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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

Wells Banana Bread BeerWells Banana Bread Beer

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Ratings: 2010
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 UCLABrewN84


3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some artificial banana aromas. Taste is much the same with a watery flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer and not a good example of a fruit beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 19:59:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sparkly tangerine with banana peel edges. The three finger cap is somewhere between dirty ivory and beige and is firm enough to hang around long after the initial pour. Very little lace finds its way to the glass. Although it isn't a bad look, it doesn't look much like a banana beer (or at least like my expectation of what a banana beer should look like).

There's no question about the banana after assessing the nose. Actually, I got a big whiff on crown cracking that was music to my... uh... nose. I wish it was even more aromatic because I love the fresh banana esters that are emanating from the glass. I would have thought that since ol' Charlie decided to call this beer Banana Bread, that it would have more (or any) spice. Maybe on the buds.

It certainly does taste like banana, even if it isn't the banana bread beer of my dreams (see below). I don't believe that an English bitter was the correct base beer because the hoppy bitterness tends to fight the banana flavor rather work in concert with it. I'm usually onboard with a generous load of Challenger and Goldings, but not in this case.

The rear label brags about the use natural mineral water from the brewery's own well. As far as I'm concerned, the too prominent mineral character is another negative in a beer that has a few too many of them already. Softer water, more malt, fewer hops, fewer bubbles... the list of suggested improvements is impressively long for a beer that I'm kinda, sorta enjoying simply because I'm a monkey fruit freak.

My ideal banana bread beer would be a dark wheat ale or even a weizenbock. It would be heavily toasted caramel malty, sweet, nutmeg spicy, chock full of banana flavor and lushly creamy in the mouth. Now *that* is a beer that I'd buy by the case. It's a damn shame that this beer falls short on just about every item on that wish list.

The mouthfeel is light without a trace of creaminess or softness. Actually, it's a trifle harsh thanks to overly rambunctious carbonation. The bubbles are fine rather than large, but they sting instead of caress the tongue. A more enjoyable mouthfeel would go a long way toward making drinking CWBBB a more enjoyable experience.

I had this beer on my 'wants' list for quite a while and was thrilled when I spotted it on my recent trip to Ohio. I'm glad that I didn't give in to the impulse to buy multiple bottles because it really isn't that good. My scores are somewhat inflated because I enjoy the fresh banana part of the schizoid flavor profile so much. It hurts me to say it, but this beer misses the mark.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 13:51:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of womencantsail


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a golden amber color with plenty of carbonation and a nice off-white head.

S: What can I say, it smells like banana bread. Sweet banana, subtle spices, and a light nutty aroma to it as well as some bready base malts.

T: There is a slight bitterness to the flavor that I wasn't completely expecting, but otherwise it (again) is quite reminiscent of banana bread. Sweet banana and caramelized sugar flavors, along with a hint of toasted nuts.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit on the high side, which was actually sort of welcomed.

D: I was not expecting too much from this beer, to be completely honest. However, I really enjoyed it. It did indeed taste like banana bread and was not cloying or overly artificial.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 21:05:07 | More by womencantsail
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with golden highlights on the edge; just a few dots of lace are left by the moderately-sized head

Smell: Ripe bananas with a bready undertones but doesn't have the rich nutty/spicy aroma of freshly baked banana bread, unfortunately

Taste: Opens with a banana taffy flavor that adds some earthy hops by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a grainy bitterness that contrasts with the banana flavors through the finish; the mineral water elements emerge in the after-taste, as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting, but doesn't quite cut it for me as there is something about the combination of bananas, hops and mineral water that I just fail to appreciate

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 23:29:03 | More by brentk56
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with minimal retention and some very light lacing. Aroma of banana notes is quite strong with light sweet notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by banana flavours with some sweet notes. Body is a bit light with medium carbonation. Interesting at first but the aroma gets to be a bit too much after a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 18:55:27 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bannana bread huh? Sure, why not. Expecting a novelty of a beer without any real meat or potatoes, I ended up with a well-brewed beer... with fruit. The base beer is a classy English Pale Ale with a biscuity, cracker-like maltiness (not so much bread), a crisp caramel flavor, light on esters, and crystal clean. Well attenuated and properly done. The bannana character does just what it should; it gives an extra flavor without overpowering. If anything the bannana notes remind me of the Gobstoppers bananna flavor- not exactly real, but not artificial either. The fruit character hits hardest in the nose, while residing a bit in the flavor and whispers away into the finish, allowing the true beer character to shine. Very nicely done. I will certainly revisit this beer, but it'll likely be one then moving on to something else.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 15:48:26 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is crystal clear dark yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of sweet bananas in the nose along with some hints of bready malts.
T: Banana flavors again stand out in the taste, although they are more balanced with the bready malts and the two combine to produce a taste resembling banana bread. The initial taste has some malty sweetness and the hops contribute some notes of pepper in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the banana taste isn't gimmicky and is balanced to some degree by the flavors of malts and hops, however I couldn't drink more than one of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:26:05 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

($4.11 @ Green's on Buford Hwy in Atlanta, GA)

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber body with a full, foamy white head.

