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
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909 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: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 10-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,109
Reviews:
437
Ratings:
909
pDev:
11.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Mr_Uppity
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kaiyote
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of IvarTheBoneless
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've only had it on draft. I like English ales a lot, and this, along with London Pride, are the best I've come across this side of the pond.

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Photo of scootercrabb
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tlema1
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Beginner2
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bombardier does more than contribute to defining its style. It wraps itself in tradition and the Union Jack.
Looks like a classic-to-dark amber. Smell is mostly malt, fruity also. Taste gets boosted and balanced a bit by the hops. Feel is full, but a bit too carbonated for me to make this a regular.
Overall, this is how bitter should taste. Not really bitter at all, just enough hops to contain fruity malt.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!", this was to be expected.
Reviewed in the "1001 Beers," it probably deserves to be listed. The review notes that Bombardier is The Official Beer of English Heritage. Bully that!

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Photo of hamrwolf
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of EOC
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave2234
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leginsh
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Electros
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 909 ratings
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