Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

Not Rated.
Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,087 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,087
Hads: 2,620
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 31.66%
Wants: 43
Gots: 329 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boddingtons visit their website
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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (3) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Boddingtons Pub Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,087 | Hads: 2,620
Photo of Rumrunner
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint glass

Poured a beautiful deep yellow with a great thick white head. The head stayed throughout and the lacing was impecable. The scents are weak malt. Very shallow. Not much comes through at all.

The flavors are a mild malt with a small amount of hop bitterness. Not much else. There is also a watery quality which I think hurts the flavors.

There is a nice mouthfeel to this ale for the most part. Not much body and again the watery feel is there as well. It drinks extremely easy and would easily go down well with a meal.

Sadly, there is just not alot happening with this ale. Mild is the key word.

 620 characters

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color once the cascade effect from the nitro ball settled. Big creamy tannish head.

Smell: sweet malt barely able to penetrate that thick head. Really not too much aroma.

Taste: started off with a nice malty flavor and faint fruity tone. Shifted rather abruptly to a hops taste and left a bitter taste on the tongue at the finish. Taste was not very pronounced, though.

Feel: nice, creamy feel. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: not bad, just not great. I can think of any number of other beers in this style I'd rather drink. All in all, a pretty average brew.

 590 characters

Photo of freed
4.18/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its possible this beer was meant to compliment the nitro pour system. Though its a fairly standard British Pale, it has a wonderful mouth-feel and drinkability due to its rich creamy body and clean taste. The attractive pour in an imperial pint, it sets a nice mood. Though the aroma is quite weak, possibly due to the thick foam, its still nice for the style. The taste is fairly standard, a creamy and malty taste with little hop presence. It certainly compliments fish & chips well, and it is entirely too drinkable.

 519 characters

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I live at an elevation of about 5000 feet above sea level and i guess this beer is for people at sea level because when i pulled the tab on this one it gushed out about 16 of the beer onto my counter top.
This beer has a beautiful upward cascade of nitrogen that contributes a creamy thick head and a little belgian lace as well. Medium golden colored brew is very clear.
Aroma is faint yet distinct as it reminds me of apples and a little sweet malt.
Taste is very smooth with a dry maltiness and a subtle character of english hops and apple-like esters from the yeast. Water character is a little salty but not nearly as much as bass.
Body is in the medium range as it is not heavy nor is it too lite.
Overall this beer is very drinkable and i would enjoy this one as a session beer or as a thirst quencher, one at a time.

 833 characters

Photo of beerguy101
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Darker gold color. Large creamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied English ale, mild taste, some hop bitterness. Full flavor, full body. Mouthfeel is creamy, full and round. Some malt sweetness. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is very slightly bitter.

 261 characters

Photo of beerman599
2.19/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cloudy orange in color with a very thick head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma ( what their was of it) was slightly malty, but nothing to rave about. Taste was not too impressive ether. Rather bland and unimpressive. Mouthfeel was creamy, and this was the the flavor. i would rather drink water than have another one of these so I'll pass on this one in the future.

 368 characters

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

This is a startlingly frothy beer. I'm instinctively nervous about anything floating in my drinks, sort of a holdover from campous where bugs fall into your water, but I really didn't mind the little nitro ball too much. The taste is fairly good, if not great, but this beers more about feel than the taste.

All in all, a decent ale that feels wonderful going down.

 369 characters

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was pleasantly suprised by this. I knew the pour would be impressive after reading the reviews, but many seemed unimpressed with the taste. While I agree that it is a relatively mild tasting beer, that is more than made up for by the creamy mouthfeel and refreshing nature of this beer.Goes down so nicely, and there is nothing wrong with the taste. Even in the can, this blows away the "big three" on tap. If it's that much better in England, I would love to try it. I will be buying more of this (today!). Re-review - It's amazing how your opinion can change. As you can see, I really enjoyed this the first time. Must've been the hot day, drinking it outside? Tonight, it was so watery and bland that I poured it down the drain after two sips. Amazing. Maybe I'll like it more next time (if there ever is a next time!).

