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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
not that impressed. very malty. hints of carmel with a thin, almost tin-like tasting finish. average head. rich amber body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle - Pours copper with short tan creamy head that stays well and laces a little on the way down the glass. Aromas of raisins, over caramel malts. Flavor is good caramel malts, some toffee notes as well with a short bitter citrus finish. Smooth and easy drinking palate with medium body and a crisp finish. Pretty fair beer all in all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2015 Clear brown with ruby hue and bubbly beige head. Strong malt presence in the nose with peppery notes of fresh baked bread, floral hops and roasted chestnuts. Bitter flavour, well balanced with heavy malt sweetness leads to lasting, enjoyable bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2006
Bottle: Redish amber with a large off-white head and lots of bead in the glass. Plenty of prune-like esters over some slightly metallic and cardboardy crystal malts. Fairly well done, really. In the mounth things go down hill sadly; nice toffee sweetness with some woody herb hop notes, but the classic British bottled dead palate rears its dispicably ugly head and completely takes over around mid-palate. From there on it’s dead malts and astringent bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2006
From a 568 ml. shaped narrow neck brown bottle with a blurb on the back label, a freshness date stamped on the shoulder of bottle. Poured a clear reddish deep amber with a foamy white head that settled into a thinnish bubbly lacing. Aromas of roasted malts and minerals, fruity with a light spiciness with a little peat. A nice even medium carbonation and a malty crisp, dry and smooth light-medium drinkability. Nice ESB taste, roasted sweet malts with a touch of a peat scotch whiskey, spicy and berry fruity, a bit nutty, and a dry malty and fruity finish with a little caramelized sugar and spice lingering in the palate. A good tasting ESB from Charles Wells, easy, smooth drinkability, highly quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2504) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006
568 mL bottle. (Doesn’t seem to take up that much space in my glass!?) Deep reddish brown. Small beige head. Weak aroma of sour apples that have perhaps gone off. Taste is a little thinner, lighter than I remember. A bit of something . . . butterscotchy . . . sweetness. A bit of bitterness on the tongue. Not bad, but there are better bitters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KingofCastle (208) - London, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 568 mL bottle (real pint): Solid bitter of mine for years but not my favourite. The label brings comfort, saying the Goldings hops (can be very overwhelming, see their Summer Hop Ale, Black Sheep Ale) are mixed with Challenger hops, which softens the bite. Dark brown with thin, disappearing head. Nice lacing. This beer has some dark fruit flavour but could have more. Pleasant mouthfeel & not too bitter a finish. Better than Black Sheep Ale but not as good as Wychwood’s Hobgoblin or Fuller’s London Pride. Gets a relatively higher rating only because I love bitters so much. OK example of style, but probably way better on tap. Won’t turn it down & much better than the run-of-the-mill pale lager macro-brew-crap out there that most North Americans are drinking all year regardless of season.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Aroma: Low aroma, sweet, toffee, crystal malt, diacetyl, Appearance: Reddish brown, no head Flavour: Malt is predominant, no hop character, low bitterness, toffee and diacetyl Palate: light body, creamy mouthfeel Overall: Unbalanced, too sweet for my taste, lacks balance and diacetyl is too strong. needs more bitterness and hop character to counter aggrssive sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2006
A great aroma which promised a lot. But the actual taste was quite a bit watery and disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour and not much head. Slightly malty with a hoppy finish. Decent flavour.

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