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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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2,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,413
Reviews: 1,072
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 27
Gots: 184 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of palliko
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy golden color, with great foam and lacing. Aroma is crisp with sweet flowers and banana. Initial taste is a smoot experience that is like a good latte. Medium body and a sweet roasted coffee malt flavor predominates and overcome the flowery yet bitter hops. Adry finish that ends in astringent tannins and barley. So so.

Photo of jamesclark
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale golden in color, this beer is very clear - not cloudy at all. The bubbles from the pour rise entertainingly to the top forming a moderately sized off-white head, which lingers well.

The smell is of light malt, honey and cream - sweet and slightly floral with a hint of citrus and a little butter.

The flavor is creamy and light. There is a sugary character, and a little hop bitterness, but not much. It is a bit watery. This beer is smooth and clean, with a sweet creamy aftertaste. This beer is very drinkable, with little carbonation.

Unfortunately, like Newcastle Brown Ale, it suffers from a watery soda-like flavor and body, lightened presumably for mass-market consumption. The creamy character is somewhat special, but it needs more of everything to become a real ale.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like the look of this can. It is black and yellow with a simple brewing barrel as the label. I just love the name as well it it oozes english beer tradition. this one pours from a can at 44ml @4.7%. Overall taste quality. This is a fantastic beer. The taste is well rounded on the palate and the taste is well balanced. There is a subtle hint of honey which works exceedingly well. If I could afford to drink this beer in vast quantities I would. I suspect the more of this beer i drink the more I would love it.

Photo of hoffman
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excellent look, weak aroma. The head retention and smooth nature of this beer are what made me purchase a four pack after my initial pub experience. Seeing it in the glass makes you think it should have more body than it does. This is still a very good beer in my book.

Edit 11/21: Only six months later and this one is not nearly what I once thought it was. The nitro leaves a nice impression but the beer is at best unimpressive. Very watery body and no outstanding flavors...not poor but not good.

Photo of FrankJ1982
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

has a fantastic appearance out of the can. It cascades into a pure white head that remains until the last sip. This ale has a delicate flavor, well balanced and perfect for putting down. A great night starts with a few Boddingtons. This is the closest to the beers I had while in London a favorite. A great beer to relax with, and definitley the one you want when you are looking to have a few.

Update: ever since the closing of strangeways, this beer has lost what made it great. Still a good session beer, but nothing special among similars.

Photo of BUD
4.11/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now that I've had this ale a few times, from the can, not much of a rating difference. I've had a chance to whiff the aroma, and upped the rating a half point, but everything else is still the same. Compared to the on-tap review I did. This ale is very good. Beyond drinkable in my opinion at this time.

Photo of karst
2.54/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

You will need to practice with the nitro can or learn to lap beer off the table (alcohol abuse?). Brought over for a evening of tasting by a fellow brewclub member as we plan our next tour for local brews. Very showy clear amber with tall nitrogen head that puts on a great reverse cascade that ultimatedy builds a foamy white head in the "Bruewtus" weitbier glass. The whipped cream lace and 1 finger head persist for the duration of the glass.

Clean floral dextrinous aroma.

Thin single dimensional malt flavor.

Initially smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
Body is light. Starts with some malt sweetness, but thins as the nitrogen pulls down the carbonation causing the mouthfeel to resemble flat beer.

Hops very understated and for my palate too weak. Never found any bitterness- I prefer a little "goodbye" in the aftertase.

I would not reccomend it from the nitro can unless you just like watching reverse cascades ;>)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.76/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice brew. Poured out to a clear medium dark golden color with a respectable head. Medium carbonation. Traces of lace were slightly present. Aroma of hops and sweetness. Taste was suprisingly smooth and inviting. Flavors of hops and grain were present, as was a buttery smooth mouthfeel that really got my attention. Finished crisp and quite refreshing. This could be a session beer. In fact, on more than one occasion, for me and my buddies, it has been. Recommended.

Photo of KoG
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super cascading effect is better out of hte can than on tap. Deep yellow color adorned by a giant off-white head that laces the entice length of the glass.

Smell is still rather clean. Light hop backed by a light grain nose. not much, but not unpleasant either.

