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 vazy
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours an amazing waterfall effect as bubbles rush down the side of the glass. As the cream colored pour settles in a suitable golden clear color appears. A thick, one fingered solid white head caps the top of the beer.

S- Its aromas are somewhat floral like with a little graininess to it.

T- At first sip its an extremely creamy taste. A little flowery and grassy with some slight cereal gains attached to it. Overall its pretty balanced.

M- Kind of thin but the creaminess makes it heavier.

O- Everything from the pour to the last sip is engaging about this beer which which makes appealing to drink.

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Photo of Hex
3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour out from a Nitro-Can and straight of the bat, this beer is beautiful. (The Megan Fox) of beer. Small casscade effect from the pour; not as intense as that of Guinness from the Nitro-can though. SUPER CREAMY Head. seemed to last me the intire glass, and never entirely dissipated. The beer itself is like looking into a jar of honey.

Smell is intiscing. Has some light malts, and kinda hoppy with a banana/pear scent. You can somehow almost smell the creaminess of the head but it may just be me.

Hears the killer... the tast is very mild. A little tooo mild. The smells werent deceitful but deffinately expected something better out of this beer. Not a bad flavor but the appearance and smell told you it had much more instore for you but doesnt. Still qualifies as an ale though. Nothing less.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean with the mildest of carbonations. really light bodied; a perfect ale from a hot day.

Overall not the best beer but not the worsed. The let-down of flavors really isnt cool but had you never seen the pour and had a close-pin over your nose when drank, the beers flavor isnt suffering... just nothing too standout about that.

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Photo of koolkat
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golder color with a thick creamy white head. Not carbonated at all, except for the initial cascade. It has a nice malt/hops balance with a bit more malt than hops. Definately not for a hophead. The drinkibility is so high because I could easily see myself in a pub in Manchester ordering pint after pint of these draughts and never really tiring of the taste. there isnt anything special at first sip, but it is just a good overall beer with mass comsumption in mind.

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Photo of KingSlender
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boddingtons Pub Ale pours rich and creamy. You would think you're drinking milk. I love how the nitro capsule releases millions of bubbles which creates an authentic taste as though you're drinking it straight from the tap. A sweet and creamy nose gives way to a somewhat bitter and dry taste. The thick consistancy stands put throughout the glass and and a nice crispy clean aftertaste rounds off this beer. Boddingtons is a good dessert beer and is a nice change from the super hoppy beers that I usually drink.

The King recommends drinking this beer with a double chocolate fudge brownie

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Photo of newcastleme
4.29/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. It's perfect for cold weather. The head is what makes this beer perfect. Nose is excellent. I'd recommend this beer to a person looking to spend some time with some imports.

Also, It's fairly cheap for an import. I It's just as good as most other British beers.

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Photo of KEH
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite session beers. It's just harder to find where I live. As many others point out, it pours copper in color with a fun cascading effect that you get from nitrogenated beers. The head is a dense, creamy foam that does leave some nice lacing on the glass. It smells and tastes a little sweeter than a lager, and has a creamier feel. Over all, it's a nice smooth, crisp beer that's really easy to drink. Highly recommended!

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Photo of eze153
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I have known Bodingtons for over a year but this is the first time I am reviewing it. I love the initial pour of the beer as it settles, the color and the sight of the beer setteling is a sight to behold, as well as the creamy head it leaves behind. I really enjoy the fact that the head stays throughout the entire beer, even at the very end there is still a head in which to enjoy the beer. Although, the smell is a bit wheaty, and I find, that there is not too much to the smell. The taste is very good, coupled with the incredibly smooth mouthfeel, this is pure pleasure to the tastebuds. I do enjoy this beer, but I usually like to eat something along with it, (eg: a meal, Chips or Penuts) otherwise towards the end of the beer a bad aftertaste develops and needs to be neutralized with a different taste. Overall this is a really good beer and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to try something new.

