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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,154
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 44
Gots: 133 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002)
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Photo of berkey


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .09 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dated 07/31/09.

Body is a dark but clean amber color typical of some other common English Ales. Forms a medium head with below average retention. Leaves some thin lacing that fades quickly.

Bananas jump right out front on the aroma but I'd compare it more to dried banana chips than banana bread. A fun, slighly nostalgic childhood smell. Behind that some other fruits peek through including yellow apples and maybe some faint pear.

Flavor is similar to the typical mild fruitiness of an EPA for a second but that's quickly followed by more banana. Here it reminds me of a shake made with over ripe bananas but eventually fades back into the banana chip character I picked up on the nose. While not dominant, there are definitely some leafy tea like hops in there as well.

A light, easy drinking, lighly carbonated brew but the flavor profile is a little thin. Got old fast in my opinion and the last few sips stopped being fun.

Overall okay as a novelty but that's about it. Might work out paired in small portions with fried bananas but otherwise I can't imagine buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 04:50:52 | More by berkey
Photo of vmspicex


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

A - Beautiful coppery color with a cream colored (think eggnog) head.

S - Overwhelmingly banana bread (in a very good way.) The yeasty and spicy scent is even stronger than I expected.

T/M - The banana wasn't overpowering the taste of a perfectly good beer, much to my delight. It's present enough to enjoy a little spicy fruity goodness but not nearly as strong as the aroma. Medium bodied but on the lighter end of medium. All the flavor components work together well.

O - Worth a try but not an outstanding discovery. I'd probably drink it again happily if it was an option in a slim pickings shop!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:51:04 | More by vmspicex
Photo of Rootdog316


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer poured a nice golden copper color with a thick egg shell colored head. Lacing was minimal but present.

Smell: The smell was..surprise! Banana bread. Man that's wild. It really smells just like banana bread. Also had a nice yeastiness in the smell.

Taste: The taste was again bananas but not too much. Much less banana in the taste than in the nose which was good. Very crisp and clean beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall: Overall a nice beer but not overly impressive. I do however highly recommended trying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 12:19:13 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Light copper pour, great creamy persistent head leaving some lacing.
Aroma is completely dominated by bananas. I don't understand why they bottled in clear glass, and this beer was completely skunked. The banana reminds me of those sweets from back in the days, very sweet and artificial. There's also some bready malt in the background.
More artificial banana in the taste along with weak grainy malt and a mild boring bitterness. Not sure mixing banana with beer really works in this regard.
Watery. Needs more body.
Very interesting beer, but I think it would have worked better with something like a wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 09:51:37 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of KrisPaulk77


2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale goblet

Well, as a kid, I ate a quite a bit of candy. What kid doesn't? I had my favorites, and among them was Laffy Taffy. And of the various flavors of Laffy Taffy, among my least favorite was the banana ones. Just didn't like them. Banana Laffy Taffy never called me names, or took my lunch money, it just never sat right with me. Still don't like them to this day. I like artificial flavors, don't get me wrong, but that fake banana flavor that is so prevalant in this particular candy just felt wrong. I get this same feeling from the aftertaste of this beer. I get nothing but Banana Laffy Taffy on my taste buds. And I don't like it.

I wanted to like this beer, I really did. I love banana bread. I love beer. I thought surely this combination was a sure bet. The color and appearance was very nice, the aroma, like that of a good hefe was full of banana tones. There was no discernable hop presence in the nose, but hey, wasn't expecting one. The initial flavor was decent even, full of ripe banana flavor. But that lingering Laffy Taffy-ish-ness of it all just killed it in my book. The finish was the nail in it's coffin for me. Too many painful memories...

I'm sorry Wells Banana Bread Beer, I wanted it to work. It's not you, it's me. We could still be friends...

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 05:16:35 | More by KrisPaulk77
Photo of jxhill

New York

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear and bright copper color with plenty of carbonation. Big creamy head that settles rather quickly. Yeasty and bready homebrew smell with fading cooked banana notes. Taste very frontloaded with lots of overripe banana sweetness and malty sweetness underneath. Flavor fades quickly leaving little but faint and tangy fruit flavors on the front of the tongue. Little to no hop characteristics. Body is medium to light, feeling very thin and fizzy in the mouth. No lacing.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 23:56:54 | More by jxhill
Photo of Buggies


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

Pours a clear dark orange color. Not much of a head. Aroma is very fruity, with banana in the background. Some sweet malt there to, but the fruity esters dominate.

Taste is as the nose. The bana taste is unique though. It tastes much like fake banana. Both the banana aroma and taste remind me so much of the banana Runts. An amber with fake banana. Not something I'd buy again I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 00:14:59 | More by Buggies
Photo of blackearth


3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Purchased from Otto's Wine Cask in Brown Deer, WI. Pours a dark golden body with a white head of foam that falls. Aromas of bold, fruity esters and big banana smell too. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a nice malt flavor to compliment the banana flavors. This is pretty good at first, but the novelty wears off about half way through. Too much banana flavor leaves me wanting to switch to a beer that tastes like a beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 16:43:29 | More by blackearth
Photo of Evil_Pidde


2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper with a white head that leaves some lacings.

