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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Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 10-23-2001

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Photo of Onslow
1.74/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer seems to get decent ratings but i really disliked this beer .. First off, not to bitch about price but this really is to expensive, Especially for this kind of brew .. Medium sized head for a bitter .. Smells of used socks and old biscuits .. Taste is just a muddled mess, quite disgusting actually! .. Avoid at all costs!!

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Photo of seanyfo
2.26/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light brown ale. Pour gave a 1/2 finger light tan coloured head which reduced to virtually nothing very quickly

All i could get here was roasted grain and earthiness, nothing special

Worse than the aroma - no fruitiness, only light hints of grain with an overpowering bitter roasted aftertaste

Very thin and to be honest a bit stale after about 2-3 mins. Flat in carbonation

Cant say i could another pint of this, a poor example of an english bitter, no character at all

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.46/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean deep amber with an off white head. Bigger carbonation than expected. It had a very faint sweet smell, but really not much at all. In the taste a very small caramel malty sweetness and small bitterness, but not too big. It s a smooth English beer, very session-ish, but not much in the aroma and taste to write home about.

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Photo of corby112
2.46/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cask at London Grill.

Pours a dark golden orange, almost copper cor which is slightly clouddy with lighter colored golden orange hues and a thin half finger head that quickly fades into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet malty aroma with faint floral earthy hops.  Hints of biscuit toffee caramel and nut.

Thin bodied with a sweet malt profile and a faint floral hop presence providing balance.  Hints of caramel, toffee, but and biscuit.  Nice dry hop presence provides subtle balance.  Not really bitter but enough to counter sweetness.  Easy to drink but not very complex.  Really watered down and bland.  I really like cask conditioned beers but this was like slightly malty water.  

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Photo of GrimmReaper
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking 568 ml bottle,got my hopes up too quick.
This one pours a nice amber color with a tinge of orange to it and a very nice off white 1+ finger head with a creamy look to it and some mild lacing.
Aroma was hard to detect,not much there,everything was kinda faint,very lite malts and sweet fruit,maybe a trace of caramel.
Taste was bitter right up front and dry also, than a tangy metallic taste lingers and finish's off dry again.
Mouthfeel is kinda watery with a prickly tangy feel on your tongue.
Not much to this one at all in flavor or aroma...easy to drink but why,when there's so much flavorsome beers out there.I'll pass on this one for the next round.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - This pours from it's big and heavy bottle into a pint glass a dark "aged bronze patina" hue that is dark for the style, and it supports a big pillowy white head. This shows good head retention, and leaves quite a bit of fluffy lace on the glass.

S - Mineral-laden rusty orange water. This smells like a stone drinking fountain in a rural park that's fed by well water. It's not all bad... I'm getting some slightly crispy toast and light toffee notes.

T - Yeah, this is way to metallic and mineral-y for me. Some people love that kind of flavor, but I think "hard water" flavors interfere with the other notes and make this hard to enjoy.

M - Light bodied, firm, and crisp. This is neutral on the finish, and leaves a tinny taste after the swallow.

D - I didn't care for this one. I could see how some might like it, but I just found it to "off" to thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.59/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Handpump half-pint at the Green Man.

A: Clear reddish-brown body with a thin, wispy head. Nice color, but really underwhelming carbonation.

S: WTF. Solvent. Tomato - like the sauce on a cheap pizza at a bowling alley. Cough syrup. Christ this is terrible.

T: Ok, at least it tastes better than it smells. Still somewhat medicinal, but it's more just straight caramel malt. Boring, but at least there's no pizza.

M: Substantial, slick medium body; low carbonation.

O: This was one of the worst real ales I had in England, and it's a tragedy that it's so prevalent. Perhaps I got a pour from a poorly kept cask, but I don't think it's worth the gamble to try it again. Avoid this beer.


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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 jarmby1711
2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark in colour looking a little coca colarish, there was not a lot of bubble and the head was thin and yellow tinged.
The smell was disappointing , being watery and vaguely malty.
The taste to me was too much alcohol.I think because there so little other flavour to go with the 5.2% ABV No hop flavour , dull uninteresting malt and just a little hop bitterness
The label bangs on about selecting only the most flavoursome part of the ripest hops.
well get some new people to do the selecting because they missed out on this brew.
The best part of this ale was the mouthfeel It was smooth oily and the carbonation was in good proportion to the mouth feel.
Not a very happy experience To much alcohol to go with too little flavour

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Photo of TheHammer
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The bottle says Wells Bombardier English Premium Ale, however given the Alcohol content is the same, and their own website doesn't seem to comment on a premium ale, I'm pretty sure I'm reviewing it in the right place.

