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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Wells & Young's Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 10-23-2001

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into nonic pint glass at bar

Pours a nice dark, amber color with small head that goes away quickly.

Notes of malts and caramel sugar with grain

The taste follows. Malts present themselves heavily. There is a sweet fruit flavor on the end. I tasted mostly malts.

The body is medium feel with medium carbonation.

Pretty good for an ale but I've had better. No special characters and I would only have if someone presented it to me.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Listed also in the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die," this one will have to wait for my review as I can't find my notes.

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Photo of Act25
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Average ESB that starts better than finishes.

A: The beer is a medium amber brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace.

S: The faint aroma is of honey, caramel and grassy hops, but fades rather than strengthens.

T: The taste follows smell and i balanced with flavors of dark fruits, honey and caramel. There's a mild hops and a bready malt character.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean, but too thin. Does not get better as it warms, as it should. as all beers should.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours a pretty dark caramel color with a nice light tan head.

Smell: A sweet, chocolate, caramel aroma with some slight breadiness.

Taste: Nice taste. Exactly what you want out of an ESB, a signature malty and earthy sweetness. Reminds me of apple juice, almost cider like. A very mild bitter finish, hardly there.

Feel: Medium to full bodied, which is strange fora beer with such a low adv. Very unique.

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Photo of laketang
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours deep caramel

bready malt some hop presence

balance was leaning to malty sweet. some spice notes there.

thick mouthfeelsweetness pools in middle of tongue

good beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of DanielCseklye
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm totally content with this ale. Poured into a pint glass at home. I would highly recommend it to a friend. I am a new starter in the field of beer fanatism so that i don't want to deeply analyse, that comes later after gaining experience. Enjoy !

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From bottle pours clear deep copper body, thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toast, reisins, floral hops and some toffee. Taste of caramel, toast, bread, dough toffee not to bad. Drink ability very high.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with thin off-white head. Aromas of caramel, so much that you can smell the sweet. Flavor is also caramel with some breadiness. Almost no alcohol perceivable, this is smooth stuff.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Appearance: slight hazy chestnut or deep reddish amber, 1” cream colored head, dissipates to film, leaves delicate lacing, deep clarity as it warms.
S: Peaches, light fruit, slight floral note from the hops, low caramel, no alcohol, sulfur or diacetyl.
T: Malty sweetness finishes towards dry with a lingering English Hop bitterness. Fruity flavors from the yeast with the hop and malt suggests peaches, balanced to the malt with support from the yeast but the hops are still there and important. Medium bitterness.
F: Medium body, medium low carbonation, creamy, smooth, no astringency.
O: Very drinkable beer, pleasant with good flavor and character without being overbearing. Average strength.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bit more carbonated than I expected for a "premium ale". It has a rich flavor from the dark crystal malt I assume was used in this beer. Lots of fuggle hop notes. Very enjoyable A-.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Dandelion in Philadelphia. Deep dark brown, low tan foam. Roasted malty nose. Whole hearty smooth creamy british beer taste. Smooth and flavorful. Strong finish.

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Photo of danmouer
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wells Bombadier is really a brilliant premium bitter with some unique character and fabulous balance. Rather darkly colored for a bitter, and exhibiting aromas and flavors somewhat on the toasty side, this beer nonetheless is a fine example of a premium bitter ( or ESB, If you like).

The aroma us rich, malty, toasty, sweet and fresh-grassy, and the taste follows suit. The bottled version I am reporting (and all I've ever tasted), is 5.2 abv, while in the UK a more appropriate 4.2 version us available in cans. Would love to taste that one in cask!

The Challenger hops reallybalance all that sweet toasty crystal malt. Fresh hay, grass, clean bitter...I really like these hops. What a refreshingly sophisticated break from the lead-hammer blows of so many modern North American craft ales. This is the good stuff!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: June 7, 2015... GLASSWARE: Victory nonick... OCCASION: Cavs/Warriors Game Two--down to a true supporting cast without Kyrie... APPEARANCE: dark cedar body that is translucent nonetheless; head is off-white, half-fingered, and strong, with a creamy consistency... AROMA: nice, soft, spicy notes early; malts are bitter, hearty, and woody; hops are subtle and floral... PALATE: dry and vinous, with a thin overall presence--easy drinking... TASTE: an English bitter in its profile--businesslike, malty, and understatedly active; cherry, pear and some other fruity elements surprise the tastebuds... OVERALL: this beer is an enjoyable beer while watching a game and talking to the TV--great balance, subtle textures, and little fanfare...

