Boddingtons Pub Ale | Boddingtons

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3.19
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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boddingtons
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of B0bth31oon
2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

The initial pour is excellent, probably due to the widget inside; after about 10 seconds, the cascade of bubbles ceases (not a negative quality in and of itself, simply a noticeable lack of sustainable bubble fall).

The color is "at or slightly below par" when compared to the ideal Pale-Golden Ale.

The smell is pleasant. Creamy, soft, and sweet in aroma, but somehow missing that special something.

The taste is somewhat disappointing after the pleasant aroma. Not a "bad" taste per-say, but it is definitely water-esque. (To elaborate again, watery is not necessarily a bad quality. If "easy going down" is what you're looking for, this may be the beer for you! Just not my cup of alcoholic tea.)

Feel: For me, the feel is one the most important qualities of a brew, and this just didn't do it for me. Boddingtons was uncannily smooth. To put it in a different way: it felt so much like water, my first sip was unpleasant.


I don't want to discourage anyone from trying this beer, because I think that this beer *could* be a good match for someone whom is looking for something extremely smooth, soft, and easy.


(Every beer is worth a try. Like I always recommend, try it one time! If you don't like it, so what? You will have experienced something new! :D )

Cheers Mate!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.32/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank "Boddies" in England by the Gallon - back when it was Independent, and I was young. Since being in the US, I have drunk this three times from the tap (at Heroes in Claremont) for comparitive purposes - hoping it would get better. How can I say this - It didn't !!
Nice head, looks good and its "smooth"...... and thats about it really. Disappointing mouthfeel, lowish carbonation - this beer is both filtered and pasteurised and suffers as a consequence - as well as just being simply too bland for me. Low on malt and bitterness, some fruitiness, but I had to concentrate hard to get this.
As an Englishmen, for me this is a very sad pathetic pale imitation and a shadow of its former exceptionalism in its "independent" glory days. Another great beer ruined by the Macros. That said, as a stand-alone beer, it just barely passes the threshold of acceptability with me.
I prefer to drink American Psuedo-Craft Beers (e.g. Sam Adams) long before this - anyday, and I'm English.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.32/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I've always wanted to try this beer since i see it at my local meijer grocery store as well as the high class liqour store i got to. The head was awesome, to put it in very un-eloquent terms, but the flavor did not back up the apperance of the beer. The smell reminded me of cream soda. But the flavor of the beer didn't back up the smell. The beer tasted as if it were flat but the head proved otherwise. My rocomendation, do not try this beer unless you like flat tasting beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.31/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber orange with a thick, tight head. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Smells a little malty and a little floral.

Taste is weak. A small amount of toasty malt and some floral hops, but the entire brew is watery.

The mouthfeel is okay, the nitro-can adds that carbonation that gives it a creamy feel.

This is drinkable because of the non-offensive tastes, but I'm not going to buy this brew in the future.

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Photo of DerBayer
2.31/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy and cloudy yellow - living up to the bees on front. Creamy white head pleasant enough.

Smell is slightly grassy with faint honey notes and a slightly unpleasant sour undercurrent.

Taste is much the same - drinkable but slightly unpleasant. In all the beer went down ok with creamy mouthfeel and served at refreshing temperature but wont go there again.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden amber colour with fair nitro froth. The meniscus raises quite quickly and sits with a good two fingers of dense white foam. Body is absolutely still and clear. Not bad but fairly average.

Smells quite sweet, fair amount of malt with a cream edge. Hops are mostly absent, not much else to add to the smell. Fairly pleasant, slightly caramelly aroma. Certainly inoffensive, at least.

Taste is alright, mild and creamy for the most part, sweet malt with a milky edge, brush of tomato and a hint of tea. Hops come in midway through - unpleasantly, really, with a nasty bitter edge and an unfamiliar gaseous quality, yeasty and sinking, they instantly give you the feeling of a bad hangover. They taste slightly medicinal, and not clean or fresh.

Mouthfeel is smooth of course but very wet, almost squelchy because its watery muddiness.

This is not great beer. I like English ales - particularly nitro-pressurised ones because they're smooth and clean and a good way to finish the night, but this one has a real mean streak to it, quite aseptic and unpleasant.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

People pay that much for this stuff? Pours nowhere near as impressive as Guinness, a poopy brown looking early homebrew type of beer. Smell, notes of harsh tea and toffee. Taste, more of the same, thin, anti hop beer.

Leaves nothing for mouthfeel, but is drinkable in an unintentional way, as a good tea substitute if you let it warm up a bit.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Unlike other nitro cans, the head on this one began forming as soon as I popped the tab. Good thing I was paying attention because the foam shot out the top and very nearly made a mess of my desktop. Standard nitro pub ale appearance with a cascading 'inverse head'. The beer is bright gold with a healthy dose of orange and the head is a densely creamy disk of dark cream.

