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


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RATINGS: 1507   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 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dragonblaze99 (353) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2009
Banana oil aroma. Light mahogany, medium white head. Flavour is rather hoppy, with a slight banana tang. Somewhat watery and overcarbonated. Bitter banana finish. Not a happy marriage of flavours here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2012
16.9 oz. bottle from Sams, $1.99. Pours a medium clear copper with a fluffy white head. Leaves pretty decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is mostly caramelized banana, a touch of that fake candied banana, but not overly artificial. Flavor is moderately sweet malt notes with moderate banana flavor. It actually does taste quite a bit like banana bread. Finish is mildly bittered and clean, with a soft aftertaste of ripe banana. Medium body, fairly crisp carbonation. Strange beer, but pretty tasty and definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2011
A: Pours a crystal clear pinkish color almost more like an apple juice color. Rapidly dissipating head. S: There is definitely banana present in the nose, that is quite certain. There also seems to be some spicy notes? T: Flat with a lot of umami here. Tanic aftertaste. There a little bit of spices (nutmeg?). M: Light on the tongue, medium amount of carbonation, suits the rest of the beer quite well. D: Definitely drinkable. Strangely refreshing. Not bad for a gimmick beer. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
anderson01 (351) - Idaho, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Copper-orange in color with a thin white head. Decent lacing. It does have a clear appearance to it. Obviously it has a strong aroma of bananas. There is a hint of nuts in the aroma. Caramel and melted butter are also noticeable in the aroma. It taste like burnt banana bread. It gives you that nasty aftertaste like burnt toast. For the first second in your mouth it was actually good but quickly turns bad and stays that way through the finish.The taste gives you the feeling that the beer is flat. Overall the aroma was the only thing it had going for it. Everything else was a let down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2012
500mL bottle form the LCBO. Pours a reddish brown a bit of thin white head. Aroma is bananas (as expected) and alcohol. Palate is a bit watery and some short-lived carbonation, medium body. Taste is somewhat surprisingly exactly what it says it is, banana bread. Theres nearly no aftertaste however, and the taste gets old quick. Not bad overall, but I wouldnt seek it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lightrider (344) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle into a goblet, thanks to Dave N. The pour is a light translucent brown with a fine head. Taste is a nice malt with a light banana and bitter hop. A very nice banana smell, finish is clean with banana, hop after taste. A very well made ale.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2010
500 ml bottle purchased at QFC in Harbour Pointe, WA. Pours a clear brown color with a cream colored head. Aroma: Bananas (duh) and spices. Flavor: Same as the aroma, but with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Bottle. Copper caramel color with small head. Sweet aroma of banana and pie crust/cookie dough. Tastes almost exactly like it smells; faint bitterness at finish. Soft and mellow mouthfeel. Big banana flavor but not cloying or annoying. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stevesie (336) - - JAN 22, 2013
Sampled at a tasting. Nice dark hue with some dissipating head. Nose was malt and bananas. This didnt sound right, but found it pleasantly surprising. The bananas are prominent, but not dominant. Odd, but definitely worth trying.

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