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Boddingtons Bitter - Boddingtons

Boddingtons BitterBoddingtons Bitter

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BA SCORE
71
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55 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%


Brewed by:
Boddingtons visit their website
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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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

1/5  rDev -66%
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

Serving type: nitro-can

06-15-2013 02:22:40 | More by IchLiebeBier
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BeerDude59

Florida

2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-08-2013 17:26:20 | More by BeerDude59
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

1.85/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-30-2012 21:49:51 | More by jazzyjeff13
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.2/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-11-2011 13:54:39 | More by BlackHaddock
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had tried Boddington's pub ale when I lived in the States and highly enjoyed that. Bought the draught bitter after moving to the UK. This has a mellow, creamy taste that is hard not to enjoy. Nice creamy head that remains. It's amazing that beer from a can can taste this good. Only minor downside is the aftertaste is a bit too mellow. The beer tastes great on the tongue, but the finish is almost watery. Otherwise a great beer!

Serving type: nitro-can

12-05-2008 22:00:39 | More by fullsweep
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zeff80

Missouri

3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a nice copper color with a thick, creamy, white, two-finger head. The head lingers and leaves soapy rings of lace.

S - The aroma is grassy and earthy. A light caramel nose, too.

T - It was sweet and malty with caramel and toffee flavors. It also had a mild bitter grassiness.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay brew. Very mild but quite drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-13-2008 20:05:54 | More by zeff80
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.42/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-09-2006 23:45:35 | More by charlatan
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is only available in the UK, its the weaker version of Boddington's Pub Ale. My brother got some for me on a recent visit.

This beer pours a pale saffron with a longlasting pancake of a head. The lace is nothing special for a nitro can. The aroma is weakish caramel with a wiff of herbal hops. The taste is heavy on the buttery diacytal with some caramel and slight amounts of hop bittering. The finish reveals some metallic zing. The mouthfeel is very thin and slick.

This is really one of the worst examples of a nitro can that Ive tried. They are normally pretty good (like Beamish stout, kilkenny, Guinness) This one is bland, its bigger brother Pub Ale is a lot better.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-21-2005 01:56:37 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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helloloser12345

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 440ml nitro can.

Pour: Pure white think foamy akin to that of most nitro cans, great retention and a medium amount of lacing.

Appearance: pale amber

Smell: Subtle sweet matly aroma.

Flavour: Quite thin and tasteless. Slight hint of hops. Initially sweet subsiding to leave a bitter note on the back of the throat.

Overall: Not too bad, I’ve tasted worse. Very refreshing and light

Serving type: nitro-can

12-06-2004 20:35:07 | More by helloloser12345
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with an amber body and thick creamy head white head

Smell is dry and malty, with very little prominance of hoppy aromas

Taste is dry and bitter, although quite watery with very little body, this beer is easy to drink but there aint much to it besides the initial taste

Not a bad beer, but there isnt much too it, its just a bit bland

Serving type: nitro-can

03-23-2004 16:14:22 | More by cypressbob
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml nitro can

This beer poured a clear pale yellow color that was clear and fairly carbonated. The head that was produced was rather weak, it was off white in color, and even with the nitro can the head only lasted a moment before it fell to nothing, not even a ring on the edges. There was no lace present. The aroma that came from the glass was on the weak side as well. Aromas of light sweet malt, some floral hops and fruit were all that I could detect. The tastes that rolled over my tongue were much like the nose, weak. I tasted in the beginning a sweet malt and fruit (maybe a strawberry) and ended on the slight bitter side with floral hops. The aftertaste was faint; some bitter hops came through, but were not lasting. The body was light. Over all a light beer with decent flavors. Even though the flavors were weak, they were refreshing on the cruise in the hot sun. This beer is a decent session beer when in the hot sun and you don’t want anything heavy, but want a beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-02-2003 00:28:45 | More by Jarod
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Boto

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draught @ Flanagan’s Bermuda: This one pours a clear, light coppery color. There was a finger of a creamy, dense white head. It has a lighter aroma. Light caramel malts, some earthy and floral hops. Taste is good, but definitely on the lighter side. Malty, and a touch sweet. Some earthy and biscuit notes.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2013 15:46:39 | More by Boto
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WillWillows

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2013 19:12:41 | More by WillWillows
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CrazyDavros

Australia

2.33/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 07:58:43 | More by CrazyDavros
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tenaciousp65

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 19:51:27 | More by tenaciousp65
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.38/5  rDev -53.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 16:29:03 | More by CwrwAmByth
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hophopandaway

United Kingdom (England)

1.55/5  rDev -47.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-19-2011 23:17:24 | More by hophopandaway
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damndirtyape

Ohio

2.33/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2/5  rDev -32%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 19:41:21 | More by seanyfo
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An above-average brewski, if not outstanding. The dark brown color is eye-catching, as is the thick head - when first poured, there is a lot of cloudiness owing to the carbonation; the bubbles are tiny so the turbidity lasts for a little while. Even when it clears the head is still rich; it reminds me of the head on a well-poured Guinness except not as thick.

The flavor was not as heavy as I expected, but it is smooth with the kind of hoppy bitterness I expect from a good English ale. It is smooth and pleasant, and a good accompaniment to a meal.

Serving type: can

02-28-2007 01:30:28 | More by Cyberkedi
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OronoChris

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

11-15-2004 17:30:48 | More by OronoChris
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Salpta

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Summery: Just a step up from the Guinness. I'm not a bitter fan, so my review may be a little lenient to that fact.

Appearance: Deap Cherry with a creamy and long lasting head. Head remained 1/4" thick over the 15 min it took to drink. Complete lace in areas.

Smell: Chocolate but quite faint. Had to cup the glass to detect.

Flavor: Nutty and bitter. Kind of a roasted flavor, even but nice.

M&D: Heavy in the mouth, but light for what i believe the style is. Not bad, but really reminds me of a Guinness clone.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2004 15:46:20 | More by Salpta
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