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      18.07.2011 20:11
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      If you dont fancy lager then this may be the drink for you.

      Smooth silk in a glass is what they advertise and this is precisely what you get. Several pints of John Smiths whilst sat in the beer garden have gone down rather too easily in the past because of its low ABV of 4% and its very mild bitter taste. I have enjoyed many an evening drinking nothing but `smiths` and this surprises me. As a keen ale drinker I usually try anything that is new and grow easily bored of the same drink but John Smiths will always satisfy my needs without becoming difficult to drink. I have had several people tell me they have it in shandies but I cannot verify how nice this is as I am not a shandy drinker.

      Price wise you will find John Smiths one of the most respectably priced beers in the pub. I can pay anywhere from £1.80 to £2.80 for a pint in most establishments. At local shops and supermarkets you can pick up 8 440ml cans for around £7 and a crate of 20 for between £15 and £18.

      If you like your traditional ales then you may not find this too your liking as it doesn't not have much of a taste. If however, you are looking for something you can drink all night but find lager bloating, or you simply fancy a change then this is the beer for you. If anyone has experimented with John Smith Shandies then please share your thoughts on the matter.

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      02.05.2011 01:10
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      A Solid Pint

      ...I'm in the pub and fancy a pint - what do I go for?

      Well, if i'm involved in a hefty drinking session, i'll probably opt for John Smith's Extra Smooth as it's one of the only beers on the market that (for me at least) doesn't result in a massive hangover. That's not to say John Smith's is my favourite bitter; you just can't beat the flavour of a decent local real ale, and i'm also partial to a cool lager on a hot day - but... John Smith's does makes for an easy-drinking and pleasant tipple, and there's nowt wrong with that.

      Founded over two-hundred years ago, the John Smith's brewery has gone from strength to strength and now produces the most popular beer in Britain. The success of the company has been partly down to their clever advertising campaigns, the latest of which feature the straight-talking Peter Kaye and his amusing antics.

      Price-wise, four John Smith's Extra Smooth cans (440ml) are available for £4.28 from Tesco, whilst the twelve pack retails at £9.25. From the pubs John Smith's always seems to be reasonably priced - a couple of years ago you could get a pint for around £1.80, but now the prices have crept up to round the £2.50 mark.

      The extra smooth variety of the beer was first introduced in 1993, and as its title would suggest, the drink is rather smooth with a generally creamy finish. The beer's flavour is mild, although there is a fruityness about it which I find pleasant. In terms of its alcohol content, 4% is the magic figure - seems to be a middle-of-the-road beer which is neither to light or too heady. I generally like to drink the beer fairly cold, although not to the brain-freeze inducing extent of Guinness Extra Cold. Consuming John Smith's below room temperature actually makes it refreshing, perfect for those summer evenings in a hot pub. I like the fact that the drink isn't too gassy - meaning that it's fairly easy to drink without getting overly bloated. I also enjoy the creamy head which seems to last a decent amount of time before dissipating.

      No, John Smith's Extra Smooth it isn't the best bitter in the world - it lacks a complexity of palette that certain real ales have in abundance, and is frequently frowned upon by the aficionados. However, I personally enjoy the beer as a pleasant pint, and anything that doesn't give me a terrible hangover has to be a winner.

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        23.04.2011 15:45
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        A cool creamy smooth bitter

        Since it feels like summer is here, I thought I'd review a few drinks and here's one I love, with a splash of lemonade.

        John Smiths Bitter

        Known as the nation's favorite, the original John Smith began his drinking empire in 1847, his bitter has since become the No. 1 no nonsense ale.
        The no nonsense beer's include Original Bitter, Magnet and Extra Smooth.

        John Smiths Extra Smooth Bitter

        This particular bitter was first launched in 1993, and as mentioned before, it is known as the nations no. 1 ale. it is known to have a distinct cereal character, with malty, caramel notes being complemented by some fruitiness. It is most definitely, a full flavored smooth bitter.

        It is available in draught from the pub, or in 440 ml cans, also available is John Smiths Extra Cold in draught from the pub, this is the same great smooth flow bitter, only a lot colder.

