Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd
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3.08/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
10-29-2012 19:59:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
02-26-2011 04:26:05 | More by metter98
3.55/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
08-22-2006 13:51:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.38/5 rDev -3.2%
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
04-09-2011 23:29:03 | More by brentk56
3.1/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
09-04-2012 18:55:27 | More by Phyl21ca
3.68/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
09-17-2008 15:48:26 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
08-26-2010 21:05:07 | More by womencantsail
3.83/5 rDev +9.7%
($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.
10-28-2007 22:58:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.4/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
04-15-2011 02:42:12 | More by Knapp85
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
02-16-2011 03:13:57 | More by TMoney2591
2.05/5 rDev -41.3%
500ml bottle given to me as a gift by nickd717. He mentioned that this is his favorite beer of all time, so I had high hopes for it.
Banana Bread Beer looks like banana bread. Beer. It's the color of banana bread with a head that looks exactly like banana bread, except it's foam instead of banana bread. It's similar to banana bread though. The body is like banana bread except clear, so in that sense it's nothing like banana bread, because, as far as I know, banana bread has never been made clear before. I doubt that's even possible.
It smells like banana taffy, not banana bread. This is hugely disappointing. I love banana bread and I was expecting this to smell like banana bread, not banana taffy.
This kind of tastes like banana bread at first, but then it doesn't taste like banana bread, it has this weird bitter flavor that reminds me of beer. After the weird beer flavor it starts to taste like banana bread again, but then the beer flavor COMBINES with the banana bread flavor and it tastes like someone made banana bread with beer instead of water, which is just a stupid idea. If you're going to make banana bread, do it right and leave the beer out of it. I don't know why you love this stuff so much nickd717, and I'm never trusting your opinion on banana bread again.
09-23-2009 01:04:17 | More by largadeer
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
Half litre bottle, attractive as anything with a banana motif could be, I suppose...and though I can imagine what 'banoffee' means, the word still offends my better sensibilities.
This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent layered paint job of storm front lace around the glass in its wake.
It smells very much like those banana marshmallow candies, banana chips, cloves, allspice, and sugary wheat and bready caramel malt - not quite as integrated as one would expect in banana bread. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, bruised banana, hard toffee, natural vanilla, with the muddled Christmas cake spices, and some earthy, leafy noble hops keeping this from being a tongue-scraping cloying runaway.
The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a wandering frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth, with a certain crispness. It finishes well off-dry, the dessert-ready banana essence still lingering, but pulling farther way from the sweet bready concoction this offering is aiming for.
While the constituent components are all there, they seem to come off as individual players, disjointed, rather than the supple blend that is yer two-week old bananas and sugary bread (and chocolate chips, can't forget those!). A mere curiosity, as far as beer is concerned, but relatively high on the drinkability scale for its ilk.
01-13-2011 23:56:03 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +14.6%
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!
11-04-2007 11:36:54 | More by NeroFiddled
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,311 ratings.