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

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

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86
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168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 458
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 31
Gots: 49 | 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: TKempe on 01-20-2009

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.30 for a single bottle.

Pours a deep, rich red body, that when held to the light turns to a bright, pinkish ruby. A three-finger in height, pink-tinged, white foamy head disappears quickly leaving a small amount of soapy lacing.

Aromas of fresh, tart, cooked raspberries hit the nose as soon as the bottle is open. The taste follows suit, with a deliciously long, smooth, tangy, sweet natural raspberry flavour, followed by a tart, zingy, slightly earthy and dry finish. Light bodied with a generous amount carbonation it manages to avoid feeling cloying despite being fairly sweet.

Overall this is an excellent beer. True to the fruit, massively easy drinking and refreshing. Would recommend. (740 characters)

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

Poured into a Samuel Smith nonic pint glass.

Look: A raspberry brown body with a pinkish cream colored head. Frothy. Foamy sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Raspberry juices, tart, fruit sweetness.

Taste: Sweetness and tart, just like the fruit .... much like all the other Samuel Smith organic fruit beers ... very true to the plan.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light.

Overall: Just as true to it's name and tasty as all of the other Sam Smith organic fruit beers -- I guess it just depends which fruit you prefer. (504 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear lovely dark garnet. World class head volume, retention and lacing.

Outstanding rich nose of sweet raspberry over a light biscuit.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy moments due to the superb carbonation. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescence from the middle on.

The flavor profile is very good, but is a bit short in intensity when compared to their cherry variant. Complexity and balance are good. It begins with slightly sweet raspberry that approaches tart in the middle. A hint of herbal hops emerge in the middle over a soda like sweetness undertone. The finish is a slow effervescent fade of slightly tart raspberry over a residual biscuit sweetness. (715 characters)

Photo of futiledevices
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This kind of took me by surprise. I like the brewery, and so I figured it couldn't be too bad, and I was right. I'm not into fruit beers, but this brew is dry and tart enough to keep it from being too cloyingly sweet. Pours a nice deep red with a pink foamy head. The smell is immediately present, with a nice raspberry preserve, jammy scent. The taste is similar, but it finishes tart and dry rather than sticky and sweet, which I feared it might. Very very slight malt taste - just enough to remind you that you might be drinking beer. Would be nice on a warm spring afternoon. If you like fruit beers, or if you just want something completely different, it's worth a try. (682 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very pretty deep red clear beer and foamy pink head. Big head until it fades to a 1/8" fine bubbled layer. Lace is spotty. Juicy raspberries waft right out the glass. Sooooo fruity and mouthwatering. Rhubarb pie comes to mind big time, and that's including the doughy crust. Smells like a raspberry Danish as well. Taste is sweet, not overwhelmingly so, a little tart, and loaded with fruity juiciness. It's like the best fruity soda ever. Mouthfeel is a touch syrupy fitting with the pie filling concept, smooth, and sticky. A fun change of pace in the beer world. (565 characters)

Photo of HarryPotHead
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite what I was expecting...this was my first go around with fruit beers. Not sure I will be back. Too tart with a strange lingering aftertaste. I was expecting more of a subtle flavor...like the way a chocolate stout or vanilla porter will have just a hint of those flavors. Not so much here...The raspberry flavor dominates to the point where it doesn't even taste like beer.....tastes more like juice than beer. Worth trying but definitely not my cup of tea. (471 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Bought from The Little Delicatessen in Tadcaster, a couple of doors down from the brewery.

355ml bottle poured into a Vedett glass.

Actually brewed in Stamford (Lincs) rather than in Tadcaster, it's not a fruit beer in the Belgian style rather a beer with added fruit juice. Not to say that it's bad, but comparing it to a Belgian fruit beer is missing the point by a wide mark.

That said, it *looks* like a Belgian framboise, being deep red with a vaguely pink head. Smell of raspberries (obviously) but not in an artificial way. Tastes of raspberries too, strangely enough - sweet and slightly bitter but without that lambic 'edge' and it certainly doesn't taste like something with an ABV just north of 5%.

Eminently drinkable although some might find the aftertaste is a bit cloying. (792 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%

Pours a hazy dark magenta copper. The 1/4 inch khaki head fades to a thick cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is dominated by ripe raspberry and apple juice with a grainy finish.

The taste is of ripe raspberry, apple juice and a hint of generic grains.

The texture is light bodied with medium carbonation.

