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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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 31
Gots: 45 | 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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Reviews by davexisxrabid:
Photo of davexisxrabid
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle into two wine glasses for my girlfriend and myself. Poured a cloudy rust red color with a nice inch tall pink head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

Aroma of kool-aid. Can't really smell anything reminiscent of beer here ... maybe my honker is off but my girlfriend agrees. Odd artificial flavor aroma isn't too bad though.

Flavor is bursting with sweet raspberries, and a faintly detectable sugary flavor I can't place. Maybe something in the raspberry juice used to sweeten the beer. No hops or malts of any time detected.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Isn't cloying between drinks.

Easily drinkable, reminds me of a cider because of the residual sweetness. Decent brew overall but I honestly preferred the Organic Strawberry and Cherry to this one. I thought since I like framboise this one would be tops. Worth a try though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I split this bottle with my wife thinking this ale would be geared more for her,I actually didnt think it was all that bad.Poured the color of a pepperment stick (not the white part of course),with a nice tight pink colored head atop,aromas of candied sweet raspberries with faint caramel-like sweetness.Flavors start out very sweet and sticky but ends with a nice tart finish,more like fresh raspberries.Not something I could drink much of,but for what it is its pretty good.

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, dark red in color, clear

Smell: tart raspberries and sugar

Taste: big tart raspberries...a bit of caramel malt, and sugar.

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

Overall: The Sam Smith organic fruit line all seems to follow in the same pattern. Very good, fruity, sweet beers that all taste like beer still as opposed to wine coolers. This one has a bit more tartness than the others and is my favorite of the pack, but all make excellent dessert beers. I will be having this again.

Photo of Torey
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good but very fruity in all aspects

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-purple color with an off-white head. The aroma is strong raspberry with not much else. The flavor is identical to the aroma. Other than a lot of raspberry, I don't get anything else. The beer is very sweet and tastes more like raspberry juice than any kind of a beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lovely dark red - almost purple, ruby when held to the light. About a half-inch of light pink foam, good retention and some lacing. Looks unlike any beer I've tried before, but still looks good.

Nose is mostly raspberry with just a touch of lemon tartness. Not getting anything 'beer' in here, but I happen to really enjoy raspberries, so I'm digging this. They smell geniune, which is a big plus.

Again, the taste is all raspberry - lovely and tart. Not overly sweet or else I doubt I could finish the whole bottle. Nor is it as tart as a lambic or sour. Just a tasty flavor of raspberry. Finishes dry and puckery.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, which is again probably a good thing, or else it would have the consistancy of a raspberry cooler. Medium body, dryness in the finish.

It's hard to for me to really call this a beer, since the raspberry flavor doesn't accentuate - it dominates - the ale. Other fruit beers are a little bit more subtle, blending wheat or classic ale flavors with a fruit backing. Still, whatever it is Sam Smith's did, they did it well. The raspberry flavor is fresh, real, tart, not overlysweet, and with good carbonation. I rated the drinkability for this a bit low because finishing the bottle will be tough. It's refreshing, certainly tasty, but a hard taste to stick with. I'll certainly drink this again, but I'll be sharing!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep murky ruby tinted boy with a pink colored head forming thick, 500ml bottle this could be a whole lot of fruit beer. Fine even lacing dispersed nicely, aroma is full of tart raspberries and fruit jam with an earthy seed based accent. Light airy fruit with tart perfume like notes of raspberry fruit, a very nice smelling beer. Flavor wise it's extremely tart bordering sour, finishes dry after the fruit sugars subside with the sweetness. Much like fermented fruit juice, in this case tart raspberries. A bit of lactic yogurt like flavors amongst the fruit and malt interplay absolutely no hop profile to speak of. Dry finish, body has sturdy champagne like carbonation, medium bodied a bit cloying. Overall a very drinkable fruit ale, I don't find many out there, but this one is enjoyable natural fruit flavors provide for a nice beer experience.

Photo of Brenden
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard Samuel Smith's 550ml bottle, a new offering that could not, nae, would not, be passed over.

