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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,191
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 48
Gots: 145 | 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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1.83/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ok, I have to admit: My expectations are very low on this one.

It pours an amber liquid with an almost white head. The head is initially two fingers high, but it quickly collapses into a thin ring.

The smell is defiantly banana. Synthetic banana. There is also some smell of malt, well hidden behind the banana.

The taste is that of... banana. It overwhelms everything else. I guess there is some malt in the background, but it's hard to recognise. The aftertaste is also disturbing. I guess the hops are supposed to balance the sweetness of the banana, but instead it makes it even worse. The bitterness of the hops turns the banana flavour into that of green - unripe - bananas. Not good at all.

Drinkable? I didn't even manage to drink half of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 14:14:31 | More by Scriba
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a thin head that holds out for a couple minutes before thinning to a crown.

Aroma leans toward artificial, in terms of its banana-ness, and the abundant breadiness I'd hoped for isn't there. Maybe in the flavor...

Aah, yes, the flavor is more like it, just perhaps not the dream-beer I'd hoped for (banana bread beer is such an awesome concept). Equal parts bready malt, like a sweeter dough base as you'd use in, yep, banana bread, and of course, banana. Appropriately nutty, even some melted butter and bubblegum. Hop presence is very laid back. Banana dominates finish.

Smooth and slick texture, fairly dry and having plenty of carbonation--though thankfully the bubbles aren't overbearing.

Not entirely novelty, but not a beer you'd designate as an every day go-to beer either. I'd wanted to try this for some time, as the idea seemed too good to be true. While this is no grand slam, it does well enough--but I'll bet Dogfish Head could really do something amazing with this concept. I thank BDLBrewster for the opportunity to try a bottle. Cheers, Matt!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 15:12:39 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of theboozecruise


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown glass bottle into a pint glass... pours a clear golden color with a white head. Lots of carbonation. There's a nice smell dominated by banana. The taste is plenty of banana, but not much else... a slight bitter aftertaste. I like the idea of a banana infused beer, but this one just doesn't really live up to potential.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 04:47:10 | More by theboozecruise
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cool shaped bottle, brought back from Dallas.
1 pt 0.9 US fl. oz, brown bottle. Slightly different label, but still has the gold foil beer filled pint glass emerging from a banana peel. Best by date marked on the back, "Independant Family Brewer" plus hops and grain stalks embossed on the bottle shoulder.
"Long ago, ale was known as 'liquid bread'. We've used our long history of creating the finest malt blends & added fairtrade bananas to awaken the senses with a seriously, fruity, rich, yet suprisingly versatile banana bread beer."
This beer pours a light orange with an ivory colored head. Foam shrinks down to a thick film, good retention. Smell is amazingly like banana bread. The banana smells realistic, not overly sweet fake flavoring. Also some toasted bready malt. Taste has lots of banana as well. Again, naturally tasting. There is some solid caramel malt that keeps it from getting to sweet. A bit of spice finish, cinnamon maybe. No real hop bitterness, but don't miss it anyways. I would say medium-body, good mouthfeel. Drinkability? Original and unique for sure, exactly as advertised. Definately worth a try, but wouldn't want to drink more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 23:00:40 | More by BigBry
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3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fair amount of head and moderate carbonation.
Amber color.

S - Banana Bread mingled with moderate spice and hops. I cannot detect anything else.

T - Interesting- in a good way. Although this isn't a wheat beer, the taste resembles the typical banana flavored wheat beer (Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse or Weihenstephaner hefe.) The banana taste is much more prevalent though. Very pleasant, but slightly bitter.

M - Dry, clean, and light.

D - This is an extremely drinkable beer for what its worth. However, my loyalties lie in stouts; therefore, I wouldn't choose this beer over them.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 07:30:02 | More by SimplySinister
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United Kingdom (England)

2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pop the top and initially smells of bitter malts. Pour it into a glass and the incredibly sweet smells of ripe bananas are released.

Thick, creamy head over a dark amber brew. No lacing.

I was a bit concerned about the taste as I read the ingredients, especially these: sugar, maize, bananas, banana flavour. It's the "banana flavour" that particular caught my attention. I love bananas. I hate artificial banana flavor. This has a bit of both, but the artificial flavor is definitely present.

Moderately carbonated on the mouthfeel.

Below average drinkability for my tastes. Somewhat high ABV of 5.2 + artificial tastes = what's the point?

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 21:39:42 | More by fullsweep
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3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Just peeled, ripe bananas! There is a decent amount of malt with a slight backbone of spices

T: A bit like seltzer water up front - probably from the mineral water source. Then a mild, banana-y sweetness seeps in providing tangible flavor, but also leaving way for a nutty malt to round out the flavor profile. The banana is dominant, but doesn't overpower everything else, which I appreciate. Strangely sharp carbonation.

