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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

1,987 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 1987
Reviews: 1033
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%


Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001)
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head formed as the beer cascaded up. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy laving and puffy head all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet pale malts, toasted, and herbal hops. Slight metallic smell too.

Taste: Same as above. Nothing over the top and pretty simple.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation, and slightly chewy.

Overall: Pretty average and simple EPA. Nitro can is cool though.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-14-2014 23:47:04 | More by Flounder57
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MattBeer

California

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This is not the best beer of all time, sure, but it is getting hit hard on this site!

I just drank one and I'm glad I bought a 4-pack.

Since there have been almost 2000 ratings to date, I'm going to review with respect to them.

A: Darker than you'd expect. Honestly, more head than you'd expect.
S: About what you'd predict. Grains, a bit of grass...not much going on.
T: Better than you think. It's a great cream ale, and if you don't want a cream ale, it's a great dog treat.
M: The creamy mouthfeel of this beer is a real treat. I think this is the least honest category on BA; who can tell me that the mouthfeel of a quad is honestly better than this?
O: If it's on draft and it's happy hour, have one!

Serving type: nitro-can

04-11-2014 22:11:28 | More by MattBeer
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Furlinator

California

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent honey gold with a full one inch cream head that remains as a thick cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is somewhat muted and consists of grains (wheat, barley and corn), very faint grassy hops and some sweet cream aroma.

The flavor too, is somewhat bland: bready grain, faint citrus and sweet cream.

The texture is light bodied with low carbonation.

This is certainly not an awful tasting brew. All the components come across so lightly that the end result feels just slightly thicker and more flavorful than water.

Serving type: can

04-08-2014 03:08:42 | More by Furlinator
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dcmchew

Romania

3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice, caramel-colored, nitro-can, so after a while a fluffy dense white head settles at about one finger, great retention.
Smells of sweet malts, banana, grains, pretty toned down.
Taste of bread dough, lots of grain, banana, some faint apple and lemon, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Faint floral notes, grass, but the finish gets really metallic.
Smooth and creamy, low (to none at all) carbonation, light and easy to drink. Some lingering grains in the aftertaste, but again, coins..
A nice cream ale, some off notes in its taste.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-27-2014 08:08:28 | More by dcmchew
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paul_db

Washington

3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This use to be my 'go-to' beer way back before i got into sours/stouts.

Tasted way better on tap, and like water out of the can, with no carbonation.

You get a bit of a nutty aftertaste and no carb in the mouth feel which is different. Alot of cream at the beginning. You get a bit of a nutty aftertaste.

i wouldn't be against having this again but since then i've had better cream ales.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 16:35:08 | More by paul_db
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SprintST1050

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer. It isn't complicated and does what it was intended to do, be a cream ale which is light and smooth and simply refreshing. It has good color and smell and it's great in the summer when you don't want a lager. And on top of all that, I like their little do dad in the can because it works. Done.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2014 03:47:26 | More by SprintST1050
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-can poured into a standard pint glass at neighborhood pub. A light bronze tea-like color with a pinkish cast, with the to-be-expected creamy rich head from the nitro-pour mechanism. This brew gets mentioned frequently as a "classic" example of an easy-drinking but now thoroughly commercialized English pale ale and that does about sum it up. Aroma is subtle and initially difficult to discern, although one does get some tinny caramel malt and musty floral hops after a few good sniffs. Palate starts with chalky sweet grains and sharper than expected Goldings hop, eventually progressing to a more tannic grain and metallic flavor that becomes quite pervasive. Some peach and perfumed tea flavor notes remain somewhere in the stew but the overall metal and grain impression is difficult to shake. Thin bodied and very light, maybe a wee bit thicker than a canned bitter like Tetley's, with the expected creamy smooth mouthfeel from the nitro bubbles. Finishes faintly earthy and floral but again the main taste is astringent and somewhat sour. Because of this, I cannot really see myself sessioning this in true English pub fashion.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2014 01:15:57 | More by CalgaryFMC
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Reviewed from a red Solo cup, but from the reviews I've seen on Yoube, beer is a dark golden color in body. The head on mine was extremely thick and creamy. Looked on par for a widget can beer. I think the nitro can beers look better than ones without the CO2, but that's just my opinion.

