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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,533
Reviews: 813
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 64
Gots: 303 | 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 doktorhops
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm, I wonder what this beer tastes like? Intrigued by both the idea and the ale within I decided to give it a twist and review the blighter... cheers mate! Purists will frown at ingredients that include "maize", "banana flavour" and perhaps even "sugar", but the proof is in the pudding... or banana bread... right'o then.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a conical pint.

A: This ale presents itself with a clear tawny body and a light eggshell head that dissipates to a thin lacing.

S: As advertised this brew smells very much like banana bread - they got that right at least (I'm talking about you Bickie beer!). There is nothing that really distinguishes the aroma as anything but banana bread; hops are in there somewhere but the focus is set on the bready banana smell quite explicitly... good I say - I like it when a product does what it's advertised to do.

T: Less banana and more hops than I was expecting. The flavours very much hop-centric bitterness without a strong malt base to quell it, and the banana I believe as a result of this has taken a backseat. Perhaps Wells should have followed the example set by German Weissbier brewers? I've definitely had more banana flavours in a Weiss, and if you're making a banana bread beer the message you want to send to the drinker is "Taste this! Banana bread!", instead the both of these tastes are fairly muted, oh well... the aftertaste is very banana orientated though... odd.

M: Low to mid body & carbonation as expected from an English ale.

D: Disappointed in a way; this beer smells great however the flavour profile is too much hop bitters and not enough malt, yeast & banana is coming through. It seems like a waste of a brilliant idea and if you're looking for banana flavours in a beer you're better off drinking a Weissbier... seriously. Still it is almost as drinkable as a classic English bitter, but there is a list as long as my arm of ales that would make a better option than this.

Food match: Maybe a couple slices of banana bread would make this beer taste likewise. Wishful thinking?

Photo of bnes09
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper colored beverage lying under a thin blanket of white foam. Head clings to the glass forming a ring with some lacing.

Aroma of ripe bananas and fresh baked bread as promised.

Banana flavor hits the taste buds right away. Descent malt character tasting of smooth white bread. Hints of rye and a mild leafy hop bitterness balances well.

Thin consistency, almost watery. Highly carbonated. Crisp finish. The taste and feel are at odds here. When I taste banana I am expecting something with a dense and creamy feel. It throws me off when I feel nothing thicker than water.

This stuff is pretty good. I have never tasted anything like it. It will not be a go to beer for me but is still interesting and worth a try.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Pours a deep amber, brown color. Ruby hues when light feeds through it. Off white head with a tint of yellow. Sits about a quarter inch on the beer

(S) The aroma is pretty straight forward and simple... It smells like banana bread. Done.

(T) One of the beers that actually tastes how it smells, which smells AND tastes what the name says it should. Sweet banana with a decent bread and malt base. Has a timid bit of hops but it's mostly malt and sweetness. Quite a decent flavor. Some vanilla kind of lurks in there along with SLIGHT chocolate that fills in with the banana.

(M) Slightly grainy. Medium body. Full on the palate. Ends pretty smooth.

(O) Not one that I would go on a search for, but it's a decent brew to have every now and then. I really can appreciate that it smells and tastes like banana bread. I've had several beers that speak of vanilla or other flavors and it might be present in the aroma but not at all in the flavor, but this beer is straight up what it claims to be.

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

A: Clear light amber color with a bumpy head.

S: Banana of course. I would compare it to the sugary sweet banana smell of Runts candies rather than to the smell of an actual banana. Some malts on the finish.

T: Slightly bitter, that same sweet sugary banana flavor from the smell (runts candy, for sure). Bready malts.

M: Real nice carbonation. Just right for an amber.

O: I like my banana bread with a bit of cream cheese. I tried the same with this beer and it does actually pair quite well. Overall, I thought the banana flavor in this beer was too artificial, but then again a real banana flavor - being more subtle - would probably disappear among the malts.

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

I thought that this beer looked too strange at first to even buy, but the next time I saw it curiosity overcame my better judgement.

A: Light amber color, crystal clear with a lot of bubbles rising from the bottom. And aggressive pour yields a finger and a half of head, which has a moderate retention.

S: A little to my surprise, the beer actually smells like banana bread. Or, rather, more like the love child between beer and banana bread. Malts and grains up front are soon overwhelmed by bananas, brown sugar and cinnamon.

T: Very heavy on the banana up front, with a mix of roasted malts. The end tastes a little more nutty, and the finish is surprisingly bitter for how sweet the beer is throughout.