Smell: Banana-laden aroma more reminiscient of a taffy than a banana bread. Faint spiciness in the background.

Taste: Biscuit malt flavor with a brief, mild caramel sweetness. The banana addition, though strong in the aroma, eases up in the taste to allow the mildly bready malts to step forward. Hint of graininess. Spicy hop finish with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: These novelty beers are pretty hit or miss, usually miss, but this isn't half bad! I'd honestly try this one again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 22:58:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a plastic tumbler.

I've tried this seeming oddity before, but haven't been able to remember much about it. 'Til now. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of light dirty white foam. The nose comprises wheat, nutmeg, light cinnamon, and rye bread. So far it seems to live up to its name. The taste brings in the same elements, along with some raisins and a touch of fake banana flavor, not entirely unlike that found in certain yellow Runts (full disclosure: it's my favorite flavor of Runt, but it doesn't quite do it for me here). The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice beer, nothing really outstanding by any stretch, but it could have been bone-chillingly worse given the desired final product.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 03:13:57 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

As the name suggests, Wells Banana Bread Beer smells and tastes of bananas and nuts. And it's a touch sweet and bready, very much like banana bread.

It pours a crystal-clear golden amber body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam that holds very well but leaves only spotty lace. Odd. Perhaps it has something to do with oils from the banana? Or perhaps they use real nuts?

The green banana appears initially in the nose, but the nutty and bready malt soon follows.

The flavor starts with green banana,, some soft berry-like fruit, and a touch of spice. Once across the palate that spiciness (hops?) widens a bit. Grassy hops flutter to and fro nicely. The spiciness fades at the swallow, and the nuttiness rises as it finishes dry and lingeringly nutty.

As for drinkability, it's certainly a well-made beer, and it's balanced and very, very interesting. One could mull over this one for a while. But it's certainly not a night at the pub quaffer, I think just one would do fine. Worth trying though. Unlike any other beer in the world!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 11:36:54 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half litre bottle, attractive as anything with a banana motif could be, I suppose...though I have no idea what the hell 'banoffee' is supposed to be...

This beer pours a clear pale golden amber hue, with one finger of foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent paint job of lace around the glass in its wake. Its smells of dried banana chips, and sugary, bready malt - not quite as integrated as one one expect in banana bread. The taste is sharp biscuity malt, banana, caramel, and vanilla, with some earthy, noble hops keeping this from being a tongue-scraping cloying runaway. The carbonation is sedate, the body light, and somewhat crisp. It finishes fairly dry, the banana essence still lingering, but pulling farther way from the sweet bready concoction this offering is aiming for.

The constituent components are all there, but they come off as individual players, rather than the supple blend that is two-week old bananas and sugary bread. A curiosity only, on the drinkability scale.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 23:56:03 | More by biboergosum
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour it into a standard pint glass and the aroma of bananas leaps out at you. Clear amber-y color, creamy, off-white, merengue type of head.

Sweet aromatics, all banana & malt. Smells a bit like circus peanuts, a little plastic. But they swear they use real bananas, so I'll believe them.

Taste: Bready malt meets faint banana flavor, light bodied, easy-drinking. Flavor remains with every sip, right up at the front of the tongue, kind of a banana cream pie feel to it.

But all in all, a solid ale. Light in hops, clean, smooth, and slightly sweet. I'm liking this. You drink a few of 'em. And it's oh, so, banana-y...a nice novelty that could turn out to be a regular treat!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 01:51:01 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, spices, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bananas, cinnamon and nutmeg. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, I was expecting worse but was pleasantly surprised to find that this beer wasn't too bad

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 04:10:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

BBD of 11/30/07

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of white head. Zero lacing or head retention

S: Bananas of course & yeasty esters

T: Banana & some herbal hops up front. Dryness, lemony hops, & a little iron as this warms. I also detect a faint hint of sulphur also. Finishes with some grainynesss, bananas, dates, dryness & a touch of salt

MF: Thinnish with low carbonation

Drank average, nothing special here. Banana freaks may like this, was looking for a lot more breadyness to go with it. Makes me wish for some Bombardier on cask

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 02:19:58 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It smells like a English pale brewed with hefe yeast. The banana/clove aspect is in full swing. The taste is decent. It has a dry pale and bisquit malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with the hefe banana esters. I guess there is real bananas in here as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinker, but a bit of a concept beer. I like the results, but not enough to buy another.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 21:30:44 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


