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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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Reviews: 420
Hads: 839
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 17
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 10-23-2001

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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big believer in English ale, and now a believer in English ale from a can. Wells Bombardier is a fresh-tasting offering, cold from the fridge, and as it warms a bit, as with any good ale, you can feel its glory. I agree with other reviewers - glad this was not a widget can with a nitrogenated head. Doesn't need that. The head is fine, the aroma of malt and English hops plenty evident. The only bitter I can compare this to from my limited experience is Fuller's ESB, which I have had quite a few times on tap in Canterbury Ales in Huntington, NY. So far the malt and hop flavor profile of ales in the bitter family are among my absolute favorites in beerdom. You will get that one-of-a-kind malty, aromatic goodness even from this can of Bombardier. Perhaps the only thing better is real ale, freshly casked from the brewer; barring that, give this a try. Very recommended.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice ruby color with a creamy well sestained head that leaves a small amount of lacing,aroma is subtle on the malty side with touch of fruit and biscuit.Taste is mellow but with some nice flavors,malt tilted for sure with some flavors of dried fruit and some metallic notes in the finish.I could drink these all night and it has a pretty cool looking bottle to boot,thank you Liquid Solutions!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Clear, light brown body with a big, volcanic head that went down slowly and laced the glass.

Smell – There’s definitely a big maltiness to this nose. There’s a touch of hops as well, but the heavy, caramel-laden malt aroma dominates.

Taste – The caramel comes out a little bit more in the taste. The malt though is there, in accordance with the style. There is some hoppy bitterness for balance.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation, but very creamy and chewy.

Drinkability – I thought that this was the ale’s strong suit. This went down exceptionally well. It is smooth, creamy, sweet, and a joy to knock down.

Comments – I tend to like a heavy bitterness to my ESBs, although it is not necessarily a requirement of the style. I wouldn’t favor this one from a personal standpoint, but many fans of the style will enjoy The Bombardier. If you like your ESBs smooth, a little on the lighter side, and not overpowering (read, “anti-Rogue Brutal Bitter") then give this a try.

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4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany pour, tan to black with little head. Malt sweetnes on the nose with little other hints as to flavor. A tasty ESB and a very even brew. A nice well rounded malt character with a nice subtle hop finish. The body is slight and nearly thin, though the style seems to demand it. For this reason I cannot judge negatively on lack of texture. Over all this is a good drinkin' brew with moderate ABV and a really casual flavor and feel. I like it.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light golden brown that sets up a 2+ finger head of fluffy off-white foam, which very slowly collapses on itself and leaves plenty of lace rings around the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is a vibrant orange-red and clear.

S - Lightly toasted, bready malt mixed in with bitter flowering hops. Nose really has to be coaxed out of the glass. This is not a beer that you smell before you taste.

T - Gently toasted malts, light caramel, and simple fruit-like sugar up front. Definitive earthy hops show up in the finish to clear the sweetness / malts away and switch the focus. There's almost a hint of black pepper in the back end.

M - Somewhat fizzy and crisp. Above moderate, pushing full carbonation. Rather thin, but not watery. Body is on the light side. Finish snaps off the back of the tongue rather quickly, leaving a dry, refreshing impression.

O - This is a good beer to have with lunch - it would compliment most sandwiches well, such as a roast beef and cheddar with a soft horseradish sauce, or even fish-n-chips with a tasty, tangy tartar sauce. More hop-forward than the typical English brew, but not an American hopfest, either - it's an interesting juxtaposition of lightly toasted malts against straightforward bittering hops that delivers both sides of the coin.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany body is topped by a one finger beige head. Good retention and some sheets of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasty bready crystal malts and floral and spicy hops. Light medium body, medium carbonation, and some mineral on the palate. Taste is very much like the aroma. Bready and toasty malt, bitter unripe pears, slight nuttiness, and a pervasive floral and spicy hop bitterness. A pretty good English Bitter here.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid sized bottle, some sort of dating perhaps etched onto the bottle. Pours dark amber, with a medium tan head, that shows retention then goes to a thin film and leaves nice and plentiful stringy lacing. Nose is nutty and malty. Pleasant British ale, bready malts, smooth and highly drinkable. Brit ales have been getting a lack of respect in my beer world, this one reminds me of the simple pleasures and understated elegance of the brews from England.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass. A dark, russet-amber hue, with a half inch of off-white head. Decent retention, a bit of lacing.

Nose is malt, caramel, herbal hops, dark fruits. Very inviting.

A somewhat sweet, but refreshing bitter ale. Not exceptionally bitter (only for a moment at the end), but very smooth and drinkable. I can certainly see having a few of these in an evening.

Mouthfeel is right on the mark for the style, medium body with a touch of creamyness. The carbonation is light, providing slight bursts of malty goodness.

More than makes up for their IPA; a fine pale ale, not overly strong so as to allow for sessions. Good stuff.

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3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Keep The Glass beer at the Winking Lizard in scenic (sarcasm) Bedford Heights, Ohio.

A seared copper in color, with a scant off-white layer of lace that really didn't do much (possibly a dirty glass?). Aromas are difficult to detect. There's some sweetness here, along with a dash of bread dough and fruity esters. Flavor is rather tame. Nothing here to sit me upright in my chair. Some bitterness, but not nearly as much as other ESB's I've had. Finish has a dash of roasted malt and toffee, without any pronounced drying effect. Fuller in the mouthfeel than expected or (IMHO) desired. Modestly drinkable, though I'd reach for Fuller's ESB if offered alongside.

Cool glass, though, to add to my collection.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2011. Label describes it as the drink of England.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep reddish copper colour with good carbonation. Creamy light tan head which subsides after a couple of minutes. Decent aroma of lightly toasted malt and some burnt caramel notes. A hint of hops.

A rich malty character with good bitterness. Interesting notes of burnt malt / caramel. A smooth mouthfeel that leaves a dryness on the palate. Mild bitter aftertaste.

A decent ale - not likely to become my regular but representative of English beer.

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3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reddish-light brown color with chill haze. Medium depth tan head with tiny carbonation structure,medium retention and fine lacing.

Toffee, over ripe banana, pumpernickel bread, earthiness, and a sour aroma that isnot unpleasant.

Light caramel and more pronounced toffee notes. Pumpernickel bread, toasted malt notes and a moderate bitterness from beginning to end that is well balanced.

Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation and a slightly watery feel on the palate. Last finish of mild bitterness that is very nice. The beer holds with you for some time.

Nice enjoyable pint. The brown notes of aroma and flavor are interesting and the bitterness in the beer is nicely balanced and helps to support everything else that the beer is giving. Well done.

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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
86 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.