Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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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
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
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
A: Poured a mixture between pink grapefruit juice and orange soda. The head was bubbly and quickly dissipated from its initial 1 finger statue with a light beige coloring while leaving no distinguishable lacing behind. Visible effervesce appeared calm.
S: The aroma was dominant with fresh whole strawberries that was lightly tart from the start before finishing up with a touch of sugary sweetness. The aroma was perfumy with touches of pear juice and banana/tapioca pudding. Overall the aroma was refreshing with a light tartness of whole fruit quality never feeling like it was artificial .
T: The flavor begins with no surprise, tart strawberries with a juicy whole berry quality followed by a sugary sweetness. There is a nice presence of acidity while the berry fruitiness sticks around just long enough to give you a good appreciation and feel. The flavor is very well mannered while hints of tapioca pudding adding to the mix while giving you a fruity, tart and bright strawberry experience.
M: bright and crisp despite its calm demeanor. A medium full body is observed while the texture had a light whipped creamy feel to it finishing up with a lightly tart strawberry fade.
D: Drinkability was fair, I really enjoyed the natural strawberry essence of this drink but at the end of the day it still is a bit much at a pint to consume. More amply suited as a desert beer perhaps in smaller quantities (6-8 oz). Non fruit/herb flavored beer drinkers should find this tolerable and fairly well suited. Probably one of the better strawberry fruit ales I can remember having.
11-17-2009 00:20:24 | More by beerthulhu
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
550ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
A - Pours a slightly pinkish orange color with a loose and somewhat quick dissipating white head...leaves a decent layer of bubbles on the surface.
S - Not surprisingly, this smells largely of fresh strawberries, a touch of vinegary sourness. No hint of hops or malt in the nose - all fruit. Does smell pretty darn good if you like strawberries though, which if you are drinking this beer, you probably do.
T - Tons of strawberry in the flavor too. Very up front and strong. Pretty sweet in overall impression with a slightly strange confectioners sugar character. A touch of astringency and a bit of a tartness from the fruit as well. No hop flavor or bitterness to be found and only the faintest of cereal grainy malt.
M - This is really where I get the most of the confectioners sugar thing. This beer has a sweet and almost powdery feel in the mouth. Carbonation is lower than I expected here - plenty there, but thought it would be more on the high end of the carbonation scale. Overall a very sweet beer that leaves a lingering sugary impression well into the aftertaste.
D - Low in alcohol, high in residual sugar content and fruitiness. If Lindeman's made a strawberry lambic, it might be something like this, but they would probably do a better overall job. Strawberries don't seem to have enough tartness to them to make a truly enjoyable beer. This is an interesting beer, but sharing a single bottle of this is enough for me. Glad to try it, but plenty of other fruit beers that are more appealing to me.
11-11-2009 00:03:04 | More by portia99
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.
It pours a cloudy peach with a light white head and poor lacing.
The aroma is great very fruity, abounding with strawberries almost a candy strawberry not the fruit, maybe a gum strawberry.
The taste is ok, the strawberry taste is almost a let down after how powerful the aroma was. You don't taste much more than the strawberry.
Not much of a mouthfeel, so-so drinkability. I could have one but then good for a few months, but honestly not sure if I'd drink this again.
09-09-2009 00:27:34 | More by jrallen34
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
Presentation: 1 pt. 2.7 oz bottle into a nonic.
A- Clear amber color. Pours billowing ~3 finger tan head, that fades slowly to a thin ring.
S- Sweet strawberries, with a bit of an odd tartness.
T- Sweet strawberry juices with a hint of tartness. Nothing too shocking here.
M- Crisp, with moderate carbonation, and a medium-light feel.
D- Easy drinking desert beer, but surely falls into the realm of beers that I can't imagine drinking more than one of at a time.
Future outlook: This beer delivers pretty much what I expected it would. Would be fine as a "desert beer." Decent for what it is, but now that the novelty of trying has been satiated, it's fairly unlikely that I'll purchase again.
08-22-2009 03:46:18 | More by DoctorDog
3.78/5 rDev 0%
Pours light amber with a thin dirty dishwater head.
