1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tetley's English Ale - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

Not Rated.
Tetley's English AleTetley's English Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

473 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 473
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 12-20-2000)
View: Beers (17) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 473 | Reviews: 344 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by elNopalero:
Photo of elNopalero
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This appears a ruddy brown with a lot of foam. One of those widget cans. Is there any aroma? I’m not picking up on it. Doesn’t bode well for the flavor either—tastes very thin, watery, like its mocking better British beers. There’s a somewhat unwelcome tartness that I didn’t expect nor desire. Not a lot else going on here, and not any reason to try it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JMD71
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper, caramel color with nice thick creamy head when poured out of can. 1 finger head lasts throughout the pint with good lacing all along. Very little carbonation visible. Looks delicious...

Smell: Slightly malty aroma with just a hint of background hop bitterness. Traces of caramel.

Taste: Very mild flavor with little of the hop character found in American pale ales. I know English pale ales are not as hoppy, but this almost tasted bland. Malty flavor dominates along with hint of caramel from malts. Slightly roasted, toasty flavor persists throughout. Finished clean & crisp.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth which is heightened by the creamy head. Little carbonation detected as it common for this style.

Drinkability: This is a smooth ale that goes down easily. Not very flavorful, but can see it being a good session beer for its low ABV.

Comments: I think this is a good occasional English pale ale, but would not choose it when given a range of choices. The flavor is a bit on the bland side & I personally prefer more carbonated ales. Again, good for when looking for something mild, but don't anticipate a flavor burst when ordering.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$5 for a pint at my local pub, and you get to keep the logo glass.

I suppose this would be a "nitro tap" serving type, since the pint I got definitely had nitro in it. Looks like you would expect - the recognizeable Guinness-style creamy head, and a pale body.

Smoky pub - smelled nothing. I get the impression that this beer would not have too strong of a scent in a different situation, either, though.

The taste is extremely mild. I may even describe it as bland. But I imagine mild is what the brewers were aiming for, so I guess they succeeded. I really pick up no hop profile at all.

The mouthfeel is like Guinness draught. Creamy and full-bodied.

I think possibly the only reason I enjoyed this beer was because I just got off work and I was tired and thirsty and a beer - any beer - really hit the spot. Its basically like a lighter colored Guinness. If that is your thing, by all means give Tetley's a try. Its not my thing, and I wont be having this beer again. To me - average, straight down the line.

Photo of Todd
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 14.9 fl. oz. draught "Smoothflow" can. No freshness date, lot # on the bottom of the can. The famous "huntsman" logo adorns the can, first appearing on their product in the 1920's.

Appearance: When poured, an amazing cascading effect occurs due to the nitro widget inside. Settles out to a clear amber colour with a creamy, sticky, 1/2 inch white head. It's so thick and fine that it looks like whipped eggs whites.

Smell: Very unique aroma. Distinct Yorkshire yeast, very mild banana sweetness and raw hop aromas. Fruity nose, overall.

Taste: Smooth, silky and creamy upfront. Light bodied. Thin malt sweetness, wrapped in toasted malt, grain notes and hop leaf flavours. Smooth, watery, complex fruity sweetness in the back (some banana notes?). A nudge of hop bitterness follows with a balanced twang. Finishes rather clean with light residual toasted malt flavours, and some grain dryness.

Notes: A nice brew. Real drinkable, complex, enjoyable and it goes down very quickly. You can't have just one. That's why I am about to have 3.

This is Tetley's export only product. They also produce an export only nitro keg version.

Photo of twi1609372
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strong flavor english ale. It pours with a thick head, and the nitro can makes the entire beer look white for a few minites, it's quite interesting. It has a strong almost coffee like taste. Reminds me in a way of newcastle brown ale. This is a pretty good english pub ale, i perfer ti to boodingtons.

Photo of generallee
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one opened with a big rush of air and bubbles. It poured very foamy with loads of tiny little bubbles that slowly formed a thick, white and creamy head. Very cool looking! The body was a nice golden honey color with good clarity after it settled down. The aroma is light. Carmel malts and peach. The favor is buttery smooth and malty sweet up front. This fades to an odd watery and metallic middle that finishes with some herbal tea like hops. The palate is velvety smooth and medium bodied. Overall this is a grate looking beer not much flavor. Tetley's is interesting however and I would like to try it on tap.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big time head on this one, looks like a pancake floating on top of the brew. Touch of buttery diacetyl with a subdued fruitiness and some floral hop in the aroma.

