Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned)Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wl0307 on 03-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
23
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of gutbucket2
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

A: poured clear amber with reasonably lasting white head.
S: little detected. Perhaps grassy hop.
T: stale hops.
M: medium.
O: a disappointing beer. The flavour is poor.

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Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

07/25/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Way too bitter for a second. simply too much going on for here & now.

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Photo of CharleyMingus
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Drummermean
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of k3ve
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of GregaR
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of KristijanG
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of trevordglenn
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a big cloud-deck of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt, hop note
Taste-Herbal, earthy hops, touch of spicy yeast. Subtle flavors in the English fashion. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Eramen
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Phocion
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle dated best before July 17th, 2014. Poured into Imperial nonic. Slightly hazy medium-gold color with a frothy off-white head. Moderate retention and splotchy lacing.

Aroma is biscuity malts with floral and earthy hops. Light spicy hoppiness. Slight grassiness, controlled diacetyl buttery aromas, and cracked grain. Ever so slight hint of fruity esters.

Flavor is light and well-balanced, leaning slightly towards the malty side. Buttered biscuit and fairly grassy/earthy. I have a feeling that this is supposed to be slightly hoppier, but since we're still before the best by date (even if just barely), I don't feel bad about reviewing. Slightly dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is especially pleasant. Medium bodied and light-medium carbonation, about fitting for a bottle-conditioned English IPA. Soft and creamy mouthfeel

Overall, this is a good but not thrilling beer. My palate tends to lean towards English styles, but Bengal Lancer doesn't excite even me. Perhaps a fresher bottle may change my mind.

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Photo of kersjous
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of HabiMendes
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of RSNewbill
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of shoretaxi
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of robotiks
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of windypete
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Kenee
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium light colour. Thin liquid. Only a slight aroma, delicate and floral. Very light floral bitter initial mouthfeel. Slightly sweet back bone with a very mild malt flavour. Nice mild dry/bitterness.

Not going to knock you off your chair but lots to love about this beer. Beautiful, delicate, floral, magic.

Very good beer

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-clear copper color. The head is three fingers high, and barely off-white in shade. It has pretty decent retention and an inconsistent texture that betrays a solid hop profile. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. This one looks pretty damn good.

S: As soon as I crack open the bottle, I get a nice whiff of stone fruits. While the nice fruitiness stays the course, it's joined by some slightly minty hops. The malt is prevalent - bringing some solid toffee notes - but stays just restrained enough as to not obstruct the other qualities. I'm really enjoying the nose a lot.

T: This is a soft, subtle beer in many aspects. Caramel malts open this one up, but at no point is this beer overly sweet. It has a gently hopped finish, providing notes of apricot, earth, mint, and pine. Even some welcome cream sneaks into the back end. The problem with this beer is that it's subdued in general - it's pleasant, don't get me wrong, just a bit bland.

M: I really like how airy and dry this feels on the tongue - it practically evaporates on my palate. In spite of this, and the decent carbonation, it's unbelievably creamy and soft on the palate. I wish most 'Murican IPAs felt this good on the tongue. Come to think of it, I'm drinking this beer more for its excellent mouthfeel than its flavor profile.

O: The flavor is a bit lacking, but everything else about this beer delivers. If this beer was even a little bolder, it would be a genuinely great IPA. This would be a great offering for beginners who hate bitterness - it's not over-malted, has decent hop flavors, along with a genuinely soft feel. Definitely worth sampling, and I might even buy it again.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of fx20736
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a case of 12 500 ml bottles from Beers of the World for $ 56.39 on 3/02/14. Poured into a nonic, served cool.

appearance: hazy, apricot shade of amber with a one finger French Vanilla colored head. Creamy coat of lacing.

smell: classic English Pale aroma of fruitiness with a mild earthiness.

taste: thick bready malt with a n orange marmalade mix of sweet and bitter.

mouthfeel: slippery but solid. Excellent.

overall: the epitome of English beer. Exquisite.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
3.85 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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