S- Light, sweet caramel malts, graininess, grassy. Not a huge amount going on, but from what's there, it smells nice.

T- Again, follows the aroma. Sweet caramel malts is the main flavor. The maltiness is light. Fair amount of grassy, earthy graininess. Nothing that wows, but the flavors work together.

M- Light and refreshing. Texture is extremely creamy from the nitro widget in the can. Extremely easy to drink. This doesn't have a large presence of carbination. Finish is sweet before it drys with that grainy taste. Not bad at all.

Overall this beer is slightly better than average, but not much. It's very light in character and body. But the grains and caramel malts play well together. C+/B- is where I'm at on Boddington's Pub Ale.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-15-2014 19:51:50 | More by ThomasMetal75
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SafeWord_Whiskey

New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beautiful appearance, the draughtflow system really delivers a fantastic 2 finger head with good retention

lightly floral scent, faint malt sweetness, and slightly metallic

clean, crisp, faint malt, barely any hops, yet the metallic taste really comes through in the aftertaste

i do like the feel of this beer, very creamy yet still thin enough to be highly sessionable

overall this beer is nothing special, a league above many american macro brews, but still a good refreshing session beer on a warm day with friends

Serving type: nitro-can

02-18-2014 00:11:18 | More by SafeWord_Whiskey
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a Nonic pint glass.

It's certainly a beaut to look at. The nitro effect is very suggestive of a cask and lots of foam surges from the bottom of the glass to the head. The head settles four fingers thick and is creamy in appearance. It looks edible almost. The liquid is copper-brown, clean and transparent.

The nose is a mash-up of mild bitter and earthy hops and some seemingly sour malt. Some sweetness is present. These same notes extend to the taste. There's a slight sourness, sweet malt that lingers and some bitter, earthy hops. The flavors seem a bit restrained, although one could argue the better word would be subtle.

The mouthfeel offers plenty of creaminess, but peculiarly, also feels somewhat thin and diluted. There's some bitterness and sweetness to make things interesting, as well as lingering hoppiness, but I'm not blown away by the way this feels. Okay, but not great.

Overall, certainly a respectable beer and one I'd choose over most domestic macros in the states, but not at the level of an artisan beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-05-2014 03:33:41 | More by ONovoMexicano
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utopiajane

New York

3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel honey brown with a flourish of dirty, milky looking bubbles that meet a slight but creamy head of long lasting foam. Bubbles stick to the side of the glass and almost obscure a tiny bit of sediment in the beer. Nose is earthy and smells a bit like dirt at first. Then it becomes grassy and very herbal. It has a bit of sour form the mixture of grains. A flaked corn sweetness emerges as it warms and it becomes more pleasant as you drink it.

Taste follows the nose. Husky, herbal, earthy and with a bit of bitter in the finish. I looked hard for any metallic quality and could not find any. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy from the nitro and it is a surprise if you are not expecting it. I did feel that the beer was a bit thin but not really bland and the grass and herbal , although not fruity offered plenty of flavor and texture. Just a touch of diacetyl in this to remind you of popcorn. Goes to the finish dry and with more grass and a moderate bitter. Husky earthy, grainy, grassy, pungent and herbal.

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 17:12:52 | More by utopiajane
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bricology

California

3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have to laugh at some of the negative reviews that Boddingtons has here. They mostly seem to treat it as if it somehow didn't measure up to their preferences or expectations to vastly *different types* of beers. That's as absurd as say, criticizing pinot noir for not being enough like sauternes (or Coke for not being enough like Sprite).

Folks, Boddingtons is a CREAM ALE. If you are criticizing it for not being hoppy enough, or not having enough carbonation, or being too sweet, or having a slightly funky farmyard aroma -- that can only be because you don't know jack shit about cream ales. That accounts for nearly every reviewer here that gave it less than 3 points.

Like I said: Boddingtons is a cream ale -- a type of ale that was favored by working men who wanted to nip down to the pub during lunch for something satisfying but not too alcoholic. It's supposed to be caramelly sweet, to have a creamy mouthfeel and a solid head, to have low discernible hops and low carbonation; that's the effect brewers were trying to achieve. The nitro capsule pretty well replicates the effect of a skilled publican aerating the ale into the glass.

