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Charles Wells / Charlie Wells Dry Hopped LagerCharles Wells / Charlie Wells Dry Hopped Lager
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Charles Wells / Charlie Wells Dry Hopped LagerCharles Wells / Charlie Wells Dry Hopped Lager

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheBierdimpfe on 06-26-2016

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Reviews by jcbogantes:
Photo of jcbogantes
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comprada en freshmarket Costa Rica, lata, ABV 4.7%, cerveza lager artesanal dry hopped con Galaxy Australiano, Styrian Goldings, IBUs 27.
No mucho que decir del aroma, la apariencia es cristalina, bien carbonatada, con una cabeza de un dedo con muy buena retencion y algo de lacing.
Muy agradable, con amargor suave, leve dulzor a grano, limon, cascara de naranja, cuerpo medio una lager genial muy gustosa.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of justintcoons
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Straw blonde with 1 finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Cracker, biscuit, honey, honeydew, and papaya.

Cracker and honey maltiness with touches of dried biscuit. Earthy and herbal hops. Honeydew and papaya with a bitter grapefruit zest zing on the finish.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing with a moderate bitterness.

Very Pilsner-esque with an added bitterness. Highly quaffable.

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Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very pale golden colour, one finger of white head and some spots of lace. Smell is hoppy, noble hops, grassy and lemon, fairly bright but maintains a lightly bready malty note as well, there is a bit of a sweet underlying grapefruit and orange hoppy notes as well. Taste starts out with a mild bitterness, followed by biscuity malt, lemon and grassy hop flavours come through, clean and flavourful, dry into the finish with a bit of a sweet bready aftertaste. Med carb, medium bodied. A totally competent and flavourful lager, quite drinkable and something that I will pick up a can or two of every so often when I'm in the mood for a nice drinking lager.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BA Mag Issue #118 ( Nov 2016 )

Herbal, Floral, Clean, Aromatic
Not your usual industrial Euro Pale Lager, Charlie Wells Dry Hopped Lager is a crafty vision this ale brewer created that perhaps grabbed inspiration abroad. It certainly remembered its roots though, using English hops for bittering and drawing on Australian Galaxy and Ella hops for the rest of its character. A sessionable lager for sure, the level of hop flavor comes as a surprise. There is balance here with some graininess and earthiness from the mineral-loaded water used to brew this beer. This one’s a whole lot of fun to knock back. [Jason]

Look 4.00 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 4.00 | Overall 4.00

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Photo of G_Shoe
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can, made with Styrian Goldings, Galaxy, and Ella hops (I think - the label print is damned-near microscopic) - so a bit of a trip around the world here, eh?

This beer pours (as a gusher) a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky eggshell white head, which leaves some streaky island group lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of grainy and biscuity pale malt, a further breakfast cereal sweetness, overripe lemon peel, and some sort of testy leafy, floral, and spicy green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and doughy pale malt, a touch of indistinct melon/citrus fruity character, wet snack crackers, and more zingy leafy, weedy, and spicy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a wee cold creaminess arising shorty after the onset here. It finishes off-dry, the malt, mixed fruitiness, and spicy hop essence all lingering well into that good night.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough hopped-up lager, with nothing that suggests that it should be considered an IPL (the IPA-ified American term). Just a decent Continental and more exotic Aussie hop profile that makes it pretty easy to put back, for this, yes, IPA fan. Well-made, and worthy of checking out.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Charles Wells "Charlie Wells Dry Hopped Lager"
330 ml can, "BEST BEFORE...""14/07/17" and sampled on 07/12/16
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I'll spare you the trouble of trying to read the tiny type and inform you that it's brewed with Target for bitterness followed by Styrian Goldings in a late addition, and then dry-hopped with Galaxy and Ella "which brings the depth of flavor".

A standard pour delivers a deep gold body with fingerprint-through-the-glass clarity beneath a frothy head of bright white. The head settles fairly readily but it maintains a solid surface covering, and the sheets of thin broken lace that are left behind are quite nice.

The aroma is not as bright or full as you might expect from a beer that's labeled as "dry hopped", but it's pleasant and welcoming with a floral, spicy, and mildly citrusy (mainly lemon) character.

Those hop characteristics carry on into the flavor in much the same way over a delicate, softly grainy and cracker-like malt base (presumably 100% Pilsner malt as that's the only grain listed). The spiciness of the Styrian Goldings, and perhaps Ella as well, help to bring it to a dry and herbal conclusion along with its moderate bitterness of 27 IBUs. It's a delicate beer throughout, with a light-medium body and an alcohol content of 4.7% ABV.

