Organic Raspberry
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Ranked #36
Ranked #13,987
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Notes: Handcrafted at the tiny All Saints 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 at Tadcaster. There it is blended with pure organic raspberry fruit juice and a previously cellared organic brew - creating an unparalleled fruit ale . The smooth distinctive character of the matured beer serves as the perfect counterpoint to the pure organic fruit juice.
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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18oz bottle picked up at Total Wine in Ballard, Washington. I don't understand the freshness coding they use.

Look- Slightly hazy, ruby/dark sanguine wine color, light carbonation stream as it sits. Large puffy head that dissipates slowly and leaves ample lacing.

Smell- Berries galore, sweet, sweet berries with a slightly malty and spicy scent in there too.

Taste- This is where my jaw drops, fresh berries and berry preserves. But not just raspberry, I can taste marionberry, blackberry, a tart kick of some huckleberry in there and it all finishes sweet, creamy with a light spiciness reminiscent of a good French vanilla ice cream.

Feel- The light carbonation makes it an easy sipper, just keep it on the colder side as the fruitiness gets over-whelming.

O- If I was a rich man I would stock my fridge full of these and drink it all day. Quite possibly the best berry flavored anything I have had in my life. Heavily recommended.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Murky blood red color.

Nice khaki head; minimal lacing.

Nose is of strong raspberries.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Rich raspberry jam flavor; hint of hops smack the lips.

Crazy delicious.

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Photo of Chii_Rising
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty ruby-red/hibiscus juice colored beer with a pink, quickly disappearing foam.
Tastes & smells like fresh carbonated raspberry juice with beer, in a pleasant way. Tartness & sweetness are balanced well & there is a real fruit juice & malty aftertaste.
It's hard imagine a fruit ale done better, if you like a strong natural fruit flavor.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Cloudy maroon pour. 1.5 fingers of pink-tinged head leave a nice rim of lacing.

S: Raspberries and fruit juice. Sweet and tart... like a piece of raspberry candy.

T/F: Follows the nose. Tart raspberry/fruit followed by sweet juice. Not overly complex, but the sweet/tart mixture is delicious and just what I'd expect for a raspberry beer. Light bodied... effervescent carbonation.

O: A delicious fruit beer. Sweet/tart and loads of raspberry. Just as advertised.

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Photo of obywan59
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours reddish brown with moderate haze and a 3 finger pinkish head that leaves moderate, sticky lacing.

Aroma of raspberry with chalky, caramel malts.

Taste of sweet tart, vinous raspberries overpowers any malt influences.

Syrupy, with moderate carbonation and plenty of astringency in the end.

Definitely my favorite of the Samuel Smith fruit beers.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 550ml bottle into glass. Stamped on bottle is 'SJ17P1'.
Garnet red colored body, cloudy. Pinkish white head settles to rings and scattered islands. Some strings of lacing.
Smells of raspberry, with a vinous aspect. Faint little biscuit in the background.
Sweet and tart raspberry taste, also vinous. Just a hint of malt in the background.
Medium mouth feel, just a little syrupy, not cloying. Noticeable carbonation level.
More than fruity soda pop because of its vinous aspect. Tart and sweet are well balanced for a fruit beer. Easy sipping, one and done.

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Photo of Suds
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew is a ruby red liquid with a soapy dark cream head. The aroma is like raspberry syrup. Intense fruit. The taste is similar. I am not sure if this is a beer or a raspberry soda. That beer is just shy of cloying. Full in body. I don’t think I would go for another.

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Photo of Fourlives
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As with everything Samuel Smith, the overall ingredient experience is justified, with the raspberry overcoming the maltiness just a pinch too much, but then again, I love tasting the grains and maltiness in my beers. Nice refreshing beer if you're a fan of Lambic's and a good turnover beer for someone who thinks they don't like beer.

Would also be a great desert type beer , say with some peach cobbler or a raspberry tart. Good Lord, there goes my sugar level!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith Old Brewery "Organic Raspberry"
550 ml brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating
$5.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Hazy dark red body beneath a full head of frothy pinkish foam.

Smell: Raspberry. Sweet raspberry. Somewhat vinous, and even a touch earthy. Light grainy malt beneath.

Taste: Fresh raspberry! It's sweet but it's also authentic with a bit of tartness and an earthy, vegetal side to it as well as its fruitiness. Stunning! And again, it's a bit vinous. This may be the best of their fruit beers. It's a sipper to be sure, and it certainly fits the definition of a dessert beer either on its own, paired with something else, or included as an ingredient in something sweet; but I'd also say it could be used for any occasion that a sweet red wine would be.

