Boddingtons Pub Ale
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I

Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #454
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
74
Ranked #48,429
Avg:
3.22 | pDev: 20.19%
Reviews:
1,202
Ratings:
3,003
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Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
 
England, United Kingdom
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Year-round
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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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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a thick off white head wants it settles out.

Smells slightly of sweet malt and bitter herb hops.

Taste is dominated by a creamy mouth feel. Super drinkable and not bad, but not great either.

Yesterday at 02:05 PM
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hk117 from Hong Kong

3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml can - creamy attractive head with a silky mouth feel thanks to the nitrogen widget, which I consider as a one of the smartest invention for beers like Boddingtons, Guinness, Tetley's etc.

Mildly sweet and almost bland when it comes to flavour. This canned beer is almost all about the smooth drinking experience imo

Yesterday at 01:52 PM
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mpavilion from California

3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Smooth and creamy (as it says on the Nitro Pint tin), and malty-sweet. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but otherwise it presents as almost more cream soda than beer. Exceptionally easy-drinking, but the appeal diminishes (and taste worstens) as the glass warms to room temperature. Not bad for a few pints, but I wouldn’t go off a cliff in a double-decker bus to try it again.

Aug 02, 2020
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faraday326 from California

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours nice from the can with the crazy contraption. Aroma is weak with just a hint of sweetness. The taste is creamy from the bubbles (from the contraption) and malty with a hoppy harshness that’s makes it feel a bit unbalanced. Still pretty drinkable.

Jun 19, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boddingtons Pub Ale pours an amber color, with a massive, long lasting, lacing head. Very picturesque. Aroma is rich, sweet with hints of vanilla. Flavor is dry, sweet, but not too sweet. Creamy, and a little watery. Overall, its a very nice beer, not overpowering, a bit of the sweet side.

May 23, 2020
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pub nitro can poured into imperial pint glass. BB 5/2020.

L - Pours a clear amber color with cascading layers that leave a thick, creamy white head and generous lacing. Hate to compare but it looks like an amber/blonde Guinness.

S - Bready malt, graham cracker, banana, cereal grain, honey

T - Follows the nose with malty sweetness throughout, very little hop presence, biscuit/cracker/savory

F - Smooth, creamy, light-to-medium bodied with virtually no carbonation. Soft, thin, and watery.

O - The creamy smoothness sells this beer. There isn’t one characteristic that’s overpowering, and the malty sweetness and low carbonation make this very drinkable. English Ales aren’t my top choice but this is a nice, on-occasion beer.

May 20, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

3.49/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not going to be my favorite beer for sure (actually I’m kind of surprised why it got an “okay” rating in the first place...) Maybe because I don’t really fancy English Bitters or the like? I promised myself I won’t drink another Bitter again, but here we go...
Well, let’s see. The beer smells quite hoppy and nice, but that’s kind of it. It does live up to what the can says about being creamy and smooth - thanks to the “widget,” that little plastic ball inside, that helps you get rid of all carbonation, which eventually makes the beer feel “dead,” lacking almost all carbonation. It has an ever so slight fuzz but it is very weak and I don’t like my beer feel like still water.
Speaking of water, the beer tastes like water too, more or less. It tastes like beer diluted with water. It is very thin, and all you have left is some very watery bitterness. Well, where I come from, they sell such beer dirt cheap, for the above-mentioned reason.
I like bitterness but I need taste to the beer. And I delinitely don’t mind if the beer has some body to it too. The only beer I can accept being slightly on the thin side is a Czech lezák of 10 or so degrees - but because those beers are hoppy to an extent you can enjoy even when it’s watery. I also like English beers, but proper ones, not this one. This one is just mediocre, sorry.

May 03, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is mild bread, yeast, malt, pear, earthy
Taste follows the aroma for the most part with it being just a bit sour and bitter. Bitterness lingers long after
Light carbonation and there is an odd creamy feel but overall it came off thing

Apr 22, 2020
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pkalix from California

2.21/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

creaminess - 5! but below that creaminess lies a dead, wet fish... pub ale indeed! i remember having this on draught years ago at the dart pub and thought it tasted better than this, but what did i know back then in my infancy? so beautiful on top though! so UNremarkable otherwise and i think i prefer american crap over this any day.... why the honeybees on the can, though? i guess it's easy to drink. back in the day when i was smoking Camel Filters might just be why it tasted so good? and, of course, the crystal? all night dart-a-thons!!!!!

Apr 06, 2020
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JoeMurphy

4.28/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance—goldenish/amber, mostly clear; frothy, mostly white head with wonderful lacing.