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Photo of BladeRunner
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To be quite honest I really like this beer. It's a very creamy, sweet beer. It does appear to be thick when served, but it still went down quite smoothly. It's a nice yellow/white head looker, but nothing to admire.

I'd call it the dessert beer, because it was the sweetest beer I've ever tried. I didn't find a hint of bitterness with this beer. IMO, it's like no other Ale I tried, not to say it's the best Ale, but in my experience it's the most original so far.

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Photo of turkob
2.71/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Light copper with a think one finer white head, no lacing

S: Mild malt, though not really much on the nose at all.

T: A little fruity a little hoppy on the finish. Honestly kind of water. The aftertaste is a little bitter, but not in a good way

M: Thin, closer to bud than I would have expected

O: An unremarkable beer. Certainly drinkable but there is almost no character.

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Photo of farlieonfootie
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boddington's Pub Ale was poured on nitro draft into a Guinness pint glass, with an inch-thick head that only gradually receded. It's a clear copper color, like a very weak cup of tea. Boddington's has a bready smell that's mild, and maybe slightly sour. On tasting, it has a thin mouthfeel, and is only very lightly carbonated.

Boddington's has a mild, creamy flavor, followed by a smoky, creamy, and maybe slightly metallic finish. It's an easy drinker; not my favorite, but if you find yourself in an Irish pub watching some soccer or even just hanging out, it's tried, true, and highly sessionable.

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Photo of malibujohnny
3.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As i pour this nitro can i know what i will get...a great creamy head. About 5/8 iches thick that lasts the whole pint. It gives a light golden amber color. In the mouth it leaves a beautifull smooth malt that lingers ever so slowly into a residual hoppy dryness(but not too dry) ,which is fantastic for an english beer. Some northern english beers are kind of watered down,but not this one. I enjoy this brew on warm summer days and cool fall nights.

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Photo of BlankFrank
2.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Great foamy waterfall effect when poured into a pint glass. As the head settles, a clear golden color remains. I would say that this coats the glass rather than call it lacing.

S: Not really much there. Nothing stands out, just some vague almost sweet smell.

T: Very mild. Light hops with lots of creaminess. Nothing too direct.

M: Smooth as silk, but lacking in carbonation. The smoothness is good, but I don't like that there's almost no carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink. Alcohol isn't very high, so it's easy to drink plenty. This isn't really a drink that's going to make you think and contemplate its nature, but you don't have to prepare yourself for each sip.

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Photo of rocketmotor
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bought a widget can, upon opening the can overflowed so it was quickly poured into my awaiting glass. This beer has a very nice amber color to it. The head of the beer completely covers the beer and is very nice looking, it also holds onto the walls of the glass very, very well.

The aroma of the beer is not very strong, but a nice floral smell backed by yeast. The taste is good, very mild though. A very light malt flavor, with a weak hop dominating the flavor. There is a lingering flavor of hops too. As my can blew its top upon opening, the beer is very flat in this sample, so the mouthfeel is rather poor and thin.

Not a bad beer, but not ourstanding either, guess I should resample to get the true measure of it.

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Photo of thefenst
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nitro can poured almost all foam at first, which settled into 2 heads after a few seconds. The top head was creamy and smooth (typical nitro head), with a secondary head which seemed to contain most of the carbonation directly under the primary head. Body was a light amber with little carbonation. Left some residual lacing.

Smell: Grassy, with a weak smell of honey.

Taste: Caramel, honey, and some malt with very little hops (most of which is in the head). Pretty typical of an English Ale, with slight hops bitterness finishing.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery, but gets flatter as the beer warms. Could've used a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a fairly well-balanced brew. It is sweet, creamy, and unoffensive, especially when consumed around the lower temp. range (I found it best around 40°F). Sessionable if you like English Ales.

