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


on tap

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RATINGS: 642   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51/5   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."

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SHIG (4956) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Brown in color with white thick head. Bitter malt smell that led to a bitter copper dry taste.

farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2006
Smooth, easy drinking beer that is underrated in my opnion. It’s not something I’d seek out, but if it was there on tap, I’d have no hesitation in indulging.

Tranquillity (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
500ml bottle. Pours light mocca, settles deep mahogany brown with a big, stable, mocca-ice cream head. Coffee aroma, not too strong. Quite dry taste of... malt? No finish to mention.

shrubber85 (11322) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2017 Can. Little aroma - light malt. Dark tan color. Good ale malt flavor especially at room temperature - not near as good ice cold. Don’t let this beer sit in cans too long - takes on a strong metallic flavor quickly. Otherwise not a bad choice if there’s not much else - if Honslow and Ford Prefect drink it, how bad can it be?

swlabr117 (8) - Clifton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2006 does not count
"Extra Smooth" is about all you need to say about this beer. Perhaps in making it so smooth, they forgot to add any interesting flavor. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable because of the smoothness. The head was very good, it lasted all the way down. Better than some, but by no means outstanding.

jcr (2692) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Draft. This is a fairly lifeless beer. Nut brown in appearance with a dense head. Not a lot of aroma, but what’s there hints at sweetness. Not much flavor — perhaps some nuts. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste to the soft mouthfeel.

biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Can @ Hot Stuff, an excellent Indian Place in London. Clear light brown with a fluffy white head. Slightly sour malt aroma. Thin and metallic in flavor with a bit of bitterness, some sweetness and a hint of toasted caramel. Reminds me of the cheap ales of New Zealand like DB Double Brown.

Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 I feel John Smith is better than most big brand beers. Sampled on draught. Good appearance, creamy head with a wheaty taste. Don’t drink it when its warm. Its minging.

screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2006
A creamy off-white head on a copper coloured body. A dry and some nutty taste. Not much aroma. No aftertaste at all.

Dorqui (2255) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 On tap at Duke of York (Victoria - London).
Clear and limpid orange/red color. Light and evanescent head. Irish beer type scent with notes of malt and cortex. Extremely barren and dry with a determined and persistent bitter. Lightly watery on the end.

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