S: Obivous ripe bananas, and maybe a faint malty tone.

S: At first there is sweet ripe bananas, then it's a bit funky, and after that there is unbalanced bitter hops. You can also trace some pepper mint.

M: Turns a bit more bitter but it's not very positive.

D: I'm kind of confused - is this a candy-shot or is this beer? I won't buy it again, but it was an interesting experience never the less.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 12:01:54 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of jgasparine


3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a clear amber color. Beautiful color and exceptionally well-filtered. Almost no head; whatever was there quickly dissipated.

S- Smelled like, well, Bananna Bread! I guess not much of a surprise here... there was also some traces of candy sugar in the nose.

T- The taste of pale malt is right up front, immediately followed by the distinct flavor of Bananna Bread... finished with some faint hop bitterness. NOTE: This beer begins to taste one-dimensional unless the pallet is cleansed between sips.

M- Medium body. A bit creamy and effervescent.

D- Drinkable. I could probably enjoy 2 bottles in a sitting before the overwhelming maltiness got to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 13:15:14 | More by jgasparine
Photo of GeezLynn


2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light brown color similar to watered down root beer or sun tea. Almost no head to speak of.
Smells like banana candy and macro lager. Mainly banana candy. Not much resembling bread here.
Other than the banana, flavor profile is shallow. light malt, some hoppyness, and heavy banana flavoring. Slight vanilla, no spices apparent. Reminds me of the banana Laffy Taffy flavor.
Especially thin mouthfeel with tons of carbonation - definitely in the "refreshing beer for a hot day" category.

Overall, I like the idea here, but not the follow-through. It needs waaay more malt flavor and more spices to justify its name. This is not a banana BREAD beer. It's a banana flavored lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 01:06:00 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of batty


3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

first of all I should note this bottle has been sitting for something like 2 years - got it from a friend who bought a case, but hated it (free for me, woop!) It sat in his cellar for at least a year and half, and at least another 6 months in mine - the date on the bottle says July '07, not sure if that's bottled, expiration, whatev.. in any case, friend said much of the aroma/flavor had diminished over the years. here's how it is to me now.

A: just a touch cloudy, and an orangey-brown almost peachy type color. great color, but the head was gone fast - decent lace though.

S: not complex but decent, pretty good banana scent. nothing else whatsoever discernible to me. maybe a touch of toffee as it warms up.

T: i have a pretty clean palate at the moment, and I have to say.. this tastes way better than I remember 6 months ago. not sure if it's age, temperature, what, but much better balanced.. banana doesn't overpower too much (as it usually does) - really tastes quite a bit like banana bread. again not complex, but good banana, a little bit of bready malt, finished cleanly with a touch of earthy hops. plain and simple, but tasty. touch of toffee as it warms - doesn't add, in my opinion.

M: quite thick, lusciously bready - very nice, in fact.

D: not sure about a young example, but this goes down super easy right now.. refreshing, clean, good banana but not overdone. pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 23:52:32 | More by batty
Photo of vdread


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wells Banana Bread Beer pours a very clear amber color with a thick head that stayed for a while.

smell was strong with bananas, sweet, bready malts.

the taste is simple. banana bread. if you can imagine that in a beer with nothing else going for it, then you can imagine this beer. the banana is ripe and nearly rubbery.

mouthfeel somewhat creamy but with overwhelming carbonation, though definitely crisp and easily drinkable.

an interesting beer, and one that's good as a crossover beer. not one i would typically buy, but it was fun.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 00:07:34 | More by vdread
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 oelergud


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

Old fashioned 1 pint .9oz dark brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows an ale filled glass being revealed as the banana peel is pulled back from it.
The body is a nice clear ruby copper body topped by a medium bubbled head that falls quickly and leaves only little lace.
The smell is pretty good and full of candy banana scents that really comes through upon agitation.
The flavor is similar to the smell with the added bitterness of hops. The aftertaste is a spiced bitterness.
Light body.
Ok drinkability.


Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 03:43:04 | More by oelergud
Photo of SteveS1

New York

2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From the bottle-
Look: Pours light brown, small head.

Smell: Faint smell of bananas, hops.

Taste: Hoppy to the tongue, a bit of banana through the middle. An exaggerated banana flavor lingers in the end.

Feel: Very light, moderate carbonation on the tongue but goes down smooth.

Drink: For all the talk of bananas you'd think this would be a taste revolution. In reality it's rather normal, a beer for
anyone who has to witness every use of the banana firsthand. I won't be having another one soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 02:06:53 | More by SteveS1
Photo of Jae27


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Impressive considering it is not a yeasty beer.
A- Jaundice yellow with a slight head and little lace. Very clear, was expecting a cloudy beer for the yeast. Highly carbonated. Not creamy head but foamy.
S- Exactly like banana nut bread, despite being mislead by the title. A bitter smell on top of bananas and walnuts. Graham crackers, brown sugar, and a little yeast with nutmeg and cinnamon.
T- Aftertaste of the nutty flavor and an upsetting artificial banana flavor. The aftertaste leaves you dry with the spices and banana flavors lingering.
M- Very light mouth feel. Leaves much to be desired in this category the least desirable characteristic.
D- You can enjoy this beer from start to finish. Interesting and different but could not drink more than one of these in a session. It is a nice experience best shared in groups.