        The 440 ml cans contain a floating widget and are 3.8% volume. Each can is 1.7 units (know your limits, and drink responsibly)

        John Smiths can be bought and consumed at the pub for around £2.80 a pint or purchased in cans from most supermarkets and off licenses, prices may vary. I currently buy mine in packs of 4 from Tesco express and usually buy 8 cans because, they more often than not, have an offer on of two packs of 4 for £7.00. It can be bought in larger packs, again prices will vary from one place to another.


        My Opinion

        When I say I buy the bitter, that isn't strictly true, as my hubby is usually the one to come home from the shop with it. We both love it, but it is his favorite drink along with a few others. It was my husband who first introduced me to John Smiths, I never used to drink bitter, I was always one for lager. In the beginning I drank bitter shandy which I really like. But as time has gone on I have put less and less lemonade in with my bitter and now I barely put any in at all.

        I really like the smooth cold creamy taste of John Smiths Extra Smooth, it taste's somewhat malty and seems to slide down the throat very smoothly, I love this drink ice cold, straight from the fridge, so on the weekend we have to push the food aside to make sure we have lots of room to put our John Smiths. (Now I've made us sound like alcoholics) I don't drink too many cans at any one time, hubby on the other hand could drink for England (if I let him).

        Although I do really like the taste of John Smiths Extra Smooth, I'm not over keen on the smell of it, It's the same with all bitters I find the smell rather nasty, which I suppose is rather strange because if something doesn't smell very good to someone then the chances of them wanting to eat or drink whatever it may be are slim. Taste and smell go together and if your nose says no, then more often than not your mouth will agree. But I can drink this without any concern to the smell of it, that does confuse me and if anyone can explain this to me I would be very grateful.

        So as a quick summary to John Smiths Extra Smooth, I can say, it's easy to drink with not as high a volume as some other bitters, it tastes creamy and smooth and is wonderfully refreshing with a splash of lemonade, ice cold from the fridge on a warm summers evening.

        I'm giving John Smiths 4 stars because I really like the taste but I knocked a star off because of the smell.

        Thank you for reading my review also posted on Ciao

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          02.06.2010 19:06

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          Simply wrong. It's a best seller according to the admen. Well just because it sells well does not mean its any good. It just shows how over hyped marketing and the perfection of the brewers arts in selling anything to the masses if we can get away with it attitude pervades the drinks market.It is rubbish, you can tart it up as smooth, which it is. Ale, which it is not, satisfying and full bodied, it is neither. I will never buy it in Public houses or give it away Supermarkets. There are hundreds of better brews out their, try, nay demand something better.

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          31.01.2010 16:26

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          Great beer, good value and tastes great

          Well, I will be honest, when i drank from 18 I was a lager boy, but I curiously tried John Smiths, and boy did I like it, I started on John Smiths and its Johns I still love to this day. It is smooth, doesn't gas you up as lager or cider would. Has a very mild, yet distinctive taste of which you can't fail to love. It is also much better value than lager and is usually about 30p a pint less. Also you can buy 15 cans of it for a tenner at your local morrisons or supermarket. Which will work out at about 67p a can, which is just under a pint per can. It is always increasing in value, which is good as some people can't always afford to drink in pubs now. The canned johns comes with a "widget" at the bottom of the can, which helps keep it fresh and stop it from settling and ruinging the splendid taste.

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          21.12.2009 10:37
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          Enjoy this draft emulated beer in the comfort of your own home.

          John Smiths bitter is obviously synonymous with the alcoholic drink we call bitter. Prior to the invention of the 'widget' which lurks at the bottom of the can of beer to produce an emulation of the draft beer we drink in pubs and some restaurants, the can of bitter before the 'widget' was an inferior version of the draft pint or half a pint we enjoyed at the pub, but when the widget was created and introduced to the can of beer and in this case, John Smiths Extra Smooth - beer drinking from a can or tin skipped to a new level. With John Smiths Extra Smooth, one can enjoy the taste and texture of this favourite drink (amongst many) in the comfort of their own home or at a picnic, as if they had just had the drink poured from a draft pump from the local pub. Although, not quite the same as a pub draft pint, John Smiths Extra Smooth from the can is pretty close and very enjoyable.

