Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) | Wells & Young's Ltd

Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: A very nice ruddy brown. Clear. Almost no head.

S: Pleasant malt, hints of roast and caramel.

T: Very nicely balanced! Malt and strong hops vie for attention, with a significant amount of carbonation distracting further. It's a toss-up as to which flavours are dominant -- some sips are sweeter, some hoppier...all are lively. Aftertaste is dryish and more hopped than not.

M: Delightful! The interplay of drying hops, smooth malts, and captivating carbonation continually pleases me.

D: An unassuming, but eventually delicious beer. More depth than I have come to expect of British ales (perhaps unfairly.) Bombardier Bitter is well worth your time and attention. I will be having a few more.

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

Pours a copper brown colour with thick off white head. Head takes a long time to dissipate. Some lacing around the glass. Smells of raisin, biscuit malt and mild earthy hops. Flavour has mild bitterness and some sweetness. Nice medium bodied carbonation. I like that the Control Board in Ontario has this so I can frequently have this.

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Photo of samie85
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark copper red color with a very light tan, one finger head.

S-Faint fruity aromas mixed with light caramel malt.

T-Fruity esters with caramel malt notes and a fruity, dry, bitter finish.

M-Pretty smooth and medium bodied with low carbonation.

D-Pretty easy drinking beer that is decent but the price tag does not match up with the quality of this one.

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Photo of simpliciter
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber with a light foamy head. Noise is lightly sweet and rather minimal. Flavor is excellent, with tea like notes and a smoky bitterness. Finishes clean and clear, ready for the next sip!

A nice mouth feel makes this a great beer for a cold, rainy evening.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks to be a good dark red amber brew, rating 27 on the SRM chart. Not much head with this one. One finger of light brown froth which was gone in about 30 seconds, leaving a very thin ring of lace, with little cling. Hearty aroma of roasted wheat and malt. Solid taste of roasted wheat, and barley with a good shot of hops. Lovely feeling as it slides over my tongue, teeth, and the back of my throat. Nice sweetness on the aftertaste that really impresses me. One of the few beers that has given me the belches. This is one to impress the guests. A little pricey, but worth the expense to round out a good meal. Not one I would serve at the typical backyard gathering or time in front the TV watching the game. This beer deserves more than chips and nuts.

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Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle from LCBO.

Pours a clear dark orange/brownish, some bronze highlights, medium sized off white head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass, no real lacing but solid retention.

Smell is malty, some caramel, treacle, quite fruity, a bit of raisin, a touch of floral, some biscuit, a bit of brown sugar, alcohol, a touch of citrus, alright.

Taste is similar, very malty, quite fruity, raisin, caramel, some biscuit, brown sugar/corn syrup, malty and unexciting.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Nothing wrong per se but just bland.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mug

A: Orange, brown and clear, with a frothy 1.5 finger off white head that settles to a covering foam

S: Mild, earthy hops, and caramel malt

T: Mild again, traditional english earthy hops, pretty strong earthy notes, malt provides some backbone, but not too much flavor, just again light caramel notes

M: Medium, slight slight dryness, not thick but feels full in a good way

D: High, definitely a good drinking beer

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wells Bombardier English Premium Ale | 500 ml. | 5.2% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Wells & Young's Ltd (London)
Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Glass: Pint

"Our own natural mineral water, the ripest English Fuggles hops and crushed Crystal malt deliver this experience of England in a glass. Peppery aromas give way to the perfect balance of malty richness, tangy hops and sultana fruit on the plate, with a long, soft spicy finish."

Toned copper body with a cream, foamy crown. Massive 2.5" head sheds to a steady 0.5" over time. Nice lacing.

Funky roasted chestnuts, seven grain toast, and other earthy tones.

Earthy, bready, nutty. There's a slight hop nip at the finish.

Smooth overall, but a little rough around the edges. Ample carbonation. It's medium-bodied, but has a slightly oppressive gravity to it.

Not bad, but it lacks complexity in the flavor profile. The nutty, earthy tones are right on, but hops and a touch of citrus might have cut through the laden body.

Would I get it again?:
In no particular hurry. Glad I had it though -- it's a one-try.

