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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,502
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 63
Gots: 284 | FT: 2
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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

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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002)
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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
Photo of vfgccp
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass

A - Nut brown, not much a head.

S - Great notes of banana bread; caramel, bananas, nutmeg, trace of cinnamon. It's not overpowering though. Malt, touch of booze.

T - Malt, soft warm alcohol, almonds, sweet spices (allspice, nutmeg). Banana's foster rolls up through the middle of the profile and lingers in the aftertaste. Like the smell it's not overpowering, a touch more than a punch in the face, which I appreciated.

M - Light effervescence.

D - Very drinkable. For a novelty beer the flavors aren't over the top so it doesn't overwork your palate.

vfgccp, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of hdofu
4.7/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Its a little sweet, smooth tastes like bananas but not to the degree that it's unpleasent as it finishes with a wheat taste. I can't overemphasize how smooth this beer is, the low alcohol isn't even detectable and overall I find it about as drinkable as beers can come.

hdofu, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of wattly
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16.9 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Best before date 03/06/11, drank 11/29/10.

Vigorous pour provided centimeter thick head which quickly dissipated. Beer looks very nice, dark brown but completely transparent with no cloudiness.

Smell completely dominated by banana, as one would hope for this beer.

Taste is pathetic. The smallest hint of banana flavor, nothing like in the smell. If I closed my eyes, you could convince me that I was drinking sparkling water with some ethanol added. No taste here at all.

Drinkability suffers because I don't like sparking water. Would not buy this again. Too bad, I was hoping to like this one.

wattly, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" head which eventually disipated to a trace. Quite attractive clear amber color. Yes the smell in particular is very banana bread, the flavor less so, plus there's a nutty bitterness which a bit overwhelms the banana.

Look this is drinkable, they didn't do a bad job. But I have two philosophical questions for you? 1) Why brew beer with actual bananas when there are already beers with stronger banana flavors simply from the yeast and natural process used?, and 2) Why brew beer with actual bananas if in fine print at the bottom of the label it says "banana flavor added" (meaning they cheated to get to this level of banana-ness)? Clearly simply adding bananas to the brew doesn't get the job done. What you have here is apparently the wine cooler version of banana-like beer.

MoreThanWine, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aromas is of scrumptious banana bread fresh from the oven. Hints of lightly toasted malts add a little but the banana is definitely the star here.

The taste is less banany but still quite the main focus. You get more of a beer taste with some toasted caramel malts and tiny English hop hint is prevalent in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with some high carbonation and a soft tickle in the finish. Banana bread goes down smoothly with a lingering banana finish.

Overall this is an extremely drinkable "flavored" beer. I couldn't drink it all night because of it's uniqueness but is one of my favorites for a "dessert" substitution. If you combine half this beer with Young's Double Chocolate stout, you will be in for a real treat! You can thank me later...

claspada, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of cope0021
1.3/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours thin and resembles a cream soda

Smells like banana - duh! Sort of has the smell of a belgian ale

Taste is very wattered down. Tasts like a lousy cream soda

This s--t is bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S. This is the beer I envision everyone being forced to drink in hell.

cope0021, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of jc85
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a local Wegman's trying to satisfy a sweet tooth that popped up out of nowhere.Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark amber almost copper color, with a thin off-white head. Which goes away in a matter of second, and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell- Great smell, freshly baked banana bread, complete with cinnamon and walnut smell.

Taste- I wish this tasted more like it smelled. The taste is more like a tease. It almost coates your tongue, but then the carbonation takes it away. It doesnt taste badly, just wish there was more of it.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation is a bit much for my liking on this beer style. Beer is medium bodied, nice texture.

Drinkability- This beer goes down extremely well and if the taste were more prevalent, I would definitly enjoy more than one in a sitting.

jc85, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Bobby12many
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a radiant clear reddish amber color with a healthy smattering of foamy head that dissipates quickly into a coaster. Very nice lacing.

S- As advertised. Smells of rich buttery banana bread and a bit of clove. Assumingly decadent and incredibly sweet.

T - Banana and slightly burnt biscuit flavors up front with a hint of bitterness in the finish. The hops go well with the banana flavors, and the hints of clove keeps it from being too one dimensionally sweet.

M - Disappointingly thin and weak. The level of carbonation is spot on, but it is so watery thin that it really detracts from the experience.

D - Im glad I tried this one, as it was certainly interesting. In fact, it was quite enjoyable, but I dont see myself ever buying this again. I would love to see a porter or stout that could live up to the nose of this unique beer. The rich buttery smell and flavors just beg for a chewy big body to savor.

Bobby12many, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
4.72/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear copper with creamy frothy head and nice retention. Spiderweb lacing.

S- Banana bread? Definite banana and yeast, baked bready tones with some toasted scents. A little spice.

T- Rich, deep and strong ripe banana througout. Nice notes of chai spice. Baked bread taste. nutty tones. Spice cake. Hops and hints of vanilla and rum.

M- Moist bread with a medium body. Light cream.

D- Very delicious. Complex and deep with nutty flavors dominate. Rich and hints of spice. Very nice. Slight hops and well balanced. Vanilla tones set this one off from the regular.

JayS2629, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Chincino
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer had about a one finger head. It's smell consisted of a strong aroma of bananas and also had a nutty smell. It does smell very much like banana bread. It was medium bodied. It had a good level of drinkability and felt smooth, but I would find it difficult to drink more than one or two in one sitting.

