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Tetley's Smoothflow - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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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!


08-10-2013 14:06:39 | More by RonaldTheriot
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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
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

11-19-2012 21:37:11 | More by nico_freespirit
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

12-31-2013 22:26:55 | More by mquinn919
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

04-16-2014 22:41:04 | More by Garrett092112
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +24.2%

02-28-2014 00:35:53 | More by bunta
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3.98/5  rDev +23.6%

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.

10-20-2012 04:48:15 | More by woodychandler
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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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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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3.9/5  rDev +21.1%

A: Dark golden amber... with a healthy off white head that lasts...

S: Sweet malts with slight citrus hop hints

T: Rich toasted malts are strong and everpresent... the citrus hops in the nose are also present here in the crisp finish

M: Rich, thick and creamy... this is super smooth (hence the name)

D: A bit thick for more than two or three before feeling the need to switch to something less rich and shakelike

enjoyed it at a Saracens rugby match on vacation

02-20-2008 19:02:11 | More by callmemickey
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3.85/5  rDev +19.6%

Another of my frequent beers, Tetley's Smoothflow comes in a nitrocan that suggests I should 'listen to the surge' and pour. I always choose to pour this beer myself because it looks really beautiful as the head settles.

A: A gorgeous milky brown when first poured, settles to a beautiful copper-brown as the head settles. The head remains all the way down to the end of the glass. One of the prettiest non-trappist beers around.
S: Hints of sourdough and some caramel, herbs and hay.
T: Caramel with some sourness (in a good way), some yeasty flavours, with a mildly acidic and bitter aftertaste.

M: It felt flat initially but after a few minutes it warmed up to a thick, slightly cloying feeling at the roof of the mouth. The only let-down in this otherwise fine beer.

D: Very drinkable due to its low ABV, and nice flavours.

Overall a very decent beer that is just tasty, and certainly one of the best looking beers in its category.

05-25-2010 12:52:44 | More by bala747
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +18%

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.

11-18-2010 00:10:53 | More by spinrsx
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

01-10-2014 21:18:21 | More by -MK-
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

03-19-2014 01:47:46 | More by Heavenisbeer
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

05-24-2014 00:31:41 | More by Stinger80OH
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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

3.7/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

10-02-2012 21:30:34 | More by dbrauneis
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3.68/5  rDev +14.3%

Served out of a wonderfully widgeted big English can.

Pinkish copper body, with a slightly pink-tinged dense creamy head. Good lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.

Good toasted, roasted malt aromas on the nose, with a light hint of fragrant citrus, which increases the flavour.

Creamy, rich coating palate. Roasted notes dominate the flavour, finishing dry and astringest, and ultimately refreshing.

A very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

03-23-2006 00:07:25 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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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3.53/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

12-01-2007 00:30:11 | More by Biscuit033
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-27-2014 22:22:14 | More by dertyd
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-22-2014 00:45:45 | More by bryyy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-30-2012 00:34:34 | More by ThinkAgain
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-10-2012 02:01:08 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-15-2013 17:22:42 | More by TheBeeraholic
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Tetley's Smoothflow from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
75 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.