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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Fire-brewed African style ale, brewed with banana extract
Bananas are the main ingredient in mbege style beers popular in Eastern Africa. In keeping with tradition, this is brewed with real bananas and presented unfiltered. Light hints of banana remain present in the aroma and flavor of this unique offering

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nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2009
16oz bottle. Before I’ve even sipped this one, I give credit to Sprecher for stylistic creativity. Hardcore rum aroma. Different to say the least. Boozy, tastes like a mix drink made with some rail liquor. Sweet and intense, with some alcohol laced fruity pungency. Not many beer qualities at all. No room for hop or grain subtleties, this is pretty much toilet booze. I’d still give an authentic Mbege a shot, but there is no way I’ll ever drink this "product " again.

gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Bottle, courtesy sebletitje. Very funny, Seabass. Light copper pour, no head or lacing. Nose is of burnt hair and plastic. Some banana and some heat. Sticky melting plastic flavors, dry banana and some gross phenol. Full-bodied, and horrifying. Managed to chug this down.

Block (2727) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Hazy orange pour with a white head. Strange cider or wine aroma. Flavor is a mess of fruit and alcohol with some malt. Alcohol at the finish

gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - APR 26, 2009
This beer was amazing! Poured a perfect golden color! Smelled like heaven. Mmmmmmm banana! A flavor we all strive for in beer. Tasted AMAZING! Strong banana flavor along side boozy alchoholic goodness! Just kidding, this beer is a mess. Terrible, chemically banana-y mess. AWFUL!

sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2009
The grail of all beers was found. This is the alcove offered to us by Sprecher. Pours golden hazy, no head. Aroma of industrial glue, carton. Taste, wood, smoke, tasted like old apple with some soap, and mouthwash. It just doesn’t have anything appealing. While I appreciate the effort to try an African recipe, this beverage is just awful to drink.

Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2009
Damn! Now that I’ve had this mess from some hateful bastard at the tasting what do I do with the curse-d bottle I’ve got? If you enjoy pain and understand the scale of beer yumminess extends well below the likes of a Chapeau product then this is for you. Pours hazy murky light mud with micro thin head. The aroma is fresh plastic appliance stored in a dusty cardboard box. OK, this is where the crazies are separated from the insane. Why go further and drink something that smells this bad? Well, for one thing, you won’t know where the bottom is until you’ve tasted this. The taste is earthy, gravel, cardboard, plastic apples, chemicals, faint yeast and spice. I can’t go on . . .

markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 Thanks Tony for the share. Wow. This beer is the stuff of legend. Try it and tell me what you think. Absolutely the best African-style lager I have had. Unforgettable. In every way. No matter how hard I try. Aroma resembles some banana and sweetness with some rubber. Flavor is remarkably similar with a mess of sweet and rubbery coming at me.

djd07 (14517) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy copper with a medium frothy off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a sweet fruit with honey and caramel. Decent spotty lacing on the glass. The taste is also sweet fruit with banana and apple. The fruit taste overpowers the beer making it difficult to drink, not too much going on with this one.

ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Tap at Beachwood. Not the notoriety level of beer I came in to have, but it seems underrated. An interesting follow to La Folie, and I think the rather Flemish quality of the body became apparent as a result. The bananas imparted a round, funky sweetness which didn’t resemble bananas I have tasted. Smooth and light colored.

noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Poured a murky amber with a large, active off-white head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma is very fruity, clove, lemon, banana, cider. First impression in the mouth is very positive. Spiced fruits, mango, banana, apple cider. The positive impression doesn’t last to the end of the glass. The yeastiness on the front becomes somewhat of bandaid, and rubbery on the finish. The off-flavors were there at the beginning, but somehow harmonized with the fruit and weren’t a flaw. Somewhere along the glass, the fruits fade and the flaws emerge. Medium body, sharp palate. Definitely a mixed bag.

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