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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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Reviews: 168
Hads: 458
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 32
Gots: 51 | 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 decimator
1.65/5  rDev -57%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5.1%.

A - Poured a dark red with brown and purple hues. 1 cm pink foamy head reduced to some bubbles. Decent lacing. Looks interesting.

S - Raspberry jam and beer. Doesn't smell too bad actually.

T - Sweet upfront, cooked raspberries, raspberry juice, sour, tart, mild bitter finish. Really not liking the overly fruit juice flavour.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, tart fruit juice finish.

O - Drain pour. It's pretty tart and I found it hard to enjoy. (506 characters)

Photo of Hunter
2.23/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

appearance: Dark ruby beer, heavy carbonation. Thick head of pink foam that's almost comical in appearance, but it vanishes all too quickly.

smell: FRUIT. Damn near reminds me of drinking Nestle Quik as a kid. Sugary fruit dominates everything here, and nothing else comes through. No real problem with it though, was expecting it.

taste: More of that fruit. This is alcoholic Kool-Aid. Nothing but the raspberries comes through in the tasting. Almost sour enough to remind me of a lambic.

mouthfeel: clean, small but persistent aftertaste of fruit on the tongue.

drinkability: drinkable certainly as a session beer, but a full bottle of this is almost too much, like consuming an entire box of of gummi candy by oneself. This gets marked down somewhat simply because my preference is to be able to taste the beer with the fruitiness when it comes to styles like this. I prefer more subtlety. (896 characters)

Photo of RickS95
2.79/5  rDev -27.3%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark red with a foamy pink head. Nice structure here, with good lacing clinging to the glass.

Harken back to childhood memories of an elderly aunt who is cheap as the day is long. Remember her candy dish, and the cheap, shitty, oversweet fruit candy she had in it? That's the nose on this beer. It got 1.5 instead of 1.0 because I could identify the fruit as raspberry.

We are lucky this isn't as bad as the nose. I actually tasted this a couple of ways, including holding my nose to avoid the aroma. OK -- raspberry fruit up front -- not fresh and tart, but more like boiled down or overcooked preserves (got it! -- like the semi-burnt preserve flavor you get in a jam-based baked dessert/cookie; that semi burnt edge that is both sweet and bitter) . There is enough bitterness behind this (in the beer) to offset the sweet a bit, and it fights thru so it seems like you just eaten some bitter raspberry seeds. Candied fruit fights its way back and finally (!) some natural fruit flavor begins to shine thru as the palate clears. Finish is more sweet than tart. 3.0? I'm feeling generous today (meaning, if I was drinking this outdoors I might have spit it on the lawn).

Has some body and light carbonation. Probably could use a bit more in the bubble dept., but this is ok. Has a bit of an authentic acidic edge, which I do quite like.

Ok, this is fruit beer, so I know what I was getting into. Don't hate this, but funny enough, the more I drink this, the less I like it (odd, as things usually grow on you). They went all-in with strength of flavor, which is good. Many brewers just wimp out and give you something weak and bad; here, it is strong and semi-bad. An A for effort.

This stuff will never pass my lips again, nor will their other option (strawberry). Honestly, even a non-beer drinker would have a hard time with the sugary flavors here. I'm going back to my lambics. (1,894 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Smith has officially sold his soul to the beer devil. A fruit beer from one of the most tried-and-true breweries in the world. It's the equivelent of Harley-Davidson making tricycles.

The beer looks like soda-pop. An utterly fizzy red beer hits the glass and creates an initial, loosely knit pink head that fades with low levels of lacing or retention.

The beer smells like soda-pop. Candy raspberry flavors seem artificial. No real malt foundation to hide behind, the beer doesn't seem to exhibit what is best about beer or raspberries. No hop presence. No other complexity from esters, phenols, or anything else to attempt balance.

The beer tastes like soda-pop. Sugary sweet raspberry flavor taste as artificial as the nose smelled. Very low levels of malt fail to give any beer-y impression to the beverage. Aside from paying $6, there's nothing beer-like about it.

