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 pmorey
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My review scores are based on a pull from Champions Pub in Sarasota, FL.

Nice two finger head and deep golden appearance. Good clean taste and creamy mouthfeel with nIce lacing on the glass. Very enjoyable pub beer.

However, I did NOT have the same impression when I have had Boddies from the nitro can. I thought it hat a somewhat bitter and chemical after taste. Not pleasant at all.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer really looks like it was poured from a bar tap...great body. Boddingtons is so unique for being a light-looking golden beer that pours like an Irish stout; those widget things work well. Moving past the appearence, this is a very mild tasting brew. Not much smell to speak of, but while swallowing it feels like a Beamish or Murphys thanks once again to the nitrogen blast. Slightly sweet, this a good smooth drinking session brew that pairs great with spicey food.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Looks great, feels great, smells okay and tastes okay. Definitely not up to great beer standards but it's not bad.

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Photo of mmedina210
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a pretty good beer overall. To my surprise the first can I opened burst over onto my hand and the carpet, so I handed that one to my friend. The next one I cracked open i poured directly into a pint glass and it poured a golden yellow and created a beautiful head. Not much smell to the beer, and compared to many other beers not much carbonation. Its a very hard beer to describe in taste and the best I can come up with is a creamy Budweiser with a lot less carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. I would recommend it if your looking to switch things up.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my 1st taste of this beer, and I was impressed for something that came from a can.

A- Hazy golden/amber color with a lot of carbonation from the rocket widget. The head on this beer has that beautiful draught look to it with reverse cascading bubbles and an off white slightly brown color.

S- I cannot enjoy the smell of this beer. It is chemical and stagnant with only a slight whiff of malts.

T- Taste is decent, there isn't much of it but some malty hoppy goodness comes through

M&D- Feels and drinks excellent. Silky smooth and easy to drink through a pint in no time.

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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 coopdog1000
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Thanks to my mate Ian, formerly of Her Majesty's Band of the Royal Scots Guards, and native of Manchester, who introduced me to his hometown brew.

I'm still a sucker for the head produced by a nitro can, and Boddies (as Ian calls this beer) have a nice one, a medium amber body, topped with a creamy white nitro head. Great staying power!

Not a complex aroma, just some malty sweetness. Taste is malty as well, with some mild hops as well. It also has some notes of leather and cardboard. I don't know if the mouthfeel can be both thin and creamy at the same time, but that's how I see it. A small finish of mild hops rounds it out.

Not an earthshattering brew, but a solid session beer. This might end up being my lawnmower beer this summer.

Cheers! Go United!

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

The beer pours a pale golden color with a beautiful frothy white head. A perfect appearance! The nose is fruity. Their are smells of pale malts and yeast. The taste is very plain and dull. There is no complexity here. The mouthfeel is nice; not to carbonated. It is a light bodied ale. The drinkability is rough. The mouthfeel is right, but the head is too thick and the taste just isn't that good. This is not a favorite of mine.

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

An interesting beer to say the least. I commented to my friends that while Boddington's is not the most complex beer I've ever tasted it just may be the creamiest and for this I give it some respect. I got an awful pour by the bartender at my school bar, but my friends was done correctly and the results were a glorious, fluffy, light head that settled out of the nitro. Good for sessions and as a creamy treat.

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Photo of gefinley
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear light brown with a 1 inch solid creamy off-white head that lasts. Foamy patches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty subdued with some malt/grain and nutty aromas. Taste is of sweet malt with nutty and fruity flavors and some citrus zest on the finish. A mild bitterness lingers after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation from the nitro tap but has a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer on nitro tap but I really didn't care for it from the nitro-can when I have tried it in the past.

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Photo of tlema1
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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 roadhouse
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can with the little widget inside into a pint glass.

Appearance is of course really cool looking thanks to the widget. It's a slightly hazy golden hue with a two inch white head that looks like whipped cream it's so creamy. Leavs some thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some caramelly sweetness with some fruitiness reminiscent of apples, peach, and pear.

The taste is basically what's expected from the aroma. Some grainy caramel sweetness up front with fruitiness coming in next. There is a decent amount of hops in here too of the spicy/earthy variety and they linger into the finish with the others flavors pretty nicely. There is also a bit of a metallic taste going on that I don't really enjoy.

Mouthfeel is light bodied tending towards medium, very smooth and creamy, low carbonation is pretty close to cask, but it feels a touch watery.

