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 Nichol
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look is appetizing - nice amber color reminiscent of the sap that preserved the mosquito that made the cloning of dinosaurs a reality on Jurassic Park...The head is one of the longest enduring I've seen, with a higher than average amount of lacing. Smell is malty, and, of course, so is the taste. I prefer hoppier ales, so I'm not in love with it, but for a malty ale this one is decent. The feel is temporariy slick, but it soon disappates and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The slick feel can be expected with the amount of malt; again I prefer a dry taste and feel but others with maltier inclinations would like. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I'm not opposed to having again.

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Photo of Erik271
5/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is explosive when opened . Poured into a pint glass pretty fast and didn't overflow . Fun to watch the beer settle and form a rich and thick creamy head . Beer Has a light blonde color. Appearance looks delicious. I noticed a citrus lemon smell. Beer is malty and not much flavor. Slight bitter aftertaste . Bland. I usually get this beer once a year. Not a bad beer and not a good beer . Might be delicious to drop a shot in with its overall bland taste. Price is pretty cheap.

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Photo of tlema1
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
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 stevoj
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An explosion of foam erupted when opening the can, and a thick creamy head covered the beer and the sides of the glass. A very mellow and mild bitterness, typical of English ales. Only thing better would be drinking this in a real Emglish pub....

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Photo of mnrider
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Nitro-Can. Pours a clear caramel color. Two fingers of white creamy head.
Excellent retention.

S: Grains. Malts. Metallic. Yeast. Some hints of fruit.

T/M: Very clean and watery. Malts. Bread and grains. Sweet. Light fruity taste.
Nuts. Light bitter taste near the end. Creamy and light bodied.

O: Not too good. Watery with a weird and weak taste. A classic English Ale to
many people, but I'm less than impressed.


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Photo of Lobina
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Watching this settle in the glass never gets old. A little on the sweet doughy side. Not quite chewy. Nothing real impressive but nothing offensive. Easy to drink and watch. Nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Bottom of can says 11OCT2016.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a cascading head that settles at about ½ inch thick and stays for the duration of the drink.

S- Biscuity, doughy malt aroma that’s a bit sweet.

T- Flavor follows the aroma with more bready malt, a touch of hop bitterness and a sweet grainy finish. A bit of honey as well.

M- Very creamy and smooth, as expected. Body leans toward the lighter side.

O- A good beer for when you just want to knock back a few without focusing on the complexities and nuances of what’s in your glass. Satisfying in a liquid bread sort of way. Full disclosure: I'm a sucker for nitro pour beers.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The appearance of this beer upon pouring from the pint can is crazy. It has an upside down head that dissipates into a normal head which is a thick white head. You really have to try it to see it!

The smell is a very bready yeasty smell almost like a fresh baked loaf of white bread. Very pleasing nose presence.

The taste followed the nose somewhat with the bread notes. However it tasted kind of like a flat lager to my buds. With some creaminess this was not overall unappealing but was not satisfying at the same time.

Overall I will try this again and see if perhaps I may have gotten some older crap. My wife liked it and the price point gives me something I can work with so I will try it again.

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Photo of _drummer_
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was a so-so beer. It's fairly smooth but lacked the carbonation that I like in a beer. The flavor wasn't spectacular, but not awful. It seemed a bit flat, actually. Overall, I probably won't get this one again, but I'm not upset that I tried it.

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Photo of Savan
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours into a tulip glass with pulsating gold-bronze-gold-bronze giving way to a thinning straw-auburn colour and a reasonable head of paper white!
Smell is LITERALLY non complacent, just a hint of malt of some sort :\
Taste is light, somewhat sweet and a little malty... no recognisable hip character. feel is light watery not all that impressive. Over all... Let down by the appearance to flavour and smell being so muted. but I have had before and was worth revisiting I thought.... all that in mind not a terrible beer by any means, wrapped in lustre and then let down... but worth a try and if available cheep, a good grab.

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Photo of andrewbarrows
2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The best thing about this beer is the look. It has a cool falling head. It is also very creamy. Unfortunately the taste gets old by the end of the pint

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Photo of rickenclacker
4.27/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boddingtons, is indeed, smooth and creamy as advertised. You will not find the texture this beer has anywhere. The flavor is mild, but is a nice change of pace from the pale ales and IPA's.
As far as the lower alcohol content, if you have to drink 9 of these to get a buzz, you are an alcoholic, and need help.
My only complaint is there is some inconsistency between 4 packs and even cans....some tend to be flat.
Whether this is a canning flaw, or due to shelf life, (this beer does not fly off the shelves), not sure about, but when things are is really good.
One of my favorites.

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Photo of Glengosch
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer today for the first time in several years. I was actually surprised at the negative scores and reviews on this beer.