Taste is mild hops with a dominate light malt backbone. Not strong in any aspect, but still nicely balanced with no strange aftertaste.

Goes down smooth as silk making you want to drink more and more. A very drinkable lighter beer to give yourself a break in a long session.

1.69/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer looked great. The formation and retention of the head was nice to look at. Unfortunately the liquid was seriously devoid of any recognizable flavor. No hops, no malt, not even a bad flavor, just very,very bland. I have never been a big fan of nitro cans. These were a freebie from a friend so I am not out anything. I am going to try the other two 16oz cans later, if the taste changes I will revise my review. If not I will just look forward to trying something new!

Photo of ElGordo
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, deep golden hue with a creamy, stark white half-inch head that has some staying power. Aroma of light, sweet malt, honey, a touch of hops, and a whiff of something slightly sour that suggests the use of a bit of adjunct malt. Palate is well balanced between sweet malt and mild English hops, with a subtle honey background and a lightly bitter finish. Beautifully creamy mouthfeel as a result of the nitro cartridge in the can. A great session beer, whether in the can or on draught.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.49/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a medium-deep amber color. A thick, creamy white head with fantastic retention.

Aroma: A very subtle grain aroma, with almost no hop aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A buttery maltiness that is sweet, but mellow. A very subtle hop bitterness (very mild). A silky, creamy mouthfeel, with little carbonation.

Well, its not fantastically remarkable but it does have two worthwhile qualities: for one, it doesn’t really have too much of that “nitro-funk” that you get with most beers that come in nitro-cans, but you still get that great, creamy head-retention (thanks to the nitro-can). Secondly, its REALLY drinkable, would make a great session beer. So, it’s worth a try.

Photo of mynie
1.66/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Interbev nitro can

Pours okay--bright gold with a nitro head and reverse bubbles.

Smells like sugar and water. Very faint and not very beery.

Tastes like foam and air and little else. There's a hint of honey upfront followed by intense pasturization and almost no aftertaste.

The body is very creamy, but it feels so synthetic that it's actually kind of uncomfortable.

This is like a can full of nitrogen and chemcials. Barely even resembles a beer. I hear this stuff used to be really good, too. What a shame.

Photo of acrawf6
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap. poured out a good and yellow hue. very good, had a heavy and thick white head.

aroma was lightly fruity and had a scent of bananas.

taste was lighter than i thought. had carbonation like a guiness draught or beamish; not much. tastes was also of bananas i thought, and creamy- creamy like a yogert taste. but by saying this makes it sound bad, but it was a good beer.

i dont think i like the mouthfeel too much but i does go good with the beer. on draft i say its good, when i get in in cans i'll re-rate it.

Photo of Brian700
3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear, amber color with a beautiful head. The head is creamy and looks like whipped egg whites. Nice and fluffy. I'd comment on the aroma but it is practically non-existant. Maybe a faint malt aroma. The taste is very light and smooth. Mild maltiness with hardly any hop bitterness at all. The mouthfeel is very good. Creamy, but the carbonation seems light. I think it is a good drinkable beer although it really isn't very complex and is kind of bland. It isn't a beer you would want to drink if you've just had a beer with explosive flavor.

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

Pouring from the nitro can causes a beautiful, creamy head on top this clear amber liquid. Foam lasts the whole glass and with a deep swallow leaves a mustache of creamy bubbles. Not a lot of aroma, maybe a bit of malt, but any smell tends to get killed by the nitro. No strong flavors (good or bad), pretty average taste all around. Thick and creamy mouthfeel, goes down smooth.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Confession: I'm bad at reading directions. Just went off and recklessly opened this can, not realizing I was supposed to do so "carefully", and "Sppssshhh", it went out the can, on my leg, all over the chair. Well, now the foam seems to have been settled, time to drink it...
Clear amber color, solid 1", tight cap of creamy white foam above, in for the long haul. Looks nice.
Aroma is light citrus, small hops,soft and creamy, but pleasant.
Taste: it's there, lightly fruity, touch of hops, a touch sour (?, but altogether smooth. Slim body, neglible finish, this ale quits the mouth with a quickness. I understand the appeal of pub ales, but it just doesn't apply in my case. Generally, I like ales with bigger flavor than this, but you can't knock it's popularity, and it delivers to those who subscribe. Not for me, though.

