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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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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 27
Gots: 33 | 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 zaphodchak
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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 tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Atlas1
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Generally speaking, I am not a huge fan of fruit beers. I like some of them more than others, of course, and certain styles of lambic are exceptional. But many fruit beers on the market today are not brewed very well. Sam Smith's organic line of fruit beers are an exception. I've not had a bad one yet.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, this beer is a deep dark red mahogany color, but with a bright reddish tint around the edges more akin to, fittingly, raspberries. Beautiful pink head. One of the more visually appealing beers I've ever seen. Such vibrant colors. The nose is malty raspberry. Assertive, but not overwhelming. The taste follows suit, but is a bit more bold than I might have expected. Really strong, tart raspberry flavor. Nice balance though, once you get through that initial pang of tartness. Mouthfeel is nice enough, but nothing special.

I really like this beer. A good, drinkable raspberry ale that I will gladly return to in the future. A tasty treat when you're in the mood for a fruit beer. Worth trying even if you're not a fan of the style.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not normally too big on fruit beers, but I have liked just about everything that Sam Smith has put out, so I picked one of each up. I am doing the Raspberry first and the Cherry and Strawberry will come along soon.

Appearance: Pours a deep red color with a pink head made up of small creamy bubbles and was about 3/8" thick after a reserved pour. After 30 seconds, thehead was about half its height. You can't tell how many bubbles are rising as the beer is a bit murky.

Aroma: You could start picking up the Raspberry from the pour, and it is absolutely the showcased element in the aroma of the actual beer. Syrupy sweetness is throughout this beer, and the rest of the aromatics are muted in the cold beer.

Taste: The flavor is also dominated by the Raspberries, but there is some supporting malt to make it more beer-like. I can pick up a bit of dark caramel. The balance is toward the sweet, so in that respect this beer is consistent. It is quite sweet. I don't really mind this, but it is notable. The body is a solid medium to bordering on full with ample carbonation which crucial from keeping this beer from becoming a syrupy mess on your palate.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent fruit beer. The Raspberries have a tendency to get tart, and they balanced it toward to sweet to counteract that, which will probably make the chicks dig it. I won't be drinking this beer much, but I would recommend it to someone (especially female) as a beer to try if they are a wine drinker or something.

Photo of Cresant
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 18.7 oz. brown bottle into a large Samuel Adams glass. No date on the bottle. The body was semi-opaque and a dull golden red. The tall pink head left freckles of lace.

The smell was raspberry and fresh grain. Simple but intense and delicious.

The taste was raspberries, as you would expect. Very full flavored and hearty. Well balanced tartness and sweet, rich fruitiness. Not cloying. There was no hint of alcohol despite this being over 5% ABV. Mild spiciness comes through at the end. Enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was medium in body with plenty of carbonation - yet some smoothness too.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


pours a hazy light brown with a rose tint, pinkish off-white head with so-so retention.

Smells of tart raspberries.

Tastes of the same raspberries and a whisper of hop bitterness.

Low carbonation in the mouth with a medium syrupy thickness.

Pretty good fruity dessert beer, not overly sweet and easy enough to drink.

Photo of vfgccp
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber raspberry jam. Head carries a light pink hue, with ok retention and lace.

S - Straight raspberry jam. Noticeable lack of tartness.

T - The bulk of the profile is raspberry jam, straight from the nose. The back end features a plant-stem-like bitterness and leather.

M - Medium body with a lightly dry/bitter finish.

O - Nice raspberry flavor. Interestingly, the flavor feels processed and jam-like; it's not a straight, fresh raspberry flavor. This isn't necessarily bad, in fact it's a style of raspberry flavor I haven't come across in a beer before, but it is ironic for an organic raspberry ale.

Photo of esv
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Poured a slightly red, 1/3" porous head. Slight lacing. It does not look like much carbonation. A deep, red with hints of brown around the edges.

N) Big raspberry, perfumey head. Deep fruitiness.

T) Fruity sweet but not overly sweet. There is a carbonic bite and fruit bitterness. Plenty of raspberry. A dry, tart bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced for a fruit beer. You might expect syrupy sweet but it seems pretty true to the fruit.

