Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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3.71/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of strawberry jam, strawberry jelly, and buttered toast. Taste is much the same with slightly sour strawberry and strawberry juice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting buttered toast with strawberry jam smell and some solid strawberry flavors.
06-08-2013 04:44:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +5.8%
"One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste."
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Peachy orange with golden sunshine colored accents. At least the beer isn't some artificial shade of red or pink. The creamy crown looks like a luscious scoop of vanilla bean custard. A bang-up job of lace deposition, in addition to all the rest, makes the appearance score an easy call.
Billowing clouds of juicy strawberries hit my nose as soon as the crown was breached. The aroma holds up to close scrutiny as well. The beer smells fresh and authentically fruity (not extract-like), which is all I ask of a fruit-added ale.
Samuel Smith's OSFB is an unqualified success by my palate. One of the biggest decisions a brewer must make when creating a fruit beer is how much sugar to add. My preference is sweet, but not too sweet... which is exactly what we have here.
The Melbourne Bros. fruit beers are extremely sweet. They're good in small doses and are probably best consumed as dessert beer. This offering should be good for anytime drinking and should go well with some sweets as well. Interestingly enough, this beer is brewed (in part) at the Melbourne Bros. facility.
The base beer tastes like a (non-hoppy) pale or golden ale. It also tastes well-crafted, which is what allows the berry flavor to deliver the goods. In addition to tasting natural rather than artificial, just the right amount of berry juice was added. It's far from subtle and is equally far from overwhelming.
The mouthfeel is all kinds of good if you're a big beer lover. It's much more full than most 5.2% ale due to all the fruit sugars. It's also silky smooth and is lightly sticky on the finish.
Because their lineup is solid across the board, I'm not a bit surprised that Samuel Smith has done everything right with respect to Organic Strawberry Ale. I just wish a single bottle cost less than $5.99. That will buy a lot of IPA. Next up... Cherry.
07-08-2009 12:51:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
Appearance: Pours a clear peach color with just a hint of a reddish tinge; the billowy cap fades rather quickly without leaving much lacing behind
Smell: Smells a bit like a scone with strawberry jam and devonshire cream; then again, it also smells like strawberry jello
Taste: Strawberry flavors dominate throughout and, while this is a sweet beer, it avoids becoming too cloying and has a nice subtle undertone of toffee
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Not something I would be likely to seek out again, but definitely not obnoxious
12-07-2010 01:26:01 | More by brentk56
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
Undoubetly the best of the three Organic Fruit Beers that Samuel Smith is currently producing. The base beer shows through while the strawberry character remains light, fresh, and balanced.
Fresh and vibrant strawberry character takes the lead with both the nose and taste while the sweetness of the malts provide a subtle structure that organizes the beer behind the scene. Stopping shy of soda pop or artificial taste, the beer has a sense of true fruit character that is lacking in most fruit beers. The delicacy of the strawberries leaves enough beery character to appreciate beyond the strawberry additions.
Light and refreshing on the palate with a soft maltiness and lemony crispness and acidity. Finishes with a light and clean strawberry linger.
The beer fares about as well as Abita Strawberry Harvest but with more strawberry flavor where Abita's has a better beer balance.
05-15-2009 11:42:24 | More by BEERchitect
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
A: A golden color with a slight red/orange tint--dare I say...Strawberry.
S: Shocker here...strawberries. Very sweet strawberries, sort of jam or jelly like.
T: Pretty much what you would expect, sweet strawberries. But, this beer is not overly sweet. I don't really get any malt or other flavors.
M: Crisp and sweet on the tongue. Light in body.
D: I don't know how much I could drink of this, just because it's sweet, but the bottle that I had was very tasty.
07-24-2009 03:59:42 | More by womencantsail
3.15/5 rDev -16.7%
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, appropriately strawberry-hued body with a thin, fizzy, whitish head. Faintly effervescent.
Smell: Strawberries! Then again, it smelled of strawberries even upon opening. Slight hints of malts beneath, but, boy, the strawberry scent is quite strong. Strawberries!
Taste: Strawberries! Let's go with 85% sweet and 15% tart. It feels like theirs a light beer underneath, but who can tell, what with all the strawberries present. Very, very faint hint of acidity. Seems a bit removed from beer and seems to be trying to be a sweet, fruity malternative.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Very lightly crisp.
Drinkability: A sweet fruit beer with enough carbonation to keep it from being too terribly cloying, but it still feels, tastes, smells, and seems very malternative-ish. What's gotten into you, Samuel Smith?!
06-20-2009 03:26:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +5.8%
The pours a pretty cool looking redish pink color, it has a decent off white head. The smell is pretty strong with fermented sweet strawberry on the nose. Some basic sugars on the nose and not much else. The taste is sweet and just a little bit tart with strawberry. The mouthfeel is light but very flavorful. This beer makes a very good desert beer. Goes very well with creme brûlée. Enjoyable.
