Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
I'll have to be honest here, I don't know how much I am going to like this beer. I absolutely love strawberries, but I have never had a strawberry anything that I liked and this goes for Ice Cream, soda, you name it. So with that said, take my review with a grain of salt. Let's give this beer a go.
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear pinkish orange color with a small 1/4" head of white foam that may have had a subtle pink hue to it. The bubbles were small and stuck around for about 30 seconds before ending up as a small ring where the beer meets the glass. There is no lacing left on the glass after swirling or drinking. A small ring of foam consists on the edge of the glass.
Aroma: The strawberries are the showcased element as all of the Sam Smith fruit beers seem to do, which isn't a bad thing. The strawberries in here are strong, but they aren't coming across as chemical or unnatural, which is my biggest turn-off on strawberry products.
Taste: The strawberries are also the showcased element in the flavor, but they don't beat up your palate like some things do, so there is room left to drink beer too, which is nice. The balance is firmly toward the sweet, and I don't really notice any hops in the cold beer. There is a good bit of light caramel sweetness in this beer that is complimenting the strawberry nicely. There may be a tad of hops for balance in the finish, but the balance is toward the sweetness and the strawberries. Late after the sip, the strawberries slack off and let you taste the malt. The carbonation is adequate for what this beer is, so it keeps the mouthfeel from going watery and making this beer taste like a soda.
Opinion: Well, I must say that for a strawberry product, Sam Smith did a good job with this one. It passes my test. That said, it is still a strawberry product, and I guess my body is just partial to eating the actual strawberries and picking the seeds out of my teeth. This is a good beer, and if strawberry is your thing, by all means, head to the store now. As for me, since I have now tried all three of Sammy's fruit beers, if I buy another one it would be the cherry.
04-24-2011 02:55:31 | More by SkeeterHawk
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, re/orange in color, clear
Smell: strawberries and light toasted malt
Taste: big time strawberries both sweet and tart with a little toasted malt
Mouthfeel: tart and sweet. The sweetness never gets to the cloying level, high carbonation, medium-light body
Overall: This one is a very good fruit beer that screams strawberries. It is both tart and sweet. A great dessert beer, the alcohol is not noticeable. I could have several.
04-15-2011 13:24:33 | More by tigg924
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
Somehow not quite as appetizing-looking as its cherry and raspberry counterparts, but attractive enough, this pours a clouded orange with a reddish shade, and a cap that's not the pink color of its counterparts, just a mildly dirty shade of white.
This is an intensely aromatic beer, and you can pop the cap and have the bottle two feet away from your nose and still be surrounded in strawberry. Closer inspection brings a more general fruit tartness, a crisp hoppy tug like that of a well-made American pale ale, and breezy fruit sugar.
Drinks as well as the cherry and raspberry versions of this series, although the taste is less forward, which is probably just the nature of the fruit we're dealing with. As with those others, there's that great graham-cracker crust and cream kind of dessert element that truly impresses, a comforting cradle for the juicy star of the show. Equally tart, sweet, malty and yeasty (the latter more evident here than in the other fruit versions), I find little to criticize and much to sink into and simply enjoy. Light young berry skin tartness/sourness in the finish, with a lingering sweetness.
Feel is soft and creamy, a largely caressing texture that carries just enough carbonation to bring life into the experience.
I never expected to like these Samuel Smith's fruit beers as much as I do, but there's no denying it: they're excellent. They're unique, they're full of flavor, and they also belong in a small group of fruit beers (excluding lambics) that actually still resemble beer and not soda or wine coolers. I'm a fan.
03-15-2011 22:46:22 | More by Metalmonk
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
[Best served in a Flute glass]
Poured a redish-amber with a small fizzy white head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing. The aroma was of sweet cereal malts, a sweet yeast and an overwhelming scent of strawberry's. It tasted mildly sweet with notes of sweet malts and strawberry's in the beginning and finished with a fizzy explosion of strawberry's on the palate that lasted an average amount of time. Mouthfeel was suprisingly light in body and syrupy yet watery in texture. Overall and exceptional fruit ale.