Very smooth and holds the nitro together for a very well texture feeling for a canned nitro beer. Sturdy moderate body, hops and malt battle it out between a steely crystal malt flavour and a big floral, slightly bitter and leafy finishing hop profile. Faint buttery diacetyl adds a slickness, nice long and slowly drying finish.

Bit more malt flavour than I expected, hops are quite impressive also. This ale is really starting to grow on me, odd because I am not too fond of the canned nitro type.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz can,with no freshness dating. Pours w/ a widget supplying a great creamy,bubbly show in the glass. What results is a very smooth,soft,creamy light British style ale. Light chestnut in color. White, well developed head, some sticky lacing. Not much nose. malty, medium bodied. long malty finish, lightly hopped. Very pleasant and clean session brew.

Photo of fdrich29
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14.9 FL. OZ nitro can, purchased at Gordon's Wine on Main Street in Waltham.

"This can contains a WIDGET" Thank you Tetley for that warning up front.

Probably the most perfect head I've yet to see upon any brew I've yet tried. White, thick and perfectly symetrical. It's something worth seeing.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. Not much on the nose. A nice malty flavor that goes down very easily. Some buttery, lip smacking aftertaste. A nice sessionable brew, but not one I'd likely buy again. Well worth a try if you see it, but not my cup of tea...pardon the pun.

Photo of mattster
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opened Nitro-Can and side poured into a pint glass. Nice 1/4"-1/2" head, holds about a 1/8" head. Some light lacing on the glass, but not permanant. Nice light golden brown color with light bubbles.

Nothing remarkable about smell. I have had this beer a few times now, and almost always wish it was a tad hoppier otherwise, Tetley's has a good taste, a little bit malty at times, but none the less pleasant. Good clean ending. Somehwat creamy. I could sit here all evening and drink these without feeling over loaded, but I'm sure that due to the fact that it is lower in alcohol.

Photo of hohnx012
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Also got to sample this one on tap at Brit's pub in Minneapolis. The imperial British pint glass just adds to the aura of this delightful English ale. This was a good looking ale, deep amber in color with just a hint of a fluffy head, riding regally on top. Smell reminded me of pub crawling around England. A definite malt presence with fruity notes. Taste was of a tradition-tied English ale; not overpowering, but good and refreshing. Malty throughout with just a note of hops thrown in for good measure. Overall, this was just a good beer. If you want a real English ale, definitely give this one a shot.

Photo of wjimson
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is clearly 4.4% ABV, not 5%.

Served in a pint glass to showcase its tan and clear character. The nitrogen gas provided a firm and lasting head which added a sense of smoothness. The beer tastes clean and neutral. It is very slightly sour, probably made with a portion of sour mash. Very little bitterness to speak of. There is almost a sense of watery-ness to this beer, but it is this faint malty and sour taste that balances the beer well. The beer is fairly dry and without much body.

A great beer to revisit.

Photo of ADR
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Typical nitro pour, after settling, a flat creamy 1/2 inch head stays on top of a chill-hazed amber beer. Thick sheets of lace on the glass. Some hops to the aroma, slightly tart and sulfurous. Mouthfeel is on the thin side with well-spaced fine carbonation. Musky caramel malt backdrop, a little bit of cocoanut. Not a bad leafy hop balance to start, nothing distinctive however. Slides into a somewhat watery finish while hanging on to some residual sweetness. This one has more flavor than Boddington's Pub Ale, at least.

Photo of rastaman
1.9/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Really bad, especially for a cask bitter. I'd been avoiding this for a while, but finally decided to give it a go the other night. Citrus, caramel and grain, rank bitterness, thin, can't say too much more about it. Thank god i had it on cask, i don't think i could have sat through a 500ml can of this.

Photo of JohnW
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yet another "pretend" English real ale that gives British real ale a bad name !

Very thin, little taste and bland no character that you could call memorable.

Avoid at all costs unless the bar only serves pretend Lagers in an English bar !!!

Photo of degerbah
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The can almost exploded when I opened it up, never had a widget beer that did that before. Pours slightly orange with about three fingers of eggshell colored head. The aroma initially comes off as somewhat skunky, but gets better as I grow used to the smell. The taste is slightly bitter, but not due to any appreciable hop taste. Very creamy, Although the nitro can produces plenty of perfect head, the flat character of the beer takes some getting used to. I feel that the slightly skunky flavor makes this beer harder to drink. I could see myself being in the mood and craving this beer.

