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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Can into tulip pint.

A: Clear copper with an impressively large off-white head.

S: Mineral water (it has a smell!), fruity and bready, faint earthy and floral notes.

T/M: Mineral water, slightly sweet and bready malt. Hop notes are mostly floral and slightly earthy. Carbonation bites a bit and is definitely not light.

Overall: Pleasant and well-balanced English-style ESB. Good session beer.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours a very nice dark brownish copper body with a thick tan creamy head. As the head slowly fades, it leaves a decent amount of lace on the glass.

S: Has a nice malty scents with also a decent amount of yeast.

T: Has a strong malty taste. It has a nice yeasty bread flavor with a bit of roasted malt.

M: This is a very smooth and easy drinking beer. It does leave a sort of dry feeling in my mouth too.

O: This is a very solid beer. I am not huge into bitters but this is very enjoyable.

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an antique Czech pint glass. "Best by" date stamped clearly on bottom of 14.9 oz can.

Pours with two fingers of light tan head over a crystal clear smoked amber body. The head isn't creamy, but does lace well.

My first whiff brings to mind lightly-estery fruit notes (pear and strawberry-banana) and basic English toasted malts. There is a little dry straw foam aroma as well. After a swirl, more of the dry malt sweetness comes forward.

Caramel and toasted bread are the base flavors along with an initial sweetness that surprised me a little. There is a little flash of hop bitterness but very little hop flavor to speak of, and what is here is more of a bitter residue than actual flavor. A bit of butterscotch at random moments. There is a mineral-water taste as well, which isn't a flaw I don't think, just and interesting facet. Aftertaste is less than an actual flavor and more a lingering light bitter residue.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather creamy, as I would expect from the seemingly lower carbonation levels seen in cans.

Conclusion: This is a good mass produced beer. Easy to drink with pretty good flavors. But why would one ever drink it when Fuller's ESB is the same style and not only one of the best bitters ever brewed, but hands down one of the tastiest beers regularly available anywhere?

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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