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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: 2,620
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 31.66%
Wants: 43
Gots: 329 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Kezway
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not a strong-tasting beer, nor is it high in alcohol content. But if you want a beer that's easy to drink and tastes good with some fish & chips, or a burger and fries, this is a good choice.

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Photo of scotorum
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can remember drinking this once or twice in England years ago. So for nostalgia's sake I bought some here.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a; Clear copper with a fizzy white head which became more dense and returned to a finger thickness thanks apparently to a nitro widget loose in the can. This dissipated slowly to thick even surface foam and some patchy lacing.

s: Caramel malt and floral notes.

t: Followed the nose but with cloying sweetness which occasionally resembled some sort of bathroom disinfectant, at other times floral perfume. Later it mellowed out somewhat to a mild caramel malt-dominated flavor, but not-entirely-pleasant floral notes persisted.

m: Light to medium, ok body, some nitro carbonation tingle but later went pretty flat.

o; Not your father's English pub ale, or even yours when younger. More like an attempt to lure the Bud-Miller-Coors crowd with sweetness. Dunno if this includes corn or rice but would not be surprised. Have seen the fourpacks going for as little as $6. Now I understand why.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The foamy and creamy head is quite impressive on this one. After that it's kind of downhill. A very slight malt aroma. There is a slight malt taste along with a mild bitter hop finish. However, beyond that it's quite watery and bland. Decent drinkable light and creamy feel but nothing impressive.
I got this out of pure curiosity and now I'm not sure why. I doubt I will get again unless I'm in an actual pub in England.

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Photo of djalexjahn
4.24/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good ale. Would choose this over most pilsners at a bar. Semi brownish color with hints of nuts & cream. Very smooth finish on draft. Easy drinkin beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Irish tulip glass.

Look: Clear honey golden body after the cascading effect which leaves a tight foamy light cream colored head. Lacing is thick and patchy.

Aroma: Sweet creamy caramel, honey, light grassiness. Smells like a sweet taffy candy.

Taste: Metallic, sterile, almost a band-aid sort of note? Still faint honey in the finish. A crazy bubblegum aftertaste!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very gassy.

Overall: This beer is all over the place. It smells so much better than it tastes, which is weird. I remember liking this beer a whole lot more before I got into craft. But honestly, I think it was brewed better back then, too.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

A: best attribute, pale to medium amber

S: decent

T: average, a bit alcoholic, just a bit though

M: is this water?

O: appearance and smell were great. The taste and feel? awful. I was tricked.

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Photo of bareju
2.04/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not sure why people drink this. Pretty and creamy, but has a distinct taste that I associate with cheap beer, and got worse as it warmed up a little bit. Couldn't finish it. Creaminess caused it to be heavier than rice lager alternatives so it's not even much good as an ice cold binge drinking beer.

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Photo of shillzor
2.42/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I had a random can of this in my fridge for months, and figured I'd drink it tonight to make some room for other beers. When I popped the top, it exploded all over my table. Not a good start.

Appearance: Starts off with a nice head, with bubbles streaming up the glass. Settles down to a single-finger of flat, white foam. Translucent, bronze color.

Aroma: Not picking up much on the nose. Hints of citric hops.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front, and then...nothing. A bit like weak lemon water.

Mouthfeel: It's extremely smooth, but doesn't make up for the non-existent flavor.

Overall: I'd take this over a Bud, Miller, or Coors, but that's about it. It's not bad, it just isn't good. At all.

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Photo of barczar
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is buttery and toffee-like, with soft floral notes. Flavor reveals fruity undertones that I don't recall being there in the past. Seems oxidized. There's a bit of cardboard. Body is thin. Moderately bitter finish. Metallic notes surface late, and this is draft...

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Photo of teromous
2.64/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a can with a nitro widget.

Appearance: When pouring it has this neat appearance where bubbles swirl all around the inside of the glass. I'm guessing it's from the nitro widget. The body is transparent and amber with a thick creamy white head.

Aroma: There is a medium strength spicy hop aroma. It's nice smelling.

Taste: Extremely watered down when it comes to flavor. It has this extremely mellow bread flavor and a very light herbal tea hop flavor, but it's very light. It tastes like somebody mixed half a pint of ale with half a pint of water.

Mouthfeel: Well it is extremely drinkable, because it's a lot like drinking water but much smoother. There is a very light bite from the hops.

Overall: Pass on this. It looks great, smells good, and is very drinkable...but it just doesn't have any flavor at all! I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of JimKal
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the way this one looks as its poured fron the nitro can. Big head that dissipates slowly to finally settle to a half inch head that stays to the end. You do get a creamy mouthfeel with this one that is nice bet there is no visible carbonation. There was, for me, no detectable hop bitterness. There is a different taste to this that some seem to not enjoy but that I just found to be unusual. A mild low abv choice that pairs well with a lot of food styles.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Format: a tall, yellow can that is half-way decent. Okay I guess, just very macro. A bit cheap-looking.

