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 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 meeekyh
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I just noticed Drinkability is now overall. OK, whatever. At least my spellcheck likes overall better.

I find this beer is quite refreshing and full of flavors that are light and round.

The beer itself is a full amber color and the head is off-white, almost light tan. Head is tall and creamy as one would expect from a nitro-can.

Smells are light too, and crisp. Nothing sweet or piny to note.

The taste is the treat along with feel. I love the herbal hints from the hops and the slightly sweet malts that are the essence of this round brew. I love low ABV beers with big taste and this one delivers.

Mouthfeel is creamy-full but finish is clean and dry. Carbonation is of the nitro variety so I am unsure carbonation is the correct term but it is fine, light and creamy.

I could drink many of these and would if they were presented.


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Photo of JonathanG
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a nitro tap.

Appearance: Nice gradual cascade from the nitro tap. The bartender started the the pour, took about a two break to go do something else, then came back and finished the pour, serving it to me with a little over a 1-finger, super creamy, meringue-like head, slightly off-white. A light orangey-copper, clear color in the glass.

Smell: Fruity malt nose overall, with hints of hops. More esters than I anticipated.

Taste: Creamy and relatively round flavors focusing on the fruity esters, but not sweet, along with nice clean grain and malt notes, with a dash of hops thrown into the mix. With food, this seemed ever-so-slightly sweet on the tastebuds, but again more of a creamy sweet, than a sugary sweet, with a nice mellow maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, smooth and easy to drink... almost too easy. I wasn't forcing it down, but had more than half the pint gone in the 10-minutes it took for my sandwich to show up.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, this would be a great session beer. I could see drinking several of these, no problem.

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a nitro line into a 16 oz Guinness glass. Pours beautifully with an inch of super-thick off white creamy head. Nose doesn't deceive much which is exactly what I expected: pale malts and delicate hop aromas.

The taste was initially metallic but after the next few sips that subsided into a very basic and very good light malt and light hop profile. Definitely recommend this for some long term sessioning. Solid brew.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

widget-can into pint glass.

clear copper color with perfect thick 1/2" creamy head. lacing coats the glass and I drink. couldn't look any better.

not much aroma - very mild malt smell. the taste is also very mild, slightly sweet malt flavor.

super smooth and creamy mouthfeel, as advertised on the can. but a bit thin.

nothing special in the taste, but definitely a super drinkable session beer

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Photo of cuttsjp
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful amber color with a pretty, creamy white nitro head. Brilliant clarity. Definitely a pretty beer.

Aroma: Nice malt profile with some fresh, clean graininess and minor sweetness. Small amount of grassy, earthy hops in the background.

Flavor: Nice flavor exuding from the crystal malt-rich profile. Definitely a buttery diacetyl flavor. A small amount of English hop flavor floats in, but there is a nice pronounced hop bitterness on the back of my tongue. Really nice character overall.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth nitro feel. Medium body, very pleasant. I appreciate a good nitro English bitter, especially when all one usually sees in the US is nitro stout.

Overall: Great beer. Totally drinkable, but still plenty of complexity in this guy. I always find myself wishing that this were the style of beer that one could find on tap in every American bar, instead of Bud Light. At 3.6% ABV, this is a wonderful session beer that I could just drink all night.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance- pours just beautifully with that nitro widget cascading and beautifully foaming head, amber in color with long retaining head that stays nicely a long the top of the glass, the perfect appearance

Smell- not ultra complex slight malt and hop but all very mild in smell

Taste- very well balance match of some malty flavor and some hop bitterness drying, not ultra complex but quite enjoyable in its simplicity

Mouthfeel- super creamy and super smooth, just so nice on the palate goes down so easy

Drinkability- incredibly drinkable a great session beer at 3.6 percent you could drink these all day and has a flavor that was enjoyable enough to me to want to have quite a few, this beer will probably be one I would enjoy to visit from time to time

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled out of Ryan011235's fridge for the tick of it.

A- Clear amber that fades to copper in the shadows. Typical nitro cake floats on top, some how leaving hardly any lace.

S- Not surprisingly well balanced. Tea leaf hops and bready malts.

T- Smooth tea like hops backed by crackery malts with a grainy finish.

M- Creamy smooth, slightly dry.

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Photo of NODAK
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell here isn't of really much. Perhaps a bit of creaminess. It's just kind of "beery".

Pours out of the nitro-can into the glass a nice copper color, with a head about a centimeter thick. Good density.

The taste here is of a mild toasted grain quality...nice and creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. There's a nice English hop bitterness at the end that finishes the beer out pretty well. A little bit of toastiness lingers after the swallow. After a while, the muted flavors pretty much die out and it's just like drinking a thick, hardly flavored beer.

An easy drinker...at this low ABV, you could drink these seemingly all day. It's tasty, and just something you don't have to think much about when drinking.

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Photo of kcr357
4.36/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro can, it is a beautiful sight. A thick, fine head eventually settles, revealing a clear copper/light mahogany color.
The scent is faint, but definite hop aromas are present.
The taste is surprisingly light-it is a bit bitter per the style and has an earthy/wood undertone.
very smooth and creamy feel.
I could drink a lot of this beer.
The best example of an english ale I have encountered.

