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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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2,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,263
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 23
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Bruiser81
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I've never seen that cascading effect in a light colored beer, pretty neat. This brew was sort of a dark golden color with a thick creamy pure white head. Thats probably the best part about this beer. The aroma is sort of lacking, the little smell that is there is sort of grassy, not much else coming through. The taste is very bland imo. If anything maybe a little bit of a hoppy finish, with a slight tinge of bitterness, but it is a struggle to pick it out. This brew has the creamy draught system mouthfeel, but not near the same quality as say Beamish or Guinness. I would not purchase this beer again.

Bruiser81, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of jake87
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

L. amber with a thick creamy white head that lasts all the way down and leaves a heavy lacing
S. floral hoppiness and a very light toasted malt
T. opens up well with a bitter flowery hop taste but then fades to a malty coppery bubblegum aftertaste which is none too pleasing
F. very creamy with a high carbonation that leaves its mark on the back of the toungue

if you are drinking this inside at a house open it over a sink because it froths heavily out of the can, and now my carpet smells slightly hoppy.
an alright beer aftertaste is definately its downfall but the mouthfeel makes it better

jake87, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Beastdog75
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boddington's is another English pale ale that would probably benefit from not being served in a nitro can. The nitro heavily softened the flavor of this beer, and it ended up being a bit more watery than another "nitro-ale", Tetley's.

This beer pours a blondish color out of the can. The cascading effect occurs, and we are left with a blondish-gold colored beer with a cream colored, 1-finger foam floating on top. This foam head lasts throughout the beer and leaves some sticky lacing. The smell is pretty average, with just some light malts and some fruity smell detectable. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy to an extent, but has less body than Tetley's. The flavor is a bit dissapointing, as it is on the watery side. What is there is some light malt flavors, some slight notes of caramel, and a generic fruitiness. There is a low-moderate hop bitterness in the finish. This beer finishes out with a lower amount of dryness and some light grain and fruitiness in the aftertaste. No alcoholic warmth to be found here either.

I didn't take points off for appearance, even though I was tempted to when the contents of my can proceded to explode all over me upon opening it (and the same thing happened to my brother as well). Seeing as how these weren't even shook up, I would advise opening these in the sink. As for the beer, it is quite average in all respects and it doesn't pull any punches. Tetley's is in a similar vein to this beer but I found that one to be a bit more enjoyable than this.

Beastdog75, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of JOaikido
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

440 ml nitro can.

A- Little bubbles that stick to the glass inside the beer. Small head of little nitro bubbles, very white. Colour is an OK looking amber with orange highlights.

S- Light malt with fruity berry notes. Typical pale ale but weak and with little hops. Melon or green grape odour becomes prominent as the beer warms.

T- Quite watery. Light malt and fruit (like the smell). Burst of bitter hops towards the finish.

MF- Watery. The nitro-can feel doesn't help out this beer at all. This would probably be better carbonated.

D- Bland mouthfeel detracts. The mild flavour and light feel make it easy enough to down. Would quench your thirst on a hot day. An OK beer, but not one I intend to ever buy again.

JOaikido, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of jeranbrews
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Mild nitro head of fine bubbles. Amber brassy color.

S - Adjunct malts aluminum can not much hops or yeast. Very faint sugariness.

T - Sweet crystal and pale malts. There was no hoppyness, no esters, or fusils. Kind if boring.

M - Malty and creamy like a yogurt drink.

D - Hmm this is going to be a short review. This is a beer that looks nice and is very easy to drink but is boring that it's not worth the price.

jeranbrews, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very clear, first beer I have had in a nitro can, kind of cool the way the bubbles make it loud milky when you pour it in a glass.

Smell: Pretty flat, but has a nice aroma to it. Hints of metallic flavor, Aluminum?

Taste: Unbelievably smooth, and that is by far the most appealing part of the beer's taste. Fairly straight forward with some detectable hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: It is like having cream in your mouth, the carbonation feels like a million little bubbles caressing your tongue. There is not other beer that I have had that feels like this.

Overall: A very interesting ale, undeniably smooth yet also undeniably lacking full flavor. I can certainly see why some people like it so much, but I think I will stick with my heavier ales.

Siriusfisherman, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Jdbateman83
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Jdbateman83, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of b33rb3lly
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boddingtons Pub Ale always leaves me confused when I drink it. One day I can love it and the next hate it. My first thought is that Boddingtons should put these in 18-20 oz cans instead of the 16 they give you. You are almost guaranteed to lose 2-4 oz as soon as you open these nitro cans! :)

It does pour nice into a pint glass and settles also very nicely. Taste seems to be greatly affected by temp. more so than other beers and ales. If this is chilled just to much, it seems to lose all its flavor. When at the correct serving temp, it does have a nice taste to it. This is my "Oh why did I drink so much of (INSERT BEER NAME HERE) last night" beer. It is a very silky drink and much easier going down if you had a few to many of a mass produced beer the night before. Nothing amazing here but nothing offending either. At $7.99us for a 4-pack, you can probably do a LOT better...

b33rb3lly, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of rocketmotor
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bought a widget can, upon opening the can overflowed so it was quickly poured into my awaiting glass. This beer has a very nice amber color to it. The head of the beer completely covers the beer and is very nice looking, it also holds onto the walls of the glass very, very well.

