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Samuel Smith's Organic Lager - Beer Review

Updated on April 8, 2012

Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager Beer, brewed in the oldest brewery in Yorkshire in the U.K

I generally prefer something with a little more bite to it, but Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager Beer has such a lively, interesting flavor that I feel compelled to recommend it to beer lovers everywhere. It really is perfect when you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, or if you are used to bland, mass-produced beer and would like to try something a bit more sophisticated that is not bitter.

Beer has it in common with people that sometimes sophistication brings a bitterness with it, but with Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager this is simply not the case.

With a slightly sweet bouquet and nearly transparent golden color, as soon as you pour it you know that this is not going to be a heavy beer. It does develop a respectable head in short order while its effervescence has good longevity over the course of drinking a pint bottle - better than some of the ales I’ve enjoyed.

The flavor with its hints of ginger and or lemon is complex and a bit on the sweet side, but fresh and clean. As the label aptly puts it, a little happier than other lagers. No hint of skunk out of the bottle, and it is very gentle going down. The beer has a light, pleasant finish and mellow, though somewhat lingering aftertaste.

Fairly light on alcohol at 5%, I find that a bottle leaves me refreshed rather than sleepy, and with a clear head rather than a fuzzy one. Feeling like that, a second bottle is certainly not out of the question, though personally I usually limit myself to one beer a night. I mean, how many carbohydrates do you need? Beer in moderation is not bad for you. No fat, no cholesterol, and some doctors say that three beers a week can help you live longer - at least they said that last week. That is, I think I heard them say that: I’m not sure how many beers I’d had at the time...

I was originally attracted to Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager because I am a crunchy granola tree hugger who meditates, and the idea of ingredients that have not been previously poisoned with insecticides appeals to me. Samuel Smiths’s offers a line of organic ales, flavored and otherwise, as well as a stout and a cider. I have looked in vain for beers brewed by other breweries that actually bear the USDA certified organic moniker. If you know of any, please inform me as I would be happy to try them.

Okay, maybe a little too happy :)

I unreservedly recommend Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager for the sophisticated (or wannabe sophisticated) beer drinker.

Oh, and buckaroos, remember to drink responsibly.


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    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      7 years ago from United States

      Excellent. I'd love to hear how the draft differs from the bottle! Thank you, Itsmonkeyboy!

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      7 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Tom. Sure thing, although you may have to wait a little while as my family life means I don't have too much time to head down the pubs these days! But I do enjoy the odd night out in town and next time I do I'll make sure I'll check out the Sam Smiths Organic beer!

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thank you gentlemen.

      I am envious, IMB, of your familiarity with London. My experience is that beers on tap are usually even better than out of the bottle. I hope you stop back and give us a full report.

      Thanks so much, Reynold! I'd like free samples, too. Maybe I'll visit a brewery. They always give out some to visitors.

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      Reynold Jay 

      7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      OK--I'm convinced...but I need some free samples to really clinch the deal. I found I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and awesome.” I'm always your fan! RJ

      Based upon your HUB, you might enjoy this HUB…

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      7 years ago from London, UK

      There's a couple of bars I know in London that sell Samuel Smiths, one round the corner from Trafalgar Square that I've been to. I can see I'm going to have to re-visit this bar to see if they sell the organic beer, it sounds delicious! If not, I'll have to look it up on line, thanks very much for the helpful advice.


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