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

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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)

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808 Ratings
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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 16
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 10-23-2001

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Ratings: 808 | Reviews: 413
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.

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

Enjoy

Photo of Guto_Schettini
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I´ll have another! Good taste & smell!

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 simply tastes like apple slices. Some buttery flavour to it, along with some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, and clean.

Overall: An excellent beer, and one of the cheapest ales out there in my area. Will certainly be buying more of this!

Photo of KimNinja
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Average beer without any special features.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of captaincoffee
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | 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.

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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well's Bombardier has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, slightly bubbly, deep copper or even ruby appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is beautiful- rich, sweet, toffee, mild coffee, citrus, sugar, and mild hop oil. Taste is similarly beautiful- toffee, hop oil, moderate and balancing bitterness, sugar, bread crust, and malt. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Well's Bombardier finishes semi-dry, delicious, and quite drinkable.

RJT

Photo of teromous
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Rich dark brown colored body with a good tint of red that looks like stained wood. Brilliant clarity and good carbonation. Creamy white head that leaves good lacing. A very good looking beer.

S: Really nothing on the nose except for this faint sickly acidic smell. A bit like what vomit smells like. It only comes across when I get really close to the beer so as long as I don't climb into my glass head-first it doesn't smell bad. I'm not really sure what that smell is.

T: Some light caramel and a bready aftertaste. A bit of fruit on the end as well, like eating a bit of fruitcake. It tastes pretty good.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and is a bit sweet but not filling.

O: Overall it's a nice beer but not something I'd probably pick up again.

Photo of MarkoNm
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice coppery color and an average just slightly tan head.
The aroma is sweet, roasted malts, some caramel and slighty spicy.
The taste starts with a medium hoppy bitterness, which is then joined by some roasted feel and caramel.
Finishes with a medium bitterness (slight spices also). Bittery, but then again not too bittery. OK, I guess.

Photo of FoamInnovation
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wells is amazing stuff from the tap in England at a pub, but that may be a bit of bias.

In a glass, stateside, Bombardier pours a barnyard brown, like oak barrels, with a 1 minute, slightly off-white head.
The beer smells rich and warm with an aroma of European hops, some caramel and malt.
Taste is also rich when the beer is suitably warmed, with a bit of barley, caramel, and yeastiness.
Mouthfeel is silky, filling, and smooth, with just enough bubble to reach the tongue. Fabulous.

The beer deserves a bit more attention as a go-to brew of choice, given it's quality and affordability. Extremely solid drink.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a copper-mahogany color with a one finger of a light tan colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a bit on the lighter side but consists mainly of a biscuit and slightly bready aroma. There are some other aromas of darker fruits, caramel, and toffee with some hints of yeast mixed within. Other aromas of an earthy and herbal nature mix with the rest, producing a rather light and smooth smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins quite dry and gets only more so as the taste advances. A rather cracker and biscuit malt flavor mixed with some lighter caramel flavors are present upfront. The caramel fades rather fast with more roasted malt flavors taking their place. Some quite light hop flavors of an earthy nature bring a bitterness to the brew, complementing well the loss of the sweet and the increase in the roast. Some light chocolate flavors develop later in the taste and mix with the bitter and drier flavors of the brew to create a crisp and lightly roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is light and thin with a carbonation level that is rather low. The thinner body is fantastic for the lower abv. and for allowing for an easy drinking feel, with the carbonation, all the while, keeping it a bit thicker in nature and accentuating the roasted and lighter bitter hopped flavors rather nicely.

Overall – A rather nice drier and crisper esb that has a good flavor profile and drinkability. A nice more session style brew.

Photo of Big-Frog
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is simple to describe. Smooth feel, faint bitter aftertaste, and easy going. You can knock down several of these before you realize that you've done so. It pairs best with spicy food or any type of food doused in hot sauce. I know for an English Pub beer you're probably thinking really, spicy food pairing? Trust me. Spicy peanuts, steak with your favorite hot sauce, or even sushi with spicy sauces are what you need to bring the most out in this beer. Its not nearly as bitter as the name would suggest and the color is not as dark as you would suspect either. Its just a good beer.

Photo of BigMacDaddy
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A dark English Ale, minimal head but laces nicely. It does have a full bodied taste. Can taste the Carmel and Toffee. Aftertaste is pleasant. Not a great beer, but a good one. First tasted a couple of weeks ago, it was good enough to buy again when I couldn't find a limited I was looking for tonight. And good enough to buy again.

Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml. bottle. Brown colour, not very big head, but it leaves a crown. Smells of toffee, floral, maybe some fruit. Medium body, fizzy palate, good carbonation. Taste of fruits, with some chocolate and fruits, some liquorish dry finish. But in all in all, I'd just say a good beer, not an extraordinay one.

