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Tetley's English Ale - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

Tetley's English AleTetley's English Ale

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450 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.57%

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)
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Photo of Dapuma


4.31/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This ale is strangly addictive, and a great session beer

I would call it a cross between a Scotch Ale and a Cream Ale, with a thinner body and a Guiness like head on the beer

The top is frothy / creamy / smooth like a Guinesss, and the body is reminicent of a thinner version of a Smithwicks, and it goes down very smoothly

It is slightly sweet with malt and carmel and inoffensive - almost no aftertaste other than a slight bitterness to cut the sweetness which disappates almost immediatly

It tastes just about the same on draft as it does out of the can, great session ale and I would recommend giving it a try, it can be had in singles or 4 packs at Total Wine so it is easy to ge a hold of

Very happy I recently ran into this

Serving type: nitro-can

10-23-2013 17:37:04 | More by Dapuma
Photo of thecheapies


3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely copper hue that it shows off. Thick crown of flat, dense nitro-foam. Love the looks of these beers.

Semi-staled grains, husky fruitiness maybe, and a subtle hop note--probably East Kent. Has a solid character to it, despite the lack of magnitude.

Tea-like hop finishes with mild bitterness as true cereal grains come through with a quaint English twist. Faint dry apple note. Even a little dextrinous.

Milky feel with a nice and light carb feel. Accents the mouthfeel nicely, but the body could've carried a bit more weight. I'm being picky, because I typically love these nitro-pales.

All in all, Tetley's is good stuff. Recommended.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-15-2013 02:54:22 | More by thecheapies
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Had a 250ml half pint on tap at the nearby pub. Served into a 250 ml Kronenbourg 1664 half pint glass.

Appearance - Beer first arrived it was a hazy light brown body with a thick creamy white cap (1/2 finger thick). A few minutes later the beer was clear and copper in color, with the exact same thick creamy head on it. Impressive head and kind of neat that you can actually watch the beer change from hazy to transparent.

Smell - Little bit floral, and mild malts were also perceptible. Not a big nose, but given the low ABV, the fact that much of anything was perceptible was a nice surprise.

Taste - A like beer with some tea leaves that have been left in the beer to help flavor it for some time. A little bit of biscuity mild malts and finishes a bit bitter, but obviously not to the extent of a Bitter or even many other English Ales. Again, rather flavorful an unique in character all things considered.

Mouthfeel - Extremely rich and filling in the mouth, yet light enough going down that it could almost be palate cleansing. Very crisp and refreshing. probably the best part of this beer.

Overall - Quite a good beer, and one that you wouldn't worry too much if you threw a couple back, with remarkable complexity in the feel of it light yet perceptible, complex but not bewildering.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 17:23:42 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of Jsteez


3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled beer mug from a can.

A-Poured a deep golden light brown hue; quite a cloudy look to the beer. An off-white, 2-finger whipped cream head that never disappeared. Left a pool of cream at the bottom of the glass, with some sticky lace on the sides. I could have eaten this with a spoon.

S-Light, slightly nutty and malty, with a hint of sweetness. There was a trace amount of caramel, too. Nice smells for a light beer.

T-Because this is a light beer, all the tastes were so light, yet so flavorful. Nutty, some bread, caramel malt, and a bit of some type of fruit, I couldn't quite pick what fruit it was. There was also an ever so slight taste of sweet ice tea and some English muffins. The backend was a little bitter and dry from the hops. Great balance of light flavors and just a touch of dry.

M-Thin, yet creamy mouth-feel. It was quite light on the carbonation and it had a thin and watery feel. It was so light and refreshing, and crisp. Could easily drink a couple.

Overall-Why can't American big name brewers make light beer this good? It is an ultra light ale, with a lot of subtle flavors that keep you craving for more. For a big name international brand beer, it is pretty good. Perfect for the hot summer months!


Serving type: nitro-can

07-15-2013 15:21:50 | More by Jsteez
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a Fuller's Pint glass. Fairly clear reddish gold color with several floaties and 2 fingers of dense creamy white head. The nose is nice and malty with aromas of nuts, toffee, and bread.

Light to medium body and a feel that is somewhat creamy due to the nitro. Not bitter at all. There are soft flavors of toffee and caramel that are joined at mid-palate by some tea and lemon spiciness. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall, a nice mild fairly well-balanced ale. I'd prefer more maltiness and body. Probably won't buy this again as I'm sure there are others out there worth trying that are easy to obtain.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-20-2013 21:15:45 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 9/2/13.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy light tan head that settles to a dense cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and a some grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and grain flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat but creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that looks great in the glass but is quite mild aroma and flavor wise.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-08-2013 04:42:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of GRPunk


3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro-can poured into a nonic pint.

A- Always cool, cascading pour from a nitro can. It ends up a clean, golden-copper body with a pillowy tan head of 1-1/2 fingers. Nice, thick rings left on the glass. Great sustain on the head.

S- A little buttery. Combined with carjacker-like hops it becomes something of a buttermilk biscuit with warm butter. Hopping is floral. Light fruitiness. A little more hopping comes through and almost gets an herbal tea scent.

