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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 570   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rangerred (985) - 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.


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Towey1989 (222) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Keg at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A clear amber colour with a creamy white head. Slight aroma of caramel, leather and fruit. Taste of caramel, biscuit plus some fruit, yeast and nuttiness. Creamy texture and soft carbonation. Fruit bitterness in the finish. It’s bland, boring and weak, but still drinkable. Not unpleasant and ok if nothing better is on.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dchad56 (45) - - FEB 22, 2015
Can from Friday night. Small White head, slightly fizzy - fairly smooth - goes down well but nothing special.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ramboraffe (833) - SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2015
On tap at Hillsborough stadium, Sheffield, UK. Hazy copper with thick white head. Smell is sweet malty with biscuits and bread. Taste is sweet malty, nuts and earthy. Smooth. Dry with low bitterness and low carbonation.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Stuu666 (5326) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Keg. Pours clear copper, nose is dull toffee, not much else, taste is similar, creamy, far too cold.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (1137) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Pours a copper color with a minimal caramel aroma. Taste is very smooth, light caramel sweetness in the taste. An easy drinking bitterness after the swallow which adds to the drinkability of this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NallePalle (190) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2015
Can, 50 cl. Overall smooth, almost no carbonation. Nice foam, bitter finish. Lack of interesting aroma.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
momordgz (206) - - JAN 24, 2015
Nothing special too say about it. No taste. But is smooth as it says and this is its best.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
borre_m (428) - NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
Pours clear copper. Aroma is malty, bread and hay. Taste is smooth, full body but a bit watery.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
karmagarda (8) - - JAN 18, 2015 does not count
This beer seems to be drastically underrated by ratebeer. Okay, it’s not super by any means. Very little aroma, quite bland to taste with a slight bitter overtone. But very drinkable. I’d probably stop at 1 because I was thoroughly bored by the end of it. But 13/100 is an incredibly inaccurate rating. 30-35 is probably closer the mark. To give you an example of why its underrated, I put this beer in a similar taste/likability rating as London Pride, but (at the time of this post) this site rates London Pride 84/100 and John Smiths at a drastically lower 13/100 for this. London Pride is a touch better, but no way is it 71 points better. I’d find it hard to rate London Pride over 40 hence why I say I rate them quite similarly.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beergeek23322 (2587) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3/20/2011. On tap. Light amber with a creamy head. Malty caramel aromas. Similar flavors, but watered down. If you never get to taste this one, you’re not missing out.


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