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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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BA SCORE
80
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2,535 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,535
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 64
Gots: 304 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002)
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of sweemzander
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear orange/brown amber color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- Well, the beer's name says it all: tons and tons of creamy banana with some doughy, bread-like yeast notes.

(T)- Pretty much like the smell was. Lots of creamy banana with some yeasty dough undertones. Finishes in some mildly bitter characters.

(M)- Mellow carbonation level. A decent balance too, though primarily banana and yeast, but certainly unique.

(D)- A very strange beer, though fun and enjoyable, I really just see this as a novelty beer one would try once just to see what it is like.

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Imsothirsty
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is light orange/dark gold, hardly any head to speak of
Smell: Banana laffy taffy, thats pretty much it
Taste: Banana laffy taffy, a tiny bit of malt sneaks in there, just a tinge of dry bitterness, no real hops to speak of, no bread, no yeast, no biscuits, fairly disappointing.
Mouth-feel is nice, medium, medium carbonation, clean and fairly crisp finish, with a bit of astringency.
Overall: I had pretty low expectations for this brew based on what others had said, and I was still slightly disappointed, there really was no "bread" in the banana bread at all, and the banana was pretty much straight candy banana flavor, with nothing else going on complexity wise, probably a good experiment that shouldn't have gone farther than that.

Photo of hoorayfourbeer
5/5  rDev +43.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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

Inspired by a bar special notated as a "banana split" that incorporated Wells and Young breweries double chocolate and banana bread at a ratio of 25% double chocolate to 75% banana bread I asked to try one. They had run out of the double chocolate so I went all in for the banana bread alone.

This beer has been shunned by some here on BA. It is a beer that should be taken for what it is. It's a fruit beer that is not meant to be a session type beer.

The appearance is clear and copper not much head nothing special.

The smell is full of banana and malt. A great combo in my opinion.

The taste is a spicy banana bread from the kitchen. Gotta love that!

Overall this beer is great for what it is.
I bought some double chocolate and some banana bread from a local craft beer store. I will be trying the recipe out this Thanksgiving dinner after the meal and watching the game!

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mckajd03
2.3/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Orange/amber color. Crystal clear. Pretty white head.
S - Like one would think with a name like "Banana Bread Beer", there is a strong banana aroma, and a bit of bubblegum.
T - Cloying banana flavor, like banana candy. Some astringency on the finish.
M - Carbonation is fine, and the finish is somewhat dry, but it's also a bit sticky (chewy?).
O - Much like the name, the flavor and aroma is quite gimmicky. Certain yeasts are capable of making a banana compounds, but adding actual bananas to the brew takes it too far.

Photo of Pintofbrown
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I poured this one into a tulip glass.

Appearance- A half-finger of bone white head degrades to a solid ring of film at the edge of the glass. A copper-amber body glows brightly as it sits on the table.

Smell- There's a really sweet banana extract scent that certainly doesn't remind me of actual mashed bananas. There's also an herbal spiciness and alcohol warmth to the nose.

Taste- A creamy fruit sweetness starts this drink off on the right foot, but as the drink builds there is a malty astringency that makes the banana fruit taste more like what I imagine a terrible sugar-free banana bubble gum would taste like.

The finish exacerbates the astringency and brings back that nice banana sweetness from before. Except now it is too late, and whatever is going on in the middle of the drink has made it very hard to focus on the positive aspects of the flavor.

Mouth feel- This beer has a decent medium body, but that is the only positive thing going on here. That terrible astringency makes it feel like I am trying to swallow nail polish remover, and the carbonation is not near where it should be to make this beer creamy.

Overall- While there is certainly a "banana" type flavor going on in this beer, never did it reach the appropriate level of sweetness or breadiness to convince me of what Well's says this beer is supposed to be.

I imagine to fix this, you would need to reevaluate the way banana plays a role on the palate, and get much better malt that has distinct bread notes. I am also in favor of upping the carbonation to make this drink much creamier.

Finally, whatever that terrible astringency is coming from in the taste needs to be taken care of. It almost single-handedly makes this beer undrinkable.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear gold with a 1.5 finger head leaving some lacing down the glass.

Smells exactly like fresh baked banana bread. Sweet banana with some bready malt in the background.

The taste isn't quite as strong as the aroma. Still pretty good hints of banana although the bready character isn't as present. Finishes with a touch of spicy noble hop flavor.

A tad bit watery with medium carbonation levels.

I wish it tasted more like it smelled. As it is, not horrible, but the hop profile was a bit too tuned up for the banana and it didn't mix too well.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've passed buy this a thousand times on the shelf in the past, today curiosity got the best of me.
Pours a clear deep amber color with a modest head that displays decent retention and fair lacing. Smells like banana's all right. Slightly sweet malty aroma deep behind and hints of spices like nutmeg and all spice. There's a beer under there somewhere, but for me only a swirling of the glass brings it through the banana onslaught. Taste is a hint more beery. Sweet candy sugar and light grainy malt mixed with banana's. Smooth sweet almost creamy mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation with a medium body. I kind of enjoyed this, although It's not something I would have all the time. Extra credit for thinking outside the box.

Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown with no head. The scene is banana and slighty toasty bready malts. Very clean and light body on the palate. Lots of banana bread flavor, I feel like it's good if you like sweet beers, and for a one off, I'm not sitting down to a sixer of it though.

Reviewed from notes, enjoyed 09/16/11

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 2,535 ratings.