The aroma of the beer is not very strong, but a nice floral smell backed by yeast. The taste is good, very mild though. A very light malt flavor, with a weak hop dominating the flavor. There is a lingering flavor of hops too. As my can blew its top upon opening, the beer is very flat in this sample, so the mouthfeel is rather poor and thin.

Not a bad beer, but not ourstanding either, guess I should resample to get the true measure of it.

rocketmotor, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of cyrock1
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale gold with a super creamy nitro head.

Smell: Bready, grainy, buscuity.

Taste: Follows the aroma to a T. Nothing to get excited about.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with out mush hop bite.

Overall: Straight forward ale, no flaws, but no highlights.

cyrock1, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the nitro can into a nonic pint glass.

Nitro pour, brings a cascading giant crowd of bubbles, eventually rising and slowing to a 2 inch super creamy nitrous light tan head with maybe some orange hues picked up from the body. Body color is a real nice crystal clear copper orange, but no visible rising carbonation.

Nose is grainy. Clean. A sense of dried barley and a kind of bitterness that doesn't seem to come from hops. Not really that impressive or intriguing, not off putting though.

Palate fills with a large creamy mouthfeel. Unfortunately there isn't any flavor, it just feels and tastes like thick plain styrofoam. Aftertaste is where all the flavor is strangely. Some grainy qualities matching the nose, but a real metallic lingering bitterness and finish. Some very faint caramel hides in the back with some sweetness, but there's an off putting dry bitter and metal grainy character that I can't get away from. Slightly tinny.

Overall it's drinkable but really not that enjoyable, and it tastes cheap. Much better ones out there than this.

smakawhat, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
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.


RaulMondesi, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of ChuckR343
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured nitro-can into pint glass. Creamy, decently persistent head, amber color after it settles down. Not a very distinctive smell, but had a more going on in the taste category. I like the fact that it is light on the carbonation. A very easy beer to drink.

ChuckR343, May 17, 2009
Photo of Garin
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

During a period that I spent working at a British-run astronomical facility in Hawaii, the British crew discovered that the local pub (with *nothing* on tap) had cans of Boddington's available. They did the only sensible thing they thought they could do: between the few of them, they drank every can of the stuff in the place. I was around, and so I was introduced to Boddington's. I always found it better than the alternatives at this pub anyhow (which was, of course, Bud and Coor's Light).

The usual nitro-can cascade eventually revealed a clear, pale, straw-yellow beer underneath a long-lasting super-dense marshmallow head. Underneath the beer was quiet. *Too* quiet.

A lightly hoppy, "beery" nose with some sweet and metallic notes started things off reasonably well. Some slightly fruity and tart aromas were present as well.

A clean light malt and somewhat hoppy flavour dominated. I imagine an estery quality that I generally associate with Belgians. Interesting... Unfortunately this alone isn't enough to distinguish this beer. It's fairly uninteresting.

The mouthfeel is quite thin and light, and the carbonation is nonexistant. It's not so great. However, it's light and inoffensive, so it's fairly drinkable.

Garin, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of yossarian14
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Once the head settles and all the commotion comes to a halt, this beer looks like its made of styrofoam or wax. If I turn it upside-down will it spill. I just don't know. A pale malt aroma without much else. A bland nose. I can't complain about the taste but I can't rave about it either. Starts out clean and creamy and finishes watery and slightly bitter. Very drinkable and more enjoyable if your not reviewing or thinking too much about the flavor.

yossarian14, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got ths beer on-tap at the local brew-pub.

Great looking beer as the pour settles. Nice thick foamy head and good dark golden color.

Smell was just ok, sweet malt and grain.

Taste and Feel was a creamy and malty this is a sweet brew that feels soft in your mouth. Not much to the taste.

Could drink a few of these.

GoodKnight1220, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Everydayoff
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On nitro-tap served in a Boddingtons pint glass at the Dubliner Irish Pub, Bangkok.

Amber color with thick creamy head, carbonation produces plenty of small bubbles cling on side of the glass.

The smell is caramelized malt that mingles with citrus hop and some roasted trait.

A bit metallic in the taste along with caramelized and roasted malt and very low bitterness from hop that also shows a trait of citrus.

Light to medium body, creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonated, a bit lackluster.

Easy drinkable without doubt but I prefer a beer that has more attributes to appear.

