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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,148
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 42
Gots: 129 | FT: 3
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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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Alberta (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is new in Alberta and I've been waiting to give this a try...finally I can scratch a brew off my want list!!

A- Comes in a clear bottle with what I'm guessing is a new label as opposed to the picture here on BA. Solid look as most English beers are....pours a dark golden color, and it clear. The head is, well, colored like mashed banana and isn't exactly thick, but what there is, is frothy and retains well. Lacing is good, as lots of sticky foam clings to the side of my pint glass. Carbonation seems to be holding back somewhat so that's good IMO.

S- YUM! This smells exactly like how real banana bread wafts into the air as it's in the oven! At the same time, it's rich enough that I catch a hint of dark chocolate, just like if I had choc. chips in the batter! Along with some subtle spices, there is also just a hint of dry hops on the finish. A real pleasure to smell!

T- This is amazing and is definitely the best fruit beer I've tasted to date! The sweet banana fruit is present, yet in a more subtle manner....it doesn't have any sort of artificial extract present! There is a yeasty quality that just helps to round out the malt and balance out the more than modest spicy/dry crispness of the finish. Just a note, as this warms up a bit, a nutty character shows itself that wasn't really present at first.

M- I wouldn't call this thin bodied but it just has such a smoothness to it that I really feel that I'm drinking liquid banana bread, with just a hint of sweetness. The carbonation is low, allowing the beer to just glide around the palate at will. A real delight!

D- As much as I love this beer, I'd be good after no more than say 2 pints...no offense intended! It's just so flavorful, the alcohol is very well hidden and would be the perfect desert beer....I could see myself enjoying this with some cake and ice cream! I highly recommend this to anyone, amateur and expert alike!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:02:55 | More by ChrisCage
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 11.2 oz bottle. not much head, lots of fizz...light lacing, poured dark brown in color

S: heavy strong banana and yeast aroma (banana bread)

T/M: served cold, very smooth, strong carbonation...tastes just like banana bread with a hint of sweetness, strong banana aftertaste as well

D: very good...tasty, probably one my top 10 favorites

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:23:59 | More by heavy216
Photo of MillRat


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

I've seen this beer since I started frequenting the Oswego Tap House, and my wife finally decided we had to try it.

Pours a tawny yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma leaves no doubt that the label is serious about that banana bread thing. Some nuttiness, some breadiness that are tromped on by bananas. The flavor is true to the aroma, adding some maltiness that fills out the flavor like a loaf of bread. The banana flavor is quite intense and verges on an artificial character. the intense banana gets a bit cloying and keeps me from wanting more than about half a bottle.

I'd call this a stunt beer, and it's a successful stunt. In the fruit beer spectrum it's in the mellow end of the spectrum from the more tart cherry and berry varieties. Worth at least a try if you're open to fruit beers, and if fruit beers are a fave for you, this could become a regular.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 18:16:12 | More by MillRat
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South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

fruit beers are my favorite. I like em spicey and sweet. Wells bananabread beer delivers on both counts. The smell is great. It smells as if you're baking banana bread right in your glass. I think over all this beer would appeal to both fruit beer lovers and beer fundamentalists. This is a real beer with real beer flavor and just the right amount of banana and spice flavors. I think the pairing works really well and combines to accomplish something out of the ordinary and great. One of me all time favs.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 19:48:50 | More by mattkoon
Photo of mdunman


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a thin head and not much linger

S: Banana, roasted malt, caramel

T: Started off with a blast of banana/sugary sweetness with roasted malt and caramel. A bit of vanilla trickled in and finished with a very light hoppiness.

M: Medium-full body with light carbonation

While this isn't even close to being a favorite of mine, I'd say that within this category this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 16:55:29 | More by mdunman
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3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours transparent light amber with almost no head. Leaves moderate lacing.

S-Intense aroma of cotton candy. Banana bread, walnuts, etc. Overwhelming.

T/M-Much more mellow than the nose would suggest. They have definitely managed to replicate the banana bread flavor profile. Overripe bananas, brown sugar, whole wheat bread, walnuts, nutmeg. It's a one trick beer, but successful. Light with moderate carbonation and a sweet banana/brown sugar finish that lingers.

D-Regardless what other people have said about this beer's concept and execution, I can't knock it. It's successful within the parameters of what the brewer was trying to accomplish. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:59:10 | More by DaveHS
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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L-The beer pours a light brown with a beige/off-white head.

S-Boom! Banana bread all the way. You get strong aromas of yeasty banana. This is by far the most appetizing part of this beer so savor the aroma.

T-I've had this beer twice and feel like it tasted very different on separate occasions. This time I feel the beer may not have been transported well or past it's shelf-life prime as the flavor was much more subdued. Banana taste is present in the beer, but it's more of an English bitter I was getting.

D-You'll probably want to stop after one. But it's a hell of a clever idea well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 00:43:31 | More by jmvecchio1
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3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: copper/amber, 1 finger head,

S: malt, fresh baked banana bread, slight whiff of clove

T: sweet malt, banana bread, hint of cloves up front, mild bitter finish.

