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
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
Reviews:
577
Ratings:
1,046
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
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104
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Photo of SmashPants
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: very solid, embossed 550mL brown bottle. Very old-school label, in a good way. A nice package all told.

Appearance: a vibrant golden yellow in colour with a decent-looking amount of carbonation. A small head pops up and settles to a solid cap. Limited lacing.

Aroma: a vibrant golden yellow in colour with a decent-looking amount of carbonation. A small head pops up and settles to a solid cap. Limited lacing.

Taste: much more controlled and better rounded than your average lager. Gentle sweet biscuit and caramel malts, grass hops and some spices to back up. Quite pleasant.

Aftertaste: heads a little bit down in the aftertaste - a touch of standard cereal grains come through, but still with a touch of those lovely crisp grass hops.

Mouth feel: a clean and crisp light body and moderate-to-high carbonation makes this a very easy-drinking beer.

Overall: generally, I am anti-"organic-movement" products, but with this beer you can really pick up on the clean, crisp and pure flavours. A very nice lager indeed. My only concern is that I still don't think a lager is worth this. Sure it's a damn quality lager, but it is still AU$83 a case of 12 x 550mL (2013). Ouch.

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Photo of RichieS2
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 550 ml bottle into Imperial Pint craft glass.

A - Beer pour a golden yellow and has a barely noticeable haze. Decent carbonation and frothy white head.

S - At first whiff is malty, promising a sweeter brew and gratefully no skunk.

T - At first it regretfully seems like a very light beer then the sweetness hits and satisfies the mouth. The sweetness then turns over to some spiciness just shy of being bitter. Interesting if you ask me.

M - Light but not overly watery.

O - A superior pale beer, has the strengths of the style without being beer-flavored water. Overall I recommend.

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Photo of BuckIronRocket
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Classic; bright shining gold with a half inch of foamy white head. Looks almost like a prototype movie or TV show beer. Reminds me of a Notre Dame football helmet.

S - Best part about this beer. HONEY. Strong smell of honey and buttered biscuits.

T - After the smell the taste is a slight let down. Clean, cold and complex. Has a mild hop bite, strong yeast flavor. There is something missing that I cannot quite explain.

M- Refreshing and light. Good bubbly carbonation through out.

O- One of the more intriguing beers I've ever had. The smell is OUTSTANDING and I may buy again based on smell alone. The taste is just as compelling for what it lacks in comparison to what it has to offer.

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Photo of Curtis
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This poured a very crystal clear pale gold -promising. White feathery head that disappeared in seconds - 1st warning.. Aroma was mild, not very hoppy at all -2nd warning. Mouthfeel was mild, not flat, not overly carbonated.. just average. And that pretty much explains this beer -average in every sense of the word. The hops were almost non-existant. Tasted like a watered down Miller High Life without the hops and malt. As if the MHL is malty in any way. Considering the price I paid for this experiment (4 or 5$ for the bottle maybe? I forget, kind of like how this beer is forgetable), i'd take the Miller hands down every time. It's not that this Sam Smith brew is bad in any way -there is nothing obviously "wrong" with it. It just doesn't stand out at all or do anything "right". The malt is light as expected, the aroma is milder than expected, carbonation was right on -not high or low. More hops would give this some decent flavor -something it is lacking. It is drinkable but the question is.... why would I ?

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Photo of silverking
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a very light clear gold with a white head that dissapates quickly. Lacing is nice once the head dies down a bit. Very grainy on the nose with a touch of hops and citrus. The taste shows a lot of grain up front, but then fades into a malty mildly bitter finish. The carbonation is ferocious, but it gives the lighter mouthfeel some character. I love that is is organic,but I just wish that there was some more body behind it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

For whatever reason, I have Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" stuck in my head right now... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-buttered biscuit, very light grass, and a hint of honey. The taste holds notes of dried honey, light toffee, even lighter biscuit, and a vague sense of funky lemon peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though I could possibly see this working well on cask (don't ask me why, I just get that impression here), it just didn't do it for me out of the bottle. This is quite the letdown.

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

550 ml (1 pint 2.7 fl oz.) bottle, no bottled on date present, poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. My bottle is slightly different than the one pictured and says only Samuel Smith's Organic Lager Beer. My expectations are slightly above average, because I've come to really enjoy all the beers I've tried from this brewery so far.

A - Pours a clear yellow urine looking color which is typical of a lager. No real head to speak of on the first pour, got a nice sizzling two finger white head on the second pour.

S - Straight up organic malt smell. Doesn't smell like much, but definitely smells a hell of a lot more genuine than any terrible American adjunct lagers.