05-24-2011 23:52:32 | More by Knapp85
3.13/5 rDev -17.2%
A - Poured out a clear, copper color with pink highlights. It had a small, off-white head of bubbly foam that left little to no lacing on the glass.
S - It smelled of strawberry. Like some fake strawberry juice.
T - It tasted of sweet strawberry. Really that's it. It's not a great strawberry flavor like a fresh strawberry.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is an okay ale. I liked the apricot ale much better.
08-07-2012 03:23:14 | More by zeff80
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
550ml bottle. A sort of collaboration fruit ale, its component parts brewed in different locations, and brought together for assembly at Tadcaster. I likes me some strawberries, so onwards and upwards!
This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange amber hue, with three fingers of lazily puffy, and pleasantly foamy off-white head, which leaves some random streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of softly sweet wheat malt, and, oh, who am I kidding - it was clear straight from the cap pop - fresh, semi-sweet strawberry juice, very much like a Campino candy, and not much else. The taste is consistent, that much is certain - pure strawberry juice, with its alluring balance of mild fruity sweetness and off-setting acidity, a bit of further strawberry jam complexity, all blended seamlessly with an understated, well rounded grainy wheat malt, full stop, and simply so.
The carbonation is quite mild, just a lulling frothiness playing off the pervasive fruit, the body medium-weight, smooth, creamy and, yes, fruity. It finishes more than a tad off-dry, the heady fruitiness rather slowly fading out, yet still begging for a hasty replenishment.
Having had a few strawberry-infused beers, my only usual complaint is the varying cloying sweetness, despite the tasty strawberry component. This beer corrects that imbalance absolutely, and should, if it's not abundantly clear by now, not be consumed if you are anything less than equivocal on the single-fruit guest star.
11-28-2009 04:39:18 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
When I saw this at my local I thouht the only other Strawbeery brew I've sampled was Melbourn Bros, and a I continued to read the labeled this one is still brewed a Melbourn Bros just it's blended and bottled and Sammy Smith's plant. Appears a brilliant copper amber hue with a big off white tan head forms thick with sturdy flowingcarbonatin. Head sticks around for ahile leaving nice chunky scattred lacing clinging to my La Fin du Monde chalice. Aromatics explode like fresh strawberr jam as soon as I cracked the 550 ml bottle. Smells and tastes like a dessert beer, no real hop nose or breadiness just strawberry flowing fruitines. Flavor is solid not toothache sweet but it would best be served after dinner with a dessert. A mild earthiness and mineral water tone appeas in the finish along with the strawberry tartness going on...nicely balanced experince that I don't get from many fruit infused brews. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation going strong but not overly done. Drinkability overall as stated is better in small portions and for the price I can see why, definitely would go over great with the ladies buy one for grandma on Mother's Day.
05-24-2010 15:42:35 | More by WVbeergeek
3.93/5 rDev +4%
Poured from a bottle into a Singha glass. Beer is amber and mostly clear with a slight haze to it. Carbonation is moderate to low and it forms a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
Holy strawberry aroma. Yum. Slam dunk here, you made a strawberry beer that smells like strawberry. Almost smells like candy.
Flavor is less sweet than I expected. It does taste like strawberry syrup though. Beer is medium in body and there is a lot of carbonation in the mouth. Its slightly tart and is rather sweet. There is a slight aftertaste of berries. And it does taste a lot like strawberries.
I think it smells better than it tastes but its still a pretty good beer. Slightly astringent.
02-16-2010 02:49:47 | More by drabmuh
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
I picked this up at Wegman's beer dept - poured chilled from the 18.7 oz black bottle into a flute
A - A strawberry juice appearance like a fiery orange shade w/ cream colored cap and very tiny bead. There is a lot of sticky lace and the retention is good. The beer is attractive to look at as it has a natural appearance and the clarity is very good
S - The smell is like fresh strawberry juice and you can get whiffs of that as it is poured it smells as sweet as ripe strawberry and has a mild malt aroma
M - A very sweet feel, not exactly cloying or syrupy but a bit too much for a beer that is more than a pint package. it is moderately carbonated which may be why it seem sweeter than average. There i a light creamy texture and the beer has a subtle spice tinge in the finih
T - This ale drinks a lot like juice - it is sweet and very slight acidity in the flavor w/ somewhat malt backed, but really tastes like a strawberry beverage - lots of juicy sweetness and creamy light malt taste to even it just a bit w/ mild floral aspects and mellow spiced tinge as it finishes w/ mild residual berry sweetness
D - A fruit ale not lambic as Melbourne bros bottles had on them, the Samuel Smiths' version doesn't really seem any stronger but has plenty of fruit I would probably consider this a good choice for blending - possibly w/ something like Brooklyn Black Chocolate for a chocolate covered strawberry taste
02-18-2010 18:09:36 | More by Slatetank
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
The beer pours a nice golden color with a reddish hue to it. It has a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a mild strawberry aroma. It's fruity with some bitter, earthiness as well. The taste is decent as well. It has a tremendous strawberry flavor that's almost candy-like. It's quite sweet with some prickly carbonation in the finish. There is only a hint of pale malt flavor here. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much CO2. This is a damn fruity, fruit beer. I like the intensity, but I think it borderline over the top. Also, the carbonation makes it drink almost like a soda, instead of a beer.
