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


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RATINGS: 1279   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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%

Bamaboy1975's rating

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ordybill (79) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Poured from a 500ML bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- I cold detect yeast and hops but not the banana. Slightly off-put by that! LOL Appearance- This beer is a clear amber with a thin, small head Taste- Had a slightly yeasty sweet flavor, finally got a hint of the banana bread. Palate- Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation Overall- Not a bad beer, I would probably buy this again, but the "banana bread" flavor I was expecting wasnít very strong for me so I felt kind of unfulfilled with this experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
wagnerlibardi (3) - BRAZIL - SEP 12, 2014 does not count
Muito boa. Gosto caramelado. Nao senti o sabor de banana. Leve. Amargor baixo. Foge das cervejas convencionais, mas vale experimentar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aronvarga (298) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 9, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear, light amber color, long-life medium-sized creamy beige head, slight banana aroma, light body, soft carbonation, sweet banana taste with malty sweetness in the background, sweet and bitter banana palate with simply hoppy notes. Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
eastkenttom (27) - herne bay, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
Well, this is different. But different good, not different bad. Lovely banana aroma, and that follows on with the first taste. Nice banana bread flavour at the fore on first sup, giving way to a bitter finish - perhaps a bit too bitter actually. Itís very good though. Recommending to friends.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
samsmith33 (375) - - SEP 1, 2014
Aroma is banana. Slight acetone,but not offensive. Appearance is clear yellowish brown. Taste is ash, alka-seltzer; citrus and banana are part of the aftertaste. Feel: Crisp, above average carbonation. Nothing special, but an interesting concept.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brian_ch (9) - - AUG 24, 2014 does not count
Bottle from Binny's poured in a standard pint glass. Nice aroma, tastes as you would expect as previous reviews state. As a fan of bananas, I really enjoyed this one. I hesitated at first, but picked up a bottle due to low cost. I was glad that I did. Will be buying again. Cheers! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MunBro (354) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
Bought to try a long time ago on vacation and was very pleasantly surprised. Had very fresh, fruity banana flavours. Fond memories!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
azaflatlander (1) - Fredonia, Kansas, USA - AUG 24, 2014 does not count
I like to try new and different beers. Often times the trial beer gets dumped out. I Tried this then first time this weekend. It was a real treat. You can smell a faint banana aroma. It goes down very smooth its not sweet has no bite or bad after taste. Its pretty pricey but I would buy it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
labattslover74 (43) - Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Pours a golden amber, aroma of bananas, hops, bread, pretty simple to explain, taste like dipping a piece of banana bread in beer. It is a must to try.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
katrinaez (55) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Is exactly what it says. Canít go wrong with something that tastes exactly like explained. If you donít like banana bread, donít get it.

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