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John Smith's Extra Smooth - John Smith's Limited

John Smith's Extra SmoothJohn Smith's Extra Smooth

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.88%

Brewed by:
John Smith's Limited
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 10-03-2005)
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Photo of jlindros


2.4/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An interesting looking beer, widget tall-boy can from the good ol England.

it fills all head and quickly settles into the upsidedown waterfall, foamy lacing left behind a bit, eventually settles to a slightly clear mostly hazy tan iced tea colored beer.

Nose brings nitro at first, again as usual nitro overpowers the aroma of thebeer itself, still don't see why it's so popular, creamy nitro, and more creamy nitro, faint hint of grassy like hop I think, and very faint grainy malt.

Taste again is all nitro, what's the point of even having beer in there?! I do get a hint of bitterness and mild grassy like hop, little sweet grainy malt, herbal hop with herbal tea flavor, but that's about it other than the tons of nitro creaminess. Finish is a bit bitter with more herbal tea hops, and more creamy nitro.

Mouth is all foam and flat beer, the nitro is barely mixed with the beer, and instead is just a creamy somewhat flat mess of a beer.

Overall a big letdown, not the nice U.K. bitter I was hoping for. Seems like a light beer to begin wtih, then just gets so destroyed by the nitro. It's sad that this is even a thing!

Serving type: nitro-can

01-26-2014 23:07:52 | More by jlindros
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

30th Nov 13 sees me at a 'Leaving Party' in a local social club: I volunteered to do the food. So there I was dressed as Elvis cooking Pizza's in a hot kitchen for 100 other guests and my only avenue of coolness was to drink pint after pint of this nitro-keg brew.

Too be fair it did the trick, I stayed sober and it quenched my thirst.

Pours a good looking: deep old gold/reddy amber body with a full foaming crown.

Not a lot of smell, it comes too cold for any aromas to live. Once it begins to warm a little you can smell a mild maltiness.

The taste is a smooth semi-sweet malt like flavour with a mini hop bitterness underneath.

It's OK and I can see why it's so popular with some.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-04-2013 05:00:40 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with an eighth of a finger high creamy off white head that has very good retention
S: Light aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with faint bits of toffee.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts along with notes of fruity yeast and hints of caramel and toffee. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The nitrogen helps to improve the mouthfeel of this beer, but it doesn't seem as smooth compared to other beers available in nitro-cans. It is very easy to drink.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-20-2013 11:47:14 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear reddish amber in color with no visible carbonation and some apricot highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall creamy of-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of lightly toasted pale malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly toasted pale malts and biscuit with a hint of honey/caramel sweetness. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly smooth and creamy.

O: Not quite as smooth as some of the other nitro-can beers that I have experienced. Easy to drink and with such a low ABV, definitely sessionable.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-20-2013 11:43:39 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Vincent_bros

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the epitome of an enlgish session ale. Light, refreshing, smooth, buttery it is down right entirely quaffable either hanging out in the pub or just around the house. ABV is low enough to keep from get thristy and has a lovely finish. When I think english beer, this is the style that pops into mind.

Golden in color, feathery in mouthfeel, it's like chewing on a pillow... in a good way.


Serving type: nitro-can

10-12-2013 00:40:24 | More by Vincent_bros
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall 500ml nitro-can with widget poured into my straight-edged pint glass. Purchased from Dan Murphy's Alexandria.

Pours a milky white, as expected from the nitro, settling out to a deep copper colour with an exceptionally fine head. Nitrogenation is extremely fine, and leaves an icy patterning on the inside of the glass. Lacing is as excellent as can be expected. I know I'm a sucker for a nitro pour, but I really think it looks excellent.

Nose is relatively smooth and bland, but with a noticeable taint of eucalyptus to me. Some mild cardboard comes through as well, and a flatness that I often find in nitro beers. It's not overly exciting, to be honest.

Taste is relatively smooth and light as well for the most part, steady and flat with some mild English grain characters. On the back though are two separate and noticeable flavours: more of that eucalyptus note, which gives a buzzing, slightly numbing finish to the brew, and an unforgettable metallic twang on the finish that leaves a tingle on the aftertaste. It's not bad: in fact, it's akin to a true bitterness coming through, but given how smooth and creamy this was otherwise it was a bit of a surprise.

