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Tetley's Smoothflow - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SteveP on 10-31-2004

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.74/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 440ml can with a BB of June 2012. The guff on the side tells me to 'listen to the surge'....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. An orange-amber colour with minimal carbonation. Yields a thick head of creamy off-white foam with excellent stability; it forms a decent surface layer that refuses to budge. Aroma of mild caramel malt with a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Not much going on.

Tastes of weak caramel malt with a dry finish. A hint of fruity ale yeast and faint stewed hops, along with cardboard and a slight staleness. Slightly sweet, with virtually no bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, but has an artificial quality that detracts from it. Slight aftertaste of fruity malt.

Not very good - doesn't live up to it's description as an English bitter. The mild aroma and flavour are bland and characterless. Looks the part and the mouthfeel is OK, but overall this is just dull. Another macro ale with a nitrogen gimick. Give it a miss.

Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml tall boy nitro can at a downtown Edmonton Indian restaurant, pre-delivery of naan, vindaloo, ya know, the goods.

With a tremendous crack of the can, this beer pours a clear, medium auburn colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, foamy, and, well, mostly just plain-ass creamy ecru head, which leaves a solid splatter of obfuscating snowbank lace around the glass as it lazily recedes, all in the expected sense of cascading nitro pours everywhere - booyah!

It smells of lightly doughy bready pale and caramel malt, a touch of over-steeped black tea, mild orchard fruit notes, and rather soft floral noble hops. The taste is softly biscuity, grainy, and bready pale malt, with some generic, and understated drupe fruitiness, and more understated earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is quite low, and specifically innocuous, the body generally lightweight, certainly creamy, and very, very smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the languishing pale malt sort of hard to sympathize with, what with there being little in the way of challengers to the throne here, other than a bit of pithy chalkiness.

A nice, pleasant enough, and refreshing mild bitter - like those low-fat snacks that still taste good (huh?) - you just want to, and will, consume more of it. My only prior experience with this offering was an unexpected foray into the lunchtime wait line at a fish 'n chips shop in a working class area of my city. While me and me mates (one of them was an ex-pat, so, well, there) stood around, we were unexpectedly offered a pint to while the time away - and this was one of the very limited options. It kept us blissfully happy, is all I can say.

Photo of mintjellie
3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can into a Marston's pint glass. I love watching it settle. Generous off-white head with great retention over a copper body. Colour reminds me an old penny. Sporadic lace.

Hints of fruit and caramel. Doesn't seem to be a whole lot to pick up here.

Caramel, crackers, and fruit. Very mild bitterness in the finish. Simple, but also really clean.

Light body with a creamy head, almost flat carbonation. Very smooth and creamy without any heaviness. This and it's pleasant but simple flavour profile make it really easy to drink. A clean tasting brew at such low ABV is extremely sessionable.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.29/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a one inch off white head that lasts all the way down. Fair amount of lacings. Smell is grains and malt. Taste is malty with a fair amount of bitter hops. Mouthfeel is quite good. Creamy with minimal carbonation. Fair imitation of a pub pull. Drinkability is awesome. At 3.6%abv this is the original session pub ale.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a tight finger of head on a fairly clear copper colored body. Looks great with the bubbles coming up right after the pour.
The aroma is a caramel barnyard smell.
The taste is okay. Smooth with mild bitterness and a touch of caramel.
The texture is soft with low carbonation.
Between the low ABV, smooth taste and low carbonation this beer is too easy to drink.

Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 440 ml. can marked 15/09/12-05:33-B1316N2. Sampled on February 23, 2012. It is a nitro can so the head explodes into the pint glass and nearly engulfs the whole glass. Once it settles down it has the appearance of medium amber with fine clarity. The aroma is full of sugar-sweetened malts but little in the way of hops. The body is light like a 3.6% ABV beer should be. This has a decent bitter flavor with an accompanying smooth sweetness.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical nitro pour and head.
Nose shows honey and caramel, that’s about it. Very faint.
Similarly plain flavours, caramel and toffee, very little bitterness.
Watery body, needs much more carbonation.
Incredibly easy to drink, but pretty boring stuff!

Photo of Spikester
3.86/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours amber with a one inch off white head that lasts all the way down. Fair amount of lacings. Smell is grains and malt. Taste is malty with a fair amount of bitter hops. Mouthfeel is quite good. Creamy with minimal carbonation. Fair imitation of a pub pull. Drinkability is awesome. At 3.6%abv this is the original session pub ale.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tetley’s Smoothflow has a roiling, off-white head that builds to a medium, cream-like consistency, a deep amber appearance, with streaming bubbles and fine particles suspended throughout, and intricate, spider web lacing left behind. The aroma is rich and full: sweetness, toasted bread crust, brewers’ yeast, nut, caramel, toffee, and subtle candied fruit. Taste is of sweetness, nut shell, grain husk, tea dregs, subdued hop bitterness, white bread, and a shade of yeast. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat slick, and Tetley’s Smoothflow finishes semi-dry, sweet, mellow, and ultra-drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent English ale!

