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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

388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 21
Gots: 14 | 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 kwjd
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a murky reddish-pink colour with foamy pink head. The smell immediately hits you over the head with raspberry. It smells like the sweet filling of a raspberry pie. Flavour has a lot of sweet tart raspberry. Nice carbonation level and it seems to be a very well made beer. I do think this is a nice beer for what it is, but the raspberry is way too sweet for me.

kwjd, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml dark brown bottle into a clear pint glass.

A-Pours a deep dark raspberry red hue with one finger off white head that leaves modest lacing on the glass.

S-Raspberries, like preserves. Not fresh, but fragrant all the same. Nice.

T-Nice balance of tart and sweet raspberry with some mild hop bitterness. Very fruity and festive. Tastes like a good pale ale with raspberry juice.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated. Feels too good to be beer.

D-I like these fruit beers. And, this is organic to boot. Well done, by my favorite brewer across the pond.

Enjoyed this with my son who favors wine coolers and other malt like beer beverages. There is a definite place for these type of beers not enjoyed as much by the mainstream.

velosuds, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

bobsy, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Morrish
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a beautiful ruby red. About a half inch of pinkish head which dissipates fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell - Smell is all Raspberry which isnt necessarily a bad thing.

Taste - Sweet but to to sweet. Nice tartness. Tastes exactly like big fresh raspberries.Yum!

Mouthfeel - medium to high carbonation. medium bodied.

Drinkability - It's a fairly refreshing beer but completely one dimensional. After one glass you completely get it and theres no need for another. The sweetness also prevents you from reaching for another. I honestly had a hard time getting through the whole glass. Not to say that this is a bad beer. It does what its supposed to do very well. great beer for the style, just not a great beer for me.

Morrish, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

JohnnyBarman, Jun 05, 2010
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.

puboflyons, May 29, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

CanuckRover, May 27, 2010
Photo of pootz
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:

Decants a ruby-copper colored ale with a rich 2 finger pink cap which lasts and laces the glass well.

Pungent aroma of fresh crushed raspberries, light malt sweetness and grassy tones.

Wonderful balance between berry sweetness and mature ale maltiness, hops mingle with fruit tartness...finish is intensely tart with amber ale malts breaking through.

Wow! A massive infusion of real fresh berry is managed well with a rich amber ale...were it not for the absence of the musty horse blanket tastes you'd swear this was a raspberry lambic...great summer sipping

pootz, May 27, 2010
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour, a foamy, fizzy three to four finger pinkish head with generous small bubble carbonation, active, almost furious to begin with. The ale is darker than I expected, ruby red, almost garnet in the glass. The carbonation continued unabated, long lived, with slippery lace sticking around and decent retention. An odour of raspberries alright, but also some rhubarb in the mix and a bit of an unknown smell much like lavender but not at all annoying as lavender would be in a beer. I couldn't quite put my finger on it but I liked it.

The taste is of berry and fruit, sweetness is about right with a dry, saccharine quality to it. There is a nice balance between tartness and sweetness and an aftertaste that really cleanses the palette with a refreshing and balanced tart fruit finish. I am not a huge fan of fruit beer but this is actually quite nice. Body is not quite as thin as many fruit beers I've tried, it has a bit of sprtiz to it as expected. Overall, a very decent fruit ale and a very decent ale overall. Unlike most fruit ales, I could drink several of these in a sitting.

ThatWineGuy, May 27, 2010
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear blood/ruby red with numerous tight beads of carbonation and a patchy pink head that recedes pretty quickly. Masses of off pink foam stick to most of the glass on the way down. The aroma is of freshly baked cherry pie and jolly ranchers, reminds me of a mass market framboise or kriek. The taste is very complex with wheat tartness mingling with bready malts and a full complement of fresh raspberry flavor. Its drier than most fruit beers on the market. The mouthfeel is medium full. The finish is slightly sour with lingering fruit for a long time.

This is a fantastic summer sipper. Incredibly refreshing and enough beer flavor to keep it out of the alcapop category. While sweet, its never cloying, a relatively dry example of the style. I suggest at least trying this, even if you are skeptical of fruit beers.

CAMRAhardliner, May 25, 2010
Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tyrian purple dye would look stunning on a late 1960s convertible; its deep, concealing tone assures me it will be a good beer. To the light it becomes much less stygian as an inky red tone seeps in. Its lightly frothed head is of a pastel pink and, despite its delicate look, is sound enough to mark the glass with glinty rosebuds of lace.

The aroma smells like raspberries alright, but also so much more (what else, exactly, I'm unsure but certainly this kind of ambrosia, this level of aromatic ecstasy cannot be yielded from mere berries). It is jammy sweet with an inkling of wild honey and perhaps a stingy drop of chocolate or balsamic. No raspberry patch smells this good, that I can assure you.

This fruit beer has neither the intense tartness of Belgian fruit lambics nor the sugary sweetness of North America style fruit beers, but rather a little bit of both. The taste is somewhat tart, with a rather earthy, remotely woody element, and a short-lived shot of pixie-stick like sweetness. The bitterness, curiously, seems to lay in the fruit flavour itself.

The raspberry flavour in this thing is a font written in big, bold lettering, but throw any notions of juices or soda-pops right out the window. It has a profound jammy berry taste vaguely similar to some bold Australian red wines, or to a lesser extent, some Portuguese ports. Any way you slice it, it's unusually rich and sensually gratifying for a fruit beer.

Part of the reason for that - aside from the shear profundity of its flavour - is just how heavy it is. While most all fruit beers weigh in at the featherweight (if not the flyweight or minimumweight) level, this thing rings in at least at cruiserweight. The maltiness and dense water bulk the beer up impressively; unlike most, this fruit beer has substance.

