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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Pale Lager
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 644   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1178) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dredd (686) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5527) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer4000 (4395) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nocturne (744) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1127) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JanLaursen (2985) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 5, 2013
Bottle, 55 cl. Slightly slightly hazy golden with a dense white head, good retention and a fruity, slightly bready malt aroma with a hint of grass and citrus. Light sweet malt flavor with a slightly floral bitter finish. Refreshing albeit rather mainstream. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - APR 4, 2013
Hazy yellow. Head dissipates rather quickly. Slight banana. Hippies will love the fact that it is organic, but ignore the fact that the largest percent of "poison" in the bottle is alcohol. Sammy, stick to your wonderful stouts.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (6319) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle from BevMo, Sacramento. Pours clear golden with a nice off-white head and a bready aroma. There is a fruity light malt flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Refreshing but not particularly tasty.


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