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

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 508
Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +18.2%
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 -42.1%
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 +21.6%
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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark cherry Nyquil with a 2 finger fizzy head that was a mixture of soapstone with pink hues lasting a few minutes before leveling to a skim coating. Visible effervesce was medium and steady.

S: The nose emitted a light-medium showing of fresh raspberries (no surprises here), but the main thing worth noting was it was fresh whole basket full of raspberries, soft, perfumy in nature and not artificially scented. Light hints of sherbet is present as a well a nice light dry tartness being well received.

T: The flavor opens with fresh raspberries with sherbet ice cream best describing things here. A nice sharp acidic touch with a berry fruitiness as well red grapes is present as well. A nice mixture of sweet and tart berries gives things a fresh and whole perspective with a soft dry touch.

M: sharp and bubbly with a good medium fullness and slick and syrupy texture.

D: fairly good, a pint is about spot on here. Would make for a good desert beer along with pie. One at a time is still enough.

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Photo of gobias
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice dark fruity lager that has a sweet taste. The color is almost like a cloudy red wine. The taste is fruity with a sweet raspberry flavor, not too strong, but still noticeable.
This would be a nice dessert beer. And with an alcohol content of 5.10%, it is one of the stronger fruit lagers. Also it is Organic if you like organic foods and drinks.
I really enjoy this and look forward to tasting their other fruit beers.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The Raspberry beer pours a deep, dark, garnet color with hints of purple. There is a large pink head which is quite fluffy.

S: You can definitely tell that this is a raspberry beer. The aroma is full of sweet raspberries. There is not much else to the nose other than the sweet, fruity smell.

T: The taste is almost identical to the scent. The raspberry flavor is the star of the show and it is quite sweet.

M: This is quite a fizzy beer, which works well for the style. It helps to cut down on the sweetness, as otherwise this would taste like syrup.

D: The beer is a bit too sweet for my tastes. I enjoy a good amount of fruit in beers, but it tends to be more in lambic form so that the tartness helps to balance things out. I'm glad I shared this with my girlfriend as I don't think I would have been able to drink it all.

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

Aroma is very strongly of raspberry - and I love raspberries! There are hints of malt and yeast. It pours clear and a color right on the border between dark copper and mahogany. Head is off-white and fairly thick. Flavor is malty with a firm overtone of raspberry, a little sweet and a little sour; finish is quite fruity-sweet. Texture is smooth and a little fizzy.

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

Been holding on to this one for quite awhile.

Pours a nice clear/clean reddish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is sweet, malty, with lots of raspberry notes. The taste is sweet, slightly tart, malty, lots of raspberries. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all.

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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 davexisxrabid
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle into two wine glasses for my girlfriend and myself. Poured a cloudy rust red color with a nice inch tall pink head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

Aroma of kool-aid. Can't really smell anything reminiscent of beer here ... maybe my honker is off but my girlfriend agrees. Odd artificial flavor aroma isn't too bad though.

Flavor is bursting with sweet raspberries, and a faintly detectable sugary flavor I can't place. Maybe something in the raspberry juice used to sweeten the beer. No hops or malts of any time detected.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Isn't cloying between drinks.

Easily drinkable, reminds me of a cider because of the residual sweetness. Decent brew overall but I honestly preferred the Organic Strawberry and Cherry to this one. I thought since I like framboise this one would be tops. Worth a try though.

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Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark garnet red with a red, frothy head into my fluted glass. Nice colors and all.

Aroma is full of raspberry, much like raspberry sherbet. It dominates the nose as expected. No surprise here. Pleasant smell though.

Taste is full of raspberry and nothing but raspberry. Just a hint of malt but otherwise, it's a fruit beer. Raspberry is somewhat and "fizzy."

Consistency is similar more to a soda than a lambic. Carbonation is almost too much. Faint raspberry lingers at the back.

It's a fruit beer and not horrific by any means. Worth a try if fruit beers are your thing.

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Photo of Godot
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fruit beers can go one of two ways, either they focus on the malt and allow the fruit flavor to lightly carry it in some direction or they can focus on the fruit and allow the malt to give it some backbone and grounding. Purple Haze seems to me to be a good example of the first while Samuel Smiths Organic Raspberry covers the second (obviously one's a wheat and one is not but I think the point still stands). That being said I really enjoyed this beer. It pours a deep ruby red with a rather shocking billowy pink head that sticks around throughout the duration of the beer. Smell is tangy raspberry. The taste is straight raspberry up front that then blends into breadiness, finishing clean and refreshing. This beer is very effervescent which keeps it light and goes well with the sweetness. The raspberry flavor is very natural tasting (as it should be being organic) and is never cloying. Solid fruit beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a big pink-white bubbly head that's very effervescent. The beer is a blend of pink and brown, distinctively not red IMO, but my wife says it's red. The head started big but faded leaving very little lace. THere's some a/c but not much, and it's sort of translucent, not really crystal clear at all.

S: Well, raspberries obviously. There is some grainy-malty sweetness as well. The smell is very powerful as soon as you open the bottle it fills the air with a wonderful bouquet. No hops. I am oh so tempted to give a 5 but something is missing.

T: Raspberry lollipop I think describes it best. The beeriness of it seems to make it taste less like an actual berry and more artificial though, deliciously artificial. Its very sweet, just a little tart. Still no hops, which is a shame. I think some florally ones could compliment it well.

M: Bubbles. It really feels like pop, which is good in a fruit beer. It's biting with the flavor and works very well nice and cold.

D: Great, but I think with all the carbonation it would start to make me burpy in not a long time and I HATE that.

