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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,495
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 63
Gots: 281 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, someone had to do it. Definitely a big banana aroma. Pleasant beery taste and nice carbonated mouthfeel. Thin body, not much malt or sugar, surprisingly. Touch of hops provides a slight bitter aftertaste. Whatever they put in this, it does taste like muffins or carrot cake.

I"m not sure I need another one, but it does make you think. Maybe it needs hazelnuts. Or just a lot of malt and some burnt sugar.

mactrail, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.42/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a deep copper color. Decent head, good retention. Not much lacing.

S - It smells just like banana bread: heavy on the banana, light on the spices.

T - The "light on the spices" part applies to the smell only; in terms of taste, the spices are a bit overpowering -- unpleasant, really -- certainly detracting from the experience. There's definitely a lot of banana in here too, but it's an artificial, "chemically" flavor; plus, there's a fair amount of malt, and adequate hops. I was expecting more yeast flavor from a beer using the word "bread" on the label

M - Crisp, with good carbonation (but that harsh spice taste makes me hardly notice).

O - Not quite a sink-pour, mainly because I couldn't force myself to pour out such an expensive beer. My buddy with whom I split it also finished his, but after much longer than he normally takes. I'm surprised this comes from the same folks who make the tasty Double Chocolate Stout.

TappaKeggaBrew, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of MeisterBurger
2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light golden amber topped by a thin but frothy head. Retains and laces reasonably well.

Aroma is 100% banana chips. Banana aroma feels somewhat artificial.

It tastes like an incredibly dull and boring British pale ale. Mixed with banana.

The end.

MeisterBurger, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a clear copper color with an off-white two finger head. Seeing good retention. Carbonation is very noticeable. No lacing.

S - The nose is full of banana bread as stated. Also getting some grains, caramel malts and a decent amount bitter hops in the background. Mostly banana though which smells fantastic.

T - The bitter hops shine through up front on the taste with graininess and caramel notes again coming through the middle. Still picking up sweet bananas but more so in the finish.

M - I love the mouth feel. Smooth, crisp and clean. Excellent carbonation as well. Just feels good.

O - Really interesting beer. I like that the banana is obvious and that you don't have to dig for it. Too bad its so expensive. Had this once before but I think I like it much better this time around.

depechemode1983, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of cmq103
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. A decent buy at around $4.00 for the bottle from Shoprite Liquors in Hamilton, NJ.

Appearance: A nice copper color pour with a 1/2" head. The head receded after a few minutes to a light beige ring with decent lacing when tilted in preparation of the first sip.

Smell: Wonderful sweet banana bread aroma followed by light malt, finishing with a raisin-prune aroma.

Taste: Mild spiciness, with a dry, bitter banana flavor is what I get first. The banana flavor was not as dominant as the aroma, which surprised me. I was expecting the banana esters, similar to that in a fine Hefe, or Dunkelweizen, but not the case with this beer. Again, a slightly bitter beer that is missing the sweetness noted in the aroma. Unique, but not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is lively enough, with a light to moderate body and watery texture.

Overall: I love the taste of banana in beer, which is why I am drawn to the Hefeweizen and Dunkelweizen styles. I figured with a name that has "banana bread" in it then I must try it. I would probably buy again but can't see committing to more than a bottle at a time. Certainly not a session beer but a "should try" if you enjoy banana flavor in your beer.

cmq103, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of JMad
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a mug...

Pours a light copper color with a foamy off-white head. The smell is dominated by fresh and fruity banana there is a slight tang to it and some nutty malt. It tastes mostly of banana bread (not surprisingly) with some sweet malt and a peppery hop accent. The beer is light with low but sharp carbonation and a pleasing finish. This is a solid and straight forward beer, nothing to complain about here.

JMad, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of EricMichael
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

appearance - Golden amber with a finger of off white head the faded rapidly. Minimal lacing. Carbonation appeared to cling to the side of the glass reminicent of a soda.

smell - Smells like dried banana chips. Very light hop.

taste & mouthfeel - Tastes like a banana nut bread, but lacking a deeper complexity. Lighter than I'd hope for a beer. Banana balanced nicely with hop in the background creating a smoothness.

overall - Enjoyable, something different. Doubt that I'd search for it again as it's not what I want out of a beer.

EricMichael, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 11/18/2011 - poured from a 500mL bottle into my Samuel Smith nonik.

Clear persimmon liquid with a small layer of beige creamy foam which recedes to a thin but lasting slick. Decent lacing and a rim of legs.

Bananas, walnuts, and malt in the nose.