08-02-2009 21:22:24 | More by WesWes
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow-orange color with an white head. The aroma is strawberry nothing else. The flavor is the same as the aroma. I get a lot of strawberry notes but nothing else. The beer is just as fruity as the Samuel Smith Organic Raspberry, but doesn't seem to be as well executed. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
08-11-2010 05:17:23 | More by Mora2000
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
Appearance: orange in color with some yellow highlights. 1" head slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some mild lacing develops.
Smell: the strawberries are very pleasant on the nose, along with some malt sweetness.
Taste: mild malt profile with loads of strawberry syrup flavoring. Bitterness is mild and doesn't rally cut into the sweetness of this beer.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Long strawberry flavored aftertaste here.
Drinkability: one bottle is more than enough in a session as this beer is a bit sweet. I could see using this beer to make a nice waffle batter though.
02-27-2010 18:39:08 | More by Gavage
2.9/5 rDev -23.3%
It is Easter Sunday and I am off tomorrow, affording me the opportunity to try some of the beers that have been in my refrigerator awaiting my having the time to spend with them. I am concentrating on the fruit beers right now, having had cherry beer and cranberry kvass earlier.
From the bottle: "Brewed at Melbourn Bros ancient brewery in Stamford, Lincolnshire and blended and bottled as Samuel Smith's Brewery, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire."; "Handcrafted at Melbourn Bros' tiny brewery set in a time warp in Stamford using the old manually operated brewing equipment. Finest organically grown barley and wheat are used to create a complex ale which, having undergone primary and secondary fermentation with different yeasts and extended maturation, is taken to Samuel Smith's small, independent British brewery in Tadcaster. There it is blended with pure organic strawberry fruit juice and a previously cellared organic brew - creating an unparalleled fruit ale. The smooth distinctive character of the matured ale serves as the perfect counterpart to the pure organic fruit juice."
It was a very active beer with foam that came out of the neck as soon as I popped the cap. It was not a gusher, but I was quick to move it into the sink so as not to have beer all over the counter. The finger of off-white head settled into wisps pretty quickly. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy orangish amber. Nose was definitely strawberry, but with a slight lemony tang. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial taste of strawberry bubble gum followed by a wheat-like tang. I hate to say it, but this was waaayyy too sweet for the likes of me. Finish left me with the feeling that I was overdosing on kiddie candy. More? No thanks!
04-24-2011 18:38:09 | More by woodychandler
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a vaguely pink, vaguely cloudy orange, with a big crackling head of yellow-tinged foam. Some good lacing, and lots of vigorous carbonation. Pretty nice looking.
Strong strawberry characters on the nose, with a noticeable carbonic sour note, possibly from the wheat used in the brew. Certainly something acidic in there, and I doubt it's from the strawberries.
Sweet entry, lots of strawberry fruit - lots of residual sugar, so I imagine the fruit is added post-fermentation. Back palate dries out quite quickly leaving a strong copper metallic character - it's quite refreshing really, and doesn't leave the heavy sugars on the tongue, which is nice. Mouthfeel is surprisingly slick and smooth, considering the carbonation. It glides nicely without being too thick.
Not a bad fruit beer. Balanced, enjoyable and drinkable.
05-27-2009 03:07:08 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
A: Pours a hazy light ruby in color with a two finger tall off-white/pink head. The head reduces to a thin layer of bubbles with a thicker ring of bubbles at the edges of the glass. The beer exhibits significant lacing.
S: Very sweet strawberry is the primary flavor but not as sweet as a soda or juice. Very pleasant.
T: The flavor is both sweet and sour strawberry, there is a very subtle hint of malts but not a lot.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: Really enjoyable like the other Sam Smith fruit beers. Very sessionable and something I will definitely get again.
03-03-2012 00:20:34 | More by dbrauneis
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a five+ finger light almost pink head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear pink/amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Strawberry nose. Flavor is sweet strawberry but not cloying, hops are hidden, like drinking fizzy liquid strawberries. $5.59 for a 550ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
12-08-2009 23:25:52 | More by jdhilt
Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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