Lancaster Bomber | Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC

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Lancaster BomberLancaster Bomber

Brewed by:
Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2003

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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
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3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 500-ml bottle into a draught glass.

Appearance - copper-amber colour with thin, lacey head of beige bubbles.

Smell - thin malt essence with a little hop extract aroma behind it.

Taste - decent malty flavour in the front and then washes away to a boring watery residual with very little hop presence beneath the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth and well-balanced but the character is unencountering.

Drinkability - this actually goes down easy and for the amount of front-end flavour (albeit too sweet) it is a good candidate for several. A little pricey though is a knock against.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

A beer named after the WWII English bomber aircraft--nostalgia for a very few, small history lesson for the rest. "More-ish" or moreish is on the label, which simply means "so good you want more."

Pour this beer hard or you'll end up with a paper lacing. And obviously, we served this at cellar temperature. Nice thick stack of tiny bubbles slowly crackle to a whipped froth-like lace; bright and clear brownish/brassy color. Hint of woody hop, mildly sweet biscuity malt and a touch of mineral in the aroma. Smooth carbonation; thin, wet body. Malt is mild all around with notes of toasted grain and toffee. Hops add more flavor than bitterness--wood and faint citric peel all help to balance. Lots of yeast character here with a mild buttery flavor from the diacetyl, overripe fruit and some apple skin. Ends with a semisweet maltiness and muddled hop and yeast flavors.

To sum it up, more-ish could be used, but we prefer typical session ale. It's traditional with the style, just don't set your taste bud expectations too high. It's good to bring beer back to ground level once in a while.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brown-amber color with a white head. The aroma is earthy and dirty hops with some toffee. The flavor is similar. I get some toffee and earthy hops and something that resembles iced tea. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BCborn
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeschaefer
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnW
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on various occasions in a Thwaites pub in my home town. Medium dark rich colour with reasonable head that lasts fairly well. Aroma is more malty with very slight hints of sweetness rather than being a hoppy bitter beer, but is not exactly exciting. With the dark rich colour, one expects lots of flavours, but is disappointed with a rather thin taste with not much character, or any depth of flavour. Just drink it and you feel slightly let down as it has little to say or shout about. You could not actively dislike it, but neither could you shout with joy....its just very ordinary. I guess it comes into the category of being a beer that is easy to drink, but just rather boring.

B'ham UK

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Photo of Groucho75
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle with L156 15:15 marked on the neck. Picked up for $3 when my local was clearing out some backstock. Apparently this was sitting in the back for ages. Usually marked $4. Let's see if the dollar off makes up for any age.

Served into a proper British pint glass at room temperature because I haven't had a proper British ale in some time and jolly well wanted to reminisce.

Beautiful rich toffee-mahogany color on the pour. Didn't notice any yeast so I added the whole bottle. Some slight foam, but it didn't last for long. A touch of it clings to the glass. I'd say this is the best part of the beer. I thought the carbonation was non-existent at first, but after a few minutes I noticed loads of tiny bubbles 20 minutes after I opened it.

Not getting a lot of nose here. Faint raisin at best.

Plum, some currant/raisin-y goodness as far as mouth flavor goes. Some notes of tea as well as the finish lingers. I think I could taste the age on this one; if it were fresher, I think the character would be more assertive.

Served this warm I was hoping for a little more character, but I have to remember that this is a veddy British ESB and a mild one to boot. 4.4% ABV isn't supposed to knock you out. This is an afternoon pint on a Sunday outside in the garden type ale. Descent and very sessionable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml single can. Very subtle, well-rendered WW2 imagery evoked on the label imagery.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, loosely bubbly ecru head, which leaves a rather random array of upwardly mobile peninsular lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells quite prominently of biscuity, grainy pale malt, with a touch of straight up caramel, some stoney flintiness, a blended apple-heavy fruitiness, and further fruity, somewhat floral hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, hollow fruity, and slightly biscuity malt, emboldened with hints of wet stone, ethereal black pepper dust, and more understated, mildly bitter floral, earthy hops.

The carbonation is almost near non-existent, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity malt, mild orchard fruitiness, and slight black pepper character going a long way in recommending this.

