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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 03-21-2010)
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Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of windypete
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Kenee
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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 rulisekmartin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of WallyHop
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of leinie13
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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 akttr
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of SoPeL
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of delta490
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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 psm90
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Dave1999
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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 MammothTarantula
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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
4.58/5  rDev +19%
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!

Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
87 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.