Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 17
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ChanChan
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes: Had this beer with salmon. Poured from bottle into a stem glass.

Appearance: Nice red color, not blood red but still an artificial color.

Aroma: Cool aid and or air freshener strawberry, maybe a hint of real fruit somewhere. Carbonation is crazy on this beer it looks a lot like some sort of ginger ale.

Mouthfeel: light mouthfeel and highly carbonated.
Taste: Very sweet, kind of pleasing…… Ok, this beer tastes surprisingly good and it pairs well with fish.

Overall: I was completely surprised with this fruit beer. I will buy this again sometime.

Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: As you might expect, the strawberries take center stage in the aroma. A powerful scent.

T: Like the smell, the taste was dominated by strawberries, but there was a hint of malt in this as well. Not exactly a complex beer, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a thoroughly enjoyable beer. If you like strawberries check it out.

Photo of AlimonyAle
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the pour, we see that it is a hazy shade of orange. The head still has not subsided, and it's leaving lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of strawberry preserves. This is a very strong and good aroma. Taste is berries up front. I got a slightly sour note, but it was quick and went away. Overall I'd give this beer another go around. Very good.

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

A- a hazy bright orange with a small head and lace on the glass.

S- tons of strawberry, jam, some sour notes, very sugary.

T- the strawberries really come through, but it is more of a strawberry syrup, I would prefer a natural strawberry, but it is still nice. It is very sweet, but a nice dose of tartness at the end balances it out.

O- A nice change up, not something I would gravitate to, but a good sweet alternative.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

English pint sized bottle (no date) poured into a Tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange-copper beer with a hint of strawberry juice color when you pour it - that tiny bit of pink/orange/yellow that you see with that type of juice. The beer had a thin white skin of foam across the top, with a few tiny strands of persistent lacing here and there.

Smell: Definite strawberry - like a strawberry lifesaver hard candy. It's quite sweet and concentrated, and comes across as a little bit artificial. It's not that fresh strawberry fruit smell, but there is no mistaking what's in this beer from that smell.

Taste: Strawberry again. It is much like drinking a glass of strawberry juice. If there is beer in there, it's very well hidden. You get the strawberry up front, then more sweetness in the middle (some caramel type malt flavors) along with more strawberry, and then some sour twang at the end. As it warms up the caramel in the middle becomes more notable and some buttery flavors come out too finally making you think that there is a beer in here. The sweetness is not cloying, but it is still a very lopsided flavor profile beer. But maybe that's the point.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation for an English ale - sticky and a little chewy, and, definitely juice-like.

Overall / Drinkability: I think one has to be in the mood for this beer. This beer truly is a good blend of strawberry juice and beer, but the flavor is lopsided. You really have to like strawberries to like this beer in my opinion. The beer is there for the alcohol and the carbonation, and the color and the head - but that's where it ends. Wider flavor profile when it's near room temperature, but still, it's strawberry juice in beer, not beer brewed with strawberries and that's an important distinction in my opinion. So an interesting flavor beer, but not something I'm really crazy about or I would pick up again.

Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

This pours an amber color with a slightly off white head, a very slight hint of pink. The smell is of strawberries, with a malts. The taste is okay, its not very tart, so you get mostly the sweetness of strawberries with a little hop bite at the end, also with the strawberries there is a little beer malt which is kind of a different combination. This was a pretty good beer, my lady friend liked it, but I think their tart raspberry beer is far better (although oddly most everyone else I talked to seems to prefer this).

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

1pint 2.7 oz. bottle from "Lifesource", Salem. $5.95 Nice slightly hazy amber colured ale..small slightly off white head. Very strawberry nose, but for me although pleasing it comes out more like a good quality Strawberry Jam than fresh strawberries. Better more nuanced strawberry taste that melds very well with the caramel type malts..the two work surprisingly well. Nice on the tongue..great carbonatin levels lend to drinkability. Overall a very nice drinkable fruit beer..that has loads of fruit but is not sickeningly sweet.

Photo of Pexkool
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend bought this beer over a shopping impulse after seeing "strawberry juice" on it, so we gave it a try. She doesn't like beers that much, but she liked this one because it doesn't taste like beer at all! ...And I don't know if that's a plus.

A: Hazy amber color, with a thick foamy head about an inch tall that dissipates to a thin lace and then disappears.

S: Strawberries all over the nose. Honestly, I can't smell a thing that isn't strawberry yoghurt and tartiness.

T: Too much strawberry for me, it tastes straightforward like a strawberry soda, including the light carbonation. According to my girlfriend, it tastes like strawberry soda mixed with the lightest beer out there. You can taste a little hint of beer at the end, but I'm not sure if it's yeast, malt or wheat because of the faint taste.

M: Soda-ish, with the carbonation and the strong strawberry flavor. I can't think of anything more appropriate than that of a soda mouthfeel here.