The nose is shy to the point of anthropophobia. It's a little pale malty with grainy undertones, but I don't have much to go on. The beer has a strange, almost chemical-like flavor. It starts off grainy with a modest amount of hop bitterness, but then quickly morphs into an unpleasantness that resembles dandelions sprayed with weed killer (although I've never tasted either, alone or in combination).

Really though, it isn't quite as bad as all that. I am able to drink it without wincing, spitting or regurgitating. The mouthfeel is watery in the extreme. The nitro attempts to salvage some degree of smooth creaminess--and does to a certain extent--but the thin, watery makeup is just too much to overcome.

I've had good nitro pub ales and I've had bad nitro pub ales. Count Boddingtons Pub Ale as one of the latter. Thumbs down.

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Photo of plfahey
2.27/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1 pint nitro can poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance-Nice cascading effect from the nitro pour. Medium gold in color with good clarity and a large, tight, creamy beige head with good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Grainy, slightly corny aroma. Cereal grains and extremely light floral hop aroma. Perhaps a touch of fruity esters (apple or pear) here, but not much going on at all.

Flavor-A bit more fruit in the flavor, with light pear esters showing up front. Corny cereal grains carry throughout, and is eventually overshadowed by moderately low hop bitterness, and a suggestion of floral hop flavor. Finishes a bit minerally/almost metallic with just a touch of astringency.

Mouthfeel-Carbonation is low and body is medium light-actually quite thin at times. Add in the slight astringent buzz on the back end and the product is an insipid, lifeless experience.

Smells and tastes like an American lager with just a touch of fruitiness. Uninspired, and piss poor for an English Pale Ale-totally lacking in any malt, hop, or yeast based points of complexity.

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Photo of champ103
2.27/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice dark copper color with that perfect nitro head and lace.
S: Not much here. Some sweet malt and a chemical aroma.
T: A malty graininess with a metallic/chemical flavor.
M/D: A very light body that is thin and watery. It is not hard to drink, but I don't see much reason to.

I am not impressed at all. I don't think I will get this again, and there is no reason to recommend this.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.27/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I purchased this beer at Jungle Jims. I got it out of there reduce bin for 1.75.The beer was served from the can into pub glass.

Appearance: The beer really looked good in the glass. The beer has a nice clear golden coloration. The head was huge and very creamy off white colored. Thick lacing remained behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer smelled a bit malty with a grainy sort of smell. Very subdued hops present in the beer.

Taste: The beer is nearly one dimensional. There is a underwhelming maltyness to the beer. This combines with a minimal hop prescence. Very small bitterness is present in this beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a very creamy texture. The taste is just to dam thin. The beer has a medium body.

Drinkability: This was frankly almost unbearable to drink as I had better choices in the fridge. Hopefully you have better choices than this beer. I will not purchase this again.

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Photo of JDV
2.27/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Draught house. White rich creamy lasting head like a squirt of shaving cream. Lightly sweet floral, honey and alcohol aroma. Extremely smooth creamy mouthfeel, very lightly carbonated. Slighty sweet aftertaste with a twinge of bitterness and alcohol. Decent, but it could use just a tad more carbonation, but I understand this is the style of the beer. Not bad, but not something I crave.

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Photo of mjurney
2.27/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Appearance]: Nice amber golden color with a thick and creamy head.
[Smell]: Faint bitteriness, maybe some hint of sweet malts.
[Taste]: Very dull flavor of bitter hops and sweet malts, nothing really special.
[Mouthfeel]: Creamy mouthfeel, also has a weird metallic aftertaste that lingers in my mouth.
[Drinkability]: Nope! Not this one.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.26/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 18, 2008

It excited me at first with the creamy, thick, white head. The head tasted great, reminded me of a foamy marshmallow type taste. The aroma, however, left something to be desired. As nice as the thick, creamy head was, I didn't really care for the beer all that much. It was extremely watery in contrast with the head and just felt weak overall to me.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.26/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks much better than it tastes or smells. It produces a rich creamy looking head from the nitro wigit, and the body is golden with a slight amount of haze. This Pub Ale smells very metallic, and that's pretty much it. It seems to have a slight ginger taste. Something I find unique. Lastly, for an ale this tastes a bit "lagery."

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
2.26/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a nitro-can into a mug.

A - Color of a golden coin with an amazing creamy, three-finger, perfectly white foamy head. Looks inviting enough.

S - Almost odorless, but what little aroma exists is kind of a "stale beer" odor. Smells of adjucnts. Not appealing at all.

