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4
style
Brewed by John Smiths (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 637   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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
deyholla (12299) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2017
On tap at Wainwright Pub. Pours a clear amber with a gold hue and a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Aroma has lots of straw and musty bread with a hint of hay. Flavor is thin with a combination of bread straw notes.

2.8
tlind2 (1773) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 14, 2017
Draught@Tenerife. Amber color, creamy head. Slightly sour aroma. Roasted malt, fruity notes and hints of nuts. Light body, light carbonation. Not bad for the style, though rather watery.

2.4
kapusil (1506) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 11, 2017
0.44l can. Clear copper body with a creamy yolk head that lasts forever thanks to the nitro. The aroma is quite bland. There is a bit of grains and toast to it, but not much else. The taste is a bit better. Grains and toast again with a bit of metal and tiny amount of floral hops. Drinkable, but really not that flavorful.

2
theprof (1251) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2017
Cask. Aroma barely some biscuit malts. Pours amber with white foam top. Taste medium bitter. Palate sticky, carbonation above average and body medium. Cheap and ubiquitous. Some people sadly drink little else.

1.8
thepatrickman (1502) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2017
I was tempted back to try this by a can in Victoria station, promising me memories of watching football matches and uni days. Like any memory, though, the reality just didn't live up to it. This is singularly bad. It's muddled and tangy, with literally none of the things that makes a bitter good. It somehow manages to be cloying and bland, which is actually kind of impressive. This is the Madame Tussauds of beer -- tacky and fake.

3
aleanguz91 (125) - Grignasco (NO), ITALY - SEP 11, 2017
Bevuta il 10/09/2017 @LochnessDiscoPub in Benidorm (Spain). Lattina 50cl. Colore rossastro scuro, quasi granata. Bella schiuma cremosa e persistente. Inodore. In bocca dolciastra, mieloso, erbacea. Texture acquosa ma piacevole, grazie alla schiuma che la rende più corposa. Birra che ha poco da dire, ma c'è di peggio.

2.6
hrabren (1529) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 4, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2017 0.5 l can from a local shop in Acharavi, Corfu, Greece. Shared with lovely Anja. Hazy amber, creamy medium off-white head. Caramel, grain and metal. Sweet. Bready. Watery, smooth, light finish but unpleasant. 45539=2.6

2.2
p0urmeac0ld0ne (208) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - AUG 31, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2017 A British institution of sorts, but really not worth the effort. Dishwater malts are accompanied by an unwelcome metallic twang. Avoid. The extra smooth variety is far more drinkable, but lacks in any real flavour after the initial sip.

3
Bijl (811) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2017
Ambergeel, crèmekleurige schuimkraag, niet veel koolzuur en een lichte waas. Aroma: Karamel, zoetig, iets spicy noble hops, granig. Smaak: Graan, karamel, iets zoet maar ook een redelijke bitter  maar vrij kort. Spicy gehopt, weinig koolzuur. Lichte body, makkelijk drinkbaar , afdronk bitterzoet. Niets speciaals. De Extra Smooth is eigenlijk het zelfde maar, zoals op het blik staat, is deze zachter door de nitro. Daardoor ook even minder scherp.

2.6
JaKeAFC (1283) - ITALY - AUG 11, 2017
John smith extra smooth 50 cl nitro can in malta. Contains glucose and caramel. Amber color with a wonderful white cream on top. Aroma is light citrus, some glucose stuff, thin, very thin, some hops/grass. Taste light tart, light bitter. Thin body, no carbonation, short bitter finish. Very smooth and Extremely easy to drink but nothing great going on.


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