Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,752
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 87
Gots: 524 | FT: 1
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Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked a bottle of Wells & Young's Banana Bread Beer last week for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. For some reason I've never tried this beer and I thought I would put an end to that and give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown pint bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a clear light amber color that took on more of redish amber color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of bubbly of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the banana yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a nice natural banana flavor that's followed by the malts which impart a sweet malt, light toasted and bready aromas. Towards the ends comes just a slight nutty aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it did remind of Banana bread a little.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the banana yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same natural banana aspect. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects with the sweet and bready malts sticking out the most with just a slight nutty flavor showing up in the background. On the finish there's not bitterness with a little sweetness taking it's place and it had slightly watery aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, the flavor also a little similar to banana bread.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little watery, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was just ok, I wish it was thicker and creamy.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a decent example of the style, it did live up to it's name when it came to tasting similar to banana bread, but this beer begs for a thicker and creamier mouthfeel to support those flavors. This beer had ok drinkability, one bottle would be my limit, since the mouthfeel would really wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma, it was pretty nice and I thought it was the highlight of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the mouthfeel, it was just ok and it needed some work. I don't think it would get this beer again, but if I was in the mood for it I might get it. I would recommend it if you want a lighter beer that tastes similar to banana bread. All in all I didn't mind this beer, but it's far from a favorite, but I think it could have some potential if they worked on the mouthfeel. It's not my favorite beer from this brewery and it's not a favorite of the style. I didn't this beer, but I think with a little more work it could be pretty good.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%

Serving style : 11.2 oz glass bottle poured for appearance and such

Appearance (3) : Rich, bready looking 2 finger head. Copper, amber hues with low transparency. Good.

Smell (2.5) : Exactly like a banana "runt" (you know the candy we ate as kids?). A little malt. Little else.

Taste (3.25) : A little harsh off the bat with some sour malts, but then the banana flavor comes in ever so slightly and tricks your tongue into believing it's a banana (or a banana runt). The rest of the flavors are mixed in so well but they blend excellent. Smooth and tasty. I'm getting faint monkey bread. Some sour mash. Banana. Cracked barley notes trail off (I'm stretching here).

Mouthfeel (3) : Sharp carbonation with a wet feel. Smooth however a bit one-dimensional. Ends minimalistic and average - but easy drinking.

Overall (2.93) : I would call this a wheat lager with banana notes. The nose is the strongest part of this "banana" beer. It doesn't taste like banana bread, and it doesn't feel like a craft so to speak. It's a notch above the macros and it's pretty decent, but if they marketed it under a wheat beer with banana notes and put it in 12-pack cases I'd be more excited about it (and probably by hype I'd give it a 3.5 or more). If you're expecting banana bread, just buy a loaf instead (or get your mama to make you one). It's probably as close as any brewer has come to it, but it's a far cry from a delicious treat.

Photo of Kyote0402
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exactly what should be expected when getting a flavored beer. Very good.

Photo of QUINNY0960
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Exactly what you want from a flavoured beer

Photo of zander4dawin
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

Sweet mellow mart profile with ripe banana flavor, laffy taffy, some bready malt notes.

Photo of tectactoe
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown, mellow amber color with a lot of clarity and not much head to speak of. The initial nose is mostly some malt, a bit of yeast, and a touch of hops. You really have to make sure your sniffer is on the top of your game to smell that banana bread. I sat for a while and let the beer warm up a little bit, and the banana bread finally came out, but it was still very faint on the nose. The taste followed in a similar fashion, with a nice "amber ale" flavor up front with malts and a bit of yeast, not much of a hop flavor at all, bitterness very low. Upon swallowing the beer and smacking your tongue off the roof of your mouth, the banana bread is present and apparent, albeit faint. I can't decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I don't like when fruit beers overpower the beer with too much fruit flavor, but this one is actually a bit underdone, where you're really struggling to find the banana bread. When you taste it, it's very good, but you'll really have to try. Body is very thin and contains a medium-high amount of carbonation.

Not a bad brew, easy to drink and could be sessionable if they sold it in six-packs. Just wish the banana bread taste was a bit more apparent, because it's quite good when you finally taste it.

Photo of ricke
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale brown with orange hues. A small white head that settles just a little too fast.

S: Plenty of banana, but the flavor is not as artificial and candy-like that I had suspected. They are actually quite restrained and they have at least some resemblance of real bananas. Still, it's a rather sweet smell and there are some notes of soft banana candy. Some fudge, white bread and a hint of grassy hops. All in all, it's a rather weak and quite pointless smell, and the flavors don't mix that well.

