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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
74
okay

2,377 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 2,377
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 jettjon
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Head
Lows: Nothing else stands out

Pours with a rock solid nitrogen fueled 2-fnger head of thick, creamy bone white foam that sticks around until long after the beer is done. Nice. Body is brownish-gold with no bubbles. Sweet malty nose with a hint of hops. Taste is of subdued malt, slightly bitter, and with a bit of coppery/metallic taste. Mouth is creamy and smooth and surprisingly watery given the fluffy head. Finishes with malt and a tad of bitter. Drinkability is good; it’s water and refreshing. A good session beer.

Overall: An average ale saved by mediocrity by virtue of its nitro head.

Photo of monkeybutler
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden with a massive nitro-head, excellent lacing and very little carbonation.

The smell is just slightly of hops and malt. Almost unnoticable.

The taste is slightly bitter with a bit of weak malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is characteristic of the creamy, smooth texture imparted by the nitrogen. Very quenching and satisfying.

Drinkability is all there. I could session this until Manchester went dry.

Definitely a good session beer. It's not very exciting, but it has a good flavor and there's nothing offensive about it.

Photo of AltBock
1.73/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

1 pint nitro can. The can itself is a bright yellow color with a black bottom. The word Boddingtons is in a horseshoe aorund their symbol, a barrel with gold rims and around those rims are honey bees. I guess their queen or honey is in that barrel, I don't know. The back of the can had some info about the brewery, info about the beer, info about their DraughtFlow system, correct serving temperature, and correct pouring procedure.

When I first popped the tab, it sounded like a snake hissing. HISSSS!! After I gained control of the flow, I poured it into my Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. The beer was this clear amber color with a massive head of white and creamy head of foam. The head of foam still remained during the duration of the beer. Every time it receded, it left plenty of lace in its tracks. Very Nice!

The aroma only had the slightest faint smell of bitter spicy hops and some fruit in the background. Not much going on in the aroma department!

The taste was EXTREMELY watery! That was the initial taste and after that there was only a slightest bit of flavor of just very little malt and very little hops. Sometimes it felt that I was drinking hops flavored water. It wasn't too awful, except for the fact there was nothing going on in the taste.

The mouthfeel is just what I guessed after the taste, very light and very watery. Granted there was a slight bitter aftertaste in there, but only very slight. It's not that noticeable.

Drinkability: Since there was little flavor in this, You can probably chug a couple down if you wanted to. Everything except for the appearance, was just bad. I won't spend another $2 for this beer again.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - weird, this poured with nearly 100% head, must've popped it a little too chilly, it formed two heads. One was on top and bright, creamy white, the other a darker tan color and the two rushed towards each other as the beer condensed

S - has a grassy aroma, kind of a musty aroma like a bottle of cold pure sprinf water

T - thinner than i expected, very flavorful and tasty with a light pleasant with a hoppy slightly bitter aftertaste

M - a bit watery, but smooth, not dry at all

D - easily downed, and very light

Photo of yelterdow
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at just over fridge temperature in an English pint glass.

Appearance- Crystal clear medium gold. The trademark cascade holds me captive for a full minute, while the head settles to a firm half-inch cap. No action inside the glass, just lots of tiny bubbles clinging to the sides.

Smell- A buttery, bready base aroma is complemented by a soft, sweet hop character. Balanced with a subtle malt hint.

Taste- A mellow integration of bready, malty attributes with a quick finishing bitterness that keeps it simple. The middle is long and satisfying, with a slowly evolving display of flavor that seems to last and improve during the tasting. Even better as the beer comes to temperature.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Watery and slippery in the mouth, with no substantial weight at all. It's there, then it's gone... thankfully, the taste pardons the mouthfeel here. It's a great session beer, that can't be disputed... maybe I'll give this a try at the next poker game.

Now if someone would please show me how to play poker.

Photo of danielharper
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a nice dark amber color with a very thick nitrous head into my pint glass. Leaves significant lacing. Looks like an amber Guinness -- nice form for presentation.

Aromatics are very, very faint -- almost not present at all. Upon several sips on the glass and whiffing generously with my nostrils mere millimeters from the top of the head, I can get very slight fruity tones that would be at home in an amber. Aroma is so faint here that it's practically undetectable.

Flavor is slightly bitter, slightly fruity. Hops not overwhelming, sweetness not cloying. Taste of citrus (mangoes?) and apples going down. Basically inoffensive.

Thin mouthfeel, easy to drink.

Overall this is pretty drinkable. It's not the best beer ever, but it seems to be a good sessioner and would probably make for an inoffensive beer to serve to someone only used to Bud and Miller. The nitro might be taking a lot of the flavor from the beer -- I'd be interested in trying it on-tap at some point.

Photo of EStreet20
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro tap pour into a shaker pint glass at the Banshee in Scranton, PA.