Banana skins, alcohol, and pale malt with a hint of caramel on the palate. Not much flavor evolution in the finish though more of the "bread" elements come out. Very low bitterness without hop flavor. Moderately sweet, but not at all cloying. Slightly weedy/papery.

Light-bodied, with average carbonation.

Not a bad idea, though this is decidedly a gimmick.

augustgarage, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Bucknutty24
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Pours a dark copper color with a thin white head. A decent amount of carbination.

s: Banana,Banana,Banana and a smalll amount of bread.

t: At the tip of the tongue the banana doesn't hit.After that it's all Banana. As close as you could get to actual banana bread.

m: it was light to medium mouth feel.

o: This is definatly a try one time only brew for me.It was pretty crazy with bananas probably too much. If you love bananas this is for you.

Bucknutty24, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: dark amber with a thin ring of foam , not much carb, kinda flat.

s: picked up points for smell. strong bananna, bready yeast, some spice and a little alochol back there to remind you that this is a beer.

t: like liquid bananna bread. kinda weird having that in liquid form.

m: thin and flat. reminded me of a wheatwine.

o: worth it. not what i expected, but better.

match1112, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of BeerManDan
4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color when poured was a dark amber brown with a minimal amout of foam, with a fair amount of lace on the side of the glass. The Smell of banana and yeast was evident in the aroma. The taste was of banana, bread yeast and caramel. Nicly balance of sweetness/tartness that made this ale pleasant to drink. This is a very interesting ale that I would buy again and again.

BeerManDan, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of DUBinMIA
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a heffe glass. crystal clear nutty brown color with a 2 in foam white head that sticks around... lots of lace

smell is slight malt overpowered by banana bread... some almond and vanilla flavor. no hop notes

taste is really good... better than i was expecting. malt and banana bread dominate

mouth-feel is good medium body with bold thick flavors and low carbonation.

overall i loved this beer... but i also love banana bread so if you don't like banana bread don't bother... not sure if it is a real or artificial flavor but i don;t care because it was delicious.

DUBinMIA, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange with a thick white head like virgin snow. I was expecting a banana beer to be yellow. Pristine sheet of retention leaves foamy curtains hung up on my glass. I still think it should be yellow.

Aroma is banana meringue and vanilla wafer. Not gettin' too much bread.

Tastes like banana and bourbon vanilla, albeit a very mineral-y and fizzy banana. More biscuit malt would have been appropriate.

It seems like a simple principal: I like banana bread. I like beer. I should like banana bread beer. But I don't, it's pretty mediocre. I still go to Weihenstephaner hef when I need a beery banana.

donkeyrunner, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of sstates
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice Amber color. Almost like cream soda

S: Banana bread and malty smell upfront. Very sweet smelling as well.

T: Tastes just like banana bread and beer. But the tastes are almost separate. Was much better than expected.

M: Clean, mildly carbonated.

O: I don't know if I could drink a lot of this, but I really liked drinking this beer. Very easy to drink and not too sweet for a fuit beer.

sstates, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Amber and clear, head was really nice and lacing was fine.

Smelled and tasted like bananas, amply spiced, although the sweetness wasn't there like I expected. In fact, it was extremely dry IMO, almost powdery dry, which got dryer between the smell and the taste.

Body was well carbonated but quite lite and too dry, not too heavy.

Overall it was interesting but I wouldn't seek it out again.

AlCaponeJunior, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Bookseeb
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice copper color with a crisp dissapating head. Smell has the upfront banana bread aroma with the malt in the back. Taste has a good balance bringing out the bananas with the malt and hop. Mouthfeel is closer to medium that IMO should have a lower carbonation to bring out a softer flavor. Overall a very nice beer that brings out what it says it is.

Bookseeb, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of LuthersMug
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Reminded me of a cream soda. Crystal clear copper color. Head fizzed up and then disappeared quickly, no lacing.

S - Hints of banana.

T - A bit on the sweet side, banana and interestingly double bubble gum. Very little hops noted.

M - Good, clean.

O - Something different for sure. I might try it again sometime.

LuthersMug, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Eramen
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours out a light copper colour. The head is soapy and tiny initially, and then disappears altogether after a 30 seconds.

S - Strong banana, sweet dried fruits, candy; it's very different an very sweet.

T - The beer and banana flavours mix well enough, but it's quite sweet and cloying on the palate. I also get sweet creamed rice, custard, malts.

MF - The body is lacking, it's a touch too watery and thin, medium carbination which suites the character of the beer.

O - Overall this is just an pretty average beer. Buy one and move on!

