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Tetley's Smoothflow - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
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 +32%

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

09-22-2010 03:13:16 | More by prosper
More User Reviews:
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.73/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

06-28-2012 21:37:09 | More by jazzyjeff13
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

11-28-2013 05:28:27 | More by acurtis
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

03-27-2010 23:52:59 | More by biboergosum
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

06-30-2009 06:57:03 | More by mintjellie
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dertyd

California

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-27-2014 22:22:14 | More by dertyd
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

11-05-2011 12:53:50 | More by WoodBrew
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awesomo

Iowa

3.56/5  rDev +10.6%

08-28-2014 04:45:58 | More by awesomo
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

06-22-2013 01:14:20 | More by Fatehunter
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bryyy

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-22-2014 00:45:45 | More by bryyy
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -37.9%

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

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

05-23-2012 00:29:00 | More by wilfonzo
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redearedslider

Illinois

3/5  rDev -6.8%

03-24-2013 01:37:40 | More by redearedslider
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

02-24-2012 23:13:17 | More by puboflyons
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.13/5  rDev -2.8%

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!

01-09-2012 09:46:23 | More by CrazyDavros
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Spikester

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +21.1%

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.

09-06-2010 05:50:48 | More by Spikester
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-30-2012 00:34:34 | More by ThinkAgain
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.44/5  rDev +37.9%

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

08-10-2013 14:06:39 | More by RonaldTheriot
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metter98

New York

3.3/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

10-27-2012 13:22:55 | More by metter98
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.94/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

04-02-2013 16:30:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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EarlNuce

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +22.7%

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.

11-25-2009 17:33:41 | More by EarlNuce
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plaid75

New York

3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

04-16-2010 20:24:33 | More by plaid75
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-20-2010 11:25:05 | More by FreshHawk
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

05-28-2013 03:52:21 | More by pin
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joecast

Australia

3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

03-31-2005 10:58:17 | More by joecast
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Tetley's Smoothflow from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
75 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.