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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,421
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 65
Gots: 243 | FT: 3
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 DCon
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a 4-pack of this from Shakespeare's English Pub in Sarasota, FL. Poured into a Tulip glass and enjoyed over an hour of time while watching the bowl games last week.

Appearance- Bronze color with almost no head.

Smell- Of course banana but also smelled extreme amount of malt.

Taste- Tasting the bananas for sure and a hint of vanilla. Will be wondering next time what other tastes come out, but awesome!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied and had a vanilla finish! Very different.

Drinkability- Wells really hit it on this one! I could only drink one glass of this beer because of how different it was. Probably would give you a stomach ache if you had too much of it! Tough to say this beer's drinkability.

DCon, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of clark123456
2.2/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium brown color, not hazy at all.

S: Fake banana smell. It's hard to describe, buy you'll know it if you smell it.

T: Firm flavor of banana at first, but finishes as a not great beer. It isn't horrible, but it isn't great either.

M: Mouth coating.

D: Low carbonation.

Overall: I'm sorry I bought a 4 pack...I wish I had bought a single.

clark123456, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of pisomojado8
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber color, a lacing of head in the pour. Nearly overpowering, but pleasant, aroma of banana and caramel. Plenty of carbonation; almost too much so. First sip -- a sweet start, mouthfeel is a little on the watery side with a dry finish -- somewhat resembling a soda.

Not bad -- one of these every once in a while is a nice treat. I'd pair it with -- banana bread -- if you have any.

pisomojado8, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of LittleDon
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Starts off strong. Nice retention on the head, amber color, crystal clear, with tiny carbonation bubbles. All downhill from there. Aroma is what you might expect, bananas and a bit of caramel sweetness, not bad. Decently soft up front with the bananas the predominant flavor. After that nothing. No middle or finish, like a banana flavored light beer. Some bitterness in the end, but not enough to make this beer interesting. Medium bodied. A novelty that's worth one try, but that's it.

LittleDon, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of ExpertAndrew
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle the smell of banana is the first thing you notice. The color is a nice copper color. The taste is not as strong as the smell but it is subtle and nice. Carbonation is on the light side but that makes the beer smooth like a nice banana bread. You are left with a nice after taste of banana's. I would drink this again but would not make it a part of the regular rotation.

ExpertAndrew, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of bens0n
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear copper color with a small amount of bubbly off-white head that dissipates very quickly.

On the nose, you can pick up on hops, malts some wheat/yeast and of course the banana. Nothing really stands out among all of what is going on, its relatively mild smelling, slightly sweet.

At the start, you pick up on the wheat notes then the rest of the ingredients. The banana comes in towards the end, its very sweet. The banana is there, and it would be pretty hard to brew something with bananas and not have it appear in the flavor, but there is just nothing too special about this.

There is more carbonation than I really like, but this beer is pretty smooth and has a dry aftertaste, very drinkable, but again nothing special.

bens0n, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of BigMike
2.23/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Pours a burnt copper color with a very thin off white head that's barely there.

S: it definitely smells like banana bread. Lots of overripened banana and some nuttiness.

T: Taste is a let down after the smell. It pretty much tastes like an adjuct lager on the front end and finishes with the banana flavor.

M: super thin and watery. Light bodied with not much carbonation.

Overall: Not a big fan of this one. Looks ok and smells ok but the taste and mouthfeel leave a lot to be desired.

BigMike, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of davednyc
4.88/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't really go in for fruit-flavored beers, but I had wanted to try this one for a while. Even if the label had merely said "Beer", without the eye-catching "Banana Bread" I would enjoy and recomend this one. The fruit flavors are far from overwhelming, to the point that if somebody were looking for a sweet beer they may be disappointed.

Pours from the bottle into a glass with a deep copper color, with little head. A distinct banana aroma, yet subtle enough that I may not be able to properly identify it if I didn't know what I was looking for. Bold flavor - once again the banana is there, but takes a supporting role.

A bit pricey in NYC at $5.99 for a 1 pint 9 oz bottle, but I will definitely return to this again and again, perhaps savoring it just for 'special' occsasions.

davednyc, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of markrubbo
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with little head retention. Has a mashed ripe banana smell with sprucey / piney notes. The taste reflects the aroma.. the banana fruit is balanced with a light piney hop flavor. Not an overbearing fruit beer. It is light in body and very drinkable with a clean finish.

markrubbo, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of pezdedorado
4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy and I love to kick back with a special bottle of this beer. If you're going to have just one, this is a nice choice against the grain.

I get a lot of banana and malt from this beer. Its one I want to try homebrewing, but I am afraid this beer wont disappear for years if I make 5 gallons.

pezdedorado, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Phinner
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer for those who like bananas - the taste and aroma were right on. It has a very nice, subtle flavor and very appetizing color. The mouth feel was a bit light, but it is very drinkable.