This is a very neutral tasting beer. The flavor is mild and balanced. The taste doesn't blow me away, but it is good.

It has an amber look and pours perfect with nice head due to the nitro can. I've had this on tap before too, but it's been so long, I can't say whether I like it any better.

The smell is about like the taste. It doesn't punch you in the face with any sort of aroma, it just smells like beer (that might sound generic, but that's the best way I can describe it).

Bottom line: I can't find anything wrong with this beer, but it doesn't blow me away either. It's still really good. And that's kind of nice when I want a break from beer with a barrage of flavors. Kind of like vanilla ice cream. Vanilla ice cream is just plain, but sometimes you get a vanilla ice cream that just tastes damn good. Boddingtons Pub Ale is just an ordinary ale that tastes pretty damn good.

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Photo of Raime
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got together with a few of the old college friends from days gone by around the time I initially startes reviewing beers. Grabbed a $10 mix a six of three not so potent new to me beers and three old faithfuls. Not expecting much but who knows.

Look - Poured from the can. Yields a crystal clear honey golden color with a finger and a half of fizzy though fairly well retaining head. Carbonation levels appears to be low to medium depending on the angle you look at it from. Head eventually drops to a thin ring arouns the edges of the glass. Lacing is spotty.

Smell - Initial whiffs bring out a noticable though small amount of lemon pledge like zestyness with some usual adjunct players it seems. Corn in nature, though cleaner than what you would receive in a similar priced American counterpart.

Taste - The slight lemon is not present on the flavor profile, instead being replaced by a moderate level of hop bitterness and slightly dirty. Adjunct levels are highly present and once again of the corn variety though not in the essence of an AAL per say, more pleasant.

Feel - Body is fairly watery with some creamyness and the carbonation is pretty low. Swallows easy as one two three and it's gone.

Overall - Not really a whole lot to say about this one. Perfectly inoffesive and fine for drinking during any timw or any occassion. If the price were lower and it were available in higher quantities it may make a good go to for when you feel like cooking out. Otherwise, nothing special. Move along.

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Photo of transitionbikes93
4.35/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My first beer, and i love it just as much now as I did several years ago when I first tried it. And the poor reviews on here are from people who are comparing this to beers well above its class. It truly is an amazing beer for what it is, so I recommend that you give it a shot.
Look-Pours a splendid honey gold with lots and lots of bubbles at first from the Draughtflow device inside, forming a beautifully thick, creamy, delicious head. A very good looking beer.
Smell-This ales downfall, it smells like nothing, maybe a tad bit of grassiness.
Taste-Its very neutral, just a very average EPA. Bready, biscuity, and slightly bitter malts, with very subtle hop profile, and just a slight honey-like sweetness to balance it out. I think its wonderful, refreshing, light, but not too light, easy to drink, but its way more flavorful than any other middle-priced beer, and it goes well with just about anything. Wings? Check. Pretzels? Check. Nachos? Check. Pizza? Of course. Gorganzola stuffed butterfly'd beef tenderloin? Oh yeah!
Feel-Oh so smooth. I don't know many beers as smooth as this one. Good carbonation, well balanced.
Overall-One of my all time favorites, and a great simple, go too beer that most of your friends will probably find tasty and inoffensive. Its not gonna suprise you and its about as un-complex as you can get, but if you want something refreshing and easy to drink, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of importedfromdet
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From a four pack from Sam's Club.

Poured into a glass there is very little head, a few millimeters thick,. Notes of carbonation, translucent wheaty orange color. Nothing impressive.

Smells not very interesting. Very fruity and a slight yeast.

Taste: Nothing offending but nothing brought to the table. Reminds me of a very mild Guinness. Very creamy, with notes of malts, wheat and finally a yeasty backbone. Sippable.

Feel is very smooth. Goes down easy with some dryness at the end with the yeast taste leaving a not so great end.

Overall it is unique, but a creamy beer that isn't here to make a statement isn't my thing.

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Photo of zinklesmesh
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

It's not a flavorful beer, and it's not supposed to be. Pours a nice deep golden amber, with a thick, creamy head. Smells like grassy malt, not much else. Tastes smooth and creamy with a nice biscuity malt body and a hint of yeasty bitterness. A nice, crisp, smooth, drinkable beer. Very good mouthfeel.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color, smooth slightly creamy taste, no aftertaste. This is the kind of beer you can drink a lot of without getting tired of the taste. It's not a strong flavored beer so I can see how this goes well with bar food. It won't overpower whatever you're eating so it's something to be enjoyed with food.

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Photo of jeffdr123
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a head about a mile high. Settled down to a pretty honey-gold, clear beer.
Very little to smell.
The nitro widget gave it a nice creamy feel.
I suppose if I were in a pub in England, I would think of this as a pleasant enough session ale. But here at home, too many odd tastes blended in with a general blandness, make it a beer I probably won't buy again.

