Boddingtons Pub Ale | Boddingtons

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Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

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England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-20-2001

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Photo of Ferb
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This ale has a wide array of good and not-so-good features. The color is lovely and the carbonation (thanks to the widget) gives it a creamy texture. It smells like bread an newly mowed grass. The taste is of hard water, light malt, more grass/green grain, but the experience is a bit watery. Unfortunately, the finish to the taste is a lingering metallic twang. It isn't particularly a good finish.

With that being said, I tend to prefer English ales to German lagers, so if I have a mediocre beer, I would rather it be mediocre in this way. Maybe it is because this week has been like a slow motion train wreck that I am so forgiving, but it is also on of my earliest forays into unique beers too, and has a sentimental appeal as well that doesn't need to make sense!

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic looking brew like all drought ales. This has a beautiful golden body with a perfect white head. The cascade is something out of a Guinness commericial. Poured into a tulip pint glass.

Aroma is actually pretty good. Light breaded malts with hints of a light roast. Some apple peel from whatever mild hops they use and a touch of sweet honey.

The flavor is where things turn a bit. Same character as the aroma with light malts, faint fruitiness with the smallest of honey sweetness. Nitro ales seem to mellow everything out and time n time again these breweries are sacrificing flavor for appearance and the weird overly smooth texture. Whatever floats your boat. Some weird grassy notes very reminding of a skunked out Budweiser in the finish.

Texture is that of a nitro infused ale. Soft and smooth with a fairly thick texture. Nice feel to it, but the sacrifice of flavor quality won't see me buying it again.

Very few Nitro brews work for me. On the rare occasion I'll buy one and even rarer occasion I'll find one I actually like in terms of taste. Boddingtons is a nice little brew, but definitely seems to have taken on a Budweiser note or 2 which is both odd and sad considering how well InBev handle their other brands like Goose Island. Way more InBev influence on the Boddingtons stuff from when I had it years ago in Manchester. Worth the try but that's about it.

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Photo of gonger
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Note: Boddingtons is now an AB-InBeb product mass-produced in Samlesbury, no longer brewed in Manchester.
Note: Best at 45 F - 50 F. Not ice cold.
Pored from 16 oz nitro can into pint pub glass (several times.)
L: Impressive. Looks like pub bitter or pale ale in any Yorkshire area pub.
S: At warmer temp nitro dissipates and character develops a bit. Muted malt, indiscernible hops, slight cidery aroma as beer warms.
T: Again with the temp. Not ice cold. Again muted. Pale malt, some hops (goldings?), freshly cut wood, something fruity (not apple, maybe apple peel?), Pleasant but mild aftertaste and,of course, as with all nitros, water.
F: Good. Smooth, creamy. Like a good draft ale.
O: Better than I expected but not a great beer. Nothing like the Boddingtons I used to drink in Sheffield years ago. Would probably be best drank as 'hair of the dog' on the morning after. Or maybe with some bangers and mash. As with all notros, it's certainly drinkable, but not and will never be a Great beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.04/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Looks like a brown ale. Weak. Aroma was tea, toffee & Skors bar.

Taste, more super thin, bland, unhopped liquid. Some tea. Lack of carbonation really hurts the already lacking mouthfeel.

Can't really think of a situation where I'd ever like to have this again. Its like, even less enjoyable than Newcastle.

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Photo of A20sp
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from pint glass, poured from a 1 pint can w/ widget. 41F at 4.7%ABV

L:- Starts off from the pour, mixing itself with air until settled (like other widget cans). A gold, almost amber color when settled, with a creamy head that remains through the entire drinking experience. Translucent, with few to no bubbles when settled, until swigged, producing a wash of cream along the glass.
S:- Has little smell at all. A hint of metallic at first, which morphs into a touch of malt. Not discouraging, but not jumping at me either.
T:- Mainly yeasty with a sweet maltiness. Very neutral and appealing with no hoppiness.
F:- Creamy and smooth, but leaves a dry/metallic taste once swallowed. Light carbonation feel, which is extremely easy to down.

:- Overall, a decent beer in many ways. Me not being a big fan of hops, enjoy the taste; yet it leaves a slight dryness on the palette to makeup for bitterness. If acquiring from a can; be careful upon popping top, as it can "bubble" up if not settled or poured into a glass quickly. Seems to be unenjoyable for those used to carbonation. Would drink again.

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Photo of Nichol
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look is appetizing - nice amber color reminiscent of the sap that preserved the mosquito that made the cloning of dinosaurs a reality on Jurassic Park...The head is one of the longest enduring I've seen, with a higher than average amount of lacing. Smell is malty, and, of course, so is the taste. I prefer hoppier ales, so I'm not in love with it, but for a malty ale this one is decent. The feel is temporariy slick, but it soon disappates and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The slick feel can be expected with the amount of malt; again I prefer a dry taste and feel but others with maltier inclinations would like. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I'm not opposed to having again.

