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

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TKempe on 01-20-2009

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Photo of TitanTake
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love raspberries and beer, so I said, "Why not?!"

A - it appears to be almost a syrup; maybe a little like a watered-down, dark cherry grenadine

S - Very sweet aroma with a undercurrent of sweet charcoal

T - Very sweet raspberry flavor, however without the wonderful tartness that a raspberry normally delivers; The first tastes were surprisingly wonderful, but almost overwhelmingly sweet by the end of the bottle

M - Not as thick as it appears; the berry has a drying effect on your mouth (almost cottonmouth)

D - I think one bottle of this at a time is enough. You might actually need an insulin shot if you drink more.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish red-orange with excellent clarity. A pink head forms and settles quickly.

Strong raspberry scents (obviously) dominate the nose of this particular brew. It seems to be battling with the malty scents. It doesn't seem like there is a very good balance between the two.

The taste here is sweet. A little too sweet IMO. The tart raspberry flavor is lot better than I thought it would be, but something just seems a little unnatural (and un beer-like) about the flavor. It doesn't taste BAD, exactly, but it does certainly taste a little too sweet for my tastes. No hops tastes, no alcohol.

Medium-thin bodied with minimal carbonation. The beer is pretty drinkable; handicapped only by the cloying sweetness.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of BMoney575
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-11-10

Pours a very cloudy deep red, almost purple color. Thin, pink lacing settles to an irregular layer leaving wispy rings of lacing.

Smell is strong and sweet raspberry, with a sugary, almost icing-like edge. Not as beery as I expected, and that's a good thing.

Taste is sweet and sticky, huge raspberry flavors. Intense but not cloying, you can really enjoy the fruity kick.

Mouthfeel is perfect, super thick and creamy.

Drinkability is very good, but the sweetness would probably keep you to one beer.

Overall, a very good fruit beer that is well worth trying.

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Photo of BierFan
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The head of the beer has a pinkish hue. Hazy reddish body. Lacing is kinda light.

Smell: Tart raspberries.

Taste: Sweet raspberry flavor from start to finish. Tartness is strongest in the aftertaste. Despite the dominant fruit flavor it still has those smooth malty English ale characteristics. Another top shelf beer from Sam Smith.

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Photo of matty
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purple wine cooler colored beer with a thick slowly fading head.Aroma is an abundance of raspberries.Taste is freshly baked raspberry tarts.I'm sure by definition this is considered a beer but in actuality it's a cooler.Refreshing and smooth and probably most enjoyable on hot days.I would recommend and purchase again.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith does it again. Their raspberry isn't quite as good as their cherry, but it is still very good. It's a very dark red color, almost no head. Strong smell of raspberry. Tastes like raspberries, but not overly sweet. It's almost a little tart. Very easy drinkability. Great fruit beer for anyone who likes fruit beers.

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Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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 semibaked
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy Raspberry with lots of head and tons of tight bubbles in the head.

S - Vibrant Raspberry with some hops coming through but pretty much the beer tells you in no uncertain terms there is a lot of raspberry juice.

T - A big amount of tart raspberry flavor hits you hard, some bitterness. Very crispy and clean finish and large amounts of carbonation.

M - Pretty much like soda, no really weight to the body at all.

D - Definitely a good change of pace from most of the beers I drink, would be great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of armock
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a red color with a pink head that leaves lacing behind

S - Smells like a raspberry soda pretty much

T - I really don't taste anything other than the raspberries but it tastes good so thats ok

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - When I was buying this beer I had huge doubts because its organic and a fruit beer but I have been blown away by this one I think I tastes very good for a fruit beer worth getting some time to try

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy strawberry red. There is a lingering head that at first it is very white but then turns a unique pinkish white.

This smells like raspberry, a touch of raspberry with a lot more raspberry.

The taste is very much like the smell. Hard to really dissect since it is so raspberry-y. It reminds me of sparking non alcoholic raspberry juice.

