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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle from 1FastSTi. Hazy apricot color. Malty banana aroma. The taste was malty and smooth with nice refreshing banana flavors throughout. Slightly fizzy carbonation and finish. Refreshing never the less.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Sprecher branched out a bit from their usual European-influenced beers with Mbege Ale, an African-style banana beer. Very subdued but distinct sweet banana aroma in the nose. First sip is very refreshing in mouthfeel (beer was quite cold), banana flavors creep to the forefront. A less-sweet banana flavor appears, balancing the ale. Some grassy flavors as well. This was a very fine fruit beer; Sprecher has taken a unique style and succeeded. Try it if you can find it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2008
This shit is bananas! B.A.N.A.N.A.S! Pours cloudy orange/brown with nearly no head. Aroma is bananas, clove, and citrus. Flavor is banana like woah! Spices and rather sweet. Pretty full mouth feel. Very good beer for the summer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Tap at Beachwood. Not the notoriety level of beer I came in to have, but it seems underrated. An interesting follow to La Folie, and I think the rather Flemish quality of the body became apparent as a result. The bananas imparted a round, funky sweetness which didn’t resemble bananas I have tasted. Smooth and light colored.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Semi-hazed and bright bronzy-pale yellow in color with some soda bubble lacing at the edges. Quite a unique and splendid aroma. Banana cream is ever-present, along with a caramel, lime and guava trifactor. Lemon honey with meringue intuitions meets up with something akin to stuffy tropical rain forests. Full flavor pulls through with a banana custard flavor and thickness. Heavily saturated, doughy graham makings. Papaya and pils malt shine with lemon cream coatings. Tropical tongue clasps and gummy banana saltwater taffy. Truly original. Hazelnut dust reaps an unsalted, rustic sense, finishing with caramelized wheat and crisp grain traits, with the overall agenda dedicated to bananas up through the very last drop.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours a golden orange color. No head to speak of. Aroma is very interesting, smells of real ripe bananas. Sweet smelling. When it hits the tongue however, it is not sweet at all. I totally agree with the circus peanuts statement. I mean, this is that candy, in a liquid form. Not much banana to speak of at all. Finishes thin and sour. You know, Im going to give this a higher rating than it probably deserves just because I love circus peanuts, and there will be no other beer in the world to recreate this awesomeness flavor. A circus peanut flavoreed berliner weiss.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Sprecher does a wonderful thing with this and the Shakporo in recognizing African brewing practices. Though I don’t like the labels at all... but oh yes, the beer. Banana notes are all over the place and expected, but there is other fruit as well. Oranges, raisins, and still a bit of light malt. Thin, but it works well with the fruity taste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4164) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2008
shp555’s Revenge to me for the Chapeau Banana I gifted the Atlanta Crew with. Yum Yum. i love those banana beers! (where’s the peanut butter jelly??) Fire - brewed African Style Ale. Aroma of banana candy. Flavor is light but its all banana with a hint of potassium aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2008
A very interesting beer indeed. Soft, sweet and a very tropical mouthfeel. Pours a orange body with a full fluffy white head. A wonderful aroma, tropical fruits and citrus on the nose.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Picked up single bottle at Bob’s McFarland Liquors in McFarland, WI. So this is the famous Sprecher Banana beer. So here we go! Pours a hazy golden pale brownish brew (strange color!), with a fizzy white head. Diminishes quickly with a sparce lacing. Aroma is of banana creme pie, some caramel, lime peel, and honey. Taste is smooth, fizzy carbonated, medium body and more doughy bread than bananas. The aroma was better than the taste. Finish is lightly bitter, dry and more like a yeasty heffeweizen. Cool looking beer bottle label.


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