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

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John Smith's Extra SmoothJohn Smith's Extra Smooth

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 19.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
John Smith's Limited
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 10-03-2005)
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5/5  rDev +50.2%

mquinn919, Sep 03, 2012
5/5  rDev +50.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

cdl, Oct 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Trent, May 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

KenRapoza, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%

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.

Rhettroactive, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

bunta, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of rjimlad
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%

A clear bronze colour with a thick creamy head that lasted to the last drop. Aroma was not strong but slightly bready and malty. Taste was the same with good malt offset by a clean bitterness. The very low, fine carbonation was typical and gave this a smooth mouthfeel which contributed to a good drinkability score. I'm sure the Brits have many better and more complex bitters available but this one was pleasant without being outstanding. If it were cheaper in Oz, I'd give it a constant workout.

rjimlad, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of SargeC
4.13/5  rDev +24%

Appearance: Beautiful copper-brown colored brew with a dense, creamy white head. I love to watch this brew as it pours and settles in the glass. It is like magic.

Smell: Slight aroma of roasted malt. Hint of sugar. Very subdued.

Taste: Rich malt flavor. Hint of hops and a floral sweetness throughout. Very solid and satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. The creamy head consistency enhances the experience.

Drinkablity: A tasty ale that is extremely portable in the can. It produces a consistently good pour unlike some pubs. Great session brew.

SargeC, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

schoolboy, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Globetrotter
4.03/5  rDev +21%

Purchased at the U.S. Embassy Moscow commissary, the tall 1/2 liter can is blue with silver lettering that looks suspiciously like the BA entry for a beer of the same name brewed by Courage in Scotland. This one definitely comes from Tadcaster, however. No "draught" on this label. No ingredients, either. Best before 2/28/06, I opened it on 10/3/05.

Pours a clear dark copper under a very creamy 1/2 finger eggshell white head that lasts forever and generates some nice sheets of lace. The nose is mild, but appropriate for the style, with a note of hops along with smooth malt. The mouth is lightly carbonated and light in weight, although the bit of head that comes with every sip adds a cottony softness to the liquid. The taste is mild and smooth, with a bit of metallic astringency to go with the dark bread malt. Reminds me of my days in Oxford - no complaints.

Globetrotter, Oct 03, 2005
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4.03/5  rDev +21%

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.

woodychandler, Aug 05, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +21%

Well well well,

I have to review John Smiths, this is my favourite beer i know some may consider that as a sin but being brought up drinking it you get attatched to it, anyway, back to reality, here is my review.

A - Lovely bronze type colour with a fluffy milk white head, a stunning pint to look at.

S - Very average for me get a mild smell of hopps but nothing to write home about.

T - Lovely to sum it up, tastes a bit watery when first drank from the glass but then yyou soon get a uick burst of bitterness which you are sure to enjoy, a traditional English bitter to people that are familiar to the English Bitters.

M - The clue is in the name, very smooth on your tounge as someone has previously reviewed like Guinness very nice.

JohnSmiths1, May 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

burnzgtm, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

PhoenixShredds, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Jayschool, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Bob6518, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Arriskuwonder, Apr 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

RVigz, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of 12SteveS
3.96/5  rDev +18.9%

Major clarification: Some people, rightly, or wrongly, (I suspect rightly), do not class such beers like this modern smooth bitter as a real ale. Well, I suppose it isn't really. A modern phenomenon, a smooth and none to serious take on a brewery's original bitter to satisfy drinkers who prefer to partake of a few light, easy drinking sociable type beverages as opposed to many pints of heavier, weightier ales. But, there IS a special place in the experienced drinkers cannon for such an ale. Just as we're heading into the summer (it is early June as I write) there is precious little better on a warm sunny afternoon than quaffing a few ice cold pints of John Smiths. This is the right and proper place in the beer hierarchy, as is right and proper: the beer garden.

I am served an ice cold pint of John Smiths by a young "waitress" who knows nothing about beer. This is not a real pub by any stretch of the imagination. The pint is dutifully plonked down and as I fidget with change the beautiful cascades begin. Millions of tiny bubbles move in delicate waves down/up the glass leaving in its wake a deliciously dark ale seen through a frosted glass, perfectly indicating the temperature of this beer. I arrive at my seat, as parched as possible. Then I thrust my face deep into the half inch, creamy white head, taking with me a very generous gulp, the beer immediately placating the thirst. A real quencher. That is really what this beer is about. Glass goes down, there is ample evidence of my drinking patterns left in foamy traces rung around the glass. This cold, most of the beers flavors are stifled, but as I know from experience, there is never too much in the way of complex flavors or aroma. Three quarters of the way down and this 3.8% beer begins to surface, albeit slowly. This is an excellent summer beer garden session beer. You are not very likely to have any trouble with your coordination or balance. And at these prices (£2.40 in pub, £4 for 4 cans in shop) you are not likely to have any problems with you bank balance either.

