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 #48,901
Avg:
3.22 | pDev: 20.19%
Reviews:
1,207
Ratings:
3,011
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Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  50
Gots
  512
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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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the nitrogen widget, this is a beautiful beer: a medium, off-white, perfectly-creamy head that leaves thick, unyielding walls of lacing, perched atop a clear, deep-golden beer. The nose is malt-forward, an enticing blend of butterscotch and sweet caramel with light alcohol notes. On the palate, a lightly roasted malt backbone is the star, with hints of butterscotch and a slightly bitter hops presence that follows through to dominate the finish. As expected, the flavors feel muted due to the nitro, but not so much so that one feels cheated, especially as the nitrogen whips the medium body to such an exquisite velvety texture. This is an amazingly drinkable beer. (16 oz nitro can, 326 days after pkg.)

Jul 03, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.96/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I believe this is more of an English Blonde Ale, not a Pale Ale, so let's just keep that in mind guys, okay?

The pour on this is incredible. Foam gushing straight from the crack of the can, and as you pour it, the head oxygenates and stays steady at 1 finger. The color is a charming goldish blonde, with just a hint of opaque glassiness to it.

The aromas linger around bright fruits - apple and pear mainly, and a golden baked malt body, with a hint of wort and rye bread.

The flavor brings more of those apple notes out, with a surprisingly bright and crisp flavor profile. Floral, starchy malts marry with a pinch of hop to create balance, and it ends on what I imagine a humid British brewery's air would taste like. Some slight sour bitterness accompanies the profile...otherwise, nothing wrong here.

Feel is creamy thanks to the widget in the can, and mildly carbonated to keep it from getting stuck from its thickness. Semi dry parch at the end.

Overall I don't understand the complaining. This is a fabulous sessionable pub ale with all the right points. It's not the best beer in the world, but I'll gladly have another. Very decent.

Jul 26, 2016
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Michelleroo from Michigan

2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Has a great head retention! Smells banana-y, which is fun and yummy. But for me, flat is no bueno usually and it’s a bit thin in my mouth. It’s a decent ale, but I’m good with just this one.

Apr 22, 2018
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AfricanPete14 from South Africa

3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer lives up to its description and pours one of the finest heads and colors I have ever seen. A nice thick head with a darkish red/brown color. It has a strong caramel malt smell with grains. The taste is very malty with and a bitter aftertaste with a bread taste as well. The mouthfeel isn't that great however with it's weak carbonation.

Jul 13, 2016
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear golden color. The head is white, frothy, and quite thick when poured from the tap.
The nose is minimal.
The taste is a nice, crisp, bitter flavor, but it is also mellow. I know that sounds strange, but it's the best way I can describe it.
Moderate body.
A very well put together beer overall.

Aug 03, 2017
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PENISBEER from California

1.24/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My friend brought a 4 pack over to a very drunken game of pool, and really talked this stuff up.The can looked so inviting with its bright yellow color, and the name made me think it was going to taste something like that beer stuff in Harry Potter. It poured with a beautiful bubbly head and from across the room looked very appetizing. As I went over to claim my pint, I thought someone might have shit themselves, when suddenly I realized THE BEER SMELLED LIKE F**KING PUKE!!!! poured it down the drain and then poured wet cement down the drain to make sure it wouldn't come back up. Not sure if maybe they were just ancient stock from Publix or what, but oh god it was terrible...

Jul 14, 2012
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Jotora from Canada

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Know that rattle when you shake up a can of Boddingtons? That's a kid's tooth.

May 26, 2015
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

3.89/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a clear dark gold with a fine head that lingers. It pours a milky tan, and it's usually entertaining to watch it settle.

Smell is pleasant, but not complex. It's mostly honey, then there's banana and grain.

Taste is like a bitter banana bread, walnuts and all. There's not a whole lot else in substantial quantity, but it's plenty easy as a session beer. There's not a whole lot of depth, and the initial taste quickly fades to the grain component.

The feel is pretty mellow, probably due to the carbonation means.

A plenty adequate brew available seemingly everywhere.

Jun 18, 2016
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Lobina from Arizona

3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Watching this settle in the glass never gets old. A little on the sweet doughy side. Not quite chewy. Nothing real impressive but nothing offensive. Easy to drink and watch. Nothing wrong with that.

Jan 08, 2016
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

2.16/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from "draughtflow" (nitro) can into English pub glass

Look--Spectacular head and lacing--but "thin" looking--kind of like iced tea.

Aroma--Not offensive, but there isn't much. Fruity and floral, but lacking any balance from anything.

