Brewed by Samlesbury (InBev UK)
Style: Bitter
Preston, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.36   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Can/keg: Pasteurised. Nitro widget.
ABV changed from 3.8 to 3.5% in 2008.
Previously brewed at InBev’s Magor brewery.
NOTE: The cask version has a separate listing as Boddingtons Cask (contract brewed at Hydes).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Svesse (6906) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2006
(Keg at Bridge Bar, Heathrow Airport, London, 5 Aug) Colour is amber with a dense white head leaving lots of lacing. Nose is fruity with apricots, mandarin, mango and slighly chemical notes of butter-scotch. Taste is fruity with apricots and orange, some malt and very modest hops in the finsih. Rather artificial, like water with instant beer taste. No technical fault, but boring stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jimthechap (2057) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2012 Another beer that polarises opinion and I have been guilty of drinking another one to remind myself why I shouldn’t have tasted the first. Fortunately we’re talking years between sittings. It just seems to grab you by the tonsils and whirl you around it’s head for a while. Not a good accompaniment to a meal, a funeral maybe, but not a meal. (2.2) Some six years after my first review I have to point out that the initial rating was based upon a fairly fresh entry into the world of beer. In hindsight I realise this review is less than charitable. However, the only parts of the rating that warrant increase are the appearance and the overall. So not bad, but not great.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (5160) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 Keg: Pale amber colour with a nitro-style white head. Chilled to the point where any taste disappears. Malty aroma, and sweet aftertaste. Smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EValP (30) - Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2006
I think Boddingtons bitter is an acquired taste. I don’t mind it ; however, it is a simple beer that is not complex really. Yellow color with a hint of orange gives way to a large creamy head in a glass. This is a bitter beer with a light taste and goes down easy. Prefer this in draft than to the the Pub Ale in cans I get in the US.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1438) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Had on draft in Manchester UK (2004) Great session brew. Guinesses’ whiter cousin. Nitro. Smooth and easy as she goes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Reddish golden amber with creamy white head Bitter leaf like smell. Taste sour but very pleasant fruit like bananas. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Precept53 (147) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2006
This was my fist and only bitter that was sampled while in the UK... I was not too fond of this beer (mabye I am not used to bbitters) funky sour taste mixed with wate, but nice fluffy white head that remained throught, I did not even finish this beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2006
440 ml can. Brown vivid body, foamy thick head. Plain pilsner malt aroma. Flat, watery mouthfeel, light bitter uninteresting flavour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 16, 2006
Aroma isn’t aplenty in this beer. Some malts, with some sulphur here too. Settles to a nice amber colour with white head. Taste is simple and bitter, malty. Very dry finish, long and bitter. Easy drinker. Session.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2006
Nitro tap at Claddaugh. Gold pour with decent white head. This one slides down very nicely. Light body, but I wouldn’t call it watery. Not much in the way of aroma. A bit of bitter, but a lot more creamy honey sweetness. Buddy of mine who really doesn’t like beer liked this. In that sense it is inoffensive. I won’t be hunting this down, but this might just make my next cheap session.

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