          Of course, bitter is made from hops and brewed in the traditional way which produces beer. The alcoholic content of John Smiths Extra Smooth is relatively low as compared with other beers on the market, but there is enough content to feel the positive glow from the effects from the alcohol. I think this drink makes a great 'winter' drink, although I would enjoy a jar or two in the warmer moments of the year.

          If you haven't tasted John Smiths bitter, then I can only describe it as a malty, yeasty, bitter taste, but with some sweetness. John Smiths Extra Smooth gives a lovely creamy texture too, as enhanced by the creamy head in which accompanies the dark nectar once poured into the glass of your choice - for me, the traditional straight pint glass, although for other, more experienced and veteran drinkers may prefer the traditional pint glass with a handle, but folk can drink in any way they wish and may prefer a refreshing half a pint.

          I have chose to drink John Smiths Extra Smooth for an occasion for quite a few years now and would recommend this drink to people who enjoy bitter and for those who have not tried the delights of a bitter beer. It is possibly an aquired taste to enjoy a bitter beer, but once aquired, perhaps like Stilton cheese, you'll love and adopt it forever.

          I would give full marks to this delicious and wonderful bitter beer.

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          05.12.2009 11:28
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          Its my mumber one beverage and a must on a night out i dont frrl rough the day after.

          When i used to go out i used to drink lager all the time but being a women out on the town with the girls was hard as they were knocking back the shorts or cocktails with the fancy umberellas, and there was me on the lager but keeping up with them was hard work the lager seemed to really gas me up and was heavy so i knew i had to change my drink and there was no way i was opting for a cosmopolitan, an
          Ayway my hubby who has always been a john smiths drinker allowed me a taste of his at first i found it quiet "bitter" and when i say that i do not mean bitter as in the drink bitter but as in the taste, Anyway once i got over the initial bitter taste and had another swig i found it to be really nice and fresh. So on my next night out which was with hubby i decided id stick to John smiths all night to see how my body would deal with it.
          And im suprised at how well i reacted with it , it did not make me feel bloated and i found it easy to drink at a relaxed pace , and unlike lager i was not running to the toilet every ten minutes so i could have a wee.
          And the best bit of all is the morning after the night before i awoke with no hangover, which i find to be a god send as usually i wake groaning and moaning affraid of venturing out of bed as every step feels like a convoy going through my head, but i had nothing i was fresh as a daisy , ok i was a little dry in the mouth and needed lots of water , but that comes with any night out .So for me i will be sticking to this beverage and will continue to relax and enjoy with friends and on the odd occasion i shall even try to convert them to drinking it too.

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          01.08.2009 16:20
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          A great bitter

          John Smiths Extra Smooth is a very mild tasting bitter with a taste that is pleasant but not too strong, making it ideal for drinking along with a meal as its flavour will not overpower the taste of whatever it is you are eating. Its texture is unsurprisingly smooth, and this combined with its mild taste means that it is very easy to drink for prolonged periods.

          Unlike many bitters it's not particularly heavy, and despite its reasonably high ABV of 4% it does not feel at all strong, and I find that drinking several pints of John Smiths Smooth leaves with me with a pleasant calming feeling, whereas one pint of certain other ales of a similar percentage would leave me feeling considerably more 'jolly'.

          At under £2 a pint in most pubs its very competitively priced, and combined with its gentle taste and mild-feeling strength, its easiness on the wallet makes it ideal for the odd casual drink when you want to relax but don't want to end up tipsy. A four pack of 440ml cans will cost you a little under £4 in most supermarkets, making it great value for drinking at home as well, and Asda are currently running an offer of 8 cans for £6 up until the end of 2009, whilst Tesco are selling 15 cans for £10.

          A pleasant, mild and good value bitter.

