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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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1,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 1986
Reviews: 1033
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%

Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001)
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Photo of Murrhey


2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Cascading head that dissolved into a finger and a half thick white head. Thick and creamy looking. Clear amber body, and fading carbonation. Soapy lacing.

S- Slight smells. Noble hops, golden malts. Nothing leaps out. Not impressive smelling beer.

T- Creamy, easy drinking but nothing stands out. Just...nothing here really.

M- Creamy and smooth. Just what was intended.

O- Not special. I like nitro-cans though.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-17-2012 03:29:18 | More by Murrhey
Photo of SarahLynne

3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the mouthfeel and the head. Flavor is smooth and easy to drink. Like to drink it when I want something a bit lighter. Even my best friend likes it and she does not typically like beer. She said it is a better alternative to Bud/Bud Light. Basically it's my go-to for something smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-11-2012 19:20:10 | More by SarahLynne
Photo of smalenberg


3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - love the way the nitro can pours. Using a tall glass, it is great to watch the foam climb up from the bottom toward the creamy white head. Lovely golden color.

S - light floral hop notes, slight malty sweetness.

T - Wonderful balance of mild hops with honey-like sweet malt.

M - Very smooth and creamy with extremely low carbonation.

O - This is a different take on the English ordinary bitter and one that I really like. The hop notes are pleasant, but offset wonderfully by the cream sweet maltiness. I'm sure my rating is going to be significantly higher than the average, but I really believe this is an under-appreciated beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-04-2012 23:08:05 | More by smalenberg
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i like boddingtons, and i dont care what anyone says about it. pours a nice nitro powered cream color from the can, but it does its thing much faster than a guinness, with the whole cascade process lasting just a few seconds. it settles into a nice honey colored liquid with an inch or so of foamy white head. the nose is pretty basic, and frankly quite bland. some english pale malts and thats about it. flavor is light and balanced, low alcohol, and perfect for sessioning. kind of tastes like a pancake. love the mouthfeel on this the most, it foesnt have much carbonation, almost like a cask pour, except that its cold. its real smooth and milky in texture. i could drink these all day. i know its nothing too exciting in terms of flavor, but its a classic beer in my world.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-24-2012 22:11:53 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of 08Deltadawn8


4.38/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bought this beer about a week ago. pours nicely from the can into the pint glass and produces a great head that last the entire time in the glass. goes down really well and i can taste a little honey/butterscotch in the aftertaste. all in all, i think its a good brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-12-2012 19:57:51 | More by 08Deltadawn8
Photo of Scrylol

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice honey orangelike color with carbonation throughout the glass, many rising to the top. Two finger thick, creamy milk white head that lasts. Little lacing. Looks pretty nice.

Some grainy and malty aromas with a tinge of honey. No hop presence.

Kinda hard to describe the taste. Light sweetness on the tongue and throughout the mouth. Very little bitterness. Slight touch of grain. Dry, floral notes in the aftertaste. Not much going on.

Nice creaminess, medium body, and just enough carbonation to balance nicely with the creamy mouthfeel. Goes down real smooth and easy. Excellent.

Other than the appearance and mouthfeel, there isn't much to say about this beer. Nothing great going on, just a simple session ale.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-30-2012 01:14:45 | More by Scrylol
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks like a good pale, and the cascading nitro bubbles help.

The taste is a diacetyl bomb. It even smells like butter, with sweet, slick English malts shining through on the nose. Super creamy and sweet, and goes down insanely smooth.

It feels light and slick, with diacetyl coming through.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-22-2012 20:11:50 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of JamesHenjum


4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Most nitro-beers look great, but this is the best. Great cascade, but average golden look. What really makes this beer amazing is the head and lacing. Best of any beer I have ever seen. Your entire glass will be covered in a foam.

S: Smells like malty caramel. Not much on the nose but malt.

T: Great taste. All malt. Some toffee, some caramel, and a drop are coffee. Almost desert like, but not sweet. Sooo good.

M: Very creamy, but not over creamy. A nice balance. Nice warm head on top of a cold beer hits the spot.

O: If you love malt, then this beer is for you. Creamy caramel toffee. No bitterness at all.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-21-2012 00:31:31 | More by JamesHenjum
Photo of ccrida


3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro in london, servered in the Boddingtons tulip pint, appearence is clear gold with a white creamy head leaving foamy lace, some big chunks.

Smell is sweet honey and carmel with leafy hops.

