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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
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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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mooseisloose

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 16:54:14 | More by mooseisloose
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meeekyh

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Slainte.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 01:07:40 | More by meeekyh
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nicdub

Kansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 09:36:03 | More by nicdub
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tconboy

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 01:32:46 | More by tconboy
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randawakes

Alaska

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 22:19:09 | More by randawakes
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albern

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 21:20:05 | More by albern
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TheBear11D

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 21:53:22 | More by TheBear11D
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Herrbrokt

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 02:33:38 | More by Herrbrokt
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XXX

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 02:31:18 | More by XXX
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baos

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 22:56:30 | More by baos
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cdrogers

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 04:24:45 | More by cdrogers
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2004 07:06:55 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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