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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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49 Reviews
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 115
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 03-21-2010

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Photo of gutbucket2
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

BB 19Nov14. Consumed 3/13.

A: Bright orange coloring when artificially backlighted. Absolute pristine clarity, fine print easily readible through a faint rise of effervesce. Oatmeal tinted head is slightly creamy, moderately retaining, with a low visual lacing.

S: Fresh graininess, lightly toasted french bread, with a very faint fresh flowery hopping.

T: A little blunt and unfocused upfront. Sour twang of caramel overshadows what hops may be. A bit soapy, washed out stale malting, old citrus and none to inviting. Some sweet toasted bread, the hops finish out a bit coarse and unrefined.

M: Pretty much uneventful mouthful, light to medium base, no carbonation, with a bit of alkaline quality.

O: Overall the malting and hops seem old, stale, the hop strength refrained with a coarse and alkaline finish. Not a repurchaser here.

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Photo of delta490
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
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

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Photo of mrjez
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: pours a deep orange-gold with a lovely finger of creamy head, plenty of lacing.
S: quite bland aroma, mainly a toffee malt, quite earthy.
T: upfront malt and grassy hop, a hint of sweetness.
F: has a big dry finish with some mild hop bitterness. Very drinkable.
O: pleasant to drink, but no distinguishing features to make me seek it out again.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into an English pint.

Pours a clear bright copper with a one finger off-white head. Just a tiny bit of head retention and no real lacing to speak of.

The aroma is suprisingly light on this one with some tart fruit and a little bit of metal coming through. No hops are dectectable on the aroma.

The flavor, thankfully, has much more going on than the aroms. Tart tropical fruit up front combined with some dank mustyness that really compliments the fruit well. A little bit of caramel and dark bread make up the malt backbone although it is subtle. Bitterness is moderate to high and lingers for quite awhile after the finish. Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side but drinkability is quite high.

Overall, an ok English IPA but I've had better. I really would like for their to be a little more malt character and the odd tartness dialed back. Probably not one I would pick up again.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Outstanding clarity for he golden orange body. Four fingers of snow white bubbly froth. Delicate lacing.

Light orange aroma with hints of fresh bread.

Toffee foundation. Earthy hops. Bitter bite. Fruity finish.

Smooth light-medium mouthfeel.

A satisfactory take on English IPA, but I think I prefer ESB and London Pride.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.64/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best Before 19 Nov 14

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow to orange in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass that also includes a few larger bubbles. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with just a touch of light fruit sweetness (touch of apple and pear). That is followed by moderate aromas of floral and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of biscuit malts with a light amount of light fruit sweetness (apple and pear). That is followed by an earthy herbal and floral hop flavor. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with a touch of crispness. Just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Fairly easy to drink with a smoothness that makes it rather refreshing. A nice example of an English IPA which has classic English hop aromas/flavors and it is not overly aggressive.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of flyingpig
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died faded away, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast and citrus.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of floral and grassy hops along a light amount of bitterness and some faint hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and has a very good balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of Wattsox
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Dec 2012.

A - Clear copper body with a relatively small amount of head that dissipates down to virtually no covering, with some lacing and cling.

S - Gentle hop aromas balanced by some malt on the back-end; fairly well balanced on the nose.

T - Similar to the aromas, the hops are the solid frontrunner of the taste, not as much so as American IPAs tend to be, but still out there. There is a good malt balance to temper the hops as well. Finishes with a gentle bitterness that lingers a little while.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp and doesn't linger too long.

O - Overall, an extremely drinkable beer, either on its own or as a session drink.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from the International Beer Shop and poured into a nonik style pint glass.

Light orange appearance, with a slight off-white head of foam that measured a few centimetres, before settling to a half centimetre throughout.

Marmalade smell is the most dominant, but by no means over the top. Definately can tell just from the smell that this is a British interpretation as opposed to a US version.

Initially it lulls you into thinking this is a light version of a British IPA, but the hops start to show they are present in numbers. Solid English hop flavour.

The body is well suited to the beer itself and the style, maltiness being there just a tad, but letting the hops stand out. Finishes off with a fullish, bitter finish.

Overall, a good interpretation of the British style. While i do like the Fullers malty house style of a lot of their ales, the relative absence in this made it unique and kept it true to label.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Phocion
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 9/17/2014. Pours fairly clear golden amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, citrus rind, lemon zest, bread, honey, caramel, floral, grass, and light piney spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop/malt notes. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, lemon zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, light toast, and earthy pine spiciness. Fair amount of floral pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, light toast, and earthy pine spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of hop/malt flavors with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with a minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English IPA. Nice balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; and extremely crisp and smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jonb5
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle, I was suprised how clear this beer was, dark brown colour, no bubbles. Could smell sweet perfumed hops. Tasted spicy apples, mangos and pears. It remided me of kellerbier. Not much carbonation, two would be great, can't say if I could drink more. Overall a very good IPA

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Photo of tbeckett
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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