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

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

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
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 edward_boumil
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Rukeli76
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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 davidperez
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 rxmk
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
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 -1.3%
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 -23.7%
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 tlema1
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: nice deep copper color, with a thin tab head
S: caramel, malts and sugar
T: malty, no hop presence, but I get a slight bitterness
F: medium body, starts off with a malt sweetness, and finishes slightly bitter
O: probably much better on draft

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into nonic pint glass at bar

Pours a nice dark, amber color with small head that goes away quickly.

Notes of malts and caramel sugar with grain

The taste follows. Malts present themselves heavily. There is a sweet fruit flavor on the end. I tasted mostly malts.

The body is medium feel with medium carbonation.

Pretty good for an ale but I've had better. No special characters and I would only have if someone presented it to me.

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Photo of Act25
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Average ESB that starts better than finishes.

A: The beer is a medium amber brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace.

S: The faint aroma is of honey, caramel and grassy hops, but fades rather than strengthens.

T: The taste follows smell and i balanced with flavors of dark fruits, honey and caramel. There's a mild hops and a bready malt character.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean, but too thin. Does not get better as it warms, as it should. as all beers should.

Try 1

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours a pretty dark caramel color with a nice light tan head.

Smell: A sweet, chocolate, caramel aroma with some slight breadiness.

Taste: Nice taste. Exactly what you want out of an ESB, a signature malty and earthy sweetness. Reminds me of apple juice, almost cider like. A very mild bitter finish, hardly there.

Feel: Medium to full bodied, which is strange fora beer with such a low adv. Very unique.

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Photo of laketang
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours deep caramel

bready malt some hop presence

balance was leaning to malty sweet. some spice notes there.

thick mouthfeelsweetness pools in middle of tongue

good beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of DanielCseklye
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm totally content with this ale. Poured into a pint glass at home. I would highly recommend it to a friend. I am a new starter in the field of beer fanatism so that i don't want to deeply analyse, that comes later after gaining experience. Enjoy !

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From bottle pours clear deep copper body, thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toast, reisins, floral hops and some toffee. Taste of caramel, toast, bread, dough toffee not to bad. Drink ability very high.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with thin off-white head. Aromas of caramel, so much that you can smell the sweet. Flavor is also caramel with some breadiness. Almost no alcohol perceivable, this is smooth stuff.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Appearance: slight hazy chestnut or deep reddish amber, 1” cream colored head, dissipates to film, leaves delicate lacing, deep clarity as it warms.
S: Peaches, light fruit, slight floral note from the hops, low caramel, no alcohol, sulfur or diacetyl.
T: Malty sweetness finishes towards dry with a lingering English Hop bitterness. Fruity flavors from the yeast with the hop and malt suggests peaches, balanced to the malt with support from the yeast but the hops are still there and important. Medium bitterness.
F: Medium body, medium low carbonation, creamy, smooth, no astringency.
O: Very drinkable beer, pleasant with good flavor and character without being overbearing. Average strength.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bit more carbonated than I expected for a "premium ale". It has a rich flavor from the dark crystal malt I assume was used in this beer. Lots of fuggle hop notes. Very enjoyable A-.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Dandelion in Philadelphia. Deep dark brown, low tan foam. Roasted malty nose. Whole hearty smooth creamy british beer taste. Smooth and flavorful. Strong finish.

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Photo of danmouer
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wells Bombadier is really a brilliant premium bitter with some unique character and fabulous balance. Rather darkly colored for a bitter, and exhibiting aromas and flavors somewhat on the toasty side, this beer nonetheless is a fine example of a premium bitter ( or ESB, If you like).

The aroma us rich, malty, toasty, sweet and fresh-grassy, and the taste follows suit. The bottled version I am reporting (and all I've ever tasted), is 5.2 abv, while in the UK a more appropriate 4.2 version us available in cans. Would love to taste that one in cask!

The Challenger hops reallybalance all that sweet toasty crystal malt. Fresh hay, grass, clean bitter...I really like these hops. What a refreshingly sophisticated break from the lead-hammer blows of so many modern North American craft ales. This is the good stuff!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: June 7, 2015... GLASSWARE: Victory nonick... OCCASION: Cavs/Warriors Game Two--down to a true supporting cast without Kyrie... APPEARANCE: dark cedar body that is translucent nonetheless; head is off-white, half-fingered, and strong, with a creamy consistency... AROMA: nice, soft, spicy notes early; malts are bitter, hearty, and woody; hops are subtle and floral... PALATE: dry and vinous, with a thin overall presence--easy drinking... TASTE: an English bitter in its profile--businesslike, malty, and understatedly active; cherry, pear and some other fruity elements surprise the tastebuds... OVERALL: this beer is an enjoyable beer while watching a game and talking to the TV--great balance, subtle textures, and little fanfare...

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice English Bitter, not so strong, very easy to drink. This is a commercial example of the style that is available in Mexico. Very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of Decko
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep copper in the glass with good thick head on pouring but didn't last. Bit of lacing. S - earthy tones with a little hoppy fruitiness. T - fairly mild with slight maltiness and well balanced hoppiness. M - low level of carbonation but very smooth and drinkable. O - very nice beer and highly drinkable. Smooth and referees hung but just a little uncomplicated. A very good session beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.50 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a high 3" light brown head. Rather dark brown but filtered clear

S- Not much here at all. Metallic

T- Slightly bitter. Malty good. Some decent hops. Not a lot of sweetness at all.

M- Dry and tart.

O- Pretty good brew overall for mass produced. Decent but will not buy again as it's nothing special

Food Pairing

This pretty good be went well with..... Curried chicken. West Indian not east Indian curry as the flavors are very different


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Photo of OneTuffPony
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Copper red with a creamy white head.

Smell: Not much to say here. Next...

Taste: Toasted malts, caramel, toffee, and a fruity sweetness that tastes like apple? Some buttery flavour to it, along with some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, and clean.

Overall: A good beer for the price. Would buy again, given the circumstance.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask Tap.
Pours two fingers of foamy head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is rich caramel and lemon.
The taste is perfect caramel sweetness with mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
An awesome brew to have off cask.

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