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


on tap

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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bronstein (175) - Göttingen, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2003
Ruby red color, nice creamy head. Sweet and slightly fruity aroma. Flavours of roasted malt, coffee and a bit of fruity sherry. Bitterness and some smoke in the finish. Aftertaste slightly sweet and malty. Thin body. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Quaffmeister (50) - Henlow, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2003
If they made beer flavoured lemonade it would be like this. A bland featureless session beer. Generally known as "bloat" to my drinking buddies.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fiulijn (15227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2004 Keg
2004-04-21, 3-3-4-2-7=19
Yes, smooth… dark amber color. Some sweetness, but very poor, and not enough bitter.

2003-04-01, 6-4-4-3-11=28
Amber color. Thick creamy head. Light but pleasant hop aroma. Unfortunately the mouthfeel is too watery, without enough malt nor hop. The final is correct, but not enough aromatic.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2003
Nice big creamy head with a darker flat body. Flavour is slightly bitter and tasted very metallic. Was a very smooth beer on the finish as it went down like creamy sludge. Will try again sometime on tap and perhaps re-rate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
Copper colour with a creamy fully lasting off-white head. Aroma is a mix of floral and a bit of citrus. Flavour is bitter throughout. Palate is a bit watery, but is not as thin as beers with the same the same watery feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4706) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2003
Light yeasty aroma. Typical widget pour. Flat beer with a thick creamy head. Great beer if you think of it as an alternative to North American light beers (4%). Can drink this all day, but there is not a lot of excitement or depth of character. Enjoyable for a long period nonetheless. Smooth but not much on the bitter side.
Earlier Rating: 12/13/2002 Total Score: 3.3
Draft sample. Brown colour. A head so creamy you could walk across it. Lasted to the last mouthful. Flavour-wise a fairly standard UK Ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2003
Creamy with a frothy head. Crisp aftertaste similar to Boddington's, but much like its cohort a real bore.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2003
Nothing special about this one. Mine was served on a nitro tap. It's a very easy drinking beer with no tricks to speak of. I'd just as soon leave it behind the bar.
Earlier Rating: 9/29/2002 Total Score: 2.9
Nitro tap. Very smooth, very little aroma, lightly hopped, slightly fruity. Easy drinking session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ferox (84) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2003
Lovely! Nice and creamy, not too bitter, and as the label says, smooth." 'Ave it."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
RobBestwick (600) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2003
Not as nice as the hand pulled variety

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