Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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Reviews: 1,075
Hads: 2,554
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19.63%
Wants: 38
Gots: 281 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Reviews: 1,075 | Hads: 2,554
Photo of tdm168
2.16/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - light copper with a half of an inch of pure white, soft, dense, creamy, head that has great retention

S - grainy, faintly musty, a bit sweet

T - sweet, corn, grains, metallic, apples

M - light bodied, thin, little carbonation

Everything about this beer is pretty solid...except how it tastes and smells! It's metallic and off putting, sweet and grainy, thin and watery. This a very poor example of the style. Ignore! (424 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
2.16/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

heard some decent things about this beer, thought i'd give it a whirl. like guinness or murphys its a nitro can so its neat to hear the nitro widget go crazy after you open it and pour it in the glass and see the big white head develop, thats where all the good ends, and the bad begins, smell reaks of corn, more than budlight, its crazy how unappealing it smells. taste is even less, appealing, just a bitter and skunky watery mess.. mouthfeel is like distilled water, i woud say avoid (487 characters)

Photo of thehooksman
2.16/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pouring this out into a glass is an exciting experience. It pours a cloudy beige color that cascades down in the glass and settles to a clear weak tea color with a thick white creamy head. It smells of sweet honey and mild hops. You'd think this beer was going to be awesome. It looks like a million bucks... but no. Based on the aroma the flavor is extremely disappointing. It tastes like stale water with a touch of bitter. The body is water thin with no carbonation or cream. Poured it out.

On a second tasting, I tried it warm (never in fridge) and it was an improvement... barely. So if you like warm, flat beer, this is for you. (635 characters)

Photo of ZekemusMaximus
2.15/5  rDev -33%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - The Cascading pour was just intense and wonderful to look at, it ended up creating a strong, creamy head. Super thick and puffy. The beer itself was a light gold, almost crystal clear. Really nice to look at.

S - Not too much coming from this, kind of a basic malt smell with a bit of sweeter fruit.

T - Really was let down here. It was almost like a richer, creamier, coors original. I feel bad making that comparison but there just wasnt a whole lot too it. It was certainly bready and maybe a bit of banana in there at the end.

M - Very light and easy on the mouth, not too much going on.

Seems like any basic american pilsner or lager. Just not a whole lot too it other than appearance. This is a great aesthetic beer but a poor drinking beer. (755 characters)

Photo of rallyr32
2.14/5  rDev -33.3%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.14/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A typical nito-can display when poured. Substantial, long-lived and creamy soft head.

Smell is gentle with what strikes me as a whiff of Juicy Fruit gum (?!) in there.

Undistinguished gentle taste. Some bitterness that lingers for a bit, but otherwise quite unremarkable.

Everything about this beer is soft. No. Not soft. Whimpy. Utterly limp. This is a beer that can't be bothered – so neither can I. I pass. (419 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
2.12/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The nitro can gives it an amazingly creamy and fluffy off white head. The color is nice, a crystal clear deep gold.

The flavor is, different. There are tastes recognizable from similarly canned Guinness. Some grassy grains come through, as well as an off putting metallic taste. Hops do provide a little bitterness.

It's not getting any better as it warms, unfortunately. I'm glad this was a gift. To put it plainly, it just doesn't taste good. (446 characters)

Photo of cbleary
2.12/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Enjoyed out of a pint nitro-can into a glass mug.

It poured nicely into the mug with a reddish hue and a thick white head that persisted through the drinking. Unfortunately, it was downhill form there. There wasn't much smell to speak of and the taste was bland and watery, with mild bitterness on the finish. I felt that the beer was under-carbonated and a bit of a chore to drink. I wouldn't get it again. (408 characters)

Photo of atr2605
2.12/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-pours a clear golden straw color with a creamy white head that persists
S-Very faint hop aroma with some sweet malt presence. Overall pretty low hop aroma
T-very muddled, consisting of hop bitterness that lacks distinct flavors with some malt sweetness, metallic cloying after taste
M-pretty thin and watery, which is surprising since its a nitro can
O-I haven't had a ton of english pale ales but I can tell this falls a bit short. (434 characters)

Photo of NickRivers
2.11/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A&S - Pours a creamy tan color, then settles to a clear gold with a thin creamy white head. Smells very bland and grainy, with some caramel.

T&M - Tastes very watery, bland and grainy, carbonation is very flat. Mouthfeel is super light. The lightest hop presence you could ever imagine in the finish.

O - Overall a terrible beer in my opinion. A few of my buddies liked it, claiming it was "Smooth and Creamy" as the label described. Planning to give it another shot. Stay thirsty my friends! (494 characters)

Photo of Kooz
2.06/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I have fond memories of creamy Boddington poured directly into a glass from a nitro-tap. Those memories barely survived this can.

The appearance was what I expected--not as good as a tap, but good for a nitro-can. Thick, creamy head, golden yellow body. My expectations were dashed from there. The smell was non-existent. Meh. The beer, which I expected to be as creamy and rich as I remembered, was watery and flat. Low rankings for mouthfeel and taste. The flatness makes it very drinkable, if you don't mind getting full quickly.

