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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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2,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,449
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 31
Gots: 209 | 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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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.

Photo of clemtig76
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce nitro can. Pours a beautiful light, golden amber color with a thin off white head that lingers gracefully in the glass. Some sticky lacing clings to the glass after every sip. Aroma is of mild sweet malt. Taste is mild and slightly sweet with just touch of hop bitterness. I think I will have another.

Photo of cratez
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much to this one. A simple, drinkable beer.

Appearance: pours a rich, golden/amber body with a half-inch foamy white head. Lacing is prevalent throughout. Looks appetizing and thirst quenching - exactly how a good ale should look.

Smell: faintly sweet malt aroma.

Taste: not bad. Head is pleasant and easy to get through, body is smooth, refreshing and slightly malty, and the aftertaste is subtle, only somewhat bitter. A decent but indistinct taste.

Mouthfeel: a creamy palate is followed by a dry and lightly bitter finish.

Drinkability: this beer is easy to drink. Its balanced body (not too thick, not too light), sizeable head, excellent lacing, smooth taste and moderate alcohol content make it a respectable pale ale.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the same between the nitro-tap and the nitro-can. The can version seems to hold on to the nitro-carbonation for a bit longer than the tap. The tap may loosely force the nitrogen in durring dispensing, allowing the gas to escape. Nevertheless, this is always a clean beer with very light maltiness and low hops. The flavors are very delicate and soft. Aided by the nitro, the body remains creamy and nearly thick (assuming its drank quickly). If the beer sits, the beer waters far too quickly. On the flip side, the plastic-ey flavor that usually accompanies the nitrogen disipates with the bubbles.

8-18-05 Nitro-tap (3,3,3,4.5,4)
It's amazing what nitro can do to an otherwise boring beer. As with all nitros, this has incredible thickness and creaminess in the head. I've never had a beer to lace better. As for a pub ale, it's lightly hazy and medium straw colored--I expected more copper color. Aromas are extremely faint, but I can pick up some light malt, corn, and a little sourness. Tastes are fairly muted as well, but do pick up on some subtle sweetness, corn sugar, and maybe some other cereal grains. Light souring from fermentation provides a bit of granny smith apple flavor. That's basically it. Not much more exciting than Budweiser. But the mouthfeel is where it is at. Creamy and full feeling. Almost chewey. Finishes wet and fleeting. Dangerously close to watering down. My advice: Drink it quickly, because after the nitro disipates, this beer gets boring in a hurry.

Photo of rarevos
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Watching the pour was terrific, as I'd only ever seen Guiness poured from a nitro can. Watching the reverse settling with a beer of lighter color was kind of cool. Head was thick, creamy, and unbroken. A little more of a golden-brown color than I would have expected from a pale ale.

S: Sort of beer-like, and I mean that less snarky than it'll sound. Incredibly faint.

T: The optimist would say "mild," the pessimist would say "bland." Other than a light bitterness to the finish, there's not much "there" there. The bitterness was nice, and went well with typical pub fare. Still more flavorful than a macro pilsner.

M: The creamy head stuck around for a LONG time, and acted as a sort of appetizer to the actual beer. The combination of the two was pleasant.

D: Very easy to drink. Maybe too easy.

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

First time I've had a beer from a nitro can. Pretty interesting.

Ended up with a half inch thick head on top of a glass of pale yellow beer. Looked just like it came out of the tap.

Not much aroma to speak of.

Taste was very mild with a bitter finish. Really not a lot of flavor, but nothing bad.

Creamy mouthfeel with some slight carbonation. Easy to drink.

Not a lot to this beer. The pour was the best part. But there isn't a lot to say about this beer. Good to have when you're having more than one, I guess.

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

Typical easy drinking English Pale Ale. The nitro can is a cool gimmick. It pours a clear golden color and has nice big head with heavy lacing. It is sweet in the nose and sweet in the mouth with a nice dry finish. this is the epitome of a session beer.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of kkipple
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I popped the tab on the pleasing yellow nitro can and was rewarded? with foam pouring from the can and down the sides. "Oh, they all do that." says Alice as she putters around in the kitchen, making Rubens. "Do they." I mutter as I reach for a paper towel. The can thusly cleaned, into my pint it goes!

I have to admit this beer is a looker. A pale yellow brew with virtually no bubbles -- save for the immense nitro-induced head that sits atop the beer. The head is finely carbonated as only nitro-heads (is that a word? It is now.) can be. Decent lacing, too.

Alright, so what's it smell like? Answer: not much. Mild sweet malts and... very minimal hops. A vague vegetable smell. 'bout all there is.

