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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
86
very good

683 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 683
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%


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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MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.73/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 12:21:40 | More by FoamInnovation
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.66/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 05:10:15 | More by Big-Frog
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BigMacDaddy

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Spain

3/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 19:54:55 | More by janubio
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SmashPants

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 07:25:44 | More by SmashPants
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Premo88

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:09:07 | More by Premo88
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 23:49:21 | More by fourstringer
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FLima

Brazil

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color with a one finger thick off-white head with low to medium retention, but leaving lots of laces.
Aroma of nutty malt, apples, caramels and English fruity and earthy hops.
Fruity and malty taste with spicy and earthy notes and an elegant bitterness. Hints of toasted malts, minerals, caramels and green apple citrusy. Dry and bitter long lasting aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
Flavorful and refreshing beer with high drinkability. Classic English bitter, with great balance of malts and noble hops. English beers grew on me and I dig their traditional sessionable like this one and US tweaks that are usually turbinated.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:57:09 | More by FLima
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gbarbee

North Carolina

4.89/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Light, clear, clean, and amber appearing ale. The head is white, alive, and very inviting.

Smell - A very clean smelling beer, not overpowering. This is what one thinks of when smelling a good beer, even to a non-beer drinker. Some hoppy scents mixed with clean water comes to mind.

Taste - Clean, crisp, refreshing, and light ale. Reminds me of an English pub where this style of beer is enjoyed in the company of friends.

Mouthfeel - Light on the palate, carbonated but overly so, smooth and refreshing.

Overall - Great beer and one of my favorites. It is no wonder that most of the Wells and Young's Board likes Bombardier.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 17:32:16 | More by gbarbee
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T100Mark

California

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A GREAT LOOKING 16.9 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Rust colored. Slightly hazy. A lumpy, off-white head that doesn't stay around very long. No stickage to speak of.

Smell - Malt. Sweet. Nutty. Black pepper. This beer has a big nose.

Taste - This beer starts out with a malt/sweet hit but then, quickly, turns tart. The finish is medium-well steak (I'm not kidding). A big beer.

Mouth - Good carbonation. Tart. You really feel it in the back of your gullet.

Overall - If you're expecting a nice, easy-drinking English bitter (such as Fuller's London Pride), go elsewhere. This ale is a little on the aggressive side. Very tasty. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:46:43 | More by T100Mark
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 18:53:15 | More by Libationguy
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gr0g

New Jersey

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

Pours a reddish brown with a craggy head about two fingers tall. Good retention and lacing. Caramel and toffee malt aromas dominate. Herbal and floral hop aromas. A healthy amount of dark fruit on the nose, too, making this a bit reminiscent of a dark Belgian ale.

Mild bitterness from start to finish. Esters primarily evocative of dried fruit. Toffee malt backbone. Texture is soft, but not quite creamy. While not a session beer per the classic definition, this is something you could enjoy for pint after pint. Compares quite favorably to Fuller's ESB. I have to credit this beer to turning me on to English bitters when I first tried it a couple years ago, and it's something I still go back to every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 04:06:57 | More by gr0g
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper colored; medium cream-colored head

Aroma: Malty; biscuity; slighty spicy; hint of sulfur

Taste: Hoppy start; vinous fruit flavour turning into malty flavor; hoppy end; a touch thin in the end

Remarks: Good, but just a tad bit bitter for me; smooth, though

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:14:02 | More by IchLiebeBier
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endovelico

Portugal

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Of vigorous pour and clear mahogany juice and billowy off-white, stubborn head this brew tenuously displays rancid butter, toffee and nutty aromatics with even more subtle and exiguous vegetable notes.

On the mouth it feels watery, thin, - even soapy perhaps - only softly carbonated and nearly devoid of any hop 'bite'. The aforementioned notes are still very much in play at the tongue, only with more preponderance towards the nutty and toffee flavors.

It is definitely a nice, solid, all around enjoyable session Ale with a discernible and respectable yeast and malt character. Could probably serve as a gateway of sorts between sessionable beers and more dexterous (maybe even dextrinous) brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 19:11:12 | More by endovelico
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soju6

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a mahogany color with a thick tan head that fades to good lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some malt sweetness, bit of chocolate and trace of spice.

T: Taste of roasted malt, bit of caramel sweetness, with bit of chocolate and spice. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy, nice balance.

O: Nice beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:16:38 | More by soju6
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BWED

Pennsylvania

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

500 ml bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Pours a fairly clear deep copper with a creamy tan head, retaining well at a 1/4". Slight lacing dresses the glass.

S- Mild malt sweetness and a very light hop tang in the nose.

T- Clean caramel malt and a slight citrus, mild, but a nice flavor. Irony, mineral rich. A very well balanced taste.

M- Medium body and very clean all around feel.