T - Smooth, very clean, malty, earthy, yet with a very defined and distinct fruity hop crispness. Very genuine, natural malt / hop profile makes this beer a pleasure to sip on. Probably the best lager I have tasted yet.

M - Smooth, clean, and crisp. Nice level of carbonation. Very well balanced. A delightful beer all around.

Overall, I remain impressed with the beers Samuel Smith's is putting out, and this is definitely a lager I would happily drink again, although I am not a big fan of the style.

Samuel Smith's Organic Lager Beer ---4/5.

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Photo of diamondc
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Huge head and lots of lacing. Very pale yellow tint.

S: Fresh bread and lemon.

T: Very lemon-y, very hoppy on the aftertaste. Earthy, dirt-like. Balanced out with sweet malt flavors.. honey, red apple skin.

M: Very quaffable, dry and herbal-y on the finish.

O: A real good Euro Pale Lager / Pilsener.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright light yellow not faint like a light beer with a 1/2 inch of frothy head that trickles to a mild lace ring.

S - Sweet corn, mild grain, some faint hops, and a bit of skunk.

T - Best corn tasting beer I ever had. Very little skunk and has a touch of caramel malt and hops too.

M - Light and crisp easy to drink.

Overall not a huge fan of lagers but this one was well crafted. As good as everything they make.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a half an inch's worth of head that fades to a thin cap quickly

S: Pale malts, buttered bread, lager yeast, and light hops. Very clean and crisp

T: Follows the nose. Buttered bread and malts come through the most, with a background of the yeast and hops. Finishes with lightly spicy hops. Again, very clean and crisp

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very clean and simple lager with nice flavor and great drinkability. Good price point, as usual with SS. Definitely recommended for those who like lagers

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Photo of RaulMondesi
2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Four pack at my local Trader Joes in Tustin, CA.

Was looking forward to drinking session after session of Hottenroth all day - but apparently walking into The Bruery Provisions at 5:01 (they closed at 5:00 on Christmas Eve) was too late for them to sell Raul a few bottles. (The also sent me to a liquor store that didn't even sell any of their items, but that is besides the point.)

Anyway, so here Raul is with this swill instead. I was looking forward to pounding the entire 4-pack, but I could only get through 1. Is it me, or do all Euro Lagers/Pilsners either taste just decent, or like this nasty astringent, windex, skunk-like lager?

Raul was pumped on this, but he highly disagrees with it. Raul will use it to clean his windows instead. Peace!

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Photo of bambam2517
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass at 40F.

A - Very pale straw color, short-lived froth that dissipates to a watery ring, slight effervescence in the body.

S - Faintly floral, some light hops aroma.

T - Refreshing and mildly hoppy, but not outstanding. Pretty standard actually, falling in line with the Buds and Coors of the world. The floral aftertaste is an improvement over American macrolagers, but is not present in enough abundance to score higher.

M - Light and clean, pleasant.

O - This one is easy to enjoy, wouldn't mind a few in a row at a wedding or the like. Much better values to be had though. Look elsewhere.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a large thick white head. The head has great retention, fading slowly over time to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell- The smell is of a bready and grainy aroma mixed with a grassy hop smell mixed within. With these aromas are some lighter citrus and caramel aromas as well. Overall it has a rather crisp smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy flavor upfront which creates a base flavor for the entire taste. Upfront there is a very light caramel flavor as well as a citrus taste that are mixed with the grain. The bitter citrus keeps strong as the taste advances with some flavors of a grassy hop note coming to the tongue as well. In the end a crisp and clean lightly hopped malt taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is light with a carbonation just above average. Very appropriate for the style as it enhances the crisp and simple flavors of the brew as well as creates a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – While the bitter is possibly slightly a little too intense for a lager, the flavor transitions, look, smell and feel are all quite nice. Not bad.

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

Bottled: unk

Pours a light straw color with a solid sheet of white foam. Brilliant clarity. Standard grainy, slightly fruity nose with a hint of corn. Flavor is clean and subtle with straw, a bit of soil and some lemon. Light bodied with soft carb and an off dry finish. Nice beer.

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Photo of DarkBeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Smith Organic Lager has a nice crisp gold color, and looks refreshing in a pint glass. It has a classic lager smell, similar to that of Yuengling, and a classic lager taste, but with heavier malt flavors and stronger hops. There is an acidic and slightly bitter aftertaste. The flavors are good, the beer gives me a euphoric and energetic buzz, and it tastes and feels very pure. It tastes like a beer that I'd drink in a fairly decent dive bar, however, this obviously would not be available at most dive bars. There is a classic dive bar feel to it, but with pure ingredients.

