Many moons ago, my friend HalfBiskutHalfMan came to Malaysia and brought me a bottle of specialty beer, the Wells Banana Bread Beer. It is his favourite and he’d like me to give it a go, possibly under the illusion that I’m some sort of beer connoisseur.
I can be so everyone please send me more specialty beer 😛
Many moons later, the bottle was still untouched in my cupboard. Then I was blogging about food at Songket and I asked Half if I could use photos of him dancing from an earlier visit to the restaurant. He said yes on the condition that I review the (almost forgotten) beer.
And so here it is.
In summary, Wells Banana Bread Beer is possibly one of the oddest beers I’d tasted. It’s like an alcoholic liquid version of homemade banana bread. Damn weird, right? Well it IS English…
This fruit beer has a ABV of 5.2%. Upon opening the bottle cap, a whiff of ripe bananas came to my attention. So I poured it out to a glass and took it closer to my nose: it really does smell like fragrant banana bread!
It’s light copper in colour with little head – then again it has been in my storage for a while now. Not very gassy, heavier than say a Tiger and not as heavy as a Kilkenny. Went down smoothly with an opening of banana bread scent. Overall easy to drink with a slight bitter aftertaste.
After a few more mouthfuls of the beer, the novelty wore off and I’m sorry to say (especially to Half who will be reading this) that I gave up and it went down the drain. I can’t take too much of the dessert-sweet and slight bitter combination. I googled a bit, seems that there are some people who are really into this beer, good for them. One even made a Banana Bread Beer Bread out of it, heh.
You can find out more about Wells Banana Bread Beer at their website here: Link. It’s award-winning (2002) and the brewery uses only free trade bananas, yay! Though if you look at the ingredient list carefully, you’d also see ‘banana flavour’, haha. Oh well.