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Boddingtons Bitter - Boddingtons

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 24.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jarod on 12-02-2003)
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Reviews by WillWillows:
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3.75/5  rDev +28%

I like English Bitter. I spent a lot of pub time during my time in England and Boddington's is a favorite in Manchester and in other areas of England. I found it on draught here at the Cock And Bull Pub on Mainstrasse in Covington, KY and have been enjoying it since. On a hot day you can sit outside and the creamy mellow taste cools you down. Anyone who reads my reviews knows I am an avid Half and Half drinker and I like this with Guiness Draught layered in the English pint. Nice for sitting around and having a chat. But on its own, nicely done. It's served at Old Trafford for all you United Fans. Cheers, mate.

06-15-2013 19:12:41 | More by WillWillows
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

1.85/5  rDev -36.9%

A 440ml nitro-can with a BB of Aug 2012. ABV is stated as 3.5%. Picked up dirt cheap from some off-licence. Described on the side as Boddingtons Draught bitter.

Opens with a loud hiss, and the sound of bubbling nitrogen. Poured into a tulip pint glass; the full-on Guinness 'settling' effect lasts for a couple of minutes. A clear golden colour with very faint carbonation. Yields a vast head of creamy white foam with superb retention; it just stays there as I drink. The aroma is barely there - mild hints of grain, caramel, ale yeast esters and stewed hops. A slight background staleness. Incredibly bland.

Tastes of weak caramel malt with a stale finish. Some yeast esters and a whisper of stewed hops lurking turgidly in the background. Faintly sweet, with an almost imperceptible bitterness and a harsh, solventy hint upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth with a decent creamy body, but the lack of carbonation detracts from the texture - the result is flat and insubstantial. Mild aftertaste of stewed hops and yeast esters.

Appalling - utter, utter shit. This easily ranks as one of the worst beers I've ever had the displeasure of imbibing; even most macro lagers come over better. Virtually tasteless and without aroma. What little can be detected is horrid, while the body leaves much to be desired (like a corpse). This is bad on so many levels, it should be considered a crime against humanity. Avoid at all costs.

07-30-2012 21:49:51 | More by jazzyjeff13
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1.5/5  rDev -48.8%

10-16-2012 19:00:56 | More by Keegan
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United Kingdom (England)

1.55/5  rDev -47.1%

I'm not going to review this beer properly because it doesn't deserve it. I had to drink it because it was that or carling and I just can't buy Carling.

This is not a traditional bitter it's one of those nasty nitro-tap things that makes it look like bitter but it has not flavout, feels like water and is so cold that it's just an ordeal to drink. I warn others not to try this abomination.

02-19-2011 23:17:24 | More by hophopandaway
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2.33/5  rDev -20.5%

Pours dark amber with a very small white head.
Restrained aroma but includes honey, toffee and faint herbal hops.
Similar flavours, very restrained, but a bit of honey and faint cardboard is noticeable.
Watery body. Needs more carbonation.
Boring but not unpleasant.

08-28-2012 07:58:43 | More by CrazyDavros
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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

04-02-2014 17:31:08 | More by Thanx4AllDaFish
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2.88/5  rDev -1.7%

I had never had this beer so i decided to try it as it was on tap at my uni bar. It said bitter on the label but I wasn't prepared for exactly how bitter the beer would be. The beer was very thick but at the same time watery. I can see why people have seen this beer as going downhill. Everyone around me was dismissing it as complete shit but I thought it held its own. It was certainly different than anything I have ever tried and I wasn't prepared for it. Was it a little too bitter and watery? yea but I think this beer has more potential than people give it. I wish i could have tried it back in its prime as people have said but for now it is an interesting style that i wouldn't mind trying more

10-25-2011 19:51:27 | More by tenaciousp65
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1.5/5  rDev -48.8%

01-27-2013 10:40:58 | More by Ausdigga
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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

11-23-2013 14:51:17 | More by dbaker61
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

08-11-2012 02:25:55 | More by BrazilianAussie
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United Kingdom (England)

2.2/5  rDev -24.9%

440ml can of 3.5% of blandness. Poured into a dimpled pint mug, it looked OK once the ‘widget’ had done its business, clear and golden with a creamy head on top.

Not anything to report on the aroma front at all.

To call this bland is unfair to bland stuff; this is just rubbish and although I’m sure the liquid in the can had been shown some hops and malts: they didn’t actually get to meet each other long enough before they were boiled to death and pasteurised. This is great pity because when this beer was formally brewed at the Strangways Brewery it was a lovely bitter, didn’t travel too well but in its heartland you couldn’t have asked for a better pint of cask bitter. It would appear JW Lees have contract brewed a really poor product (as I believe they now produce this liquid).

Cost me a pound at a works beer call, managed to drink it all, but would have trouble spending that much on such a brew again.

11-11-2011 13:54:39 | More by BlackHaddock
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4.13/5  rDev +41%

Very nice brew.

I was pleasently surprised.

A standard English bitter, but nice drinking and tasty.

Good for a session or five.

Had a creamy taste and overall refreshing.

Nice long lasting head, and solid lace.

Nothing spectacular, however I highly recommend its simplicity.

It was much better off of cask than on tap as well.

11-15-2004 17:30:48 | More by OronoChris
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2.33/5  rDev -20.5%

Served in a Nonic glass at the bar in the Jurys Inn, Nottingham.

Appearance: Clear coppery color with a rich thick white foam. Plenty of persistent lacing on the glass as I drank it down, but the foam on top does eventually go to just a thin film.

Smell: Practically nothing. A hint of faint malt, otherwise nothing.

Taste: A very weak British bitter taste, with some metallic notes. The malt is also weak against the bitterness - but not a lot here.

Mouthfeel: Not a lot of carbonation (but that's okay for a British beer) but a bit watery. Nothing really strong going on here.

Drinkability: Ummm....no, I can't have again. Shame that a beer which looks so nice at first turns out to be a let down in all other categories. Oh well.

07-04-2010 18:54:35 | More by damndirtyape
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South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

07-30-2014 21:03:56 | More by DrMindbender
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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

04-08-2014 18:50:21 | More by pfhanlon
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United Kingdom (England)

1.75/5  rDev -40.3%

07-11-2014 01:21:03 | More by EmperorBevis
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

12-22-2012 14:35:47 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

03-19-2012 01:46:18 | More by ehnesandrew
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev +2.4%

04-27-2013 00:29:40 | More by bumchilly25
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +2.4%

12-18-2011 14:59:46 | More by 11millsown113
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

05-18-2014 04:06:52 | More by IllicitEloquence
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2.55/5  rDev -13%

Not an impressive beer.

Appearance looked good in the glass...clear, about a 1/2 inch head.

No distinct aroma.

Taste was okay...a little creamy.

Mouthfeel was also a bit creamy.

Overall...less than an average bitter. I wouldn't purchase it again.

02-08-2013 17:26:20 | More by BeerDude59
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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

03-18-2014 14:16:51 | More by BSuter
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

05-31-2014 18:30:04 | More by endless1408
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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

05-19-2012 03:21:08 | More by abcramer
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