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


on tap

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RATINGS: 634   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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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 (2726) - 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 (2260) - 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.

stouby (4714) - Holbæk, DENMARK - APR 16, 2006
Cask. Nutbrown, creamy off-white head, good lacings. Aroma moderate malty (burnt) and hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet and bitter. Light body, watery, flat carbonated.

troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2006
(0.4 L from Tap) Well, the beer is smooth and easy to drink. Malty and sugary at the same time, but without much of an aftertaste. Plain and dry finish.

Nekronos (4174) - Xalapa, MEXICO - APR 12, 2006
Nothing interesting, a beer that is supposed to be awessome, but it is just another bitter boring beer. Good foam.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2009 1. Keg Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 12/03/2001 Very smooth on the palate and slightly bitter. 2. Can 30/05/2001 Some malt flavour. Smooth on the palate. 3. Keg Handpump at the Old Merchants Hotel, Blackburn 06/09/2001 Mid brown coloured smooth and creamy with a hop finish. 4. Keg Handpump at the Blue Barrel, Northwich 29/12/2001 Amber and malty with with a slightly dry hop finish. 5. Keg Handpump at Mr Smith’s, Warrington 20/06/2002 Amber and smooth on the palate with a malt finish. 6. Keg Handpump at Mr Smith’s, Warrington 29/08/2002 Mid brown slightly malty with a bitter slightly dry finish. 7. Keg Handpump at De Bees, Winsford 28/12/2003 Amber golden slightly fruity with a smooth slightly hoppy finish. 8. Keg Handpump at Bluu, Nottingham 17/07/2004 Mid brown amber and slightly fruity. Some dryness in a smooth hop finish. 9. Keg Handpump at the Bulls Head, Davenham 27/12/2004 Golden amber smooth and slightly hoppy. Some dryness and bitterness in a malt finish. 10. Keg Handpump at the Witton Chimes, Northwich 18/05/2005 Mid brown amber smooth and slightly fruity. Some dryness in a malt finish. 11. Keg Handpump at the Blue Bell Inn, Long Eaton 23/09/2005 Mid brown amber and fruity with a crisp slightly bitter malt finish. 12. Keg Handpump at the Church Inn, Salford 18/10/2006 Thick white head. Amber bronze coloured and slightly fruity with some dryness in a smooth crisp malt finish. 13. Keg Handpump at Prohibition, Manchester 22/12/2006 Creamy white head. Amber coloured and smooth on the palate with a crisp and slightly bitter malt finish. 14. Keg Handpump at the Burton Arms, Manchester 15/10/2007 Malt aroma. Amber coloured smooth on the palate and malty with a crisp and slightly dry finish. 15. Keg Handpump at the Priory, Ashby 15/12/2007 Some malt aroma. Mid brown coloured slightly fruity and dry with a lasting malt finish. 16. Keg Handpump at the Old Crown, Northwich 26/12/2007 White head. Some malt aroma. Mid brown coloured smooth on the palate and malty with a crisp and slightly bitter finish.

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