Taste is mild, a little biscut and carmel, and more of those wet leafy hops. Decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, light bodied.

Drinkability is high from a sessionability perspective. There is enough flavor to keep it interesting, yet light enough to not fatigue the palate. Better than I ever remebering those cans tasting at home!

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-17-2012 23:53:07 | More by ccrida
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber, big creamy nitro head settles in too quickly. Scent is very pale caramel malts, light nuttyness and some stale earthy and grassy hop notes. Taste has notable slightly stale earthy hop presence with mildly sweet and nutty caramel malts, faint fruityness. Medium bodied, nitro seems to settle out quickly. Solid, highly drinkable ale.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-17-2012 17:51:25 | More by rfgetz
Photo of mailboxfish

2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's very mild. Drinks more like milk than beer. I can see how someone who prefers a more flavorful beverage would dislike like beer. Still, it's not anything to scoff at. It's drinkable, and mildly enjoyable. I doubt I'll be seeking it out in the future, but I won't cringe if offered a glass of Boddingtons Pub Ale. You could probably pass on this one, but I don't think it deserves the scathing reviews it has gotten.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-05-2012 04:05:55 | More by mailboxfish
Photo of JamesMN


3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: That cascading draught pour never disappoints! You are left with a deep golden brew with great clarity and a white pillow of head on top.

Aroma: Some caramel malt. Not much here but nothing bad.

Taste: Nice smoothness up front due to the creamy head. No hops in here but a good grain presence. Slight toasty flavor but mostly caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Real creamy feel (due to the nitrogen widget). High drinkability and lighter side of medium bodied.

Final Thoughts: I can understand why this beer isn't highly rated but I think it deserves credit for being very unique (at least for those of us who live in the US). It would be the perfect session beer for an evening in a British pub. Although it doesn't have much flavor to offer, there is nothing off about the taste.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-05-2012 03:33:20 | More by JamesMN
Photo of Lemke10


2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber orange color with the perfect long lasting head. Scent is sweet with malts with some hints of grain. Taste is light almost like it lighter than water. Has this cheap grain taste while having a bitter crispness to it. It finishes with a chalky malt after taste. Not my kind of beer by any means.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-27-2012 19:43:18 | More by Lemke10
Photo of bsp77


4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from nitro-tap into Boddington's Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Honey gold with firm, stark white head. Has the too perfect look of a nitro beer, but it sure is pretty.

Smell: Not too much, but to be expected for the style. Light grainy malts, some light spiciness. Mostly smells dry.

Taste: Dried malts with toast, bread and tea. Hops are nicely balanced and integrated and are spicy, floral and slightly metallic.

Feel:Light bodied but exceedingly smooth and creamy. Very dry finish, as expected since the beer is pretty dry throughout.

Overall: I know many like to blast this beer for being bland, but I find it to be very refreshing and balanced, despite being quite mild. From what I remember, the nitro cans are also good, but not as good as having it on nitro-tap. Happy to finally review this, as I used to have it often in my pre-review days.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-23-2012 14:41:47 | More by bsp77
Photo of clemtiger8202


3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap, poured into a shaker glass. Decent, creamy, off-white head with OK lacing. Slight floral, citrus aroma, mostly malty though. Creamy texture with a malty taste. Some hops were present, but I didn't think that they balanced the sweetness the way I like it. I had heard a lot about the beer and it wasn't bad, just not sure that it measured up to the hype...maybe it's me?...

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 02:22:53 | More by clemtiger8202
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

440ml nitro can poured into a pint glass. ABV 4.7%.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 1cm head. Foam reduces to a thin layer and very little lacing is produced. Carbonation is visibly quite low.

S - Light grains, hint of something else.

T - Some sweetness, light bread, very light bitterness.

M - Medium body, very low carbonation, creamy, clean finish.

O - Inoffensive and bland. Slightly better on tap but that's not saying much.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-08-2012 02:10:28 | More by decimator
Photo of MattyG85


3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz. nitro can into a Brooklyn "Tulip" pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Solid three fingers of very creamy off white head. Decent retention and lacing on the glass. Nitro carbonation causes the beer to gush out of the can but it settles down soon after.

Smell: Laid back malt forward aroma with that very British smelling yeast. Bready malts with some hints of biscuit and a little toffee and caramel. Fairly grainy and slightly roasty. Light hints of citrus orange. Light smelling but decent.

