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


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RATINGS: 1355   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%

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2004
A very strange beer indeed! Amber color with small head. A hint of banana in the nose wich becomes more dominant as you "tune in" to it. In the flavor the bananas are more dominant. It is an interesting mix, but not a beer i would buy again...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
scotty (1078) - SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2005
Surprise, surprise, it does actually smell of bananas..well,banana bread actually. Palate is pretty bland, as it warms up there is a strange artificial flavour that isn’t banana...dont like this much..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pour is clear amber with a thin off white head...smell is rich with musty bananas and tin...ewwwww...taste is sharp and sweet with a wool like banana something or other going on...gross.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Berno (3) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008 does not count
Smells exactly like banana nut bread. Fairly bitter and there’s way too much alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2008
500ml Bottle: Aroma of banana, spices, and light caramel malt. Poured amber in color with a tiny white head that disappeared right away. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of banana, bubble gum, grains, light malts, and sweetener. Light to medium body. Thin, watery, then chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, banana finish. Pretty damn bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle, thanks Fredrik. Pours a golden color with a small head. Aroma is lightly malty, but dominated by, surprisingly, banana. Flavour is likewise with lots of matured bananas and some light caramel. Light bodied, quite smooth mouthfeel. Fun to try one time, but I can’t say I like it. It is what it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Bottle from Whole Foods Redwood City. My little sister was raving about this beer, whereas largadeer from BA said it sucked something awful. Was hoping to side with my little sister on this one, but alas, Wells Banana Bread Beer did in fact suck. Pours a very clear amber color with a small off-white head that fades rather quickly. Aroma is bananas, bread, and caramel. It does smell like banana bread, although it is a bit heavy on the banana. As for flavor, well, when I was in college when we ran out of beer, I would sometimes play beer pong with "banana water," which was 99 Bananas mixed with water. It was terrible. This tasted like that. Banana bread flavor was there, but balance was not. Alcohol was also a little more present than it should be at 5.2%. Palate was also really off. Extremely thin and watery for what I expected to be a beer with some body, with a somewhat boozy/harsh finish. Overall, nice novelty, but not so great on the execution. Also, how the hell is this a "strong ale" at 5.2%?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2010
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is malt, light hop and lots og banana. Flavour is malt, high bitterness, light hop and lots of sweet banana. Unbalanced.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rougeau13 (2139) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 Bottle at Sip n’ Stroll in Katy, Tx. Golden pour with a small white head. Smells like bananas, and tastes like banana candy and beer. Too much sweet, artificial seeming flavor for my liking, and it doesn’t help that I’m not a banana fan anyway

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
angryrobot (32) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2010
Banana bread: pretty self explanatory name, Just imagine banana bread if a dead skunk fell into the mix at the factory, and you have a pretty good idea what this smells like. Taste is much the same. What "beer" character this has, is that of a pretty boring English pale mild. If my bottle wasn’t skunked i guess it would have been worth it for the novelty..but alas; a clear bottle and ~2 weeks on the shelf made it a poor choice.

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