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Boddingtons Bitter - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons BitterBoddingtons Bitter

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BA SCORE
70
okay

64 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 24.32%
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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Photo of IchLiebeBier
1/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pale Copper; medium frothy head, long lasting

Aroma: Light malt; bready; slight citrus; not much aroma

Taste: Very thin throughout; not much flavor at all; almost like drinking water; horrible

Remarks: Came in a nitro Can; I don't particularly like the results from these cans

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of CwrwAmByth
1.38/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I agree with many other reviewers, this beer used to be acceptable but since being bought out it has gone right downhill. The cans have one of those 'widget' things in, which like guinness draught tries to make the beer as if it has come out of a tap, but just gives it the texture of cream mixed with water. Honestly I detest beer that has been put through those devices.

It's drinkable when cold, as it is mostly tasteless so you can gulp it down. So we have so far tasteless watery, cream. To be honest, 1 - awful, sums up my opinions of drinking this beer.

Never again...

CwrwAmByth, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Keegan
1.5/5  rDev -48.6%

Keegan, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Ausdigga
1.5/5  rDev -48.6%

Ausdigga, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of hophopandaway
1.55/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 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.

hophopandaway, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of EmperorBevis
1.75/5  rDev -40.1%

EmperorBevis, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Mr_Pink_152
1.75/5  rDev -40.1%

Mr_Pink_152, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
1.85/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

jazzyjeff13, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of seanyfo
2/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pint served in imperial pint glass at local Frankie & Benny's restuarant

A- Copper brown body, with 2 finger rocky cream head. Not much lacing, head reduces quickly to leave a crown.

S- Close to nothing, some faint roasted malt, not much else.

T- Very faint roasted malts again, no obvious hop content, all very bland and finish is too quick and watery.

M- Medium to low carbonation, thin body.

D- Bland, poor mass produced bitter, pass!

seanyfo, May 05, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

BlackHaddock, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Drummermean
2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

Drummermean, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.33/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

CrazyDavros, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of damndirtyape
2.33/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

damndirtyape, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of charlatan
2.42/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Oh dear! hadn't tried this during my seven years in the US because I remembered it not being much good when I was kid. only know do I realise that the beer widely available in the US is a different beer from the one widely available here.

This has a very light colour for a bitter. It looks more like a lager with the typical thick but unpleasantly dry looking nitro head. Smells creamy (creaminess was once its big selling point if I recall correctly) in a manner I am beginning to associate with pasteurisation (I'm not sure if that is right or not). Can pick out a little hoppiness if I concentrate.

The feel is nasty. This is flatter than most cask ales and without the attendant bonus in flavour. The silky head would offer a nice counterpoint to strong carbonation, but in the event it just compounds the issue.

It tastes bland in the extreme, vaguely bitter but with no points of interest to speak of at all.

charlatan, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of DrMindbender
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

DrMindbender, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of ehnesandrew
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

ehnesandrew, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of BeerDude59
2.55/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

BeerDude59, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of dbaker61
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

dbaker61, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of abcramer
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

abcramer, May 19, 2012
Photo of Tellytell
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Tellytell, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of blbarnett3
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

blbarnett3, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

WOLFGANG, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of tenaciousp65
2.88/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

tenaciousp65, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3/5  rDev +2.7%

BrazilianAussie, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
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Boddingtons Bitter from Boddingtons
70 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.