Taste--Creamy and smooth, and fairly sweet. Generally lacking in anything to offset it. No real malt, hop, or other notes to speak of. Again, not offensive, but not a winner either.

Feel--Creamy rather than carbonated. Rather thin. Sticky and cloying rather than crisp. Lacks a good finish, and as a result, isn't terribly refreshing or drinkable.

Overall--Not a drain pour, but not a repeat. Look elsewhere.

Jan 14, 2017
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Erik271 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is explosive when opened . Poured into a pint glass pretty fast and didn't overflow . Fun to watch the beer settle and form a rich and thick creamy head . Beer Has a light blonde color. Appearance looks delicious. I noticed a citrus lemon smell. Beer is malty and not much flavor. Slight bitter aftertaste . Bland. I usually get this beer once a year. Not a bad beer and not a good beer . Might be delicious to drop a shot in with its overall bland taste. Price is pretty cheap.

Feb 12, 2016
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BeckHardy from California

2.38/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I bought a four pack from a local bottle shop. They were fairly cheap. There was a code on the bottom of the can but no date. I'm guessing the date was in Julian. After chilling the cans for about three hours I carefully cracked one open and then using the 45 degree angle technique poured the contents into a nonic pint glass. Once settled the color was amber and a nice two finger thick head. The beer smelled of white bread crust but it was faint. Upon sipping it tasted smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet. A decent amount of lacing. The mouth feel was creamy, a little slick, but refreshing. Over all not a bad beer even if it is mass produced. I think they did a nice job with the can and widget. Normally I would have deducted for it being owned by Inbev but unlike Bass they did a nice job. I noticed The Bros said this beer was awful. Well they can go FUCK OFF. This is a good beer.

Feb 23, 2017
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bricology from California

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have to laugh at some of the negative reviews that Boddingtons has here. They mostly seem to treat it as if it somehow didn't measure up to their preferences or expectations to vastly *different types* of beers. That's as absurd as say, criticizing pinot noir for not being enough like sauternes (or Coke for not being enough like Sprite).

Folks, Boddingtons is a CREAM ALE. If you are criticizing it for not being hoppy enough, or not having enough carbonation, or being too sweet, or having a slightly funky farmyard aroma -- that can only be because you don't know jack shit about cream ales. That accounts for nearly every reviewer here that gave it less than 3 points.

Like I said: Boddingtons is a cream ale -- a type of ale that was favored by working men who wanted to nip down to the pub during lunch for something satisfying but not too alcoholic. It's supposed to be caramelly sweet, to have a creamy mouthfeel and a solid head, to have low discernible hops and low carbonation; that's the effect brewers were trying to achieve. The nitro capsule pretty well replicates the effect of a skilled publican aerating the ale into the glass.

Some criticism is deserved: the nitro capsule imparts a metallic tang that's unpleasant and overpowers the faint flavors and aromas of overripe banana, pecans, sourdough bread and perhaps a little chicory. And the nitro makes opening a can and decanting it a dangerous operation. But that's the price that must be paid for the mouthfeel the nitro imparts. Once it settles down, it's as pretty of a glass of ale as you could imagine. No, Boddy's is not as good as Narragansett's cream ale, but it's a hell of a lot easier to obtain, and much cheaper.

In short, on a cool autumn afternoon, I doubt very much that one could find a more drinkable and enjoyable cream ale available in any store in America for such a low price. Put aside your prejudices that every "good beer" must have the exact characteristics of Pliny the Elder and try to enjoy a distinctly British style of traditional workingman's ale on its own merits. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Jan 26, 2014
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Stephancaputa from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When this beer is poured out of it's can into a clear glass it is mesmerizing. The thick, fading head is fantastic! The head is sweet and ultra-creamy. Can't help but tp drink half of the beer in it's foam form. Once settled you can an enjoy a more typical pale ale. It has a slight bitterness, long lasting finish.

Sep 09, 2016
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D9sus4 from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had to post a review for this classic pub style English ale after reading the recent horrible reviews by a few people. First off, this is a nitro-pushed beer with a widget, which needs to be poured at a 45 degree angle straight into a pint glass in one pour. This may be what's confusing to some drinkers who may not like the taste or mouth feel of nitro-pushed beers?

I don't think InBev has changed the recipe for this ale since they acquired it, but it is being made in a different facility than formerly, and some in Britain feel that the quality has suffered a it.

Anyway, it's your basic light English pub ale that pours from a can to taste like it was poured from a tap. It's not a hop bomb like most ales are these days. It's an old fashioned typical English bitter. Also, the fact that you can't taste that it is 4.7% ABV isn't a bad thing. Some people prefer to taste the brew, not the alcohol. My favorite type of ale is a DIPA, but I prefer the brands that don't overwhelm the palate with high alcohol. Cheers!

