Tetley's English Ale | Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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Tetley's English AleTetley's English Ale

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by canadianbarman on 12-20-2000

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Reviews: 343 | Ratings: 504
Photo of Smithj86
1.32/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Drank this evening while working on the Ford. The can says "smooth and creamy" and so it is. Decent mouthfeel--again, smooth and creamy. Unfortunately, it is not tasty. Has a slightly sickly smell and a flavor reminiscent of rotting fruits or vegetables. Bad. Could not finish the can. Not drinkable at all.

The other reviews are pretty good, so maybe I had a rotten can

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Photo of beerguy101
1.72/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Widget can - Medium brown color, medium head. A medium bodied brown ale. Light malts and hops. Slightly sweet malts and slightly hoppy. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. There is an off flavor to this beer that makes it undrinkable.

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Photo of slitherySOB
1.75/5  rDev -50%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The colour's kind of a light gold and brown. Sort of looks like it could be tea. Nice head which lasted. Lace? This beer doesn't lace, it coats the glass like paint. Sadly, this is where the positive attributes end. The smells bland. Bit sweet and weak. Taste is boring. A pathetic malt presence followed by a nutrasweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. I have three cans left, and I think I'll be giving them away. Swill.

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Photo of BeerNutta
1.86/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer started out so well then went downhill so fast. You would think it was an asteroid hurtling towards earth.

Got this from my local Dan Murphys thought it would be tea tasting beer. (We have tetley's tea in australia)

When poured out of the can.. It looked damn promising. Deep brown ale with a thick tan foam head. Beautiful.

You could smell a sugar and tea aroma from the beer. (Well I thought so.)

Well bottoms up... Guh... AWFUL.

Maybe I got a crap can but this stuff was crap. No carbonation what so ever. Tasted like lightly hopped tea with a sickenly sweet aftertaste. Terrible. Avoid.

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Photo of rastaman
1.9/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Really bad, especially for a cask bitter. I'd been avoiding this for a while, but finally decided to give it a go the other night. Citrus, caramel and grain, rank bitterness, thin, can't say too much more about it. Thank god i had it on cask, i don't think i could have sat through a 500ml can of this.

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Photo of Naerhu
1.95/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Very nice reddish amber with a finger of pure white dense, dense, dense head.
S - They must have made this beer in a deodorant factory, cause this beer has no odor.
T - Stripped out malt, no sweetness, mild and long lasting bitter, extremely one dimensional.
M - As with all nitrogen beers, this beer is flat and lacking the carbonic acid to give it verve.
D - This might be an excellent beer to wash down bangers and mash in some quaint village in England, but anywhere in the world this is just forgettable swill.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.02/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured unto a pint.

Appearance: Dark brown with a huge off white head rising to at least a full inch off the body. Carbonation aside from the head seems low.

Smell: Have you smelled nothing, well that's how this beer smells like.

Taste: Tastes like raw tea, hate to make this comparison but the beer isn't horrible yet not really that good.

Mouth: light carbonation, very smooth.

Overall: good to have only one will never have again. I hate to bash a beer but looks can be recovering. Can be compared to other like beers but doesn't step to that level. Salud!

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.06/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a 2" head of tiny velvet bubbles which dissipates to 1/4" head. Looks like clear Lipton tea. Smells and tastes like corn water, like most any other mass produced New World watered down beer. The only saving grace to this thing is the froth caused by the widget in the can. Pick most any other generic beer, can it with a widget, and you'd have Tetley's. Plus the froth wasn't even as long lasting or effective as other products with that same feature (like Boddingtons).

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Photo of matty
2.26/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Amber colored beer with a rich creamy head.Aroma is spices.Taste is the same mixture of spiciness.This feels good in the mouth but that where it stops.Imagine a teaspoon of spices,water and cream that's what you're pretty much getting here.Will I buy again?? No thanks one has nauseated me enough thank you.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.31/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I aquired Tetley's English Ale as part of a pint/nitro can - European Sampler Mix Pack

Nice pour, beautiful amber color with a thick white rising head

Not much to smell here, sort of malty

Kind of flat tasting, mouthfeel is similar

I wouldn't want more than one of these at a time

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Photo of Brent
2.33/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pint nitro widget can. Poured an unusual but interesting tan - like coffee with loads of milk. Aroma was a bit sour. Flavor was, well, pretty much MIA. Just some vague, watery slightly sweet malt. I went through the entire glass trying to get enough flavor to make an indentification, but in the end my reaction was just "blah." This may be great stuff on tap, but it was certainly bland from the nitro can.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.33/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was an amber, clear ale with a very short head (under 1 finger).

The aroma was of medium bodied malts, light hops, and a hint of apples.

The beer was poorly carbonated... hell, it was practically flat. The taste was very mild, slightly fruity and a little bitter. Not impressive.

The mouthfeel was pretty lousy due to its lack of carbonation, and overall I just had no desire to even finish the half a can I had poured. Didn't pour it into the sink, don't know why, but I managed to get through it. But I didn't like it.

Fortunately, it was a gift.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.34/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The only thing I liked about this brew was in its presentation. It forms a tight white creamy head, which sticks around quite well. The body is golden with a slight haze.

This gives off metallic aromas, possibly from bad can lining. It also smells a bit leathery.

The taste reminds me of lightly salted saltine crackers. It feels a little too flat for me, though. Not enough carbonation.

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Photo of gak111
2.35/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The nitro-can helps give the beer a large off-white creamy head that lasts a while. Body is the color of honey. Looks great. Aroma is very light, almost absent - very faint trace of malt and hops.

Very light and thin with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Bitter flavor at the start, but with a chemical aftertaste that grows as the beer warms. Flavor is very disappointing.