Collaboratively evaluated by twaddlac and Jae27

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 03:31:34 | More by Jae27
Photo of twaddlac


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impressive considering it is not a yeasty beer.

A- Jaundice yellow with a slight head and little lace. Very clear, was expecting a cloudy beer for the yeast. Highly carbonated. Not creamy head but foamy.

S- Exactly like banana nut bread, despite being mislead by the title. A bitter smell on top of bananas and walnuts. Graham crackers, brown sugar, and a little yeast with nutmeg and cinnamon.

T- Aftertaste of the nutty flavor and an upsetting artificial banana flavor. The aftertaste leaves you dry with the spices and banana flavors lingering.

M- Very light mouth feel. Leaves much to be desired in this category the least desirable characteristic.

D- You can enjoy this beer from start to finish. Interesting and different but could not drink more than one of these in a session. It is a nice experience best shared in groups.

Collaboratively evaluated by twaddlac and Jae27

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 03:28:45 | More by twaddlac
Photo of mynie


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

16.9 oz bottle.

A problem plagues most British beers. They have to ship them to America. That takes time and money. That means most of their beers aren't bought, stateside, until a long while after they've been bottled. Which means that they have to do something to preserve flavor, which means that they must pasteurize. That leads to beers with strong nodes of fruit and chemicals. Some of my friends have called this Britliness and have mistakenly thought that all English beers were supposed to taste this way.

So what? What else can they do? Sell stale beer, or sell beer that tastes like nitrogen?

Well Wells has come up with an ingenuous solution--don't blot out the fruit nodes, accentuate them!

Pours like an ESB. Dark rust, translucent with a slight haze and a medium brown head.

Smells of pasteurized fruit, sweet grain, and banana flavoring. Not the beeriest smell in the world, but certainly not bad.

Taste like it smells--like a very tame, pasteurized ESB and banana Laffy Taffy. A nice blend. While it's not the most traditionally beer-flavored, I'm willing to forgive its cutesiness since it was born of necessity.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 03:35:58 | More by mynie
Photo of goblue3509


3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with a one finger head. The smell is of straight bananas....b..a..n...a....n...a...s. It is probably one of the most over powering banana smells i have been around. The taste is what you would expect and that is bananas. There is really no malt or bread notes to balance out the flavor. The mouthfeel is good there is not a lot of carbonation. To drink alot of these you would have to really want it. In small does this would be a good beer however, you couldn't take in big doses.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 00:34:54 | More by goblue3509
Photo of BierFan


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Off white head, clear deep amber body. Thick fingers of lacing.

Smell: Smells alot like bananas, of course. Not really like banana bread, though. It's more like a banana flavored candy.

Taste: Sweet and smooth upfront. Spicy hops and moderate bitterness in the middle. Crisp finish and a little banana aftertaste to round out the experience. I wish it had a bigger banana taste. That is the whole gimmick afterall. Might as well have taken it to the extreme.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 01:06:20 | More by BierFan
Photo of juju7


3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper with a one finger head that laced very well. Reeks of candy bananas, but I guess that was to be expected. There do seem to be some hop aroma and a touch of malt at the back but it's all about the bananas. A little awkward on the palate. Starts off sweet and bananary but has some malt beer body bringing up the rear throwing it off. Then those banana lolly notes hang around for a while. Probably would've been better as a sweet banana beer, light in body in the vein of some fruit lambics. Not horrible but once is more than enough for me. Kind of tastes like "what was the point?"

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 09:50:31 | More by juju7
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Copper coloured brew with a moderate head. Ripe banana dominates the nose with just a hint of yeast. Makes me think of dried banana slices in particular.

The banana really dominates this beer. It has rather a dairy flavour to it, reminding me of Angel Delight. There is a slight bitterness to the finish but that isn't uncommon with banana generally. I'm very picky about bananas yet find this surprisingly decent.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 20:57:02 | More by charlatan
Photo of cvfish


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

A - This beer poured a light brown color that produced a white foamy head that had decent retention and left no lacing

S - The aromas that were produced by this beer were overwhelmingly bananas

T - The taste of this beer can be summed up in two words: banana runt. A little bit of breadiness and malts, but not much

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Again a very underwhelming fruit beer, I wish brewers would incorporate fruit into the beer better, instead being a fruit centered "beer"

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 00:37:04 | More by cvfish
Photo of CampusCrew


3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance: pale brownish

smell: just liek it says, nice

taste: it really taste like bana bread, well done on that aspect

mouthfeel: good carbonation and drinks thin

drinkability: overall it is what it is, but its not good. Plenty of other better fruity options for beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 00:13:48 | More by CampusCrew
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,154 ratings.