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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,251
Reviews: 1,050
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 20
Gots: 121 | 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 marburg
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer wasn't brewed; it was churned -- like butter.

A creamy bit of head puffs out on every can of this I've ever had. Since it invariably ends up splashing on my hands a bit, I can say that it's even got a creamy, textured feel to the touch. The pour offers the cascading effect that you'd expect from a nitro-can beer, and the head floats like a little piece of dense foam. And the beer is a nice golden, almost orange-ish color. Kind of a sunshine tone. Looks beautiful.

Smells mildly of floral hop aromas. Very, very mild taste. Certainly nothing spectacular, but it's so mild that, in some senses, it's appealing at first as an easy beer to drink just for the hell of it.

But oddly enough, it's *so* creamy, that you don't want more than one. On tap or out of the can, as was the most recent serving, I've never been able to finish a second pint. It always begins to turn my stomach -- almost as though I was drinking cream straight from the container. Worth having on occassion, and I can see how folks might absolutely love this beer. But it's not my cup of tea...er, cream...er, beer.

marburg, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I've never seen that cascading effect in a light colored beer, pretty neat. This brew was sort of a dark golden color with a thick creamy pure white head. Thats probably the best part about this beer. The aroma is sort of lacking, the little smell that is there is sort of grassy, not much else coming through. The taste is very bland imo. If anything maybe a little bit of a hoppy finish, with a slight tinge of bitterness, but it is a struggle to pick it out. This brew has the creamy draught system mouthfeel, but not near the same quality as say Beamish or Guinness. I would not purchase this beer again.

Bruiser81, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of Fabric8r
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting brew. Orange in color, which suprised me. Lots of malt taste, and you had to really think of hops to taste them. Nice head, lasted til gone, went well with the steak dinner I ordered it with. I recommend it, but nothing really exceptional about it.

Fabric8r, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of Admiraldinty
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an orange with a big cascading fluffy head. Clean smelling with some flowery and estery scents, but not too much more. Very smooth tasting. Some toasted malt and very mild hops. There is a tea-like aftertaste that I really was not keen on at all. Maybe this is the grain tannins the bros. write of. I'd say this is a good session beer, although I don't know that I'd buy it again. I'm positive there are better pub ales out there like Abbot, etc.

Admiraldinty, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber-orange in color with a dense whipped cream like, pure white head. It does that whole "reverse cascade" thing too. Impressive pour.

Aroma is malty and slightly musty. I smell a metallic odor as well.

Taste is malty and dry. The nitro induced head just barely moving out of the way to let a sip through. Overall pretty bland tasting. Finishes dry and bitter.

I know this is supposed to mimic a hand pulled ale in carbonation, but I would have liked some carbonation. Just way too flat for my taste.

I didn't care for it and don't consider this beer very drinkable. Damn impressive pour though.

cretemixer, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of BitteBier
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour itself is entertaining, but after the cascade (less pronounced than with a Guinness), you're left with something less than remarkable. A clear, golden ale topped with a tight, impressive cake of foam that looks like freshly whipped cream and ain't going anywhere. Light, crisp grains dominate the weak smell of this beer. Exceedingly smooth and malty taste creates a nicely drinkable beer with a fine mouthfeel. That being said, nothing stands out about the taste, which starts out somewhat bitter and gets sweeter. But this one's a one-trick pony. The smell and taste seem dominated by the foaminess that is concentrated in the persistent head. The beer below brings little to the table.

BitteBier, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of Running4beer
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

At first I thought this was going to be a very thick bitter, and it didn't look to tempting. But after it settled and I got my first taste I was not disappointed. The color was a nice golden/orangish type of color. The Froth was creamy and thick. The only bad thing I did notice was when you open the can you get an explosion of beer. This was a bitter sweet brew, with a good smooth taste. A descent beer, that some can enjoy.

