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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned)Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned)

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86
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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wl0307 on 03-21-2010

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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 48
Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a slight chill haze that turns brilliant gold as it warms. Sports a 3” finely bubbled white foam cap that hugs the side of the glass marking each drink with a line of thick lace.
S: Earthy hops and fruit with some biscuit.
T: Spicy graham cracker grain with background fruits and an earthy hop accent on the finish.
F: Very creamy texture – almost nitro like – medium low carbonation and medium body.
O: This is a delightful beer that really showcases English malts.

Photo of ONUMello
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle best by 1/28/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange color with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Malt, caramel, a touch sweet just a hint of hops and an odd metallic finish
T: Matches the nose. Malt-forward with hops for balance, caramel/a bit sweet but nothing unpleasant
M: Medium-bodied, a bit sweet
O: Drinkable but I'm in no rush to re-visit. May be worth trying fresh rather than the last best-by date

Photo of gutbucket2
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

A: poured clear amber with reasonably lasting white head.
S: little detected. Perhaps grassy hop.
T: stale hops.
M: medium.
O: a disappointing beer. The flavour is poor.

Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

07/25/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Way too bitter for a second. simply too much going on for here & now.

Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a big cloud-deck of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt, hop note
Taste-Herbal, earthy hops, touch of spicy yeast. Subtle flavors in the English fashion. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of Phocion
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle dated best before July 17th, 2014. Poured into Imperial nonic. Slightly hazy medium-gold color with a frothy off-white head. Moderate retention and splotchy lacing.

Aroma is biscuity malts with floral and earthy hops. Light spicy hoppiness. Slight grassiness, controlled diacetyl buttery aromas, and cracked grain. Ever so slight hint of fruity esters.

Flavor is light and well-balanced, leaning slightly towards the malty side. Buttered biscuit and fairly grassy/earthy. I have a feeling that this is supposed to be slightly hoppier, but since we're still before the best by date (even if just barely), I don't feel bad about reviewing. Slightly dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is especially pleasant. Medium bodied and light-medium carbonation, about fitting for a bottle-conditioned English IPA. Soft and creamy mouthfeel

Overall, this is a good but not thrilling beer. My palate tends to lean towards English styles, but Bengal Lancer doesn't excite even me. Perhaps a fresher bottle may change my mind.

Photo of Kenee
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium light colour. Thin liquid. Only a slight aroma, delicate and floral. Very light floral bitter initial mouthfeel. Slightly sweet back bone with a very mild malt flavour. Nice mild dry/bitterness.

Not going to knock you off your chair but lots to love about this beer. Beautiful, delicate, floral, magic.

Very good beer

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-clear copper color. The head is three fingers high, and barely off-white in shade. It has pretty decent retention and an inconsistent texture that betrays a solid hop profile. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. This one looks pretty damn good.

S: As soon as I crack open the bottle, I get a nice whiff of stone fruits. While the nice fruitiness stays the course, it's joined by some slightly minty hops. The malt is prevalent - bringing some solid toffee notes - but stays just restrained enough as to not obstruct the other qualities. I'm really enjoying the nose a lot.

T: This is a soft, subtle beer in many aspects. Caramel malts open this one up, but at no point is this beer overly sweet. It has a gently hopped finish, providing notes of apricot, earth, mint, and pine. Even some welcome cream sneaks into the back end. The problem with this beer is that it's subdued in general - it's pleasant, don't get me wrong, just a bit bland.

M: I really like how airy and dry this feels on the tongue - it practically evaporates on my palate. In spite of this, and the decent carbonation, it's unbelievably creamy and soft on the palate. I wish most 'Murican IPAs felt this good on the tongue. Come to think of it, I'm drinking this beer more for its excellent mouthfeel than its flavor profile.

O: The flavor is a bit lacking, but everything else about this beer delivers. If this beer was even a little bolder, it would be a genuinely great IPA. This would be a great offering for beginners who hate bitterness - it's not over-malted, has decent hop flavors, along with a genuinely soft feel. Definitely worth sampling, and I might even buy it again.

Photo of fx20736
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a case of 12 500 ml bottles from Beers of the World for $ 56.39 on 3/02/14. Poured into a nonic, served cool.

appearance: hazy, apricot shade of amber with a one finger French Vanilla colored head. Creamy coat of lacing.

smell: classic English Pale aroma of fruitiness with a mild earthiness.

taste: thick bready malt with a n orange marmalade mix of sweet and bitter.

mouthfeel: slippery but solid. Excellent.

overall: the epitome of English beer. Exquisite.

Photo of beergoot
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant, deep gold color with a foamy, white and persistent head; some foam clinging down the length of the pint glass. Lightly toasted grain scent; biscuit and crackers; infused with a sweet, grassy, and faintly citrus hop aroma. Subtle malt flavors rounded out with a nice hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied; clean, crisp and dry.

A respectable English-styled IPA all-around. The hop bittering comes across just about right, flavor-wise, yet the malt taste seems a little weak. Still, it drinks easily, looks decent, and would make a nice session ale.

Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured this 16.9 oz thick brown bottle into a SN hops tulip glass. The best by date was Nov. 19, 2014. I drank it August 2013, pretty fresh! The body was clear and apricot colored. The creamy tan head remained.

The smell was fruit - fresh plums and apples. Wheat bread.

The taste was reflective of the aromas. Fruity with a lightly bitter finish. Clean and bright. Easy to drink. I enjoyed this more than most of the English IPAs I consume. Nicely done.

The mouthfeel was medium with plenty of carbonation. I would gladly have another.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden amber; effervescent; slightly hazy; good sized white, frothy head; no real lacing

Smell: biscuity malt; resiny; some citrus notes, but light; smells delicious

Taste: good hop bitterness right up front that dominates the palate the whole way through; you can detect the malt, but the citrus starts to come through at the end with slightly dry grapefruit notes in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: slightly thin, but very drinkable. Good session beer for me.

Photo of delta490
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- poured a lovely clear copper with a foamy white head. Minimal retention. Some visible carbonation.

S- barely registers. A whif of yeast and a slight bit of malt is all that is noticeable.

T- very little of note. Sweeter malt is about it.

M- nice feel on the palette. Carbonation isn't at all present.

O-has high hopes for this because of Fuller's other offerings I enjoy. Bit of a disappointment

Photo of Dave1999
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, very pale straw colour with a small white head.

The smell is very weak, lightly sweet and grainy.

The taste sweet and malty with some earthy hops and green tea in the finish. It's not bad but I'd expect the hops to be more prominent even in an english style ipa.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall not bad but if I want an english ipa I'd much rather go with samuel smiths.

Photo of keithmurray
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden color with beige head

Smell - lemon, lime, citrus, orange marmalade

Taste - lemon, lime, green tea, orange marmalade

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, sweet upfront, enough bitterness to keep balance, good flavor in the aftertaste

Overall - good representation of the style, which I enjoyed

Price Point - $4.29/ 500ML BOTTLE

Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy honey-gold color with a brief white head.

Nose is dominated by sweet fruity esters, particularly notes of apricot and peach, with some more subtle pine hops lurking underneath.

The taste is surprisingly mild and non-IPA-ish, with decidedly subdued pine hops overshadowed by a solid caramel malt backbone, a tad sweet even. This is not typical for the style, but the overall effect works well nonetheless. The finish is less than powerful but hangs on for a respectable time, drying to a pleasant bitterness with some citrus undertones.

Feel is a little tight in the middle but flabby at the edges, without the crispness that I would normally expect from an IPA.

Overall, definitely not a paragon of the style, but still a very enjoyable brew in its own right.

Photo of Morningside
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9z Bottle, with a best by date of 11/19/14 (!) poured into a pint glass.

I must admit, I am a dyed-in-the-wool American hophead.

Yes, I lived in Germany as a college student and drank gorgeous Hefeweizens.

Yes, I really fell in love with beer after having my first great Belgian, a Gouden Carolus Keizer Blauw to be precise.

Yes, I appreciate great beer of all styles and origins.

But when it comes to IPA's, I am an American partisan. Hopelessly. I've always believed that American ingenuity took a dormant style and revitalized it, history and facts be damned. (By the way, I am by no means a jingoistic, "Amuhrika! Hell Yeah!!" kind of guy).

However, this beer makes me want to explore English IPA's with a new vigor and interest that I have never had before. See, I had always thought of English IPA's as the unfortunate big brother of the American IPA, which for all of it's balance and nuance, is ultimately destined to sit dusty on the shelves next to its high IBU, no-holds-barred, no-punches-pulled American counterpart. Thankfully, I bought this beer accidentally, as a part of an anonymous "mix pack" of large-format bottles. What I found intrigued me and helped to reveal my deep-seeded biases in a way that nothing else could have.

Now to the review.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber orange hue with a one and a half finger head that dissipates quickly down to one finger, then goes down gradually from there. Occasional tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass but only seem to come a few at a time. Big billows of patchy lacing stick ardently to my glass.

Aroma: Sweet bready malt gives way gently to a floral and inviting hop profile. Citrus is present, but in the form of juicy tangerines and blood oranges. Yeast adds to the overall fruitiness of the nose, but is never dominant. Very nice.

Taste: Those tangerines and blood oranges from the nose burst carefully, but insistently out of the gate. They are complimented beautifully by a slightly sweet and definitively biscuity malt backbone, ending with a managable, but certainly present, bitterness. Apricots and other golden fruits linger and beckon you to take another sip. A slightly fruity/estery character from the yeast comes out, but never so much that you would confuse this with a hoppy Belgian golden ale.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, quaffable, and pleasantly thin, this beer is velvety smooth. It has very little carbonation, which reminds me of some of the finer cask ales I have had.

Overall: I think I've made my point. This is as satisfying of an IPA as I have had in quite a long time, and I drink an IPA pretty much every single night. The balance and structure of this beer is flawless. It won't please the knuckle-dragger who ONLY seeks out the highest IBU or ABV beers, but if you treasure well-made beer, then give this a try. This is a gem that deserves a greater following. Find it and drink it. Cheers!

Photo of TongoRad
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Whoa- what a lovely English-style Ale. Beautifully clear slightly orange amber color with a dense foamy head.

