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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,291 Ratings
THE BROS
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awful

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Ratings: 2,291
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 22
Gots: 132 | FT: 0
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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 yankeeheel
2.15/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It looks nice, I'll give it that. Pours a creamy tan with a white head that is partial to seperating itself from the beer when tilted. The head will never die. Smells weakly malty/hoppy.

Tastes weakly malty/hoppy with no real character. Thin in body and mouthfeel, low in alcohol. Guess it makes for something you can drink all night with your friends.

yankeeheel, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of Ilacquin
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Not a bad looking beer. Pours a golden yellow after the nitro cascade dies down. Thick white head leaving lace down to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is undistinguished, a bit malty, but nothing really noteworthy.
Taste is a letdown after the initial appearance. A bit of hop, a bit of malt, nothing special. Mouthfeel is definitely thin.

Drinkability is very good, but why would you want to? I found no qualities in this beer that aren't better executed elsewhere.

Ilacquin, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of WallyBoag
4.6/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite ale. Served from a can, this beer poured an extremely thick, creamy head that dissipated quickly. The color was a lightish yellow. Smelled rich and creamy. This was the first time I had experienced such a sweet dairy-like smell. Could have sworn there was milk in it. Tasted incredibly sweet and creamy, but felt a little harsh in the mouth for some reason, however this harshness was countered by the incredible taste. Easy to drink since the flavor was so incredible!

WallyBoag, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boddington's is another English pale ale that would probably benefit from not being served in a nitro can. The nitro heavily softened the flavor of this beer, and it ended up being a bit more watery than another "nitro-ale", Tetley's.

This beer pours a blondish color out of the can. The cascading effect occurs, and we are left with a blondish-gold colored beer with a cream colored, 1-finger foam floating on top. This foam head lasts throughout the beer and leaves some sticky lacing. The smell is pretty average, with just some light malts and some fruity smell detectable. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy to an extent, but has less body than Tetley's. The flavor is a bit dissapointing, as it is on the watery side. What is there is some light malt flavors, some slight notes of caramel, and a generic fruitiness. There is a low-moderate hop bitterness in the finish. This beer finishes out with a lower amount of dryness and some light grain and fruitiness in the aftertaste. No alcoholic warmth to be found here either.

I didn't take points off for appearance, even though I was tempted to when the contents of my can proceded to explode all over me upon opening it (and the same thing happened to my brother as well). Seeing as how these weren't even shook up, I would advise opening these in the sink. As for the beer, it is quite average in all respects and it doesn't pull any punches. Tetley's is in a similar vein to this beer but I found that one to be a bit more enjoyable than this.

Beastdog75, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can opens extremely violently, every one opens with beer spraying. Pours with a huge thick, creamy head that hangs around, and leaves residue on your upper lip. I have heard that the US version can't compare to the UK version, which I hope is right. The head is delcious. The rest of the beer isn't very interesting. Malt and cereal grains, with nothing that special. I wouldn't get this again.

TastyTaste, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of Garin
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

During a period that I spent working at a British-run astronomical facility in Hawaii, the British crew discovered that the local pub (with *nothing* on tap) had cans of Boddington's available. They did the only sensible thing they thought they could do: between the few of them, they drank every can of the stuff in the place. I was around, and so I was introduced to Boddington's. I always found it better than the alternatives at this pub anyhow (which was, of course, Bud and Coor's Light).

The usual nitro-can cascade eventually revealed a clear, pale, straw-yellow beer underneath a long-lasting super-dense marshmallow head. Underneath the beer was quiet. *Too* quiet.

A lightly hoppy, "beery" nose with some sweet and metallic notes started things off reasonably well. Some slightly fruity and tart aromas were present as well.

A clean light malt and somewhat hoppy flavour dominated. I imagine an estery quality that I generally associate with Belgians. Interesting... Unfortunately this alone isn't enough to distinguish this beer. It's fairly uninteresting.

The mouthfeel is quite thin and light, and the carbonation is nonexistant. It's not so great. However, it's light and inoffensive, so it's fairly drinkable.

Garin, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of SixpointJMH
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a fairly boring brew here. it has the standard nitro tap look...awesome cascading effect which leaves a nice creamy head on top of a creamy golden body. the head of course lasts and lasts throughout the brew. in terms of smell an taste, i was hard pressed to come up with something definitive. there was a bit of floral sweetness in the smell, less so in the taste, which was watery overall with a slight bitterness, but certainly not as watery as a macro. this is a very smooth, very creamy brew that's easy to drink, and even though it's a 'different' choice while being fairly easy to find on tap, i'd prefer another commonly tapped brew, such as a sam adams or SNPA just about any time over this one.

