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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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2,469 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,469
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 222 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of themaxx76
4.85/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this ale for the first time a couple years back in a little pub in Brighton, England. I immediately fell in love with it. It's extremely smooth, thick creamy head and the bitter notes hit the back of the tounge just right. Luckily it's really easy to find here in Phoenix and Churchill's Pub and Grill always have it on tap.

Photo of BeanBone
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Brilliantly clear honey colored body. Thanks to the widget, the head is amazingly dense, creamy, and measures a full two fingers. Great fun to pour and watch with interesting little bubbles that cling to the glass. I could watch this all day, not quite as cool as the Guinness cascade, but certainly worth the cost of admission. Even after the head settles, this is an exceptionally pretty beer. The head rides all the way down to the bottom of the glass, leaving sudsy lacing behind.

Aroma: Clean and crisp with roasted malt and hints of a floral, hoppy bitterness. A little thin, to be sure.

Taste: Bitter up front with some dry, roasty malt flavors in the back. At times, you can pick up a juicy, fruity sweetness that reminds me of British wine gums. A nice combination, but nothing that's going to change your world.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and soft - when I think of an exceptionally creamy beer, this immediately springs to mind. Mouthfeel is really one of the highlights of canned Boddingtons and just another reason to bow down to the widget. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter.

Drinkability: While bitter, the alcohol content is relativity low, so if it suits your taste you can drink this all night (much like Guinness).

Verdict: A very different beer, Boddingtons in a can is an experience all beer lovers should try at least once. Perhaps the taste is not the most remarkable in the English Pale Ale category, but the appearance and mouthfeel are so unique that the beer will always stand out to me. A worthy survivor of more than two centuries.

Photo of mattffrost
3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear light copper bear with a nice foamy creamy white head. The nitrogen really adds to the appearance.

S: Smells like a typical Lager to me. Some spicey smells. Really a general beer smell to me.

T: I have to say the taste is average. A typical Lager taste to me. The head is creamy and nice tasting but the beer is uneventuful. I was expecting some bitterness but get none.

M: The creaminess of the head is the only nice thing for my mouth and senses I experiece.

D: Not my favorite beer to drink but a really easy beer to drink. Smooth but needs more to it.

Photo of kenito799
2.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint nitro-can poured into a pint glass.

The rising head and soft creamy result are fun and pretty. Head stays at leats 1/2 inch.

Mild caramel maly aroma, some cooked hops, fresh. Flavor has some fresh hoppy bitterness up front, mouthfeel smooth and creamy. But unfortuantely there is a sour edge to the beer that leaves a somewhat unpleasant finish. Drinkable only with food...having rough time finishing this alone.

Photo of auxiliary
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - Cloudy yellow with a nice creamy head.

smell - Has a floral smell to it and some malt present.

taste - Has some malt taste here with some biscut taste here.

mouthfeel - Creamy taste.

drinkability - Was an ok beer. i don't think it was easy drinking beer. I tried this at Disney's Epcot.

Photo of diabecktic
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As with most of the nitro systems, I get to witness the beautiful "cascade" effect. Unfortunately, it's not as pleasing given the color of the beer; it's a somewhat dark shade of gold with a hint of copper. It's not "ugly" per se, but the cascading is much nicer with the darker stout styles. Head formation, retention, and lacing are all pretty good.

It smells somewhat like a sweet flower. I would say that the malty aromas tend to outweigh any hop scents. The malt smells like a biscuit that is cooked golden-brown - not too bad.

Again, the maltiness seems to dominate. There really isn't a whole lot of bitterness to counter this, nor are there any other flavors to compliment the biscuity tones. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot here other than the aforementioned flavor and a mildly sweet aftertaste.

This beer is a bit watery for my taste. It's quite smooth, but there really isn't a whole lot of what I would call "substance." I suppose there is a very, very sublte, mild creaminess, though.

Given the lack of thickness, it's quite easy to throw these down "en masse." Drinking it quickly will not force you to miss out on anything in the flavor department. I suppose it'd be a good "bar" beer, though it might be a bit pricey here on-tap in the States.

The key feature of this beer is the drinkability. Since there isn't too much present in terms of mouthfeel or flavor, I could easily picture myself throwing down a bunch of these at a bar or otherwise in the company of friends. I wasn't too impressed in terms of flavor, but I suppose that I can't knock the biscuit character too much. It's not BAD, I just don't think it's anything other than average.

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

The beer pours a clear darker gold. Roughly a 3/8 inch head after settling in glass. Head is white but not impressive in size or stature. There isn't much of an aroma to speak of. Literally no flavor other than a sense of malt denseness and a tad of hops at the close. Mouthfeel is average other and there is very little carbonation. I had really high hopes for this beer. I wouldn't turn it away, but won't purchase it on my own again.

