Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 1342   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%

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Month of March head cold led to laying off tasting any beer until sense & smell returned. I had days to think about which beer I wanted to taste first, and the Charles Wells Banana Bread beer was calling my name. Ratings and reviews can have the ability of influencing a first impression: low ratings & poor reviews build low expectations, which is why this intruiging beer was somewhat of a pleasant surprize. Multiple reviewers have been likening the aroma to banana laffy taffy dropped into a beer, but that sells this product short I feel. I'd like to note that bananas have never been a fruit that I have enjoyed by itself, though I have always enjoyed banana flavored foods (pudding,bread, candy,sugary bubble gum from childhood days). The folks at Charles Wells claim to use "freetrade bananas" in their recipe, and fresh bananas are what I smell along with the typical malty attributes when taking in the aroma. I find the banana aroma is evenly balanced with the maltiness of this British import: those claiming the banana aroma/flavor is underdone would likely to be the first to complain if it were stepped up a notch. Looks like a garden variety British Ale, and it pours like a typical creamy British Ale as well. Carbonation seemed pretty slight to me, and it delivered a malty caramel banana flavor across my palate along with Bavarian soft pretzel dough and just a hint of alcohol detected. I was not blown away by the melding of flavors but it was not unpleasant either.At no point did it taste like an artifically sweetened banana flavor by my account, and I think they did a good job with that aspect of the brew. I can't imagine too many folks reaching for a second Banana Bread Beer after finishing the first one, but I would like to raise an interesting point at this stage in the review: one other reviewer made the observation that they enjoyed this beer as an in between when switching beer flavors from one to another. The concept is an interesting one because the finest multi course meals I have eaten in my life utilized sorbet to cleanse the palate between courses. I mention the sorbet/palate cleanser concept because I followed the Banana Bread Beer with a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (my third bottle of the six pack), and found myself completely blown away with the flavor of the sculpin IPA, whereas the first two samples of that same six pack struck me as merely average. Could it be that the Banana Bread Beer sets the palate up for a new beer flavor? Based on my experience, I say it does.Worth a try just for the uniqueness alone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (1444) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
500ml bottle, work leaving present. Sparkling orange gold colour, white foam head and aroma of banana, fruity, vanilla. Taste is sweetish bready malt & banana flavour, with caramel, toffee, vanilla notes and light bitterness. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry bready earthy finish. Quite OK.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bennetporter (184) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Well, it’s definitely a banana bread beer. Overly sweet focus on banana flavor without really holding up the beer end of things. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rustbucket0873 (282) - Krikville, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Pours light clear brown. Almost like black tea. With no head. Aroma is banana, and slight caramel. The flavor is banana, Apple, and caramel. Its ok. I wouldnt go.oit of my way for it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
leosanches (18) - - MAR 21, 2015
Cerveja dourada e translúcida, com espuma persistente, clara sem formação de halos. O aroma é totalmente dominado pela banana, sendo impossível notar outras influências. O sabor é curioso, não se sente o álcool e o sabor da banana predomina todos os sentidos da cerveja. Apesar da espuma presente, ela não é cremosa e quase imperceptível ao tomar. Ponto positivo é o toque aveludado e suavidade que favorece que a drinkability. Apesar disso, é enjoativa é difícil de ser tomada em boa quantidade. Acredito que possa funcionar bem como sobremesa, ou acompanhando alguma dessa, de modo a complementar o sabor. Ruim para acompanhar alimentos salgados, porém talvez caia bem com queijos fortes para equilibrar o sabor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (6450) - Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle tasted at home. Pours a clear amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma has quite a bit of banana, lightly nutty, caramel, some sweet bread. The flavor has banana, lightly nutty, caramel, some strange bitterness that seems out of place, hints of metallic and chemicals, all in all, about what I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DIBBLE (45) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015
Reddish golden beer with small off white head that retains a thin covering throughout. Well carbonated. Aroma of banana flavoured sweets and hopped beer. Flavour is like banana cake. Initially like a heavy desert but there’s a metallic bitterness that offsets the sweetness and seems a bit at odds with the rest of the package. Bready dry finish is light and moreish. Takes a while to get used to but overall enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
willycoolj (2) - WALES - MAR 15, 2015 does not count
The best beer I have had, fantastic nom nom nom 🍻👍👅

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
60minuteman (971) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Aroma of cheap banana bread. Leaves, malt and spice. Flavor is artificial banana but not overpowering with sweetness like so many other over aggressive fruit beers. Alcohol feel is short and flawed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Towey1989 (250) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with a fizzy white head. Aroma is sweet of bready malts, banana, toffee, some nuttiness and cloves, but mainly banana foam sweets. Taste of bready malts, banana, caramel, grain and slightly metallic. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation and a watery texture. Mainly sweet with a dry bitter, grainy finish. I do enjoy banana in beer, this is decent but too highly carbonated and watery to be really enjoyable, which is a shame.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ndfreak77 (126) - USA - MAR 6, 2015
Golden yellow . Aroma of banana and wheat. Tastes of sweet banana. Not bad.

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