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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
very good

389 Ratings
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TKempe on 01-20-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Sammy, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11%

t0rin0, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark red with a 3 inch foamy reddish white head that settles to a small cap. Small splotches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of rasberry jam, raspberry juice, fresh raspberries, and maybe a hint of malt. Taste is very much the same with an emphasis on very authentic raspberry flavors without being all that sweet. This beer has a nice carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good fruit ale that showcases very nice authentic raspberry smells and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

djrn2, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Oh my, a gusher, and then when it pours into the glass, the big head just fritters away into nothingness; by the way, the color of the beer is ruby red, with a slight tawny edge

Smell: Raspberry juice; mostly sweet but a little bit tart

Taste: Just like the smell - sweet raspberry juice with a bit of a tart finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not bad for a fruit beer but certainly not something I would likely seek out again

brentk56, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark raspberry red with pinkish orange highlights and a large lid of rose petal pink. Some might think these fruit beers look girlie, but I think they look great. The foam sinks slowly, has quality texture, and is generous enough with lace.

The aroma doesn't smell like fresh raspberries, rather like raspberry candy of some sort. It's on the perfumy side, which I don't recall being the case with Cherry and Strawberry. All will be forgiven if it comes through on the flavor front.

Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer tastes just as good as the others in this series. It has exactly the right amount of fruity sweetness, as long as one sips rather than gulps. These ales are delicious all by their lonesome and should be great alongside some desserts.

There really isn't much to describe regarding the flavor profile. It appears as though the brewery uses quality ingredients that allow sugared raspberries to take and keep center stage. Each sip is a blast of raspberry jam that has a simple elegance... or an elegant simplicity, if you prefer.

The mouthfeel is medium to fullish due to all the sugars. It's slick and slightly sticky, as all good fruit beers are. Nothing wrong with the carbonation either.

Any one of the three Samuel Smith's Organic Fruit Beers is an excellent choice. I would have to drink them side-by-side-by-side to pick a favorite. Hey Sam, how about Black Raspberry next?

BuckeyeNation, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep red color ale with a large pinkish color foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of fresh sweet raspberries is quite refreshing and totally dominated the aroma. Taste is also dominated by huge aroma of pure raspberry juice with light tart notes and dry malt base that is not able to come out of the fruit base. Body is abut average for style with good carbonation. I must admit that this was quite well made with loads of raspberries and no fake syrup taste. Remind me of when I had fresh raspberry juice at my grand-mother place 15-20 years ago.

Phyl21ca, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -23%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

kjkinsey, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The Raspberry beer pours a deep, dark, garnet color with hints of purple. There is a large pink head which is quite fluffy.

S: You can definitely tell that this is a raspberry beer. The aroma is full of sweet raspberries. There is not much else to the nose other than the sweet, fruity smell.

T: The taste is almost identical to the scent. The raspberry flavor is the star of the show and it is quite sweet.

M: This is quite a fizzy beer, which works well for the style. It helps to cut down on the sweetness, as otherwise this would taste like syrup.

D: The beer is a bit too sweet for my tastes. I enjoy a good amount of fruit in beers, but it tends to be more in lambic form so that the tartness helps to balance things out. I'm glad I shared this with my girlfriend as I don't think I would have been able to drink it all.

womencantsail, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark reddish-hued body, fairly clear, and capped with a scant, near-white head.

Smell: An aroma that's part tartish, part sweetish, and scented of raspberry, as one might imagine, and, thankfully, without that oft medicinal quality I sometimes identify with raspberry brews.

Taste: Sweetish and permissibly raspberry flavored, slightly tart, and with, perhaps, a perceived underlying breadiness. Low bitterness. Slight acidity. Finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Stood shoulder to shoulder with it's cherry and strawberry based cousins for a tasting and, for me, it was the best of the Samuel Smith fruit bunch.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a reddish color with a soapy white head. The lacing was minimal but left some suds on the glass. The smell was similar to a sweet lambic. Strong aromas of raspberry on the nose. The taste was sweet with the fruit dominating the flavor. The flavors of malt didn't show themselves until the late aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty good, it's very refreshing. Overall it's a good desert beer or a starting beer.

Knapp85, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  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.

oberon, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass.

A co-worker of mine suggested I give this one a try, and, since he seemed so jazzed about it, I had to take his recommendation to heart. It pours a mostly clear deep ruby topped by two fingers of pink-ish-cream foam. The nose comprises rich raspberry, sweet almost to the point of raspberry syrup. Honestly, I can't get much else, but I'm also not all that upset about that fact. The taste sticks with the raspberry theme, but goes slightly tarter here, maintaining the notion that actual raspberries were used in the production of this beer, rather than some sort of artificial flavoring and whatnot. Good times. The body is a surprisingly light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly sticky finish. Overall, a very nice raspberry beer. Nothing left to say really...raspberry (there, now it seems like enough mentions of "raspberry").

TMoney2591, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  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

russpowell, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

oline73, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a really nice tart raspberry scent that's screaming of fruit and even has some earthy characteristics. The taste is good as well. It has a solid pale malt base along with a wicked raspberry flavor. It's easy drinking, but it does have some earthy flavors to it. The tart fruit is delicious and refreshing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a wonderful beer. I love a well brewed fruit ale and this qualifies as such.

WesWes, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Mora2000, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge PINK head; leaves good lace. Without light, the liquor has ruby color. With light, it appears a clear, soda-pop red.

Sweet fruity aroma, like a raspberry candy, not like the raw fruit. Light sourness in the background.

Like a sweet framboise. There's a touch of sourness, but it is the story of the berry here. Again, the flavor is closer to a raspberry candy. Would make a good dessert beer with cheese.

smcolw, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MarkyMOD, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
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Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.