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

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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.


2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JFGrind (1844) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2003
A crisper version of any half decent American Standard. I could drink this Lager all the time if it was thirteen bucks a case.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Not much to say, that the commercial description does not already cover. The appearance is clear and yellow, with a fizzy soda head. The aroma is malty and bready, with alot of grass. The flavor is lightly astringent, with a really bad aftertaste. I did not care for this one, but then again I have never been a big fan of lagers.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Pale yellow, with a decent head. Smells like a grassy, wheaty beer with hints of banana. Flavor is tart, grassy, and plain. Finishes bitter and slightly dry. So far, the only brew from Sam Smith’s that i didn’t particularly care for.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2005
Clear golden with a fine snow white head. Grainy aroma with hoppy hints. Fresh flavor, hop and flower with a good bitterness. An all right lager but.....

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
I was hoping for alot more for 3.85 a bottle. Wonderful lable, good job it sold the beer. One thing though, I’ll only buy this one once. I’m a little dissipointed. Tasted a little old with that oh so familiar imported skunk aftertaste, however faint. Jst enough to make this beer boring and way overpriced. Oh, well... have to try new stuff once. Suprised to see this from an outstanding brewing co.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2006
Poured from the bottle courtesy of Tom for Xmas, a carbonated light golden colour with a fluffy head that quickly disappeared. Strong grassy notes initially in the aroma followed with hints of sweetness and malt. Very crisp in the mouth - a little overpowering for me, though that is lager I guess. Surprised how mellow the hops are in the flavour, the grassiness is quickly dominated by a creaminess. For a lager - not bad - though I will always struggle to rate anything of this type too highly.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
imdownthepub (10210) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2007
Bottled, pasteurised, 500 ml. Yellow gold with white head. Peversly Sam Smiths do these beers at a better quality than their mainstays. This ahs the benefits of a light maltiness, thin but complimented by a Saaz type hop. It’s ok.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2004
When compared to other lagers, this is pretty good. But, there just isn’t much too it. It is sweet with crisp carbonation and barely any bitterness. A very refreshing beer, but not much else.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
WisconsinBeer (705) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2006
So the question is - is this beer well rated because it is a known brand or because the beer itself is good? I thought this beer was boring, with nothing really standing out above and beyond the usual macroswill lager. I like the other Sam Smith beers, but this didnt really do anything for me.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beer4000 (4471) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2006
550 ml bottle. Pale golden body with foamy white head. Weak aroma with traces of hop and malt. Flavor has a certain bitterness, a bit sour and also quite sweet as well. This is not a great lager from a great brewery.


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