Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
3.79/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
02-09-2013 04:03:02 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +3.6%
16.9 ounce bottle - $3.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.
17 JUL 14 marked on the bottle.
Appearance: Pours a golden-amber body with great clarity noted and a well-sized, near white crown of suds.
Smell: Floral and biscuit scents, mainly, but also some hints of fruit and herb.
Taste: Light biscuit flavor from the soft, gentle maltiness mixed with fresh flower petals, minute citrus, and earthy herbs. Medium degree of bitterness. Some very light touches of golden syrup pushing forth on the back half. Dry, floral, reasonably bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (barely). Medium-plus carbonation (barely).
Overall: It's just a nice, refreshing beer.
11-21-2012 01:57:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
500 mL bottle, nice to see a new Fuller's beer available,
A: Pours a clear amber with a medium white head which dies down to a soft cap of foam with spots of lace all around.
S: Floral herbs, rosemary and sage, spring meadow notes. Quite lovely in its approach.
T: Light biscuity malt flavour with that herbal earthy hop feel especially in the finish which also has a beautiful note of cracked grain.
M: Light-bodied but still firm, soft carbonation, with a remarkably long lived aftertaste of English hops.
O: This is where freshness really comes into play especially with a style like the EIPA. This is in no way a West Coast monster, that's not what it's trying to be. This is just a delicious quaffable pint with striking if subtle flavours to an American palate. I love well made English beers like this.
04-11-2013 03:22:57 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
Purchased at the Waitrose Supermarket, this seems to be a new product by the Fuller's Brewery. Bottle-Conditioned, BB 16/02/12, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: pours a light amber hue, coming with loosely formed white cottony head and a medium-level carbonation scattered with large and tiny bubbles; good clarity.
S: the very juicy combination of malts and hops is almost like a lesser version of Fuller's ESB or Young's Special London Ale, featuring sweet citric and slightly spicy Styrian Goldings hops and mildly sour-ish gooseberry and even blueberry-ish fruitiness, against a rather light body of pale malts. Not complex, but refreshing and aromatic all the same. Plus, yeastiness (from bottle-conditioning) leaves no negative impact on the aroma.
T: the marvellously-carbonated texture of juicy pale malts expands with lightly sour-sweet pears, orangey citrusness, then quietly but closely the undercurrent of almost tea-ish tannic bitterness and nutty crushed pale malts expands and takes over, but in a rather subtle way. The aftertaste prolongs the spicy-bitter and increasing chewy side of hoppiness, lingering with a pleasant bitter-herbal and hay-ish touch.
M&D: the palate is remarkable, full of microscopic fizziness resulting from successful bottle-conditioning, while the body remains semi-light at most and refreshing vis-à-vis the 5.3% alcoholic strength. This bottle-conditioned version is more refreshing (or, less soft) than the cask-conditioned one that I've just tasted twice lately. Both are good session type, immensely drinkable as far as my palate is concerned!
03-21-2010 18:59:41 | More by wl0307
3.69/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
01-31-2013 23:20:52 | More by dbrauneis
3.96/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-24-2013 06:07:53 | More by DoubleJ
3.9/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-31-2013 04:07:57 | More by superspak
2.78/5 rDev -28%
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.
04-04-2013 23:37:13 | More by beerthulhu
3.91/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-20-2013 20:19:33 | More by tbeckett
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
06-02-2013 02:33:51 | More by mrfrancis
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
On tap at the British Beer Company in Westford, Massachusetts on May 12, 2012. It pours medium amber in tone with a long, lasting head and excellent clarity. The aroma emits an array of sweet caramel malts and yeast. The hops are far more subtle than I expected. The body is smooth and creamy with a medium texture. The taste has a dark mild character to it with decent malty sweetness but then the hops jump forward at the very end to balance it all off. A classic English IPA.
05-13-2012 13:59:58 | More by puboflyons
4.11/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
05-02-2013 04:54:28 | More by popery
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
03-31-2013 03:47:56 | More by RonfromJersey
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
03-30-2014 19:10:27 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.84/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-11-2014 20:15:39 | More by hosehead83
3.61/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
01-10-2014 13:38:00 | More by Cresant
3.63/5 rDev -6%
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.
02-04-2014 00:07:59 | More by beergoot
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 07/17/2014
Fuller, Smith and Turner have a solid English IPA with their Bengal Lancer, though of course I wonder how it compares to their more highly rated "standard" IPA. The beer has a good blend of toffee-like malt flavors with herbal, dry-leaf-like, and bitter English hops. While certainly different from the American IPA (and PA, at this point), the style and this beer have its charms, two of which being that a pint won't destroy your liver, and the hop quantity won't ruin your palate. Aside from $5 for a 500ml bottle, this is an enjoyable beer that warrants trying and enjoying.
Head is fairly clean white, 1.5cm high, made up of small bubbles. Retention is above average, and leaves significant as it falls, sheets and large, thick lines adorn the glass. Head fades to a thin layer of wispy foam atop the body. Body is copper-colored, 40-50% opaque, with vigorous streams of carbonation rising from all over the bottom of the glass. Light turns the bod a bright yellow-orange hue, but doesn't relieve the haziness.
Aroma features sweet, toffee-like malts that blend with English hops and fruity esters to yield a pleasant mixture of scents, with a hint of bitterness (if one knows his/her hops).
Tasting opens with toffee-like sweetness from malts, slightly bready. Mid-palate finds a suitable change in flavors, with bittering English hops, rather delicate herbal and wood-like tones blended with a background of toffee-like sweetness and fruity esters. Back of palate tastes moderate bitterness from hops, which is the main focus, along with tofee-like and herbal hop flavors in the background. The aftertaste is balanced between toasted malts lending toffee-like character and fairly strong English hops of herbal and dry leaf character, lending moderate bitterness.
The beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel with only slight prickliness. Closes dry, with slight residual stickiness on the palate.
03-21-2013 04:06:04 | More by falloutsnow
Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.