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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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2,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 12
Gots: 70 | 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 oline73


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white smooth nitro head. The smell is slightly sweet with some fruit and very mild toffee. The flavor is malty and quite fruity. Just a touch of bitterness, especially in the finish. The bosy could be a bit thocker. Nothing super special.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-02-2013 03:10:47 | More by oline73
Photo of mbusster88

New York

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very boring beer. Not to much going on with this pub ale, looks great as it pours, and settles, but soon after that it all goes bad. Taste is soft very week and somewhat of a sweet bread type of taste. Easy to drink but does not offer to much for the palate. Okay for a once and a while but not really something to get excited about.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-02-2010 14:02:27 | More by mbusster88
Photo of soju6


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the infamous "Widget" can.

A: Pours a clear deep golden color with a good creamy head and lots of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of grain and some malt. Not a lot going on here.

T: Flavor is also quite mild. Some grain with some sweetness and a bit of biscuit. Has a dry finish.

F: Light body, smooth and creamy.

O: Beer is quite tame even for an English Pale Ale. Nice for a change.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-30-2011 11:43:07 | More by soju6
Photo of herman77


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold almost orange-ish. Creamy off white/egg shell head. Decent amount of lacing. Cascading effect from the nitro, never gets old seeing that.

S: Nothing really here. Faint smell of grass/floral hop. Malt.

T: Pretty bland. Some bready malt that is balanced with a slight hop bitter/twangy finish.

M: Smooth, creamy from the nitro. Medium to light body, hardly any carbonation again from the nitro.

D: Pretty good from the lack of carbonation, low abv. Easy drinking.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-06-2010 23:26:17 | More by herman77
Photo of david131


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A perfectly clear dark yellow liquid with a beautiful white head. I love pouring a nitro-can. Leaves some good lacing.

S- Very light. Maybe some light honey and hops. Nothing all that special.

T- Some honey and corn. Has a distinctive British flavor to it.

M- Very smooth, almost flat tasting. But it still has a lot of flavor. The head keeps things somewhat creamy.

D- A pretty good beer. Nothing all that special, but would make a good sessionable beverage.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-28-2007 02:17:22 | More by david131
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent enough pub ale that mimics the Guinness nitro approach. Nicely decorated can contains the zealous mix that will cause the cascading head even before the pour. Cloudy amber coloration and a voluminous head of white cream is the appearance. Ample lacing. Smooth light taste with significant bitterness and a slight metallic edge. A bit too light on body and watery sense though there is a light cream sense. Starts stronger than it finishes.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-22-2003 18:40:11 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of justincolts


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had always seen this beer in countless liquor stores and always thought about picking one up, but never did until tonight. I just bought one and it came in the nitro can with the widget inside. I poured the can into a clear, clean beer glass.

A- From the pour, it produces a very light creamy head. The beer itself is very golden in color, and visually pleasing.

S- There was very little smell at all to be had or desired.

T- A very light, smooth taste.Somewhat sweet but no distinct flavoring.

M- Very smooth and creamy

D- Certainly could be worse, but for someone looking for a lot of varying aromas or flavors it doesn't have a whole lot to offer, yet nonetheless, I certainly found it drinkable and would have no problem drinking another.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-15-2007 02:21:04 | More by justincolts
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange colour with thick white head that doesn't dissipate and leaves a lot of lacing. Smells of mild floral hops with some fruity malt. Very dry flavour with a small amount of bitterness from the hops. Creamy mouthfeel. I used to drink this a lot a few years ago as I started to move to more flavourful beer. Still good enough to drink now, but it's just ok.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-30-2010 02:53:09 | More by kwjd
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tir na Nog at the Phoenix in Philly.

A - quite a lovely sight, like a pale gold Guinness with it's "falling" bubbles. Creamy white head that had decent lacing and retained to the very end.

S - pale malts, a touch of hops, grainy, bread, floral but low key

T - not bad but average at best. Lightly sweet corn, slight caramel malts, very faint hops in the finish. Banana?

M - despite it's less than great taste, it is pretty gentle on the palate. Creamy, smooth, light bodied, carbonation is medium and contributes much to its creaminess. Velvety.

D - quite the session beer. I would have gotten more but a Smithwick's called my name.

