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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1.69/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer looked great. The formation and retention of the head was nice to look at. Unfortunately the liquid was seriously devoid of any recognizable flavor. No hops, no malt, not even a bad flavor, just very,very bland. I have never been a big fan of nitro cans. These were a freebie from a friend so I am not out anything. I am going to try the other two 16oz cans later, if the taste changes I will revise my review. If not I will just look forward to trying something new!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, deep golden hue with a creamy, stark white half-inch head that has some staying power. Aroma of light, sweet malt, honey, a touch of hops, and a whiff of something slightly sour that suggests the use of a bit of adjunct malt. Palate is well balanced between sweet malt and mild English hops, with a subtle honey background and a lightly bitter finish. Beautifully creamy mouthfeel as a result of the nitro cartridge in the can. A great session beer, whether in the can or on draught.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a medium-deep amber color. A thick, creamy white head with fantastic retention.

Aroma: A very subtle grain aroma, with almost no hop aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A buttery maltiness that is sweet, but mellow. A very subtle hop bitterness (very mild). A silky, creamy mouthfeel, with little carbonation.

Well, its not fantastically remarkable but it does have two worthwhile qualities: for one, it doesn’t really have too much of that “nitro-funk” that you get with most beers that come in nitro-cans, but you still get that great, creamy head-retention (thanks to the nitro-can). Secondly, its REALLY drinkable, would make a great session beer. So, it’s worth a try.

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Photo of mynie
1.66/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Interbev nitro can

Pours okay--bright gold with a nitro head and reverse bubbles.

Smells like sugar and water. Very faint and not very beery.

Tastes like foam and air and little else. There's a hint of honey upfront followed by intense pasturization and almost no aftertaste.

The body is very creamy, but it feels so synthetic that it's actually kind of uncomfortable.

This is like a can full of nitrogen and chemcials. Barely even resembles a beer. I hear this stuff used to be really good, too. What a shame.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap. poured out a good and yellow hue. very good, had a heavy and thick white head.

aroma was lightly fruity and had a scent of bananas.

taste was lighter than i thought. had carbonation like a guiness draught or beamish; not much. tastes was also of bananas i thought, and creamy- creamy like a yogert taste. but by saying this makes it sound bad, but it was a good beer.

i dont think i like the mouthfeel too much but i does go good with the beer. on draft i say its good, when i get in in cans i'll re-rate it.

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Photo of Brian700
3.69/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear, amber color with a beautiful head. The head is creamy and looks like whipped egg whites. Nice and fluffy. I'd comment on the aroma but it is practically non-existant. Maybe a faint malt aroma. The taste is very light and smooth. Mild maltiness with hardly any hop bitterness at all. The mouthfeel is very good. Creamy, but the carbonation seems light. I think it is a good drinkable beer although it really isn't very complex and is kind of bland. It isn't a beer you would want to drink if you've just had a beer with explosive flavor.

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Photo of BigBry
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from the nitro can causes a beautiful, creamy head on top this clear amber liquid. Foam lasts the whole glass and with a deep swallow leaves a mustache of creamy bubbles. Not a lot of aroma, maybe a bit of malt, but any smell tends to get killed by the nitro. No strong flavors (good or bad), pretty average taste all around. Thick and creamy mouthfeel, goes down smooth.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Confession: I'm bad at reading directions. Just went off and recklessly opened this can, not realizing I was supposed to do so "carefully", and "Sppssshhh", it went out the can, on my leg, all over the chair. Well, now the foam seems to have been settled, time to drink it...
Clear amber color, solid 1", tight cap of creamy white foam above, in for the long haul. Looks nice.
Aroma is light citrus, small hops,soft and creamy, but pleasant.
Taste: it's there, lightly fruity, touch of hops, a touch sour (?, but altogether smooth. Slim body, neglible finish, this ale quits the mouth with a quickness. I understand the appeal of pub ales, but it just doesn't apply in my case. Generally, I like ales with bigger flavor than this, but you can't knock it's popularity, and it delivers to those who subscribe. Not for me, though.

