Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Ratings: 2,379
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 159 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001)
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Photo of kegger22
1.75/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

I first tasted Boddingtons Pub Ale about 5 months ago. I held off reviewing this beer in order to try to gain some perspective. I believe that I have.

My overwhelming impression is that this is one weak-ass beer. Water has considerably more flavor. Wait, there is a taste, but it is like dissolving a gram of sugar into a five gallon jug of water. It pours a cascade of foam out of the nitro can and quickly resolves itself into a clear, dark yellow with a very respectable head. There is no appreciable aroma to the common man. Mouthfeel falls right into line with taste. The highlight of this beer is it's drinkability; I could detect no alcohol and could drink this all day...but why would I want to? Boddingtons Pub Ale is not so much a "drain pour" as a "why bother." It is not, however, the worst beer I have ever tasted.

Photo of brentk56
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a wisp of a filmy head; it retains like a blanket but doesn't leave any lace

Smell: Grainy and slightly fruity, with a hint of treacle

Taste: Grainy opening, with a bit of stone fruit and a developing butterscotch treacle by mid-palate as the diacetyl kicks in; after the swallow, the mineral undertones add another dimension that carries through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with gentle carbonation; a bit watery

Drinkability: I guess it is the sweeetness that makes this popular but the beer has so many drawbacks to my palate that I don't know where to begin

Photo of electricfields
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark, golden body with a thin but creamy head that seems to stick around a while and leave a very thin lacing on the glass. Lots and lots of obvious carbonation. Could see right through this stuff for a couple minutes and then it fort of clouded up.

S: Bread and a slight hoppy bitterness.

T: There's a slight fruity maltiness here. But what really shows through is a slightly medicinal hoppiness. Together, it sort of tastes like a cough syrup or something, but a bit more pleasant. Unfortunately, it's also fairly watery. Disappointing, for sure.

M: Smooth, creamy, with a medium body. Very little of the carbonation apparent by looking at it comes through in how it actually feels in your mouth.

D: Well, I like it enough to drink a lot of it, but it's a fairly mediocre brew, so I don't see myself ever actually doing that when I could get things I like more for less money.

Photo of Kooz
2.08/5  rDev -34.6%
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!

Photo of theboozecruise
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1-pint nitro-can into a pint glass. The famous bubbles came forth like crazy... turning the glass into a battlefield as the golden ale fought through the creamy head. One of the best looking pours around... too bad that's the highlight of the beer!

Smell is average... a little hops, nothing special. The taste is watery, slightly bitter with not a whole lot of character.

The mouthfeel isn't bad... no bad aftertastes, feels good going down despite the bitter feel.

Very drinkable... I have a feeling I could kick these guys back all day long.

Photo of wertperch
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Boddy's is one of the top best-selling beers in the UK, if my sources are correct. Not that I ever drank much of it when I lived there, but when I did it was on tap in some anonymous pub where there was little other choice. So when I was offered one recently, I gave it a whirl.

"The Cream of Manchester" wasn't all bad. The little nitrogen-filled widget reproduces the nature of a pub keg pour, so it was quite fun to watch as I poured it into a pint glass, and was pleased with the creamy head and the pale amber colour. There's a slightly acidic nose to it, along with a faint floral scent that's not unpleasant.

I can only describe the rest of the experience as "thin". The flavour is of insipid malts, there's a skinny hoppiness, and the beer body equivalent of the "seven-stone weakling" (98 pounds). This is not a substantial brew, by any means. That said, it did improve a little as it warmed up, releasing up some sweetness and character, and it became a little more refreshing. For the downside, there's a distinct metallic tang to it that spoiled any of its better qualities, few as they are.
or better, but there you go.

With an alcohol content of 4.7% it might be a decent session beer - lose that tin-taste, and after the first couple of quickly-drunk pints, it would probably be quite palatable. I have to say that I'm not that impressed, although I'm prepared to admit that on a warm summer day that might just be enough, if there was nothing else within reach. Find it on tap in an English pub and that would drag it up a little. Add a bag of crisps, and you're laughing, provided you can find a warm summer's day in England.

(Taken, in part from my beer blog.)

Photo of BierFan
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pint nitro-can into a pint glass.

At first the whole glass was frothy and off-white. After the nitro bubbles had a chance to seperate from the beer I could see the clear light amber body and the thick cool looking nitro head. Not much to the smell or taste to speak of. Pretty dry. Kind of has a light medicinal/herbal hoppiness.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This looks great: At first it's all foam, then the white large creamy head starts to set and reveals a golden to amber beverage. The head stays longer than it takes me to finish the beer and it stays creamy the whole time.

S: A smell that doesn't correlates to the appearance: plain-smelling. It's hard to sence anything. But there is roasted malt (a bit sweet?), and some fruit.

