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


on tap

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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."

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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Piw (717) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2016
500ml Dose. Klar und braun mit minimaler Schaumkrone. Wenig aromatisch. Leicht bitter. Wässrig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fullpintofbeer (89) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2016
Tap @Harvester, Bristol. Medium white creamy head, dark amber colour, nice lacing. Toffee aroma with a hint of nuts. Light body, average carbonation. Alright, but no excitement.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (2086) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2016
For what it’s worth, one of the better beers I had in London. Very smooth, the nitrogen does this beer well. Decently balanced. It’s good and a very fitting beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ysok02 (755) - MOns, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2016
de nouveau une bière qui ne goute pas grand chose et qui ne sert qu’a nous raffraîchir après une journée à marcher...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tom303 (112) - Northumberland, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2016
Classic copper bitter colour steady head. Mellow sweet aroma with a sweet malt flavour and bitter finish. Easy drinking standard.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerowl80 (133) - - APR 19, 2016
Can and keg. Pours chesnut brown. Not really any aroma or taste. Drunk plenty of it when I was younger put its pretty much a last resort beer now.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
WillRunForBeer (2056) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2016
16oz can shared by Paul. Thanks. Pours golden brown with a big beige head. Aroma is light grains, honey. Taste is quite sweet. Caramel, corn, a bit of grass at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
josanguapo (889) - SPAIN - MAR 24, 2016
Can From Carrefour. In Ikea’s pint glass. Watching 8 Apellidos Catalanes. BB date this month. Very drinkable and smooth. Not much aroma nor taste.Its low ABV allow to drink it in huge quantities and isnt unpleasant

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ngunity (118) - - FEB 28, 2016
From 500ml can. Pours clear dark straw with perfectly beautiful creamy nitrogen head. Doesn’t smell of much, no bitterness or hop characteristic, just a subtle caramel malt taste. Easy drinking, silky smooth

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarcinG (367) - 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

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