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John Smith's Bitter | John Smith's Brewery (Heineken UK)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
John Smith's Brewery (Heineken UK)
England, United Kingdom
johnsmiths.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
John Smith’s bitter, which is still going strong, is a malty, bitter sweet ale with a slight fruitiness and a bitter aftertaste – we probably took the words right out of your mouth. John Smith’s Original can be enjoyed in cans at home (3.6% ABV), plus there’s the Cask Ale available on the bar (3.8% ABV).

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,622
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
34
pDev:
23.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Phoodcritic
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeckHardy
2.3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I got the can on a train from London to Edinburgh. Poured it into a plastic cup. The look was amber and the smell was very faint. It tasted very smooth with a creamy head. Some decent lacing was left clinging to the sides of the plastic glass. The mouth feel was slightly slick but not bad at all. Another good product from John Smith.

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Photo of stevoj
3.69/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at The King’s Head. Silky, creamy head coated the glass the entire way down. Medium brown color, with smooth, mellow taste. A great pub drink...

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Photo of dmurray50000
2.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dheldman
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Lare453
2.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of JohnSmithsFC
4.95/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

John Smith's Bitter (JSB) is undoubtedly the most supreme of all beers. Some say that God drinks it. I'll tell you why. JSB has smooth, creamy feel with of course that 'taste of Yorkshire' praised by the great Winston Churchill himself. Its delightful golden colour can be likened to piss although its taste is the exact opposite (not shit - see review on Guiness). The alcohol percentage of 3.8% is ideal and complements the taste like no other alcohol percentage. All in all, JSB is the Pint of Champions. We fucking love John Smith's Bitter. Long live the king.

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Photo of TT--Cashout
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of SoPeL
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 440 mL can into a glass, amber brown with a loose white head that lingers leaving little lacing, clear

S: heavily malty, earthy grain, caramel

T: flavor a bit on the uninteresting side, slight malt, little hops, slight mineral water

M: thinner higher carbonation

O: nothing exciting, low alcohol content, refreshing served cold

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Photo of ZachKelly
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of whiterapid
2.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Beerman1977
2.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of brother_rat
4.5/5  rDev +47.5%

Photo of cervezango
2.92/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

smells a litte fermentaed apple and alot like cider really., hints of pepper i guess you could say.

very carbonatedwhich kindoff goes against being a bitter in my opinion. lots of weird clumpy lace looks chemically.

very mild but tastes like a bitterr its no esb but its def. more bitter than alot of the euro pale lagers of similar cost.

and marginally more refreshing than them also

its clearly not afraid of its bitterness which i respectit says serve cool rather than serve ice cold, which i like.

hints of spearmint and sweet cider.

made by heiniken.

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Photo of JRaburn
2.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Atyoungberg
5/5  rDev +63.9%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.29/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can courtesy of ScrimshawFan. Into a 90 Shilling imperiall pint.

A: Pours a clear copper color with about an inch of off white head that sticks around nicely. A few small spots of lacing are left behind as the head recedes to a thin cap.

S: Kind of an odd smelling beer, a little bit of sulfur, and some caramel malts. A bit of wet dog in there too. As it warms it smells a bit better, but again just a malty, kind of odd smelling beer.

T: Light with a touch of caramel and a touch of roasted barley in there as well. Very subtle. Slightly sweet, quite grainy, and quite light. Just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Slightly smoky as well. Pretty watery, but not bad by any means.

M: Light body, light carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Not a bad session beer, I could easily drink this all night. Its not insanely flavorful, but its way nicer than drinking a light adjunct lager.

Thanks Casey!

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Photo of GRG1313
1.8/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Can brought back from England by a friend. Pours clear light brown with hint of gold. Short white head.

Nose is a light smoke, light bacon character. Can find light undertones of coffee and chocolate when warm and if you really seek them out.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. There is no "there" there.

Flavor is single dimensional "lightly malted water." This one is just about devoid of flavor whatsoever.

Finish is a scant light bitter coffee.

No reason to drink this unless water is unavailable and one my hydrate.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this with an Italian dinner in the New Forest. A typical bitter, but slightly above average. Served with a short head (to make sure you get the full pint), which quickly disappeared. A sweet malt smell, medium body, average color. I tasted hardly any carbonation, but it was quite drinkable.

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Photo of drpimento
2.84/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this some years ago and I seem to remember it as much better. Poured with a light tan, foamy, frothy, fluffy, textured head and lots of lace. Color is a very clear dark copper. Aroma is a little funky and hints of sulfhur. Some malt and hop. Flavors about the same. Certainly nothing special. Body's ok, carbonation is overdone. John Smith why hast thou forsaken me? Finish isn't too bad.

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Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One finger of white head on an amber-brown body with good clarity. The head has good staying power and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Sweet malt with some toasted notes and light, musty hops. A hint of caramel and fruity yeast.

T - Sweet, toasty malt with lots of red apple notes from the yeast. Slight roasted quality in the finish and mild bitterness, otherwise quite clean.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, lots of toasty quality but a bit bland overall.

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Photo of fullsweep
2.89/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

440 mL can poured into a pint glass.

Reddish brown/dark amber beer. Very thick head that lingers a long time--lots of lacing all the way around the glass.

Not much in the way of smell. There's just not much to describe.

Tastes of caramel, sweet malts and lots of bitterness on the finish. Not bad, but not great either. In fairness, I bought a 4-pack of this and it took me well over a week to finish all four.

Relatively thin mouthfeel--although that is typical for a traditional bitter. Not much to report.

I had to try it, as these are sooo common around here, but it's not one I'd seek out necesarily.

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John Smith's Bitter from John Smith's Brewery (Heineken UK)
Beer rating: 3.05 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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