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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Premium Lager
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Lager glass

bottled
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RATINGS: 631   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Golden colour, floral bouquet and light flavour of newly mowed hay.

Brewed with great care using only malted barley, hops, medium-soft water and a bottom-fermenting yeast; matured at low temperatures to bring out its delicate flavour and soft hop-character finish.

The cold maturation period allows the bottom-fermenting yeasts to secondary ferment and improve the lager’s flavour, purity and condition.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2002
A refreshing, pleasant, malty pale lager with a frothy head. Well-balanced, with a clean finish. A very good beer, but a little too sweet for my taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 22, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Dark slightly translucent amber, with a TV-commercial quality thick husky white head. Mown-grass aroma is refreshing compared to most of the lagers I’ve had of late; very fresh, not too "heavy" but definitely present. Flavor very malty, with hop bitterness only present near the end. VENOM writes a great review, I’m not sure what I can add; not quite as crazy about it as he was (I think the finish could be a bit wetter and seems a might sour), but its a very likable, full-flavored lager that puts 90% of American versions to shame.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Crystal clear golden straw. Small, sticky white head. Slow rising carbonation. Fresh aroma of pale malts, hay, straw and grassy, spicy hops. Clean and crisp with a bite and spicy hop edge. Followed by a lingering straw and toasted white bread aftertaste. Medium body. Hard water like minerals flair at times. Refreshingly zesty and zippy. Balanced from start to finish. Finishes dry, malty and fuller, with a fresh mown hay aftertaste that lingers on forever. A classic that proves a beer doesn’t need to smack you in the face to be good. Just a down to earth, superbly crafted brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2002
Dark golden color with a somewhat thick light colored head. Aromas of mild malt with a slight yeast undertone. Flavors for me were quite sweet for the style, with ale malt characteristics. Not a bad beer just a whole lot better lagers out there. Some sour tastes in the finish really distract from what should be a very clean brew.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2002
Disappointing. Not as much flavor as I expected, but then England isn’t lager country, no matter what young people are statistically drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2002
Great refreshing lager. Goes down well with food. Nice hoppy taste which is not overpowering. Overall a good tasting beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2002
A bit on the pale side. Good head and lace. Nice refreshing clean aroma and taste. Just a touch of aftertaste, but a really nice crisp flavor. I was surprised by this one! Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
Nice light golden color with a huge creamy head. The aroma was full of floral and citrus, and the flavor was full of citrus and hops. This is a very easy drinking beer. My only complaint is that my mouth feels a little slimy after I drink it...not a clean finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2002
Lagers are not usually a strong point for UK brewers, but this is pretty good. Nice and bitter with a bite.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
this was pretty good. very unique beer. probably one of the most bitter lagers i have had. I like it alot. though there is a tinge of alcohol flavor on the finish that i didnt care for. very grassy.


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