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


on tap

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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bov (9608) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 26, 2002

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2002
(In can) Very faint aroma, pretty nondescript. Weak and watery, opens with very slight hoppy bitterness. The middle is somewhat metallic, but pretty tasteless. Finishes with a metallic tang, which may come from the can.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2004 Original rating: Nitro keg from some keg only pub on Ealing Broadway Awful! Apparently it's ok on cask! Rerate: Thorpe Park Theme Park, Surrey, England I was very suprised to see a bar selling alcohol in a theme park, roughly £2.50 a pint for Foster's, Kronenbourg, Guinness & this, so I had this into a shandy. Quite a nice drink when made into shandy, with some maltyness coming through. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2002
Nice creamy head. Very similar to Boddington’s.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aurelius (4236) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2003 Somewhat bland and powdery aroma from the nitro can. Appearance is pretty good -- deep chestnut, with very stable creamy head. Flavor is bland and not bitter, nor very sweet. Just a little tart with the Burton Ale Yeast flavor. I imagine that this would be a bit better with a carbonated bite. Disappointing compared with Boddington's, Tetley's, Abbot or the other nitro bitter pints available in Florida.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cleggy99 (7) - ENGLAND - APR 3, 2002 does not count
Drinkable bitter with a very strong after taste. Drunk with no other alternatives available

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
johngsutton99 (6) - Leyland Preston, - MAR 16, 2002 does not count
Let’s face it this is corporation pop with hops. The ’beer’ is just bland, often too cold, with a soggy nothingness that leaves one thinking of Wigan Pier and jumping off it. Were this the only bitter beer in Britain then I would recommend it as a cure for recovering alcoholics, it would cure me of wanting another drink I tell you that for nothing. I actually gave some to my bulldog Grumbles and she spat it out in disgust. She may be ugly but she sure pulled a face having tasted that slop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillyTheFrog99 (31) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2002
A very good English bitter. The head is sweet and firm, and on tap this one is quite good. It is pretty much a prime example of an English bitter, and has no real distinguishing characteristics to push it elsewhere. But it is a good beer if you’re expanding your tastes, or if you enjoy a good English beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2002
Always served too cold for my liking. Has no real aftertaste and tastes mass manufactured. Looks ok but I wouldn’t recommend it.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
RichardGretton (4260) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2002
If you like drinking through a head of double cream you will like this beer, but I don’t. The beer tastes like alcoholic water.

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