Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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3.4/5 rDev -12.8%
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the Handpump in Cask Conditioned format at the General Elliott in Leeds in 1987 – as it happened, weeks before it was withdrawn from that format.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.
04-27-2004 07:06:55 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
07-26-2011 03:30:20 | More by srandycarter
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
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
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
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
04-16-2010 16:54:14 | More by mooseisloose
Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.