Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Pale Lager
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle: Pasteurised
A full-bodied lager with lots of malt and hop character. A touch hoppier than many lagers yet perfectly balanced with lots of fruity hop character and fragrance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle. Completely clear light-amber with a small white head. Aroma is grain, light citrus, pretty typical pale lager aroma but not quite as bad. Taste is super malty, taste nothing but barley and a little honey, no hop presence at all. Finish is lightly sweet. Light-medium body, well carbonated. Not terrible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaxxDaddy (406) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Pours luminescent gold with two-finger white head in my Brooklyn tulip. Itís clear as can be in there. Bubbles are steadily rising to the top revealing some good nucleation on the bottom of my glass. At first, I get whiffs of corn on the nose. A closer inspection also reveals some faint hop character. Thereís some mustiness coming to the fore now as well. As if there couldnít be any more players in this mix, thereís a light lemony note coming out as well. A true cacophony of aromatics.

Upon sampling the beer, Iím first greeted by some light hay and corn flavors. The carbonation is certainly evident on the tongue here, giving credence to the bubbly activity in the glass. The delicate flavors at the fore yield to more general sweetness in the mid-palate. If I slosh the beer around on my tongue, I get that lemony flavor to come out. A truly unique experience for this style, I must say. The mouthfeel here is surprisingly full and perhaps creamy even. The hops come into play most in the finish, which melds together with the light hay and corn qualities from the start of my taste; truly a full-circle experience.

I guess I can see why this beer is ranked so highly for the style. My experiences with BMC had led me not to believe in the possibility of something like this existing. Easy drinking and refreshing. I canít say Iím totally enamored with the flavors here, but it is intriguing enough to keep sipping.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Aroma is fairly typical wet bread, slight apple peel, and champagne. Pours light amber with great carbonation and a medium head. Goes down easy with sweet biscuit notes with sour champagne pils notes. Easy chuggin stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Poured into an imperial pint glass. A finger and half of head on a clear, golden colored body. Looks great. The aroma is wonderful. Lots of grain with a little wet hay. The taste is clean grain with a moderate bitterness to round it out. Simple and good. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation. Hereís a solid lager. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dredd (687) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2013
Perfect clean lager. Pour is light straw with thin white head, flavor is nice clean slight sweetness with mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Nice representation of a simple honest lager. Grassy grain aroma followed by biscuit and grain flavor, trying to be sweet and dry at same time, a little off onbalance. Nice hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Clear yellow with a white head. Aroma is grain and grass. Flavor is biscuit malt and grass. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer4000 (4434) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
550 ml bottle sampled in 2008. Clear golden body with a firm white head that disappears rather fast. Aroma is light grainy with fruit. Flavor is light and refreshing malty with a light fruitiness and moderate bitterness. Feels clean in the mouth. Medium body and aftertaste. Decent but noting extra.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nocturne (764) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
550ml bottle. Clear gold with lots of white head. Aroma of buttery malt and grassy hops. Quite muted but an improvement on the standard lager aroma. Sweet honey taste with leafy hop character washing over things. Soft carbonation. Overall few wrong notes but not very exciting either. Definitely better than industrial lager though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1157) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 15, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. There was no freshness date.

Appearance: Clear, white gold body with plenty of carbonation visible. Forms a small, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates but does leave some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Standard lager aroma of pale malt and not much else.

Taste: I hate using generic, vague terms like "clean" and "mild" but I donít know how else to describe Samuel Smithís Organic Lager Beer. Itís a beer that succeeds in the fact that it doesnít fail. Itís passable and somewhat enjoyable. I wish there was a bit more to it, though.

Trying to critique the palate is difficult since there isnít much to say. Take an ordinary pale lager, subtract most of the flaws and other off-putting features, and youíve got this beer. I do notice a slight cracker-like bitterness and dryness at the end, and maybe a hint of lemon, but otherwise there isnít a lot of specific flavor to notice. Iím not sure whatís the point of brewing this as an "organic" brew, though. There isnít anything to this palate to differentiate it from any other lager of the style (or even Samuel Smithís own Pure Brewed Lager Beer). For what itís worth, this is one of the better above-average pale lagers I can recall.

Drinkability: Between the mild palette, the thin, crisp mouthfeel and smooth finish, Samuel Smithís Organic Lager Beer is almost ridiculous in its drinkability. Itís refreshing while in the mouth, and the clean aftertaste makes it all the more fun to throw back. It seems much lighter than its 5% ABV strength would indicate as I could see this being easily sessionable in warmer weather.

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