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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 1252   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Bottled, Pasteurised.
This dark golden coloured ale hugs the palate with great intensity. Its malty aroma is complemented by the gentle nose of Banana. Its flavour unfolds with a sensual sparkle and a smart crispness, which balances its aroma perfectly. Tropically fruity; its ripe banana flavour, emphasised by a hint of bitterness, comes from the addition of real fair trade bananas and finishes with an emphatic, steely dryness.
2005 Recipe changed from 5.5% to 5.2%


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (7247) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2007
Bottle from Sainsburyís, amber in colour, definite bananaey (if there is such a word) aroma. Quite a decent taste, yes itís all about the bananaís but to be fair itís not trying to be anything different. There is some bitterness lurking there and it wasnít as sweet as I expected, even allowing for the banana oveload it still has that unmistakeably Charles Wells feel about it. Not bad at all.

2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2007
does indeed smell like bananas but doesnít taste like it. It immediately tastes like a shitty pale lager and a look at the bottle confirms its lager status. Pure crap. Also has no color. i donít know why it says ale on this website.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (13920) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2007
Ruby in colour, sweet banana, overpowering banana flavour with sweet malt, but it grown on you.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (3358) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
(bottle - 500 ml) Light grapefruit colored pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma smells like a banana popsicle. Not much else in it. Flavor is very light with a touch of banana popsicle and some bread but not much in the malt department. Sweet and smooth. Very interesting.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Nice hopy aroma with strong banana-notes. banana-flavor not as powerfull. Nice sweet flavor. Average finish. Oily palate. Strange brew.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ekstedt (5317) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Bottle. Deep golden whith medium white head. Malty aroma with a synthetic banana touch. Thin mouthfeel, a bit watery, and a cloying banana aftertaste.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
loeffler (16) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Nice amber color but virtually no head. I gave it some extra points but it is a very weak beer overall. Smells and tastes more like candy banana flavoring than banana bread. Acutally, Iíd describe it as tasting more like those candy circus peanuts than anything. Very light body and a lightning quick finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
charlotte (4080) - rÝdovre, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2007
Found at the beer shop ÝltÝnden in Haslev.Red golden colour with white head,sweet with much tast of ????? Banana surprice,and also of cake sweet bitter finish.O.K beer if you like banana.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Quite honestly and as the name implies, this both smells and tastes like banana bread. The main differences between the two are that this ale is alot runnier, is carbonated, and has a bright copper body with an off-white head. Thereís also a touch of toffee sweetness to it. While itís not all that bad, I just canít see bellying up to the bar for this one.

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2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2007
Well, itís about time. I mean, beers that taste like beer are all very well but what about those of us who want beers that taste like baked goods? Itís been a long wait. Was it worth it? Well I wonít be cancelling the daily delivery from Krispy Kreme. But yeah, this is alright if youíre the sort of person who ever sipped an English bitter and thought, "Hey! This could use a little banana milk shake syrup". There are a couple of obvious benefits: you canít tell if the stupid clear bottle has caused the beer to be light-struck; and you can hardly taste the tell-tale íburnt sugarí effect of pasteurisation. Hell, the brewer coulda taken a piss in this and you wouldnít pick it over the bananas. In the glass, Wells Banana Bread was a mealy tun colour with a hint of jaundice. The short head collapsed like a burst souffle. It exuded rich fumes of banana milk shake syrup - very sweet and sticky. Could be the yeast strain , I suppose, but I doubt that aroma is all due to natural ingredients. Bit of artificial help there, fellas? Certainly doesnít have the natural smell of a good hefe. Besides bananas, there are hints of roses, husky grains and perhaps some butterscotch diacetyl. Itís sweet and slick over the tongue, and softly carbonated in the English style. Strong banana notes compete for attention with Goldings and spicy Challenger hops. The finish is dry and salty, with a mild bitterness. I quite like this, but then I kinda like those PickíníMix banana-shaped candies. Itís a beer for people who donít much like how beers taste and would rather drink something else. Now whoís gonna make me an apple pie íní cream ale? Chocolate chip muffin porter? (Pint bottle from Camperdown Cellars. Best before 8/02/07)


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