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

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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51   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."


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3.4
   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.


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jjsint (1184) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
Keg at the Masonic Arms, Kirkcudbright. Insipid tawny brown with a creamy head. Light malt aroma. Caramel, metal, malt and honey on the bittersweet but confused taste. Unprovoked weirdness on the bitter aftertaste. Not for me...

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vighals (1695) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - APR 21, 2015
Mørk orangebrun klar med fingerhøyt kremete offwhite skum som ligger. Lukter lett karamell, malt og noe metall. Svært lett. Bart et lite hint av sødme. Uten kullsyre.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
llcooldave (1161) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2015
Clear copper in color. Watery mouth feel. Light toasty flavor. Cant really detect an aroma. Overall, a very mild tasting beer. Thanks to BarZigKin for sharing!

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Seffle (273) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
Draught at The Merchant, Glasgow. 150418. Clear mahoganny brown with a very firm silky white head. Malty nutty nose and palate with a nice bitterness. A very nice and typical bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
henryh98 (2) - lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2015 does not count
The john smiths is a good British beer for people first getting in to beer tasting. The overall appearance is basic a dark brown haze. The taste has a slightly nutty feeling but nothing more to it. No hoppyness what so ever.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TedE (360) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2015
Pint on tap as Extra Cold. Takes ages to settle. Slight malt nose, hazy brown beer with solid white head. Tastes like still cold water. Aftertaste is slight malt sweetness. And that’s it.........

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mabuzzer (215) - SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2015
Smooth Flow can. Nutty brown with a thick, creamy white head. Malty, slightly sour and a bit watery. Would never be my first choice but ok in a pinch

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
canddw (17) - - APR 1, 2015
UPDATED: APR 3, 2015 Can. Dark, clear beer with foamy white head and low carbonation. Nose is thin, nutty and soapy. Limited taste of nuts, biscuit, ginger, light non-descript hoppiness and mild bitter medium-length finish with clawing metallic aftertaste. Reasonably smooth palate. Not an enjoyable experience

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
The_Osprey (2785) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Mar 2015 - Sample from keg at The Railway Putney. I didn’t want to order one of these just for the tick, as I’ve never been a fan. In the past I’ve ordered a pint of this, left 500ml and ordered something else. Yes, it’s thin, malty, watery yet astringent and drying. As poor as I remember. Dry and unappetising. Not suited to keg, but then I doubt it would be good via any dispense. Strangely wide and enduring availability. If this was the only beer in the pub, I’d order a coke.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (316) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2015
UPDATED: APR 13, 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.


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