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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: 406
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 23
Gots: 20 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TKempe on 01-20-2009)
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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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Me and my friend shared a 550ml at my local Gateway Grill.

A - Looks of a ruby like liquid with a quickly retaliating pink head. Man what a cool looking beer.

S - Best part of the beer! Smells of fresh ripened raspberry's, juices, and cocktails that provide a sweet yet sour smell. Crazy!

T - The taste is exactly what the smell was but to a fault. Sure it's sugary and delicious but should you finish 16oz to yourself? Not really. This is really the only beer that the flavor became cloying to me after 8 oz and is really was "sweet"

M - Light and refreshing. Session-able in small doses.

D - They really are much to drink more than a bottle and more likely to be shared than drank alone

Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark ruby with a thick light pink head that bears great retention.
S- The aroma is something of raspberry syrup, quite sweet, with a faint medicinal aroma.
T- This beer is definitely on the sweet side, with raspberries being big. Just a faint bit of "traditional beer" presence.
M- Sugary, sticky, syrupy. Style in mind, this is appropriate.
D- This is one of my favorite fruit beers. It is definitely one dimensional, but it isn't offensive. I enjoyed it and found it could be a good pairing with many desserts. Light, and relatively refreshing.

Photo of phishgator
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of earthboundagain
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is raspberry red with a pink hue with a fluffy pink head that laces like a champ.

Ok the smell is a bit off, not saying it's artificial, but more like a sugared raspberry syrup that you'd put on cheesecake.

The raspberry comes through in the taste, and the base beer is a nice choice, but it is second to the fruit of choice.

Smooth and sticky and big bodied.

I could drink a few and be happy.

Notes: Not a big as fan of this as I am the strawberry, they are both quality brews, but it's more of a personal preference

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.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red color with a small off-white head that lasts for a little while and leaves some decent lacing.

Not surprisingly, the aroma is almost entirely raspberry. Fresh and sweet, very pleasing.

Again, the raspberries come out in full force in the taste. A little sweet at first, then just slightly sour toward the end, but never overdone in either aspect.

Medium carbonation with a dry finish. Enjoyable for the most part, but the raspberry taste seems to get a little old after a while. The fruit really is the focal point here, it is not merely an additive that is lightly detected on the side. It starts out amazing, but I'm not sure I would want to have more than the one bottle by myself. This is still good for a fruit beer, quite refreshing during hotter days.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.