Everydayoff, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of UncleAl
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahhhh Boddingtons. I like to call it "Guiness Extremely Light." After exploding the nitro can on opening, the beer pours to a golden color, if not somewhat hazy, with excellent cascading. A thick, creamy head then forms and stays with the beer the rest of the way.

There are some hop and malt aromas here, but they are very light and somewhat metallic. Some citrous and fruity overtones. The beer is easy to drink, very light and creamy mouthfeel, although it can be considered somewhat flat and devoid of any punch.

Still, if you offer me one I will not turn it down. After the initial excitement, it's a mellow ale best suited for a mellow drinking session.

UncleAl, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of darkmartin
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours to a clear golden brown with a typically huge nitro-head.

Smell: Smells mildly of yeast and sweet malt, but mostly just nitro.

Taste: Again here there is simply nothing happening. Mild yeast and very mild sweet malt. Nothing tastes bad, in fact there's nothing to taste bad. Almost no hops.

Mouthfeel: Very light-bodied with little carbonation.

Drinkability: It's water, it'll get down.

darkmartin, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sometimes it seems like all the nitro can products have a similar taste.

These cans blow up every time, so I try to open them over a sink or out of doors with a glass in my other hand.

I don't know if it's the nitrogen or the amount of time it takes Boddingtons to make it across the pond, but the consistency in the product is lacking from 4 pack to 4 pack.

This is a pretty beer to look at, golden yellow with a whacky nitro head.

Smells of apples, malt, with a bit floral.

Taste depends on luck, I've had some that was very smooth and malty, some that tasted rusty- oxidized, metallic. The good batches make me forget about the times I've been burned.


The last 4 times I've had Boddington's it was terrible. I've lowered my scores accordingly. It will be a while before I try again.

Shultzerdugen, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer had a copper color (dark orange/tan). It was transparent and had an average amount of carbonation. Since it was in a nitro-can, there was a thick, creamy head on top that lasted for a little while and left a little bit of lacing.

S: The beer just smelled like an average English pale ale. However, I was disappointed by the almost complete lack of hops aroma.

T: This beer just tasted bitter at first. Later, I could taste a little bit of malt sweetness. The bitter taste was stronger though, so the overall flavor was not as balanced as I would have liked. I think I would have been ok with the amount of bitterness if I had been able to smell the hops more.

M: The head was creamy while it lasted, and the rest of the beer had an appropriate level of carbonation.

D: Overall, this was a pretty average English pale ale with a creamier head from the nitro-can. It was fine with a meal, but I would probably not just drink it by itself. This beer reminds me of 8th Street Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company, but I enjoy the latter more.

humuluslupulus8, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of tbeckett
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a pub in Riga. From notes.

A - Poured a gold or copper colour with a thick creamy eggshell head that came out at 2 fingers. No visible carbonation with insane retention at a solid half finger.

S - Buttery, some light malt-hop balance. Seems very British.

T - Mild with sweet malt and a little hop then back to that creamy malt note.

M - Creamy with light carbonation. Sweetness lingers.

O/D - It was OK. Didn't taste much like anything but it kept me entertained while Russian football was on. The creaminess is a little over the top and it lacks flavour.

tbeckett, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of BassBone
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at Brit's pub in Pasadena, CA, a pub owned by a Liverpudlian ex-pat. This beer poured beautifully with a nice thick head and decent lacing. The color was mainly yellow and there was mild carbonation. The smell was much like an american macro-lager with a bit more malt: somewhat of chemicals. The taste was not as good as some other bitters I've had, but it wasn't awful either. Not too complex. It had a very clean and refreshing mouthfeel but the aftertaste ruined it for me. I used to enjoy this beer greatly, now I find it a nice beer once in a while when I am in the mood for it, but not something I would drink regularly.

BassBone, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of Drew966
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boddington's Pub Ale pours a light copper color with a white head after a typical nitro pour from a one pint can. I really just can't smell anything. Might as well not have anything in my glass from the aroma. Some caramel flavors, but also tannic/woody like flavors to finish it off. Hops are slightly noticeable, but not a major component. Creamy head and silky texture from the nitro. Worth a try.

Drew966, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of jophish17
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can which I recently purchased a 4-pack of

Aroma: pretty weak, with faint hints of hops

Appearance: The highlight of the beer is the beautiful way it fills the pint glass. Soft, creamy head that leaves a bit of lacing behind

Taste: Mild hop bitterness with not much more going on beyond the thin biscuit-like malts. Weak taste and weak aroma.. why do I like this beer?!?

Feel: Hardly any carbonation, but the body is smooth and is nice to the palate

Drinkability: the drinkability is probably why I liked this beer enough to buy a 4-pack - very easy beer to drink, and its not too heavy in alcohol.

Boddingtons is a pleasant English ale - clearly not the best, but its one of those beers I can always turn to and be pleased with.

jophish17, Jul 06, 2008
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