Overall, I would buy again and make it a regular in my rotation.

Phinner, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of gskitt
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For some reason I am attracted to concoctions like this offering from Well. Pours a good looking pour with frothy white bubbles that don't last. Smell was a potent banana bread smell. They weren't lying. It had a more smell than taste but thats good. Otherwise it would be over-powering. It had a pleasant mouthfeel and was a very balanced brew. However, one is probably enough.

gskitt, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of bubseymour
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Decent orange/brown clear with large carbonation bubbles. Head was small and large carbonation bubbles.

Smell - Pleasant and bannana like.

Taste - One would think this is a pretty weird concoction and could be a disaster but it actually works out ok and Wells pulled this off as passable and a nice variety and change of pace.

Mouthfeel - nothing special or noteworthy

Drinkability - Tastes like some wacky American Craftbrew Frankenstein creation but I was somewhat shocked to find out Wells is British brewer.

Overall - Nothing special but its drinkable and light in flavor. Smooth, no hop bitterness and a hint of bannana flavor. Something to try and say you've tried it then move on.

bubseymour, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of jsdunlop
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my local Harris Teeter, surprisingly.
Pours out a light amber with a thin, whispy head that manages to maintain some decent lacing. Smells like banana bread, with some strong aromas of vanilla and buttery white cake icing, and the flavor matches the smell very well. Tastes like candied bananas, someone posted the resemblance to the banana runts and they were spot on. A very sweet and rich beer, definitely a dessert pairing brew, while at the same time, managing to bring about characteristics of the malts and a nice hop bitterness that lingers around after each sip. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but the beer itself is quite rich, with a fairly high carbonation level. All in all, a good beer for what its worth, more of a novelty or a one time attraction.

jsdunlop, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of MadeInOregon
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the brewers who brought us the incredible "Young's Double Chocolate Stout" comes this oddity. I couldn't resist picking up a 12 oz. single from Whole Foods. Avoid this beer like the plague if you don't like bananas.

The body is very nice looking with an orange-gold color like a sherry and a very frothy, soapy head.

Smells--very accurately--like banana bread. There is also a bubble gum aroma in there and a very faint powdery smell that is similar to protein powder mix, which was not very appetizing.

The first taste was STRONGLY bubble gum in flavor and probably one of the strangest, most unusual flavors I've ever tasted out of a beer bottle! After a few more sips the main taste is banana-flavored candy mixed with real bananas. "Where have I tasted that the flavor?", I thought to myself. "RUNTS!" Yes! This beer tastes like those silly little fruit shaped candies, specifically the banana-shaped one. How odd! Is that their secret ingredient?! Hope not! There is a slight hop bite toward the end of each sip but it is replaced by the banana Runts. Overall, the beer is quite sweet and since it does not taste very malty I guess it is due to the flavoring.

Flavor progression went like this:
bubble gum & banana bread -> Runts -> hefeweizen, yeasty, wheat -> hops & Runts

This is an interesting, semi-drinkable beer but I think it belongs paired with food. It's too odd to stand alone. It would definitely make a good breakfast beer, maybe with some fried potatoes, bacon, and eggs. Yum!

MadeInOregon, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of cooncat
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard 'shaker pint' glass, the beer is orangish-yellow in color, with a white head. Head diminishes to a cap, which sticks around for a while due to a higher than average carbonation level. Some lacing left on the side of the glass on a sip, but not much sticking around.

While I can detect banana in the nose, I also detect a minerally odor ... guess they weren't kidding about using mineral water on the label. The mineral smell isn't over powering, but it is there, and noticeable.

The taste has banana and bubble gum up front, with some floral hop notes and a bit of that mineral taste mentioned in the nose. I've had Wit beers with a much more pronounced banana flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a fairly perky carbonation level .. probably close to 3 volumes. I wouldn't call the carbonation "bitey", but its certainly lively. Not sure that I'd want to drink this all night long, but at 5.2% abv, its certainly sessionable. I'd say a couple would be my limit on this one.

An interesting beer that's worthy of a try. I got mine at my homebrew club's "beer gift exchange". Now that I've tried it, would I buy additional bottles of it? Probably not, but since I'm a homebrewer, I've got a lot a beer at home all the time. I say, give it a shot if you get the chance ...

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 Pt bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pretty copper color with a fingers worth of fluffy white head that settles to a nice ring with very nice lacing.

S: Wow.... Banana bread in a glass. Bananas, nuts, sweet malt, cinnamon and yeast. Really great smelling beer.

T: Tastes a lot like the smell.... Little more banana peel than I wanted, but everything else is here. Banana bread with nuts, caramel, cinnamon and yeast. Pretty sweet but not overly so.

M: Lighter than I was hoping. Mid bodied and crisper than I was hoping. Carbonation is light. I really wanted thick and creamy so it loses a few points.

