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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,213
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 49
Gots: 158 | 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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4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very nice copper color and has a thin white foamy lace the is slightly sticky to the walls of the glass(was not sure so used a lager glass)

S: Smells just like you would think, fresh baked banana bread from the oven.

T: Also just like it seems it would taste, fresh baked bread but the Banana flavor doesnt last for long so it forces you back to the glass.

M: Creamy malty bananas foster mmm

D: If it was not so pricey would have one every day as desert,did I say yet Mmmm.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 04:17:20 | More by nukem5
Photo of MunchkinDrinker


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear fizzy orange with a cream colored fizzy bubbly head that quickly fades into nothing. No lacing.

S - Well, it lives up to the name. And not in a bad way. It smells like a freshly baked nutty banana bread. Sweet, but not cloying with a good bready backing. Some sting from the carbonation.

T/M - Quick tang of carbonation fades fast into the rest of the flavor. Mild banana that stays in your mouth, but the nuttiness in the smell doesn't come through. Slightly watery. Feel is juicy, slightly watery, but not offensive.

D - Very drinkable. If it wasn't expensive it would be a good standard to have a stock of just for something to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 01:26:51 | More by MunchkinDrinker
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Waves of sweet, sugary banana come rising out the bottle after prying off the cap. This should be interesting.

Poured into a pint glass, Wells Banana Bread Beer is a clear, yellowish-orange with a thin, bubbly, white head on top. Some sticky lacing.

Nosing the glass reveals a sweet, powdered sugar, banana aroma. A little bit of malt, but mostly sugar and bananas. Somewhat one-dimensional, but Wells does deliver on the banana.

Like the aroma, the flavor is sweet, sugary bananas right away, but then the bananas quickly fade and the tongue is left with some light citrus and bready malt. I wish the banana flavor would last a little bit longer on each sip, but if you keep reaching back to the glass you can get all the banana you want.

Mouthfeel is like a pale ale with a slightly heavier body than most. Carbonation is light yet prickly. Overall, pretty good.

Drinkability is also pretty decent. I don't know how often I would want a banana beer, but this stuff isn't half bad. The glass is disappearing faster than I would have thought. Definitely enjoying the bottle I have.

Overall, this is a good brew. It's the only banana beer I've had and the banana flavor goes surprisingly well with the pale ale base. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but if you run across it, definitely give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 01:59:59 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass pour reveals very bubbly body of bananas foster color with decently airy and dying off-white head. smells a little like an Oktoberfest ale with dried sweet banana chips. I can't imagine a banana beer smelling much better.

Tastes smooth, not overly sweet, and with the lingering hint of banana. Some people are saying they get only imitation banana flavor, but I am tasting very ripe, whole banana here and now some chemical isolate. Slightly bitter finish and some mineral character. Not getting the bread flavor so much, though. Light body. Smooth, almost watery. Quite drinkable, though the mineral-ness gets to me a little.

Overall, it's pretty good for a banana beer. I wouldn't know what more to ask for.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 01:56:54 | More by abuliarose
Photo of Bighuge


2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Deep golden body. Bordering on copper. Very clear. Thin off white head. Sporadic lace. Smells like a banana flavored popsicle. Oh, I used to really like those. Flavor has "imitation" written all over it. Very artificial tasting. Confectionary like. Banana extract comes to mind. Looks like they used real bananas, but it tastes like imitation. Not a lot of other beer traits to talk about. Maybe a little caramel malt. To me, this is not that good. I've only had one other banana bread beer and it was much better (Town Hall).

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 05:36:59 | More by Bighuge
Photo of rarbring


2.15/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A clear amber liquid with a nearly white head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is sweet, jelly beans and banana foam. Cookies and dough.

The taste is also very sweet, banana candy, lemon drops, and a short chemical bitterness.

The carbonation is rather sweet, and the fluid is rather watery.