Photo of Vancer
3.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fiddler’s Green in Orlando. Awesome!! Perfect cascading in a clear, amber yellow with a tan head that laced the pint glass all the way down. Lite aromas of malt and citrus that matched the creamy smooth taste, a lemon was in the background. Thin, of course, cream ale that you could drink all night, easily. Nice lite hoppy finish.

Photo of Shaw
2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours about the best-looking pint I've had out of a bottle or can. That widget makes a great, thick head. The beer itself is copper colored.

Its smell is very faint. It's a little sour, with a hint of cream? The taste is a little sour, too. There's hardly any flavor at all. I know this is supposed to be a session beer, but it needs just a bit more substance.

The mouthfeel is good. It's creamy and smooth and glides over my palate.

Overall this is just an average beer. It's good for when you want something light to quench your thirst. The best thing about it by far is its appearance.

Photo of JustinBathurst
2.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a thick head of cream that outlasts the beer itself. Mild malty notes, touch of honey, gummi bears in the aroma, but not much else. A smell that reminds me of paint thinner does hit me as it warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is hardly noticeable, as expected. Just a slight tingle on the tongue.

I taste a metallic bitterness, a bit of roasted malt. Not overly powerful in any area, just an all-around subtle ale. A pleasing and delicate sweetness begins to emerge as I make my way through the pint.

While I wouldn't say it's well-rounded, it's certainly pleasant enough. For me, it just doesn't declare itself enough.

Photo of Luigi
2.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a clear golden color with a creamy bubbly head that never goes away.

There is not much aroma there, just a grainy metallic smell.

Taste weak, not terrible but weak. not much to the flavor but a metallic water and soft grain.

Makes for a good session beer if you if this is your type of beer.
Looks great but has really no taste to it.

Photo of bceaglejoe
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a British pint glass on tap at Walt Disney World - Epcot Rose and Crown Pub (United Kingdom).

Presentation: This beer poured a cloudy golden color, translucent to nearly opaque. There was about a three-quarter-inch thick head with very good retention. There wasn't much of a scent to this beer at all, so it's about average - not good, and not awful.

Tasting: A very well-balanced flavor hit the tongue. It wasn't sweet, but it wasn't really bitter either. There was more malt character than hop flavoring. This was a medium-bodied beer that was very easy to drink. I would consider this a potential "session beer."

Overall, a decent brew. I would recommend this possibly as a crossover beer.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with that wonderful "waterfall" effect (a la Guinness). A 2" tall, creamy,fluffy, almost edible off-white head forms. The brew is a nice golden color. Smell is light, with hops, amlt and just a slight hint of spice. Taste is hops, a little spice, and some malt. Not much in the way of complexity here. A smooth drinking beer with light effervescence and not much aftertaste. Overall, considering it came from a can, a pretty good beer, but doesn't hold up like, say, Young's Double Chocolate stout. Get this on tap, it is much better there.

Photo of DrJay
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale amber and perfectly clear, topped by a dense, fluffy white head common to nitro beers. Retention was superb and large chunks of foam stuck to the sides of the glass. Very mild aroma, with a bit of grainy sweetness and light floral hops. Mild floral hop flavour with some hop bitterness balancing grain and caramel flavours. Light fruity esters. Bitterness is more pronounced and the sweetness comes out a little more at the finish, which is of medium length. Just a hint of a metallic flavour creeps in after about the first half pint. Light body and very low carbonation.

I can see this being a good session, with the low carbonation and mild flavour. Overall, the flavour and aroma feel a little muted. 440 mL can.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More beers should be carbonated with nitrogen. It gives the beer such a full-bodied, satisfying feel. It poured with a thick, thick creamy head and on top there is a darker thicker head on top of an off-head that disappears as the beer settles. The aroma does not stand out as anything original or complicated, just simple hops and sweet malts—but strangely pleasing. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy for an ale, but if served cold enough, is nicely crisp and satisfying. This is a favorite beer of mine and I find it incredibly drinkable.

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