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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 628   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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."


1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
thewolf (12027) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2006
Bland and boring. Nice white head and a pretty golden/amber colour. No hints of hoppyness anywhere though, slightly malty, but generally watery and sweet (artificially)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quevillon (2876) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
Cannette. Goût légèrement carmelisé, très amère. Bien ordianire, pas à reboire.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9505) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 Oddly enough, the canned version of this had more flavour than the cask version (a first in my experience). Canned, this appears a deep amber orange with a generous foamy tan head that forms funky shapes as it sits, like a bowl full of whipped potatoes. Bready and slightly caramel aromas, the palate delivers the same but with more caramel showing through. Modestly bitter. Nice.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
lenzkevin (1) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2006 does not count
Very creamy, smooth finish, very fine head. Drank from both cans and tap in England.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lunkie (1788) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2006
Hop malt aroma. Clear dark brown colour with excellent head and lacing. Smokey spicy hop malt flavour. Flat palate.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
vanvenlo (1741) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2006
17 Oct 05 - Low sweet malt and lowly hopped aroma. Clear brown-red colour, good nitrogen/manufactured head with sheet lacing. Light malt and hopped flavour. Light bitter hop finish. Uninspiringly plain.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 29, 2005
Smooth bitter, pulls with a thick creamy head. Plenty of malt, little bit of hops. Not much to be said, average mass-produced beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2005
(Can 50 cl) Amber coloured with a handsome head created by the nitrogen released from the widgety thing in the can. The nitrogen also creates the flat mouthfeel. Very mild and smooth without much aroma or bitterness. But pleasant and highly drinkable. 081002

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
twindadplus2 (669) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Nitro can. Coppery brown color with the usual thick, creamy nitro head. Nose is light malt and grain with a trace of bitterness. Taste of faint malt with a light bitter finish. It’s all right, nothing spectacular but not awful either.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [can - 440 ml] Clear copper. Lots of bubbles and a fizzy tan head. Very light amount of malts in the nose with a sour bitterness as well. Dry malty flavor with a bitterness at the end and a watery and metallic taste. Maybe this would be better on draft? I’ll have to maybe give it another try, but I don’t think I’m that big a fan.


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