Far too sweet for me and rather unbalanced, and I have a hard time imagining something that would go well with it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 17:41:22 | More by rarbring
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4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

initial head formation was quite impressive. a good inch thick off white and frothy above a clear, light amber beer with low carbonation. score had to be knocked down for poor retention as after only a few minutes the head was all gone leaving only a thin sparse lace. no lacing down the glass to speak of.

impressed by the aroma. i actually do pick up some banana. per the name, its not banana on its own, but some spice and breadiness. how the hell did they do this??

taste also has banana and bread aspects to it. still retains a beer background but the spicy, banana and bready characteristics are all there as well. lacks the hop part of the equation but the malt is certainly there.

the beer just feels too thin in the mouth and with the unique character here i think a bigger body would have helped carry it.

while the banana bread part was pulled off exceptionally well, this remains a novelty been for me. kind of circus like in that it is enjoyable, but only every couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 08:58:06 | More by joecast
Photo of jwillcourt


2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 25 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A - Orange shade of gold. Clear with a steady stream of bubbles. Pillowy, two-finger head that settles quickly into a skim of foam and leaves little lacing. Why did I expect banana bread beer to be a brown ale?

S - Smells just like banana taffy. It smells sticky but not too sweet.

T - Banana dominates the taste too. Bready malt flavor hides behind the bananas. It tastes like it was brewed with real bananas, rather than using artificial flavor. It tastes like bananas on white bread rather than banana taffy. It is sweet, but not too sweet. I commend it for that. However, the finish includes a bitter and unpleasant aftertaste that lingers too long. The hops counterbalance the banana and malt to keep the beer from tasting too sweet, but the hop flavor just doesn't work well. There is a funny sour taste in some sips as well. Where are the nuts? I can't find them.

M - Medium body. Carbonation is a little heavy. It grows more creamy as it warms and the carbonation dissipates. It does not feel sticky, as I expect from the smell.

D - This beer is very filling for its medium feel. The poor aftertaste also discourages me from having another.

Overall - This banana bread beer is what it says. It succeeds in that respect. But I expected something more like a loaf of banana bread: brown, roasted caramel malt, nuts, bananas, spices. The label claims "banoffee" flavor, so why wouldn't I expect a toffee malt flavor? It should say "banaffy."

I recommend drinking this beer along with food. You need something to take the bitter aftertaste out of your mouth quickly and to complement the bananas. I ate candied walnuts, and they improved the beer a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 20:01:47 | More by jwillcourt
Photo of ShadesOfGray


3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle into my Mad Elf tulip. Pours a copper color, light and clear. Little head that disapates very quickly. Lacing isn't really a factor since it slides extremely quickly down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is, well...of banana. Kind of like sour banana. With that said, that's about all I can pick up in the nose.

Flavor is like your average crisp carbonated ale, followed by a long lasting banana aftertaste. Banana flavor is overall light, which surprised me. I was expecting heavy banana sweetness...but alas, not at all. Once again, pretty mild...light mouthfeel. Not overly sweet. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 01:32:01 | More by ShadesOfGray
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2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear, darker than an amber, more brown than red. Light a bright mahogany. One finger-sandstone head. Head retention is fairly high - it keeps a solid lid on the beer until the finish.

S: An explosion of banana smell, and not in a good way. The banana smell doesn't seem genuine, but rather, an artifical, candy banana flavors. Nutty and bready, with an almondlike biscuit malt smell. The combination of banana and nutty brown clearly provide inspiration for the "banana bread" title, but it still falls short of the real smell of banana bread. Slightly too tart, like apples.

T: There it is again, too much banana. The banana tastes exactly like banana Runts candy. Yuck. Saccharin taste. More citrus hops than were present in the nose, which adds a nice lemongrass taste. This flavor is actually very pleasant and compliments the awful rotten candy banana taste. Some nuttiness. Some acetaldehyde.

M: Light, and soft. Not much here.

D: Low. I'm not sure banana is actually soluble in water, so artificial flavoring seems likely, although the label indicates that "Fairtrade Bananas" were used. Right. A handful of bananas and a gallon of banana flavoring.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 03:16:19 | More by SPThirtyThree
Photo of WeezyBoPeep


3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a dark brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear copper with a little soda-like head.

S: Super ripe bananas and a sugary sweet character are accented by an underlying grainy scent. Corn maybe?

T: Better than the smell. Slightly sweet and nicely carbonated front, banana peel in the middle with slightly bitter malts and floral hops, good balance. Bitter finish with a miscellaneous spice that lingers for a little.

D: For me, pretty high. I've come to realize that anything "banana flavored" is going to come across as artifically flavored, but I happen to love banana flavor so this beer could be enjoyed over an evening.

