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John Smiths Original Bitter / Extra Smooth

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Brewed by John Smiths (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pasteurised Keg and Can. Extra Smooth is served with nitrogen. Theres also an Extra Cold - the same beer, but at a lower temperature.
Previously 4.0%, 3.8%
"John Smiths is Britains biggest-selling bitter with more than 15% of the total UK standard bitter market."


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
momordgz (184) - - JAN 24, 2015
Nothing special too say about it. No taste. But is smooth as it says and this is its best.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
borre_m (380) - NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
Pours clear copper. Aroma is malty, bread and hay. Taste is smooth, full body but a bit watery.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
karmagarda (8) - - JAN 18, 2015 does not count
This beer seems to be drastically underrated by ratebeer. Okay, its not super by any means. Very little aroma, quite bland to taste with a slight bitter overtone. But very drinkable. Id probably stop at 1 because I was thoroughly bored by the end of it. But 13/100 is an incredibly inaccurate rating. 30-35 is probably closer the mark. To give you an example of why its underrated, I put this beer in a similar taste/likability rating as London Pride, but (at the time of this post) this site rates London Pride 84/100 and John Smiths at a drastically lower 13/100 for this. London Pride is a touch better, but no way is it 71 points better. Id find it hard to rate London Pride over 40 hence why I say I rate them quite similarly.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beergeek23322 (2530) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3/20/2011. On tap. Light amber with a creamy head. Malty caramel aromas. Similar flavors, but watered down. If you never get to taste this one, youre not missing out.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Senka (719) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2015
When I mentioned that I used to love this beer to one of the 10K+ raters - I got weird looks and I was told to never to mention it again. Anyways, I loved it - it was cheapest available, creamy and smooth as Beamish Red, easy going and fulfilling. Good with roasted lamb and curry. Could drink it all evening and chat bs with locals. Miss it a lot. Can is thinner, but you can always take it with you back home.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
geologyguy (813) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Pours with a huge head due to the nitrogen ball, looks really good though! Sweet malty smell, creamy head...very very smooth beer...taste is mild malt, no hops... Thicker mouthfeel but very light on flavor

1.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
niquillis (1290) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2015
On keg at Seaton Hotel, Seaton Carew. Popped in this pub for a pee so decided to buy a drink and this was my choice....pours amber which takes an age to settle due to the nitro. Tastes of very cold water with a sharp bitter end. Virtually undrinkable, its been a while since Ive had one of these but it did used to have some sort of taste....

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sizzler80 (488) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 26, 2014
Faux amber looking, velvety pour. Creamy head. Nitrogen, some maltiness, biscuit. It tastes a little coppery and not much else. Inoffensive.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Giochaurand (115) - FINLAND - DEC 12, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014 Pours brown amber with creamy head. Aroma is roasted malts. Taste is .... Missing... Quite dissapointing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
asimeow (137) - Sandsli, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2014
Pint, draft in Brentford. Deep caramel colour. High carbonation. Long lasting caramel head. Malty aroma, sweet, malty and slightly bitter taste. Watery and mild, but pleasant.


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