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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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2,473 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,473
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 223 | 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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Ratings: 2,473 | Reviews: 1,097
Photo of Onslow
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank you ONSLO! This is a nice ale that I enjoyed in a draught can! I enjoyed the creamy head and super crisp after taste that follows, a true classic that you can enjoy over and over! quite bitter! oh ya!

rerate: on tap.. looks the part but the flavour is odd..i prefer the can i think but who knows.. if i feel like a widget beer go with guinness or youngs double choc...

Photo of trentley87
3.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was served from the tap in a pint glass at Brit's Pub in Minneapolis.

A: Beautiful golden color. I'm most impressed by the head settling and retention. Reminded me of a Guinness (except for the light color of course). The only other beer I've seen settle like that.

S: Almost non-existent but nothing really offensive is present.

T: Slight hops up front with some very mild citrus and a light malt finish. Balanced but not complex or strong flavored.

M: Very creamy medium mouthfeel. Delectable. Appearance and mouthfeel really made this beer for me.

D. The low ABV and traditional English label make this a great one to session at the pub. Judging from other reviews I wouldn't buy this unless it's on tap.

Photo of hardy008
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A golden color with a white foamy head which leaves a decent lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma is of light hops with a hint of honey.

The taste and mouthfeel are both smooth with a touch of sweetness which gave it a decent, but not great finish.

I found this beer to be ok for drinkability.

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decided to have one of these for the first time in about eight or nine years last night. It was an odd combination with the Heavy Seas Uber Pils.

Had a rich golden color with a big head when poured into a pint glass. Naturally, the head lasted a while, as did the lacing.

There was a very hop-heavy smell, along some malt.

The taste was very tart. It seemed to be heavy on hops and something unidentifiable. It simply went down too harsh.

This had a high amount of carbonation a relatively smooth finish in regard to the mouthfeel.

Boddington's is a mixed bag of a beer. While the technical aspects - appearance, mouthfeel - were solid, the taste was a little to harsh. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't want to make it a regular thing. Also, buying it in a bar around here is pretty expensive.

Photo of hiikeeba
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - I like the full, dense, thick white head the nitro delivers. The beer is a hazy gold color

S - Very subtle fruity aroma, maybe hops?

T - Very subtle sweet malt flavor with some apple in the finish.

M - It's a thin beer, but silky, possibly from the nitrogen head.

D - The fruit finish is a little difficult to overcome, but the mouthfeel is very good. An average beer.

Photo of cbleary
2.12/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Enjoyed out of a pint nitro-can into a glass mug.

It poured nicely into the mug with a reddish hue and a thick white head that persisted through the drinking. Unfortunately, it was downhill form there. There wasn't much smell to speak of and the taste was bland and watery, with mild bitterness on the finish. I felt that the beer was under-carbonated and a bit of a chore to drink. I wouldn't get it again.

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

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light amber body with a thick, creamy white head.

Smell: Faint aroma of shaving lather and floral hops.

Taste: Weak, almost non-existent malt character with a very faint honey-esque sweetness. Metallic hints. Mild bitterness that's gone for the dry finish. Like water, it is!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat watery.

Drinkability: If you're looking for an extreme taste sensation, then you'll be sorely disappointed. If you're looking for a relatively low-alcohol, smooth, easy-drinking beer, then this'll do in a pinch. Unfortunately, I prefer the former.

Photo of KodyBrannon
3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer on-tap at a new irish pub in Frisco. It arrived in a pint glass. A nice amber color with a white 2-finger head. The smell wasn't very stong, could smell a touch of malt, but nothing that jumped out at me. The taste was kinda bland, and watery. I wouldn't say this is a bad beer, but it's not going to be a 1st choice. The mouthfeel was light and watery. Overall, I could see this beer being a decent beer to drink if you want to drink a lot. No real effect considering the 4%abv.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.96/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very frothy looking beer. Creamy head with a gold to amber body.

There's really not much to this beer otherwise. No prominent aromas or flavors. Kind of grainy tasting. I thought this beer would taste stronger based on appearance.

Feels creamy but kind of thin. Not very appealing, but not too bad either.

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

Had this on tap last night at a new tavern I'm going to get in Beerfly as soon as I can remember the damn name.