Value: The worst thing about this beer. I paid $4.99 for a bottle. Should be priced at half that.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 15:36:00 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up because I've never tried this before and it seemed like an appealing flavor. While this was a bit of a letdown, it wasn't a bad beer and if it's a novelty that you're going after, this will more than suffice!

The deep apricot hue was nice but there was little head and no lacing to be seen once I started to work my way down my glass. This has a very thin mouthfeel to it and it seemed almost like mineral water in terms of it's consistency. There's banana here but the malt-liquor aspects of this beer show up much sooner than the smoothness does in the back. I expected a beer like this to look and taste much thicker along the lines of banana bread, but it's just not meant to be here.

The lightness extends to the alcohol, which can hardly be felt here. Polishing off one of these wouldn't be that hard to accomplish in terms of how strong it is but it takes too long for the European-like hops in the back to kick in. Worth a try once only because I have yet to find anything out there remotely close to this!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 02:49:20 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of tavernjef


3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark goldenrod, glossy and semi clear with a slim khaki hued foam that crowns itself briefly. Lacing in a few strains of torn and tattered tissue paper are flecked about the glass.

Aroma is quite nice, very bready and doughy fresh, fresh yet browned banana, deeply soggy, kinda mushy, with a super nice splice of sweet dry nuttyness and butter.

Flavor is simple and a bit more low key compared to how much aroma it kicks off. Plain grainyness with a small pitch of breadyness and a tablespoon of banana and nuts. The finish is what really keeps this from being better as it gets off on some wierd drying medicinal, metalic taint taste as it drys with tannins of tin.

Body is lighter then medium with a simple, easy going tone that's partially watered down in some areas. More malt please. And the finish is just so off with its quickened dryness and tinny tone.

Incredible aroma, but stops there and goes downhill quickly as it doesn't quite have the taste and body to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:18:08 | More by tavernjef
Photo of jhall00


2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- pours dark brown beer with little to no head

S- Well....bananas over some malts

T- Well...bananas, sort of. And then nothing.

M- Very limited mouthfeel. No body.

D- For me, not so much. For my wife, who is a fan of fruity beers, not so much either. She was frankly disappointed.

Definitely cannot drink more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 02:43:07 | More by jhall00
Photo of WhiteOak


3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- bright golden amber. Eruptive head w/ white lacy foam.

S- Banana taffy.

T- Initial (somewhat contrived) banana flavor, followed my light-bodied malt, a touch of cookie dough.

M, D- Too light on structure and too heavy on CO2. Perhaps a passable hot-weather thirst quencher, but not suitable for serious ale drinking. Nothing very objectionable, but nothing inspiring either.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:03:35 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of fastsrt

New York

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle to pint glass
A: iced tea, 2 finger head
S big on banana, a touch of spice and hops
T: banana, spice and hops
M: dry, lingering banana and hops
D: its good but, would only be willing to drink one of theses. It would pair well with some foods and is unique, a good change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 17:13:31 | More by fastsrt
Photo of DerBayer


1.4/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The thing that stands out about this beer is the sickly and artificial smell of bananas which nothing to do with the beautiful taste of say Hefeweizen but smells and tastes chemical sweet and sickly.

In short this beer is entirely hampered by what it purports to be - Banana bread beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 22:20:30 | More by DerBayer
Photo of hoegaardenhero


4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a:no head, crystal clear amber-brown body
s: hints of banana, on a toastd sweet malt backbone; pretty mild nose byt definitely u can smell the banana
t: so much bananabread flavor i am simply amazed; super sweet bananas; there isnt really much to sat escept that it is really sweet and tastes like banana bread
m: could br a little less watery ; has light-med carb
d: i would drink it asgai many times, i would session it; and it would be a good beer to give to that annoying female friend you have who

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 01:12:43 | More by hoegaardenhero
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2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

bought this beer due to curiosity of my lovely girlfriend (she brews beer too) and we didnt know what expect, lambic? framboise? it has a nice color, good carbonation, and one hella banana taste!

good toasted/nutty balance to cut through the banana flavor, its a woodsy banana beer without all the sweetness of a lambic.

wouldnt necessarily buy it again but its better than some beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 07:06:07 | More by PhiGDeltaBrewman
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 3 oz. Sam Adams sampler.

