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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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Reviews: 26
Hads: 70
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 04-27-2004

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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 70
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of nicdub
3.01/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of gskitt
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.62/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of baos
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

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Photo of patpbr
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of tconboy
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of stercomm
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of XXX
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of cdrogers
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of randawakes
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hah! only 3.8% really? Good bitter!

smells ciderish, light opaque, sharp golden enjoyable color. Butter malt fruit hop mix that fades through as the malt pass, pleasant aftertaste. mild hop bitterness, overall good, just a bit surprised that its only 3.8 in alcohol.

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Photo of PanicUnited
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Smiths Tadcaster ale is one of unique flavor. It begins with the light red color and a diminishing head (which leaves quite quickly after pouring) and finishes on your tongue with a unexpected sweet flavor. It has overwhelming notes of butterscotch, which was apparent to everyone sharing in the experience with me. However, the butterscotch flavor is not overwhelming, just highly noticeable/unquestionable.

I would say that this beer is one to try without a doubt, just make sure you get it for the right price.


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Photo of mooseisloose
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey color with a fizzy white head. Little bits of lacing here and there but not much. There's is lots of earth tones in the nose. Picking up dirt, grass, hay, wheat. There is also a nice sweet honey smell that finishes with a lemon scent. The taste is of sweet honey and rough grains. It has a pleasant bitter finish. Mouthfeel medium body with clean carbonation. Nice and crisp. I can't believe I hadn't tried this beer sooner. I loved it. This might be a new regular for me.

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Photo of StoutishDan
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$3.49 16.5 oz bottle. I was really excited to try this one. Heard a lot of good stuff from Sam Smith.

A - Pours a clear pale orange. A good amount of carbonation. About an inch thick head with sticky lacing.

S - Sweet aroma. Slight carmel notes with some clove-like spices. I'm getting a little nutty note as well. It's unique.

T - Mildly bitter up front with a wave of faint sweetness throughout. Very refreshing. A little citrusy as well. The finish is full and bready.

O - Bitterness is just right. If this was the only beer in the world, I'd be a very happy man.

I've got Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale just waiting for me in the fridge. Can't wait for the next one.

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark yellow to a light orange beer with a fairly short lived off-white head. Not clear.

Smells of apricot, apples, pineapple with a soft hint of malt and a bit of spice that shines through.

Crisp mix of citrus and a floral touch. Strong taste up front that fades as the malt comes in going into a pleasant middle and aftertaste.

Pretty mild and fairly thick considering the color.

Goes down pretty easily with a good flavor. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 550ml bottle into a mug. The beer is copper colored and clear. The head was tan and fluffy but was gone all too soon and left no lacing to remember it by.

The smells are grainy and slightly floral. Nice balance.

I taste beer there is a bit of sweetness and a tangy bite. Nothing overwhelming, but that seems appropriate.

Tis beer has a light body and clean, nearly neutral finish.

Super-drinkable is my estimation of this true session star.


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Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.