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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: 224 | 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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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.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.53/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of thefenst
3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of btmo
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of therica
4.48/5  rDev +40.9%
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.

Photo of indysamra
4.04/5  rDev +27%
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.

Photo of Poser
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer I usually pick up when sharing with standard BMC drinkers. The nitro produces a near perfect white frothy head. It's medium-bodied with a slightly malt flavor. The hops are even more bland, though, and there is a bitter aftertaste that everyone's talking about.

Personally, I find it slightly sweet and mild. Not a beer of choice, but worth a shot.

Photo of beveritt
3.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this out of the standard 1 pint nitro-can into a wide mouth pint glass.

Appearance: Can was a little explosive when first opened, it had been sitting still for a while. The glass was mostly foam, but that quickly settled into some beer and two distinct heads. The "bottom" head is a pale yellow and cascading down into the beer. The "top" head is almost pure white with the heavy foam typical of nitros. The beer itself is a nice, crystal clear copper.

Smell: Very fruity, florally, and grassy. Smell is reminiscent of a BMC.

Taste: Slightly sweet with very little hops or malt flavor. There is a slight bitter aftertaste, but only a bland creaminess as you sip it.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is good, what I expect from an English ale. A very small amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: With no overpowering flavors, this beer is fairly drinkable. It certainly is much better on tap. I have had these out at bars and remembered enjoying them much more. Overall, the can is a disappointment.

Photo of ultralarry2006
2.61/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 oz. nitro-can. Left a one finger head with some retention, a little spotty lacing. Body was an orange amber.

Smell - that infamous "euro skunk" of herbal and grassy hops.

Taste - like the smell - grassy, herbally "euro-skunk" hops washing over a weak grainy malt.

Mouthfeel - creamy, fluid.

Drinkability - this is not very good, so it's not sessionable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber, with a dense-but-thin white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is a little weak and all I’m detecting is malt and honey.

T: The taste is creamy, malty and has a honey flavor, but not much else except a slight bit of metallicness to it.

M: Smooth and crisp, but a bit watery especially as the beer warms, medium body, light carbonation, clean finish.

D: This is good session beer if you’re into the taste. It goes down easy and isn’t too filling, but I found the taste and kick lacking pretty significantly.

Photo of MusicmanSD
1.81/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Boddingtons, when you get down to it, is just downright nasty. It looks good. Pours an awesome crème' head with a sort of horse piss looking body. The smell is interesting, a little buttery, but not much else. Taste is just $#@%#^T awkward! It’s creamy, offensive, and bitter at the same time. I keep giving it chances to win me over, but every time I try before I finish a pint it hits my yacking mechanism. It’s much better to start out drinking this, because if you have any other beer before this, it reminds you of milk. The mouthfeel is typical nitro flat fluff. The drinkability is just gross, I still can't get used to it. Don't know how the Brit's drink it, but I gotta hand it to them blokes for staying with it!

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

A - Pale amber pour, massive nitro can head. Retention that really lasts.

S - Sweet malt, small amount of honey, and light cream.

T - Taste was quite smooth. Mid-bodied, with a sweet malt backbone. Undertones of sweet honey and florals. The only bad thing about the taste was a small metallic astringent aftertaste. Not too bad, but you can definitely tell it's there.

A good session beer, and one that's readily available.

Photo of danielocean03
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a yellow nitro can, complete with serving instructions on the label. Appearance is a clear golden yellow with a full thick bright white head that slowly fell to about a half finger that lingered the duration of the pint glass. Smells light and mild, very light nose, mostly sweet and light aromas of grain and malt. Taste is also mild and has a light bready sweetness, similar to light honey and wheat. Has a light bitterness about it in the start and finish of the taste. Mouthfeel is slippery smooth and creamy on the tongue. Low levels of carbonation pairs well with this beer's lighter body. Drinkability is high, due to the excellent smoothness and refreshing characteristics that make this an ideal easy drinker. Although practically every characteristic of this beer could be considered light and far from outstanding, I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and easy to find anywhere beer is sold.

Photo of palffyfan
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a pale yellow, with many pretty nitro bubbles that surge up to form a beautiful white head.

Smell - Sweet aromatic notes, that remind me of some other delicious beer that I've rated, but I can't remember which (SA Brown Ale, maybe?). Almost makes me want to stick my nose in it. Yumm.

Taste - Quite a contrast, neutral tasting ale with dulled bitterness. Has flavor for sure, but flows watery.

Drinkability - I would recommend this to others but in mild doses. Relatively bland compared to other flavorful beers that I've tried.

Photo of albertmdh
4.21/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorites from the nitro-can, so I jumped on the opportunity to try it on draft at cobblestones in York, PA. Set in front of me with all but an inch being creamy, upside down waterfall head. Beautiful. The smell is slightly bitter, nothing extraordinary. When the head finally settled to an inch or two, the first sip is deep and refreshing, with a slightly more berrylike finish than the canned version. I love the mustache people get when drinking this beer. As drinkable as water, you can really throw these down if you want to. You don't much feel the alchohol until the second or third boddingtons, as it comes on rather smooth. If you like the can, you'll love the draft.

Photo of stephendr
3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dull gold appearance – decent head- nose cream, honey and skunk- bitter taste has honey and basil - aftertaste bitter taste lingering – this beer looks gorgeous in a glass, however , the taste does not stand up to its beauty Dull gold appearance – decent head- nose cream, honey and skunk- bitter taste has honey and basil - aftertaste bitter taste lingering – this beer looks gorgeous in a glass, however , the taste does not stand up to its beauty

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.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
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 ...

Photo of mithrascruor
2.96/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of Drew966
3.02/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of pmatz2
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
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,

Photo of Phocion
2.52/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of headlessparrot
3.34/5  rDev +5%
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.

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