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Tetley's Smoothflow - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SteveP on 10-31-2004

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Format: a tall 440mL can with a decent label. A good package.

Appearance: a pure golden-copper in colour with carbonation clinging to the glass rather than rising to the top. A thin off-white head (even with a vigorous pour) lasts the distance throughout the session. Looks pretty good for an English mid.

Aroma: a pretty typical sweet English malt profile - toffee and butterscotch. Definitely stronger on the nose than I would have expected for 3.6% ABV.

Taste: whilst it even tastes smooth (however that works!), the flavour is far more demure here than on the nose. Still the toffee with some buttery flavour and some toasted malts. Not as good as the nose due to the feel, but still quite nice for such a low ABV beer.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away slowly without much in the way of bitterness. Still that lingering sweetness from the malts - not cloying, still quite pleasant but also light.

Mouth feel: medium in feel with a lower to moderate carbonation. Very, very English, and I still don't quite get it. Makes the beer feel a bit flat in flavour, though maybe that is due to differences in climate between England and Queensland Australia. It is very smooth though.

Overall: normally I am not that big a fan of English mid bitters due to the massive price in Australia (mainly due to our stupid excise laws and taxes on, well, everything). This is a good-tasting beer for a 3.6% - it is fairly light, but the flavours are there and are quite identifiable. A good price at AU$77 for a case of 24 x 440mL.

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3.36/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap, it was served way too cold...i left it sitting for 15mins and it warmed up a good bit which really helped the taste...for the abv 3.6% it has good taste and is extremely session-able..its similar to kilkenny in style...it actually has more taste than kilkenny.

Be warned dont drink it too cold it kills the taste badly

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ahhh, Tetley's Smoothflow, the beer named after its own can. Tetley's is one of those modest English chaps, more interested breaking the Enigma code at Bletchley Park than piloting a Spitfire off the coast of Dover and shooting Jerries down. Let's face it every bally one of them played their part in winning the Battle of Britain - just as the IPA is boisterous and boastful so too does this smooth English Bitter have its place in the Battle for my Taste-buds [end analogy here].

Poured from a 440ml nitro-can into a nonic pint.

A: Presents with a clear copper body and a tight 1.5cm creamy cream-coloured head, as with all the classic nitro-can ales (Guinness, Murphy's, Cafferey's, Kilkenny, Boddingtons, etc...) the presentation is perfect - it's hard to go wrong with a nitro-can.

S: Sweet caramel malts give way to some light fruity hops and metal from the can, it is mild-mannered and laid-back here, like those cyber-breaking Bletchley boys.

T: Again sweet caramel malts with light fruity hops and that metallic hint, if this brew was a bit more flavoursome it might have covered up the metal note, but it's not so deal with it taste-buds. Also noted is a dry finish, odd for an English Bitter to take on more of a dry-than-bitter aspect but my belief is that this beer is styled in the Irish-Cream-Ale vein.

M: Mid to light bodied, a little watery with an English pub tack flat carbonation.

D: This and Boddington's are both basically the same beer with different marketing/labels, does that mean it's crap? By all means no... it is however light, predictable and a tad boring... there are bigger and better beers vying for my attention, even in the "session ale" category, QED: Ruddles County.

Food match: Don't go overboard with flavours on this brew otherwise what's the point? I'm picturing potato and leek soup with crusty bread, or a minestrone, or cream of mushroom, or winter vegetable, or... you get the idea - soup.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-can poured into an English pub glass. A rather light golden straw color with perhaps a hint of red, once the entire glass of billowing beige nitro bubbles gradually broke ... Actually looks pretty cool as the bubbles recede and the beer coalesces at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is rather weak and mellow but I do get a tea-like floral and fruity scent along with scant doughy malts. Taste is similarly subdued, with some Juicy Fruit bubblegum, very light citrus iced tea, and dry bitter tea leaf hops putting in appearances. Ultra-thin body and silky smooth ... One of the creamiest beers I have yet to sample and admittedly I enjoyed this aspect. The carbonation is high but feels soft, with little in the way of astringent burning. Good ol' nitro bubbles. Finish does not really linger although there is a persistent metallic tang. I can appreciate this modern English bitter for what it is ... A low ABV brew drinkable in massive quantities. Look elsewhere for robust flavors.

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A: typical picturesque nitro - perfect 1/2" tight, dense-creamy foam.... cascade effect on pour... crystal-clear, amber liquid.... big sheets of lace

S: super-fruity - a lightly-spicy apple... some moderately potent syrupy malt.... surprising amount of aroma, considering the serving

T: standard, somewhat bland nitro-can bitter flavor... nothing distinctive.... clean, mellow pale malts drenched in apple-skin esters with a little tail of earthy hop flavor and bitterness.... bit of a minerally taste through.... everything just washes down with only a mild aftertaste of bitter fruit skin

M: very light and smooth, like soft water... little to no sensation of carbonation on the palate

O: don't expect much from something like this though, once again, it's funny how something like Boddington's manages to stand out in the crowd

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Tetley's Smoothflow from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
75 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.