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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Fire-brewed African style ale, brewed with banana extract
Bananas are the main ingredient in mbege style beers popular in Eastern Africa. In keeping with tradition, this is brewed with real bananas and presented unfiltered. Light hints of banana remain present in the aroma and flavor of this unique offering


2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2007
16 oz bottle. Poured a clear orange color. Head was white and dissipated quickly. Very fruity aroma, predominantly strong banana. I have to disagree with some of the previous ratings, it smells exactly like banana candy rather than fresh banana. The smell almost knocked me over. Sweet on the tongue, but not cloyingly so. Flavor is reminiscent of a bad malty hefe with banana, caramel, and a touch of citrus at the end. Tasted better than it smelled, but overall this beer was a bit too much for me.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HogTownHarry (6131) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2007
Bottle (500ml). Clear amber, smallish white diminishing head. Smells EXACTLY like a banana popsicle. Guess what? It tastes like one too - okay, maybe some light weedy hops. Sticky, lightly fizzy body, very sweet - hell, itís all about banana, which I donít like much - if you do, youíll dig this.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Wow, I set my glass on the computer desk and could smell the banana on this beer from about 2 feet away! Because the banana was so strong, I had trouble picking up much else. Body is orange in color, with a thin active white head. The flavor is obviously banana, but also other fruits faintly in the background. This tastes a little like the bananas you used to get in Runts candy. A little over the top, but an interesting take. Not terrible by any means.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Juicey fruit gum and banana aroma with a cloudy amber color. Flavor was banana up front with a extract hint to it. Rather interesting beer. Nice and clean finish. Thanks to Skyview for the trade!

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbill (3542) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2007
16 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with a creamy, slightly yellow-white head. Lots of small carbonation bubbles feed the head for several minutes. The aroma is definitely bananas, but it actually smells like real bananas and not like some fake fruit candy. Some sugar and lemons also in the aroma. The bananas are in the flavor too, but the flavor isnít as genuine as the aroma. I couldnít decide if I liked the flavor or not, but I give Sprecher credit for trying something different and achieving moderate success.

2.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
badgerben (4504) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Copper color with a thin head. Wickedly strong banana aroma that is absolutely perfect. Smells just like banana and not the sickening extract crap. Unfortunately, the taste is more like the extract. Watery and slightly sour. It promised so much, and delivered so little.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
In a word, this beer is icky. It tastes like Sprecherís abbey trippel (which I do not think is very good for a trippel) slightly diluted but with the addition of a banana abstract that is wayyy more banana-ish than bananas themselves. If this is what theyíre drinking in Africa (and I always personally associated bananas more with S. America), than I want no part of the African beer scene. Not recommended. Appearance was a dirty dark yellow with abundant head. Aroma was (as Iíd feared) a candy-ish banana. Flavor was as I outlined above. Mouthfeel was not terrible, but was pretty watery. Not good.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Ugh, not good. Astringent artificial banana flavouring dominates this horrible beverage. I know they thought about making one that only relied on esters to produce a banana flavour. Why they didnít stick to that only Randy or Craig knows. Basically, this is their hefe with some artificial banana extract thrown in.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2007
16oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear honey golden with a 1/2 finger quickly fading yellowish head. Aroma of banana Runts, powdered sugar, light lemons, and lighter earth. Flavor has slightly stronger earth and herbal characteristics, paper and Runts again. There was some lemony tang in there--overall pretty fruity and fairly sweet. No bitterness. Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. When I first started drinking this I thought it was kinda crappy, but it did seem to grow on me a little bit by the end of the pint. Gets a bonus point of two for experimentation purposes.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2007
This yellow beer has an excellent banana aroma. It seems to be real fruit rather than syrup. Lightly sweet, with an off banana flavor. This beer smells much better than it tastes, but the banana flavor isnít terrible. Thanks to Skyview for sharing.


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