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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

755 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 755
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 11
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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Onslow

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

This beer seems to get decent ratings but i really disliked this beer .. First off, not to bitch about price but this really is to expensive, Especially for this kind of brew .. Medium sized head for a bitter .. Smells of used socks and old biscuits .. Taste is just a muddled mess, quite disgusting actually! .. Avoid at all costs!!

09-10-2007 12:37:33 | More by Onslow
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Arebaderci


1.8/5  rDev -52.6%

08-27-2014 18:04:42 | More by Arebaderci
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becsug

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -47.4%

04-28-2014 21:02:26 | More by becsug
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station815


2/5  rDev -47.4%

03-20-2012 01:28:34 | More by station815
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.28/5  rDev -40%

Appearance
Light brown ale. Pour gave a 1/2 finger light tan coloured head which reduced to virtually nothing very quickly

Aroma
All i could get here was roasted grain and earthiness, nothing special

Taste
Worse than the aroma - no fruitiness, only light hints of grain with an overpowering bitter roasted aftertaste

Moutfeel
Very thin and to be honest a bit stale after about 2-3 mins. Flat in carbonation

Drinkability
Cant say i could another pint of this, a poor example of an english bitter, no character at all

09-21-2006 09:51:06 | More by seanyfo
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -36.8%

Cask at London Grill.

Pours a dark golden orange, almost copper cor which is slightly clouddy with lighter colored golden orange hues and a thin half finger head that quickly fades into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet malty aroma with faint floral earthy hops.  Hints of biscuit toffee caramel and nut.

Thin bodied with a sweet malt profile and a faint floral hop presence providing balance.  Hints of caramel, toffee, but and biscuit.  Nice dry hop presence provides subtle balance.  Not really bitter but enough to counter sweetness.  Easy to drink but not very complex.  Really watered down and bland.  I really like cask conditioned beers but this was like slightly malty water.  

06-28-2011 17:53:58 | More by corby112
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captaincoffee

United Kingdom (England)

2.45/5  rDev -35.5%

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.

08-09-2014 16:26:37 | More by captaincoffee
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -34.7%

Pours a clean deep amber with an off white head. Bigger carbonation than expected. It had a very faint sweet smell, but really not much at all. In the taste a very small caramel malty sweetness and small bitterness, but not too big. It s a smooth English beer, very session-ish, but not much in the aroma and taste to write home about.

06-30-2007 23:34:01 | More by OWSLEY069
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

01-31-2012 04:21:25 | More by TheBigBoy
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Metz

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

08-21-2013 20:23:50 | More by Metz
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Dbot

Delaware

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

01-11-2014 16:31:09 | More by Dbot
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BrewDallas


2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

02-28-2012 03:29:15 | More by BrewDallas
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -32.9%

A - This pours from it's big and heavy bottle into a pint glass a dark "aged bronze patina" hue that is dark for the style, and it supports a big pillowy white head. This shows good head retention, and leaves quite a bit of fluffy lace on the glass.

S - Mineral-laden rusty orange water. This smells like a stone drinking fountain in a rural park that's fed by well water. It's not all bad... I'm getting some slightly crispy toast and light toffee notes.

T - Yeah, this is way to metallic and mineral-y for me. Some people love that kind of flavor, but I think "hard water" flavors interfere with the other notes and make this hard to enjoy.

M - Light bodied, firm, and crisp. This is neutral on the finish, and leaves a tinny taste after the swallow.

D - I didn't care for this one. I could see how some might like it, but I just found it to "off" to thoroughly enjoy.

01-17-2009 17:59:07 | More by pmcadamis
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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -32.9%

Nice looking 568 ml bottle,got my hopes up too quick.
This one pours a nice amber color with a tinge of orange to it and a very nice off white 1+ finger head with a creamy look to it and some mild lacing.
Aroma was hard to detect,not much there,everything was kinda faint,very lite malts and sweet fruit,maybe a trace of caramel.
Taste was bitter right up front and dry also, than a tangy metallic taste lingers and finish's off dry again.
Mouthfeel is kinda watery with a prickly tangy feel on your tongue.
Not much to this one at all in flavor or aroma...easy to drink but why,when there's so much flavorsome beers out there.I'll pass on this one for the next round.

09-24-2007 05:23:44 | More by GrimmReaper
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jarmby1711

Australia

2.65/5  rDev -30.3%

Dark in colour looking a little coca colarish, there was not a lot of bubble and the head was thin and yellow tinged.
The smell was disappointing , being watery and vaguely malty.
The taste to me was too much alcohol.I think because there so little other flavour to go with the 5.2% ABV No hop flavour , dull uninteresting malt and just a little hop bitterness
The label bangs on about selecting only the most flavoursome part of the ripest hops.
well get some new people to do the selecting because they missed out on this brew.
The best part of this ale was the mouthfeel It was smooth oily and the carbonation was in good proportion to the mouth feel.
Not a very happy experience To much alcohol to go with too little flavour

07-01-2006 00:23:29 | More by jarmby1711
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woosterbill

Kentucky

2.65/5  rDev -30.3%

Handpump half-pint at the Green Man.

A: Clear reddish-brown body with a thin, wispy head. Nice color, but really underwhelming carbonation.

