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 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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Photo of beertaster13
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow what a lager. Pours a nice pale yellow with a nice foam head, lacing will linger on the glass. The smell uprfront has floral tones mixed with fresh fruit, a very clean nose. The taste is smooth and refreshing. The fruit taste is so pleasant with the subtle sugared grain that you can't help but raise the glass over and over. Light bodied and very pleasant, god bless this beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a clear straw/gold color brew, with a nice white foam head topping it off. Not much of an aroma that i can detect other than some malty bits. The front is all light sweet malt, some light hop action in the back. Dry finish, light to medium bodied. Nice light refreshing lager, but besides being good for the style this brew isnt my all time favorite.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle inspection: Nice hop leaf foil on the top and cap, 1940’s style label with a serving recommendation (Serve Cool). Striking my best Sean Connery pose, I decant.
Aroma: Floral and peppery hops and a bready yeast. Slightest hint of pale malt sweetness as well.
Appearance: Bright, clear, lemon yellow with an eighth of a finger of white head. Thin streaks make a valiant effort at lace, but “lace” is generous.
Flavor: A clean lager taste with a citric spike. Fruits are mostly orange, and the peppery and bread notes carry over to taste.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full given the color, a solid medium body. A lively yet appropriate carbonation with a slightly oily finish.
Overall Impression: A good lager. I’m not doing back flips, but maybe that is just a quality of the style more than the beer. This might be a good one to wean the macro crowd with.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've always enjoyed the Samuel Smith dark beers and when I saw this lager in the store I couldn't pass up the chance to try it.

The beer poured a very pale gold and if it weren't for the thick, persistent white head it could have easily been confused with any of the macros. One smell, though, and you knew this wasn't any ordinary lager - it had a nice yeasty nose to compliment the malt character and a light hop note to suggest a balanced brew.

Unfortunately, the taste didn't quite follow up on the promise of the smell - it was a rather mild lager with a mild malt taste and a soft hop finish. The mouthfeel was similar to the taste - pretty inconsequential. It could have been any of a dozen inoffensive lagers with no real character.

Overall, it was drinkable, certainly - you could drink a few without being overwhelmed, but there really wasn't anything to recommend this particular lager of any other.

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

Pale yellow in colour with a flashy white head that drops quickly, but laces well. Steady carbonation.

Nose is, of course, a lager based nose - malts and green hops mingle in very pleasing manner. Has a toasty element (think baked cookies) hidden in there between the sweet clean malt and slight hoppiness.

Has that midpalate "Sammy Smithness"...that I can't describe (and it frustrates me so) but have found in the porter, stout and nut brown (very full midflavour sweetness - but very unique). Back palate is classy as hell hop flavours with some more sweet malts. Mouthfeel is full and creamy and this has some wicked length to it.

Picked up cheap due to it just hitting its used by - absolutely nothing wrong with it, a class beer through and through, will be back for some more.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of white, noisy, rocky head leave arcs and swoops of lacing. The beer is a clear, pale gold. The nose is really quite floral, with lots of sugar and corn syrup. Aromas echoed in the front. A pleasant goldeny (?) malt middle. Finish is quite nicely bitter: hoppy, somewhat grainsy. This is just a good, fresh, sweet lager.

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Photo of necoadam
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a golden color with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell is straight forward. Malts, grassy, barley-like aromas. It was pretty clean and crisp. Taste was quite decent. Sweet malts hit the palate and then blend in with some slight hop flavors with a grain like aftertaste. The aftertaste was slightly buttery as well, but not too powering. This beer won't knock off any socks, but the taste is pretty decent and could be a great fall back beer. Perhaps you'll notice the organic part by the very crisp and clean taste, but seemed like any other lager out there. Decent enough though.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an oh-so-clear honey golden color. Head started off a big fluffy white pillow, but is now a scant layer of suds. Zero lacing.
S: Initial smell is a nice full maltiness. As it warms a bit, there's a hint of a floral hop aroma. quite nice.
T: Nicely balanced malty/hoppy profile, and a bit of bitterness, more than I'd expect from a lager. Not overly sweet. The only drawback is a faintly metallic taste. No clue what that's about.
M: Medium in body. Crisp and clean on the palate. Carbonation and alcohol levels are quite nice. Leaves me feeling a bit dry.
D&N: Originally bought this one for the gimmick factor of an "organically produced" beer, but leave it to Sam Smith to make a darn fine brew. The weather is a bit warm today, and this one really hits the spot. Nicely done, Sam.