Bottled: No date on bottle (Best before 1/20/2011)
Served: August 23, 2010

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

Pours a nice brownish amber color with nice cap of off white head, leaving some behind and decent lacing. Scent is of roasted nuts, wheat bread, yeast, touches of grass and earth. Taste brings all the qualities of the scent together, a great bready and nutty malt backbone with splashes of earthy hops. Medium bodied, perfectly light carbonated. Overall and very nice, highly drinakable ESB.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect amber pour with a nice off-white head, slightly thicker than a lacing. Aroma has some biscuity maltness and muted fruits and baked bread in it. Taste is perfectly balanced, leaning toward the malty with a nice fruitiness common in most bitters. Finishes with a nice, dry bitterness from the hops. A near-perfect British ale here, perfect for just having a pint or three.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass aug22 2010

A clear reddish copper with lots of tiny bubbles and a long lasting 1/2in film that leaves some patches of lace

S rather nutty with some faint chocolate with some toffee and a little fruit

T not far from the smell but with a little earthiness and more toffee

M has just a little bite and fuller feel for the color

D decent beer and you could drink a few of them without getting board

I'd drink this again and its not to much money so no reason not to try it

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Photo of uno99
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Quintessential pint here. Huge head from the pour dissipates slowly but leaves ample lace. Dark and bronzy

S: Kind of gentle, but typical Bitter none the less. Hearthy and fruity.

T: nicely balanced. not overly bitter, but a great earthy malt and tea-like hop presence. The bottle hints at sultana fruit, and I agree theres that there as well.

M: No residual stickyness or sweetness. A long dry finish. perfectly carbonated.

D: Would be a great choice for a pub night, any night and all night

This is a competitive segment for me. I feel its a worthy beer, but not sure how well it stacks up against the other ESBs in the neighborhood.

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

I enjoyed this bitter in a pint glass and immediately noticed the dark amber color and minimal white head.

The smells of the beer were light, with some aromas of pale malt and a bit of hop sweetness present. There were some subtle fruit tones as well. The taste has a lighter feel, but a full body. Sweeter caramel malt flavors dominate initially with some fruity ale tones before giving way to a nice fading aftertaste of biscuit and malt. The hop flavor is very subtle, easilly trumped by the malt flavor, but is blended well and balanced. The slightly stronger alcohol content is hardly noticed. Carbonation is about medium and the consistency is about medium/high.

I really enjoyed the old-school feel of this strong bitter, and felt that it captured it's British roots quite well. I'd love to drink this as a session.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a mixer pint. Healthy fat inch of compact head - off-white. Typical brown-copper color.

The aroma was something I hadn't quite come across yet. The first thing that popped into my mind was "cake" or "muffin". Yeah, more muffin - mixed with warm bread - yeah, like a warm muffin. Warm muffin, mmm. Yes, I liked it. The aroma, that is.

Has the general feel, water-wise, and characteristic biscuity/caramelly element but not so much the hoppier, more bitter traits of English (import) ESB's I'm accustomed to. The medium-high thick malty, muffiny factor was in full effect. The feel had some weight up front and through but ends a few degrees less bready. In the aftertaste light fruitiness could be found.

I wouldn't go so far as to say this was "thirst quenching". A very good English ale - a little different - but nice. I feel like it begs to be paired with some chocolate nibs or some other desserty confection of small quantity and/or volume.

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Photo of rarbring
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear deep amber with hints of ruby, a beautiful beige head leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is malty, nuts and grass, hay, and nuts.

An upfront toffee sweetness, dark bread, a good and lasting seedy bitterness.

Medium carbonation, a good balanced body and a dry finish

A well balanced and good bitter.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the handpump at hulmeville inn

Well's bombadier comes off the pump looking burnt orange with a slight copper hue with a few cenimeters of bubbles leaing faint stick. Smells of toasted malt, faint sugars and banana. Slight caramel. Taste is very slightly bitter but very authentic. Some cereal and toasted malt with faint biscuit bread. Bananas and caramel. Simple and semi sweet. Feel is a real smooth criminal, no interference whatsoever. Less than medium bodied, carb on the light side. I could drink a lot of this, but something in the taste dept. Is lacking. This is plain tasting great beer if that makes any sense.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the hand pump at the hulmeville inn.

A- beautiful burt orange color with a finger of creamy off white head that leaves rings the whole way down the glass.

S- bready and slightly sweet. Reminds me of corn flakes and honey. The faintest hint of herbatious hops way in the back.

T- malty up front with fresh baked whole grain bread with clover honey on top. Mild vegetative hops with hint of mint and other herbs.

M- medium body with lite creamy carb as one would expect from a cask on the hand pump.