Running4beer, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After trying some light beers ( for a diet) luckilly i found out from Bewer Advocate that Bitters such as this have just as little carbs and calories as the Light beers.
Well this is a beautiful beer to behold when poured from the nitro-can..large luscious thick head nice bright copper colour.
Nice scent balanced.
this is a very easy to drink mild bitter..very creamy and smooth..a little kick on the back of the tongue.
good in the mouth
Excellent drinkability..goodbye Lights hello bitters !!

Reidrover, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of ipogios
4.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This bitter came in a nitro can of 440ml and ABV 3.8%. I was really amazed with this beer. Pours a beautiful pale orangy colour topped by a thick creamy white head that did not settle until the last sip. The first thing i noticed with the beer is that it goes down like water... and i mean WATER. Perhaps not the best choice for heavy drinkers but in my humble opinion it goes great with food. Great bitter from UK

ipogios, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of Rocko
2.23/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was told this was one of the better selling beers in England, curious on how it was I bought two 500ml nitro cans with an abv of 4.7%. It says 'Do not shake' on the can, and you better don't.

Unlike what all others have said the beer didn't cascade out of the can for me, however the head is growing insanely quick when you pour it up. The color of the head is light brown and it's very fluffy, it takes a little time for it to sink so you can pour more up. What I first noticed when I tasted this was how little carbonated it was, not my thing at all. The taste isn't that great either, it's whimpy, a bit malty with a roasted touch.

This is not a bitter I can recommend at all, neither of my friends liked it either but my mom said she did, that's always something. ;)

Rocko, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of SaunaKing
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My Boddingtons came out of a 500ml can brewed in England. The colour was amber and the head was very dense & creamy although it died down a little faster than expected. Aroma is ok, smells a little like bread.

The taste is rather bland but not bad. Drinkablity is higher because of this blandness - you could easily drink lots of these.

SaunaKing, Jan 30, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a creamy white head that stays until the end. Nose is floral hops with some notes of fresh grains. Taste is lightly toasted grains with strong notes of hop resins and grain husks. Fairly heavy in the mouth. Bitter hop resins and tannins are present in the aftertaste. A decent beer, but somewhat overpowering.

Morris729, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was not what I expected.....I liked it.......Nice golden colour with a crowning glory that just does not quit, I found the taste to be very unique, is it me or does this brew taste like grapefruit? I would recomend this brew to anyone.......

Shiloh, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of mjohn27603
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear with a darker golden yellow color than most American pilsners. Brilliant white head forms rising out of the rising top of beer with extremely small bubbles of carbonation. You are familiar with this pour if you have ever had any nitro can. I can't pick up much aroma. The taste is very subtle. This beer is mostly a delivery device for the creamy mouthfeel you get. Very low carbonation present in the beer. If this is a bitter you would hardly know it. $1.69 a can. Nothing objectionable, just nothing to bring me back unless I wanted to use this as a session beer in between something stronger.

mjohn27603, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of jtw5877
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a small explosion it pours a nice golden color (at least through my beer covered glasses that's what it looks like). After cleaning my glasses off I admired the excellent head on this brew. Nice and solid ale, with a little bit of honey sweetness. As far as I can tell this is a great session beer. no overwhelming bitterness or heaviness. The only fault I can see is that the can almost exploded when I opened it.

jtw5877, Nov 23, 2002
Photo of Kwak
2.33/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Boddingtons Pub Ale
Head : Verry nice texture and color ,no taste.
Body : Smooth silky brownish almost tann color, thick and rich.
Taste : Very faint malt flavor with a hints of leather .

Not my can of tea it looks a lot better taste!

Kwak, Nov 22, 2002
Photo of TAMU99
4.05/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Despite the foaming out of the can after you crack it, this is a good beer. The sweet hoppy smell gets to you quickly. It pours a nice amber color with that great thick foam that seems to cascade down the inside of the glass as the head dissipates. However, a moderate head lasted all the way to the end.
Light on the carbonation, tastes sweet with a bitter ale finish. Overall a very smooth mouthfell. The bitterness is the only drawback - decreases it's drinkability.