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Photo of hophead723
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Perfectly, undeniably clear. There is a nitro-like cascading effect upon the initial pour, which settled to a white and clinging head. Lacing is thin and foamy, with a rich character.

Smell: The smell is delicate, fruity, yeast-driven, and delightful with fleeting aromas of malt that is reminiscent of cork.

Taste: Much like a Tripel and a Cream Ale combined, this brew sports the best of both worlds. Again it is yeast driven, but well executed and undeniably high quality. Banana ester flavors from the yeast play the main part while the supporting character is a honey-like malt backbone.

Feel: Silky, delightfully smooth like a nitro but with a relatively dry end that screams session. Its mid-range palate is moist however, which makes drinking this beer like running on a treadmill of deliciousness. Try not to chug down a full pint without even realizing it.

Overall: This beer is simply brewed but very well executed. It is not only drinkable as hell but has a plethora of playful characteristics that combine the best of both worlds when it comes to ales and lagers.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This beer has 4.7% ABV and sports an aerator ball inside to improve quality pours. It’s an English Pale Ale from the UK and is exquisite.

Look-The clarity is significant and the color is a honey-golden yellow. The smoothness makes one sort of expect it to be a darker brew, but instead you get a honey-yellow that glints in the sun. This one pours well even when you don’t do it vigorously. One can see layers of cascading and settling carbonation producing the beautiful one to two finger thick Nitro head. The head is softer than Egyptian silk and has the most amazing consistency. The lacing does not exist, but in a good way. Most beers produce layers of lacing in the form of circular rings, but this one creates the most amazing comprehensive layer that cakes the entire glass! It’s like fresh snow on Christmas morning!

Smell-It smells subtle and has vague aromas of vanilla, roasted oatmeal, Vermont syrup, and some honey malts. There are zero hops in the smell and taste and this is by design.

Taste-The taste is exceptional, yet muted (and so it should be with this pint can). It is also reminiscent of a crème soda in terms of the vanilla, toasted grains, and spices. I also pick up plentiful biscuit and English yeast.

Mouthfeel-This is the king of smooth and creamy beers. It is so smooth that it makes silk seem like sandpaper (if I can stretch this hyperbole so far)! It’s creamy and rich as well as smooth and with a fine sweet coating on the tongue that lingers. The carbonation is subtle to complement the creamy flavors and textures.

Overall-Like I said, this beer is one of a kind. It comes in 4-packs of pint cans and the aerator ball definitely adds some novelty as well as quality to this brew. So, if its lower ABV might deter you from grabbing a delicious 4-pack of these pints, then just remember that if you cash all four in a sitting, you’ll be feeling mighty toasty and satisfied. Cheers!

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Photo of Beermanic
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Semi copper color, Thick heavy but fluffy white head

S:Some malt aroma, some honey sweetness, no hops really, a little ?muddy? Nitro cap???

T: More bitter than smells, stone fruit esters of English yeast. Malty sweet, honey malt flavor, kind of biscuit.

M: Full bodied ( Nitro)

O: Somewhat balance between malty sweetness and hop profile. Not quite a Bass Pale ale, but none the less very English. Taste like my trips to Europe, in tiny, barely light, wet carpet smelling pubs of London.

The bros a 55 that's low.. that is like giving a t bone a 3 and a ribeye a 10. A tbone can only be SO good and that is what this is, im not saying its spectacular but a ESB or English Pale will never blow you away.

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Photo of ordybill
2.59/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the tap at the"World of Beer" in Pooler, GA.
Not a fan of the taste and aroma. I did find the creamy texture comforting, but the flavor is the drag on this rating.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the nitrogen widget, this is a beautiful beer: a medium, off-white, perfectly-creamy head that leaves thick, unyielding walls of lacing, perched atop a clear, deep-golden beer. The nose is malt-forward, an enticing blend of butterscotch and sweet caramel with light alcohol notes. On the palate, a lightly roasted malt backbone is the star, with hints of butterscotch and a slightly bitter hops presence that follows through to dominate the finish. As expected, the flavors feel muted due to the nitro, but not so much so that one feels cheated, especially as the nitrogen whips the medium body to such an exquisite velvety texture. This is an amazingly drinkable beer. (16 oz nitro can, 326 days after pkg.)

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Photo of Nathan-McFadden
4.31/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I am not a fan of dark beer. I typically drink IPA, or witbier and lager. This however, provides a good full beer style with a satisfying taste. It is sweet but not at all overpowering. It mixes the strength with the smoothness very well. I would say the balance alone is what keeps me ordering it at pubs and bars. Introduced to it in college I still drink it today, typically with pub-type food. For those looking to venture into something more cultural than the typical Budweiser without going full blown Hobgoblin, go for this great tasting refreshing beer.

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