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Tetley's Smoothflow - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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75
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.5%
Wants: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: SteveP on 10-31-2004)
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Photo of thehyperduck
3.21/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Knobpolisher
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mquinn919
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of samparkique4
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Savarese85
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.44/5  rDev +38.8%
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 TheMrFarnham
2/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  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 TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of soju6
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of Tom_Gilman
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of KStark
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Herky21
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of cfinch2
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.94/5  rDev -8.1%
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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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of wordemupg
3.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

440ml can poured into pint glass 26/2/13

A beautiful cascading head that ends up two fingers deep and stayed there for a while and leaves lots of lace deep down the glass, pretty much just one continuous ring of lace 5 inches wide. I know they cheated to make it look this good but hey what can I say it looks great

S caramels a little bread and cream with just a little fruit, pretty basic smells faint

T more of the same really, more biscuit and bread with heaps of caramel, again there's not really a whole lot going on

M medium bodied but it feels completely flat, the caramels linger on the finish

O pretty uneventful but drinkable, basic beer that I'd get board of way before I caught a buzz

looks great but I'm sure its all nitrogen, pretty tame without a whole lot of flavor and the feels a little lame, basic beer I wouldn't go looking for

Tetley's Smoothflow from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
75 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.