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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,149
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 42
Gots: 130 | FT: 3
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Originally reviewd in bottle form, recently sampled on cask and was a much different beer - one in line with its stated name.

Coppery amber color with moderate cap of khaki head. Muted notes of fresh baked banana bread, lightly nutty, some hints of sweetness. Taste is much more in line with banana bread in this presentation, solid lightly sweet bready malts comine with bannana and bubble gum notes from the yeasts. Only negative to say is there is a slightly watery grape presence towards the back end of the taste. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated. Improvement over bottle - accomplishes its goal.

Serving type: cask

06-06-2011 15:53:51 | More by rfgetz
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rooftopbrewing

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer is a clear golden, amber color with minimal head. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

S - Here is the beer's highest note. It is about as close to banana bread as you can get without making a loaf yourself. I also got caramel and slight hint of vanilla off the nose, combined of course with the very subtle hop aroma. Great nose on this one.

T - You get banana bread right off the start, although much of that comes from the nose here. It tastes a hint more artificial than it smells, but that's okay with me. Then the hops kick in, and although not powerful by any means, they remind you that you are in fact drinking a beer. The beer leaves you with full on banana bread, which doesn't linger too long, but a nice finish nonetheless.

M - A bit heavy for this style, which is a good thing here. Almost creamy in a way, but acceptable.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. Splitting it with a friend is the way to go, and it makes a good night opener. The subtle banana flavor adds enough to make it interesting without cheapening it. Worth a spin.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 15:21:48 | More by rooftopbrewing
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden copper, finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Pretty mild on the nose, with some bitter leafy hops coming through stronger than the banana bread. Almost reminiscent of a skunky euro lager, with a touch of sweetness on the finish.

T - Surprisingly tart, but the banana bread is certainly more prominent than the nose implies. Banana smoothie lingers on the tongue alongside the leafy hops and a touch of caramel.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Worth a try, but at $6.00 a bottle there's certainly better beers to buy. A bit of a novelty, but a decent attempt nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 02:23:25 | More by andrenaline
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xvertirx

California

2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- dark copper with a nice one inch head. Slightly carbonated. A little on the cloudy side. Lackluster appearance and not very inviting.

S- A bit of banana. A little sweetness. A hint of bitterness.

T- I feel let down by this beer. I was expecting big banana flavors but what I got instead was a little banana flavor. The taste starts off watery and in the middle I can taste bananas, but it finishes off with a bitter flavor. The bitterness really is a let down for me.

M- feels ok overall. There is more carbonation on the mouth feel than I expected.

O- Overall I feel let down. I wanted to get that big banana flavor but the bitterness is what stands out most to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 21:36:36 | More by xvertirx
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber body with almost no visible carbonation. Head dissipates, to a thin cover of off-white and a collar.

Big graininess up front on the nose, hard water minerals, banana flavoured penicillin, cotton candy. On the way to being sickly-sweet and the banana smells pretty artificial. Kind of cool anyway.

A very mediocre ale with artificial-tasting banana flavour. Lightly roasted grain with some earthy hop bitterness and banana popsicle. The banana isn't completely over-the-top, but it's a little over-balanced IMO and doesn't taste very natural. I'm not finding much breadiness, which I was hoping for and which could possibly save this beer.

Medium-thin body with almost no carbonation. Not the feel I would want to pair with this one.

I wasn't expecting much but my curiosity got the better of me. I think the idea could be pulled off but this isn't it. Skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 02:05:49 | More by eat
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle shared with me by a friend this evening... just to say we 'tried' it basically. I like banana bread but I, in no way, went into this expecting deliciousness that is the baked treat in a bottle.

A: Copper / orange colored body with a laughable extremely light bubbly "head" if you'd like to even call it that. It was more of those clear bubbles that you get after a bottle has gone flat, but this bottle was pretty fresh...

S: Hmm, surprisingly not as bad as I imaged it would be. Obvious notes of ripened banana and banana extract 'juice' would be the best way to describe this. Some hints of orange peel and loads of sucrose hit the nose with drastic force. It's nothing terrible but definitely has an artificial flavoring spin on it.

T: Well shit, that's just gross. Overly sugary, artificial banana flavored liquid. No hops, a fairly weak malt base though it is there to tie this banana flavor to something. Maybe some brown sugar elements are here, but overall this is just a flavor mess & miss.

M: Well carbonated, medium-bodied but kind of syrupy in a way. Not completely bad here but just so-so.

