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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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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 54 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 10-23-2001

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Photo of beerquestman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a light lucid amber

Smell: smelled of spiciness, hops and a bit of grapefruit juice.

Taste: Tasted of hops, caramel, and a hint of grapefruit

Mouthfeel: warming and easy on the tongue.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, about what I'd expect from an ale.

Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed at the local food coop. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery amber color with about an inch of khaki head that that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly slightly sweet malt, with some backing grain, and a trace of gentle hopping. On the tongue the characteristics were fairly similar, nice earthy grains, a bit of sweet malt and a faint tickle of hops.

The body was very good, smooth even, well-balanced and clean. Drinkability is also very good, the pint bottle went down so easily that I didn't realize I had drank the whole bottle.

Overall, a very nice brew. A worthy companion for a comfortable session at your local or home. Worth trying.

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

A healthy 1.5" head sits atop the dark copper ale after pouring. It also leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. Very appetizing.

The first scents to hit the nose are of molasses and spice with slight hop notes and a trace of coffee. Its all a very pleasant mix and makes you look forward to the taste.

This is a great bitter, with the Fuggles hops adding flavour that complements the mild maltiness quite well. Neither side is overpowering so we're left with a well-balanced taste that deserving of the name 'Premium.'

A very dry finish rounds this beer out very nicely. I think I could easily sit at the local pub all night drinking these back without batting an eyelid. Great beer.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a pint glass.
Dark reddish-brown in color with ruby red hues. One finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is high on malts with hints of dark fruits.
Taste is also high on malts, with a dry bitter finish. Typical example of an ESB, light and easy to drink.
There wasn't any noticeable lacing with this ESB.
A decent ESB, and certainly worth trying if you like this kind of beer.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of jpkoch1962
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep golden yellow with a thick white, long lasting head. The aroma was dominated by bready, sweet malts with a touch of pepper. The ale was thick, malty and smooth. Bittering hops came through in the middle before fading somewhat in the finish. A very nice, full body session ale. Watch the alcohol, as you will not notice it until you stand.

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, the most English-looking yet of many in any store that I've ever seen.

This beer pours a clear, dark burnt amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, filmy, foamy, and pleasantly sudsy beige head, which settles at a leisurely pace, eventually leaving a decent wash of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of lightly toasted biscuity caramel malt, sugary cooked apple, a touch of bready yeast, and some herbal, earthy hops. The taste is more crackery, lightly biscuity caramel and pale malt, bolstered by some mild rock toffee notes, muddled orchard drupe fruit, soft black peppercorn, and somewhat bitter leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, yet a bit prickly, the body an adequate medium weight, generally smooth, and perhaps a tad creamy, through the zingy bitterness. It finishes sweeter than I would have thought - the gritty caramel malt still standing strong against the fruity, and mildly bitter herbal and leafy hops.

An offering that teeters well away from the banality that I unfortunately encounter too much in imported British ales. I sure wouldn't pass up a few rounds of this as the local pub bitter option, if that sort of thing actually existed in my neck of the woods.

Photo of Dster
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle in wells bombardier pint glass...life is good.

Appearance - golden brown, half inch of fluffy head that settled into a film

Smell - mild, sweet, malts

Taste - citrus, earthy malt taste.

Mouthfeel - silky, carbonation is bright with very small bubbles.

Drinkablity - could drink it all day.

Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Bunch of Grapes near London Bridge, London.

A-Pours amber with a thin, brilliant white head and lots of attractive bubbles.

S-Light citrus, pale malts.

T/M-Biscuity malts, an almost imperceptible floral hoppiness. One of the lightest bitters I've ever had. There is a delicate note of leather in the citrusy finish.

D-Pleasant. One of the lightest bitters I've had.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent light brown in color with a good foamy head that feels like marshmallows.
Smells of malts and bitterness. Not so much a citrusy hop bitterness but an earthy one.
Taste is somewhat earthy with an undertone and aftertaste of milk chocolate.
Creamy mouthfeel.

A good beer to drink and enjoy with the pals.

Photo of darkmartin
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a transparent, dark copper with strong red undertones. Almost an inch of off-white head. Looks quite nice.

Smell: Strong earthy hops with a minor amount of subtle mount present.

Taste: Unlike the nose, first up is nutty malt with a good dose of butter. Definitely some fruit follows, maybe apple? Those potent English hops dominate the finish, and really round the beer out quite well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a minor amount of carbonation, quite smooth.

Drinkability: One of the better ESB's I've had, I will keep an eye out for this one.

Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial pint poured into a Tulip stout glass. Best by 07/12/11.

Appearance: Pours a 1/2" off-white foam which dies down to thin island of foam skin across the top. Nice walls and strands of lacing though. The beer is a clear dark coppery-red color. Nice.

Smell: Roasted malts, some cider-like apple smells, and something a bit floral at the end.

Taste: Roasted malt up front, followed immediately by a strong English bitter, which is usually the finish most of the time, but every now and then some other flavors come through like tart apples and toffee at mixed in with the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation for an English ale. Mouthfeel is quite smooth - well on the thicker side of things.

Drinkability: For an ESB, the bitterness is prevalent here which works well. I think I prefer a beer with a bit more malt present, but overall I like this one, although with the strong bitter finish I'm definitely done at one pint. Went very well with Turkey, spiced sweet potatoes, and green beans. A solidly good English ale.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: flowing golden yellow, hint of orange hue.

S: slight grain, malt and earthy hops.

T: cream sweet up front, with nice mild bitter finish.

M: solid carbonation with med/light body. smooth going down. the sweet and bitter play off each other quite nicely.

D: Great session beer. Enough flavor for beer geeks and something adventurous for your newbies. Not usually great beer for the warmer months. Give this English brew a try, it's worth it.