Some criticism is deserved: the nitro capsule imparts a metallic tang that's unpleasant and overpowers the faint flavors and aromas of overripe banana, pecans, sourdough bread and perhaps a little chicory. And the nitro makes opening a can and decanting it a dangerous operation. But that's the price that must be paid for the mouthfeel the nitro imparts. Once it settles down, it's as pretty of a glass of ale as you could imagine. No, Boddy's is not as good as Narragansett's cream ale, but it's a hell of a lot easier to obtain, and much cheaper.

In short, on a cool autumn afternoon, I doubt very much that one could find a more drinkable and enjoyable cream ale available in any store in America for such a low price. Put aside your prejudices that every "good beer" must have the exact characteristics of Pliny the Elder and try to enjoy a distinctly British style of traditional workingman's ale on its own merits. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-26-2014 08:45:46 | More by bricology
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davidvaz

Arizona

1.23/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I tried this beer from a nitro-can poured into a mug It had a good head about a 1/2 inch thick. Looked great but was all smoke and mirrors. Its like someone got a can and scooped some lake water into a can. This was an awful beer and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-25-2014 07:03:26 | More by davidvaz
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Bernoulli

South Carolina

2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

3/8 inch head... very light brown layer on bottom with a bubbly-ish layer above the tan-line that's white mixed with something a bit darker than the lowest level, and then the very long lasting head. Head mostly stays and the two layers merge to an even prettier transparent brown (that's a bit darker than it started). A beautiful beer to watch settle.

Smells like it tastes.

An interesting choice if your only other nitro was a Guinness because, except for the nitro, they are of course nothing alike.

Innocuous in the way that we thought Newcastle was. Definitely nothing at all of the extra bite/kick of something like Hobgoblin.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-17-2014 23:21:41 | More by Bernoulli
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mwilbur

Minnesota

1.98/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured from can into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear gold with 1 inch creamy/foamy head. Good retention.
S: Mild malt and even milder hops. A bit off here.
T: Wow...horrible. Like water, but only worse. Absolutely bad.
M: Light body. Watery. Creamy feel from the nitro is the only saving grace here.
D: Very, very bad. Don't waste your time. So many better beers to enjoy...

Serving type: nitro-can

12-30-2013 05:44:51 | More by mwilbur
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RaulMondesi

California

3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Chilling out with the hipsters at the Observatory in SanTana, CA and just doin' in right well.

As far as an English beverage goes, Leslie Howard this is not. No, Raul would not fly over the Bay of Biscay, disguising himself as Winston Churchill, sipping on one of these thangs as the plane goes down in flames. At the end of the day, though, it is palatable and tasty enough to have another. It's not Kate Beckinsale "tasty and palatable," but I think you feel me, my children.

Yep!

Serving type: nitro-can

11-14-2013 04:03:24 | More by RaulMondesi
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap into a 500 ml pint glass at the local pub.

Appearance - light copper colored beer with a nice 1 finger thick creamy head, with enough density that it seemingly has gravitational pull of all objects towards it. Beer is hazy just after pouring but after resting becomes transparent. While the head lasted for an eternity, the head itself was less than 1 whole finger.

Smell - Not a lot, some sweet grain smells, barely detectable malts and completely invisible hops. Not bad just not a whole lot there either.

Taste - Well given the nose there's definitely some flavor in comparison, light corn flavors and tastes a bit watery for my liking especially given how thick and rich this looks.

Mouthfeel - Fairly rich and creamy but almost too much given the absence of big flavors, it's almost a sense of being creamy and heavy just because. Mild carbonation, but isn't too noticeable given the heavier nature of this beer.

Overall - Enjoyable, just not as good as I remembered, and definitely not as good as it looks. Still wouldn't turn it down if offered one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 21:55:48 | More by DenisKolkin
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Aaron_Ramson

California

3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The most unique aspects of this brew are its aroma and flavor. The nose is extremely minerally; lots of metallic overtones that look over the biscuity malt aromas. Slightly perfumey; floral with a strong herbal scent near the end. Taste is very sharp, musty, maybe some corn adjuncts, biscuity, minerally and very chewy. Almost lightly skunky like a bottle thats been light struck, except that this was poured from a can. Extremely creamy mouthfeel; almost feels like a nitro poured draft beer. Very different from the American ales I am used to, and one that I would drink again.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-24-2013 23:03:03 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper hue with a tight nitro head. Settled to less than a finger. Rocking the glass, the beer looks soppy.

