Boddingtons Pub Ale
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I

Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
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Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
England, United Kingdom
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #199
Ranked #29,111
3.2 | pDev: 20.31%
Yesterday at 01:41 PM
Oct 20, 2001
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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Photo of milkshakebeersucks
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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.

Yesterday at 01:41 PM
3.8 by eluvah from New York on Apr 24, 2022
Photo of Sigmund
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

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
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"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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3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

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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3.84/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

Don't see these as often, used to be ubiquitous back in the day. Nice light malty flavors, and easy drinking.

Mar 03, 2022
3.11 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Feb 14, 2022
2.75 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire on Feb 13, 2022
3.09 by jbexphys from Maryland on Dec 10, 2021
4.12 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota on Sep 19, 2021
4 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut on Sep 04, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jonphisher from New Jersey

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
3.4 by TwoBeers from Washington on Jul 17, 2021
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2.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by SMDEE from Louisiana

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
5 by doctorgary from New York on Jun 23, 2021
3.31 by Daneve76 from Australia on Jun 21, 2021
3.78 by Danzifer from Ohio on Jun 19, 2021
2.18 by balizz on Jun 19, 2021
3.25 by JamesLeung from Florida on Jun 18, 2021
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3.56/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jkblr from Indiana

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
3.85 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Jun 10, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GrandpaMiltysMalts from Virginia

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
3.87 by Rhetion from Florida on Apr 27, 2021
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3.54/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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
3.64 by nbrown2844 from Ohio on Mar 24, 2021
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3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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.


Mar 23, 2021
3.24 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela on Mar 04, 2021
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3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by MNAle from Minnesota

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
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3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheBricenator from Oregon

Look: Semi-clear burnt orange once the lovely aerated pour settles and a big, billowing silky white head holds at 1 finger and refuses to settle
Aroma: British malts, light wafts of toffee, tons of fruity esters, and light floral hop notes as well
Taste: Bready and biscuit driven malt kicks it off as light jabs of toffee and caramel enter the mix. Waves of fruity esters enter, peak, and exit while light and slightly sweet floral notes continue throughout to a fruity, bready, and floral finish
Mouthfeel: Full, ridiculously smooth and silky throughout, medium to medium-low carbonation, and very soft on the finish
Overall: I dig it. A fine tasting British ale and the widget helps get it to be as close to a cask/real ale experience you can get from a packaged beer. Smooth, soft, very flavorful, especially with the subtle fruitiness present in ales that traditional forced carbonation really smothers. Solid and recommended

Feb 22, 2021
3.63 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Feb 21, 2021
3.7 by Dimpi from Massachusetts on Feb 15, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by TedHead from Illinois

Pours a standard translucent darker gold with a thick creamy head. This one has the most beautiful white nitro pour that settles very quickly. It smells like slightly sweet biscuity malt and hints of caramel malt with slightly floral and earthy aromas. The taste has a slightly biscuity taste up front with a very smooth hoppy slight bitterness. The feel on this one is buttery smooth. It's a slammer. Overall pretty good.

Feb 11, 2021
2.58 by MacStinson from Michigan on Feb 08, 2021
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3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by izraelc from New York

Pours clear gold. Creamy white foam. Classic English ale aroma. Not a lot of flavor. Almost tastes like water. I suspect I could drink many of these in succession. The creamy head is nice.

Jan 31, 2021
3.48 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB) on Jan 27, 2021
3.42 by Mustela_Man from Rhode Island on Jan 24, 2021
Boddingtons Pub Ale from Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
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