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

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Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit BeerSamuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer

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370 Ratings
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 01-24-2009)
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Photo of zeio


2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 06:01:47 | More by zeio
Photo of adamette


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 00:44:40 | More by adamette
Photo of malcontent


4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 03:50:27 | More by malcontent
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

"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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 12:51:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 05:39:49 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of albern


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 18:31:45 | More by albern
Photo of Reswald


2.13/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 19:24:03 | More by Reswald
Photo of BierFan


3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 16:25:47 | More by BierFan
Photo of davexisxrabid


4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 16:15:04 | More by davexisxrabid
Photo of Brad007


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 04:51:40 | More by Brad007
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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?!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 03:26:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Bitterbill


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

Bought locally.

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 23:05:29 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of lacqueredmouse


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 03:07:08 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours clear pinkish gold with a dense head of white. The thick froth receded to reveal a partial skim coat on the surface as well as some decent ringed lacework.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of Strawberries. In fact you can smell them with the glass at arms length. Powdered sugar and Strawberry jam follow through as well as a nod to soda pop.

Light bodied and crispish with a slightly syrupy, cloying mouthfeel. Sticky.

Sweet strawberries and fruit jam lead off the palate. Pixie-stix dust and strawberry kool-aid follow through. Barely a trace of tartness that is trounced by sweet fruit and strawberries.

Finishes with lingering strawberry juice and powdered sugar.

Lots of Strawberries here, but way too sweet for my taste. Maybe on ice cream. The juice must have been added after the beer had been filtered to keep it from fermenting out and drying up. Very much like a high quality soda-pop.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 00:50:34 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of BEERchitect


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 11:42:24 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

550ml brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH - split with user CheckMate. Dark amber bordering on copper translucent body with a good inch of relatively short-lived off-white head. Smells like a fresh sugared strawberry, like strawberry shortcake, sweet but not syrupy. Tastes sweet and somewhat bitter like a slightly under-ripe strawberry with sugar on it. The sweetness and bitterness are a little overwhelming at first, bordering on cloying. Medium to near-full mouth feel, with lower carbonation than expected. A lighter body and more carbonation would aid the drinkability considerably. A little sweeter and thicker than expected. A solid fruit beer nonetheless though, smells great and tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 02:02:52 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of CheckMate

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml brown bottle from McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Amber/copper color. translucent. it had an inch of head, but it was short lived sadly. It has a nice strawberry smell. i suspect that real strawberries were used to make the beer because it doesn't smell overly sweet like syrup. It tastes very sweet and bitter, like an under ripe strawberry. Moderate mouthfeel. clean and crisp and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 01:50:10 | More by CheckMate
Photo of froghop


2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear light amber with a tint of red, has a medium light pink head, and some lacing.

smell is of grain, fruit, and some malt.

taste is sweet, berry, and some malt, ends very sweet.

for a fruit beer it is not that bad, too sweet for my liking but has a decent flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 01:52:28 | More by froghop
Photo of tiffanya


4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Merchant du Vin for the sample bottle. As the Samuel Smith Strawberry Ale will be replacing the Melbourne Bros. Strawberry Ale in the U.S.A., a horizontal tasting of the two was done. Ratings indicated are for the Sam Smith fruit beer.

From the MdV product spec sheet:
"Samuel Smith's Organic Fruit Beers are handcrafted at Melbourn Bros. Brewery, the tiny, historic brewery lovingly restored by Samuel Smith's in the 1990s. There the ales gain deep character from brewing and fermentation using the original Victorian equipment. The finest organically grown barley and wheat, as well as organic hops from England, are used to create these complex ales, which undergo primary and secondary fermentation with different yeasts. They are then carefully transported to Samuel Smith's Old Brewery, at Tadcaster, where they are blended with pure Certified Organic fruit juice before conditioning and packaging."

The new Sam Smith Strawberry ale had a slightly larger head (approx 1/6") that lasted about a minute longer. The new ale maintains a fine lacing around the edge of the glass and appears to have slightly livelier tiny champagne-like bubbles of carbonation.

New Sam Smith Strawberry ale...
Lightly sweet, jammy, strawberry. The aromas came out even greater when inhaled with an open mouth.

Year-old cellared Melbourne Bros. Strawberry ale...
Tart, sharp, fresh, strawberry.

Flavor on both follow the aroma.

The new ale is somewhat delicate and is slightly more sessionable than the former due to decreased acidity. The Samuel Smith Strawberry is lightly dry, has a natural lightly sweet strawberry jammy flavor and a faint bitterness. In opposition, the Melbourne gives a short sharp tartness, which is lacking from the newer Samuel Smith Strawberry.

I look forward to getting in the new Samuel Smith Strawberry Ale and trying it again on its own.

Today's my initial taste of each was poured into a blind glass by my husband. After smelling and tasting each, and I held up the Sam Smith and said, "I hope this is the Melbourne because the other is much fresher and more tart on the nose and palate for me." (Unfortunately for me I was wrong...I tend to prefer a tart ale!)

However, I think the new Samuel Smith Strawberry will have greater mass-appeal than the Melbourne due to its less tart, and more jammy-berry quality.

For the final taste, I blended the two. The mix of sweet-jammy and tart strawberries was divine!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 23:01:35 | More by tiffanya
Photo of bark


4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to RateBeer, this beer is brewed by Melbourn Bros under the Samuel Smith label. According to the Malbourn website, this beer is spontaneous fermented.

The liquid is a little hazy, the colour red with a tint of brown. The two finger head is warm white, it leaves some lacing.

The smell got notes of unsweetened strawberry jam, some bitter/sour/tart notes. It is fresh and very natural (compared to those strawberry RTDs).

The taste is dry with very fine notes of fresh strawberries. There are some refreshing sour notes that balance the fruits without being tart in a Belgian way. Dry and sweet flavours make it very drinkable. There are no artificial flavours in this one, just a sour beer and fine strawberries. The aftertaste got elegant flavours of unsweetened strawberry jam and a very delicate bitterness.

The carbonation is medium; lots of small fresh bubbles. The liquid is smooth without getting sticky.

This is a surprisingly grown up strawberry-flavoured beer, far away from those artificial RTDs that are so popular now. A very pleasant surprise and a great dessert in itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 11:04:56 | More by bark
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Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
85 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.