          Nutritional information (per 440ml serving)

          Calories: 143,
          Fat: 0g,
          Carbs: 10.3g,
          Protein: 0g

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            08.07.2009 22:55
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            A great ale

            John Smiths Extra Smooth is probably my favourite alcoholic drink. Some might think that it isn't really much of an ale, preferring some of the more obscure 'real ales' that there are on the tap in your local pub.

            My other review of Guinness mentioned that you can usually tell how much the rest of the tab at the bar with cost by the price of a pint of John Smith Extra Cold. JJJJ and tomflint will know that John Smith Extra Cold is usually ordered in Wetherspoons Ryde at precisely 11.50pm on a Saturday night by adamnrown400. This drink makes a good addition to the quiz machine and slips down very easily.

            John Smiths advertising campaign has in recent years focussed on the everyman, and it is true to say it's the Daily Star of alcoholic beverages. I think this is probably down to the price of the pint itself. It usually retails quite cheaply in comparison to many other pints of the same calibre. In Spoons the pint comes in at a very reasonable £1.85.

            John Smiths is well worth a try next time you are in a pub!

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            30.05.2009 03:13
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            A smooth bitter for people who have lived a bit.

            John Smiths Extra Smooth is a premium bitter and you'll find the cans in packs of four, ten or fifteen located on the premium bitter cans shelf of the major supermarkets. Shop around and you should still be able to find a pack of 15 for a tenner - at least I did yesterday at my local Tesco.

            As far as bitters are concerned Boddingtons is the brew from the can that in recent years I've tended to fully appreciate usually on a Sunday afternoon. However, John Smiths Extra Smooth has always been a decent competitor with its darker tone, fruitier taste and creamier textures, but still quite light for a bitter. What's more, unlike Boddies, it rarely leaves me with a splitting headache after one or four cans.

            The Extra Smooth canned brew is a touch stronger than the draught at 4% alcohol content - well under the level required to blow your head off... unless you drink a crate. It's unusual for me to prefer a canned lager or bitter from a can over the draught version but John Smiths Extra is a rare exception - I actually think it has a fuller tastier flavour from the can when compared to the draught (although that didn't stop me drinking nine pints of draught at the recent Grand National event).

            Cans of John Smiths Extra Smooth contain widgets and therefore it is important to serve them chilled although ice cold is not necessary in my opinion. The beer is best served poured slowly into a tall glass. Patience is required as the micro bubbles rise through the dense toffee coloured liquid to the surface where a thick creamy head forms in slow motion. Extra Smooth means the fizz is minimal; this is not a gassy concoction. One thing guaranteed is that the creamy smooth consistency of this bitter ensures it will always go down nicely, though beware this brings with it certain risk factors. For as you swig the smooth brew and cast aside the empty cans into the corner of the room (or behind the couch depending on the arrangements of your interior décor) there's always the risk of an impending panic when you're watching ther match and at the half-time interval you suddenly realise there's only one four-pack left in the fridge.

            An acquaintance once told me that JSES lacked flavour. After looking at him with restrained disgust I told him that he was an imbecile and knew nothing about life. The fact that he was holding a bottle of Budweiser merely proved my point.

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              21.05.2009 00:08
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              an easy going drink which doesn't break the bank

              When I first started drinking I couldn't find an alcoholic beverage to suit my taste. I had tried lager, cider, stout, spirits and mixers, wine....the list goes on. One day however I came across a drink which, while it didn't blow me away, was easy to drink and relaxing but also got me pretty darn drunk (good times). That drink was John Smiths extra smooth.

              John Smiths is a bitter with 4% alcohol content which in my opinion is just right, as often anything stronger than that doesn't taste particularly nice. Its best served cold and has a nice bitter taste (but not too bitter), and also a creaminess to it. The drink is also great in the summer as it is quite light and refreshing.

              A can of John Smiths contains a 'widget' which aids the pouring of the beer and helps to prevent getting a huge head on it. The widget can also be used for a game of 'beer pong', where by you have two people at opposite ends of a table, and in turn try to bounce the widget into the other persons glass. If it lands in the glass the person whose glass it is has to 'down' half of their pint (or all of it depending on how hardcore you are). This is a very fun game if you're looking to get drunk quickly.