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Photo of Erik271
5/5  rDev +56.7%
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.

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Photo of tlema1
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: golden color, with a thick, rich head, poured from a can
S: has that typical metallic British smell
T: very little bitterness, some caramel sweetness
F: creamy, very little aftertaste
O: not sure how close it meets style guidelines, but very drinkable

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Photo of stevoj
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An explosion of foam erupted when opening the can, and a thick creamy head covered the beer and the sides of the glass. A very mellow and mild bitterness, typical of English ales. Only thing better would be drinking this in a real Emglish pub....

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Photo of mnrider
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Nitro-Can. Pours a clear caramel color. Two fingers of white creamy head.
Excellent retention.

S: Grains. Malts. Metallic. Yeast. Some hints of fruit.

T/M: Very clean and watery. Malts. Bread and grains. Sweet. Light fruity taste.
Nuts. Light bitter taste near the end. Creamy and light bodied.

O: Not too good. Watery with a weird and weak taste. A classic English Ale to
many people, but I'm less than impressed.


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Photo of Lobina
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Bottom of can says 11OCT2016.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a cascading head that settles at about ½ inch thick and stays for the duration of the drink.

S- Biscuity, doughy malt aroma that’s a bit sweet.

T- Flavor follows the aroma with more bready malt, a touch of hop bitterness and a sweet grainy finish. A bit of honey as well.

M- Very creamy and smooth, as expected. Body leans toward the lighter side.

O- A good beer for when you just want to knock back a few without focusing on the complexities and nuances of what’s in your glass. Satisfying in a liquid bread sort of way. Full disclosure: I'm a sucker for nitro pour beers.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The appearance of this beer upon pouring from the pint can is crazy. It has an upside down head that dissipates into a normal head which is a thick white head. You really have to try it to see it!

The smell is a very bready yeasty smell almost like a fresh baked loaf of white bread. Very pleasing nose presence.

The taste followed the nose somewhat with the bread notes. However it tasted kind of like a flat lager to my buds. With some creaminess this was not overall unappealing but was not satisfying at the same time.

Overall I will try this again and see if perhaps I may have gotten some older crap. My wife liked it and the price point gives me something I can work with so I will try it again.

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Photo of _drummer_
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was a so-so beer. It's fairly smooth but lacked the carbonation that I like in a beer. The flavor wasn't spectacular, but not awful. It seemed a bit flat, actually. Overall, I probably won't get this one again, but I'm not upset that I tried it.

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Photo of Savan
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours into a tulip glass with pulsating gold-bronze-gold-bronze giving way to a thinning straw-auburn colour and a reasonable head of paper white!
Smell is LITERALLY non complacent, just a hint of malt of some sort :\
Taste is light, somewhat sweet and a little malty... no recognisable hip character. feel is light watery not all that impressive. Over all... Let down by the appearance to flavour and smell being so muted. but I have had before and was worth revisiting I thought.... all that in mind not a terrible beer by any means, wrapped in lustre and then let down... but worth a try and if available cheep, a good grab.

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Photo of andrewbarrows
2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The best thing about this beer is the look. It has a cool falling head. It is also very creamy. Unfortunately the taste gets old by the end of the pint

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Photo of rickenclacker
4.27/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons, is indeed, smooth and creamy as advertised. You will not find the texture this beer has anywhere. The flavor is mild, but is a nice change of pace from the pale ales and IPA's.
As far as the lower alcohol content, if you have to drink 9 of these to get a buzz, you are an alcoholic, and need help.
My only complaint is there is some inconsistency between 4 packs and even cans....some tend to be flat.
Whether this is a canning flaw, or due to shelf life, (this beer does not fly off the shelves), not sure about, but when things are is really good.
One of my favorites.

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Photo of Glengosch
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer today for the first time in several years. I was actually surprised at the negative scores and reviews on this beer.

This is a very neutral tasting beer. The flavor is mild and balanced. The taste doesn't blow me away, but it is good.

It has an amber look and pours perfect with nice head due to the nitro can. I've had this on tap before too, but it's been so long, I can't say whether I like it any better.

The smell is about like the taste. It doesn't punch you in the face with any sort of aroma, it just smells like beer (that might sound generic, but that's the best way I can describe it).

Bottom line: I can't find anything wrong with this beer, but it doesn't blow me away either. It's still really good. And that's kind of nice when I want a break from beer with a barrage of flavors. Kind of like vanilla ice cream. Vanilla ice cream is just plain, but sometimes you get a vanilla ice cream that just tastes damn good. Boddingtons Pub Ale is just an ordinary ale that tastes pretty damn good.

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Photo of Raime
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got together with a few of the old college friends from days gone by around the time I initially startes reviewing beers. Grabbed a $10 mix a six of three not so potent new to me beers and three old faithfuls. Not expecting much but who knows.

