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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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2,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,191
Reviews: 1,044
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 17
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of flatblack80


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

I know a lot of people who love this one.
I would like to try it on tap, because like Guiness in a can, i really can't get friendly with this one.
Nice, huge white head that rises from the bottom forever. light gold, honey colored brew.
Very malty aroma with light floral hops.
very heavy, thick and thick. so heavily carbonated with fine little bubbles that it almost, to me, feels uncarbonated in the mouth.
drinkability? ... one and thats enough for me. I just cant enjoy more than a pint of it. I think that being out of a can has a lot to do with it.

04-21-2008 22:15:28 | More by flatblack80
Photo of goblet

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

poured this particular beer from a 440 ml nitro can into a pint glass ,the beer can has a short history,explanation of this brew on the back of the can,nice .

Appearance:this got extremely foamy after the pour a 3 finger plus monster of a white head that leaves sheets of lace all the way down the glass .the colour is a pale golden and clear.

Smell: not much of an aroma, the thick frothy head releases little to nothing ,some lite malt and fresh oily hops.

Taste:lite and sudsy,a bit watery as if this was served on tap at the pub, bitter and hoppy slight malt and grains ,it`s fresh clean taste is a little better then average.

Mouthfeel.lite ,watery body sudsy and on the palate ,bitter ,hoppy and dry after taste.

Drinkability:this is a desent pub ale .very fitting to the style it`s going for although a find this to be almost average.

04-26-2009 04:22:04 | More by goblet
Photo of BeerBob


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Took in four pints of this along with some Cheddar cheese and sliced sausage, it mingled well. Now that I think of it, I should have tried the Boddingtons with some bubble and squeak, maybe next time.

The nitrogen infusion makes a real change in the way this bittered ale tasted. The hop bitter is really there, but it is masked by the nitrogen foam. Pour a small amount to the side and let the ale settle out, and you will see what I mean.

Raincoats are optional, I don’t think Boddingtons has that widget perfected yet, and I’m not into ale sports...

06-19-2002 11:37:24 | More by BeerBob
Photo of AdamBear


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

A-amber with a lot of cream colored head, has the cascade effect. the head stays throughout the tasting

S-smells like thick molasses...a strong scent. very sweet smelling

T-hits with almost a lack of taste except for some molasses. it leaves with a very good light smooth taste of molasses.

M-little carbonation, almost none. very smooth and creamy. very expected for an english ale

D-the taste gets better as it goes on. this is the perfect drink to have after a good sitting of stronger beers. but i had to pick any beer to have a lot of...this would be far from the top.

12-10-2010 22:48:42 | More by AdamBear
Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

You sure can't argue with the beauty of the nitro pour, this beer looks exceptionally good in my pint glass. Full creamy head, dark blonde colouring, lots of nitro bubbles sticking to the glass. Smell is less inviting though, with a slight unpleasant soapiness, very sweet, slight caramel, very subtle hops in the nose.

Taste is quite bitter off the top, much more than the nose revealed, but mellowing after a few sips. Maltiness is kept subtle, and not toothache inducing as I was a bit afraid of. Good roasted character, fairly well balanced, extremely British.

The mouthfeel is a bit creamy but mostly just watery and thin, little to no bite on the tongue. You could almost drink this like water, but it would be about as exciting. There are great qualities about this brew, but its inconsistencies are unpleasant. There's a lot better EPA's out there.

05-31-2006 01:27:05 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

My Boddingtons came out of a 500ml can brewed in England. The colour was amber and the head was very dense & creamy although it died down a little faster than expected. Aroma is ok, smells a little like bread.

The taste is rather bland but not bad. Drinkablity is higher because of this blandness - you could easily drink lots of these.

01-30-2003 09:20:30 | More by SaunaKing
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

a gusher... golden straw color, nitro-induced head. some lace.

aroma is very faint. hint of grain.

taste isn't bad, but quite ordinary. honey-like background. mild hop bitterness. malt not very prominent. actually has slight metallic finish.

pretty thin, though the nitro helps a little.

eh, there are worse things out there.

08-25-2007 21:30:26 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

A neat little nitro cascade leaves a dense-looking bright white cap atop a light bronze body - completely transparent. Aromas of toasted malty grain and faint corn husk. Suggestions of honey and slight twist of esters and earthy hops. Pleasant toasted grain malt sweetness at first. Nice earthy hop bitterness kicks in mid-palate to offer a nice balance...from here it goes to hell. Drying finish with a sharp bitter acrid edge accompanied by a strong metallic taste that follows you into the aftertaste. Man that started off alright and finished pretty bad. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel from the nitro to start but then everything is overtaken by that acrid metallic bitterness kickes in...almost a sharp acidic aftertaste. Bleh. I can imagine this would be 100 times better out of a cask.

