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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,498
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 63
Gots: 282 | 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 wordemupg
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into pint glass April,3 2011

A clear copper with a very short lived finger of head that leaves no lace

S smells like bruised banana and adjunct lager with some bread crust

T what I smell with a little spice I can't quite place

M thin but well carbonated and a long length but I'm not loving the aftertaste

O not one for me, I don't mind banana flavors in the right beer but not like this

pretty basic and tastes very synthetic, it's not that it tastes bad but it doesn't taste like beer to me. pretty average and I'm not sure what market they're trying to target with this one

wordemupg, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The color of this one was a burnt copper color with a nice inch head of thick cream colored foam on top.

The smell of this one is bready malts with a nice banana characteristic and some slight cinnamon.

The taste of this one is biscuit/bready malts right away followed by a kick of banana and cinnamon flavor that is slightly mellowed by a small bitter end.

The mouthfeel on this one is medium bodied and fairly dry.

Overall I could enjoy these during Christmas or with a thanksgiving dinner, nothing to seek out if unavailable but it is decent.

IchabodcraneIpa, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Devoured at a Wetherspoons Beer Festival in The Shrewsbury Arms.

This is banana heaven for banana lovers, looks normal, but just one sniff and you know it ain't a standard UK bitter.

Really sweet in its cask form, and a lower ABV at 4.5% compared to that listed on this page (5.2%).

A Banoffee Pie sort of beer!

BlackHaddock, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One pint 0.9oz
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours dark amber with an inch and a half of off white head.

S - The aroma is banana pudding.

T - The banana are very apparent, almost overwhelming. I get a little caramel malt.

M - Thin

O - It's a good beer if you're in the mood for bananas.

buschbeer, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very clear amber. Not much head retention. Some lace.

S - Fainthints of spice and definitely some banana.

T - Banana not as predominant as I would have liked. More hops than I would have thought.

M - Clean....crisp...medium.

O: Very drinkable but not as much banana as I wanted. Decent try.

Brunite, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of jman892
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a rust orange color with virtually no head, no lacing. Looks like a glass of apple juice

S - Intense smell of, believe it or not, banana bread. Reminds me of the banana runts candy

T - Somewhat of a letdown after the smell. There is banana there, but its not as strong as the nose would leave you to believe. A tiny bit of hop kicks in at the end.

M - Feels thin, watery

O - Overall somewhat of a letdown after the great aroma. Was difficult to finish the bottle of this. Glad I tried this but likely wont pick this up again anytime soon

jman892, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you were to simply glance at this in the glass, it doesn't look like anything special. Golden grainy in color, clean-filtered, and only a modest moderately fizzy, generic-looking head. But raise that glass to your nosed face and WHAT??!!

The scent of banana extract busts forth from the head - very banana though it bridges the gap between natural and processed. Smells like the type of banana essence you would find in yogurt or cake icing, for example. Regardless, it's a fine aroma and matched with a light shrubby hop over a veiled, well-balanced background of doughy malt.

When sampled, it starts malty, medium-bodied, and mild-moderate sudsy with a nice interplay of mildly spicy hop and a thin, liqueur-ish banana flavor and shifts to an extra-smooth malty roll off the back of the palate, a pinch sweet on the end, bitterness lingering late. Very nearly tastes like banana bread, minus a bit of the spicing. A well(s)-conceived recipe for sure.

A unique type of ale that y'all should try at least once. No cloying sweetness to worry about. Helps if you enjoy banana-esque flavor, but even that's not overdone.

Bouleboubier, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of jar2574
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper colored beer, small white head. Smells like banana bread and malts. Not too strong though, a little faint.

Tastes slightly metallic, the banana bread flavor is not as strong as I'd like. There is a pleasant, sweet aftertaste though. The mouthfeel is average - this beer has typical carbonation, density and texture. It's a little too watery.

Banana bread beer - an interesting idea but only average execution here.

jar2574, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Wamesit
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice bright amber with a slight white head that gives way to light lacing.

S - Strong scent of sweet and bready malts with banana overtones; essentially what one would expect.