Mouthfeel is good, of course, from the can, but feels a little bit light even so.

Overall, it's a perfectly drinkable English ale, while not being a particularly exciting one. I do love the effect the nitro gives it, and if that just makes me a sucker for a gimmick, then I guess I'm a sucker.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-05-2013 05:49:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Broman


3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Everyone loves the cascade, albeit short lived but still an interesting and exciting sight. Pours a moderate half inch thick foam head that lasts the beer with ample lacing. Dark brown color once everything settles.

Smell- Little to none. Some mild sweet aromas.

Taste- Easy drinking taste. Some sweet undertones, more along the lines of a brown sugar cube mixed into a cup of water. Followed up quickly with a bland tinge of no aftertaste. Not overly exciting but enjoyable enough.

Mouthfeel- Best part of the beer. Fills the mouth. More of a comforting feeling then anything. Medium body on the palette.

Overall- Goes down easy. Comforting feel and taste. Somewhat heavy but it just adds some character.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-16-2013 05:08:34 | More by Broman
Photo of Zorro


3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark amber colored beer with a dense snowy white colored head. Very dark I could see calling this brown.

Smell is English malt and hops. Slight butter aroma with scents of leather and tobacco and London cab. Toasted grain and light caramel with a mild herbal hop flavor.

Starts out mild and malty with toasted grains with light caramel flavor. Slight fig flavor just a very light English ale. Mildly sweet with an earthy hop after taste.

Mouthfeel is decent.

Overall a mild low alcohol English ale.

I could see starting a Great Britain beer tasting with this ale, it certainly would not alter your taste perception of what ever bitter or pale ale that comes next.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-30-2013 20:44:17 | More by Zorro
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nitro can pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and a slight caramel aroma. Taste is much the same but is very mild and lacking. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is not very tasty in my opinion.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-02-2012 07:06:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of DoubleJ


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bring on the nitro-can! Something to wet my whistle for the evening. Coming out of a 440 ml can, on to the beer:

Cascade, cascade, stop. That's a lovely amber red color with a crimson tint, and that creamy head sitting on top sits an inch thick and holds its posture. The nose is muted. Something wants to crawl out, but something is holding it back. A little caramel and toasted malt crawls out , and some huskiness.

Subtle as expected, yet interesting enough to drink all the way through. Little flavors consist of fruity esters, toasty malts, a slap of honey, hard minerals, slight metallic accent. The body is light with a hefty creaminess, and it is very easy to drink.

Around my expectations, and that's not bad. A true session ale to be had in the US.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-20-2012 06:24:23 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of TMoney2591


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Every other nitro'ed English pale/bitter/cream ale/what-have-you I've had has been at least decent, so this guy's gonna haveta be tried, thinketh I. It pours a clear sunrise bronze topped by a finger or so of creamy off-white foam. The nose comprises barley, light greens, and a touch of biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch more biscuit, a drop of honey, and a twinge of spicy greens. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. Overall, a nice little English ale, something I wouldn't necessarily stock all the time, but something I would never mind partaking in.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-24-2012 19:30:16 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of beertunes


3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another oddball format, 14.9oz /440ml, why not 400, 450 or 500ml? Those wacky Euros and their metric system. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery amber color with 3/4 inch of thick, rich, creamy nitro head that had great retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malts, with some earthy grains and gentle hops in the background. The flavors were the same, a pretty typical group of flavors for the style.

The body was typically good for the style, full, rich and smooth. Drinkability was good, smooth and easy. Overall, a nice, but not notable, take on the style. Worth grabbing if you're in the mood for a nice (almost) pint of bitters.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-11-2012 19:02:49 | More by beertunes
Photo of schoolboy


4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice. This is a nice English ale. Smooth, easy drinking and well balanced. Like all those crazy English widget brews, this baby starts with the beautiful infinite head. This quickly subsides into a well mannered drink.