There is a carbonation bite with a slightly dry finish.

This is pretty refreshing. I would drink this like I drink my orange juice...with my cereal and when I'm in the mood for a flavor burst.

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Photo of Damian
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt. 2.7 fl. oz./550 ml bottle
Served in a nonic
Thanks to my friend Sam for this giving this to me as a holiday gift.

Gorgeous appearance. Deep ruby red in color and crystal clear. A foamy, bubbly, light mauve, two-finger head caped the liquid. The head slowly faded to a flimsy ring. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was quite pleasant. Fresh raspberry puree was instantly recognizable. Rather sweet but not cloying. Over time, the nose became very powdery and dry, yet this soon gave way to the raspberry again. This alternating "sweet and fruity/dry and powdery" combination continued throughout the entire drink.

Raspberry came through strong again in the flavor but it was matched by a steely bitterness on the back end. Slightly wheaty and tart from start to finish. Powdery and a touch dry in the center. Along with the metallic notes on the finish, some noble hop bitterness came through as well. A subtle, syrupy sweetness played out into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was a touch light, yet appropriate for a fruity, thirst-quenching beer. The carbonation was moderate and somewhat prickly.

This beer definitely is not Raspberry Tart but it was quite enjoyable nevertheless. It paired perfectly with the raspberry-infused, cocoa-dusted, goat cheese logs that my girlfriend and I shared on this Valentine's Day weekend.

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Photo of ThePortlander
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from the 550ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

The appearance is a ruby-red/pink color, accompanied by a slight, but decently creamy head, and noticeable carbonation. The nose is all raspberries, with only an earthy hop scent to back it up. Upon drinking the beer, I find my suspicions are correct; this beer is quite sweet, but it finish well, avoiding unpleasant sweetness. There is some malt to back up the raspberry flavor, but not much. Overall, it's quite refreshing, and not a bad fruit-centric beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink/light purplish body with a one finger tan head that dies quickly. A sweet and tart raspberry smell with little else as the razz dominates the aroma. A tad too citrusy/bubbly carbonation for my liking, but still a real smooth, easy to drink medium-bodied beer that goes down real good. A slightly fluffy raspberry taste that fills the tongue and is mellow on the backend with only a little bit of sour backbite. I enjoyed this beer but after one I definitely was not ready to enjoy a second one; consider this a dessert or pair it with a sweet concoction.

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Photo of mempath
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i already reviewed the cherry, but this one is even better. very drinkable, nice body/mouthfeel (not too much carbonation...not thick and syrupy) which allows the raspberry flavor to assert itself in this beer foundation. the nose is fruity but in a refreshing way (unlike a cooler as some might expect). excellent alternative (for me) to the more expensive, tart lambics

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a hazy dark pink hue. Three fingers of light pink head fill the top of the glass and fall slowly to leave a decent amount of lace.

The aroma is pure raspberry preserves. So sweet and fruity. A slight hint of funk is present but nothing too assertive.

The flavor is a tart raspberries and a sour barnyard funk that smacks you right in the face. It kind of has a cough syrup thing going on. Very dry finish.

Light crisp body with loads of carbonation. Super dry.

Overall a decent fruit beer. A bit tart but drinkable. Another solid beer from Sam Smith's

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Photo of jampics2
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours red - odd, bright.

Smells of raspberries, sugar, malted grains.

Taste is raspberry syrup. Actually, and this could be associative taste in my imagination, but I get a bit of raspberry mustard taste. Weird. Fake tasting, but good, just fake.

Carbed high and a tad thin.

Overall, a gimmicky beer. Not horrible, but not authentic tasting in any stretch of the imagination. Do not want more.

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Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear deeply red colored beer with a small pink head that eventually fades away.

Smells strongly of sour raspberries. There is some sweetness here but no real beer complexities, this is all raspberry.

