Boddingtons Pub Ale | Boddingtons

Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
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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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Ratings: 2,835 |  Reviews: 1,136
Photo of THECPJ
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: opaque golden yellow with 1 finger white creamy head

Smell: sweet malts

Taste: sweet malts, biscuity

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, creamy texture on the tongue

Drinkability: similar to a Guinness, but lighter in color, very drinkable. My go to when eating fish and chips at the local pub!


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Photo of aasher
3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can this has Guinness esque activity, meaning it's very foamy and smooth and keeps moving while you're waiting for it. It is a light gold in color and has a two finger off white head. It even looks creamy. The smell is similar to that of a Belgian pale. It has a nice honey sweetness. It smells great. The flavors too are similar to a Belgian pale with honey. I had this after a Poppaskull and the honey kept resonating. Again, it's very creamy making the mouthfeel outstanding, especially for the style. It's nitro tap smooth and drinks light. This beer is delicious. I can't believe I'd never tried it before. As another BA put it, this is "white" Guinness.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt. In the taste, watery and a hint of gingerbread like malt. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, small malt in the aftertaste. Watery and not much flavor. Maybe a in between beer, but nothing exciting here.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light copper body with a creamy white head that laces and stays to the last drop.

S- A light malted aroma with a hint of mild hops. The aroma is not really pronounced.

T- Creamy light malty sweetness with a hint of hops at the finish.

M- Newcastle like mouth feel. Light and slightly flat.

D- Highly drinkable.

Reminds me of a pale malt version of Guinness. I guess this has to do with the widget.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost all clear, but slightly foggy coppy body. White one finger super fine head that sits forever.

Cherry smell, almost exclusively.

Cherry with a bit of metallic copper aftertaste.

Watery mouthfeel, unfortunately. A little creamier, and this beer would have really nailed it.

The aftertaste really dampens this beer's drinkability. I want to get to a lambic to compliment the sweetness or a hefeweisen to make up for the lack of mouthfeel. Almost there, but not quite.

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Photo of nickthetick
2.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A: got to love the creamy cascade of nitro bubbles. Pours a clear gold into an American pint and after it settles it has a finger of creamy, thick dirty white head that hangs around for the experience and leaves a beautiful lacing.

S: not a lot from the smell, light malt sweetness.

T: toffee, crisp malt and small citrus hops linger a bit. Not much on the flavor front.

MF: creamy heavy and chewy. Nice effervescence and a little sweet.

D: I don't like this beer, if the only positive notes are in the mouthfeel and appearance it one I'll avoid from now on.

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Photo of Taera
1.36/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Good average looking beer

Smell - Nothing special. Very light smell.

T - Just like water

M - Yh, they talk about how smooth it is and i won't disagagree. It is really smooth. Like a glass of plain water

D - Who the hell will drink this again. It is a glass of water with alcohol and yellow colour.

Note: I really hate this beer and I wouldn't advise anyone to drink it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Pours a golden-copper color with a pretty big white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing, though not what I would expect from a hoppy style with nitro. Nose brings a bit of diacetyl along with some mild hops and a bit of bread crust. The taste is a bit of light bread and butter. Mouthfeel is low in carbonation on a low to medium body. Drinks fairly well. Goes down smooth though there's nothing too memorable about it.

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Photo of maddog13lb
3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my standard when it's on tap and there aren't any truly delicious beers available. Not as good in a can. Not the best flavors, but certainly delicious with any meal as it doesn't overpower.

Appearance - Amber, Poors like a Guiness

Smell - Sweet

Taste - Creamy, light hops.

Mouthfeel - Creamy

Drinkability - I could drink this beer all day long.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On nitro-tap served in a Boddingtons pint glass at the Dubliner Irish Pub, Bangkok.

Amber color with thick creamy head, carbonation produces plenty of small bubbles cling on side of the glass.

The smell is caramelized malt that mingles with citrus hop and some roasted trait.

A bit metallic in the taste along with caramelized and roasted malt and very low bitterness from hop that also shows a trait of citrus.

