Bengal Lancer is an exciting, classic India Pale Ale from Fuller's. Brewed to 5% ABV (5.3% in bottle), this ale has been inspired by the history and character of this traditional style of beer.
The beer is pale in colour, full-bodied with a distinctive hoppiness that marks it out as a true India Pale Ale.
A bit of history - The Bengal Lancers
Immortalised in folklore, novels and on the Hollywood screen, the real Bengal Lancers have their origins in the 1700s when the nawab of the state of Awadh, in today’s northern India, raised Bengal’s first regiments of cavalry.
By the mid-1860s, these horsemen were under the control of the British Army, which saw them expanded and reorganised into a force of cavalry regiments known collectively as Lancers: so-named for the long and lightweight bamboo lances they carried into battle. Most officers were British or Anglo-Indian; all ranks wore British uniform, often with Indian flourishes and headwear.
Bengal Lancers saw action in many campaigns and not just in British India and on the Northwest Frontier. They fought with distinction in the First and Second Afghan Wars, in Egypt, Sudan and Abyssinia – today’s Ethiopia – and as far away as China, where, in 1900, they took part in putting down the Boxer Rebellion and helped lay siege to Peking.
By the early 1900s, with cavalry becoming obsolete, their mounted days were numbered and their famous title began to disappear; but their histories and many of their traditions survive in the British and Indian Armies of today.