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Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston's)
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 1439   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.5
Papillon (424) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
500 mL Bottle. I was advised not to chill this beer too much so I chilled it to basement temperature. Gold-amber body with a fizzy white head settling to a foamy film leaving lots of fine spotty lace. Bananas dominate in the aroma with notes of butterscotch, vanilla, and a hint of bubblegum; the combination reminds me of an ice cream parlor and candy store. I am enraptured by the taste of this one: it opens up with a nice and very pronounced malt-hop combo, then the bananas and hints of butterscotch and vanilla come to join the lingering hops in the aftertaste, and then there is the unsweetened bubblegum finish -like when the sweetness of your bubblegum expired and it was now just the right consistency for blowing those big bubbles that then burst and coated your face. Bonus points for the uniqueness. Attention Beer Gourmets: wanna try this?

2.9
cgreb (422) - Marburg, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle - amber beer with a thin beige head. Banana aroma and flavour. But not to compare with "Weizen banana aroma". The rest is quite boring. Low bitterness. Medium carbonation.

3.1
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2010
I rated this as a fruit beer I think that of all other fruit beer this one tops the taste buds. I was a little cautious about this one The appearance: amber with off white head that dissipates quickly. aroma: ripe banana, grassy hops. flavor: caramel, hops, banana. palate: medium body, good carbonation. finish: had the spice of the banana bread .

2.9
MaxxDaddy (419) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Amber in color
Smells and tastes of banana
What did you expect?

2.8
autos5 (419) - Szczecin, POLAND - MAR 11, 2017
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2.7
Mjollnir (417) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2012
500mL bottle. Pours clear pale gold with a thin white head. Floral and grassy aroma, a hint of banana flesh. The banana’s a bit more obvious in the flavour, but so is the grass, also a little yeast. Low sweetness, low bitterness. Light-medium body, average carbonation with a dry finish.

0.5
Nikokaoja (413) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - JAN 2, 2017
13. 12. 2016, Ljubljana, Ico's place. Bottled. Really not my cup of beer, to artificial taste and aroma, not pleasant at all. A real downer since I'm a big heffeweizen fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
redpooba (411) - Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
The bottle alone makes you want to try this thing, but don’t be disappointed when it does not taste like a banana liqueur. There is no creamy sweetness but rather simply a smooth ale.

2.9
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
Bottle: What a bizarre beer! I thought this would be terrible, and while it’s not great it certainly isn’t bad.
Clear brown amber with a fast dissapearing yellowish head. In the nose... Wow!! Tonnes of fake banana in here and some gentle clove notes with a heady alcohol hit. Really, it smells like a bag of those lolly bananas in a little white paper bag that I used to buy as a child. Underneath this, and very difficult to pin down, were some woody malts and classic pasteurised death. In the mouth the bananas continue their triumphant reign. They somehow seem more real here, although there’s no getting away from the lolly aspect. There’s also some pleasant juicy malt notes, however, all is killed by pasteurisation. Interesting.


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