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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 58
Gots: 215 | 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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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002)
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Photo of a1000lies
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%

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!

a1000lies, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

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

brew3crew, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +6%

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.

biegaman, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of sgaloob
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

sgaloob, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of philmorepunk87
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

philmorepunk87, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of generalnotsew
3.35/5  rDev -4%

Very clear but dark oak in color. Has a nice head but virtually no lacing. The color and how transparent it is is quite remarkable. Nose is bananas, bubblegum, peppery. Not so different from a Hefeweizen to me. The sweet banana is most prominent. Think Laffy Taffy. Would get higher marks but it is a bit subdued. Not so much of a banana flavor here. Heavy does of wheat with a peppery finish and the banana kind of lingers in the background. Throw a little more banana in there and we would have a winner! Overall taste is a bit weak and watery in itself but at least it isn't offensive. Mouthfeel is great and I can say it would be easy to drink in the summertime. Overall glad I tried it. Wouldn't mind trying this again. Especially in the summer.

generalnotsew, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of magine
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a clear copper color, thin patchy lace white head. Almost none existent head. Head settles to nothing but a patch lace island. Average looks.

Brew smells of huge bananas, malty bread, vanilla. Huge flavor in the nose - as advertised. Brew smells great.

Brew is thin, crisp and very bubbly. Brew is thin and has a flavor that is as you would expect; bananas and vanilla a bit of bready malts as well. The brew finishes a little sharp and slightly dry. Very thin and almost champaign like. Not malty enough. The taste isn't as impressive as the smell. Decent.

The smell of this brew is more impressive than the brews tastes and mouthfeel. Pretty good brew, but once the novelty wears off it is not really something I could session.

magine, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Bought a 4-pack of this from Shakespeare's English Pub in Sarasota, FL. Poured into a Tulip glass and enjoyed over an hour of time while watching the bowl games last week.

Appearance- Bronze color with almost no head.

Smell- Of course banana but also smelled extreme amount of malt.

Taste- Tasting the bananas for sure and a hint of vanilla. Will be wondering next time what other tastes come out, but awesome!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied and had a vanilla finish! Very different.

Drinkability- Wells really hit it on this one! I could only drink one glass of this beer because of how different it was. Probably would give you a stomach ache if you had too much of it! Tough to say this beer's drinkability.

DCon, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of clark123456
2.2/5  rDev -37%

A: Medium brown color, not hazy at all.

S: Fake banana smell. It's hard to describe, buy you'll know it if you smell it.

T: Firm flavor of banana at first, but finishes as a not great beer. It isn't horrible, but it isn't great either.

M: Mouth coating.

D: Low carbonation.

Overall: I'm sorry I bought a 4 pack...I wish I had bought a single.

clark123456, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of pisomojado8
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

Amber color, a lacing of head in the pour. Nearly overpowering, but pleasant, aroma of banana and caramel. Plenty of carbonation; almost too much so. First sip -- a sweet start, mouthfeel is a little on the watery side with a dry finish -- somewhat resembling a soda.

Not bad -- one of these every once in a while is a nice treat. I'd pair it with -- banana bread -- if you have any.

pisomojado8, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of LittleDon
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%

Starts off strong. Nice retention on the head, amber color, crystal clear, with tiny carbonation bubbles. All downhill from there. Aroma is what you might expect, bananas and a bit of caramel sweetness, not bad. Decently soft up front with the bananas the predominant flavor. After that nothing. No middle or finish, like a banana flavored light beer. Some bitterness in the end, but not enough to make this beer interesting. Medium bodied. A novelty that's worth one try, but that's it.

LittleDon, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of ExpertAndrew
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%

Out of the bottle the smell of banana is the first thing you notice. The color is a nice copper color. The taste is not as strong as the smell but it is subtle and nice. Carbonation is on the light side but that makes the beer smooth like a nice banana bread. You are left with a nice after taste of banana's. I would drink this again but would not make it a part of the regular rotation.