The color is darker than expected. The aroma is weak but nice. It keeps producing lace. Overall, it is as expected - a nice English ale. From England, go figure.

Serving type: can

09-21-2012 23:53:13 | More by schoolboy
Photo of tone77


3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thanks to woodychandler for keeping me up to date in the world of canned beers. Poured from a 14.9 oz. nitro can. Has a brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the malty side. Taste is malts, a touch of nuts, just a bit of hops, like it's advertised, very smooth. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a good session beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-27-2012 21:21:55 | More by tone77
Photo of zeff80


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a very cloudy, golden color with a pillowy, creamy head of foam. It left thick, sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and mild floral notes.

T - It tasted of caramel, toastiness and a grassy bitterness.

M - It was smooth and creamy. A light bodied bitter ale with a clean finish.

O - This is pretty good. I had never heard of it, but it's pretty tasty.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-08-2012 02:45:54 | More by zeff80
Photo of woodychandler


4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don’t open a CAN until after Midnight, but if you mean to further The CANQuest (TM), let it begin then and CANtinue throughout New CANned Beer Sunday! So the battle cry sounded and I am off, reprising The CANQuest (TM) in all of its glorious excesses.

A nitro-CAN from Pinocchio's on Friday gets us out of the gate and the Crack released a buncha gas while the Glug caused a cascading action that resulted in a finger of dense, light-tan head. Color was a deep copper/brownish hue with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was quite malty, very biscuit-like. Mouthfeel was full and creamy as the result of the widget and the taste was only moderately bitter. It had a pleasant biscuit maltiness up front, followed by a light bitterness before the swallow. Finish was semi-dry and quite pleasant. This would be an excellent CANdidate for a session beer, especially at the beach.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-05-2012 04:52:36 | More by woodychandler
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

14.9 fl oz nitro can poured into a tumbler pint glass. Not expecting too much, but who knows what I might get?

A: Pours a reddish copper color with great clarity and general vibrance. The head is a one finger offwhite head with amazing retention and texturing - typical of a nitro can beer. If nothing else, this beer looks damn good; it would get a 5 if it didn't look rather flat.

S: Also typical of a nitro can beer, the smell is incredibly weak. There's small amounts of caramel, grassiness, and a bit of a grain note, but really it's just hella weak.

T: Quite low on flavor in general. Minor amounts of grainy malt, tea leaf-esque bitterness, and the slightest 'ping' of fruity hops is about all that's here. The head presents a slightly unpleasant soap character, but it's not too distracting. I'd even call it watery. But there's one saving grace here - it's a superb chugger. And I'm not talking about quickly sipping, I mean out and out slamming it. This is just about the fastest I've ever finished close to a pint of beer before. Sure, it's primarily due to its milquetoast character, but still, it's rare I find myself drinking several cans in less than an hour.

M: Very low carbonation, which I find oddly refreshing for some reason. Extremely light bodied with a clean, mildly dry finish. A bit chalky on the aftertaste.

O: I should hate this - but I don't. Hell, I even kind of like it. It's loaded with flaws, but it's just about one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. A good 'please the masses' kind of beer.

But as a beer geek speaking, I'd love to see some more traditional English bitters in my area that have a lot stronger character than this. This definitely doesn't seem like a good representation of what the style can truly be.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-02-2012 20:37:00 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of brewskifan55


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served up at the Ale House, Bath England

A: Dark amber with a thick white one finger head that stays and stays. Took a while to settle.

S: Malts with just a hint of floral hoppiness.

T: Malts come frothing in. They weren't kidding when they said Extra Smooth. A slight taste of hops. Yum.

M: Light to medium with mediium carbonation.

O: Great with a Bath Pasty from the sandwich shop 'round the corner (braised beef, potatoes and onions). I see why this is so popular in stores.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 18:11:47 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of horshack7


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a mug is a dark amber almost mahogany with a cascading effect. The head is creamy in texture and marshmellow in color.

Aroma: Caramel malt sweetness, hops are there but only to give a light citrus note. Slight notes of molasses and a minor note of milk sugar.

Taste: Very creamy mouthfeel smoother than milk. Hops are roasted lightly but only lend a floralness. It's mostly malt with some caramel notes and bits of coaco.