A - A very nice golden color with a good sized nitro induced white head that lasts through the whole drink and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Not much here. Very faint sweet malt aromas with a tiny touch of floral hops.

T - A medium bodied beer with maild toasted malt flavors and a very tiny touch of floral hop characters. Still no big flavors jump out at all.

M - A Creamy feel in the mouth common with nitro pours. Goes down easy.

D - Not much to make me want more of this but for a person who wants to sit for a long session and not wear out their palate this c ould be ok.

Photo of deuschbag
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can pored into a pint pint glass. this poures a deep golden color with a beautiful creamy white head and a good amount of lacing. the cascading affect is just wonderfull to watch.

nothing really much in the smell department. malty and a little herbal spice tone.

taste is kinda blah. lightly roasted malts and some earthly features and just a pinch of some floral hops. a little too watered down though.

the mouthfeel is really watery. very light bodied.

overall this is a nice kick back beer to have on a hot day. would be nice to have while doing yard work.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can with a widget into a pint glass. I've had this many times before, and it's always consistent. Creamy foam on top of pale golden liquid, it looks really tasty. It is too, very creamy and addictive.

Best widget beer I've tried. Recommended.

Photo of mclanem
4.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: looks good with a nice orange color, The carbonation goes down when you pour. just looks great.

Smell: A nice clean smell no to strong litely roasted malt

Taste: Light roasted malt, clean hop finish not to bitter, not that strong but very clean.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I expected it to be. good carbonation.

Drinkability: I like this beer it is very clean tating especially from a can I would love to try this on nitro tap.

Photo of HoboAGoGo
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the nitro can with a thin body and very thick, creamy head. The head was white and creamy as hell and the body was a shade lighter than the average pale ale, but still ambery and stuff. Smells like alkaline water, grain and light floral hops with an equal mix of bittering hops. The mouth is smooth, very light hops, light malt, just an all around good drinking beer. Very easy to drink, but not one I'm going to be looking out for in the future.

Photo of arizcards
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can from Trader Joe's in late November for $1.63.

Nitro can poured a beautiful white head that is sustaining very well. Nose is of very faint graininess and not much else. Taste is of British water, grains, and finishes with a decent bittering hop. Mouthfeel is extremely creamy, top-notch, but a bit thin for the style. Drinkability is pretty good, definitely a session beer that is creamy smooth. Worth a try but not one i would go out of my way for.

Photo of AlexJ
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initially creamy, frothed vanilla blonde pour with a cascading cream colored head that settles as a dense hood, lacing extensively.

Aroma is mild and sweet. Golden malts, treacle, corn flakes, and light floral hops.

Flavor is creamy honeyish malts, buttery biscuits, light minerality, and earthy and floral hops in the finish. Not bad, but very simple.

Body is below medium, with a very creamy mouthfeel from the nitro pour, and a somewhat thin texture with medium drinkability.

Photo of edskirk3
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack of 16oz cans on the way home from work the other day. Like Guinness and Murphy's cans they have the nitrogen widget inside the creates the famous creamy Guinness froth.

No freshness date or code to be found.

Pours the faintest amber. Old gold, actually, like a good whiskey. And that great cascading head effect from the "Draughtflow system." It looks delicious.

Aroma is faint, almost nonexistent. Pale malt? Not picking up any hops.

The taste is.... bland. I get slight hop bitterness, creaminess, and a lingering aftertaste of the same, ever so slight, with some metallic character.

But boy is this stuff smooth. One of the easiest drinking beers I've had.

Final verdict: Meh. If it's around, I'll drink it, but I don't think I'll buy it again. These nitro-capsules aren't really a good idea when you're talking about taste.

Photo of Enola
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy cream color that quicly clears up into a golden color with a creamy head. There is a slight smell of vanilla. The taste is like a watered down ipa. It has a certain degree of bite with it. The mouthfeel is quite bitter. A lasting bitterness in the aftertaste that is less than desireable. The drinkability is average but this is not a beer I will likely purchase again.

Photo of Enderdraught
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first rating so bear with me! I was very impressed when I first poured this into a glass. It has great body added by the nitrogen gas system. The feel going into the mouth is soft and creamy with a good initial taste.

The overall flavor is good, but with a metallic, slightly bitter aftertaste. That is really the only real fault this beer has in my opinion. Great color and appearance add to the overall rating.

