Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit BeerSamuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 06-25-2007

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Reviews by Hunter:
Photo of Hunter
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: deep red-copper colored brew with light pink (!) head that persists fairly well. some lacing.

Smell: More subtle than a lot of fruit beers. Still, fruit is the only aroma one gets from the nose.

Taste: Bleh - overpowering sicky-sweet fruit and little else.

Mouthfeel: a little cloying, like cough syrup

Drinkability: Way too heavy in the fruit department. Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is more subtle, and that's saying something since that one's pretty strong too.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.21/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - This beer is actually bronze in color and not a very pretty one at that. The head was nice though and lingered.

Smell - There's a light cherry aroma here but it is covered with earthy vegetation that almost gives it a stale character.

Taste - The sweetness here is all wrong IMO. You expect more of an earthy flavor in a Fruit Beer than say a Fruit Lambic but this is way over the top. There's almost no natural cherry flavor and what there is gets drowned out by this earthy, almost green pepper taste that is stale and unpleasing.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some terrific carbonation that provides a light tickling in the cheeks.

Sinkability - This beer had its ups but they were far outweighed by the downs; I couldn't even finish it.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, reddish pink in color, clear

Smell: sweet cherries

Taste: cherries dominate--they are both sweet and tart with a little toasted malt

Mouthfeel: tart and sweet. The sweetness never gets to the cloying level, high carbonation, light body

Overall: A very fruity and non-bitter cherry beer that is very tasty. I like the strawberry slightly better but that is more personal preference than due to quality. One of the better cherry beers out there.

Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong cherries. It smells a lot like a jar of Maraschino cherries with not much else. The flavor is identical to the aroma. I get a ton of sweet cherry juice, with no malt or hops present. The beer is very sweet which hurts its drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was better than the Organic Strawberry, but not as good as the Organic Raspberry.

Photo of Karyyk
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better-tasting beers that I've had in a good while...

I poured the Samuel Smith Cherry beer into your standard Samuel Smith pint glass. It poured a deep ruby-brown color and left a relatively thin (one-finger or so) head that was ever-so-slightly off-pink. There’s a fairly deep haze to the beer itself, meaning you really can’t see through it. The head itself is long-lasting and abundant lacing is evident all the way to the bottom of the glass. There doesn’t seem to be much going on in the way of carbonation, but judging from the head and mouthfeel, I would guess that the smaller bubbles just aren’t as obvious in the hazy opacity of the beer.

The aroma is of sweet, natural cherries, with a bit of malt here and there. There’s not a whole lot more to it than that, but I do want to stress that the scent is natural cherry, not artificial, not syrupy. The taste mirrors the aroma, but there’s a bit more to it. The first thing you’re going to notice is the cherry flavor, which is very, very good. It’s just a little bit tart, but mostly sweet. There’s some maltiness there, but you almost have to try to notice it over the cherry flavor. As the beer warms a bit, the cherry flavor mellows and it starts to taste a bit more like beer. The cherry flavor is still there, but it’s not overpowering and the beer flavors (the maltiness mostly, not too much in the way of hops) start to come through a bit more.

This one’s also very, very easy to drink. While I did start by sipping it slowly (the better to savor something, right?), it was hard not to just turn up the glass. A lot of beers drink well, but don’t have a lot of taste, while others are as heavy in flavor but also drink like a meal. The Samuel Smith Organic Cherry really kind of hit all the right points across the board. It’s not light and watery by any means, but it’s not an oatmeal stout either.

As it is, I’ll have to say that the Samuel Smith Organic Cherry Fruit Beer is easily toward the top of the “beers I’ve tried recently” list and is a pleasurable drink from start to finish.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Body appears pink tinted with a magenta fervor, introducing pink grapefruit body into the head. Forms thick with a twisted imagination of fruit and barley. Aroma is filled with maraschino cherries and other fun filled fruit varieties. Syrupy filled maraschino cherries in the mouth full and flavor variety. Flavor light airy fun filled fruit action without much in the way of beer flavor or additions. Medium bodied flavor rushes forth with carbonation not the typical beer I would tell other beer fanatics about, but I do respect both fruit beer and cherry notes added to other fine English ales.

Photo of LXIXME
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey red colored below a medium off white head with reddish hints throughout. The head quickly dies leaving a thin carbonated bubbly lacing that stays throughout the drinking of a glass.