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Photo of Vancer
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fiddler’s Green in Orlando. Awesome!! Perfect cascading in a clear, amber yellow with a tan head that laced the pint glass all the way down. Lite aromas of malt and citrus that matched the creamy smooth taste, a lemon was in the background. Thin, of course, cream ale that you could drink all night, easily. Nice lite hoppy finish.

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Photo of Shaw
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours about the best-looking pint I've had out of a bottle or can. That widget makes a great, thick head. The beer itself is copper colored.

Its smell is very faint. It's a little sour, with a hint of cream? The taste is a little sour, too. There's hardly any flavor at all. I know this is supposed to be a session beer, but it needs just a bit more substance.

The mouthfeel is good. It's creamy and smooth and glides over my palate.

Overall this is just an average beer. It's good for when you want something light to quench your thirst. The best thing about it by far is its appearance.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.89/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a thick head of cream that outlasts the beer itself. Mild malty notes, touch of honey, gummi bears in the aroma, but not much else. A smell that reminds me of paint thinner does hit me as it warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is hardly noticeable, as expected. Just a slight tingle on the tongue.

I taste a metallic bitterness, a bit of roasted malt. Not overly powerful in any area, just an all-around subtle ale. A pleasing and delicate sweetness begins to emerge as I make my way through the pint.

While I wouldn't say it's well-rounded, it's certainly pleasant enough. For me, it just doesn't declare itself enough.

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

Has a clear golden color with a creamy bubbly head that never goes away.

There is not much aroma there, just a grainy metallic smell.

Taste weak, not terrible but weak. not much to the flavor but a metallic water and soft grain.

Makes for a good session beer if you if this is your type of beer.
Looks great but has really no taste to it.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a British pint glass on tap at Walt Disney World - Epcot Rose and Crown Pub (United Kingdom).

Presentation: This beer poured a cloudy golden color, translucent to nearly opaque. There was about a three-quarter-inch thick head with very good retention. There wasn't much of a scent to this beer at all, so it's about average - not good, and not awful.

Tasting: A very well-balanced flavor hit the tongue. It wasn't sweet, but it wasn't really bitter either. There was more malt character than hop flavoring. This was a medium-bodied beer that was very easy to drink. I would consider this a potential "session beer."

Overall, a decent brew. I would recommend this possibly as a crossover beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with that wonderful "waterfall" effect (a la Guinness). A 2" tall, creamy,fluffy, almost edible off-white head forms. The brew is a nice golden color. Smell is light, with hops, amlt and just a slight hint of spice. Taste is hops, a little spice, and some malt. Not much in the way of complexity here. A smooth drinking beer with light effervescence and not much aftertaste. Overall, considering it came from a can, a pretty good beer, but doesn't hold up like, say, Young's Double Chocolate stout. Get this on tap, it is much better there.

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Photo of DrJay
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale amber and perfectly clear, topped by a dense, fluffy white head common to nitro beers. Retention was superb and large chunks of foam stuck to the sides of the glass. Very mild aroma, with a bit of grainy sweetness and light floral hops. Mild floral hop flavour with some hop bitterness balancing grain and caramel flavours. Light fruity esters. Bitterness is more pronounced and the sweetness comes out a little more at the finish, which is of medium length. Just a hint of a metallic flavour creeps in after about the first half pint. Light body and very low carbonation.

I can see this being a good session, with the low carbonation and mild flavour. Overall, the flavour and aroma feel a little muted. 440 mL can.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More beers should be carbonated with nitrogen. It gives the beer such a full-bodied, satisfying feel. It poured with a thick, thick creamy head and on top there is a darker thicker head on top of an off-head that disappears as the beer settles. The aroma does not stand out as anything original or complicated, just simple hops and sweet malts—but strangely pleasing. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy for an ale, but if served cold enough, is nicely crisp and satisfying. This is a favorite beer of mine and I find it incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of crookedhalo
2.71/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a consistent off-white, creamy nitrogenated head. White bready malt aroma with a touch of clover honey and faint hopping. Predominant taste is iron-laden Manchester water with a light toasty malt profile, diacetyl, and a faint hop bitterness. I'm not really sure why people swear by this beer, it must be a process of socialization. Just as bland and unsatisfying as it is on nitro-draught except with a further metallic, minerally taste. Creamy mouthfeel, but that's nothing new with a nitro can; that's about all it has going for it. I've been told from one Englishman, "It's the best thing to come from Manchester". Obviously, that bloke doesn't care for football, the Stone Roses, Oasis, Happy Mondays, New Order, the Smiths or the Charlatans UK. I'm wondering whether he was faking an accent... Nah, just pride, gotta defend the hometown.

