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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

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 8
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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Photo of tripledbrew
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of Rafols
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of tconboy
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.

Photo of stercomm
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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.

Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dbaker61
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of David1492
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of wilkinswesley
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of flagbearer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Kingcurio
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of cdrogers
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.

Photo of randawakes
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.