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Photo of jake87
3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

L. amber with a thick creamy white head that lasts all the way down and leaves a heavy lacing
S. floral hoppiness and a very light toasted malt
T. opens up well with a bitter flowery hop taste but then fades to a malty coppery bubblegum aftertaste which is none too pleasing
F. very creamy with a high carbonation that leaves its mark on the back of the toungue

if you are drinking this inside at a house open it over a sink because it froths heavily out of the can, and now my carpet smells slightly hoppy.
an alright beer aftertaste is definately its downfall but the mouthfeel makes it better

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Photo of wertperch
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Boddy's is one of the top best-selling beers in the UK, if my sources are correct. Not that I ever drank much of it when I lived there, but when I did it was on tap in some anonymous pub where there was little other choice. So when I was offered one recently, I gave it a whirl.

"The Cream of Manchester" wasn't all bad. The little nitrogen-filled widget reproduces the nature of a pub keg pour, so it was quite fun to watch as I poured it into a pint glass, and was pleased with the creamy head and the pale amber colour. There's a slightly acidic nose to it, along with a faint floral scent that's not unpleasant.

I can only describe the rest of the experience as "thin". The flavour is of insipid malts, there's a skinny hoppiness, and the beer body equivalent of the "seven-stone weakling" (98 pounds). This is not a substantial brew, by any means. That said, it did improve a little as it warmed up, releasing up some sweetness and character, and it became a little more refreshing. For the downside, there's a distinct metallic tang to it that spoiled any of its better qualities, few as they are.
or better, but there you go.

With an alcohol content of 4.7% it might be a decent session beer - lose that tin-taste, and after the first couple of quickly-drunk pints, it would probably be quite palatable. I have to say that I'm not that impressed, although I'm prepared to admit that on a warm summer day that might just be enough, if there was nothing else within reach. Find it on tap in an English pub and that would drag it up a little. Add a bag of crisps, and you're laughing, provided you can find a warm summer's day in England.

(Taken, in part from my beer blog.)

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Photo of bravejoejoe
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured creamy white due to the little ball inside the can. The head is a very thinck creamy white. a nice head stays around for a while. The color is a dark straw yellow. No carbonation to note here.
S - Maybe metallic, hops. not much in the way of smell.
T - a light flavor, hops are dominatei get a tiny but of malt in the background.

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Photo of Lemreway16
1.97/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I am old enough to remember when Boddingtons made a proper beer this is not an example of proper English Beer. Back in the 60s and 70s we had the vile Keg Beers replaced by action by groups like Camera with a return to Real Ale. English Beer is better now than it has ever been yet too many brewers offer awful bland beers like this presumably to encourage younger drinkers to beer or away from lager. Bland and tasteless (other than the metallic aftertaste) this is simply an awful representation of beer.

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Photo of bossmanjg
4.6/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my wife’s review--- From pour to finish, this is a great beer.

Appearance: The cascading brew was a delight to watch from the lip of the can, to the bottom of the glass, and back up again… It was like a show. Great head, retention, and lacing… Lasted to the end of the glass. Nice golden honey color.

Smell: Sweet, honey like aroma, but not overpowering, just right.

Taste: Phenomenal, loved it. Smooth flavor, a little strong at the finish, but not bad.

Mouth feel: Creeeaaaammmyyyy and ssmmmmoootttthhhh. Low on carbonation makes for better (or more) intake without feeling bloated. The nitro cans have it going on.

Drinkability: I would consider this a session beer. As a true Irish Lass, is pains me too say that have to drink, and like, an English Pub Ale. However, my Grand-pappy will have to roll over, because this is to damn creamy and smooth.

Follow the suggestions, drink cool, not cold.

And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

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Photo of flatblack80
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know a lot of people who love this one.
I would like to try it on tap, because like Guiness in a can, i really can't get friendly with this one.
Nice, huge white head that rises from the bottom forever. light gold, honey colored brew.
Very malty aroma with light floral hops.
very heavy, thick and thick. so heavily carbonated with fine little bubbles that it almost, to me, feels uncarbonated in the mouth.
drinkability? ... one and thats enough for me. I just cant enjoy more than a pint of it. I think that being out of a can has a lot to do with it.