I truly enjoyed this one. What a surprise, who'd have thought this funky yellow can had such a good ale inside!

High recommendation.

TAMU99, Nov 13, 2002
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank "Boddies" in England by the Gallon - back when it was Independent, and I was young. Since being in the US, I have drunk this three times from the tap (at Heroes in Claremont) for comparitive purposes - hoping it would get better. How can I say this - It didn't !!
Nice head, looks good and its "smooth"...... and thats about it really. Disappointing mouthfeel, lowish carbonation - this beer is both filtered and pasteurised and suffers as a consequence - as well as just being simply too bland for me. Low on malt and bitterness, some fruitiness, but I had to concentrate hard to get this.
As an Englishmen, for me this is a very sad pathetic pale imitation and a shadow of its former exceptionalism in its "independent" glory days. Another great beer ruined by the Macros. That said, as a stand-alone beer, it just barely passes the threshold of acceptability with me.
I prefer to drink American Psuedo-Craft Beers (e.g. Sam Adams) long before this - anyday, and I'm English.

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 11, 2002
Photo of putnam
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orangish-yellow with whipped cream on top. There is a more plant-like quality to this beer vis a vis Ruddles County. Orange tree branches, herbal tea (red zinger) etc. The flavors are balanced with sufficient bitterness to sharpen and focus the creamy texture. There is a twang of tart lemon pith too. A refresher and suitable for fish'n chips.

putnam, Oct 09, 2002
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liking the taste of Boddington on tap, I decided to try the nitro-draught. Upon opening the can, the beer came out right away. As I poured it into a glass, the head became larger then the liquid. I waited for the beer to settle, then I took a sip of the yellowish liquid. This ruined Boddington for me. It had very little taste, almost a completely different beer. I will continue to drink Boddington on tap, but this is not the same beer.

bewareOFpenguin, Oct 01, 2002
Photo of Jason
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat of a gusher of a can when first opened, clarity and head is great. Clean floral and mildly estery aroma and flavour. Thin malt with one simple flavour throughout. Flavours are flat and seem not to meld together well in an odd processed way. This is not my can of beer.

Jason, Aug 20, 2002
Photo of tigerpaws
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Its worth trying this beer to just watch the pour. It has a head that goes on and on and on. But after the pour it goes downhill. Hardly andy aroma to wet your tastebuds and it was a very bland and like a previous post said boring beer......CHEERS

tigerpaws, Aug 14, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another good widget beer. I thought this could be Caffrey's twin brother so I am rating it exactly the same. Similar bronze color, creamy, somewhat flavorless Ale.

Dogbrick, Aug 12, 2002
Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The can freaking sucks…

Awesome cascading head that races to the top of the glass, super thick, creamy off-white head, millions of tiny bubbles. Excellent retention… produced minimal specks of lace. Clear, coppery-amber in hue. Eye candy. The nose is muffled, vaguely sweet… rather empty, boring. Lifeless palate, lacks bitterness… maltiness is very weak, hints of caramel... some metallic influences. The nitrogen kills most of the flavors. Yawn. It has a mildly disconcerting aftertaste. Creamy, thin, mouthfeel. Easy to drink but not very enjoyable… maybe I’d drink it in a pinch.

bditty187, Aug 08, 2002
Photo of DarthMalt
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Watch it pour! That's half the fun of the crack-and-pour cans. Of course, this produces a nice, dense head with an almost fizzless beer underneath. But, hey, this is preaching to the choir.

Speaking of that head, it doesn't lace at all--it paints! All the way down.........Kinda' nifty.

The beer is pretty. There's a pretty strong sulphur aroma, mixed with ester, on the nose, which promptly disappears as soon as quaffing begins. The ester hangs in there, but it is not distracting. Each sip brings with it a unique flavor experience built on the last sip, but none hang around long enough to interfere with the next. It's crazy like that!

There is a definite hop profile that skims just above the surface of the body and hangs steady throughout. It is a little numbing after a while, but the afterglow helps to compensate.

DarthMalt, Aug 05, 2002
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