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

its been ages. this pours out a clear golden with fat white head. the nose is light, some malt here, light hopping there. smells a bit grainy. taste wise? lemony, raw grains, straw....different. a light hop bitterness finishes things off. strong carbonation makes it crisp, this is a refresing beer. pretty drinkable, not my favorite lager and a bit different than what i usually like, but not bad either.

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Photo of edchicma
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice brew...I am not a lager fan, but I was intrigued by the Organic I gave it a try. Appearance was a crystal clear yellow, nicely carbonated with a nice head that left some lacing on the side of the glass. Smell was a nice malt aroma with some earthy and fruity undertines. Taste was malty and lightly sweet with a hint of hops on the finish. Mouthfeel was excellent with a smoothness and crispness balance that was very refreshing. Extremely easy on the palate...very drinkable.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not too much to write on this one. Interesting, tall SS embossed bottle with a generic white cap. An announced 5% ABV on the label.

Light sunshine yellow lager pour. Steep ½" off white head that slides straight down the glass with scant bubbles.

Scents are all malt on this lager. Sweet welcome malt lager aroma. This is reminiscent of VICTORY Prima Pils. Easy organic lager flavor.

Last swigs: This has a German flavor, borderline weiss. Almost lemony, citrus in the upfront taste. The aftertaste slowly fades to an easy sweet corn bread. Easy Drinkability even tho’ this pilsner style lager is not my favorite. This is a respectable Lager offering.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

Crystal clear glowing light gold in color. A thick "sea foam" pure white head stays long after the pour. Large-bubbled carbonation rises steadily.
Clean aroma, very much to style. A slight vegetal note and a floral hoppiness.
Somewhat sweet taste, but very crisp & clean. Well balanced, but I could go for just a bit more hop bitterness.
Light in body, springy carbonation and very drinkable.
If you see it, give it a try.

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

Beer poured from 18oz bottle, no freshness date. Beer appeared fresh.

Nose--none to speak of, possibly a slight sulphur lager note. small head quickly dissipated into clumpy lacework. Appeared light straw colored, with moderate carbonation.

Flavor profile is very neat and tidy. Slight English-style hops notes play against a practically nonexistent malt flavors. In this environment, any small imperfection would be immediately noticeable, but amazingly all is balance and perfection.

Despite the slightness of malt character, the beer is not particulary dry. The flavor has none of the astringency that one associates with North American all-malt lagers, but there isn't the malty-breadyness of many of the German lagers. There's nothing like a well-balanced beer.

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

First of all I'd like to say that I am normally annoyed by all of this organic/diet fad hype, so this would have diminished my expectations of this beer...
Poured yellow with a thin head with very little retention. average appearance.
Smell- clean and refreshing, slightly malty.
Taste is crisp and smooth with a unique taste, well balanced and very good.
The feel of this beer is good and all around a tasty brew that is very drinkable.
I am almost embarrassed to say this is a beer I recommend trying.... Oh I'm turning into a diry yuppie!!!

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

Slightly hazy gold with a moderate head that settles some but has reasonable staying power. Leaves a trail of rings as you drink.

Hops and malt both in the nose with a touch of grass, not overpowering.

Nice clean taste with a good malt / hop balance. Some sweetness up front with a mild hop finish. Earthiness and grain up the middle.

Good beer, not quite as interesting as some of Samuel Smith's other offerings, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Samuel Smith pure brewed lager beer

This sure isn't their oatmeal stout but lets give it a go shall we.

Appearance- light yellow/ straw with a big soapy white head that holds together well.
smell- a clean watery malt aroma.
Taste- light malt and water. not much body. There's not much here.
Mouthfeel- watery watery watery. A slight, ever so, bitter hopiness.