The beer feels like soda-pop. Again, sugary, sticky, sweet (...from my head to my feet.) The beer has no meaningful malt in the body. No dryness to assist in the end. Aggressive carbonation prickles the mouth and becomes bitey at times. The beer isn't awful as a beverage to drink, but they should serve it in a sippie-cup. (1,204 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Brown pop top Victorian pint bottle, beautiful label...classic Sammy Smith

Appearance: Intense brick-red beer, almost like a dark rose wine; a hard pour produces a rose pink colored cap with pretty impressive staying power

Smell: Fresh, sweet/tart juicy raspberry...very much like fresh berries that have been sugared for shortcake, etc....this is one dimensional, but pleasant and fresh, and not artificial

Taste: Oi. Tart! And kind of sugary sweet at the same time...weird. This somehow manages to be puckering, sour, sweet, and yet slightly bitter on the finish...after the finish there's the ghost of a malt profile lingering on...kind of unsorted

Mouthfeel: A bit much on the CO2

Drinkability: Medium at best

Conclusion: I wanted to love this beer...and I just couldn't...in a word, it's odd. (817 characters)

Photo of froghop
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a raspberry red with a large pink head, and some lacing.

smell is of raspberry, and malt.

taste of raspberry, and malt, a little sweet but not too sweet, ends a little tart.

overall a good fruit beer, better than most fruit beers, taste and smells raspberry just as stated. (282 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear dark red with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is raspberry + with lots of sweetness and some mild tartnss.

The taste is very raspberry sweet like if you put sugar on raspberries with your corn flakes. Some mild tartness in the background and a very light flavour of wheat but man, this is too damn sweet. That's funny in an unfunny way as this is my favourite fruit(other than Blueberries) and I enjoyed the Cherry and Strawberry Fruit beers a lot more.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability? It will be tough to finish this bottle...ok, so only a few more sips and I'm done. Yeah, I'm done. (627 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is rasberry in color with a thin but crisp head. Smell is again pretty much rasberry with a little honey thrown in. Taste of tart rasberries with a light earthy bitter bite. Mouthfeel is light with a good spike of carbonation. Samuel Smith makes some excellent ales, but this is a little rough around the edges compared to other fruit beers I've tried, but at the same time better than others. (404 characters)

Photo of phishgator
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a water chalice with a slight red nice foamy head. The color is of a hazy red fruit juice. The carbonation is high. The smell is of raspberries and only raspberries. The taste is exactly what you would expect. A little too overpowering IMO. The alochol is none existent. Not a bad brew just too much like raspberry juice. (333 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 KajII
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Flute]

The pour was a medium to dark red almost a cranberry in color with an average sized (1-2 finger) fizzy pink head that dissipated quite quickly and had fair lacing.

The aroma was extremely strong with the scent of Raspberry's and had a mild sweet yeast odor to it and not much else.

It tasted moderately sweet and slightly malty with a nice dose of Raspberry from beginning to end with a hint of yeast at the finish that left the flavor lingering on the taste buds for a nice long time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and slightly watery in texture yet had a dry feel to it at the finish with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall kind of a sweet brew with a lot of flavor, but it is more like Lambic than a Fruit Beer. Although it might be quite tasty mixed with a dry stout. (831 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 mralphabet
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass

A: Pours a brownish red, with a big pink colored head, about 2 fingers worth that settles to a thin layer with very nice looking lacing.

S: OK, it smells like of fresh raspberries and grapes.. This does not smell like beer but it is interesting and delicious smelling.

T: OK, here is where it goes a little bad... First sip has the unpleasant taste of cough syrup. Mid palette has a little sweet malt mixed in. As it warms the cough syrup settles down and improves. Aftertaste leaves a little on the sweet but tart side.

M: Medium body with a lively carbonation.

D: Really sweet & tart just like a good raspberry... but you have to be patient because the overwhelming cough syrup taste is bad... Hang in there... (756 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 davexisxrabid
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of rccola712
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a 12oz glass

deep purple color with a very thick light pink/purple head

hardly even smelled like beer, more like fruit candy

light carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel

first sip was excellent, very sweet and fruity, but each sip lessened it's enjoyment, the sweet taste and fruit was overpowering, and almost didn't taste like a beer

Interesting brew and i love the idea of it, the taste just wasnt for me. (421 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Deep red color. Lots of carbonation. Pink color head. Very odd looking beer.