Taste: Light and decent tasting. Pale malts and wheat grains. Notes of biscuit and cracker with a little bit of toffee and caramel. Pretty yeasty. Very light hint of hops with some citrus orange esters. Simple and light but a decent and drinkable taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy from the nitro. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: An ok English session ale. Decent flavor. Good for what it is.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-26-2012 05:06:43 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml can. Pours a crystal clear copper amber with a small white lasting head. Aroma and Taste is of light grains, fruity with some light biscuit malt. Palate is a light body with very light carbonation. Finish is sweet light biscuit malt, grainy, light fruity notes. Flavor and aroma is a bit flat as well as the carbonation. Overall an ok brew not much else.

Serving type: can

07-24-2012 19:56:08 | More by Samp01
Photo of 57md


3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden brown with an abundance of creamy head. Plenty of retention on the head and the clinging frothy lace lasted and lasted. A distinctly malty nose with a touch of roast to compliment. Mild and malty with a semi-dry finish. Definitely a beer meant for sessioning, but not too bad for what it is.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-15-2012 04:24:34 | More by 57md

1.2/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My friend brought a 4 pack over to a very drunken game of pool, and really talked this stuff up.The can looked so inviting with its bright yellow color, and the name made me think it was going to taste something like that beer stuff in Harry Potter. It poured with a beautiful bubbly head and from across the room looked very appetizing. As I went over to claim my pint, I thought someone might have shit themselves, when suddenly I realized THE BEER SMELLED LIKE F**KING PUKE!!!! poured it down the drain and then poured wet cement down the drain to make sure it wouldn't come back up. Not sure if maybe they were just ancient stock from Publix or what, but oh god it was terrible...

Serving type: nitro-can

07-13-2012 23:12:47 | More by PENISBEER
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear golden hue, and as would be expected from a nitro-can, the head was light and foamy, made up of tiny bubbles. The head lingered decently, although the lacing was lackluster.

S: Not much there, really. There's faint, malted grain, to be sure, but then it gets harder to describe. The evergreen aroma of hops seems to be there, as is an almost-soapy smell.

T: No complexity to speak of. The malt is more bready than sweet. Hops is mildly citrus, giving way to a bitter and (again) soapy aftertaste.

M: I think all the bubbles went to forming the creamy head, because there was almost no carbonation left in the beer itself. It was definitely more moist than crisp.

O: That lingering soapy bitterness is a little distracting. It's not that it's a bad beer, but I was hoping for more, especially given its popularly.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-13-2012 02:43:47 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of bark


2.35/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The colour is amber (18 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is very smooth and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The mild smell is semi-sweet with somewhat stale malty notes. Light bitter metallic notes. Hints of biscuits.

The taste is light with some passing malt sweetness. Lightly roasted caramel flavours, some minerals and wet cardboard. Light bitter flavours with hints of flowers. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing notes of paper pulp and wet cardboard. Some anonymous bitter hints. The finish got more pulp and an unpleasant touch of butyric acid.

The carbonation is mild, the bubbles very mild/smooth. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

Too light, almost watery with some off-flavours. Naah.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-29-2012 20:09:57 | More by bark
Photo of JoshuaC

4.2/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer as a light drinking with friends beer. Not too sophisticated, just pleasant drinking. It has a creamy feel, with a great flavour. One cannot expect a stout or a Belgian style flavour from this ale, rather expect simple and clean beer taste.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-26-2012 14:51:02 | More by JoshuaC
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

2.08/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - light copper with a half of an inch of pure white, soft, dense, creamy, head that has great retention

S - grainy, faintly musty, a bit sweet

T - sweet, corn, grains, metallic, apples

M - light bodied, thin, little carbonation

Everything about this beer is pretty solid...except how it tastes and smells! It's metallic and off putting, sweet and grainy, thin and watery. This a very poor example of the style. Ignore!

Serving type: nitro-can

06-23-2012 00:45:29 | More by tdm168
Photo of BigRedGator


4.43/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a full-bodied ale, but very smooth and refreshing. The can produces a lot of head, but it's part of the experience. Serve very cold, either alone or with hearty foods, such as steaks or other meats on the grill. This beer has the ultimate draught can ~ it only pales in comparison to the real thing. On tap, this is my absolute favorite beer. It's as smooth and refreshing as a cool glass of water on a hot day, but full and rich as any quality brewed pale ale. This beer is my standard.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-22-2012 14:40:39 | More by BigRedGator
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