Starts out sweet and sour with a strong raspberry flavor. Little bit of bitterness here and a slight astringency in the mouth. Slightly more sour than sweet the flavor is is very much like a less sweet Lindeman Framboise.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Tasty fruit beer a good choice if you like a more tart fruit beer.

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Photo of edenm
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Samuel Smith's other organic beers so I'd been looking for this one for a while.

It's a beautiful deep red with only a little head. The smell is very fruity -- almost overpoweringly so, like fake raspberry scent. It's extremely sweet and tastes nearly entirely of raspberries with only a bit of a bite of alcohol at the end. The carbonation's bubbles are small and give the beer a wonderful effervescence. It is fun to drink.

Strangely, for me, the flavor is the weak point of this beer, but everything else about it is so delightful. I hope I can find it again.

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Photo of whynot44
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, almost opaque maroon red color with a decent pinkish head that retains moderately well producing a bit of lacing while it lasts. The aroma is all red raspberry with Barely a hint of malt. The taste is also tart fresh raspberry with a bit more of the light malt and yeast in the background than the aroma. Not as syrupy sweet or intense raspberry as Lindeman's Framboise, which is not a bad thing. Still this has plenty for the raspberry lover and a bit for the beer fancier as well. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth and easy enough to drink.

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Photo of samie85
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep maroon with a white/red two finger head.

S-Very tart raspberry aroma with a hint of malt. Makes my mouth water.

T- Sweet malt, with a somewhat raspberry note. Not as tart tasting as the nose advertises. Finishes with a faint bitterness.

M-It's creamy, yet very effervescent with a thin body which is appropriate.

D-Pretty easy drinking for a fruit beer. Not nearly as sweet as some of the other fruit beers I've had. I would probably pick up some more of these if the price-point was different.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear reddish purple in color with a 1/2" head that break apart immediately.

Smell: a singular raspberry flavors are all you can detect here.

Taste: mild malt profile with loads of a raspberry syrupy flavor and very little bitterness. Overall a bit sweet but flavorful.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Very crisp throughout. Brief aftertaste as the berry flavors last the longest.

Drinkability: if you are in the mood for a fruit beer this will hit the spot but it is a bit sweet. One bottle is more than enough in a session.

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Photo of Tone
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark purple with a more clear red near the bottom of the glass. 2/3 inch head of a pink color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, amazingly fresh raspberries, slight yeast, and slight grain. Fits the style of a Fruit/Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and smooth with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, sugar, fresh raspberries, and very slight tart malt. Overall, as far as fresh, strong tasting raspberry beers - this is the best I've ever had. I downed this 18oz. in a matter of minutes.

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Photo of Hunter
2.23/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

appearance: Dark ruby beer, heavy carbonation. Thick head of pink foam that's almost comical in appearance, but it vanishes all too quickly.

smell: FRUIT. Damn near reminds me of drinking Nestle Quik as a kid. Sugary fruit dominates everything here, and nothing else comes through. No real problem with it though, was expecting it.

taste: More of that fruit. This is alcoholic Kool-Aid. Nothing but the raspberries comes through in the tasting. Almost sour enough to remind me of a lambic.

mouthfeel: clean, small but persistent aftertaste of fruit on the tongue.

drinkability: drinkable certainly as a session beer, but a full bottle of this is almost too much, like consuming an entire box of of gummi candy by oneself. This gets marked down somewhat simply because my preference is to be able to taste the beer with the fruitiness when it comes to styles like this. I prefer more subtlety.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up for my girl because she's always asking for fruit beers and I was hoping this would be enjoyable for both of us, as I trust the brewery and a lot of other fruit beers have left me fairly disappointed. This was amazing. Poured deep, dark purple and you could immediately smell the raspberries. The bulk of the flavor was raspberry but it managed to still be a great "beer" if you take my meaning. Felt like a complex and well thought out brew as opposed to a syrupy fructose mess as many fruit beers tend to be.

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