Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Lancaster Bomber from Marston's Beer Review. I'm going for a bit of a military/Lincolnshire theme at the moment having visited my local Co-Op for some proper ales, and you don't get much more Lincolnshire than a Lancaster Bomber. I wont talk about Marston's too much because I'm sure by now you all know that they're an extremely successful Wolverhampton brewery with loads of ales, breweries and pubs operating under their name. Just for the record though if you ever fancy driving round an airfield in a Lancaster Bomber Lincolnshire is the place to visit. It's just a shame it only does the taxi bit rather than actually taking off.
Not surprisingly Lancaster Bomber features a Lancaster Bomber on the label, although it's rather less prominent than you might expect with them preferring instead to just focus on the word bomber. The label is certainly quite sparse choosing a military minimalism over something more eye catching. The brewers describe Lancaster Bomber as 'a classic English ale, chestnut in colour with a lovely full-bodied flavour, enriched with a wonderful late hop character.' It's a multi-award winning beer so lets hope it lives up to the hype.
At only 4.4% alcohol Lancaster Bomber's certainly not a beer that's going to blow you away in one blast, but I guess you'll feel a bit of an impact. The beer pours a nice copper colour with a decent, and fairly stable white head, it certainly looks like a good beer to me. The aroma is nice with roasted malts, a few well blended hops, some sweet caramel scents and maybe some wholemeal bread thrown in for good measure. This has all the look and smell of a proper premium British ale
The texture is somewhere between medium and full bodied, it's certainly not light but it wont fill you up too quickly either. The taste very much matches the aroma, it's slightly smoky with well blended hops, an earthy malty taste and exactly the right amount of bitterness to finish off. I think Lancaster Bomber is best described a quintessential British bitter, it really is an extremely good beer. I'm going to give Marston's Lancaster Bomber 8 out of 10. It doesn't do anything new, but it really is one of the best proper British bitters you'll find.