Photo of VDODSON
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a medium yellow with a little haze to it from the nitro can, which builds up a white head that's creamy, though not the beautiful creaminess and strength provided some by the nitro. Lace is moderate in its body and filmy and, above all, consistent.
It doesn't smell too light to me. It's very biscuit in the malt backbone with sweetness like fruits, including banana, and caramel. It's also slightly earthy, with a little mineral element to it, and with just enough diacetyl to fit guidelines, it seems.
The flavor is a little toastier and leafier with the same earthy backbone and a sweetness that offers the same notes but in less force. It goes a little grainy, and slowly develops a little astringency in the back. The leafy hops seem to end up going somewhat vegetal and offer a slight sourness by the end.
The nitro offers lots of creaminess and a nice flow in the light body with its gentle crispness. What I notice in this beer, though, is that it falls off at the end of every sip and thins out. Still, it doesn't fall too far, and keeps up a pretty good smoothness.

Photo of eweneek83
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - The cascading effect is almost as enticing as that of Guinness, and leaves a creamy finger and a half of solid cream coloured head. Colour is a clear, deep amber.

Smell - A smooth, soft aroma that is entirely pleasant. Buttery shortbread, biscuity malt, no detectable bitterness. A stronger aroma would be better.

Taste - Not a whole lot of flavour, but what there is, is smooth and rather nice. Bitterness is moderate and lingers nicely, but this is a malt driven beer foremost, with biscuit, teacake and light spice flavours.

Mouthfeel - Very little carbonation, and what there is, is very fine. Silky smooth too, but a little flat for my liking.

Drinkability - Very sessionable, I could drink this all night long. To be honest I would usually drink something a little stronger flavoured.

A good, solid cream ale. Very easy to drink, inexpensive to buy and not too hard to find. Don't expect explosions of flavour though.

Photo of zjungleist
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells a bit like wet tobacco, but not horribly. Pours nice, pretty stadard nitro can look. Color is a dark orange/brown. Head is creamy and lasting, but thats were every bit of carbonation went. Mouth feel is flat and syrupy, get really thin at the end, kinda like old keg beer. Taste is pretty bitter, and a little sour. Slighly sweet and malty, but mostly just bitter. Doens't go down very easy. Finnish before it gets warm. Wouldn't be bad with a dry pot roast I guess, but I doubt I'll ever go here again. Looks much better than it really is.

Photo of soper2000
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite surprised to find this at a local hole in the wall type bar. Appearance was typical of other nitro injected "pub ales". Cascading aggressively to form a creamy head. Hue was a pleasant copper. Smell is one of the weaker aspects of this beer. Everything was really muted but there a little bit of malt does linger. Taste had nice notes of pine and hay followed by a sweet caramel finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both obviously high. I actually enjoyed this quite a bit more than I do Boddington's. Unquestionably this was a great find in a pretty beer deprived city.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tetley's english ale is an odd beer- a floating widget!?!

Anyway, I think I know how to pour a beer but when I poured this Ale, man, 99% head 1% beer. It took a minute to become a very nice looking beer. caramel brown with a creamy smooth white head that coats the glass your lip your nose just about anything it touches.
The taste wasn't very impressive. No carbonation, very watery, & flat. Light caramel and tea flavored malt.

Hey, Tetley's what's up?! Where's the taste?! Very disappointed but at least I have a floating widget!?

Photo of cokes
2.4/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There is some sort of guilty pleasure induced by the nitro pour--even from a can---sort of like watching your neighbor undressing (depending of course, on how good looking your neighbor is).
After all the milkyerotic cascading, the beer settles to a relatively suburban golden amber with a craggy beige head and nary a bubble rising through it.

Well, I hope you enjoyed it, 'cause the proverbial wad is shot here.
Scented of candied apples, wrought iron, and scalded butter.
Begins with a vapid, caramel-traced english muffin, then turns past lemondrops and apple cores, as a fruity stickiness mixes with a floury dryness, candle wax, and stale soft cheese. The result is something like Elmer's Paste. And this sticks through the finish, overriding an otherwise appropriate and decent herbal hop note.
The standard issue nitro-pour body - with it's veneer of creaminess masking an otherwise thin structure- is not the problem here. Rather, it is what the texture contains.

Thoroughly unimpressive.

Photo of Sammy
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#12 at Fort York Beer Fest 2004. Nothing special here. Creamy head on dark tea-like body. Rather still and watery-thin mouthfeel. Faint citrus. Not much carbonation, but i am not tempted to try the nitro-can. Smooth, no aftertaste to speak of, boring.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Tetley's English Ale from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.