Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd
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2.95/5 rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3
A banana bread beer?? Really?? Curiosity might have gotten the better of me on this one. I've seen this brew on the shelf on countless occasions and could never bring myself to get it...until today.
Pours a golden light brown with modest head that settles into a thin white film. Looks pleasant enough.
Nose is as advertised...Pure banana bread. Banana, nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar and just a mild amount of clove is detectable. Pretty delicious smelling actually.
If only it tasted as spectacular as it smelled. This beer left me feeling cold, underwhelmed and completely disappointed. Not nearly as flavorful as I had hoped and I actually think a standard Bavarion Heffe delivers a better and more refreshing, yet subtle banana flavor. Don't get me wrong, you definitely know this is a beer from the mild hop bitterness, but the flavors just don't blend as well as I'd like them to.
The mouthfeel is where this beer fails me the most. Very light bodied and unmemorable with a slight amount of carbonation. I was expecting and anticipating a far more stout like consistency, which would better fit the dessert profile, but was met with watery swill. Definitely drinkable, but very cheap tasting.
Overall, this beer proved to fall into the "buy it once for novelty" category. Try it if you must, but don't set expectations too high. There are far better dessert beers out there.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2011 02:54:21 | More by mocktm
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3.89/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from an 11 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces about a one inch creamy white head that settles down to a continuous 1/8 inch froth that coats the sides. The beer is an orange-amber with moderate carbonation.
Plenty of banana bread aroma, with spice, including some coriander. The flavor is even more like banana bread, and I sense a strong base of biscuity malt, wheat malt, and plenty of yeast funk. The banana flavor doesn't come across as contrived and is far from overbearing. Maybe a little apple in there somewhere. Fairly light in body with a crisp finish that includes a little bit of lingering spice and perhaps a little herbal hop bitterness.
A pretty unique brew and worth trying. This four pack of 11.2 ounce bottles was a bit pricy for my budget at over 10 bucks...but, oh well!
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 21:14:56 | More by archyquaffer
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,202 ratings.