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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

420 Ratings
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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 27
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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 OtherShoe2
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
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
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/18/2011

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
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.78/5  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 WinthrHOPHEAD89
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt. 2.7 FL. OZ. bottle into a Irish Style Pint Glass

A - The appearence of this beer is nothing like I have ever seen before. The way that this thing poured out was almost like a soda. From a straight pour the mass amounts of carbonation from this beer formed a solid 4 finger fluffy pinkish head, with still a good 1/3 of the beer left in the bottle. The color of this beer is straight up red, but the way the glass tapered on the side created this cool effect, which made the beer seem even darker in the middle and towards the top. This beer is also not transparent at all. Very hazy with no sediment. The head dies off, but the remaining head does leave some very unique lacing.

S - The aroma of this beer is not as potent as most fruit beers Ive had (Wheats, and Hefs), but still very very pleasing. Its hard to pick out any other characteristic other than raspberries.

T - The taste comes almost as a suprise in comparison to the smell. The taste of this beer is very stong, tangy and jam-like. The best way to describe this beer is a rapsberry jelly. It doesnt taste generic either. The tartness seems to linger on the "bitterness sections" of the tounque for a while, and coats the back of the throat nicely. This beer is definitely one that would be refreshing on a hot summer day, or some thing to have after dinner, with maybe a cheesecake. OH THAT SOUNDS WONDERFUL!!

M - The mouthfeel on this beer is very... sticky. The carbonation of this beer does die off slowly, but feels rather soda-like on the tounge througout. This is the heaviest bodied fruit beer ive had, and to tell you the truth, it actually makes it more enjoyable.

D - The drinkability on this beer is a little bit strange. Its not difficult to drink, but its definitely a sipper. The tangy aftertaste and the sticky composition of this beer seem to slow down the consumption, but that is in no way a downfall.

Final Thoughts: Samuel Smith's has yet to let me down. This is by far the best fruit beer I have ever had, and to top it all off, ITS ORGANIC!!! This is certainly a beer that I would recommend, and one that I would buy again. Two Thumbs Up!!

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

In my ongoing quest to find a decent raspberry wheat that Ontario friends of mine can enjoy (they like the stuff I have in NS), I picked this up from the LCBO.

Pours a dark red color with a small amount of head. Honestly can't think of a better color for it to be.

Smell is very sweet. Raspberries are very apparent. Almost a jam like character to it.

Taste is a very sweet raspberry flavor, with a slight tart finish. Strong raspberry aftertaste as well. Initially I thought it was a slight jam like flavor, but after a few sips, it reminded me more of a raspberry wine. I had one of my wi e drinking friends try it and they loved it.

The sweetness of this hampers drinkability. This is more of a desert beverage, or a substitute for raspberry wine (which I vies would also be desert), rather than with a meal, or for extended drinking. As a raspberry ale, this is better than a lot that I have tried, but there are better. As an organic ale, this is one of the few I have ever enjoyed.

Photo of mintjellie
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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 StephenRich
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There are many qualities of beer that are perfect for the summer heat; quenching bitterness, refreshing carbonation, fresh hoppy flavors, and tantalizing sweetness. Wait.. Sweetness? Does that really belong here? Grab a right-out-of-the-fridge bottle of Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Ale and prove it to yourself.

Sweet can be exactly what you want in the heat. Given the right combination of sweet, cold, fresh, quenching and carbonation you can end up with the perfect summer delight. Samuel Smith has been brewing beer since 1758, and is Yorkshire's oldest brewery - so these guys certainly aren't just messing around. This beer was crafted with organic barley, wheat, raspberry fruit juice and a previously cellared organic beer. The end result is a USDA Organic raspberry beer that will show you the meaning of sweetness for the summer.

The Sam Smith Organic Raspberry comes in a 550ml bottle at 5.1% abv and is at most LCBOs. And unlike so many fruit beers, this is not a Lambic (a classic Belgian style where the fermenting beer is left exposed to wild yeast strains in the enviroment. This creates a richly tart, and often sour beer that is often sweetened with fruit or fruit juice). The Organic Raspberry can really only be classified as a Fruit Beer. It is brewed with both malted barley and wheat, and then is blending with organic raspberry juice.

Open the Raspberry cold, just out of the fridge and pour it into a nice full pint or nonic glass. This beer will rush out of the bottle in a big wave of excitement and build a frothy foam right from the get-to. By the end of the pour I had a dark cherry-red beer with hints of rich amber brown and ruby glowing out of the center holding up a massively fluffy, light pink head with large evaporating bubbles streaming throughout it.

This big fluffy head did not last long - it was bursting with excitement, literally. Every second I looked at the beer delicate pink bubbles of carbonation were exploding and soon there was just a mere film remaining on the beer. Still though, the depth and richness of this red beer was very enticing. Time to drink it.

The nose is filled with the fresh scent of raspberries and a gentle whiff of wheat. A fruity, and overall sugary sweetness dominates the aroma so far. There is a hint of lemon zest and dark fruit tartness that lingers in the back, but give way to no malt or hop presence.

The nose pretty much tells it all because the flavor mimics it perfectly. A cold wave of raspberry sweet beer will glide easily over your tongue and fall to your cheeks with a smooth and gentle softness. Quickly in behind is the tart quench of lemon peel, spice and wheat. The freshness of the wheat adds a nice quenching characteristic to the beer, but plays much less of a role than you would expect. The raspberry is really the mainstay here.

Its comes in up front and washes over your entire mouth with a sweet-first, then lightly tart with a hint sour fruitiness. It is not close to as sour or tart as a fruit Lambic, but is it just a sweet as one can be. Searching for malt is hopeless, but a hint of herbal and lightly bitter hops do make their way in for a fleeting finish of sweet and crisp blackberries.

The mouthfeel is gentle and also less carbonated that a lambic would be, but this is an English Ale, so you shouldn't expect effervescence. It is very rich in flavor, but remains subtly light in body. Something this sweet will work very well with chocolate deserts and cheesecake, but as I mentioned earlier, it will be excellent on its own in the heat.

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.

Photo of chickencoop
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Proud and not ashamed, I love this beer. Not all the time, and not for every occasion, but maybe once every month this is ok to pull out and put a few down. The pour is rasberry candy red, small pinkish head. The flavor and mouthfeel is a strong rasberry flavor, nothing fake or vitamin like, full flavored rasberries. This beer is to drinkable, but also an ambiance brew, has to be the right time, but overall solid stuff if you like the style.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.