Jun 21, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.52/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

DATE: March 5, 2017... OCCASION: first Sunday feast during the season of Lent... GLASSWARE: Hop Devil nonick... quite a spectacle straight from the can, with a cascading effervescence that roils up the glass that piles a thick, steady snow pack of white... body is honey amber, with the slightest traces of bubbles around... soft buttery notes begin the aroma... some malty traces, but tough to notice more... a dank, bar rag aroma lingers, which doesn't endear it... sips a creamy, understated body--almost light-bodied--that lingers on the teeth moderately... a thin maltiness finishes... some citrus hints--lemon grass, mostly--with apple, butter, and basement... maybe a bit better than the sum of its parts, as it encourages the next sip as a "pub" ale should, with mild bitterness and crushability, but not among the pub ales I would suggest or serve to others....

Mar 05, 2017
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srwhite1977 from Texas

3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint cam into a Weizen glass. I've done this pour many times and I'm always amazed at the head on this beer. Retains a solid 1" head for 5 minutes. For the first time, I've pinpointed that aroma I couldn't quite put my finger on. Banana bread, with slight notes of hops. Color is not too different from domestic (American) lagers; maybe a tad darker. Smooth and creamy on the tongue. Slightly bitter. Nice lacing. Still a quarter inch of head halfway through the pint. Overall, as you might've guessed, I think it's a pretty good beer if you're in the mood for something lighter than Guinness.

Oct 14, 2017
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briandschorr from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is one of my go to beers at the local pub. I actually enjoy the creamy feel that this beer offers. If you have not tried this you will notice a good head and some fairly decent lacing. You will most likely notice that the aroma is hops, butter and honey while the taste, at least for me, has strong toffee notes with a light caramel.

Aug 03, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into imperial pint glass, best before 4/2017. Pours clear orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and creamy off white head with incredible, retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense creamy lacing clings down the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, honey, light pear/apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, biscuit, honey, light pear/apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice English pale ale. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Sep 26, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i like boddingtons, and i dont care what anyone says about it. pours a nice nitro powered cream color from the can, but it does its thing much faster than a guinness, with the whole cascade process lasting just a few seconds. it settles into a nice honey colored liquid with an inch or so of foamy white head. the nose is pretty basic, and frankly quite bland. some english pale malts and thats about it. flavor is light and balanced, low alcohol, and perfect for sessioning. kind of tastes like a pancake. love the mouthfeel on this the most, it foesnt have much carbonation, almost like a cask pour, except that its cold. its real smooth and milky in texture. i could drink these all day. i know its nothing too exciting in terms of flavor, but its a classic beer in my world.

Oct 24, 2012
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is one of the clearest ales that I have ever seen. It’s light orange and sheer as glass. The nice white foamy head never did go down all the way. This one looks terrific.

Smell – This has a rather light floral and citrus aroma without much of a malt balance. It smells like a session beer.

Taste – The taste doesn’t quite measure up to the aroma. There’s a bit of grass that invades the citrus and floral hopping, and the weak malt base doesn’t help. It’s not that it tastes bad, just a little too single-minded.

Mouthfeel – This ale is thin and extremely smooth, verifying my earlier assumption that it would make a great session ale. The feel on the mouth is light and puffy.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this one, although I’ve never had the opportunity to knock back a few Pale Ales in England proper. Maybe it doesn’t compare – but for the time being and keeping this one on my list of “buy again.”

Jan 15, 2004
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe that I have not reviewed this beer yet. It poured from the can a slightly golden yellow color with a finger and a half of thick creamy head. The nose was slightly creamy, caramely, with some fruity esters as well. The flavor had good caramel sweetness and a creamy flavor with some strawberry-like fruity esters finishing slightly hoppy. The feel was velvety smooth, creamy and thick. I do enjoy this beer. I find this to be highly drinkable and enjoyable. Its a nice beer to fall back on.

Dec 28, 2004
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Mar 18, 2015
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skibumdc from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap. Eat Bar @ Talula's in Arlington, VA
Nitro cascade is a great presentation in a regular pint glass.
Taste of cream ale, smooth with hint of bitter in finish.
Thicker mouth feel due to it tasting like a cream ale
Drinkable but not a session beer to me.

Mar 26, 2008
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a weizen glass. Has a beautiful amber color with a 1 inch head. Pleasent, mild malty aroma. Good, smooth flavor with a slight aftertaste. Feels a little creamy in the mouth. A little dry but overall drinkable. This is a quality beer worth checking out.

Jun 11, 2009
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