Aroma—light malt, some yeast, banana, cream.

Taste—Creamy. Wet grain or something, almost like hay—I’m not crazy about that aspect. A little banana. Something similar to what Elephant Peanuts marshmallow candies taste like. A little earthiness. Fairly mild flavor. I’d like the flavor more if it weren’t for the wet dankness in the background.

Medium-thick creamy mouthfeel and finish.

Mar 12, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden, medium-brown (clear) color with a massive nitro white head. Looks like a cream soda. SRM of 11-12. (4.00

Aroma: Vague aromas of cherry, redfruit, bread and cream. Touch of caramel. (3.75)

Flavor: Creamy & soft. Lots of cherry cola flavor. Yet, clean and dry. (3.50)

Feel: Soft, creamy, and light. Smooth and not crisp due to the nitro, but creamy. Dry. Feel is similar to a Guinness. (4.00)

Compared to Smithwick's Irish Red 3/11/20: Pours a much lighter color with a larger head. More red fruit and cherry aromas flavor. Strong aroma. Less root beer. Overall, smoother and more clean.

Overall: Like a Guinness, the mouthfeel is what delicately completes this beer. The flavor is just nice and tame vague cherry, cream, cola. The feel, fresh out of the can is watery, but the nitro makes it soft and settle smoothly. Don't let it settle too long though. Settled too long and it becomes flat and flavorless cola. (Final Rating: 3.57)

Mar 11, 2020
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lush finger's firth of cloud-like froth... Color is a light to medium copper with loads of carbonation bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass... The is a mix of buttered biscuit and noble hops... The palate is of cereal grains and noble hops... Feel is light to medium bodied... Exceedingly smooth and quaffable... Simple, straight forward a pleasant to drink...

Mar 07, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very, very creamy looking light creamy amber color, with a big white fluffy head, and lots of lacing. Despite how it tastes, it certainly looks fantastic.

This doesn't really smell like anything, maybe some breadiness and tea, but not much.

This is similarly purely texture-based, and doesn't taste like much of anything. It mainly just tastes creamy, with some pale and light maltiness.

This is exceptionally creamy, but that nitro-ing hides how actually thin and watery it really is. It's very drinkable.

This is a certified classic, but it's also not very good.

Mar 02, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Boddington's Pub Ale is a beer steeped in rich history as one of the more well-known distributed bitters on the market today. Not entirely sure where the BA website comes up with Boddington's not being produced or sold anymore, as I am always able to buy it and it has been misinforming people for a while now - regardless, this is a classic English bitter style nitro-infused canned beer. Now a product of AB-InBev this brews web presence has diminished outside UnTapped and BA and other rating sites, but the product is still being freshly produced, but not too sure for how long.

Pouring an off white rich dark golden color with a solid settling, at least after a heavy-handed aggressive pour, leaves a drinker with fingers size retaining the laced head once everything has settled.

The smell for me was a bit, creamed carbonation.

As for the taste, you are hit with a few good and bad flavors, the first pint I did not experience a tin taste but I got a lot of it from the second can. Regardless of that, you are hit with sweet barely notes upfront, an unreal smoothness from the nitrogen, and a very very light tingle of hops. There is a rich sweetness that settles in the end but mainly Fuggle (?) hop variety, white bread, cream are the notes I get in addition to the barely.

To be honest, I think this may be one of the smoothest things you can buy in a can that is not a stout. I see a lot of crafted beer here and in many cases, this is one of the best, affordable, sessionable ales you can drink.

Feb 26, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.51/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can best by 8/11/2020, purchased 2/15/2020, tasted 2/16/2020.

Dark gold color with a thick, creamy white head. Laces like any other nitro can beer.

Aroma is very grainy, but there is something sweet in there (maybe caramel?).

Taste follows the nose - grainy, a bit sweet, but with a bit of added bitter and floral notes. There is a creamy characteristic as well.

Feel - very light bodied and smooth. Finish is creamy and dry.

Overall, not magnificent but still quite enjoyable.

I read below that the brewery is closed now. I wish I could have had the opportunity to try it on draught in the UK, but I am still glad I got to taste it before the last batches went bad. Give it a go if you get the chance.

Feb 17, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BB date 29 Oct 2020

Translucent deep gold initially, eventually becoming clear, with moderate fine white head that leaves 1" of spotty lacing .

Smell is biscuity grain, with a little sweet apple , and some caramel notes after the head starts to settle.

Taste is lightly toasted bread crust , with very slight caramel flavor , and some apple candy and floral notes on the finish. Slight bitterness throughout.

