While pure and organic are arguably the same thing, in a world of competitive marketing it's difficult to hold that against them. Happily the lager is much simpler, and is all the better for it.
Made with pure, organic everything: from the malted barley right down to the medium-soft water used at their Tadcaster brewery, Samuel Smith's Pure Organic Lager is a champion of pure, simple brewing.
As far as lagers go this is quite flavourful, with a hit of maltiness initially but a very clean aroma that smells refreshing.
It pours a golden amber with plenty of fizz and a crisp flavour that on first sip, is pretty hard to deduce. As you drink more of it though there's a subtle sweetness to it that works well with the malt flavour from the barley.
The back end of the flavour profile yields a little bitterness, but nothing that makes it taste off and it's very balanced. Even the aftertaste leaves you with a clean, crisp finish that pulls you back in for another sip.
What I love about these old, traditional breweries is that they provide massive bottles. Who doesn't want to drink 550ml of beer? The bottle itself is brown, which contrasts well with the white/off-cream labels.
The label designs themselves are pretty, with a lot of agriculture on the front to really hammer home the 'we're organic' message. It's very much a 'sign for the farmer's market' kind of vibe going on.
The Samuel Smiths logo across the front with the banner and the white rose is symbolic of the brewery and denotes the class and history, while the back has loads of information about the ingredients and how it can justify being pure AND organic.
You can actually buy this in crates of 12 from Amazon, but we'd much prefer it if you bought it from a small store like Abel & Cole, who specialise in organic produce.
There, you can pick up a bottle for just £2.85 and also fill your boots with other delicious produce. What's not to love? We got ours from our local bottle shop Beer Central, so it's worth you checking out your local too.