Light to medium body, creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonated, a bit lackluster.

Easy drinkable without doubt but I prefer a beer that has more attributes to appear.

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Photo of BaronRogue
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, can has some sort of weird pressurizing ball in it, interesting...

Pours really well, deep gold with big head.

Smells like Haha. Grains and some weird metallic hop aroma.

Tastes quite nice, like a wheaty meaty cream.

Mouthfeel was...well... let's just say i wish someone had told me that English pub ales are flat, with zero carbonation. So, if you didnt know, there you go... the reason it's "creamy" is because it's all liquid. Apparently the only gas in English Pub ales is just to get it from the keg to the glass. I have no idea how a beer can have a huge head and no bubbles, but... i'm a rookie and I learned the hard way haha. I would rate it a 1, but i'm sure this is average for the style.

Drinkability.... after you get over the fact that you're drinking flat beer, it's not bad. Makes me drink faster just to get it over with.

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Photo of vgarneth
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons Pub Ale is a classic English Pale Ale. Had one just after work this evening (2/6/11). It's been a hot minute since I'd had a Boddingtons and I was reminded of just how good of an ale this is. England knows how to brew & I'm stoked for Liverpool taking out Chelsea today too!

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 3 fingers of a creamy tight foam on top of a clear amber body.

S - Grain, leather, hints of lemon, metallic.

T - Grassy grain with a touch of honey-like sweetness. Finishes clean.

M - Creamy but light bodied.

Very thin flavors all around. Pretty watery tasting. Definitely sessionable.

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Photo of levifunk
3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

klikger gave me this and i just haven't gotten around to drinking it. i may have inadvertently aged it for about a year....haha.

a - ok, i know this isn't the best beer in the world, but damn thats a nice pour. i love nitro. pour looks as if i'm pouring cream. seperates in the glass leaving a nice clean golden beer topped with a thick blanket of head. great lacing.

s - sweet malts and pilsner. somewhat narrow, but still not bad.

t - taste is very weak. watered down malty flavor with a slight bitterness for hops. has that odd sweetness i find in a lot of UK beers and some scotch ales.

m - from the looks of the beer, you'd think it would be kind of thick, but its not. very thin palate.

overall - the best thing about this beer is the nitro. aside from that its crap.

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Photo of jsh420
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours clear bright gold with a 1 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells like a watery pils

taste much of the same watery pils - grassy and pale malt

mouthfeel is very thin with almost no carbonation

drinkability is good - this beer drinks like water low abv - i could drink these all day long but the price tag is a little steep for what flavors you get

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually poured on tap or from tall can. Pours a medium, frothy, white head, and a clear, golden appearance, with tiny roiling bubbles. There is a lot of creamy, thick lacing left down the glass, much like a milk shake. The aroma is almost undetectable, but one can pick up some barley malt, with effort. Taste is mostly malt, but there is some hop bitterness showing up at the end of the sip, which gives the ale a minimal bite. Mouth-feel is light to medium, and Boddingtons Pub Ale finishes semi-dry. Overall, this is a rather bland product, but I'd say it's pretty good.

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Photo of dbaker61
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: A slightly oversized pint glass is recommended. The nitro-can pours beautifully, filling the glass with microbubbles as it builds a thick creamy head. The head, about one finger thick, lasts for a long time, leaving heavy foam all down the glass as you drink. The color, after the microbubbles clear, is a light brown.

Smell: Very little smell, slight yeastiness, no hops aroma.

Taste: Mild bitterness, with little malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A bit light on the palate, not a objectionable finish, just not much there.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. It would be easy to put several of these down, but if I wanted to drink like that, I'd choose a different beer. There just isn't enough taste here to hold my interest past the first one.

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Photo of BigRook
4.31/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I usually avoid cans, but after several positive reviews from some respected beer tasting locals, I decided to give this one a go. Pleasantly surprised. A quick pour from the can will give an effect similar to Guinness Draft. The big difference was the light amber color. The thick head could easily float a penny and left a thick lacing as I enjoyed every taste. The first impression is very creamy with a hint of freshly mowed grass. The finish is clean and light. This beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of Auslander
2.66/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint nitro-can purchased at Piccolo's for $2.59.

