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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

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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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Steinberger

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-21-2012 03:38:52 | More by Shakerman
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Berg0804


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

08-17-2012 21:11:45 | More by Berg0804
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boomer3


3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

08-07-2012 02:13:51 | More by boomer3
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wilkinswesley

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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


3/5  rDev -22.9%

05-17-2012 19:58:09 | More by TedSneakman
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JxExM

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-17-2012 02:20:17 | More by JxExM
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gskitt

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 00:17:35 | More by gskitt
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MrVonzipper

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-16-2012 18:14:45 | More by MrVonzipper
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-23-2012 22:08:33 | More by djrn2
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seyekuhdelik

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-28-2011 22:08:19 | More by seyekuhdelik
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dvanhandel

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-11-2011 20:43:36 | More by dvanhandel
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srandycarter

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 03:30:20 | More by srandycarter
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StoutishDan

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 22:19:47 | More by StoutishDan
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stercomm

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 21:31:53 | More by TheHoppiest
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jbphoto88

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 22:04:53 | More by jbphoto88
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depechemode1983

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 22:18:11 | More by depechemode1983
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:14:01 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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patpbr

Ohio

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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 04:36:03 | More by patpbr
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 16:36:21 | More by stingrayvr6
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jadpsu

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 00:10:17 | More by jadpsu
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albertjr21

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A clear and brilliant light golden amber color.

S: Lightly fragrant floral malt with hints of sweet sugar candy. Nice hop character.

M/T: Lightly sweet and tart upfront mouthfeel with a very minute sour tingle at the tip of the tongue. Solid malty center leading up to a rewardingly flashy crisp follow through. An evenly bitter feel throughout. Complex and delicious.

D: At a 3.8 abv with that complex and full of a flavor, I think this is an excellent session beer...It paired amazingly with a Japanese style paella, harmonizing with the salty sea weed flavors of the dish and refreshing my palate after every drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 16:42:16 | More by albertjr21
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Shrews629

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 02:31:57 | More by Shrews629
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PanicUnited

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

-Cheers

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 03:14:43 | More by PanicUnited
Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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