D: Low ABV and good flavors make this pretty damn drinkable. May not be everyone's cup tea, but it is worth looking at to try something different.

mralphabet, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of bierguru
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A -
copper color mild cardonation white head fades to a thin lacing fairly quick

S -
like banana bread very strong sweet banana

T -
strong caramel flavor right up front hides most of the flavors to come mid taste you get some nuts and then finishes with banana

M -
light on the tounge little bubbles dry in the mouth

D -
go for one just to try it really to me it tastes like a sweet yuengling

bierguru, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice caramel, autumn like color. A paper thin head remains thoughout the beer.

S- Bananas and clove (like with a wheat beer), and a big nuttiness. Duh, it smells like fresh baked banana nut bread.

T- Just like the name. Only thing I can say about the taste is there is a smaller presence of nuttiness than was given from the smell. Has that toffee-ish sweetness to it, but the sweet tatste is not overpowering. The beer has a fairly carbonated feel to it. Very smooth going down and has a great drying finish like the bread it's name after does.

M- A little too smooth and carbonated, but isn't all that heavy (which is a plus).

D- The sweetness and carbonation of the beer doesn't make this beer very drinkable to me, but I could drink a couple in a row very easy without struggle.

*- Overall, I have a confidence now in whatever the Wells & Young's Ltd Brewing Company does. This beer is called Banana Bread Beer, and truely lives up to that title. Great beer that would be great with your Sunday brunch, or with desserts like Pumpkin or Peacon Pies. EXCELLENT BREW!

ThomasMetal75, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a Paulaner stein in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on December 12th, 2010. Pours a clear gold, lots of bubbles, three finger head with cream.

Sm: Banana bread! Bananas. Hops, barley, the usual suspects.

T: Smooth open to well built body and wonderfully banana finish. I don't know how they did it. Kind of akin to runts candy banana flavour. Well balanced and wonderful for what it is. Well built for the style. Hard to do but they did it!

Mf: Nice. A bit too smooth but it dries up.

Dr: I'd have it again and recommend it to friends as a good fruit beer.

kojevergas, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of MNFirefly
4.72/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer and completely satisfied with my selection. I was completely love the smell and aroma of the beer and reminds me of banana bread. The clear color is beautiful. The pour of the beer into the glass was smooth. The mouthfeel was smooth.

MNFirefly, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-copper colored with a cream colored head. fairly bubbly.

S-smells like grains and bananas. the banana scent is strong

T-unfortunately the taste is very watery though there is a lot of banana. it reminds me of a banana popsicle. there's a lot of room for improvement. the after-taste is just a tad grainy but it isn't too great. overall i think its a great beer for a hot summer day but not if you want a good night of tastings

M-heavy carbonation with a dry finish

D-drinkability depends on situation. a night out with the guys: not for me. summertime at the pool: i'll have this all afternoon!

AdamBear, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Scotchboy
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served initally very cold (40-ish), warmed throughout the evening.

Poured from a newly purchased bottle into a Stella glass. Color was rich, golden-carmel brown without any cloudiness, with a hint of carbonation. Nothing special on the head or lacing, with both pours the head dissapated quite quickly.

Smell was instant yeast and bananas, followed by sweetness, maybe nuts and bread, other 'beer' smells. Malty. Definitely unique.

Banana flavors overwhelming the palette. Other banana-related flavors I picked up on were banana-bread and Banana Runts. Walnuts too? An ever so slight bite. The malt?

As it warms, a few spicy hop notes emerge.

Mouthfeel was initially creamy but overall dissapointing to me. Just not enough there. Light-bodied beer.

Finish was also poor in my opinion. There is almost a 'skunky' beer finish under the banana flavors. The slight banana aftertaste is also unpleasant.

Scotchboy, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of phideltashaggy
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

A-Medium dark amber with a tan head and very pretty lacing. Very clear.

S-The nose is heavy on the banana. Just like a banana popsicle mixed with beer. I loved this part.

T- Not what I was expecting. The banana did not make the beer sweet, like one might expect. There is just a small banana taste in front, and a hopsy finish.

MF- Kinda creamy, but not too much so. Prety standard ale, really.

D- Meh. Not hard to drink, but I don't feel like I want to pop another one any time soon.

Overall, this is a nice novelty brew, but it's not even the best beer I've had with bananas in it (I'm a huge fan of dunkels)

phideltashaggy, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of bradleyp
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to the Bier Stein for having this in stock.

Poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A: Medium brown with lots of little carbonation bubbles. Nice lacing throughout the glass.

S: Smells like bananas and some faint cinnamon.

T: Banana is very pungent throughout. It reminds of the banana Runts candy. Very tasty.

M: Great flavor of banana and very bready. Almost like a banana bread. Not too boozy imo.

D: Worth trying once, but I wouldn't drink more than one in one sitting. Very recommended for people who enjoy fruity beers.

bradleyp, Dec 05, 2010
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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