Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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73
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2,539 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,539
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 37
Gots: 272 | 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 nortmand
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On a nitro tap at Claddagh in Lansing.
Poured a light amber with a centimeter of creamy white foam, looks like a "white Guiness."
Little smell at first, partially due to the ice cold serving temperature. As it warms, it gains a metallic apple character.
Tastes slightly malty with a medium bitterness on the back of the tongue. Not aot going on here.
Smooth creamy mouthfeel typical of a nitro pour.
The best thing about this beer is that, like Guiness, This can easily be consumed in more than mass quantities. Unfortunately for $5 a pop, my pocketbook tells me otherwise.

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

my local store had 4 pint packs for 7 dollers, so i figured i'd give this a whirl, and first off, i had to change my shirt after opening it *thank you nitro can ;)* Now pouring it into a pint glass, wow, perfect ale color, nice creamy head, took a long bit to settle, and a pleasant, yet slightly skunky smell to it. however the taste was anything but. it tasted sort of like an average run of the mill ale, but the mouthfeel was what set this beer apart. it was quite creamy, and in fact reminded me of a ale form of murphy's stout. all in all, this was a very drinkable beer. now excuse me, i still have half a pint to finish with lunch :)

Photo of Andreji
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, at perhaps one of the only english pubs in Zug, Switzerland (Mr. Pickwick's), I decided to go for a pint of boddington's, with a very unbiased point of view as, my experiences with brit ales lately have been both very good (newcastle) and very bad.

the pour was a clean, headless bright straw with just some bubbles floating up irregularly. served cold as well. The smell, quite bitter as I've seen in the english, is also a bit sour at the nose. The taste isn't all that good but passes my test. it is not abundant in its bitterness, which i liked, but really is moderate in every sense. It's an alright company for the euro2004 at the pub.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.76/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Those nitro-cans sure are fun, huh? And I’ve been meaning to mop the kitchen floor for quite some time now.

I have yet to see a definitive stylistic definition for this brew, though I’m inclined to brand it a pale mild ale in contrast to a common pale. This “Pub Ale” has a brilliant, flawlessly clear gold color, and a volatile nitro head that pours as plush as chinchilla. The flavor is dry and restrained, yet clean, even exuberant. This is a simple recipe, with no unwelcome distractions or pretenses.

Brits drink 85% of their beers on draught in pubs and Boddington’s is a fine representation of a simple everyday session beer, though I can see how this “Pub Ale” doesn’t suit American tastes. It's too subtle. It is mild and creamy and goes very well with food. It is framed by a gentle kölsch-like smell of malt/yeast and is very effective as a linoleum floor polish.

Seriously, I could drink this stuff all night long.

Photo of FormatKid
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The can opens with an assertive crack and all those tiny nitro bubbles start fizzing out. This is followed by gurgling and hissing noises as I pour. The beer really does have a cool appearance, all creamy white at first practically, reverse cascading from a honeyed golden color which transitions upward into the white fluffy head. The head is white and lusciously silky, bubbles are ultra fine. It really is neat to see the nitro-pour effect in something that is more translucent than Guinness. The head remains firm through most of the drink and lacing films lightly at the sides.

The nose is almost 100% soft, sweet malts. Only the absolute faintest bitter twinge is apparent.

The taste is as soft and subtle as you’d expect. The nitro formed head creates a feathery effect that tickles your upper lip as you drink. Mouthfeel is lovely and creamy, unless you manage to miss sucking down some of the head in a gulp, then it feels dead. Sweet, malty and mild, any hops barely squeek out their presence. Not a whole lot to be said here taste wise, for me this beer relies more on appearance and feel than flavor.

I’m on the fence about this one, generally not my ideal of something I’d enjoy, but I could see myself having a craving for this if I wanted something soft, light, and INSANELY quaffable.

Photo of shapudding
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with very light carbination. Pours with that lovely Guinness like nitro pour that you just have to admire the glass. Thick ring of head that was about 1/8 inch when it sat there. Nitro tap so it comes out sooo nice and creamy and smooth tasting.... yum. Very balanced in flavor. Great bitterness, but not overly done. Hoppy, yet not too much. It is just such a great drinking beer. One you know you are safe with anywhere and anytime of the year.

Photo of Ellbert
2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very clear, alsmost watery looking golden with no carbonation bubbles floating at all. The head is beautifully thick with very tiny bubbles. Very creamy.

Smell: There are hints of sweetness, corn like sweetness that is found in a budweiser. Other than that the nose is very clean. This is bad though, I really cannot get any other aromas out.

