- Appearance: Bright golden yellow, very clear
- Aroma/Flavor: Noble hop aromas – herbal and a bit vegetal, notes of lemon and white bread
- Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, refreshing, quaffable
- Overall: Great value, quite satisfying, and organic to boot!
On my way home from work tonight my wife sent me on a run to the grocery store for some last-minute ingredients for some cookies she was baking. Of course, this was a perfect excuse to grab myself a beer. I was in the mood for something lighter, as I have mostly stouts and high abv beers sitting at home. I chose this as a suitable option to meet my needs for something lighter.
On the plus side here, Samuel Smith is distributed to the majority of the country, and is typically easy to find, and quite affordable. My local Giant Eagle sells 8-10 different Samuel Smith beers. Currently, this, the oatmeal Stout, and the Nut Brown are on sale for $2.99 a bottle (550ml or ~18.5 oz). Not a bad deal at all.
I poured most of the bottle into a stein simply because I get so few opportunities to actually use a stein – let alone one in which a stein is called for. Happily the large format bottle and the lager style lend themselves perfectly to using a large glass like this.
Organic Lager pours with excellent clarity to a bright golden brew. The head isn’t particularly tall, though I got the feeling that if you wanted a full 4 fingers a little effort might have produced it. The 2 fingers of height I did get are bone white and once receded, remains as a short cap atop the beer. Very consistent bubbles visibly rise up through the beer.
At first the aroma seems a little musty and vegetal the way many lagers can be. It’s definitely not skunked, but similar. Pushing past this, one can also pick out a bit of lemon zest and noble hops.
Crisp and refreshing, Organic Lager tastes full of noble hops – above and beyond the average lager – just as the label claims. The malt is smooth and bready. Very clean finish.
Overall a simple but surprisingly enjoyable beer. This pleasantly scratched my itch for something more quaffable.
Now I am thinking that I’d like to pit this beer against Noble Pils in the spring. Samuel Smith vs Samuel Adams. I could easily see myself preferring this beer.