Tetley's Smoothflow | Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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Tetley's SmoothflowTetley's Smoothflow

Brewed by:
Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
United Kingdom (England)

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SteveP on 10-31-2004

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +37.7%
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!


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Photo of prosper
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber. Typical nitro characteristics and cascade.

Smells great - some english yeast esters, and a trace of floral english hops.

Taste is marvellous. There's a small hint of something roasty in there, and some light bready notes, perfectly balanced with bitterness for a crisp, neutral finish. Maybe just the faintest trace of something carmelly-sweet, too.

Mouthfeel is surprising for such a small beer - even with the nitro. I approve

Drinkability is excellent. This one is absolutely intended as a session beer, and it truly excels at it.

Overall - it's pretty similar to Boddington's

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Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You've probably heard the one about the guy who walks into a bar. No? He says, "Ouch!" Bro. Woody went to Ardmore last Saturday to see what he could see and walked into a bottle shop. He said, "Yay! Look at all of these new CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)!" It is called The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore Plaza and for those that do not live in PA, you have no idea what a rare bird it is to find a quality bottle shop, especially one that provided me with no less than five (5) new CANned beers on my first visit. This is one of those beers.

From the CAN: "Light English Ale"; "A uniquely smooth taste: For best results; Serve cold from the fridge, pull the tab, listen to the surge & pour down the side of the glass in one smooth movement."

The Crack immediately caused The Surge, a massive off-gassing of what I assume to be N2. It is always good to read directions and I followed theirs to the letter. I employed a gentle Glug, running the beer down the side of the tilted glass, where it began a beautiful cascade upon arrival at the bottom. I was left with a dense, thick finger of tawny head head with excellent retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant biscuit malt quality. Mouthfeel was full and creamy thanks to the N2 presence. It was light in its flavor, a biscuit/cracker-like semi-sweetness, but still quite pleasant. Finish was likewise semi-sweet with the maltiness lingering well after the swallow. The low ABV makes it a sessionable CANdidate by even Ding's standards, but I am afraid that as a hophead, I would need more bitterness to sustain me.

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Photo of EarlNuce
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with a brilliant creamy white head that consists of little or no bubbles.

S: Sweet and malty, hints of citrus.

T: Strong malty taste, still with a hint of some citrus in there too.

M: Wonderfully creamy. Pure pleasure in the mouth.

D: Awesome drinkability. Could easily be a session beer. Goes down very smoothly.

I've had this from the can too and can definitely say it tastes fuller, thicker and smoother from the tap.
A wonderful beer.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden amber... with a healthy off white head that lasts...

S: Sweet malts with slight citrus hop hints

T: Rich toasted malts are strong and everpresent... the citrus hops in the nose are also present here in the crisp finish

M: Rich, thick and creamy... this is super smooth (hence the name)

D: A bit thick for more than two or three before feeling the need to switch to something less rich and shakelike

enjoyed it at a Saracens rugby match on vacation

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Photo of Spikester
3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours amber with a one inch off white head that lasts all the way down. Fair amount of lacings. Smell is grains and malt. Taste is malty with a fair amount of bitter hops. Mouthfeel is quite good. Creamy with minimal carbonation. Fair imitation of a pub pull. Drinkability is awesome. At 3.6%abv this is the original session pub ale.

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Photo of bala747
3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another of my frequent beers, Tetley's Smoothflow comes in a nitrocan that suggests I should 'listen to the surge' and pour. I always choose to pour this beer myself because it looks really beautiful as the head settles.

A: A gorgeous milky brown when first poured, settles to a beautiful copper-brown as the head settles. The head remains all the way down to the end of the glass. One of the prettiest non-trappist beers around.
S: Hints of sourdough and some caramel, herbs and hay.
T: Caramel with some sourness (in a good way), some yeasty flavours, with a mildly acidic and bitter aftertaste.

M: It felt flat initially but after a few minutes it warmed up to a thick, slightly cloying feeling at the roof of the mouth. The only let-down in this otherwise fine beer.

D: Very drinkable due to its low ABV, and nice flavours.

Overall a very decent beer that is just tasty, and certainly one of the best looking beers in its category.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a creamy amber colour with a large off white milky/frothy head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is a ton of thick lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stuck around for several minutes before it dissipated. It really looked spectacular when I poured it out of the can.

Smell - pale malts, metallic, a grassiness, breads/grains, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a very low amount of carbonation on the tongue, but the beer feels exceptionally creamy. It has a nice mild malt/caramel flavour mixed light hops and breads/grains. There is also a slight metalicness and it might come across as moderately watery. The beer finishes with a mild hop/malt aftertaste.