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

Bottle: a typically cool embossed brown 500mL bottle, a fancy label as well and a cool name. Good package.

Appearance: very dark amber tending towards mahogany. Only a piffling head pops up and settles to a creamy half-finger. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: a fairly demure aroma but pleasant enough, with caramel and toffee, pine hops and a touch of cocoa chocolate.

Taste: more of those caramel and toffee flavours with some light roast toffee and some very pleasant floral and herbal characters. If anything, a little light in flavour also.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger reasonably well, with some hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: A decent mouth feel - medium to heavy body with a lower to moderate carbonation. Suits the style.

Overall: not a bad English Bitter at all, though perhaps a bit light in both aroma and on the palate for my liking. A case of 16 x 500mL bottles is AU$90 (2013) which isn't too bad for I think one or two every now and then.

Photo of Premo88
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle poured into nonic pint glass

L: darker amber, brown -- looks perhaps closer to a good brown ale than a pale ale; 100% clear; almost 1/2-inch thick foam head of off-white to very light tan, CRAZY stick off the head ... honestly, the head looks like a high-tide line, so awesome; some lacing as we go done, but not much and not much of a skin or collar

S: buttery sweet malt; yeast; sweet bread/biscuits; floral and light -- the hops might be showing up here more than in the taste ... occasionally it pushes up so flowery an aroma that you'd wonder if it's not a Belgian pale ... pretty cool

T: fruity ... sweet, good malt kick ... almost bites with the malt giving off some nice lightness to it ; very little bitterness or hop presence ... you get more hops showing up probably in the dry finish than in the taste -- at least at first. i think i'm detecting some English hops more and more, but what bitterness is there is subtle and married to the malt.

F: light, just a hair slick/watery with moderate carbonation; not fantastic but solid enough and probably closer to style than i realize

O: LOVE IT! no one single component of this brew stands out as a champ, but as an easy-to-get English pale ale (ESB) for me in my hometown, it gives me all the notes I want from the style. fruity, sweet, some bread malts, some caramel, just enough "bitter" to balance it out and a nice dry finish that isn't wearing me out.

full disclosure: my numbers are probably 0.25 to 0.5 high because I can't get enough of this style. also, I can't get Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale in my hometown, so this one serves as a fine replacement.

Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sort of an orange-brown color, this beer is pretty dark but has plenty of clarity to it. The head, tinted yellow, billows pretty nicely at nearly two fingers' height before easing down to a strong half-finger that never recedes. It leaves behind chunky patching to almost the very bottom.
The balance between hops and malts is evident on the nose, and there's a good evenness struck between perfume, pine & herb and toffee, caramel and biscuit. The dryness is there but not as evident in the aroma as it becomes on the tongue. There's a slight dark fruits note adding a light sweetness in the finish. The aroma doesn't quite have the strength of the flavor, in which all of the characters mesh without any giving way too much.
Crisp with a semi-dryness brought on not by herb or leaf like many bitters, but encouraged by the hops, it's also softly but firmly carbonated with a solid crisp bite to it and some creaminess, too.

Photo of fourstringer
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "1 PT 0.9 US FL. oz" bottle with a moderately aggressive hand into a Sam Smith pint glass. No mention of the metric system in sight. Bottle dated 04/06/2014. Seen this around not infrequently, but never tried it.

A: Dark amber/copper with nice clarity. 1 finger white head with a fade to a thin coat by about 3-4 minutes. Quite a bit of lacing. Very nice.

S: Light and vaguely fruity. There is a specific scent that I recognized immediately, but I can't put my finger on it. Some malt. Overall the smell is nice, but very subdued. As it warmed I actually started catching a hint of some aged cheese-type funkiness. Weird, but not unpleasant. My major complaint is an overall paucity of scent quantity.

T: Very nice, full, solid malt right out of the gates. Followed by a notable presence of English hops. Mostly dry finish with strong grain presence. Bread. Maybe some hints of light fruit. Pretty good.

M: Full with a good body. Moderate to high carbonation. A bit higher than expected. Starts to build in the gut a bit over the course of the pint (& 0.9 US FL. oz)

O: Drinks well. Met expectations. Straight shooter. Quality brew. Would drink again, but wouldn't search it out.

Prost!

Photo of Wobbly
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%

One of my all time favorite bitters. This rating is for my experience having it on tap in England on numerous occasions, not necessarily for the experience of having it out of the cans you sometimes find it in throughout the U.S. (would probably drop the score to a 4.4 or so if I were rating that).

Lovely, amber hues with a nice, frothy head. Some lacing. One of the best balanced bitters I have had, where the hops (Goldings, I think) come forth at just the rate level. Bread-like, toasty malt flavors develop throughout. A great beer to drink with Indian food.

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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.