T- Follows aroma. A little buttery. Nice maltiness suggests biscuit-like or crackery qualities. Lighter hopping is floral. Again with the herbal tea reference.

M- Creamy, smooth. Very nitro.

O- A very drinkable beer. When I sit down for a review, I find it quite flavorful. I'd make it my session beer if it weren't still near $10 for the four tall cans. Why can't somebody make a sub-4% beer at a discounted price???

Serving type: nitro-can

03-01-2013 02:00:24 | More by GRPunk
Photo of Jaybirdsbeer


3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass. Caramel-colored appearance with a foamy, sticky head that remains after the last drop. Light-bodied, watery, but holds onto a distinctly creamy taste. Hints of lemon citrus, malt and a slight grassiness upfront with a clean finish. A little lighter than I prefer, but very smooth and the creaminess of the ale keeps it interesting.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-21-2013 14:14:07 | More by Jaybirdsbeer
Photo of chrisgeo

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into standard pint glass. First impression I like the color copper with slight orange hue not much aroma hint of bread. After carbonation settled 1/4" head nice lacing as the glass emptied. Good flavor the smallest bit of bitterness very low alcohol content not an issue for me as I don't drink for the purpose of getting drunk. I really enjoyed this ale. Pairs well with a variety of foods although I prefer stronger tasting beers with Spicey foods. Overall I am quite happy with tettley's. I would buy again.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-16-2012 21:25:35 | More by chrisgeo
Photo of auggiedoggy

Ontario (Canada)

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

This beer has a nice coppery colour and a creamy look and texture. Surprisingly so for such a light beer. It has some hints of bready malts and also tea leaves, if I'm not mistaken. Just a slight bitterness is present. Very smooth with moderate carbonation. This definitely falls into the session beer category at 3.7% abv. Probably the lowest alcohol beer I've had, discounting the diet/low-carb beers. Definitely gets a thumbs-up from me!

Serving type: nitro-can

10-07-2012 04:53:59 | More by auggiedoggy
Photo of morebeergood


3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Random can from my fridge. Poured into an UK Imperial pint glass. Nice rush of carbonation forms a thick but thin white head. Sunset orange colored body. Smell was faintly of marmalade. Taste was mild, with a smooth malt flavor and just a subtle hint of hops at the end. Mouthfeel was creamy, which is one reason I always enjoy nitro beers. Real low abv could lead to numerous cans being consumed. A light but satisfyingly rich beer to drink.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-03-2012 03:57:02 | More by morebeergood
Photo of metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger-high creamy white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger-high head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of fruity yeast and pale malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some hints of bready malts and tea leaves. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sessionable; I would have no problem drinking a few of these in one sitting due to its light body and low alcohol content.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-22-2012 01:42:27 | More by metter98
Photo of confer


3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what to think about this beer.
Looks good when poured. Head is not real thick but it is very creamy almost milk shake like. The color is gold with a hint of orange.
Sweet fruity smell
I'm not sure I've had a beer this low in ABV before and the taste gives the low alcohol away. Fruity in the beginning but not much holding power. It quickly has a watery aftertaste.
There is a thick feel, all the carbonation is stuck to the side of the glass.
If I was choosing a session beer this wouldn't be first on the list, but not last either.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-17-2012 23:50:47 | More by confer
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation, after the creamy cascade from pouring the nitro-can. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that has great retention properties (less than 10% reduction of the head over the entire drinking of the beer). Significant lacing is observed.

S: A very faint aroma overall to this beer, there is some subtle hints of roasted caramel malts.

T: This beer has a pretty mild flavor but it is very well balanced. There is a nice roasted malt presence with just a subtle bit of caramel sweetness and a grassy hop finish with light bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth and extremely creamy.

O: Very refreshing, very light, and very easy to drink. This beer is extremely sessionable and definitely one that I could have many of in a single session. I really enjoy the creaminess and it is just as good as I remember it from nitro-tap when I was in the UK.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-13-2012 21:49:34 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of jimmah120


3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz tallboy nitro-can.

Look is clear amber, dark with few rising bubbles. Smell is straw, hay, barn, malt. Taste is crisp malts, barley, yeast. Creamy yet thin feel, is smooth but watery. A little hop bitter that comes off as medicinal.

A lot of flavor considering it's 3.6%, but compared to most beer it's just average.

Serving type: can

04-02-2012 06:31:22 | More by jimmah120
Photo of mlazzaro


3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro pour is always cool looking. Creamy - cream colored head, clear amber body. Smells faintly of English yeast. Not the most aromatic beer. Creamy mouthfeel, easy to drink. Nothing offensive or off balanced. Caramel cereal malt flavors. Hardly any bitterness. Fun to drink, highlight is the mouthfeel. Could be that I'm drinking a 3.6% English beer in America, but really no hop presence.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2012 01:39:46 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of JimCanning

4.65/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm here in the USA, I had this beer once many years ago when I was in England with the US Marines. A few years ago, while living in South Florida, I was able to buy this again, however I moved to Pennsylvania, and I can not find it anywhere. I was searching and found this site tonight, can someone PLEASE send me some info on where I can order this and have it shipped to me? Thank you very much if you can. Jim at [email protected]