Overall - definitely not worth the $5/pint. If it was $3 then yes. A good session beer but that's about all it has going for it. Rather pay a few bucks more for Guinness... but then again, it's only Guinness Draught... no Extra Stout here...

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-04-2008 06:56:42 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of pmatz2


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Creamy and smooth - say's it all
One of the thickest creamiest heads I've ever experienced on a beer at least 2 fingers thick. Pours just like a Guinness. A very light amber color with a snow wight head

Taste - not much to it. I know smooth is not a taste but that's all there is to it. It is mild, not to sweet not very hoppy.

Smell - nothing jumps out at you,

Mouthfeel is good. goes down like water or should I say it goes down like mountain dew compared to coke.

I do enjoy this beer. Consider it a guilty pleasure, I takes the place of Guinness in the summer. I suggest this as the first step to get some one off bud, miller etc. onto real beer,

Serving type: nitro-can

07-16-2006 21:08:55 | More by pmatz2
Photo of clayrock81


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can't lie - drank some of this before pouring my pint glass. What poured out was a reddish brown hue that gave off a foamy, one-finger head and quickly died. Maybe because of the can there is a metallic/medicinal smell, but I picked up some light, airy hops and some faint heavy malts.
Went down smooth and medium-bodied, but there wasn't much of a discernable taste. Some bread and sweet malts and a little rough backbite from either roasted/coffee malt and some hop prickness, but still a tad bland. This isn't a bad beer, but I'd much rather have it on draft than out of the can.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-11-2008 19:56:14 | More by clayrock81
Photo of cbn


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours from the nitro-can with a thick creamy head and clear golden body.

I perceive very light aromas of lightly toasted malt, banana and honey sweetness with papery newsprint and earthy clay finish.

Very light flavors,slightly fruity(banana), bookish and grassy.

Somewhat watery and thin, yet smooth.

Refreshing on a hot day.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-16-2008 18:45:14 | More by cbn
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a 440ml nitro can of this from The Cricketers Pub at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort while on vacation last week...

Popping the can produced the distinct whooshing noise of the widget within followed by some foam spewing forth. This ale has a decent amber color, and is clear within once the nitro bubbles have sufficiently risen to the surface. The head is a lightly tanned hue, quite creamy and sticking all over the place. Nose is quite mild, with subtle bread notes and a hint of hops. Very light on the nostrils. The feel is quite smooth, velvety and creamy on the palate, with a near-to-medium body.

Flavor has a smidge of light sweetness to it, with a bit of toast as well. Hops are exceedingly light, with a some floral action going on. Has very mild, muted flavors as a general rule. A bit too light in everything but the smooth mouthfeel for me.


look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | drink: 3


Serving type: nitro-can

07-07-2008 16:49:01 | More by Bierman9
Photo of biggmike


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of these yesterday with lunch. Pours into a creamy head, very similar to a golden-colored Guinness. I really wanted to like this beer, but the flavor was slightly bland. Might have been too cold to bring out all the flavors, as most Americans don’t know that all beers are not best served ice-cold. Still, a very drinkable beer that I will give another try at a slightly less cold temperature.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-14-2007 19:22:35 | More by biggmike
Photo of DrewsBrews450

North Carolina

3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A- pale (pale ale duh!) love the way this beer looks 16oz can with the nitro widget. 2 finger head that clings to one side when drinking.

A- pale malts, butter, mineral water.

T- a smooth flat taste, metal bitter pale malt flavor, with a biscuit butter dash in the end.

M- smooth creamy flavor. best part of the beer is the nirto can that give it great mouthfeel.

O- this beer would problay fall flat if not for the nirto can. its pretty basic with a strange metal malt flavor most of ur bmc,ers would problay get turned off by. but i see what flavor this is here and for the style is pretty good.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-21-2013 03:15:23 | More by DrewsBrews450
Photo of mattffrost


3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear light copper bear with a nice foamy creamy white head. The nitrogen really adds to the appearance.

S: Smells like a typical Lager to me. Some spicey smells. Really a general beer smell to me.

T: I have to say the taste is average. A typical Lager taste to me. The head is creamy and nice tasting but the beer is uneventuful. I was expecting some bitterness but get none.