1.65/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wells Banana Bread Beer, how can you walk past a beer with that kind of name in the store. I've been eyeing it for a while, even though I usually think that fruit beers are a terrible idea. I had to try this one. I never say I regret drinking a beer, and I don't regret drinking this beer but it is close to the worst beer I have ever had. I found myself debating whether it was an ale or a lager half way through. The beer is clear and light yellow. Nearly flat, so no carbonation at all. No head. Overwhelming smell of bananas, but not the fruit bananas, think banana runts. Surprisingly, it did not taste a lot like bananas (although each time I burped they tasted like bananas). Mouthfeel was weak and thin. The aftertaste of the beer was stronger than the taste. The aftertaste was that of a poorly made Kolsch. On the bottle, they wrote:"Long ago, ale was known as 'liquid bread'. We've used our long history of creating the finest malt blends and added fairtrade bananas to awaken the senses with a seriously fruity, rich, yet surprisingly versatile banana bread beer." Lies, all lies. Don't bother with this beer. It was close to undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 16:34:13 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:59:07 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Knapp85


3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is definitely something that a little different. This beer pours out as a nice hazy light brown color. The head is thick fluffy and white. The aromas are exactly what you expect... Banana and Bread. The smell is dead on. There's not question about that. The taste is pretty much spot on too. The beer has a strong Banana flavor up from that turned into a bready dryness after you swallow. This beer is pretty tasty but I wouldn't want a ton of it all at once. I feel that the flavors are too sweet and are too much to have more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 02:42:12 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


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

1 pt., 3.25 oz. bottle:

Pours orangeish golden with a fluffy white head. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of banana and raw sugar. (Not much of the bread aspect in the aroma, though there is some in the back.)

The taste is of banana - lightly sugar-coated. Bready undertones. The banana is not overwhelming as a whole, but it does dominate over the bread. Nutty tones mesh with the breadiness more than the banana does. Rather than a banana bread, as I expected, it seems to me to be more of banana candy with nutbread. Some metallic tinges are noticeable, but border negligible. Banana hangs on well into the aftertaste.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. It has enough creaminess to make it smooth.

This is interesting enough to try once. I can't say it misses the mark completely, though I do with that the banana and bread came together more completely while retaining some of the nutty quality to give it some depth. Anyway, the flavors alone are all there, and not bad at all. It's easy to drink, but it would take a true banana lover to reach for more than one. "Gimmicky" kept running through my mind, but better than many other "gimmicky" beers - fruity or not - that are out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 20:54:25 | More by jwc215
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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

Devoured at a Wetherspoons Beer Festival in The Shrewsbury Arms.

This is banana heaven for banana lovers, looks normal, but just one sniff and you know it ain't a standard UK bitter.

Really sweet in its cask form, and a lower ABV at 4.5% compared to that listed on this page (5.2%).

A Banoffee Pie sort of beer!

Serving type: cask

03-28-2011 12:33:43 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 15:18:05 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Figuring I make banana bread frequently, this beer caught my eye when I saw it on the shelf.

Appearance: clear orange in color with short white 1" head that disappears pretty quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: yup, smells like banana bread with some caramel candy sweetness. Nice aroma for a beer.

Taste: banana flavors are a bit mellow here, as the malt takes on a bready tone. Can be descibed as a bit sweet and bread-like. Almost no bitterness detected here. Very different beer here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish. Brief banana and bready malt aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer actually went well with a fresh loaf of banana bread I made. But as a stand alone beer, it is interesting and different, but not one you would drink regularly. Nice novelty beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 12:52:51 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color and very clear. A very impressive head with thick lace left on the side of the glass.

The smell is as advertised--lots of banana and mild spice--just like banana bread.

The taste is unusual, almost fake, not as much banana here. The hop is distracting to the smell. Surprisingly dry flavor. Full bodied with a generous amount of carbonation.

This is almost like two different beers--the smell is a sweet banana bread experiment; the taste is closer to a sweet pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 00:28:59 | More by smcolw
Photo of mactrail


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

Well, someone had to do it. Definitely a big banana aroma. Pleasant beery taste and nice carbonated mouthfeel. Thin body, not much malt or sugar, surprisingly. Touch of hops provides a slight bitter aftertaste. Whatever they put in this, it does taste like muffins or carrot cake.

I"m not sure I need another one, but it does make you think. Maybe it needs hazelnuts. Or just a lot of malt and some burnt sugar.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 05:14:31 | More by mactrail
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3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Banana Bread but I did not love this beer as much as I do the real thing of course but it was a good effort. It was ok though. Poured with a nice cream head that fades slowly leaving a trace of lace. Had a clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Strong banana nose. Starts as a malty/hop mix but then the banana flavor kicks in, a strange soapy banana aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 04:39:42 | More by barleywinefiend
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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,010 ratings.