T: Again, mostly bananas. But the flavors are not very strong. The banana flavors are mostly of real bananas, but some notes of soft banana candy are here as well. However, despite the somewhat genuine character of the banana flavors, they are still not very tasty. In general, the taste is rather sweet. Fairly decent bready notes, fragile and anonymous hints of earth, carrots and hops. In the finish there is a mild bitterness that makes the taste just a little more interesting, but it's still rather boring. Some mineral notes and banana cream towards the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, noting more.

D: This is not a good beer, but still not as horrible as I had suspected. Don't know if a banana infused English ale is a good idea what so ever, so I think this one was doomed to fail no matter what it tasted like. Can't say I would recommend it.

Photo of hopsleeroy
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared a pint with a buddy. We have been thinking about adding some banana flavors into one of our homebrews and thought we'd give this one a try. Amber/copper pour with decent head that came down quickly. Smell was overwhelming banana but did have some nuttiness. It did smell like Banana bread. Tasted of bready malt and banana but had an undercurrent of medicinal slightly astringent flavors. Seemed good at first, but as it warmed, it became more medicinal and less drinkable. I didn't end up finishing my half of the pint. My buddy thought a little more of it than I did.

Photo of steelerguy
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden amber, with moderate carbonation, white head that quickly fades to a covering.

S - Sweet caramel malt, a light breadiness, and fruity esters with a prominent banana aroma. A bit strange but they actually nailed it.

T - Here is where things break down a bit. The light malt is nice as it the subtle hint of lightly toasted malt. The problem is the nice banana aroma becomes an artificial taste. Perhaps they didn't add any artificial flavoring (fairly certain they do) but there is a metallic twang, coupled with a light hop bitterness just makes it taste artificial.

M - Call yourself a bread beer and mention that beer was known as liquid bread I expect a hearty body. This is a light body refreshing beer, but not reflective of what it should be.

O - Although it should probably be a 3.0, it gets half a bonus point for being so different. Won't have it again, but don't regret trying it and I think any beer drinking should.

Photo of blackearth
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Purchased from Otto's Wine Cask in Brown Deer, WI. Pours a dark golden body with a white head of foam that falls. Aromas of bold, fruity esters and big banana smell too. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a nice malt flavor to compliment the banana flavors. This is pretty good at first, but the novelty wears off about half way through. Too much banana flavor leaves me wanting to switch to a beer that tastes like a beer.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.43/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Saw this one in Rehoboth Beach; the label and name immediately stood out to me and I just had to grab it. Nice large 19oz bottle. It smells candy-ish...I wouldn't really say artificial, but the scent reminds me of banana flavored candy, like a now & later. The taste is kind of odd, and maybe a little disappointing. Hearing the name, you would think "hefeweizen" but its really not. The banana flavor isn't really all that pronounced (nothing like say, a Weinstephaner), and it quickly vanishes to reveal a bland, almost flat lager flavor underneath. Finishes watery and forgettable, and not that clean. On a positive note, this brewery uses its own well water for brewing, and fair-trade bananas are used in the brewing process.

Photo of generallee
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma of ripe banana and bready malts fills your nose as you pour this beautiful golden amber brew. It forms a modest off white head with lots of little bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass. The flavor is full of over ripe bananas with nuty and sweet bready malts. It's light to medium bodied, well carbonated and it has a slick almost oily texture. An excellent brew.

Photo of FatheadBrew
1.46/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I picked this up on a recommendation from a clerk at the liquor store...last time I trust that guy.

A: Pours a clear copper/amber color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: Smells like bananas. Could maybe pick up a little malt, but was mostly covered up by bananas.

T: Tastes like miller lite with a banana in it. Nothing "bready" about this. There is a hint of something in the finish, but it never really comes through.

M: Good and watery

D: Maybe the first beer I can remember that I didn't actually finish.

Might be interesting for the novelty of the idea, but it seriously lacks in the flavor department.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The bananas in the nose might suggest a tradition hefe, but there's enough malt and sugar underneath to say otherwise; it's more like a banana Popsicle. The taste is lightly toasted malt with ripe bananas and just a hint of light caramel in the finish. Good carbonation give the body a nice structure to enjoy drinking. If you like a banana-taste profile and want more malt and body than a hefeweizen typically provides, this could be an option.

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden brown in color, no head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: banana dominates, some brown sugar as well

Taste: banana dominates, toasted malt, light hops

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, crisp, dry, semi-sweet

Drinkability: This is the most banana I have had in a non-hefe. I like the fruit flavor on top of the dry beer. It is a nice change from fruit beer that can taste too much like syrup. I would have this again, but two is the most I will have in a sitting. I do not get the advertised bread taste and certainly no nutty taste either which I am used to on banana bread.

Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden copper color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the banana syrup with a little bit of malt mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get some banana and toffee malt, as well as a little bit of brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. It definitely tastes like bananas, but after a while the beer gets a little hard to drink.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single bottle from the LCBO. Pretty much had to try this, even though my "gimmick beer" radar was reading off the charts.

Poured into a short conical glass, enjoyed at a recent beer tasting.

Looks like your standard pub brown ale. Dark chestnut, thin off white head.

Nose is caramel, brown ale malt, and a distinct, sharp banana flavour. Overripe or artificial, can't tell which.

Delivered what it promised - a beer that tastes somewhat like banana bread. Or rather, a weak brown ale with over strong artificial banana flavour. The gimmick side wins this round. Thin bodied, sticky. A case of the English clear bottle ale effect.

Try one for the novelty, but I won't be getting again.

Photo of magictrokini
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours darker gold with a frothy white head. Aroma of...banana bread. Nuts, ripe bananas, and liquor in the nose and in the taste. KInd of grainy, and the banana taste seems a little sickeningly sweet towards the end. Overall, much better than I expected.

Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Not really a banana bomb, but it is easy drinking and finishes like eating a banana peel.

Photo of Swedes21
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Min carbonation, almost no head or lacing, clear copper

Smell - Banana bread/popsicle

Taste - Banana, bread, sweetness, dried hops

Mouthfeel - Good carb, lotsa banana, good volume

Overall - this is a unique beer that if u r looking for something different it will work. Thanks to spinrsx for sharing, was a nice split.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. The neck label states that fairtrade bananas are added during the brewing process.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a smallish head of frothy off-white foam that dissipates swiftly. Aroma of cloyingly sweet ripe bananas, along with bready notes, a hint of caramel and faint ale yeast.

Tastes of sweet bananas with a caramel malt character and a dry finish. Pretty sugary and somewhat bready. Notes of bananas, subtle caramel, ale yeast and mild stewed hops. Slightly dry upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly, but rather thin and insubstantial. Lightly astringent. Aftertaste of sweet bananas.

An interesting effort - the description of liquid banana bread is entirely justified. Plenty of banana on display and very sweet. The banana is very intense in the aroma, but balanced by a more obvious malt character in the flavour. The mouthfeel is too watery and doesn't stand up to the relatively strong taste. Overall it goes down better than expected, though I probably won't seek it out again. Worth trying.

Photo of kpantz
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: Not at all what I expected, but I'm not displeased. A refreshing ale with a fairly well-executed inclusion of banana.

Appearance: Very pale amber in my pint glass with an ample barely-off-white head (like the inside of a banana). No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Almost like a freaking Belgian. Bananas, cloves and yeast. Some hop aroma as well, though not as spicy as a Belgian would have them. Still, the aroma calls up thoughts of some of my favorite Tripels. Interesting.

Taste: Gadzooks! Banana immediately on the tongue, then takes a back seat to some thin malt flavors, but returns in a fairly pleasant aftertaste as it mingles with some very subtle hop bitterness. Not my cup of tea, but this is a pretty damn refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: Light body with some mild carbonation. A little silky, but not slick. Pretty unassuming.

Drinkability: If nothing else, this is a drinkable ale. Its character and complexity won't send you back for a case, but as long as you're not asking this to be a dessert beer, you should be happy.

Photo of AMcT22
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Interesting to say the least but, not awful.

Photo of KarlMcGowan
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wells Banana Bread Beer ( 5.2% ABV )

Glassware - I've drank this beer many times and personally I like it served in a pint glass despite it's lack of head.

Appearance - A warm medium orange, amber colour but no head to speak of.

Smell - This beers aroma just flows into the room when poured. The scent of overripe Bananas is pervasive. However there is a somewhat artificial tone to the aroma, rather like a Banana bubblegum or milkshake.

Taste - Mild and savoury with sweet fruit notes and just a little hint of spice from the hops. First time drinkers are always surprised at how savoury the Banana Bread Beers taste is compared to the sweetness of it's aroma.

Mouthfeel - Silky and smooth and easy to drink. Very low level of carbonation.

Overall - A mellow, easy going beer that's a pleasure to drink.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New 11.2 oz bottle super fresh stuff best by 4/20/11. Pours a deep amber copper hue with a bright off white cream colored head. Fine speckled lacing scattered on the sides of my chalice. Nose is straight up banana syrup, with some sweet underlying caramel malts. Flavor actually has a balanced level of sweetness, upfront though it's banana split/banana fosters with a dry finish and nice mineral water character. I've passed on this for quite some time, glad I tried it. There's a nice banana flavor that comes through with caramelized sugars bringing dessert like notions to mind. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is mellow nothing heavy or harsh. The sweetness is initially a bit cloying but it fades nicely on the back end of the palate. Drinkability overall is decent something that will peak the interests of non beer folks, but not something I want to session with.

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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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