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


on tap

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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
mjik83 (1055) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2015
50cl blikje via Gregory's, Kalamaki Alcoholpercentage van 3,6% Gedronken uit het blik Koffie, bittertje, geroosterde mouten, erg waterig ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
DavidAust (46) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2015
440ml widget can (4 pack). Poured into a Strassburg glass. Appearance is terrific. Similar lava effect to Guinness and other beers which are carbonated via nitrogen widgets in their cans. Unfortunately that is where the fun ends. Nose is weak - nothing bad, nothing good either and simply hard to obtain any real aroma. Taste - watery, and very little flavour - similar to the aroma - that is: hard to get much taste out of it at all. I had been told this was unlively, but I thought that they meant carbonation adndnot taste. I’ve had hand pumped beer and low carbonation before, but this seemed flat. If it had more flavour this might have been salvageable. Not to my taste - flat aroma, flat taste, flat patate, flat carbonation. Flat, flat, flat! So disappointing really after the appearance showed so much promise. If you enjoy this beer - good for you - but I suspect the majority will be disappointed.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
jamaty (1447) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 20, 2015
Ambar clara, espuma blanca. Aroma escaso, tostado y dulce. En boca es completamente aguada, con sabor malteado tostado y mínimo amargor. Floja.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hippoman (256) - Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2015
Keg at The Big Jug, Durham, £3/pint. Bought because there was no cask ale on. I haven’t felt the need to drink a John Smith’s in years and this one isn’t likely to change that. No real nose, boiled hop flavour, slightly sickly finish, watery mouthfeel, very bland beer flavoured water.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
sir__v (1205) - Lille, FRANCE - SEP 13, 2015
On tap on a local pub of Bermondsey, London - UK. Color: clear brown beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: caramel malt and nothing more even if a metallic nose as finish. Taste: watery, metallic, caramel and high bitter almost from the metal and few by the hops. Aftertaste: caramel and bitterness. Very bad beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cuso (6267) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 11, 2015
Bottle from Seoul Plaza, kindly shared by Gurthnar, many thanks. Amber color with huge white head. Caramel malt, diacetyl in aroma. Caramel, roasted malt, diacetyl, harsh bitterness in taste. Bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gurthnar (3362) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 10, 2015
Can from Seoul Plaza. Nice lava effect. Clear brown colour, stable smooth head. Aroma roasted, raw grainy, metallic. Taste is plain, malty, raw grain, light coffee, light metallic. Okay. No star though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MisoW (2417) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 22, 2015
On tap at TeeJay’s in Protaras, Cyprus. Pours deep amber color, with nice smooth white head. Aroma of malt. Taste is medium bitter, lightly sweet, malty, but really refreshing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Niller (1037) - Hammel, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2015
Tap@George Hotel, Portsmouth. Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma and taste is malts, caramel, hint of toffee, hops. Soft carbonation. Light bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cthulhu (498) - MARSHALL ISLANDS - AUG 20, 2015
50 cl can- Extra smooth Aroma- (...) App- Clear copper with medium creamy head. Taste- Caramel. Palate-Low carbonation and light body.

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