Sweet grain, corn, light husky aroma. A little watery. Not entirely absent of hops, but they're barely there.

Picking up the corn again, but there's a light tea element. Slightly watered down taste. Grain notes have staleness. Hops are hard to find. Lightly bitter, at first, but picks up a phenolic astringency toward the end.

Okay feel with some milkiness, thanks to the widget. Carbonation does well, while the body seems a little too light.

Boddingtons is not as good as some of the others in its class, but it's a classic pub ale, nonetheless.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-15-2013 02:55:40 | More by thecheapies
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Jdbateman83

California

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I would buy it again. Not my favorite, but given a limited selection and being in the mood I would drink it. It's strange, it is hoppy, but it does by linger at all. Not bitter but not sweet. Darker gold color for such a light flavor. Really nice packaging and advertising. The can likes to say "import" on it.

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 03:23:42 | More by Jdbateman83
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TeddyBrew

New York

2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

This one is fairly easy locate and it is too bad it isn't better. Nice appearance with a large foamy head and a pleasant yellow hue. Taste is simply mediocre to poor. Tastes like some macro concoction with off-putting flavours. Nothing really in common with a real English bitter. Nice marketing though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 05:59:32 | More by TeddyBrew
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TheBrewWhisperer

Ohio

1.61/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

This is one of the worst beers i have ever tasted.

Appearence: pale gold with a nice creamy cascading head.

Smell: Old grain and caramel malts with metal

Taste: god awful, the malts flavor but the metal can taste overlaps the beer is what i call a 'peasant beer' a beer that is only for looks and shine to the inbev fans everywhere.

i give this beer a 2.25 for it's originality and if you want a true English style 'pub ale' try out Newcastle founders ale or Fullers London Pride

thank you :)

Serving type: nitro-can

07-26-2013 23:56:05 | More by TheBrewWhisperer
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving type: 16-ounce can. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass. The color is a nice, clear gold that has a hint of a chill haze. A finger and a half of thick, creamy, white head created a lasting cap.

Smell: Somewhat fittingly, it actually smells a little like Guinness. Perhaps that has a lot to do with the nitrogen widget. Lots of cereal-like pale malts, a little grassiness, and a hint of lemon.

Taste: My first sip was surprisingly smooth and creamy, though that probably had more to do with the thick foam sitting on the beer. Nonetheless, it does have a decent mouthfeel and is partly dry. The flavor is crisp, clean, and mostly mirrors the smell: pale malts, maybe some light caramel, light grassiness, a hint of lemon, and a minor, beer-like bite at the end.

Drinkability: Though nothing spectacular, I like it. It is unpretentious, the packaging is attractive, its appearance is inviting, and it makes for light and easy drinking on a beautiful and cool July evening.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-25-2013 03:07:23 | More by TheQuietMan22
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rallyr32

New York

2.11/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I was unpleasantly surprised by how much this tasted like a less-carbonated Bud Light. The "darughtology" is a definite gimmick, and although the beer pours with a medium head and has a gold look and creamy feel, it definitely lacks real substance and is a forgettable experience. I suppose you could cut open the can and you would have a pretty decent dreidel to play with, but that's where the interesting characteristics of this beer end.

Serving type: can

07-16-2013 18:11:57 | More by rallyr32
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chuckwagonrocks

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Over all I would say it is smooth. A little light on taste for a dark beer but very drinkable. Leaves you wanting a little more bite. Pours easy with a classic head that remains there until the last sip. My friend from the CZ really liked that (something the Europeans like i guess.) Without going into a lot of colorful words, it is the kind of beer you sit around at a Pub with friends and drink all night. Goes good with pizza, fish & chips and nachos. Enjoy!

Serving type: nitro-can

07-06-2013 21:20:33 | More by chuckwagonrocks
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