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

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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)

Brewed by:
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 Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Big head that fast disapears into some lace, bitter and acidic bite, with some malts and chewy creaminess to offset. Nice dark glass bottle. Drinkable.A somewhat better than average beer, the British present a pint, and that's all I can have of it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 6/16/13.

Pours a clear copper with a 2 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, burnt caramel, and some slight metallic aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, slight caramel, and some nutty flavors. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a copperish amber color with a white bubbly head. There was some light lacing on the glass. The smell had some nice malt aromas and grains on the nose. The taste was pretty mellow and had a good bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Overall it's pretty good ESB.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear garnet red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of lacy bubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel, nuts and toffee in the nose from the malts. The slightest hints of fruity yeast are detectable.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has light to moderately strong but a complex mixture of caramel, nutty and toffee flavors from the malts along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The aromas and flavors are quite complex for a light-bodied beer. There is also a good balance between the malt and hops because it doesn’t taste overly malty. This beer is very sessionable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, the most English-looking yet of many in any store that I've ever seen.

This beer pours a clear, dark burnt amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, filmy, foamy, and pleasantly sudsy beige head, which settles at a leisurely pace, eventually leaving a decent wash of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of lightly toasted biscuity caramel malt, sugary cooked apple, a touch of bready yeast, and some herbal, earthy hops. The taste is more crackery, lightly biscuity caramel and pale malt, bolstered by some mild rock toffee notes, muddled orchard drupe fruit, soft black peppercorn, and somewhat bitter leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, yet a bit prickly, the body an adequate medium weight, generally smooth, and perhaps a tad creamy, through the zingy bitterness. It finishes sweeter than I would have thought - the gritty caramel malt still standing strong against the fruity, and mildly bitter herbal and leafy hops.

An offering that teeters well away from the banality that I unfortunately encounter too much in imported British ales. I sure wouldn't pass up a few rounds of this as the local pub bitter option, if that sort of thing actually existed in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A real joy to drink tonight at one of my local favorite beer-spots, Marikka's.

The beer opens with a brown-ish pour that reminds me of many English Mild Ales. The head formation is confident and withstanding, retaining all the while, while leaving memorable lacing on the glass. The look promises greatness.

The aromas are timid, but do reliquish a boquet of perfumy, piney hops atop of a rich, malty concoction of caramel flavored malts, biscuit-like qualities, and a hit of toast and cocoa. Can't wait to dive into this beer.

Flavors of mild toasted malts govern while an upcharge of caramel and malt soon to follow. Firm malt flavors are tempered with a piney, nectar-like flavor from the hops to balance the firmness with delicacy from suble herbal, flowery flavors from the hops and soft fruity esters from the yeast-- maybe a bit of Christmas in this beer.

The feel is dead-on for English Pales. A firmly malty texture with a soft pillow of creaminness, carbonation; tempered with the proper balance of hop bitterness.

This is one of those beers that are easy to dismiss because of the timid values in hops and malts; but balance does this beer justice. Remember that this is a moderate abv. beer and not meant for overwhealmed judgement-- just drinkability. I could drink this all evening long.

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3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a La Chouffe goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Bottle acquired at McCambridge's, Galway. Reviewed from notes.

A: Three finger head of nice cream and fair thickness. Above average retention. Dark clear amber colour.

Sm: Very light scent. Hops. No sultana fruit.

T: Balanced body of slight fruit, lots of hops including some nutty notes, and a very subtle spice on the finish. Built well for the style - not too many bittering hops.

Mf: Far too dry on the finish. Should be less coarse.

Dr: Too pricey for how relatively unremarkable it is.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had 2 pints of this at Danny's Tavern in Chicago.

High-clarity, reddish copper tone, solid foam that forms some lacing.
Aroma could be smelled a few feet away from the tap when it was first poured. I'm guessing we were the first of the night on that particular tap. It was vague floral Goldings hops and toasted malt, light and clean. In the glass it seems to be more muted. Some grassy graininess.

Flavor of apple, toasted malt, grassy & mildly bitter Challenger hops. Bitterness is subtle in the finish. Very even, rounded mouthfeel that is clean and doesn't hang on the palate too much. Had to have two in a row, so it gets my strong vote as a highly drinkable English Ale.

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

500 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, best before 3/22/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, toffee, and light herbal. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, nuttiness, pear, apple, biscuit, toffee, molasses, light earth, and herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, nuttiness, light fruit, biscuit, and toffee on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of flavors that are quite robust; zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Overall this is a damn nice ESB offering. Great balance of fairly robust flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Really enjoyed this.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with an extraordinarily firm head that laces like a cask ale

Smell: Caramel malt dominates, with a fruity element and, underneath, a nutty-biscuity tone

Taste: Lots of toffee and sweet fruitiness up front, with a building tea-like herbal bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tea element persists in a long and pleasing finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very enjoyable; one of the top English ESBs around (sadly, they are increasingly hard to find)

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful brown/redish brew with a small head reminiscent of the style. Once open, I got an incredible fruity/sweet smell that disapear once the brew was in my glass. Bitter tasting with a sweet aftertaste. One of the best bitter that I had the chance to drink recently. Will try to track more C.Wells product...

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber to garnet red in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thick patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Rather mild in overall aroma but a very pleasant smelling beer. There are light notes of caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, and just a hint of nuts.

T: There is a light amount of malt sweetness upfront with hints of caramel malt. Additionally, there is some notes of nuttiness and light earthiness. Light to moderate amounts o bitterness in the finish, but those bitter flavors do not linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Very enjoyable, very easy to drink, and very sessionable. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would gladly have another of these - I only wish I could find this one on cask.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful pint! The thick head of densely creamy dark tan froth holds remarkably well and leaves thick rings of craggy lace.

In the nose it's a touch peppery in a plant-like way, over background notes of caramel malt. With a swirl, some mild yeasty fruitiness can be found (melon, apple, peach).

The mouthfeel is medium with a dextrinous edge, and it's quite smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation that gently caresses the tongue.

The flavor displays a lot of the pepperiness found in the nose upfront, backed by some leafiness, and even a bit of floral character before the caramelish maltiness shows. It's soft, and rounded, with a gentle sweetness, and the caramel certainly isn't overdone. The bitterness balances, and makes itself known, but for the most part remains backstage allowing the hops and malts shine. More leafy hop flavors appear in the finish, along with some gently nutty caramel, and even a minor smear of butteriness.

Enjoyed at cellar temperature, or just below, the character of this beer really comes through. It's really very nicely balanced between hops, malt, bitterness, and yeast character. And there's enough there to keep it interesting for more than one. Certainly worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

440 ml. can with a freshness date of 28 Jan. 2012 stamped on the bottom. Sampled in a mug.

Poured a nice clear medium-dark brown/amber with a towering, foamy off-white head. The head had good retention, and left thick patches of foam on the sides of the mug.

Aroma: toasted malt; slight nutty.

M: Good carbonation; medium-light bodied.

T: Well-balanced flavor with, I think, some slight contribution from the use of mineral water. The flavor is good but not bold, distinctive,or complex.

O - A decent tasting beer that looks better than it tastes.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice ruby color with a creamy well sestained head that leaves a small amount of lacing,aroma is subtle on the malty side with touch of fruit and biscuit.Taste is mellow but with some nice flavors,malt tilted for sure with some flavors of dried fruit and some metallic notes in the finish.I could drink these all night and it has a pretty cool looking bottle to boot,thank you Liquid Solutions!

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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 912 ratings