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 DrunkMcDermott
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess this is supposed to be an example of an English “session beer,” but it doesn't really rock my American palate. The widget-type bubbler gave a good tall, cascading head (and this from a can that sat in my fridge for two years) that stayed with the beer and left a nice lace on the sides. Could not detect much aroma, which is better than smelling skunky, I guess. English pub style watery mouthfeel was uninspiring, and I couldn't pick up much taste, just a little residual sweetness. Nothing lingers much after the swallow. Nothing terrible, just not great.

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Photo of Gusler
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Call me silly, but I've always liked this beer, especially from the tap. Pours a crystal clear gold color, the head large, creamy, bright white and the lace a fine sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose fresh and clean, mostly malt and somewhat sweet, just like the start, top skinny in feel. Finish is lightly hopped, dry and a fine "Session" beer in my humble opinion.

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Photo of PZuke
3.66/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my effort to learn about English beer I decided to try Boddingtons. This beer pours a golden color with cascading and ending in a thick white head that has staying power. The hop and malt smells are present but they are very slight. This beer is classic to the style being extremely easy to drink and light and having a creamy mouthfeel. It could be considered mellow and maybe even a little watery. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting but this is a beer that you would have to start with. It would not be good to have after a in your face beer because it would be hard to appreciate its subtle tastes.

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Photo of UncleAl
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahhhh Boddingtons. I like to call it "Guiness Extremely Light." After exploding the nitro can on opening, the beer pours to a golden color, if not somewhat hazy, with excellent cascading. A thick, creamy head then forms and stays with the beer the rest of the way.

There are some hop and malt aromas here, but they are very light and somewhat metallic. Some citrous and fruity overtones. The beer is easy to drink, very light and creamy mouthfeel, although it can be considered somewhat flat and devoid of any punch.

Still, if you offer me one I will not turn it down. After the initial excitement, it's a mellow ale best suited for a mellow drinking session.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a rich golden color with spiraling lines of carbonation bubbles going up the sides of the glass. Head retains at about 1/4 inch for the entire length, and displayed a cascading effect while it was settling. The smell had some hoppiness, but mostly a light, mead-like crispness to it, with lemony citrus and grass. Taste was nice and smooth, very light with a hoppy crispness at the finish. Mouthfeel was also smooth, very creamy from the nitro. I was satisfied at the end.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
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 slitherySOB
2.41/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this can for a buck. Not bad a deal for a not bad a brew. Poured a frothy head upon an amber pond. Surely the nitro widget now banging around in the empty can effected the appearance immensely. Too bad it doesn't improve taste and smell. This was a very metallic brew. Is their no protective lining in the can? Or is this intentional? Some floral hops and odd smelling malt comes through the steel factory aroma. Taste. Hmm, not bad. If I was the tinman. Again, very metallic taste. But it's cold. After a while to warm, some bitterness comes through, so as not too disappoint. Creamy mouthfeel. Almost like an Irish creme. Though the taste is bad, the mouthfeel is good, allowing for a drinkable brew.

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the local pub. Pours a yellow color with a surprisingly thick white head that sticks around. Loved the head on this one. The aroma is a little bread-like, but there's really not much aroma here. The flavor is very smooth and a little malty. There is a little sweetness and a little hops to keep things fun, but the drinkability of this beer is amazing. It is a little bitter, but just a little. Great beer.

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Fitz's ale house in Elmhurst IL.

Beer served a proper 20z Imperial Pint. Beer is a light gold with nice head that sticks for the duration. Decent lacing.

Beer smells of malt, grass and a little bit of bread. Hard to pick-up much pure hop aroma. Beer is a little to clean smelling.

Taste is nice. Some malt sweetness and a bit of hops to keep things interesting. Beer is very soft in the mouth. I'm not sure if this is due to the water or the ingredients, either way it is an easy beer to drink. Great carbonation completes the package.

While not overwhelming in the taste department, I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of leeenglewood
2.62/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a weird looking beer and nitro cans should be reserved for stouts was my opinion after drinking it. First off the beer shot out of the can apon breaking the cans seal so make sure you have a glass within a seconds reaching after cracking the seal. Back to why pale beers shouldn’t be nitrogen induced was the appearance it looked like really weird whipped egg whites on top of a flat looking yellowish beer. Smells like bread dough not bad but not good either. Tasted decent but would do much better if it actually had some body to it with no carbonation it just tasted like flat beer with almost no flavor and became a task to finish. This beer would be much better having been bottle conditioned, force carbonated in the bottle or have been served from a tap that is non-nitrogen.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favourite "widget can" brews from the U.K.. The appearance is a bit weak. The first word that comes to mind is "thin". The quality of the brew, however, is quite different. I really enjoy the head off of a fresh poured Boddingtons. I small glass of Boddingtons' foam would be great! The smell is quite mild mannered, but pleasant, a wee bit "yeasty" or bready. The taste itself is quite mild, too. It isn't near thirst quenching, like some brews I've had, but it is still quite good indeed. It has a nice "mouthfeel", also. The drinkability of Boddingtons is quite good, too. Overall, Boddingtons is a wonderful brew that smells good and is easy to drink with little aftertaste.

