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

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

686 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 686
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%


Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-23-2001)
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Reviews by theghost3:
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theghost3

Louisiana

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

I poured this beer from a bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is exceptionally dark copper, almost red, with a thick light beige head. Significant lacing. The smell is strongly coffee/cocoa beans/nuts with roasted malts and a hint of fruity hops. The taste starts out strong of roasted malts and coffee, but ends with a slight fruit flavor. Mouthfeel is rather carbonated--surprisingly, not very thick. This is a drinkable beer that is not as heavy as you may anticipate before trying. I really like the size of the bottle. The Charles Wells website says its the UK's only full English pint bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 02:22:37 | More by theghost3
More User Reviews:
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teromous

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 22:21:37 | More by teromous
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zenithberwyn

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-23-2014 05:17:15 | More by zenithberwyn
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ronin926

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-22-2014 22:46:48 | More by ronin926
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Lgarciaosuna

Mexico

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-11-2014 19:17:28 | More by Lgarciaosuna
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Troublebar

China

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-08-2014 09:09:49 | More by Troublebar
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cdtoffers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-06-2014 09:41:08 | More by cdtoffers
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Davideo

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-04-2014 05:17:07 | More by Davideo
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-03-2014 01:20:22 | More by Sludgeman
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windypete

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-01-2014 17:49:47 | More by windypete
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 19:28:10 | More by MarkoNm
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KoG

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-30-2014 16:36:28 | More by KoG
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Poupae

Thailand

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-29-2014 12:31:32 | More by Poupae
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FoamInnovation

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 12:21:40 | More by FoamInnovation
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-23-2014 20:08:20 | More by hooliganlife
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bckayaalp

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-23-2014 02:59:32 | More by bckayaalp
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 02:52:35 | More by Darkmagus82
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-16-2014 18:58:00 | More by ChipMurray
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NorthernSoul

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-14-2014 20:35:47 | More by NorthernSoul
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ArtZan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-12-2014 20:35:43 | More by ArtZan
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-11-2014 00:37:05 | More by Mullinger1980
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TheBrk

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-07-2014 16:02:44 | More by TheBrk
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bunta

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-28-2014 00:50:12 | More by bunta
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

02-24-2014 02:00:38 | More by Zach136
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JSOBB

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

02-22-2014 22:28:41 | More by JSOBB
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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.