A highly carbonated beer. It nearly foamed over when I poured it into my pint glass. Golden yellow color with a frothy white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Very mild with a slightly metalic aftertaste.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chance for sharing this. The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is bubblegum and grass. The flavor is grass and biscuit malt. Some light fruit. Thin mouthfeel and creamy carbonation. Pour mouthfeel. A little bit disappointing overall.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boddington's Pub Ale has a medium, creamy, white head, with a clear, golden appearance and fine roiling bubbles. Lots of thick lacing is left down the glass, much like a milk shake. The aroma is almost undetectable, but a slight barley malt smell can be picked up, with effort. Taste is mostly malt, but a little bit of hop bitterness shows up at the end of the sip, giving the ale just a sliver of a bite. Mouth-feel is light to moderate, and Boddingtons Pub Ale finishes semi-dry. Overall, although this is a rather bland product, it is okay and worth a try.


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Photo of joelshults
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The pour out of the nitro can is always fun to watch. I love just turning these kinds of cans 180 degrees and just letting them guzzle into the glass, then watching the awesome cascade of bubbles form a perfect head.

I really liked the smell. It had a slightly sweet, almost buttery smell that really suits the pale, buttery look.

Very little taste in front and middle, and then just a little malty but not too sweet at the back. It definitely does not live up to the look and the smell. It also has a strange aftertaste of grains that hangs around, but not all night.

The mouthfeel is incredibly watery. It doesn't seem like it could be so thin from looking at it. Maybe this is because I'm an American and brought up on American beers, but it tastes flat (but I think Guinness tastes flat too).

Overall, this is an ok beer. I think it would go well along with a meal, just about any meal because it is so watery and neutral. I could probably have a few of these after drinking something a little more intense and flavorful.

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Photo of jDictionary
3.76/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had my first can of this tonight. You definitely want to pour it into a tall glass. Watching the head form is a truly delightful sight. It looks like you are pouring liquid vanilla ice cream out of a can. The tiny bubbles cascade furiously up to the top as a beautiful head is formed. It is similar to a Guinness nitro-can but more intense. Less colorful but more impressive.

It smells pleasant - a sweet vanilla cream smell with hints of coffee, yeast, malt and hops.

Mouth feel is not overly impressive in my opinion. It is creamy but a bit on the watery side. I found myself wishing it was a bit more carbonated.

Drinkability is good. If you can drink water, you can drink this! You get a mild bitter aftertaste but it is very subtle and well balanced.

I enjoyed this beer and glad I tried it. It might not be my first choice next time but I will come back to it again as drinking it is a delightful experience.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

The nitro-can is always fun, though I rarely deal with one. It produces the intended look, giving this pale yellow ale a superbly creamy head, looking just like a slab of ice cream was carefully placed on top. 3 points for the unassuming, fairly drab yellow liquid, but a definite 6 outta 5 for the amazing head. And the voluminous lace sheets that cover the glass.

Smells very English pale ale, no doubt there. Big, bready, yeasty, with a dab of rich homemade butterscotch bringing it all together.

Unfortunately the experience sinks from there. Flavor is like a watery version of the aroma, offering ghosts of fresh yeasty bread and the pale likeness of butter rum candies. Not bad by any means, but not helped by the...

Mouthfeel. This may very well be the intended feel of this nitro-canned pale ale, and may approximate, as best it can, the real hand pulled thing you'd receive in any given pub in the town of Luton. But it feels flat and thin to me, and I'm not a big fan of flat and thin. Unless you're talking pizza crust.

Worth the experience. Looks and smells great. But not anxious to try it again...

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Photo of Landfill21
1.51/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Had this beverage on tap at the local irish pub. Poured into a pint glass and left a two finger white head that leaves lace and lasts for the duration.

Has a less than aromatic smell and the has a bitter metallic taste. I did chug it down but near painful at the end. I would not recomend this beer.

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