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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,203
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 48
Gots: 150 | 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 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
Photo of Shandias


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
Photo of PaleAlien2


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
Photo of illidurit


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
Photo of djaeon


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
Photo of czfreeman


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
Photo of Offa


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
Photo of Proteus93


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
Photo of Misfit138


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
Photo of DannyS

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
Photo of northaustin


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the beer is good and worth its price. only problem is that its a little bit too obvoius that it was flavored mostly with artificial banana flavoring. worth trying but i wont get it again. the labeling is impressive like most youngs bottles are. for a beer as light as it was it was not too carbony but it still tasted felt like gas and not natural carbonation.i payed 3.69 for mine but ive seen em as high as 5.99. bottom line though:its just a light beer with banana flavoring, nothing to special.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 04:16:26 | More by northaustin
Photo of endincolorado


3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear amber body with small white head, low head retention, light lace

Smell- Sweet banana fragrance, with pale malt and slight almost steely smell. Little to no hop aroma.

Taste- Initial flavor is sweet banana, followed by something almost reminiscent of a really good adjunct lager, sweet pale malt and a little hops in a mild bittersweet finish. Apple flavor seems to stay on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- This one could definitely benefit from a slightly heavier mouthfeel. A little thin and flabby with light carbonation.

Drinkability- Although this isn't what I'd hoped for, It remains a fairly well-balanced, and definitely refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 03:30:26 | More by endincolorado
Photo of surfer4life


3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - pours a transparent amber with a very small head that immediately recedes to nothing. No lacing.

S - As expected, banana and bread, some caramel malt notes, but the banana is overwhelming.

T - Not quite as banana as I expected, the hops balance this quite well. Only other flavor is a little nutty-ness, perhaps it was on purpose!

M - The carbonation mixed with the alcohol warming doesn't seem to feel so great.

D - Medium drinkability, I guess if it were the only thing amongst buds and millers, I might go to it first, but won't search it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 03:29:22 | More by surfer4life
Photo of HeyItsChili


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with a very faint white head.

S - Smells of a nice, standard bitter with some essence of banana.

T - Sort of mildly malty, just a little bit hoppy, with banana goodness. Mildly Bitter banana peel taste in the finish.

M - Thin bodied, consistency of water with just a little more viscosity. Not entirely impressive on its own but goes well with the rest of the qualities of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 02:34:04 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of ascrivens

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- nice color in the glass. Excited to try this beer!

S- Smells strongly of very ripe banana's and a hit of the bready-ness promised by the label.

T- Very bananaish in flavour. Tastes not impressive. The smell and look indicate a better ale than this. Seemed at times to be too chemically, and too sweet, sort of like the banana medicine I used to get as a kid. Not a good quality in a beer

D- This particular beverage may have suffered from the hype I put on it, but i was not impressed and wont be buying another. I failed to find much by way of redeeming qualities.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 16:11:09 | More by ascrivens
Photo of Traquairlover


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear nondescript amber liquid, fizzes upon pour, leaves no head.

S = Bananas, fresh muffins. Not much complexity, just straightforward banana smell.

T = Bananas with light grains and counterbalancing bitterness to match the sweet fruit. Not bad at all, but a little too one note and simple.

M = Stinging carbonation feel, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is okay for a novelty, and I could see using it in a mixed drink or in cooking, but not really a beer that makes you want to drink much of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 14:38:25 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of thehand


3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Sam Smith pint glass. Appearance is clear medium orange color, not much head, lightly carbonated. Smells strongly of bananas. Taste has a little banana flavor, not as much as I expected from the smell, and the breadiness is there too. Light prickly carbonation. Finish is pretty crisp, some light earthy hoppiness. Medium-light bodied. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 20:36:13 | More by thehand
Photo of Vengeance526


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish amber color with a light 1 finger head that dissipates very quickly and leaves only small amounts of lacing.

Mildly sweet aroma of banana, wheat and maybe a bit of cloves.

Just as the name says, the taste showcases the banana nut bread along with notes of caramel, some honey and spice. Liquid banana bread...well this is definitely interesting.

Mouthfeel is a little watery with medium carbonation. When you serve this cold, it is actually a bit difficult to detect the banana presence. But as it warms, the banana definitely becomes much more pronounced. Just don't let it get too warm because it did get a little out of hand towards the end. This was worth a try and I can appreciate it as a specialty beer but I don't think I would be drinking too many of these. I don't know anybody who'd be buying a whole case of this but for a one time treat, this was an interesting thing to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 05:33:05 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of BigBoochDaddy


2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

The color is a golden/orange/amber. There was a small head that quickly vanished. Decent banana aroma. Tastes somewhat like banana bread, but overall I found it to be pretty weak. There was a little too much carbonation for my liking. More than 1 pint of this beer would be too much. I guess it's worth trying for the novelty, but not as good as I expected it to be.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 03:55:00 | More by BigBoochDaddy
Photo of Blakaeris


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

Pours clear amber-orange with virtually no head.

Aroma is Banana bread, caramel malt, and mineral.

Taste is initially grainy, sweet caramel malt with a pleasant fruit aspect composed of banana and citrus fruit. Then surprisingly robust herbal hop brings a balancing bitterness. Finishes with a lingering metallic quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall I thought this was quite tasty. Fruit beers can be dicey but I enjoyed the sweet and then bitter flavors of this one. Certainly worth a try if you are looking for a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 22:33:33 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/17/2007 (19.25oz bottle, BB 30/11/07):

Pours a golden brown color, fizzy, with a big white lasting foamy head. Very strong ripe banana aroma, a little hops, but mostly bananas. Banana malty taste, banana aftertaste. Bottled water taste. Not much else. Interesting, but this will be my last.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 21:53:18 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of bashiba


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

This beer poured a slightly hazy coppery orange with almost no head to speak of.

The nose was very much like a fresh loaf of banana nut bread, with maybe the banana being a bit artificial.

The flavor had a big sweet banana flavor with some nice bready malts giving it a banana bread like quality, much like the nose the banana flavoring comes off a bit artificial and overly sweet, but its pretty close. There is a trace amount of hops bringing this sweet desert beer closer to balance, but still definitely on the sweeter and maltier side.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery with very mild carbonation.

Not to bad for a fruit beer, almost like a heavier and sweeter hefe. Such a specialized flavor I can't see drinking it often, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 02:54:29 | More by bashiba
Photo of samoblue


2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the finewine.com store in Gaithersburg, MD on 2/8/09, poured into an imperial pint glass on 2/11/09.

A - pours a deep whiskey color. small amount of head that disappears quickly.

S - i can definitely smell banana essence. not much else, though.

T - i think i initially poured it a little cold; couldn't taste much of anything. as the beer warmed i could taste a banana essence, but i've had belgians that tasted as much like banana without even trying. beyond that, though, this beer doesn't have much going on.

M - thin. some moderate carbonation on the tongue.

D - went down fairly easy, but i'm not sure why you would want more than one of these.

i wanted this to be a lot bigger than it was. the label makes reference to beer as "liquid bread," and posits that banana bread beer is then a logical conclusion. i'll buy that, but then why not take it further? i'd love to see a heartier, thicker, stronger version.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 15:08:19 | More by samoblue
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,203 ratings.