Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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gregorymconway (86) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Transparent body of gold/brown with minimal creamy head.Banana, nutmeg, bread, biscuit and vanilla notes are present with average alcohol and lower percieved bitterness. Medium bodied.
Iphonephan (3352) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at Trio in Kitty Hawk. Pours a clear copper with s thick off white head. Sweet malty nose dominated by banana. Flavor of banana bread. Cloying but much better than I expected.
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"after eye-balling this on the local shelves for at least three years I finally bit the bullet. not too much risk, as the price is fairly mellow. aroma of ripe bananas, vanilla, spices, and a touch of hoppy beer underneath. the feel started out thin and overly carbonated, but there was a creamy texture seemingly intermingled with the back of the flavor, which was more fresh ripe banana. buttery, spiced, bready somehow. this was cooler than i thought it would be. i won;t drink it regularly, but every once and a while, a cool party trick."
Mr_Hops (116) - Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Is exactly what it says. Can’t go wrong with something that tastes exactly like explained. If you don’t like banana bread, don’t get it.
Oscbert (1041) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
~Banana in the aroma, with nutty breadiness. it does smell like banana bread with some hop spiciness. Quite nice really.
~Pours an orangish amber color with quickly disappearing bubbly white head.
~Banana throughout in flavor even in the burp with bready nuttiness. There is a flavor I cant quite pinpoint that is a bit off putting.
~medium bodied with high CO2, lingering banana and weird finish.
~I liked the aroma. Something seemed off in the flavor and CO2 was way too high. Probabaly quite a bit better in a cask. Wouldnt buy again in a bottle
markoijelena (446) - SERBIA - SEP 26, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle 0.5l at the Great British Weekend event Belgrade Serbia.Pour it clear orange color with small white head.Taste of candy krem bananica.Banana, sweet and thick.I don’t like this expirement
digopossobon (295) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma doce, chiclete, forte
Cor cobre escuro quase sem creme
Sabor de banana inicial seguido de amargor médio para forte. Bem fluida. Corpo leve. Retrogosto longo e amargo com um pouco de fruta. Boa cerveja.
Calisky (862) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 20, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Couleur ambrée, mousse beige qui disparait. Nez fruité vieilles bananes sucrées assez leger. Gout malté caramel avec gout de bonbon haribo banane . Fin de bouche un peu amère astringente avec mauvais sucre. Pas mauvaise et pas courante, mais le fruité banane n’est pas trop naturel, comme le sucré en fin de bouche.
luttonm (2272) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 16, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared at the "Great British Weekend" event in Belgrade. Uncannily tastes like the ex-Yu candy ’krem banana’, which I personally despise. Sweet, sickly. Coppery pale, clear bottle. Artificial banana all the way through. I don’t like bananas and I don’t like this. Usually ’banana bread’ is an insult I’d levy at a beer.