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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,415
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 63
Gots: 237 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002)
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Photo of SteveS1
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From the bottle-
Look: Pours light brown, small head.

Smell: Faint smell of bananas, hops.

Taste: Hoppy to the tongue, a bit of banana through the middle. An exaggerated banana flavor lingers in the end.

Feel: Very light, moderate carbonation on the tongue but goes down smooth.

Drink: For all the talk of bananas you'd think this would be a taste revolution. In reality it's rather normal, a beer for
anyone who has to witness every use of the banana firsthand. I won't be having another one soon.

SteveS1, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Jae27
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Impressive considering it is not a yeasty beer.
A- Jaundice yellow with a slight head and little lace. Very clear, was expecting a cloudy beer for the yeast. Highly carbonated. Not creamy head but foamy.
S- Exactly like banana nut bread, despite being mislead by the title. A bitter smell on top of bananas and walnuts. Graham crackers, brown sugar, and a little yeast with nutmeg and cinnamon.
T- Aftertaste of the nutty flavor and an upsetting artificial banana flavor. The aftertaste leaves you dry with the spices and banana flavors lingering.
M- Very light mouth feel. Leaves much to be desired in this category the least desirable characteristic.
D- You can enjoy this beer from start to finish. Interesting and different but could not drink more than one of these in a session. It is a nice experience best shared in groups.

Collaboratively evaluated by twaddlac and Jae27

Jae27, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of twaddlac
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impressive considering it is not a yeasty beer.

A- Jaundice yellow with a slight head and little lace. Very clear, was expecting a cloudy beer for the yeast. Highly carbonated. Not creamy head but foamy.

S- Exactly like banana nut bread, despite being mislead by the title. A bitter smell on top of bananas and walnuts. Graham crackers, brown sugar, and a little yeast with nutmeg and cinnamon.

T- Aftertaste of the nutty flavor and an upsetting artificial banana flavor. The aftertaste leaves you dry with the spices and banana flavors lingering.

M- Very light mouth feel. Leaves much to be desired in this category the least desirable characteristic.

D- You can enjoy this beer from start to finish. Interesting and different but could not drink more than one of these in a session. It is a nice experience best shared in groups.

Collaboratively evaluated by twaddlac and Jae27

twaddlac, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of mynie
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle.

A problem plagues most British beers. They have to ship them to America. That takes time and money. That means most of their beers aren't bought, stateside, until a long while after they've been bottled. Which means that they have to do something to preserve flavor, which means that they must pasteurize. That leads to beers with strong nodes of fruit and chemicals. Some of my friends have called this Britliness and have mistakenly thought that all English beers were supposed to taste this way.

So what? What else can they do? Sell stale beer, or sell beer that tastes like nitrogen?

Well Wells has come up with an ingenuous solution--don't blot out the fruit nodes, accentuate them!

Pours like an ESB. Dark rust, translucent with a slight haze and a medium brown head.

Smells of pasteurized fruit, sweet grain, and banana flavoring. Not the beeriest smell in the world, but certainly not bad.

Taste like it smells--like a very tame, pasteurized ESB and banana Laffy Taffy. A nice blend. While it's not the most traditionally beer-flavored, I'm willing to forgive its cutesiness since it was born of necessity.

mynie, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with a one finger head. The smell is of straight bananas....b..a..n...a....n...a...s. It is probably one of the most over powering banana smells i have been around. The taste is what you would expect and that is bananas. There is really no malt or bread notes to balance out the flavor. The mouthfeel is good there is not a lot of carbonation. To drink alot of these you would have to really want it. In small does this would be a good beer however, you couldn't take in big doses.

goblue3509, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Off white head, clear deep amber body. Thick fingers of lacing.

Smell: Smells alot like bananas, of course. Not really like banana bread, though. It's more like a banana flavored candy.

Taste: Sweet and smooth upfront. Spicy hops and moderate bitterness in the middle. Crisp finish and a little banana aftertaste to round out the experience. I wish it had a bigger banana taste. That is the whole gimmick afterall. Might as well have taken it to the extreme.

