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


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RATINGS: 1448   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (521) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Pours a clear dark amber with a thin off white head. Sweet aroma with a hint of banana. Taste is somewhat artificial and candy like. Watery and thin but not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
datrael (129) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Banany królują w smaku i zapachu, do tego dochodzi solidna słodowa podbudowa. Mimo tego nie zabija słodyczą, goryczka wyrównuje doznania. Wybitnie pijalne i wciągające. W wyglądzie kolor miedziany z utrzymującą się białą średnią pianą. Mimo zdominowania przez banany zachowuje charakter piwa. Całkiem niezłe

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VamboladeTolly (1346) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours golden with small white head. Aroma: sour and sweet, banana, sulphur, hay, sugar- but mostly banana. Taste: sweetish, dry hay, citrus, medium bitterness coming up, grass. Up to medium body. Bitter finish. Half litre is to much but its interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fules (477) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUN 13, 2016
Gyönyörű, rézszínű ital, közepes, tartós habbal. Illata a sült banánra emlékeztet. Kesernyés, kissé kenyeres érzetű, határozott banános aromával. Utóíze keserű, banános és meglepő módon alkoholos.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jice (263) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JUN 10, 2016
Achat risqué mais les craintes sont vite dissipées. ça reste une bičre, la banane est présente mais pas ultra dominante. ça change et c’est plutôt pas mal

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CardsPackHawks (172) - South Elgin, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Wife bought this as she is constantly making banana bread. This does taste like banana bread, which I do enjoy. Strange drinking it. Not sure if I would buy it myself, but will be happy to finish a couple that my wife won't drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
koleminer20 (2101) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2016
330 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. Fuck this book. The pour is a am dry golden pour with a thin bubbly collar of gray head and almost no lace. The aroma is almost puréed bananas. There is a sweet malt, but this smells like fucking banana flavored Laffy Taffy. That’s not okay. The flavor is all banana. There is a light metallic malt and strong banana. It’s definitely not good. It could be a lot worse, but it’s very singular dimensional and plain. It’s sweet, metallic, and banana Laffy Taffy. The mouth feel is terrible. It’s really thin and watery with hardly any carbonation and a lingeringly banana dominated finish. This beer sucks. I’m not sure how it’s considered a beer, more than a banana flavored malt water. Jesus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TedE (842) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2016
330ml bottle into schooner glass. Strong aroma of banana (surprise!). Orange/copper beer with thin white head. A few lazy bubbles. Thin body, slightly zingy. The finish is more banana with a touch of grainy maltiness. Not as much fun as you think it might be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Drinking_77 (76) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JUN 1, 2016
On pour got a very fizzy drink, a lot of carbonation. When it settled down a decent sized frothy head appeared, looked decent. Head looks good, nice and creamy looking. Head does die a little and there is some slight lacing. The colour was dark amber, with a tint of red, and overall the beer looks the part….. The aroma is of…..well, bananas! Lovely clear, fruity smell, gorgeous, and I dont even like bananas, ha ha! Strong but not overpowering, very pleasant and very tempting. Smells of banana bread, with a hint of toffee…… Taste: Well it does exactly what it says on the tin, its all banana A beer with banana, tastes like beer with banana! But its lovely, very smooth, doesn’t taste a lot like beer at all. Very sweet, but still smooth enough to drink. A bit of caramel noted as well. At first I thought the alcohol content of 5.2% wasn’t apparent, but I think it does kick in near the end. Everyone in the house had a try, went down a storm, all liked it. There is a slight hoppy aftertaste that is a bit urgh, and it could do with more body, but overall very smooth. It is different, so hats off to the brewers for trying something new, refreshing and all good. I am not sure you could down a lot of these in a session, but definitely would be great to sip on a hot day. Recommended, and looking forward to trying this beer out again soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mudfly (61) - - MAY 30, 2016
Bottiglia 50cl. Bel colore dorato con schiuma bianca, leggero sentore di banana, cosě come in bocca malto e banana con finale piacevolmente luppolato. La birra non č assolutamente stucchevole ma anzi molto interessante.

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