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)
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 vette2006c5r
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Organic Raspberry pours a reddish color, with a nice lacing head. Their is a strong real raspberry aroma. The taste has a strong raspberry flavors, and has a real raspberry flavor. Nice full flavor, nice sweetness, and a nice mellow tartness at the end. Nice carbonation as well. Overall a no frills raspberry ale, very solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of ManekiNeko13
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think Wedge summed it up very well, and his review is exactly what I would anticipate a more seasoned beer connoisseur to write.

"Pours a beautiful, deep ruby color with a billowy pink head that compresses to a dense, lumpy slab in the center. Deep, sweet, almost creamy raspberry juice in the nose. Big raspberry flavor as well...juicy, sweet, and somewhat tart. Slightly dry in the finish, medium bodied, and a little slick. Very fruity, but thankfully not too sweet or syrupy. Quite the refreshing beverage, but pretty much just raspberry juice."

It is quite a pretty red, but mine is more of a rose color. No lumpy slab for me, but a thin lacy froth after the billow. I agree on the aroma, body and finish. I didn't think the flavor was as sweet or full raspberry, more of a raspberry Jolly Rancher but less sweet and less tart. It's not nearly as smack-you-in-the-face fruity as the Lindemans Framboise Lambic, but it's nice, light and pleasant.

Addendum, 6/20: happened to have part of the bottle left over and nothing to cover it with. It was also taken out of the fridge unbeknownst to me, so it had time to "breathe", I suppose. I like it a lot better this way, actually. It is, however, much more like raspberry juice today. Sweeter, less tart, still refreshing and pleasant. Still prefer lambic, but this is a nice compromise.

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Photo of wedge
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful, deep ruby color with a billowy pink head that compresses to a dense, lumpy slab in the center. Deep, sweet, almost creamy raspberry juice in the nose. Big raspberry flavor as well...juicy, sweet, and somewhat tart. Slightly dry in the finish, medium bodied, and a little slick. Very fruity, but thankfully not too sweet or syrupy. Quite the refreshing beverage, but pretty much just raspberry juice.

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Photo of Kerrie
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I reviewed the Organic Strawberry last week and loved it, so it's time to give this one a shot!

A- Looks dark copper with a pinkish head (one finger or so, which doesn't last too long) and some decent lacing.

S- Smells like tart fruit, thankfully not artificial. Not sure if I'd be able to tell it was raspberry simply due to the smell, though.

T- Tastes like tart raspberries. The aftertaste is pleasant and lingers for quite a bit.

M- Light and fruity, but not thin or watery. Perfect for this type of beer.

Overall, I like it, but I was far more impressed with the strawberry. I suppose it depends on your fruit preference, though. That said, the Organic Strawberry had more of a strawberry/sweet flavor than this does a raspberry one.

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

A: Sort of like a hazy red color. I mean, it looks good enough. Little head but leaves lacing.

S: Bam! Hits you with sweetness and raspberry. Very fruity, very nice.

T: Pretty good but a bit unbalanced. Sweetness is a bit too much. Raspberry is a little muddled under a candy overtone. Otherwise not too bad.

M: Sits light. Carbonation is overpowering. Again, not bad but average indeed.

This being the last of the Sam Smith fruit beers I had to try, it's better than the others (except apricot which was great) this beer is still not mind blowing. The sweetness is out of control which, as I like lambics, is something to say. Other lambics/fruit beers I've had seem to have more balance. Not bad, but there are better options.

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Photo of scratch69
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy, dark ruby color with two fingers worth of fizzy, reddish colored head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Raspberries and a hint of malt.

Taste- Sweet raspberry flavor with some malt. Slight tart finish.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied. Crisp with a moderate amount of fizzy carbonation.

Overall- This is one of the better fruit beers that I have had. Very good , but if you are not into sweet fruit beers stay away from this.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass.

A co-worker of mine suggested I give this one a try, and, since he seemed so jazzed about it, I had to take his recommendation to heart. It pours a mostly clear deep ruby topped by two fingers of pink-ish-cream foam. The nose comprises rich raspberry, sweet almost to the point of raspberry syrup. Honestly, I can't get much else, but I'm also not all that upset about that fact. The taste sticks with the raspberry theme, but goes slightly tarter here, maintaining the notion that actual raspberries were used in the production of this beer, rather than some sort of artificial flavoring and whatnot. Good times. The body is a surprisingly light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly sticky finish. Overall, a very nice raspberry beer. Nothing left to say really...raspberry (there, now it seems like enough mentions of "raspberry").

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

Serving Type - 18.7 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan with a marroon tint. SLight 1/8 inch head with some lacing.

Smell - Strong raspberry, some malts, added sugars, some wine like aroma.

Taste - Straight up raspberry with a malt backbone. Somewhere between a wine cooler and a table wine. Crisp, clean and fruity. A little caramel malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, crisp and a little bitter on tounge. Palate gets more raspberry and some malts. Aftertaste is clean, lighty bitter and sweet.

