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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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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 19.05%
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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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

08-21-2012 08:04:20 | More by ryko
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

08-17-2012 16:41:57 | More by leagr
Photo of zeff80


3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Kornoms


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

08-05-2012 17:57:51 | More by Kornoms
Photo of woodychandler


4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
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 -11.3%
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
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3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +6.5%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

07-15-2012 15:07:40 | More by pappetros
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New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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
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3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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
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District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +28%
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
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-13-2012 04:13:02 | More by abcramer
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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

05-28-2012 15:12:04 | More by Trent
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3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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
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North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

04-19-2012 00:16:20 | More by KenRapoza
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

04-17-2012 11:24:28 | More by adamcthomp
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-11-2012 23:18:14 | More by OldTime
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-25-2012 01:23:18 | More by BrazilianAussie
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2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

01-17-2012 15:52:32 | More by irishkyle21
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

01-08-2012 02:33:22 | More by ScrimshawFan
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-24-2011 22:23:53 | More by maxk
Photo of spdyfire83


3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

72nd Review
Nitro can to hatch

Enjoyed while visiting London.

A: Medium copper. Unsure on head as consumed straight from can.

S: Sweet caramel with dominant biscuity malt character. No real hop aroma coming off the nose.

T: Hint of malt and sweetness, but not too much going on here. Smooth and easy drinking.

M: Light bodied and soft carbonation.

O: An easy-to-drink beer that is not overly complex which (for me) is a nice change of pace. Nothing too memorable about this, but just a hint above average.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-23-2011 11:01:13 | More by spdyfire83
John Smith's Extra Smooth from John Smith's Limited
77 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.