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Tetley's Smoothflow - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 2
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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2.15/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Being a smooth operator, I figured this beer would be right up my alley. Golly, was I ever wrong!

It tastes like nitrogen and water. There is no expiry date, but I'm not familiar with any beer or beer-like ingredients that completely vanish after a beer expires. As it warms up, the tiniest bit of hop bitterness is present near the end, along with the big old woosh of nitrogen.

This is one of the least flavorful beers I've ever had, right up there with Coors light. This review is therefore sparse, as I just don't have all much to say. It's not awful, certainly, as being awful would require some flavor of some sort. It's just hardly even there.

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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 SteveP
2.33/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drunk from a nitro-keg at The Hope Pole - Somewhere in the hop fields of Kent. Walnut and vanilla flavour. Mild hop bitterness.

Drunk again from a nitro-keg at a Sports Bar in Portsmouth during the match with Man Utd. Portsmouth winning 2 - 0!

This is really a gently drinkable beer of very little character. The nitro softens everything to a gentle almost tasteless foam. All in all it's a laid back beer with a pleasant enough vanilla caramel flavour. Not a quality drink, but nothing revolting about it.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

440 mL nitro-can (no widget) poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, chestnut-brown ale below a thick, creamy head

S: Metallic, malts, nothing too overpowering

T: Not horrible, but nothing standing out. For a bitter, this is certainly on the mild side of things, palate-wise. It's a very mellow, mass-produced type of English bitter.

M: Very smooth, similar to a John Smith's Extra Smooth or a Marston's.

D: Goes down easy, there's just not much there selling me on this beer.

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2.66/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

3.60% ABV confirmed. Can acquired in Ibiza, Spain and served into a Guinness pint glass. Reviewed from notes taken April 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream lacing with a nice bubble show, though not as good as the one seen when I reviewed this beer on draught. Head is of decent thickness and retention. Colour is a gold-copper.

Sm: Very light scent of cream and barley.

T: Creamy open. Cream and butterscotch body with lingering effects as the barley drives the finish. Balanced well for what it is but relatively simple. The finish is quite lovely, actually. Built somewhat atypically, but nicely. No alcohol or yeast comes through. I actually prefer this to the draught version.

Mf: Creamy, extremely smooth, and wet. It ought to be more dry to coax out the flavours, but that's the least of its problems.

Dr: It's marketed in Ibiza as an Irish beer, but this only serves to piss off those of us who live in Ireland. Serve cold; elsewise it suffers. It's expensive by Spanish standards, but it's alright. Very low ABV for the price and quality.

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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.

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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.

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.82/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

440ml nitro-can - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-tan body with a tall, dense, creamy, off-white head.

Smell: This one smells like cold tea with a barley backing and lightly sweetened with table sugar.

Taste: Incredibly mild hint of gently toasted barley grain. Scantly nutty. Low sweetness. Herbal, earthy hops with very light, understated bitterness. Dry, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Low carbonation, though a smooth body.

Overall: Tetley's Smoothflow tastes alot like chilled Tetley tea.

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2.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

something of an oddity here, from the nitro can. pours at first like a disgusting milkshake, but makes a comeback into a bronze liquid littered with tiny yeast bits and a dense as anything nitro head just off white and unwavering. the nose is bitter and dry English malts, with some finishing hops and some metallic notes. the flavor is about the same, real bitter on the back end, and a really minerally finish, not particularly pleasant, but not downright brutal either. the longer I sit without taking another sip, the less and less I like the aftertaste, just not quite right. the feel is weird too, with the head being thick like taffy, and the body of the beer itself being much thinner, and way under carbonated after all the nitro juice is gone. this really was a let down, as I thought itd be like a boddingtons cream or something, but this is way inferior to those. in the end, I can get through a can okay, but this just isn't as good as it could be. the 3.6% abv is curious as well, not sure if its a pro or a con here, but that's inconsequential at this point. so-so at best.

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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.

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2.99/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: i love nitrous cans; pours great thick white head with dark slightly murky brown body leaves a solid white sheet of lace covering the glass

s: pretty sharp sweet malt overtone with toffee; slightest hint of hoppy bitterness; not a particularly strong scent

t: a strong menthol-like flavor with hints of malty sweetness

m: creamy and thick with very little carbonation; very english

d: the menthol flavor is quite weird but on a hot day it could be a pretty quenching ale; i suppose you could say it is the newport of beers

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Tetley's Smoothflow from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
75 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.