Organic Strawberry | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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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 bark on 01-24-2009

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#16,203
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
552
pDev:
15.18%
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Ratings: 552 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ConnorMobs
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MNAle
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed on May 9, 2018. Date code SF09Q1 (June 9 2017), so it is 11 months old. Strongly strawberry aroma with some shortcake bread. Hazy, cloudy amber with a short off-white head, disappearing quickly to a thin bubbly cap and a bubbly ring. As with the aroma, the taste is strongly strawberry, not artificial, but real strawberry juice taste, somewhat sweet, with just a hint of tartness in the finish. With every sip, the intake of the aroma is fruity strawberry, and the taste follows in kind. Very smooth, juice-like mouth feel. It tastes more like a strawberry beverage than it does a beer (it is not sweet enough to be called a strawberry soda, but it is in that direction). I bought this out of curiosity. I normally avoid fruit beers, but if you like the taste of strawberries more than beer, this is very tasty. As I said earlier, genuine strawberry, not artificial. It's just not for me. However, I will attempt to rate it for what it is, a strawberry ale. It would easily be at least 3/4 of a point lower on my "I like it" rating. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be buying any more for me. My wife really likes it, however, so I may buy more anyway!

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Photo of sparx1100
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMV
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a mini-bomber into a Duvel tulip

L: Murky brown pour... pink-ish around the edges. Fluffy white head leaves solid lacing.

S: Strawberries.. light grains, but mostly fruit.

T/F: Follows the nose. Cracked grains... strong strawberry. Sweet and slightly tart. Mild citrus in the background. Rather 1-dimensional but delicious/tasty. Light bodied.

O: Delicious fruit beer with enough going on to be interesting. Enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and definitely not the 'strawberry soda' you see with other attempts at the style.

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Photo of sgregory
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NotNice75
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE nabbed at a Cost Plus World Market in Austin, TX for $3.99 USD. 550ml brown glass format. Branded pry-off crown cap. Appealingly old timey label design.

"Organic." "Fruit ale," "Ale brewed with strawberry juice." "Natural flavors added."

APPEARANCE: Dull orange body (not the red one might expect in a strawberry beer). Head is a gorgeous white, wonderfully frothy, and rather soft in appearance, yielding a nice pillow of foam that recedes within 5 minutes, leaving wisps of lacing on the sides of my pint glass.

Appears filtered; it's translucent and semitransparent. No yeast/lees are visible within. Seems well-carbonated.

AROMA: Strawberry is tough to miss...sticky strawberry juice dominates and it comes across as genuine, eschewing any artificial strawberry extract aromatics. Slightly tart. Maltwise, all I get is neutral malt sweetness - probably just 2-row pale malt.

Aromatic intensity is high. Suggests a simplistic beer with plenty of the titular fruit flavour but little else. I detect no overt hops, specialty malts, or yeasty notes apart from fruity esters that are camouflaged by the actual fruit juice used.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Strawberry fruit is evident, yielding a sticky juicy beer that tastes more like genuine strawberry than I expected. Yes, there's a bit of artificial strawberry flavour as well, but it's forgivable. Very neutral in terms of malt character and hop flavour; I'd bet on 2 or 6 row pale malt and mild bittering English hop varietals.

Strawberry is what you sign up for when buying this simple ale, and strawberry is what you get. But it's the beer's remarkable softness that helps elevate it, making it deliciously refreshing when coupled with its mild carbonation and approachable smooth wet mouthfeel. Light to medium-bodied and definitely juicy.

Boasts nice depth of flavour.

OVERALL: I could use more tartness and intricacy, but overall it's a likeable fruited ale that will appease discerning drinkers and may entice more casual drinkers or those who prefer wine to the beer world. Far from the nightmare of an artificial fruit ale it could be with cloying notes of strawberry extract, but also far from the quality of the wonderful fruited ales put out by New Glarus. I'm glad I picked this one up once, but $4ish for just over a pint is pretty steep for this level of quality. In any case, its soft mouthfeel alone makes it worth trying and it's good work from a dependable English brewery.

High B- (3.49) / WORTHY

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Photo of obywan59
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kind of a rosy orange color with light haze, and a 3 finger white head that becomes chunky as it recedes, leaving attractive lacing.