Appearance: A lot darker then I would expect, as I've had English browns that were lighter, as the body boast a deep brown with a very crimson orange when held to the light. Decent carbonation in the body, too bad I can't say for the same for the head which is non-existent.

Smell: Not much out of this one, even after a good deal of warming. Simply toffee malt and rather plain flowery hops. I'm not particularly impressed.

Taste: Like a cross between a pale ale and an English brown, with more on the pale ale end of things. Starts with a plain but sweet toffee malt, that seems to immediately shift to floral hops with a mineral edge. They both have their merits alone, but combined they hamper the beer.

Mouthfeel: Poor transitioning, it tastes segregated into sweet start and hoppy end, nothing in between. Carbonation is good, and highlights both spectrum's of the beer, the aftertaste is more on the mineral end though, and lingers for too long.

Drinkability: This doesn't go down that smoothly, because this simply isn't a very smooth beer. Refreshing enough I suppose and it's settling down decently enough. I dunno, even as a ESB, which I personally find aren't the most drinkable, I'd say this is disappointing.

Final Thoughts: I suspect the Young's end of Wells and Young's is the premium brand, whereas Wells is the good enough brand. It honestly tastes like this beer should be two separate beers, a Wells Brown Ale and a Wells Pale Ale. For an ESB, you will want to stick to Fullers, because frankly there is nothing special about this bitter.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tried this on tap last weekend at Cornwall's in Kenmore Square. Served in a pint glass. The color was a brownish orange, and the smell was slightly hoppy in nature. Not much though in the flavor department. Kind of bland. A gentlemen next to me also remarked (correctly) that it was very watery in texture. I was just thinking too, very thin body. If you are a fan of this type of beer, then you may enjoy this. But it was a bit too bland for me. Fine for a quick pint then I left.

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Photo of captaincoffee
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Just moved to London two days ago and this was my first pour at my first London pub. I chose it because it was the first tap staring at me in the bar and the waitress said it was a good seller.
Came in an oversized pint glass, 20 oz...gotta love the Brits with the big pint. Nice light caramel coloring and thin but dense cream head.
I got a bit of musty English hops on the nose, but really nothing to speak of.
The initial taste was a bit of vinegar and leather...followed by a more typical British bitter profile. At first I thought it was some off flavor due to the food I was eating, but subsequent tastes confirmed it just had a funky initial start. I wouldn't have been able to finish the pint except that the lasting flavor profile was okay.
Finish was actually good...at least in comparison to the start.
Overall, a very disappointing beer.

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Photo of Rainintheface
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 3.25oz 11/30/07. Poured into pint glass.

A: deep copper with 1 finger head and light carbonation

S: faint pepper, raisins and caramel malt

T: oddly bitter at first but ends somewhat sweet, dark fruits

M: light-medium body, very little carbonation feel. a bit metallic

D: not overly impressed. There are better to be had.

This beer had a hard to describe sensation to it. A kind of twang to the lips and tongue tip but not attributable to carbonation, I don't believe. Like I had an electric razor to them.

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Photo of xav33
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wells Bombardier
16 oz bottle
Unknown bottling, expiration date 09/06, swallowed 08/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured an intriguing clear ruby brown with an average slightly off white mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of dark bread.

Taste was sweet malty, almost corny upfront, with combination of sweet malt and hoppy body and good average lasting finish. Body was medium light, dry and fizzy, which held back some of the flavors.

Overall, an above average English bitter.

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Photo of BigMacDaddy
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A dark English Ale, minimal head but laces nicely. It does have a full bodied taste. Can taste the Carmel and Toffee. Aftertaste is pleasant. Not a great beer, but a good one. First tasted a couple of weeks ago, it was good enough to buy again when I couldn't find a limited I was looking for tonight. And good enough to buy again.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth, expires 10-05-12. Pours a crystal-clear copper body with a thin crown of khaki-colored head. Smells bready and slightly spicy. Fresh-baked bread permeates the tastebuds. Hints of caramel and chocolate too, but only slightly. Light bodied with fairly low carbonation. Not much going on here, but a passable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this in bottle a little over a year ago, and was interested to see it in cans at my local, so why not give it a try. All I can say is that either my tastes have changed, or it is far superior in the bottle. This comes out almost flat, with a few large bubbles in my Fuller's imperial pint glass. Minimal aroma is helped by a nice (but very light) hop profile in the flavor. I know English ales are subtle, and that's what there is to love about them, but this is beyond subtle. This is missing in action. Mouthfeel is watery to very watery (if the flavor wasn't better, I'd say it was an American light/lite beer based on mouthfeel alone). It did not grab me at all.

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Photo of ralree
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brownish red with a reddish head. 2-finger head, fairly slow-paced dissipation, decent lacing. Pretty good looking.

