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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,341 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,341
Reviews: 1,055
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 149 | 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 Alexmc2
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours cloudy thanks to the nitro. Its a very light gold/yellow and a head which sticks around (again thanks to the nitro). Smell is slightly sweet. The mouthfeel is very creamy and light. I would compare this to a vanilla Guinness. Smooth and easy to drink, this is one British beer I'll be returning to.

Alexmc2, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours as a cloudy mesh that takes forever to rise to the surface form,ing a nearly perfect one finger whipped cream like head atop this pale copper brew. Decent lacing coats the glass. Must be the nitro . . .

S - A clean, faintly floral, lager yeast aroma - smells a bit like the champagne of beers to me. A bit of pine and a touch of light bodied malt. This whole odor is pretty mild.

T - A very, very, very mild beer. There is a touch of light bodied malt. Honestly this has almost no flavor. Often times I will fill my glass with water after finishing my beers. The strength of flavor here is on par with the glass of water that at one point had a drop or two of beer in the glass. There is an extremely faint floral bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Very smooth, flat, thin, only a little refreshing.

D -This is pretty much as quaffable as a beer can be, unfortunately, it isn't a bit more refreshing and it has virtually no flavor. It is easy for something to be drinkable with no flavor.

mrasskicktastic, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of goschool
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The pour settles to a lighter yellow color with a perfect white head.

Smell: The nose has soft grains and light fruits.

Taste: The flavor profile has that nitro blandness with pear and hop accents. The fruit, hops, and malt get a lot nicer tasting as the beer warms, but the nitro flavor gets even more blatant and ruins any progress that is made.

Mouthfeel: The body is soft and creamy, but thin.

Drinkability: I'm sure it's easy to chug a pint of Boddies, but it's not particularly exciting to sip and I have no desire to pick up another four-pack.

goschool, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The widget produces a milky pour; Golden-bronze; creamy white head, great retention & lace.

S: Bready with a modest amount (by British standards) of fruity esters.

T: Bready malt, slight earthy & citrus hop flavour, modest bitter balance, slight caramel sweetness.

M: Very creamy, substantial body for its strength; Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good.

Derek, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of tkarsies
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from nitro can into standard pint glass. Like most nitro beers, this one looks great. Cascading bubbles leads to 1 inch white thick white head that lasts and lasts. Beer itself is a clear dark golden color. No visible carbonation.
Very faint, beery smell with maybe some hops.
Neither malt or hops very prominent in the taste. Ends with some bitterness. Slight metallic taste. Mouthfeel like typical nitro beer. Smooth and light. Not much carbonation.
Overall this beer is easy to drink and session. There is not anything offensive but also not much to impress. It is much like most other nitro beers—it looks great but things are downhill after that.

tkarsies, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color with a thick head that formed after the cascading effect of the nitro-can. The smell is a bit floral and malty. The taste is bitter but not overpowering. It is well balanced with the malt. The mouthfeel is full and creamy but not chewy. I find this to be a delightful beer which I have enjoyed on many occasions and hope to do so again.

barefootbrewer, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is on tap at Dove in Greenwich Village. Served in a pint glass

A: Yellow with a gorgeous fluffy white head that sticks around.
S: Not much of a smell. It's all about the flavor.
T: Buttery and bitter taste.
MF: Smooth...and maybe even a bit creamy. Light carbonation.
D: This stuff is drinkable beyond belief. There are nights when this is all I drink.

This is one of my favorite beers to session.

AChamberlain, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of esurreal
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours into a gorgeous cascading whirlpool of goodness. It really is a sight. The head is snow white and thick. It never lets up throughout the whole journey. Unfortunately it's the best thing about the ale. The smell is kind of wheaty like budweiser or miller. Not that bad, but not much better. The taste is kind of bland in my opinion. Not a whole lot going on. It has a slight hoppy taste and a pretty strong apple taste. It's fruity but not very complex. The mouthfeel is similar to guiness, but I prefer guiness. It's a refreshing beer. Easy to drink and above average. Not all that special though.

esurreal, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

AP: Pours a slick and smooth looking cascading golden amber color with a massive and thick, frothy head emerging to the top and unvailing a 3" monster head.The head eventually becomes an even sheet of cotton.Great retention.

Smell: wheaty and yeasty.

Taste: A wheaty and malty dominated flavor, light on the hop but does have a minor leafy hop ending. Pretty simple overall.

MF: A VERY smooth ale, amazingly soft texture, otherwise very little activity is happening.