M: The creaminess of the head is the only nice thing for my mouth and senses I experiece.

D: Not my favorite beer to drink but a really easy beer to drink. Smooth but needs more to it.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-01-2008 01:27:16 | More by mattffrost
Photo of brewQ


3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the can with the widget ...
where do they brew this these days?

Some State side Brits I know used to swear by this brew.
Not sure it has survived changes in its life well.

A nice medium honey color with a thin but silky head. It coats the sides of my dimpled glass thoroughly.

Aroma is of slightly malty sweetness and not much else.

Taste is pleasant, slightly fruit- apple/pear. notes.

Finish is clean though somewhat flat.

That is what makes it a good session beer. Low carbonation and the fact that the body will not fill you up nor will the hops overwhelm (EPA).

Good, not stellar.

Serving type: can

01-17-2006 04:10:17 | More by brewQ
Photo of Southernbrew


3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-06-2004 21:05:40 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of kerouac


3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's a fairly nice, fairly flat, ale that is perfect on a warm/hot day (when served cold).

The flavor is mild, the taste is also mild, but, maybe it's just me, it's a great beer for a "session."

This is one beer that, while not up to certain people's hoppy standards, I keep coming back to again and again. It's like an affair with that plain looking mistress who satisfies, at a certain price point, like nobody else can.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-20-2014 05:51:16 | More by kerouac
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can with widget into a pint glass.

Body is brownish amber-orange in color topped by a creamy head from the nitro widget. No lacing. Earthy, light esters, and a slight metallic note characterize the aroma. The taste is similar, though some biscuity malts do come through in the flavor. Creamy on the palate, as one would expect from nitro. My main beef is that this beer is very one-dimensional in that the metallic yeast notes really overwhelm anything else that I can discern.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-15-2011 02:48:24 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of BBM

New York

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on nitro tap at Pleasure Island in Florida, in one of the few "Irish pub" style bars on the strip. The beer pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a big foamy white head. Think of it as a pale Guinness in terms of looks. Very nice looking. The aroma is faint, some mild hoppiness. Perhaps faint hints of fruit.

The taste is not overwhelming either. It is more bitter than anything, with a pretty strong aftertaste. There is a malt balance, but it's muted. It's not offensive, but it's not anything special either. Pretty average. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but the body is a bit thin. Overall this beer is nicer to look at than to drink. I don't know how many I would have of these, but I'm glad I tried it. It's worth at least that.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-09-2006 15:15:38 | More by BBM
Photo of gatornation


3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear golden /tan color with a HUGE head that settles to an almost blanket 11/2 inch crusty head the smell was thin hops and malt and spice its ok..the taste was to bitter for me it was on the metallic side with subdued malts spices and hop just not alot going on in this ale to keep my interest in drinking very often,,maybe with some fish and chips on a summer afternoon would be better

Serving type: nitro-can

10-31-2009 22:13:55 | More by gatornation
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber, big creamy nitro head settles in too quickly. Scent is very pale caramel malts, light nuttyness and some stale earthy and grassy hop notes. Taste has notable slightly stale earthy hop presence with mildly sweet and nutty caramel malts, faint fruityness. Medium bodied, nitro seems to settle out quickly. Solid, highly drinkable ale.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-17-2012 17:51:25 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Thorpe429


3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Pours a golden-copper color with a pretty big white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing, though not what I would expect from a hoppy style with nitro. Nose brings a bit of diacetyl along with some mild hops and a bit of bread crust. The taste is a bit of light bread and butter. Mouthfeel is low in carbonation on a low to medium body. Drinks fairly well. Goes down smooth though there's nothing too memorable about it.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-20-2011 02:04:00 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark yellow from the can into a glass. A nice head which leaves some lacing on the glass. Pleasant aroma, some hop scents and a bit of grainy malt, but nothing to write home about. Some sweet malt in the flavor with some very mild fruitiness and a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Again, nothing to write home about. Creamy mouthfeel thanks to the nitro cartridge in the can. Nothing really objectionable about this beer, just nothing too exciting either. This could make a decent session beer, but there are lots of ales out there with more interesting flavors.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-29-2007 23:30:10 | More by kwakwhore
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