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Today I'm drinking Wells Banana Bread Beer brewed by Wells & Young's Brewing Company in Bedford, UK. I picked this up on my rare venture to the foreign section over at Total Wine. Yep, they brewed this beer with bananas and banana flavors. The label depicts a banana being peeled, only to reveal a pint glass of this beer. We can only dream. 11.2 oz and best before 20/04/11 which makes it a helluva lot fresher than the US beer I bought on the same day.
I'm really trying to inhale the aroma here. Got my nose as close as I can, swirling and begging for bananas. It's a little fruity and tea-like but banana? Just a faint whiff on every other sniff. (The banana aroma does get slightly more noticeable as it warms, but barely worth mentioning).
Now there is definitely a lot of banana flavor, but it tastes like extract and a bit artificial, right from the beginning. The carbonation is very high and prickly right from the start as well. Yes, you will also taste bread dough to round out the beer name. Tea, band aids and newspaper are the remaining, and yes quite odd, flavors. Overall, this is a mostly boring and very bland, watery beer. (Thank God for the 60 Minute I just cracked open). You end with a dry finish. The 5.2% alcohol wasn't a factor at all. Refreshing and fruity but pretty "meh" all around. What I think you should do is buy a bottle of this beer and bake some banana bread--figure out where you can substitute it into this recipe and then report back to me! Later, dudes.
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