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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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1,087 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,087
Hads: 2,616
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 31.66%
Wants: 42
Gots: 329 | FT: 0
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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

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Photo of indysamra
4.04/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons Bitter

The Cream of Manchester....

No matter how poor you pour this one, it always manages to settle with a perfect head.

Boddingtons has been enjoyed by beer drinkers in England for more than 200 years, and is well known for its creamy head and smooth body. It is now sold in over 30 countries worldwide, and can be drunk on tap in places as far afield as New Zealand and Hong Kong. Boddingtons is positioned as a premium import in its overseas markets, and this sector has seen rapid growth in the last ten years, as drinkers are keen to experiment with different beer styles and tastes, and often drink beers they remember from places they have traveled to.

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Photo of pezoids
4.04/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this beer in awhile. I don't often enjoy beer from cans, but this was a good experience. I love the pour of this beer. Ultra-creamy with a massive and dense white head which lasted throughout the pint. The color was a pleasing and clear pale gold. There was a nice hop bite that was more noticable than the body of this beer. Despite that, a decent session beer for me with a unique appearance.


Another 4 pack that I couldn't resist. I just crave these nitros once in a blue moon. The can system works for me and i've upgraded a few things on these samples - taste and smell. Tha Appearance is always perfect. Love the slight sour-lemony finish and the light buttery body.

Always a special treat!

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Photo of JamesHenjum
4.05/5  rDev +27%
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.

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Photo of portajon
4.05/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

behold...Boddingtons Ale, the finest drink. our band, The Ill Mayhem, loves this beer for post session sessions. this beer is a great pub ale, you can pour it as fast and hard as you like, and the beer cascades out to a foamy half inch head which maintains for the duration. the frothy head also has a creamy or marshmellowy swseetness, if you decided to down it as well. the ill mayhem loves this beer, we endorse it, and would like to be sponsored by it. Our bass player, Rootin Tootin Rasputin has been quoted as saying " Boddingtons Pub Ale is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" from his treetop perch. The first time i bought Boddingtons, the old man at the liquor store declared "that is the SMOOTHEST beer ive EVER had." cheers bro

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Photo of funkengruven
4.06/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice and smooth pub ale that goes down wonderfuly after a long day at work. It Pours into a glass somewhat resembling a pint of Caffereys or Kilkenny but slightly lighter in color, certainly nice to look at. Smell is nothing special, but it does taste quite good, slightly bitter with a delicate caramel-esque aftertaste. Mouthfeel is interesting, the foam is very thick and creamy and that makes for an interesting feeling in the mouth. This beer is very very drinkable, nothing offensive in this beer at all and i would definitely reccomend this one.

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Photo of TAMU99
4.07/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

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Photo of Stosh
4.07/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I liked this beer more than most of the reviewers here. But I had the unusual opportunity, out of pure chance, to try this beer twice in two days - once on tap, once in the nitro can. I liked the beer much, much better on tap. The nitro can is good, but I feel these nitro cans are more of a gimmick than a way to provide a better beer experience. The beer from the nitro can is pretty to watch, as the head goes through it's progression. The beer from the tap isn't as pretty, but for me tasted much better. How a beer looks is far, far less important to me than how it tastes.

I like hoppy beers, and while the tap version of the Boddingtons wasn't quite as bitter and hoppy as my favorites, it had enough of a bite to make it interesting. It went well with the food I had, also. The nitro can version seemed far less tasty. Very drinkable, but not as much flavor and hop bite as the tap version.

Bottom line - don't give up on this beer if you only try it in the nitro cans. The tap version is like a whole different beer, and you are likely to enjoy it much more, if you like this style of beer.

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Photo of Mumps
4.07/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Over all a good beer. When poured into the glass, has a Guinness like cascade, turning into a very nice golden hue with a think creamy head. A beautiful sweet smell. Both smell and taste have hints of honey. Very smooth.

Makes a fantastic Black and Tan when used with a Guinness nitro can.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this common brew on tap (nitro). As expected it arrived with a huge super creamy head which dissolved into a smaller creamy head. This brew is all about the mouthfeel. velvet in a glass. Malty nose, sweet malt center. Notes of honey, vanilla, flowers. tasty stuff. Mildly hoppped. Super pleasant summer quaffer.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my fall back beers. I cannot believe I have not reviewed this yet; I guess it got lost. Having this beer on tap, it's almost like a light Guiness. I do love the Nitro, even though it does not add anything to the actual taste of the beer, it does make it creamy, and it does look terrific. It is so smooth with some buttery/ nut flavor that invites you to drink more of it. This is a great beer to drink at all times, all year round. It is also a good beer to give to someone who is just beginning their venture into the world of real beer.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This beer has 4.7% ABV and sports an aerator ball inside to improve quality pours. It’s an English Pale Ale from the UK and is exquisite.

Look-The clarity is significant and the color is a honey-golden yellow. The smoothness makes one sort of expect it to be a darker brew, but instead you get a honey-yellow that glints in the sun. This one pours well even when you don’t do it vigorously. One can see layers of cascading and settling carbonation producing the beautiful one to two finger thick Nitro head. The head is softer than Egyptian silk and has the most amazing consistency. The lacing does not exist, but in a good way. Most beers produce layers of lacing in the form of circular rings, but this one creates the most amazing comprehensive layer that cakes the entire glass! It’s like fresh snow on Christmas morning!

