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Tetley's Smoothflow - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

Tetley's SmoothflowTetley's Smoothflow

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 15.43%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SteveP on 10-31-2004)
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Reviews by prosper:
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prosper

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber. Typical nitro characteristics and cascade.

Smells great - some english yeast esters, and a trace of floral english hops.

Taste is marvellous. There's a small hint of something roasty in there, and some light bready notes, perfectly balanced with bitterness for a crisp, neutral finish. Maybe just the faintest trace of something carmelly-sweet, too.

Mouthfeel is surprising for such a small beer - even with the nitro. I approve

Drinkability is excellent. This one is absolutely intended as a session beer, and it truly excels at it.

Overall - it's pretty similar to Boddington's

Serving type: nitro-can

09-22-2010 03:13:16 | More by prosper
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Garrett092112

Illinois

4/5  rDev +23.5%

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Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

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Georgia

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

02-28-2014 00:35:53 | More by bunta
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-14-2014 03:30:52 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Serving type: nitro-can

01-13-2014 06:41:47 | More by Bouleboubier
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

01-10-2014 21:18:21 | More by -MK-
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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

01-06-2014 11:29:29 | More by Bob6518
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smithj4

New York

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

01-05-2014 04:03:10 | More by smithj4
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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: 3.21, 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.

Serving type: nitro-can

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Knobpolisher

California

3/5  rDev -7.4%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +23.5%

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samparkique4

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

12-16-2013 19:02:56 | More by samparkique4
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

11-28-2013 05:28:27 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +8%

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csurowiec

Maryland

3/5  rDev -7.4%

10-02-2013 01:02:25 | More by csurowiec
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Savarese85

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.44/5  rDev +37%
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

Serving type: nitro-can

08-10-2013 14:06:39 | More by RonaldTheriot
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -38.3%

07-16-2013 17:04:54 | More by TheMrFarnham
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

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Ontario (Canada)

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soju6

Missouri

2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: can

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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

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Tetley's Smoothflow from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
75 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.