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Boddingtons Pub Ale - Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,293 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 2,293
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 22
Gots: 133 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2001)
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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

wrightst, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

Billolick, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of tempest
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kelly Coles in Syracuse

It was happy hour and I figured this would be a better way to try this beer than buying a 4 pack. Golden color with a nice white head and retention. Almost no smell, and what there was just reminded me of stale bread. Taste was very light with a hint of earthy hops. Couldn't make out any grain, but at least it was inoffensive and washed down my food.

tempest, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow with a cascading carbonation that seems to fall down to the bottom of the glass, similar to Guiness. Creamy, frothy white head leaves a slight lacing around the glass. Nose is almost non-existent. Taste is corn and a slight malt presence. No hops detected.

barleywinefiend, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of duceswild
2/5  rDev -37.1%

duceswild, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The ale is a clear, yellow color, with a finger's worth of head.

S: The aroma is primarily the a creamy lactose-like aroma that comes from the head. There are a bit of malts, but not a lot.

T: The ale is an inoffensive brew. providing a bit of malty nuttiness and some earthy hops. Neither come in significant quanitities and neither over- nor underwhelm the tastebuds.

M: The creaminess of the head makes for a decent first impression but there isn't a lot of depth after that.

D: I'd have a few as the lower abv and the decent taste make it a good one to have when you are having a few.

akorsak, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -5.7%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz can from Bradley's Fine Spirits in Tustin, on to the beer:

You can expect to get a thick, creamy head, the cascading effect, and darker yellowish body. Smell is a little weird; metallic, grainy, and a light esters. To my surprise, this was not very tasty. It fact, it reminded me of a creamy, nitro-infused Budweiser. I think the creamy head had more taste than the beer itself. The very smooth mouthfeel is forgiving and keeps my interest. Although the beer is a bit boring, I could actually see myself having one of these from time to time; it's quite sessionable.

DoubleJ, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz nitro can into Philadelphia Flyers/Bud Light pint glass. I've never had this before.

A loud blow from the nitro can, Pub Ale pours semi thick looking with a orange amber glaze. After the cascade action a nice ivory/white head stood above the liquid leaving window covering lace. Small clear bubbles sticking to the glass within the beer, quite odd.

The nose ain't the nicest. Besides the pale malt and faint caramel, there is this musty odor that reminds me of, well how do I put this lightly, old people. Other than that there is a small nuttiness.

The taste fares better with a nice blast of English malts including pale and a mix of caramel and a miniscule amount of dark fruit. There is some nuts and a small amount of butter, but nothing extreme.

Feel is good coming from the nitro can, I'll have to try this on tap one day and see any differences. Smooth and creamy with a medium build and light/subtle carb. While I liked this, I won't be going out of my way for it, I'll hit it up at my local pub/dive. good beer.

BARFLYB, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nostalgic beer, as it has served as breakfast food for a few memorable camping trips with my wife.

A: The appearance is really fabulous. The beer is transparent and pale yellow, with pockets of carbonation bubbles throughout. The head is a gorgeous, white froth that lingers indefinitely.

S: Aromas are of fruits, pale malts. Overall, the beer doesn't emit a big scent, but what's there is ok.

T: The flavor of the beer is straightforward and simple. There isn't a lot going on, but I don't find the beer to be offensive either. It's malty with a sweet flavor that lingers on the tongue for several seconds after each sip.

M: The feel is definitely set up for success by the nitro-can. Smooth and creamy. The beer is thin to medium bodied.

D: Overall, an ok beer. While I wouldn't necessarily seek it out, I often select it when at a pub offering little to no craft beer options.

Huhzubendah, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Zorro
2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours good-looking darkish gold ale with a really thick head on it.

Smells really fruity and malty.

Taste is mild and full. This has a fruity taste and a mild maltiness and slight hops finish. Really might be better classified as a Mild Ale.

Mouthfeel is ok

Very drinkable if you want some thing light.

Zorro, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Golden hue with a nice thick white head. Smells of citrus, hops and perhaps a bit of malt.

Tastes creamy, citrus, some spice. A bit too creamy for my taste, however, Felt like it coated my tongue, throat and stomach. If the taste had less citrus I would drink more.
worth a try.

Mebuzzard, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -5.7%

mdaschaf, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the nitro can into a nonic pint glass.

Nitro pour, brings a cascading giant crowd of bubbles, eventually rising and slowing to a 2 inch super creamy nitrous light tan head with maybe some orange hues picked up from the body. Body color is a real nice crystal clear copper orange, but no visible rising carbonation.

Nose is grainy. Clean. A sense of dried barley and a kind of bitterness that doesn't seem to come from hops. Not really that impressive or intriguing, not off putting though.

