Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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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 likestoswallow
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

1 pt can from Albertsons. Poured copper-gold color with a foamy-creamy head. There was virtually no aroma, just an odd sort of metallic scent. Flavor was mild with malts, nuts, pears, and hops. Mouthfeel was light but creamy. (Clearly the palate is this beers appeal.) The finish was short, clean and just a bit biter. Overall this is a quite session-able biter, but it lacks pizazz.

Photo of domtronzero
2.23/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow with a cascading carbonation/nitrogenation that seems to fall down to the bottom of the glass, similar to Guiness. Creamy, frothy white head leaves a slight lacing around the glass. Aroma is almost non-existent. Taste is corn and a slight malt presence. No hops detected. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, similar to Guiness, but unlike Guiness the taste is rather lacking. Overall, this is simply an average beer. I will not be wasting my money on this beer again.

Photo of Floydster
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce can bought from Vons in Pacific Beach, part of a 4 pack shared with friends

Always a great choice for St. Patrick's Day or at a visit to an Irish Pub eben though it is from

Poured into a pint glass with a light brownish color and a 1/2 inch super silky vanilla head, looks a lot like Guinness, but tastes much better

Smell was a little weak, a tiny bit of chocolate and coffee evident

Taste was dry and smooth with a tiny bit of sweetness

Definitely not a pale ale like this says, much darker

Super heavy beer, a meal in a can, but the ABV is not that high

Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 90% frothy creamy head, appears in three layers briefly, then settles into a clear, transluscent auburn ale with a two finger creamy-white head. No observable carbonation which makes me wonder what's holding up that generous head that hangs on with foamy lacing. No discernable smell. Creamy appearance continues. There is a nectar-like silky smooth mouthfeel with a feint sweet taste, a hint of hops but not a lot by any stretch. There is just enough bitter to carry it and you're left with a mild, non-offensive aftertaste. This is a good one to spring on your macro-beer friends but doesn't offer much for anyone who really likes English Ales.

Photo of shererjt
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear copper color with a frothy, well-retained, off-white head. Nose was hops and fruit with some caramel. Flavor was light on malt with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness. Had a touch of acidity and hop flavor up-front. Not bad, but not particularly good, either. Seemed to be lacking the traditional British character you'd expect in a pub ale--too clean. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy, and the drinkability is okay. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of, but I suppose you could.

Overall, I'd say it's an average beer. With all the outstanding British ales available, there's not much to particularly recommend this one.

Photo of dnichols
2.03/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I poured a pint from a nitro-can into a challis.

A: This is a very, very light straw yellow with a pure white head. The head lingered deep into the experience and reminded me of whipped cream.

S: Hardly any aroma was discernable. There was a whiff of alcohol and otherwise the only order was of yeast.

T: Bland. Nothing spectacular or even notable. There is a hint of malt and a bitter aftertaste that fades quickly after each swallow.

M: Silky smooth with a bit of bitter edge that leaves a sour residual in my mouth.

D: I had a difficult time finishing even half a pint. I could drink this beer all night long…but why do it.

Comment: Another unremarkable product from our friends across the pond. Despite my love of ales I guess when consuming products from the empire the sun never set on I will stick with fish and chips.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear spun gold color. The head is small, but creamy and lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of citrus, but is covered up by so much by the nitro that it is almost none decectable. The taste is only slightly more pronounced than the aroma. It is of citrus with a hint of pine, and a mild finishing bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied even though the nitro tries to cover it up. Overall, this is a disappointment. I will not drink this again.

Photo of q5hj
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew is golden orange and has a nice creamy white head. I couldn't smell much of anything, but it has a nice taste to it, malty with a hint of banana. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, but also a bit watery, I need something more. It goes down very would be very easy to have more than one.

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

Went to the "local" "convenience" store and saddle shop and was pleased to see an old friend there, Boddingtons Pub Ale. It's been a while.

Creamy white head stays proudly atop a very still light orange beer.

Nose is a simple doughy creamy note with a distant floral hop whisper.

Taste is a (banana cream pie?) light malt swetness that flows into soft tea like hop notes and finally a dry slightly salty lightly bitter finish.

Still, a very nice, light bodied, refreshing, simple beer. It really takes talent to make something like this, but it could be better. I still like it.

Photo of gubbt
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a dense creamy head from the nitro pour. Love watching it settle.

Very faint smell with some mild fruity ale esters.

Up front it is fruity, predominatley apple skin and a bit of banana which transitions into a floral hop finish without much bitterness. Slightly metallic in the finish as well.

Smooth a creamy from the nitrogen pour.

Simple beer that goes down easy. Could have a couple of these on a hot day.

Photo of StephenNorman
4.08/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours clear yellow, with a gorgeous 1 1/2 - 2 finger head. Copious lacing throughout.This is what I think of when I think of the the perfect looking beer.

Smell: Unfortunately there is barely any aroma, except maybe some light fruit/honey. This is my main beef with this beer.

