Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
3.4/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before March 1 2013. I've been aware of this beer for a while now and have always wanted to try it, but never seemed to be able to find it anywhere. Luckily, I noticed this bottle on the shelves while shopping in London.
Pours an attractive, clear amber-orange colour. Generates a little more than a finger's worth of dense, creamy white head that hangs around for a few minutes before dissipating into a thin, soapy cap. Mild aroma with bready malts, caramel, some light nuttiness, with lots of ripe banana to round it out. Also has some of that light skunkiness I usually find in clear-bottled EPAs (e.g. Spitfire).
One thing's for sure - this stuff comes as advertised, because I definitely get a banana bread vibe from the combination of flavours. The bready wheat malt and toffee backbone works nicely with the overripe banana flavour, and is accompanied by hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Slight dryness in the finish, with some lingering banana. Good flavour, but the body is a bit lacking - it starts off creamy, but once the head is gone it just comes across as watery and over-carbonated. Pretty light-bodied, and as easy to throw back quickly as most English-style session ales.
Pretty one-dimensional flavour, but it fits together nicely and I can't fairly say that it's anything less than enjoyable. I would prefer more body, but this is still a refreshing, highly drinkable, and somewhat interesting brew. Still, despite my mildly positive impressions, I also have a lingering negative one in the back of my mind - that this might just be a mediocre-to-serviceable EPA with some deftly-integrated banana flavour.
Final Grade: 3.4, an acceptable B-minus grade in academic terms. Fruit beers have never really been my thing, but Wells Banana Bread Beer is an enjoyable example that I might just pick up again some time. Fans of banana bread are unlikely to be disappointed, because this beer really does emulate its flavour surprisingly well. Not my favourite Wells & Young offering by a longshot, but still a respectable brew that is worth at least one try.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2012 04:40:34 | More by thehyperduck
More User Reviews:
3.11/5 rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3
Purchased in Canton at Holiday Market
A: pours a faint orange with a carbonated head that dissipates fast and leaves zero lacing. Active carbonation and holds a small ring of head thru the experience. Nothing spectacular.
S: Best part of this beer is the smell. Fresh baked bread, crystal malt, and of course B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
T: Thin candied malts... bud light esq funk to it.. artificial banana mostly, but tastes much much better a bit warmer. Out of the fridge its crisp and tart. Light and very carbonated. Not too bad.. but dissapointing to me. Wish it had more body and fullness. Its just too... thin and simply... lacking.
M: Not much here, comes and goes. Thin and crisp.
Overall wish this beer had more depth and flavor. Too crisp and clean! But its worth picking up to try.. definitely a good beer, just wish it was an outstanding beer !
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 02:32:38 | More by Drk93TT
3.84/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
A: Yellow golden with a kind of dark red hue to it. Lacing is awesome.
S: Banana definitely. Some candy and light malt as well.
T: Banana bread, wheat, nutts, butter, honey, and spice. An awesome taste in my opinion.
M: Lighter side of medium with a nice creamy feel. Goes down so smooth.
O: Though the beer has not-so-good ratings; I like it a lot. It's a solid brew that is good for just relaxing and enjoying a nice flavor.
Serving type: on-tap
03-01-2014 05:40:48 | More by titty_mcbitty
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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