This beer pours a clear, dark magenta hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat bubbly pink head, which leaves some consistent drooping lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of sweet pale malt, gritty rock sugar, and mildly sour raspberry cough-drops. The taste is more slightly saccharine, kind of bready and wet crackery malt, tart, semi-sweet raspberry puree, and a drying, nondescript leafiness (I'm reminded of the bush that said fruit grows on).

The carbonation is on the low side, just a dim frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, due in kind to the fruity juiciness, and thus expectedly smooth. It finishes with a nice, edgy dry raspberry and mixed berry fruitiness overriding the inherent lingering sweetness.

The description on the label that references the blending of malt, raspberry, and 'previously cellared organic brew' lends a certain credence to the 'English Fruit Lambic' concept well alluded to throughout the experience that is this beer. Dry enough to offset the big fruit bomb that this could have been, and guilty as sin in its ease (and commensurate rate) of consumption.

Photo of mintjellie
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smiths Raspberry Fruit Ale is made by blending a base beer with fruit juice (or concentrate, in this case), giving the beer an intense pinkish-red hue that matches the colour of the raspberries sold by my local berry farm in pinkish-red intensity. Topped by a mountainous cap of foam in a lighter shade of pink, this is a pretty tasty looking beer. The aroma is rioutously loud blast of sweet & sour raspberry candy. It might be one note, but it's one hell of a big note. Without added sugar like Fruli, this blend of beer and fruit juice comes across as less sweet. I'm not saying this is sweet, just that what sweetness it has is easily balanced by the tannin and tartness provided by the raspberry. That raspberry flavour is as big as it smells too. This is one seriously fruity fruit beer. The use of natural raspberry extract in addition to the juice concentrate amplifies things just a little bit. Medium bodied with a sticky, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Intensely fruity with no artificial chemical flavours, and thats all I expect of a simple fruit beer. I'd love to pair this with some decadent brownies or devils food cake for dessert. I bet you could make an awesome reduction out of this and use it as a sauce on cheesecake. I assume it doesn't contain hops since they aren't listed as an ingredient, so there isn't any bitterness to worry about concentrating.

Photo of tastybeer
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful and bold dark fire-red color leaning toward a deeper burgundy sort of look. Pink head is packed firm and insanely creamy, leaving a ton of pink lace on the glass in its wake.

There's no denying this aroma. It's big, full, sweet, tart...and yes, a crazy raspberry overload. It's tempered by an extremely earthy character, something I can't put my finger on but reminds me of words like "dirt," "grass" and "basement." All in a good way.

Flavor is bursting with raspberry, but the beauty of this is that it never gets too sweet or too tart. The balance seems achieved by an earthy (that word again) grainy/bready element, keeping the beer from being one of those too-typical and too-one dimensional fruit beer novelties. Mildly tart in the finish, this beer is quite the opposite of dry...I guess "wet"!

Full, creamy mouthfeel has plenty of weight and carbonation to it. Just right for what's going on here.

A month or so ago I was pleasantly surprised at how good Samuel Smith's Cherry ale was--I had to try another. Glad I did. In my world, fruit beer greatness is not purely owned by New Glarus and the Belgians...not anymore.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LCBO bottle, aka Melbourne Brothers raspberry, and certainly in their way of making beer. Sticky enough to attract flies. Reddish with pink foam. On the sweet side, medium mouthfeel. A good tartness. Very berry, but also artificial additives to make it that way. Decent fruit beer.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a lovely looking beer! I was only able to pour half the bottle in to my pint glass due to a massive cream soda pink head that sprouts up immediately. Big time retention. When the mass of bubbles finally settles it looks almost like the head in a near-finished float... chunky. The beer itself is a deep ruby red, slightly misty.

Rasperries on the nose. Sweet with the faintest touch of... something else.

The head is a taste experience in and of itself, like a big raspberry marshmellow. Nice concentrated fruit flavours. The beer is much sweeter than I expected something from Samuel Smith to be, a tad too sweet for my taste, but it's a mellow sweetness balanced with some very clean malt. It's clear that they wanted the raspberry to be the headliner here. Faint tartness in the finish.