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Photo of Sleestak
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every now and then I get on a kick for a certain type, country of origin etc type of beer. Since I had dinner last night at an English pub/resteraunt and had a few Old Speckled Hen's, I wanted to try some more British brews. I got a four pack of this one at the local BevMo today. Golden amber with a nice creamy nitro head. Smooth and creamy with gentle fruitiness and some faint roasty malts. I like it but like others have reviewed there just isn't much there. It's very subdued to say the least yet enjoyably drinkable.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Smiths pint glass on 8/24/10

The date on the bottom of the can is Jan 20th 2010

Pale, burnt amber in color & quite clear. In nitro fashion it pours milky at first & settles with over a finger's worth of smooth foam. Great retention - solid & long lasting. Decent lacing.

Smooth aroma that is, to be honest, a little dusty. Pale malts are notable & there is a faint bread-like quality to the nose. Earthy hop notes on the peripheries. It also has a light, musty notion.

Tastes very similar to the aroma in that pale malt is the focal point. The hops seem even more restrained, with only a general herbal nature about it; eschewing bitterness (not to be read as a bad thing). It keeps calling to mind an old, dusty wooden shed. Floral hints emerge as it warms.

In the range of medium body. Of course, carbonation is extremely low. This certainly is smooth. Subtle toasty finish with the aforementioned floral notes.

Drinkability is fine. Aside from the "old tool shed" thing, this is pretty enjoyable. I may make a point to keep this on hand in the fridge.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a murky caramel-brown at first, then clears up to an amber-yellow. The head, however is simply fantastic. The widget creates a huge, thick and creamy light tan head that settles and retains a 2 finger froth that simply does not go away.
Aroma: Smells of grain and faint, very faint citrus hops. Nothing really predominant.
Taste: Honestly, I thought I was drinking water for a minute. Literally no flavor up front, however it finishes with some minor hops and a barely noticeable caramel malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Very little carbonation.
Drinkability: Looks great, feels great, just wished it tasted great. Doesn't taste bad, it just lacks any real flavor at all.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 440mL nitro-can into a pint glass.

A: Gotta love the nitro effect on this beer. When you crack the can, out pops a nice gushing sound and a small escape of foam. The beer pours the color of buttermilk at the start, then clears up to a bright amber about halfway through the pour. The head initially envelops about 2/3 of the glass as the nitrogen feels its way in waves up the glass. Then, it settles in a 2 finger froth atop the brew and refuses to leave. Makes for a great beer mustache.

S: Honestly, it's hard to get much of anything. The most prevalent aroma to me must be metal from the can. Faint grain aromas are hiding in there somewhere, but it's hard to get a grasp of any of the ingredients in notable amounts.

T: Very interesting. The nitrogen sort of cuts out the flavor at the front, so you really just get the creamy texture at first. Then, as the palate adjusts to the texture, I start to notice a very faint sweetness. The most noticeable flavor is the bready malt, and faint floral hops bring up the rear. Very basic beer flavors, and hard to separate.

M: Thick and creamy, though possibly too heavy for the style. It's not necessarily flat, but the nitrogen doesn't prickle your taste buds like normal carbonation does; it's much silkier.

D: I love the look and feel of nitro-beers in general, although I don't really like what it does for the flavor. This beer is no exception. The nitrogen flattens out what is already a very basic flavor profile to me. As unthinkingly easy to drink as it is, it doesn't quite offer enough to peak the interest for multiple takes.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a nitro-can at Winking Lizard March 2010. Review from notes.

Is this manufactured by the tea company? It's darn good anyway. Pours spectacularly with the widget. Super creamy, with a pretty, bright white head. Much less metallic taste than any other nitro-can I've ever had. Amazing how complex such a seemingly simple-looking beer can be. Very good.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a Samuel Smith's victorian pint glass.

A: Clear amber-orange with a solid eggshell-colored marshmellow head. This is one beautiful friggin beer.

S: Basic. Hops, malt, caramel. Smells kinda like it looks. What else do you want? Ok, maybe some light notes of crisp green apple and wheat bread in there.

T: Creamy and frothy on the front, mostly due to the nice head. Middle is watery and bland with caramel malts and lightly toasted nuts and faint hops.

D: Due to the lightness of this ale, I could really down these all day long; but given the choice, I'd pick several English Ales over this one. For example, pretty much any beer that is made by the folks who made my glass...

Value: Overpriced. Paid $2.99 for the can. For that price, I should call it a can't.

Sure looks pretty though...

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Photo of BricksandPorter
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured one and half 440mL ice cold into my Dortmunder Boot.

Pour - fantastic cascading bubbles require you to carefully pour this beer. A bold copper brown color that settles out after three or four minutes. Head is a steady two-fingers, the color of whipped butter and just as thick. There are splotches of carbonation "film" at different spots throughout the glass, localized largely around the toe of the boot.