This beer is definitely something to try for the novelty of it. I didn't find it to be a complete drain pour, although I did only have about 6 ounces or so of it, I could stomach it. It's pretty sickening after a while and something I cannot fathom why anyone would drink this more than once. Nice try, Wells.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 01:21:50 | More by ShanePB
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TCMike

Minnesota

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

Copper in color, and produced a 2 finger off white head.
Smells like banana bread, and beer. Sweet smelling.
The taste is OK. The banana bread taste really comes through, but the beer is lacking something.
It's medium carb'd, and has a light mouth-feel.
Fairly easy drinking. Not too sweet, and low-ish alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 22:05:36 | More by TCMike
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asnider

Alberta (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice copper colour that seems slightly orange with a frothy head that soon shrinks to a faint ring of bubbles.

The smell, upon opening the bottle was less than impressive. Once it was in the pint glass it smelled better, but there was still something strange about it. The mix of banana scent and malty beer scent is strange and hard to describe. It's not exactly appetizing, though.

The taste is...interesting. The banana flavour is definitely noticeable and it's hard not to say that it's true to its name: it tastes like liquid banana bread. It's not exactly a bad taste, but my brain still can't seem to process it, even now. The taste doesn't match the texture. Banana bread should not be in liquid form and so the whole drinking experience was a strange one. While the taste was as advertised and not exactly bad, I'd have a hard time saying that it was anything more than average.

The mouthfeel is also interesting. It's fairly soft on the tongue with not a lot of carbonation. But, again, because my brain keeps expecting the texture to match the flavour, it seemed weird to be, essentially, drinking banana bread. It's not a bad mouthfeel, but it felt "wrong." This isn't so much a fault of the beer as it is on my own perception.

Overall, I have a hard time recommending this beer. It was an interesting experiment, but I certainly won't be buying it again. It's one of those things that you try just to say that you've tried it.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:27:49 | More by asnider
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Roke87

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, chilled and poured into a steam whistle pint glass.
Best before date: 07/03/12

Appearance- Pours a darker amber colour with a finger of off white head that quickly resides to a very ample ring and a nice bubbly top leaving ample lacing throughout the glass till finish.

Smell- This one actually does smell like banana bread, it does what it says it is and doesn’t hide anything, a nice nutty banana aroma that is not overpowering by actually quite pleasant.

Taste- Wow, I’m actually impressed, this one actually does taste like a slice of banana bread, and I thought it would taste like some crappy mutated version of banana bread; but again it’s not hiding anything and it actually delivers exactly what it says it is going to be.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with very good to almost above average carbonation this one goes down smooth and crisp tasting just like a slice of moms homemade banana bread.

Overall- When I first seen the name banana bread beer I almost jumped all over it, I thought wow what a cool concept if they could actually pull it off, and to be honest this one has gone above and beyond my expectations coming through and delivering on all perspectives. Thank you to the LCBO for bringing this one in for the summer release because I will be going back tomorrow to stock up on more before they all disappear. A great beer that does exactly what it says and is not overpowering while doing it. Wells & Young’s makes some great almost underrated beers that for the few that I have tried I have thoroughly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 04:53:42 | More by Roke87
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GreenJetta912

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It smells like bananas.

It tastes exactly like I expected it to. No secret here. Tastes like banana nut bread. They didn't go overboard on fruit like some fruit beers do.

Overall a good beer. It would go great with some dessert. Not my idea of something to drink a lot of but great when your in the mood for something different.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 15:37:29 | More by GreenJetta912
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AgentMunky

California

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a half-pint glass. Reviewed April 2011. From notes.

A: Off-white head. Golden amber. Clear, once the bubbles settle. Good lacing.

S: Very strong banana. slightly artificial, but pleasantly so -- it reminds me of banana popsicles I ate as a child. Sweetish and, I suppose, lightly bready.

T: Hrm. A qualified success. On one hand, Wells & Young made a palatable beer that tastes like banana. On the other, the taint of artificiality carries over to the taste. I feel like they haven't really *sold* the banana bread. Perhaps if the beer had been more substantial/bready... The aftertaste leaves you with lingering banana. Nice.

M: Not as heavy as I'd've liked or expected. Neutral, but not unpleasant.

O: See taste. Worth trying, but I probably wouldn't have another.

Serving type: cask

05-23-2011 19:12:32 | More by AgentMunky
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of bananas (of course) and hefty shot of malt.

T: Tasted more of malt than anything else. It dominates the taste at first, letting the banana come in during the finish. Not a terrible taste, but certainly unfocused.

