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 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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Photo of AlexanderCsamaj
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this is good beer. I could watch soccer, baseball, football, even basketball all day long guzzling this brew. Goes great with sausages, cheese, or any thing else being served at the bar.

If you like English pub ales, you will enjoy this brew. One of my favorites from the tap, bottle, or can.


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Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of beaubarnett10
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- tall boy can, not nitro. clear coppery amber with bright orange highlights. the foam is expansive, beige and increasingly rocky as it settles, leaving a big shriveled clump in the center of the glass and thick sticky lace. best bitter i even seen.

S- lively floral and fruity hoppy aroma of lilies, raisins, melon, toffee, orange blossom honey, a bit of spice and citrus, and sweet toasted malts. goldings are put to good use.

T- damn fine beer here. there's a fruit raisin tartness from start to finish, sweet and toasty malts balanced by a mild earthy bitterness, and distinct mineral water flavor along with peppery hop spice in the finish.

MF- claiming to be a real beer, it sure feels like one, and i believe it. very glad there was no widget in this can. full juicy feel, with perfect understated carbonation. on the website however, reading about the brewing process and the 'beer to bar' section, they talk about maturation tanks for canning and bottling and adding extra co2... so doesn't that make it NOT a real ale? the catch is, they call it real beer, not real ale. just thought that was interesting. feels great though, easy drinking with moderate dryness.

D- I can't believe it took me so long to get a hold of this one, i guess the opportunity never presented itself. it looks absolutely amazing, feels just as good, tastes and smells awesome, and drinks like a champ. and the modest abv means this 4-pack will not live to see the 'morrow. old chap.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lively amber, bright, thick and creamy cap and rather smooth look overall.

wow, amazing super-sweet malty aroma, dark tropical fruits, toffee, dark wheat and raisins with gentle hop spicey effects.

A dark malt, roastie wheat and raisins all over. Earthy, spicey hops, with woody and bourbon-esque notes for complexity.

A medium body with some complex and interesting layers, lush that becomes kinda light with a creamy finish.

A real treat from across the pond!

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Photo of Wellington1961
5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear dark copper colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/toffee, floral hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/toffee, and some dry hops. There is also a touch of cherry sweetness. It ends with a malty dry hop aftertaste.

Overall – I found this beer to be a little boring and one dimensional. It basically just malts/caramel and some dry hops. I'll stick with a Fuller's ESB the next time I'm in the mood.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Churchkey, from notes.

A - Pours a clear amber color. One-inch thick and creamy head with great lacing.

S - Solid mix of malts and English hops. A classic English "pint" smell - nothing too strong, but pleasant enough.

T - Creamy balance of malts and mild hops. Delicious and everything I'd want in the style.

M - Smooth, easy-drinking brew. Thin-medium bodied and what I expect from a cask brew.

O - I found the Bombardier to be a classic and great example of the style. It's an inviting brew that can be enjoyed as a one-off or as a "session." I would love to have this one on cask again.

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Kendo
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Got it on tap at the Olde English Pub in Albany, where they serve it in a large (20 oz) dimpled mug. . . . Body is coppery-amber with a small off-white head. Leaves behind some lace.

S: Not much power to the nose - tea-like, floral and a hint of fruity sweetness.

T: Fruity malt underneath - ripe apples and apple skins come to mind - with some caramel malt sweetness as well. I'm also getting a touch of smoke, which seems odd. Finishes semi-dry and fairly clean.

M: Call it the lighter side of medium in heft. Carbonation is nice.

O: Good, but that smoky flavor detracts. Also a bit too fruity for my preference.

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Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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