Well, I'll be! I'm really quite surprised how spot on this beverage nailed the experience of biting into banana nut bread. Except it's not overflowing with flavor and strangely dry - which counters the desired moistness you'd want from the bread.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 05:41:48 | More by weazal
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Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Wells Banana Bread Beer pours a thick amber colour along with a short crown below a third of an inch, the crown in question disappears quickly and leaves a circle of lacing along the glass, while legions of small bubbles ascend to the surface like The Horned One and his rebel angels reclaiming their lost domain.

Smell: Oh would you guess it - bananas! The fairtraide-bull aside, they come forth in a synthetic way, i.e NOT PLEASING. Additionally, acrid 'n' acidic tones hide there in between the shadows of the palm trees.

Taste: Aforementioned fruit (or is it berry, or herb now again?) comes forward like a blooming of a exotic vegetable of not noteworthy character. Sure you can feel the taste of banananananana, but it ain't merely enough, gladly we get a pretty decent maltiness which saves the day by adding a sense of variation amidst of all this monotonous flavour sensation.

Mouthfeel: Watery as funk, medium-to-low in carbonation, other than that fairly smooth.

Drinkability: Even though I thoroughly detest bananas and their wimp flavours in their original form, I decided to put that aside and review this one from a neutral stand point, thus the disappointment lies not in the choice of flavouring, but in the fact that it is all too weak and bland.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 18:31:32 | More by Asgeirr
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2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 16.9z oz brown pop top with best by date clearly marked and a nice little ditty about the beer.

Appearance: This beer pours a light burnt orange with a soapy dark ivory head which fades to a nice thick film with good retention.

Smell: Banana bread, pure and simple. The banana smells quite natural (I was kind of afraid this was going to be one of those ultra-sweet fake fruit beers) but the bottle says this is made with Fairtrade bananas, so I might be in luck. As it warms, there's just a hint of toasted caramel malt in the background and just a TOUCH of minerality. No real hops to speak of.

Taste: Wow. Banana. Up front and center. This is like a fruity kick in the face. It's almost overpowering. It is nice, however, in the fact that it's very fresh and natural tasting, not at all contrived or fake. There's a little more malt flavor behind the banana than suggested by the aroma, which is nice, but there's a weird kind of mineraly and hoppy bitterness on the finish; this is a bit odd with the rest of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, somewhat sharp finish

Drinkability: One...that's about it.

Conclusion: A for effort, intent, and originality...the execution, not quite so great. It tastes like what it's supposed to, that's certain. This could be pretty damn good if the banana intensity was just ratcheted down a touch and if that odd, bitter, somewhat metallic bite wasn't there on the finish. Still, worth a try, at least once.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 03:57:08 | More by BedetheVenerable
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4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a banana, but the banana taste is not too strong. The taste is creamy with banana, but not over powered by the banana. The beer had a foamy head with large soapy type bubbles. It is a good change of pace, but not something you could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 20:22:55 | More by OsuJohn
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3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Tanglefoot UK pint glass from a 16.9 oz bottle

Beautiful golden-copper color, thin head that dissipates quickly

Fantastic nose, lots of banana with a toasty malt backing, some floral hops

Taste is OK, not much fruit, not a bad beer, just not what I was expecting. Some toffee sweetness from the crystal malt.

Finish is dry and crisp, a nice beer, definitely unique and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 22:57:17 | More by mhatters
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2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a clear 14 oz mug (poured half a bottle, saving the other for a black and tan with Young's Double Chocolate in a few minutes)

A: pours a deep golden/amber color, thin white head bubbles up but quickly dissipates; slight rings of white lacing cling to the side of the glass

S: the aroma of fresh bananas combined with the notes of roasted malts blend to tease the senses into believing you just pulled a pan of fresh banana bread from the oven. Aroma is probably the best aspect of the beer

T: Slightly sweet, ripe banana flavors upfront but not nearly as pronounced as the aroma would lead you to expect; the sweetness was balanced against the bitterness from the hops which lingers on the palate up to the finish; just a faint banana sweetness reappears along with a bready note in the finish. Overall, however, the whole flavor profile seems underwhelming... was expecting a bit more here.

M: carbonation is present but not overly dominating. The overall mouthfeel, is kind of thin and leaves something more to be desired.

D: 5.1% ABV; banana flavors do not completely mask the alcohol and it becomes slightly present in the finish as it warms, but there's not a lot of booze to be masked, so it works out alright. Drinkability isn't horrible, but it's not something I would drink regularly.

