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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery BitterSamuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter
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3.69/5
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72 Ratings
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery BitterSamuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,998
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
72
pDev:
13.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 31
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Amber golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Predominant flowery aroma.
Sweet malty taste with light notes of oxidized apple, toffee and vanilla. Hints of minerals. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with very low carbonation.
A malty juice. Not really that fun, an average real ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a couple at the Angel and White Horse next to the old Samuel Smith brewery in Tadcaster, which is a really nice pub.

A: Dulled amber with a thin but sustained creamy head.

S: Not a lot.

T: Very mild. The only discernible flavour is mild citrusy lemonade. It's a very chilled out bitter and there's no off flavours.

M: A bit creamy.

O: A lovely daytime beer. Very mild flavour but somewhat satisfying.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden amber, nice clarity, foamy off white head

Aroma: not a very strong aroma, slightly earthy

Taste: mild and muted, pale malt biscuity-ness with English hop character. Not very flavorful

Mouthfeel:creamy and medium-light bodied

Overall impression: typical bitter flavor, nothing spectacular. Fairly weak bodied to be honest.

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3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint in Ad Lib, Glasgow (£3.60):
Toffee brown with a cream, thumb sized head on top that is white and holds pretty well.

Bitter with an earthy malt aroma and some lighter fruit notes along with some caramel and a touch of burnt sugar. There is some apples and a few sweet malts too.

Sweet malts and a very bitter taste kick things off along with a nutty taste and a touch of caramel from the nose. There is a fruity undertone with some bitterness towards the end.

Medium bodied and very cream with a nice, rounded bitter finish and a very smooth body. The balance in this one is quite nice too.

Bitter and a great example of the style with a great appearance and a nice balance throughout. There was some nice caramel malts and the hints of fruit were nice too.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of citrus, hint of oak, hint of liquor. Fits the style of an English Bitter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of citrus. Overall, average appearance, aroma, and feel.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-
Poured from the cask in the Opera House at Trafalgar Square. Light amber body with no visible signs of carbonation other than a thick cream-colored moussy head. This head was well-retained and produced some tremendous lacing.

Aroma-
This beer starts with a light crackerlike malt character, and builds with a low-alpha noble hop aroma and a slight impression of yeast. The nose was somewhat mild overall, but inviting nonetheless.

Taste-
On the palate, the anticipated crackerlike malt, low-alpha hops and yeastiness comes through. Hop bitterness is moderate along with some impressions of lemongrass on the mid-palate. The finish lingers with a nice maltiness and a kiss of oak. Quite a lovely beer.

Mouthfeel-
The big creamy body is perfectly accentuated with a velvety soft carbonation... truly a "velvet blanket". Astringency is very mild, and of course, there is no EtOH heat.

Overall-
One of the best bitters I have had the pleasure of consuming. I definitely recommend this on cask!

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was amazed to find I’d never reviewed this beer having drank it on numerous occasions when in London and other Sam Smith’s pub around the country over the years: anyway I’ve put that right today.

This review is of a pint, hand pulled in the ‘Citte of Yorke’ in Holborn, London; a lovely old pub listed on the BA beerfly database.

Sadly this is now the only beer Sam Smith’s brewery brings out in cask form, everything else is keg or bottle, not cask.

Clear amber body with a creamy head of bubbles which are off-white in colour and produce some good thick lacing as I down the liquid it covers.

The nose is a complex mix of wood notes, autumn leaves, caramel and a fresh loaf of bread.

The taste is equally as complex: malts just about lead the way with a good hop contingent coming up fast behind, well balanced and easy to drink. Semi-sweet from the caramel like molasses in the malts, but with an undertone of hop bitterness which asserts itself half way through each gulp (this isn’t a sipping beer, it’s a gulper).

Still under £2.00 a pint in an historic central London pub (Oct 2011), you can’t go wrong. In fact I had another half in the beautiful Princess Louise half an hour after rinsing this pint I’ve just reviewed.

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3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Lovely looking clear amber body with a good dense nitro-esque head and nice lace.

Nose of caramel and butterscotch malt. Some
Vinegar.

Good solid mouthful of butterscotch and cherries, thick feel, too sweet , no hops. Meh.

So so. Sam smith do great pubs. I love their porter and barley wine, but this is the definition of mediocrity. At best.

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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