S: WTF. Solvent. Tomato - like the sauce on a cheap pizza at a bowling alley. Cough syrup. Christ this is terrible.

T: Ok, at least it tastes better than it smells. Still somewhat medicinal, but it's more just straight caramel malt. Boring, but at least there's no pizza.

M: Substantial, slick medium body; low carbonation.

O: This was one of the worst real ales I had in England, and it's a tragedy that it's so prevalent. Perhaps I got a pour from a poorly kept cask, but I don't think it's worth the gamble to try it again. Avoid this beer.

Cheers!

06-17-2011 23:54:01 | More by woosterbill
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -29.5%

Tried this on tap last weekend at Cornwall's in Kenmore Square. Served in a pint glass. The color was a brownish orange, and the smell was slightly hoppy in nature. Not much though in the flavor department. Kind of bland. A gentlemen next to me also remarked (correctly) that it was very watery in texture. I was just thinking too, very thin body. If you are a fan of this type of beer, then you may enjoy this. But it was a bit too bland for me. Fine for a quick pint then I left.

02-26-2008 04:00:03 | More by morebeergood
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -28.9%

The bottle says Wells Bombardier English Premium Ale, however given the Alcohol content is the same, and their own website doesn't seem to comment on a premium ale, I'm pretty sure I'm reviewing it in the right place.

Appearance: A lot darker then I would expect, as I've had English browns that were lighter, as the body boast a deep brown with a very crimson orange when held to the light. Decent carbonation in the body, too bad I can't say for the same for the head which is non-existent.

Smell: Not much out of this one, even after a good deal of warming. Simply toffee malt and rather plain flowery hops. I'm not particularly impressed.

Taste: Like a cross between a pale ale and an English brown, with more on the pale ale end of things. Starts with a plain but sweet toffee malt, that seems to immediately shift to floral hops with a mineral edge. They both have their merits alone, but combined they hamper the beer.

Mouthfeel: Poor transitioning, it tastes segregated into sweet start and hoppy end, nothing in between. Carbonation is good, and highlights both spectrum's of the beer, the aftertaste is more on the mineral end though, and lingers for too long.

Drinkability: This doesn't go down that smoothly, because this simply isn't a very smooth beer. Refreshing enough I suppose and it's settling down decently enough. I dunno, even as a ESB, which I personally find aren't the most drinkable, I'd say this is disappointing.

Final Thoughts: I suspect the Young's end of Wells and Young's is the premium brand, whereas Wells is the good enough brand. It honestly tastes like this beer should be two separate beers, a Wells Brown Ale and a Wells Pale Ale. For an ESB, you will want to stick to Fullers, because frankly there is nothing special about this bitter.

11-15-2009 07:26:42 | More by TheHammer
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gnikola

Serbia

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

01-17-2013 13:48:45 | More by gnikola
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Rainintheface

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

1 pint 3.25oz 11/30/07. Poured into pint glass.

A: deep copper with 1 finger head and light carbonation

S: faint pepper, raisins and caramel malt

T: oddly bitter at first but ends somewhat sweet, dark fruits

M: light-medium body, very little carbonation feel. a bit metallic

D: not overly impressed. There are better to be had.

This beer had a hard to describe sensation to it. A kind of twang to the lips and tongue tip but not attributable to carbonation, I don't believe. Like I had an electric razor to them.

09-29-2007 23:38:56 | More by Rainintheface
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Beerman1977

Austria

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

03-18-2013 06:59:15 | More by Beerman1977
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MrHurmateeowish

Maine

2.78/5  rDev -26.8%

550ml bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth, expires 10-05-12. Pours a crystal-clear copper body with a thin crown of khaki-colored head. Smells bready and slightly spicy. Fresh-baked bread permeates the tastebuds. Hints of caramel and chocolate too, but only slightly. Light bodied with fairly low carbonation. Not much going on here, but a passable beer nonetheless.

03-01-2012 01:32:20 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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xav33

Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -26.8%

Wells Bombardier
16 oz bottle
Unknown bottling, expiration date 09/06, swallowed 08/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured an intriguing clear ruby brown with an average slightly off white mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of dark bread.

Taste was sweet malty, almost corny upfront, with combination of sweet malt and hoppy body and good average lasting finish. Body was medium light, dry and fizzy, which held back some of the flavors.

Overall, an above average English bitter.

08-10-2006 17:46:16 | More by xav33
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BigMacDaddy

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

12-18-2013 02:51:07 | More by BigMacDaddy
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ralree

Maryland

2.83/5  rDev -25.5%

A: Dark brownish red with a reddish head. 2-finger head, fairly slow-paced dissipation, decent lacing. Pretty good looking.

S: Alcohol, dark fruit - raisins, a little banana, rich malt. Not too shabby.

T: Dark fruit is first, along with the malt, followed by some alcohol flavor and burn. Quite full of banana flavor. Metallic flavor after swallowing. Some bread notes as well. Leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Alcohol is overpowering, and it doesn't taste all that good, and it's just slightly too cloying and banana-y. I'm not impressed.

M: A little watery, medium-light body. Non-astringent, decently carbonated.

D: I don't think I'll finish the entire pint, and I probably won't buy it again. If one was to not mind the wateriness, alcohol, and sweet-overload, it would go down alright...

07-02-2008 23:18:50 | More by ralree
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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
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