T - Cloying dexrtin sweetness followed by earthy stale hops. Astringent chemical aftertaste reminiscent of dish soap and formaldehyde. Zero depth or complexity. Phenols became even more present as it warmed. One word...BAD.

M - Smooth creamy, silky, mouthfeel. Nice and full bodied, but it doesnt make up for the poor taste.

O - A nice appearance and mouthfeel, but thats about the only redeeming qualities here this beer. Adjuncts abound. A struggle to finish. I have craft beer drinking friends that enjoy this one. Maybe I am missing something.

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Photo of MEsoJD
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Gold copper body with a creamy head.

S: Nothing crazy, just the aroma of light hops, toast and grains.

T: Creamy, sweet grains/honey, very faint/light roasted malt, and faint hops.

M: Light bodied, little carbonation, no alcohol presence, and smooth.

O: There is nothing special about this beer. It's decent and very close to sub par. It doesn't benefit from being poured into a glass. I actually prefer it from the can. To be honest, I haven't seen a beer truly benefit from the whole nitro-can widget hype. My rating may be too generous. I defiantly wouldn't recommend. This is close to being called beer pong beer.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.23/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

English Pale Ale. I wanted to try because I always had the American Pale Ale.

The smell of this is great. It's powerful, not too offensive. A little bit of sweetness.

The carbonation is good. I had about 1 finger of head that stays until you finish the glass. So I find it really nice.
About the taste it's really creamy. But on the finish I was really disappointed. When the texture of the creaminess is gone you have like that bang of corny taste.

Would I recommend it ? No, for my part I won't buy again. It's really special. But if you are in England you can still give it a try and see.

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Photo of domtronzero
2.23/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow with a cascading carbonation/nitrogenation that seems to fall down to the bottom of the glass, similar to Guiness. Creamy, frothy white head leaves a slight lacing around the glass. Aroma is almost non-existent. Taste is corn and a slight malt presence. No hops detected. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, similar to Guiness, but unlike Guiness the taste is rather lacking. Overall, this is simply an average beer. I will not be wasting my money on this beer again.

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Photo of bpw28
2.23/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Opened it and got it all over myself.

Look: Beautiful solid two finger cream white head (looks like a solid thick layer of whipped cream), beautiful retention, light amber (about a 14 SRM), beautiful lacing.

Smell: Malt, apple. Maybe floral. Nothing really here.

Taste: Apple. Tons of apple. Malt. Floral. Thats all. Body is way light. If they want to bottle the water they use to make this I'll buy that.

Final Thoughts: Not to be rude, but this one can be sumed up in three words: apple flavored water. Just like that sexy brunette you know, she's got the looks but nothing much going on inside.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.22/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I feel like there was something about this beer that I just didn't get. I opened the can and foam came gushing out. Not to be outdone, I dumped a mix of foam and beer into my glass and let it settle a bit. Appearance was good - a golden color with very abundant head like you'd see on cask-conditioned beer.

And then my opinion began to fade a bit. This beer smelled like nothing. Taste was also very mild and (dare I say it?) boring. Mouthfeel was extremely flat, particularly given how much head this beer initially had. I feel like there's an appeal that I'm not detecting, but as it was, I thought it was pretty marginal.

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Photo of beerman599
2.19/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cloudy orange in color with a very thick head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma ( what their was of it) was slightly malty, but nothing to rave about. Taste was not too impressive ether. Rather bland and unimpressive. Mouthfeel was creamy, and this was the the flavor. i would rather drink water than have another one of these so I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of LacquerHead
2.18/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this out of a 16oz can and once on tap; both pours yielded roughly the same experience. For this review, I had this on-tap at Scuttlebutts in CC TX. This beer has really only one thing going for it, it looks great in a pint glass.

It pours an amber color. As it is being poured the micro bubbles produce a very thick light tan foamy head. At this point it looks very good, however, this is where it ends. The aroma is very weak. It goes down very smooth and the flavors are very subtle; overall it has a very watered down taste. Towards the end of the glass it goes flat.

It is easy to drink because it goes down like water. I wouldn't mind drinking it again as long as I didn't have to pay for it.

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Photo of Samp01
2.18/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml can. Pours a crystal clear copper amber with a small white lasting head. Aroma and Taste is of light grains, fruity with some light biscuit malt. Palate is a light body with very light carbonation. Finish is sweet light biscuit malt, grainy, light fruity notes. Flavor and aroma is a bit flat as well as the carbonation. Overall an ok brew not much else.

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Photo of chaunur
2.18/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drinkably barely-but not something I would order again. Little taste and bitter in a bad way. It was almost as if the beer had gone bad it even had an unpleasant odor.
med tan in color,little head, a thin texture in the mouth and flavors that were identifable
This was part of a 5 beer flight of pale ales and was easily the worst of them.

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Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
73 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.