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Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 04-27-2004)
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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Herrbrokt:
Photo of Herrbrokt
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from bottle into pint glass. no fresh by

Pours a ruby-orange brown slightly tan white head fizzes out pretty fast. Nice. I'll let it warm a bit

Smells sweeter than I expected but not in a bad way. Malt toast and detectable tang.

Real malty sweet in the front confronted the hops making this a nicely balanced beer. little toasty almost sulfur like note on the finish.

A little fizzy but not too over the top.

Nice beer. Very interested in trying rest of the line. Organic!

Herrbrokt, Aug 15, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Shakerman, Aug 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

generallee, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Seattle_Suds, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Relatively clear beer with just a hint of haze to it. I'll write about the head first because it doesn't look like it's going to last very long. It's white and fizzy, rising a quarter inch off the beer and then fading to an island wad of spit bubbles floating around. The beer itself is the color of honey with thin streams of bubbles moving through it.

Nose is subtly fruity leaning towards... apricots if I'm not mistaken. Behind them is a light mix of white peach and malts. Not bad and surely appropriate for the style. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste is similar to the nose with some sun ripened light flavored fruits mixed with a soft malt backbone. The beer is sweet but mild with a nice personality for such a simple brew. Tasty but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a simple carbonation. The finish has a slightly thick feel to it kind of like the aftertaste of syrup. No sign of any booziness. I know that the style is easy going but I find myself bored after half a glass. I guess session beers like this are somewhat lost on hop heads like me. A good brew but I wouldn't waste more time on it. Life is to short to drink simple, just ok beer.

jbphoto88, Apr 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

MrVonzipper, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

dvanhandel, Dec 11, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

GrantBrennan, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

dbaker61, Nov 23, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark golden with a minimal top. It smelled of mango and other fruits. Went down smooth with no after taste.

Not bad, but could include a few more hops to round out the beer. I would recommend even without.

It was very good between 45 and 55 degrees.

cdrogers, May 04, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Berg0804, Aug 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

claspada, Oct 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

crbnfbr, Oct 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

DrMindbender, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Bill69, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

LooseMoose1978, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Hacksaw34, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of mooseisloose
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Nice low ABV brew looks like a good candidate for lunch, so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a nice molasses smell with hints of cinnamon. Pouring into a pint I get a nice cloudy brownish yellow with a creamy off white head. Taste is much like that to be expected for an English ale. Sweet malts well balanced with a lightly bitter hoppiness. The mouthfeel is spot on, however not super robust but for the ABV that should be expected. The aftertaste is delightful with a fading bitter sweetness that encourages another sip. This is the king of session brews by far. Drinkability with this ABV is off the scale.

mooseisloose, Apr 16, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Light, clear amber yellow. Smell light and malty sweetness. Some dry hop crispness. Taste is light with faint malts and and a nice balance between the sweet malts and the light hop dryness in the finish. Good session beer though not much going on.

stingrayvr6, Sep 15, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

ReverendJon, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow, with a frothy sticky white 1/2" head that leaves lacing behind as it reduces.

Has a honey malt aroma, slightly citric, with floral undertones.

Smooth, with tastes of honey, orange, and sweet malt. Quite uncomplicated, this beer finishes with a touch of bitter hop.

Creamy sweet start, malty middle, and a slightly dry finish. Very easy drinking, with a medium to light body.

A pleasant, easy drinking beer. Sam Smith certainly brews a solid beer, no matter what the style.

TheHoppiest, May 30, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into Samuel Smith's glass

Pours a dark golden orange wheat with a medium head and moderate lacing.

Smells fresh citrus with hint of malt.

Taste of light bitter, a little malt and a little light citrus. Followed with slight bitter aftertaste.

Light-medium bodied with a light carbonation to give your mouth that sparkle.

This was a nice casual drinking experience. This beer is very PC. It would be hard to find this offensive.

tconboy, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of XXX
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deployed bottle into a pint glass "borrowed" form the White Lion (Covent Garden - London)...fruity nose, penny-meets old Broncos orange jersey color...smooth feel, Bitter got better with a little warm'in (50F+)...Smith's is pricey but consistent...recommended.

XXX, Nov 17, 2007
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Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.