There is a nice subdued sweet cherry aroma, seems to be quite natural, the taste of this beer is very similar in that it is sweet natural cherry and basically nothing else, I really like that the cherry taste doesn't overwhelm the drinker.

This beer also leaves a light cherry and light dry aftertaste that kinda wants to make you take another sip. I recommend this as a dessert beer, to sit back and enjoy a glass or 3 of.

I think a lot of microbreweries that I have been too should taste this and try to emulate what these guys have accomplished, instead of an overbearing infused fruit taste that I usually find.

Anyway, I recommend trying Samuel Smith fruit beers, they seem to have figured out the fruit taste quite well. Whether you just like drinking beer or even more so if you plan on making beer you should drink some of their stuff, you then have an idea of what to aim for.

Photo of Dewolfe1986
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Great tasting.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium ruddy amber hue, with three fingers of dense, kind of creamy off-white head, which leaves a whole lot of old-growth branched lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs southward.

It smells strongly of cherry pie - semi-sweet, saucy cherry puree, flaky, biscuity pastry, all tempered with a dash of kirsch liqueur, and a softly bitter leafy hoppiness. The taste is more slightly adult-oriented cherry bakery good - a nice fruitiness, soft pastry sweetness, mild vegetal character, and subtle alcohol edge. Some further ethereal leafy hops help round out the idea that this a bit more than just dessert in a bottle.

The bubbles are quite tame, I might even toss out 'inert' at this point, the body a hefty medium weight, though the acidity of cherries choose to arise at this particular point, cutting into the perceived smoothness of it all. It finishes off-dry, the cherry sweetness still the most prominent factor, the graininess, tame booze essence, and attendant leafy hops all on the wane.

Par for the course for these Sam Smith offerings - big namesake fruitiness, tempered by their own intrinsic qualities, and an additional pale malt goodness, played out by just the right amount of booze and hops. Crude, that sounds, but crude, it ain't.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I instantly think of two very different beers when I pour and take a look: Magic Hat's Wacko, and more invitingly, Dogfish Head's Fort. The pockmarked, creamy head is a washed-out pink color and hangs in there for quite some time, while the liquid is a fiery and candy-like red with some very, very healthy bubble activity. Those bubbles feed a head that just does not quit, and leaves some good-looking pink lace strips to boot.

Aroma is unsurprisingly fruit-forward, reminding of soft cherry sweet tarts. It's cherry, it's sweet, it's tart. A no-brainer there. Does seem to carry a cereal grain sort of essence too, avoiding that one-dimensionality of so many other fruit beers. So far so good, can't wait to try it...

Yum. The taste is big bountiful cherry all over the place, not too sweet, not too tart, bringing along with it the barley/wheat that this was brewed with (and milled via totally old-school methods -- a fascinating label read!). So there's excellent balance here, and the fact that the grains play almost as much role as the more dominant fruit flavor sets this apart from the taste of so many other lesser fruit beers, cherry or otherwise. Maybe not as complex as the things Belgian brewers, or Wisconsin's New Glarus, can do with fruit, but still, it's damn good for what it is.

Soft, luscious, smooth and silky in the mouth...wonderful feel here. There's a little carbonation, and it works well to give the otherwise gentler aspects of its texture a little bounce.

Samuel Smith is a brewery I seem to appreciate less than most other beer geeks, but this one presses all the right buttons. Who knew? I surely did not expect to like this beer as much as I do, but in its class, it really is special. A must-try.

Photo of emsroth
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

App: Clear red/orange with a 2 finger pink head. Exactly what i like in a fruit beer

Smell: Sweet cherries with perhaps a bit of malt undertone.

Taste: Sweet and sour cherry throughout. Next comes a moderate level of hop bitterness. Ends with a strong grainy malt taste. Delicious but I would prefer a bit more malt upfront to match the strong cherry flavor. In other words it's somewhat unbalanced. Either the hops or the water imparts a slight mineral taste at times.

Crisp and refreshing. A great beer. Almost exactly what I look for in a fruit beer.

Photo of tdm168
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark pink/light red with a ton of fizzy head that actually has good retention. This looks like a cherry 7-up with a ton of head on it. The smell is maraschino cherries with faint wheat and yeast notes. The taste is rich, sweet cherries up front with a clean, wheaty finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, but it does feel a little syrupy at times almost like kool-aid.

