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:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 10-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
898
Reviews:
435
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.87%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
118
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Ratings: 898 |  Reviews: 435
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 Electros
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -6.6%
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 XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Brew_Darrymore
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tummy345
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smooth and refreshing

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Photo of sherillc
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of capnamerica
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
3.79 out of 5 based on 898 ratings.
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