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


on tap

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RATINGS: 569   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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Pasteurised Keg and Can. Extra Smooth is served with nitrogen. Thereís 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."

pkbites' rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
pkbites (697) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Underrated, but not by much!!!Aroma is of grain and caramel-grass if there is such a thing. Pour is a gorgeous dark brown +plus+ orange with an off white head. Some lacing but who cares head. VERY watery mouth feel with some bitter hops but not enough to save itís soul. After taste is watery and begging for more hops. Alcohol content ruins this and, if doubled, this would be good instead of mediocre.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dchad56 (38) - - FEB 22, 2015
Can from Friday night. Small White head, slightly fizzy - fairly smooth - goes down well but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ramboraffe (808) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Stuu666 (4804) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Keg. Pours clear copper, nose is dull toffee, not much else, taste is similar, creamy, far too cold.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (1114) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NallePalle (183) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2015
Can, 50 cl. Overall smooth, almost no carbonation. Nice foam, bitter finish. Lack of interesting aroma.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
momordgz (199) - - JAN 24, 2015
Nothing special too say about it. No taste. But is smooth as it says and this is its best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
borre_m (394) - NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
Pours clear copper. Aroma is malty, bread and hay. Taste is smooth, full body but a bit watery.

   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, itís not super by any means. Very little aroma, quite bland to taste with a slight bitter overtone. But very drinkable. Iíd 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. Iíd find it hard to rate London Pride over 40 hence why I say I rate them quite similarly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beergeek23322 (2570) - 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, youíre not missing out.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Senka (800) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2015
When I mentioned that I used to love this beer to one of the 10K+ raters - I got weird looks and I was told to never to mention it again. Anyways, I loved it - it was cheapest available, creamy and smooth as Beamish Red, easy going and fulfilling. Good with roasted lamb and curry. Could drink it all evening and chat bs with locals. Miss it a lot. Can is thinner, but you can always take it with you back home.

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