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: 85 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From bottle pours clear deep copper body, thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toast, reisins, floral hops and some toffee. Taste of caramel, toast, bread, dough toffee not to bad. Drink ability very high.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with thin off-white head. Aromas of caramel, so much that you can smell the sweet. Flavor is also caramel with some breadiness. Almost no alcohol perceivable, this is smooth stuff.

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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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Photo of Theheroguy
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bit more carbonated than I expected for a "premium ale". It has a rich flavor from the dark crystal malt I assume was used in this beer. Lots of fuggle hop notes. Very enjoyable A-.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Dandelion in Philadelphia. Deep dark brown, low tan foam. Roasted malty nose. Whole hearty smooth creamy british beer taste. Smooth and flavorful. Strong finish.

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Photo of danmouer
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wells Bombadier is really a brilliant premium bitter with some unique character and fabulous balance. Rather darkly colored for a bitter, and exhibiting aromas and flavors somewhat on the toasty side, this beer nonetheless is a fine example of a premium bitter ( or ESB, If you like).

The aroma us rich, malty, toasty, sweet and fresh-grassy, and the taste follows suit. The bottled version I am reporting (and all I've ever tasted), is 5.2 abv, while in the UK a more appropriate 4.2 version us available in cans. Would love to taste that one in cask!

The Challenger hops reallybalance all that sweet toasty crystal malt. Fresh hay, grass, clean bitter...I really like these hops. What a refreshingly sophisticated break from the lead-hammer blows of so many modern North American craft ales. This is the good stuff!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: June 7, 2015... GLASSWARE: Victory nonick... OCCASION: Cavs/Warriors Game Two--down to a true supporting cast without Kyrie... APPEARANCE: dark cedar body that is translucent nonetheless; head is off-white, half-fingered, and strong, with a creamy consistency... AROMA: nice, soft, spicy notes early; malts are bitter, hearty, and woody; hops are subtle and floral... PALATE: dry and vinous, with a thin overall presence--easy drinking... TASTE: an English bitter in its profile--businesslike, malty, and understatedly active; cherry, pear and some other fruity elements surprise the tastebuds... OVERALL: this beer is an enjoyable beer while watching a game and talking to the TV--great balance, subtle textures, and little fanfare...

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice English Bitter, not so strong, very easy to drink. This is a commercial example of the style that is available in Mexico. Very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of Decko
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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


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Photo of OneTuffPony
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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 tastes like apple? Some buttery flavour to it, along with some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, and clean.

Overall: A good beer for the price. Would buy again, given the circumstance.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of vinicole
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut colour. Fine frothy head. Clear.
Malt and hop on the nose.
Nice balance of English malt and hops. Brown bread.
Moderate mouthful and a bit too much carbonation in the bottle.
Much better when pulled.

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Photo of denisconrado
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

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Photo of sommersb
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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Photo of Hovellord
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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Photo of KellyBelukusBeers
5/5  rDev +31.6%

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!

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Photo of captaincoffee
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

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Photo of delta490
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.


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Photo of teromous
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of FoamInnovation
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Big-Frog
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.

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