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Photo of Maestro
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The draught can leaves you with a thick, tan head and lots of lacing on the glass. The beer is an amber color with a good amount of bubbles visible in the glass. The smell is very sweet with strong suggestions of caramel. Hops are not very aromatic and seem to be hard to detect in the nose. The taste is very mild, with caramel coming through here as well. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkablility is great...would make a nice session.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favourites from a nitro can; apart from all the others, it has a decent taste out of the can. Pours a gold colour with a nice white head, but this is obviously from the widget.

Smell is faintly of malt, but really not much of a smell to it. Tastes of malts with a bit of hop. Quite good: nothing spectacular, but a straight up "beer" taste.

Smooth mouthfeel, again in part because of the nitro. But it is drinkable, and I've no problem putting away a four pack.



Since production was taken over by InBev/InterBrew/whatever they call themselves now and has been moved to Luton, I no longer find Boddingtons as enjoyable. The cream has been robbed from Manchester and has suffered greatly. Luton brewed Boddingtons has lost its creaminess and now has a harsh "aluminum can" edge to it, Formerly drinkable, this is now just unbearable. My review, however, is based upon Manchester brewed Boddingtons and shall thus not be altered.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one comes out of the nitro tap and takes a few minutes for the head to finsih forming. Light golden in color, this beer seems a little light to be a pale ale.

Smell - This beer has hardly any aroma at all. There is some malt, and maybe just a little dose of hops as a balance. If this is indeed a pale ale, the smell is disappointing.

Taste - The best way to describe this beer is "light flavored." Hops and malt balance pretty well, but put this up against any other English pale ale and I think one would notice quite a difference. The taste is not unpleasant, but it is somewhat plain.

Mouthfeel - This beer is not as hearty as most pale ales I've tasted. The body is just a little light.

Drinkability - Due to its light flavor and smooth character, this beer is highly drinkable.

Comments - Although not particularly exciting, this beer would probably be a good session beer. Call me crazy, but there is something refreshing about occasionally drinking a beer that is simple and smooth without an American "adjunct" flavor to it.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good clean bright yellow beer. Has a big spoonable creamy white head and leaves lace effect. There was a light sweet grassy aroma with a hint of lemon to it. The flavor was light and had a little sweetness with that same hint of lemon just before the quick hop bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of ggroller
1.81/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

You better be standing outside or near a sink when you crack this one. The un-tapped can is an explosion waiting to happen. I drank this beer several times over the course of a couple of years because I am trying to see what my buddy sees in this crap. In my opinion, it's no different than any of the light beers I have ever tasted. Miller, Keystone, Coors, etc.,etc. This stuff is awful. The only enjoyment I get out of this beer is watching the cascade after I pour it into a glass. The color is clear straw, the smell is faintly fruity, the taste and mouthfeel are lacking, and the finish is clear and clean to the point of it being water.

Boddingtons. I just don't get it.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light amber with a frothy white, nitro head. It smells really sweet... like caramel.The flavor is equally sweet with a very bitter, metallic aftertaste that is not too pleasant, but is by no means repulsive. The body is very thin and watery overall...not the best EPA, but definitely not the worst.

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Photo of mntlover
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gloden slightly pale with a big creamy white head that is nice to look at nice coating of foam on my glass, nitro good for something.
Aroma is slightly grainy malt, some light caramel thrown in but not much elsecan escape this head.
Taste is smooth creamy touches of caramel mixed with malt that tastes like it semlls slightly grainy, light hop flavors and a wee touch of bitterness in the finish. Nothing to be offended about but not much going on either.
Mouthfeel is nice creamy feeling, not lots of body but the nitro makes it feel that way.
Drinkability is ok not something I would buy normally but the boss at work mentioned he enjoyed it and I hadn't tried it so here we are. Would by in a restaurant or pub with limited options but not something to keep around.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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