John Smith's Extra Smooth | John Smith's Brewery (Heineken UK)

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John Smith's Extra SmoothJohn Smith's Extra Smooth

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John Smith's Brewery (Heineken UK)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
John Smith’s Extra Smooth was launched in 1993 and is now the nation’s No.1 ale. The boffins say it has a distinct cereal character, with malty, caramel notes being complemented by some fruitiness. But we just think it’s a right good pint.

Extra Smooth is available in draught or in cans to be enjoyed at home (Both 3.6% ABV). Plus – you can also get John Smith’s Extra Cold on draught: the same great taste, but colder. We don’t muck about with names see.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

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Ratings: 272 |  Reviews: 113
Reviews by allboutbierge:
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3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very creamy appearance due to nitrification, cascading effect as pour settles. Brownish and darker than anticipated color with milky white head. Lots of head retention and lace. Its actually a pretty attractive beer, but clearly nitro, which in itself is like fake boobs. They look good, but you know they're not the real thing.

Taste is mild, and more sweet than bitter. There's a dirty graininess in there too. Overall, taste is thin and there's not much to describe. As bitters go, this may be typical. However, as nitro usually covers up most delicate flavors, I assume that this is not representative.

Mouthfeel is Guinness like, creamy but a bit watery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of I_like_beer_31
1.52/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I wanted to like this beer. We don't get too many new beers here often and I really, really, wanted to like it.

Look: Amber, like a pretty she's gonna be real good amber.
Smell: Carbonated water; actually carbonated would be insulted to smell like this.
Taste: Funky medicinal tatste going on, someone may have bottled this before it was done; or maybe this is an experiment to see who can tell that this use to be Whisky, before they drowned it.
Feel: Well it felt like beer, just not a very good one that anyone should drink, ever.

Conclusion: If someone brings this to you house don't let them in, they aren't your real friend. If they just picked it up on the whim, smack them for not reading my review. I'm just hoping the in laws come over and drink this, then leave, never to return again.

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I recently read that this the top selling bitter in the U.K. so I figured I would give it a try.Poured from the nitro can a clear deep copper color with that one finger creamy cascading head.A little toastiness and light metallic notes in the nose,it will not blow ya away but it's not designed to.toasted bready malts are the main component on the palate with a mild mineral note.I can see why this is a big seller it's low in alcohol and has some decent subtle flavors,good for what it is no doubt.

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3/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of stephenlee
2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 440ml can with a BB of May 2012. Contains a nitrogen widget that activates upon opening.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass (the ultimate sacrilege). A clear amber-brown colour with low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with excellent retention; it reduces somewhat but remains as a thick, stable layer. Aroma of sweetish caramel malt and little else - one dimensional.

Tastes of mild, sweet malt with a dry finish. Faint bitterness. Hints of caramel and a slight yeasty note. Mouthfeel is great, thick and smooth. Rolls around the mouth. Dries the palate a little, leaving a weak malty aftertaste.

A bland, mass-produced bitter. The mouthfeel is lovely, but it lacks aroma, flavour - and character. Could almost pass for lightly sweetened water. Why drink this when there are so many great beers out there?

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Photo of takusan1000
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful nitro pour that subsides to a nice huge creamy head and clear amber look. Light walnut smell. Taste is a great and smooth balance of light bitter hops--earth, sage, rosemary--and nutty malt. The bitterness eventually prevails, and in a good way. Mouthfeel is wonderful, mostly due to the nitro carbonation. True to most ESBs, it isn't bubbly at all and pretty still.

Easy drinking, especially at 3.6%. A great session beer that one can enjoy, but without much fuss.

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Photo of rastaman
1.76/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is the type of beer i hate, creamy cat piss, gotta say i hate the nitro tap thingy. Way too creamy and no flavour to boot. Very sweet aswell, pretty crappy if you ask me.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of watermelonman
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived as an extremely murky brown with a nice head that lasted very well. The lacing looks pretty nice.

The smell on this one is pretty appealing, but the taste could use some real work. It's a bit flat and lacks real flavor. Along those lines, the mouthfeel suffers from being too thin.

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Photo of Wezzle
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of ShawneeIrish
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of schavuytje
1.36/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ordered in a pub at the holiday address;Scented to milky mites, fake foam head and malt taste soft and smooth and no sense of co2 and then the price is special but the taste dredger

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Photo of Lion088
1.8/5  rDev -43.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The "Extra Cold" version. Pours a finger of head of dark straw body.
The aroma is, well, nothing.
The taste is balanced, almost nothing.
The texture is smooth.
Easy to drink, like water but smoother.

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Photo of burnzgtm
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Momon
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of falconxman
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Gardmark59
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of thagr81us
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from nitro-can into a Duck-Rabbit nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. The pour really reminded me of a Guinness with the head consuming the entire beer and working its way up slowly to form the final head. Nice. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, grain, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, grain, earth, and subtle spice. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation (almost velvety). Overall this was a pretty average brew. I have to say the pour on this one was pretty cool as it looked like a Guinness only it was a Pale Ale! However, that is where the fun stopped on this one. There was really not a whole lot going on in this one which really made it a bit of a buzzkill for me. Very light on all aspects so good for the non-robust beer drinkers out there, but if you like loads of flavor and complexity. Avoid this one. Trust me, you will thank me if you have the option.

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Photo of Trent
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

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