Appearance: a clear yellow colour with limited visible carbonation. A half-finger of creamy white sits on top and lasts the distance. Decent.

Aroma: a fairly light aroma of fruit, florals and some sweet malts.

Taste: some more of those buttery sweet malts with floral and fruits. A nice flavour profile but very flat.

Aftertaste: the malts and some florals on the aftertaste, but still quite flat.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a lower carbonation. Needs more carbonation, as many British beers seem to do.

Overall: an okay English Bitter, but certainly too flat in feel for my liking. I'd really enjoy trying this one on tap instead of from the bottle. Nonetheless, decent for AU$83 for a 24 x 440mL case.

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Photo of LexingtonBeer
4.51/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I seem to keep coming back to this one. Definitely better draft than in the can. Smooth taste and very creamy head. Easy to knock lots of these back at the pub.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.56/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth style and very light. Easy on the taste and easy to drink. Cool and refreshing for a quick "light and easy" party beer or summer refresher on the pond!

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Photo of Jayjangle
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, fairly easy to find and satisfying. Has a nice smoothness to it with almost no carbonation, and a mellow flavor. Not very hoppy; however it has strong citrus tones to it. Nice pale, yellow head, with a moderate alcohol content. Pairs well with light fish (tilapia, trout, catfish, halibut, etc.) and cold sandwiches.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Boddingtons is unique because of its mouth-feel. Especially out of the pub can with widget (think Guinness). The best way I can describe the feel is velvety, definitely nitro-ish. The taste is very much like what you'd expect. Not too impressive, standard pub fare. Easy to drink. I would recommend trying it based purely on the unique combination of mouth-feel and taste. Cheers!

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Photo of wejohnsn
2/5  rDev -37.3%

Pours a nice burnt orange and gold color with a little cloudiness and a nice off-white head. Smell is exactly as noted above. Very intense citrus and pine hops. Tastes of citrus and fairly hoppy, but not overbearing, perfect for all night drinking. Light mouthfeel that goes down smooth and almost creamy. A very yummy brew!

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Photo of The_Murph
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

Boddingtons is an excellent ale. Mellow hops and a creamy body make it light, yet with plenty of flavor. One can detect a little bit of toffee, a slight sour note, and slightly bitter finish (somewhat like the skunky flavor of Heineken). This flurry of flavor combined with low carbonation makes them go down fast. My only complaint is that they only come in 4 packs!

For more on this beer and others check out http://joyofconsumption.com/

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass

A: on nitro so the initial pour looks beautiful but when it clears it's pretty straight forward clear straw colored laced the glass nicely as a nitro beer should

S: very mild smells up front crackery and bready

T: this hits your tongue and the taste is very muted then you swallow and you pick up some toasted breads and maybe a touch of Carmel

M: I do not like nitro beers much if gives them a flat feel to me but this was creamy, like most beers of this style tend to be

O: while I wouldn't drive to the bar to get this one, I was surprised by the nice finish on the beer other than that the beer is fairly forgettable.

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Photo of FLima
2.84/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Amber color with a thick thin head that keeps a constant plate.
Tangy fruity aroma with notes of papaya.
Similarly, sweet fruity flavor with notes of papaya, cinnamon, maybe nuts, some corn and a floral hint.
Rather creamy body with mild carbonation. A bit watery when carbonation runs down.
Not sure I would call it the fair Guinness. It is a bit overly sweet and lacks complexity.

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Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev -6%

Nitro can. Bread with faint herbal, woody hops and mild fruit with a hint of caramel.
Creamy white 1" foam cap floats atop a brilliant amber column.
Light malt flavors suggest nuttiness, a hint of fruit with a slight tartness and dryness on the finish.
Creamy smooth with a medium light body, medium low carbonation with a slight astringency on the finish.
Not exceptional but pleasant and drinkable without much that stands out.

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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 mthomp081
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Appropriately poured into a pint glass. Beautiful cascading. Super thick and creamy head. Beer is between golden and amber. Very subtle malt characters and sweet caramel aromas. Very smooth and creamy, not too much taste but I actually really like this. It's extremely drinkable. The start with the creamy head is nicely complimented with a watery/smooth finish.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

16oz Nitro can with no date poured into an imperial pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear honey yellow with 1 finger of nitro head

Smell: Some grainy aroma when first poured but once the nitrogen settles, theres little smell with a slight metallic aroma

Taste: Slight malt sweetness but overall really bland with a macro feel

Mouthfeel: Creaminess from the nitro

Overall: Other than the nitro which is a nice gimmick, this is a very bland ale with not much going on.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.23/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

English Pale Ale. I wanted to try because I always had the American Pale Ale.

The smell of this is great. It's powerful, not too offensive. A little bit of sweetness.

The carbonation is good. I had about 1 finger of head that stays until you finish the glass. So I find it really nice.
About the taste it's really creamy. But on the finish I was really disappointed. When the texture of the creaminess is gone you have like that bang of corny taste.

Would I recommend it ? No, for my part I won't buy again. It's really special. But if you are in England you can still give it a try and see.

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Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
73 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.