Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit BeerSamuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TKempe on 01-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
511
Reviews:
176
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
80
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LCBO bottle, aka Melbourne Brothers raspberry, and certainly in their way of making beer. Sticky enough to attract flies. Reddish with pink foam. On the sweet side, medium mouthfeel. A good tartness. Very berry, but also artificial additives to make it that way. Decent fruit beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark red with a 3 inch foamy reddish white head that settles to a small cap. Small splotches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of rasberry jam, raspberry juice, fresh raspberries, and maybe a hint of malt. Taste is very much the same with an emphasis on very authentic raspberry flavors without being all that sweet. This beer has a nice carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good fruit ale that showcases very nice authentic raspberry smells and flavors.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a reddish color with a soapy white head. The lacing was minimal but left some suds on the glass. The smell was similar to a sweet lambic. Strong aromas of raspberry on the nose. The taste was sweet with the fruit dominating the flavor. The flavors of malt didn't show themselves until the late aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty good, it's very refreshing. Overall it's a good desert beer or a starting beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Smith has officially sold his soul to the beer devil. A fruit beer from one of the most tried-and-true breweries in the world. It's the equivelent of Harley-Davidson making tricycles.

The beer looks like soda-pop. An utterly fizzy red beer hits the glass and creates an initial, loosely knit pink head that fades with low levels of lacing or retention.

The beer smells like soda-pop. Candy raspberry flavors seem artificial. No real malt foundation to hide behind, the beer doesn't seem to exhibit what is best about beer or raspberries. No hop presence. No other complexity from esters, phenols, or anything else to attempt balance.

The beer tastes like soda-pop. Sugary sweet raspberry flavor taste as artificial as the nose smelled. Very low levels of malt fail to give any beer-y impression to the beverage. Aside from paying $6, there's nothing beer-like about it.

The beer feels like soda-pop. Again, sugary, sticky, sweet (...from my head to my feet.) The beer has no meaningful malt in the body. No dryness to assist in the end. Aggressive carbonation prickles the mouth and becomes bitey at times. The beer isn't awful as a beverage to drink, but they should serve it in a sippie-cup.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard Samuel Smith's 550ml bottle, a new offering that could not, nae, would not, be passed over.

This beer pours a clear, dark magenta hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat bubbly pink head, which leaves some consistent drooping lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of sweet pale malt, gritty rock sugar, and mildly sour raspberry cough-drops. The taste is more slightly saccharine, kind of bready and wet crackery malt, tart, semi-sweet raspberry puree, and a drying, nondescript leafiness (I'm reminded of the bush that said fruit grows on).

The carbonation is on the low side, just a dim frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, due in kind to the fruity juiciness, and thus expectedly smooth. It finishes with a nice, edgy dry raspberry and mixed berry fruitiness overriding the inherent lingering sweetness.

The description on the label that references the blending of malt, raspberry, and 'previously cellared organic brew' lends a certain credence to the 'English Fruit Lambic' concept well alluded to throughout the experience that is this beer. Dry enough to offset the big fruit bomb that this could have been, and guilty as sin in its ease (and commensurate rate) of consumption.

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Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Oh my, a gusher, and then when it pours into the glass, the big head just fritters away into nothingness; by the way, the color of the beer is ruby red, with a slight tawny edge

Smell: Raspberry juice; mostly sweet but a little bit tart

Taste: Just like the smell - sweet raspberry juice with a bit of a tart finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not bad for a fruit beer but certainly not something I would likely seek out again

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Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

Pours a hazy reddish color with some off white head. The smell is quite mild and not overly fruity. The flavor is quite sweet and full of raspberries. A bit like fruit juice with an acidic note as well. Nothing I need to have again.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep red color ale with a large pinkish color foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of fresh sweet raspberries is quite refreshing and totally dominated the aroma. Taste is also dominated by huge aroma of pure raspberry juice with light tart notes and dry malt base that is not able to come out of the fruit base. Body is abut average for style with good carbonation. I must admit that this was quite well made with loads of raspberries and no fake syrup taste. Remind me of when I had fresh raspberry juice at my grand-mother place 15-20 years ago.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 9/17/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart raspberry with a good amount of fruity/sugary sweetness and some light bread. Very nice aromas with big authentic fruit presence and a nice fruit/sweetness balance; with great strength. Taste of big tart raspberry with moderate fruity/sugary sweetness, light bread, and slight herbal hops. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish with a fair amount of fruit tartness; with lingering notes of tart/sweet raspberry flavors on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness of authentic raspberry flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruit beer as expected. All around great robustness and balance of authentic tart raspberry and fruit/sugary malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I split this bottle with my wife thinking this ale would be geared more for her,I actually didnt think it was all that bad.Poured the color of a pepperment stick (not the white part of course),with a nice tight pink colored head atop,aromas of candied sweet raspberries with faint caramel-like sweetness.Flavors start out very sweet and sticky but ends with a nice tart finish,more like fresh raspberries.Not something I could drink much of,but for what it is its pretty good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear ruby red in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white/pinkish colored foamy head that reduces to a thin layer of bubbles across the entire top of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of sweet and tart raspberry and slightly vinous. The malts/hops are hidden in the aroma but the overall smell is delicious.