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Photo of hungryghost
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with the frothy head you get with a Guiness nitro can. Obvious difference is the color. This is much lighter, a yellow with the thick white head. It does not smell like much, maybe a bit metalic from the can. I prefer not to drink from cans for this reason.
This is a light, creamy beer without much flavor, a good, cold, lager beer.
The creamy aspect is more mouthfeel than taste I think. The beer
is ok, nothing special, but no matter if I have one or three I get a hangover. Not sure why, but that is why I will not drink it anymore.

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Photo of jcalabre
1/5  rDev -68.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I originally sampled this beer on 29 October 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
This beer is truly awful. It tastes like water with a foamy head. Budweiser has more (and better) flavor than this loser. This is the ultimate drain pour.
If this is the only beer available, seek out water or a soft drink

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Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this many times either in the nitro can or nitro tap I had a few days ago at the Spring House Drafting Room.Pours a deep yellow with a very nice looking creamy head,not much smell to it somewhat metallic and a little biscuit malt but not much.The flavor is pretty bland and dry with some slight maltiness.It does not taste as good as it looks for sure.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint glass

Poured a beautiful deep yellow with a great thick white head. The head stayed throughout and the lacing was impecable. The scents are weak malt. Very shallow. Not much comes through at all.

The flavors are a mild malt with a small amount of hop bitterness. Not much else. There is also a watery quality which I think hurts the flavors.

There is a nice mouthfeel to this ale for the most part. Not much body and again the watery feel is there as well. It drinks extremely easy and would easily go down well with a meal.

Sadly, there is just not alot happening with this ale. Mild is the key word.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color once the cascade effect from the nitro ball settled. Big creamy tannish head.

Smell: sweet malt barely able to penetrate that thick head. Really not too much aroma.

Taste: started off with a nice malty flavor and faint fruity tone. Shifted rather abruptly to a hops taste and left a bitter taste on the tongue at the finish. Taste was not very pronounced, though.

Feel: nice, creamy feel. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: not bad, just not great. I can think of any number of other beers in this style I'd rather drink. All in all, a pretty average brew.

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Photo of freed
4.18/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its possible this beer was meant to compliment the nitro pour system. Though its a fairly standard British Pale, it has a wonderful mouth-feel and drinkability due to its rich creamy body and clean taste. The attractive pour in an imperial pint, it sets a nice mood. Though the aroma is quite weak, possibly due to the thick foam, its still nice for the style. The taste is fairly standard, a creamy and malty taste with little hop presence. It certainly compliments fish & chips well, and it is entirely too drinkable.

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

I live at an elevation of about 5000 feet above sea level and i guess this beer is for people at sea level because when i pulled the tab on this one it gushed out about 16 of the beer onto my counter top.
This beer has a beautiful upward cascade of nitrogen that contributes a creamy thick head and a little belgian lace as well. Medium golden colored brew is very clear.
Aroma is faint yet distinct as it reminds me of apples and a little sweet malt.
Taste is very smooth with a dry maltiness and a subtle character of english hops and apple-like esters from the yeast. Water character is a little salty but not nearly as much as bass.
Body is in the medium range as it is not heavy nor is it too lite.
Overall this beer is very drinkable and i would enjoy this one as a session beer or as a thirst quencher, one at a time.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Darker gold color. Large creamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied English ale, mild taste, some hop bitterness. Full flavor, full body. Mouthfeel is creamy, full and round. Some malt sweetness. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is very slightly bitter.

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Photo of beerman599
2.19/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cloudy orange in color with a very thick head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma ( what their was of it) was slightly malty, but nothing to rave about. Taste was not too impressive ether. Rather bland and unimpressive. Mouthfeel was creamy, and this was the the flavor. i would rather drink water than have another one of these so I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
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 JohnnyDuvel
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was pleasantly suprised by this. I knew the pour would be impressive after reading the reviews, but many seemed unimpressed with the taste. While I agree that it is a relatively mild tasting beer, that is more than made up for by the creamy mouthfeel and refreshing nature of this beer.Goes down so nicely, and there is nothing wrong with the taste. Even in the can, this blows away the "big three" on tap. If it's that much better in England, I would love to try it. I will be buying more of this (today!). Re-review - It's amazing how your opinion can change. As you can see, I really enjoyed this the first time. Must've been the hot day, drinking it outside? Tonight, it was so watery and bland that I poured it down the drain after two sips. Amazing. Maybe I'll like it more next time (if there ever is a next time!).

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Photo of WesWes
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Sine' Irish Pub.

Cloudy orange in color with a very thick head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma was slightly malty, but nothing to rave about. Taste was not too earth-shattering as well. Rather bland and unimpressive. Mouthfeel was creamy, and I think this covered up some of the flavor. Not really reaching for the glass for another pull with this one. I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of TheDM
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a long lasting creamy large white head of fine to medium sized bubbles. It has a light transparent golden brown body. It also has a mild malty/ hoppy aroma. It had a smooth full bodied hoppy taste with no bit and a slight tartness in its finish. There was nothing special about this brew, but it was just nice none-the-less.

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