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has an ever so slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy and dense off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and a thick coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Very slight aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a bit stronger and also has some notes of tea leaves and slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little smooth and thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite sessionable; I would have no problem drinking this beer all night long. The smell and taste could be a little stronger, but the mouthfeel from the nitro-can helps to keep things a little interesting.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.96/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Two half-pints in Blackfriers Theatre (Boston, Lincolnshire) before and at half-time during 'Sleeping Beauty' by The Vienna Festival Ballet on 31 Mar 2013.

Dark amber body with a full creamy head that stayed the distance on both halves. It looked pretty good to be honest.

Too cold to have an aroma at first, as it warmed a malty molasses and mixed dark fruits smell began to appear.

The taste took its time to arrive because of the coldness, but it turns out the beer is slightly malty and semi-sweet throughout. Fairly smooth in texture as the name suggests, although I think smoothbland rather than smoothflow would suit it more.

Photo of EarlNuce
3.93/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with a brilliant creamy white head that consists of little or no bubbles.

S: Sweet and malty, hints of citrus.

T: Strong malty taste, still with a hint of some citrus in there too.

M: Wonderfully creamy. Pure pleasure in the mouth.

D: Awesome drinkability. Could easily be a session beer. Goes down very smoothly.

I've had this from the can too and can definitely say it tastes fuller, thicker and smoother from the tap.
A wonderful beer.

Photo of plaid75
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at The Atlantic Chip Shop, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very god retention and good lacing.

The smell was mostly absent with a touch of caramel.

The taste was equally benign with a doughy malt and cleansing hop.

The mouthfeel was full on nitro.

Overall a decent nitro ale.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber brown with a thick, frothy, tan head with good retention and a bit of lacing left over.

S - Roasted malts are dominating. Fairly sweet smelling, with caramel and toffee, but there is a hint of hops that cuts that a bit.

T - Similar to the nose, very malty with some caramel and toffee like taste. Has a good amount of a grainy taste. Slightly bitter bite at the end.

M - Light that may near medium body (probably more so due to the creaminess) and adequate (but not great) carbonation. Smooth and extremely creamy.

D - Very smooth and creamy without being heavy helps the drinkability. The flavor isn't great but not really offensive. Good if you want to sit around with some people and just have something to drink.

Notes: What really is distinguishable about this is the mouthfeel. Pretty light but extremely creamy, interesting beer that's worth a try, seems to fall in the category of a good transitional beer.

Photo of joecast
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

settles to a clear amber colored beer with a stable off-white 1cm thick head. standard nitro-can stuff, but it looks good.
light malty sweet aroma. some floral hops as well, but both are fairly subdued.
a good bit of bitterness quickly cuts any lingering sweetness from the malt. finishes quite cleanly, leaving very little behind.
would have to say the mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, but not extremely so.
overall, not a bad bitter. highly drinkable and no real low points.

Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a creamy amber colour with a large off white milky/frothy head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is a ton of thick lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stuck around for several minutes before it dissipated. It really looked spectacular when I poured it out of the can.

Smell - pale malts, metallic, a grassiness, breads/grains, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a very low amount of carbonation on the tongue, but the beer feels exceptionally creamy. It has a nice mild malt/caramel flavour mixed light hops and breads/grains. There is also a slight metalicness and it might come across as moderately watery. The beer finishes with a mild hop/malt aftertaste.

Drink - The beer really has a fantastic look and is a nice easy drinker. I could easily session this beer all night long. Worth seeking out.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

440 mL can picked up at The Beer Store; best before Oct. 4 2014.

Pours a clear copper-amber colour, topped with the usual nifty cascading, creamy white head typical of nitro beers. It's about one finger thick at first, with good retention as it takes quite a while to thin out. A beautiful-looking beer, really - too bad I can't say anything nearly as positive about the aroma. Leafy notes come through, with some sponge toffee sweetness and not much else besides mineral water. I guess aromas don't get much cleaner than this, but for the most part it's just empty.

While I'm at it, the flavour is similarly weak and uninspired - although I'll append to that statement, that it tastes at the very least, agreeable. Sponge toffee and red apples make up the bulk of the flavour, with some honey sweetness and a vaguely leafy, bittersweet finish that has a touch of metallicity. Light-bodied, with a flat, watery mouthfeel - while I do appreciate the silky smooth feel on the palate, when combined with the weak flavour it just gives me the impression of a lazy, forgettable English ale.

Final Grade: 3.23, a C+. Tetley's Smoothflow isn't the worst nitro beer I've ever had, but it's definitely not the best, either. This is a mediocre English bitter/pale ale, with no real strong points to counter the typical weak points of this style of beer (weak aroma, mild flavour and flat mouthfeel). At $2.50 a can (and only available in four packs), this isn't something I anticipate I'll be returning to at any point in the near future - it reminds me a little of Boddington's, in that both are proof-positive that imported ales can be every bit as dull and lifeless as North American pale lagers.

Photo of Macca
3.19/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What a great looking beer. The solid white head rests over a dark amber body. Some solid lacing is left on the half pint glass as the beer quickly disappears. Very creamy texture. Some floral hop notes on the nose. A chalky dryness on the palate. I really enjoyed the half but I wonder whether I could do to many.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation after the creamy cascade from the nitro-can pour. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that has great retention properties (with minimal amounts of reduction in the head over the drinking of the beer) and leaves an almost finger thick layer covering the entire surface with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall this beer has a mild aroma with light notes of caramel and slight sweet malts along with minimal amounts of hops.