This has a well-blended flavor with a rich, delicious cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but it's overall decent and worth checking out if you're a fruit beer person.

Photo of mempath
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into my tulip...nice, deep mauve with incredible lacing and a healthy head that remains awhile...smells of malty cherry/cranberry (more cherry/cranberry than malt)...tastes of malty cherry but more malty and better for it...not so overly fruity or medicinal at's still quite a beer and not some cooler thang. not thick or over (or under) carbonated in the least. i would session this with some other fruit beers and some calamari easily. or any fried pub food after a long 50 mile bike ride...

think i'll go and try more from this impressive brewery. esp. the fruit beers.

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty amber in complexion, and cloudy, with a thick head. No lace here.

Nose is very tart cherry, with hints of bread. Curious but appealing.

Taste is very sweet and sour, with a stronger cherry flavor than most. The cherry taste seems natural, rather than weird or artificial, as with some American cherry ales I've had. This is a smooth, easy-drinking, and impressive brew. Quite enjoyable!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by schen9303. Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 1/2 finger, moderately coarse, grayish pink head with poor retention and patchy lacing that emanates from the head. The beer is a clear reddish brown that reveals its carbonation.

S: Strong Ludens Cherry Cough Drop nose and nothing else.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Cherry in the beginning, middle and end. The only thing that really varies here is the intensity of the flavor which becomes more and more concentrated as it warms in the mouth. Finish is rather clean with no big fruity aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied with a bit of carbonation that doesn't disturb its full mouthfeel. A bit syrupy in parts as it warms with a messy finish that thankfully doesn't linger too long.

D: This is what I expect out of a fruit beer and honestly, compared to Wisconsin Belgian Red, this is simply less intense in a good way. Not too full bodied which enhances the drinkability here. Also very pure in the nose and taste. I'll definitely be revisiting this one.

Photo of RickS95
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a red ale only with more red. Kind of a light burgundy in color. The head is thin and a cross between white and pink.

Despite being made with cherry juice, the cherry smell isn't as strong as you'd guess. It's there, it's just not overpowering.

Doesn't taste much like beer, more like a fruity wine cooler. It's pretty good, with cherries being the only player in this game.

It's very sweet, almost too much so, with nary a hint of tart.

Overall it's a good bit better than average, but not quite good. It's just a little too sweet and too little beer-like.

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very effervescent caramel with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Sweet & tart cherries

T: Sweet cherries , some apricot up front. Crisp cheery flavor as this warms with a slight tangy tartness as this warms. Finishes juicy & sweet,a touch dry; reminds me of real cherry juice

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation

Very refreshing, way better than I hoped, couldn't session on it, but would work as dessert beer or just a nice first beer at the end of the work day

Photo of cakennedy
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of the pretty tall bottle that Samuel Smith uses for all the beers. Some head.

Its pinkish, but it was hard to tell because the bar had fairly bad lighting. It smells like delicious cherries, which was surprising because usually I hate anything cherry flavored, and other cherry wheat beers I've had before didn't taste good.

This beer tastes very strongly of cherries and sweetness, its definitely not a "beery" beer. Luckily for me I love sweets, so I thought it was very tasty. On the other hand, my boyfriend did not like it as much, as he thought it was much too sweet. Oh well! More for me.

One thing to note is that its quite carbonated! aka, you'll burp a lot. Also, I don' t think I could have had more than the 1/2 of the 22oz. bottle. Its far too sweet to drink a lot of. However, its overall a tasty fruit beer that I would definitely get again when in the mood.

Photo of bashiba
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very cherry red with an off white to pink head.

The smell had a very fresh and slightly tart cherry odor.

The flavor was very cherry, nice and fresh with a good mix of sweet and sour, finishing with a light and mild maltyness giving it just a bit of beer flavor.

The mouthfeel was light and a bit oily.

Easy to drink fruit beer, if you like cherry beer this one is solid.

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a bright red/burgandy color with some quick white foam that disappated quickly.

Smell is - what else - cherries. Very powerful.

Taste is a wheaty, tart cherry taste. Notably different from a kriek - much more body, and less carbonation. There is some malt buried in here, but generally the cherry overwhelms everything.

