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Tuzilla  (Level: 144.6 - Posts: 3839)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 8:37 PM


I just received a 4-pack of Boddington's Pub Ale and I have a question. Why do the cans have a plastic fishing bobber in the cans?

Redbaron  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 296)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 8:44 PM

Boddington's, yum! I'm not from the UK (although I did live in London 'til I was 5)...The floating plastic thing releases gas, carbon dioxide I believe, when the can is opened and gives the brew the flavor and feel of a draught brew. The brew should be poured SLOWLY into a glass immediately after being opened. It's not meant to be drunk from the can.

Hope this helps, and enjoy your Boddington's! Great stuff...just had some last week.


Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 8:46 PM

This post is making me thirsty... :D

Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 8:55 PM

Give me a Budwiser or some "Colorado Kool-Aid" (Coors). At least you know what you are getting. And some cold pizza....

Eksimba  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 155)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 9:12 PM

Guinness beer works in the same manner. Great stuff!

Redbaron  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 296)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 9:38 PM

Guinness is great stuff for sure, but I actually prefer the Guinness Stout to the Guinness Draught. When I opt for the draught-in-a-can style, it's usually Bodington's or Murphy's.


Muse  (Level: 22.7 - Posts: 52)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 3:01 AM

Ahh Boddingtons.... You must try Carling for a truly great lager... Not only a great lager they also sponsor the Mighty Glasgow rangers soccer team !!!
Anyway the item you refer to is a widget - description below ;o) (hic!)
In 1992 Boddingtons became one of the first breweries to use a “widget,” a plastic ball inside the can that releases nitrogen into the beer when the can is opened. The release of nitrogen helps to create the unbelievably creamy head.
Or courtesy of
The 'floating widget' found in cans of beer is a hollow sphere, 3 cm (1.2 in) in diameter. The can is pressurized by adding liquid nitrogen, which evaporates after the can is sealed, forcing gas and beer into the widget's hollow interior through tiny holes. When the can is opened, the pressure in the can drops, causing the pressurized gas inside the widget to jet out from the holes. The holes in the widget are angled slightly so that the widget spins, creating a creamy head inside the can. This imitates the foamy head created when pouring draught beer. The original widget was patented in the UK by Boddingtons.
The word "widget" as applied to this device is a trademark of the Guinness brewery.

Muse  (Level: 22.7 - Posts: 52)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 3:02 AM

Mmmmmm Beer !!! ;o)

Surreyman  (Level: 272.2 - Posts: 2771)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 3:37 AM

But you'll never beat having those Brit beers off the manual pump in a pub.
At at least room temperature, of course.
Spitfire and Bombardier are my current most enjoyed tipples.
Means many of you would need to travel to the UK - preferably to Surrey, of course, for the best.
There's a pint waiting for any Sploofuser who introduces themselves at the right time and place - note I give no details!
(Except Dizzy, of course, who already cons too many pints off me!).

Kasp767982  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 153)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 7:02 AM

I agree with Alan, draught beer or real ale and yes, there is a club dedicated to it CAMRA, is the absolute best.
But if you have a Boddingtons, with the 'Widget' in the bottom of the can, you do have a fairly nice beer, not the best in my opinion, but not bad. The widget is to make it 'cream' this is what the nice foamy head on it is called, as if it is poured correctly and the correct temperature the 'cream should stay with you until the last drop of beer has been drunk.

Hope this helps

Redbaron  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 296)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 10:29 AM

Thanks, Muse, for that answer...I had no idea they were called widgets! Cool...


Tuzilla  (Level: 144.6 - Posts: 3839)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 1:36 PM

I find this Boddington's to be a fine, malty brew. And the widget thing really does do its job of creating and creamy, long-lived head. But I must confess to being a Pale Ale fan. I like a hoppy brew with both a good pop of bitter hops and the floral nose of aromatic hops over malty brews. This is not to say anything negative about malty beers and ales, but just to note that a good Pale Ale or India Pale Ale will always win my favor.

Margiematt  (Level: 201.3 - Posts: 388)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 3:46 PM

Welcome back,Alan. We missed you!

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