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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,201
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 48
Gots: 150 | 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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Photo of bmwats


3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 50 cl. bottle into a standard becker.

A: Solid dark amber color. Light carbonation, pours into 3 finger, frothy, white head. "Crumbles" slowly leaving a little sticky lacing as it does. Eventually settles to a conventional layer of bubbly foam. Nice thick sticky lacing remains.

S: A light malt aroma, a little hops, and prominent banana.

T: Has a nice hoppy flavor with just a bit of malty goodness. Banana flavor stands out, but is not overpowering. Actually, quite subtle.

M: Light body. Watery feel. . . I think it's the banana infusion causing a funky, steely feeling in the mouth.

D: Pretty solid. Subtle flavor, light body and feel.

Solid atmosphere. Really nice appearance, and nose is definitely banana, but not overwhelming as to drown out what's left. Subtle, balanced flavor. . . again, not all banana. Good feel. Although not something, I'd want to drink everyday; overall, pretty solid quaff.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 01:58:32 | More by bmwats
Photo of krisandajt


3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle for the wife, decided to do a joint tasting...

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color, little bit of head that fades quickly leaving behind some lacing.

Smell: Smell reminds me of homemade banana bread. Sweet, biscuity, bready, bananas.

Taste: While the smell is very good, taste is somewhat artificial. Picking up sweet bananas, but it tastes almost like an additive rather than an ingredient.

Mouthfeel: Cool, crisp, easy drinking. Carbonation leaves a slight tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: I'm hoping my wife likes this more than me. Reminds me of banana bread, but in an artificial sense. Decent drinkability, not bad for a desert beer or possibly a pairing with actual banana bread. Probably won't reach for one to relax with on a warm summer night, however.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 02:44:34 | More by krisandajt
Photo of sulldaddy


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

Im sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. the beer pours a super clear amber with garnet highlights when held to the light. A frothy eggshell white head foams up about 1 cm and fades to a wispy surface layer, leaving a few major foam islands.
Aroma is...surprise!! bananas! Some grainy malt scents maybe nutty notes too, but overall ripe banana is fairly dominant. It really could be a banana nut muffin if my eyes were closed. Doesnt smell artificial either.
First sip reveals an average body and fine spacious carbonation. Fairly easy to drink beer.
The flavor is caramel and a little grainy and generally sweet. Again bananas but not overpowering at all, still dominant, but allowing other flavors to come through. I even get a little spicy hops that dry out my palate a bit on the finish, but a lingering banana flavor comes back on the burps.
the beer is interesting and actually more drinkable than I expected it to be. I enjoy this but probably wouldnt drink more than one at a time. Worth the experience IMO. Give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 01:54:02 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a quickly diminishing fizzy white head, a little bit of lacing. Aroma is sweet, ripe bananas (obviously but not overpowering), bread malts, with a twinge of bitterness providing a decent balance. Flavor is very similar, bananas, maybe a touch of caramel malt and a slight hop bite at the end. Mouthfeel is dry, carbonated, light, and the astringency sticks around for a while. Not necessarily my cup of tea, but a decent and drinkable beer. Fairly well balanced considering the use of banana.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 22:09:00 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of donteatpoop


3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with a vague ruby hue. Not a whole lot of head.

At first all I smelt was grain and hop, but then on the third whiff the banana kicked in and now that's all I smell. I like bananas, so no harm there.

It's interesting. I wasn't sure how well the banana flavor would blend with the beer, and it's not bad at all. The banana is pretty much overwhelming, but the hops and grainy malts are also very much present.

Don't know if I'd drink it again.. . I might, but I doubt it. Intersting taste, not at all bad, but not something I'd seek out and drink regularly (or even occassionally). I just prefer other styles, no fault of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 04:46:43 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of jpaltan


2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

ruby colored. white head, with little retention, and little lacing. smell is all banana bread. it's like having a piece of it tucked into the glass. some maltiness tucked in there with the banana aroma. taste is more banana, but not balanced. taste is a real downer from the smell. too many things going on, too many flavors. kind of tannic like throughout. finish is quite dry. this beer would be better suited to cooking than drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 00:08:30 | More by jpaltan
Photo of deaconoflove


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap. Beautiful amber beer with a little, quickly disappearing head.
Sm. It's bananas...duh.
Ta. It really does taste like banana bread...in a good way. I love banana bread. The flavor is very clean, not to sweet or sticky or icky.
Mf. Good. not much carbonation, but finishes nicely.
Dr. Certainly. Now if there was only a way to get some walnuts in there...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 00:05:21 | More by deaconoflove
Photo of jimmytc

New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like beer and I like banana bread. So I figured this beer would be a home run. However I bought this with some trepidation because fruit beers can get too overpowered by the fruit. Poured into a pint glass and as the head struggled to form on top so did my expectations. The aroma was just what it should be...Bananas. Not much hops or malt aromas if any. Surprisingly the taste was good. No lacing from the lackluster head but bananas was obvious. Overall I enjoyed this beer, it wasn't a home home run, maybe a stand up triple.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 18:17:25 | More by jimmytc
Photo of tj4288

New York

4.93/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle into a weizen glass

i had very low expectations for this beer but i was plesantly surprised. i have tried other "fruit" beers before and this one is in a league of its own. as the name states... this beer does not just smell like banana, but it smells EXACTLY like banana BREAD. the banana taste was not overpowering. beautiful color and good appearance (head disapated quickly). i could drink a bunch of these and i will definatly buy this beer again!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 04:29:35 | More by tj4288
Photo of PirateUlf73


3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Clear, orange-brown color with a small, fizzy white head.

S: Very strong, sweet banana aromas... and not a whole lot else. It's almost like I'm inhaling a banana popsicle.

T: Again, strong banana character in the taste. Actually, if not for a few flashes of maltiness in some of my burps, I might have mistaken this for a banana-flavored malt beverage. Becomes slightly more balanced as it warms.

M: Fairly light feel, which surprised me a bit, based on how it was pitched on the label. Part of this comes from its high carbonation level. Finishes fairly clean.

D: If you like the taste, this is easy drinking. Goes down nice and smooth.

This was a beer that upon my first sighting it in my local beer joint, I promptly scratched my head and said "What the...?" It was quite an interesting concept and a pleasure to try. My two main gripes: 1.) A heavier mouthfeel seemed more appropriate to me. 2.) TOO MUCH banana. It has a good base, but some more balance would have been nice. Still, the novelty alone makes this worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 06:30:15 | More by PirateUlf73
Photo of Scriba


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
Photo of Metalmonk

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
Photo of BigBry

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
Photo of SimplySinister


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
Photo of fullsweep

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
Photo of weazal


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
Photo of Asgeirr

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
Photo of BedetheVenerable


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
Photo of OsuJohn


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
Photo of mhatters


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
Photo of Buschyfor3


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
Photo of mithrascruor


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
Photo of willyumlong


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
Photo of Gyle41386

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
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,201 ratings.