Feel is light ,smooth, just on the edge of watery, with very,very fine, soft carbonation.

Overall, not bad. Didn't realize when I bought it that the brewery is closed. Glad I got to try it. Seems as though whatever remains out there should be good for awhile yet.

Feb 06, 2020
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BrucehQ0983 from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I like this beer, despite it having the character of a nitro PBR. Not a huge fan , but good mouthfeel, slight citrus on the finish. Overall a good beer!

Jan 22, 2020
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zoowatcher

4.02/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good creamy beer that can be enjoyed on a cool rainy day or a warm summer afternoon. You enjoy it for its smooth creamy taste but what it has for mouth feel it is a tad lackluster in flavor. Have enjoyed in the UK from the pub and here in the states in can and tap.

Jan 20, 2020
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DW78715816 from Kansas

3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Has a nice creamy feel but very mild. It's a nice beer but nothing exceptional and I question why it's so readily available considering all the options available. Having said that for some reason every few years I buy a 4 pack.

Dec 31, 2019
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Blaylockr

2.69/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Love the creamy texture and strong banana esters. I prefer full bodied beers, though.

My daughter gave the following review (she's not a beer drinker LOL)

Smell: Smells like a Smencil (smelly pencil)

Taste: Like a fruity foamy hospital wipey with notes of earwax in the background.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and then watery.

Dec 19, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I dig the classic looking can artwork, great use of color. The nitro can poured a copper colored beer with a thick white head of foam. The taste is easy going along with some grains, cracker, faint honey, citrus, & banana, slight bitter sting on the finish. It's a tad watery & this beer also has a little bit of a metallic taste probably coming from how long it was in the can for. All in all, this beer exceeded my expectations because I've had worst British Pale Ales in the past. The can artwork lead me to believe that I would be tasting some honey which I didn't but oh well. Cheers! B-

Nov 24, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Braced for mediocrity, this beer turned out pleasantly surprising... Smooth and mild, soft and pillowy, with fresh grain and chewy bread, maybe a suggestion of nuts, barley, and cracker... The feel is really incredible - a creamy wet grain mash, with a bit of bitterness and grain chew on the finish...

Best by canning date of May 2020...

Nov 10, 2019
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BT98

3.34/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at the recommendation of a friend. Poured from a pint can to a standard pint glass.

Look: This is one of this beer's strong points. It is a gorgeous golden straw color in the glass with a big bleached white head. Looks like the beer you see in commercials. Gets a 5.

Smell: Smell is fine. Slightly sweet with hints of malt. Not much more, though this alone is pretty pleasant. 3.5 overall.

Taste: In one word, fine. Very mild with hints of malt similar to the nose of the beer. Very inoffensive and pleasant, but lands somewhere between watery and somewhat bland. This may be a good stepping stone for macro lager drinkers. For those more experienced it leaves a lot to be desired. 2.5

Feel: This is another strong point to this beer. The mouth feel is great, albeit missing carbonation nearly entirely. Exceptionally creamy, that "pressurized insert" works wonders. The only reason this doesn't get a 5 is because for me, it was almost too creamy. 4.5.

Overall: Sits at around a 3.5. Definitely worth a try, but I don't see myself stocking the fridge with boddingtons. The neutral taste is a turn off for me. That being said, the remainder of the experience was pleasant and I would recommend this to anyone either just getting in to beer drinking or those trying to transition from the big brands to something slightly different.

Nov 06, 2019
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marcablanc96 from Missouri

2.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've heard it's much better on draught. Unfortunately, living in the midwestern US, I bought a 4-pack of pint cans, and boy it was a mistake. I like the creaminess of the beer's head, like a pale Guinness, but there is not much taste or feel to speak of. Very watery, hardly a hint of maltiness even. I mostly taste the aluminum of the can, which reviewers below have picked up on. It's surprising how Boddington's is able to make a beer that looks so full, but tastes so empty.

Sep 25, 2019
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BoydOnKildare

4.04/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Used to Buy it underage in College, 'The Gent' reviewed it best, see his below.
"Overall: This beer is so mild. Someone once described it as a blonde Guinness and I think that’s a fair description. At 4.6% it makes for a fine session ale, but there are other options with much more flavor."
-The Gent-
So SO True and honestly it's like a blonde Guinness nad the carbonation is lacking but it reminds me of the ale that would come out of a wooden cask in Birmingham and slide over to coal dust-covered workin man, one of may to come. There's a romantic tradition in the pub ales that are low on carbonation, and don't exactly pop no matter how cold, but it's the classic pint the mother country employed to keep the industrial revolution, revolutioning!

Sep 19, 2019
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