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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 538   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. There’s 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."


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Original Rating (6-4-5-2-13=3.0): Biscuity malt aroma. Creamy white head on brown body. Some grain bitterness with a toasty character. Very smooth almost oily mouthfeel. I could have sworn it was nitro. Can.
Rerate (6-5-4-2-9=2.6): Mild fruitiness pairs well with caramel and lightly grainy malt with some herbal hops apparent also in the subdued but pleasant aroma. Crystal clear mahogany brown body is topped by a dense, fine bubbled, off white, nitro head that lasts throughout and coats the glass. Mild fruitiness to the light caramel malt flavour along with a mild bitterness that appears in the finish, but all in all there is not a lot of flavour. Light body with moderate carbonation and that creamy smooth nitro mouthfeel. Can’t help but feel this would be a better beer if bottle conditioned. Served relatively soon after being brought in from the cold Canadian winter. Half pint glass. Can (Gift, Jan-05).

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2181) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
Caramel in colour. Aroma has some sweetness and faint hops to it. Flavour had some sweetness to it but was rather weak. Finished a bit watery with a short bitterness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tessic (836) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2003
Very nice colour of dark copper with a very thick almost white head. Thick enough almost to stand a pretzel in. A slight caramel aroma complemented with grainy notes. the taste starts out less than bold and dissappears fast to its bitter end. Very smooth and a slight bit watery. Very easy drinking.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2003
This beer poured more of a dark golden color with a hint of ruby to it. Nothing much to say except the head stayed along the edge of the glass all the way down.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 15, 2003
On Tap: Hard Rock Cafe, London. Light amber colored with a thin head. Has no flavor and no aroma. Like bitter water. Okay, maybe a little hops and malt. Finish sour and bitter.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Very mellow, malty ale with a smoth hops flavor. Nice deep golden color with a small white, quickly disappearing head. Has a nice mouthfeel but leaves your mouth disappointed. Tastes and smells light and has a weak finish. I had this on draught and was okay with it but I won't order this one again any time soon. Not what I want in an ale.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2003
Canned. Creamy head. It smells of tuna fish. The flavour is quite weak with notes of tuna. Very smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2003
Canned. Dark copper color with creamy head. Slightly malty aroma. Smooth but thin, goes down largely unnoticed. Very faint woody, nutty, smoked flavor.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (10044) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2003 Amber color, nice creamy head. Aroma is sweet, maybe with some licorice? Flavor is from cocoa, a little thin, but leaves beutiful traces on the glass. Some bitterness in the finish.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Draught version tasted: amber color, medium head, and average taste. One of the most commonly found bitters in English pubs.


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