Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Wells Bombardier (England)
Wells and Youngs
As English as Fish and Chips, the Queen, Football, Eastenders and yes probably - Wells Bombardier. Everything about this beer says English from it's notably patriotic labelling to it's characteristic malt flavour. This beer is actually an English Heritage.
The Wells brewery itself was founded in 1902 by Charles Wells and so the story goes he used the mineral water from a well under Bedford as the water source.
It wasn't until 1980 that the Bombardier was first brewed. As well as the mineral water; ripe Challenger and Fuggle hops are used in the recipe, along with a large amount of crystal malt - which is added to increase the flavour and deepen the colour.
A beautiful brown clear beer is visible once poured with a slightly off white head. A faint peppery aroma is present with the malt notes also coming through. A very malty flavour is present on tasting with good bitterness. The palate is medium bodied with a dry finish that lingers just long enough.
Overall a great beer with strong malt flavours, the aroma is maybe a slight let down, would have preferred more. Quite session able and almost impresses enough for a Tuesday down the local.