I'm generally not a huge fan of fruit-flavoured beers; for my palate, they are sugary, synthetic, unexciting and unrewarding. Sam Smith's Raspberry, on the hand, is anything but those four things. The whole experience drinking it is like the climax to a journey. I don't care the price, I plan to keep drinking, cooking with and, maybe, bathing in this beer.

biegaman, May 23, 2010
Photo of CheckMate
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml brown bottle obtained at McKinnons in Salem, NH. pours a ruby red with a purple hue with a quarter of an inch of very light pink head that slowly dissipates. the smell of raspberries immediately hits the nose with a hint of vanilla which reminds me of raspberry cream. Sour juicy raspberries immediately hits the palate with hints of vanilla in the background. medium bodied and very carbonated with a dry clean finish. very easy drink.

Cheers!

CheckMate, May 20, 2010
Photo of Fitzgerald
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured the Samuel Smiths out of about a pint and a half bottle into a couple of old draft style glasses. Kind of a light ruby red color and fairly cloudy with a pinkish foamy head which did not last long.

S- Wow as soon as I popped the cap off the raspberry hits you right away, can't pick out much else it maybe the raspberry just overwhelms everything, it has a nice refreshing scent.

T- Tart and sweet taste of raspberries .

MF- Some carbonation a lot of pucker power smooth finish maybe a little oily.

D- Pretty much what the label says, my wife and I both enjoyed it after a day of yard work a very refreshing summer beer but sweet enough so one tall glass is enough.

Fitzgerald, May 16, 2010
Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark purple body, topped off with a bubbly pink head. sticky lace. Raspberry juice on the nose. Some sweetness to the taste, but its mostly dominated by acidic raspberry flavor. A bit of bitterness comes through. Not bad; if youre looking for a beer and you want it to taste like raspberries, this is a good place to turn.

Tballz420, May 10, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the classic Sam Smith bottle into a pint glass.

Pours deep maroon with fast acting white foam that vanishes without any trace. Really nice color.

Fruity smell, some tartness. Reminds me of...wait for it...rasberry!

Taste is similar to a lambic - quite tart. Puckering finish. Good carbonation. Well balanced taste, all the while surrounded by fruity tartness. Wheaty.

Good beer, definitely drinkable.

KTCamm, May 04, 2010
Photo of huxcrunner
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-is a dark ruby red with a redish head about 1 finger with good lacing no noticeable carbonation of the beer in a glass

s-smells strong of raspberry no real hints of malt or hops come thru in this beer but that doesnt seem to be the intention of this beer

t-strong taste of raspberry with undertones of malts but not ver stong, not strongly carbinated smooth taste

m-medium body smooth aftertaste of raspberry

d-great drinkablity smooth and refreshing, i strongly recommend this beer

huxcrunner, May 01, 2010
Photo of TitanTake
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love raspberries and beer, so I said, "Why not?!"

A - it appears to be almost a syrup; maybe a little like a watered-down, dark cherry grenadine

S - Very sweet aroma with a undercurrent of sweet charcoal

T - Very sweet raspberry flavor, however without the wonderful tartness that a raspberry normally delivers; The first tastes were surprisingly wonderful, but almost overwhelmingly sweet by the end of the bottle

M - Not as thick as it appears; the berry has a drying effect on your mouth (almost cottonmouth)

D - I think one bottle of this at a time is enough. You might actually need an insulin shot if you drink more.

TitanTake, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish red-orange with excellent clarity. A pink head forms and settles quickly.

Strong raspberry scents (obviously) dominate the nose of this particular brew. It seems to be battling with the malty scents. It doesn't seem like there is a very good balance between the two.

The taste here is sweet. A little too sweet IMO. The tart raspberry flavor is lot better than I thought it would be, but something just seems a little unnatural (and un beer-like) about the flavor. It doesn't taste BAD, exactly, but it does certainly taste a little too sweet for my tastes. No hops tastes, no alcohol.

Medium-thin bodied with minimal carbonation. The beer is pretty drinkable; handicapped only by the cloying sweetness.

MrHassellYaHurd, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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 BMoney575
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-11-10

Pours a very cloudy deep red, almost purple color. Thin, pink lacing settles to an irregular layer leaving wispy rings of lacing.

Smell is strong and sweet raspberry, with a sugary, almost icing-like edge. Not as beery as I expected, and that's a good thing.

Taste is sweet and sticky, huge raspberry flavors. Intense but not cloying, you can really enjoy the fruity kick.

Mouthfeel is perfect, super thick and creamy.

Drinkability is very good, but the sweetness would probably keep you to one beer.

Overall, a very good fruit beer that is well worth trying.

BMoney575, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The head of the beer has a pinkish hue. Hazy reddish body. Lacing is kinda light.

Smell: Tart raspberries.

Taste: Sweet raspberry flavor from start to finish. Tartness is strongest in the aftertaste. Despite the dominant fruit flavor it still has those smooth malty English ale characteristics. Another top shelf beer from Sam Smith.

BierFan, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of matty
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purple wine cooler colored beer with a thick slowly fading head.Aroma is an abundance of raspberries.Taste is freshly baked raspberry tarts.I'm sure by definition this is considered a beer but in actuality it's a cooler.Refreshing and smooth and probably most enjoyable on hot days.I would recommend and purchase again.

matty, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith does it again. Their raspberry isn't quite as good as their cherry, but it is still very good. It's a very dark red color, almost no head. Strong smell of raspberry. Tastes like raspberries, but not overly sweet. It's almost a little tart. Very easy drinkability. Great fruit beer for anyone who likes fruit beers.

Cubsfan1087, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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
Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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