Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) | Wells & Young's Ltd

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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: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 10-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
897
Reviews:
434
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.87%
 
 
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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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Photo of MrDis
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexFields
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AirBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger brown-white head, brownish tea colored body.

Smell: See below, but milder.

Taste: Toasted bread, mild caramel, mild tea. A little bit of floral hops.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation. Dry.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Docksidebars
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edward_boumil
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Orange-brown colored beer, light tan colored head. Thick and rich, with excellent retention. Leaves some nice lace.
S: Faint, but very malty. Bready, almost soapy in a way. Softest notes of caramel or toffee or something along those lines.
T: Sweet malts are prominent. Bit of raisin flavors present. Toasty grains, cereal, and finishes with a light, peppery hop finish. Almost spicy in quality.
F: Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Silky and creamy in texture. Unfortunately drinks a little on the light side for me. None the less could crush this beer.
O: Not bad, if it were cheaper I could see this being a great session beer. Maybe one day when visiting the UK. Not a beer to blow you away but tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of scratch69
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pottertaker
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good english beer

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Azpittil57
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesGrove
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rukeli76
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml can from the LCBO. Served at the low-ish end of cellar temp range in a nonic pint glass.

Beautiful dark amber-red colour. Big creamy head of two-plus inches.

Aroma is muted herbal hops.

Nice little bit of floral hop bite up front, followed by a ton of earthy, not-too-sweet butterscotch malt. Some nice fruity yeast esters and herbal hops add some welcome complexity to the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel.

At C$2.05, a full buck less than Fuller's ESB, this imported bitter is a steal. As the weather cools off I can see myself drinking a lot more of these.

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

Photo of Benny_Efkola
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down my fave English bitter! The can says it all.......Bang on!

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Photo of davidperez
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip, it pours a brown amber, dark, slightly diaphanous. It forms a two-finger light brown head, foamy and creamy, with good retention.
Some lacing visible.

Modest bouquet of caramel, toasted malts, breadiness, and diacetyl and some dried fruits after a swirl.

Very expressive carbonation.
Upfront a strong sweetness invades the palate complemented nicely with an assertive butterscotch. Lots of caramel, malts, hints of dried fruits.
Short after, hops balance the flavor as the bitterness becomes assertive too, so much that it wanes the previous sweetness. Some floral, herbal freshness accentuates the flavor before the fall.
As the beer warms up a bit, a slight toffee note appears, and the balance becomes more intertwined.
Little aftertaste to talk about, the midpalate has a good length but then the flavor almost disappears, except for some vestigial sweetness.
The last sensation in your mouth though is semi-dry.
Light body, high carbonation.

Nice beer, nice complexity.

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Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rxmk
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

dark amber color with thin head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Expected more flavor. But taste is all malts overpowering everything else. Very little flavor, very light alcohol. Dont feel esters that are typical of belgian ales. There are better ales. Would not have this again.

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Photo of JPNesker
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my stone cold favorites, especially on cask whilst in the uk. Cans we get here in toronto aren't half bad though. When served at proper cellar temp, it's a smooth, made to order session ale. Def on the malt side, but overall balanced and surprisingly complex.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

**
05/19/2012
Pleasant but weak aroma
pours light brown with a slight cloudiness.
taste: Beer, barley, hops
nice crispness;went great with dinner, BBQ Chicken
**

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