A - Poured into a pint tumbler and brought to the table with a copper color and a nice finger and half of thick white foamy head that never completely fell but shrank to be a constant foamy skim over the top of the brew

S - Not really much to the smell..a little bit of malts and hops..nothing impressive

T/M - The taste was pretty good...a nice malty/biscuity taste up front with a hopped finish (not overly hopped)..leaving a bit of a bitter after taste..not bad overall though. The carbonation level was just about right but it still was a little thin...

D - It's a good session beer and I'm glad I had a chance to try it and if it were available on a limited beer menu I'd surely pick it out again..not offensive..just not very adventerous either..but then again not every beer should be I guess..it is what it is..and it does what the brewer intended..overall not bad

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

A - Pours with an impressive looking "cascade" effect and eventually settles to two fingers of dense, extremely creamy foam that leaves extremely thick lace. The body is crystal clear and golden amber.

S - The aroma is very grainy with a slightly sour mustiness in the background.

T - Sweet, honey like malt flavors with a bit of nondescript yeasty fruitiness. Earthy hop flavors come in on top and linger through the mild finish.

M - Smooth, medium body with low carbonation.

D - Mild and easily drinkable. It would be easy to fault this beer for being bland (and make no mistake, it is bland), but one must keep in mind that it is, as it says on the can, a pub ale. This is not meant to be pondered, but consumed casually in good company; and for that it is adequate. I have certainly had better british ales, but this does its job.

Photo of JDV
2.27/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Draught house. White rich creamy lasting head like a squirt of shaving cream. Lightly sweet floral, honey and alcohol aroma. Extremely smooth creamy mouthfeel, very lightly carbonated. Slighty sweet aftertaste with a twinge of bitterness and alcohol. Decent, but it could use just a tad more carbonation, but I understand this is the style of the beer. Not bad, but not something I crave.

Photo of illidurit
3.44/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold color with a hint of amber. Creamy looking 1 finger white head that sticks around for a while.

Very faint aroma. Not much detectable other than some biscuity sweet malt.

Nothing really stands out in the flavor here, with sweet doughy malt, a touch of sweet fruit and floral hops, and maybe some almond/vanilla sweetness as well. Very understated, but not in a good way. Overly subtle and somewhat watery.

Mouthfeel is, on the contrary, excellent. Extremely creamy and smooth, with good carbonation.

Very very drinkable, but not flavorful enough to really entice me.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in my mug club glass at Billy O's English Tavern, Southington, Conn.

A: Pours a very slightly hazy, chilled pale yellow with a great big solid, two-finger head of dense white foam. The head is rich and creamy, like a Guinness.

S: Smells are faint and malty, a little bit of caramel, banana, and some other fruits. There's a little dry, hoppy smell, but it's muted somewhat.

T: It's not a taste explosion, but it's a good, very easy-drinking blend of sweet toffee malts, slight hop bitterness, and a creamy texture that makes it a great session.

M: Mouthfeel is thinner than expected from the head, but it's still fairly creamy and refreshing.

D: I think Boddington's is a great session brew, as the ABV is very manageable, and it goes down really smooth. Though not overwhealming in the taste department, it's pretty enjoyable.

I've had it out of the nitro-can, and thought it wasn't as good, probably just didn't get the right head out of it. It's nice, mellow, and great for just hanging out and having a few late-night.

Photo of tab021
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A darker golden color with a sweet rolling foamy poor that settles to a thick and creamy head

S- Smells fine.

T- This is a good tasting beer at first... after the next few sips it starts tasting a little skunky.

M- Creamy with no carbonation at all. extremely flat, but has a unique feel to it.

D- Besides the strange aftertaste, these are pretty decent. I wouldn't run out and buy a bunch, but it is worth a try.

Photo of rrob311
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 4 pack o cans of this beer a couple years back.

A- This beer is a little darker, not so clear, and the foamy head stays there for awhile it reminds me of guiness.

S- Smells great.

T- This is a great tasting beer, kind of creamy.

M- This is one of the flattest tasting beers I have tried but it is very good.

D- I can drink several of these no problem its definitely worth a try.

Photo of jpkoch1962
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Quite forgettable ale. Very light copper color with a dense white head. Faint aroma of fuggles in the background. Very thin body and mouthfeel. The front end and middle was oily with little to no malt character. Weak bitterness can be detected in the finish. Not worth the 7 bucks a 4-pack they ask for.

