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


on tap

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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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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 (898) - 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crlnts (217) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 30, 2014
Nitro head, lasting. Clear tainted brown. Ale. Flat. Watery. A light cigarette butt aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GuideDogSaint (146) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2014
Can at mum’s house. Pours brown with a white head. Aroma of caramel. Astringent bitter finish with some sweetness. High carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bamsen78 (2993) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2014
Draught @ The Pub, Valletta. Pours slightly hazy light copper brown with stable, creamy off-white head. Clear aroma of hops, malt, yeast and a touch of fruit. Bitter, hoppy flavour, with notes of yeast and malt and metallic touches. Bitter aftertaste. Very low carbonation. Good on a summer evening in a Maltese beer garden but otherwise I don’t think I’d appreciate it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Philym (944) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Appearance: Clear copper with finger thick white head. Aroma: Fruity, bready, light caramel, slightly metallic. Taste: Low/medium bitterness and sweetness with low sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium body, low/average carbonation, abrupt malty, fruity, light caramel finish. Comments: Ok and glass lace.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Mr_Pink_152 (566) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2014
Not the worst beer in the world but it’s close. Watery flavour, no real aroma, no aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
miquelcrush (1273) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arventresca (562) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Can into pint. Nice looking and smooth. Taste leaves room for improvement. Ok but not stellar.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Godfather50 (48) - SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2014
Pours a complete pint glass of head! Nitrogen foamed obviously. This settles to a very atractive inch head which is sustained. Little or no aroma which is disappointing. There is a thin malt taste but the ov riding impression is that of beer juice, or diluting beer. That is the beer flavour has been added to water. Maybe it was made in a gigantic soda stream. Shame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Douberd (2091) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2014
440 ml nitro can at home, as Extra Smooth, with ABV at 3.6%, poured into a Guinness glass. Amber colour on a clear and transparent body, head almost two fingers tall, thick and creamy, with great retention, leaving light lacing as it slowly collapses. Aroma of toffee, light caramel, notes of milky chocolate and coffee. Taste unfortunately is not on par, some toffee and chocolate, coffee but much less than the aroma leads to believe, malts, light metallic notes. Thin watery body, low carbonation. Overall this one begins well, good looking beer, smells good but it’s all downhill from there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VRobertovich (27) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Immediate maltiness on the nose. Medium carbonation, smooth, medium texture. Dark caramel aroma, sweet fruits and a little citrus, which provide some bitterness. Sweet malts linger to the end. A well-balanced beer, but nothing extraordinary!

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