Feel: Medium bodied and gently crisp then smooth and almost creamy.

Overall: Exceptional raspberry flavor in a rich, sweet ale that can work in many situations, but particularly as a dessert beer.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep raspberry red under a pink tinted 1" white foam cap with good retention

S: intense raspberry covering some rich biscuit in the background

T: raspberry on a biscuit with raspberry dominating

F: body and carbonation are medium

O: a flavorful and refreshing beer that is just a little too "soda poppy" for my tastes

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted into a conical pint glass.
A: Garnet colored with subtle upward clearing of carbonation, a one inch head, and significant Belgian lacing.
S: Raspberry, peach, and sea salt overpower the malt or hop aroma.
T: Very tart with raspberry flavor predominating, but peach and lemon drop notes.
M: Medium bodied with persistent, even robust effervescence.
O: This is the best of the Samuel Smith Organic Fruit Beers, having tried several.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful pinkish-red blush. Effervescent bubbles float up to help suppliment the bubble gum colored head.

Nose : Lots of ripe, tart raspberries, slight vinegar, more residual sweetness.

Flavor : much of the same; tart rasperries, some raspberry soda, club soda, light vinegar notes but only faintly. Delicious. Not quite as fulfilling and fruity as Raspberry Tart by New Glarus, but still does okay when there's none around.

Feel is heavily carbonated, with a sweet tannin pucker on the finish as if I just ate raspberries. Astonishing.

Overall, a very tasty beer with not many flaws or issues to speak of. I'll buy more, and more, and more.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice red color. Not very clear.
The head was 1 finger. White. Frothy, and didn't last too long.
The nose is really strong with tart raspberries. Really fruity.
The taste is actually pretty mild. I was expecting to be hit hard with the raspberry, but it was mellow. It was there, but didn't hit you over the head with a 2x4. Some tartness, but there's a lot of sweetness also.
Feels pretty good going down. Not too watery. Some carbonation feeling going down.
Overall a good choice, and I'm very happy I got it.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Transparent dark red/pink with a creamy, sticky PINK head. Leaves lots of lacing. Looks marvelous.

S: Raspberry yogurt, raspberry jam; seedy raspberry puree. Smells sweet, jammy, and slightly tart all at once. Slightly chemically, too, almost like an artificially sweetened raspberry toothpaste.

T: Raspberry jam. Raspberry yogurt. Raspberry puree. Mostly sweet, cooked, and jammy raspberries, with the seeds. Slightly tart on the backend. No real malt character to speak of. Maybe faint brown bread. Slightly artificial raspberry taste on the finish. Raspberry toothpaste. Strawberry candy. Raspberry flavored cotton candy.

F: Medium-light body, smooth, crisp and refreshing, nice bubbly carbonation.

O: One of the best fruit beers in recent memory, the best raspberry beer I've had that's not one of the sour ones. Comparable for me to Founders Rubaeus, but even better. Simply delicious.

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Photo of ThePopeFromTV
2.92/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'm honestly not the type to rate a beer on its appearance or smell or feel. I've had a lot of fruit beers in my lifetime; many miss the mark, many play it safe, and some hit the nail on the head for the perfect balance of fruit and beer.

This Samuel Smith Raspberry was disappointing enough for me to register an account on here and want to warn people. It was tart, unpleasant, and had a reminiscent tinge of cough syrup that thankfully faded before the aftertaste developed. This and their Apricot beer have turned me away from this brewery's fruit beer selection permanently. I paid $6.50-$7.00 per bottle and thank god I didn't buy other flavors. I'd actually be upset with the waste of money.

The taste was a 2 because I didn't even finish the beer, but I know I could've. That's the only difference between a 2 and a 1 to me.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a beautiful blood red as if it were beet juice. Minimal head recedes quickly leaving almost no surface haze.

S: Definitely raspberry from the second you open it and some malt on the nose too. Not super fragrant once in the glass and sitting for a minute.

T: Wow, pleasantly surprised. I like this more than the strawberry fruit ale they offer. Has a very natural taste of ripe red raspberries. I am surprised they pulled that off so well. Non beer drinkers who like fruit wine would love this beer.

F: Typical Samuel Smith but a tad bit bigger bubbles. I would have preferred smaller bubbles to round out the raspberries ripe profile with a touch of zing across the tongue. You get a little of that here.

Overall this gives me hope that I might like other fruit ales. I found the strawberry fruit ale from Samuel Smith to be natural tasting but a bit to bright and sharp. This is much more rounded and rich tasting. Would be great for a summer BBQ with pork.