DA: Good feel, not so great flavor.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours beautifully, just like the other reviews have said, cascade effect after pour rivals, if not exceeds guinness, settles to a golden brown color with a rich white head that retains well

S- nothing really special about the smell, sort of middle of the road, both malt and hops are noticable, but not very much

T- mild hoppy bite, with rich creamy flavor, nice but nothing to go apeshit over

M- very thick mouthfeel, almost a velvety feeling, low carbonation, flavor does not linger long in mouth

D- a very drinkable beer, could go through a few of them, tastes much, MUCH better off tap

gonzo138, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer's cascade effect rivals that of Guinness's, which as you may know is quite a feat. It pours a creamy white liquid that slowly and wavily transforms into a golden translucent lager. The smell is non existant. The taste is big, and much like what you'd think a cream ale would be. Lots of body to it which is thick to move your tongue through. A foamy head stays on for the duration of this beer, even when the liquid itself has been finished. A great example of a cream ale.

Toddv29424, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Utterly still golden amber with a thick and dense milk-white nitro-induced head. The head is going nowhere fast, and there is a considerable amount of splotchy lacing left on the glass. Nose is melon, green apple, floral hops, and a light presence of caramel malts. Pleasant flavors of fresh plum juice, honeydew, and a hint of banana mix with barely-there biscuity malt and a nicely contrasting bitter bergamot-infused hop finish. A little bit of mineral character comes through in the finish as well. Hop bitterness lingers. As it warms, this hop flavor begins to resemble the spiciness of Saaz. It's surprising how much this tastes like an English attempt at a Belgian pale. Thin mouthfeel really makes this a close-but-no-cigar semblance of a cask ale. Actually, it's nowhere near the flavor or consistency of a cask ale, but the nitro widget is put to what is likely its maximum performance here. A quality beer in my book.

orfeu, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of adammills
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy Boddingtons. I have had it in a pint sized nitro can, that one must take care when opening. I learned the hard way, beer on the poker table...anyhow. A fine gold in color with a one to two fingered head. Very creamy in both taste and smell. Very easy drinking. It goes down easy.

adammills, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Portertime
4.4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers! What a great over all drinking beer. The nitrogen makes it taste like a milk shake. Honey flavor was detected as well as coffee. I could just see going to a pub in England and sharing this brew in a tall mug with my good buddys. The big, yellow can stands out in the crowd of boring, drab colored beers. Pour a cold one and watch the giant head vanish before your eyes.

Portertime, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of tempo013
4.8/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Uncle Sudsy's, a six pack shop at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I bought a four pack of pint nitro cans.
Apperance- the apperance is a cool amber
Smell- the smell is very smooth with a creamy aroma
Taste- fabulous taste, very creamy and smooth
Mouthfeel- the beer has a kick to it and makes my mouth tingle
Drinkability- I could drink about eight with out trouble but any more I may fall a few times

tempo013, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice Nitro style orange...nose is fruity (apples and pears)....slight biscuit...medium bodied but the nitro gives it a watery, creamy feel....decent enough taste for the style...fruity (apples and pears) with a subtle biscuity maltiness....finishes dry...low hops...more of a mild in my opinion....decent enough but nothing I'll buy again..

ZAP, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of dhilltop2000
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

From a nitro filled pint size can...
Pours honey golden yellow with typical nitro-style can head. The head is very dense, creamy and leaves Belgian lacing all the way down to the end. Smells mild overall but has an weak clove and honey aroma. Tastes very watery. Low ratings on taste and mouth feel reflect the lack of flavor rather than bad flavor.

dhilltop2000, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint nitro-can

Boddingtons Pub Ale was a clear golden color with a perfect white head. The head had great retention and left some lacing. The nose was lightly malty. The taste was light malt, a little fruity, with a little hops and dry finish. The mouthfeel was light and creamy with low carbontion.
When I opened this beer it gushed out all over the counter. I guess thats why it says "carefully open" on the back of the can.

afinepilsner, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Container Volume: 1 pint (US?/UK?)

Container type: can (w/ Widget) Nitro

Fresh: y

Purchased @: meijer's

Cost: $8/4pack (pints)

Head: nitro-forced foam

Lace: some

Reflected- beautiful golden
Transmitted- beautiful golden

Aroma: sweet

Mouthfeel: light

Palate: watery

Comments: Literally looks like a tube of liquid gold in a glass...Fitting then that this has a tinny/metallic taste. Flat taste; which belies the aroma

Mowing/Working on car- n
With Friends- if peer pressured
Sipping- n
Get my buzz on- n

TechMyst, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fionn MacCools in Jacksonville Beach. Straw yellow, hazed from streaming bubbles. Huge head. Aroma was very mild and almost all malt. Taste was similar, mild malt with a soft hop balance. Mouthfeel was creamy and medium body, although this probably was due to the high carbonation. Overall, quite pleasant and refreshing, but nothing to excite you from a taste standpoint.

, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

You crack open the nitro-can and if you're not REALLY fast you'll make a mess. Don't know what it is about this nitro design but foam literally explodes out of the mouth of the can. You pour it into a pint glass, (make sure its a real pint glass and not a 14 oz. bar glass or it wont fit) and look at this: it settles just like a guinness!! That's cool.

This beer settles with a lot of creamy white head that just sits there. Leaves gobby, thick lacing.

The flavor is interesting. There is no complexity whatsoever to this beer. There is no chemistry on the tongue or the pallet--just a consistant, creamy taste. I like this beer quite a bit for some reason. Maybe it's the presentation. I have also had it at the bar and I can say it tastes better when being pumped from a hand pump, cask style.

Rudgers73, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of thefenst
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nitro can poured almost all foam at first, which settled into 2 heads after a few seconds. The top head was creamy and smooth (typical nitro head), with a secondary head which seemed to contain most of the carbonation directly under the primary head. Body was a light amber with little carbonation. Left some residual lacing.

Smell: Grassy, with a weak smell of honey.

Taste: Caramel, honey, and some malt with very little hops (most of which is in the head). Pretty typical of an English Ale, with slight hops bitterness finishing.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery, but gets flatter as the beer warms. Could've used a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a fairly well-balanced brew. It is sweet, creamy, and unoffensive, especially when consumed around the lower temp. range (I found it best around 40°F). Sessionable if you like English Ales.

thefenst, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of btmo
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember the first time I heard of this beer. There was an advertisement containing a picture of the very distinctive can in the back of a charming English magazine given over to stylish photographs of young women who forgot to dress properly before leaving home...

There was also some cheesy joke about cows, but the description of the beer in the ad made me want to try it - even though I knew it was bound to be marketing smoke.

It actually took me a few years to find it, because at that time, Boddingtons simply wasn't available in my part of the world.

This has changed.

We occassionally find this at the local supermarket, and Boddingtons is on tap at a few pubs around Wellington (there is an "English" Pub just off Courtney Place in the city for example).

This is a very nice beer!

It has a "creaminess" that I find very appealing, and the mouthfeel alone justifies the price.

Flavour is mild, interesting and has hints of sweetness and bitterness which complement rather than compete.

If you can find it, and lets be honest - if this is available in NZ, its available everywhere - give it a go.

btmo, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of therica
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As promised, we had a party and a keg of this. Note that the kegs are already nitro-charged from the brewery, so don't try pumping one with CO2 or you will ruin it.

Head-- at first, I was disappointed because the head wasn't as nicely separated and luscious as the nitro-can version. But the head was still great, and in fact more integrated with the beer and a browner color as well, and still very delicious. Great nose from the start. Light hops-bitters presence in the head.

Beer-- wow-- a little different than the nitro-can, again, but maybe even nicer because of the full integration of the beer, rather than the quick-integration and resulting modest separation when poured from a nitro-can. Slight sweet caramel, malty residual taste that stays nicely on the palate, yet isn't annoying. Less hops presence in the beer than in the head, but still there.

Finish-- WHY!?!?!?!? I'm still going on this KEG after a month! We had a smaller turnout than expected, and the keg was nearly but not fully drained. After the ice melted, the keg just sat inside our outdoor cabin, warm, through a hot August, although the temp inside there didn't go over 80 degrees F. I've been at it, gradually, all month on occasion. I guess this unusual stability of the keg is because of the nitro-charge, that's all that I can figure. Hooray!

Drinkability-- this goes with about anything. It's not a strong dark beer, it's not overly dark, and was liked even by the party-goers who are more light-ale or even US-fodder fans.

therica, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of indysamra
4.05/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons Bitter

The Cream of Manchester....

No matter how poor you pour this one, it always manages to settle with a perfect head.

Boddingtons has been enjoyed by beer drinkers in England for more than 200 years, and is well known for its creamy head and smooth body. It is now sold in over 30 countries worldwide, and can be drunk on tap in places as far afield as New Zealand and Hong Kong. Boddingtons is positioned as a premium import in its overseas markets, and this sector has seen rapid growth in the last ten years, as drinkers are keen to experiment with different beer styles and tastes, and often drink beers they remember from places they have traveled to.

indysamra, Aug 30, 2006
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