M) Feels like medium, medium-high carbonation. Light-medium mouthfeel.

O) Really impressed. Seemed genuinely fruity, nothing over the top. Not at all to sweet.

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.

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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 HiAIPA
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, this fruity concoction from the Smith master wields an incredible fruit aroma of pure fresh raspberry. Minimal to no head, dark red in the glass. This fine example really pulls off the definition of a fruit beer, with authentic fresh flavors of pure, tart raspberry. Lively and fresh acidic profile with pure rasp-o-goodness with a slightly bitter finish. Excellent, well done genuine offering.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 July2Nov
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber with a two-finger pink foamy head.

Smell: Truth in advertising...it smells like raspberry! Sour too!!!!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Big fan of fruit beers and this one is great. Refreshing and thirst-quenching. The raspberries are the showcase of this and they are on in full glory. Has a bit of acidity and some carbonation too. Sour aftertaste that is lip-smacking. Very good and lambic like in it's style. Light in it's mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'll back for this one again. So good. Easily drinkable...almost too easy! Samuel Smith can do no wrong.

Photo of HopHead84
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


I stopped by Ballast Point after work for some fresh Even Keel and the friendly bartendress gave me a pour of this to review. Thanks!

A: Dark maroon with a brown hue. The light brown head has a purple tinge. A fine looking beer.

S: Aroma is, well, of raspberries. The raspberries possess a sugary sweetness, but they aren't cloying and don't seem at all artificial. There might be a brown ale beneath the fruit, but all I can smell is the fruit, which smells pretty damn good.

T: Flavor doesn't quite measure up to the aroma. It's very sugary and I find it a bit too sweet, but the fruit still tastes nice. There's a dash of chocolate in there and a hint of tartness. Nice raspberry flavor.

M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and a little thin.

Overall: I expected this to be bad, but it's actually pretty good for a sweet fruit beer. The raspberry profile is authentic and tasty. An unexpected tick, thank you.

Photo of BeanBone
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy dark reddish brown body capped by over two fingers of fluffy, rose-tainted head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Lots of fresh raspberries in the nose, but not much else. I'd have no idea this was a beer based on the aroma.

Flavor: There's a little more beer in the flavor, but not too much more. Up front, lots of tart and juicy raspberry flavor take the lead. Underneath, there's a little simple malt to ground everything, but it mostly stays out of the way. It's very sweet, but the tartness keeps it from being too cloying. There's not much alcohol here, but what there is in here is fully masked. Lots of juicy raspberry in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A creamy and slightly sticky medium body with medium carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

Drinkability: Supreme drinkability here as long as the sweetness doesn't turn you off.

Verdict: Here we have one of the great quandaries of the beer-reviewing world: how do you grade something you enjoy thoroughly but know makes a poor "beer" (whatever that means)? All in all, this comes off as a thoroughly enjoyable fancy raspberry soda cocktail with a bit of a beer twist, but I just like it too much to give it a bad grade. Beer should be fun, and this is.

Photo of dhannes
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I poured chilled into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

A=An inviting medium amber color, with a peachy/pinkish head that reached an inch in height and lingered for a full minute.

S=My first whiff after pouring about 7/8ths up was not pleasant--musty note detected; after pouring in more so that the head reached the top, the aroma was sweet and light--but more like strawberries than raspberries.

T=Starts out very sour with a fair hint of raspberries...after 3-5 sips, the sourness levels out a bit.

M=Nice...not too thick nor thin.

D=The first 3-5 sips would be closer to a 2.5, but then improves with drinking to about 3.0 overall.

I *do* feel like this should have been served over ice and enjoyed on a hot day...nice change of pace beer...I may try again after I try other fruit beers.

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

This is a dark red beer with an extremely pinkish head... I'm not sure whether to give high marks, or very low marks for the foam--it's kinda scary pink, like processed chicken meat. I'll go with high. The nose is dominated by raspberry, which fortunately I like. Nice flavor. Sweet, but not sticky-sweet like many fruit beers. Raspberry tartness offsets it and prevents it from being cloying. Not much else to the beer, but nothing unpleasant here. Nice, smooth mouthfeel.

