Boddingtons Bitter
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I

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Bitter - English
Ranked #289
Ranked #49,825
2.95 | pDev: 23.39%
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
England, United Kingdom
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spycow from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Mar 10, 2013
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

1.96/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Grew up in Manchester and bought a can for old times sake. After all, I had reasonable success with a number of old British favourites (Fullers ESB, Spitfire, Old Speckled Hen, etc). Not this. Boddington’s distinctive bitterness is gone replaced by something bland and smoothed out. Admit it, this beer id s victim of big brewery acquisition, and brewing by accountants an marketers.

Jun 08, 2019
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1.2/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tried this not too long ago. It was dreadful. Enjoyed the looks. Nice copper(ish) colour with a pleasant looking head. What wasn’t pleasant was the taste. Almost a fake bitter taste and a banana after taste which I would’ve enjoyed was it not so watery. I advise to skip and get something better such as Landlord by Timothy Taylor’s or John Smiths.

Mar 05, 2020
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Jarod from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml nitro can

This beer poured a clear pale yellow color that was clear and fairly carbonated. The head that was produced was rather weak, it was off white in color, and even with the nitro can the head only lasted a moment before it fell to nothing, not even a ring on the edges. There was no lace present. The aroma that came from the glass was on the weak side as well. Aromas of light sweet malt, some floral hops and fruit were all that I could detect. The tastes that rolled over my tongue were much like the nose, weak. I tasted in the beginning a sweet malt and fruit (maybe a strawberry) and ended on the slight bitter side with floral hops. The aftertaste was faint; some bitter hops came through, but were not lasting. The body was light. Over all a light beer with decent flavors. Even though the flavors were weak, they were refreshing on the cruise in the hot sun. This beer is a decent session beer when in the hot sun and you don’t want anything heavy, but want a beer.

Dec 02, 2003
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Boto from Connecticut

3.19/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draught @ Flanagan’s Bermuda: This one pours a clear, light coppery color. There was a finger of a creamy, dense white head. It has a lighter aroma. Light caramel malts, some earthy and floral hops. Taste is good, but definitely on the lighter side. Malty, and a touch sweet. Some earthy and biscuit notes.

Aug 28, 2013
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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with an amber body and thick creamy head white head

Smell is dry and malty, with very little prominance of hoppy aromas

Taste is dry and bitter, although quite watery with very little body, this beer is easy to drink but there aint much to it besides the initial taste

Not a bad beer, but there isnt much too it, its just a bit bland

Mar 23, 2004
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is only available in the UK, its the weaker version of Boddington's Pub Ale. My brother got some for me on a recent visit.

This beer pours a pale saffron with a longlasting pancake of a head. The lace is nothing special for a nitro can. The aroma is weakish caramel with a wiff of herbal hops. The taste is heavy on the buttery diacytal with some caramel and slight amounts of hop bittering. The finish reveals some metallic zing. The mouthfeel is very thin and slick.

This is really one of the worst examples of a nitro can that Ive tried. They are normally pretty good (like Beamish stout, kilkenny, Guinness) This one is bland, its bigger brother Pub Ale is a lot better.

Jan 21, 2005
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Jul 14, 2013
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OronoChris from Maine

4.08/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brew.

I was pleasently surprised.

A standard English bitter, but nice drinking and tasty.

Good for a session or five.

Had a creamy taste and overall refreshing.

Nice long lasting head, and solid lace.

Nothing spectacular, however I highly recommend its simplicity.

It was much better off of cask than on tap as well.

Nov 15, 2004
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Salpta from South Carolina

3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Summery: Just a step up from the Guinness. I'm not a bitter fan, so my review may be a little lenient to that fact.

Appearance: Deap Cherry with a creamy and long lasting head. Head remained 1/4" thick over the 15 min it took to drink. Complete lace in areas.

Smell: Chocolate but quite faint. Had to cup the glass to detect.

Flavor: Nutty and bitter. Kind of a roasted flavor, even but nice.

M&D: Heavy in the mouth, but light for what i believe the style is. Not bad, but really reminds me of a Guinness clone.

Jun 12, 2004
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helloloser12345 from Northern Ireland

3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 440ml nitro can.

Pour: Pure white think foamy akin to that of most nitro cans, great retention and a medium amount of lacing.

Appearance: pale amber

Smell: Subtle sweet matly aroma.