Edit: 2 out of 4 of the cans did not have the acrid metallic taste. Adding 0.5 point to taste and 0.5 point to drinkability.

03-28-2009 02:29:32 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

I hadn't ever tried this beer, but we were at a high-priced restaurant for dinner, and this seemed like the best offering from their beer list. It is rather pretty, a nice gold color with a very thick white head. Mostly nondescript thereafter. A mild grain aroma. Somewhat sweet taste with a little bit of hops. But it was refreshing, and I would imagine it to be sessionable.

03-11-2007 20:24:20 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

AP: Pours a slick and smooth looking cascading golden amber color with a massive and thick, frothy head emerging to the top and unvailing a 3" monster head.The head eventually becomes an even sheet of cotton.Great retention.

Smell: wheaty and yeasty.

Taste: A wheaty and malty dominated flavor, light on the hop but does have a minor leafy hop ending. Pretty simple overall.

MF: A VERY smooth ale, amazingly soft texture, otherwise very little activity is happening.

DA: Good feel, not so great flavor.

10-03-2006 01:16:05 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of ChopperSmith


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance - Poured from nitro-can into Guinness pint glass. A nice golden color, almost amber. Love the creamy nitrous head. Like a lighter version of Guinness.

Smell - Not much there. A slight sweet and malty scent, but very faint.

Taste - Smooth and very mild. No bitterness at all. Others have mentioned a honey taste (and there is a bee on the label), but I just didn't taste it. It was more of a slightly sweet ale flavor, but no honey that I could taste. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Tastes better as it warms a little.

Mouth Feel - Creamy like a Guinness, due to the nitrous widget in the can. The ale itself is rather thin and not very carbonated, but get a sip of that creamy nitrous head with every gulp.

Drinkability - I could have a couple of these easily, but probably wouldn't do a session with this one.

06-22-2009 21:05:31 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of tweeder263


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours out a foamed up nitro concotion that loses its carbonated look quickly. Turns to a gold\amber clear brew with a 1 finger head. Has a yeast type smell to it not much else.Very neutral tasting,slightly sweet,kinda watery but in reality not too bad,,a summery beer. Mouthfeel ,,there is none drinkability is pretty good i could have a few of these.

02-13-2006 01:24:09 | More by tweeder263
Photo of output01x


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a 16 oz. nitro-can (no date) into an imperial pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger snow-white head that slowly settles to a light, uneven dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear copper amber with a small amount of fast moving carbonation bubbles. Thin lacing attaches itself to the sides of the glass as the liquid disappears.

Grainy malt is the dominant aroma with notes of orange citrus, yeast, and honey. The nose is not very strong and pulling it apart is quite a chore.

Smooth is the first thing that comes to mind with the first sip. Of course, this is to be expected with the nitrogen widget. Mild flavors of grainy malts and light flowery hops are present but not striking. A dryness settles in between sips.

Light to medium bodied with very little carbonation, this beer goes down like heavy water. It is slick and watery. A little more carbonation would go a long way here.

08-03-2011 04:11:47 | More by output01x
Photo of oline73


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white smooth nitro head. The smell is slightly sweet with some fruit and very mild toffee. The flavor is malty and quite fruity. Just a touch of bitterness, especially in the finish. The bosy could be a bit thocker. Nothing super special.

02-02-2013 03:10:47 | More by oline73
Photo of mbusster88

New York

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Very boring beer. Not to much going on with this pub ale, looks great as it pours, and settles, but soon after that it all goes bad. Taste is soft very week and somewhat of a sweet bread type of taste. Easy to drink but does not offer to much for the palate. Okay for a once and a while but not really something to get excited about.

10-02-2010 14:02:27 | More by mbusster88
Photo of soju6


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

From the infamous "Widget" can.

A: Pours a clear deep golden color with a good creamy head and lots of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of grain and some malt. Not a lot going on here.

T: Flavor is also quite mild. Some grain with some sweetness and a bit of biscuit. Has a dry finish.

F: Light body, smooth and creamy.

O: Beer is quite tame even for an English Pale Ale. Nice for a change.

07-30-2011 11:43:07 | More by soju6
Photo of herman77


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Dark gold almost orange-ish. Creamy off white/egg shell head. Decent amount of lacing. Cascading effect from the nitro, never gets old seeing that.

S: Nothing really here. Faint smell of grass/floral hop. Malt.

T: Pretty bland. Some bready malt that is balanced with a slight hop bitter/twangy finish.

M: Smooth, creamy from the nitro. Medium to light body, hardly any carbonation again from the nitro.

