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


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RATINGS: 1498   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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%

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
StefanSD (2416) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle from Freddy. Pours a brown color with a small beige head that quickly diminishes to a fine film. The nose is deceptive with banana, spices and then is followed something chemically with cooked vegetables. The taste, like the aroma, gives a good first impression; there is banana, allspice, and cinnamon, but then gives way to nail polish remover. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. The finish is dry and shows chemical off-flavors. Overall: I had great expectations of this beer, I love banana bread, but this brew just did not deliver. I also take issue with the fact that a 5.2 abv beer is a strong ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2009
bottle thanks to zinisters friend. Pours a dark amber with a beige head. Nose is of fingernail polish. Yuck! Taste is not much better. definitely tasted like chemicals and an intense artificial flavoring. Mouthfeel was thin. this was a drain pour!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Wells Banana Bread Beer (Bottle) is a dark amber color with a very nicely developed light mocha head. The aroma a full of banana flavors and the flavor is complex with banana, malt and sweetness. The finish is very nice while the banana flavor lingers on your pallate. This is a very nice ale with a great and unusually good flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FACambridge (3) - manningtree, Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2009 does not count
The aroma of banana is wonderfully strong, pours a clean dark golden colour. Surprisingy the taste of banana is actually very subtle, the beer is not particularly sweet and has a great bitter hoppy/malty balance. Excellant fresh crisp ale for a warm summer evening !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2009
A nice orange brown with a creamy white head. Nose is full of banana. Smells just like the banana flavored Laffy Taffy. Flavor is malt with a banana undertone. Aftertaste is kind of astringent and the beer as a whole could use a little more sweetness. Very interesting. I wish more brewers would experiment with different flavors like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Pours a rich dark golden color with a lasting beige head. Smell is definitely like banana bread with a sweet banana gooeyness and light nuttiness. Taste is much the same with actually a fair amount of hop balance and bitterness, and it doesnt come off like a sweet fruit beer by any means. Medium body and carbonation. Really not that bad, and I may have to grab one of these every blue moon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3743) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle. First banana beer Ive had. A thin, light brown head and copper body. The ripe banana aroma hits me as soon as its poured. The flavor is banana with some sweetness. Good and malty. Banana and spice lingers long in the aftertaste. Enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Golden copper pour into thick, foamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly into heavy ring of lacing around the glass. Carbonated bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass into a lingering pool in the center. Aroma of bananna, malty bread and sticky sweet (candied?) citrus. Initial flavor of bananna (bananna taffy???), vanilla, and spice (allspice or nutmeg?) that lingers to malty, slightlywatery mouthfeel and a dry balanced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Surprisingly the aroma is that of really good banana bread... Smells quite good... pours a mostly clear brown/amber with a tiny head.... Aroma is of banana, nuts... Taste of banana up front, but followed by a somewhat medicinal unappealing finish with some notes of metallicness... Incredible potential, though it ends up a bit gimmicky...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Sampled at Forest City in CT. Appears dark gold with a clear body and large head. Aroma of banana cream pie and fine sugar. This beer starts with sweet malt and ripe banana but comes unraveled by the mid-palate, which is a watery, minerally, and semi-bitter mess. Finishes with slight bitterness and hardly any lasting impression.

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