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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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1,087 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,087
Hads: 2,620
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 31.66%
Wants: 43
Gots: 330 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This beer has 4.7% ABV and sports an aerator ball inside to improve quality pours. It’s an English Pale Ale from the UK and is exquisite.

Look-The clarity is significant and the color is a honey-golden yellow. The smoothness makes one sort of expect it to be a darker brew, but instead you get a honey-yellow that glints in the sun. This one pours well even when you don’t do it vigorously. One can see layers of cascading and settling carbonation producing the beautiful one to two finger thick Nitro head. The head is softer than Egyptian silk and has the most amazing consistency. The lacing does not exist, but in a good way. Most beers produce layers of lacing in the form of circular rings, but this one creates the most amazing comprehensive layer that cakes the entire glass! It’s like fresh snow on Christmas morning!

Smell-It smells subtle and has vague aromas of vanilla, roasted oatmeal, Vermont syrup, and some honey malts. There are zero hops in the smell and taste and this is by design.

Taste-The taste is exceptional, yet muted (and so it should be with this pint can). It is also reminiscent of a crème soda in terms of the vanilla, toasted grains, and spices. I also pick up plentiful biscuit and English yeast.

Mouthfeel-This is the king of smooth and creamy beers. It is so smooth that it makes silk seem like sandpaper (if I can stretch this hyperbole so far)! It’s creamy and rich as well as smooth and with a fine sweet coating on the tongue that lingers. The carbonation is subtle to complement the creamy flavors and textures.

Overall-Like I said, this beer is one of a kind. It comes in 4-packs of pint cans and the aerator ball definitely adds some novelty as well as quality to this brew. So, if its lower ABV might deter you from grabbing a delicious 4-pack of these pints, then just remember that if you cash all four in a sitting, you’ll be feeling mighty toasty and satisfied. Cheers!

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Photo of Beermanic
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Semi copper color, Thick heavy but fluffy white head

S:Some malt aroma, some honey sweetness, no hops really, a little ?muddy? Nitro cap???

T: More bitter than smells, stone fruit esters of English yeast. Malty sweet, honey malt flavor, kind of biscuit.

M: Full bodied ( Nitro)

O: Somewhat balance between malty sweetness and hop profile. Not quite a Bass Pale ale, but none the less very English. Taste like my trips to Europe, in tiny, barely light, wet carpet smelling pubs of London.

The bros a 55 that's low.. that is like giving a t bone a 3 and a ribeye a 10. A tbone can only be SO good and that is what this is, im not saying its spectacular but a ESB or English Pale will never blow you away.

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Photo of ordybill
2.59/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the tap at the"World of Beer" in Pooler, GA.
Not a fan of the taste and aroma. I did find the creamy texture comforting, but the flavor is the drag on this rating.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the nitrogen widget, this is a beautiful beer: a medium, off-white, perfectly-creamy head that leaves thick, unyielding walls of lacing, perched atop a clear, deep-golden beer. The nose is malt-forward, an enticing blend of butterscotch and sweet caramel with light alcohol notes. On the palate, a lightly roasted malt backbone is the star, with hints of butterscotch and a slightly bitter hops presence that follows through to dominate the finish. As expected, the flavors feel muted due to the nitro, but not so much so that one feels cheated, especially as the nitrogen whips the medium body to such an exquisite velvety texture. This is an amazingly drinkable beer. (16 oz nitro can, 326 days after pkg.)

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Photo of Nathan-McFadden
4.31/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I am not a fan of dark beer. I typically drink IPA, or witbier and lager. This however, provides a good full beer style with a satisfying taste. It is sweet but not at all overpowering. It mixes the strength with the smoothness very well. I would say the balance alone is what keeps me ordering it at pubs and bars. Introduced to it in college I still drink it today, typically with pub-type food. For those looking to venture into something more cultural than the typical Budweiser without going full blown Hobgoblin, go for this great tasting refreshing beer.

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Photo of JoLight
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden, clear body, and an off-white, frothy head. Maintains finger width. Great lacing!

Smell: very, very, very faint. Almost none at all, to be quite frank. There's a little sweetness, with a pipe tobacco quality? And maybe a little fruit? I'm not sure what to make of this, because I keep getting these teasing hints of something, but then they quickly fade into nothing.

Taste: much like the aroma, it is almost nonexistent, but it is more pronounced than is the aroma. It is lightly toasty/grainy. Milk is detected in a few of the sips. Mark my words: the taste in this beer is truly almost none at all.

Mouthfeel: thick, fluffy, milky. A slight hop aftertaste.

Finish: watery, and highly refreshing. Highly drinkable.

Overall: this beer is an enigma. I like it a great deal, yet it isn't offering anything at all, really. I like the texture and the appearance a great deal. But there isn't anything to like or dislike about the aroma or taste, because there isn't much to either the aroma or the taste.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

for what it is,its a good ale, it takes about 9 to get buzzed but goes down smoother than anything, almost just vanishes as soon as it hits your lips.,making drinking 9 of these pretty easy.

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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 Lemreway16
1.97/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

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Photo of bigredguitar
1.55/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured from pint can into clear pub glass. Looks promising, nice dark amber color, but fails to deliver...anything, really, except an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. No beer taste to speak of, feels like plain water in the mouth. Perhaps accurate as far as English pubswill goes, but don't waste your money.

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Photo of Kezway
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not a strong-tasting beer, nor is it high in alcohol content. But if you want a beer that's easy to drink and tastes good with some fish & chips, or a burger and fries, this is a good choice.