Smell is quite good with creamy vanilla and strawberry.
Tastes like a blend of those candies that have the wrapper that looks like a strawberry and strawberry ice cream. Sweet.
Smooth body with high drinkability if you like strawberries. A nice summer treat with not a lot of complexity.
08-12-2009 22:53:05 | More by brownbeer
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
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured from the 500 ml classic Sam Smith bottle into a pint glass. Pours a reddish pink color with 1-1/2 fingers of white foam. The smell and taste is dominated by the fruit - obviosuly, this is a strawberry beer. There is a backended wheat taste that I find quite enticing and enjoyable. Well carbonated in the mouthfeel and a highly drinkable brew. I enjoy these type of beers and would come back to this one - although the pricetag is a bit steep.
07-31-2009 23:35:12 | More by KTCamm
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a clear, slightly reddish golden amber with a fairly thick but not persistent pale yellow-orange head. Aroma is strong, but the strawberry scent overwhelms it. I love strawberries, but I still prefer beer that smells like beer. Flavor, however, is fairly malty with a strong fruity overtone of strawberry and hints of banana. Texture is fairly smooth and tingly. OK if you like strawberries.
07-30-2009 00:29:35 | More by Cyberkedi
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
Presentation 500ml bottle poured into mug
Appearance pours with a moderate sized head. Pours a reddish amber color.
Smell: Almost completely of strawberries with beer somewhere behind there.
Taste: Much like a maltier strawberry soda. The really only way you can tell is the yeast and malt taste. The more it warms up the more the malt comes out.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is soda like smooth, nothing bad nothing mind blowing.
Drinkability: A pretty easy taster because there is one dominant flavor. An interesting break from the normal in beer. A great beer for someone who is not fond of it. But I can't really take this seriously as a beer because of its fruitiness. A good drink though for it gets or things get tedious. A bit pricey though
07-29-2009 00:45:58 | More by MaxBrews
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
2.5/5 rDev -33.9%
This beer is not like a fine Lindeman's lambic or a carefully constructed fruit beer. This beer is sweet fruity and the taste is simply disjointed for a fruit beer. I would say that a Bartles and James type drink might be more drinkable than this. I expected a lot more from Samuel Smith, and think there is a possibility the bottle I had was shocked during shipment, but there were fundamental things about this beer I would consider changing if this was my effort from my brewery.
07-20-2009 06:01:47 | More by zeio
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
Live review. Poured from a 550 ml bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass. Purchased for about $4.75 from Heinen's in greater Cleveland.
A Translucent copper body under a 2 inch brief head of soapy off white. 3.0
S Well, light strawberry smell, slight tartness. 3.0
T Light strawberry tartness over a basic ale of light malt and nearly no hops. It delivers on what is promised. 3.5
M Light to moderate feel. As mentioned, a bit of tartness which is welcome, as in real strawberries.
D .Good, as you might expect from a light ale with fruit juice added. 4.0
Notes: Not impressed with this ale overall. It seems gimicky and I totally do not buy the whole "organic" thing.
07-20-2009 00:44:40 | More by adamette
4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
About the color I'd expect; stawberry blonde with a good dose of head. Lacing is outstanding.
Stawberry jam and not much else. Does there really need to be?
Holy shit, this is sweeet! Strangely, though, it's not bad. Wow, it's just pure strawberries. Only the slightest grainy malt comes through to interrupt what is otherwise a perfect distillation of said fruit.
There's a touch of slickness to the body and the sweetness does somewhat limit drinkability. That said, I'm awfully impressed by this beer. If strawberry beer were easy to pull off I think we would see more of it. Well done!
07-10-2009 03:50:27 | More by malcontent
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
3.4/5 rDev -10.1%
Pour is surprisingly lager-like. doesn't ahve any red-titint the way you expect from a fruit beer (especially considering their cherry offering). Smell is a very syrupy sweet, but not to an inorganic extent. Just all very sweet strawberry. Taste is also quite sweet and, unfortunately, does sort of approach an inorganic, flavored type of taste. In fact, it tastes a lot like some sparkling wines (cheaper ones like Andre Cold duck). Not beer-like at all. Mouth is light but not watery and so its easy to drink in that it wont weigh you down. The sweetness is really a bit much, though.