D- so easy to drink it might as well be water but even better. This is what the uk does every day, I can get down with that.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 20oz Guinness tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick lace.

Smell: Sweet malt and caramel smells with a touch of floral hops and fruits.

Taste: Slight caramel flavor up front, finishing with a mild earthy finish that rounds out into a green-apple flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, full body with light carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: An interesting beer- worth a look.

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Photo of malloyca
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber to brown in color, but clear with visible carbonation. The buoyant 3/4" head began to dissipate quickly, but then settled into a foamy coating that lingered while I drank the rest of the beer. Very prominent caramel and toffee aromas carry over to the palate; and there is a pleasant balance of these flavors along with some nutty flavors against some toasted malt and dry hoppiness. This is a medium to light bodied beer that is a great food beer -- English pub fare or anything else fried.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had one of these at Local 44 during Philly Beer Week. Poured fresh from a cask. Looks amber in color with slight white foam head. Smell is great. Aroma of still fermenting yeast with touches of slight hops, green fruit, and and almost avocado like smell. Little to none carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Macca
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a dark amber with an off white head. Clear.

The crystal malt aromas just jump out of the glass. A bit of dark fruit and a little hops as well.

Not the rich maltiness I was hoping for on the palate.

The bitterness isn't particularly pleasant. A bit mettalic.

Just a bit average really. Maybe it's just the style?

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A rocky light tan head crowns a fairly calm clear amber brew, lasting well.

Aromas of desiccated pear , guava and green grape, pleasant fruity esters one would expect from a British bitter. Thicker scents of nutty caramel, honey gram cracker and raisin give body. A slight dyacetly buttery note also lingers in the background as the brew warms.

Sweet toffee quickly gives way to some slight hoppy astringency as well as some rougher bitterness of a burnt sugar note. Slightly hoppy spiciness is balanced again by some treacle sweetness and filled out with a nutty toasted bread flavor.

Medium dry finish with a body just a tad too watery from my liking.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Uncle has tried this....May 8/17

A- Poured into my pint glass and was greeted with a thick, off white head that doesn't retain overly well, but does settle down to a thick layer of foam over the beer. It is a clear reddish/amber hued brew and carbonation appears to be low and fine, which is what I'd expect to see. Good sticky lacing clings to the side of my glass.

S- Strong malts are noted, providing the sweetness, and are followed by some earthy spice...in particular, some subtle nutmeg and maybe a touch of cinnamon. Before the finish, I also detect a hint of citrus, and then the hop bitterness makes itself known. A nice, balanced aroma overall!

T- If the aroma is great, the taste is perfect! The sweet malts define the beginning, before the spiciness comes through, providing a deeper, earthy/herbal like flavor, finally finishing with a fresh, not too powering leafy hop bitterness, which lingers for just the right amount of time on the palate. Liquid Gold!

M- A nice medium-full body that has mild carbonation. This is a very creamy beer which allows my palate to really absorb the flavors.

D- I really wish our breweries over here could match the greatness of true English Bitters! The alcohol is well hidden, the textures are subtle yet distinctive, the flavors are perfectly balanced and it's a perfect session beer. I'll definitely be buying this again and recommend this to any true beer lover!

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cool looking 500 ml bottle, doesn't say Premium Bitter but simply "Premium Ale", hope this is the right one, let's give it a whirl. Smell is distinctly English with some sweet malt and indeed a little peppery as they note. Pours to a deep chocolate brown with a multi sized bubble head that dissapates, but not quickly, lacing nicely. Taste is a very smooth, more European than English, well balanced ale. Has a bit of caramel combined with some roasted malts right up front. There's some crisp noble hops in the middle of the taste followed by a dry and tangy finish with bitter residuals. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth in the beginning, sparks up in the centre, but seems a little thin on the end. Overall this is a great drinking brew. Session beer without a doubt.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle 5.2% abv

Appearance: Wonderful red/amber colour with red and gold streaks if held to the light. Great frothy head that leaves good lace. I love the look of this beer, but I hate the fact that it uses artificial colourants... It would have got a 4.5 if this was natural colour.

Smell: Great nose. Caramel malt base with hints of molasses and tea. This is followed by typical earthy English hops with a hint of orange peel.

Taste: Malty with hints caramelized sugar. Followed by great hop flavour (unfortunately the flavour is not backed up by enough bitterness).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, great carbonation. Lovely drink.

Drinkability: As with most good ESB's very drinkable.

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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 63.9% out of 100 with 903 ratings
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