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Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit BeerSamuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England)

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 521
Photo of Phocion
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this one up out of sheer curiosity. I've been seeing it for years and have always wondered, but never actually followed through. 550ml bottle, no date. Poured into an Imperial nonic. Hazy medium-amber with a solid finger and a half of creamy white head. Excellent retention and chunky strips of lacing.

The nose is filled with strawberry jam. Light, biscuity pale and lightly toasted malts are in the background.

The flavor is right where he nose hinted: strawberry and biscuit. Almost like strawberry jam on a scone. Despite its lack of complexity, it must be said that this tastes like real strawberries as opposed to a very artificial flavor I've seen in many fruit beers. Slightly tart finish, almost more reminiscent of a framboise than anything I'd expect from a strawberry-flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Light-medium body with subdued carbonation. Nice soft, velvety, and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is not a complex beer, but it is a good beer. It's hard to figure out just how much fruit to add, and it's difficult to find a balance between sweetness and tart. This beer does pretty well. Fruit beers are very hit-or-miss with me, but Sam Smith's has yet to disappoint.

Also, this would make an excellent beer float.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 10/1/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big juicy strawberry, white sugar, light caramel, bread, and light herbal. Fantastic aromas with huge strawberry presence and balanced malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big juicy strawberry, sugar, light caramel, bread, and light herbal. Some slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of strawberry, white sugar, light caramel, bread, and light herbal on the finish for a while. Fantastic robustness and balance of juicy strawberry flavor and malt sweetness; with minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic fruit beer. Huge robustness of strawberry flavors and balanced malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of pat2407
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you're looking for a refreshing beer for the summer....THIS IS IT! I bought this on a whim since I love the Organic Chocolate Stout and was not disappointed. It pours to a golden amber with an absolutely perfect head. The aroma is strictly strawberry and it goes down almost as fast as you can drink it.
I am usually a dark/stout drinker and this ale has converted me...give it a try.

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Photo of djn4
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First review. Love the bottle, somewhere between a bomber and a regular 12 oz. The smell of this beer is very noticeable, unlike some beers that do not smell like their underlying fruit. This one IS strawberries. Taste was good, but a strong sourness lingered. Not like drinking a lambic. Overall a good fruit beer.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 19.2 oz brown bottle, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy amber color, with a one finger head that dissolves into a layer of foam that stays over the beer at all times. There's no lacing at all on the glass.

Smell: It smells strongly of strawberry hard candy. It's a very sweet scent.

Taste: Very sweet, just like the nose. Strawberry and malt flavors are all that's here, there's no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, with high carbonation. It gets quite cloying after a while, but it's not a big issue.

Overall: A very sweet beer with huge strawberry flavors and scents. Not revolutionary or special to be honest, but a very fun experience and a must have for fruit beer lovers.

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Photo of Zdrummer15
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

550 ml bottle to Samuel Smith imperial tulip pint glass

Appearance: orangish with a red hue mixed in, bubbly white head

Smell: pure, almost overpowering strawberry smell. I can't get much else through it

Taste: again, pure strawberries up front with a little bit of hoppy flavor to balance it out on the finish. Much less overpowering than the smell

Mouth feel: light and crisp, as expected. Goes down super easy

Overall: not my favorite style, but I get cravings for a fruit beer once in a while and this one is what they say it is. Genuine strawberry through and through

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Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. When they say strawberry, they're not kidding! Just upon opening the bottle, even before the first pour, the sweet scent of fresh strawberries wafts from the bottle. Pouring into a glass only amplifies the strawberry-ness of this brew. The flavor lives up to the aroma, almost to a fault. The strawberry flavor is so forward it perhaps gets in the way of the beers other characteristics. This was, however, an enjoyable drink and worth a try for sure. After all, what's not to like about the flavor of fresh organic berries? I'd like to pair it with sweeter dessert foods next time instead of savory foods.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a strawberry fruit beer that tastes like...strawberries. It bears mentioning because my biggest gripe with "flavored" beers is that often-times, they have the name of a flavor written all over them, even smell like that flavor...and then you sip it and it tastes like unflavored beer.

This beer has a ruby-red pour that most should find entirely suitable for the style and a light head.

It smells like strawberries.
It tastes like strawberries...and beer.
Feels like...carbonated strawberry juice.
Overall? This is the best strawberry beer I've had. (Sample Size:1)

Why drink this beer? Because if you show up at a party with Redd's Strawberry Ale, your friends will hit you with sticks.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another organically produced fruit beer from Samuel Smith's that I have overlooked for far too long. My label is a little different than the bottle pictured and says Samuel Smith's Organic Handcrafted Fruit Ale, no abv listed on the bottle, so my faith is in BeerAdvocate here. Excited to finally have this bottle, expectations are high.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a lightly murky orange colored body with perhaps a faint tint of pink thrown in there. Two fingers of fluffy off-white / tan head falls to a film. Looks pretty nice for what it is.