Overall, This is so watery it goes down quickly. maybe a good beer for drinking games or quenching your thirst after playing tennis but not a beer drinkers beer!

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Photo of Imbiber
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden with an enthusiastic head which diminishes slowly. A very slight haze was present. The aroma offered up hops and doughy yeast, a sign of a quality lager. Hop and malf flavours are well-balanced, and this beer tastes crisp and has a clean 'bite'; another sign of a quality lager. I'm not the biggest fan of bottom-fermenting beers usually, but this is top quality and enjoyable.

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It boasts primarily of pale malts and lager yeast with a mild hop scent. The taste is good. It is clean and refreshing. It has largely a pale malt flavor with a light hop taste. It is light and highly drinkable. This is a low bodied beer with decent carbonation. I think this is an outstanding lager; probably one of the best I've had.

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

pours a light hazy yellow with a white head with small bubbles that go away quickly. smell is clean and mild, i picked up mostly a light hop smell. taste is clean and refreshing but lacking any real character. goes down very smooth.

every sam smith beer i've ever had tastes very pure and all natural.
maybe it's the old time label that puts me in the mindset to expect that. idunno.

anyways, it is very good and drinkable and thats about it. if ever i'm a millionare i think the first thing i'll do is buy a bunch of sam smith and drink it as a session beer. what a night that would be!

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's organic lager is certified organic by the U.K. Soil Association and uses only malt and hops which have been grown without the aid of chemical fertilizers or the protection of pesticides. With that said, does this necessarily make it a better beer? I would say no, but Sam Smith's has a funny way of brewing a good beer no matter what the conditions and ingredients are. Those concerned about chemicals need not be when drinking this lager.

This beer pours a light, slightly hazy gold color with a decent foamy head that lasts for about a minute, leaving minimal lace. The smell is similar to their regular lager with some clean malt smell, although it seems a tad bit lighter and sweeter. This beer does feel smooth on the palette and has a moderate carbonation to it. Upon first sip, the first true difference between this and the regular lager was that I thought this was much sweeter. While there is a very good malt presence here, the sugary sweetness was quite prevalent. A leafy-green element is present in the flavor as well (not as grassy or haylike as the regular lager, more like a leaf off of a tree). There is a decent hop bitterness here, but not as much as the Pure Brewed Lager, which surprised me because the Merchant du Vin pamphlet I picked up awhile back said that this was hoppier than most other lagers. Some moderate bitterness and dryness in the finish. In the aftertaste the sweetness continues with some light dryness, and this finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

In summary, a good beer but not quite as impressive as the Pure Brewed Lager. Certainly better than most macro-swill. I would think that this would really appeal to the health-concious and the stricter vegan types. Another good beer from Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper in appearance. Well developed head, but didnt last but a few minutes(due to my glass?). Smell was very subtle to me. It was a slight hoppines aroma. Taste was quite smooth and mellow. Very easy to enjoy. Almost tastes of pears of some other fruit I couldnt quite put my finger on it.

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

Poured a light, golden tone with just a hint of cloudiness and a fine frothy white head--just what one might expect from a lager. I could smell the wheaty aroma most clearly, and there was a hint of ginger. Both of these were in evidence at the initial tasting, but the taste went flat quickly, and there was little follow-up, just a touch of bitters. The consistency was thin, but sparkling. A good lager.

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Photo of dpend
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lager is one of favorites of the style. Appearance is a rich amber with a fluffy white head that retains and laces well. A pleasant aroma of grasses, malts and hops. Taste is on par for the style and is very well balanced with the expected hops finish. Great session lager and a must try whether one is into the style or not.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This offering is light! Pours a very light golden colour with full head and limited carbonation. The body is light and aroma mildly grassy.
The taste is of a constant lingering ginger with a mild hoppy back.
Most impressive here is the mouthfeel, again due to the lightness of the product. Nagging sweet aftertaste.
Sorry Sammy, where it counts, ya ain't got it!!!

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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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