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

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RATINGS: 1510   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Padchenko (320) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 11, 2014
500ml bottle, 5.2%. A nice beer with strong banana aroma. It tastes very like banana bread so is very well named. Pleasant to drink and easy on the palate. A good effort!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnoud (318) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2013.03.02 - Wells Banana Bread Beer - 16.9oz bottle in pint glass. Bottle is about a year old. Aroma: it's not in your face but you can definitely get banana bread in the aroma. And more than just a banana ester sort of thing. Appearance: Pours around (12) on SRM scale. Mostly clear light gold. Little to no head/carbonation. Taste: Definitely a sweet banana on the front end giving way to a more neutral gold ale taste. Palate/Mouthfeel: very light with just trace carbonation. Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 6/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 13/20

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeZasada (316) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a thin but lasting tan head. Sweet aroma of banana. Taste: some bitterness, like herbs - warms to banana, some bread like malt. Finishes with a banana / slightly bitter finish. Pretty good, someting different, nice flavour.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Awful, I love bananas, and it smells interesting. Then the flavor is just awful.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
redtechnj (315) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 Beautiful amber/copper color with little head and lacing. Aroma of banannas and malts. A banna flavor with a sort of acidic/tart aftertaste. I like to try a new/original take on a beer but this isnít one that I would recommend.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Wells Banana Bread Beer English pint bottle Recent bottling, sliced into 11/06 Medium pour in an English pint. Poured a mystifying clear yellowish brown with an average fizzy mostly diminishing off white head. Smelt strongly of candied bananas as I was pouring. On closer inspection, smells of strong sweet banana candy, spices and a bready maltiness. Genius! Taste was upfront moderate sweet ripe bananas and spices, followed by a strong bitter malt breadiness and spices that slowly die down on an average length finish. Mouthfeel was light, watery, fizzy and awkward moderate astringency towards the end. Overall, the label states it plainly, this beer is all about banana bread. The smell is wonderful, but the taste feels tamed and short with some crisp bitter bite at the end (crisp and bitter does not belong with banana and bread), as well as a fairly light body. Just a fun novelty beer overall.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2009
pours a dark golden color with a thin white head. Heavy banana aroma as soon as you pop the cap. Overwhelming banana taste too however I liked the beer. It has a low drinkability rating because Iím not a monkey and canít take that much banana

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerseyjohn71 (308) - corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
light banana taste and its 5.2 AVB...it was sold in a 4pk ,,, my wife loves this,,, i just had to try it,,,good over all ,,, light body,, light flavor,,

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2008
I actually really enjoyed this one... smelled and tasted JUST like banana bread like my mom makes. Pours a very bubbly amber color with a medium shite head. 1 pt. 3.25 oz. bottle.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
popkow (308) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle pours a minimal tan head on a nice amber body without any lacing. Smells of malt and yeast. Taste of a water soaked banana bread. Very thin body.


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