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Tetley's Smoothflow - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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csurowiec

Maryland

3/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-11-2013 01:09:15 | More by Savarese85
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.44/5  rDev +38.3%
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 -37.7%

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

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9%

06-15-2013 17:22:42 | More by TheBeeraholic
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soju6

Missouri

2.73/5  rDev -15%
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

05-31-2013 04:40:01 | More by soju6
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Tom_Gilman

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-29-2013 02:39:18 | More by Tom_Gilman
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.5%

05-24-2013 14:08:53 | More by KStark
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Herky21

Iowa

3/5  rDev -6.5%

04-30-2013 14:20:58 | More by Herky21
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-25-2013 00:35:57 | More by StonedTrippin
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cfinch2

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

04-17-2013 19:48:19 | More by cfinch2
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 16:30:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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DrewSnyc667

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

03-31-2013 22:47:37 | More by DrewSnyc667
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.5/5  rDev +9%

03-30-2013 03:28:56 | More by sliverX
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redearedslider

Illinois

3/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.14/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Serving type: nitro-can

02-26-2013 20:33:02 | More by wordemupg
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DmanGTR

New York

3.5/5  rDev +9%

02-05-2013 19:02:53 | More by DmanGTR
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving type: 440 ml can. Printed on the bottom is “14/09/12 23:09,” which I assume was the canning date and time. There is no widget, thankfully.

Appearance: Poured into an imperial pint glass. The can opened with an angry gurgle and the beer poured like a light-colored nitro stout. The color is similar to sun tea. One finger cap of very dense and creamy head refused to dissipate. More power to it!

Smell: Like an English pale ale, though the aroma is on the lighter side. Grassy and earthy hops, pale malts, honey, sweet caramel, and lemon.

Taste: Smooth (of course) and creamy, but unspectacular. It mostly mirrors the smell, but the flavors are fairly diluted. It does, however, have a nice, earthy hop bite.

Drinkability: It is canned British ale. Tasty and decent, but nothing special. Enough said.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-01-2013 21:08:39 | More by TheQuietMan22
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BILF

Israel

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

01-14-2013 19:41:28 | More by BILF
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mynie

Indiana

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-03-2013 22:47:47 | More by mynie
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Beerman1977

Austria

2/5  rDev -37.7%

12-28-2012 23:21:58 | More by Beerman1977
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HKUSPC40

Washington

3/5  rDev -6.5%

11-30-2012 04:46:43 | More by HKUSPC40
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nico_freespirit


4/5  rDev +24.6%

11-19-2012 21:37:11 | More by nico_freespirit
Tetley's Smoothflow from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
75 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.