BierFan, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of juju7
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper with a one finger head that laced very well. Reeks of candy bananas, but I guess that was to be expected. There do seem to be some hop aroma and a touch of malt at the back but it's all about the bananas. A little awkward on the palate. Starts off sweet and bananary but has some malt beer body bringing up the rear throwing it off. Then those banana lolly notes hang around for a while. Probably would've been better as a sweet banana beer, light in body in the vein of some fruit lambics. Not horrible but once is more than enough for me. Kind of tastes like "what was the point?"

juju7, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of charlatan
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper coloured brew with a moderate head. Ripe banana dominates the nose with just a hint of yeast. Makes me think of dried banana slices in particular.

The banana really dominates this beer. It has rather a dairy flavour to it, reminding me of Angel Delight. There is a slight bitterness to the finish but that isn't uncommon with banana generally. I'm very picky about bananas yet find this surprisingly decent.

charlatan, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a light brown color that produced a white foamy head that had decent retention and left no lacing

S - The aromas that were produced by this beer were overwhelmingly bananas

T - The taste of this beer can be summed up in two words: banana runt. A little bit of breadiness and malts, but not much

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Again a very underwhelming fruit beer, I wish brewers would incorporate fruit into the beer better, instead being a fruit centered "beer"

cvfish, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance: pale brownish

smell: just liek it says, nice

taste: it really taste like bana bread, well done on that aspect

mouthfeel: good carbonation and drinks thin

drinkability: overall it is what it is, but its not good. Plenty of other better fruity options for beer out there.

CampusCrew, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of ricke
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale brown with orange hues. A small white head that settles just a little too fast.

S: Plenty of banana, but the flavor is not as artificial and candy-like that I had suspected. They are actually quite restrained and they have at least some resemblance of real bananas. Still, it's a rather sweet smell and there are some notes of soft banana candy. Some fudge, white bread and a hint of grassy hops. All in all, it's a rather weak and quite pointless smell, and the flavors don't mix that well.

T: Again, mostly bananas. But the flavors are not very strong. The banana flavors are mostly of real bananas, but some notes of soft banana candy are here as well. However, despite the somewhat genuine character of the banana flavors, they are still not very tasty. In general, the taste is rather sweet. Fairly decent bready notes, fragile and anonymous hints of earth, carrots and hops. In the finish there is a mild bitterness that makes the taste just a little more interesting, but it's still rather boring. Some mineral notes and banana cream towards the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, noting more.

D: This is not a good beer, but still not as horrible as I had suspected. Don't know if a banana infused English ale is a good idea what so ever, so I think this one was doomed to fail no matter what it tasted like. Can't say I would recommend it.

ricke, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of aristeros
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Large white head, some lacing. Dark amber color, some carbonation visible. Smells, no surprise, like bananas, but I also get malts and a bit of cloves. Good so far, nothing super-great and limited depth.

The taste is kind of a let down--the banana is there again, but it seems forced, and I get a kind of metallic aftertaste on the back end along with the hops, though there's not much of em. The carbonation is heavy, and the mouthfeel is otherwise watery. The taste/smell mismatch really hurts this beer, but it was cool buying it for the gimmick.

The brewery's got better offerings than this. My inner child caused me to reach for it on a whim, but I don't think I'd buy it again except a single bottle for a tasting meant to show people the interesting things you can do with beer. Taking out the "metal" taste would help, but there needs to be a better layering of flavors here.

aristeros, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of jneiswender
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 50cl bottle into a pint glass.

A-thin, off white head. very clear, amber body.

S-bananas, somewhat of a faint metallic smell.

T-almost all banana. liquid banana. no hops.

M-medium, suprinsingly dry on the palate.

D-very strong on the fruit end, but not the bread end. I would like to have had a bit more balance.

jneiswender, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

bmwats, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

krisandajt, May 25, 2009
Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

sulldaddy, May 25, 2009
Photo of mtstatebeer
2.93/5  rDev -16%
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.

mtstatebeer, May 22, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

donteatpoop, May 21, 2009
Photo of jpaltan
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

jpaltan, May 21, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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...

deaconoflove, May 19, 2009
Photo of jimmytc
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

jimmytc, May 17, 2009
Photo of tj4288
4.93/5  rDev +41.3%
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!!!

tj4288, May 17, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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.

PirateUlf73, May 15, 2009
Photo of Scriba
1.83/5  rDev -47.6%
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.

Scriba, May 08, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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!

Metalmonk, May 03, 2009
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,415 ratings.