Drink - The beer really has a fantastic look and is a nice easy drinker. I could easily session this beer all night long. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation after the creamy cascade from the nitro-can pour. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that has great retention properties (with minimal amounts of reduction in the head over the drinking of the beer) and leaves an almost finger thick layer covering the entire surface with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall this beer has a mild aroma with light notes of caramel and slight sweet malts along with minimal amounts of hops.

T: Like the smell of this beer, the taste is also quite mild but still enjoyable. There are light flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness upfront followed by a light amount of non-lingering bitterness (which is very mild and not aggressive).

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation (nitro-nation?). Smooth and creamy.

O: Extremely easy to drink and very sessionable - you could literally drink this beer all day long with the low ABV and light body. A very mild flavor and aroma to this beer but still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a wonderfully widgeted big English can.

Pinkish copper body, with a slightly pink-tinged dense creamy head. Good lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.

Good toasted, roasted malt aromas on the nose, with a light hint of fragrant citrus, which increases the flavour.

Creamy, rich coating palate. Roasted notes dominate the flavour, finishing dry and astringest, and ultimately refreshing.

A very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.54/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Format: a tall 440mL can with a decent label. A good package.

Appearance: a pure golden-copper in colour with carbonation clinging to the glass rather than rising to the top. A thin off-white head (even with a vigorous pour) lasts the distance throughout the session. Looks pretty good for an English mid.

Aroma: a pretty typical sweet English malt profile - toffee and butterscotch. Definitely stronger on the nose than I would have expected for 3.6% ABV.

Taste: whilst it even tastes smooth (however that works!), the flavour is far more demure here than on the nose. Still the toffee with some buttery flavour and some toasted malts. Not as good as the nose due to the feel, but still quite nice for such a low ABV beer.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away slowly without much in the way of bitterness. Still that lingering sweetness from the malts - not cloying, still quite pleasant but also light.

Mouth feel: medium in feel with a lower to moderate carbonation. Very, very English, and I still don't quite get it. Makes the beer feel a bit flat in flavour, though maybe that is due to differences in climate between England and Queensland Australia. It is very smooth though.

Overall: normally I am not that big a fan of English mid bitters due to the massive price in Australia (mainly due to our stupid excise laws and taxes on, well, everything). This is a good-tasting beer for a 3.6% - it is fairly light, but the flavours are there and are quite identifiable. A good price at AU$77 for a case of 24 x 440mL.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A; Clear, light cooper with one finger head and great retention.

S: Hoppy and metallic (like iron), with a definate fruitiness.

T: Malty with very faint hops and watery. There is a irony-water taste to this but it doesn't bring a ton of hop flavor with it if much.

M: Vey light but creamy. Feels too watery though.

D: Not a terrible beer and one that Icould drink plenty. But there are a lot of other beers that could replace this one on the next round.

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Photo of malibujohnny
3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours very well into my pint glass.A very nice light golden color with a very creamy head that sticks around the whole way down.This beer is a low to medium body,as for mouthfeel i thought it was rather watered down but went down smooth.Great flavor overall but the wateryness takes a little away from the malt.finishes slightly dry.Very drinkable beer,i enjoy this brew and recommend to all.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml tall boy nitro can at a downtown Edmonton Indian restaurant, pre-delivery of naan, vindaloo, ya know, the goods.

With a tremendous crack of the can, this beer pours a clear, medium auburn colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, foamy, and, well, mostly just plain-ass creamy ecru head, which leaves a solid splatter of obfuscating snowbank lace around the glass as it lazily recedes, all in the expected sense of cascading nitro pours everywhere - booyah!

It smells of lightly doughy bready pale and caramel malt, a touch of over-steeped black tea, mild orchard fruit notes, and rather soft floral noble hops. The taste is softly biscuity, grainy, and bready pale malt, with some generic, and understated drupe fruitiness, and more understated earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is quite low, and specifically innocuous, the body generally lightweight, certainly creamy, and very, very smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the languishing pale malt sort of hard to sympathize with, what with there being little in the way of challengers to the throne here, other than a bit of pithy chalkiness.