T: Slight hints of sweet malts but the flavor is dominated by both sweet and tart raspberries - a very natural fruit flavor. Very enjoyable and I like the tartness of the raspberries showing through.

M: Medium bodied with significant amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable - could easily be a beer that you had multiple times in a session. Probably my favorite of the three Same Smith Organic Fruit Beers. I have had this beer multiple times and will likely get it again. I think this beer pairs well with mild and sharp cheeses.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nose fresh Raspberries, jammy, faint malt. Taste tons Raspberry, tart, slight malt, dry finish. Nice Fruit; a little sweet for my taste.

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

Photo of dcmchew
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of vfgccp
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber raspberry jam. Head carries a light pink hue, with ok retention and lace.

S - Straight raspberry jam. Noticeable lack of tartness.

T - The bulk of the profile is raspberry jam, straight from the nose. The back end features a plant-stem-like bitterness and leather.

M - Medium body with a lightly dry/bitter finish.

O - Nice raspberry flavor. Interestingly, the flavor feels processed and jam-like; it's not a straight, fresh raspberry flavor. This isn't necessarily bad, in fact it's a style of raspberry flavor I haven't come across in a beer before, but it is ironic for an organic raspberry ale.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purple tinged chestnut with a thumb of khaki head with pink notes. Good head retention & lacing

S: Raspberry, figgy notes

T: Follows the nose, some hints of raisin too up front. More jammy notes as this warms, some strawberry, tart raspberry & figs too, some dryness. Finishes jammy, with sweet figgy & raspberry

MF: Light bodied, low carbonation, some sticky notes

Decent raspberry ale, better than the strawberry ale to be sure

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Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge PINK head; leaves good lace. Without light, the liquor has ruby color. With light, it appears a clear, soda-pop red.

Sweet fruity aroma, like a raspberry candy, not like the raw fruit. Light sourness in the background.

Like a sweet framboise. There's a touch of sourness, but it is the story of the berry here. Again, the flavor is closer to a raspberry candy. Would make a good dessert beer with cheese.

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

Appearance: Pours out a dark reddish-hued body, fairly clear, and capped with a scant, near-white head.

Smell: An aroma that's part tartish, part sweetish, and scented of raspberry, as one might imagine, and, thankfully, without that oft medicinal quality I sometimes identify with raspberry brews.

Taste: Sweetish and permissibly raspberry flavored, slightly tart, and with, perhaps, a perceived underlying breadiness. Low bitterness. Slight acidity. Finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Stood shoulder to shoulder with it's cherry and strawberry based cousins for a tasting and, for me, it was the best of the Samuel Smith fruit bunch.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark raspberry red with pinkish orange highlights and a large lid of rose petal pink. Some might think these fruit beers look girlie, but I think they look great. The foam sinks slowly, has quality texture, and is generous enough with lace.

The aroma doesn't smell like fresh raspberries, rather like raspberry candy of some sort. It's on the perfumy side, which I don't recall being the case with Cherry and Strawberry. All will be forgiven if it comes through on the flavor front.

Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer tastes just as good as the others in this series. It has exactly the right amount of fruity sweetness, as long as one sips rather than gulps. These ales are delicious all by their lonesome and should be great alongside some desserts.

There really isn't much to describe regarding the flavor profile. It appears as though the brewery uses quality ingredients that allow sugared raspberries to take and keep center stage. Each sip is a blast of raspberry jam that has a simple elegance... or an elegant simplicity, if you prefer.

The mouthfeel is medium to fullish due to all the sugars. It's slick and slightly sticky, as all good fruit beers are. Nothing wrong with the carbonation either.

Any one of the three Samuel Smith's Organic Fruit Beers is an excellent choice. I would have to drink them side-by-side-by-side to pick a favorite. Hey Sam, how about Black Raspberry next?

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