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


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RATINGS: 1435   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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Lightrider (346) - 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.

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. There’s nearly no aftertaste however, and the taste gets old quick. Not bad overall, but I wouldn’t seek it out.

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.

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.

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.

Stevesie (336) - - JAN 22, 2013
Sampled at a tasting. Nice dark hue with some dissipating head. Nose was malt and bananas. This didn’t sound right, but found it pleasantly surprising. The bananas are prominent, but not dominant. Odd, but definitely worth trying.

sebsky (334) - ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2017
500 ml bottle @home,bb 24/03/2018.
Dark amber,clear,streams of bubbles.
Medium off-white head,medium retention.
Banana,toffee aroma. Banana bread taste.
Medium bitter finish.

wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Would this be categorized as a fruit beer? Smells like bananas, tastes like bananas, dark blonde color, good!

Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2009
Interesting beer with banana all over the place. Actually better than the expectations (low). The banana flavor is there all right, but it marries the malts and hops pretty good. Fun to have tried it, but its going to take a while before I buy it again.

MRMedellin (326) - Bogota, COLOMBIA - MAR 19, 2014
Strange beer, I don’t know if it can be considered a fruit beer. When is poured an orange beer is seen with a small and unstable foam head which dissipate very quickly leaving just a small ring. The aroma of course has increased banana notes and also some bubble gum and vanilla, sadly those ones overcome on the malt or hops ones. In palate has a light - medium body, the malt is felt slightly, and the bitterness of the hops to, but I think the banana flavor is too much and almost kills the others, leaving an artificial sensation in the mouth.

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