SixpointJMH, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of SigEp
1.8/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nice to look at, I guess, pours a very see-through gold color with the nitro-head. Smooth mouthfeel due to the nitro and no real carbonation, which works for guiness because of the richness of the brew, but here just points out the places where this one truly lacks. Slightly sweet flavor, very little hops, in the nose or on the palate. The after-feel in the mouth is slightly chalky, like drinking dust. Tastes like a flat, bad, near-macro. Not impressed.

SigEp, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a bad pint of this at the Goose in Brixton. The lines were obviously not cared for at that establishment and you can tell as this murky beer with no head arrived. The aroma was sour and bad, as was the taste. The mouthfeel was still creamy, but that did not save the drinkability at all on this one!

francisweizen, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of diablo14
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

like so many things out of manchester- david beckham, oasis, man city, boddingtons is fairly overrated. not a terrible beer for sure, but i can think of several others ahead of it in the priorities.

very fluffly looking beer. cloudy but light yellow color with a thick creamy draught style head, it looks like it could blow away if a strong gust of wind went near it. nothing to report in the smell department (it 'smelled liked a beer' to quote my g/f) the flavor is also amiss, with no real malt sensations tho some honey style sweetness could be detected. no power in the AV either (3.8 here).
thin bodied, but easy to drink but thoroughly lacking in character overall. however, theres enuff there to be able to drink it and enjoy without feeling like youre compromising the standards.

its a shame that this is one of the most readily available english ales available over here, because there are just so many better. but then a suppose for the beer drinking appreciation levels of most aussies, im almost certain theyd think this was one of the most tasty and complex beers theyd ever tried. i suppose in the end it shows how good english brewers are. even their dud beers are drinkable.

diablo14, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of PiratePete
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow with its traditional very dense and creamy white head. A lot of lace - solid in places. Not much of a nose - a mild malt at best. Very thin mouthfeel and, really, not much aftertaste which I seek in my beer - some hops - but not flavourful enough for me. Its OK. If you bought it as your round I would be happy to drink it! Interbrew calls this a session beer which should explain it in a nutshell. As an aside: Interbrew lists this as 3.8 abv and my Canadian import says 4.7% abv.

PiratePete, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
1.6/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served on nitro in a imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Burnished golden honey color with a thick and creamy white head. Craploads of lacing, but this is to be expected from nitro.

Smell: There is one? Über faint pale malts and herby hoppiness.
Taste: Again, there is one? Am I drinking water here? If you're patient, you can catch some glimpses of pale malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light.. oh so light bodied. This is carbonated water. Excuse me.. nitrogenated water.

Drinkability: Well.. this is one sorry ass replacement for Caffrey's. Curse you to hell, Coors! Still, this swill can be slammed home with ease. Stick with Guinness, you at least give off the appearance of looking manly.

ManekiNeko, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess this is supposed to be an example of an English “session beer,” but it doesn't really rock my American palate. The widget-type bubbler gave a good tall, cascading head (and this from a can that sat in my fridge for two years) that stayed with the beer and left a nice lace on the sides. Could not detect much aroma, which is better than smelling skunky, I guess. English pub style watery mouthfeel was uninspiring, and I couldn't pick up much taste, just a little residual sweetness. Nothing lingers much after the swallow. Nothing terrible, just not great.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Call me silly, but I've always liked this beer, especially from the tap. Pours a crystal clear gold color, the head large, creamy, bright white and the lace a fine sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose fresh and clean, mostly malt and somewhat sweet, just like the start, top skinny in feel. Finish is lightly hopped, dry and a fine "Session" beer in my humble opinion.

Gusler, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of PZuke
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my effort to learn about English beer I decided to try Boddingtons. This beer pours a golden color with cascading and ending in a thick white head that has staying power. The hop and malt smells are present but they are very slight. This beer is classic to the style being extremely easy to drink and light and having a creamy mouthfeel. It could be considered mellow and maybe even a little watery. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting but this is a beer that you would have to start with. It would not be good to have after a in your face beer because it would be hard to appreciate its subtle tastes.

PZuke, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of UncleAl
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahhhh Boddingtons. I like to call it "Guiness Extremely Light." After exploding the nitro can on opening, the beer pours to a golden color, if not somewhat hazy, with excellent cascading. A thick, creamy head then forms and stays with the beer the rest of the way.

There are some hop and malt aromas here, but they are very light and somewhat metallic. Some citrous and fruity overtones. The beer is easy to drink, very light and creamy mouthfeel, although it can be considered somewhat flat and devoid of any punch.

Still, if you offer me one I will not turn it down. After the initial excitement, it's a mellow ale best suited for a mellow drinking session.