Overall, a deliciously refreshing beer that certainly never overwhelms the palate, with just subtle hints of hops and a heavenly bitter after taste for company. Not a beer for a good night of darting.

12SteveS, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Vincent_bros
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%

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.


Vincent_bros, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of AltBock
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%

Tall slender 500ml Nitro can with "John Smith's" in yellow letters and a red and white horseshoe/magnet looking object below that. This object has the established year of 1758 in the middle. Then below this object in big bold white letters is the words "Extra Smooth" and "serve cold." The back of the can has the ingredients and the word beer in about 1,000 different languages. At the very bottom of the can is a best before date of 30 04 09. A coworker picked this up in England and decided to give me a can to try. I'm glad he did.

Appearance: I decided to pur this British Ale into a Brooklyn Brewery Imperial pint glass. Out of this can comes a beer that was a dark yellowish amber color. The color of this beer was nice, but it doesn't compare to the head of foam. This beer had one of the creamiest heads of foam I've seen on a beer. That was thanks to the Nitro widget inside the can. When it was poured, the glass filled up with nothing but foam. But then the foam slowly started receding and filling up with beer. It was like watching a beer show! I almost forgot to mention that the head of foam was a light tan color at first, but then turned into a solid white color. If that wasn't enough for my eyes, the head of foam was long lasting and left behind a ton of milk like streaks of white lace around the glass. It was truly an exceptional appearance.

Smell: The aroma was light, but it wasn't lacking in anything. It was light aroma with toasted malts, sometimes burnt malts, a hint of sweet English toffee, toasted peppery hops, and a subtle touch of juicy fruits in the background. I noticed that sometimes the scent of grass tried to break though, but that was only on rare occasions. It was just a nice little malty aroma.

Taste: This English Ale had a very creamy yet slightly dry taste of toasted caramel malts, a hint of English toffee, a few dried bitter hops, and then the taste finishes up with a lightly sour taste. Not a bad sour taste where it tasted like the beer had gone bad, but more of a light sour taste that complemented this beer very well. It was a creamy sour taste, if there is such a saying out there. Great light session British Ale taste!

Mouthfeel: This was a light bodied beer with a creamy lightly bitter aftertaste. This aftertaste contained a hint of toasted caramel malts and some dried bitter floral hops. I should mention that it tasted like there were a tad bit more hops in the aftertaste than there was in the initial taste. It was still more creamy than hoppy.

Drinkability: It's a shame I can't get this great English session Ale here in the states. Actually, it's probably best I can't get it here because I would probably drink this beer on a daily basis. If you're ever in England looking for a creamy lightly bitter nitro canned beer, then you should pick this one up. Just make sure you pour it into a glass because you don't want to miss the show.

AltBock, Sep 07, 2008
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3.85/5  rDev +15.6%

Absolutely beautiful appearance once it settled down. It was poured from a widget can, meaning it was meant to be drunk straight from the can, so it initially poured all foam, but it eventually settled into an amber colour with a centimeter or so of off-white head that remained, and it was perfectly flat and uniform, like it wanted to be seamless.
The smell is of malted barley. Not much sweetness or hops on the nose. It smells delicious, though, nonetheless.
The taste is decent. It's not too bitter, which was a relief.
Smooth is right! It was VERY creamy. That was not something I'm used to. Creaminess was clearly the primary intent here. There was absolutely nothing offensive about it either.
One big problem, not much flavour and a VERY watery body. Not even any alcohol make the wateriness more enjoyable because the alcohol content is so low. So, it was like creamy, mildly beery water. If that's what you want, go for it. Otherwise, don't expect anything more exciting than that from this beer.

ElCommodoro, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%

Clear, dark copper colour with a creamy, very long lasting light tan head.

Sweet, malty aroma with mild fruity esters and a light nuttiness. A hint of raisin and caramel add depth.

A straight forward malty ale. Good, light toffee notes, fruit, mild bitterness and some minerally notes.

Medium to medium-light body with low carbonation.

A nice, mild, easy drinking ale with decent flavour. A good beer.

dgilks, Mar 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

ShawneeIrish, Apr 06, 2013
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John Smith's Extra Smooth from John Smith's Limited
77 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.