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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: yellow with a honey gold color. Great head with a mix of small and medium bubbles. Some lacing.

Smell. Astringent liquor notes. With heavy yeasty notes. Some roasted caramel malts. It has a sour quality. The hops really get overshadowed.

Taste: Sweet tea like quality with powerful honey texture. It feels heavy in my throat. Astringent finish. Lots of odd unmatched flavors. Lacks balance. The hops are bland. I think the use of well water gives it a mineral taste.

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied. Sour finish.

Drinkability: drinkable but probably better paired with a steak dinner.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of TedSneakman
3/5  rDev -22.9%

TedSneakman, May 17, 2012
Photo of nicdub
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a - The pour is nice with a 1 finger head that has a medium retention. The beer itself is very hazy and wheat like with an orange/lt. brown tint.

s - There are sweet notes, faint caremel, maple hints. Smell is actually quite faint. MAybe I am just plugged up.

t - actually quite mellow, a bit of a molasses with hints of smoke. Similar to New Belgiums 1554 if not a bit more subdued.

m - minimal carbonation, a bit soupy, not bitter enough for my taste(when looking for a bitter), when I think bitter I think hop bitter

d - this is a decent brew but I don't think I would session it often.

A decent brew, Def. not the class of the Sam Smith brewery.

nicdub, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of DrMindbender
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

DrMindbender, Jul 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

boomer3, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of gskitt
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bitter pours a some what hazy pale or dull orange, little or no head to speak of. Scent is yeasty and musty, a bit floral, lemony. Taste is more malty than yeasty but with same mustiness, and thats not a bad thing. Taste has some caramel notes in there as well. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Overall, a decent bitter. This beer needs to warm a bit.

gskitt, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a session in the Albion, Wakefield, England on various Samuel Smith’s products, including the excellent Cask Conditioned Old Brewery Bitter, we had to depart said premises at 4pm when the pub closed. However, a small Snooker Club cum Bar over the road (whose name eludes me, was it Rex??) was open all day, and ironically it had a Samuel Smith’s beer that was not available in the Albion Inn. Sampled on 4-6-04.

Served from a Purple/Red Samuel Smith Keg Font –
i.e. Brewery Conditioned (*NOT* Cask)
Served via CO2 Top Pressure Dispense.

Imperial Pint, served in a Straight Sided Glass – Cost around £1.10

***

Appearance: Served in a new fangled straight-sided sleeved Imperial Pint Glass. Faded brown body with a light orange-amber hue when held to the light. Nice dirty white smooth looking head formed from compact bubbles that stayed around the ¼” thickness level for some time. Over–carbonated fizzy body, thanks in no part to the fact that it is a Keg Beer (therefore Brewery Conditioned) and served with Carbon Dioxide on Top Pressure. However, given time to settle and warm up on the bar, the continual streamers allowed some of the dissolved carbon dioxide to disperse.

Nose: A nice mix of lightly toasted malts and a clean hop bitterness in the nose. Light in character and strength, it developed a detectable sweetness as it warmed, but by no means in an offensive manner.

Taste: Pretty much run of the mill Bitter that errrs on the side of malty rather than hoppy, though the bitterness in the finish is clean and nicely balances the earlier dominant malt. Suffers a tad from being a bit fizzy at times and has a very ‘bright’ feel after 2 pints.

Mouthfeel: Clean lines, average strength, but with a nice swinging balance from lightly toasted malty start to a crisp clean bitterness. The carbon dioxide helps to give some feel I believe.

Drinkability: For a Keg beer, I found this to be reasonably quaffable, and as the days earlier “few pints at lunchtime” started to develop into an ensuing session, I managed a few of these quite easily.

Overall: I had mixed emotions when I saw this beer. I first drank Tadcaster Bitter from the Handpump in Cask Conditioned format at the General Elliott in Leeds in 1987 – as it happened, weeks before it was withdrawn from that format. Now it is only sold in its Brewery Conditioned (Keg) format. Having had both, I much preferred the softer feel this had on Cask, obviously. But the fact that Sam’s don’t add any nasty headache inducing adjuncts, does make this a decent enough Keg beer though, and it’s a pretty drinkable Bitter.

TheLongBeachBum, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of stingrayvr6
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
Photo of jadpsu
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a tight off white head that has average retention with better than average lacing.
Smell: Not getting a lot, it is all subtle. Some soft tanginess and apple and earthy tones and a little malty.
Taste: I get some butterscotch and some malts.
On the bitter side and dry.
Mouthfeel: For me this pretty thin.
Quite drinkable but on the mundane side, especially for a Samuel Smith brew.

jadpsu, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.5/5  rDev -10%

MrVonzipper, Feb 16, 2012
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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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

djrn2, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Shrews629
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very nice semi-clear light amber to mostly orange color. Off white colored head. Not a real big head with an easy pour that settled to a nice ring.

Smell - Getting the sweet fruity smelling grape juice hint. Slightly faint grapes however. Maybe even a touch of cranberry juice. Different, but kind of pleasing. A bit of sourness coming through on the nose also.

Taste - I'm detecting the cranberry taste first. Just a small amount of bitterness at the back end. Slightly sour after it sets on the tongue for a second. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin mouthfeel. Dry and crisp. Somewhat light, but not real watery.

Drinkability - This is really a pretty good brew in my opinion. It's different from most. I like the change of pace, however I don't think I could make an evening of it.

Shrews629, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty, somewhat cloudy wheat, stark white head, leaves to disk and lots of lace.

S - Light malt, grain. Pretty 'clean' smelling.

T - About the same for the taste. Nothing over the top here. Just nice standard, clean ale.

M - Light body, good carb, light balance of hop to malt.

D - Very, very easy to drink. Not overpowering and I cannot believe ANY beer can taste this good at this ABV.

srandycarter, Jul 26, 2011
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
Photo of patpbr
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with ok lacing

S- subtle and organic

T - a little malt, carmel, can imagine drinking this on a summer day after a rainstorm

M-some carbonation and modest , not that bitter
D- easy to drink nothing exciting. traditional simple pub beer

simple, earthy. low abv brew

patpbr, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of baos
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

baos, Oct 30, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

claspada, Oct 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Steinberger, Aug 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Hugonaut13, Sep 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

buckyp, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
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Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
85 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.