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

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England)

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 Spider889
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into a stein.

Excellent clarity on this bright golden brew. The head isn't particularly tall, though I got the feeling that if you wanted a full 4 fingers a little effort might have produced it. The 2 fingers I did get are bone white and once receded, remains as a short cap atop the beer. Very consistent bubbles visibly rise up through the beer.

At first the aroma seems a little musty and vegetal the way many lagers can be. It's definitely not skunked, but similar. Pushing past this, one can also pick out a bit of lemon zest and noble hops.

Crisp and refreshing, Organic Lager tastes full of noble hops - above and beyond the average lager - just as the label claims. The malt is smooth and bready. Very clean finish.

Overall a simple but surprisingly enjoyable beer. I bought this bottle tonight at the grocery store because all I have at home are spiced holiday beers and Imperial Stouts. This scratched my itch for something more quaffable.

Now I am thinking that I'd like to pit this beer against Noble Pils in the spring. Samuel Smith vs Samuel Adams. I could easily see myself preferring this beer.

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

550 mL bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a medium white head. Very gooe retention, spotty lace.

S: Nice floral hop character, grass, bready malt.

T: Good bready malt flavour with some nice noble hopping. Flavour is above average in the style, tastes fresh.

M: Light-bodied, very crisp and clean. An refresher for sure.

O: A very well made lager, certainly better than the large majority of so-called Euro lagers.

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Photo of jerryjeff
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty fresh and vibrant am getting citrus and grassiness from this maybe a bit of vanilla in there, very much a eurolager kind of scent venturing more toward german pils.

Pretty light on the palette but do get a bit of presence and slight oily feel with a bit of wateriness. Medium/higher carbonation, not too overpowering that it hides flavors maybe a bit higher than I like.

Pale straw in a goblet glass. Poured to decent head that dissipated down pretty quickly, am getting some lacing on the glass as it goes.

Getting hints of the citrus and the hop bitterness, very little to no malt in the flavor with an almost grassy kind of taste.

Rather, this is meant to be a sessionable beer and it is. Not sure if I like it quite as well as some other eurolagers I've had though.

I do like this and the aroma is very nice which may be my favorite part. Compared to a german pils I don't like it as well but it seems to be most reminiscent of that style to me with hop and malt profile. I believe there are some cheaper alternatives that are close that are better.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear golden yellow with a thick near-white head that eventually leaves sticky rings of lace down the glass. Per the style, this is perfect.

Aroma consists of sweet pale malt, grassy hops, and simple grain. Nothing exciting, nothing bad. Quite simple.

Flavor follows the aroma and is quite simple. Plain graininess, grass, and a bit of sweet malt make for an easy drinking lager, but little else.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Great drinkability.

A very good Euro pale lager--perhaps a great one. That being said, the style is quite limiting and simple in nature.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like yellow awesome. Straw, hay, a dark sense of the farmland comes into my mind when trying to peer through the opaque liquid. It's not light, but it's not heavy. Lacing is pretty decent.

S: Very fruity! A nice light-natured whiff of air comes through the nostrils in a very clear manner. Into it.

T: Very grassy. It tastes like this beer was just harvested off of the plains of the mid-west during the days of the buffalo. It tastes like it was brewed by the strictest vegans in the world. It's a very unique beer and I don't truly know how to consider it after tasting so many other beers recently. This is such a different kind of taste, and it tastes... it tastes very good. It's natural, it's inviting, and it fills you up.... but....

M: ... the best part about it is the mouthfeel. This is a solid 5.0/5.0 rated mouthfeel beer. I have almost never had something so creamy and delicious in my mouth, ever. This is where it's at.

O: This is a very unique beer and although it's a bit expensive at -some- places, it's totally worth it imo. The grassy nature of it gives it such a natural vibe and a new refreshing taste to the entire concept of 'beer'. Good stuff!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle, got it for $2.99 on sale at my local Giant Eagle this morning. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is sweet and grainy malt along with some lemon peel. The brew tastes like grainy malt, grassy hops and a bit of lemon peel. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. I think it's a solid beer. Nothing really impresses me about this, but it's certainly not bad at all.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about two fingers' worth of frothy white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - the aroma matches that of most Euro pale lagers. It seems as though more of the malts are present, but the hops do come through a bit as well.

Taste - as with the smell, the taste reflects a somewhat typical Euro pale lager taste, but with the hops a little more present than normal. There is a clean texture to the taste though, possibly from the organic process.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall - not a terribly intriguing beer to sample, but still good-tasting nevertheless.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into Mug

Super clean/clear straw yellow, 2" fluffy white head, left some pretty decent lacing.

