Boddingtons Pub Ale
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I

Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
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From:
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #209
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
74
Ranked #29,853
Avg:
3.2 | pDev: 20.31%
Reviews:
1,227
Ratings:
1,838
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 20, 2022
Added:
Oct 20, 2001
Wants:
  54
Gots:
  522
SCORE
74
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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
Notes: Boddingtons Pub Ale is a higher ABV version of Boddingtons Bitter brewed for Export Markets.

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.

Boddingtons is a refreshing, smooth beer renowned for its golden colour, full-bodied flavour and malty, moreish taste with smooth, tight creamy head.
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a nitro Pint can best by December 2022

On the pour a super fine 1.5 finger nitro head formed woth a relatively quick cascade to a crystal clear light golden amber with very light carbonation.

Aroma is a bit funky but mostly sweet and malty. This funk i haven't smelled before and I actually enjoy it a bit. Quite earthy but mostly clean and malty.

Taste is quite simple but quaffable. Once again earthy, but in a sweet creamy way. There is a good bit of esters here but for the most part it works with the beer. Not the cleanest thing ever bit for my tastes this is pretty unique.

Feel is light yet creamy, with the traditional low carbonation of a nitro beer, however there is a bit of co2 bite here. Despite the thicker creamy nitro head the body has a bit of a drying sensation. Finish is average.

Overall to the American palate at leas this is a pretty unique beer. I understand this is brewed at a budweiser factory in Britain, but hey compared to actual bud and basically any macro AAL this is worlds ahead. Fullers is obviously better but I've never actually tasted anything like this before.
Sep 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by sickonine from Spain

Sep 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
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Rated by mpk2020 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From can
Jul 30, 2022
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Reviewed by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
OMG. I've said it too many times, this beer fucking stinks. On rye. What else would you like to discuss? The PATHETIC state of craft beer these days? And this is, an, enjoyed, beer, in England? Really? No offense, guys, but this beer FUCKING STINKS. Review? Annoying, waste of time, nitro. Pale, ugly, no aroma, no flavor, no mouthfeel. Overall, if i could give it an zero, I would.
Jul 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by Beecham from California

Jul 06, 2022
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Rated by Terrysbmw from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I am a very hoppy West coast IPA drinker but I have always really enjoyed a refreshing, down to earth Boddington's Pub Ale.
Jul 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.1 by JustinTheJuice from Wisconsin

Jun 12, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Clear, pale gold appearance with a large white head and good lacing. Aroma of juicy fruit gum. Thin, plain, watery palate without any depth. Creamy, slightly sweet mouthfeel but there is a metallic twinge that is a distraction.
May 26, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.8 by eluvah from New York

Apr 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Sept. 2004: 1 pint can with nitro widget. Some of the smoothest stuff you can pour from a can. Perhaps not too much character, but I like it anyhow. Easily accessible even in Norway, a lot better than most of the stuff we get here.
Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
"Best by September 2022"; drank 3/24/22 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small off-white head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Creamed corn, wheat & faint old book notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Creamed corn flavor; it's simple, has a nice mouthfeel but isn't overly memorable.

Decent enough.
Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5
16oz pour at Olde Brick House in Rochester, MN

Absolutely beautiful amber-gold with a nice velvety cap of foam. Smells crisp and hoppy for a lager. Smooth drink, very easy to drink, mildly bitter and sweet with a very laid-back character

Thanks budweiser
Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Don't see these as often, used to be ubiquitous back in the day. Nice light malty flavors, and easy drinking. Will re-review this when found relatively fresh.
Mar 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.11 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Feb 14, 2022
 
Rated: 2.75 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Feb 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.09 by jbexphys from Maryland

Dec 10, 2021
 
 
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Sep 19, 2021
 
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Sep 04, 2021
 
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Beautiful crystal clear honey colored beer, an amazing nitro creamy off white head. This has better retention than other nitro beers and better lacing. The head is just sticking to the whole glass as I drink it down.

The aroma is fresh baked bread, I also want to say it reminds me of unsweetened tea along with some fruity aromas.

Taste much follows the nose, bread, tea but with a little bit more sweetness than I expect based on the nose. That sweetness is very honey like to me but it still has the same fruity notes from the aroma as well.