A: Poured a golden amber color with a slight chilled haze and a thin film of carbonation leaving no real lace.

S: Smells spot on like banana bread; a baked grain smell with bananas and a little walnut aroma.

T: Taste mimics the smell pretty closely, although the grains are a lighter and brew a little fizzier than I expected. Finish and aftertaste is a smooth lingering banana bread though.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty smooth although a tad on the carbonated/fizzy side.

D: Pretty nice as an apertif or dessert brew, as well as pairing fantastically with banana bread, spice cake or banana nut muffin.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 03:40:27 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of McDosey


1.88/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a pretty mellow New Year's Eve this year. Just wanted to catch Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championship, eat some frozen spinach pizza and enjoy my bottle of Wells Banana Bread Beer. Well, Canada won in a shootout, the pizza was actually better than expected, but I fell short of the hat trick because this beer missed the mark for me.

Things started promising, with a pillowy two-finger head developing after a straight-down-the-middle pour. The eggshell-colored head showed good retention and would re-appear on command after a couple swirls. The beer itself was a medium-dark amber, very clear, with some copper highlights.

Unfortunately, my first sniff confirmed my suspicion about this beer's unique flavoring. Rather than a rich, organic, banana bread fragrance, I got a thin, chemical whiff of banana candy. If you're familiar with banana Runts, then you know the smell. Cool for sugar snacks for six-year-olds, not cool for a $4 bottle of beer.

The taste revealed nothing that the smell already hadn't - more thin, chemical banana candy flavor without much else of interest. A slightly soapy, mineraly, flinty taste arrived behind the banana and finished quick and bitter. No aftertaste, nothing to savor. Like many other posters, I was hoping for something deeper, richer and more layered.

Overall, the beer was watery and thin, with little complexity. I found the chemical notes and bitter, flinty character not to my taste and dumped half the bottle.

For those looking for a good banana-flavored beer, I'm sure many hefe-weizens would fit the bill. There was a great one in Toronto at a brewpub called Denison's, but it's been closed for years and I'm not sure whether the beer went with it.

As far as Wells entry goes, it's a thumbs down for me, which is too bad because the idea is a good one and I do like banana bread. Maybe the beer is poorly executed, maybe I got a bad bottle, maybe my taste buds don't know sh*t, or maybe a banana bread beer is just not meant to be. After all, I like pizza too, but a pepperoni and sausage ale would surely fail from the start.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 17:08:42 | More by McDosey
Photo of Contra

New York

3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seeing a bottle of "Banana Bread Beer", I had to try it. I love the banana-like flavor of Tripels, so this might be worth a try, I figured. It's about what expected, although, oddly enough, the banana bread flavor is much more accurate than I thought it would be. Otherwise, it has a copper ale feel to it, and it does that quite well.

It's certainly worth trying, and it's not bad at all. Still, I'd rather have a slice of banana bread (preferably with some cream cheese on top) and a beer on the side (preferably not at the same time, but who knows). If you like banana bread, then definitely try it out. But I wouldn't get more than a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 04:15:27 | More by Contra
Photo of Richardberg

New York

3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a stemmed water glass. dark amber, mostly translucent but not see-thru, small cream head

S - huge banana esters, a little nutty bread

T - like the smell, plus some hops. Overall more bitter than sweet which surprised me.

M - lots of carbonation, somewhat crisp, bitter finish lingers

D - despite low ABV this would be tough to finish >1 due to crazy and not terribly attractive flavors

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 00:22:03 | More by Richardberg
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3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured beer into a pint glass.

A= It was dark copper, amberlike very clear color in appearance.
S= faint smell of banana nut bread, but a roasty malty smell
T=definitely tasted like bananas, but also had a amber bock hint in it
M=very little carbonation but was descent
D= I like it but not one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 22:39:26 | More by jpschouest
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2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

average appearance.

smells like a bock with bananna hints

taste is unexpectinly differant, I wanted to taste a grainy bread with the hint of sweetness in bananna and instead i tasted a hop bitterness and a lacking sweetness to combat it. i would have ejoyed some more roasted malt flavors to add some complexity to the flavor but found it a little lacking. but overall a fair taste. (i would not have been able to brew one this good)

feels a little under carbonated and not as full as a beer whose claim is bananna BREAD.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 23:00:24 | More by SAABtech
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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