There are some excellently jakey pubs in my city which are great places, except that they have no beer worth drinking. I grew up with such pubs, so this week when I had occasion to be in a couple of them, I ordered a half of McEwan's keg 80/– on a whim. The aroma, such as there was, transported me back in time to when I thought that's what beer smelled like. On the palate it was very slightly grainy, with no finish to speak of.
In the next pub there was a half of Tennent's Special, which smelled and tasted of bugger all.
Finally a pint of Tennent's Lager also tasted of bugger all. It did, however, have a beautiful head on it. The foam even tasted bitter. To say it tasted of hops would be pushing it.