Look - Poured from the can. Yields a crystal clear honey golden color with a finger and a half of fizzy though fairly well retaining head. Carbonation levels appears to be low to medium depending on the angle you look at it from. Head eventually drops to a thin ring arouns the edges of the glass. Lacing is spotty.

Smell - Initial whiffs bring out a noticable though small amount of lemon pledge like zestyness with some usual adjunct players it seems. Corn in nature, though cleaner than what you would receive in a similar priced American counterpart.

Taste - The slight lemon is not present on the flavor profile, instead being replaced by a moderate level of hop bitterness and slightly dirty. Adjunct levels are highly present and once again of the corn variety though not in the essence of an AAL per say, more pleasant.

Feel - Body is fairly watery with some creamyness and the carbonation is pretty low. Swallows easy as one two three and it's gone.

Overall - Not really a whole lot to say about this one. Perfectly inoffesive and fine for drinking during any timw or any occassion. If the price were lower and it were available in higher quantities it may make a good go to for when you feel like cooking out. Otherwise, nothing special. Move along.

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Photo of transitionbikes93
4.35/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My first beer, and i love it just as much now as I did several years ago when I first tried it. And the poor reviews on here are from people who are comparing this to beers well above its class. It truly is an amazing beer for what it is, so I recommend that you give it a shot.
Look-Pours a splendid honey gold with lots and lots of bubbles at first from the Draughtflow device inside, forming a beautifully thick, creamy, delicious head. A very good looking beer.
Smell-This ales downfall, it smells like nothing, maybe a tad bit of grassiness.
Taste-Its very neutral, just a very average EPA. Bready, biscuity, and slightly bitter malts, with very subtle hop profile, and just a slight honey-like sweetness to balance it out. I think its wonderful, refreshing, light, but not too light, easy to drink, but its way more flavorful than any other middle-priced beer, and it goes well with just about anything. Wings? Check. Pretzels? Check. Nachos? Check. Pizza? Of course. Gorganzola stuffed butterfly'd beef tenderloin? Oh yeah!
Feel-Oh so smooth. I don't know many beers as smooth as this one. Good carbonation, well balanced.
Overall-One of my all time favorites, and a great simple, go too beer that most of your friends will probably find tasty and inoffensive. Its not gonna suprise you and its about as un-complex as you can get, but if you want something refreshing and easy to drink, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of importedfromdet
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From a four pack from Sam's Club.

Poured into a glass there is very little head, a few millimeters thick,. Notes of carbonation, translucent wheaty orange color. Nothing impressive.

Smells not very interesting. Very fruity and a slight yeast.

Taste: Nothing offending but nothing brought to the table. Reminds me of a very mild Guinness. Very creamy, with notes of malts, wheat and finally a yeasty backbone. Sippable.

Feel is very smooth. Goes down easy with some dryness at the end with the yeast taste leaving a not so great end.

Overall it is unique, but a creamy beer that isn't here to make a statement isn't my thing.

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Photo of zinklesmesh
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

It's not a flavorful beer, and it's not supposed to be. Pours a nice deep golden amber, with a thick, creamy head. Smells like grassy malt, not much else. Tastes smooth and creamy with a nice biscuity malt body and a hint of yeasty bitterness. A nice, crisp, smooth, drinkable beer. Very good mouthfeel.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color, smooth slightly creamy taste, no aftertaste. This is the kind of beer you can drink a lot of without getting tired of the taste. It's not a strong flavored beer so I can see how this goes well with bar food. It won't overpower whatever you're eating so it's something to be enjoyed with food.

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Photo of jeffdr123
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a head about a mile high. Settled down to a pretty honey-gold, clear beer.
Very little to smell.
The nitro widget gave it a nice creamy feel.
I suppose if I were in a pub in England, I would think of this as a pleasant enough session ale. But here at home, too many odd tastes blended in with a general blandness, make it a beer I probably won't buy again.

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Photo of hophead723
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Perfectly, undeniably clear. There is a nitro-like cascading effect upon the initial pour, which settled to a white and clinging head. Lacing is thin and foamy, with a rich character.

Smell: The smell is delicate, fruity, yeast-driven, and delightful with fleeting aromas of malt that is reminiscent of cork.

Taste: Much like a Tripel and a Cream Ale combined, this brew sports the best of both worlds. Again it is yeast driven, but well executed and undeniably high quality. Banana ester flavors from the yeast play the main part while the supporting character is a honey-like malt backbone.

Feel: Silky, delightfully smooth like a nitro but with a relatively dry end that screams session. Its mid-range palate is moist however, which makes drinking this beer like running on a treadmill of deliciousness. Try not to chug down a full pint without even realizing it.

Overall: This beer is simply brewed but very well executed. It is not only drinkable as hell but has a plethora of playful characteristics that combine the best of both worlds when it comes to ales and lagers.

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Boddingtons Pub Ale from Boddingtons
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