Aroma:
Very sweet, candy like aroma. Tons of raspberry.

Taste:
Very sweet and fruity up front along with tartness at the end. I’m getting lots of raspberries. There’s some dry tartness at the end. I couldn’t detect any hops or malt, the raspberry is overpowering. Body is medium with moderate carbonation.

Finish:
Very smooth, yet very dry tartness in the finish and aftertaste.

Overall:
It’s most definitely a fruit beer. It’s way too sweet for my palate, but it’s very smooth. (583 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the very few Fruit Beers I have ever tried.

Pours out a very deep amber/ruby red with about 2 fingers of slightly pink head.

The aroma has a ton of pure raspberry along with hints of wheat and not much else.

The taste is also dominated by the raspberry taste, but it tastes like actual fruit, not filler. It's a very good balance between the sweetness coming from a raspberry and tartness as well. It's more tart than I would have assumed, but not sour. It's like drinking pure raspberry juice with some carbonation. The wheat is there, but it's very subtle

The mouthfeel is on the lighter medium side and it finishes somewhat dry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but the sweetness after awhile does sneak up on you and becomes a little cloying. Still, if you want a pure Fruit Beer then this is definitely worth checking out. (845 characters)

Photo of uno99
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was actually buying this beer for a friend as part of a thank you gift pack I was putting together, and I realized I haden't tried it yet.

A: Pours quite red of course, with ample lacing and a decent head that settles into a nice thin film.

S: Smells quite tannic. you really get the essence of raspberries. It smells like your actually biting into one and chewing on the seeds. Unfortunately I think it overpowers the beer. Certainly smells pleasant though

T: Slightly more balanced than the smell, but more sweet. very sweet actually.

M: Quite sticky, good carbonation helps lift it off a bit though.

D: A good refresher. However I cant see this going well with a meal or even a session of beer. Could be a nice appertif or dessert I suppose. (751 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 bobsy
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At over $5 for the bottle I felt like I was taking a flyer on this one. Sam Smith's is a great brewer, but while I enjoy fruit beers I find that (with a few notable exceptions) they do not impress. I'm also a bit concerned that the brewery is angling for the female / organically conscious crowd with this offering, and I hope it doesn't usurp the quality of the beer.

The pour is promising and makes for an attractive visual. Unsurprisingly the liquid is a light raspberry head with a bubbly white head that has a pinkish tinge to it. There is some lacing and retention, though its certainly limited in scope. As I would hope for, the aroma is bursting with fresh authentic fruit, and this is the sort of tart raspberry you'd smell on your hands after an hour out picking at the fruit farm. Beyond that big fruity nose there's really not too much... perhaps a hint of grain, and the bitter twang of some metallic hops.

The flavour seems a little bit schizophrenic to me. In one respect there's that big authentic blast of raspberry, but in another there's a reasonably bitter and grainy pale ale underneath. On their own I think either would work, but when married together I feel that something is amiss. The bitterness of the hops strikes an off-note alongside the rapberry, and curtails what could be a pleasant fruity finish with a metallic, bitter twang that seems out of place. Its too bad, beacause elsewhere all the ducks are in a row, and when the hops don't intrude I find this to be up there in drinkability with the best in the style.

Rounding things off, the mouthfeel seems appropiate to the style, with a medium-light weight and a moderate carbonation taht never imepedes the drinkability. AT times I loved this beer, but at others I wished that it could have been so much more, and at the pricepoint it came in at, that's simply not good enough. (1,865 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the 550 ml. bottle with no lot code/dates. Sampled on May 29, 2010. Fruit beers are very hard for me to review so I do my best to rate it by its style rather than aroma/taste. I was astonished that it poured purple! That was very unique. A good inch of puffy head that never really goes away. The raspberry aroma is noted several feet away with practically no malt or hop elements. The mouthfeel is fairly firm. Raspberry is the main ingredient in the taste too although a slight maltiness is more noticeable here than in the aroma. This is not something to drink regularly but for a hot day it could be refreshing. (620 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 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)

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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.