The taste is surprising if you've never had it before. Boddingtons is a very watered down, mildly bitter beer with almost no carbonation to be felt. It's literally one notch above water in the fizzy department. Of course, this makes it incredibly gulpable, but I could do with a little more of the bubbly, personally. Taste is mild bitter hops, light English malt, and general smoothness, again courtesy of the nitro-bubbles.

Drinkable? While it doesn't win many points for taste, I have to admit that Boddingtons really just slides down my gullet. It's a light, weak, watery beer that looks real pretty. If quantity is your thing, then Boddingtons may be also. A curious beer.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

You sure can't argue with the beauty of the nitro pour, this beer looks exceptionally good in my pint glass. Full creamy head, dark blonde colouring, lots of nitro bubbles sticking to the glass. Smell is less inviting though, with a slight unpleasant soapiness, very sweet, slight caramel, very subtle hops in the nose.

Taste is quite bitter off the top, much more than the nose revealed, but mellowing after a few sips. Maltiness is kept subtle, and not toothache inducing as I was a bit afraid of. Good roasted character, fairly well balanced, extremely British.

The mouthfeel is a bit creamy but mostly just watery and thin, little to no bite on the tongue. You could almost drink this like water, but it would be about as exciting. There are great qualities about this brew, but its inconsistencies are unpleasant. There's a lot better EPA's out there.

Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $5.50 for a pint of this at some English Pub-esque coffee house in Cape May, NJ...
Appears a transparent, light yellow with a cascading body that leads up to the frothy, off white head. Pretty typical of a nitro. Tiny bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of very mild grain that is reminiscent of Special K with a touch of honey. Nothing special jumping out at all.
Taste is about the same as the mild aromas being just that...mild, very much so. Maybe a tiny bit of a tea-like taste buried in there somewhere.
Mouthfeel is creamy but there is a lack of any flavors that make me want to continue drinking this. There is also a vague graininess that doesn't seem like it should be there. It should be a bit more clean. Tiny bitter finish is barely enough for an enjoyment. This is a palate cleanser for me.

Photo of skillerified
1.99/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Brought to the table looking a little paler than most English Pales I've sampled, but not a bad color. A little orange and tan. Decent one finger head with equally decent retention.

Scent was weak. A slight favoring of malt, but little else.

Taste was also weak. Again, a slight malt flavor, but little else. Thoroughly lacking that mineral quality that I've come to expect of these hard water British beers. No complexity, no depth. Just a slight sweet malt.

Mouthfeel was particularly bad in my opinion. The body has only a slightly higher consistancy than water. Just not appealing at all.

Goes down easy doesn't necessarily taste bad, but there's nothing to make me want another either.

Photo of Sosh
2.43/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I really did not like this. It just seemed extremely watery. I dont' think this had any carbonation whatsoever. Maybe it was flat, who knows? But even if I got a bad brew I don't see how this would possibly be something I'd get time and time again. I could taste the hops towards the middle, but the beer got pretty nasty towards the bottom. I would never drink this again, unless it was free. I'm kind of upset I bought this.

Photo of dbalsock
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: light amber with a sizeable white creamy head.

smell: i got a sense of fruit and flowers along with a slight malty aroma. Nothing spectacular.

taste: a little malty, a little lagery too it seemed, and a little fruity/hoppy... ok, and kinda nice, but nothing i'd go out of the way for.

mouthfeel: bitter and light bodied, this didn't do much for me.

drinkability: a little to bitter without the sweetness or taste to balance it out.

Photo of BigRedN
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 1 pint can into a standard pint glass. The beer is clear and golden in color. A thick white head, about 3/4 inch, forms on top of the beer. This head has staying power. Good lacing as the beer is consumed. A nice enough looking beer.

Smell: Hmmm, well, it doesn't really smell like anything. A "clean" smell if you will. I stick my nose so close to the beer i get foam up it, still I only get maybe a hint of malt (grainy, yeasty scent) and a hint of citrousy aroma. I'm a bit disappointed.

Taste: Not a significant improvement over the smell. The best I can say is "inoffensive". Slight malty, bready taste, a hint sweet, but only because there is absolutely no hop bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: As advertised on the can, this does have a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The beer is somwhat watery though. I kind of expected something really carbonated, but there is minimal carbonation here. I do see some bubbles floating lazily in the beer, and some clinging to the glass.

Drinkability; Drinkable? Yes. Sessionable? Yes. Memorable? No. I purchased one can to try for $2. I'm not disappointed I gave this a shot, but I probably will not go out of my way to try this again.