Notes: It's sessionable and overall not too shaby of a brew. Cheers.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-30-2012 03:28:51 | More by horshack7
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the widget can stamped: 31-05-X-L147-10:03. Sampled on July 13, 2012. The pour is agitated by the widget explosion with a medium copper amber tone and a soft, silky, foamy head. The aroma is rather bland with little to talk about but bread and grains. The body is smooth and medium. It tastes better than I thought it might given the aroma with an upfront sweet malt character followed by a moderate bitterness. This probably would be a pretty good pub beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-14-2012 01:43:57 | More by puboflyons
Photo of tobelerone


3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I figured since I occasionally relish a nitro can I'd give this one a shot and its pretty much standard fare. A nearly clear copper beer with a big whipped cream head that settles down slowly; super creamy and clingy lace you'd expect on nitro.

Aroma is mostly a bready maltiness with light floral, almost fruity hop notes, some caramel sweetness, and a faintly metallic note underneath. Flavor follows closely, is pretty mild and watery, and has bready malt, caramel, very tame floral hops and restrained bitterness.

Body is just a shade below medium; carbonation is smooth and reserved. As I worked my way through the glass the watery nature of the beer became tiresome. Worth a try if you like nitro English bitters but doesn't stand out from its competitors in any particulalry favorable way; a small step below something like Tetley's.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-02-2012 03:03:52 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 14.9oz nitro-can to Hess imperial pint glass on 6/20/12
*From notes

A: Simply gorgeous. Clean, dark copper-golden. A cascading white and creamy one finger head tops the beer. Crazy lacing like I've never seen, as it literally coats the glass.

S: I'm digging this. Vanilla bean, white buttered corn and clean golden malt.

T: Like the nose, I get a lot of vanilla. I'm also getting some forest floor, and hints of clean malt. This is really delicious.

M: Thanks to the nitro-can, this is creamy as all get-out. I'd like a bit more density, and I'd certainly appreciate more carbonation, but this is none the less an elegant glass of beer.

O: How in the hell did I miss this one for so long? This is an exceptional English Bitter. I love the nitro-can presentation, and everything about this comes together to create one of the better session beers I've had. I will most certainly be returning to this. A word to my degenerate friends: you'll be seeing this at future house parties.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-24-2012 00:49:52 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of RodneyFarva


3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

50cl can - part poured into pint glass, other part drank from can, to get both widget/glass experience.

a: pours a deep copper, one finger clear white nitro head sits and stays for a good while

s: watery, light caramel and toffee, very malty, almost no hops

t: quite watery, a light malitness, some caramel and toffee. mouthfeel is quite creamy and dulled from the nitro. extremely drinkable.

o: not particularly complex, nothing amazing, but I find myself coming to this beer and Boddington's Pub Ale occasionally simply for its simplicity. more complexity than a standard lager.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-19-2012 18:30:56 | More by RodneyFarva
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I recently read that this the top selling bitter in the U.K. so I figured I would give it a try.Poured from the nitro can a clear deep copper color with that one finger creamy cascading head.A little toastiness and light metallic notes in the nose,it will not blow ya away but it's not designed to.toasted bready malts are the main component on the palate with a mild mineral note.I can see why this is a big seller it's low in alcohol and has some decent subtle flavors,good for what it is no doubt.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-10-2012 20:15:45 | More by oberon
Photo of shambeano


2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear ambery brown, with about an inch of creamy nitro head. looks pretty damn good.

S- Really malty, caramel and toffee comes through strongly, although there is no real hop flavour coming through, a little one dimensional.

T- A little bit malty, not as much toffee or caramel as on the nose, it takes some searching for. there is a little bit of bitteress towards the end, and something slightly medicinal, but apart from that very little hop.

M- lighter to mid bodied, very little carbonation but quite creamy. drying finish. not too bad.

O- its okay, but its pretty bland. i could have a couple if i was after something a little lower alcohol but i would get over it very quickly.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-14-2012 11:40:58 | More by shambeano
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John Smith's Extra Smooth from John Smith's Limited
78 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.