Banana Bread Wheat Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tavernjef on 01-12-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Amg3217
1/5  rDev -70.8%

Photo of dfried
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, glowing brownish orange in color, thin white head. The aroma was wheaty with a lot of banana, some yeast and bread. The taste is quite similar, a good rich wheaty malt base, tons of banana in the flavor but not enough to overpower the other flavors. Still a lot of yeasty/bready flavors as well, hence the nickname. Some spicy flavor and lemony zest.

Verdict: I honestly thought this was a dunkel until I saw on the menu that they used 200lbs of bananas brewing it, needless to say it is still definitely a beer, with the banana there and not taking over. Great session beer, I wish I could have put a few back on the patio, but it was butt ass cold in February.

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hefe like, with a cloudy gold-yellow body and a frothy white head. Not too wheaty on the nose, but big bananas and rich toffee. Banana bread indeed. Taste is similar. Medium-bodied, rich wheaty malts with hefty ripe banana tang and mild sweetness. Tasty and a tad toasty. Wheat bitter finish. Nice, and a good winter wheaty beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed deep golden with shades of orange. Very little head. The slight collar leaves sparse lace. There's banana on the nose, but not much more than there's present in some of the finer Hefes I've had. There's also a little vanilla, bready, biscuity malts and some wheat tang. Taste really follows suit with the nose. The banana tones are there. The bready maltiness is there. Wheat is perceptible. Good stuff. Carbonation gives the tongue a little prickle. Body is medium-full or so. Good concept beer here. Glad the bananas didn't come through too overwhelmingly in the flavor.

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Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub...

A fuzzy light yellowish brown color, head rises to 1/2 an inch but dies in a minute. Thick horizontal bands of lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma, bright and light citrus. Mouthfeel works out as medium, nice taxture and carbonation level. Cereal grains flavors, definite wheat tone with a touch of a lime impression. Not at all heavy on a banana flavor, I noticed it most at the very end of the glass. Finish is slightly too heavy for me, a lighter touch would have worked out better for me. I avoided this one for a while, but its pretty drinkable if lacking in banana which is fine for my personal tastes.

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Photo of CultureJamMN
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy amber, with a nonexistant head, and minimal lacing.

The smell is of bananas, but not "hit you over the head" bananas. There is also a smell of cereal grains here.

The taste is actually largely cereal grains, with the banana coming in a little too light for my liking.

Active carbonation in the mouth, but not overly so, very classic wheat beer mouthfeel.

I could see winter wheat fans drinking this. For me, it's somewhere between sam adams cherry wheat (not good) and stoney creek vanilla porter (not a wheat beer, but a "flavored beer"). The flavor isn't overpowering, which is good... but it could be a little more pronounced.

I agree with another reviewer who said that a thicker beer would have made the banana bread in january concept a home run perhaps.

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Photo of hanco005
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at lunch today. Planned on saving it for the weekend, but curiosity got the best of me. Wasn’t really sure what to expect with this, thought I might not care for it, but I was sure surprised.

A-rich medium copper; cloudy and hazy, about ½ inch of head that disappeared after 5 minutes or so. A thin lacing stayed on my glass throughout the beer(s)

S-strong wheat aroma with a slight hint of banana; not as strong as I expected, which is good.

T-honestly, it is really great. My stereotype of a Banana Bread beer has been shattered. Banana taste is present, but not overpowering. A wonderful wheat and straw taste, mild and sweet

M-light and smooth, I like the lighter carbonation

D-a wonderful offering from MTH. This really is a great beer. Could drink many, many more but just poured the last of the growler…

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown hazy colored body, glows when light is put through it, with a small white head.

Smell: Wheat is obvious, slightly grassy, a sugary-sweetness in the background, but none to assertive.

Taste: A very smooth and tasty wheat beer, bananas are evident. Sweet flavors mix well with yeast, the more you drink, the warmer the beer, the warmer the beer, the more banana you can taste. Does it taste like banana bread? Yes, for a beer. As a wheat beer goes, this is very good, hard to find a flaw, I just wish it was bigger and/or bolder.

Mouthfeel: Very full, well-carbonated, and creamy. Leaves an interesting banana-like mouthfeel.

Drinkability: As the commercial escription states, yes, this is a nice break in the middle of winter.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"This crazy ale may remind you of a wheat beer. It is loaded with barley, wheat, oats, water, yeast, ... very much the same make-up as a loaf of bread. We thought what would make a (liquid) bread recipe more interesting...the answer seemed simple---bananas! We added bananas to the boil, we added bananas to the fermentation, and we added bananas while the beer aged. We added bananas until we reached 150 lbs. The result is a medium malty, unfiltered beer that has the aroma and finish of nice ripe bananas. Again, may remind you of a wheat beer--certainly a treat in Minnesota in January." Banana Bread Beer, 4.6% abv.

Thoroughly clouded, utterly hazed, amber/ dull orange hue, smallish head.

Aroma: slightly sweet and wheaty, definite bananas.

Taste: lush mouthfeel, floods the mouth, plump and tasty, Smooth, ...yummy...reminds one of a wheat beer, indeed, but flooded with banana flavor. Exceptionally likable, although I must admit, I was looking forward to something breadier. I like bananas, and wheat beer, though, so it's impossible to complain. Quite a nice quencher, and a worthy experiment. Can't really find a reason to stop drinking it.

This after halfway into the first pint from my growler and 3 pints at the pub tonight. I'm thinking I like it. Wanted to like it better, but as experiments go, it's tough to quibble. Yums, I say, and keep on sippin'.

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Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's nothing like walking into your favorite brewpub and finding a brand new beer on tap. Had a couple pints and was very pleased. A nice clean wheat beer in the middle of winter is a great change of pace from all the winter ales.

Amber-gold body, very hazy, very little lacing and no head retention. Smells of sweet wheat malts with a touch of fruit, maybe clove? Taste has very little banana, that comes out in the aftertaste. Very pleasant.

By far, one of the best wheat beers I've had. Could definately drink this all night long.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Very clouded golden browned yellow color served with absolutley no head to it; just a thin ring around the edge. Very little lacing as well.

Aroma is brief but stable in a wheat malt supply of soft, chewy, and cereal-like malts with a bit of sweet dulled banana.

Taste is adequate with a solid wheat malt base of tender sweetness and soft grainyness. With 150 pounds of banana added along the way throughout the recipe I thought there was gonna be a huge banana character to this, but its only a subtle play along the back of the wheaty snapped tone of flavors. The banana is there in a light current of mushy toned banananess under the score of a main pale wheat base. Tasty to a point then over sooner then expected.

Not all of a whole lot of body to this beer but seems to fit the trend of this style thats become the new winter style of 'Winter Wheats' from Bell's and now a few others, have almost gained the norm in my book of findables in the midwest. Not a bad thing really, but not hearty enough for full enjoyment in such cold, frigid weather. Feel is slick and paled in a sweet malt sided cerealness of wheat and a light banana pucker of fresh banana flavor and texture adding to its body just a stint enough to bring it up a notch.

One thing for sure, given its simple pleasing taste and demeanor, is its fairly fine drinkability, sliding down with great ease. Pleasingly simple and easy to quaff. Just enough body and flavor to enhance the overall experience. Perhaps a tad understated compared to other Town Hall offerings, but well done and conceptually the same consistent drinker as most others from the taps at Town Hall.

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Banana Bread Wheat Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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