 824 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale golden color with a beautiful frothy white head. A perfect appearance! The nose is fruity. Their are smells of pale malts and yeast. The taste is very plain and dull. There is no complexity here. The mouthfeel is nice; not to carbonated. It is a light bodied ale. The drinkability is rough. The mouthfeel is right, but the head is too thick and the taste just isn't that good. This is not a favorite of mine.

 430 characters

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Sine' Irish Pub.

Cloudy orange in color with a very thick head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma was slightly malty, but nothing to rave about. Taste was not too earth-shattering as well. Rather bland and unimpressive. Mouthfeel was creamy, and I think this covered up some of the flavor. Not really reaching for the glass for another pull with this one. I'll pass on this one in the future.

 406 characters

Photo of TheDM
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a long lasting creamy large white head of fine to medium sized bubbles. It has a light transparent golden brown body. It also has a mild malty/ hoppy aroma. It had a smooth full bodied hoppy taste with no bit and a slight tartness in its finish. There was nothing special about this brew, but it was just nice none-the-less.

 341 characters

Photo of IronDjinn
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a mild, creamy ale through and through, nothing exceptional, yet nothing that makes it anything that bad either, no off flavours or rank smells. Pours a pleasing clear honey amber hue, creamy thick white head from the nitro can, and the head lasts the whole glass. Aroma is of muted malt, and so is the flavour. No discernable hops at all. Creamy mouthfeel and it goes down very smoothly. Would make a decent session beer in a pinch, it's easy enough to drink up, but I prefer something with a lot more flavour to offer. A lot more flavour.

 548 characters

Photo of kindestcut
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons is a beer I wanted to love, mainly since I am an incredibly big Anglophile. However,I liked it. I liked it quite a bit. But like ain't love.

The Boddingtons I had arrived with little to no head. I didn't see it poured so I can't really fault the beer for that. It could have been a bad bartender, which is absolutely possible. The beer looked nice, with a clear golden color.

The aroma is very slight with malt finding its way to the top of the glass. The taste is very clean and creamy with a faint hoppy, bready taste. I've had better bitters and I think the Boddingtons suffers from a lack of hop bitterness. The style doesn't suggest a great amount but a small increase in hops would do wonders.

All in all, this is a good, refreshing beer. I would have no problem drinking it at a pub, especially if it is on tap.

 834 characters

Photo of au1sec
2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The widget makes the presentation very nice. I love to watch a beer with nitro settle out, and this one leaves a very nice, thick head on top that stays there, and the beer is crystal clear. Its downhill from there though. I smelled it...kinda fruity, a little sweet. I battled through the head to take the first drink, and there's frankly not much to taste. Its quite bland. Mouthfeel is nice..feels thick, but yet there is no malty thickness in the taste. Some bittering is present, so I know its not completely hop-free, but its pretty close. Its not a bad beer at all...its just boring.

 590 characters

Photo of BillSempf
2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to try this is a little pub in Pennsylvania. Nitrous head, thick and creamy - that was nice. Smelled floral and wheaty too, and had a nice color. Tasted like water. I kid you not. Just nothing there. No aftertaste either. Was really a suprise, most of these nitrous bitters are kinda strong ... oh well. I wouldn't order it again.

 334 characters

Photo of FFudnam
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I decided to try Boddingtons based sheerly on the amount we generally sell in a week at work. Nitro can fizzes and the ale pours a frothy honey/gold color. Looks pretty nice, with a guinness-sized head that's just as thick looking. Smells of little malt, mostly a generic beer smell with some hops. Taste is unremarkable, creamy, but little flavor. Hardly any maltiness, but there is a decent hop finish. Very little to recommend in this beer, but it is quite drinkable. Probably won't buy again, due to the fact that there are many more tasty brews out there.

