Monday, April 15, 2013

Samuel Smith's Organic Lager Beer

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (853) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 15, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $4.15 ($0.35 per ounce).

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 don’t know how else to describe Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager Beer. It’s a beer that succeeds in the fact that it doesn’t fail. It’s passable and somewhat enjoyable. I wish there was a bit more to it, though.

Trying to critique the palate is difficult since there isn’t much to say. Take an ordinary pale lager, subtract most of the flaws and other off-putting features, and you’ve 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 isn’t a lot of specific flavor to notice. I’m not sure what’s the point of brewing this as an "organic" brew, though. There isn’t anything to this palate to differentiate it from any other lager of the style (or even Samuel Smith’s own Pure Brewed Lager Beer). For what it’s 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 Smith’s Organic Lager Beer is almost ridiculous in its drinkability. It’s 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. 
Grade: 6/10