Cloyingly sweet and slightly tart, this has very little beer or ale characteristics, aside from a faint grain taste and aroma. (455 characters)

Photo of fudsquat
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Here's a great recipe. RASPBERRY FRUIT BREAD
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup rye flour
1 heaping tablespoon baking powder
1heaping teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 egg, beaten
¾ cup – 1 cup mixed dried fruit, chopped (be picky about this-Whole Foods or Trader Joe's)
1 bottle (1 pt. 2.7 oz) Samuel Smith’s Raspberry Ale
Heat oven to 350. Mix together thoroughly all ingredients, put in loaf pan,bake 1 hr. (508 characters)

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

While I'm not a big fruit beer fan, this one has me torn a bit. I'm not sure if it reminds me of a juice when I was younger, or dare I say it, my palate may be evolving? I think as of now it is the former of the two. Very sweet and crisp with little fireworks bubbles in the center of the glass once the head dissipated. Not too bad, once and a while for now. (359 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one looks like a raspberry soda might, only quite a bit thicker and with a reasonably substantial ecru head. I might call it mauve, or something close with maybe a bit more red to it. Lace is small, tight and bubbly but better than average in quantity.
I like the sweet smell and taste mingling with the tartness, and the raspberry is certainly fresh. This one does have the least character from the base beer coming through between the others I've tried (apricot and strawberry, to this point). It does offer a crackery sort of malt and a bit of dusty earth, so I do get it. The other beers do have quite a fruit presence while allowing the beer to shine more effectively, though.
It's light to medium bodied and just short of spritzy. It does lean toward a soda-like feel but eases off the bubbly carbonation just at the precipice. As it is, it's a nice and refreshing apartif or dessert-type beer that can also be enjoyed alone or with the main course. (960 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 9/17/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart raspberry with a good amount of fruity/sugary sweetness and some light bread. Very nice aromas with big authentic fruit presence and a nice fruit/sweetness balance; with great strength. Taste of big tart raspberry with moderate fruity/sugary sweetness, light bread, and slight herbal hops. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish with a fair amount of fruit tartness; with lingering notes of tart/sweet raspberry flavors on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness of authentic raspberry flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruit beer as expected. All around great robustness and balance of authentic tart raspberry and fruit/sugary malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,260 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a. Red/maroon in color. Pinkish 2 finger head when poured into a tulip glass. Not much lacing.

s. All raspberry, but a tart raspberry

t. All raspberry. Not many ale characteristics. Tastes more like a raspberry wine than a raspberry bear. To prove this point, I had my wife try it. She likes wine, hates beer. She enjoyed this.

m. Mouthfeel is actually quite nice. Even though the head dissipates, there is carbonation and balance.

o. Good beer with minimal beer qualities - which is like an oxymoron, but true. (515 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My rating is relative to other fruit beers.

Color- ruby red. Full light pink head.

Aroma- raspberries!

Taste- the essence of raspberry, so clean, balanced sweetness, finishing ever so slightly tart.

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Scotch whiskey glass. Tasted June 2014. (278 characters)

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby red with no head, tart nose reminding me of children's chewable vitamins.

Nice and raspberry (of course!) tart flavor, again like a children's vitamin. I was expecting at least a little ale flavor, but it was nonexistent. Nice sour aftertaste.

This brew would be an awesome hot afternoon refresher. (307 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a fan of fruity beers, but I am a sucker for raspberry, and Samuel Smith gives you plenty of it! As you would expect, it pours a dark red with a nice white head, and raspberry pretty much dominates the smell and flavor. It is sweet, perhaps a little too sweet, but is also slightly tart and combined with the crisp carbonation gives a fun, refreshing beverage. Great summer beer, or apertif. Light feel, a touch sticky from the sugar, but super easy to drink, with a manageable ABV. (498 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sam'l Smith's Organic Raspberry Ale.

A: Light red/raspberry-ish color, with a slightly pink head. Thin and fades to just a ring. Very slight lacing, with a very thin film of sheeting (no tears or legs, though).

S: Strong raspberry smell front the moment the bottle is opened! Nice amount of tartness from the raspberry scent.

T/MF: Just the faintest hint of sweetness. Good raspberry taste, though not nearly as potent as the smell. A slight let down, in that. Very dry, almost bitter, but not quite.

I had heard their fruit beers were really good, but I was expecting that to be a bit of an exaggeration. Though, the appearance and smell pleasantly surprised me, the taste was about what I expected, maybe slightly better. Still a pretty good beer. Perhaps, something to entice people from wines and ciders over to the beer world.

