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

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Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit BeerSamuel Smith's Organic Strawberry 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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Photo of case4816
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into Flute very dark red, auburn colour. Nice bubbly head that dissipated slowly, and lingered for a while. Very cloudy not clear at all.

S- Very heavy strawberry smell, but still smells like beer. Also a hint of Vanilla smell, and almost a bit of peach.

T- Tastes like Strawberry beer, there is really not much else flavour there. It tastes just like a bland ale with a heavy strawberry flavour. It's very light, with the Vanilla and Peach flavour coming through.

D- Very drinkable, however not a beer that I could drink all the time. A very nice special beer.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Somewhat hazy, pink-lemonade body with a thin white head on top. Hints of lacing, but not too much. The body really has a nice color to it.

Lots of sweet strawberry juice on the nose. Pear and other light fruits as well. This definitely smells like strawberry. Kind of one dimensional, but what they've got is good.

The taste is definitely interesting. I could see people going both ways on this one. Kind of tastes like strawberry juice poured into a light ale. Lots of strawberries, light, sweet malt and a touch of bitterness. Some tartness, but mostly sweet.

Body is pretty good, but the carbonation seems a bit sharp, giving it almost a fruit juice spritzer like quality. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but not watery. Kind of refreshing.

Drinkability is good. Samuel Smith's definitely delivers on the strawberry flavor, but this beer leaves me wondering if there is a better way to integrate the strawberry flavor. It's a tough fruit to work with, so I give them props for even trying. Overall, if you're a big strawberry fan or want a beer that is more juice like then give this a try.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing a muddled and cloudy rose body under an active but thin white head. Very pretty, very delicate. I can smell the strawberries from feet away. Smells like Smuckers strawberry jam. Guess that's what I'd look for in a beer featuring strawberries.

Tastes light, sweet, strawberry-y and spritz-y. Slightest flavor of the ale comes through at the end, which is commendable in its bread-like character. Honestly, it tastes like I've taken a slice of fresh-baked white bread and absolutely drowned it in strawberry jam, then chased it with a dry champagne. I have to say I like that. Mouthfeel is vivacious with a tiny pelting carbonation livening up an otherwise light and slightly dry body. Very refreshing, very drinkable.

With a nod to the natural flavors, it's tough to make a beer more "fruit" than this. I applaud the way it came out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Loved the cherry ale so much I grabbed a 550ml of this at my Monroeville Giant Eagle.

A - Pours a nice orange yellowish color with a mild ruby red. Very little head so this beer may be kind of old.

S - Straight up Strawberries. Semi sweet and delicious. Maybe a mild wheat backbone but mostly strawberry.

T - Semi bitter yet candy like strawberry. Almost like a juice. Really no wheat or beer character. Kind of boring but it is drinkable. Torn between flavor and complexity.

M - Very like a drinkable.

D - I love the cherry the best but this comes in a close second. Nice smooth taste with little bitterness and full flavor that's not cloying but no real second dimension. Pretty much the best strawberry beer I had but I guess I don't really love them that much. Good to try once!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with an white head. The aroma is strawberry nothing else. The flavor is the same as the aroma. I get a lot of strawberry notes but nothing else. The beer is just as fruity as the Samuel Smith Organic Raspberry, but doesn't seem to be as well executed. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of EJNibs
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber-red with very thin head, but surprisingly persistent lacing.

Smells VERY strong of strawberry juice, almost strawberry smoothie intensity.

Very bright strawberry on the front of the palate, scares us into thinking it'll be cloying but the strawberry syrup flavor only lasts a second and dissipates pleasantly to finish nicely demi-sec.

Very, very drinkable fruit beer. The sweetness is prominent upfront, but vacates quickly enough to avoid being cloying. Bravo again to my favorite English brewers

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This puppy is more of a peach color then red with a fluffy white head that laces like a champ.

Ok we have freshly washed and sliced strawberries, this beer smells like the real deal.

Base beer whatever it is was a nice choice, it allows for a good amount of strawberry flavor to take the forefront, while not overpowering the strawberry is bold.

Smooth and sticky and big bodied.

I could drink a few and be happy.

Notes: This beer is a staple in my fridge, the swmbo loves it and I like it too. It is a little steep at $5.99 a pop but it happens.

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Photo of jthahn
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith organic strawberry, bottle, served in a low-ball style glass (i was at a hotel)

A - This beer is more opaque than I'd expected but is a very nice shade of golden-orange.

S - this is a strawberry beer and it is easy to tell just based on the smell. this beer has a very strong strawberry aroma, which unfortunately hides anything else it might have.

T - if you're wanting a strawberry beer this is a good one. it has more strawberry flavor than the abita strawberry

M - this beer is a little thick, likely just due to the nature of the beer. its almost like strawberry sherbet.

D - this is a great beer if you enjoy a fruit beer, but it is definitely sweet. for that i have to lower it a bit on the drinkability, one is going to be enough here.

i definitely like this beer as a changeup to what i normally drink (apa/ipa, stouts), but it is quite sweet and i couldn't drink more than one. it would also be a perfect desert beer as it would be sweeter than most fruit type deserts.