S - Smells of beautiful freshly cut strawberries and white sugar hits you immediately after uncapping the bottle. 'Vinous', juicy, and sweet smelling. Just a bit of dusty yeast presence to remind you that you are smelling a beer.

T - Ah yes, very lovely. Just how I'd hoped it would taste. Authentic strawberry juice, white sugar, strawberry jam, and some grapes. Very natural nasting, and not artificially sickening, if anything.

M - Just the right amount of fruity tartness / sugary sour. Finishes mostly clean with just a bit of sugary fruity stickiness on the palate.

Overall, another very nice organic outing from Samuel Smith's, who quickly became one of my favorite breweries last year, and continues to occupy that spot with mostly nothing but awesome beers. Can't wait to try more of these.

Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Ale ---4/5.

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

I think this a a really good beer once you open the bottle you can smell the fruit and the taste is awesome I would definitely buy this again this is my second Strawberry flavor and I like this one the best so far when I saw it on the shelf it stood out because of the art work I will be purchasing this again for sure

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Photo of Samuel906
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, this is a fruit beer, and a very fruity fruit beer at that. It is light. It is highly carbonated. It is sweet. It tastes like strawberries and vanilla. It might strike a few points off of your man card. But damned if it isn't tasty. It looks, tastes and smells more like strawberry soda than beer, but it tastes like fresh picked strawberries and not "strawberry flavored red chemical with benzene #8". I thoroughly enjoyed it on a hot day, but not something I'm going to grab for when I'm looking for a "beer".

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of strawberry jam, strawberry jelly, and buttered toast. Taste is much the same with slightly sour strawberry and strawberry juice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting buttered toast with strawberry jam smell and some solid strawberry flavors.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with slight white head in wine glass.

Smell is tart strawberries and not much else for me.

Taste is sour with lots of strawberry but not overpoweringly so. Light bitterness in the finish. Very tangy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is prickly with lots of carbonation.

Overall this was good. Shared a bottle with my wife and would have trouble finishing a whole bottle myself.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy red with light cream head. Good semi-sticky foam retention.

S: Sweet strawberry. Almost like syrup. Mild vanilla.

T: Sweet up front and finishing very sweet. Reminds me of a strawberry Italian soda. Mild tart sourness finishes longer. Hard to pick out much more than sweet. The mild tartness is its saving grace.

M: Light and crisp and epravescant. Would be great served freezing on a hot summer day.

O: I liked it but it lacked a depth of flavor; the strawberry took over. Well done for a fruit beer, but I prefer a little more sour or a little less sweet.

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Photo of Hendry
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A friend recently stated that some beers are meant to "share," and Sam L. Smith's Organic Starwberry Ale fits squarely into that category. Not so much because of the quality, but the drinkability factor: a little of this goes a long way!

Pours into the glass an opaque dark red color with a tiny white head, has the aroma of Swiss strawberry jam with a yeasty-barley funk to it. The flavor and the mouthfeel is not far off from a Belgian Lambic fruit brew, and any British Ale qualities are that were once present before the organic strawberry juice was added are lost in the mix.

By itself, and particularly followed by another beer, this bottle is a chore to get through. I would recommend this as a desert beer or one to share with a freind or two. With a price tag of $3.59 for the 16.9 oz bottle, the gamble is small and might be worth a try for a change of pace, but overall not nearly as drinkable as the Wells Banana Bread Beer which does not wallop your palate and still retains the quality of a decent British Ale.

One last caveat: Sam L. Smith's never dates their product, so there is an inherent roll of the dice as to the freshness of what you are purchasing whenever buying this brand, and is not a positive attribute by any means. Keep in mind I have always been a fan of their original Pale Ale and recognize their Stouts/Porters are highly regarded.

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Photo of brock146
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper in color with reddish white head

S - Smells like strawberry jam!

T - Sweet like strawberry candy with a hint of fermented alcohol flavor.

M - Smooth and carbonated, sticky feel.

O - A terrific fruit ale. Samuel Smith's delivers another fantastic beverage. I love this brewery.

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Photo of Kerrie
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just died and went to fruit beer heaven!

A- An opaque copper color, frothy head with high retention, and heavy lacing.

S- Smells like strawberry jam!

T- Tastes like strawberry jam as well. I have a sweet tooth and I'm loving this right now. If you're one to dislike sweet things, I wouldn't recommend it, but it is highly recommended to anyone who does. While it says it's made with fruit juice, it doesn't taste artificial to me, which is a huge plus.

M- Like a heavily carbonated juice.

I can't believe I didn't try this sooner! I kept passing it up for the other Sam Smith stouts (also awesome) but I'm interested in their other fruit beers now.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy and rusty-hued; topped with a golden, off-white, two-finger head that lasted nicely, but with minimal lacing.

