Lancaster Bomber
Banks's Park Brewery

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Banks's Park Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #108
Ranked #28,432
3.48 | pDev: 12.64%
Jun 04, 2022
Dec 24, 2003
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Notes: A multi-award winning ale that pays tribute to the Avro Lancaster and is quite simply the ‘Best of British’ beer. A classic English ale, chestnut in colour with a lovely full-bodied flavour, enriched with a wonderful late hop character.

A two time gold medal winner in the European Beer Star Awards 2007 and 2011. As well as two silver medals at the International Beer Challenge 2012 and the World Beer Awards in 2014.
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Cask half pint at The Lamplighter, St. Helier. Served at room temperature. Copper colour. Malty aroma and flavour, not very interesting. Might sample again if colder.
Jun 04, 2022
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Rated by qrazvan from Romania

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A well made ESB.
Aug 17, 2020
Rated: 3.74 by Maarten_W from Netherlands

Jul 06, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

Apr 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours copper coloured with a thick beige head that lasts. The taste is pure malty with caramel notes. Full bodied, lighter in alcohol. Good beer
January 25 2020
Jan 26, 2020
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Reviewed by FriedichVonostrowo from Brazil

4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Served at cellar temp. poured into an IKEA pint mug. I don't know what a full-bodied /amber ale is, this seems to be an ESB and not a bad one. Why do all Canadians have to serve even English style ales so damned cold!!! It kills the taste of the beer! Best before date of Aug 31 2020
Poured a slightly hazy copper coloured ale with a great head which slowly died down to next to none with some lacing
a slight odour of caramel but little else
nicely hopped, toasty, good body and a good flavour of caramel and malt and not overly carbonated
I enjoyed this pint, it somehow feels just right I'd love to try it as a real ale on tap but that won't happen here in Canada
Overall a decent pint that I would buy more often if it wasn't so damned expensive. I'll buy it again when it is on special!
Jan 22, 2020
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Rated by elnachooo from Spain

3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Cerveza de color ámbar con una pequeña cabeza espumosa. Aroma a lúpulo y caramelo. En boca tiene un buen equilibrio entre dulce y amargo.
Aug 18, 2019
Rated: 3.29 by desint from Belgium

Aug 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Maxpower086 from Canada (QC)

4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Great beer to enjoy during a Canadian winter! smell is a subtle malted toffee. taste is sweet caramel, acidic black berry maybe a bit of apricots or peach. The finish is of brown bread, matlty and some bitters. the feel in the mouth is velvety but not syrupy.
Aug 02, 2019
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
-pours a clear amber with a small to medium,creamy,sand-coloured head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose
-medium,smooth carbonation
-light body
A pretty solid English Bitter.
Jun 25, 2019
Rated: 2.85 by GingerFinn from Canada (ON)

May 29, 2019
Rated: 3.67 by SportsGuy33 from Canada (ON)

Jan 06, 2019
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Rated by ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Clear chestnut brown with a thick head. Bready malt nose with some earthy hops. Smooth malt body with a tasty crispness that begs for another sip.
Jan 05, 2019
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L- Quite deep chestnut, clear as a bell, pours with 3mm white head, slowly receding.
S- Just some light toastiness.
T- Toasty, 'classic' bitter style, into nice balanced hopping.
F- It comes over as easy drinking, and is very sessionable.
O- When I think of traditional/classic bitter this is the kind of beer I have in mind. Nothing out of place here, nice balance. Comes over as refreshing and easy going.
500ml bottle Bought in a box of 6 'Classic Ales' from Waitrose. BB 30/9/19
This is one of a number of beers I've had this week that is marketed as as 'amber ale'. I don't think 'amber ales' existed 10 years ago when I lived in the UK, they seem to be, or are very close to, bitters; maybe the bitter style has been rebranded in my absence...

