This bottle of Samuel Smith had been sitting at the bottom of my fridge for the better part of nearly two months now, not because I didn’t want to drink it but because I’ve been waiting for that moment when I wanted to drink a lager. When I think about a lager, I think of a beer that is fairly light in taste, clean, and perhaps a bit malty. Upon my first sip of this beer, that’s pretty much the description of this beer.
Unlike American mass-produced beer like Budweiser, Coors, and Miller’s, Samuel Smith is a brand name that is known for their deep and bold flavors on the one hand, and on the other, one of the most purest brews of lagers. This beer definitely lives up to its name. Organic and brewed with the purest of ingredients. The only part that falls short is the “flavorful” part. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to taste here but if it’s hops, I certainly don’t seem to detect it. Ok, to be fair, maybe a slight tinge on the tip of my tongue but I wouldn’t personally consider that the classic hoppy taste about which I’m familiar with.
I’ve been sitting here for the past few minutes trying to find a beer that I can compare this to because that’s where you really get the idea of how this beer is different from another and frankly, I can’t think of one. I can only think about how this beer taste better than the mass produced beer in that it doesn’t leave that strange aftertaste of poorly chosen grain that tends to linger. It’s also the same feeling you get when you have farts from drinking those kinds of cheap beer, ya know what I mean? And don’t even let me start about how it makes your poop smell when it comes time to take a number 2 in the john. Put simply, it is one of the most foulest smells you’ll ever encounter, which certainly makes you wonder, (well, at least for me), what kind of grain they picked out to make it and the process in which they had it brewed.
Nevertheless, for $3.99, I’d buy it again, if I wanted this pure of a lager taste. Carbonation is on the light side, once again, like most imported beers I’ve tried thus from those that originate in Europe. Samuel Smith is just one of those breweries that almost never disappoints so far in my experience, whether store bought bottles of beer or drafts of beer pulled from a fresh, ice cool keg at a local bar.