Bananas and beer. A winning combination? I wasn’t so sure…but then I tried it and, well, read on…
I approached this beer with a little trepidation, as some of Eve’s female friends “love it” and I know for a fact that those friends don’t like traditional beers – so I was pretty sure that this wasn’t going to be to my taste, but you know how it goes, these things must be done – and I do like most beer and I definitely like bananas too, so surely it can’t be that bad…
Banana Bread Beer arrives a nice russet/light-copper colour. And that’s precisely where all normal “beeriness” stops.
The aroma is lightly malty with a few mineral notes and a light peppery underscore. Over the top of this is well-judged dose of banana – and I do mean banana, not Isoamyl-Acetate-like suggestions of banana (see here: https://yeastismybitch.com/2014/09/25/the-friars-favourite-franziskaner-hefe-weissbier/) like you get in Weissbier, but real tangible ripe banana – peel and all. It’s unusual and it’s quite nice – although plainly crackers.
The taste is very sweet and there’s a good carbonation – but it’s the sweetness that you notice first. Maybe a bit too sweet for me, but I could make it work as a dessert beer I’m sure.
Backing up the sweetness is a light-ish malt body and just the faintest hint of bitterness – probably enough hopping to act as a preservative, but not enough to intrude on the general banana theme.
Don’t get me wrong it’s not candy-sweet, imitation banana, it’s real banana; see their website – they do use banana! (http://www.wellsandyoungs.co.uk/home/news/wells-banana-bread-beer-launches-the-bre) and it’s in the ingredients, too. How on earth they stop all sorts of hazes and the such-like is beyond me. Maybe they’ll tell us?
Banana Bread Beer is ideal for anyone who doesn’t like their beer too bitter, and I reckon it might be a gateway beer to real ale for anyone who doesn’t like traditional “beery” or bitter beer.