The mouthfeel is light but full and creamy. This beer goes down very smooth and drinks very nicely. I could easily drink two of these in one sitting. There is a low bitterness but I have to seek it out to find it.
Aug 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.4 by TwoBeers from Washington

Jul 17, 2021
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Reviewed by SMDEE from Louisiana

2.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Appearance - Into a tankard, it poured a medium amber color, slightly murky, with a thin, one-finger, off-white head that clung to the glass well.
Smell - Funky yeast aroma with a slight dank hops scent. Not a whole lot going on.
Taste - Minimal malt sweetness with a mild bitterness. Maybe a very slight touch of cloves but not much else. Zero complexity, a basic one-note example. Finishes with a thin hops flavor that hangs around a while.
Mouthfeel - Feels as thin as it tastes. Only moderate carbonation which is surprising considering the pressurized canister in the can. Nothing objectionable but nothing endearing, either.
Overall - This review is based off the one and only tasting of Boddington’s. There is nothing to hate but nothing to love about it. It is overly mild in every way which left me wanting more of something…anything.
Jul 11, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Jun 23, 2021
 
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Jun 21, 2021
 
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Jun 19, 2021
 
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Rated: 3.25 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jun 18, 2021
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.56/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
One pint can stamped JAN2022 poured into a nonic pint glass at just above fridge temp 4.6% ABV. The beer pours bright light amber in color with creamy off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap of tight bubbles. The aroma is faint with just a hint of orchard fruit and malt. The taste is semisweet pale malt, with a hint of caramel / toasted character and little bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with typical nitro feel and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, good. Do not drink too cold or it has no taste at all...
Jun 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Jun 10, 2021
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Reviewed by GrandpaMiltysMalts from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16 oz can w/ Nitro/draught system. Beautiful head, great lacing.
Looks a deeper gold than you might expect. Smell is biscuit & banana.
Taste is fairly understated, which is great because you can enjoy the creamy feel. Can't work out the hops - feel they could really improve this with a hops tweak but can't put my finger on how. I enjoy this beer every so often, and you could pound a few, but i get a bit of a tinny aftertaste.
The taste is also a tad binary - warms up to a more genuine pub style from the initial cold attributes. I'll keep buying it and drinking it.
May 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.87 by Rhetion from Florida

Apr 27, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
16oz can. Stamped on can bottom is best by date of 'SEP2021'. Has the DRAUGHTFLOW SYSTEM widget.
Clear, deep gold colored body. Widget provides a cascade effect upon pouring. Results in a thick white cap. Leaves interrupted sheet of lacing on the nondrinking side.
Aroma is green apple sweet.
Taste is green apple and toasted malt. Continues in the aftertaste.
Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Good carbonation. Rather quiet in the mouth.
Solid pub ale that can be a choice for a session beer. Provides enough smell and flavor that is more than water, and provides a "quiet" beer that does lead to gassiness or excessive burping.
Mar 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.64 by nbrown2844 from Ohio

Mar 24, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
16 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Crystal clear medium amber color. White head had very good retention and left nice lacing.

S---Mild malts & light floral notes.

T---Something seems to be missing. Floral malts follow from the nose, but it just tastes a bit watery.

F---Creamy as advertised. Medium body. Feels a little flat, which is odd, b/c they make a big point of the nitro thingy in the can.

O---Disappointed.
Mar 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.24 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela

Mar 04, 2021
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
The rattle lets you know that this is a nitrogenated beer, going for the simulated cask feel. (Or, as AB-Inbev calls it, the DRAUGHTFLOW® SYSTEM).

Appearance is crystal clear golden amber with an almost still appearance (very sparse tiny bubbles once the nitro settles) beneath a typical nitro head - dense, white, thick and very, very long-lasting. It leaves peaked lacking behind after you tip to drink.

Aroma is subdued, faint even, but has elements of biscuit, sweetness (honey), and fruit.

Taste, like the aroma, is subdued, but has the expected flavors of an English pale ale. Biscuit, grassy, ripe fruit, honey, perhaps a touch of caramel. It takes some concentration (and perhaps imagination) to parse all those flavors out. But, it is surprisingly enjoyable as your basic English beer. There is a mild bittering that starts in the middle and carries through to the aftertaste. The aftertaste bitterness does tend to grow a bit as you drink, but it remains smooth and mild.

Feel is thin and smooth, which is, I suppose what they were going for with the nitro (sorry, DRAUGHTFLOW® SYSTEM). It does a passable imitation of the cask feel in that it is smooth and not carbonated without feeling flat. Quite similar to Guinness, in fact.

Overall, a beer to enjoy when you just want something that is not too challenging and is just pleasant. It could use a bit more complexity, though, if you were going to make an evening of these.
Mar 01, 2021
Boddingtons Pub Ale from Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 3065 ratings