S: Sweet, rice/malts/wonder bread, some earthyness too.

T: Very sweet up front, very bready with a hint of fruits, finishes with a lot of grassy flavors that are quite pleasant. Very subtle complex flavors on top of a basic style/flavor.

M: Clean, high carbonation, very easy to drink, quite light.

O: The best of the style I've ever had, its obviously doesnt have the intense flavors of a RIS or DIPA but for a pale lager its really good. I wouldnt go too far out of my way for it though, its still just a pale euro lager.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid yellow pour, plenty of 1.25" head, great lace and retention. Didn't really pickup any aroma, definitely no discernable difference in the smell of something organic.

Taste, crisp, plenty flavorful yeast presence. Mild hopping. Somewhat metallic mouthfeel, mixed in with a grassy vibe and even some notes of green apple.

One of the more expensive lager examples, but its a solid one. Drink fresh, these have a tendency to get all yeasty all over the place when they get older, replete with chunkie floaties.

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Photo of Crossmd
2.1/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured 40 degrees Fahrenheit into a Dogfish Head shaker pint.

Pours a lucid gold with a tall 3 finger white head settling into a persistent cap. Endless stream of champagne bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smells of a lightly skunky cereal. Not unlike bud light. Not well projected.

Really going to deviate from the norm here. The taste is a thin, quickly dissipating maltyness with a touch of sweetness and grass. No finish. Some robustness, some good carbonation, but flavorless and boring. No where near worth the 1.50USD I spent on it.

Really don't see where the A's coming from here. This is really nothing to write home about and bears striking resemblance to an American adjunct lager. Organic on the bottle is pretty much nothing but a marketing ploy. No enhancement of taste, IMO.

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Photo of seesnow3
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour-Huge head that gradually recedes more and more, very pale straw yellow, more than a light American beer, head sticks to the glass but other than that there really isn’t any lacing

Nose-Light crisp citrus hops, faint yeast and malt aromas, maybe a little bit of apricot

Palate-Matches the nose for the most part with a slightly off almost skunk-like taste that isn’t unpleasant. Nice grain taste with just a hint of lemon to compliment it, not bad

Body-Very light in almost every way, but not like a light beer type of light, there is still a tiny bit of complexity there. Nothing offensive really at all

Finish-Grains and a bit of fresh lemon are all that stay, dry finish but refreshing, very clean, overall not a bad beer, very easy to drink, excellent balance even though the flavor is light.

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

550mL bottle (code S106PI - or something like that - no dates) poured into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color with a nice clean soapy white head.

Aroma is grainy, mild, clean - smells like your standard lager.

Taste is light, fruity, clean and dry. Light and drinkable but not watery. Good balance between malt and hops. Nice crisp finish.

There's nothing particularly interesting or complex about this beer, but it's good for what it is.

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Photo of stcules
2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clean, golden color, with white and abundant foam.
Malty smell, with cereals, and a bit of hop.
The cereal notes are a bit too heavy.
Same notes in the taste, with maybe a faint citrus note.
Cereal and honeyed notes in the aftertaste again.
Quite useless beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with noticeable carbonation bubbles and loose, bubbly head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. The nose has notes of straw, grass, and lager yeast. The taste is straw-like and grassy with faint apple-like sweetness and a very mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is clean, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

For a euro lager, this is pretty solid. It has some of the same smells as the macros, but the taste is cleaner and more balanced coming close to a pilsner.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Straw yellow hue with a very clean clear body and a rocky egg shell foam. Thick rings of lace notches fill the glass.

S- clean grassy smell, cereal grain, fruity hop, bready malt.

T- just like the smell. This beer is light, refreshing, really goes down smooth, sweet on the tongue, and slightly bitter on the finish.

O- such a clean, refreshing lager. A constant go to for my dad and me both.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was a clean,bubbly wheat colored hue and the smell too similar. No skunk or bitter odor. The taste expecting to be full of hops,was to me a great mixture of malt,fullness and body,but also a kick of hops and honey sweetness. Ive had 2 kinds of Samuel Smith's now and again..I loved this beer. Can't wait to try another kind and see if they hit it out of the park again!

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: honey and grass

Taste: honey, grain, and grass

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter and dry backbone

Overall: Very solid and clean English lager. No frills here, but certainly sessionable. Exceptional for the style. I will get this again if not just for the clean finish.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Currently the #1 Euro pale lager.

