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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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Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Picked up single bottle at Bob’s McFarland Liquors in McFarland, WI. So this is the famous Sprecher Banana beer. So here we go! Pours a hazy golden pale brownish brew (strange color!), with a fizzy white head. Diminishes quickly with a sparce lacing. Aroma is of banana creme pie, some caramel, lime peel, and honey. Taste is smooth, fizzy carbonated, medium body and more doughy bread than bananas. The aroma was better than the taste. Finish is lightly bitter, dry and more like a yeasty heffeweizen. Cool looking beer bottle label.

Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Sprecher does a wonderful thing with this and the Shakporo in recognizing African brewing practices. Though I don’t like the labels at all... but oh yes, the beer. Banana notes are all over the place and expected, but there is other fruit as well. Oranges, raisins, and still a bit of light malt. Thin, but it works well with the fruity taste.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2007
There’s a slight haze to the dark apricot body and the white head, initially bubbly and big, is soon a slender halo. It smells like banana candy with a touch of toffee. It tastes like slushy banana candy, terribly artificial, with some grasses and hay. Oddly, there’s a touch of eucalyptus in the finish. I applaud Sprecher’s experimenting like this, but I had a hard time getting the pint down. And keeping it there.

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DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2007
Clear amber body with generous carbonation. Smells like some cheap banana soda - fake sweet banana with cinnamon hearts for spicing. Vick’s Vap-O-Rub at the end. The flavor has toasty grain and light green hop spicing with that crap banana flavor overwhelming the finish. Lots of flavor and whatnot but just not good.

JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2007
Clear amber-orange. Thin off-white head. Aroma is bad. Sweet orangy banana flavored cough syrup. Or banana candy.... maybe banana Runts. Way too artificial. Flavor isn’t as bad, but is still off. Banana extract comes through, but is at least a little bit blocked by some grainy stuff. But that cough syrup-like candy ester thing is still there. Ack. I hate that part and it really messes me up.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Pours a clear orange bronze with a small froth of wispy white head. Aroma of sweet ripe bananas, more than I’ve ever smelled in a beer before and some fruity esters. Body starts with a touch of sweet candied banana fruit which fades into a muddled slightly earthy and bitter transition before a drier toasty, bready, hefe-weizen yeastiness with a hint of clove. An interesting and unique beer, but it could be a little more balanced and flavorful.

keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Sprecher branched out a bit from their usual European-influenced beers with Mbege Ale, an African-style banana beer. Very subdued but distinct sweet banana aroma in the nose. First sip is very refreshing in mouthfeel (beer was quite cold), banana flavors creep to the forefront. A less-sweet banana flavor appears, balancing the ale. Some grassy flavors as well. This was a very fine fruit beer; Sprecher has taken a unique style and succeeded. Try it if you can find it.

MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Lt off copper pour white head Smells like bannannas coated in sugar Thin carb pal Flvr is bananna puree & some bread dough Blah

Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Bottled. Poured a slightly hazy medium amber/golden with a short dusting of white head sticking around. Nose was very heavy on banana Runts... very sweet with underlying grassiness and yeasty notes. Flavor, as previously mentioned, is strongly remniscent of Circus Peanuts with toasted bananas, a little yeast funk and mild grassy bitterness... very sweet and hard to get through 16 ounces. Sweet finish accented by an intriguing spiciness. Carbonation was on the high end.. decent flow. This was an interesting experiment, but I’m not going back for another.

beastiefan2k (4073) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Bottle at the HDG, pured into a goblet head. The small head that appears from the bottle very quickly fades into nothingness. Making the orange very clear but not totally lucid beer seem very still. Aroma is very strong of very ripe tropical fruits, sweet bubblegem, and of course banana. All very nice smells but its missing a few thing... no aromas of malt, barley or anything beer related. Taste is all fruit soda/guarana. It came out as a great carbonated fruit extract soda but its barely recognizable as beer. Its very similar to AB’s B to the E but more tropical fruit. I am torn a bit cause I like the fruit flavors but its not beer. But the longer I drink it the more the sweetness because nausating, couldn’t even finish the beer.

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