Serving type: can

03-14-2012 03:44:30 | More by JimCanning
Photo of taylocd


3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 14.9 ounce can into Guinness pint glass

A - Following the pour, the captivating churning of the carbonation gave way to an inch of rich and creamy eggshell head; deep gold body

S - the only lackluster characteristic was the weak and somewhat sweet aroma; it wasn't bad - it simply wasn't particularly bold

T - ample bitterness to complement a slightly roasted malt flavor

M - light feel with a slippery smooth texture

O - this is a tasty, and very drinkable brew; I will have to look for this style/container more often

Serving type: nitro-can

02-25-2012 02:15:46 | More by taylocd
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

2.08/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured unto a pint.

Appearance: Dark brown with a huge off white head rising to at least a full inch off the body. Carbonation aside from the head seems low.

Smell: Have you smelled nothing, well that's how this beer smells like.

Taste: Tastes like raw tea, hate to make this comparison but the beer isn't horrible yet not really that good.

Mouth: light carbonation, very smooth.

Overall: good to have only one will never have again. I hate to bash a beer but looks can be recovering. Can be compared to other like beers but doesn't step to that level. Salud!

Serving type: can

02-20-2012 21:55:48 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 14.9 nitro can into a pint glass.

A) Nice amber, with nearly 2 fingers of creamy, slightly off white head. Great retention on this one. A heavy amount of lacing. This is a very attractive ale.

S) Light grains and malt. A little caramel, light fruit aroma, and some bitterness.

T) This has some bread and light caramel sweetness. There is kind of a sour dough or fresh English muffin to this ale. There is light fruit, somewhat cider like. The bitterness provides a grassy finish.

M) Actually, kind of light, definitely lighter than the appearance led me to believe. This is well carbonated. This is smooth, pretty creamy, and easy to drink.

O) I admittedly enjoy these nitro can English Ales more than most. This one is pretty good. Hell, at 3.6% ABV, I might plan to put back a bunch of these while I watch the Euro 2012 Football Championship. If you like Boddington's and Speckled Hen out of the nitro can, you'll likely enjoy this as well.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-08-2012 02:05:20 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Transluscent orange amber color. Nearly three fingers of dense, creamy off-white head. Retention is as good as it gets and moderate amounts of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Subdued nose from the nitro, but pleasant all the same. Flowery and grassy hops. Neutral malt sweetness with some breadiness and hints of caramel.

3.0 T: Much breadier than the nose suggested. A mild graininess accompanies the breadiness. Grassy and earthy hops again. A touch of caramel. Not bad.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Nitro would be better in this is the body was thicker to start. Still, decent creaminess.

3.0 D: Straightforward, average beer. It'd probably be tastier without the nitro.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-01-2012 01:40:56 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of leinie13


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro-can into a nonic glass.

A - Light copper color with good clarity. A nice creamy white head.

S - Faintly sweet aroma. Bready and hints of banana, not much else.

T - Light malty flavor. Again, I get hints of the breadiness. A very clean/smooth finish.

M - Low carbonation...very smooth and creamy.

O - This is a really good beer for the style. Definitely could session a few of these.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-19-2012 02:22:54 | More by leinie13
Photo of smakawhat


4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a good old English nonic pint glass. This shall do indeed.

A creamy typical nitro looking head, off white in appearance. Body color is a good crystal amber orange, but has some real strange straffing bubbles on the side. Classic lacing while drinking.

Real nice nose. Bread malts, and sweet orange cream, really digging that. Fruity esters, and fun things to be had, almost tapioca smelling. Creamy malts!

Real nice light bodied creamy palate, matching a biscuity dense sweet graham cracker palate. Milk sweet slight, finish with mild orange citrus.

Great tasting, nice looking. Real filling and light bodied, super sessionable. Great beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-14-2012 01:39:00 | More by smakawhat
Photo of rangerred


3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a nitro can into a nonic.

Once the beer settles the appearance is a clear medium copper with a thick creamy head courtesy of the nitro pour.

Aroma is very creamy with some pale malt. Really no hops in the nose.

The flavor is also quite creamy with some pale malt and vanilla. A slight bitterness appears toward the finish and lingers. All other flavors fade pretty quickly.

Overall this is a decent English beer but not the best that is out there. Pretty run of the mill. Would like to have it on tap sometime.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-04-2012 00:36:43 | More by rangerred
Photo of Nerudamann


3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Look – once it settled down, it was a bit of a dark amber color, with about two fingers’ worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – a creamy smell indeed. It almost smells like a cream soda, but only faintly. The smell itself is fairly faint, with a slight bitterness in the end.

Taste – very creamy tasting in general, very smooth. There’s a bitterness throughout, which must of course yield from a hoppy blend, but it’s not so much in the taste.

Mouthfeel – smooth and leaning toward the creamier side.

Overall – interesting in general, but might be appreciated more from a tap.

Serving type: can

12-31-2011 18:16:37 | More by Nerudamann
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Tetley's English Ale from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
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