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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

Wells Banana Bread BeerWells Banana Bread Beer

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Ratings: 2008
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.68%

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002)
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Photo of scottwood


3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Initial aroma and flavor is banana runts. After some time it mellows out to a reasonable banana presence, but the bread part is a bit lacking. Would be nice if this had a bit more of a malt backbone to stand up to the banana -- a bit of roastiness and nuttiness would probably complement it nicely. Still, it's pretty drinkable once the artificial-seeming aroma fades. A decent beer for when you're in the mood for something unusual.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 03:02:16 | More by scottwood
Photo of larryi86


3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- A clear amber color with a two finger white head.

S- Banana bread, faint hops, some cloves and wheat. Really what you would hope banana bread beer would smell like.

T- Doesn't live up to the nose, sweet malts, some bready malts, faint earth hops, very muted compared to what I was hoping it would be.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- If this tasted like it smells this would be a great beer, but I feel it is average at best. It is drinkable and fairly enjoyable but could be much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 23:02:47 | More by larryi86
Photo of thecheapies


3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light red-amber. Good clarity. A halo of suds doesn't look impressive.

Buttery notes, banana, toffee, treacle, malt sweetness, and Wonder Bread. Minimal hop bitterness.

The bitterness is here now, mild and a little spicy. Banana is very mild, semi-lost, nutty, and a little caramelized. Toffee notes and pale malts bring out treacle notes. Still more generic white bread flavors after fermentation. Metallic finish.

Feels okay. A little thin-bodied. Carbonation has a slight burp, but not a critical error.

I get the 'banana bread' thing, but the flavors are weak. Okay, if not close to average.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 13:55:29 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Drk93TT


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
Photo of titty_mcbitty


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
Photo of AnthonyBeerdain


3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a bottle into a Tulip. Bottled on 24-Jun-2013.

Banana reminiscent of Laffy taffy and Circus Peanuts! (the chewy candy, not the actual nut.) Hint of caramel malt. Low diacetyl detected. No alcohol. No hops.

High clarity, dark golden, leaning towards amber. Moderate head quickly reduces to a lacing around the edge of the glass.

When the beer first enters your maw nothing specific jumps out. Move it around a bit and you're first greeted with a subdued banana flavor, followed by a hop bitterness, then more banana and a solid dose of pale malt, breadiness and biscuitiness, followed by a finish of more hop bitterness. As the beer warms more of the malt profile shines through, rounding the beer out a bit and making it more balanced.

Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall Impression
This beer's had a good rep in the beer world, and there aren't many banana beers out there. For what it is I think it's a well-made, pretty well-balanced beer. Overall the banana-ness tastes and smells a bit artificial to me. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you're expecting a fresh banana experience you'll be a bit disappointed. Not overly sweet, so you could definitely drink more than one of them without palate fatigue.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 02:27:38 | More by AnthonyBeerdain
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


4.26/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber, a good amount of carbonation is visible. Thin off-white head, some webs of lacing.

S: Banana bread. Banana, wheat, nuttiness. Warming and mouth-watering, if a little weak.

T: Banana bread. Buttery wheaty banana bread, even encompasses some walnut notes. Overall sweet, but nowhere near cloying. No spicy hops like the label advertises, but I'm happy about their absence.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to thin body, but perfectly matched with the flavors- so easy drinking. I don't understand people who say they could (only) down 2 of these without a problem- I'm in danger of finishing my entire 4-pack.

O: It would be easy to fall short or go overboard with a liquid recreation of banana bread, but this one hits that in-between perfectly. Not a beer for Reinheitsgebot-followers, but for beer or baking enthusiasts, this is highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 08:50:27 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of BeerWithMike


4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 1/22/14 and had this one once before back in 2012 I believe. Comes in a single 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a pretty amber in color with a very small off-white head that settles down to around the top of the beer along the glass. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip. When first opened you can smell the bananas with malt. Very pleasant. The taste would be expected as with the smell, bananas and yeast/malt, hense the name. A different beer that is tasty and not bitter as well as a good aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 22:54:23 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of WRXDreamer

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Poured from bottle into lager glass. No real head or lace (could be my poor pour). Nice colour.

S-Faint banana and toffee smell, nothing overpowering or fake scent.

T-Was expecting a mouth full of banana bread taste, got subtle banana taste with a pepper/sweet aftertaste. Found the taste of banana bread to grow the more I drank.

M-Good feel, slightly creamy, nice carb.

O-Slightly let down by the sublte-ness of the flavour. A dessert beer for sure, not sure what else you would have with it. Glad I got to try it, but not sure if I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 16:24:04 | More by WRXDreamer
Photo of Redneckwine


4.24/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into pint glass

Appearance - light amber, crystal clear, one finger head recedes to foamy cap, sticky lacing

Smell- smells like well....bread crust, fairly strong bananas but not cloying or negative in any way. A bit sweet with spices like cinamon and clove, clean.

MF/Taste - creamy, medium body, tingly and light carb. Flavor, like the smell, is almost a dead ringer for banana bread...impressive. Toasty bread, banana, a bit nutty. Very slight bitter twang on the back end, finished fairly dry.

