Tetley's Smoothflow | Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
England, United Kingdom
carlsberg.com.my

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SteveP on 10-31-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
115
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
16.77%
 
 
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Photo of jzlyo
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is fruit, light toffee and malts. The flavor is fruit, malts, slightly vanilla/creamy/somewhat bland texture and a tart/slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of GregSemenza
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From can, pours Amber, with a thick white head. Aroma malty with fruity and floral notes. Taste malty with toffee and bread crust, sweet fruits like ripe plums and pear. Mild bitter finish

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Photo of dgherm
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrcraft
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alpha309
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FadetoBock
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mactrail
2.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is not much of an English Bitter. The widget can is a fun gimmick, but otherwise it's pretty dismal stuff. Big nitro foam that dies down rapidly, but leaves a nice little cap.

Faint beery aroma. A touch of rusty water with a hint of malt. Tea water with a faint hoppy hint. Oddly astringent. From the 440 ml can.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Geoffq
3.44/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmashPants
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
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 outsider
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Nbdreher
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of mfl620ks
1/5  rDev -68.9%

Photo of awesomo
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of wickerman1
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of JimJam10
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Mattyb79
1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of doktorhops
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ahhh, Tetley's Smoothflow, the beer named after its own can. Tetley's is one of those modest English chaps, more interested breaking the Enigma code at Bletchley Park than piloting a Spitfire off the coast of Dover and shooting Jerries down. Let's face it every bally one of them played their part in winning the Battle of Britain - just as the IPA is boisterous and boastful so too does this smooth English Bitter have its place in the Battle for my Taste-buds [end analogy here].

Poured from a 440ml nitro-can into a nonic pint.

A: Presents with a clear copper body and a tight 1.5cm creamy cream-coloured head, as with all the classic nitro-can ales (Guinness, Murphy's, Cafferey's, Kilkenny, Boddingtons, etc...) the presentation is perfect - it's hard to go wrong with a nitro-can.

S: Sweet caramel malts give way to some light fruity hops and metal from the can, it is mild-mannered and laid-back here, like those cyber-breaking Bletchley boys.

T: Again sweet caramel malts with light fruity hops and that metallic hint, if this brew was a bit more flavoursome it might have covered up the metal note, but it's not so deal with it taste-buds. Also noted is a dry finish, odd for an English Bitter to take on more of a dry-than-bitter aspect but my belief is that this beer is styled in the Irish-Cream-Ale vein.

M: Mid to light bodied, a little watery with an English pub tack flat carbonation.

D: This and Boddington's are both basically the same beer with different marketing/labels, does that mean it's crap? By all means no... it is however light, predictable and a tad boring... there are bigger and better beers vying for my attention, even in the "session ale" category, QED: Ruddles County.

Food match: Don't go overboard with flavours on this brew otherwise what's the point? I'm picturing potato and leek soup with crusty bread, or a minestrone, or cream of mushroom, or winter vegetable, or... you get the idea - soup.

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Photo of ktenneydenver
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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