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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
auerbrau (3203) - 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 (2828) - 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 (1323) - 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 (5463) - 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 (3640) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hotstuff (4762) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Draft at Prince of Wales in London. Transparent, orange and uncarbonated body. Excellent lacing. Malty aroma and malty and lightly bitter flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel. Light bodied beer.

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