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Photo of scotorum
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can remember drinking this once or twice in England years ago. So for nostalgia's sake I bought some here.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a; Clear copper with a fizzy white head which became more dense and returned to a finger thickness thanks apparently to a nitro widget loose in the can. This dissipated slowly to thick even surface foam and some patchy lacing.

s: Caramel malt and floral notes.

t: Followed the nose but with cloying sweetness which occasionally resembled some sort of bathroom disinfectant, at other times floral perfume. Later it mellowed out somewhat to a mild caramel malt-dominated flavor, but not-entirely-pleasant floral notes persisted.

m: Light to medium, ok body, some nitro carbonation tingle but later went pretty flat.

o; Not your father's English pub ale, or even yours when younger. More like an attempt to lure the Bud-Miller-Coors crowd with sweetness. Dunno if this includes corn or rice but would not be surprised. Have seen the fourpacks going for as little as $6. Now I understand why.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The foamy and creamy head is quite impressive on this one. After that it's kind of downhill. A very slight malt aroma. There is a slight malt taste along with a mild bitter hop finish. However, beyond that it's quite watery and bland. Decent drinkable light and creamy feel but nothing impressive.
I got this out of pure curiosity and now I'm not sure why. I doubt I will get again unless I'm in an actual pub in England.

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Photo of djalexjahn
4.24/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good ale. Would choose this over most pilsners at a bar. Semi brownish color with hints of nuts & cream. Very smooth finish on draft. Easy drinkin beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Irish tulip glass.

Look: Clear honey golden body after the cascading effect which leaves a tight foamy light cream colored head. Lacing is thick and patchy.

Aroma: Sweet creamy caramel, honey, light grassiness. Smells like a sweet taffy candy.

Taste: Metallic, sterile, almost a band-aid sort of note? Still faint honey in the finish. A crazy bubblegum aftertaste!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very gassy.

Overall: This beer is all over the place. It smells so much better than it tastes, which is weird. I remember liking this beer a whole lot more before I got into craft. But honestly, I think it was brewed better back then, too.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

A: best attribute, pale to medium amber

S: decent

T: average, a bit alcoholic, just a bit though

M: is this water?

O: appearance and smell were great. The taste and feel? awful. I was tricked.

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Photo of bareju
2.04/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

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Photo of shillzor
2.42/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I had a random can of this in my fridge for months, and figured I'd drink it tonight to make some room for other beers. When I popped the top, it exploded all over my table. Not a good start.

Appearance: Starts off with a nice head, with bubbles streaming up the glass. Settles down to a single-finger of flat, white foam. Translucent, bronze color.

Aroma: Not picking up much on the nose. Hints of citric hops.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front, and then...nothing. A bit like weak lemon water.

Mouthfeel: It's extremely smooth, but doesn't make up for the non-existent flavor.

Overall: I'd take this over a Bud, Miller, or Coors, but that's about it. It's not bad, it just isn't good. At all.

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Photo of barczar
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is buttery and toffee-like, with soft floral notes. Flavor reveals fruity undertones that I don't recall being there in the past. Seems oxidized. There's a bit of cardboard. Body is thin. Moderately bitter finish. Metallic notes surface late, and this is draft...

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Photo of teromous
2.64/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a can with a nitro widget.

Appearance: When pouring it has this neat appearance where bubbles swirl all around the inside of the glass. I'm guessing it's from the nitro widget. The body is transparent and amber with a thick creamy white head.

Aroma: There is a medium strength spicy hop aroma. It's nice smelling.

Taste: Extremely watered down when it comes to flavor. It has this extremely mellow bread flavor and a very light herbal tea hop flavor, but it's very light. It tastes like somebody mixed half a pint of ale with half a pint of water.

Mouthfeel: Well it is extremely drinkable, because it's a lot like drinking water but much smoother. There is a very light bite from the hops.

Overall: Pass on this. It looks great, smells good, and is very drinkable...but it just doesn't have any flavor at all! I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of JimKal
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the way this one looks as its poured fron the nitro can. Big head that dissipates slowly to finally settle to a half inch head that stays to the end. You do get a creamy mouthfeel with this one that is nice bet there is no visible carbonation. There was, for me, no detectable hop bitterness. There is a different taste to this that some seem to not enjoy but that I just found to be unusual. A mild low abv choice that pairs well with a lot of food styles.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Format: a tall, yellow can that is half-way decent. Okay I guess, just very macro. A bit cheap-looking.

Appearance: a clear yellow colour with limited visible carbonation. A half-finger of creamy white sits on top and lasts the distance. Decent.

Aroma: a fairly light aroma of fruit, florals and some sweet malts.

Taste: some more of those buttery sweet malts with floral and fruits. A nice flavour profile but very flat.

Aftertaste: the malts and some florals on the aftertaste, but still quite flat.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a lower carbonation. Needs more carbonation, as many British beers seem to do.

Overall: an okay English Bitter, but certainly too flat in feel for my liking. I'd really enjoy trying this one on tap instead of from the bottle. Nonetheless, decent for AU$83 for a 24 x 440mL case.

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Photo of LexingtonBeer
4.51/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I seem to keep coming back to this one. Definitely better draft than in the can. Smooth taste and very creamy head. Easy to knock lots of these back at the pub.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.56/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth style and very light. Easy on the taste and easy to drink. Cool and refreshing for a quick "light and easy" party beer or summer refresher on the pond!

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Photo of Jayjangle
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, fairly easy to find and satisfying. Has a nice smoothness to it with almost no carbonation, and a mellow flavor. Not very hoppy; however it has strong citrus tones to it. Nice pale, yellow head, with a moderate alcohol content. Pairs well with light fish (tilapia, trout, catfish, halibut, etc.) and cold sandwiches.

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Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
73 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.