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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,256
Reviews: 1,050
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 20
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
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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 plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a can at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49)
pours a brilliant copper with a thick white head, the cascading nitro bubbles are also a butiful sight.
the aroma is malty, grassy, hint of spice, hint of sweet honey.
the flavor is malty, carmelized malt, grassy, hopsack, hint of spice, lingering hopflavor.
great beer, goes down easy, great example of english ale.

plaztikjezuz, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool yellow nitro-can ... pours a crisp and lively amber color, starting as all head! The head is epic in size and lasts forever. Nose is of roasted malts, slightly floral, and modest hop notes. Palate is super smooth malt, a little bready, and a touch of hop bitterness throughout. Mouthfeel is excellent ... silky, medium-bodied, and sufficient carbonation. This is one of the better beeers I've had ... in a can anyway. Very, very drinkable and enjoyable. Worth a try for sure ...

beerphilosopher, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint nitro-can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a light amber color with thick, surging carbonation that settles in a smooth, thick white head.

Smell: Slightly floral, slightly bitter. The smell isn't very noticable, and what is noticable isn't very interesting.

Taste: A full (but light) floral taste, with a mild bitterness that is most prominent in the aftertaste, along with some grains. Fairly well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A very viscous ale, though it doesn't feel particularly heavy. Extremely smooth.

Drinkability: While this beer is quite drinkable as far as the alcohol and flavor go, the fact that it's so thick combined with the tedium of the flavor make it not the most drinkable after one or two.

For such a popular ale, this is quite a disappointment. Granted, it's not bad, but it's fairly dull. Give it a try if you're curious. If you prefer a beer with lighter flavor, this might be for you. Otherwise, it's hardly a beer you'll come back to.

mithrascruor, Jul 18, 2006
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 pmatz2
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Creamy and smooth - say's it all
One of the thickest creamiest heads I've ever experienced on a beer at least 2 fingers thick. Pours just like a Guinness. A very light amber color with a snow wight head

Taste - not much to it. I know smooth is not a taste but that's all there is to it. It is mild, not to sweet not very hoppy.

Smell - nothing jumps out at you,

Mouthfeel is good. goes down like water or should I say it goes down like mountain dew compared to coke.

I do enjoy this beer. Consider it a guilty pleasure, I takes the place of Guinness in the summer. I suggest this as the first step to get some one off bud, miller etc. onto real beer,

pmatz2, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of Phocion
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the nitro can with a somewhat pale golden color and a huge head which sinks down to about one finger, but stays until you finish the beer. This stuff really looks like it came from a tap.

The smell here is very faint. Butter and a little bit of citrusy hops, with maybe a little malt trying to poke through. Weak and simple, not too impressive.

While the taste is not particularly offensive, it's incredibly bland. Very light malt flavors finished off by weak stale-smelling hops.

Boddingtons advertises itself as "Smooth and Creamy." This is definitely true, and the one redeeming characteristic of this beer. This stuff actually seems like the British equivalent of our BMC, though they do a much, much better job than A-B, Coors, and the like (though that's not saying much). Good session beer, but for the same price I'd much rather grab a Tetley's.

Phocion, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredible gusher when poured into a pint glass from the can. Bubbles intense from top to bottom of glass gradually rising to form a beautiful half finger cream head that stays forever, leaving sticky lacing in it's wake as you sip downward.
Aroma is floral with faint fruity esters ....I sense banana which was surprising.
Taste is extremely mild malt...light floral....slightly sharp hops...followed by a metalic aftertaste.
Overall, the taste is almost non-existent...just creamy smooth.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel.

IntriqKen, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of headlessparrot
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boddingtons advertises itself as the 'Cream of Manchester' - and in almost all of their advertising and promotional material, the two words that come up most are 'creamy' and smooth.' They, of course, say nothing of the taste, so let's see for ourselves. Boddingtons is a pub favourite here in Waterloo, especially if you happen to wander down to Kick-Offs on University Ave, where it has a dedicated following.

I will say this much about Boddingtons Pub Ale - it looks absolutely gorgeous, whether on tap or from a can. And this sample is no exception. The cascading bubbles of the pour are almost identical to Guinness (actually better, because the colour here really lends itself to enjoying the cascade effect). A gold-amber, slightly hazy body is topped by two fingers of the thickest, creamiest head you'll ever see - head that sticks around until the last sip (and beyond), and head that leaves absolute gobs of lacing. Sure, it's an artificial result of the nitro, but I'll be damned if it doesn't look amazing.