Photo of mshallah
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The main goal of the nitro widget contained in this can of Boddingtons is to reproduce the beer as you would get it on nitro-tap. It should have a dense, creamy head that remains atop the liquid and also provide a creamy mouthfeel. Making sure the can was not too cold, and my glass was big enough to pour the entire contents, I poured steadily at a medium pace to let the nitrogen exit the widget and into the liquid. If the beer is too cold on pouring I've noticed a complete lack of aroma. This is a very light beer so you've really got to coax out the flavors and aromas. When warm enough you can smell the banana yeast character. The light flavor mimics this banana note. This canned version of Boddingtons is a pale imitation of the tap version because the taste and smell of the head is a slight bit canny or metallic and also a bit thin in flavor and aroma. The mouthfeel ends more watery than creamy. Still, overall the Boddingtons flavor although one dimensional is pleasant.

Photo of 1fastz28
2.16/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

heard some decent things about this beer, thought i'd give it a whirl. like guinness or murphys its a nitro can so its neat to hear the nitro widget go crazy after you open it and pour it in the glass and see the big white head develop, thats where all the good ends, and the bad begins, smell reaks of corn, more than budlight, its crazy how unappealing it smells. taste is even less, appealing, just a bitter and skunky watery mess.. mouthfeel is like distilled water, i woud say avoid

Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden with the cascading head from the nitro. Head retention is good with sheets of lacing left on the glass during consumption.

Just faint aroma of grassy, floral hops and mild malt.

Mild flavors of biscuit malt and grassy hops. Just a touch of sweetness on the finish but otherwise very clean.

Creamy texture, light body, and low carbonation leaves a nice feeling in the mouth.

Very easy drinking and sessionable.

Photo of Cunningham26
3.76/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a thick goldenrod with a white foam that settles like a guiness and leaves little lacing
s: little to speak of, but sometimes it smells great and sometimes it smells like a pocket full of change
t: extremely creamy and thick. lives up to the reputation as the "vanilla guiness" with a good balance, but only a slight amount of grassy hops vaguely on the palate
m: again very creamy, somewhat thick. The first really cold sip is great, but when it settles down to room temperature, the flavors are really able to be discerned, and are worth waiting for
d: very heavy, i couldn't do more than a few of these per session. great as a final drink of the evening

Photo of cbn
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Patrick999
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Room.

A - I just can't knock the appearance of Boddington's. Same creamy head that lasts forever and ever...this wasn't even a nitro-tap.

S - Better than out of the nitro-can. No metallic smell, but no real defined aroma to speak of, either.

T - This is the beer I go to when I want to throw down one more beer but can't handle anything heavy. Simple, but tasty. Mild hop, mild malt, but I don't really mean that as a negative.

F - Soft and creamy. Light body. Very welcome when you've been drinking 8-9% Belgians all night.

D - Boddingtons. The embodiment of drinkability. I still really like this beer. I can't help it.

Photo of clayrock81
3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of tbeck
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow in color with a thick creamy head that did not dissipated entirely. Very little aroma, some cereal grains and a slight hint of malt. Taste was honey and malty, slight hops in the aftertaste and a hint of ripe fruit. Taste was very crisp and clean. Mouthfeel was excellent, sorta of like cream with a smooth finish. Drinkability is excellent, might need a little more flavor but very smooth and tasty.

Photo of superdedooperboy
2.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served up on-tap at the Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Color was, as far as I could tell in the low lighting, a golden copper-amber, supporting a thick, richly creamy off-white foam.

Not much going on in the nose; perhaps a bit of faintly sweet toffeeish notes, but nothing much beyond that could really be discerned.

Medium-bodied but rich in mouthfeel, though in this case not a virtue, as it is due to a distinct lack of carbonation.

The main flavors that show through on the tongue are a bit of malty sweetness mashed together with some estery notes and a faint grassy hop bitterness. Finish is slightly sweet and mildly dry but doesn't beg for another go.

A pretty easy-drinking brew, but drinkability suffers from the beer's flavor which, while not bad, isn't the most desirable, and the rather flat nature due to lack of carbonation keeps it from really refreshing at all. Overall rather inoffensive, but doesn't leave me screaming -- or whispering, for that matter -- for another round.

Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz nitro-can into a pint glass.

Pours milky with a great looking cascade of carbonation. Clears up into a clear looking honey-gold color with 1 1/2 fingers of solid, creamy brite-white head that leaves just mammouth thick lacing behind. The aroma smells of very light bread, citrus, sweetness, and floral notes.