Overall 4.25 - This beer exceeded my expectations in a big way. The fruity banana flavor is not cloying at all, and the toasty malts are in perfect harmony.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 03:52:52 | More by Redneckwine
Photo of NRo


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light honey-color, very thin head

Smell: Very banana-y, fresh

Taste: more banana flavor than I expected, which is a good thing. Doesn't go well with food unless the food is sweet and light.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean, the bananas really come out when it sits on your tongue

Overall: It's a decent beer, but very good for a flavored beer. You can actually taste the bananas, but not in an overwhelming way.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 03:33:42 | More by NRo
Photo of Big-Frog


3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Okay listen, this is a beer for a specific purpose. You've heard of Dessert Wines? This is a dessert complimenting beer. It smells very much as advertised. It tastes they way you would imagine. It goes well with any ice-cream, tart, fruit, or pie dessert dish. This is not your "during the game, or social outing" beer. But if you utilize this beer with a dessert dish, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 05:17:32 | More by Big-Frog
Photo of mpedara429


2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured out a cream soda like color. Light brown. A thin layer of white head with no retention or lacing.

S: Overpowering smell of bananas and bubble gum.

T: Slighty bitter bananas and bubble gum.

M: Medium light body and carbonation. Slightly creamy but also was smooth and clean.

O: Didn’t knock my socks off by any means. I was hoping it would be more malty to really harness the sweetness of banana bread.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 00:39:57 | More by mpedara429
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml bottle to a nonic pint glass.

Copper in color with a small one to two finger head which breaks rather quickly leaving a very thin cap and some lacing. The first smell one gets is, unsurprisingly, sweet ripe bananas. There really isn't much more that be picked up because the banana smell is so strong. The first taste you get is the sweet banana as well, but then it is followed by the malt and hops that one would expect to get from a British bitter. This beer had medium carbonation and a thin or light feel. I would have expected it to be heavier, but was surprised at how light it was. My biggest issue with this beer is an associative one...the smell and initial taste remind me of Mr Freezee ice pops (for Americans think Otter pops). Once I got past that, I did enjoy the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 21:26:30 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says 20/08/14.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Bready malt with a hint of toffee and, sure enough, banana bread. Small hint of oxidation.

T- Gotta hand it to 'em: it really tastes like banana bread. Sweet, fruitcakey banana bread with some malt and a slight tinge of alcohol in the back. It's also not too sweet and overbearing. Balanced isn't the word since it's pretty one-dimensional but it's easy to drink...that is if you like banana bread like I do. Minimal hop bitterness.

M- Slightly syrupy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Not something I would drink all the time, but it's neat to revisit every once in a while (got this particular bottle for free) just to remember that there is a beer out there that tastes exactly like banana bread.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 21:43:21 | More by Immortale25
Photo of BeerGod27

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer smells exactly like banana bread. Unfortunately the taste doesn't match the intensity of the smell. Most of the flavors are only slightly detectable. A little malty and the banana taste isn't very noticeable until the aftertaste. Still, this is a crisp and very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 20:14:38 | More by BeerGod27
Photo of Richardbeerlover


2.64/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Was really excited to give this a try as I love the smell and taste of bananas. Read the label and noticed that this is the same company that produces the Double Chocolate Stout. Hmmmm. I was disappointed in that one. Would the same apply here? Meaning would I be let down by the promise of flavor? Popped a bottle in the fridge and poured it into a beer glass. Nice 2 finger head that has some nice lacing as the head dissipates. I noticed the foam keeps throughout and never totally disappears. The color is a nice flat blondish orange. Clear looking. Has a faint smell of bananas that is artificial. I wish the smell was more pure. The taste has a very faint sweetness to it and the fake banana flavor comes through at the finish and lingers a bit. The beer itself has no body and is quite thin and watery. What happened to the "liquid bread" they were talking about? This is an easy beer to drink and I could probably have 2 bottles easily but I was disappointed in the overall taste. When I drink a flavored beer I want it to taste like what it is advertised. Towards the end I added some Dekuyper Creme de Banana just for kicks and the taste elevated to a new level. Granted it was still fake, the sweetness and the banana "flavor" was enhanced. I think this is a nice beer for women. (My wife liked the taste). I liked it ok, just wished it was more true and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:40:44 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of ssteakley


3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yeah this is an Outstanding Beer, have you ever tasted any other like it? Strong Banana Nut smell, and upfront taste. Great dessert beer for special occasions. Something different and fun. Every day...nope. I wouldn't drink a Guinness every day either. I bought it just for fun and that is what I got.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 04:18:01 | More by ssteakley
Photo of Deanosaurus


4.74/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer at a bar called Myngle in Lee's Summit, MO. First thing I noted was that the bottle was large (1-pint) and nicely shaped. The extra beer gave me a real chance to experience the texture and taste individually. I like a beer I can chew, so this flavorful liquid is right up my alley.

- Appearance (4.5/5)
It had a nice copper tone to it that wasn't too vibrant. It looked warm, even in the blue lighting under the bar adjacent to our table.

- Smell (4.75/5)
Bananas. Literally. You may as well have opened a banana right in front of my face and torn it to shreds. And it was a real aroma too, not a fabricated scent like they put in candy. Which leads into...