 560 characters

Photo of Boto
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a London Pub. The beer pours a just barely hazy golden color. As you would expect with a nitro beer, it has a thick, dense head of small bubbles. The head does linger awhile. The aroma is a little light, with some hops and malts coming through. Very smooth taste. It is somewhat sweet, with a lightly bitter finish.

 329 characters

Photo of WaltTrombone
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my mate Ian, formerly of Her Majesty's Band of the Royal Scots Guards, and native of Manchester, who introduced me to his hometown brew.

I'm still a sucker for the head produced by a nitro can, and Boddies (as Ian calls this beer) have a nice one, a medium amber body, topped with a creamy white nitro head. Great staying power!

Not a complex aroma, just some malty sweetness. Taste is malty as well, with some mild hops as well. It also has some notes of leather and cardboard. I don't know if the mouthfeel can be both thin and creamy at the same time, but that's how I see it. A small finish of mild hops rounds it out.

Not an earthshattering brew, but a solid session beer. This might end up being my lawnmower beer this summer.

Cheers! Go United!

 774 characters

Photo of koolkat
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golder color with a thick creamy white head. Not carbonated at all, except for the initial cascade. It has a nice malt/hops balance with a bit more malt than hops. Definately not for a hophead. The drinkibility is so high because I could easily see myself in a pub in Manchester ordering pint after pint of these draughts and never really tiring of the taste. there isnt anything special at first sip, but it is just a good overall beer with mass comsumption in mind.

 480 characters

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Draughtflow system...'releases millions of tiny bubbles'. Well maybe that was the original plan, but this, my final can of the four-pack, has been in my fridge for about a year. The temp is a frosty 35 or so, but I still wondered if this would be drinkable. It was. However, upon opening, I didn't get millions of bubbles, maybe just a few hundred thousand. A very small head, showing its age I reckon.

Smells a little grainy, fruitcake like, at least the candied fruit part. Pale copper color, attractive.

Smooth and creamy, but not heavy or oily. The nitro bubbles have enough effect to make the mouthfeel soft. Light grain taste with a lightly bitter finish. No overpowering flavor components, but I like it just the same. This is the first and only beer I've ever had with the widget setup.

Very drinkable, even after all this time. I'll buy this one again.

 874 characters

Photo of Winter
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a hazy bright amber in appearance with a creamy off-white head similar to Guinness. Aroma seemed pretty light. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Finish has a citrus-like quality to it with a mild bitterness. Nothing mind-blowing, but just a good, drinkable English pub ale.

 275 characters

Photo of hotstuff
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color. The head was creamy with a white top. The lacing was just so-so on the sides of my mug. It had a fruity aroma to it. It had a bitter taste and it also had a lingering aftertaste. There was nothing outstanding about this particular beer.

 269 characters

Photo of jreitman
3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy thick white head and golden orange in color. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Fruit (grapefruit) and a slight biscuit aroma come across in the nose. Moderate bitterness on the side of the tongue with a grapefruit character. Smooth with pretty subdued flavors overall. The more I drank the more I percieved a biscuity, bready flavor. Quite easily downable as a session beer.

 373 characters

Photo of chilidog
2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This nitro-can tends to shoot to life once the tab is pulled. Meaning three of the four pack if not in or near a sink, tended to make a mess before the pour. Once you do pour, let the brew settle for a good 60 seconds-plus as the nitro cascades and a creamy white head is made to feel pillow soft on the lip. The beers gold color stands alone, I mean it just stands with little to no carbon activity. The beer looks like its flat. The taste or smell offer little malt or hop. The taste is grainy, grassy or strawlike. Mouthfeel is left dry. The body was abit watery as well. This brew is a sipping beer rather than one to grab for thirst. Just open it by a sink!

 662 characters

Photo of Marty
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer. This guy was very smooth, creamy, and really easy to drink. My school's pub serves this on tap, and I really wish I'd gotten around to tasting it earlier. Easily a session beer. It would be nice if it had a bit more malt flavor, and some kind (ANY) kind of smell.

 284 characters

Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
73 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.