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

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Reviews:
173
Ratings:
504
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
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Photo of HarryPotHead
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite what I was expecting...this was my first go around with fruit beers. Not sure I will be back. Too tart with a strange lingering aftertaste. I was expecting more of a subtle flavor...like the way a chocolate stout or vanilla porter will have just a hint of those flavors. Not so much here...The raspberry flavor dominates to the point where it doesn't even taste like beer.....tastes more like juice than beer. Worth trying but definitely not my cup of tea.

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Photo of interzen
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Bought from The Little Delicatessen in Tadcaster, a couple of doors down from the brewery.

355ml bottle poured into a Vedett glass.

Actually brewed in Stamford (Lincs) rather than in Tadcaster, it's not a fruit beer in the Belgian style rather a beer with added fruit juice. Not to say that it's bad, but comparing it to a Belgian fruit beer is missing the point by a wide mark.

That said, it *looks* like a Belgian framboise, being deep red with a vaguely pink head. Smell of raspberries (obviously) but not in an artificial way. Tastes of raspberries too, strangely enough - sweet and slightly bitter but without that lambic 'edge' and it certainly doesn't taste like something with an ABV just north of 5%.

Eminently drinkable although some might find the aftertaste is a bit cloying.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%

Pours a hazy dark magenta copper. The 1/4 inch khaki head fades to a thick cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is dominated by ripe raspberry and apple juice with a grainy finish.

The taste is of ripe raspberry, apple juice and a hint of generic grains.

The texture is light bodied with medium carbonation.

Cloyingly sweet and slightly tart, this has very little beer or ale characteristics, aside from a faint grain taste and aroma.

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Photo of fudsquat
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Here's a great recipe. RASPBERRY FRUIT BREAD
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup rye flour
1 heaping tablespoon baking powder
1heaping teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 egg, beaten
¾ cup – 1 cup mixed dried fruit, chopped (be picky about this-Whole Foods or Trader Joe's)
1 bottle (1 pt. 2.7 oz) Samuel Smith’s Raspberry Ale
Heat oven to 350. Mix together thoroughly all ingredients, put in loaf pan,bake 1 hr.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

While I'm not a big fruit beer fan, this one has me torn a bit. I'm not sure if it reminds me of a juice when I was younger, or dare I say it, my palate may be evolving? I think as of now it is the former of the two. Very sweet and crisp with little fireworks bubbles in the center of the glass once the head dissipated. Not too bad, once and a while for now.

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Photo of Brenden
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one looks like a raspberry soda might, only quite a bit thicker and with a reasonably substantial ecru head. I might call it mauve, or something close with maybe a bit more red to it. Lace is small, tight and bubbly but better than average in quantity.
I like the sweet smell and taste mingling with the tartness, and the raspberry is certainly fresh. This one does have the least character from the base beer coming through between the others I've tried (apricot and strawberry, to this point). It does offer a crackery sort of malt and a bit of dusty earth, so I do get it. The other beers do have quite a fruit presence while allowing the beer to shine more effectively, though.
It's light to medium bodied and just short of spritzy. It does lean toward a soda-like feel but eases off the bubbly carbonation just at the precipice. As it is, it's a nice and refreshing apartif or dessert-type beer that can also be enjoyed alone or with the main course.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 gonzo000
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a. Red/maroon in color. Pinkish 2 finger head when poured into a tulip glass. Not much lacing.

s. All raspberry, but a tart raspberry

t. All raspberry. Not many ale characteristics. Tastes more like a raspberry wine than a raspberry bear. To prove this point, I had my wife try it. She likes wine, hates beer. She enjoyed this.

m. Mouthfeel is actually quite nice. Even though the head dissipates, there is carbonation and balance.

o. Good beer with minimal beer qualities - which is like an oxymoron, but true.

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Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My rating is relative to other fruit beers.

Color- ruby red. Full light pink head.

Aroma- raspberries!

Taste- the essence of raspberry, so clean, balanced sweetness, finishing ever so slightly tart.

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Scotch whiskey glass. Tasted June 2014.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby red with no head, tart nose reminding me of children's chewable vitamins.

Nice and raspberry (of course!) tart flavor, again like a children's vitamin. I was expecting at least a little ale flavor, but it was nonexistent. Nice sour aftertaste.

This brew would be an awesome hot afternoon refresher.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a fan of fruity beers, but I am a sucker for raspberry, and Samuel Smith gives you plenty of it! As you would expect, it pours a dark red with a nice white head, and raspberry pretty much dominates the smell and flavor. It is sweet, perhaps a little too sweet, but is also slightly tart and combined with the crisp carbonation gives a fun, refreshing beverage. Great summer beer, or apertif. Light feel, a touch sticky from the sugar, but super easy to drink, with a manageable ABV.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sam'l Smith's Organic Raspberry Ale.

A: Light red/raspberry-ish color, with a slightly pink head. Thin and fades to just a ring. Very slight lacing, with a very thin film of sheeting (no tears or legs, though).

S: Strong raspberry smell front the moment the bottle is opened! Nice amount of tartness from the raspberry scent.

T/MF: Just the faintest hint of sweetness. Good raspberry taste, though not nearly as potent as the smell. A slight let down, in that. Very dry, almost bitter, but not quite.

I had heard their fruit beers were really good, but I was expecting that to be a bit of an exaggeration. Though, the appearance and smell pleasantly surprised me, the taste was about what I expected, maybe slightly better. Still a pretty good beer. Perhaps, something to entice people from wines and ciders over to the beer world.

Poured from an 18.7 oz bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

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Photo of veronicaraye
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer! Disclosure: I love raspberries and fruity beers! I am also a fan of Lindeman's framboise but this isn't as tart and has a perfect balance or fruit and actual "beer" taste! I highly recommend trying this beer! I bet it's to-die-for on tap!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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 +13.3%
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 -2.6%
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 +8.1%
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 -10.2%
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 -6.3%
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 +9.4%
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 +2.1%
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 +4.2%
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 +2.9%
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%
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 +9.4%
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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Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.84 out of 5 based on 504 ratings.
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