I was interested in trying this fruit-based beer, knowing it was a gimmick of sorts. That being said, it is definitely not my favorite beer, and seeing as it only distributed in singles at $4.50 a pop, I cant say I'll go out of my way to get this beer, but then again, I wouldn't be opposed to having one bottle on hand since I enjoy Young's Double Chocolate and mixing the Banana Bread Beer for a black and tan is a decent concoction (though I think it is the YDC that makes the concoction delicious and not so much the Banana Bread Beer)

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 20:48:02 | More by Buschyfor3
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3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark copper color with light visible carbonation. Minimal head is more of a white lace film.

Smell: Banana bread! Seriously... banana, bread/yeast, cloves. Though there isn't much besides that, it smells so yummy.

Taste: Starts pretty malty, nothing unusual. Gets into a bit of hops. Banana bread in the finish and into the aftertaste, which is then just hoppy. Rather surprised the banana isn't so present in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, but with a bit more carbonation than I think is fitting here.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, especially as you probably aren't going to use this as a session beer.

Damn, this smells so incredibly good (and I even have a bit of a cold!). I could seriously imagine just buying it again just to smell. I'm generally not a fan of fruit-style beers (though some can be great). One of my biggest issues was the carbonation. On cask or nitro this would be more fun, I'm sure. That said, I still think the flavor was rather lacking or missing something. Though, probably, the smell had made me hope that this would just be liquid banana bread or something. ;-) An interesting beer, worth giving a try, but a novelty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 01:09:46 | More by mithrascruor
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2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

really debated on whether i should spend $5 for a bottle of this. i saw an ad in one of the ba mags for it and really wanted to try it.
bottle is different bigger than average
somewhat dark amber so far so good
can definately notice the banana here we go
damn....banana actually pretty weak not that i was wanting anything overpowerful but nothing is there to accent it well little bit of hops but thats about it. disappointed. my wife really wanted to try it too but almost spit out her taste. i finished the bottle but that will be the last.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 09:06:08 | More by willyumlong
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. Credit this one to curiosity. I love banana bread. I love beer. So what the hell am I waiting for?

Pours a clear golden amber. Two fingers of creamy head, leaves random spots of lacing.

I wonder what banana bread beer would smell like...how about HUGE banana? Lots of sweet bready malt, as well, but banana dominates.

Taste follows the nose. Tons of banana, bready malt, some spice, and even a slight tinge of hops.

Light body, somewhat watery. Light creaminess. Still a smooth drinker.

Really interesting beer. I'm glad I picked it up. It's not really my favorite, but I do love the banana flavor. This is a beer that I had been thinking about buying for a couple of months, but waited until a friend of mine gave it the seal of approval. Probably not for everyone, but you never know how much you'll like or dislike something until you try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 02:35:05 | More by Gyle41386
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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Banana Bread Beer? Alright, alright-- you got me, I'll try it.

Poured from a pint bottle into a goblet-style Duvel glass.
Appearance is very clear and light, extremely weak head and lacing. Smell is very inviting; pure banana perfume that is creamy and reminiscent of vanilla, not overpowering. Taste is surprisingly light. The banana flavor is significant, but way more present in an aromatic capacity than on the tongue. This beer is not particularly sweet, a pronounced bitterness plays very well against the banana's sweetness. A tangy, lightly sour bread taste lingers on the palate. It is very light on the tongue, somewhat insubstantial in texture. The very light quality of this beer provides a decent drinkability if you are really into bananas. Personally, I would go easy on it as it is somewhat of a novelty beer.

This is an interesting one to try. What excites me most about this beer is the prospect of food pairings. I think it would suit equally as a dessert beer or as a light, fresh foil to spicy dishes (curries, Mexican, etc).

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 00:32:56 | More by Shandias
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3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Excited to try this one. Love bananas and beer.

Appearance: Very pretty color--kind of a crisp orange. But lacks carbonation and looks a bit watery.

Smell: Smells like a banana laffy taffy. Also get some pumpkin spice aroma in there too.

Taste: Where'd the banana go? Very smooth, mellow flavor with a slight jolt of spice at the end. Banana not as prevalent in the taste as it is in the smell though. Still good though.

Mouthfeel: Not nearly enough carbonation. A little watery at first, but has kind of a filmy, chunky finish. Strange mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Despite the mouthfeel, this beer is quite drinkable. Nothing offensive in the flavor, just not what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 02:12:29 | More by PaleAlien2
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3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with a frothy but somewhat fizzy beige head. Nice pure banana oil aroma, similar to banana flavored candy. I also get some brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices. Flavor has some banana, but it's more pithy than sweet and there's not a lot of it in the first place. An earthy hoppiness and bready malts make up the bulk of the flavor, presumably because the base beer is an ESB. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a beer named after a rich and chewy confection. Carbonation is a little too high. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 23:54:06 | More by illidurit
Photo of adamette


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Best By date of 31 07 09. Served from bottle into my clean, clear Murphy's Irish Red pint glass. Recommended to give it a try by my brother Pete.