A very presentable version of the style - biscuity and hoppy - what else could you want? Maybe a tad thin, but that's neither here nor there, the overall effect still more heady than anything I was expecting. Pretty solidly drinkable, that's the bottom line.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Robert Simpson pint glass. Small head fading to thin covering. Beautiful reddish brown colour. Looks fantastic held to the light. I love the colour on this.

Caramel with fruit and something floral rounding it out. Fruit becomes more apparent as it warms. Apple? I think my imagination might be running a little too far with that one.

Tastes much the same as it smells. Caramel up front with a little bit of fruit. Sweet malts are dominant. Mild bitterness in the finish. Hops seem very restrained. The aftertaste is acidic.

Light but not thin, with gentle carbonation. A smooth, easy drinker.

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Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours mahogoney brown colour with initial foamy head. A little malty, though also a tad faint beery aroma. The mouthfeel is average, also a tad astringent. There is a small hop taste, more malty. Not too drinkable, a passable beer. Certainly not a great ESB.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thwaites' "Lancaster Bomber"
cask via handpump @ Fly In The Loaf, Liverpool, UK on 1 May 2015

Notes: 4.4% ABV. Clear copper body beneath a short head of white. Slightly better than average head retention, decent lacing. Aroma: fruity, floral, leafy/spicy over a distinctly caramelish malt base. The flavor is caramelish, bready/grainy, and threaded through with the same floral, leafy and gently spicy hops found in the nose. Also perhaps a touch nutty and tea-like. Stiffly bitter, it finishes dry with some residual malt and leafiness. Medium-light in body, soft and smooth across the palate.

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Photo of Iaido
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another from my Mid-town haul...

Pours copper/caramel with a pinky of cream colored head that drops very fast. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Jammyness & a hint of herbal hops

T: Apricot & herbal hops up front. A bit of toffee surfaces as this warms, along with leafy hops, & more fruittyness. Finishes fruitty, with a bit of oaky dryness, & faint herbal hoppyness, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Light/medium bodied with minimal carbonation

Drinks easy enough, like most English bottled offerings, it makes me wonder how good the cask version is? Better, I'm sure of that...

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Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Richter35
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light mahogany colour with large and bubbly head that retains for a few minutes after the pour. Served in a pint glass. Looks appetizing enough...

Smell has s strong hop presence, backed up by a bready-malt base. Nothing new here and I would say probably that the beer is a bit one-dimensional in this category.

Tastes include mildly bitter hops, a sweet malt profile that has a somehwat dry and metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is curious. A medium bodied beer, but somewhat heavy and syrupy.

This beer, for me, is too awkward and unnapproachable in a lot of ways. The mouthfeel and colour would suggest a stronger showing in the taste department, but somehow leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear light mahogany colour. Capping this is a bubbly off white head with decent retention.

Malty notes possibly some caramel or maris otter give a sweet note on the nose. Some floral aromas mix with a tinge of chlorination.

Watery malt flavours, biscuits, very mild. A light bitterness grows stringer as I get deeper into the drink, almost to the level of astringency.
This is not helped by a odd taste which can best be likened to pool water.

Passable, would go well with pub fair but nothing overly interesting.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a 20 oz mug.

A: It pours a dark copper color with a half-finger of light tan head that does not hold or lace much at all.

S: Caramel, buttery diacetyl, wet grains, and a strong whiff of goldings.

T: Caramel, a little almond, buttery diacetyl, mild fruitiness, and some English hoppiness.

M: The body is relatively light with average carbonation levels.

O: This is flavorful and I could do five of these.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a bit of head that lasts. Dark amber

S- Not much

T- Not much LOL

M- Creamy but limited

O- Nothing special and I will not buy again

Food Pairing

This beer would go well with... BBQ'd hot dogs topped the way you like 'em


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Photo of Stocean1
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber - 1 finger head - some lacing

S - hint of sweet malt, caramel

T - not much here, very subdued and only a hint of grassy hops (ESB?)

M - very light, only slight bitterness on the end, but goes down easy

O - easy drinking but very subdued for the style, simply lacks much character.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of refreshing caramel malt with a light dry hoppy finish. Taste is also a mix between some lightly sweet caramel malt with some light traces of dry English hops. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Easily drinkable with limited complexity.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Lancaster Bomber from Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
3.44 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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