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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Josiah2729, Oct 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

OldTime, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

spointon, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

MarioM, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

KStark, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of mrandolph
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely amber with a dense white head with firm bubbles from tap (Nitro, I believe, at a company pub in Oxford). The aroma has very low levels of earthy UK hops. This is a very estery beer, pears and apples. Raisiny caramel notes lead the flavor, with low levels of bittering hops complemented by low flavor hops and noticeable esters. The beer goes down smooth with a medium body.

mrandolph, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of CanuckRover
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Ye Olde Cheshire.

A dark amber with cream head... not the greatest lighting in the world though.

Wood on the nose, quite earthy and nutty. Just a hint of dark fruit behind.

Some subtle English fruity malt up front followed by nice vanilla tones. Finish is quite oaky, though not overblown.

A decent enough Bitter. Certainly sessionable.

CanuckRover, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Cittie of Yorke in London. From notes.

A - Poured a slightly hazy dark gold colour with a creamy one finger eggshell head. Soapy bubbles on the sides of the glass. Nice rings of creamy lacing and a half finger of retention.

S - Bready with some butter. Apple comes out. Earthy and some High School locker sort of aroma.

T - Nice gentle malt and hop balance. Bready with some buttery/butterscotch notes with a little crisp hop note. Crackers might be in there too.

M - Nice touch of carbonation. Slightly sweet finish with a light and creamy body.

O/D - High dinkability as this is tasty and low abv. A good beer with depth and interesting parts coming together as you go. A good one but nothing crazy.

tbeckett, May 24, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having had this beer on cask for many many times at Samuel Smith's houses throughout London (it surprises me just how many very old pubs have been taken over~~), this is the first time I truly feel that I should record what I've tasted. For the pint consumed at the Angel (nr. St. Giles Church and Tottenham Court tube station) recently, was the best I've had in addition to the perfect pouring by the cool but skilful barman there.

A: dispensed with a sparkler (presumably), it comes in a bright and clear, reddish-amber hue; a tight and creamy beige beer head sits on top and refuses to budge throughout the drink.
S: a sour-sweet woody hint buttresses a slightly resinous and dried grassy hops, but very smooth; a fruity overtone of plums asserts itself in the back, rather understated, but dovetails the fore-note just fine.
T: a natural woody, sour-sweet edge and refreshing but softly plummy+apple-ish fruity flavour accompany a very creamy-textured malty entry, complementing each other just beautifully; very faint bitterness struggles to pierce through the impressive silky maltiness, rendering a clean aftertaste and slightly drish hint from both wooden casks (used to age this beer) and hops.
M&D: the mouthfeel is great, silky smooth, perfectly controlled carbonation and medium-bodied, this really is a quaffable traditional ale--maybe a cross b/w bitter and pale ale? For one, I'd recommend drinking this classic ale at this quality little gem, the Angel, for full enjoyment (if one's in central London rather than Doncaster, that is).
Warning: the same beer could be very bland when served on tap, over-chilled, or dispensed carelessly, in another Samuel Smith's pub with poor bar-training and cellarmanship, though.

wl0307, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-cask at The Cock in London. Appeared a hazy golden yellow with a tall white head. Eh, nice and drinkable but a bit plain. The aroma is just a sharp, sweet mellon note and a plain bready flavor. Very drinkable and it fits well into the style Worth a try is you're into Sam Smith beers - but understand, this isn't at the same level as the Taddy Porter or Oatmeal Stout.

tempest, Apr 13, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

JohnQVD, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

vinicole, Aug 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Mr_Pink_152, Jan 06, 2014
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3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a couple at the Angel and White Horse next to the old Samuel Smith brewery in Tadcaster, which is a really nice pub.

A: Dulled amber with a thin but sustained creamy head.

S: Not a lot.

T: Very mild. The only discernible flavour is mild citrusy lemonade. It's a very chilled out bitter and there's no off flavours.

M: A bit creamy.

O: A lovely daytime beer. Very mild flavour but somewhat satisfying.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of citrus, hint of oak, hint of liquor. Fits the style of an English Bitter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of citrus. Overall, average appearance, aroma, and feel.

Tone, Sep 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

mtrain237, Jul 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

tom10101, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of TheDM
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium white head of fine and medium sized bubbles that leaves behind a good lacing. It's body is atransparent light semicloudy yellow orange color. It has a mild honey aroma. It tastes smooth with someafter bite and a lingering hoppy flavor. This brew has some character and is drinkable. A decent beer to
sit and have a plesant conversation with.

TheDM, Apr 17, 2003
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3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Lovely looking clear amber body with a good dense nitro-esque head and nice lace.

Nose of caramel and butterscotch malt. Some
Vinegar.

Good solid mouthful of butterscotch and cherries, thick feel, too sweet , no hops. Meh.

So so. Sam smith do great pubs. I love their porter and barley wine, but this is the definition of mediocrity. At best.

Trizzle, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of dwren89
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden amber, nice clarity, foamy off white head

Aroma: not a very strong aroma, slightly earthy

Taste: mild and muted, pale malt biscuity-ness with English hop character. Not very flavorful

Mouthfeel:creamy and medium-light bodied

Overall impression: typical bitter flavor, nothing spectacular. Fairly weak bodied to be honest.

dwren89, Jul 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

jnjander, Jul 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

ChaseTheAce, Feb 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

diverite, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of hotstuff
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer had a medium sized head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles.The hue of this beer was orange and it produced a decent lacing on the sides of my glass.To me it has a fruity, citrusy nose.This is definitely a bitter tasting beer.This is not my favorite style of beer; however, it wasn't that bad.

hotstuff, Aug 05, 2003
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.