M: light body, slight prick on tongue, dry finish

D: Ok, this is a beer that I have avoided for nearly 10 years, now I know why. It is just ok. If it was heavier body, slightly darker might have been delicious, but too watery for me. Try it with a friend, no need to seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 20:53:05 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Bradthoc


4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If it is Mongozo's Banana Beer you are looking for, but can't find it easily, then Well's Banana Bread Beer is the next best thing.

This beer poured a nice golden brown with a thing creamy white head.

Aromas are that of banana bread, just like mom makes it. The smell is not all overpowering, and you still get a slight smell of wheat and spice.

The taste is light, but you definitely feel like you're drinking banana bread, with a light sugar taste.

Also, goes down smoothly and would be quite easy to drink a few of these without feeling heavy and full.

I enjoy this one on an early weekend morning or late evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 16:17:56 | More by Bradthoc
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North Carolina

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

Nice clear brown color. Minimal head with a light lacing. Great aroma's of banana, wheat and spices. Has a good bitter spice taste with a good portion of banana in there as well. Good balance of bitter and smooth flavors. Finishes nice with a after taste leaving you thinking you had a slice of banana bread.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 19:16:36 | More by armstrnj
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3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I went to a tasting, and had to buy a bottle based on the sampling I had. I would say that the bottle may be a little large..by the end I grow tired of the banana taste, but I'd say 10-12oz is just right.

Some may love/hate a dessert beer or one that is flavored with something like banana, but I do enjoy this one in moderation. It is not overdone in the least. It accurately encompasses the banana bread vibe without sacrificing the beer itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:51:18 | More by jdb8507
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Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

And old bottle that was handing around in my fridge forever. Date was 19/04/10, so this was close to a year old.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Light brown/amber colour with a very small amount of white head.

S - Sweet banana, walnuts, brown sugar, caramel.

T - Banana is the predominant flavour but is definitely not overwhelming. A lot of sweetness overall with strong notes of brown sugar, bready malts, molasses and toasted nuts.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

D - A few sips were interesting but 3/4 of the bottle was a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 03:16:41 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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West Virginia

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
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4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light amber body; dense medium height head.

S - Deep, fresh, fruity sweet smell. Intensely, and unsurprisingly given the name, like bananas.

T - Less intense banana taste than the smell would suggest with hints of sweetness. Has a slightly alcoholic finish, though the banana aftertaste is long lasting.

M - Spritey, almost sharp.

D - Too fruity sweet for my palate to drink exclusively for an entire night, but I would definitely pick up a bottle once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 05:04:38 | More by ZenAgnostic
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle. Freshness date reads August 31st, 2011. I've had this one before and enjoyed it. Lets see how it rates...

A - The beer is a clear amber color and for the sake of this article, I want to say that it almost resembles overly ripe banana. The head quickly dissappears and whats left sits around the rim of the glass with some lacing.

S - Lots of banana. What else would you expect?

T - It tastes like bananas! Surprise! In all seriousness though, its actually pretty tasty. Sometimes brewers seem to overly emphasize the flavors in their fruit beers. Wells has done a good job on this one, as the banana doesn't over power the pallet. It finishes with a hoppy bitterness which is a nice touch.

M - Carbonation is in check. Light in body.

D - Hefe lovers might enjoy this more than others, due to the banana-like flavors that are often found in such beers. Very drinkable and tasty. Would definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 04:27:30 | More by micmillon18
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3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks for the beer mom! i definitely enjoy the thought

-looks ok for a banana...bread....beer....
looks like a standard ale really, brown with a hint of orange and red. pretty weak white lacing

-the taste wasn't looking great when i 1st sniffed it. basically smells like an american adjunct with some banana in it

-wow! this definitely isn't great, but i was expecting to really dislike the taste...but that's not all that bad. there's banana taste in there for sure, but it rounds out nicely with some nuttiness and breadiness for a legitimately named beer

-some okay carb action, and a pretty light body. not much to expect for a fruit beer, but it does the trick

-nooot bad. i came in expecting to pour half of it out, but i think i shall finish er off

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 04:08:45 | More by juhl31
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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had tried this at a beerfest a year or so ago and remember liking it. I must have been a few in, because this isnt nearly as good as I recalled. Purchased at Julio's.

A - Poured into a pint glass. It is a light copper pour with a half finger white head that quickly faded leaving a slight halo around the glass.

S - Not bad, sweet banana extract type aromas and thats pretty much it.

T - Similar to the nose this is mostly the banana extract type flavour with maybe a hint of nutty flavor at the end that resembles walnut. Some slight bitterness as well

M - Medium carbonation with this results in a somewhat crisp mouthfeel.

D - Not digging this as much as I did before. Smell and taste is a bit too artificial for me, resulting in an almost fake tasting brew. Just didnt do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 06:36:09 | More by rudzud
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Banana Beer? Since I like Bavarian style Hefeweizen this one should score well with me.

Very bright and clear copper/gold color. Nice rich off white head with good lacing.