I will have Boddington's again, suspecting something simply went terribly wrong this time, but I won't be expecting too much! (661 characters)

Photo of granger10
2.05/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I just hate these nitro cans. The only beer that I have tasted that is better/good in the nitro can is youngs dc stout. Enough of my rant i just had to get that off my chest. The pour is nice with a golden hue and a creamy head that settles about an inch thick. I seriously can't smell anything, the creamy head is blocking my sniffing abilities. The taste is also nothing. The nitro can has a way of blocking the actual taste of the beer. The creamy head is sticking to my mouth blocking all other tastes. Maybe a slight dextrin sweet taste at the back of my mouth. This beer also seems flat in my mouth, i dont get any carbonation when tasting it (i have no idea why this is). This is essentially brown water. (711 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
2.04/5  rDev -36.4%
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... (371 characters)

Photo of bareju
2.04/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not sure why people drink this. Pretty and creamy, but has a distinct taste that I associate with cheap beer, and got worse as it warmed up a little bit. Couldn't finish it. Creaminess caused it to be heavier than rice lager alternatives so it's not even much good as an ice cold binge drinking beer. (300 characters)

Photo of dnichols
2.04/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I poured a pint from a nitro-can into a challis.

A: This is a very, very light straw yellow with a pure white head. The head lingered deep into the experience and reminded me of whipped cream.

S: Hardly any aroma was discernable. There was a whiff of alcohol and otherwise the only order was of yeast.

T: Bland. Nothing spectacular or even notable. There is a hint of malt and a bitter aftertaste that fades quickly after each swallow.

M: Silky smooth with a bit of bitter edge that leaves a sour residual in my mouth.

D: I had a difficult time finishing even half a pint. I could drink this beer all night long…but why do it.

Comment: Another unremarkable product from our friends across the pond. Despite my love of ales I guess when consuming products from the empire the sun never set on I will stick with fish and chips. (837 characters)

Photo of jmich24
2.01/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Poured from a nitro can. Obviously huge head, dense off white two fingers once setelled. Great lacing. Light amber color very clear.
S: Sweet carmel malt and yeast.
T: Very bland. some yeast and sweet malts again. Very earthy hopiness.
M: Not as think as expected. Somewhat thin and wet.
D: This was not drinkable because the taste is unpleasant to me.

Drain Pour. Never Again. (381 characters)

Photo of wejohnsn
2/5  rDev -37.7%

Pours a nice burnt orange and gold color with a little cloudiness and a nice off-white head. Smell is exactly as noted above. Very intense citrus and pine hops. Tastes of citrus and fairly hoppy, but not overbearing, perfect for all night drinking. Light mouthfeel that goes down smooth and almost creamy. A very yummy brew! (326 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a bad pint of this at the Goose in Brixton. The lines were obviously not cared for at that establishment and you can tell as this murky beer with no head arrived. The aroma was sour and bad, as was the taste. The mouthfeel was still creamy, but that did not save the drinkability at all on this one! (305 characters)

Photo of skillerified
1.99/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Brought to the table looking a little paler than most English Pales I've sampled, but not a bad color. A little orange and tan. Decent one finger head with equally decent retention.

Scent was weak. A slight favoring of malt, but little else.

Taste was also weak. Again, a slight malt flavor, but little else. Thoroughly lacking that mineral quality that I've come to expect of these hard water British beers. No complexity, no depth. Just a slight sweet malt.

Mouthfeel was particularly bad in my opinion. The body has only a slightly higher consistancy than water. Just not appealing at all.

Goes down easy doesn't necessarily taste bad, but there's nothing to make me want another either. (702 characters)

Photo of KeefD
1.99/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The appearance score is high on this one only because the "nitro-can" effect is entertaining to watch for a few seconds. When it's over, it's all downhill from there.

I just don't enjoy these nitro-can beers. They're flat. That's all there is too it. You gotta have at least some carbonation in a beer or just tastes like old, lifeless skunk beer.

The taste on this beer isn't bad. I actually like the hints of maltiness and decent fruity-hop background. Just wish there was some carbonation here.

Full-bodied to be sure, but just missing too much.

Probably would not drink this again. (592 characters)

Photo of adamette
1.99/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into a 16 oz. clear glass at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio

A Creamy, thin bubbled head remained for at least 60 seconds, interesting at least.

S Mild, Barley. Not much smell really

T Creamy, acidic, then taste of lake water (echhh!) followed by a fairly pleasant after taste. All tastes (except for the mid taste of lake water) are subtle. This is not a tasty beer.

M fine

D poor. I will not seek this one out again. (429 characters)

Photo of Lemreway16
1.97/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I am old enough to remember when Boddingtons made a proper beer this is not an example of proper English Beer. Back in the 60s and 70s we had the vile Keg Beers replaced by action by groups like Camera with a return to Real Ale. English Beer is better now than it has ever been yet too many brewers offer awful bland beers like this presumably to encourage younger drinkers to beer or away from lager. Bland and tasteless (other than the metallic aftertaste) this is simply an awful representation of beer. (509 characters)

Photo of biglite351
1.96/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - clear golden with an amazing stout lasting foam.

S - smelt Luke cheap domestic.

T - super lite. Almost watery. The bar maid was wrong on this one. She must like very lite brews.

M - almost unnoticed. Bland.

D - like glasses of water, why bother? This is easily drinkable, but not worth paying for. (305 characters)

Photo of stumac
1.93/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This can exploded when i opened it. Not much to say about this beer. Gold in color. nice white head though. smell has very faint hops. taste is ugly bitter. Too watery for me. All in all, i would rather hump the hell out of a yak's sweet ass and then lap up the hot sweat dripping off of its scrodum. (300 characters)

Photo of granite
1.92/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Nitro-can into a pint glass

A--- Poured a pale straw with a typical nitro head.

S--- Acetaldehyde and solvent-like aromas.

T--- Metallic tasting with mild bitterness. A little malt emerged after it warmed up a little.

M--- Thin to medium bodied. It would be watery if it was not for the beer gas.

D--- To much cane sugar in the grist most likely caused the cider aroma and thinned out the body. The metallic taste could only come from the can so I'm not sure if the aluminum was exposed or just a poorly crafted can. Honestly, it was just awful (560 characters)

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