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Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep red... ruby coloured, with a slightly offwhite head that starts off very modest and grows substantially with a steady pour, ending up almost a full two fingers tall. It's got a rather fizzly sense to it, but enough body to roll slightly.

S + T: Both the aroma and flavour are massively dominated by fresh raspberry, slightly tart, but leaning more towards sweet. It's got a very subtle malty flavour behind the fruit, but for the most half it is very much like a fruit juice. It has been done quite pleasantly, though, lacking the "vodka cooler" quality that could come from a fruit concentrate with alcohol or a medicinal flavour making it more like cough syrup.

M + D: Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of stickiness to it. Again, there is a fruit juice element to it that seems appropriate, given the other attributes. It's certainly drinkable, going down very smoothly... the alcohol is not listed on the bottle that I see, but the 5.1 seems to be rather high, honestly. In my case, it would certainly be a 'mood drink,' but it is something I would revisit and it is crafted well enough to try the cherry variety.

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

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a really nice tart raspberry scent that's screaming of fruit and even has some earthy characteristics. The taste is good as well. It has a solid pale malt base along with a wicked raspberry flavor. It's easy drinking, but it does have some earthy flavors to it. The tart fruit is delicious and refreshing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a wonderful beer. I love a well brewed fruit ale and this qualifies as such.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cherry red body, with a fluffy pink head. Very carbonic.

S - Tang sweet, with a strong aroma of raspberries (as you would assume). It also kind of smells like marshmallow.

T - Very sharp and sweet raspberry taste, with a lasting sharpness in the finish.

M - It feels heavy for a fruit beer but Samuel Smith beers tend to favour a certain substance to in the body. Sharp and bitter in the palete.

D - Very pleasant to drink. I'm not a massive fan of fruit beers but this one worked well for me. Usually I find fruit beers overly sweet, with a much too sharp feel but this beer works brilliantly, and doesn't overpower the palete.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Brown pop top Victorian pint bottle, beautiful label...classic Sammy Smith

Appearance: Intense brick-red beer, almost like a dark rose wine; a hard pour produces a rose pink colored cap with pretty impressive staying power

Smell: Fresh, sweet/tart juicy raspberry...very much like fresh berries that have been sugared for shortcake, etc....this is one dimensional, but pleasant and fresh, and not artificial

Taste: Oi. Tart! And kind of sugary sweet at the same time...weird. This somehow manages to be puckering, sour, sweet, and yet slightly bitter on the finish...after the finish there's the ghost of a malt profile lingering on...kind of unsorted

Mouthfeel: A bit much on the CO2

Drinkability: Medium at best

Conclusion: I wanted to love this beer...and I just couldn' a word, it's odd.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper-red with a thick white head that quickly dissipates to a thin sheen.

Aroma is sweet, slightly artificial raspberry.

Taste is rich and sweet raspberry. Finish holds a touch of earthy bitterness and lingering alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy.

Not a bad fruit beer. Raspberry comes on rich and strong. Slightly artificial in the nose, but the flavor intense, almost lambic like. Worth a try.

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Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pink/red color with a light pink head.

The smell had a big raspberry smell, very fresh.

The taste is all raspberry, a bit tart and a bit sweet. Not much beer flavor.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated with a bit of a slick feeling.

Easy to drink if you like raspberries, not a bad fruity beer, but like many others struggles to find the balance between being a fruit cocktail and having some beer qualities.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear dark red with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is raspberry + with lots of sweetness and some mild tartnss.

The taste is very raspberry sweet like if you put sugar on raspberries with your corn flakes. Some mild tartness in the background and a very light flavour of wheat but man, this is too damn sweet. That's funny in an unfunny way as this is my favourite fruit(other than Blueberries) and I enjoyed the Cherry and Strawberry Fruit beers a lot more.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability? It will be tough to finish this bottle...ok, so only a few more sips and I'm done. Yeah, I'm done.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: clear, dark pink with an amber hue

Smell: raspberries and more raspberries. some alcohol and a hint of malt

Taste: lots of raspberry. pretty much nothing but raspberry. raspberry juice with sparkle from carbonation and alcohol. raspberry finish. its hard for me to get passed the juice and detect much malt and wheat. not too tart but probly couldnt drink too much of it.

Mouthfeel: low-medium body. moderate carbonation.

Notes: delicious! a very refreshing beer. maybe not very popular but definitely superb for the style

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Photo of froghop
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a raspberry red with a large pink head, and some lacing.

smell is of raspberry, and malt.

taste of raspberry, and malt, a little sweet but not too sweet, ends a little tart.

overall a good fruit beer, better than most fruit beers, taste and smells raspberry just as stated.

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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 TKempe
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep red in colour and slightly hazy, with a pink head and some nice sticky lacing. Quite awkward to see a beer that has the colours more appropriate to a desert.

The smell is dominated by the raspberry juice and so rather (!) sweet. There is a sharper, almost alcoholic bite underneath though, that gives a more mature character to the nose. Hops are hard to pick out, but silently present; the same goes for maltiness.

Again very sweet and fruity-sour when tasted. When the raspberry starts to mellow out with the finish, malt and to a lesser degree bittering hops start to shine through. It's a nicely crafted taste, but too heavy on the raspberry if you ask me. Maybe there is too little to counterbalance the fruit (something in which cherry lambic/kriek does succeed).

There is a smooth feel to beer and carbonation is soft. Nice malty body underneath the fruity violence.

This one seems a bit disproportioned to me. I'm halfway through the bottle and not eager to finish it, although (as is always the case with Sam Smith) it's not a bad brew. Try this in summer.

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