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Photo of James121
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is smooth fruity delight in a bottle. Not too punchy. Ive had some punchy berrs or ales. this is one of the finer I have had. Thank god they sell it where i live or i would go insane.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Ale has a medium, fizzy-ish, pink head, a clear, ruby red appearance, and low-level lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong raspberry juice with bread. Taste is a one-two punch of acidic & sweet raspberry juice and bready malt. Bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Ale finishes dry and highly drinkable.


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Photo of 911CROFT
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.30 for a single bottle.

Pours a deep, rich red body, that when held to the light turns to a bright, pinkish ruby. A three-finger in height, pink-tinged, white foamy head disappears quickly leaving a small amount of soapy lacing.

Aromas of fresh, tart, cooked raspberries hit the nose as soon as the bottle is open. The taste follows suit, with a deliciously long, smooth, tangy, sweet natural raspberry flavour, followed by a tart, zingy, slightly earthy and dry finish. Light bodied with a generous amount carbonation it manages to avoid feeling cloying despite being fairly sweet.

Overall this is an excellent beer. True to the fruit, massively easy drinking and refreshing. Would recommend.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith nonic pint glass.

Look: A raspberry brown body with a pinkish cream colored head. Frothy. Foamy sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Raspberry juices, tart, fruit sweetness.

Taste: Sweetness and tart, just like the fruit .... much like all the other Samuel Smith organic fruit beers ... very true to the plan.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light.

Overall: Just as true to it's name and tasty as all of the other Sam Smith organic fruit beers -- I guess it just depends which fruit you prefer.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear lovely dark garnet. World class head volume, retention and lacing.

Outstanding rich nose of sweet raspberry over a light biscuit.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy moments due to the superb carbonation. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescence from the middle on.

The flavor profile is very good, but is a bit short in intensity when compared to their cherry variant. Complexity and balance are good. It begins with slightly sweet raspberry that approaches tart in the middle. A hint of herbal hops emerge in the middle over a soda like sweetness undertone. The finish is a slow effervescent fade of slightly tart raspberry over a residual biscuit sweetness.

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Photo of futiledevices
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This kind of took me by surprise. I like the brewery, and so I figured it couldn't be too bad, and I was right. I'm not into fruit beers, but this brew is dry and tart enough to keep it from being too cloyingly sweet. Pours a nice deep red with a pink foamy head. The smell is immediately present, with a nice raspberry preserve, jammy scent. The taste is similar, but it finishes tart and dry rather than sticky and sweet, which I feared it might. Very very slight malt taste - just enough to remind you that you might be drinking beer. Would be nice on a warm spring afternoon. If you like fruit beers, or if you just want something completely different, it's worth a try.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very pretty deep red clear beer and foamy pink head. Big head until it fades to a 1/8" fine bubbled layer. Lace is spotty. Juicy raspberries waft right out the glass. Sooooo fruity and mouthwatering. Rhubarb pie comes to mind big time, and that's including the doughy crust. Smells like a raspberry Danish as well. Taste is sweet, not overwhelmingly so, a little tart, and loaded with fruity juiciness. It's like the best fruity soda ever. Mouthfeel is a touch syrupy fitting with the pie filling concept, smooth, and sticky. A fun change of pace in the beer world.

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Photo of HarryPotHead
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite what I was expecting...this was my first go around with fruit beers. Not sure I will be back. Too tart with a strange lingering aftertaste. I was expecting more of a subtle the way a chocolate stout or vanilla porter will have just a hint of those flavors. Not so much here...The raspberry flavor dominates to the point where it doesn't even taste like beer.....tastes more like juice than beer. Worth trying but definitely not my cup of tea.

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Photo of interzen
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Bought from The Little Delicatessen in Tadcaster, a couple of doors down from the brewery.

355ml bottle poured into a Vedett glass.

Actually brewed in Stamford (Lincs) rather than in Tadcaster, it's not a fruit beer in the Belgian style rather a beer with added fruit juice. Not to say that it's bad, but comparing it to a Belgian fruit beer is missing the point by a wide mark.

That said, it *looks* like a Belgian framboise, being deep red with a vaguely pink head. Smell of raspberries (obviously) but not in an artificial way. Tastes of raspberries too, strangely enough - sweet and slightly bitter but without that lambic 'edge' and it certainly doesn't taste like something with an ABV just north of 5%.

Eminently drinkable although some might find the aftertaste is a bit cloying.

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