Nose - a weak overall presentation. Not much of anything on the nose. Little bit of malt, no hops, no distinction really whatsoever.

Taste - a delicate combination of dry malt and light spice with a citrusy undertone. Seems to be typical of nitro-conditioned beers, or is that just me? A well balanced before and after with little hops support. Aftertaste has a hint of mineral to it.

Mouthfeel - smooth and extremely creamy. Lacking a real heavy flavor, and for what its color is, the body is actually medium and quite delicate.

Drinkability - definitely a session beer. Does great as a refreshing post-exertion beer. Might go well with a garnish of citrus. I would definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of bmwats
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 440 ml nitro can, into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden. A curtain of carbonation cascades through the entire brew. Foamy and creamy white head settles into a persistent 2 finger tower. Small bubbly carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Very thick foamy lacing hangs on to the sides of the glass as you drink it down. Kinda' looks like I'm powering through an ice cream float.

S: A neutral malt, and a little hop. Nothing too exciting. A subtle lemon citrus and Italian spice. Very light in the nose overall though.

T: Very light malt, a little more substantial hop. Creamy almost milky flavor. The oregano or basil presents very subtly. Has a bit of a steely tinge.

M: Kind of a thick, full texture for this style, methinks. Again, not only creamy in flavor, but texture.... as the can proudly states. A little sweet in the start, and a heavy finish.

D: This one went down fast. Good balance and flavor.

Atmosphere is really solid. The appearance is quite majestic really; the nose not so impressive, but it's what the style dictates. Does well for what it is. The flavor is nice and full, nothing all that impressive, but full. Great texture and feel with this one too. I'd say presentation (appearance and feel) is it's strong suit; with the tangibles (nose and palette) not as outstanding, but not bad either. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of nick76
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is malty and yeasty with a bit of hops. The appearance is amber with a creamy - foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with a bit of caramel and cream and a lightly bitter finish. The palate is average for the style but the nitro head give it a creamy - oily feel. Overall this beer has high drink ability.

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Photo of showell
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden tan with a really pretty 1" head. Smells lightly of malts. The flavor is also light malts. The first can I had was nice malts, and that's about it. The second can has just a hint of metallic, which is why I only gave it a 3 on taste. I love the mouthfeel on these nitro cans. Feels like cream. Very nice. You could probably put several away at only 3.8%.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass a crystal clear pale golden color with a one finger creamy head.

The smell is very malt-centric. Very little else but sweet maltyness.

Very creamy and thick tasting due to the nitrogen. The brew is deliciously malty sweet, with just the slightest inclination of roasted barley. The light hops may not hit you in the face, but you can taste the bitterness. It does well at balancing all of the sweetness of the grains. Finishes clean and fairly dry as well.

Medium-bodied with very little "carbonation". Easily drinkable and an excellent candidate for a session beer.

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Photo of 100floods
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass. The whole thing appeared to foam, but slowly gave way to dark yellow. There was a nice three finger head. There wasn't anything notable when taking a whiff. The first sip was great. This beer had been in the fridge for a bit, bit it fortunately wasn't all that cold. The thing I love about these specific english ales is the mouth feel. it's so thick and creamy. If anything it's the only why i really enjoyed this beer. It's light enough that I could go for another one, but nothing drastically grabbed my attention. It has a very light taste that borded some cheaper american beers, but the thickness of it makes this beer better than pabts or something. This is one of those good beers you have in the fridge when you want something good n light, not heavy.

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

Nitro-tap in imperial tumbler at The Whip Tavern.
First time having this classic pub ale. Nice looking beer with an inch of creamy head that stays till the job's done. Smell is of english malt and bread from the yorkshire yeast. Not a big nose though. Taste is not as flavorable as I expected but still enjoyable. The hops weren't very pronounced which made for a malt forward experience with very low bitterness. Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel from the nitrogen. Very mild beer that makes for a great meal companion. In this case, english onion soup and fish and chips.

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Photo of firemedicgodbey
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into Tulip-style pint glass from widget can.

A - Nice and clear, light amber, with two fingers of dense, creamy eggshell foam.

S - Good clean smell. Slight aroma of malt. Not overpowering aroma, but subtle and suggestive.

T - Slightly sweet, good malt undertones. Smooth, and the flavor seems to rest on the palate, but not overstay its welcome.

M - Flatter than a widget can would suggest, but the creamy feel makes up for that, in my opinion. The head was nice and dense, but not mealy.

D - This beer drinks smooth and goes down well, but I could see this being a beer that I'd only like to drink every so often, so as not to get tired of it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 14.9oz widget can into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear tawny amber with a finger of very dense ivory foam. Looks good to me.

Smell: sweet malt and grain. There's a little bit of a sharp aroma here I usually associate with macro beers, but it's not too bad.

Taste: flavor is slightly sweet, slightly bitter; a little less grainy than the aroma. It's a bit one-dimensional, but relatively well executed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little bit of creaminess to it. The nitro presentation didn't give it much vis-a-vis consistency, but it isn't bad.

Drinkability: a pretty good pub session ale. I bet this would go very well with deep fried bits.

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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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