right for the style.

This is a very drinkable lager, or would be if not for the price. A sixer of this would put you well on the way to 20 bucks. Acceptable in a bar, perhaps, but not when you're buying it in a store. This beer goes down easy and it's relatively mild abv guarantees a seasoned drinker several with no dire consequences.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 surfmeister
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful sparkling yellow with one of the most impressive heads I have ever seen on a lager/pils, full bread-like aroma with a nice dose of grassy hop, taste followed suit and did not disappoint, very well balanced, a nice hop intro that backed of quickly to a clean finish, mouthfeel was frothy and full, a very bavarian English lager, tally ho!

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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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