S: Smells exactly like strawberry jam cooking in a pot.

T: Tart, cooked strawberries is the first and dominant flavor. There's a creaminess to it, and a touch of bitter hops, but those play second fiddle to the overwhelming strawberry flavor. Yet it works! It is seriously delicious!

M: Crisp and bursting with carbonation as it washes over the tongue. The bubbles fade into a creamy smoothness, before a mild dryness kicks in at the end. Indeed, it was that rare mix of refreshing beginning and tart, dry end to make you crave the next sip.

O: I'd been told about this one ages ago, but gave it a pass for so long because I thought it would be just another "girl drink." It is amazingly fruity, that's for sure, but not in a cloying way -- the tartness prevents that, and is more lambic than traditional beer. Frankly, this is the epitome of a fruit beer. Is it for everyday drinking? No (at least not for me!) But just like it's nice to have dessert as a change of pace after a lot of hearty meals, it's very enjoyable to sample this one from time to time.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish hay color. Sunset like. Medium carbonation, good lacing. Some haziness.

S: Strawberry, orange zest, peach, cherry. Very fruity. Its nice but I'm not getting excited about it.

T: Not bad. The strawberry is there but it's a duller strawberry. A musty strawberry which, isn't bad here but certainly it's no fresh strawberry. I know what I was in a past life.... But I digress. Let it linger on the palate and you get a sort of offputting must and dull bitterness. The sweetness dominates. An odd balance that works alright, but not killer.

M: Very sugary on the palate. Way too sweet. Lingering must as mentioned above.

For a fruit beer this one seems to less sophisticated than others: it's sweet like candy and seems more like a gimick than anything else. The flavors are nice but not very precise. Better than the cherry version, much much worse than the appricot version (which is very good by the way)

Not feeling this on.

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Photo of darktower
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A recent find that absolutely blew my mind. I found it at Wegman's here in Central PA and I was floored with how balanced this was. Starting off, the nose on this was phenomenal, my fiancee smelled it as soon as I opened it and she was sitting on the couch about 15 feet away, I kid you not. Secondly, it went down extremely smooth without any residual bitterness. My fiancee even enjoyed a sip or two and she RARELY drinks beer at all. The sweetness is up-front for sure but it's not fake feeling. It tastes like the natural sweetness of a strawberry picked right in season. It doesn't taste like sugar was just dumped in. The finish on this was amazing as well, it left no aftertaste at all, very clear, very tidy.

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

Serving Type - 18.2 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/yellow, looks much like a ipa. Creamy,foamy 1 inch head and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Huge strawberry aroma. A faint bready,pale malt smell near the finish.

Taste - Bitter strawberry flavor. Carbinated and clean tasting. Theres a malt backbone thats masked under the featured flavor. Also a yeasty sugar flavor added. No alcohol comes out, and no hops either.

Mouthfeel - First few drinks its a little bitter and sweet until mouth adjusts. Tounge gets strawberries and slight malts. Palate gets the same with a pale malt finish. Aftertaste is sweet strawberry and pale malty.

Overall - Good, easy to enjoy and a nice change of pace from a regular beer. Its really clean and smooth and low alcohol makes it easy to drink. Not quite as tasty as the other sammy smith fruit beers but still enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with pink highlights. It had a small, off-white head of bubbly foam that left little to no lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled of strawberry. Like some fake strawberry juice.

T - It tasted of sweet strawberry. Really that's it. It's not a great strawberry flavor like a fresh strawberry.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay ale. I liked the apricot ale much better.

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Photo of beerman240
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Peachy caramel with pretty nice head. Looks more like wine

S. Holy strawberry Batman! Reminds me of a strawberry faygo. With a hint of honey

T. Strawberries! No malt or hops. Not my favorite. Tastes more like a sweet wine..

M. Fairly fizzy,acidic

O. This "beer" was tastey but didn't quite hit the spot..maybe if it were a higher proof..If I was to get more,I would find a way to cook with it

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Photo of Christinadstone
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best fruit beers I have ever had. Smells delicously fuity but the taste is subtly sweet. Perfect balance of fruit and hops and extremely drinkable. Unique flavor, yet not over the top like some fruit beers. I wish they were located locally so i could take a visit to the brewery.

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Photo of heatherishoppin
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice color but a bit cloudy possibly because of the strawberry?.It smells pretty amazing. There is a very strong stawberry smell with a more subtle malt smell. However, I would like to smell the hops although I dont think that was their goal for this beer. The taste is nice. It is very sweet but also complex. The strawberry really hits you at the end.

For the type of beer it is, they do it well. However, fruit beers is not a beer I would frequently choose. I do find them interesting and love the idea of brewing with fruit but I always find myself searching for a bit more hops. It must be possible to balance out the sweetness of the fruit with some more hops!

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