- I'm in two minds about Marstons 'paying tribute' to the Avro Lancaster by using it's trade-mark and heritage. Perhaps it would have been appropriate in the circumstances them allocating a part of their profits from this beer to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Jan 02, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by Beer_Rabbit66 from England

Aug 16, 2018
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Rated by AxlSkull from France

3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Maybe I'm being a little too harsh on the notes, because it's a fine beer and quite fine for summer
Jul 23, 2018
Rated: 3.28 by Vaulmas from Spain

Jul 02, 2018
Rated: 3.37 by Glorithm from Canada (ON)

Jun 22, 2018
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
From Lidl. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Pleasant caramelly malty, with maybe light sopay notes that dont spoil its high drinkability. Not much aromatic though
Jun 11, 2018
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Az English Amber ale, which is quite different from its American counterpart - it is watery, bitter and goes without saying that it lacks those big bold hops that make this kind of beer amazing.
So what we are left with is something like an English Bitter with a little bit more roundness in the body. Little bit on the mediocre side - could be better but could be worse as well.
Jun 02, 2018
Rated: 3.38 by mishi_d from Romania

Jan 13, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 25, 2017
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Reviewed by JonnyGoldsbrough from England

2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Lancaster bomber | 4.4% | Bottle into 1/2 pint

Beer with Lancaster in the name brewed 200 miles away in Wolverhampton...

Deep amber, dead clear but inviting. Poor head. Lancaster label graphics cool but irrelevent
lots of hops, something else there I couldn't put my finger on!
slight acidity, hops not apparent, slight old school sweet shop sweet taste in the background. That was in the nose too that I couldn't identify.
not awful. Not a favourite. Would not rush back to. Fairly typical English bitter. There are so many that are so similar!
Nov 07, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by JTuomi from Finland

Oct 12, 2017
Rated: 3 by dipso123 from Oregon

Sep 30, 2017
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Reviewed by MichaelGennings from Canada (ON)

3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A delightful amber ale from across the pond.

Off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

The beer is amber to copper coloured and there appears to be some haze and fine sediment.

The smell is toasted malt, brown bread, and a faint hint of hops.

The taste is toasted malt, brown bread, a bit of sweetness - almost like brown sugar, but it's quite subtle.

They say the beer is full bodied but I disagree. It's medium bodied.

The finish is smooth and a bit wet.

I liked this beer quite a bit. It's not a great beer but it's good. Very serviceable. I had it after mowing the lawn and it went down nicely.
Sep 17, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by tux_alin from Romania

Sep 03, 2017
Rated: 3.03 by Xaldos from Ukraine

Sep 02, 2017
Rated: 3.41 by parpalapelix from Romania

Aug 24, 2017
Rated: 3.54 by Momon from Philippines

Aug 04, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by Squeezyq from Canada (ON)

Jul 21, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Jun 19, 2017
Rated: 3 by JavierGC from Spain

Jun 10, 2017
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2018. Acquired recently from Morrisons. Named after Avro's famous plane from WWII.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep coppery-amber hue with good clarity and moderate carbonation. Yields a decent head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding and disappearing completely.

S: Aroma of caramel malt with hints of leafy stewed hops, ale yeast esters, a touch of roasted grain and faint husks. Conventional but decent.

T: Tastes of light roasted malt with notes of leafy hops, faint grass, caramel, ale yeast and a whisper of stewed husks. Dry, with a restrained bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Perhaps a tad insubstantial. Aftertaste of bitter stewed hops, light roasted malt and yeast.

O: Not bad - a classic dark amber ale. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are a satisfying blend of rich caramel malt, stewed hops and ale yeast. Body is alright. A balanced bitterness for the style. Goes down just fine - worth sampling.
May 24, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by rulisekmartin from Czech Republic

May 05, 2017
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Reviewed by JPNesker from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Really solid bitter, even imported in tall boys as is standard in canada

Assertive malt attack with decent hop bite. One of the justified classics of the style.
May 03, 2017
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Reviewed by vinicole from England

3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Clear darkish chestnut/amber. Thin bubbly head.
Light English malt and hop aroma.
Standard but rather underwhelming English Bitter flavour as found in the smell. Balanced.
Light carbonation. Medium body.
Run of the mill beer that I have had a number of times over the years.
Mar 07, 2017
Rated: 3.46 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Mar 03, 2017
Rated: 3.86 by KStark from Canada (BC)

Feb 18, 2017
Lancaster Bomber from Banks's Park Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 178 ratings