M: An OK amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer isn't necessarily bad, but it is too unfocused and uneven.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 12:03:16 | More by avalon07
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mocktm

Virginia

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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rickyleepotts

Arizona

3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh man, that's good! You know, they always say, "don't fruit your beer". Well, this beer is MADE with fruit! With a name like Banana Bread Beer, I hoped it would be thicker than it was. I wanted it to remind me of eating banana bread… not just the nose and the fruit on the palate. But still, the beer is great. 



The nose is pretty much solid banana. It's not overbearing, but you get a heavy dose of banana on the nose. As much as it smells like bananas, it doesn't taste that much like bananas. However, mixing the flavors in the beer and the smell of bananas that hangs around well after the beer is open, makes this brew mighty delicious.



I would drink this time and time again if it was readily available. The bottles, however, are larger and it is not sold in 6 packs, only by the bottle. It's imported from England. Regardless, I would totally buy this beer again. I wonder if this was served in a restaurant if they would serve this with a banana wedge on the rim of the glass? Talk about fruiting your beer! 

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 02:10:33 | More by rickyleepotts
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jnn4v

Virginia

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

A: Light brown / golden color - almost honey-like in appearance. Translucent with no sediment or haze. Poured with very little head.

S: Bananas, nuts, hints of clove (reminded me a tad bit of some hefeweizen yeasts). But honestly, the more I smelled it, it truly just smelled like banana bread.

T: Flavor is definitely muted compared to the scent. Similar elements, though. Bready malts and yeast, banana, and some hop bitterness as well.

M: Relatively light body and carbonation. Approximately similar to an ESB style texture.

O: Not bad overall, but definitely is a novelty beer. Smells fantastic and tastes OK. I can't imagine buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 01:35:37 | More by jnn4v
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JayAre46

Texas

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into a stone nonic glass that gave a transparent amber color, 1 and half finger or white head that shows decent retention while receding to a good ring around the ages and thin bubbles on top.

A - big banana up front, also a nutty presence maybe the attempt at banana bread like the name suggests. i really enjoy the aroma of this beer maybe hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar very subtle. the aroma is awesome and not overpowering at all which could be easy to create with the style. If only the aroma was one of an imperial stout, holy shit!

T - the nutty malt is upfront and is very subtle, and a hop bitterness came through which i was not expecting, not sure if it compliments the beer though. although the color didnt suggest it, i really wanted a nutty malt and banana bread combo bomb without much of any bitterness. the banana bread flavor shines through with sweet spices and hints of vanilla in the back. the tingle the carbonation gives is not a positive, gah i feel like this beer has so much potential or ill just brew it for them one day. the way it should be the way YOU DIG IT THE MOST!!!

M - medium to light bodied, the carbonation is too high for my liking and the style. i wanted more of a creamy mouthfeel as well. the hop bitterness leaves a slight tingle and prickle on the tongue. the hop bitterness is so subtle its a joke it only is able to come through because the malt is not heavy enough. FUCK

O - i have big dreams for this beer, the aroma is outstanding. i feel like the idea is awesome the execution was just not perfect. this is not the first time ive had it, its been about a year although i may want more from it i think im going to get it more often and see how well it will fuse with some stouts. HELL YES, SON

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 04:14:44 | More by JayAre46
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mjrod2142

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

Immediately upon pouring, I got a big whiff of bananas. The color is a beautiful caramel amber and a medium-sized head dissipated quickly leaving good lacings in the glass.

The smell is a delicious aroma of ripe bananas and rich malts. I'm picking up some hops, but they're blending into an aroma of brown sugar and cinnamon. It's smells so good, I almost don't want to drink it.

The taste does remind you that this is, in fact, a beer. A slight bit of bitterness on the finish is balanced perfectly with the rich, spiced banana bread flavor. It's not too sweet like I've found some pumpkin beers can tend to be. This is a perfect blend of flavors: malt, hops, ripe fruit and subtle spice.

The mouthfeel is rich without being heavy and this beer is very drinkable. Excellent and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 22:04:10 | More by mjrod2142
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OrangeAmps

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

snagged a bottle from my local store!

Served from a bottle to a pint glass

A - yellowish brown with bulbous head.

S - Bananas. Smells like scrait banana bread. its quite delectable!

T - also Banana Bread. This is just a light and easily drinkable beer.... followed by banana bread. its actually kind of amazing that they were able to so seamlessly synthesize the two sorts of flavors in such a way.

interesting!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:32:44 | More by OrangeAmps
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Mora2000

Texas

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
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edthecat

Delaware

3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My wife encouraged me to try this. I love banana bread... but usually do not like any "fruit" type beers (ie cranberry, cherry, etc) Much to my chagrin, I was pleasantly surprised. I am glad the "wifey" pushed me to try it.

