mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 Bottle from Whole Foods. Dark brownish amber in color. Strong banana aroma. Sweet banana up front. Good spices and yeast. Much like an amped up sweet hefe. Grainy and bitter finish. I really dig it.
Tessic (1026) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This ale poured a nice deep orange colour with a quickly dissipating, bright white head. Scents include bananas, bubblegum, spice and cinnamon? First taste was smooth with a little carbonation bite. Flavours of bananas most prodominant. Spicey finish with a slight hoppy bitterness to the palate.
kidmartinek (4383) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A rich clear copper color with a nice frothy 1 inch off-white head. Smells really good like banana, sugar, and fosters with malt and beer notes. Smells like a banana milkshake basically. Tastes like a nice balanced malt and hops beer with some bananas mixed in. Aroma is better than flavor. The finish is where the spicy bread cake taste comes out.
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
WOW! The name says it all, especially for the aroma: vanilla, slight yeast, and loads of sweet fake banana. Pours a crystal clear golden amber with well retained off white head. Flavor is very nicely ’banana bread’ -walnuts included! -not like the typical ’banana’ flavors and aromas that come from a german hefewiezen. The carbonation is a bit on the high side. I would love this beer if it were just a bit creamier, and fuller bodied. But as is, a great novelty brew. Not even that expensive.
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Tony @ OTH.
Pours amber, beige head.
Aroma, filled with banana. Smell was strong enough and did not leave me the impression of getting yet another beer filled with extracts.
Taste, sweet, banana all over, sugary and malty.
Well executed, very refreshing and flavorful.
aracauna (3404) - Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark, crystal clear copper with a large head. The aroma is a shock of banana, which first comes across as fairly genuine, but on closer inspection has a bit of an artificial quality to it. There is a slight nuttiness to the malt, giving the banana bread gimmick support, but it falls flat in the flavor as it finishes very dry. It would have been more satisfying if it had been a bit chewier in the mouthfeel.
AMN (127) - Dublin, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-amber body, head disappeared. Flavor was exactly as promised; nothing more, nothing less. Carbonation was a little high, but definitely worth trying.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light amber with a smallish head. Aroma of banana, nuts, and bread. Nice sweetness.
LilBeerDoctor (3663) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, best by 3/31/09. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet banana. Flavor is really like biting into a piece of banana bread, perhaps a little sweeter (like banana laffy taffy). Not as good as I remember from my early beer days, but still a tasty treat.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, best by 31/3/09. Pretty much as advertised in the aroma! Heaps of sweet bananas on bready malt. Flavor quite sweet, which is of course to be expected with all those bananas, but it still gets a bit out of hand. Cloying and at the same time metallic notes come out from another end of the spectrum. Expected this to be a fun novelty beer that gets poor ratings on here just because it is said novelty beer, but I guess it really is pretty poor.