The water used in the brewing process is not tap water, it is drawn from a well over 250 years old in the UK. So, the water in this beer is purer than tap water. This helps the beer maintain an organic consistency with each ingredient.

The con I see with this beer is the acidic aftertaste. It takes some getting used to. But, overall, it is a good beer.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also goes by the name of Samuel Smith Organic Lager. As a large consumer of organic foods, this beer caught my interest, never seen a USDA approved beer before.
Served in pilsner glass.

A: pours a golden straw color, with a short and quickly dissipating head with a white ring around the glass remnant with not much lacing.

S: Smells hoppy, malty, can smell grains too

T: Is very sweet, can barely pick up on the hops, malty flavor, pretty mellow on flavors

M: Pretty carbonated, as expected, very light and airy, crisp

O: Its a pretty decent beer, don't drink pale lagers too often, I understand why some may be disappointed from a beer like this coming from Samuel Smith (their Oatmeal Stout and Nut Brown Ale are impeccable), Its a decent beer, not amazing like some would expect from Samuel Smith but its alright, little lacking on flavor in my opinion but wouldn't hurt for anyone to try. Props for being organic too.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color forming a small white bubbled head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacings

S: Sweet grains and honey, basically. Lager yeasts and some flowery hops

T: Follows the nose, sweet grains and honey, mainly. Lager bready yeasts and some hops. In overall, a slightly sweet beer with a very light bitter end

M: Watery light body. Medium carbonation. Grainy aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. One of the best Lagers I've ever had

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Photo of seagullbeer
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

If you are looking for a nice simple lager that does everything right and has no weird syrupy things going on get this beer

A- Typical lager yellow with a nice soft head

S- Light fresh piny, mild lime zest

T- Clean bitter flavor. Not much of any malts or darker tastes. Perfect lager taste!

M- Light with small bubbles and refreshing mild bitterness left at end

O- I've been meaning to try a few of the Samuel Smith lagers but haven't because I'm accustom to paying no more than a dollar a beer. When i'm made of money I will be buying bottles of these in place of tall cans.

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

does england have a budweiser?
yellow - definitely STRAW color, minimal head.
typical lager smell with a slight accent , , , you know, like 'those guys' over there . . . .
taste . . . WAY more drinkable than a bud or a cuurs...
mouthfeel? like a heavier bud or cuurs...
overall? dang! i like it. 5%, too. plain wrapper. plain beer. refreshing. maybe it's NOT a commercial beer in england, afterall . . . .seems EVERYTHING samuel smith is EXCELLENT. way better than that samuel ADAMS junk too....

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Photo of ckollias
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a thick, frothy, white head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass and ending in a solid lace.

S: Grainy malt aroma slight hops– not much of a nose here.

T: Crisp fresh brew – malty character with a hoppy background.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation.

O: Not a huge fan of this beer – it’s cool it is organic but. First beer by Samuel Smith that disappointed me.

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

A - Pours a very clear and light pale gold, looks like sparkling apple juice. One finger of frothy white head which fades rather quickly but leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S - Mild. Green apple, hay and lemon. Clean but faint.

T - Some citrus, light rice and apple skin. Malted barley provides the backing. Nice enough and perfectly sessionable but fairly bland.

M - Moderately carbonated, light body, nice for the style. Slightly acidic.

O - Yeah, they don't make any crap beers at Sam Smith's but this one is pretty forgettable.

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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 JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa recently since I never had this before and this was lighter than the other Sam Smith's beers that I've had before. I was never a fan of this style, given how similar and "skunky" the popular examples of this are but after having enjoyed this bottle, I can say that this was by far and away the best example of a Euro Pale Lager that I've ever had!

The pour to this was what I expected when I bought this beer - golden, clear, and foamy. Not a lot of lacing though but the carbonation was good for a beer that was this clear in appearance. Lots of grass and straw here with a good malt balance and a slightly sour aftertaste. This blew the green-bottled beers of this style and there was just enough body here to keep this from feeling watered-down.

The alcohol was spot-on too and had I hard another bottle, I would have downed that after finishing this. I wish more lagers were this floral and easy to drink. There's nothing flashy here but this was enjoyable and ups the ante for a style that doesn't get a whole lot of love!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

18.7 oz. bottle. Samuel Smith's Organic Lager has a thick, creamy, white head and a slightly hazy, extremely bubbly, straw appearance, leaving lots of thick lacing behind. The aroma is sweet barley malt, biscuit, and just a touch of stinging hops. Taste is wonderful- sweet barley malt, sugar, water, and good hop balance. Mouthfeel is light, and Samuel Smith's Organic Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, ultra drinkable, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a most excellent beer!

RJT

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