S: Alcohol, dark fruit - raisins, a little banana, rich malt. Not too shabby.

T: Dark fruit is first, along with the malt, followed by some alcohol flavor and burn. Quite full of banana flavor. Metallic flavor after swallowing. Some bread notes as well. Leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Alcohol is overpowering, and it doesn't taste all that good, and it's just slightly too cloying and banana-y. I'm not impressed.

M: A little watery, medium-light body. Non-astringent, decently carbonated.

D: I don't think I'll finish the entire pint, and I probably won't buy it again. If one was to not mind the wateriness, alcohol, and sweet-overload, it would go down alright...

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Photo of roddwolff
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was seen very well once i served in my mug, with a brown dark color and some coppery notes, good head of foam; the smell is spicy, some malts are distinguished; the taste is frutal, light bitterness and essences of caramel and toast malts; the drinkability simply is well, adequate quantity of alcohol, for enjoy better with food, i took it with meat.

The only thing i didnt like was the mouthfeel, the flavor doesnt last a lot, the body was ok.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown with ruby highlights, small white head with not a whole lot going on.

S - Toffee and bready malts, little brown aleish. Slight hops profile, but mostly malty.

T - Carmel and toffee flavors, malty, not a huge fan, just tastes kind of blah and flat and leaves me wanting.

M - Very carbonated, maybe a bit much so, light-medium bodied.

D - Not hard to drink, just doesn't taste well enough for me to want to drink muc.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this at my local LCBO

From a bottle into a pint glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a 3+ finger thinner looking off white head with decent retention. Color is rust or mahogany brown and is perfectly clear with medium carbonation. Head slowly fades to a foam cap, but only a ring remains to the end without leaving any lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Mild nose of caramel malt and toffee. Some nice floral hops and pine notes as well.

TASTE: A little bolder than the nose. Some toasted grain up front with caramel and toffee again. Floral hops come through nicely with pine notes as well, much like the nose. Mild and longer lasting aftertaste is nicely done.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little airy but still soft on the palate. Not as creamy as hoped, but goes down smooth enough non-the-less. Finishes slightly too astringent on the palate. Not a real fan of the feel.

OVERALL: Unfortunately the weak, airy and overly astringent palate kept this otherwise enjoyable beer from actually being enjoyable. Tasted quite nice, but I just couldn't get past the less-than-impressive feel of the beer. Not one I'd want to have again.

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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

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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Photo of laituegonflable
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The drink of England, eh?

Well, I've not seen many English lasses that look much better than this. Pours a gorgeous dark copper-amber colour with a very healthy carbonation streaming up the liquid, and a pillowy, thick head of beige foam, sticking around nicely but slowly drooping. This is definitely what an English ale should look like.

Nose is fairly simple, a very distinct aroma of English hops. A bit faint, maybe because I'm serving it a bit cold, but it's still definitely there. It's a mostly floral hoppy character and slightly balanced by a bit of a caramel malt aroma. Fairly good for what it is.

Palate is a lot maltier than I would expect, both from the nose and from the name of the beer. Very rich, almost earthy hops on the mid-palate with the back lingering in a copper, metallic kind of flavour, slightly sour, almost like when you put your tongue to the node of a battery. But the leadership is usurped by the malt on the front which also contributes to a thick, phlegmy mouthfeel. Not only does it feel phlegmy but it creates phlegm in my throat, almost like there's something lactic there. The head, when sipped, is delicious, like a strong Irish stout head. But it's here where that metallic aftertaste is strongest.

Overall, this is a fairly lacklustre example of a bitter. Mostly, it's not very bitter - it's too malty for that. Secondly, the palate, while having enough complexity to keep you interested, is fairly poorly balanced and the flavours are all essentially lined up one by one for you to count, rather than being released in a gush of flowering complexity. I could take it or leave it, really.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm brown crystal clear body with a golden-brown hue as the light shines through it. There is a thin sticky ring of off-white head that last for a bit. It has a gentle carbonation of big bubbles supporting it.

S- The smell of mineral water gives way to dark malt hints and a soft dry light molasses note is finished with a soft green hop note.

T- The soft taste of lightly toasted malt has some pale malt flavors for support and a soft sweetness finish it. There is a light bitter note that comes through after each sip but not when the beer is cold.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.

D- This beer has some malt notes and a faint hint of hops but it is just bland. All the great subtle flavors in a good bitter are absent, and it was actually tough to finish. I hope to try it on cask and see how this beer taste when it is alive.

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Photo of rastaman
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Average at best, not much body, a bit of flavour in there (malty and then kind of hoppy), but its not interesting, and i probably wouldn't recomend it.

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