There is a residual tartness that controls the finish.

Really have to like cherries to like this. Its a tasty beer, but not one that lends itself to multiples. A nice change of pace beer to share with the wife.

Photo of mdale13
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Blood red poured from a 1 PT bottle into a pint glass. Thin, white/pinkish head that fades quickly. Moderate lacing down the glass.

S- All cherries. Very sweet smelling.

T- Again, all cherries. Sweet, ALMOST too sweet, but not quite.

M- Carbonated. Tastes more like a soda. Sweet and delicious.

D- Here is where the beer goes wrong. Its a great beer, but far too sweet to drink more than one (especially the 1 PT bottle I got). But its tasty as a treat on its own.

Photo of dali27
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550 ml. bottle into pint glass.

A: Excellent color. It's a reddish/blue, very deep. The color screams cherry juice. The head is tinted pink, and leaves pretty lacing down side of the glass.

S: Really nice simple natural cherry sweetness.

T: The balance between the cherry juice and the aged ale is just about perfect. Sweetness and tartness are not overwhelming. This is everything that I would have expected out of a fruit beer brewed by an excellent brewery. Seriously, fine tasting goodness.

M: Again, a really nice blend of juice and beer with perfect amount of carbonation.

D: I am sipping on this and I'm very happy. Really an all around great drink.

This beer is definitely a good choice for when your in the mood for something sweet. A fruit beer to sip, sit and relax with. In fact, that's where I'm headed right now.

Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 550 ml. embossed bottle. Sampled on May 15, 2014.

It poured a slight cloudy reddish-amber with a decent beige head that fades after a few moments. It has a nice beer appearance.

Tart cherries and cherry juice are the most abundant scent on the nose but at the same time I do clearly pick up a little yeast and malt in the background.

The mouthfeel is in the medium range but it is heavier than I expected it to be. Smooth too.

Cherry fruit flavors with a tart finale. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits so unlike some fruit beers I have a higher tolerance for cherry beers. It was a welcome beverage on a warm night like tonight.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright and vibrant cherry coloring with a 1 finger spongey light tan head that was highlighted by pink hues. Retention was moderate leveling to a skimpy coating minus a lacing. Visible effervesce was light and steady.

S: The nose was maraschino cherries with a sweet syrupy cherry quality. The aroma was soft and pleasant with a touch of cherry skins you can almost taste.

T: The flavor was sweet and sryrupy maraschino cherries and juice that was fairly heavy handed. Sweet and tangy with a good acidic nature the flavor was well pronounced, maybe a bit to much so with a sharp and bubbly delivery. Overall the flavor was strong upfront and perhaps a bit sweet and syrupy at times and probably could of benefited from being toned down a bit.

M: syrupy like cough medicine but with a lively tingle of carbonation. A slight medicinal alcohol lacing and syrupy nature coats the tongue upon the swallow.

D: average at best if you're a fan of cherries and/or fruit beers. Overall probably a bit much at a pint and would be best served in smaller moderation, perhaps 6-8oz servings split with a friend. Decent, but wouldn't stretch my neck out and say it was particularly good. No hurry for a repurchase.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer has a mainly clear, albeit not crystal clear looking, reddish color, with orange hues in the background. The head is very mousse like, is a very light pink color and takes several minutes to settle down, which it does....into a cloud like thick layer over the beer. There is lots of sticky lacing that clings to the glass and the carbonation looks to be very fine and mild.

S- The aromas are very much dominated by sweet, sugary cherries...the maraschino variety to be exact. If there is anything else to smell, it's a faint bready malt.

T- The flavors again are pretty much all cherry, although this time around it's richer, like dark cherries or I might dare say it has a subtle chocolate covered cherry flavor. The cherries taste somewhat more fresh and real than the aroma in the middle and finish with a slight tart character. As the beer warms, it finishes with a mild port-like quality.

M- The carbonation is very mild and makes this a creamy beer to enjoy. The flavors compounded with this makes it an intense experience texture wise...I feel like I'm having a cherry chip chocolate mousse dessert!

D- This is an enjoyable dessert beer and is definitely different than other fruit beers I've enjoyed. I mean this in a good way, but I'd be fine after one pint and might prefer this over a solid type of dessert. A good spin by the English on this style and of course I appreciate the organic quality of this brew!

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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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