T - Nice banana flavor. Biscuity and bready malts create the foundation.There is a hint of spicy hops somewhere towards the back and on into the finish. Grounded, not too sweet. The finish is dry and almost nutty. A great fruit beer (which is a rare thing imo)

M - Light/medium. Good carbonation, which works with the touch of spiciness to keep the beer from being flatly sweet.

D - More drinkable than one might expect. Not overpowering.

Wamesit, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Sauron2012
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a 16 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a gorgeous looking amber with about 2 fingers of cream colored foam.

S: When pouring from the bottle, I actually smelled banana bread. This astounded me and might have been my favorite part of the beer.

T: Taste follows closely with the smell, though not as strong of a banana bread taste as the smell would have you believe, it still gave a solid delivery on its name sake.

M/D: Nice and smooth, exceptionally drinkable. Absolutely loved this one.

Sauron2012, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew came highly recommended (by a person unknown to me). In a nutshell, it was overrated.

There is nothing wrong with this beer - the taste is not over the top with fruit, the color and general quality of the product are first rate.

But even though I usually like flavored beers more than most people, this barely works. It beats chilli beer. I probably rated it a bit higher than I should have.

schoolboy, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 3.5 Pours a clear golden color with a small, quickly dissipating head. Smooth bubbly lacing that doesn't stick to the sides of the glass.

S- 5 Wells knocks the aroma out of the park with this one; it is dead-on a banana bread. Bananas, nutmeg, a little cinnamon, and of course a fresh bread smell. It is sweet and appealing.

T- 4 The flavor of this brew is good but not as spot-on at its aroma. I still get banana and some spice. I suppose it's just not as powerful as the smell and the flavors you'd think of when eating some fresh banana bread. All-in-all it is still an enjoyable blend of balanced tastes.

M- 3.5 It is clean but a little bit on the watery side. The carbonation is OK. It is a light body.

D- 3.5 I could enjoy several of these. The only thing that may hold me back is its sweetness, but that's a personal preference. It is light enough that it really isn't filling, not necessarily what you'd think of with banana bread. It's an impressive take on the concept. The aromas and initial flavors of the brew are worth a shot for anyone that enjoys both banana bread and a good brew.

KYBrewgrass, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of chickenflea
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pinkish color almost more like an apple juice color. Rapidly dissipating head.

S: There is definitely banana present in the nose, that is quite certain. There also seems to be some spicy notes?

T: Flat with a lot of umami here. Tanic aftertaste. There a little bit of spices (nutmeg?).

M: Light on the tongue, medium amount of carbonation, suits the rest of the beer quite well.

D: Definitely drinkable. Strangely refreshing. Not bad for a gimmick beer.

Serving type: bottle

chickenflea, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 120z bottle at Beertopia, the only place I've seen a 12oz bottle of this.
It's a pretty medium copper color with very little carbonation or foam. The aroma is a nice banana even though it seems a tad artificial. The taste really is like banana bread, not as sweet or spicy as I'm used to, but it's good. It goes down ok but it seems to leave a slightly metallic aftertaste. It's ok.

DesMoinesMike, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear amber color almost more like an apple juice color. Very little heat, but can been seen continually bubbling on through the ale.

S: There is definitely banana present in the nose, that is quite certain. There also seems to be some malty notes as well as perhaps toffee?

T: Definitely a banana bread taste as well. There a little bit of spices (nutmeg?) and a little bit of hops, but also some malty notes present.

M: Light on the tongue, medium-light amount of carbonation, suits the rest of the beer quite well.

D: Definitely drinkable. Very interesting to try and I think I might actually get this one again as well.

Daktyls, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Rjsjayhawk
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a bottled beer frequently seen in UK supermarkets (at least in the SouthWest of England). I have never seen it from a cask, but understand that it can be found seasonally.

Poured into a standard pint glass with a very clear amber hue and a small head that dissipated over the course of a few minutes with minimal lacing.

The banana aroma is unmistakable but, as others have rightly pointed out, not overwhelming. A few quick swirls will really let loose some of this pleasant smell. Some minor toffee notes as well. A very satisfying aroma overall.

The banana taste is also not overpowering. It is smooth though perhaps a bit too carbonated. The ale comes first with the fruitiness second. Dry at the end. It is a nice ale, but not a particularly spectacular taste overall. Worth it to try as Wells&Young have a stellar reputation, but I would personally stick to the Bombardier.

