Boddingtons Pub Ale | Boddingtons

Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale
2,844 Ratings
Boddingtons Pub AleBoddingtons Pub Ale

Brewed by:
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 lacqueredmouse
3.59/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely nitro-can pour, a slippery, silky, creamy effusion of miniscule bubbles that seem to transform from gas to solid as the construct the egg-white-whip head. Lacing is, as you would expect, excellent, colour is a clear copper gold. All in all, an excellent looking English ale very well presented.

Unfortunately, the most pleasure I got from the beer was watching it settle out. The smell is a rather timid metallic note, with some musty grain thrown in, and a very brief whiff of overripe-turning-to-rotten fruit. Not the greatest nose ever, and it's weak to boot.

Some light, manky organic characters on the palate. Again some musty grain, burlap sack, something unpleasantly organic. Some gritty English bitterness part way through, and a reasonable, if not exciting dry finish that cleans up the unpleasantness at least. It's better in the mouth than on the nose, and the feel is quite smooth and creamy.

OK, so it hasn't astonished me. Hell, it hasn't even particularly impressed me, but it has just enough character to be pleasant and a subtle insinuating drinkability that's hard to ignore.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden amber colour with fair nitro froth. The meniscus raises quite quickly and sits with a good two fingers of dense white foam. Body is absolutely still and clear. Not bad but fairly average.

Smells quite sweet, fair amount of malt with a cream edge. Hops are mostly absent, not much else to add to the smell. Fairly pleasant, slightly caramelly aroma. Certainly inoffensive, at least.

Taste is alright, mild and creamy for the most part, sweet malt with a milky edge, brush of tomato and a hint of tea. Hops come in midway through - unpleasantly, really, with a nasty bitter edge and an unfamiliar gaseous quality, yeasty and sinking, they instantly give you the feeling of a bad hangover. They taste slightly medicinal, and not clean or fresh.

Mouthfeel is smooth of course but very wet, almost squelchy because its watery muddiness.

This is not great beer. I like English ales - particularly nitro-pressurised ones because they're smooth and clean and a good way to finish the night, but this one has a real mean streak to it, quite aseptic and unpleasant.

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

16 oz nitro-can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Pristine deep-golden brew, nearing amber. Attractive cascading bubbles off the pour created the signature thick, creamy froth of a head, off-white with strong retention.

S-Herbal, a hint of damp citrus and a slight fruity nuance.

T-Nutty cracker maltiness is countered by a firm, but subtle, bitterness. Slight fruitiness in the flavor is more pronounced in the aftertaste, comprised of apple and other stemmed fruit.

M-Creamy feel with minimal carbonation, as is consistent with the "pub can" effect.

D-Quite drinkable, attributable mostly to its easy body and the smoothness of the nitro can. At the same time, if you're looking for that "pub can" feel, why not go to a local brewpub and get some real cask ale?

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Photo of Kendo
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is a golden honey color with a bright, creamy white head. The cascading-nitro thing looks good, and the head lingers for a long time.

S: Light fruity, floral nose, but not too strong at all.

T: Overall impression: light. Moderately fruity. Ever-so-slight bitterness at the finish.

M: Lightly carbonated, thereby smooth. Light in heft.

D: Goes down real easy.

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Photo of yaegerje
3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. nitro can,

A - Sweet golden color, with a ridiculous creamy head

S - Malty, kinda plain, and a little sweet

T - A nice sour malt taste, but a rather dirty finish, almost ashy

M - Incredibly smooth and creamy, well carbonated

D - Pretty darn good, I enjoyed it alot, but its not an everyday ale

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Photo of sweemzander
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. nitro can poured into a pint glass. No canned date found.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow/orange color with almost a minutes worth of cascading action followed by a ridiculously thick pure white billowy foam that is sticking everywhere and was still present down to the last drop!

(S)- Plenty of honeyed malts with a light corn meal finish.

(T)- Creamy honey and lemon with just a slight bittering by the hops.

(M)- Perhaps one of the smoothest beers Ive ever had. Creamy with a slight drying characteristic. Great carbonation level.

(D)- A super easy drinker! Creamy, dry, and slightly sweet. These go down almost as easy as drinking water. Ridiculously simple and straightforward, but it works.

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Photo of wahooman
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on a cruise ship in the Caribbean from a nitro can into a pint glass.

A- Pours an unexpected dark golden color with a beautiful creamy head. Perfect lacing down the glass as I drank it.