Taste: At first the taste is not there, the nitrogen kinda kills any flavor but finally some hops come through. They sneak up. After a few hops come up you can taste some sweetness. There is an annoying aftertaste. The taste isn't bad but it isn't great.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy. There is not harsh carbonation. I don't think nitrogen is what a pale ale needs.

Overall not a bad brew but there are many better ones out there.

Photo of granger10
2.05/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I just hate these nitro cans. The only beer that I have tasted that is better/good in the nitro can is youngs dc stout. Enough of my rant i just had to get that off my chest. The pour is nice with a golden hue and a creamy head that settles about an inch thick. I seriously can't smell anything, the creamy head is blocking my sniffing abilities. The taste is also nothing. The nitro can has a way of blocking the actual taste of the beer. The creamy head is sticking to my mouth blocking all other tastes. Maybe a slight dextrin sweet taste at the back of my mouth. This beer also seems flat in my mouth, i dont get any carbonation when tasting it (i have no idea why this is). This is essentially brown water.

Photo of TerryW
2.14/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A typical nito-can display when poured. Substantial, long-lived and creamy soft head.

Smell is gentle with what strikes me as a whiff of Juicy Fruit gum (?!) in there.

Undistinguished gentle taste. Some bitterness that lingers for a bit, but otherwise quite unremarkable.

Everything about this beer is soft. No. Not soft. Whimpy. Utterly limp. This is a beer that can't be bothered – so neither can I. I pass.

Photo of DESTRO
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out thick and hearty with that fat nitro head. loods pretty good. the aroma is faint, very light hops and a somewhat boring "beer smell". in the mouth it is creamy and smooth, the head is frothy and it goes down easily. flavor wise it is weak, not terribly so, but pretty blah. faint malt here, very light hops there and all with an odd/off metallic taste. not bad but not good either. it is drinkable though, if there isnt anything better around.

Photo of canoehornpoint
4.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep darker yellow with thick creamy off-white head. Mildly sweet-malty aroma curbed by some neutral hops. Malty and creamy and rounded with some noble hops. Starts with medium body and finishes a bit fuller. I enjoy these as an easy drinking beer, primarily when there is nothing else "hoppy" available.

Photo of tar
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The nitro can results in an attractive "active" pour as there is a nice cascade of bubbles. Once all the action has died down, a very light golden beer is left with the standard sharp white "collar" of a nitro beer. A very mild, grassy aroma comes forth. Creamy, mild taste with a virtually non-existent finish, and an almost absence of hops. Not terrible tasting, but it certainly lacks most of the flavors present in the beers I really like. Very smooth and creamy (mostly from the nitro can) and as a result its easy to drink one of these. Overall, rather unimpressive, not a bad beer, but certainly far from spectacular, and one I'm unlikely to try again.

Photo of dauss
4.01/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on nitro-tap in England at this fine pub. It was served mildly chilled so it wasn't very cold. The head was very creamy and
thick, just like guinness. It also had just a tiny bit of carbonation just like guinness. I think of it as a light guinness. It's not quite as thick and pours a hazy golden color with a white head. It definitely had some bitterness to it. Just so similar to guinness I have nothing else to compare it too.

Photo of RootedFool
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One pint nitro can purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Popped the tab and foam orgasmically erupted. I found my glass right away and dumped it in. Solid gold body with a water-fall-in-reverse of bright white foam. The head is utterly dense, barely a bubble spotted, bright white.

The nose is honey drizzled freshly cut grass, light and reserved.

Can't help but notice the mouthfeel first, creamy as can be and with that firm pillow of a head sinking across my upper-lip, ah! The taste is one extended undertone, it's that restrained -- begins with a quick nudge of bitterness, levels out into a watery honey sweetness, and closes on a softly blunt bitter tone like a shred or two of boiled lemon zest. Dry.

No carbonation to speak of.

Hey, it's a gorgeous beer. I wish it tasted as good as it looks, very drinkable nevertheless.

Photo of Gruntlumber
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer really looks like it was poured from a bar tap...great body. Boddingtons is so unique for being a light-looking golden beer that pours like an Irish stout; those widget things work well. Moving past the appearence, this is a very mild tasting brew. Not much smell to speak of, but while swallowing it feels like a Beamish or Murphys thanks once again to the nitrogen blast. Slightly sweet, this a good smooth drinking session brew that pairs great with spicey food.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cracked the top of this nitro-can and it sprayed everywhere. Pours brilliantly clear to a light copper color with a creamy white head. It leaves nice lace-work when sipped down. The aroma is of caramel malts, fruits..like apples, and a bit buttery. The flavor has a light caramel, diacetyl taste, with a bit of fruit. It is very light in body and smooth drinking. A definite session brew.

Sampled 12/30/03

Photo of fdrich29
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint widget can.