Very smooth. Little carbonation.

The first half of the bottle was good, but the sweetness wears on me a bit. Not sickly sweet, but it's certainly fruity.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep purple with 1/2" of pinkish purple head that fades after a few minutes. The nose is fresh raspberries almost like jam. The taste is very sweet like juice. The raspberries are intense and delicious. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and rich.

This is a well put together, balanced, fruit beer. It's very sweet so I probably couldn't do more than one of these, but it's got to be one of the best fruit beers I've had.

Photo of mempath
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i already reviewed the cherry, but this one is even better. very drinkable, nice body/mouthfeel (not too much carbonation...not thick and syrupy) which allows the raspberry flavor to assert itself in this beer foundation. the nose is fruity but in a refreshing way (unlike a cooler as some might expect). excellent alternative (for me) to the more expensive, tart lambics

Photo of McMatt7
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%


Photo of zaphodchak
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About 1.5 fingers of light pink head, unexpectedly dark ruby body, not very transparent, which bodes well. Laces liberally.

Smell is pungent, tart raspberry. One-dimensional, expected, and very, very pleasant.

Taste is of raspberries, like sour raspberry candy, almost 'blue raspberry' artificial flavor, but it's organic, so it must be good, right? Taste is really quite nice, all told, and finishes up pretty cleanly; there's some faint, well masked hops to clean it up. Strangely, it gets more bitter as I keep sipping, more vegetal and leafy.

Mouthfeel is quite pleasant and creamy; this is a major strong point of the beer which saves it from being 'soda.'

Overall great if this is what you're looking for. It's not as if it purports to be anything else, but for what it is, it's quite nice.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a Troegs pint glass. Shared by schen9303.

First off, let me say that most of my reviews are actually quite long. I can't see how this one will be...

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger foamy pink head with great retention. Beer is a striking clear red. Lacing is thick and layered, with great cling.

S: Pungent sweet raspberries.

T: Exactly like the nose. Almost tastes like fruit soda.

M: Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated so that there's a bit of noticeable substance to this one. Smooth. Finish is clean. No aftertaste.

D: As far as fruit beers go, great, robust flavor, ample body, and hella good looking too. Great representation of the style. However, as expected its as one dimensional as they come.

Photo of futiledevices
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of RickS95
2.79/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks less like a fruit beer than other fruit beers. It's mostly dark brown, with just some lighter red hues. The head is thin and white with a pinkish hue.

Smell is overwhelmingly raspberry. You can almost smell the acid. Slightly biscuity scent.

Tastes like raspberry juice. Nothing else.

Starts off very sweet and ends almost dry, with an acidic tart pucker.

I'm not a fan of most beers flavored with fruit juice. I don't mind a fruit beer, but I'd prefer the fruit be added instead of fruit juice. This is mostly raspberry juice thrown into an ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purple tinged chestnut with a thumb of khaki head with pink notes. Good head retention & lacing

S: Raspberry, figgy notes

T: Follows the nose, some hints of raisin too up front. More jammy notes as this warms, some strawberry, tart raspberry & figs too, some dryness. Finishes jammy, with sweet figgy & raspberry

MF: Light bodied, low carbonation, some sticky notes

Decent raspberry ale, better than the strawberry ale to be sure

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

Poured a very pink/red color with a light pink head.

The smell had a big raspberry smell, very fresh.

The taste is all raspberry, a bit tart and a bit sweet. Not much beer flavor.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated with a bit of a slick feeling.

Easy to drink if you like raspberries, not a bad fruity beer, but like many others struggles to find the balance between being a fruit cocktail and having some beer qualities.

Photo of gobias
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice dark fruity lager that has a sweet taste. The color is almost like a cloudy red wine. The taste is fruity with a sweet raspberry flavor, not too strong, but still noticeable.
This would be a nice dessert beer. And with an alcohol content of 5.10%, it is one of the stronger fruit lagers. Also it is Organic if you like organic foods and drinks.
I really enjoy this and look forward to tasting their other fruit beers.

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