Saturday, August 16, 2008

Beer Review: Charles Wells Banana Bread Beer

Banana bread beer. Hmmmm. Sounds...weird. Now I love me some banana bread but banana bread beer? This will be interesting. This particular banana bread beer comes straight from England via the Well's and Young's Brewing Company. The company website describes this beer as a "unique brew (Alc 5.2% vol) that combines all the traditional qualities and style of a Charles Wells bitter with the subtle flavour of banana." Doesn't sound horrible. Hell, it even won "Beer of the Festival" at the March 2002 CAMRA London Drinker Festival. Does this mean I should be drinking the cask version of this beer instead of the bottled version? Well, as much as I'd like to enjoy this via cask I have no choice but to drink the bottled version. On to the review.

Brewery: Wells and Youngs Brewing Company

Beer: Charles Wells Banana Bread Beer

Style: Fruit/Vegetable beer

ABV: 5.2%

Recommended Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug

Serving Type: Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance: This beer poured a nice golden copper color with a thick egg shell colored head. Lacing was minimal but present.

Smell: The smell was..surprise! Banana bread. Man that's wild. It really smells just like banana bread. Also had a nice yeastiness in the smell.

Taste: The taste was again bananas but not too much. Much less banana in the taste than in the nose which was good. Very crisp and clean beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall: Overall a nice beer but not overly impressive. I do however highly recommended trying this beer.

Score: Photobucket 3 out of 5 Buddhas


Gangsta said...

I've tried the Banana Bread Beer, I dont really rate it highly.
Wells Young do however do some other splendid ales.
The Special London Ale is pretty good.
My favourite however is the Christmas Pudding Ale, which tastes exactly like christmas pudding. But its only brewed for christmas.

The Beerbuddha said...


Thanks for visiting the site! I wish I could get my hands on the Christmas Pudding beer. We can't get that one here in the States as far as I know.


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