D: Pretty good from the lack of carbonation, low abv. Easy drinking.

03-06-2010 23:26:17 | More by herman77
Photo of david131


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

A- A perfectly clear dark yellow liquid with a beautiful white head. I love pouring a nitro-can. Leaves some good lacing.

S- Very light. Maybe some light honey and hops. Nothing all that special.

T- Some honey and corn. Has a distinctive British flavor to it.

M- Very smooth, almost flat tasting. But it still has a lot of flavor. The head keeps things somewhat creamy.

D- A pretty good beer. Nothing all that special, but would make a good sessionable beverage.

08-28-2007 02:17:22 | More by david131
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Decent enough pub ale that mimics the Guinness nitro approach. Nicely decorated can contains the zealous mix that will cause the cascading head even before the pour. Cloudy amber coloration and a voluminous head of white cream is the appearance. Ample lacing. Smooth light taste with significant bitterness and a slight metallic edge. A bit too light on body and watery sense though there is a light cream sense. Starts stronger than it finishes.

03-22-2003 18:40:11 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of justincolts


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

I had always seen this beer in countless liquor stores and always thought about picking one up, but never did until tonight. I just bought one and it came in the nitro can with the widget inside. I poured the can into a clear, clean beer glass.

A- From the pour, it produces a very light creamy head. The beer itself is very golden in color, and visually pleasing.

S- There was very little smell at all to be had or desired.

T- A very light, smooth taste.Somewhat sweet but no distinct flavoring.

M- Very smooth and creamy

D- Certainly could be worse, but for someone looking for a lot of varying aromas or flavors it doesn't have a whole lot to offer, yet nonetheless, I certainly found it drinkable and would have no problem drinking another.

02-15-2007 02:21:04 | More by justincolts
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a hazy light orange colour with thick white head that doesn't dissipate and leaves a lot of lacing. Smells of mild floral hops with some fruity malt. Very dry flavour with a small amount of bitterness from the hops. Creamy mouthfeel. I used to drink this a lot a few years ago as I started to move to more flavourful beer. Still good enough to drink now, but it's just ok.

08-30-2010 02:53:09 | More by kwjd
Photo of DmanGTR


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

On tap at Tir na Nog at the Phoenix in Philly.

A - quite a lovely sight, like a pale gold Guinness with it's "falling" bubbles. Creamy white head that had decent lacing and retained to the very end.

S - pale malts, a touch of hops, grainy, bread, floral but low key

T - not bad but average at best. Lightly sweet corn, slight caramel malts, very faint hops in the finish. Banana?

M - despite it's less than great taste, it is pretty gentle on the palate. Creamy, smooth, light bodied, carbonation is medium and contributes much to its creaminess. Velvety.

D - quite the session beer. I would have gotten more but a Smithwick's called my name.

Overall - definitely not worth the $5/pint. If it was $3 then yes. A good session beer but that's about all it has going for it. Rather pay a few bucks more for Guinness... but then again, it's only Guinness Draught... no Extra Stout here...

12-04-2008 06:56:42 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of pmatz2


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Creamy and smooth - say's it all
One of the thickest creamiest heads I've ever experienced on a beer at least 2 fingers thick. Pours just like a Guinness. A very light amber color with a snow wight head

Taste - not much to it. I know smooth is not a taste but that's all there is to it. It is mild, not to sweet not very hoppy.

Smell - nothing jumps out at you,

Mouthfeel is good. goes down like water or should I say it goes down like mountain dew compared to coke.

I do enjoy this beer. Consider it a guilty pleasure, I takes the place of Guinness in the summer. I suggest this as the first step to get some one off bud, miller etc. onto real beer,

07-16-2006 21:08:55 | More by pmatz2
Photo of clayrock81


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

Can't lie - drank some of this before pouring my pint glass. What poured out was a reddish brown hue that gave off a foamy, one-finger head and quickly died. Maybe because of the can there is a metallic/medicinal smell, but I picked up some light, airy hops and some faint heavy malts.
Went down smooth and medium-bodied, but there wasn't much of a discernable taste. Some bread and sweet malts and a little rough backbite from either roasted/coffee malt and some hop prickness, but still a tad bland. This isn't a bad beer, but I'd much rather have it on draft than out of the can.

09-11-2008 19:56:14 | More by clayrock81
Photo of cbn


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

This beer pours from the nitro-can with a thick creamy head and clear golden body.

I perceive very light aromas of lightly toasted malt, banana and honey sweetness with papery newsprint and earthy clay finish.

Very light flavors,slightly fruity(banana), bookish and grassy.

Somewhat watery and thin, yet smooth.

Refreshing on a hot day.

09-16-2008 18:45:14 | More by cbn
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