Flavour: Quite thin and tasteless. Slight hint of hops. Initially sweet subsiding to leave a bitter note on the back of the throat.

Overall: Not too bad, I’ve tasted worse. Very refreshing and light

Dec 06, 2004
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charlatan from Scotland

2.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Oh dear! hadn't tried this during my seven years in the US because I remembered it not being much good when I was kid. only know do I realise that the beer widely available in the US is a different beer from the one widely available here.

This has a very light colour for a bitter. It looks more like a lager with the typical thick but unpleasantly dry looking nitro head. Smells creamy (creaminess was once its big selling point if I recall correctly) in a manner I am beginning to associate with pasteurisation (I'm not sure if that is right or not). Can pick out a little hoppiness if I concentrate.

The feel is nasty. This is flatter than most cask ales and without the attendant bonus in flavour. The silky head would offer a nice counterpoint to strong carbonation, but in the event it just compounds the issue.

It tastes bland in the extreme, vaguely bitter but with no points of interest to speak of at all.

Mar 09, 2006
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ILiveOffHops from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +35.6%

Aug 17, 2012
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +1.7%

Nov 27, 2011
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seanyfo from Scotland

2/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pint served in imperial pint glass at local Frankie & Benny's restuarant

A- Copper brown body, with 2 finger rocky cream head. Not much lacing, head reduces quickly to leave a crown.

S- Close to nothing, some faint roasted malt, not much else.

T- Very faint roasted malts again, no obvious hop content, all very bland and finish is too quick and watery.

M- Medium to low carbonation, thin body.

D- Bland, poor mass produced bitter, pass!

May 05, 2008
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.16/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a nice copper color with a thick, creamy, white, two-finger head. The head lingers and leaves soapy rings of lace.

S - The aroma is grassy and earthy. A light caramel nose, too.

T - It was sweet and malty with caramel and toffee flavors. It also had a mild bitter grassiness.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay brew. Very mild but quite drinkable.

Jun 13, 2008
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szmnnl99 from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Mar 25, 2012
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BlackHaddock from England

2.24/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

440ml can of 3.5% of blandness. Poured into a dimpled pint mug, it looked OK once the ‘widget’ had done its business, clear and golden with a creamy head on top.

Not anything to report on the aroma front at all.

To call this bland is unfair to bland stuff; this is just rubbish and although I’m sure the liquid in the can had been shown some hops and malts: they didn’t actually get to meet each other long enough before they were boiled to death and pasteurised. This is great pity because when this beer was formally brewed at the Strangways Brewery it was a lovely bitter, didn’t travel too well but in its heartland you couldn’t have asked for a better pint of cask bitter. It would appear JW Lees have contract brewed a really poor product (as I believe they now produce this liquid).

Cost me a pound at a works beer call, managed to drink it all, but would have trouble spending that much on such a brew again.

Nov 11, 2011
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An above-average brewski, if not outstanding. The dark brown color is eye-catching, as is the thick head - when first poured, there is a lot of cloudiness owing to the carbonation; the bubbles are tiny so the turbidity lasts for a little while. Even when it clears the head is still rich; it reminds me of the head on a well-poured Guinness except not as thick.

The flavor was not as heavy as I expected, but it is smooth with the kind of hoppy bitterness I expect from a good English ale. It is smooth and pleasant, and a good accompaniment to a meal.

Feb 28, 2007
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pkalix from California

3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Apr 27, 2013
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spointon from Illinois

3/5  rDev +1.7%

Jul 31, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark amber with a very small white head.
Restrained aroma but includes honey, toffee and faint herbal hops.
Similar flavours, very restrained, but a bit of honey and faint cardboard is noticeable.
Watery body. Needs more carbonation.
Boring but not unpleasant.

Aug 28, 2012
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gregcordle from Ohio

3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oct 12, 2015
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3/5  rDev +1.7%

Nov 22, 2011
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fullsweep from England

3.95/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had tried Boddington's pub ale when I lived in the States and highly enjoyed that. Bought the draught bitter after moving to the UK. This has a mellow, creamy taste that is hard not to enjoy. Nice creamy head that remains. It's amazing that beer from a can can taste this good. Only minor downside is the aftertaste is a bit too mellow. The beer tastes great on the tongue, but the finish is almost watery. Otherwise a great beer!

Dec 05, 2008
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