Not a beer I'd drink regularly, but it's a decent fruit beer for special occasions.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Samuel Smith beer to quaff, huzza.

A large soft pink head quite similar to whipped egg whites tops a burgundy cherry body of a slightly opaque nature. The head dissipates rather quickly.

Aromas of cream soda and raspberry pop emanate out of the glass up my nostrils, facilitated by the high effervescence of this brew. Grenadine and herbal tea scents mix with maraschino cherry and fruit chewing gum smells.

A cloying sweetness of raspberry syrup and confectioners' sugar hit the buds almost immediately. Fortunately this is kept in check well by the tartness of the raspberries. Malt body comes through in the finish providing substance. There is minimal hopping which isn't a bad thing as again the tart fruit give all the balance needed.
This is quite like drinking a artisanal fruit soda. It's highly carbonated and light in the mouth, very refreshing.

This is a nice fruit beer a good summer sipper when you need a fruit fix.

Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 550mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky red-brown hue with a finger of fizzy pink head. Not a lot of retention on the head, though. An interesting looking beer.

Smell: a light malt aroma coming through relatively dry raspberries. A nice, natural aroma, and pretty decent if you like raspberries.

Taste: very bright raspberry flavor. There is a lot more sweetness here than in the aroma. I like raspberry, but there doesn't appear to be a lot of beer flavors below the fruit; still, it's pretty good, if a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium body with quite a lot of fizziness. For a normal beer, I don't know how well this work work, but I think in this case it complements the fruitiness.

Drinkability: an interesting beer. I think drinking a few of these might get to be pretty cloying, but the slightly tart fruit flavor imparts a refreshing quality here which I like quite a lot in the one-bottle quantity.

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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark purple-red with a light pinkish head.

S - Lots of rich raspberry aroma.

T - There's a little bit of acid up front, tons of sweetness and a bright, rich raspberry. Finish has a bit of hoppy bitterness, that kinda oddly lingers and feels a bit medicinal. A cleaner finish would have been nicer for this particular fruit beer.

M - Somewhat smooth and not too heavy. OK carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Very fruit-forward brew. Maybe it's more appropriate to call this a beer mix rather than a beer though. For what it is though, it's got a nice flavour. I like it.

Photo of Patrick999
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours like any raspberry beer worth anything should. Foam has a tinge of pink, body looks like dark red-brown raspberry preserves. In fact it's opaque.

Smells, unsurprisingly, like raspberry preserves.

Tasty. Good mix of sweet raspberry, minor bitterness, and natural-tasting fruit tart.

My only real knock is the mouthfeel, it seems sticky and a bit too cloying, like there's something in the back of my throat I can't dislodge. It is also very burpy.

Other than that, this is a nice fruit beer. I think the Sam Smith line of sweetened fruit beers does a better job with these dessert beers than does Lindemans. If I need a sweetened fruit beer, I'll reach for this or the Cherry any day.

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

Poured from 18.7oz bottle into 250mL Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Dark purplish-pink color with a small, fairly quickly dissipating pinkish head that leaves behind no lace but a ring of foam floating on the beer.

Smell: Sweet raspberry- very similar to a Lindemans Framboise, minus the tartness.

Taste: Begins with sweet, sugary raspberry, rounding out to a slight tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with farily heavy (though not overwhelming) carbonation and a syrupy finish.

Drinkability: This is a tasty beer and one of the better fruit beers I've had. It relies heavily on fruit, but the flavors seem all-natural and very tasty in the end. This is much like a Lindemans Framboise (as I may have alluded to), but is less tart. Recommended, especially for fans of sweet beers/Framboise lambics.

Photo of lawaaaw
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18.7oz bottle poured into a 250ml Chimay glass.

Appearance: Pours dark red, maroon. Head is blush color.

Smell: Has an intense sweet raspberry smell.

Taste: Sweet, with a taste of raspberry, not an overwhelming taste. The littlest hint of bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Very light, not too much carbonation. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: Overall, I would drink this again and recommend it to people who enjoy fruit lambics.

Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.