Photo of wcudwight
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color with a solid 3 finger creamy head that retains well. The golden color gets brighter toward the bottom.
The only smell I get is a faint metallic smell.
Taste starts off good with some sweet malts and a mild hint of fruits. Maybe bannana. But the aftertaste is a bad metallic and bitter taste.
Feels good in the mouth. Thick and creamy.
Fairly drinkable. Would be a nice session brew if not for the aftertaste.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep gold, with a slightly imperfect clarity. An eggshell colored head of whipped cream consistency shows the typical nitro-can retention. Abundant lacing creates a jigsaw pattern of lace. A winey aroma can be detected in the background, accompanied by pale malt and fuggles hops. A very even balance of sweet pale malt and fuggles is the foundation of the taste; but an annoying vinous flavor is apparent from the first sip to the last swig. Simple but pleasent taste, and appropriate to style. A fruity ester appears in the aftertaste only as it warms. The nitro creates a flat carbonation, but is creamy and very smooth in the medium body and boosts the drinkability. However, the finish is slick and the acidic vinous character ruin the overall presentation and knock this out of contention for a good session ale.

Photo of hunteraw
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have a soft spot for Boddington's, but I'll try to be objective. This was only the second time I had a chance to sample it on tap. Absolutely beautiful when poured, quickly settles into three layers: frothy head, a middle layer of creamy tiny bubbles, and a growing layer of just-beer at the bottom.

Not a whole lot going on in the smell department, but nothing bad either. That's probably this beer's weakest point. Tastes of malt, with a little bit of bite to it. Mouthfeel is where Boddingtons really shines. Creamy - I often find myself drinking these faster than I should to get the creaminess out of that middle layer, before it settles out. This time I took my time, and it does lose something if you wait too long and miss that creamyness. I could drink a lot of these - it's a consistent, tasty and reliable beer.

Photo of bighoppymonster
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, golden yellow witha big, foamy white head that settles and laces the glass nicely. Very faint aromas, traces of some sweetness (honey?) and some hoppy/floral aromas as well. Mild in taste. More of the same. A little sweetness, a little bitterness, but overall very clean. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. This is definately the highlight of the beer, and why I regularly return to it. Very drinkable. The mild taste and nice mouthfeel make this this beer. Nothing too special, but it is nice too drink. Not one of my alltime favourites or the best in the world, but I would recommend it.

Photo of bossmanjg
4.6/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my wife’s review--- From pour to finish, this is a great beer.

Appearance: The cascading brew was a delight to watch from the lip of the can, to the bottom of the glass, and back up again… It was like a show. Great head, retention, and lacing… Lasted to the end of the glass. Nice golden honey color.

Smell: Sweet, honey like aroma, but not overpowering, just right.

Taste: Phenomenal, loved it. Smooth flavor, a little strong at the finish, but not bad.

Mouth feel: Creeeaaaammmyyyy and ssmmmmoootttthhhh. Low on carbonation makes for better (or more) intake without feeling bloated. The nitro cans have it going on.

Drinkability: I would consider this a session beer. As a true Irish Lass, is pains me too say that have to drink, and like, an English Pub Ale. However, my Grand-pappy will have to roll over, because this is to damn creamy and smooth.

Follow the suggestions, drink cool, not cold.


And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

Photo of Hollister
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To me, Boddingtons is the "caramel" version of the "chocolate" Guinness if that makes sense. From the cascade to the head consistency, the feel in the mouth to the fairly intense lacing - they're very similar. It's a smooth and very drinkable beer that you can just put down without even realizing. The appearance is simple but pleasant with a light honey color. The head is thick and marshmallow like, and it just won't go away. Not much of a nose, which would probably be its biggest problem. This is a classic though, and because of that, it’s not the most complex. It's a staple, not something that pushes the boundaries, and it should be appreciated as such. It's best on draught and pairs well with many deserts.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a nicely chilled 4 pack. Popped the top and got a great surge that I poured into a goblet. What a cool 2 stage head! Creamy white top, off white center and cloudy golden ale on the bottom. Very creamy head. Ale smells hoppy. The head sticks strongly to the side of the goblet. Taste is smooth and creamy, great carbonation. The sweet flavor shoots right down the center of the mouth and the finish is strong but reserved. This is a very creamy and tasty ale. I have tanked down quite a few of these ales in the past but now I am finally reviewing. I recommend. Need to try it topping a nice thick stout.

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

appearance: nice pale golden hue. pours like a guiness in terms of head cascade.

smell: booze and sweets. not giving away the obvious ingredients of hops and malts.

taste: malts and hops become a bit more apparent. nice sweet clean finish.

mouthfeel: medium/light in body. light in carbonation. dry and refreshing.

drinkability: well i must say i have found a new session beer. this could be drank by the case.

Photo of tweeder263
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours out a foamed up nitro concotion that loses its carbonated look quickly. Turns to a gold\amber clear brew with a 1 finger head. Has a yeast type smell to it not much else.Very neutral tasting,slightly sweet,kinda watery but in reality not too bad,,a summery beer. Mouthfeel ,,there is none drinkability is pretty good i could have a few of these.

Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
74 out of 100 based on 2,377 ratings.