A Light amber translucent body with a minimal and relatively brief light cream color head which dissipates to a ring within 3 minutes. Rather basic look.

S This is where this beer sets itself apart. It smells like Banana Bread, and especially in the beginning! The Laffy Taffy like banana smell reduced with time and repeated sniffs but it was certainly there in the beginning. A nice, slightly sweet banana scent that is inviting. Not too far below the surface was the smell of a basic lager or ale though.

T Well the taste is a bit more bread and a bit less banana. Gone is that light sweetness like a weak Laffy Taffy and in is the barley and malt of a basic ale or lager with banana mixed in. The taste is a bit gimmicky but that is the point, right?

M Thin and really kind of boring.

D Good but this gimmicky beer is much less sessionable than many others like it within its style.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 04:24:53 | More by adamette
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2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear, light amber. Very light fizzy head. Super fast dissipating head. Zero lacing.

S - Fruity banana, walnuts, bready aromas. I have to hand it to them, it does smell like banana bread, but the kind of banana bread you find in the supermarket. Laced with preservatives. Not home made.

T - Tastes like a light beer that's been filtered through banana bread.

M - Light and fizzy. Moderate carbonation. Nothing that stands out.

D - It's pretty drinkable, but not very interesting. Not one I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 22:55:10 | More by djaeon
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2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ive been intrigued by this one for a while, been looking foward to trying it.
Pours out a light malty biscuity amber tone, light medium tan head, fluffy, leaving moderate to decent lacing.
Smells actually a lot less banana-like than expected, toasted malt, caramel, light bitter hops, hard mineral water, lends a touch of sulphur-like bitternesss. finishes with a light malted sweetness. After digging deerer, and actually smelling from the bottle reveals spicy cinnamon, clove, and finally banana aromas. I was hoping for a bit more banana upfront, like Ayinger Dopplebock, lets see how taste does.
Upfront on the palate, a bit watery. Malts, biscit, bittering hops all finishes with a slight touch of banana sweetness, after a few sips , you get banana. Carbonation seems to dissapate, leaving a flatish batter-like flavor. I would definatley ask for a lot more carbonation, and a touch of wheat creaminess to achieve the full effect.
If you want a banana flavored beer, try Ayinger Dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 17:32:36 | More by czfreeman
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3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is interesting, not great but overall successful, and not nearly as tiresome as it sounds.

A light, bright copper, it has a medium-large off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin top.

The aroma is at first strong, over-ripe bananas starting to ferment, a generic "beer" quality, baked bread crust, hints of butterscotch and leaves. After a couple minutes, the aroma gradually changes and for the rest of the time it smells a lot like real banana bread.

The taste is light byt flavourful, a definite but light banana element throughout with earthy leaves and tea, some tasted grain, esp. in the finish. It is dryish with light sweetness dominated by peppery bitterness that lingers around the mouth for a long time. it's light, crisp, a bit watery, but actually prwetty good and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 23:49:07 | More by Offa
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3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Crisp and bubbly deep golden pour. Really fizzly, soda like head... Surprisingly, it sticks around for a while after receding halfway.

S: Certainly banana... But like banana candies. Runts or whatnot. Malts are slightly noticable, but mostly that huge banana scent.

T: Kinda weird... The banana tastes artificial again. A little bitter with hops.

M + D: Kinda medium body... Sizzly carbonation like soda again... Fairly easy drinking but not all that great. Can't say I'm a fan, but the flavour isn't drainpour worthy.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 16:03:17 | More by Proteus93
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2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer starts out fine with a nice orange/amber appearance with a modest head.

The smell is pleasant. Smells like banana bread after all and who doesn't like banana bread.

The taste to me was pretty poor. It did taste like banana with some bitterness.

The beer was overall pretty light.

I couldn't drink too much of this. I didn't find it very enjoyable. It wants to come back up on me too.
Nice idea, but I won't be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 01:13:36 | More by Misfit138
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle.

A - very clear dark amber with thin, rapidly disappearing head.

S - standard hops and yeast combined with a moderate aroma of banana. Other fruits also detected on the nose.

T - Little bitterness, nice and malty. The banana flavor is nicely present, and is backed up well by the flavors of the ale.

M - light and fizzy, but a bit watery.

D - Easy to finish this one; maybe even have another. Very drinkable.

Overall - A nice treat, but not a regular standby. If I'm feeling like something fruity, I might go for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 01:13:03 | More by DannyS
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,191 ratings.