Aroma of muted strawberries and green apple.

Taste the same as the aroma, except make it tart green apple. Very fruity. More tart at first, but it seems to sweeten up more as you go.

Medium bodied, light to moderate carbonation and sticky/astringent.

Another really good fruit beer from SS. The strawberry is more clear than their apricot ale, but less so than the cherry, and especially the raspberry. Still, I loved it.

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Photo of BeerFire
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Suds
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fruit beers are hit and miss for me...they often overdo the fruit notes, and become undrinkable. I think this one comes close to crossing that line. This brew is an amber-gold color with a tall white head. A bit haze clouds the clarity. The aroma is all fruit...it's not a fresh strawberry, but rather a chewy-candy strawberry scent. The taste is sweet and fruity, with hints of tartness in the mid-taste. Just shy of cloying. I don't see the appeal.

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Photo of Grateful423
4.87/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If I could put this beer into an I.V. and let it drip away I would but that still wouldn't do this beer justice, not to mention you'd never get to taste all of those amazing strawberry notes that hit your palate from every sip. This juice... I meannn Beer, is brewed with some wonder craftsmanship. Sammy Smith knocked this one out of the park. Conclusion: HEADY....

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Photo of TomTrocc
4.79/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MisterBanks6
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange and amberish colour with not much of a head. Plenty carbonation and full of flavour, obviously Strawberry. The smell is of strawberry tart with hints of strong maltiness. The texture is fizzy which smoothens off to reveal the sweet strawberry and pastry type flavour. Was expecting it to be sickly and overly sweet, but was wonderfully balanced.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: slightly hazy orange-gold to copper amber filled with rapidly rising bubbles under a 1/2" cream colored collar with poor retention

S: like sticking your nose into a bowl of fresh strawberries with fresh baked biscuit in the background.

T: Strawberry tart flavors mingle with malty sweetness in an exquisite balance

F: body and carbonation are medium

O: The strawberry in this beer is big but it does not overwhelm the malt

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Brewery "Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer"
550 ml brown glass bottle
$5.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Somewhat hazy golden orange body beneath a finger-thick head of foamy white. Better than average head retention and lacing.

Smell: Distinct sweet strawberry over a mild grainy malt base.

Taste: As the aroma suggests with a thin edge of acidity but very little bitterness. Definitely a fruit beer, and very much a dessert beer although you could drink it as-is.

Feel: Medium leaning medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation that leaves it delicately bristling at first and then almost creamy and smooth.

Overall: An impressive fruit beer that's clearly on the sweet side but which doesn't appear fake despite the use of "natural flavors".

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Photo of stephenlee
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark orange to brown color with a nice two and a half finger white foamy head that lasts for about a good thirty second before it dissipated into a lumpy foaminess. The lacing was there and fairly thick in parts. The smell was all about the strawberries. They came across super sweet. The taste was sweet strawberries and it had a nice long sweet strawberry aftertaste that seemed somewhat refreshing as well. The wasn’t much of any finish. On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium in body and shows a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation feels pretty light but still decent for the style. Overall, what a nice strawberry beer. This one is definitely well worthy to have again and will most likely show up on Summer evenings after dinner.

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Photo of VoxRationis
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Decanted into a tulip pint.
A: Pours golden to amber with a 1/2 inch off white head but little lacing.
S: Strongly favors strawberry with apple/pear notes; saccharin sweet.
T: Again strawberry flavor really crowd out anything but the bitterness (presumably of the pips). Very strong (not pleasant) sour aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied. Retains effervescence. Syrupy though.
O: Tastes rather artificial. Unlike a good e.g. lambic, hard to even think of as an ale; reminds me more of medicine I would have consumed as a child.

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Photo of ImperatorScab
4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a reddish color, and murky. The head is white, 2 finger, and very frothy. The nose is brimming with strawberry, which makes sense. The taste is very fruit forward. You just get pelted with the strawberry flavor. In a way, it's like drinking juice. It is a thick feeling beer. Overall, very delicious.

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Photo of Scruffy82
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of muswellbeerbelly
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Organic Strawberry from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 552 ratings