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John Smith's Extra Smooth - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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John Smith's Extra SmoothJohn Smith's Extra Smooth

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
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Photo of Viper29223

4.08/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and creamy serve best room temp or take out of the refrigerator for 10 mins before serving one of UK finest bitters hard to find in USA but some liquor stores in MN are now carrying my favorite bitter .If you enjoy Boddingtons try John Smiths extra smooth !

Serving type: nitro-can

08-26-2012 23:56:18 | More by Viper29223
Photo of flagmantho


3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 440mL widget can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with the classic nitro cascading-bubbles look. Head is a thick finger of creamy deep-ivory foam. I think it looks good.

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma with a hint of graininess. Simple but appetizing.

Taste: sweetish malt flavor with a tiny touch of grain and a little bit of earthy hop character. Bitterness is pretty low. The nitro takes a little oomph out of the flavor, but overall it's not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a relatively low carbonation. The texture is not particularly creamy, unlike the appearance, but there is a silky smoothness here that I think is decent.

Overall: not a bad beer at all. I feel like this is a session ale I could quaff all day.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-15-2012 02:38:31 | More by flagmantho
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a can with a nitro-widget. A chalky white head is milky and settles to a 1 finger plus size. Ice tea color, clean clarity with no visible effervesce. Head retention is remarkable in terms of stay. Thick milky lacing sticks strongly and long to the vessel walls.

S: An aroma of dried corn and green corn ears come with a light but noticeable level of awareness.

T: Smooth creamy flavor, corn ears greenery, smooth silty malt lacing on the tongue. Low but noticeable bitterness.

M: smooth and creamy, light and medium body, silty malty leave.

O: Overall the nitro-widget enchances the smooth creamy body, has some sility maltiness, and low bitterness levels. Nice beginning though the flavor tends to lean and thin out deeper into the drink. Don't know if i could tackle two in one sitting. Great visual but dives downhill from there.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-30-2012 23:36:02 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of falconxman


2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

07-19-2012 17:32:01 | More by falconxman
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-06-2012 03:52:50 | More by pin
Photo of fionn13


3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

06-04-2012 15:45:56 | More by fionn13
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of fairly long-lasting, creamy head. Excellent lacing.

S: Not a whole lot of smell, mostly malt, as you would expect.

T: Tasted of malt, light hops, a little grain, and little else. Very thin, watery, and featureless. Definitely one of the blander-tasting beers I've had recently.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A completely forgettable, mass-produced beer. Not very drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-28-2012 12:04:54 | More by avalon07
Photo of petluo


2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

04-27-2012 13:34:34 | More by petluo
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4.5/5  rDev +43.8%

03-08-2012 03:44:05 | More by KenRapoza
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

01-27-2012 01:42:30 | More by Rlombardi75
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

01-18-2012 15:09:15 | More by Campodog
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 440ml can with a BB of May 2012. Contains a nitrogen widget that activates upon opening.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass (the ultimate sacrilege). A clear amber-brown colour with low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with excellent retention; it reduces somewhat but remains as a thick, stable layer. Aroma of sweetish caramel malt and little else - one dimensional.

Tastes of mild, sweet malt with a dry finish. Faint bitterness. Hints of caramel and a slight yeasty note. Mouthfeel is great, thick and smooth. Rolls around the mouth. Dries the palate a little, leaving a weak malty aftertaste.

A bland, mass-produced bitter. The mouthfeel is lovely, but it lacks aroma, flavour - and character. Could almost pass for lightly sweetened water. Why drink this when there are so many great beers out there?

Serving type: nitro-can

11-25-2011 00:18:02 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of soju6


3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served an amber color with a fairly creamy head and some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of malt and a bit of sweetness.

T: Mild malty flavor with a touch of bitterness in the background. Has a clean finish.

F: Light body, smooth and creamy. Quite refreshing.

O: Easy Drinker, good session beer. very common in most pubs I have been to in England. Nothing fancy just a good everyday beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 13:16:54 | More by soju6
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.17/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chestnut-brown colour, and thanks to the widget inside the can settles to form a perfect looking white head that has excellent retention and looks very creamy.Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Strong-smelling and very much like a bitter on the nose with a roasted malt & caramel aroma. It is quite earthy almost and there is a whiff of dark chocolate in the beer too.

Very very watery & there is a mild bitter taste in the middle that lingers long after the beer has been swallowed. Through in a light taste of some earthy malts but other than that there is pretty much nothing else.

Light bodied & incredibly watery, perhaps the most watered down feeling beer I have ever drank. It is however smooth.

It's definitely not a beer I plan to drink again and think this will be a one-off. It tasted like dirty dishwater & is not one I can recommend.

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Serving type: nitro-can

06-11-2011 00:11:24 | More by flyingpig
Photo of JohnnyP3


3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 440ml nitro can into a tulip pint glass. Best before date on the can of 30.09.11. Pours a clear copper color with about 1.5 fingers of head that gradually forms as the nitro action kicks in.

Smell is grassy and bread-like malt aromas.

Taste is fairly straightforward--malty with a hint of fruitiness. And some faint caramel notes. While those flavors are there, they are all a bit diluted. Nevertheless, all comes together fine.

Mouthfeel is, as the name implies, extra smooth. Carbonation is mild and there is very little crispness. Smooth and mellow are the operative words here.