A nice, pleasant enough, and refreshing mild bitter - like those low-fat snacks that still taste good (huh?) - you just want to, and will, consume more of it. My only prior experience with this offering was an unexpected foray into the lunchtime wait line at a fish 'n chips shop in a working class area of my city. While me and me mates (one of them was an ex-pat, so, well, there) stood around, we were unexpectedly offered a pint to while the time away - and this was one of the very limited options. It kept us blissfully happy, is all I can say.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 440 ml. can marked 15/09/12-05:33-B1316N2. Sampled on February 23, 2012. It is a nitro can so the head explodes into the pint glass and nearly engulfs the whole glass. Once it settles down it has the appearance of medium amber with fine clarity. The aroma is full of sugar-sweetened malts but little in the way of hops. The body is light like a 3.6% ABV beer should be. This has a decent bitter flavor with an accompanying smooth sweetness.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "nitro-can" into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper in color. "Reverse" flow cascade effect leaves a nice head of creamy white foam.
Aroma-Faint malt and grain notes
Taste-Mineral malt, light and creamy. Very smooth and sessionable at only 3.6ABV.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-can poured into an English pub glass. A rather light golden straw color with perhaps a hint of red, once the entire glass of billowing beige nitro bubbles gradually broke ... Actually looks pretty cool as the bubbles recede and the beer coalesces at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is rather weak and mellow but I do get a tea-like floral and fruity scent along with scant doughy malts. Taste is similarly subdued, with some Juicy Fruit bubblegum, very light citrus iced tea, and dry bitter tea leaf hops putting in appearances. Ultra-thin body and silky smooth ... One of the creamiest beers I have yet to sample and admittedly I enjoyed this aspect. The carbonation is high but feels soft, with little in the way of astringent burning. Good ol' nitro bubbles. Finish does not really linger although there is a persistent metallic tang. I can appreciate this modern English bitter for what it is ... A low ABV brew drinkable in massive quantities. Look elsewhere for robust flavors.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can into a Marston's pint glass. I love watching it settle. Generous off-white head with great retention over a copper body. Colour reminds me an old penny. Sporadic lace.

Hints of fruit and caramel. Doesn't seem to be a whole lot to pick up here.

Caramel, crackers, and fruit. Very mild bitterness in the finish. Simple, but also really clean.

Light body with a creamy head, almost flat carbonation. Very smooth and creamy without any heaviness. This and it's pleasant but simple flavour profile make it really easy to drink. A clean tasting brew at such low ABV is extremely sessionable.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: typical picturesque nitro - perfect 1/2" tight, dense-creamy foam.... cascade effect on pour... crystal-clear, amber liquid.... big sheets of lace

S: super-fruity - a lightly-spicy apple... some moderately potent syrupy malt.... surprising amount of aroma, considering the serving

T: standard, somewhat bland nitro-can bitter flavor... nothing distinctive.... clean, mellow pale malts drenched in apple-skin esters with a little tail of earthy hop flavor and bitterness.... bit of a minerally taste through.... everything just washes down with only a mild aftertaste of bitter fruit skin

M: very light and smooth, like soft water... little to no sensation of carbonation on the palate

O: don't expect much from something like this though, once again, it's funny how something like Boddington's manages to stand out in the crowd

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Photo of Grunewald
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 440ml can into a pilsner glass. It pours clear ruddy amber with a very thick and creamy tan head. The head lasts until the very end and cascades into itself after a sip.

S - biscuit, malt, dry teabags and herbal hops

T - grainy malt, light caramel and lightly astringent herbal hops

M - low carbonation, medium body, viscous and semi-dry finish

D - nice foamy head thanks to the nitrogen. The flavor is an appealing mix of grain and breakfast tea.

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Photo of plaid75
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at The Atlantic Chip Shop, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very god retention and good lacing.

The smell was mostly absent with a touch of caramel.

The taste was equally benign with a doughy malt and cleansing hop.

The mouthfeel was full on nitro.

Overall a decent nitro ale.

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Photo of joecast
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

settles to a clear amber colored beer with a stable off-white 1cm thick head. standard nitro-can stuff, but it looks good.
light malty sweet aroma. some floral hops as well, but both are fairly subdued.
a good bit of bitterness quickly cuts any lingering sweetness from the malt. finishes quite cleanly, leaving very little behind.
would have to say the mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, but not extremely so.
overall, not a bad bitter. highly drinkable and no real low points.

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Photo of bryehn
3.39/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another old favourite I reviewed when I started my blog, but never scored at BA. Let's see what I think a year later. BB July 28, 2011.

This is a great-looking beer and I've never had a nitro misfire or a dud. Pours a deep, clear, gem-like amber colour. After settling, it has the creamiest, thickest white head I've seen come out of a nitro can. Settles as a sturdy film and collar without leaving any real lace.

The smell is very mild, but builds character as it warms. Toasted malts are accented by a caramel-like sweetness and a slight metallic note.

Surprisingly rich in taste, it delivers bready, toasted malts and a very crisp and dry finish. I also get a mild orange pekoe tea note.

The mouthfeel is unsurprisingly watery, but remains creamy feeling throughout the glass. There is a slight yeasty note on the back of the tongue.

Tetley's is undoubtedly my favourite "mild" and probably my favourite low ABV beer overall. Its great for lunch meals or any other time you may want a decent malty taste without catching too much of a buzz.

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Photo of wickerman1
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap, it was served way too cold...i left it sitting for 15mins and it warmed up a good bit which really helped the taste...for the abv 3.6% it has good taste and is extremely session-able..its similar to kilkenny in style...it actually has more taste than kilkenny.

Be warned dont drink it too cold it kills the taste badly

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