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

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Samuel Smith's Tadcaster BitterSamuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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: 67 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
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JMS1512

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-29-2013 22:07:24 | More by JMS1512
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dbaker61

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-23-2013 14:50:42 | More by dbaker61
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-20-2013 02:27:24 | More by LooseMoose1978
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albern

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

This is quite good. It has a nice medium body, which is a treat considering too many English bitters are just too watery. With a 3.8% ABV, you can certainly indulge a bit. The beer pours a nice clear orangy golden color with a nice white creamy head, lacing, and retention. The nose is sweet malts, toffee aromas, some slight apricot, some slight florals. The nose is good.

The taste is very creamy and has that very nice antique toffee flavor, a touch of diacetyl in there as well. The sweetish malts really come through and there is just a touch of leafy hop to dry things up a bit. The caramel and toffee with some drying leafy hop really defines the beer. There could be some other floral, buttery hints in there too, but the medium body, creamy texture, and the aforementioned characteristics define this beer. It is quite nice. L'Chaim.

10-23-2009 21:20:05 | More by albern
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match1112

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-03-2013 00:27:32 | More by match1112
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spointon

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-31-2014 21:58:16 | More by spointon
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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-31-2013 00:56:32 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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ShadyRigglesbee

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-13-2014 00:02:50 | More by ShadyRigglesbee
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David1492

Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-05-2013 13:39:18 | More by David1492
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wilkinswesley

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-14-2012 02:05:06 | More by wilkinswesley
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flagbearer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-03-2014 07:38:10 | More by flagbearer
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Kingcurio

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-21-2013 01:59:16 | More by Kingcurio
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XXX

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

11-17-2007 02:31:18 | More by XXX
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stercomm

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 550ML bottle.

A - Light golden honey in color, got a decent white head about 2 fingers, receded quickly, nice lacing on the glass.

S - Notes of citrus and maybe a little floral, malt is there but very subdued, almost slate like.

T - Dry malt and some citrus come through almost no hops to speak of, a nicely balanced beer, little hint of sweetnes on the after taste.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation.

D - Is very drinkable, good starter beer to ween your friends off of the mass market beers.

06-19-2011 22:08:18 | More by stercomm
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-30-2011 21:31:53 | More by TheHoppiest
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tconboy

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-10-2010 01:32:46 | More by tconboy
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

04-22-2011 22:04:53 | More by jbphoto88
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Steinberger

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-25-2012 02:13:45 | More by Steinberger
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-03-2014 21:49:06 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-27-2013 13:29:16 | More by Hugonaut13
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-13-2013 03:00:56 | More by buckyp
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-16-2013 21:56:04 | More by Slatetank
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brentblack1

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-07-2012 01:01:16 | More by brentblack1
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-06-2012 05:02:34 | More by tripledbrew
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baos

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

12 oz into mason jar.

A: Pours a nice copper color with a pretty 3 finger ecru head. Nice display while head is still forming. Good clarity. This beer is nice to look at.

S: Rather reminiscent of New Castle's aroma. Caramelly and malty notes.

T: Bitter sweet kinda. thought it was too sweet at first but taste grows on you and it mellows. I get a mild hop bitterness and a light caramelly maltiness. Finishes with a good bitter bite and pretty dry as well.

M: Not too light bodied, but it borders on that.

D: This seems to be a good diner beer. One could have several throughout the meal and be very satisfied.

10-30-2007 22:56:30 | More by baos
Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.