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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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a good old English nonic pint glass. This shall do indeed.

A creamy typical nitro looking head, off white in appearance. Body color is a good crystal amber orange, but has some real strange straffing bubbles on the side. Classic lacing while drinking.

Real nice nose. Bread malts, and sweet orange cream, really digging that. Fruity esters, and fun things to be had, almost tapioca smelling. Creamy malts!

Real nice light bodied creamy palate, matching a biscuity dense sweet graham cracker palate. Milk sweet slight, finish with mild orange citrus.

Great tasting, nice looking. Real filling and light bodied, super sessionable. Great beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a nitro can into a nonic.

Once the beer settles the appearance is a clear medium copper with a thick creamy head courtesy of the nitro pour.

Aroma is very creamy with some pale malt. Really no hops in the nose.

The flavor is also quite creamy with some pale malt and vanilla. A slight bitterness appears toward the finish and lingers. All other flavors fade pretty quickly.

Overall this is a decent English beer but not the best that is out there. Pretty run of the mill. Would like to have it on tap sometime.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Look – once it settled down, it was a bit of a dark amber color, with about two fingers’ worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – a creamy smell indeed. It almost smells like a cream soda, but only faintly. The smell itself is fairly faint, with a slight bitterness in the end.

Taste – very creamy tasting in general, very smooth. There’s a bitterness throughout, which must of course yield from a hoppy blend, but it’s not so much in the taste.

Mouthfeel – smooth and leaning toward the creamier side.

Overall – interesting in general, but might be appreciated more from a tap.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark gold beer clear enough to read the paper through. Nitro widget results in an absurdly creamy white head that looks and tastes like whipped cream. Phenomenal lacing.

Mild aroma is faintly sweet and malty with traditional British-style hop characteristics, mostly bitter. Toasty and bready. Very, very mild; a little bit of grassy hops, a touch of toasty malt.

The flavor finds the simple bitter hops a little more prominent than in the nose but still well-balanced with the bready malt. Extremely creamy but thin-bodied; low carbonation and ABV make this totally drinkable and one of the best true session beers in a can I've had.

Simple, absolutely quaffable, so soft and creamy. Only knocks might be a very faint metallic aroma and aftertaste and a slight overall wateriness. Still, I really enjoyed this beer. Don't be an anti-nitro bigot!

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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 K9AleingPiss
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the appearance good, very nice foamy head,robust nutty color,with an aroma that compliments. Nice malty,bready,odor,with some sweetness too. BUT all this down the hatch....well not as rewarding. Tasted almost like dirty water. suprisingly I tasted water over everything?!! Will give it another try maybe this winter.

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light roasted malt, not a lot of hop presence. The scent is understated and mild but there, maybe poured a bit cold so may increase.

Light creamy presence on the palette. Mid range of carbonation, this had the nitro widget inside also which likely adds to some of the mouthfeel.

Light copperish in color, with nitro it results in a nice rather creamy stark white head which is lacing nicely.

Light bready malt flavor, bit of nutty flavor much lighter than a nut brown. Some residual bitterness but minimal, goldings possibly?

Rather, I would love to see how many I could go through. 3.6% abv, it is meant to be a sessionable beer and it definitely is.

There's something that really does it for me with this beer. I like the nuance of the aroma and bitterness along with very high drinkability. Might be a bit dull for some, but one of my favorites.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber with a tight, creamy off-white head that laces deep into the glass. The appearance is unique, as the head never seems to dissipate; instead it remains perched atop the liquid.

S: Very light on the nose. Aromas of toffee and caramel are joined by gentle suggestions of some kind of dark bread. Not the most unique smelling beer in the world.

T: This ale is initially sweet and very malty with gentle notes of caramel, toffee, cream, brown sugar, and vanilla bean. The finish is also on the sweet side with caramel and toffee flavors being most pronounced. There is virtually nothing in the way of noticeable hopping.

M: Really unappealing. Most bitters and English pale ales have at least some carbonation, a bit of minerality on the palate, but this ale has none. Instead, it is a very thin, oily, light-bodied beer. Almost syrupy in some ways.

O: Tetley's is a true disappointment. I have to wonder if its appeal is due to a degree of sentimentality, or whether it all boils down to availability. In any regard, I will not likely be drinking a can of this stuff again.