The aroma really accentuates a phenomenal balance between the floral hops, fruity yeast signature and biscuity malts. I get hints of apricot, persimmon, dried flowers and butter cookies in a harmonious blend.

The palate carries through on the flavors, with the malts coming through at the forefront, a little wave of butterscotch, and enough quenching bitterness to finish it all up. Superb mouthfeel, as well.

At the moment this is reminiscent of a bigger Coniston Bluebird, but fresher and much more enjoyable. Well done, Fuller's.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can't get the original Fuller's India Pale Ale in California, but I can get the Bengal Lancer. 500 ml coming my way. On to the beer:

An inch of foamy white head crowns this toasted orange, yellow hued beer. Retention is acceptable. The aroma shows its English colors of controlled diacetyl, esters, smack of hops, and dried apricot snacks.

Not to be confused with the aggressive IPA's of my state, Fuller's brings a balanced and flavorful ale with an extra wallop of hops. Waves of butterscotch and neutral grain come first in line, then gentle fruity esters and vague fruit skins popping around the palate. The only thing that's missing are the hops, and come knocking on the door and eventually hit with a gentle assault. It has a taste of minerals as well, perhaps from the water. Its carbonation is tight and medium body adds extra to the overall craft of Bengal Lancer.

Just what I'd like per style. Easy drinking as well.

Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy amber with short lived, foamy, white head. Aroma is of piney, citrusy hops, biscuit malt, and hints of caramel and ripe fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal, earthy hops, biscuit malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Tasty, well balanced, mellow brew.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice gold, inch head, zero lace.

The nose is light grapefruit, pale malt and (I swear it) apple cider.

Pale malts, orange, fresh grass and minerals make up the taste. I swear I taste apple, but it might be my brain gone mad. A little thin and light on carbonation.

An interesting English IPA, but not something I'd get again. I like a decent amount of Fuller's lineup, but this was eh.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant golden orange with a soft, fluffy white head. Head retention is good. There is a moderate amount of white lace present all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S: Gentle aromas of orange, lemon, tobacco, grass, herbs, pepper, minerals, and biscuits are present on the nose. It smells about like one would normally expect an English IPA to smell.

T: Notes of tea, pepper, leather, lemon, orange, grass, and herbs from the hops are supported by robust notes of crackers, biscuits, and caramel from the hops. A pronounced mineral character is readily apparent throughout and there is an ever so subtle hint of yeast. The finish is sappy and earthy with more pronounced notes of biscuit, caramel, pepper, lemon, leather, and orange.

M: Medium in body, firm, and dry. Carbonation is gentle, but supportive. Incredibly easy to drink. I could easily have two or three of these in one sitting.

O: I was looking forward to seeing how well the good people at Fuller, Smith & Turner would do with a single hop IPA (for those of you who are not aware of this, Bengal Lancer is brewed only with East Kent Goldings), and I am not disappointed in the slightest. They really captured the subtle, earthy aromas and flavors of this legendary hop. Very well balanced, filling, and flavorful, it would be difficult for me not to recommend this ale to fans of traditional European styles.

Photo of tbeckett
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle my parents brought back from London. From notes.

A - Poured dark orange with mild carbonation. Soapy one finger loose white head on top. Slight haze to the body. Good half finger of retention and lot's of thick drapes of lace.

S - Bread, orange, spicy hop, citrus. A bit mild.

T - Grassy and spicy hops. A little earthy, crackery malt. Very interesting and tasty. Can't place some of the hop characteristics, but they're tasty.

M - Nice mild carbonation, medium body with some creaminess.

O/D - A nice take on the EIPA. Well hopped up, not overly bitter, and very drinkable.

Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a friendly shade of amber. Right about a nice, medium wood stain. Quite clear. Soft cream-colored head. Pretty good retention. Moderate lacing. The aroma has a mix of gentle hops, rich malt and a solid mineral character. The hops have a nice dose of orange with floral and herbal notes. Solid caramel maltiness. The taste has nice hop flavor on top of that rich caramel malt. Pleasant bitterness in the finish. Fairly sweet but the beer pulls it off. Mostly gentle feel, though it doesn't seem like they really tried to make it seem like a cask. Easy to drink. Pleasant stuff.

Photo of flyingpig
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Costcutter, Lambeth, London (500ml, £2.89):
Bright, orange amber colour with a thumb sized, foamy white head that eventually settles to a thick looking lacing on top.

Lively smelling with a nice hop character and a strong floral base to the beer with plenty of herbal notes coming through along with some elderflower and orange. The end is complimented with some nice, bitter notes and the beer has a good balance.

Lighter hops than there was in the aroma but with a stronger floral taste. There is some elderflower and orange plus a some good herbal flavours. This is all backed up with a nice malt base and medium strength bitterness coupled with some summer fruits and a touch of sweetness.

Light medium body and moderate carbonation on top of a hop filled, bitter mouthfeel that has touches of sweetness too.

Easy to drink and went down well. It was surprisingly refreshing for the style and the bitterness levels. A nice beer and one that I'd be inclined to try again.

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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.