ExpertAndrew, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of bens0n
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

This beer pours a clear copper color with a small amount of bubbly off-white head that dissipates very quickly.

On the nose, you can pick up on hops, malts some wheat/yeast and of course the banana. Nothing really stands out among all of what is going on, its relatively mild smelling, slightly sweet.

At the start, you pick up on the wheat notes then the rest of the ingredients. The banana comes in towards the end, its very sweet. The banana is there, and it would be pretty hard to brew something with bananas and not have it appear in the flavor, but there is just nothing too special about this.

There is more carbonation than I really like, but this beer is pretty smooth and has a dry aftertaste, very drinkable, but again nothing special.

bens0n, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of BigMike
2.23/5  rDev -36.1%

A: Pours a burnt copper color with a very thin off white head that's barely there.

S: it definitely smells like banana bread. Lots of overripened banana and some nuttiness.

T: Taste is a let down after the smell. It pretty much tastes like an adjuct lager on the front end and finishes with the banana flavor.

M: super thin and watery. Light bodied with not much carbonation.

Overall: Not a big fan of this one. Looks ok and smells ok but the taste and mouthfeel leave a lot to be desired.

BigMike, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of davednyc
4.88/5  rDev +39.8%

I don't really go in for fruit-flavored beers, but I had wanted to try this one for a while. Even if the label had merely said "Beer", without the eye-catching "Banana Bread" I would enjoy and recomend this one. The fruit flavors are far from overwhelming, to the point that if somebody were looking for a sweet beer they may be disappointed.

Pours from the bottle into a glass with a deep copper color, with little head. A distinct banana aroma, yet subtle enough that I may not be able to properly identify it if I didn't know what I was looking for. Bold flavor - once again the banana is there, but takes a supporting role.

A bit pricey in NYC at $5.99 for a 1 pint 9 oz bottle, but I will definitely return to this again and again, perhaps savoring it just for 'special' occsasions.

davednyc, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of markrubbo
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Clear copper color with little head retention. Has a mashed ripe banana smell with sprucey / piney notes. The taste reflects the aroma.. the banana fruit is balanced with a light piney hop flavor. Not an overbearing fruit beer. It is light in body and very drinkable with a clean finish.

markrubbo, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of pezdedorado
4.53/5  rDev +29.8%

My buddy and I love to kick back with a special bottle of this beer. If you're going to have just one, this is a nice choice against the grain.

I get a lot of banana and malt from this beer. Its one I want to try homebrewing, but I am afraid this beer wont disappear for years if I make 5 gallons.

pezdedorado, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Phinner
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%

This is a great beer for those who like bananas - the taste and aroma were right on. It has a very nice, subtle flavor and very appetizing color. The mouth feel was a bit light, but it is very drinkable.

Overall, I would buy again and make it a regular in my rotation.

Phinner, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of gskitt
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

For some reason I am attracted to concoctions like this offering from Well. Pours a good looking pour with frothy white bubbles that don't last. Smell was a potent banana bread smell. They weren't lying. It had a more smell than taste but thats good. Otherwise it would be over-powering. It had a pleasant mouthfeel and was a very balanced brew. However, one is probably enough.

gskitt, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of bubseymour
3.63/5  rDev +4%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Decent orange/brown clear with large carbonation bubbles. Head was small and large carbonation bubbles.

Smell - Pleasant and bannana like.

Taste - One would think this is a pretty weird concoction and could be a disaster but it actually works out ok and Wells pulled this off as passable and a nice variety and change of pace.

Mouthfeel - nothing special or noteworthy

Drinkability - Tastes like some wacky American Craftbrew Frankenstein creation but I was somewhat shocked to find out Wells is British brewer.