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Photo of Jerone
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Slightly darker than straw color with a one and a half finger head that sticks around and leaves good lacing, pretty beer.

S - Some malts and bread, maybe citrus and hops, not a lot though.

T - Just not a lot of taste, but there is some malt and a bit of tangy citrus and some bitterness in the end.

M - Nice mouthfeel, smooth, light to medium carbonation. creamy.

O - If it had more flavor I would love it, but they just didn't pack quite enough in there.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: tan/orange body, big khaki 2 finger pillow top,
gorgeous lacing

S: light grain, mild lemon zest, malt

T: sweet light citrus, grain/earthy malt, light bitter
creamy finish

M: light/med body, creamy/smooth mouth

O: One of my favorite English beers, love gulping
this bad boy at a nice English pub and catching
some football (soccer) and rugby. I will continue
to buy this and recommend to others.


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Photo of johnnnniee
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a widget can a large crack and hiss then in one fluid motion I pour into an awaiting glass. Foam filled glass slowly turns brilliant copper with a good two finger white head that has great retention and lace. Faint lack luster aroma is malty, earthy, with a bit of wet dog. Taste is subtle with light fruit and dark sugars. Malty and earthy taste. Medium to thin body, light level of carbonation with a creamy watery mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but not especially complex or overly flavorful. At 3.6 abv I could probably pound these all night, but the real question is would I want to?

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear golden color with a verything white head on top that vanishes quickly. The smell of the beer has some lager like aromas mixedwith some sweet malts and grains. The taste of the beer is light but had some bread like flavors and a dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, some light carobation and has an easy going drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew in my opinion, Not too much else to say really.

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Photo of soju6
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a coppery color with a nitro generated head and lots of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of some citrus and a bit of malt sweetness.

T: Slightly sweet malt taste, touch of bitterness and a fairly clean finish. I was hoping or a bit more.

F: medium body, creamy, but needs a bit of character.

O: Nothing fancy, easy drinker. Another decent session beer.

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Photo of danmouer
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tetley's nitro-can is well-balanced, very quaffable bitter, but certainly not extraordinary. The flavor is dominated by caramel maltiness, but even that is rather on the understated side. The finish is pleasantly clean, with a nice bitter hop spine.

This is a good everyday session brew, if that's what your looking for. Beats Hell out of Lite Lager.

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Photo of GrizzlyBehr
4.34/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a widget can into a pint glass.

A- upon pouring the beer into the glass you notice a rich caramel body and a thick creamy head. Once the head has risen you have a nice inch or so thick head.

S- smell is pretty bland very light almost none existing.

T- taste is good also very light and very drinkable. Very smooth.

M- mouthfeel is the most important part of this beer. The thick creamy head and smooth draft like feel make it so delightful. A beer that has a pleasent feel from start to finish

Overall = A-

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Photo of leansean88
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Despite it coming in a can, it makes me feel all fancy drinking it. Can is akin to that of a Guinness, which is encouragable. Pours a very creamy drink that looks absolutely delicious. My first time opening it, however, I was taken aback by the sound of gases releasing. Damn widget!

S - Nothing too strong, but has a pleasant, creamy aroma about it.

T - Other than a creamy body and a hint of hops and malt, there isn't much there. Quite different from pale ales I've had in the past. It's still nice, but you can barely taste the alcohol. Oh... that's right.

M - As nice as I would expect given it's creaminess. Not much in the way of feeling, but not bad.

O - This was recommended to me by a Brit who just happened to be perusing the beer aisle when I was. I took his interest in Samuel Smith's as a sign of good taste. In the end, it's a pleasant beer, but not outstanding. You'd have to drink the whole four pack to get buzzed off this stuff, and that's a bit upsetting. Oh well. It'll be good for those who are just getting into beer.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/2" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over light brown liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Very nice and inviting smell of lemon and malt.

T: Despite the smell, the taste of lemon and caramel malt is rather faint.

M: Thin viscosity with a low level of carbonation.

O: The taste was a bit disappointing given the appearance and smell.

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Photo of Forb
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a can at Jake's Cigars and Spirits - Omaha, NE...

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy golden body with a weak watery head that leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: Bread malt, faint lemon essence.

Taste: A great mild hop flavor is the most noticeable alongside the buttery smooth malts.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation with a light to medium body that goes down smooth and clean.

