Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,544 Ratings
THE BROS
55
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Ratings: 2,544
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 37
Gots: 273 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of Phocion
2.52/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the nitro can with a somewhat pale golden color and a huge head which sinks down to about one finger, but stays until you finish the beer. This stuff really looks like it came from a tap.

The smell here is very faint. Butter and a little bit of citrusy hops, with maybe a little malt trying to poke through. Weak and simple, not too impressive.

While the taste is not particularly offensive, it's incredibly bland. Very light malt flavors finished off by weak stale-smelling hops.

Boddingtons advertises itself as "Smooth and Creamy." This is definitely true, and the one redeeming characteristic of this beer. This stuff actually seems like the British equivalent of our BMC, though they do a much, much better job than A-B, Coors, and the like (though that's not saying much). Good session beer, but for the same price I'd much rather grab a Tetley's.

Photo of drowninginhops
2.52/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a Nitro can into a tulip glass.
A: Orange/copper in color. Light tan head of about 1 finger that left good lacing.

S: Really no smell. Really I am not kidding there is nothing here.

T: Bland. No describable hop or malt taste.

M: Smooth and creamy.

D: Pass.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber, with a dense-but-thin white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is a little weak and all I’m detecting is malt and honey.

T: The taste is creamy, malty and has a honey flavor, but not much else except a slight bit of metallicness to it.

M: Smooth and crisp, but a bit watery especially as the beer warms, medium body, light carbonation, clean finish.

D: This is good session beer if you’re into the taste. It goes down easy and isn’t too filling, but I found the taste and kick lacking pretty significantly.

Photo of CharlieMopps
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a shiny orange hue that's completely transparent. The nitro-can causes slow settling, which eventually results in one finger of dense head forming on top. The head dissipates incredibly slow, painstakingly even, as it remains nearly static.

S: A hint of caramel amidst a malty and lightly hopped bouquet. Smells of relaxed English hops, but also much like a Fosters or similar mass-produced beer. Perhaps partially from the nitro?

T: A weak malt flavor crosses the lips and leads into a very flat taste; not flat in the sense of carbonation, but more in the sense of the flavor not going much of anywhere. A smattering of hops adds a slight bitterness that's enjoyable, but the good aspects are washed away in a torrent of watery bubbles.

M: Herein lies the problem. The nitro-can adds a deceiving body to this beer, one that would taste a lot better were it not having the bad taste of the artificial carbonation. Seems like nitro-can beers continually have this problem; half is too watery, while the other half is too carbonated with that strange aftertaste. Unfortunate.

D: Its mildness makes for easy sipping, but it just doesn't have the characteristics I look for in a beer worth trying again. Oddly enough, the cream of Manchester was one of the earliest beers that brought me into the specialty import/craft beer fold. Now, it doesn't seem to stack up against other similar beers, or even the way I used to remember it.

Photo of Roman5150
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

draught can into pint glass

appearance: light amber golden orange, foamy 2 finger thick white head

smell: bready, creamy sweetness, milk, some minor fruit

taste: Tastes like a banana bread flavored pilsner, with some bready notes mixed in. Real lack of carbonation and other flavors though, not much aftertaste, tastes very watered down.

mouthfeel: basically zero carbonation, creamy thin feel

overall: AI've lived in England and I guess I just don't like english beer. This however isn't even available in the UK, as it's their export version. Very watered down and the mouthfeel is horrendously absent, but the subtle Banana and cream flavors creep through to make something about this beer enjoyable.

Photo of TeddyBrew
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of simskl
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer came out of the nitro can into a pint glass right out of the refrigerator.

The color was pale yellow with a nitro induced head that stuck around nicely.

The smell and taste were the same, virtually nothing there. The carbonation was weak and the flavor simply did not exist. This beer ranks right up there with the typical macro style beers available unfortunately with an import premium price.

I wish there was more to say about it but this beer just did not do it for me.

Photo of Jotora
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Know that rattle when you shake up a can of Boddingtons? That's a kid's tooth.

Photo of JacketAudio
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smooth, slightly creamy, but too lite.

Photo of potownbill
2.49/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at Carney's in New York City (Near Carnegie Hall).
Appearance: Amber yellow with a 1/2" foamy white head. Head stuk around for a while
Smell: At first some graininess, but then the metallic smell took over.
Taste: I wasn't sure what I was tasting. Some malt, but not very strong. Same with the hops. Strange chemical taste lingering in the background.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy. Best part of this beer.
Drinkability: Not too far from a drainpour. It was in front of me, so I drank it.

Photo of jimdkc
2.49/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pale gold with a large cascading head, really a wonderful sight to see and more commonly seen on dark stouts. When the cascading settles, you end up with 2 fingers of the creamiest, white head of foam you'd ever hope to see! The head lasts through the entire beer, too.

Unfortunately, this is a case of a truly marvelous head capping a truly mediocre beer!