Chincino, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of mattgreger
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour on this brew is nothing impressive. Pours a nice, clear copper color. It had a small, white, bubbly head, that fades to pretty much nothing. Little, to no lacing remain on the glass as you drink this brew.

The aroma is that of what you expect in the actually name of the brew. There is a stong banana and nut flavor that you smell as soon as you pour this brew. You then get hit with a wonderful nose full of bread, yeast, and biscuts, that give this brew that wonderful nose full of baked banana nut bread.

As you consider the flavor on this one, some will agree or disagree. I feel this brew had a nice flavor, somewhat of what I expected, as I reached for this brew. There is surely some banana flavor at the front, with a nice biscut, nutty flavor at the finish, that reminded me of banana nut bread. I do have to say, I expected more. I wanted a little bit more of the bready flavor, so the magic wasn't all there.

The mouthful on this one is pretty good. It is a bit of a full-bodied beer, so not alway sa drinkers choice of brew. Though its a bit sweet, does have a decently dry finish to it.

Overall drink on this one is kinda rough, you expect a bit stronger flavor, but by the time your done, it feels you have ate a loaf of banana nut bread. This would not be a good session beer at all. A novelity of course, but would still have one again if offered. Might not seek to purchase again though.

mattgreger, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of case4816
2.3/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Crystal clear with an orange caramel colour. Tonnes of visible carbonation. Poured very little head that settled to a thin layer.

S- Not as impressive as expected. Smells of a typical lager/pilsner; malty and a bit yeast-y. The unique thing here is the smell of Bananas; but the scent is more like banana liqueor than real bananas.

T- Taste is reminicent of the smell; not very exciting at all. Malts taste fairly nice, very small hint of yeast, and some unexpected bitterness from the middle through the finish which was a nice surprise. The banana flavour, however, still tastes like it's from a liqueor; very sweet and cheap, unfortunatly.

D- I really wish this beer tasted more like real banana's. I love the idea of the beer, I just don't think it was excicuted very well.

case4816, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of drewd0g
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, 1 finger head. Smells like nuts and bananas (Success!) Tastes like banana bread Lots of nuttiness and banana flavor The banana fruit flavor comes across really big, it's like drinking banana pudding or banana nut bread something like that. I like it when a beer that's supposed to be flavored like something tastes just like it! medium body mouthfeel with pretty good drinkability. I like this beer, glad i tried it. Althow i think they should make a porter/stout version of this one, kind of like youngs double chocolate but youngs dbl banana

drewd0g, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of beersensei305
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has been a beer I have been afraid to try but I made the leap and wow this is great! The apperance is an average brown. The smell is remarkable, banana and nuts just like banana bread. The taste is exactly would you should expect out of the name... you can taste the bananas and the nuts with a backing of booze. Really good beer, not something to pound, its farly light and not overly sweet.

beersensei305, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Bogforce
4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a find!

A: Okay appearance, pour out of a bottle into a small glass. Little amount of head.

S: Smelled awesome, nuts and banana bread..

T: GREAT! Had a really good upfront banana bread flavor, with a good nut ale back taste

D: Drank surprisingly well, couldn't drink a ton but could have 2 or 3

Loved this beer, awesome taste. Will drink it again but not often seeing the 9 dollar pricetag was a little much

Bogforce, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Around a finger's worth of slightly off-white head, comprised mainly of larger bubbles which means little retention, lackluster lacing as well. Super-clear copper orange color with a darkening reddish aspect, a few lazy bubbles here and there within. Banana goes through loud and clear in the nose, however, fresh and light, not in any estery fashion, cinnamon and vanilla too, sponge cake, lighter granola, lemon yogurt, perhaps a hint of cherry as well. Light-bodied, light enough that the active carbonation prevents a lot of the flavor from soaking in. The banana, fig, pear fruit attenuated, the same for the bread to cake aspect. The lemon and vanilla fold into each other, the spiciness and nuttiness takes a couple of steps back. Without more richness of flavor, the carbonation keeps plowing ahead, detracts from mouth feel. Otherwise, inoffensive and innocuous.

farrago, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of jss38
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. The bottle drew me in, great design.

A: A very typical, clear and solid brown. Head was more than I thought it would be, around an inch

S: The other reviewers will tell you- bananas. Fruit and hops. Touch of nut? Or is that still banana?

T: A beer of distinct stages. First, fruity, a little bubbly, standard beer smell. Then super sweet, bananas all the way. It washes from 'nanners to hops and finishes quite bitter. The middle and end are A LOT hoppier than you'd expect. Interesting, but wondering if that was the desired effect.

M: Sweet with a medium body, this beer is neither harsh nor wimpy.

D: Hmm, almost a tough one to call. If you haven't tried it, try it. Not something you'd want to drink a few of but a decently drinkable session brew. Its like an English hefewiezen, with the wheat-beer style flavoring and the tangy finish.

jss38, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

My wife picked this one up one day while we were out beer shopping, and we split the bottle with a friend. Poured a light brown color, with a small, quickly disappearing, white head. Aromas of bananas, but not real bananas, more like banana laffy-taffys. On the palate, more banana flavors (some real/some fake), brown bread and a hint of earthy hops. Fairly one dimensional, and really not very good.

emmasdad, Oct 11, 2010
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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