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


on tap

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RATINGS: 610   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."

rangerred's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2012
440ml nitro can into a pint glass. Pours a rich clear copper with a cascading tan had that settles into a two finger cap. Really good lacing and head retention. Aroma has a definite metallic twang but otherwise is pretty light. Some pear and caramel but nothing really sticks out too prominently. The taste is quite nice. Caramel and bready grain along with pears and some peaches. Caramel and toffee along with toast provides a light roasted character. Bitterness is sharp but pleasant although it comes close to being acrid. Finish is crisp and clean giving this beer tons of drinkability. Overall, an average nitro English bitter. Not on the same level as Old Speckled Hen or Tetley’s but better than Boddington’s. At $7.99 a 4 pack, the price is alright and I can see myself picking this up again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarcinG (202) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2016 Puszka 500ml. Bursztynowy kolor piana biala kremowa. W zapachu orzechy i chmiele. Ciekawy goryczkowy finisz.

Marcin G

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lloydy (68) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
On draught. The sort of beer I buy when I find myself in a place with limited selection. But it isn’t great. Thin, very watery. A bland session bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
culchiem (3232) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2016
Can. Chestnut with a firm white head. Aroma is a hint of caramel, flavour is watery malt.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
melush (1854) - SPAIN - JAN 16, 2016
Can 50cl / Lata 50cl. @ Carrefour, Sevilla, España. A: Amber / Ambar. T/S: Malt, sweet, watery, slightly bitter / Malta, dulce, aguado, ligeramente amargo.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
YantarCoast (674) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 7, 2016
500ml can with widget. Pours red-amber with a creamy white head. Faint aroma if caramel. Taste is watery and a sort of bitter. Would probably be better with food.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
venom666 (690) - Elche, SPAIN - DEC 30, 2015
Clear amber color with medium beige head. Aroma is soft, bready, biscuity, malty and light caramel. Taste follows the nose, caramel, bread, toasted malts and slightly floral. Really smooth, but very weak in flavour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
liquidbread86 (104) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2015
A good go-to in English pubs when nothing else of interest is on. Creamy with a thick head and smooth in flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nazzty (1156) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2015
Tastes like a classic English bitter. Low on alcohol and very smooth body with hints of a hoppy character.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
redders1974 (555) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Its unavoidable if you go out drinking in non real ale pubs at some point you will be stuck with a choice of guinness ager or john smiths lokks good in the glass and they tend to slip down in 3 sips overly seeet and overly carbonated

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
artemb (345) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - NOV 1, 2015
Clear amber beer with creamy nitro-can head. Aroma: toffee, low diacetyl. Taste: dry with light bitterness. Light bitterness in the aftertaste.

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