Overall - A nice, flavorful and easy to enjoy fruit beer. Lots of flavor, not overly sweet or bitter, and no alcohol to speak of. Worth a drink for sure.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 18.7 oz bottle into pilsner glass

A) Nice deep ruby/garnet color. Pretty good-sizd head, dissipates quickly and leaves a fair amount of sticky lacing

S) Does indeed smell very pleasant, sweet raspberry and some malt.

T) It's all raspberry, maybe some light grains. Very, very sweet, probably too sweet for even a fruit beer. Not bad, but could be dialed back and balanced a bit

M) Drinks pretty easily, mild carbonation and some drying on finish. Sweetness gets somewhat cloying after a while.

O) A nice fruit beer, just a bit too sweet.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the very few Fruit Beers I have ever tried.

Pours out a very deep amber/ruby red with about 2 fingers of slightly pink head.

The aroma has a ton of pure raspberry along with hints of wheat and not much else.

The taste is also dominated by the raspberry taste, but it tastes like actual fruit, not filler. It's a very good balance between the sweetness coming from a raspberry and tartness as well. It's more tart than I would have assumed, but not sour. It's like drinking pure raspberry juice with some carbonation. The wheat is there, but it's very subtle

The mouthfeel is on the lighter medium side and it finishes somewhat dry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but the sweetness after awhile does sneak up on you and becomes a little cloying. Still, if you want a pure Fruit Beer then this is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on Apr 11 2012.

Pours a deep reddish-bronze colour, with a bright ruby-red tinge under the light. Atop the surface, nearly two fingers of dense, pinkish-beige head is seated. It wilts away over a period of a few minutes, smearing the glass with a ring of lacing, and leaving a thin cap on the surface. Potent aroma with lots of sweet tartness; it really reminds me of raspberry jam, but there are also notes of cranberry and red vinegar.

One thing's for sure, they certainly didn't skimp with the fruit flavouring - the taste is just as intense as the aroma, with jammy raspberry juice being an ever-present factor throughout the profile. A little wheat malt sweetness, but mostly quite tart with a pronounced sourness that vaguely reminds me of the only framboise lambic I've ever had. Some slight earthy, vinous notes toward the finish, with a tart aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp mouthfeel. Not very sessionable... one bottle is plenty, after that I imagine it would get cloying for most people.

I've been on a bit of a fruit beer binge over the last week or so, and of the whole lot this is definitely one of my favourites. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone - obviously if you don't like raspberries or fruity beer in general, this will probably be either unimpressive or unappealing to you. As for me... raspberry brews tend to rank among my favourite fruit beers, and this one is much more of a pleasure to drink than any of the domestic counterparts I've tried.

Final Grade: 4.2, a very respectable A-. Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry has a nearly overwhelming fruity character to it, one that I enjoyed immensely - though I can certainly understand why another drinker might not have the same reaction. It isn't for the faint of heart, nor is it for purists who dislike the style in general. It is, however, one damn fine fruit beer that I'd love to have again some time. Definitely worth a try - a great summer refresher. Cheers!

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Photo of decimator
1.65/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5.1%.

A - Poured a dark red with brown and purple hues. 1 cm pink foamy head reduced to some bubbles. Decent lacing. Looks interesting.

S - Raspberry jam and beer. Doesn't smell too bad actually.

T - Sweet upfront, cooked raspberries, raspberry juice, sour, tart, mild bitter finish. Really not liking the overly fruit juice flavour.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, tart fruit juice finish.

O - Drain pour. It's pretty tart and I found it hard to enjoy.

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Photo of hypoboxer
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first tasted this organic brew it took me back to the days of drinking "Bartles & Jaymes" wine coolers in the parking lot of an Alice in Chains and Van Halen concert in the early 90s, with one exception...the raspberry taste was real.
For better or worse it was hard for me to pull any wheat or hops in this brew. There was little smells I pulled from my glass but it was made up in the true raspberry taste.
If you're into fruity beers try this beer. I will certainly give the other choices from this organic line a taste.

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Photo of PeterM
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cherry hue, with a creamy, one finger head that lingers as a thin layer over time, leaving nice lacing. Sweet, beer-y smell that is obliterated on the first sip: sweet, sweet, sweet fruit, with pretty strong carbonation. The raspberry flavour lingers, like a Shirley Temple, with almost no alcohol following. Refreshing but not very substantial. Holds up well as it warms - however I prefer both the cherry and apricot beers.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overwhelming raspberry - jammy and fruity and well suited to anyone who enjoys this flavoured beer genre, with a surprisingly bitter aftertaste that knocks the edge off the flavour sweetness.

Pours a dark, clear raspberry colour that is pleasant to look at until the pink head. Aroma is very fruit forward, with some background dusky malt tones. The flavour is raspberry from start to finish, although bittering hops are also present in the finish.

In the end, an excellent example of this style - although more raspberry than I personally can handle. Am cutting down the last half with an Imperial Stout - and think a soda water or the like might make a decent summer treat - but definitely not a sessionable beer.

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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 RickS95
2.79/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks less like a fruit beer than other fruit beers. It's mostly dark brown, with just some lighter red hues. The head is thin and white with a pinkish hue.

Smell is overwhelmingly raspberry. You can almost smell the acid. Slightly biscuity scent.