Served from a bottle to a chilled pint glass

A - Nothing really special... Yellowish brown with a decent head. Some lacing to the glass as you drank it. Quite cloudy.... almost like a hefeweizen cloudiness.

S - Bananas. That's it. Smells like banana bread. No trace of "beer" scents at all... just banana bread

T - Banana Bread. The nose gives an initial banana bread flavor.... followed by a "light beer" or "lawn mowing beer" flavor, but not a watery unpleasant sort of flavor... just light and easily drinkable beer.... quickly followed by banana bread. It's truly uncanny. The taste IS beer, but it is also banana bread

M - Feels like drinking an American Light beer... but with a bit more "heft" to it. This would be a good Summer time beer that is easy to drink.

O - I love beer, and I love banana bread. This brew gives both. My experience is most "fruit" beers don't taste like beer, or the fruit... and each of the flavors are ruined in trying. This beer marvelously accomplishes both giving a beer that tastes like a beer... but also tastes like banana bread. Definitely worth a try if you like both. Works exceptionally well when paired with puddings or flan as dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 17:59:28 | More by edthecat
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wells Banana Bread Beer: I’ve seen this stuff every time I go to the liquor store, but I’ve never gotten it. Well, today I finally broke down and got one. I’m excited, because banana bread is one of my favorite desserts, especially in the summer. Let’s hope they do it justice:

A: A cloudy yellow-brown; to be honest, it reminds of quite a bit of a banana peel. Coincidence? Maybe I just have bananas on the mind. No head at all….that’s strange. Maybe I didn’t pour aggressively enough. Oh well, still looks pretty good.

S: What do you know? BANANAS! It’s actually quite nice – bananas, being the fruit with one of the highest sugar contents out there, give this beer a very inviting aroma. There’s some smoky herbal notes in there too (it’s just hard to get past the pungency of the bananas).

T: You know, I was expecting a more present banana intensity in the palate. Surprisingly enough, it’s quite mellow. It’s a smooth mixture of malty sweetness with fruity overtones. There’s an obvious biscuity taste (and texture, for that matter), not surprising from a beer that has “Bread” in the name. It ends with subtle, yet noticeable hops, bringing it all together in a fun, drinkable way. Not a complex brew, but not bad at all. The sweetness, though, might be a bit much after a while. And actually, the more I drink it, the more I come to dislike the body. It has the blended, slightly sour taste of a very cheap beer. Hmmm. I guess first impressions aren't everything. And just when I was thinking I was starting to truly like it...

M: When you think of banana and thick breadiness, light carbonation doesn’t come to mind. But, in fact, there is a rather unexpected carbonation that keeps this beer drinkable and light.

O: I was completely baffled by this beer. As you probably read, there were a lot of aspects that surprised me about it. Anyway, it turned out pretty well. I consider this a bit of a novelty beer, and it’s not necessarily something I’d seek out again. However, if it came up on tap somewhere, I might give it another go in the name of good fun.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 21:03:31 | More by BarryMFBurton
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jamesn80

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a light brown color with not much foam. It smells and tastes just like banana bread, as you would expect. I can also taste slight notes of caramel and maple syrup. It tastes sweet, but not too sweet. The mouthfeel is a little too watery. I wish it could be fuller. It is an overall good beer that I will definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 01:18:50 | More by jamesn80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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
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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
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ghetto90007

California

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

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle.

Pours a clear caramel color, thin fizzy whitish head, active carbonation. Head reduces to a film half covering the surface of the beer; lacing is decent in portions of the glass where there is actually still some head.

Up front smell is like carmelized bananas and sweetness, followed by a little bit of spice, some malt and a hint of alcohol. Smells unique and rather pleasant.

You get more of the spice up front on the palate, mixed in with sweetness. The banana flavors are there, but they are more intertwined with the malt now and not as strong in the taste as they came across in the aroma. Honestly, if you quaff this one instead of sipping you'll miss the bananas. Little bit of a peppery bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel starts smooth, but gets crisp and ends sharply as the carbonation bubbles forth. The carbonation stirs into a small frenzy whenever the liquid is disturbed, so you get the bite either in the swallow at the back of your mouth or all over your palate if you allow the sip to linger. Light to moderate bodied beer.

An interesting beer, although I can't say I care for the spiciness and the particular use of hops in this one. I was imagining something with much more of a breadiness, fuller bodied with a smooth moutfeel, sweet malts and strong banana aromas and flavors. Maybe with some hints of molasses and brown sugar. Would someone make that beer? That sounds pretty good.

That said, reasonably drinkable, although I could see myself getting tired of it after one or two. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 00:55:37 | More by ghetto90007
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,149 ratings.