Taste: This is easily one of the best tasting beer I've ever had, my favorite for sure. A slight banana/fruity flavor, with honey and slight hop bitterness. Glorious.

Mouthfeel: More watery then I would like, but still not too thin.

Drinkability: This is the easiest drinking brew I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. A great session beer no doubt. Do not hesitate to try this beer.

Photo of kwakwhore
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark yellow from the can into a glass. A nice head which leaves some lacing on the glass. Pleasant aroma, some hop scents and a bit of grainy malt, but nothing to write home about. Some sweet malt in the flavor with some very mild fruitiness and a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Again, nothing to write home about. Creamy mouthfeel thanks to the nitro cartridge in the can. Nothing really objectionable about this beer, just nothing too exciting either. This could make a decent session beer, but there are lots of ales out there with more interesting flavors.

Photo of malibujohnny
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As i pour this nitro can i know what i will get...a great creamy head. About 5/8 iches thick that lasts the whole pint. It gives a light golden amber color. In the mouth it leaves a beautifull smooth malt that lingers ever so slowly into a residual hoppy dryness(but not too dry) ,which is fantastic for an english beer. Some northern english beers are kind of watered down,but not this one. I enjoy this brew on warm summer days and cool fall nights.

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Photo of david131
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of umustdrink
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Irish pub

A - Light orange color with a bright white silky head, very smooth with tons of lacing.

S - Light and sweet corny aroma.

T - Sweet corn with some lightly bitter hops, cereal malts and a faint sweet honey taste.

M - Nitro-tap makes for a superbly smooth drink. Silky body with minimal carbonation.

D - Overall this was pretty nice on a Thursday night. I would have enjoyed it more had I been outside. Not at all complex but what's there is good.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a clear copper with a thin but creamy head that hangs around. Aroma, A light hint of honey and malt. Taste has light malt and hops that seems watered down, flat. Mouthfeel is light - medium and creamy with light carbonation that makes for an easy drinker though.

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

Appearance- This ale sets the standard for what beer should look like. It forms the perfect head. The head is consistent and very creamy. A nice gold colored body.

Smell- The malt and the hops are both balanced in the smell.

Taste- Very balanced but both the sweetness and bitterness are mild. Slightly banana like.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and thick.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the nitro in this makes for a beautiful, thick, creamy, long-lasting pure white head and lacing in this clear light copper ale. not much of a nose on this, maybe a hint of sweet malt and some grassy, floral notes. very thin taste...a bit grainy with a lack of malt and hop presence. mouthfeel is helped by the creamy nitro but still kinda watery. this is a sessionable beer but kind of a one-trick pony (the nitro).

Photo of cruland
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours wonderfully and has a slow-developing head (very similar to Guinness). Once it settles it has a nice, rich look.

Smell: Simply isn't there. Honestly, Miller Lite has a more potent aroma.

Taste: Very smooth, very pleasant to drink. The after-taste is mild with a hint of bitterness/hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: About as close to perfect as you can come without quite being there.

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with remarkable 2 finger head. The head can definately hold it's own. Very sweet smelling, with little to no hop nose. Taste is almost honey sweet with a pleasant but not exceptional aftertaste. Mouth feel is very smooth and creamy. (cream ale) Drinkablilty is very good since this is a very mild brew. Not a regular by any stretch of the imagination, but a passive cream ale for occasional consumption.

Photo of biggmike
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of these yesterday with lunch. Pours into a creamy head, very similar to a golden-colored Guinness. I really wanted to like this beer, but the flavor was slightly bland. Might have been too cold to bring out all the flavors, as most Americans don’t know that all beers are not best served ice-cold. Still, a very drinkable beer that I will give another try at a slightly less cold temperature.

Photo of iceball585
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very golden color w/ good head that stays

S- Kind of a cream ale smell

T- Strong taste of honey

M- The nitro gives it a very full body, very smooth

D- Easy to drink

I definatly love this beer. Many people shy away from nitro beers but I feel that it only makes them easier to drink. It gives this beer a very smooth and full bodied taste.

Photo of Clockwork420
4.58/5  rDev +44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into glass stein.

Darker brown ale color. Beautiful show it put on.
Spectacular head. Creamy 2 inches. Stuck around for as long as it took me to drink it.

Smell was okay but cleaner smelling than others. Earthy.

Taste was the best part. First drink was like drinkin the tears of a lifelong enemy. It was amazing. Smooth and creamy, had a slight bite, Perfect in my ale book so far.

Same with mouthfell. Exceptional.

Drinkablilty. You know. Easy to drink by far. Almost dangerously easy to drink.

I will buy this many times im sure of it.
Great buy $6.29 for a four.

Must try.

Photo of nafnikufesin
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful cascading looks with a tightly packed head, golden color. Slight sweetness in the smell. Smooth creamy texture, with hints of sweetness at the front of the mouth that blend nicely with a mild hops in the aftertaste. One of my favorite beers, I could drink this one all night.

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