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Photo of Amalak
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had out of the bottle that a friend brought over.
A- It has an opaque brown and red rue. There was some head and lacing.
S- The fruity strawberry scent certainly comes through.
T- Taste like a Belgian beer that had a bunch of strawberry jolly ranchers dropped in. Terrible. Sorry if a lot of people like this, but I am simply not a fan at all.

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Photo of velosuds
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 550ml dark brown bottle into a clear pint glass.

A-Pours a medium copper hue with a two finger off white head that leaves modest lacing on the glass.

S-Fresh, sweet, juicy strawberries are what the aroma is all about. Very nice.

T-Nice balance of strawberry with some mild hop bitterness and pale malt sweetness. Fruity and festive. Tastes like a good pale ale with strawberry juice.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated. Feels too good to be beer.

D-I like these fruit beers. And, this is organic to boot. Well done, by my favorite brewer across the pond.

Enjoyed this with my son who favors wine coolers and other malt like beer beverages. There is a definite place for these type of beers not enjoyed as much by the mainstream. Marked drinkability downward due to cost.

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Photo of chiefjames
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Brooklyn pint glass. I love the design of pretty much all Samuel Smith's bottles.

A - Pours a nice dark copper, was expecting it to be red, surprising. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a thin lace.

S - That's strawberries alright, not a hint of beer. Doesn't smell "manufactured" which is a plus.

T - Strawberries. Not as acidic as some of it's brethren which is also a plus. Still quite tart. Real strawberry fruit juice is used and you can tell the difference. USDA certified organic.

M - Light bodied, carbonation is not overpowering.

D - A little two sweet to have more then one, but that generally applies to the style. I would have no trouble putting down a pint with a nice turkey dinner. Which I would recommend, as this gets a little too sweet to drink on its own.

All in all this is an exceptional fruit beer. I can see this turning non beer fans onto beer, it has great crossover appeal.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copperish orange color with light red highlights, producing a small, fizzly white head that lasts just a little while and leaves little lacing.

Obvious aroma of strawberries, not much else to be found. A little sweet but pleasing overall.

Taste is again sweet starwberries, this time with subtle notes of honey and malt. Just a little too sweet to be overly enjoyable for long but not too bad.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Good for a fruit beer, but personally, this one didn't seem to be pulled of quite as well as their raspberry. This one was a little sweeter and although I enjoyed it in the beginning, it became a bit much after a while. I wouldn't care to sit through a whole bottle of this myself.

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Photo of bradleyp
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks again to Market of Choice for keeping this beer in stock, for my girlfriend. I tried a few sips of this beer just to get a taste for it. I'm not a big fan of fruit beers, so i tried to be open minded when trying it.

There is a dark amber/berry color to this beer. The smell of strawberries is very potent throughout. It tasted like strawberry, honey, and possibly raspberry. My girlfriend likes it because it's "Organic" and she loves strawberry. I wasn't too impressed with this beer compared to other sammy Smith's. Give me an Oatmeal Stout any day over this beer.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden honey color that is tinted slightly pink/red and is hazy. There is one finger of head that is off white and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

As I pour I get the wonderful aroma of strawberries, sticking my nose in the glass I pick up this fresh fruit upfront and then some malt and a hint of earthiness, perhaps from some hops. Overall a fruity and inviting aroma that has a bit of tartness and is not at all too sweet.

Taste is not exactly what I expected. It starts with fruit juice (all strawberry here) but quickly transitions into a lite malt and UK pale ale flavor, including some hop bitterness. Toward the finish there is a mild tartness and then a long, lingering strawberry flavor. I'd say this lingering finish is the best part of the taste profile, it tastes fresh and is not sticky or overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall this an interesting and quite good fruit beer. It is not exactly something I would drink regularly, usually I go for a saison or hefeweizen in the summer, but this is something different. For a fruit beer it still retains that beer character of malt and hops, but manages to do so while including a generous fruit presence and not being cloyingly sweet. I would drink this again.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light copper color with red highlights. Big rocky off-white head; decent lacing.

Smell: Smells like strawberry candy. And a bit of fresh greens too.

Taste: Seriously tastes like strawberries and their stems. Actually maybe a bit more like that hard strawberry candy than real strawberries. Very sweet. I can't taste anything else in it.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and a bit fluffy. Light but everpresent carbonation.

Drinkability: If you like the flavor this would probably be good, but it is just so incredibly sweet.

More like candy than a beer. Kinda weird.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I saw this at my local I thouht the only other Strawbeery brew I've sampled was Melbourn Bros, and a I continued to read the labeled this one is still brewed a Melbourn Bros just it's blended and bottled and Sammy Smith's plant. Appears a brilliant copper amber hue with a big off white tan head forms thick with sturdy flowingcarbonatin. Head sticks around for ahile leaving nice chunky scattred lacing clinging to my La Fin du Monde chalice. Aromatics explode like fresh strawberr jam as soon as I cracked the 550 ml bottle. Smells and tastes like a dessert beer, no real hop nose or breadiness just strawberry flowing fruitines. Flavor is solid not toothache sweet but it would best be served after dinner with a dessert. A mild earthiness and mineral water tone appeas in the finish along with the strawberry tartness going on...nicely balanced experince that I don't get from many fruit infused brews. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation going strong but not overly done. Drinkability overall as stated is better in small portions and for the price I can see why, definitely would go over great with the ladies buy one for grandma on Mother's Day.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was mildly skeptical of this ale's fruity properties until I popped the cap and the tremendous aroma of strawberries filled my kitchen. I poured the dark orange ale into my tall pils glass and sampled the ale...well, it wasn't really tasting like was strawberry puree with a slight tartness to it. The taste was so much strawberry that I missed the ale until it warmed up, but the combination was so exciting.