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice English Bitter, not so strong, very easy to drink. This is a commercial example of the style that is available in Mexico. Very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of Decko
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep copper in the glass with good thick head on pouring but didn't last. Bit of lacing. S - earthy tones with a little hoppy fruitiness. T - fairly mild with slight maltiness and well balanced hoppiness. M - low level of carbonation but very smooth and drinkable. O - very nice beer and highly drinkable. Smooth and referees hung but just a little uncomplicated. A very good session beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.50 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a high 3" light brown head. Rather dark brown but filtered clear

S- Not much here at all. Metallic

T- Slightly bitter. Malty good. Some decent hops. Not a lot of sweetness at all.

M- Dry and tart.

O- Pretty good brew overall for mass produced. Decent but will not buy again as it's nothing special

Food Pairing

This pretty good be went well with..... Curried chicken. West Indian not east Indian curry as the flavors are very different


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Photo of OneTuffPony
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Copper red with a creamy white head.

Smell: Not much to say here. Next...

Taste: Toasted malts, caramel, toffee, and a fruity sweetness that tastes like apple? Some buttery flavour to it, along with some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, and clean.

Overall: A good beer for the price. Would buy again, given the circumstance.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask Tap.
Pours two fingers of foamy head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is rich caramel and lemon.
The taste is perfect caramel sweetness with mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
An awesome brew to have off cask.

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Photo of vinicole
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut colour. Fine frothy head. Clear.
Malt and hop on the nose.
Nice balance of English malt and hops. Brown bread.
Moderate mouthful and a bit too much carbonation in the bottle.
Much better when pulled.

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Photo of denisconrado
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Appearance: stylish bottle; copper-colored translucent, oily liquid, good training dense, full bodied foam. Aroma: excuse me, but I felt nothing ... Taste: hop bitterness, wood, reminded me whiskey. Alcohol is properly inserted, leaving the taste for hops.

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Photo of sommersb
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Tasted On: 09-12-2014
Freshness: Best by 11-13-2014
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Dimple Mug
Purchased: Single from Liquor Barn, Bowling Green KY

Dark amber, clear beer. The head starts at a good size but fades quickly.

Aromas are malty, bready with caramel notes, plus earthy hops.

Sharp notes of earthy English hops in the taste, supported by semisweet bready malts.

Medium bodied, with a spicy aftertaste.

Very nice bitter.

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Photo of Hovellord
4/5  rDev +5.5%

I just love English beer, so I might be a bit prejudiced. Lovely, malty brew. Deep color. Smooth malt with enough hops to make it what it's supposed to be. I've bought up all the Bombardier that Beer Run had.

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Photo of KellyBelukusBeers
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Subtle bitterness from English Challenger hops with color and aromas from Crystal Malt give rich , rounded, biscuity flavor and deep copper color. Plus love the tap with cannon ball on it and the new pint glasses Huzzahh!

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Photo of captaincoffee
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Just moved to London two days ago and this was my first pour at my first London pub. I chose it because it was the first tap staring at me in the bar and the waitress said it was a good seller.
Came in an oversized pint glass, 20 oz...gotta love the Brits with the big pint. Nice light caramel coloring and thin but dense cream head.
I got a bit of musty English hops on the nose, but really nothing to speak of.
The initial taste was a bit of vinegar and leather...followed by a more typical British bitter profile. At first I thought it was some off flavor due to the food I was eating, but subsequent tastes confirmed it just had a funky initial start. I wouldn't have been able to finish the pint except that the lasting flavor profile was okay.
Finish was actually good...at least in comparison to the start.
Overall, a very disappointing beer.

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Photo of delta490
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, ruddy brown with a nice creamy off-white head. The head has great retention and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is deep and rich malt, with hints of dark fruit and a faint earthy whiff. The taste follows in line, with a delicious malt forward flavor and a subtle hint of hops to round it out. The beer's body weight is perfect, not too heavy or thin and it has a smooth finish. A great pint of bitter. If you're in England, always good on cask.

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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
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