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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Ratings: 897 |  Reviews: 434
Photo of jda007
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish-mahogany colour with a tall and creamy foam head that sticks around for a while, clinging to the glass as it recedes.

S: Bread, caramel, citrus, floral, brown sugar, and dried dark fruits (dates, figs, cherries). Very good mix of aromas. Smells like a tug-of-war between the rich bread/caramel and tangy citrus/floral.

T: Buttered bread malt contrasted with citrus/floral hops, both in appropriate proportions to the tongue. Faint dark fruits are poking through and add to the malt base. Smooth and mellow.

M: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Quite oily with an appropriately bitter and clean finish.

D: Very nice ESB that's easy-drinking. Surprised at the smoothness and mellow taste- Sessionable. Liking the contrasting (back and forth) malt and hop nature.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a good beer mug.

A-Dark copper, reddish amber with a big creamy malt head. The head slowly breaks up 'clumpy' with good lacing. Good carbonation for an ESB.

S-A fruity malt smell that reminds me of the American beers of long ago. Way before what most American brews have become today. Can a beer smell 'dark'? If so, this one sure does.

T-It tastes like dark fruits, too. A sweet maltiness to start and cleansing bitterness to finish. Not hoppy.

M-Just enough carbonation to keep it from a watery feel. It has a bite.

O-A good looking and drinkable bitter.

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Photo of 6string
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of wcintula
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass,

Dark reddish amber pour with a thin head, scant stickage. Smells of dark dried fruits, plummy and figgy. The taste has all this and a bit of bitterness. Good body to the beer but not the best ESB I've had. My vote is with Fuller's, but I do need to drink more of this style.

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Photo of kwalrus13
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of d4mini0n
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of galluch
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent dark amber color that glows orange when held up to the light. Forms a chunky khaki-colored head (about 2.5 fingers). Great retention and lacing.

Aroma is reserved...faint caramel malt and herbal tea notes. A bit fruity with a hint of ginger.

Tastes earthy with some buttery toffee notes. A bit reminiscent of orange marmalade on burnt toast. Has a slick, thin to medium body that dries up quickly with a bitter, leafy finish.

A middle of the road ESB. Feels a bit too dry and roasty...could use a bit more sweetness to balance out the bitterness.

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Photo of Sarunas7
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Phishagonia
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Served from a tall boy can into a tall Ayinger glass

A- Poured a dark reddish brown with a massive fluffy head that left tons of chunky and sticky lace

S- Sweet fruitiness (dark cherry and raisin), maltiness, and a strong metallic smell

T- Very fruity and malty, dark cherry, raisin, caramel, light toffee, and a pretty strong metallic taste

M- Smooth with pretty high carbonation.

O- A really rich and sweet English ale. I would love to try this on cask, tap, or out of the bottle, because the metallic taste brought this down some for me.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of alankwak
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper color, decent head retention and good lacing.

S: Full nose/floral aroma.

T: Awesome nutty, smokey flavor but with little aroma hops. Decent hop bitterness though. Touch of fruity notes.

M: Nice medium mouth feel.

O: Very nice Ale. Not as much head retention as I'd hoped and little aroma hops but still. Fine Ale.:) I'll have another!!!

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Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I like this beer! Yummmm! Served at a good temperature with a decent sized ,light tan head that slowly settled and lots of lace. Color is a clear, amber copper with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is very toffee, caramel, malt, fresh beer, along with a little leather and roast. Flavor is like nose, plus a little carbonic tang and biscuit. Body & carbonation are just right for this style. Finish is like flavor, of medium lenght and readies me for another quaff. Super drinkable beer. I want more!

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Photo of jkanavel
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany, opaque through the center. Pure white head, low head retention.

S: Muted chocolate, crystal malt, pruny

T: Very dense and chewy malt. Solid old world hop background. Raisins, black cherry, port.

M: I would like to try this in a cask. On tap it was quite thick, medium to low amount of carbonation. This has some weight to it.

O: Really nice. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big believer in English ale, and now a believer in English ale from a can. Wells Bombardier is a fresh-tasting offering, cold from the fridge, and as it warms a bit, as with any good ale, you can feel its glory. I agree with other reviewers - glad this was not a widget can with a nitrogenated head. Doesn't need that. The head is fine, the aroma of malt and English hops plenty evident. The only bitter I can compare this to from my limited experience is Fuller's ESB, which I have had quite a few times on tap in Canterbury Ales in Huntington, NY. So far the malt and hop flavor profile of ales in the bitter family are among my absolute favorites in beerdom. You will get that one-of-a-kind malty, aromatic goodness even from this can of Bombardier. Perhaps the only thing better is real ale, freshly casked from the brewer; barring that, give this a try. Very recommended.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One pint 0.9 US fl. oz. bottle dated 22/03/12
Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A- Crystal clear orange, amber topped with a one finger beige colored head that disappeared within 5 minutes. Very light lacing left behind.

S- Some malt. Some hops.

T- Not overly sweet. Some malt. Some hops.

M- Very light carbonation. Fairly creamy. Slightly dry finish.

O- Easy to drink. Only roughly 5% ABV. Really kinda bland for my taste buds.

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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
3.79 out of 5 based on 897 ratings.
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