Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Bottle: Filtered
Previously 4.7% then 5.2%, now back to 4.7
Also known as Bombardier Celebration Ale, and Bombardier English Premium Bitter.
Ingredients: Water from Charles Wells well; Pale Malt; Crushed Crystal Malt; Challenger and Goldings hops.
"Bombardier is the definitive English Bitter, perfectly balanced with a dry personality."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TaxiDriver (1732) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2007
Bottle. A rather red colour with a fast disappearing head, very malty aroma. The taste is also rather malty, a typical british ale - not bad but nothing special. A everyday beer

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 13, 2007
Large stubby bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep burnt amber color, with a minimal tan colored head. Aromas are of burnt sugars, dry oak logs, musty basements. Flavors are of chalk, burnt wood, dry oak leaves. Medium mouthfeel. Medium body. Not a good ESB in my book. Too dry & astringent for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2007
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a tan head. Malty bready aroma with dried fruits. Malty flavour with a nice bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 50 cl can, 4,3% (Norwegian). Cloudy amber with off-white head.Fruity malt, ok bitterness. A bit thin, watery body. I want more bitterness in my bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
Can. Pours a dark cherry wood color with a farily large beige head. Aroma is slight musty grass, fruit. Taste mild grass hops with some caramel. Finish is mildly dry. In between the sip and finish there was a very distinct layer of water as far as feel and taste ( as in liquid with no taste) very odd as it happened only a couple of times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - APR 17, 2007
Bottle pours a clear mahogany body with a one finger beige head. Sheet lacing left behind. Aroma of bready toasty crystal malt and floral and spicy hops. Faint note of mineral in the taste, joining with bitter unripe pears, toasty malt, and dominating floral and spicy hop bitterness. A decent English bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12697) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 14, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, light toastiness, and notes of fruit. Flavor of caramel, hops, and nuts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (4118) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2007
not much of an aroma, you typical bitter, dry ESB smell. Flavou is much the same, nothing special, english hops, and a nice malt barbone, kinda wattery though. A decent ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2007
Bottle. Clear and carbonated red with a huge solid head that slowly began to resemble a tree stump. British crystal malt, minerals, CO2 and spicy hop aroma. Straightforward caramel malt flavor, fruioty and clean + lightly tart with supporting maltiness. A bit oxidized. Finishes with perfect bitterness and lingering sticky hops. Pretty good but I would like to have it on draught.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (6284) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 1, 2007
Can 0,5l - 4,3%. Brown golden coloured. A large creamy tanned head. Strong hoppy aroma with fruity hints. Caramellish flavour. Soft rounded mouthfeel. A bit one dimensional taste, but some bitterness in the aftertaste. A good canned beer.

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