              I'm sure many of you will have seen the adverts on TV with Peter Kay ("ave it"). They are light hearted and show that John Smiths is a drink which doesn't take itself too seriously.

              John Smiths is priced very well. It is more expensive than 'John Smiths original', but it is better tasting and is not fizzy. At ASDA a pack of 4 cans costs 3.92, and a pack of 15 costs about £10. Often supermarkets will have John Smiths on offer so you can get it even cheaper! In most pubs from draught it is priced around £2.00, but this varies depending on the pub.

              Overall I love this bitter. It is an easy going drink which doesn't break the bank. It's also good at getting you pretty hammered! What more could you ask for from beer?

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                28.02.2009 01:08
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                A delicious bitter best served cold.

                A delicious draught ale, if a little bit heavy on the stomach. Gulping this down all night is liable to give you a bit of a dicky tummy. However it is one of the nicest bitters I've ever tasted and it doesnt surprise me that it is the biggest-selling in Britain.

                This is the sort of drink that works best in the context of a meal, typically a pub lunch. It is filling but not overly so, and tastes best when nice and cool.
                If you insist on drinking it out of a can, I definitely wouldn't recommend having it luke-warm. In a pub it normally has a bit of a head on it, but out of a can you're basically just drinking foam.

                It has a pleasant and distinctive taste. The reason for this is probably that the majority of John Smiths Extra Smooth is the pasteurised and filtered version, served from pressurised kegs, rather than the more traditional version served by pubs from casks. It is easy to drink in moderation, like most ales and goes down nice.

                4% proof.

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                Mass produced by Scottish Courage, this has got to be one of the worst beers ever brewed, and it's popularity speaks volumes for the power of advertising over people's tastebuds.

                People who drink this seem to do so for its 'texture', "it's so smooth" they cry! Yes, just a shame about the taste, which of course, is of no importance compared to this sacred "texture" !

                Beware any beer branded "creamflow". It means they've pasteurised it (to kill off the nasty taste and to make it easy to care for), pumped it full of chemicals (to kill of the nasty taste and to make it "smooth"), and pumped it full of Nitrogen (to make it "smooth"). It's chilled so it attracts lager drinkers, but more importantly, to hide the taste. If you ever sample one of these, the coldness does its best to hide the poisonous taste, but let it acclimatise to room temperature a little more and the full 'flavour' is soon exposed!

                And what a flavour. You really can taste the chemicals it's been saturated with, and it's unpleasant and nauseating. Unlike an ale, this "beer" requires very little care on the part of the pub/bar where it is served. Just mass produced, bunged in a keg, cooled and away you go!

                The title of another opinion on this vile concoction, "beer for people who don't like beer" sums it up perfectly. It is a sad reflection on the tastebuds of the nation that this is such a popular drink, and is often the only bitter available in trendy "clubs", which is a great shame for people who prefer to drink bitter than lager. When the choice is between lager and this tripe, even as a confirmed bitter drinker, I have to side with the lager! Which is much more boring, but at least it's weak taste isn't unpleasant.

                The draught version is vile, and the canned version is much the same, but added to the flavour of all the chemicals is the taste of the can its been in.

                I beg of you all, please stop buying this crap! The more you buy it, the more widespread it'll become, and the bigger the profits for Scottish Courage, who deserve to be fined, not rewarded, for such an insult to our tastebuds.