S- Smell was not overwhelming but was slightly sweet, you can tell the beer is not going to be very bitter

T- Has tastes of slight hops. To me it seems like guinness draft from the can, slightly watered down, but still very satisfying.

M- Smoooth! Very interesting feels that is hard to describe. Not really any bite at all, but it works for this style

D- Probably couldve had a few more. Low abv, and relatively light body while still having the taste. Nice.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice golden color with the thick head expected from the nitro-can.
Smell - I don't know about you folks but I get a sweet, candy like smell, very inviting.
Taste & Mouthfeel - these are so smooth and tasty. The creamy head adds to the smoothness, having you crave more, leading me into the drinkability of this beer, definitely a session beer. Perfect for sitting at a barstool and yelling at a West Ham game on TV. It's sad that this brand gets lost in the shuffle by its parent company.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can, it had a nice golden color, almost amber. Love the creamy nitrous head. A slight sweet and malty scent, but very faint. Taste smooth and very mild. No bitterness at all. Others have mentioned a honey taste (and there is a bee on the label), but I just didn't taste it. It was more of a slightly sweet ale flavor, but no honey that I could taste.

Creamy like a Guinness, due to the nitrous widget in the can. The ale itself is rather thin and not very carbonated, but get a sip of that creamy nitrous head with every gulp. I could have a couple of these easily. Like a better, less watery version of Guinness.

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Photo of gabe1989
2.64/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

first time i had this. out of a 1 pint can. bought in a 4 pack. cracked this bad boy open and it foamed on me. after a qick clean up i poured it into a glass mug. it is a nice amber color pour. i drank it a little warmer than its suggested 41 degrees. smells sweet and slightly hoppy. its a very thick but not filling beer. creamy for sure but still drinkable. starts off sweet and finishes with a slight bite. if you've ever had honeymoon imagine it much thicker but slightly sweet. not bad but not mind blowing. not bad too try but not worth coming back to again and again.

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Photo of jhammel01
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a nitro can into a British pub pint glass. Pours a deep amber color with a really cool creamy head. The head retains most of its body for the duration of this tasting. Keeps a thick lacing all the way down.

Honestly, not much is picked up from the smell. perhaps some malty notes...thats it.

The taste also does not have entirely too much going on. Not a bad thing, just expect the usual from an English Pale Ale. this beer did not seem carbonated at all. Slight Malt and some caramel.

Mouth feel is a bit of the thicker side. Pretty nice.

All in all, a good representation of an English Pale. I really liked the novelty of the creamy head that it has and the thicker body. I enjoyed it...Wouldn't mind making a session of these

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Photo of magine
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a Amber color brew with a massive creamy white head. Great lacing - and excellent head retention.

Smells of mild malts and very faint floral.

Tastes extreamly creamy initially from that massive creamy head. Then has a easy drinking, sweet malt taste and a minor floral flavor. The tastes are very understated but not in a bad way, it works very well.

This brew may be the easiest brew to drink I have ever had that tastes very good. An absolute delight to drink the brew. It is a very, very sessionable brew. Could drink by the truck loads. Wow - think Guinness, but lighter and more appealing to the masses.

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Photo of Vidav
1.49/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Can tried to explode all over when I first opened it. The appearance was nice with a really creamy head. However the taste was almost nonexistent. I don't know if it was just my can or what but it was like drinking carbonated water. The flavor was just not there. The one thing I really did enjoy about this was the creamy head. I don't know that I have experienced anything quite the same. The fact that the head stuck around the whole time was nice too.

Overall I honestly think I would rather drink a PBR or High Life and for me that's saying something. Just not something enjoyable in this can. I would be willing to give it a try on tap though.

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Photo of Evocatus
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When poured, a strawish yellow with a nice foam top. A distinct aroma of malt, nothing special. Same can be said with the taste; nothing real complex. Thick enough to go down well, however, there is a lingering metallic aftertaste that kind of kills it.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.42/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Huge, cascading, milky white, foaming nitro-can head. Clear amber color.

Smells like malt extract and standing water.

Tastes like really smooth...nothing. No really, this beer doesn't tastes like anything. I was thinking honey for a second but I think that's just because the can has a couple bees on it. It's tasteless, but damn it's a creamy tastelessness!

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend brought this over for last weeks board game night.

Poured a golden yellow with a bubbly finger of white head. Lacing is weak, as is the retention.

Smells of light hop and malt, mild back spice.

Taste is very buttery and weak, not as much hop as I expected.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and dry, overly carbonated.

