Tetley's Smoothflow | Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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Tetley's SmoothflowTetley's Smoothflow

Brewed by:
Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

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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 dansmcd
3.02/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - One finger of tight dense creamy white head, perfectly cut, crowning the clear amber below. Great sheet lacing.

S - Very light notes of caramel, toffee malt.

T - As with the aroma, ridiculously faint flavours.

M - Creamy head with a water thin body below, low carbonation.

O - Mild English Bitter taken too far.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical nitro pour and head.
Nose shows honey and caramel, that’s about it. Very faint.
Similarly plain flavours, caramel and toffee, very little bitterness.
Watery body, needs much more carbonation.
Incredibly easy to drink, but pretty boring stuff!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 shambeano
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear amber with about 1cm of thick creamy head that stays for the entire beer.

S- a little bit of sweetish malt, followed by some peppery hops. pretty basic, but pleasant.

T- again there is some nice malts in there, on the sweeter side, but only just. hop wise, there is less going on in there than on the nose, the bitterness pretty much just rounds out the beer. not too bad.

M- creamy, not too much carbonation, which goes with the style, however it is a touch watery. the bitterness doesnt last for too long, but the dryness continues for a tad longer. not too bad.

O- There is not a whole lot going on in there, but there isn't anything unpleasant. an easy beer to sit on and have a few through the evening, especially with the lower ABV. Its not a great beer, but its better than average, and by the end of it i wanted (and had) another.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 FreshHawk
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber brown with a thick, frothy, tan head with good retention and a bit of lacing left over.

S - Roasted malts are dominating. Fairly sweet smelling, with caramel and toffee, but there is a hint of hops that cuts that a bit.

T - Similar to the nose, very malty with some caramel and toffee like taste. Has a good amount of a grainy taste. Slightly bitter bite at the end.

M - Light that may near medium body (probably more so due to the creaminess) and adequate (but not great) carbonation. Smooth and extremely creamy.

D - Very smooth and creamy without being heavy helps the drinkability. The flavor isn't great but not really offensive. Good if you want to sit around with some people and just have something to drink.

Notes: What really is distinguishable about this is the mouthfeel. Pretty light but extremely creamy, interesting beer that's worth a try, seems to fall in the category of a good transitional beer.

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Photo of cichief
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with a widget into an Imperial Pint glass.

A- Poured a deep amber with nice cascading, the head was very creamy, tan in color.

S- Some subtle malt, a little toastiness, but very muted.

T- The taste was also muted from what I've tasted on tap, a little toasted malt coming through, little hops on the tongue.

M- Very smooth, and creamy, thanks to the nitrogen, medium body.

D- Very drinkable, but better on tap.

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Photo of fullsweep
2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

440 mL nitro-can (no widget) poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, chestnut-brown ale below a thick, creamy head

S: Metallic, malts, nothing too overpowering

T: Not horrible, but nothing standing out. For a bitter, this is certainly on the mild side of things, palate-wise. It's a very mellow, mass-produced type of English bitter.

M: Very smooth, similar to a John Smith's Extra Smooth or a Marston's.

D: Goes down easy, there's just not much there selling me on this beer.

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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 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 akokandy
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is the right beer. The can looked different, but listed at 3.6% abv.

A- Nitro-can poured into a 20oz tulip pint. Cool cascade effect. Medium brown beer with classic white nitro head. Obscene amount of lacing.

S- Some grassy hops with bready malts detectable.

T- Much the same as the smell. Dry flavor, a little flavor of biscuit and bread. Grassy hop flavor on the finish. Not impressive.

M- Above average mouthfeel, but standard for a beer on nitro.

D- Very low abv and mild flavor make this a decent session choice. Not really a top choice in my book though. Availability was the main factor driving this purchase. It was the best available at the quick stop, and they were sold out of Guinness.

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Photo of Macca
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What a great looking beer. The solid white head rests over a dark amber body. Some solid lacing is left on the half pint glass as the beer quickly disappears. Very creamy texture. Some floral hop notes on the nose. A chalky dryness on the palate. I really enjoyed the half but I wonder whether I could do to many.

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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 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 hoegaardenhero
2.99/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: i love nitrous cans; pours great thick white head with dark slightly murky brown body leaves a solid white sheet of lace covering the glass

s: pretty sharp sweet malt overtone with toffee; slightest hint of hoppy bitterness; not a particularly strong scent

t: a strong menthol-like flavor with hints of malty sweetness

m: creamy and thick with very little carbonation; very english

d: the menthol flavor is quite weird but on a hot day it could be a pretty quenching ale; i suppose you could say it is the newport of beers

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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 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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