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RATINGS: 96   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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jbuzz (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Big 20 beer tasting at Three Cellars Milwaukee. Distractingly banana. Very banana, did I say banana?

Optigon (561) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2008
This shit is bananas! B.A.N.A.N.A.S! Pours cloudy orange/brown with nearly no head. Aroma is bananas, clove, and citrus. Flavor is banana like woah! Spices and rather sweet. Pretty full mouth feel. Very good beer for the summer!

esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Hazy peach color with a thin quickly dissipating head. Aroma of banana, toffee and mild citrus and clove. Taste of bananas, light spice and some sweet malts. Somewhat tart and sour. Decent attempt at a banana beer, though I think I’ll stick with the Hefeweizen varieties when I want that sort of flavor.

dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2008
hmm... this one is interesting. pours a murky orange color, smells tart and kinda like sour bananas. The flavor is very acidic, almost like a berliner weiss or sour ale. I see this has gotten some pretty bad reviews but i actually really enjoy it, really depends on what your tastes are, someone who loves sour pickles or things in vinegar will probably love this or anyone that doesnt like that stuff will hate it, so don’t base your judgment on trying this beer by the reviews you read you just have to get your own opinion on it.

sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle: Pours a clear yellow orange with a white head. This one was really simple, smelled like swedish fish. Tasted like circus peanuts (the candy). But at least ogglethorp loved it.

nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Smelled like sweedish fish and tasted like artificial sweeteners, orange marshmallow peanuts, and rotten malt. bleh

ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Re-rate, Upon further review this is just OK. Bottle forced upon us by sliffy, yoouuu baassttaarrdd Pours hazy banana-y straw color with a smallish white head. Aroma has been accurately described as swedish fish, rotting bananas. Flavor is circus peanuts meets swedish fish, banana juice, light malts. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished oh soooo delicious I hear the calliope playing when I drink this amazing stuff I may have to re-rate this at a later date

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2008
shp555’s Revenge to me for the Chapeau Banana I gifted the Atlanta Crew with. Yum Yum. i love those banana beers! (where’s the peanut butter jelly??) Fire - brewed African Style Ale. Aroma of banana candy. Flavor is light but its all banana with a hint of potassium aftertaste.

Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Sprecher Mbege Ale, Fire-brewed, African-style. Label adorned with colorful parrots and bananas. Ale brewed with banana extract. 16 ounce bottle, 5.2% abv. Thoroughly clouded, and peach-y colored, with a slim, but sure, white layer of foam. Flowery aroma, then sweet, then the banana takes over...slice of lemon on the side, maybe, but banana is all over this, and it’s an even, balanced, appealing aromatic, at that. In the taste, banana, banana, banana....and little else. . Light bodied, slightly malty, with a light, faintly fruity finish. No hops here, but that would be correct to style, I’d think. Maybe this brings me closer to tasting a true African banana beer, but I’d still like to think I can make that trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro and try some of the real stuff. Worth the $2 I paid for the bottle. Yeah, I thnk so, it’s unique enough, the novelty is worth it just to try and say you did. Share one or two with friends while listening to Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s song "Umqombothi (African Beer)", available on iTunes, still the only song I know of sung from the perspective of a brewer.

Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
Pour is hazd amber with a thin off white head...smell is lightly sweet with hints of banana...taste is shocking sweet with some tartness toward the finish...tons of banana and copper...blech

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