Drinkability is average. This isn't much better than your average grocery store beer selection, I'd drink it again but it depends.

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Photo of darthweef
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice pour, and cascading head gives a nice draught appearance despite it coming from a can. Yellow/Cream appearance with a creamy head.

S: Smell is extremely subtle, unless the it goes bad. Then it smells kind of nasty.

T: Very vanilla, and not a whole ton of taste. Good beer to drink if you will be drinking something better later, and don't want to spoil your palate.

M: Smooth, & creamy.

D: Very very very easy to drink, and not a bad way to spend the evening.

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Photo of Wallstreet
3.67/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pint poured from a nitro tap was a cloudy blond creme until the bubbles settled to the top, overall a great presentation like all other nitro taps. Smell of faint hop wisps leapt out of the pure foam head and greeted my nose. The beer has a crispness that isn't present in other pale ales. the bitterness of the beer keeps to the back of the tongue. I suppose the best advice I could give to a person is to have it on tap, where it performs as a great beer to enjoy during the warmer months. I have not had the occasion to try the canned version but judging from the reviews, I am in no rush to try.

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Photo of simskl
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer came out of the nitro can into a pint glass right out of the refrigerator.

The color was pale yellow with a nitro induced head that stuck around nicely.

The smell and taste were the same, virtually nothing there. The carbonation was weak and the flavor simply did not exist. This beer ranks right up there with the typical macro style beers available unfortunately with an import premium price.

I wish there was more to say about it but this beer just did not do it for me.

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Photo of KenOnBass
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not really a big fan of Boddingtons unless the selection at the bar I'm at is poor, in which case I'll get it. It's a decent beer that you sort of need to be in the mood for.

I popped 3 of these open and each one fizzed out and spilled everywhere. It's lite, and to me sort of bland. Looks great in a glass but not really fizzy. Nice head on the beer.

I guess my whole problem with Boddingtons is that it's not Guinness. Bars usually carry both and not one or the other. If I'm looking for that smooth, go to drink, I go for Guinness regardless of how warm the temperature is outside that day.

It's possibly better off of tap and I will review it again when I get a chance to.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger creamy head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light malt and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt and a grassy hop. Very pilsner like.

The mouthfeel was full due to the nitro.

Overall a tasty ale. Not great but easily drinkable.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a large frothy head. It pours like Guinness but is a light amber color. I think it looks a lot better than Guinness. I think it is the best looking beer out there. It got my first 5. The smell and taste are nothing spectacular. It's just a good solid beer. It is one of my favorite U.K. beers along with Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep straw color with a brilliant frothy head that left
very nice lacing on the glass. Usual Nitro pour.

The scent is nice, with some roasted nuts and i think i get a little bit of citrus at the end.

Flavor is completely average. Tastes of the roasted nuts i got in the aroma but the citrus is not there. Bland.

Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation. Not bad at all, but also not great. I guess it's drinkable in that it's not off putting at all, but I wouldn't have another just because I'd rather seek out a more flavorful option.

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Photo of erikm25
3.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazed golden straw yellow. Even with a very careful and slow pour a nice massive white head appeared. Pillowing like a marshmallow. It quickly faded and left just some sporadic dotted lacing around the glass.

S: Subtle aromas with muted hints of light fruits like pear. Maybe a slight dash of spice.

T: Despite the subtle nose I was relived that there were some flavors that peaked their way through. Clean tasting with hints of vanilla cream and a pinch of honey. A decent beer but still a little bland. Since I can't rate the taste as a 3.25 I will round up to a 3.5.

M: Fairly silky and smooth.

D: While the taste was nothing overwhelming it was still a nice beer that could be worth drinking all day. Hopefully I can get across the pond one day to try it there. I used about 6oz of my pint for a cod batter and it turned out remarkable.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boddingtons Pub Ale.

A- Starts as a massive foamy cup of liquid, then turns into a very impressive carmel colored beer with excellent one inch head that hangs around for the whole pint. Creamy look that is very appealing. Heavy lacing on the glass... great retention.

S- Mild but there. Quick smells of carmel and milky malts upfront. Small barley and hints of sweet brown sugar and coffee.

T- Starts with a very mild milk like flavor of malts, barley and small traces of coffee.

M-D- Mouthfeel is smooth as water on the tongue. Rich milk-like feel is then off set with an easy light cabonation to finish. Pub like beer with heavy drinking qualities. Definitly a dinner beer light and great tasting.

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