Overall, a pleasant, fairly simple beer. Does not get the heart pumping or the taste buds dancing, but if you are looking for something easy going, low in alcohol, and simple, you could do much worse.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-10-2011 19:25:36 | More by JohnnyP3
Photo of kojevergas


2.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes in Glasgow, Scotland, at the Eurohostel. There seems to be a bit of confusion and misinformation about this beer and its relation to John Smith's Extra Cold, which can be remedied by reading http://www.johnsmiths.co.uk/brands/extra-smooth.html . The beer I've reviewed here is John Smith's Extra Cold, which is not "just a name for the Yanks". It's a different but related beer.

A: A brief upward bubble show. Dark amber colour with a thick white head (insert obligatory penis joke here). Appealing.

Sm: Light: caramel, maybe coffee. Hard to detect individual flavours with me broken nose.

T: Clean open to body of slight roast and a bit of coffee. Bland. Cleans up in the finish but doesn't add flavour.

Mf: Far too slick and smooth. Slides down your throat without giving a chance to taste - of course, there's not much taste to speak of besides.

Dr: Cheap in Glasgow, but still shite compared to other offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 00:03:01 | More by kojevergas
Photo of jhtipton


2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, it has a widget. Certainly not as good as Boddingtons. Color is a nice orange to amber and it pours an interesting head. It laces and sticks to the pint glass, but the taste is rather bland. Some malts, but not much else. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Drinkability is below average. At least I only got one pint of it.

Serving type: can

10-21-2010 17:04:36 | More by jhtipton
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I spent the better part of the week in London last week and wanted to try as many of the local beers as I could. John Smith's is somewhat of a staple and, in many bars is listed as "extra cold", perhaps for the yanks.

This was one of the more refreshing beers among the british usuals, perhaps the nitro had something to do with it. LIght in color with a good nitro head. Very smooth in taste, perhaps too smooth and less aroma than I'd like. I would recommend it but not whole-heartedly.

However, when in London....

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-16-2010 18:55:23 | More by david18
Photo of ThaCreep


2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Copper color. Creamy and smooth with a body that will in the same direction. A taste of rye bread in the mouth surrounded by a creamy rich lather and a rather discrete hops. A quasi-imaginary carbonation as extra smooth but not really exciting. The finish is bitter but without being excessive for a beer style bitters.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 17:25:25 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of champ103


3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger, creamy white head forms with good retention. Nice lace as well. Looks like a nitro beer should.
S: Toasted malt, grain, and cereal. A light sweetness. Though an odd sulfur/mineral aroma.
T: Toasted malt with some caramel sweetness. Gain and cereal.
M/D: A light to medium body. Not as watery and thin as other nitro beers are. Not hard to drink. Though not enough going on to keep my interest.

A decent nitro beer. Much better than most the other similar nitro beers. Not something I would recommend over anything else, but you could do worse.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 13:33:17 | More by champ103
Photo of FreshHawk


3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light amber color with a decent sized creamy, white head. Decent retention with little lacing.

S - Light grain and malt smell. Not that strong.

T - Lightly toasted grain and malt. Some bready flavors and caramel. Also a bit of bitterness with earthy hops. Pretty mild tasting.

M - Medium body that is very creamy and smooth. Good carbonation.

D - Easy to drink and goes down smooth. Mild inoffensive flavor that is meant for drinkability.

Notes: Decent beer for something smooth and easy to drink, especially at places with limited selection (in the UK at least).

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-01-2010 12:42:43 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of benclimbs


2.1/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

look - pours pale brown smooth with a thick white head and a bit of lacing a very nice looking brew a lot like guiness and some of the other on tap bitters/stouts

smell is just really dull, almost nothing there except for some stale day old folgers coffee notes

taste is some malts with some bitterish dry hops mied with an overwhelmingly metallic taste -then some smokey, plasticy old tea finish.

mouthfeel is just ok, holds heavier than one would think from the taste

overall, not a very drinkable beer, pretty offensive, not highly, but decently so.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 00:17:25 | More by benclimbs
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint on keg at the local social club--served in a John Smith's Extra Smooth pint glass.

A: reddish brown beer sits underneath a 1-finger white-ish head.

S: earthy, sweet

T&M: same mild taste as the nitro-can version, but while the canned version concentrates on making it 'extra smooth,' the keg version is fizzy but not quite as creamy--thus the decent taste comes through in a slightly more pronounced way.

D: moderate 4.0 ABV makes it definitely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 23:29:58 | More by fullsweep
Photo of Fizzlybear

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L - Pours a dark brown, with a think white head. Very creamy.

S - Smells of dark chocolate and spiced malts.

T - The first taste that hits you is a dark chocolate that turns into a roasted cream coffee.

M&D - Very creamy drink that is easy to have quite a few of.

Overall a sturdy drink that is very cheap, and is a good day to day beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-31-2009 10:08:48 | More by Fizzlybear
Photo of vishneda


3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a nitro-can shipped in from the UK thanks to a friend.

To love: Lots of flavor coming out the can; robust. Has some bite to it, but you also get some of the grain and some light fruity notes in there.

To like: Decent mouthfeel, not exactly creamy but right on the mark for this style of brew. Very smooth -- goes quickly, which is ok for this ABV!

To improve: The aroma was pretty average. The beer is already gone :(

Serving type: nitro-can

08-24-2009 00:34:04 | More by vishneda
John Smith's Extra Smooth from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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