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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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3.79/5
Very Good
922 Ratings
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wellsandyoungs.co.uk

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Export version

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,327
Reviews:
441
Ratings:
922
pDev:
11.87%
 
 
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Ratings: 922 |  Reviews: 441
Photo of Eman17
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KCarrell
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of markallmon
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing as part of BJCP training, not sure if 11B or 11C, best by Jan 31, 2019
Big pillowy creamy tan head, great retention and lacing, clear ruby auburn color, by color I'm guessing 11C.

Nose fair malts, mild toasty malts, little caramel bready, herbal earthy almost spicy hops, fairly light overall

Taste medium bitterness at first, little spicy earthy herbal like hops, little sweet malt with toasty and mild biscuit and caramel, little toffee and nutty as it warms, fair balance favoring bitterness as it ramps to a moderate bitterness late, little drier slight sticky finish

Mouth is med to slight fuller bod, mild but acceptable carb

Overall not bad, a little light in general, especially on the aroma, definitely leans towards 11C but on border with 11B

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6er cans for only $8.99 so it seems like a low risk try. Very tasty for a ESB at only 5.2%. Aroma is not good. Kinda "fishy" as weird as that seems. Taste is very light brown ale in style with crisp light bitter hop finish to round out the brown sweetness and light body. A great change of pace "session" beer.

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Photo of StupidlyBrave
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sexmortus
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This classic ale pours a medium
clear mahogany with red highlights and a nice head of off white
foam that fades to a thick ring, thin light pool, and displays some
nice light sudsy lacing. Nose of light herbal hops, light caramel
and toffee malt notes. Flavors expand on the rather muted
nose with raisin and light toffee mingling with a nice herbal
hop that is pleasant and welcome in a standard English
ale with light hints of orchard fruit that are more prevalent
cold than warm. Medium body, medium carbonation, and a
nice lightly sweet finish,

Overall all a fantastic English ESB with a lot of character.

Cheers

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregSemenza
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can - appears to have been canned within theist 4 months so reasonably fresh.

Appearance is of a clear crisp dark mahogany color. Thick two finger tan head dissipates leaving about a quarter inch of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma is somewhat metallic but there are notes of toasted malts, some earthy hops, and a hint, ever so slight, of apple.

Taste follows the nose with some toasted malts, some grain, a bit of raisin, and some light apple or pear like fruit notes. This quickly is overtaken by a prominent earthy hop bitterness that starts early on and rolls through the finish. That slight metallic note on the nose does come through in the taste.

Feel is light and very drinkable. Moderate yet vibrant carbonation.

Overall its a solid ESB - the metallic aroma/flavor is an overall detractor and keeps this from being higher.

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Photo of JuMPeterson
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandy14
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OlaB
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper-red color with a small top off-white head with some lacings on the glass.Aroma is off caramel,bread,toffee with hints off raisins,chocolate and earthy hops. The flavour follow the nose in much aspects. It is malty and sweet with a slight bitterness from earthy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body and a medium carbonation. All in all is a decent and easydrinking ESB, but it never get that impressing.

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Photo of hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dipso123
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SourFaceEric
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my very favorite examples of traditional English bitter, a style that seems sadly maligned these days. It may lack the powerful flavors that a big IPA or stout can bring, or the complexity of a lambic or other wild ale, but few styles are as satisfying and comforting. Especially when had on cask at a proper pub, this is can be just about as good as it gets.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaxOhle
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a beautiful ruby color with copper highlights, a thin ring of off white head, whispy lacing.
Aroma - Very mild but pleasant. Apple, rose, fruity yeast.
Taste - Malty up front. Light toast, pear, subtle sweetness. Hops come in and provide a leafy and slightly floral spice. Finishes balanced between a gentle bitterness and sweetness. Aftertaste has a cedar note that lingers until the next sip.
Feel - Medium bodied, ample carbonation, smooth.

Overall - Well balanced but pricey for the style.

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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 922 ratings