Smell, though, is very plain. Creamy and smooth are the only two things that come to mind, here. Perhaps a faint buttery-ness and some very light floral-citrus hopping. Just a touch of malt. Faintly sweet. The nitro actually makes it difficult to distinguish any notes beyond that.

Taste is quite plain as well. Indeed, there's a reason Boddingtons liberally uses 'creamy' and 'smooth' in its promotional materials, because it most certainly is those two things. I can't say I've encountered a brew any creamier before in my life. Very light, with a fair bit of mild hops, and just a touch of even milder malt. A touch metallic (perhaps the result of the can - I did't notice this on tap), but faintly bitter on the finish. Good with pub food, and creamy as all hell.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation levels are wonderful, and the brew seems to have some body to it (in spite of a watery-ness - I know, a contradiction, but it's difficult to explain). Drinkability is qonderful. This stuff goes down like water, and can be paired exceptionally with your average pub meal of wings or a burger and fries.

I'd prefer it on tap, but Boddingtons Pub Ale is a respectable little brew. Mild, creamy, and smooth - it's perhaps the antithesis of what most BeerAdvocates are looking for, but a good occasional treat nonetheless.

headlessparrot, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of clemtig76
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce nitro can. Pours a beautiful light, golden amber color with a thin off white head that lingers gracefully in the glass. Some sticky lacing clings to the glass after every sip. Aroma is of mild sweet malt. Taste is mild and slightly sweet with just touch of hop bitterness. I think I will have another.

clemtig76, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of cratez
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much to this one. A simple, drinkable beer.

Appearance: pours a rich, golden/amber body with a half-inch foamy white head. Lacing is prevalent throughout. Looks appetizing and thirst quenching - exactly how a good ale should look.

Smell: faintly sweet malt aroma.

Taste: not bad. Head is pleasant and easy to get through, body is smooth, refreshing and slightly malty, and the aftertaste is subtle, only somewhat bitter. A decent but indistinct taste.

Mouthfeel: a creamy palate is followed by a dry and lightly bitter finish.

Drinkability: this beer is easy to drink. Its balanced body (not too thick, not too light), sizeable head, excellent lacing, smooth taste and moderate alcohol content make it a respectable pale ale.

cratez, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the same between the nitro-tap and the nitro-can. The can version seems to hold on to the nitro-carbonation for a bit longer than the tap. The tap may loosely force the nitrogen in durring dispensing, allowing the gas to escape. Nevertheless, this is always a clean beer with very light maltiness and low hops. The flavors are very delicate and soft. Aided by the nitro, the body remains creamy and nearly thick (assuming its drank quickly). If the beer sits, the beer waters far too quickly. On the flip side, the plastic-ey flavor that usually accompanies the nitrogen disipates with the bubbles.

8-18-05 Nitro-tap (3,3,3,4.5,4)
It's amazing what nitro can do to an otherwise boring beer. As with all nitros, this has incredible thickness and creaminess in the head. I've never had a beer to lace better. As for a pub ale, it's lightly hazy and medium straw colored--I expected more copper color. Aromas are extremely faint, but I can pick up some light malt, corn, and a little sourness. Tastes are fairly muted as well, but do pick up on some subtle sweetness, corn sugar, and maybe some other cereal grains. Light souring from fermentation provides a bit of granny smith apple flavor. That's basically it. Not much more exciting than Budweiser. But the mouthfeel is where it is at. Creamy and full feeling. Almost chewey. Finishes wet and fleeting. Dangerously close to watering down. My advice: Drink it quickly, because after the nitro disipates, this beer gets boring in a hurry.

BEERchitect, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of rarevos
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Watching the pour was terrific, as I'd only ever seen Guiness poured from a nitro can. Watching the reverse settling with a beer of lighter color was kind of cool. Head was thick, creamy, and unbroken. A little more of a golden-brown color than I would have expected from a pale ale.

S: Sort of beer-like, and I mean that less snarky than it'll sound. Incredibly faint.

T: The optimist would say "mild," the pessimist would say "bland." Other than a light bitterness to the finish, there's not much "there" there. The bitterness was nice, and went well with typical pub fare. Still more flavorful than a macro pilsner.