Smell-It smells subtle and has vague aromas of vanilla, roasted oatmeal, Vermont syrup, and some honey malts. There are zero hops in the smell and taste and this is by design.

Taste-The taste is exceptional, yet muted (and so it should be with this pint can). It is also reminiscent of a crème soda in terms of the vanilla, toasted grains, and spices. I also pick up plentiful biscuit and English yeast.

Mouthfeel-This is the king of smooth and creamy beers. It is so smooth that it makes silk seem like sandpaper (if I can stretch this hyperbole so far)! It’s creamy and rich as well as smooth and with a fine sweet coating on the tongue that lingers. The carbonation is subtle to complement the creamy flavors and textures.

Overall-Like I said, this beer is one of a kind. It comes in 4-packs of pint cans and the aerator ball definitely adds some novelty as well as quality to this brew. So, if its lower ABV might deter you from grabbing a delicious 4-pack of these pints, then just remember that if you cash all four in a sitting, you’ll be feeling mighty toasty and satisfied. Cheers!

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Photo of Urk1127
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nitro can poured into glass. Thick, cascading carbonation. Settled to an almost 2 finger head. Smelled dry and malty. Malty, dry, not much hop if any noticeable. Creamy, but medium feel not heavy but not watery, no carbonation. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can with a widget into a pint glass. I've had this many times before, and it's always consistent. Creamy foam on top of pale golden liquid, it looks really tasty. It is too, very creamy and addictive.

Best widget beer I've tried. Recommended.

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Photo of jdmorgan
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had Boddingtons both out of a nitro-can and nitro-keg, and I've enjoyed it both times. The beer pours with a beautiful swirling cascade that slowly builds to a solid, pale-gold brew on the bottom of the glass and a thick, creamy head on the top.

The aroma has some hop florals to it and a bit of malt as well. It's rather light all-around. The taste has an immediate medium hop and malt flavor that has the characteristic nitrogen sheet to it. It's not too weak, but not too strong either in any of its taste departments. The mouthfeel is a light nitrogenation with a medium/thick creamy taste that is very smooth and enjoyable.

This beer is an all around great draught that can be quaffed by the pint in a good pub or at home. In many other beers I would consider the nitro aspect to be a negative factor, but the easy drinkability of Boddingtons captures the essence of a lighter pub draught in my mind. If I want a good bitter or pale ale, I'll get one. If I want an easy drink that quenches the thirst and palate, I'll order a Boddingtons.

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Photo of BUD
4.11/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.11/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just love boddingtons on nitro tap. Clear straw with a creamy white head and mild carbonation. Very easy to drink with a soft silken mouthfeel. Soft hay notes, apricots, mild bitterness and low ABV, I could drink this all night. It's not a flavor bomb nor is it supposed to be. It's a very sessionable English pale, and in that, it succeeds in droves.

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Photo of TravelingBeerMug
4.12/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After watching the ferocious air bubbles from the nitro can subside, I observed a rich golden color that is not quite copper, but looked similar to some lagers I have seen. The head is creamy and tan. The smell is a hardly noticible sweet English-type scent. Though the flavor is quite watered down, I really liked it and it tastes like pure malt. Very mild, sweet, and flat. This beer is very easy to drink and I could probably chug these all night. It would be best to balance this one out with something more bitter because it really does drink like water.

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Photo of palma
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
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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Photo of canoehornpoint
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

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Photo of mclanem
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: looks good with a nice orange color, The carbonation goes down when you pour. just looks great.

Smell: A nice clean smell no to strong litely roasted malt

Taste: Light roasted malt, clean hop finish not to bitter, not that strong but very clean.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I expected it to be. good carbonation.

Drinkability: I like this beer it is very clean tating especially from a can I would love to try this on nitro tap.

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Photo of StargherKing
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tried this in a nitro-can. I still don't have the Guinness "perfect pour" down, but these Boddingtons cans makes it a cinch. Pours completely head, settles over the course of 2-3 minutes to a 1/4 inch, very creamy, very sturdy head. Almost pure white in color. The beer itself is a golden, coppery color. Mostly clear, just the slightest hint of opacity. Smell is malty, hoppy, smells very much like an ale. Taste is very similar to the scent, though the unbelievably creamy mouthfeel tricks the mind into sensing more maltiness than is probably there. The mouthfeel is amazing, rich like cream, and amazingly thick for an ale. The drinkability is good. I'm personally not a huge fan of ales in general, so it's not quite my favorite, but the mouthfeel really brings it together quite a bit. I'm sure for an ale lover this would be a must-have.

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Photo of ipogios
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
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

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Photo of FreddDread
4.14/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

20 pints of Boddingtons every Friday night...

I've been helplessly in love with this brew since working in Warrington for a summer back in the early 90s. Always my first choice if an establishment carries it. The golden color is amazing and the low carbonation sweet taste is just wonderful to me. Man I wish I had a pint or 10 right now!

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Photo of JoshuaC
4.14/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.15/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good pub ale, this is one of my favorites. While out of the nitro can Boddington's is not bad, but the tap is so much better. This is one brew that is appealing in color, aroma, and flavor and, if you can find it at your local haunt, goes with any type of pub grub, from hot to sweet, to whatever.

Truly a classic.


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