Overall, a beer for people who doesn't like beer. My girlfriend liked it because the bitterness of the hops is very well hidden in this beer, and it doesn't taste much like beer at all! I didn't liked it because of the strong strawberry flavor it has, it's just too much for me. I prefer a strong chocolatey stout over this any time.

I didn't liked it, but she did! so 3.5 for effort (and because we finally found a beer for her)

Photo of jsanford
2.42/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

550ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange-red with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a slight haze.
S - Uhhh....strawberries. I'm really getting a strawberry yogurt thing here, lots of strawberries, a bit of tartness, perhaps just a whiff of sweet cereal grain.
T - Yeah, that is definitely a strawberry beer! Tastes a lot like a strawberry candy, someone below me said Pez and that sounds about right. Strawberry Pez and sweet cereal grains. Not really my thing, but I guess if you're a strawberry fan this would be right up your alley.
M - Syrupy, with a medium mouth-feel and moderate carbonation.
O - Borderline novelty beer for me, just way too sweet and fruity. No thanks.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strawberry colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma and taste are sweet strawberries.Taste like melted Breyer's strawberry ice cream.This is definetly more suited for late spring and summer.I can see myself buying this again.I would recommend if you like sweeter fruit beers.

Photo of farlieonfootie
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam'l Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Ale pours a murky, deep honey-colored yellow with little to no head. The beer smells of strawberries -- overwhelming strawberries. It tastes of strawberries, too, and apricots. Organic Strawberry Ale is carbonated, but also a bit syrupy. It's definitely not sessionable, but it's not cloyingly sweet, either. It's a contrast, and very good for the style. Think hot weather and a change of pace, and you'll be on the right path.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. Pours a rosé color, a pink-gold with minimal white head that quickly dissipates.

Definite strawberry, hints of honey, malt, and bits of citrus. Very floral, with undertones of apple.

Sweet strawberry, grape, and apricot start it out, mostly sweet and slightly tart, fairly malty with no bitterness to finish.

Light bodied, this tastes best cool to cold. Becomes maltier as it warms.

I'm not a big fan of real sweet fruit beers like this, but Sam Smith makes a great product, and if I've got to drink a strawberry beer, this is the one.

Photo of Kromes
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A reddish orange with a thick off white colored head.

S: Smells like a breakfast cereal with berries. Not the greatest beer aroma, but pleasant and very up front.

T: More of the breakfast cereal in the flavor. Some nice malt flavor that is overpowered by a nice strawberry creaminess.

M: Very smooth and medium bodied. Very good mouthfeel to this beer.

O: Typically don't like the fruity beers, but this one is good. A little strong, but the flavor is nice.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Hazy amber body with an offwhite head.

Smell - Strawberry milk made with Nesquik. And a bit of caramel.

Taste - Tastes great. Light and refreshing flavor. Plenty of sweetness, but not overdone or artificial tasting. Think of it as a lambic and it's great.

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel. Light, carbonated well, refreshing, and clean.

Overall Drinkability - Great beer. Highly recommended. Great for a hot summer day. Would make for some really interesting food pairings too.

Photo of Lemke10
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Star Liquor in Ashland, WI in Spring 2011 for $5.99.

Pours a clear golden amber color with a very thick long lasting head. Scent is that of stong sweet strawberries. The taste reminds me of a delicious strawberry smoothie in the summer. Very nicely made and blended. I understand that there are some people of there that don't like flavored beers, but if you like fruit beers...this is a must try beer!

Photo of jwinship83
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle picked up when i wanted something fruity but was feeling too cheep for a real lambic. there is a bottling code on the bottle, but i dont know how to decipher it. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent golden colored body with some minor peach color highlights to it. there is a solid finger of bright white head on top. the head takes its time falling and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- woah, the strawberries come through strong. kind of a one trick pony, i cant really find any of the hops or malt that makes a beer a beer.

T- the taste is once again dominated by the strawberries that i could smell. they remind me strongly of strawberry pez. not really natural tasting like the label states. very sweet. i still cant find any of the characteristics that make beer beer like malt or hops.

M- the body is a solid medium. the alcohol is completely hidden. the carbonation is a little on the high side, but i find that it works well in this case.

O- a total novelty. this really doesnt strike me as a beer at all. i do find myself enjoying it though. i really cant see myself picking it up again anytime soon.

Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Light maple amber. Peach-colored head settles fairly quickly.

S – Fresh, ripe strawberries and cream.

T – Strawberry puree and seltzer. Brown sugar. Light caramel. A mildly tart plant-stem note develops as it warms.

M – Soft with a medium light body. Sweet finish lingers without being overly syrupy.

O – Delicious strawberry character, but not terribly complex. If you liked this, definately try their organic raspberry ale.

Photo of woodychandler
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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!

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of KajII
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[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.

Photo of Nuixx
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 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.

Photo of csiewert
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
85 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.