M: The creamy head stuck around for a LONG time, and acted as a sort of appetizer to the actual beer. The combination of the two was pleasant.

D: Very easy to drink. Maybe too easy.

rarevos, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I've had a beer from a nitro can. Pretty interesting.

Ended up with a half inch thick head on top of a glass of pale yellow beer. Looked just like it came out of the tap.

Not much aroma to speak of.

Taste was very mild with a bitter finish. Really not a lot of flavor, but nothing bad.

Creamy mouthfeel with some slight carbonation. Easy to drink.

Not a lot to this beer. The pour was the best part. But there isn't a lot to say about this beer. Good to have when you're having more than one, I guess.

doppelmeup, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Typical easy drinking English Pale Ale. The nitro can is a cool gimmick. It pours a clear golden color and has nice big head with heavy lacing. It is sweet in the nose and sweet in the mouth with a nice dry finish. this is the epitome of a session beer.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of kkipple
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I popped the tab on the pleasing yellow nitro can and was rewarded? with foam pouring from the can and down the sides. "Oh, they all do that." says Alice as she putters around in the kitchen, making Rubens. "Do they." I mutter as I reach for a paper towel. The can thusly cleaned, into my pint it goes!

I have to admit this beer is a looker. A pale yellow brew with virtually no bubbles -- save for the immense nitro-induced head that sits atop the beer. The head is finely carbonated as only nitro-heads (is that a word? It is now.) can be. Decent lacing, too.

Alright, so what's it smell like? Answer: not much. Mild sweet malts and... very minimal hops. A vague vegetable smell. 'bout all there is.

The taste is surprising if you've never had it before. Boddingtons is a very watered down, mildly bitter beer with almost no carbonation to be felt. It's literally one notch above water in the fizzy department. Of course, this makes it incredibly gulpable, but I could do with a little more of the bubbly, personally. Taste is mild bitter hops, light English malt, and general smoothness, again courtesy of the nitro-bubbles.

Drinkable? While it doesn't win many points for taste, I have to admit that Boddingtons really just slides down my gullet. It's a light, weak, watery beer that looks real pretty. If quantity is your thing, then Boddingtons may be also. A curious beer.

kkipple, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

You sure can't argue with the beauty of the nitro pour, this beer looks exceptionally good in my pint glass. Full creamy head, dark blonde colouring, lots of nitro bubbles sticking to the glass. Smell is less inviting though, with a slight unpleasant soapiness, very sweet, slight caramel, very subtle hops in the nose.

Taste is quite bitter off the top, much more than the nose revealed, but mellowing after a few sips. Maltiness is kept subtle, and not toothache inducing as I was a bit afraid of. Good roasted character, fairly well balanced, extremely British.

The mouthfeel is a bit creamy but mostly just watery and thin, little to no bite on the tongue. You could almost drink this like water, but it would be about as exciting. There are great qualities about this brew, but its inconsistencies are unpleasant. There's a lot better EPA's out there.

trevorwideman, May 31, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $5.50 for a pint of this at some English Pub-esque coffee house in Cape May, NJ...
Appears a transparent, light yellow with a cascading body that leads up to the frothy, off white head. Pretty typical of a nitro. Tiny bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of very mild grain that is reminiscent of Special K with a touch of honey. Nothing special jumping out at all.
Taste is about the same as the mild aromas being just that...mild, very much so. Maybe a tiny bit of a tea-like taste buried in there somewhere.
Mouthfeel is creamy but there is a lack of any flavors that make me want to continue drinking this. There is also a vague graininess that doesn't seem like it should be there. It should be a bit more clean. Tiny bitter finish is barely enough for an enjoyment. This is a palate cleanser for me.

weeare138, May 30, 2006
Photo of skillerified
1.98/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Brought to the table looking a little paler than most English Pales I've sampled, but not a bad color. A little orange and tan. Decent one finger head with equally decent retention.

Scent was weak. A slight favoring of malt, but little else.

Taste was also weak. Again, a slight malt flavor, but little else. Thoroughly lacking that mineral quality that I've come to expect of these hard water British beers. No complexity, no depth. Just a slight sweet malt.

Mouthfeel was particularly bad in my opinion. The body has only a slightly higher consistancy than water. Just not appealing at all.