Palate fills with a large creamy mouthfeel. Unfortunately there isn't any flavor, it just feels and tastes like thick plain styrofoam. Aftertaste is where all the flavor is strangely. Some grainy qualities matching the nose, but a real metallic lingering bitterness and finish. Some very faint caramel hides in the back with some sweetness, but there's an off putting dry bitter and metal grainy character that I can't get away from. Slightly tinny.

Overall it's drinkable but really not that enjoyable, and it tastes cheap. Much better ones out there than this.

smakawhat, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of biegaman
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nitro-cans have a flair for the dramatic and even this otherwise conventional looking beer has a terribly grandiose unfolding. After that, however, the clear, toasty golden liquid reveals a pedestrian appearance, despite that its head is big and flamboyant enough for old ladies in Atlanta to wear to church.

The aroma features soft, honeyed malts and a light floral tint, but smells unmistakably like spilled, stale beer. Its only saving grace are the minor traces of sweetness and earthy, English hops. I prefer the smell to the taste but have not made a habit of keeping my nose in the glass.

Only in a world where tastebuds are dead could this be considered worth drinking. The ale becomes borderline off-putting as that impression of stale beer washes over the palate. It tastes somewhat grainy and has a strong note of corn bread. It wouldn't be fair to call it 'foul' but the urge is there.

The texture is starchy in the mouth but turns remarkably watery on the finish. In hindsight it resembles a cloying, light swill lager (and even has the lingering shot of corn syrup to boot). In fact, I think the widget helps hide the fact that this is ostensibly just that: a pedestrian beer made from poor quality ingredients.

Boddingtons is part of my effort to review the least interesting beer ever, and I may have succeeded. It's something that even a turn of the century librarian would find too bland. I can't imagine a situation in which I'd willingly want to drink this beer; unless you're the type to be distracted by cat toys, you'll likely feel the same.

biegaman, Dec 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger creamy head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light malt and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt and a grassy hop. Very pilsner like.

The mouthfeel was full due to the nitro.

Overall a tasty ale. Not great but easily drinkable.

plaid75, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of tdm168
2.08/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - light copper with a half of an inch of pure white, soft, dense, creamy, head that has great retention

S - grainy, faintly musty, a bit sweet

T - sweet, corn, grains, metallic, apples

M - light bodied, thin, little carbonation

Everything about this beer is pretty solid...except how it tastes and smells! It's metallic and off putting, sweet and grainy, thin and watery. This a very poor example of the style. Ignore!

tdm168, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of chinchill
2.42/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured from can into 20oz. glass beer mug.

A. impressive, light tan creamy head extended nearly to the bottom of the glass! Head reduces to 1 finger in about 3 minutes (at least if one starts sipping before then), leaving a light amber colored ale, with bubbling still on inside surfaces of glass.

S. slightly metallic and not very attractive

T. Light with very subtle hops. Disappointing given the fine appearance, but better than the aroma indicates. Creamy head is nice while it lasts.

M. nicely effervescent; creamy.

D. see taste and smell comments.

chinchill, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a vividly clear honey-orange with a compact, creamy eggshell white head that hung around for the entire drink.

S: very light flowery hopping and not much else. Clean , neutral per style.

T: light with some sour malting and floral hopping. Really clean and basic overall with very light and subtle sour fruit coming through in the finish.

M: smooth, light, with a soft carbonation. Rather unexciting and didn't miss it on the swallow.

D: While it is easy to consume it comes off rather to basic and I would probably tire easily of this one in session. Good I guess for slugging them back at the local pub and turning your brain off while you drink.

beerthulhu, May 07, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

sendbeer, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Viggo
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow, thick big creamy white head forms, laces well and sticks around. Smell is honey, vanilla, citrus and dirty socks. Taste is honey and vanilla, little bit of citrus and floral. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with low carbonation. Not too bad, better fresh.

Viggo, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

People pay that much for this stuff? Pours nowhere near as impressive as Guinness, a poopy brown looking early homebrew type of beer. Smell, notes of harsh tea and toffee. Taste, more of the same, thin, anti hop beer.

Leaves nothing for mouthfeel, but is drinkable in an unintentional way, as a good tea substitute if you let it warm up a bit.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nitro can picked up tonight at the COOP... poured into a big ole English Pint glass.. beautiful long lasting off white head atop a polished golden brew.

Aromas are mild English pale malts and some lesser earthy hops.. a little yeasty fruitiness.

Very balanced flavor... low bitterness/definitely balanced toward the pale malts and some background caramel.... middle of the road yeasty fruitiness but more than the nose.. grassy hoppiness is there, but just enough to balance.

Body is light with the expected creaminess ... I don't like nitro beers too much, and I don't personally believe the nitrogen does anything to help the flavor or aromas.

3.75/3.25/3.5/3.25/3.25

JohnGalt1, Jan 28, 2013
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