Photo of dfried
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Boddingtons Pub Ale has a time and a place, unfortunatly that place in not at the top of a BAs list. The appearance of this beer is pretty cool, the nice cascading pour and the crisp golden color with a creamy white head. That is when the novelty wears off. Taste is of an ale thats pale, but not the other way around. Slight hoppy aroma and flavor but nothing that jumps out at you, a pale malt flavor that is more grainy and anything. It tastes sort of watered down. They have this at one of my favourite downtown bars on tap, Brits Pub, and I can drink the hell out of it down there when I am out for a night, but for someone trying to enjoy a beer at home, well, NEXT!

Photo of DogFood11
1.08/5  rDev -66%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Yikes...what is invading my favorite beer glass...ohh its a watered down boring english pale...ughhh..

Not sure why this style exists to be perfectly honest, The only thing that I enjoyed about the brew was the pour. Nitro widget makes this brew have a cascading effect and a super creamy tight head with tons of lacing. I've had bad success with this style, mainly because its rather tatsteless and what does come through is a faint leafy hop profile, and a semi skunked malt backer. Very bland, mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Notes: I'll pass on this one and I'll pass on "almost" every english pale.

Photo of nlmartin
2.27/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I purchased this beer at Jungle Jims. I got it out of there reduce bin for 1.75.The beer was served from the can into pub glass.

Appearance: The beer really looked good in the glass. The beer has a nice clear golden coloration. The head was huge and very creamy off white colored. Thick lacing remained behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer smelled a bit malty with a grainy sort of smell. Very subdued hops present in the beer.

Taste: The beer is nearly one dimensional. There is a underwhelming maltyness to the beer. This combines with a minimal hop prescence. Very small bitterness is present in this beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a very creamy texture. The taste is just to dam thin. The beer has a medium body.

Drinkability: This was frankly almost unbearable to drink as I had better choices in the fridge. Hopefully you have better choices than this beer. I will not purchase this again.

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

A - Clear copper with a smallish, but tight and creamy head (yes i poured very slowly).Takes a good time for the head to settle. Good staying power and lacing.

S - Citrusy hops and sweet malt. Slight toasted aromas.

T - Slight tartness up front with lemony notes. Lightly bitter finish and aftertaste.

M - Soft and creamy with a mild carbonation.

D - Easy to drink for sure, maybe a bit low in the flavour profile.

Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden cream-colored with a substantial head that lasted the entire drink. Like the other nitro-can ales, the beauty of the drink was in its appearance above all. It has a beautiful cascading effect.
There was not much of an aroma. Nothing bad, just hardly present. Maybe some very subtle malty hints.
The taste was not great, but not bad. Felt very smooth going down. Overall, the taste and mouthfeel were like a slightly fruity creaminess.
Despite its lack of substantial taste, it is really quite drinkable. Nothing offensive in either, just a creamy taste and feeling.

Photo of jameaterblues
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a nitro can....its not my typical choice, but I had one left and I thought I would review it.
A=Beautiful golden color, with a rich 1/2 cream colored head that leaves a nice thick lacing.
S= The smell is creamy, with hints of fruit/sweetness, and I think this might be a good beer to describe as biscuity(I guess that is like buttery and creamy)....I have never used that term before but I think it fits.
T=The taste is very creamy with a sweetness in the body and just the slightest hop bitterness towards the end. This beer really coats your tongue, but has a fairly clean finish...the taste lingers, but very clean.
M=this is a thick beer especially for its appearance. It does not appear to be heavy, but it is....I actually am enjoying this one much more than I have before.
D=this beer is really smooth, with low carbonation, I guess that is due to the nitro can/its style. I could not drink alot of it, but I know many people who can.

Photo of SindriMar
4.02/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a very nice ale. One of the best 'smooth' pale ales I've ever had. I ordered a pint at the pub and I was really glad to see the thick head that would last 'till the very last sip. It has a very smooth mouthfeel and it's really easy to drink. There wasn't much hop presence or bitterness at all, although I could sense a slight bitterness after a few sec. The sweet malt was very inviting, but probably not strong enough for experienced drinkers. A very good pub ale, though.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good, drinkable ale. It's so creamy and smooth (and perhaps watery) you almost don't notice it going down. Great foamy head. Good golden look. Smell and taste, well, not very strong. It's a great beer to start or finish with, cuz it'll either get you into the flow of things or cleanse your palate. It's kind of like a mouthwash if you will, which probably isn't the kindest description, but apt none the less.

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
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
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
1.77/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

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