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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,471 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,471
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 222 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Ratings: 2,471 | Reviews: 1,096
Photo of supercolter
3.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definately a different pale ale. i've heard it called White Guiness.
Appearance is impressive, the creaminess takes a while to seperate from the beer and when it does it sits nice and frothy on top.
Smell is not very detectable, I could smell some malt and some vanilla, but it smelled cheap like BMC corn malt, and couldn't find anything in the hops realm.
Taste is decent, there is a stark contrast in a sip with head or without. I like the flavor better without, still some vanilla but not too much.
Mouthfeel is quite creamy but somewhat light.
Drinkability is decent.

Photo of MP72
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a very creamy thick gold.

Smell : very mild a little breadiness and some grassiness.

Taste: Tasted of a very creamy vanilla and a mild hops flavor with some hints of fruit esters but very mild.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy but smooth.

Drinkability: I thought this was highly sessionable and drinkable beer. An honest working class british brew. I will buy it again!

Photo of geexploitation
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy, yellow white color before the nitrogen head separates. After that, it's got that thick, tenacious nitro head (bone white) atop a very clear, light orange amber body. The nose features some banana notes, cooked grains, and mild caramel malts. On the palate, there's a touch of carbonation first off, then mild, slightly sour pale malts and a dry, biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth and light, but not, to my mind, in a bad way -- it just makes this beer very drinkable. Overall, this beer is not nearly as good out of the can as it is on draft, but it's still a decent session beer.

Photo of tempest
2.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kelly Coles in Syracuse

It was happy hour and I figured this would be a better way to try this beer than buying a 4 pack. Golden color with a nice white head and retention. Almost no smell, and what there was just reminded me of stale bread. Taste was very light with a hint of earthy hops. Couldn't make out any grain, but at least it was inoffensive and washed down my food.

Photo of BBM
3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on nitro tap at Pleasure Island in Florida, in one of the few "Irish pub" style bars on the strip. The beer pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a big foamy white head. Think of it as a pale Guinness in terms of looks. Very nice looking. The aroma is faint, some mild hoppiness. Perhaps faint hints of fruit.

The taste is not overwhelming either. It is more bitter than anything, with a pretty strong aftertaste. There is a malt balance, but it's muted. It's not offensive, but it's not anything special either. Pretty average. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but the body is a bit thin. Overall this beer is nicer to look at than to drink. I don't know how many I would have of these, but I'm glad I tried it. It's worth at least that.

Photo of Alexmc2
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of goschool
2.76/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of tkarsies
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of AChamberlain
3.96/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Photo of esurreal
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of gonzo138
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of Toddv29424
3.71/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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.

Photo of adammills
3.91/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of Portertime
4.38/5  rDev +37.7%
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.

Photo of tempo013
4.78/5  rDev +50.3%
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

Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
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..

Photo of dhilltop2000
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of afinepilsner
2.89/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of TechMyst
2.72/5  rDev -14.5%
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

Photo of
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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