Smell is weakly malty. Taste, slightly sweet, mildly malty flavor with just a little hint of some hop bitterness. Has a little frutiness to the flavor. Also has a plastic-metallic off flavor that is not pleasant. What mouthfeel there is is provided by the rich foam... the beer itself is flat (virtually no carbonation at all) and watery.

An interesting experience, but when I finished, I did not want another! Try it once for the show!

Photo of rangerred
2.49/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is typical of nitro beers. Cascading carbonation leading to a puffy white head. The beer is a clear amber.

Smell is sweet and grainy and slightly lemony. There is definitely an adjunct-like smell that is not very appealing.

The taste is a lemony sourness with a sharp bitter finish. As the beer warms closer to cellar temperature the flavor improves dramatically with much more grain becoming apparent.

Overall this beer is ok but is far from being a good example of an english ale. Make sure this beer isn't drank ice cold as it is much more enjoyable at a warmer temperature.

Photo of jpkoch1962
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Quite forgettable ale. Very light copper color with a dense white head. Faint aroma of fuggles in the background. Very thin body and mouthfeel. The front end and middle was oily with little to no malt character. Weak bitterness can be detected in the finish. Not worth the 7 bucks a 4-pack they ask for.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: the head is a full two finger affair that subsides after a moment into some gentle lacing, nothing out of the ordinary, particularly for the belgium strong style. Strangely calm color, inbetween brass and copper, nothing too menacing here, a step above a pale ale in its appearance.

S: grapes (white), pear, a bit of honey dryness, clove, nothing musky or out of the ordinary. very sweet bouquet.

T: very sweet on the palate, no hoppy finish, almost sweet through and through, the finish is a mild crisp ginger almost, reminscient of a saison, not in the style of a belgium strong. the sweet fruit notes come through and linger shortly.

M: the straw appearance gives an upfront note as to what you will be expecting, a quick burn that doesnt coat especially well, but the yeast is present and allows the spiciness to gently pass. Upon tasting a creaminess develops to enhance the fruit notes, but again, passes rather quickly.

D: A solid blend between a saison style and belgium table ale, I feel the "STRONG" is a bit misplaced, but maybe my american palate is too jaded for extremes, however, this is made in Chicago, where are the meat packing houses and the spirit of the Jungle, the bitter cold, the inclement people? This is a solid Nissan Altima of belgium ales, very drinkable but not quite notable in any respect. In light of the pircetag, probably will not purchase again, pound for pound. The 7 percent is nice, but with the hops and ABV arms race out there, you can get pilsners in 7 percent so its particularly not a heavy hitter for its style.

Narrative: You said this would be the last time, you curse yourself, breath swilling cold in circlets from your lips, "you ARE A BLGIUM ALE" you told yourself that when you looked in the bezzled mirror, you told yourself when you fill up your handbag, dont sell yourself short, you can do this. A john approaches in a Mitsubishi Mirage, not exactly your market but hey, "Belgium strong, what's your pleasure" he looks displased...is it...my color? No...I look almost how I should.." YOU? You're a belgium strong? I had you pegged more for a French farmhouse girl...whats youre into?" He's judgmental, and I am nervous, he knows, he knows I am mediocre and he's smelling it as well "I am into whatever can foot the bill sweetie" He gestures knowingly that this baleful ale will be costly but ultimately fulfilling. The mighty 4 cylinder revvs towards consumption.

Photo of Lemke10
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber orange color with the perfect long lasting head. Scent is sweet with malts with some hints of grain. Taste is light almost like it lighter than water. Has this cheap grain taste while having a bitter crispness to it. It finishes with a chalky malt after taste. Not my kind of beer by any means.

Photo of Murrhey
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Cascading head that dissolved into a finger and a half thick white head. Thick and creamy looking. Clear amber body, and fading carbonation. Soapy lacing.

S- Slight smells. Noble hops, golden malts. Nothing leaps out. Not impressive smelling beer.

T- Creamy, easy drinking but nothing stands out. Just...nothing here really.

M- Creamy and smooth. Just what was intended.

O- Not special. I like nitro-cans though.

Photo of Resuin
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On Nitro which I don't think helped it. Unpleasant smell, taste is ok but rough.

Photo of cbutova
2.47/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured out of the can after a massive hiss into a pint glass. Dark-golden, clear body with a massive cascade of silky nitrogen bubbles which ends up being a head of about one finger with great retention. Nice thick lace spots here and there.

S- Not a ton going on. Light malts, honey sugars, light fruits remind me of white grape/apple and some floral hints. A tiny bit buttery. Strength dies with each minute.

T- Pretty much just like the nose but not as hard to pick up. A good deal of light cracker malts, honey sweetness, caramel, buttery popcorn kernel hints, light fruits like apple/white grape. There is a bit of a floral and herbal thing going on, I guess they added some hops.

MF- Pretty much just feels watery to me. There is a light bit of bubbles but overall it reminds me of almost flat soda. Slight bitterness in the finish.

I don't think the nitro aspect of this beer enhances it in any way. It just feels watery to me and that doesn't help the buttery, popcorn kernel flavor going on. Potential is there but it just doesn't work out for me.