O- Good solid Bitter. Light but flavorful and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 17:37:22 | More by BWED
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Jenks

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma – a nice biscuit aroma from the grain bill with just a slight chocolate note. May also have a bit of dimethyl sulfide . Some noble hop character does come thru but it is difficult to pinpoint or describe it.

Appearance – Pours a thin head which does hang around for the duration of the beer. Color is brilliantly clear deep reddish copper.

Flavor –Very nice British malt flavor profile; biscuit followed by a little toffee. I don’t detect any of the chocolate that I smelled. There is a piney/earthy hop flavor that plays well with the malt characteristics. Clean fermentation; no detectable flaws or imperfections. The yeast left behind plenty of body which bodes well in this beer.

Mouthfeel – Medium body. Moderate to light carbonation. No alcohol warmth. This beer is balanced on the malt side but there is sufficient bitterness. A small degree of creaminess. There is a bit of an aftertaste that lingers on the palate; slight astringency.

Overall – This is a good beer that turns into a great one as the drinking experience goes on. At first I felt there was an aftertaste that was slightly offensive but as I continued to sample the beer I could no longer detect it and that gave way to a very enjoyable beer. The malt flavor is the highlight of this libation with strong British character. The noble hops and British yeast contribute their roles and play them well as second fiddle. By the end of the beer I am left wishing I had more; not for tonight but another that I wanted a nice British ale. To improve it, I would like to see a more pronounced head and something to clean up the slight DMS aroma that is present.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:31:47 | More by Jenks
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RaphaelSC

Brazil

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a red amber body, with a white head of 2 fingers with good rentention.

S: Malt sweetness with floral hops, bread and a mild fruit smell.

T: Some bread and fruit flavour and toasted malts with the bitterness in a great equilibrium, the flavour is complex because all that wonderful malts that it beer is made of.

M: Bread and bitterness well balanced make this a very good session beer.

O: Bitterness is not rich as the malt, but still is good, but the malt steal the show here, with an average ABV, make this beer perfect as a session beer, still its is complex enough to delight the most demanding taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 21:49:07 | More by RaphaelSC
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

4.7%. Poured a healthy three finger head of off-white creamy head. Shows nice retention and good lacing. Colour is a clear ruby brown.

Smell is of fruity malt, bread, caramel, apple, floral and citrus hops. Light and crisp.

Taste is full bready malt, some sweetness toward the end. Slight sour apple citrus and roasty caramel. Floral hops add a nice estery bitterness. A lot of fruitiness, mild nutiness, light citrus bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel has a full coating smoothness, light soft carbonation, very smooth and sessionable.

Very easy to drink, tasty and balanced. Short on complexity but a nice session bitter. Satisfying malt body.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 21:26:50 | More by mick303
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Juergentara


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

Easy to drink with lots of malt and hobs; you can nearly taste some fresh tobacco. Not too strong; so ideal beer for people with some thirst and also "beer-connaisseurs"!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 22:03:55 | More by Juergentara
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doktorhops

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this sitting in my fridge and I couldn't believe I hadn't reviewed it yet - almost drank it! Lucky I checked BA and found it was on my "to do" list (which is every beer in the world... it's a big list alright). Wells Mr. Bombardier, let's see what you've got!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: This English style Bitter presents with a deep cooper/brown body and ecru half centimetre head. Looks like a classic British Bitter.

S: Caramel malts are upfront on the nose, with floral hops, toasted biscuit, metallic twang and a hint of citrus in the background.

T: Begins with sweet toffee, then the caramel base kicks in followed by a Brown Ale nuttiness and finishes with subdued citrus/floral hops bitterness. That sweetness overpowers everything (just a tad) but that aside we have solid English Bitter flavours at play.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

D: Nice drop, sweet? Yes. Too sweet? Depends on if you have a sweet-tooth. I like it, but can see where others might be put off. Also the metallic aroma didn't present in the flavour, which is always a good thing... unless you're a robot.

Food match: Just had Mexican (soft tacos), which you wouldn't normally associate with an English Bitter but surprisingly it works. Ole!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 10:11:26 | More by doktorhops
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pkalix

California

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark tangerine pour, no discernible head. no rising bubbles.
sweet aroma, malt-y. smells very drinkable.
taste is sweet, malty, pleasing. nice qualities.
overall, very nice taste and very pleasing. typical range of abv content; expected and pleasing. i like the sweetness of this brew. it is not a stand-out brew but is one that can be had in succession easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 04:13:06 | More by pkalix
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ckollias

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an amber-brown hue with a one-finger white head with a decent trail down the glass that ends in a wispy lace.

S: This beer has a musty malty aroma.

T: Flavor is smooth and malty with a slight caramel background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent brew – nothing special – but a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 02:07:00 | More by ckollias
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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
86 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.