T: Like the smell of this beer, the taste is also quite mild but still enjoyable. There are light flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness upfront followed by a light amount of non-lingering bitterness (which is very mild and not aggressive).

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation (nitro-nation?). Smooth and creamy.

O: Extremely easy to drink and very sessionable - you could literally drink this beer all day long with the low ABV and light body. A very mild flavor and aroma to this beer but still quite enjoyable.

Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You've probably heard the one about the guy who walks into a bar. No? He says, "Ouch!" Bro. Woody went to Ardmore last Saturday to see what he could see and walked into a bottle shop. He said, "Yay! Look at all of these new CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)!" It is called The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore Plaza and for those that do not live in PA, you have no idea what a rare bird it is to find a quality bottle shop, especially one that provided me with no less than five (5) new CANned beers on my first visit. This is one of those beers.

From the CAN: "Light English Ale"; "A uniquely smooth taste: For best results; Serve cold from the fridge, pull the tab, listen to the surge & pour down the side of the glass in one smooth movement."

The Crack immediately caused The Surge, a massive off-gassing of what I assume to be N2. It is always good to read directions and I followed theirs to the letter. I employed a gentle Glug, running the beer down the side of the tilted glass, where it began a beautiful cascade upon arrival at the bottom. I was left with a dense, thick finger of tawny head head with excellent retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant biscuit malt quality. Mouthfeel was full and creamy thanks to the N2 presence. It was light in its flavor, a biscuit/cracker-like semi-sweetness, but still quite pleasant. Finish was likewise semi-sweet with the maltiness lingering well after the swallow. The low ABV makes it a sessionable CANdidate by even Ding's standards, but I am afraid that as a hophead, I would need more bitterness to sustain me.

Photo of GreenCard
2.26/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: light brown, good clarity, one finger of off-white creamy foam, great head retention

Aroma: crackers, biscuity sweetness, hint of butterscotch, herbally hops

Flavor: dry malt backbone, fair amount of tanginess, a bit "extracty" in the hop flavor and bitterness, finishes dryish with a tangy aftertaste and some caramel

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, creamy texture, low carbonation

Other comments: What can I say? It's a nitro-can. I hope no CAMRA members spot the fact that I drank a nitro-can and revoke my membership!

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving type: 440 ml can. Printed on the bottom is “14/09/12 23:09,” which I assume was the canning date and time. There is no widget, thankfully.

Appearance: Poured into an imperial pint glass. The can opened with an angry gurgle and the beer poured like a light-colored nitro stout. The color is similar to sun tea. One finger cap of very dense and creamy head refused to dissipate. More power to it!

Smell: Like an English pale ale, though the aroma is on the lighter side. Grassy and earthy hops, pale malts, honey, sweet caramel, and lemon.

Taste: Smooth (of course) and creamy, but unspectacular. It mostly mirrors the smell, but the flavors are fairly diluted. It does, however, have a nice, earthy hop bite.

Drinkability: It is canned British ale. Tasty and decent, but nothing special. Enough said.

Photo of soju6
2.71/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Smootflow Widget can.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a thick creamy head th at fades very slowly with ample lacing.

S: Aroma is on the mild side with s ome caramel sweetness and bit of roasted malt.

T: Taste follows the aroma being a bit bland with some caramel sweetness and bit of roasted malt. Mild bitterness with a fairly clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and creamy. Decent balance but on the bland side.

O: Decent beer for the style and quite sessionable.

Photo of Biscuit033
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A; Clear, light cooper with one finger head and great retention.

S: Hoppy and metallic (like iron), with a definate fruitiness.

T: Malty with very faint hops and watery. There is a irony-water taste to this but it doesn't bring a ton of hop flavor with it if much.

M: Vey light but creamy. Feels too watery though.

D: Not a terrible beer and one that Icould drink plenty. But there are a lot of other beers that could replace this one on the next round.

Photo of bryehn
3.39/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another old favourite I reviewed when I started my blog, but never scored at BA. Let's see what I think a year later. BB July 28, 2011.

This is a great-looking beer and I've never had a nitro misfire or a dud. Pours a deep, clear, gem-like amber colour. After settling, it has the creamiest, thickest white head I've seen come out of a nitro can. Settles as a sturdy film and collar without leaving any real lace.

The smell is very mild, but builds character as it warms. Toasted malts are accented by a caramel-like sweetness and a slight metallic note.

Surprisingly rich in taste, it delivers bready, toasted malts and a very crisp and dry finish. I also get a mild orange pekoe tea note.

The mouthfeel is unsurprisingly watery, but remains creamy feeling throughout the glass. There is a slight yeasty note on the back of the tongue.

Tetley's is undoubtedly my favourite "mild" and probably my favourite low ABV beer overall. Its great for lunch meals or any other time you may want a decent malty taste without catching too much of a buzz.

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Tetley's Smoothflow from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
75 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.