Overall - Nothing special but its drinkable and light in flavor. Smooth, no hop bitterness and a hint of bannana flavor. Something to try and say you've tried it then move on.

bubseymour, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of jsdunlop
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

Picked this up at my local Harris Teeter, surprisingly.
Pours out a light amber with a thin, whispy head that manages to maintain some decent lacing. Smells like banana bread, with some strong aromas of vanilla and buttery white cake icing, and the flavor matches the smell very well. Tastes like candied bananas, someone posted the resemblance to the banana runts and they were spot on. A very sweet and rich beer, definitely a dessert pairing brew, while at the same time, managing to bring about characteristics of the malts and a nice hop bitterness that lingers around after each sip. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but the beer itself is quite rich, with a fairly high carbonation level. All in all, a good beer for what its worth, more of a novelty or a one time attraction.

jsdunlop, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of MadeInOregon
3.7/5  rDev +6%

From the brewers who brought us the incredible "Young's Double Chocolate Stout" comes this oddity. I couldn't resist picking up a 12 oz. single from Whole Foods. Avoid this beer like the plague if you don't like bananas.

The body is very nice looking with an orange-gold color like a sherry and a very frothy, soapy head.

Smells--very accurately--like banana bread. There is also a bubble gum aroma in there and a very faint powdery smell that is similar to protein powder mix, which was not very appetizing.

The first taste was STRONGLY bubble gum in flavor and probably one of the strangest, most unusual flavors I've ever tasted out of a beer bottle! After a few more sips the main taste is banana-flavored candy mixed with real bananas. "Where have I tasted that the flavor?", I thought to myself. "RUNTS!" Yes! This beer tastes like those silly little fruit shaped candies, specifically the banana-shaped one. How odd! Is that their secret ingredient?! Hope not! There is a slight hop bite toward the end of each sip but it is replaced by the banana Runts. Overall, the beer is quite sweet and since it does not taste very malty I guess it is due to the flavoring.

Flavor progression went like this:
bubble gum & banana bread -> Runts -> hefeweizen, yeasty, wheat -> hops & Runts

This is an interesting, semi-drinkable beer but I think it belongs paired with food. It's too odd to stand alone. It would definitely make a good breakfast beer, maybe with some fried potatoes, bacon, and eggs. Yum!

MadeInOregon, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of cooncat
3/5  rDev -14%

Poured into a standard 'shaker pint' glass, the beer is orangish-yellow in color, with a white head. Head diminishes to a cap, which sticks around for a while due to a higher than average carbonation level. Some lacing left on the side of the glass on a sip, but not much sticking around.

While I can detect banana in the nose, I also detect a minerally odor ... guess they weren't kidding about using mineral water on the label. The mineral smell isn't over powering, but it is there, and noticeable.

The taste has banana and bubble gum up front, with some floral hop notes and a bit of that mineral taste mentioned in the nose. I've had Wit beers with a much more pronounced banana flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a fairly perky carbonation level .. probably close to 3 volumes. I wouldn't call the carbonation "bitey", but its certainly lively. Not sure that I'd want to drink this all night long, but at 5.2% abv, its certainly sessionable. I'd say a couple would be my limit on this one.

An interesting beer that's worthy of a try. I got mine at my homebrew club's "beer gift exchange". Now that I've tried it, would I buy additional bottles of it? Probably not, but since I'm a homebrewer, I've got a lot a beer at home all the time. I say, give it a shot if you get the chance ...

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

1 Pt bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pretty copper color with a fingers worth of fluffy white head that settles to a nice ring with very nice lacing.

S: Wow.... Banana bread in a glass. Bananas, nuts, sweet malt, cinnamon and yeast. Really great smelling beer.

T: Tastes a lot like the smell.... Little more banana peel than I wanted, but everything else is here. Banana bread with nuts, caramel, cinnamon and yeast. Pretty sweet but not overly so.

M: Lighter than I was hoping. Mid bodied and crisper than I was hoping. Carbonation is light. I really wanted thick and creamy so it loses a few points.

D: Low ABV and good flavors make this pretty damn drinkable. May not be everyone's cup tea, but it is worth looking at to try something different.

mralphabet, Dec 14, 2010
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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