Sweet banana bread with hints of cinnamon.

Banana extract, sweet breadiness followed by some serious cinnamon spiciness. Dry spicy, bittter finish

Light to medium feel. Carbonation is a tad brisk and tends to lend more bite to the cinnamon spice than I think is needed

I liked it and think it would make a refreshing summer patip beer

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 23:00:05 | More by Shadman
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3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a very cool, bold looking bottle. It pours a true amber, dark brown color with a white head. The head fades rapidly, but it leaves behind a pretty, sticky lace. When you hold the glass up to a light, the beer fades from that copper color to a beautiful golden color up by the head.

Smell is of banana bread, as the title would suggest. TEEHARHAR! There are cinnamon and nutmeg qualities with light hints of hops and barley, barely enough to tell that it is beer. It is also quite yeasty as well. Those same qualities are present on the tongue along with a little more hop/beerish quality. A fig taste with brown sugar is also present. As with most good beer, the taste is enhanced once it warms closer to room temperature.

It is not overly carbonated, a little fizz on the tongue with a warming aftertaste in the mouth complimented by the fruitiness. It goes down quite smoothly and easily, nor is it very expensive, so with 5.2% abv, you may want to be careful.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 06:02:44 | More by BFrost
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3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wells Banana Bread Beer has a dark yellow colour and a good 3 cm head that lasts awhile. The smell is mixture of banana and yeast... banana bread! This beer starts out with hops and banana esters. The finish is pretty smooth, though the banana flavour remains. This beer really is like banana bread, but it's a little too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 03:59:17 | More by vandemonian
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - A nice light amber color though it has very poor head retention

S - Smells like bananas!

T - A strong taste of banana that isn't overwhelming and a nice hint of vanilla. Not overly sweet which is a definite plus.

M - Crisp, low carbonation, but delightful.

D - Very easy to drink. I am not a big fan of fruit beers and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer.

Will definitely buy again!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:52:01 | More by a1000lies
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3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my great lakes sniffer.

A-transparent amber with no head
S-smells remarkably like bannanas, go figure
T-i was very skeptical trying this beer and was pleasently suprised with the taste. Bananna is present throughout but not too overbearing.
M-smooth and creamy. Medium body
D-very drinkable, made me want another

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 03:03:36 | More by brew3crew
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Ontario (Canada)

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

This definitely tilts more towards beer than banana in appearance. There's no yellow encasement here - just a clear, resplendent, lightly bubbled, golden ale on full display. (But one that still nonetheless looks on theme if you ask me.) Although it can't claim to possess any head, it is moderately endowed in peel after peel of white lacing.

This smells unexpectedly redolent of a Belgian tripel. The common thread being the banana. Some yeasts lend flamboyantly fruity notes, commonly the essence of bananas. While I assume the inclusion of actual bananas is responsible here for that component, this ale's yeast does impart a lot of other fruity esters, all of which work in perfect tandem.

Another thing about this beer to surprise me was that it doesn't taste like the antibiotic medicine I took as a child. Nor like those banana pop-sickles. It isn't artificial in the least and the enduring "beer-y" elements relegate the fruit element to second fiddle. All in all, this strikes me as just another easily quaffed, thoughtfully balanced English ale.

If anything I suppose it tastes like dried banana chips; the beer's malts supply a dry and sugar-dense base. What they don't provide is much body - by far and away the most prominent feature on the palate are the sharp water minerals that stick out like sore thumbs. While a dab of hops is perceptible too, the minerals are spectacularly discernible.

When you get down to brass tacks, this beer is essentially the same old English pale ale seen time again on the shelves here in North America: a rather plain and heavy beer that's thin in the malt department but chalk-full of minerals. This one, however, is laced with that delightful banana aura and is in turn that much more pleasurable.

Glancing over other reviews it seems that Wells Banana Bread is a fairly divisive beer. I'm not entirely sure why. I found it to be a fairly conventional, commonplace English ale, albeit with some banana flavour. It should be straightforward enough: Do you like beer? Do you like banana? Chances are you already know whether this interests you.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 05:09:18 | More by biegaman
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3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle slightly above refrigerator cold, into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very clear amber. Little or no head retention. Appearance reminds me of Fischer's lager.

S - Hints of cloves, some hop flowers. Surprisingly little banana aroma.

T - After-taste has a lot more hop presence than the smell indicates. Banana taste only comes out at the beginning.

M - Smooth all the way through, would prefer more carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, no single flavor is overwhelming.

Bottom line - Underwhelming and uninspired. Definitely tastes nothing like banana bread.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 06:20:47 | More by sgaloob
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3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured 12 oz bottle into DFH pint glass

A- Dark copper color that has little to no head

S- BANANAS no seriously smells like the banana popsicles I used to eat when I was a kid

T- Banana is definitely up front with a biscuity or bread like flavor also in there. maybe a little bit of bubblegum too.

M- medium body with medium carbonation

D- the banana was a little much, so I wouldn't want more than one of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 01:45:15 | More by philmorepunk87
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