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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: 550   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."


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (11029) - 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 (11972) - 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.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2003
Can. Big creamy billowy white head. Amber colour, little aroma, little flavour... Something in the aftertaste. Microscopic bitterness. At least I got an airmile for buying a can.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
It's certainly smooth. Think if Guinness made a bitter. Not much on the taste, very creamy. Far better than your average swill, but that's about it.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
erich2872 (11) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Dickens Tavern, London. Watery and light yet smooth. Great lookng beer though but almost no trace of hops. Virtually no head and no alcohol. After four pints I felt full and like I had drank four pints of water.

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Gassy, dull taste with no real flavor and very filling. Looks good and goes down pretty smooth, but it suffers from a watery quality that I found in a few hand-pulled English Ales.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Frank (2930) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Oh, it's extra smooth all right. This is due to being completely devoid of flavor. A bit of toffee, some bitterness in the finish. Looks nice though.

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
imdownthepub (10487) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2003
Nitro Keg. Smoothflow flavour destroyer fo the masses usually served cold as well. Absolute crud.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 23, 2003
On cask,The Griffin, in London, So this is Britain's leading selling bitter..well sometimes there's something to be said about leading sellers,afterall, I'm from the United States.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Nitro Draught: I don't care what the description says, the pub in England that I bought this at had it hooked up to a Nitro system! This beer poured more of a dark golden color with a hint of ruby to it. It had a Guinness-like cascade to the head. Similarly to Guinness, the head adheared to the sides of the glass all the way down. The aroma was pretty non-descipt: inhale deeply enough and you got a twinge of malts and hops. The taste wasn't much better. Somewhat bitter, but not too much malt at all. No malt sweetness either. Of my week in England, this was the worst one that I had.


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