06-29-2009 05:39:49 | More by BirdFlu
4/5 rDev +5.8%
I'm not a big fan of fruity beers, but this is probably one of the better ones you'll find. It pours a nice slight reddish orange amber color with a nice creamy and foamy white head, with some lacing. The nose is a huge bouquet of peaches, strawberry, and apricot, in order of strength. There are some super sweet floral malts in the background too, with almost a touch of perfume it is so aromatic.
Luckily, the taste is a bit more toned down from the nose. This is super sweet, slightly tart, strawberry with maybe some cherry like citrus flavors, maybe some peach flavors emerge too. The beer is quite well carbonated, thin to medium bodied, very refreshing, slightly tart and mouthpuckering towards the finish. The mouthfeel feels like you have a snapple raspberry ice tea, the aftertaste is just lingering sweetness. This is a really good fruity beer because the malty ale underneath is high quality and the fruit preserves don't taste artificial or dextriny or cloying. L'Chaim.
06-27-2009 18:31:45 | More by albern
2.13/5 rDev -43.7%
Bought this beer on the recommendation of a friend. 500 ml bottle poured into a 21oz snifter.
Poured slightly hazy, Dark honey in color. Nice head. Aroma smelled strongly of fresh strawberries; very nice. Unfortunately the taste was god-awful. Very astringent and nasty. I struggled through a few more sips before pouring the rest down the drain.
I can only assume the bottle had been mistreated. My friend has too good a palate to have touted me on this beer if it had tasted like this to him!
06-26-2009 19:24:03 | More by Reswald
3.2/5 rDev -15.3%
Poured from a brown 550ml(28.7oz) bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Big fizzy white head has a slight hue of pink. The body is a slightly hazy amber.
Smell: Aroma of strawberries and oxidation. Perhaps it's meant to be somewhat oxidized as the back label says it undergoes "extended maturation" before being blended with a "previously cellared organic brew". Not quite as sweet or fruity as I was expecting.
Taste: A little tartness up front followed by a candy-like strawberry sweetness that stays on your tastebuds for a while.
06-23-2009 16:25:47 | More by BierFan
4.72/5 rDev +24.9%
Poured a cloudy amber into my pint glass with a nice inch and a half head that lingered for a bit. Good lacing during the drinking period too.
Aroma was of strawberries with a subtle citrus hop backing.
Flavor was of strawberries and a malty flavor that produced a creamy texture. The light hops balance it out at the end. I was pretty impressed by this brew (and so was my girlfriend, we both wanted more of this stuff).
Medium-full mouthfeel because of the creaminess of the brew and the carbonation. Rich, sweet/bittersweet mouthfeel that coats the tounge.
A very interesting drink. I would definitely have this again. I wouldn't call this a session beer unless you like knitting doiley's all night long but it's still good as hell!
06-22-2009 16:15:04 | More by davexisxrabid
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
Pours a strawberry-red color with a fluffly one-finger head into my fluted tulip.
It has a strong, pronounced strawberry aroma that is almost cloying but seems natural.
Taste is full of strawberry flavor but it's very light and doesn't approach wine-cooler territory in terms of fruit flavor. Subtle and the malt shows through enough to remind you that it's a beer.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering strawberry and sweet malt. Refreshing.
Not bad. Could always be worse. Not my cup of tea but hell, it's drinkable and I don't regret trying it one bit.
06-20-2009 04:51:40 | More by Brad007
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%
It pours a hazy reddish gold with a 1 finger head of foam.
The smell is a nice, I mean, very nice scent of strawberries and they have an air of the real thing to me. It's not huge and overpowering so I guess that's why I made that statement.
The taste is also very much of strawberries and I get a nice feel of both sweet and tart. Nice. Easy drinking and the head retention is great with the lacing following not far behind. I like the lightish carbonation done here and medium mouthfeel that stays away from being syrupy.
Dang, I'm not even a big fan of the fruit but this one was done to my liking for sure. An enjoyable brew.
05-29-2009 23:05:29 | More by Bitterbill
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
Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
85 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.