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


on tap

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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 9, 2005
Draught. Amber with dense creamy head - and that’s the good things you can say about this beer. Light notes of caramel, watery flavor - boring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
auerbrau (3191) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Decent rich brown amber pour, with copious white head and great lacing. Absolutely watery and lacking any true depth, hardly any flavor.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2005
Draught. A brown coloured beer with a creamy head. I cannot discern any taste at all other than water. It’s not nasty just bland, bland, bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
harperwood9 (16) - milton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 I thought this was a wonderful beer with little after-taste. We buy it in cans at our stores here in Canada. It is 2.25$ a pint. I find it smooth and great with food. Cheers

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
ALLOVATE (2685) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2005
The Draught flow can should have pre-warned me of the ’beer’ inside (re: Kilkenny & Guinness Draught). Poured as expected, an auburn gold with a thick nitrogen assisted off-white head. Aroma began with burnt toast, sump oil and marmite, but didn’t hang around long. Tasted (if you try hard) of grain husks, sour cream, dank liquor and a little roasted malt. Very creamy, flatly smooth and completely boring, this is another attempt to make decent beer drinkers look like twats with beer that is not beer!!!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Garrat (1314) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 From tap and can.Chestnut brown appearance.A virgin bitter,my palate was there years ago,as was yours.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2004
Draft. Slightly pale ruby red colour. Medium-sized nitrogen head. Weak aroma. Flat, slightly malty taste. Pretty bland and not very carbonated. Smooth mouthfeel. This doesn´t have any taste.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2004
Basically the only thing there was to drink at misic venue called The Garage. On cream flow nitro keg. I could swear this was watered down. Very little taste & no alcohol "hit" at all, even thougb it’s supposed to be 4%. Ohhh yeah & served way too cold too, then again that could be to mask any taste it does have

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jgb9348 (5173) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Clear amber/copper coloured body with a perfect frothy tan (widget/nitrogenated) head. Aroma of pale malt, caramel, light english hops, some apples & cardboard. Light/medium bodied; Velvety texture to boot. Appley taste with some bitter malt noticeable up front. Mild hop flavour-fairly negligable. Aftertaste clean and fresh. Some malt bitterness-no sweetness nor alcohol tastes. Overall, a mild and underpowering bitter. Not horrible, but not impressive in the slightest bit. I sampled this 440 mL can purchased at the LCBO on Queen’s Quay in Toronto, Ontario on 16-October-2004 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eructoblaster (3418) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2004
Canned - 440ml. Dark amber body topped with a dense creamy head. Good malty/hoppy aroma with light caramel and herbal hints. After a good bitter attack (with wooden and roasted coffee notes), the lack of punch and lenght of the finish makes the mouthfeel a bit disappointing. The beer in itself is OK. But as a Bitter, it is weak.

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