Poured from an 18.7 oz bottle, into a Petrus chalice. (890 characters)

Photo of veronicaraye
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer! Disclosure: I love raspberries and fruity beers! I am also a fan of Lindeman's framboise but this isn't as tart and has a perfect balance or fruit and actual "beer" taste! I highly recommend trying this beer! I bet it's to-die-for on tap! (270 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Organic Raspberry pours a reddish color, with a nice lacing head. Their is a strong real raspberry aroma. The taste has a strong raspberry flavors, and has a real raspberry flavor. Nice full flavor, nice sweetness, and a nice mellow tartness at the end. Nice carbonation as well. Overall a no frills raspberry ale, very solid and enjoyable. (340 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko13
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think Wedge summed it up very well, and his review is exactly what I would anticipate a more seasoned beer connoisseur to write.

"Pours a beautiful, deep ruby color with a billowy pink head that compresses to a dense, lumpy slab in the center. Deep, sweet, almost creamy raspberry juice in the nose. Big raspberry flavor as well...juicy, sweet, and somewhat tart. Slightly dry in the finish, medium bodied, and a little slick. Very fruity, but thankfully not too sweet or syrupy. Quite the refreshing beverage, but pretty much just raspberry juice."

It is quite a pretty red, but mine is more of a rose color. No lumpy slab for me, but a thin lacy froth after the billow. I agree on the aroma, body and finish. I didn't think the flavor was as sweet or full raspberry, more of a raspberry Jolly Rancher but less sweet and less tart. It's not nearly as smack-you-in-the-face fruity as the Lindemans Framboise Lambic, but it's nice, light and pleasant.

Addendum, 6/20: happened to have part of the bottle left over and nothing to cover it with. It was also taken out of the fridge unbeknownst to me, so it had time to "breathe", I suppose. I like it a lot better this way, actually. It is, however, much more like raspberry juice today. Sweeter, less tart, still refreshing and pleasant. Still prefer lambic, but this is a nice compromise. (1,343 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful, deep ruby color with a billowy pink head that compresses to a dense, lumpy slab in the center. Deep, sweet, almost creamy raspberry juice in the nose. Big raspberry flavor as well...juicy, sweet, and somewhat tart. Slightly dry in the finish, medium bodied, and a little slick. Very fruity, but thankfully not too sweet or syrupy. Quite the refreshing beverage, but pretty much just raspberry juice. (418 characters)

Photo of Kerrie
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I reviewed the Organic Strawberry last week and loved it, so it's time to give this one a shot!

A- Looks dark copper with a pinkish head (one finger or so, which doesn't last too long) and some decent lacing.

S- Smells like tart fruit, thankfully not artificial. Not sure if I'd be able to tell it was raspberry simply due to the smell, though.

T- Tastes like tart raspberries. The aftertaste is pleasant and lingers for quite a bit.

M- Light and fruity, but not thin or watery. Perfect for this type of beer.

Overall, I like it, but I was far more impressed with the strawberry. I suppose it depends on your fruit preference, though. That said, the Organic Strawberry had more of a strawberry/sweet flavor than this does a raspberry one. (744 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

Pours a hazy reddish color with some off white head. The smell is quite mild and not overly fruity. The flavor is quite sweet and full of raspberries. A bit like fruit juice with an acidic note as well. Nothing I need to have again. (275 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Sort of like a hazy red color. I mean, it looks good enough. Little head but leaves lacing.

S: Bam! Hits you with sweetness and raspberry. Very fruity, very nice.

T: Pretty good but a bit unbalanced. Sweetness is a bit too much. Raspberry is a little muddled under a candy overtone. Otherwise not too bad.

M: Sits light. Carbonation is overpowering. Again, not bad but average indeed.

This being the last of the Sam Smith fruit beers I had to try, it's better than the others (except apricot which was great) this beer is still not mind blowing. The sweetness is out of control which, as I like lambics, is something to say. Other lambics/fruit beers I've had seem to have more balance. Not bad, but there are better options. (734 characters)

Photo of scratch69
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy, dark ruby color with two fingers worth of fizzy, reddish colored head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Raspberries and a hint of malt.

Taste- Sweet raspberry flavor with some malt. Slight tart finish.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied. Crisp with a moderate amount of fizzy carbonation.

Overall- This is one of the better fruit beers that I have had. Very good , but if you are not into sweet fruit beers stay away from this. (496 characters)

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Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.