03-09-2011 17:56:02 | More by KajII
5/5 rDev +32.3%
I was mildly skeptical of this ale's fruity properties until I popped the cap and the tremendous aroma of strawberries filled my kitchen. I poured the dark orange ale into my tall pils glass and sampled the ale...well, it wasn't really tasting like ale...it was strawberry puree with a slight tartness to it. The taste was so much strawberry that I missed the ale until it warmed up, but the combination was so exciting.
The experience of blending fruit in a blender for pile filling or mixed drink special would normally achieve the same results as the ale in my glass. I cannot remember anything in beer like this.
02-27-2011 00:42:29 | More by Nuixx
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
This beer pours a nice red orange color with a trace of fizzy head that does not cling. The aroma is strong with malt and strawberry... But the mixture is not the beat combination. The taste starts very sweet of strawberry and then switches to malty sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is very fizzy and kind of dry... Almost soda-like. Overall and interesting beer and worth a try sometime if you don't have to buy the entire bottle.
01-31-2011 23:05:55 | More by csiewert
3.2/5 rDev -15.3%
Strawberry beer? Hm... Poured it into a pint glass.
A - A nice, 1-finger head lays on top of a murky, bronze body. Color is a bit-off putting, but there's a fantastic amount of carbonation feeding the head for great retention. Also resulting is a sticky lacing ringing down the glass.
S - Yeasty scents and strawberries galore. A bit sugary... It smells like a fruit preserve more than anything else.
T - Seriously... Strawberries on top of strawberries. There's maybe a bit of malty grains on the side. This hardly tastes like a beer to me. Follows up with an artificial sweetness of sorts... egh.
M - A consistency that slides off of the tongue with a real spot-on carbonation. Finish is remarkably smooth.
D - I don't know... Finishing the bottle was enough for me. I won't go looking for it again.
Overall/notes - This one is tough for me to judge. It does what it wants to, I guess, but I prefer a fruit beer to not overwhelm me. That's the main problem I had here. The strawberries absolutely dominated any other flavor. Good for fans of strawberry jam, I guess.
12-31-2010 22:59:26 | More by bbkd3b
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
Unlike the raspberry, this SS fruit beer is pretty normal looking; somewhat hazy gold with a nice fluffy white head. Very nice aroma... the strawberry has a subtlety to it--the nose isn't completely dominated by fruit. It smells like real fruit. Spot-on flavor as well. I love that it is not too sweet, and nowhere near cloying. I wouldn't object to more tartness, but this is quite drinkable as it is.
Very good fruit beer.
12-31-2010 20:37:04 | More by allengarvin
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
Very light brown head of thick bubbles that leave rings of lace as it recedes down the glass. Color of 16 on the SRM beer color chart. Strawberry smell is unmistakable, lots of it along with slight lime and banana. Flavor is strawberry, cherry, lime, banana, and kiwi. Nice body in my mouth. Maybe just a little to sweet and fruity for everyday drinking, but good with desert, especially strawberry shortcake and pie.
12-29-2010 03:00:22 | More by beerprovedwright
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Appearance has a reddish orange amber tint with a crisp healthy head and fair lace. Smell of mainly strawberries, malt in the back and some yeast. Taste of the sweet strawberries in front of a malt backbone ending with a light tangy hoppy note. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not overly fruity sweet, but just enough to enjoy it for what it is.
12-12-2010 23:42:25 | More by Bookseeb
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
3.25/5 rDev -14%
This is probably my least favorite of the Sam Smith fruit beers. Amber color, not red, but then again strawberries don't really contribute that much red coloring. Strawberry jam aroma. In the taste, some strawberry with a little medicinal tartness. I don't think the strawberry plays as well with the base beer as the cherries and raspberries do in their respective editions. Hyper-carbonated and sticky on the palate.
I could drink it again, paired with the right dessert, but otherwise I'd probably reach for the raspberry or cherry ahead of it.
11-19-2010 22:21:27 | More by Patrick999
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
A: A nice looking copper color with a good two finger head.
S: Strawberries, Strawberries, Strawberries. Smells a little bit like a wine cooler.
T: Tastes like strawberries. My wife took a drink and said she liked it because it didn't take like beer. Very sweet. Not enough bitter for me.
M: Syrupy and very rich.
D: Might be better in the wintertime. Will try this one again in the summer.