The beer is crystal clear, and appears light yellow hued. The head measures nearly an inch thick, slowly descending to a thin, white layer.

The aroma is of pils malt, light citrus, and grain. It smells good for the style.

The flavor is excellent, and I can see why this beer ranks best in its class. Clean and refreshing. The beer is light, simple, and pleasant. Toast, biscuits, bread, with a hint of citrus. Terrific balance. I could drink several of these. Thoroughly enjoyable. I wish this was available in six packs. I will certainly be having this one again.

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

550ml bottle poured into a Weizen Glass.

A - Clear, glowing gold with a 2-inch fluffy white head that settles to a nice cap, leaving some spotty lacing.
S - Lightly toasted bready malt, yeast, and grassy hops. Very crisp and clean.
T - Sweet and toasty malt with more slightly bitter grassy hops. Fairly typical of a Euro Pale Lager, but very tasty nonetheless. Well made.
M - Highly drinkable, with a thinnish body and sharp carbonation.
O - I burned through the bottle pretty quick, just an excellent brew after a long day at work!

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - this literally looks like the classic tv beer with a light golden color, lots of carbonation and a one finger head that disappears after a few minutes to leave behind some patchy, thin lacing.

S - not a lot to smell, though there is a nice bready malt present

T - surprisingly intense flavors for a larger with a solid hops bite backed with a hint of bready malt and a crisp clean finish. Stays sharp all the way through.

M - nice light mouthfeel with sharp carbonation and a really clean finish.

D - this is probably the definition of drinkability - goes down very well.

A very nice lager from Samuel Smith - has the intensity of a good pale ale, but the light lager body. Very nice beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

In appearance this looks like a typical Pale Euro Lager with one difference distinctly. It does have a standard good looking clear gold body, but the head has a solid white and clumpy texture. As the head receeds, it makes mountains in the glass and valleys, bumping along with some neat retention. I call.. great looking.

Bouquet is just bang on great. This is toast, this is bread in a nutshell. Nice light toasty grain and malt with a great brown sort of baked cracker, crisp and slightly sweet and dry. Just fantastic.

Taste is hop forward just right. But more so as the hop gives way to that great cracker like nose and dry character. Cracker like dry finish and crisp body, with flour chew and bread.

Overall a great drink to be had, and what a fantastic summer beer this is on a hot day, I think it makes me appreciate it more.

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into a Sam Smith pint (I got suckered into a pint night, damn it).

Uniquely malty with a rustic, biscuit-like, graininess. Hops are floral at onset and then are washed away in the maltiness. Balanced slightly toward malt. Yeast adds some mild sulfur and apple skin. Less "clean" than a German brewed lager, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, and given that this is produced from a traditional English ale brewer that's rather expected.

Overall it's a delicate, but pleasant to drink beer. The real issue is price. For a fraction I could drink any number of pale lagers that are just as good, if not better.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: pours a clear yellow-golden color with a nice white head
Smell: Hop, grass, malts, fruits and light vegetable
Taste:Bitter hops, malts with a slight sour bite in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: very watery and medium carbonation
Overall: average brew from one of my favorite traditional English breweries

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

A - It pours a pale golden hue, completely translucent, and is capped with a short-lived pillow of white froth. The head recedes to a wispy film, but leaves spots of lace upon the glass.

S - The nose is just a tad better than average due to a malty sweetness that livens up an otherwise plebeian combination of mineral notes and slightly skunky continental hops.

T - The flavor delivers a very nice subtle balance of sweet, bitter, herbal, mineral, and effervescent elements; varied notes of honey, wildflowers, cut grass and mineral water are suggested.

M - The feel is light and refreshing.

O - Pretty decent but not mind-blowing or worth spending the $, as it is relatively pricey for a straight-up lager.

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Photo of minterro
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clear light gold, thick white frothy head that hangs around the top of the beer but doesn’t really cling to the glass.

S: grainy, sweet malts, grassy

T: At first couldn’t really pin down the fruit flavor, but if I had to pick one I guess I would go with a light green grape. Not really buttery bread like their nut brown, but more of whole grain bread. A bit spicy, and has a distinct bitter finish that contains hoppy notes.

M: very carbonated, light bodied, crisp

O: good for its style but overall I wouldn't buy it again. From the Samuel Smith beers that I have tried this one was my least favorite, but not bad by any sort of measure.

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Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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