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                  Hangover??? Yes, I had a hangover, it was awful. I had the headaches, the dizziness and the shakes.Do I regret it?..Nope! Let me tell you why. I?m a big big fan of John Smiths Bitter, I drink it like pop, pint after pint after pint. You see the thing is, this stuff goes down so well, and when your in the pub with a few of your mates, you don?t actually realize how much you have had. A Little About It. John Smiths is a established bitter. It is Britain?s best selling, and commands 15% of the UK bitter market. It is Brewed by Scottish and Newcastle, and originates from Tadcaster in Yorkshire ( I think). The Look When poured it appears a little cloudy, and has a nice thick head ( like me I suppose), John Smith and I, we are so alike. The head, once settled is about ¾ of a inch thick. Bitter?, nope that isn?t the key word, smooth and creamy would be my description. The Taste This stuff is damn refreshing, probably from the fact that is served at 8 degrees. Now at first it?s cold, very cold infact. I usually leave mine for a minute or two, whilst I waft my mates smoke out of my face, and draw patterns in the condensation that builds up on the glass. The first gulp and all you get is the head, the second and your into the good stuff. This bitter slips down the back of your throat easily. I?m not a lager drinker, so it defiantly doesn?t taste like that, it?s more of a taste of Guiness, but not as thick, a hint of fizz, and a whole lot of body. It?s quite filling. Enjoyment ? Yes, it?s enjoyable, I prefer it from the pump as opposed from a can, because although it has that lovely floating widget ?bob?, and a attractive green can, with those hilarious adverts, I do tend to find that when you get to the end it tastes a bit tinny. Does it get you drunk? Aye it does, at 4% volume, it?s not the strongest of ales, but because it goes down so we
                  ll, you do tend to end up crawling home. (well I do) I drink this at anytime, Whether I?m out on a bender with my mates, having Sunday lunch at my mothers or watching the Toon Army kick Dynamo Kievs backside on the box. I love it. Availability John Smiths is available anywhere, you pay about 1.90/ 2.00 for a pint and a four pack costs about 4.50 in 440ml cans. Anything else? Ermm that John Smith?, he is my best buddie. Enjoy Lianne

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                    You know you love 'em, the great Peter Kay adverts on the telly just now? "'Ave It" with the football and the great bomb into the pool after the posh dives have been done! Well I love them anyhow. Onto the booze. Let's see, I've read a couple of ops on this beer and was surprised at how many people were so unimpressed with it. The words "flavourless," "too cold," and "utter crap" have seemed to be the most prevalent of all so I'd like to step in with my tuppen'orth and set the record straight. If you followed the category listing to get to this opinion then I apologise, you've been mislead, it's not an ale, it's a bitter (difference is quite simply that this is a nitrogenated beer and comes in a keg rather than a cask) so there's the first reason that a lot of people have been unimpressed I reckon: You should not go up to the bar for a pint of Smooth and expect it to be anything like the Spitfire/Abbott/Old Speckled Hen beers, it just is not a real ale at all. Any complaints can be made to CAMRA and you'll get a nice letter back with the dog hairs, pipe tobacco smell and dribble marks included gratis. That said, I love real ales but I have yet to apply for my 3 legged dog and beard set. Let us begin. The beer is, quite simply, freezing cold (real ale buffs, I know..... I'll provide you with a hexi block heater if I ever go for a pint with you) and very, very creamy (sieves and anti froth spoons can also be provided). It's a good session beer in my experience, at a little over 4% ABV it won't get you well smashed in a hurry and the taste is just great. To drink the beer is to taste the class that comes out of Tadcaster, a lovely, creamy, easy going beer that will keep you upright for quite a while while adding a certain mellowness to the drinker. It's what I'd call a Rugby Club drink - after the game, a cool, creamy dri
                    nk that will allow you to keep going for a long session (you know rugby players) and still be able to order your kebab without slurring and remember the words to all the mucky songs. As far as prices go, there's so much regional variation that it's very hard to pin down a specific price. You'll generally get a pint for about £2.00, I've seen it as low as £1.45 and as high as £3.00 but as a general rule you'll find that a couple of quid a pint is about average. The price quoted below is the price at my local. All in all I can't praise this drink enough. The booze content is fine for the drinker of plenty, the taste is nice and creamy, slightly nutty/hoppy and very good to quaff. This beer is great. Buy it and smile :¬D That was the Boon.

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                    John Smiths is firmly established as Britain biggest-selling bitter and the leading Scottish Courage brand now commands more than 15% of the total UK standard bitter market. Brewer: Scottish & Newcastle Style: Ale.