11-13-2010 19:59:52 | More by mbrown26
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
Appearance> I must say that I'm a bit impressed. This looks every bit as a fruit beer should. It's got a beautiful rosy glow, medium liveliness. Big white head that dissipates slowly and thick lacing. It has me even wanting to try it... and while I try to review them fairly for the style, I'm not a big fan of the style in general.
Smell> Leads with the fresh cut strawberry nose, but also has grain and alcohol.
Taste>Also, must claim that I'm impressed. This is the second fruit beer that didn't make me want to hurl just a little. While it's sweeter than I prefer to drink, it's great for it's style. There is a nice subtle complexity to the beer, where it goes through moments of sweetness, and tartness to a crisp lageriness, and then to a mellow hang of strawberries.
Mouf> Average. Nuffin fancy.
Drink> Not everyday, and not many, but sure.
11-10-2010 03:01:19 | More by 1759Girl
4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
16.9 oz bottle at the Beer Engine. Poured into a pint glass.
Samuel Smith has teamed up with the Melbourne Brothers to create these organic fruit beers. They're basically simple, pale beers with little hops and fruit juice added. The beer looks nice in the pint glass - it's orange and amber with a red hue, not an artificial pink or red. It has a beautiful head and wonderful lace is left behind. The beer is cloudy, either due to the fruit juice or because it's unfiltered, but either way we're off to a good start.
The smell is simple and straightforward and I bet you can guess what it smells like - yep, strawberries! For the most part, that is all, but there's a touch of cotton candy as well. The beer is sweet but not too sweet in the nose.
The taste follows with juicy and sweet strawberries and a kiss of sweet malt. A touch of cotton candy and maybe some sweet melon as well. It's much more of a foo-foo, pinky-up drink that some fruit beers, but it never looses sight of being a beer.
The body is lightly sticky but good, and features nice carbonation and a medium body. Not too sparkling but creamy from the denser base beer. It's quite nice, and comparisons to strawberry whipped cream aren't out of the question. A good fruity beer and probably the best in the series as the raspberry wasn't great but the cherry was. This is sweet and would go nicely with some chocolate for dessert. A great one from Tadcaster!
10-11-2010 15:35:35 | More by jampics2
3.93/5 rDev +4%
S- Served from a chilled 1Pt 2.7 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A- Kind of a red-ish golden color with yellow undertones. Has about a half a fingers worth of white head. Not much lacing on the brim of the glass.
S- Smells very very sweet. Strawberry aroma with a faint smell of barley and wheat.
T- Very powerful sweet strawberry taste with hints of wheat and barley aftertaste.
M- Moderate carbonation, moderate bodied, fruit ale.
D- Easy to drink, however very powerful sweet flavor. Not easy to drink bottle after bottle. This beer is more of a desert rather then a beer.
10-09-2010 13:11:42 | More by HUXC
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
A- Poured into Flute very dark red, auburn colour. Nice bubbly head that dissipated slowly, and lingered for a while. Very cloudy not clear at all.
S- Very heavy strawberry smell, but still smells like beer. Also a hint of Vanilla smell, and almost a bit of peach.
T- Tastes like Strawberry beer, there is really not much else flavour there. It tastes just like a bland ale with a heavy strawberry flavour. It's very light, with the Vanilla and Peach flavour coming through.
D- Very drinkable, however not a beer that I could drink all the time. A very nice special beer.
10-02-2010 03:22:30 | More by case4816
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
Poured into a snifter. Somewhat hazy, pink-lemonade body with a thin white head on top. Hints of lacing, but not too much. The body really has a nice color to it.
Lots of sweet strawberry juice on the nose. Pear and other light fruits as well. This definitely smells like strawberry. Kind of one dimensional, but what they've got is good.
The taste is definitely interesting. I could see people going both ways on this one. Kind of tastes like strawberry juice poured into a light ale. Lots of strawberries, light, sweet malt and a touch of bitterness. Some tartness, but mostly sweet.
Body is pretty good, but the carbonation seems a bit sharp, giving it almost a fruit juice spritzer like quality. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but not watery. Kind of refreshing.
Drinkability is good. Samuel Smith's definitely delivers on the strawberry flavor, but this beer leaves me wondering if there is a better way to integrate the strawberry flavor. It's a tough fruit to work with, so I give them props for even trying. Overall, if you're a big strawberry fan or want a beer that is more juice like then give this a try.