T: Plain, this doesn't taste much at all, but there is some fruit (citrus and green apples), and some very light roasted malt. Where are the hops???

M: Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body, very moderate carbonic acids. The aftertaste is the best part of this beer (if you don't consider how great it looks), dry and bitter, but it doesn't stay quite as long as I'd like it to.

D: This was a strange experience: One of the best looking beers I had in a long time (the best looking English Pale Ale I've ever had), with nice aftertaste and mouthfeel falls flat when it comes to smell and taste - far to week. I had no expectations when I popped the can open, but I got dissapointed when I first smelled it and then tasted it after looking at something that looked really great. At the pub watching a game it would go down (but then again what wouldn't go down in that condition?)

Photo of deaconoflove
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

ap. Very lovely deep gold with a fine thick head that lingered and lingered. Lacing clinging all around the glass. One of nicest i've seen.
sm. not much to go on, slight citris.
ta. Sweet and first wiht banana maybe, and a bitter and thin finish.
mf. thin again, not very impressive
dr. yes, buy why? I had remembered Boddinton's a pretty good. Perhaps my palate has improved over the last couple of years.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely nitro-can pour, a slippery, silky, creamy effusion of miniscule bubbles that seem to transform from gas to solid as the construct the egg-white-whip head. Lacing is, as you would expect, excellent, colour is a clear copper gold. All in all, an excellent looking English ale very well presented.

Unfortunately, the most pleasure I got from the beer was watching it settle out. The smell is a rather timid metallic note, with some musty grain thrown in, and a very brief whiff of overripe-turning-to-rotten fruit. Not the greatest nose ever, and it's weak to boot.

Some light, manky organic characters on the palate. Again some musty grain, burlap sack, something unpleasantly organic. Some gritty English bitterness part way through, and a reasonable, if not exciting dry finish that cleans up the unpleasantness at least. It's better in the mouth than on the nose, and the feel is quite smooth and creamy.

OK, so it hasn't astonished me. Hell, it hasn't even particularly impressed me, but it has just enough character to be pleasant and a subtle insinuating drinkability that's hard to ignore.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden amber colour with fair nitro froth. The meniscus raises quite quickly and sits with a good two fingers of dense white foam. Body is absolutely still and clear. Not bad but fairly average.

Smells quite sweet, fair amount of malt with a cream edge. Hops are mostly absent, not much else to add to the smell. Fairly pleasant, slightly caramelly aroma. Certainly inoffensive, at least.

Taste is alright, mild and creamy for the most part, sweet malt with a milky edge, brush of tomato and a hint of tea. Hops come in midway through - unpleasantly, really, with a nasty bitter edge and an unfamiliar gaseous quality, yeasty and sinking, they instantly give you the feeling of a bad hangover. They taste slightly medicinal, and not clean or fresh.

Mouthfeel is smooth of course but very wet, almost squelchy because its watery muddiness.

This is not great beer. I like English ales - particularly nitro-pressurised ones because they're smooth and clean and a good way to finish the night, but this one has a real mean streak to it, quite aseptic and unpleasant.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz nitro-can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Pristine deep-golden brew, nearing amber. Attractive cascading bubbles off the pour created the signature thick, creamy froth of a head, off-white with strong retention.

S-Herbal, a hint of damp citrus and a slight fruity nuance.

T-Nutty cracker maltiness is countered by a firm, but subtle, bitterness. Slight fruitiness in the flavor is more pronounced in the aftertaste, comprised of apple and other stemmed fruit.

M-Creamy feel with minimal carbonation, as is consistent with the "pub can" effect.

D-Quite drinkable, attributable mostly to its easy body and the smoothness of the nitro can. At the same time, if you're looking for that "pub can" feel, why not go to a local brewpub and get some real cask ale?

Photo of Kendo
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is a golden honey color with a bright, creamy white head. The cascading-nitro thing looks good, and the head lingers for a long time.

S: Light fruity, floral nose, but not too strong at all.

T: Overall impression: light. Moderately fruity. Ever-so-slight bitterness at the finish.

M: Lightly carbonated, thereby smooth. Light in heft.

D: Goes down real easy.

Photo of yaegerje
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. nitro can,

A - Sweet golden color, with a ridiculous creamy head

S - Malty, kinda plain, and a little sweet

T - A nice sour malt taste, but a rather dirty finish, almost ashy

M - Incredibly smooth and creamy, well carbonated

D - Pretty darn good, I enjoyed it alot, but its not an everyday ale

Photo of sweemzander
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. nitro can poured into a pint glass. No canned date found.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow/orange color with almost a minutes worth of cascading action followed by a ridiculously thick pure white billowy foam that is sticking everywhere and was still present down to the last drop!

(S)- Plenty of honeyed malts with a light corn meal finish.

