Boddingtons Pub Ale

Val and I went to our local sports bar/restaurant for dinner one night. They have a limited craft selection, but I wanted to give this beer a shot since I’ve never had it before.


ABV: 4.7%

Style: English Pale Ale

Trivia: According to, “Boddingtons Brewery was a regional brewery in Manchester, England, which owned pubs throughout the North West. Boddingtons was best known for Boddingtons Bitter (Boddies), a straw-golden, hoppy bitter which was one of the first beers to be packaged in cans containing a widget, giving it a creamy draught-style head. In the 1990s, the beer was promoted as The Cream of Manchester in a popular advertising campaign credited with raising Manchester’s profile. Boddingtons became one of the city’s most famous products after Manchester United and Coronation Street. Whitbread bought Boddingtons Brewery in 1989 and Boddingtons Bitter received an increased marketing budget and nationwide distribution. Boddingtons achieved its peak market share in 1997 and at the time was exported to over forty countries. Boddingtons beer brands are now owned by the global brewer Anheuser–Busch InBev which acquired the Whitbread Beer Company in 2000. Strangeways Brewery closed in 2004 and production of pasteurised (keg and can) Boddingtons was moved to Samlesbury in Lancashire. Production of the cask conditioned beer moved to Hydes Brewery in Moss Side, Manchester, until it was discontinued in 2012, ending the beer’s association with the city.”

Random: I had no idea until I did the research that they were owned by AB InBev. I guess I should have known better.

The beer poured with a one finger, thick, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. A lot of this was due to it being on nitro. The body was relatively clear (after it settled) and a bright amber color. I could only see light carbonation. The nose was mild with white toast, grain and honey. The first thing that I noticed about the taste was that it was almost creamy from being on nitro. After I got past that, there was white toast, grain and a mineral water quality. Grass provided a mild bitterness. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and toasty. I got this at a bar, where a glass was $6 ($.38 per ounce). I thought this was really drinkable and non offensive, although it was a bit simple. I’m glad I tried it, but I don’t feel the need to revisit it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0