What a beautiful pour. Golden orange on the bottom, carbination bubbling up to the $5 milk shake head ("I dont know if it was worth $5, but it was f'ing good"). Head kept its thickness and presence for a week and a half. Thick, rich full taste that doesn't overstay its welcome. Weak smell of hops and smooth creamy flow over the lips and past the gums. An old favorite, I've often heard of it as "Guinness Lite" and "White Guinness". This is extremely easy to drink, suitable for marathon nights of putting back the wet stuff or just enjoying with dinner. Not a bad run of the mill brew.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro can – Poured a golden brew with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet with some malts coming through. Taste is very light but similar to Kilkenney or Guiness in a nitro can. This is not a bad beer just a good session beer. Probably won’t try that again since there is a lot more interesting session beer out there.

Photo of Foxman
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a rather clear gold, with a tight and creamy single finger of white head that settles but retains nicely. The cascading effect is fetching. There's a fair amount of delicate lacing on the glass.

The aroma delivers a thin, light malt sweetness, along with undercurrents of toffee and butterscotch. A slight hops bitterness rounds out the finish.

The flavor brings the same thin, light malt sweetness to bear, along with the caramel and butterscoth I expect. There's also a biscuity presence shortly after the first wave. A creamy mild fruit character slides into the middle, mitigated by a burgeoning rounded hops presence. The finish is dominated by a slow fading bitter hops memory.

It's light bodied, but the distinct creamy feel fills the mouth warmly. There's a genuine lingering hops glow at the finish.

If only it tasted and smelled as good as it looks, or even as good as it feels in the mouth, it would be more well-rounded. As it is, it's all over the board, with the assets lessened by the almost-liabilities. I enjoyed it overall, but it's just so inconsistent in its various components. One has to love that creamy mouthfeel, but it doesn't overcome the thin aroma and flavor. It is indeed drinkable, because the basic consituents and mild ABV lend themselves to easy consumption. But I just can't get past the ups and downs to justify drinking this over something I know I'd enjoy more, or at least something new I want to try. Oh well, so it goes.

Photo of shirfan
2.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The nitro can imparts a beautiful pour and a fine-bubbled one-finger head which sticks around. This tops a clear, dark golden fluid devoid of any but the mildest leafy aroma.

Chilled, this is very bland. As it warms, a bit of flavor comes through; mild leafy hops and a sharply metallic finish...similar to licking an anodized watering pail. There are a few earthy malt tones to be had as well, but overall, too thin.

They have some canoes in Britain too, apparently.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a nice thick head. Cool cascading effect (I love that).

Smells sweet, slightly crisp, a bit of a metallic scent.

Very full body, very smooth, touch of sweetness but not excessive. Slight buttery elements, weak bitterness. No other flavor really jumps out.

Not a particularly flavorful brew, but I could definitely drink several of these. Worth a try.

Photo of mschofield
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber, the nitro produces rings of khaki and white as it settles down, a creamy white three finger head tops it off. Once the nitro ends, the body stays crystal clear with small streams of carbonation rising. Nitro may be a gimic but the appearance is nice.
Fruity, butterscotch, biscuity malt, and lighty toasted malt aroma.
Biscuity taste, butter, toffee, grassy, and mild citrus rind bitterness.
Light bodied and smooth, a mild session beer, seemed even lower in ABV than 4.7. Nothing too special, but a quality beer.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 16oz nitro can.

Pours a pale clear copper with the familiar nitro cascade. Has an off-white and creamy head. Smell is lightly bitter.

Taste is a bit thin but creamy. A nice hoppy finish as it warms. But overall pretty plain. Very drinkable and smooth but nothing special.

Photo of watermelonman
2.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The can popped with a gargle, and poured to a lovely golden color. It's got the Guinness-like bubble waterfall going on. Once that clears, it leaves a nice head that lasts for the duration of the pint. This is definitely one of the best-looking beers I've had recently.

Unfortunately, the smell and taste don't quite live up to the precedent set by the beer's appearance. It smells potent, but it isn't. The flavor is decent but nothing exciting.

A decent beer overall, but that look was just too much to live up to.

Photo of palma
4.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dense golden/copper color body with a rich and creamy looking head. Light malt aroma with bready notes. A very mellow tasting brew with a sweet malty taste throughout and just enough bitterness in the end. Bready/biscuity aftertaste. Though this beer is light tasting, the mouthfeel is creamy and thick and has a low carbonation. This pairing of a light taste with a heavy mouthfeel adds to the beers complexity and makes it very enjoyable. Also surprisingly refreshing despite the thick and creamy mouthfeel. You can really pound these either on a hot summer day or during a cold night at the pub. A great session beer anytime.

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