Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Pale Lager
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer5000 (6030) - 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 (1898) - 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
ChadPolenz (1726) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 dont know how else to describe Samuel Smiths Organic Lager Beer. Its a beer that succeeds in the fact that it doesnt fail. Its passable and somewhat enjoyable. I wish there was a bit more to it, though.

Trying to critique the palate is difficult since there isnt much to say. Take an ordinary pale lager, subtract most of the flaws and other off-putting features, and youve 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 isnt a lot of specific flavor to notice. Im not sure whats the point of brewing this as an "organic" brew, though. There isnt anything to this palate to differentiate it from any other lager of the style (or even Samuel Smiths own Pure Brewed Lager Beer). For what its 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 Smiths Organic Lager Beer is almost ridiculous in its drinkability. Its 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JanLaursen (3227) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (9405) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (869) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Appearance: light gold, very clear, thick white head, head has minimal retainage Aroma: fruity, clean, pleasant Taste: malty, butter, slightest bit of hops at the end, almost unnoticeable under the malt Palate: medium body, moderate c02, have to really concentrate to catch an aftertaste Overall: smells good, pleasantly surprised, but I had low expectations, highly drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
The_Osprey (6862) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
Nov 2012 - tap. An average to poor lager - a little drying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Clear pale gold with a fair white head. Sweet malt aroma. Slightly yeasty flavor. Balanced to a degree of blandness. Hops are entirely an afterthought. Well made but uninteresting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorqui (2201) - Brescia, ITALY - MAR 1, 2013
Bottled 0,50L. Elegant golden fraught color, medium bubbly presence, good head of long resistance. Fresh malty nose, bread, grains, cellar. Very pleasant body, little crisp with a good bitterness content, pleasant bread and malty notes. Discreet resistant final, an unusual lager with something extra.

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