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Boddingtons Cask

InBev UK
Formerly brewed at Hydes

Style: Bitter
Luton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Cask: Regular.
Recipe change in late 2003: abv up from 3.8% to 4.1% and wheat no longer used.
Contract brewed by Hydes since February, 2005 when the Strangeways brewery was closed.
Production was suspended in Spring 2012. The future of cask Boddingtons looks uncertain.
Ingredients: Pale Malt; Fuggles and Goldings hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ken1 (799) - DENMARK - OCT 7, 2011
At tab at hard rock café in London. Delighted to find a beer I had not tasted here, but as expected nothing spectacular. A pretty standard beer, good colour, good head.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VMeth (28) - - AUG 26, 2011
Boddington’s practically has a trademark on creaminess, but it is also inoffensive to the point of complete blandness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AshtonMcCobb (2107) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2011
Draught at Crinan Hotel. Pours pale-golden with some head, some of which hangs about. The nose has apples, lemon and malt. The taste has more malt and apples. The palate is medium bodied and textured, but it doesn’t clean on the end - there’s a malty overhang. Overall, this is drinkable for something so ubiquitous.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
greenmanalishi (446) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2011
A smooth, malty beer with little aroma and a not-all-that-developed flavour. Slight hint of toffee. Drinkable when out and about in the Manchester area and finding yourself in a desperate pub, but the blandness and short finish with a slight metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2011
Draft, Darker blond coloured beer, slighly hazy with no carbonation and a dence white head. Smouth silky malty bitter hinted aroma. Full creamy palate. Finish is dence smouth malty hinted and slightly bitter touched.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (3159) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
From a draft pour at the Holiday Inn Express here on the Waterfront in Leith (Edinburgh, Scotland) this was a clear amber pour with a fluffy white head and lots of lacing. Nose is weak however, with just a hint of malts and hops. Mouthfeel a bit thin Flavor is caramel malts and some light floral hops. Finish is mildly bitter. Not too much to get excited about here but drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tkrjukoff (3895) - SWEDEN - APR 30, 2010
Pours clear amber with thick and rich white head. Cannot sense much of aroma, weak fruity maybe. Fruity, slight sweetness and hoppyness flavor. Round and lean on palate. Finish is sweet and bitter, nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2009
Cask at Swan with Two Nicks in Worcester. This is almost comically bad. Hard candy flavour in the mouth and such a pale shadow of its former self. I remember having it in the early 90s and being very impressed with this as a session bitter. Now? Oh dear.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Herkybird (21) - YORK, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2009
Oh dear. My memories of Manchester Boddies are of a delicious, pale straw hoppy bitter. This is a parody of that beer. Pale brown, little aroma, mild hop and malt balanced flavour with pleasant aftertaste but too bland to have real character. Not that bad, but a good example of how a big brewer can ruin a great beer

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 What used to be one of the more unique bitters in England is now a sorry shadow of its former self. Used to be a very pale, straw colour with a unique flavour, the brewers bastardised it in order to appeal to the masses. Bought out by the notorious Whitbread and subsequently bought by InBev it now lacks any qualities even now it’s brewed by the excellent Hydes. Mostly sold in nitrokeg, it’s no better when sold as a real ale. One to avoid.

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