Tastes like raspberry juice. Nothing else.

Starts off very sweet and ends almost dry, with an acidic tart pucker.

I'm not a fan of most beers flavored with fruit juice. I don't mind a fruit beer, but I'd prefer the fruit be added instead of fruit juice. This is mostly raspberry juice thrown into an ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep murky ruby tinted boy with a pink colored head forming thick, 500ml bottle this could be a whole lot of fruit beer. Fine even lacing dispersed nicely, aroma is full of tart raspberries and fruit jam with an earthy seed based accent. Light airy fruit with tart perfume like notes of raspberry fruit, a very nice smelling beer. Flavor wise it's extremely tart bordering sour, finishes dry after the fruit sugars subside with the sweetness. Much like fermented fruit juice, in this case tart raspberries. A bit of lactic yogurt like flavors amongst the fruit and malt interplay absolutely no hop profile to speak of. Dry finish, body has sturdy champagne like carbonation, medium bodied a bit cloying. Overall a very drinkable fruit ale, I don't find many out there, but this one is enjoyable natural fruit flavors provide for a nice beer experience.

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Photo of Rukasu
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark maroon color with a frothy two finger light pink head.

S - Brilliant crisp, fruity sweet smell. Equal parts raspberry and candied violets.

T - Mildly sweet, slightly tart yet still very fruity. One wouldn't know there was any alcohol in it, let alone that it was a beer. Taste very much like sparkling cran-raspberry juice. Also get a lot of violet candy (google it)

M - Light and crisp, great for summer, like sparking juice.

O - A bit sweet for little more than a small glass of it, couldn't imagine drinking the entire bottle by myself, but a nice, not at all artificial tasting fruit beer.

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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 Pexkool
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought it for my girlfriend, as the other Samuel Smith's beer we had, the strawberry one. Poured to a common mug.

A - 2 fingers of thick white foam that slowly dissipates leaving almost no trace at all. The beer is a beautiful pink reddish color and a bit hazy.

S - Raspberry, raspberry and more raspberry, with just the slightest hint of malt and alcohol.

T - Just raspberries all around. An interesting, exotic and tasty flavor. The aftertaste is of sweet malt (caramel, perhaps?) and the alcohol is very well hidden.

M - Very carbonated. Like the other beer I had, the strawberry one, is like tasting a soda with a little bit of alcohol, but this beer had a better taste and was tastier. Crisp and smooth, nevertheless.

Overall a good beer that I would gladly have again. My girlfriend gives it an 8/10. I think this beer would be great for a good dessert or to enjoy on a sunny day in a picnic or relaxing on the patio.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass

A: Pours a brownish red, with a big pink colored head, about 2 fingers worth that settles to a thin layer with very nice looking lacing.

S: OK, it smells like of fresh raspberries and grapes.. This does not smell like beer but it is interesting and delicious smelling.

T: OK, here is where it goes a little bad... First sip has the unpleasant taste of cough syrup. Mid palette has a little sweet malt mixed in. As it warms the cough syrup settles down and improves. Aftertaste leaves a little on the sweet but tart side.

M: Medium body with a lively carbonation.

D: Really sweet & tart just like a good raspberry... but you have to be patient because the overwhelming cough syrup taste is bad... Hang in there...

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Photo of Jay48
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer very much. The raspberry works well with the malt/chocolate flavors. It is as if I drank a liquified raspberry truffle. Seems like a dessert beer to be enjoyed on special occasions.

I like the fact that it is organic too. I'll have a few bottles on hand this holiday.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Solid head as it began with two fingers on the pour and managed to sustain one finger for some time that helped produced some good lacing as well. The body is a murky deep raspberry red, although possesses enough clarity to see this isn't going to be fruit juice with alcohol in it.

Smell: Overwhelming raspberry smell with a malt background. Didn't need any warming to come out, but it helped it's case even more. The only reason it didn't get the perfect score was a bit more beer elements would have been nice and possibly some innovation, but I get the feeling I may never find that in a well done fruit beer.

Taste: Mmm..raspberry and it's clear it's real raspberry and not laden with chemicals. The malt makes an initial appearance with the raspberry and then takes a back seat as the berries build and built to a barely excessive sour note before going down. I think what really impresses me is that it does a really good job of masking the bitter fermented fruit juice oddness with sweeter malt.

Mouthfeel: Like I said, the beer gets a little bit too sour at the end for my liking and that seems to permeate the aftertaste as a result. Still the carbonation is well done and it's smooth with a nice build up. Still the sour note clings for a bit too long.

Drinkability: It's good, but I ask myself when I would drink this apart from desiring a novelty. I hate to say it, there's almost too much flavour to drink this consistently and I can't really think of a food pairing for it. Maybe spicy thai or seafood? Anyways, it's light on the stomach but the sweet and sour of the beer wears on you near the end.

Final Thoughts: Pretty much an all around good fruit beer. It's flavourful and honestly brings forward the raspberries without abandoning the fact it is a beer. I'll say this though, if they swapped raspberries out for cherries this beer would be unbearably sour. Certainly worth at least one buy.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.85 out of 5 based on 508 ratings.
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