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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52   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."


2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thedm (5139) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 7, 2004
The DM & Hotstuff’s European Honeymoon trip beer number 18. This draft brew from the Princess of Wales pub in London poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized long lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind n uncarbonated transparent brown colored body and a excellent lacing. The aroma was almost non-existent and mildly malty if anything. It had a smooth mouth feel that was malt and contained no biting hops to note of. The flavor was smooth mild and slightly hopped.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
JonMoore (2019) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2004
Very smooth, but that’s about all there is to say about it. Doesn’t taste of much, not much aroma, watery. My heart sinks when I see this is the only ’draught’ bitter behind a bar.

2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mullo (102) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2004
Out of a can. The hops was let down by the lack of malt complexity - a little too watery. Low aroma - because of the creamy nitrogen head. Lacks the flavours of a real bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
Ohhh. This is a smooth, silky, soft smooth. Not the most exciting ale, but at least it is smooth. One could easily quaff lots of this ale, and at 4% abv, you won’t get really drunk either. A nice drink when you want to discuss the state of the world all night with your friends. When I pour the beer from the nitro-can to a glass, at first it looks like a glass of yellowish foam that slowly transforms into a clear, brass coloured liquid with a head that looks and feels like smoothly whipped cream. Those nitro cans are an impressive packaging for the right beer The smell is really quite weak. But when I sniffed hard enough, I found flavours of caramel and crisp bread. Carbon dioxide is very light and… Creamy. The taste is also on the delicate side. On the other hand: It’s a smooth, it should be mild! However, there is a burned tone with hints of caramel, thick cream and a passing bitterness. The aftertaste is very gentle with some hints of rye bread and (somewhere in the background) mild hops.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
Nitro head, copper colour, thin body. Citrus and fruit flavour. Very typical and not really worth the trouble.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5570) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Tap at the Old Cock in London. Medium tan head. The miniscule bubbles are densly packed. Is this a nitro keg? Aroma is hoppy and nutty with faint spice and caramel. Taste is hopped but but seems light on the malts and has a minimal spice character. Creamy body and well carbonated. Finish is hoppy with a slight malt flavoring coming through. Not too bad.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Bitter? Ale? Which? Better than the cask, but not that great. It is smooth with a sweet, bitter, taste. There are better.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2004
Red-brown color, light malty aroma, sweet taste, light body, easy drinking smooth finish.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Canned. Clear, dark amber-brown. Thick, creamy off-white head. Cascading pour. Light, sweet malty aroma w/ a touch of spicy hops. Soft, watery, typically nitro feel. Bland, sweet flavour w/ just a hint of caramel & licorice. Watery finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Belly Full O Beer (57) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2004
Nice yellow colour and pretty, if short, casscade. Head lasted till the bitter end. The can I had proclamed it as both a bitter and an ale, so I don’t know what it wants to be, but it had a nice creamy taste. Not what I expected, but not bad either.


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