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Photo of kegger22
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours out as all foam and ends up light brown with a light creamy head as it quickly settles. Not much of an aroma. Very little taste too, although nothing offensive either. Typical of some of the other english pale ales I've had. No body despite all the foam, no carbonation left either. Very light, you could pound these, if you wanted to.

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Photo of cokes
2.46/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There is some sort of guilty pleasure induced by the nitro pour--even from a can---sort of like watching your neighbor undressing (depending of course, on how good looking your neighbor is).
After all the milkyerotic cascading, the beer settles to a relatively suburban golden amber with a craggy beige head and nary a bubble rising through it.

Well, I hope you enjoyed it, 'cause the proverbial wad is shot here.
Scented of candied apples, wrought iron, and scalded butter.
Begins with a vapid, caramel-traced english muffin, then turns past lemondrops and apple cores, as a fruity stickiness mixes with a floury dryness, candle wax, and stale soft cheese. The result is something like Elmer's Paste. And this sticks through the finish, overriding an otherwise appropriate and decent herbal hop note.
The standard issue nitro-pour body - with it's veneer of creaminess masking an otherwise thin structure- is not the problem here. Rather, it is what the texture contains.

Thoroughly unimpressive.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This appears a ruddy brown with a lot of foam. One of those widget cans. Is there any aroma? I’m not picking up on it. Doesn’t bode well for the flavor either—tastes very thin, watery, like its mocking better British beers. There’s a somewhat unwelcome tartness that I didn’t expect nor desire. Not a lot else going on here, and not any reason to try it again.

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Photo of JohnW
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yet another "pretend" English real ale that gives British real ale a bad name !

Very thin, little taste and bland no character that you could call memorable.

Avoid at all costs unless the bar only serves pretend Lagers in an English bar !!!

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.51/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep burnished brown colour with intense nitro bubble cascade downwards that settles fairly quickly into a dense, creamy white head. Very, very small, slow bubbles populate the beer's body while the head is getting pockmarked here and there. As dense as the head is, it doesn't produce much lacing, but it's still a very nice looking ale.

Smell is very English, with a rich barley malt aroma, hints of caramel, and a generous citric hop smell as well. Hints of grapefruit, Irish cream and lemongrass, but still a bit weak. Decent elements, would just like more of them.

Taste has a great (in the perjorative sense) barley character to it, with lots of pale malt and a slight creamy character on the mid. Not much nuance to this palate though, flavour is very subdued. Maybe a slight herbal character on the middle just caps off the slightly sweet beginning, but that's about it for this beer. Obviously crafted to have a silky smooth mouthfeel but it's not sticky or heavy enough and in fact, the body is weak and frail, like the flavour.

I can see this, at 3.6%, being the beer to gulp down at your local with the lads before you head to Elland Road to watch Leeds kick some Carlisle backsides, but it's pretty pitiful in any other context. It's not even very sessionable because it just isn't enjoyable. Mild and inoffensive, but at the expense of the heart.

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Photo of Higravity
2.54/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well I don't like this at all on the nitro and I think it would be worse just in a bottle. Tall tan and a thick white nitro head that laces the whole fucking glass. I don't really smell anything except the memory of a beer. Taste is a pale ale of BMC quality. So bland and at the bottom edge of style that I might as well have got a water. This is too thick for its own good and not something I really care for and I won't drink again anytime soon.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.54/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Gorgeous, swirling currents of ultrafine bubbles that coalesce into a thick, creamy, egg nog-colored head atop a clear, rusty, bengal orange-colored body.

Smell: Rather weak, but appetizing. Caramel malts and diacetyl dominate; a sweet and creamy aroma, almost like vanilla ice cream.

Taste: Everything in the aroma is here, and it is still, unfortunately, pretty weak and watery. Very light hops add a iceberg lettuce-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth enough, but quite flat. Smiliar to whole milk.

Drinkability: One, I think, is enough. I want something a bit more substantial in taste and in mouthfeel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a light clear brown ale with just above average head with medium retention. Aroma is light bitter with some malt in the back. Taste is quite weak with some bitterness but also a watery feeling that was quite a letdown. Probably below your average English bitter.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tetley's english ale is an odd beer- a floating widget!?!

Anyway, I think I know how to pour a beer but when I poured this Ale, man, 99% head 1% beer. It took a minute to become a very nice looking beer. caramel brown with a creamy smooth white head that coats the glass your lip your nose just about anything it touches.
The taste wasn't very impressive. No carbonation, very watery, & flat. Light caramel and tea flavored malt.

Hey, Tetley's what's up?! Where's the taste?! Very disappointed but at least I have a floating widget!?

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Photo of apierce1
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on tap in England, but it's been so long that I figured I'd better actually taste it again before reviewing.

A- Overall I find this a very attractive beer. The pour was cloudy but settled into a nice, clear amber-red with a two-finger head.

S- There was very little smell from what I could tell. There may have been a little citrus and yeast.

T- Honestly, there was not much of it. What taste there was was hoppy with a much more bitter aftertaste.

M&D- All told the beer is very watery. As such its a very smooth beer drink.

I tried this beer by itself and with food, and I suggest it be tasted with food as well. That compensates for the total lack of flavor and takes advantage of the watery nature.

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Photo of ralree
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear middle-brownish red with a 1-finger head that laces very nicely after 2 minutes. Still 1/2 a finger!

S: Smells like sweet grainy malt with a hint of fruit.

T: Not a strong taste at all - tastes very watered down. Mostly some pretty good malt and hop flavor with a little bit of alcohol shining through. But I can't get over the wateriness.

M: A lot more watery than I expected. Cleanses the mouth too much. Not good. Very light-bodied.

D: Too drinkable. Will not be buying again.

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