The experience of blending fruit in a blender for pile filling or mixed drink special would normally achieve the same results as the ale in my glass. I cannot remember anything in beer like this.

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Photo of rarbring
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is orange red, clouded with a beige small head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is (over)ripe strawberries, hay and leafs. Like a strawberry field in september. There is also the intriguing aromas of an old stable.

The taste is ripe strawberries, the dark red ones that will go bad tomorrow, some almond sweetness and saltiness from a mild Stilton.

Medium carbonation, a complex taste oscillating between pure strawberry lemonade and an olde ale.

This is a very interesting fruit beer, very natural, and extremely complex.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat hazy coppor colored brew. Nice sized fluffy white head. Sticky lace. Scent is mostly strawberry. It hits you as soon as you open up the bottle. Intense flavor. Pretty sweet flavor, strawberry dominates if you can believe that. Somewhat tingly on the tongue, medium bodied. Tasty creation

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Photo of huxcrunner
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy caramel to light brown-amber ion color 1 and 1/2 fingers of white head and white lacing that sticks to a glass

s- strong aroma of strawberry's very similar to strawberry jam with undertones of hops and malt

t- taste of strawberrys up front that is not fake, after taste of a good smooth ale with hints of hops and malt

m-good full body not strongly carbonated with a smoother mouthfeel

d-smooth great strawberry taste

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Photo of laburton
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell, taste, and mouthfeel were all in line with each other. It may be on the sweet side for some, but I loved that it had a true strawberry flavor. A fun beer for a special occassion, but not an every day beer. The fact that it is organic is a plus, too!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle into a flute.

A: Pours a rich peach hue with a lively bubbly head that quickly reduced into a few popping bubbles. No lace.
S: Strawberry candy or gum. Very sweet smelling. A few tart and sour notes as well.
T: It definitely has a sweet strawberry candy taste to it with slight syrupy undertones and a bitter finish. Tastes a lot like a fresh fruit juice drink or soda. Alcohol is not noticeable.
M: Rich and refreshing with a medium body and bubbly, nipping carbonation.
D: If this beer is supposed to be the worst of the three flavors then I'm excited to try the other two. If you're "craving a beer," don't drink this. It tastes too much like juice (in a good way, just not a beer way). However, if you want to try something new or need a change from the usual, check this one out.

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

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a large snifter. Lots of carbonation after the pour. Not much more than about an inch of head. Pale reddish color looks alot like strawberry juice. Huge strawberry scents. Very sweet, natural strawberry taste. This beer was not a disappointment at all. One of the best fruit beers I have ever had. Other than the strawberry flavor, no real hop or malt profile.

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Photo of Josievan
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The other two Samuel Smith Organic Fruit beers are very much the color of their respective fruits; the Strawberry is not. It is actually much closer to the color of peach. This is not an unappealing color, just unexpected. The effervescent head rises quickly, even in a flute glass.

Smell: The beer does have the smell of strawberries, but it's not overly potent. The aroma is also somehow not very inviting.

Taste: Naturally, the main flavor is strawberry. It's an authentic taste, but not very sweet. There's really not the strawberry punch I was expecting. In my opinion, a beer like this needs to either be full-on with sweet strawberry flavor, or else add more malt and change the nature of the beer. The way it is presently, it is at best slightly bland, and at worst borders on astringent.

Mouthfeel: Organic Strawberry's mouthfeel is its biggest asset. It's wet, slick, and light- (but not too light) bodied.

Drinkability: While it's not nearly as delicious as its Samuel Smith fruit counterparts, Organic Strawberry is likely more easily consumed in larger quantities.

Notes: Organic Strawberry completes my tour of the three Samuel Smith Organic Fruit Beers. I had high expectations for this beer, and I must say I'm somewhat disappointed. This beer is several notches below the excellent Organic Cherry and Organic Raspberry. I guess two out of three ain't bad.

Despite the overall letdown, I'm still glad I tried this beer, if only to be able to say I've tried a strawberry flavored beer. I have a suspicion this bottle may have been outdated, so I'd like to try Organic Strawberry again sometime. In the meantime, I'll definitely get my hands on more of the Cherry and Raspberry!

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little disappointed with this beer. I like Samuel Smith's other fruit beers very much, but this one didn't really do it for me. I found the smell to be extremely unappetizing. The taste wasn't terrible. It's definitely got some strawberry flavor. If you want a Samuel Smith fruit beer, go with Raspberry or Cherry.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.81 out of 5 based on 532 ratings.
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