- Taste (4.75/5)
The taste was the most accurate to the smell I have ever experienced. You know how when you smell coffee it smells robust and amazing, and then a majority of them taste bitter or sour? Sometimes beer can be like that too. (Don't get me wrong I LOVE that. It's the reason I am such a huge fan of IPAs) But this beer was the exact opposite. It hits initially with the alcohol and taste that a fermented liquid should carry then quickly melts back into a savor banana (and bread) flavor.

- Mouthfeel (4.75/5)
The most interesting thing I have to say about this beer is the mouth feel. As previously stated, I like a beer I can chew. When you consider bread you typically think of a chewy soft substance and this beer had it. It is key to not that the beer is called "Wells Banana BREAD Beer", not "Wells Banana Beer". I worried when I ordered it that it would be all banana and no bread. This was not the case. The yeast they chose for fermenting naturally fills in that flavor for you and they did a great job and balancing the warming sensation of bread with the banana flavoring to make an equal and robust experience.

- Overall (4.75/5)
Great experience all around. The only thing that would make it better is if it were served with a warm slice of its namesake.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 14:32:01 | More by Deanosaurus
Photo of 57md


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a finger of head that dissipated rather quickly but left behind some lacing on the glass. The nose has notes of both banana and malt. The flavor profile certainly includes a banana bread taste along with a very light maltiness. The finish has a slight sweetness from the bananas.

Overall this is an interesting novelty that delivers on its promise of banana bread flavor. However, it is a bit too thin to be considered a high-quality beer.

PS: Following a recipe on the internet, I mixed a second bottle of this offering with some Young's Double Chocolate Stout (probably my favorite sweet stout). The resulting blend was tasty, but both the banana and chocolate flavors were too muted to make for a delicious desert concoction. As a beer, it tasted like a thin stout. Interesting, but not worth repeating.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 19:03:56 | More by 57md
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 500ml clear bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Appearance - Pours a clear copper colour with 2 fingers of thick white head. No carbonation is visible. As the head dissipates it leaves behind a brilliant trail of lacing.

Smell - Bananas obviously. Also some serious grains and pleasant spices.

Taste - Quite a bit of spices, and banana. Cereal grainy-ness is in there as well.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for a fruit beer. Drinks like an ale and less like a cooler.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 00:45:48 | More by IdeaSpeeder
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.24/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I've actually had this multiple times before, but either my review's been lost or I've not actually reviewed it before. This was a 500ml clear bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours a clear burnished golden colour, almost tending towards amber. Head forms a bubbly froth on pouring, but settles out to a modest ring with some slick film across the top. Minimal lacing, and the body looks quite weak. Not a great look all up: it would be better on a hand-pump.

Nose is much more like those banana lollies you get than true banana or even the eponymous banana bread. Sickly sweet, quite cloying and most artificial. Swirling it doesn't help much, although some of the malt comes through a little, giving some more golden syrup and treacle which strangely enough helps make it a little less sweet and cloying.

Taste is mercifully less cloying and sickly, but it maintains that artificial banana character right from the start to the back of the palate. Apart from that, there's a rather loose grainy malt character that oddly feels rather empty: as though there's no real substance to the sweetness of the banana. Fine but prickly carbonation also countermands some of the cloy, but adds a fizzy acidity to the mix which doesn't work well at all.

Overall, this is pretty poor stuff. The banana is a gimmick and no more, and it doesn't work with the other characters of the beer at all. It certainly doesn't live up to its moniker, a concept I can believe would actually make a rather tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 06:33:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of REDAMI


3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Clear, copper orange with no head retention.

S - Bananas! Estery with a little bit of hops in the background.

T - Dried banana chips followed quickly by bitterness. Not particularly balanced.

M - Very light, too much so, the banana flavor doesn't match with the mouthfeel.

Overall it needed to be richer and sweeter, the banana is there but easily overcome by the ESB nature of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 15:35:23 | More by REDAMI
Photo of Brenden


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a sort of amber-ornage with lighter yellow edges. A softly tinted head makes it to a finger and loses its form neither wlosly nor quickly. It's able to leave a bit of spotting to the glass as the beer falls.
The smell is pretty precise, and what I'd hoped for going in. Banana is fresh and strong, with a nice bready malt setting the base and making for the full experience of banana bread, no question.
In the flavor, the banana lies underneath, and most strongly in the finish. Malts are forward, but there's actually more of a hops presence than I'd expect. Definite mineral notes form in the forground and stick it out. It's even a little floral. Still good, but it's not quite the promise in the aroma.
The body is about medium, a little bit of a mineral edge as it translates into the feel. It's even slightly dry as that herbal hint creeps into the finish. Crisp and otherwise smooth, it goes down prety well.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 19:44:31 | More by Brenden
Photo of TruePerception


3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Wells Banana Bread Beer: British; Appearance: medium amber; Smell: banana bread scent, but doesn't last long; Taste/Mouthfeel: slight over-ripe banana flavor, slight nuttiness; okay

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 07:59:28 | More by TruePerception
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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,008 ratings.