Photo of harrymel
2.46/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Canned: unk
Pours golden with fleeting inverted foam infusion which rises to a half finger of fine foam. Smells sweet with some floral character and wheat tones. Taste follows through with a subtle profile of grain and artificial sweetener and a little bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with fine, low carb. Overall, this is a drinkable beer when I simply want something to quench my thirst, but that's about it. Nothing worth seeking.

From notes verbatim on 10/7/10
A: Draught can pours as typical. Raining, fine foam which hangs out for quite some time. Brilliant clarity.
S: Not much to be said here. Sweet and grainy.
T: Grain. Sweet, okay ale. Not great, but drinkable.
M: Smooth, cask feel with little impact. Medium body, low carb.
D: I could pound this. It doesn't carry the profile for appreciating at a sit down.

Photo of callmescraps
2.46/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another mix-pack offering. Haven't had one of these in years. Glad to try it again.

Appearance- Well, the nitro can ensures that it's going to look pretty nice. Starts off as a foamer. It's got a very light copper, sort of dirty hay color. The head builds as the nitrous bubbles foam toward the top. It settles into an incredibly rich, creamy 1/4 inch head. Sweet looking. The lack of lacing takes some points off.

Smell- Biscuity malt. Yeasty, like un-baked bread. A little bit of hop citrus bite. Grainy, with a strange metallic tang. Almost has a scotch-like hint.

Taste- Sweet biscuit malt. That strange metallic wang is back. Unfortunately it all put off again by a real grassy hop bitterness. Sort of a tea-like note. It's fine, and then an off note will hit. Either metallic or herbal hop. Unfortunate.

Mouthfeel- Really, really thin. That nitro can is just a body-killer. Even the lady friend, not one to analyze beers in this way, noted that the body is really disappointing.

Drinkability- If it would just be bland it'd be better.

This is a real disappointment. Not sure what went wrong here, but it seemingly all did. Really surprised how disappointed I was in this one.

Photo of decimator
2.46/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

440ml nitro can poured into a pint glass. ABV 4.7%.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 1cm head. Foam reduces to a thin layer and very little lacing is produced. Carbonation is visibly quite low.

S - Light grains, hint of something else.

T - Some sweetness, light bread, very light bitterness.

M - Medium body, very low carbonation, creamy, clean finish.

O - Inoffensive and bland. Slightly better on tap but that's not saying much.

Photo of RyanG22
2.46/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Nice color to it. No bitterness. Smooth and creamy texture. Lacking in taste, tasted watery.

Photo of chinchill
2.45/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured from can into 20oz. glass beer mug.

A. impressive, light tan creamy head extended nearly to the bottom of the glass! Head reduces to 1 finger in about 3 minutes (at least if one starts sipping before then), leaving a light amber colored ale, with bubbling still on inside surfaces of glass.

S. slightly metallic and not very attractive

T. Light with very subtle hops. Disappointing given the fine appearance, but better than the aroma indicates. Creamy head is nice while it lasts.

M. nicely effervescent; creamy.

D. see taste and smell comments.

Photo of elricorico
2.45/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nitro-pour appearance, creamy two finger head sits on top and really lasts. The beer itself is a fairly normal pale ale colour, sort of a burnished gold.

Smells of sweet malt, a sort of butter toffee aroma. Light floral hop aroma mixes in. Tame, but not bad.

Taste is thin, slightly fruity and a little herbal. I know there are malts and hops in here, but it all just seems to run together as one bland flavour. The odd swallow makes me wince.

Mouthfeel, though boosted by the nitro can, is watery. Very faint carbonation as well. Thin and limp.

Not a beer I enjoy. Would try again in a different serving type, but I wouldn't be hoping for much.

Photo of originalsin
2.45/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this interesting looking bottle in a local supermarket. A 1 pint draught-flow system...nitro-can. As soon as i cracked this can it spewed forth foam a fat geyser of foam that was almost perfectly white. Odd.

The beer itself initially was completely white almost but then the head rose to the top and the haze cleared to reveal an amber beer with a very creamy/fluffy white head. Head retention seems to be absolute--this foam isn't going anywhere. The pour was honestly awesome.

The smell is...I don't know. nothing. Very very subdued floral notes with a metallic tinge.

It's a light to medium bodied brew that's alll kinds of smooth going down. A product of the nitro-can I suppose. One thing though- It almost seems as though the nitro here really just kills...absolutely kills any flavor this beer has. It's so one dimensional and boring. I've had other beers that I feel had greatly benefited from nitro---Old Rasputin through a nitro-tap for instance is just superb, as far as I'm concerned. But then again that's an incredible beer however you pour it. The beer starts of so smooth and as it dries out you're sort of left wondering what you just drank. Why it tasted that way. What went wrong? Who knows.

When it comes to drinkability...this is a nitro can. What else did you expect. I just don't like it though.

Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
73 out of 100 based on 2,544 ratings.