UncleAl, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a rich golden color with spiraling lines of carbonation bubbles going up the sides of the glass. Head retains at about 1/4 inch for the entire length, and displayed a cascading effect while it was settling. The smell had some hoppiness, but mostly a light, mead-like crispness to it, with lemony citrus and grass. Taste was nice and smooth, very light with a hoppy crispness at the finish. Mouthfeel was also smooth, very creamy from the nitro. I was satisfied at the end.

nixhecks, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours slowly from the nitro faucet, forming a rich yellow gold liquid that cascades and ripples, settling into a golden amber, topped with a pure white creamy nitro head. The head lasts forever, of course, with tons of ladder-like lacing.
Very little aroma, probably due to the nitro and the smoky bar. A light estery maltiness, with a good deal of apple and pear fruitiness. Light hopping, providing an excellent balance.
Flavor is much better, with a serious estery fruitiness. I love this flavor. Pronounced apple and pear mingling with a sweet pale maltiness. Light hops come in the middle, finishing the beer with a very light bitterness. A touch of peach towards the end, finishing with a slightly tinny nitro flavor. Smooth carbonation, light bodied, with some phenols and more hops coming out as it warms up.
Definitely a smooth drinkin' ale that you can down two at a time. Simple, yet effective. I wish this was available without the nitro, I think it hurts the flavor, with that deadening nitro pour.

UnionMade, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of slitherySOB
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this can for a buck. Not bad a deal for a not bad a brew. Poured a frothy head upon an amber pond. Surely the nitro widget now banging around in the empty can effected the appearance immensely. Too bad it doesn't improve taste and smell. This was a very metallic brew. Is their no protective lining in the can? Or is this intentional? Some floral hops and odd smelling malt comes through the steel factory aroma. Taste. Hmm, not bad. If I was the tinman. Again, very metallic taste. But it's cold. After a while to warm, some bitterness comes through, so as not too disappoint. Creamy mouthfeel. Almost like an Irish creme. Though the taste is bad, the mouthfeel is good, allowing for a drinkable brew.

slitherySOB, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of clvand0
4.35/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the local pub. Pours a yellow color with a surprisingly thick white head that sticks around. Loved the head on this one. The aroma is a little bread-like, but there's really not much aroma here. The flavor is very smooth and a little malty. There is a little sweetness and a little hops to keep things fun, but the drinkability of this beer is amazing. It is a little bitter, but just a little. Great beer.

clvand0, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Fitz's ale house in Elmhurst IL.

Beer served a proper 20z Imperial Pint. Beer is a light gold with nice head that sticks for the duration. Decent lacing.

Beer smells of malt, grass and a little bit of bread. Hard to pick-up much pure hop aroma. Beer is a little to clean smelling.

Taste is nice. Some malt sweetness and a bit of hops to keep things interesting. Beer is very soft in the mouth. I'm not sure if this is due to the water or the ingredients, either way it is an easy beer to drink. Great carbonation completes the package.

While not overwhelming in the taste department, I really enjoy this beer.

Redrover, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of leeenglewood
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a weird looking beer and nitro cans should be reserved for stouts was my opinion after drinking it. First off the beer shot out of the can apon breaking the cans seal so make sure you have a glass within a seconds reaching after cracking the seal. Back to why pale beers shouldn’t be nitrogen induced was the appearance it looked like really weird whipped egg whites on top of a flat looking yellowish beer. Smells like bread dough not bad but not good either. Tasted decent but would do much better if it actually had some body to it with no carbonation it just tasted like flat beer with almost no flavor and became a task to finish. This beer would be much better having been bottle conditioned, force carbonated in the bottle or have been served from a tap that is non-nitrogen.

leeenglewood, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of SilentSabre
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favourite "widget can" brews from the U.K.. The appearance is a bit weak. The first word that comes to mind is "thin". The quality of the brew, however, is quite different. I really enjoy the head off of a fresh poured Boddingtons. I small glass of Boddingtons' foam would be great! The smell is quite mild mannered, but pleasant, a wee bit "yeasty" or bready. The taste itself is quite mild, too. It isn't near thirst quenching, like some brews I've had, but it is still quite good indeed. It has a nice "mouthfeel", also. The drinkability of Boddingtons is quite good, too. Overall, Boddingtons is a wonderful brew that smells good and is easy to drink with little aftertaste.

SilentSabre, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of hungryghost
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with the frothy head you get with a Guiness nitro can. Obvious difference is the color. This is much lighter, a yellow with the thick white head. It does not smell like much, maybe a bit metalic from the can. I prefer not to drink from cans for this reason.
This is a light, creamy beer without much flavor, a good, cold, lager beer.
The creamy aspect is more mouthfeel than taste I think. The beer
is ok, nothing special, but no matter if I have one or three I get a hangover. Not sure why, but that is why I will not drink it anymore.

hungryghost, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
1/5  rDev -68.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I originally sampled this beer on 29 October 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
This beer is truly awful. It tastes like water with a foamy head. Budweiser has more (and better) flavor than this loser. This is the ultimate drain pour.
If this is the only beer available, seek out water or a soft drink

jcalabre, Aug 21, 2003
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