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


on tap

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RATINGS: 639   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Nitro tallboy. Clear dark gold with fluffy white head. Aroma is malt, bread and something metal. Yikes, metal prominent in the taste as well. Body is light, but creamy. I don’t love the flavor, but see how you could drink a bunch of these if you really wanted to.

Acaro (317) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 3, 2018
Aroma: Subtle raspberry touch. Appearance: Ambar color with clear liquid and white head. Taste: Light sourness. Palate: Light body with soft creamy texture and flat carbonation. Bitter caramel finish. Overall: Easy to drink with nice features. Very soft. Short memories.

deepdrinker (364) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2017 Not had in many years but remember it being pretty lousy. cream head that laced well , especially from a can

deyholla (12583) - 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.

tlind2 (1815) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 14, 2017
[email protected] 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.

kapusil (1560) - 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.

theprof (1364) - 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.

thepatrickman (1503) - 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.

aleanguz91 (178) - 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.

hrabren (1948) - 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

p0urmeac0ld0ne (407) - 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.

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