Photo of mountsnow1010
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - tan head, brown beer, attractive but not astounding
S - not bad. oatmeal smell with a bit of dark fruits/sugars
T- not much beginning flavor, hit with some nice fruit and malt in the middle, finishes quite dry with a bit of hop bite on top of a decent malt and nutty flavor. more hops in the aftertaste. not a TON going on with the flavor, but I like/expect that for this type of beer. a refreshing drink that I can actually drink without getting more thirsty.
M - nice sharp carbonation, coats the mouth, not overly watery which is nice
D - I could drink a lot of this, but I'm not sure I would have more than a couple before switching types

Solid brew.

Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here is a very clear light chestnut color with a modest off-white head. The aroma is notably malty, with a caramel and toasted malt character. Not much in the way of hops in the aroma, but there is a very English-style biscuit and toffee scent. The taste is more on the dry side than the smell presumes. It's moderately bitter, and very satisfying. All around, this is fine English-style ale.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: A very nice ruddy brown. Clear. Almost no head.

S: Pleasant malt, hints of roast and caramel.

T: Very nicely balanced! Malt and strong hops vie for attention, with a significant amount of carbonation distracting further. It's a toss-up as to which flavours are dominant -- some sips are sweeter, some hoppier...all are lively. Aftertaste is dryish and more hopped than not.

M: Delightful! The interplay of drying hops, smooth malts, and captivating carbonation continually pleases me.

D: An unassuming, but eventually delicious beer. More depth than I have come to expect of British ales (perhaps unfairly.) Bombardier Bitter is well worth your time and attention. I will be having a few more.

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper brown colour with thick off white head. Head takes a long time to dissipate. Some lacing around the glass. Smells of raisin, biscuit malt and mild earthy hops. Flavour has mild bitterness and some sweetness. Nice medium bodied carbonation. I like that the Control Board in Ontario has this so I can frequently have this.

Photo of samie85
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark copper red color with a very light tan, one finger head.

S-Faint fruity aromas mixed with light caramel malt.

T-Fruity esters with caramel malt notes and a fruity, dry, bitter finish.

M-Pretty smooth and medium bodied with low carbonation.

D-Pretty easy drinking beer that is decent but the price tag does not match up with the quality of this one.

Photo of simpliciter
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber with a light foamy head. Noise is lightly sweet and rather minimal. Flavor is excellent, with tea like notes and a smoky bitterness. Finishes clean and clear, ready for the next sip!

A nice mouth feel makes this a great beer for a cold, rainy evening.

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

Looks to be a good dark red amber brew, rating 27 on the SRM chart. Not much head with this one. One finger of light brown froth which was gone in about 30 seconds, leaving a very thin ring of lace, with little cling. Hearty aroma of roasted wheat and malt. Solid taste of roasted wheat, and barley with a good shot of hops. Lovely feeling as it slides over my tongue, teeth, and the back of my throat. Nice sweetness on the aftertaste that really impresses me. One of the few beers that has given me the belches. This is one to impress the guests. A little pricey, but worth the expense to round out a good meal. Not one I would serve at the typical backyard gathering or time in front the TV watching the game. This beer deserves more than chips and nuts.

Photo of Viggo
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle from LCBO.

Pours a clear dark orange/brownish, some bronze highlights, medium sized off white head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass, no real lacing but solid retention.

Smell is malty, some caramel, treacle, quite fruity, a bit of raisin, a touch of floral, some biscuit, a bit of brown sugar, alcohol, a touch of citrus, alright.

Taste is similar, very malty, quite fruity, raisin, caramel, some biscuit, brown sugar/corn syrup, malty and unexciting.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Nothing wrong per se but just bland.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mug

A: Orange, brown and clear, with a frothy 1.5 finger off white head that settles to a covering foam

S: Mild, earthy hops, and caramel malt

T: Mild again, traditional english earthy hops, pretty strong earthy notes, malt provides some backbone, but not too much flavor, just again light caramel notes

M: Medium, slight slight dryness, not thick but feels full in a good way

D: High, definitely a good drinking beer

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wells Bombardier English Premium Ale | 500 ml. | 5.2% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Wells & Young's Ltd (London)
Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Glass: Pint

"Our own natural mineral water, the ripest English Fuggles hops and crushed Crystal malt deliver this experience of England in a glass. Peppery aromas give way to the perfect balance of malty richness, tangy hops and sultana fruit on the plate, with a long, soft spicy finish."

Toned copper body with a cream, foamy crown. Massive 2.5" head sheds to a steady 0.5" over time. Nice lacing.

Funky roasted chestnuts, seven grain toast, and other earthy tones.

Earthy, bready, nutty. There's a slight hop nip at the finish.

Smooth overall, but a little rough around the edges. Ample carbonation. It's medium-bodied, but has a slightly oppressive gravity to it.

Not bad, but it lacks complexity in the flavor profile. The nutty, earthy tones are right on, but hops and a touch of citrus might have cut through the laden body.

Would I get it again?:
In no particular hurry. Glad I had it though -- it's a one-try.

Bottled: No date on bottle (Best before 1/20/2011)
Served: August 23, 2010

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brownish amber color with nice cap of off white head, leaving some behind and decent lacing. Scent is of roasted nuts, wheat bread, yeast, touches of grass and earth. Taste brings all the qualities of the scent together, a great bready and nutty malt backbone with splashes of earthy hops. Medium bodied, perfectly light carbonated. Overall and very nice, highly drinakable ESB.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect amber pour with a nice off-white head, slightly thicker than a lacing. Aroma has some biscuity maltness and muted fruits and baked bread in it. Taste is perfectly balanced, leaning toward the malty with a nice fruitiness common in most bitters. Finishes with a nice, dry bitterness from the hops. A near-perfect British ale here, perfect for just having a pint or three.

Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.