If I had to assign a style to it I'd label it as a Bohemian or Czech Pilsner as the hops appear more floral and spicy to me than they do citrusy. That little bit of citrusy Galaxy does appear though, giving it a refreshing quality that's nice, adding to its drinkability.

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Photo of DoktorEd
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ordybill
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a clear golden color with a small white head. The taste is hoppy with a nice bite.

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Photo of cyrushire
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hops, a bit of lemons. Taste is lemons, malts, hops are present throughout, bitter for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

- canned 7.14.17 to spiegelau ipa glass 5.2.17.

A: Pristine small print clarity against a pale orange colored body shows a healhty, macro-bubbly rise of effervesce within. Chalky white colored head is .25 inches high, rather sturdy in retention sticking well to the vessel walls. Heavy stratified lacing bands adore the glass after.

S: The aroma is fruity of key lime and strawberry with a sense of fresh wet lemons. Fresh crisp scent of pale grains, very clean of moderate strength.

T: Toasty grains and light toast create a beautiful lager backing, crisp with some fresh wet lemony hops. Soft fruitiness, apple-citrusy and tropical notes are faint but complimentary.

M: Creamy malt base, some speciality grains adds depth to the usual lager base, light-medium weight, with a light amount of carbonation detection.

O: Lightly toasted grains hits the lager malting nicely here with an assortment of infused tropical and citrusy hops from a England brewery that is session like drinkability at 4.7%, with enough hops and traditional lager malts to make this very enjoyable as a lawnmower or backyard picnic beer. The flavor seemed to me more of a fresh hopped beer then dry hopped, no argument here, as I prefer such. Worth a try.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CurtisD
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from the lcbo for around $3. Decent, refreshing.. maybe a little too much of a lemony flavour.

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RedAleMan
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mousel
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before Apr 18 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a crystal-clear, sunny golden-yellow colour, with one inch of puffy white foam situated atop. This head hangs around for a good, long while; a lumpy cap about a half-cm thick remains in place for more than 5 minutes, with gobs of gorgeous, sticky lacing being generated as it slowly recedes. A fine-looking lager any way you slice it. Smells fresh, fruity and hoppy; there are notes of lemon zest and grapefruit peel, in conjunction with mildly leafy, floral notes, honeydew melon and tropical fruit.

This is a ridiculously smooth lager, with a steady hop bite that plays a continuous, developing role throughout the sip. This brew starts off with some grainy, gritty pale malt sweetness in the background, followed up quickly with notes of stone fruit, melon, and light tropical fruitiness. Mildly citrusy, but there's also some spicy continental hop notes, as well as a few of those leafy, floral notes (the sort I recall from their Wells IPA). Reasonably dry finish, without much of anything lingering on into the aftertaste - maybe a touch of spicy hops. Light in body, with very soft carbonation - which is the only real black mark I can strike against this otherwise-solid beer. It feels a bit too flat for me: this sort of beer needs a zippier, livelier texture, and this one just feels dull in the mouth.

Final Grade: 3.61, a decent B. Charlie Wells Dry Hopped Lager is a nifty, refreshing, sessionable and tasty quaffer that would really hit the spot on a hot summer's day. The combination of Australian strains (Ella & Galaxy) with British Target and continental Styrian Golding hops proves to be quite intriguing - this beer has elements of a pilsener, mixed up with a North American ISL and an English IPA, and it comes together better than I would've thought. The flat mouthfeel is disappointing, but not enough to ruin the experience for me. Worth a go, and I'll more than likely pick up more somewhere down the line.

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Photo of R11415
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beaulabauve
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeilW
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO in a 500 ml can.

Pours golden yellow with about 3 cm of foamy white head. Head dissipates very quickly leaving modest lace on the glass. Very mild notes of cereal, biscuit and citrus notes on the nose – but not a lot of aroma. Initial flavours are floral, with a mild bitterness (the beer is rated at 27 IBU, so it does not have the bitter hoppiness of an IPA for example). The hops are present, but bitterness is controlled (the brewer suggests this is the reason behind the dry hopping). Continued drinking introduces some biscuit and cereal notes, predominantly rye.

Average carbonation and slightly thin and watery. This is a somewhat lighter beer at 4.7 ABV. It tends toward a bit of wateriness. An okay beer, but not one I’ll be hurrying back to (even though I tend to like lagers).

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidST
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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