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Photo of Clamwacker
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I saw this last night and thought, "hmm.. ale in a can?". It wasn't until I got home that I realized it was a nitro can, and that was when I started to get excited.

After it exploded all over my kitchen, I performed the engineering project necessary to get it into a big 16 ounce pilsner glass. Pouring a foamy beer from a can whose sides are wet into a curvy glass is not easy!

I was very impressed with the head and the lace, the microbubbles in the head are always fun, but unfortunately it doesn't get much better from there. The color is alright, a sort of pale gold.

The smell at first reminded me of Guinness, but perhaps what I was smelling is nitrogen. After I took a few sips, the smell almost completely disappeared, which brings me to...

Taste? The only way I was able to get much flavor out of this beer was to also be breathing deeply through my nose. Then and only then did I detect faint malts, just a very small note of hops, and perhaps a stale smell.

The mouthfeel wasn't very impressive either, which was disappointing for a nitro beer. Only large sips really give any sort of feeling other than that of liquid flowing over the tongue. The nitrogen makes the experience a bit more interesting, though.

I do not think I would buy this again, at least not in can form. I am sad to say I could not even finish the glass, because I knew I had Full Sail's Barleywine waiting for me.

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Photo of Callaghan
2.77/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an English pub glass. As soon as the can was cracked open, it started to rush out of the top.

A: I poured it fairly quickly, due to the note above, and it looked marvelous as the cascading effect allowed a thick, creamy head to form. After about a minute, a one finger layer of cream sat on top of a honey colored brew. I really enjoyed watching this.

S: Faint smells, a little alcohol, floral, and something earthy, maybe grassy. Not the best.

T: Kinda like the nose, but with a hint of alcohol, and then a metallic taste. Finishes a little bitter, but with a sweetness that lingers a little.

M: The only thing this one has going for it is that it has a wonderful creamy head. Taking a sip where a little of the cream hits the tongue with the beer makes it enjoyable, but the beer itself is watery, thin, and has very light carbonation.

O: I do like the looks, and the color of the beer is very nice. For the price, it's decent, but there are better offers for around the same price point. I wouldn't refuse, but also wouldn't go out of my way to find one either.

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Photo of kerouac
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's a fairly nice, fairly flat, ale that is perfect on a warm/hot day (when served cold).

The flavor is mild, the taste is also mild, but, maybe it's just me, it's a great beer for a "session."

This is one beer that, while not up to certain people's hoppy standards, I keep coming back to again and again. It's like an affair with that plain looking mistress who satisfies, at a certain price point, like nobody else can.

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Photo of jonworth
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really two in one. If you ask me, the head is the raison d'etre of this beer. Crack open a can, pour it straight down into a pint glass (no tilt necessary) and enjoy the creamy, heavenly head!

Once the head has settled, you will realize that Boddingtons Pub Ale is really a simple and unremarkable beer. Not that that's bad, but just keep it in perspective. The first 60 seconds is where it's at.

Some have said tap is preferable over can; other have held the opposite opinion. I've had both and actually prefer the can for the simple fact that I can dump it in a nonic and get it to my mouth in one motion! Of course, if the barman is right in front of you then perhaps the tap is better.

So, to summarize: Great head, great mouthfeel, highly sessionable == gargantuan burps that may or may not annoy others, depending on the company you keep. Otherwise average taste.

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Photo of ericmunley
3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boddingtons is one of the few beers than I prefer out of a can instead of on tap. Poured from a can into a pint glass, Boddingtons reveals its beautiful golden color and surprisingly creamy head. Not much of a scent to it, but a very clean tasting bear with very subtle citrus notes. The mouth feel is full and smooth, and the second pint goes down as easy as the first. I'd definitely recommend Boddingtons to any beer connoisseur regardless of taste.

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