Eramen, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of shand
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a clear copper color with a tiny head. The smell is very nice, bananas, candy sweetness, and bready malts. The taste is a bit bizarre, but still pretty good. The "banana bread" and the "beer" parts of this beer seem to exist on two different planes that are forced together when I sip this. The beer hangs out on one side, with a decent bready caramel malt presence, even if it's kind of watery. The banana bread is over on the other side, being all delicious and stuff. They never quite coexist to become as delicious as they can be, but it's still enjoyable. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the drinkability is decent, but can strain due to sweetness. Overall, an interesting beer, but truly a one and done.

shand, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange to amber colour, clear with a pinky sized, bubbly white head that is reduced to a thin soapy lacing after a few seconds.

Huge smell of banana that's like those banana marshmallow sweets. Some mild vanilla mixed in with some bread & mild hints of alcohol at the back too.

Banana flavours dominating but also a taste of bread is slightly stronger than the nose indicated. There is a mild bitter finish that is very slightly skunky tasting.

A smooth beer with a medium body and a slight fizz on the tongue. It has a nice dry & clean finish.

Nice as a one off but isn't the type of beer I would go back to. It made for an interesting drink and certainly went down easily enough, the only thing that would maybe put you off slightly is that the banana is a little strong but thats what you expect from it anyway.

Featured in the 1001 Beers to try before you die list:

flyingpig, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of hurfeweizen
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. Had a dark brown, ale-y hue, wasn't incredibly exceptional. Decent head.

Smelled faintly of a sweet banana, with a malty base to detect.

Taste wise, it's got a satisfying malt flavor, with a hint of that banana taste. I did not detect much bready-ness. Taste was slightly above average overall.

Mouthfeel was average, a decent thickness and a slightly smooth finish down the throat.

Overall, it's a great beer to try, but probably not a repeat brew.

hurfeweizen, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of jsanford
2.03/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pint Glass.

Poured a clear, light brown with a thin white head that settled to a light haze. I thought this would be darker for some reason. Smells like...bananas. Banana RUNTS actually. I know they use "real banana" in this, but I can't help that it smells artificial. Perhaps banana is just a tough flavor to pull off. Anyways, there's some sweet caramel malt in there, too. I guess you could use your imagination and see where the "bread" comes from, but I'm not digging it. Taste follows the nose closely, mainly banana and some sweet malt flavors of coffee and cocoa powder. Too sweet. Body is thin with moderate carbonation. I can understand why some people like this, but it just isn't my thing. Pass.

jsanford, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of mjurney
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium Amber color, clear. Some bubbles. Small head.

Sweet. Banana. A little candy caramel. Just a touch of chocolate.

Malty up front with some dry bitter finish. Really nice malt character, bready, grainy, unsweetened caramel, roasted nuts. There some banana
flavor, but it's not overpowering like most fruit beer I had. I could detect just a touch of chocolate in the very end of my palate.
Body is medium, but pretty dry. Carbonation is very nice.

Dry finish. Clean aftertaste.

Probably this is the best fruit beer I've drank, not overly sweet, just right.

mjurney, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-28-2011
Freshness: Best by 11-18-2011
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Triple S Market, Gallatin, TN

A: Color was dark copper on this clear beer. The cream-colored head was 3 fingers high and left a good amount of lacing. Carbonation seen was a small amount of bubbles streaming.

S: Huge banana aromas - they nailed that one! Combine the banana smells with caramel malts and vanilla and you have a rich, sweet aroma. Also some breadiness - very nice.

T: Given the sweetness in the aroma, I was surprised to find the taste was not all that sweet. I get the malty breads and banana flavors for some sweetness, but there is also a good amount of hop bitterness making this a well balanced beer. There are also some spice flavors I can't quite peg - maybe cloves.

M: Body is medium and the carbonation feels high on the tongue. A crisp drinker, it finishes dry with some bitterness. As the beer warms, the aftertaste has more of the banana and spice flavors.

O: I thought the smell was fantastic, and the taste, although not what I expected, was well done. It was a bit high priced, so I doubt I'll be buying this often, but I'd gladly have more.

sommersb, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mystery bottle that ended up in my refrigerator.

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head that leaves light lacing.

Smells of slight pale malts and large amounts of brown bananas. Also present are slight hints of breadiness.

Tastes very similar to how it tastes. Slightly sweet pale malts up front are joined quickly by moderate amounts of breadiness. Midway through the banana flavors take over, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this beer is exactly as billed, although I’m not sure I could drink more than one in a sitting. It was interesting to have the banana influence without the spices (as in most weizens) though, and worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 24, 2011
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 2,495 ratings.