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

Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit BeerSamuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer
515 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TKempe on 01-20-2009

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Ratings: 515 |  Reviews: 179
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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 -57.4%
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 +3.9%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of PeterM
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -27.9%
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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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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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3.52/5  rDev -9%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 515 ratings
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