09-23-2010 01:08:52 | More by sisuspeed
4.63/5 rDev +22.5%
Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing a muddled and cloudy rose body under an active but thin white head. Very pretty, very delicate. I can smell the strawberries from feet away. Smells like Smuckers strawberry jam. Guess that's what I'd look for in a beer featuring strawberries.
Tastes light, sweet, strawberry-y and spritz-y. Slightest flavor of the ale comes through at the end, which is commendable in its bread-like character. Honestly, it tastes like I've taken a slice of fresh-baked white bread and absolutely drowned it in strawberry jam, then chased it with a dry champagne. I have to say I like that. Mouthfeel is vivacious with a tiny pelting carbonation livening up an otherwise light and slightly dry body. Very refreshing, very drinkable.
With a nod to the natural flavors, it's tough to make a beer more "fruit" than this. I applaud the way it came out.
09-23-2010 01:04:46 | More by abuliarose
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
Loved the cherry ale so much I grabbed a 550ml of this at my Monroeville Giant Eagle.
A - Pours a nice orange yellowish color with a mild ruby red. Very little head so this beer may be kind of old.
S - Straight up Strawberries. Semi sweet and delicious. Maybe a mild wheat backbone but mostly strawberry.
T - Semi bitter yet candy like strawberry. Almost like a juice. Really no wheat or beer character. Kind of boring but it is drinkable. Torn between flavor and complexity.
M - Very like a drinkable.
D - I love the cherry the best but this comes in a close second. Nice smooth taste with little bitterness and full flavor that's not cloying but no real second dimension. Pretty much the best strawberry beer I had but I guess I don't really love them that much. Good to try once!
08-24-2010 01:14:16 | More by DrDemento456
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
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours a hazy amber-red with very thin head, but surprisingly persistent lacing.
Smells VERY strong of strawberry juice, almost strawberry smoothie intensity.
Very bright strawberry on the front of the palate, scares us into thinking it'll be cloying but the strawberry syrup flavor only lasts a second and dissipates pleasantly to finish nicely demi-sec.
Very, very drinkable fruit beer. The sweetness is prominent upfront, but vacates quickly enough to avoid being cloying. Bravo again to my favorite English brewers
08-07-2010 20:21:33 | More by EJNibs
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
This puppy is more of a peach color then red with a fluffy white head that laces like a champ.
Ok we have freshly washed and sliced strawberries, this beer smells like the real deal.
Base beer whatever it is was a nice choice, it allows for a good amount of strawberry flavor to take the forefront, while not overpowering the strawberry is bold.
Smooth and sticky and big bodied.
I could drink a few and be happy.
Notes: This beer is a staple in my fridge, the swmbo loves it and I like it too. It is a little steep at $5.99 a pop but it happens.
07-29-2010 21:12:52 | More by earthboundagain
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
Samuel Smith organic strawberry, bottle, served in a low-ball style glass (i was at a hotel)
A - This beer is more opaque than I'd expected but is a very nice shade of golden-orange.
S - this is a strawberry beer and it is easy to tell just based on the smell. this beer has a very strong strawberry aroma, which unfortunately hides anything else it might have.
T - if you're wanting a strawberry beer this is a good one. it has more strawberry flavor than the abita strawberry
M - this beer is a little thick, likely just due to the nature of the beer. its almost like strawberry sherbet.
D - this is a great beer if you enjoy a fruit beer, but it is definitely sweet. for that i have to lower it a bit on the drinkability, one is going to be enough here.
i definitely like this beer as a changeup to what i normally drink (apa/ipa, stouts), but it is quite sweet and i couldn't drink more than one. it would also be a perfect desert beer as it would be sweeter than most fruit type deserts.
07-29-2010 21:07:50 | More by jthahn
2.25/5 rDev -40.5%
I had out of the bottle that a friend brought over.
A- It has an opaque brown and red rue. There was some head and lacing.
S- The fruity strawberry scent certainly comes through.
T- Taste like a Belgian beer that had a bunch of strawberry jolly ranchers dropped in. Terrible. Sorry if a lot of people like this, but I am simply not a fan at all.
07-28-2010 17:27:42 | More by Amalak
Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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