The taste is light toasted malts, bready sweetness, citrus, and a bit of a grassy hop profile in the back. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a mellow and creamy feel on the palette.

Decent. Nothing really overly stood out here except for the look, easy body, and mellow drinkibility. Not offensive by any means but unfortunately not that memorable either.

Photo of jonworth
3.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really two in one. If you ask me, the head is the raison d'etre of this beer. Crack open a can, pour it straight down into a pint glass (no tilt necessary) and enjoy the creamy, heavenly head!

Once the head has settled, you will realize that Boddingtons Pub Ale is really a simple and unremarkable beer. Not that that's bad, but just keep it in perspective. The first 60 seconds is where it's at.

Some have said tap is preferable over can; other have held the opposite opinion. I've had both and actually prefer the can for the simple fact that I can dump it in a nonic and get it to my mouth in one motion! Of course, if the barman is right in front of you then perhaps the tap is better.

So, to summarize: Great head, great mouthfeel, highly sessionable == gargantuan burps that may or may not annoy others, depending on the company you keep. Otherwise average taste.

Photo of 1759Girl
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A> Beautiful creamy surge. Lively. Golden with a dense creamy head... after all it IS the Cream of Manchester... a nickname I've never felt comfortable with.
S> Not alot to smell at first. bitter hoppy, slightly metallic, improves as you drink off the smell-stifling cream head. Then you can pick up notes of honey.
T>Slightly metallic, but not offensive. Really tastes like your standard English pale, but with a less pleasing finish. Not overly tasty or overly offensive.
Mouthfeel>it really does feel nice. I'm not gonna lie
Drinkability> Sometimes I'm in a mood where I feel like Guinness but want something that is more refreshing (read: less tasty) and I'll order it at the pub. Its a safe bet generally, and a whole hell of a lot better on tap than in a can.

Photo of akronzipfan
4.28/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a four pack to watch some soccer....errr...football with (EPL of course).

a - pours quickly into a creamy, smooth, golden lather that soon seperates into a lush, translucent body with a marvelous golden head

s - pungent hops and a nutty essence are prevalent

t - wonderful blend of sweet creaminess and just enough of a bite

m - feels just right in the mouth, as silk on skin

d - amazingly easy beer to drink, yum!

This is a very exceptional beer in my opinion. The widget gives one perhaps a BETTER than tap experience. I highly recommend....especially while watching soccer...err...football.

Photo of changeup45
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a very thick, creamy head. Almost out of control. Fairly smooth and creamy with sweet malts and leaves somewhat of a bitter taste. Good beer, for a while it was a regular of mine. At $5 for 4 pint size cans, it comes at a decent price too.

Photo of gpogo
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale golden. Large white incredibly creamy head. I really like the look, but I think it looks way better on a guinness, it seems like there is a heavy cream on top of my beer.

A- Pleasant sweet malt aroma.

T- Sweet malt with a buttery taste. Slight bitterness, though nowhere near other english pale ales.

M- Medium body, moderate-high carbonation. Foamed out of the can upon opening, but nitro beers I find hard to gauge. A very velvety smooth taste enhanced upon from the nitro can.

D- The nitro foam and buttery taste slightly put me off, however it's such an enjoyable beer to drink I am tempted to pickup a few more.

Photo of ruckzuck
2.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought on a whim at Publix as I was bored and hadn't had a Boddingtons in a while. Into the pint glass it goes.

A - the nitro-can gives that lovely cascading backwards bubble effect which is always pretty to look. Settles to a nice, white marble head with a crystal clear amber body

S - malty nose with some bready notes. Tiny little bits of hop aroma. Not too much of an aroma IMO

T - again, a biscuity and bready malt. Hop notes are just barely there. Not very complex or interesting, but not awful

M - very creamy body which goes down quite smoothly. Of course the beer loses its carbonation rather quickly, but the smoothness is nice IMO. I don't know that I'd use the word watery to describe the beer, but it is on the lighter side of medium IMO

D - not bad. Not sure I could do more than 2-3 (I have before at parties, ha) without already being a state of liquid bliss, but it is certainly a change of pace from all the Terrapin Rye and other IPAs I drank last night. Worth trying at least once

Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Jyubei
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Warning, This can foams somthing fierce. Open it over a sink if your not sure it won't foam over.

A. Thick pale head, an appealing pale gold ale and bubbles cover the sides of the glass, but don't move.

S. Very floral smell. Like being in a hardware store and getting a wiff of the garden section.

T. What malt and fruityness. A sadly uncomplicated palette.

M. Great smooth and creamy feeling. If it tasted better, it would be wonderful.

Af. Malt, hops and grain.

A rather dissapointing brew. It also seemed to loose its carbonation a little too quickly. I probably wouldn't get it again.

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