Overall I don't think this is the best of the style but it's pretty damn good, and better than I expected it to be. It's not overly complex, but it makes up in drinkability. Very nice session ale.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours slowly from the nitro faucet, forming a rich yellow gold liquid that cascades and ripples, settling into a golden amber, topped with a pure white creamy nitro head. The head lasts forever, of course, with tons of ladder-like lacing.
Very little aroma, probably due to the nitro and the smoky bar. A light estery maltiness, with a good deal of apple and pear fruitiness. Light hopping, providing an excellent balance.
Flavor is much better, with a serious estery fruitiness. I love this flavor. Pronounced apple and pear mingling with a sweet pale maltiness. Light hops come in the middle, finishing the beer with a very light bitterness. A touch of peach towards the end, finishing with a slightly tinny nitro flavor. Smooth carbonation, light bodied, with some phenols and more hops coming out as it warms up.
Definitely a smooth drinkin' ale that you can down two at a time. Simple, yet effective. I wish this was available without the nitro, I think it hurts the flavor, with that deadening nitro pour.

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Photo of HRCam
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pouring into a pint glass out of the can is a beautiful thing to see and you can watch the nitro head just settle out on top. Very deep gold/straw in color. With more bubbles clinging to the side of my glass.

S: Dried fruit, strong malt, and some metallic

T: The area where this beer is lacking. Ive had on tap and believe it is much better. The flavors start off fine, pretty much one taste straight through, with a small hop tingle. The finish is just very metallic, and raw almost.

M: Smooth creamy and goes down easy. Pretty similar to most nitro beers.

D: While the flavor of this beer is not that great, I could for some reason drink it all day. Its not horrible and I do prefer it to BMCs the only big problem with drinking this all day is the price tag. 4 cans for $8.99

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

Boddingtons Pub Ale
16 oz nitro can
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a golden bronze yellow with a massive head from the nitro can pour. Fluffy patches of lacing appear on the side of the glass.

The nose is rather faint and boring. Whiffs of dairy and light foral hops.

Taste is super creamy and smooth, as one would expect from a nitro can. The mouthfeel is so drinkable and light that there is a good drinkability level. Decent hop profile on the finish as well.

It's a slightly above average brew and certainly better on draught. I wish there were some more complexity for this style. Mainstream in it's own way, but also an enjoyable beer in the big picture of beers available.

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

16oz Nitro can from a local grocery store. Pours a translucent golden-amber with a respectivle inch or more of off-white head. Biscuit malts show through in the aroma with very little else I can notice. Biscuity and somewhat roasty malts along with a good dose of English hops characterize the flavor initially, but give way to a fairly clean finish. Thick (no doubt due to the nitro), yet oddly aqueous in the mouthfeel with few to no bubbles - almost flat. An easy drinker for sure, but by no means as complex or flavorful as its counterparts in the style. Not much going on here. Not that impressed with this one overall, though at 5.99$ per 4-pack, it's at least cheaper than a lot of its competition.

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Photo of redsoxjim
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RootedFool
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One pint nitro can purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Popped the tab and foam orgasmically erupted. I found my glass right away and dumped it in. Solid gold body with a water-fall-in-reverse of bright white foam. The head is utterly dense, barely a bubble spotted, bright white.

The nose is honey drizzled freshly cut grass, light and reserved.

Can't help but notice the mouthfeel first, creamy as can be and with that firm pillow of a head sinking across my upper-lip, ah! The taste is one extended undertone, it's that restrained -- begins with a quick nudge of bitterness, levels out into a watery honey sweetness, and closes on a softly blunt bitter tone like a shred or two of boiled lemon zest. Dry.

No carbonation to speak of.

Hey, it's a gorgeous beer. I wish it tasted as good as it looks, very drinkable nevertheless.

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Photo of Platonis
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SetarconeX
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is a startlingly frothy beer. I'm instinctively nervous about anything floating in my drinks, sort of a holdover from campous where bugs fall into your water, but I really didn't mind the little nitro ball too much. The taste is fairly good, if not great, but this beers more about feel than the taste.

All in all, a decent ale that feels wonderful going down.

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Photo of KentuckyBeerCat
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid beer. My brother raved about this beer to me for a long time so I decided to give it a shot. It was pretty good but nothing special at all. I would recommend it but cannot say I would drink it much more. Fairly boring taste and smell but smooth and goes down very easy. If you are just wanting something to new to try give it a shot but don't expect anything out of the ordinary.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good, drinkable ale. It's so creamy and smooth (and perhaps watery) you almost don't notice it going down. Great foamy head. Good golden look. Smell and taste, well, not very strong. It's a great beer to start or finish with, cuz it'll either get you into the flow of things or cleanse your palate. It's kind of like a mouthwash if you will, which probably isn't the kindest description, but apt none the less.

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