Photo of erosier
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap down in New Haven at Bar. I liked it out of the tap. At first it poured an all white beer that stayed for about 10 minutes until it settled into a golden yellow color with a very thick and creamy white head. The head stuck around the length of the beer but since it was so thick and creamy, it was a nice touch. It had a light malty aroma with a sweet smell at the end. The taste was pretty good. It was really smooth with light malty/hoppiness and then a sweet almost creamy taste afterwards. The mouthfeel is excellent and it is a pretty drinkable beer.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Draft pours beautifully. Has that middle section that forms into foam on top and beer on the bottom. The aroma is weak and the taste begins the same but finishes with a very pleasant bitter bite. Not an outstanding beer. It won’t impress your beer-geek buddies but it is a nice little brew to drink in a pub with some food.

Photo of Overlord
1.56/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

What the hell was this?

Pours with an interesting widget-y cascade... no problems so far ... but the taste is almost non existent. This is seriously as close to water as I've seen from a non macrolager in a while. Almost no flavor at all: just carbonated water with a hint of skunk. I'm serious, what is up with this beer?

One of the worst beers I've had in a while.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz Nitro can from a local grocery store. Pours a translucent golden-amber with a respectivle inch or more of off-white head. Biscuit malts show through in the aroma with very little else I can notice. Biscuity and somewhat roasty malts along with a good dose of English hops characterize the flavor initially, but give way to a fairly clean finish. Thick (no doubt due to the nitro), yet oddly aqueous in the mouthfeel with few to no bubbles - almost flat. An easy drinker for sure, but by no means as complex or flavorful as its counterparts in the style. Not much going on here. Not that impressed with this one overall, though at 5.99$ per 4-pack, it's at least cheaper than a lot of its competition.

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

A - An initially soapy head quickly becomes dense as it is built up from below by a nice cascade effect from the nitro can. The brew is perfectly clear and is the color of dark honey. The head shows some nice retention as it stays around a half-finger for quite a few minutes before reducing to a collar. The head is powdery white, and compliments the color of the brew quite well. Tons of lace arcs are left on the glass in big creamy sheets. i realize that some of these nice features may be artifacts of the nitro gas, but it's still really pretty.

S - Honeycomb cereal, almonds, cream cheese, and sour cream. Lots of diacetyls, which I happen to like but may turn some other off. The hops are really English in that they are not citrusy or piney at all. This reminds me of some sort of almond-honey-infusion girly bath soap that my fiance might use (she uses a lot of that sort of stuff).

T - Again, very British and understated. Sort of under-flavored if you ask me. The honey, almond, and cream flavors that it presents are nice enough, but I wish it was more assertive. Has an almost German pils hop flavor ....noble hops fo' sho'.

M - Very thin and watery, but somehow creamy as a result of the lush nitro-carbonation. Feels very much like Guinness, but with a very dry and grassy hop finish.

D - A very sessionable brew indeed. What it lacks in complexity or assertiveness it makes up for with a pleasantly mild and tasty drinkability.

Photo of timbro81
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My old roommate at Ft. Stweart introduced me to this beauty, thanks McElroy. I love the way this beer pours, downward flowing bubbles like Guinness. Super creamy head, amazing clarity and decent carbonation. Nose is a bit weak, very malt forward with a sweet/creamy feel to it. Taste is a tame, creamy and approachable. This beer, and the style it represent, is meant to be consumed pint after pint and not destroy you. Even though the score is low on this beer it is enjoyable and has its time and place.

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a thick fluffy head. Aroma is mild and fruity with some, if not much hop aroma. Taste is somewhat creamy and mild with a slight bitterness upfront and more of the malt. The nitro head is ok but doesn't really seem to go well with this style of beer. There's some breadiness at the back of the throat, which is kind of nice.

Overall, a run-of-the mill pale ale that doesn't seem to gain much from a nitro-head. I feel that stouts work better for nitro-cans than pale ales. It's still a decent beer and that isn't enough to take away from it.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours from 1 pint can a dull, slightly hazy gold with a solid 2 finger head of foam with lots of lacing. It *is* a nitro can after all. ;^)

The smell has a nose of bitter hops and a touch of honey sweetness.

The taste matches the smell...good hop bitterness(no citrus really, just bitter) with some honey sweetness and some metallic taste. Silky smooth mouthfeel here and it finishes slightly bitter; the finish is actually the only part that I don't fancy too much but over all, this is a pretty good taster and so darn easy to drink. I don't know why I like Boddingtons, I just do and I buy it every so often.

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