Formerly brewed at Samuel Smith
Style: Pale Lager
Tadcaster, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 2.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Keg lager. Replaced in 2006 by 4.5% Alpine Lager.

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ManVsBeer (10973) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2014 Keg @ Duke of Argyll, Soho in mid-2000’s. Sweet tasting lager that is deceptively strong, although has a giveaway sign of a strong body.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2006
Keg Handpump at the Boot Inn, Chester 17/04/2004
Golden coloured and crisp with some sour fruit flavour. Slightly dry lasting malt hop finish.

harrisoni (19419) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2005
On tap at The Champion, London Xmas Pub Crawl. Pale gold with thin white head. No aroma to speak of, dead malts in the mouth and a bit of zing on the end. Instantly forgettable

johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
Sour, dirty sock nose, yellowy gold with a persistant head. Sharp and citrussy flavour ending with a flowery hoppiness that ultimately turns swet. Not too bad.

Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Really lager, but it has a nice fruit flavor at the back, it’s a little thick, and sweet.

chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2004
As we continue to plumb the depths of the Sam Smiths lager portfolio at the end of the RB London Christmas pub crawl, we move on to the "standard" Ayingerbrau. Much like any other mass produced UK keg lager really, but it does have more alcohol than the likes of Carling. There is virtually no aroma whatsoever which, in this context, is an improvement on the other Sam Smiths lagers. There’s even a touch of grassy hop in the flavour, but that’s soon enveloped by a metallic tang, which persists long after the swallow. Poor, thin, stuff. Keg at the Brewery Tap (that is, the old Courage Brewery tap, not Sam Smiths brewery tap).

kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
MCG with white head. Sweet bland though slightly malty flavour. Medium bitter. Medium-thin in body. Crap but drinkable lager.

Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2004
Keg at the "World’s Funniest Pub", The Anchor Tap, Tower Bridge, London..

This one made my laugh, it’s so malty and pissy. It’s best feature is that it’s bland, most of the other Sam Smiths beers are really unpleasent.

Sampled on the Ratebeer London Meetup & Pub Crawl, December 2004. With Silktork, Chris_o, & Kook.

redletter (8) - ENGLAND - APR 1, 2004 does not count
A difficult one to rate, this. I find it tastes lemony and slightly soapy - but dont let that put you off! It is a nice, full mouthfull of a lager that slides down easily. Unlike the majority of high volume lagers, it has no harsh aftertaste and does not appear to contain half a childs chemistry kit.

i would recommend this if you see it on draught and want a good, solid pint to drink!

Avoid the more expensive and stronger ABV Prinz though - it really is very wrong.

DanielBrown (4549) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2004
On tap at Cittie of Yorke, Holborn, London. Standard lager colour, with no aroma. Warm, fruity taste, with some honey. No change or development in the mouth whilst drinking. Also no aftertaste. It's alright I suppose.

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