M: light-to medium bodied without much carbonation. I really wish that this beer was thicker, so that it was a little more like eating banana bread.

O: It's interesting, to be sure. It's not the type of beer that I would drink all the time, but it's good as a novelty beer. And it delivers on what it promises: A banana bread beer.

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

A: Pours a clear light brown color. It has a small white head with little retention. It looks pretty lively with a decent amount of carbonation.

S: Smells of sweet artificial bananas, similar to a banana-like candy. Some spices, particularly cloves, are also present. It smells pleasant, despite the artificial aromas.

T: Strong artificial bananas up front. Some bready tastes come through and it finishes with a slightly bitter taste.

M: It's body is on the thinner side of a medium feel. It has a dull feel and is somewhat watery.

O: Definitely worth a try. It's a pretty unique beer. I might purchase this again if I'm in the mood. It certainly wasn't bad.

Photo of RickS95
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a relatively translucent copper color. Initially, there is a white head, but blink and it's gone leaving minimal lacing.

The scent of banana is both obvious and subtle. It's clearly the lead role, but it's not overpowering. Along with the banana, cinnamon and cloves are there.

Everything in the smell is present in the taste, except there is some grassy bitterness from the hops.

Kind of thin on the palate. Not smooth, a bit spicy with a slight watered down feel to it.

It seemed like a weird beer, so I had to try it. It's not something I'll keep stocked in my fridge, but I'm glad I could mark it off my to-do list.

Photo of dhannes
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a chilled bottle.


S=A rather pronounced smell of bananas, not banana bread...no grain, barley, or hops smells were noted.

T=Bananas, yes; banana bread, no. Very light body, coupled with carbonation and sweetness, this was closer to soda pop than banana bread. Yes, you could taste the bananas, but no notes of grains anywhere. Taste improved as the beer warmed up.

M=Very loose; no body whatsoever.

O=Was hoping more for an amber or stout type consistency with darker hops presence. Not recommended.

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

Bottle to stein.

A: Bright orange, small off white head, minimal lacing.

S: Malt, bananna, touch of spice, and bubble gum.

T: Malty bananna, sweet but not cloying as I expected. Hints of spice as the hops leaves a bitter bananna finish.

M: Fairly light body, medium carbination, smooth and creamy.

O: Not as sweet as I had anticipated, would have liked it better had the hops compleatly wiped away the bananna on the finish. Instead left a bit of an aftertaste that I was not a fan of. That being said, it was easy to drink, however not something I would buy(this one was a gift).

Photo of olimpia84
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the bottle into a Weizen glass (at the time it was the only clean glassware I had!). Presentation is very nice with a golden and yelllow label with an image of a banana on it and the name of the brewery. Definitely caught my attention while doing my beer shopping.

A: semi-opaque elegant amber color with a two finger head and slight lacing.

S: banana fruit, banana bread, banana pudding, and some sweet honey notes and malts. Yup, this is a banana beer.

T: starts off with the advertised banana bread flavor, but said flavor fades pretty quick in the palate to give room for peppery hops and a slight bitter finish. I was a tad disappointed as I was expecting a stronger banana taste and a sweeter finish.

M: light to medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

O: this is a solid fruit beer, although I wish the banana taste was a little more pronounced. The beer does a good job in introducing the banana on the nose but falls short when it comes to replicating that characteristic in the taste.

Photo of gbarbee
4.83/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light, blonde, and clear.
Smell: Clean, crisp with a hint of banana.
Taste: Light taste, easy on the palate. Slight hint of banana without the sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and light
Drinkability: Nice beer that has a hint of banana bread. Very easy to drink and goes down smooth.

Photo of tvv375ia
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 11.2oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-poured a nice sopper with a 2 finger head that left some lacing as it faded

S-bananas with a little spice

T-pretty much what the bottle says --- banana bread --- so if you like banana bread the only thing that would make it better is if you could put butter on it

M-good carbonation maybe a little on the thin side

O-I like banana bread so this rates pretty high for me

Photo of enzocc
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber, dark red, brown, Honey color. tiny nice head. it gaves you the sense that this is not going to be an average beer.

S&T - The smell is totally a new thing. Essence of banana and honey everywhere. Excellent smell that gaves you the intro to was is going to be this beer. The taste is most banana flavor. Honey,orange, wheat are the dominant flavors going around.

M - Not watery, not dense. very balanced beer. I would preferred this beer a little more dense.

O - A excellent beer that i would try without doubt. Nice style of beer, well developed. Not a banana overwhelming flavor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 2,533 ratings.