(T)- Creamy honey and lemon with just a slight bittering by the hops.

(M)- Perhaps one of the smoothest beers Ive ever had. Creamy with a slight drying characteristic. Great carbonation level.

(D)- A super easy drinker! Creamy, dry, and slightly sweet. These go down almost as easy as drinking water. Ridiculously simple and straightforward, but it works.

Photo of wahooman
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on a cruise ship in the Caribbean from a nitro can into a pint glass.

A- Pours an unexpected dark golden color with a beautiful creamy head. Perfect lacing down the glass as I drank it.

S- Smell was not overwhelming but was slightly sweet, you can tell the beer is not going to be very bitter

T- Has tastes of slight hops. To me it seems like guinness draft from the can, slightly watered down, but still very satisfying.

M- Smoooth! Very interesting feels that is hard to describe. Not really any bite at all, but it works for this style

D- Probably couldve had a few more. Low abv, and relatively light body while still having the taste. Nice.

Photo of chickencoop
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice golden color with the thick head expected from the nitro-can.
Smell - I don't know about you folks but I get a sweet, candy like smell, very inviting.
Taste & Mouthfeel - these are so smooth and tasty. The creamy head adds to the smoothness, having you crave more, leading me into the drinkability of this beer, definitely a session beer. Perfect for sitting at a barstool and yelling at a West Ham game on TV. It's sad that this brand gets lost in the shuffle by its parent company.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can, it had a nice golden color, almost amber. Love the creamy nitrous head. 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.

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. I could have a couple of these easily. Like a better, less watery version of Guinness.

Photo of gabe1989
2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

first time i had this. out of a 1 pint can. bought in a 4 pack. cracked this bad boy open and it foamed on me. after a qick clean up i poured it into a glass mug. it is a nice amber color pour. i drank it a little warmer than its suggested 41 degrees. smells sweet and slightly hoppy. its a very thick but not filling beer. creamy for sure but still drinkable. starts off sweet and finishes with a slight bite. if you've ever had honeymoon imagine it much thicker but slightly sweet. not bad but not mind blowing. not bad too try but not worth coming back to again and again.

Photo of jhammel01
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a nitro can into a British pub pint glass. Pours a deep amber color with a really cool creamy head. The head retains most of its body for the duration of this tasting. Keeps a thick lacing all the way down.

Honestly, not much is picked up from the smell. perhaps some malty notes...thats it.

The taste also does not have entirely too much going on. Not a bad thing, just expect the usual from an English Pale Ale. this beer did not seem carbonated at all. Slight Malt and some caramel.

Mouth feel is a bit of the thicker side. Pretty nice.

All in all, a good representation of an English Pale. I really liked the novelty of the creamy head that it has and the thicker body. I enjoyed it...Wouldn't mind making a session of these

Photo of magine
3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a Amber color brew with a massive creamy white head. Great lacing - and excellent head retention.

Smells of mild malts and very faint floral.

Tastes extreamly creamy initially from that massive creamy head. Then has a easy drinking, sweet malt taste and a minor floral flavor. The tastes are very understated but not in a bad way, it works very well.

This brew may be the easiest brew to drink I have ever had that tastes very good. An absolute delight to drink the brew. It is a very, very sessionable brew. Could drink by the truck loads. Wow - think Guinness, but lighter and more appealing to the masses.

Photo of Vidav
1.45/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Can tried to explode all over when I first opened it. The appearance was nice with a really creamy head. However the taste was almost nonexistent. I don't know if it was just my can or what but it was like drinking carbonated water. The flavor was just not there. The one thing I really did enjoy about this was the creamy head. I don't know that I have experienced anything quite the same. The fact that the head stuck around the whole time was nice too.

Overall I honestly think I would rather drink a PBR or High Life and for me that's saying something. Just not something enjoyable in this can. I would be willing to give it a try on tap though.

Photo of Evocatus
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When poured, a strawish yellow with a nice foam top. A distinct aroma of malt, nothing special. Same can be said with the taste; nothing real complex. Thick enough to go down well, however, there is a lingering metallic aftertaste that kind of kills it.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Huge, cascading, milky white, foaming nitro-can head. Clear amber color.

Smells like malt extract and standing water.

Tastes like really smooth...nothing. No really, this beer doesn't tastes like anything. I was thinking honey for a second but I think that's just because the can has a couple bees on it. It's tasteless, but damn it's a creamy tastelessness!

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend brought this over for last weeks board game night.

Poured a golden yellow with a bubbly finger of white head. Lacing is weak, as is the retention.

Smells of light hop and malt, mild back spice.

Taste is very buttery and weak, not as much hop as I expected.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and dry, overly carbonated.

Drinkability is average. This isn't much better than your average grocery store beer selection, I'd drink it again but it depends.

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