Overall: A decent beer but not what I commonly look for.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Not sure why I had to have this one at Armanetti's...I just did. Good for me, right? It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of stoic lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, light lemon zest, light-ish biscuit, and balsa. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some very light orange peel, white bread, and a moderate touch of dark greens. The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a decidedly smooth feel. Overall, an enjoyable, easy-to-drink brew. Not bad at all.

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Photo of PapillonJohn
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had all of the other (Guinness and Boddington) draught cans from Giant Eagle store so I figured to go ahead and give this one a shot.

Cracked open, immediately sprayed in the face. I took it as a good sign, as if the beer Gods had sprayed me with their loving bliss.

Appearance: After cracking the beer surged with great vigor due to the nitro widget in the can. I quickly poured it into a Pint glass at a slant, as it suggests on the side of the can. It poured a beautiful tea-like color with a very smooth, thick, and creamy head that stuck around forever on top of that nectar.

Smell: Sadly, the smell was a bit of a let down. Not too much going on here. A little sweet and a tad yeasty.

Taste: Thankfully, much better than the smell leads on. Right up front you get a bit of a tea leaf, herbal, slight bitterness that leads right into a lasting bit of honey sweetness. I have to say, I find it to be a bit on the mild side, but very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: I must have died and went to Valhalla, this beer is ever so smooth. I can't even begin to describe how wonderful I think the mouthfeel is. It's a bit watery, but you soon forget about that as soon as the creamy head and smooth body flow through your mouth and down your throat. Forgot to mention, barely any carbonation. Maybe the slightest tingle from the nitro, but that's it.

Overall: I truly believe this to be a great beer, in a can. I would love to try this fresh on draft. I paid $8.99 for 4 pint cans and I believe it was more than worth it. I would recommend this beer to anyone...especially an ol' English chap.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tea-colored ale with a dense off-white head that retains for a long time. Very subtle aroma. Lightly sweet, toasted, bready. Flavors of bread and honey. Some mild, smoky biscuit and fruits as well. Not a very creamy ale, despite having a head that resembles vanilla milkshake.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a Tulip stout glass. Bottom of can has numbers and a date that says 31 Jan 10A...Hmm...I wonder how old this can is. Let's give it a try.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange beer with a persistent 1/4" light tan head. The head is very dense. Lacing is noted to slowly slide back down into the main foam - doesn't stick. Good looking English ale.

Smell: Very mild honey smell with maybe something herbal and leafy in there. Pretty mild but not unappealing.

Taste: Very mild flavor beer. Malt up front, moving into English bitter (Fuggles I think) with a tea + honey flavor finish. Not too bad but really weak.

Mouthfeel: Very very very faint carbonation on the tongue - otherwise completely flat. Just a hair thicker than water and it does have the mouthfeel of some English ales I've had but not terribly impressive.

Overall / Drinkability: Well, for something that may be over a year old it's held up pretty well, although I wonder what I'm missing due to its age. Very sessionable beer...and as much as some of the parts are not really amazing, I actually could have another one. I think I'd have to have it with a meal though for more than one. By itself it's just okay, but again, I do wonder how much age is affecting the flavor and aroma here.

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Photo of alankwak
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark coppery golden and clear. Super head retention and lacing.

S: Average grainy smell. No hop aroma.:(

T: Very nice malt and distant fruit flavors. Although no hop aroma there's a nice hop bitterness on the tongue to counter the malt sweetness.

M: Medium to full. Very rewarding here. Good.

O: This is a fine, low/medium alcohol nitro ale. Low hop presence overall and that might be it's weakest point besides being a bit low on the "gravity" side. Tasty Ale!!

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Photo of cyrock1
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale to medium amber with a creamy nitro white head.

Smell: estery fruits with a biscuity background.

Taste: light malt and grainy taste, straight- forward English ale.

Mouthfeel: Creamy of course with just a hint of bitterness on the tongue.

Overall: Just an average pub ale.

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Photo of Brunite
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A light golden copper with a creamy off-white head. Creamy. Not as much lace.

S: Mostly notes of pale malt and floral hops.

T: Subdued malty flavor....not much hop bitterness. Almost tea-like. Pretty bland.

M: Creamy due to nitro....not much else.

O: Pretty average. Nice to try...not up to par for regular use.

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Tetley's English Ale from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
3.5 out of 5 based on 504 ratings.
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