Rjsjayhawk, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Nuixx
5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I went out to the beer store to try out something new that I had never tried before. I didn't know what to expect when I bought this beer, but I was surprised at how great it tasted. If you ever want to try something different that is enjoyable, give this beer a chance!!!

Nuixx, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear dark yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of sweet bananas in the nose along with some hints of bready malts.
T: Banana flavors again stand out in the taste, although they are more balanced with the bready malts and the two combine to produce a taste resembling banana bread. The initial taste has some malty sweetness and the hops contribute some notes of pepper in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the banana taste isn't gimmicky and is balanced to some degree by the flavors of malts and hops, however I couldn't drink more than one of these at a time.

metter98, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of LukeK1231
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I cannot believe the average for this beer is currently a B-!

Well anyway:

A- Caramel-amber like color with (no lie) a banana-yellow whitish head.

S- The beer smells like banana bread (no question!) Behind the banana bread smell is a light smell of a standard lager.

T- The beer also tastes like banana bread. It is a strong flavor yet not overpowering. As with the smell there is the standard lager taste that goes nicely with the banana flavors.

M- The beer was had a moderate and nicely carbonated mouthfeel.

D- The beer tastes and goes down very smoothly.I would definelty have this bber again. It is also a good beer to have several of, if thats what you're looking for.

LukeK1231, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of pleasewearpants
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't stop smelling this beer. Rich and delicious banana bread aroma. Yum. Color is a nice dark amber, moderate head when poured into Young's pint glass. Flavor is a much more subtle version of the nose. Mild banana supported with a solid malt backbone akin to maybe an English bitter. Not too sweet, not too hoppy. Really enjoyable beer. I think I could have several. Great to share with a domesticated primate after a meal.

pleasewearpants, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of colts9016
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have been hesitant to get this beer, because it said banana bread beer. Poured into a dimple mug at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A hard pour produced a thin foamy bubbly head that has poor retention. The color of the beer is mahogangy with garnet hues. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer.

Nose: A rich banana, phenol, yeast, flour, nuts, caramel, molasses, toasty notes, nutmegs, cinnamon, and malted barley.

Taste: The beer is unbalanced, to me it seems like they mixed the banana bread flavor with the beer without a whole lot of finess. There are notes of banana, nuts, caramel, molasses, toasted barley, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and hops.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and slightly coating.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. To me this beer is was hard to drink. The flavor were all over the board and not consistant. I really was hoping that this beer would be a lot better than this.

colts9016, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, spices, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bananas, cinnamon and nutmeg. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, I was expecting worse but was pleasantly surprised to find that this beer wasn't too bad

TheManiacalOne, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear mahogany color from an 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV and 'best-by' date on the bottle. One finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma, as the name of the beer suggests, is dominated by bananas. Strong isoamyl acetate (banana) with hints of spices (nutmeg) coming through.
Taste is unlike the aroma, not much of banana coming through. Sweet tasting beer with a watery mouthfeel and a dry, astringent finish. This one is definitely easy to drink, but not sure if I can handle more than two of these beers in a session.
A different beer, worth a try for it's uniqueness.

CaptDavyJones, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of tbraun1
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper/amber color with low carbonation, a fingers width head and fair lacing.

S - Malts are sweet, nutty, banana bread for sure...faint hop spice.

T - They have definitely achieved the banana bread flavor with this one. Well built for the fruit beer variety with a good balance of malt and hop flavors.

M - Medium bodied with some carbonation at the end.

D - Very easy to drink, well balanced and tasty for the fruit beer option. A nice desert beer.

tbraun1, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

I've tried this seeming oddity before, but haven't been able to remember much about it. 'Til now. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of light dirty white foam. The nose comprises wheat, nutmeg, light cinnamon, and rye bread. So far it seems to live up to its name. The taste brings in the same elements, along with some raisins and a touch of fake banana flavor, not entirely unlike that found in certain yellow Runts (full disclosure: it's my favorite flavor of Runt, but it doesn't quite do it for me here). The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice beer, nothing really outstanding by any stretch, but it could have been bone-chillingly worse given the desired final product.

TMoney2591, Feb 16, 2011
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 2,498 ratings.