Goes down easy doesn't necessarily taste bad, but there's nothing to make me want another either.

skillerified, May 29, 2006
Photo of Sosh
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I really did not like this. It just seemed extremely watery. I dont' think this had any carbonation whatsoever. Maybe it was flat, who knows? But even if I got a bad brew I don't see how this would possibly be something I'd get time and time again. I could taste the hops towards the middle, but the beer got pretty nasty towards the bottom. I would never drink this again, unless it was free. I'm kind of upset I bought this.

Sosh, May 09, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: light amber with a sizeable white creamy head.

smell: i got a sense of fruit and flowers along with a slight malty aroma. Nothing spectacular.

taste: a little malty, a little lagery too it seemed, and a little fruity/hoppy... ok, and kinda nice, but nothing i'd go out of the way for.

mouthfeel: bitter and light bodied, this didn't do much for me.

drinkability: a little to bitter without the sweetness or taste to balance it out.

dbalsock, May 07, 2006
Photo of BigRedN
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 1 pint can into a standard pint glass. The beer is clear and golden in color. A thick white head, about 3/4 inch, forms on top of the beer. This head has staying power. Good lacing as the beer is consumed. A nice enough looking beer.

Smell: Hmmm, well, it doesn't really smell like anything. A "clean" smell if you will. I stick my nose so close to the beer i get foam up it, still I only get maybe a hint of malt (grainy, yeasty scent) and a hint of citrousy aroma. I'm a bit disappointed.

Taste: Not a significant improvement over the smell. The best I can say is "inoffensive". Slight malty, bready taste, a hint sweet, but only because there is absolutely no hop bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: As advertised on the can, this does have a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The beer is somwhat watery though. I kind of expected something really carbonated, but there is minimal carbonation here. I do see some bubbles floating lazily in the beer, and some clinging to the glass.

Drinkability; Drinkable? Yes. Sessionable? Yes. Memorable? No. I purchased one can to try for $2. I'm not disappointed I gave this a shot, but I probably will not go out of my way to try this again.

BigRedN, May 04, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Boddingtons Pub Ale has a time and a place, unfortunatly that place in not at the top of a BAs list. The appearance of this beer is pretty cool, the nice cascading pour and the crisp golden color with a creamy white head. That is when the novelty wears off. Taste is of an ale thats pale, but not the other way around. Slight hoppy aroma and flavor but nothing that jumps out at you, a pale malt flavor that is more grainy and anything. It tastes sort of watered down. They have this at one of my favourite downtown bars on tap, Brits Pub, and I can drink the hell out of it down there when I am out for a night, but for someone trying to enjoy a beer at home, well, NEXT!

dfried, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
1.08/5  rDev -66%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Yikes...what is invading my favorite beer glass...ohh its a watered down boring english pale...ughhh..

Not sure why this style exists to be perfectly honest, The only thing that I enjoyed about the brew was the pour. Nitro widget makes this brew have a cascading effect and a super creamy tight head with tons of lacing. I've had bad success with this style, mainly because its rather tatsteless and what does come through is a faint leafy hop profile, and a semi skunked malt backer. Very bland, mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Notes: I'll pass on this one and I'll pass on "almost" every english pale.

DogFood11, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I purchased this beer at Jungle Jims. I got it out of there reduce bin for 1.75.The beer was served from the can into pub glass.

Appearance: The beer really looked good in the glass. The beer has a nice clear golden coloration. The head was huge and very creamy off white colored. Thick lacing remained behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer smelled a bit malty with a grainy sort of smell. Very subdued hops present in the beer.

Taste: The beer is nearly one dimensional. There is a underwhelming maltyness to the beer. This combines with a minimal hop prescence. Very small bitterness is present in this beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a very creamy texture. The taste is just to dam thin. The beer has a medium body.

Drinkability: This was frankly almost unbearable to drink as I had better choices in the fridge. Hopefully you have better choices than this beer. I will not purchase this again.

nlmartin, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a smallish, but tight and creamy head (yes i poured very slowly).Takes a good time for the head to settle. Good staying power and lacing.

S - Citrusy hops and sweet malt. Slight toasted aromas.

T - Slight tartness up front with lemony notes. Lightly bitter finish and aftertaste.

M - Soft and creamy with a mild carbonation.

D - Easy to drink for sure, maybe a bit low in the flavour profile.

allergictomacros, Apr 19, 2006
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