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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,659
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 82
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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 Daktyls
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Rjsjayhawk
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Nuixx
5/5  rDev +42.5%
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!!!

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of LukeK1231
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of pleasewearpants
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of colts9016
2.67/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of tbraun1
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.59/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is new in Alberta and I've been waiting to give this a try...finally I can scratch a brew off my want list!!

A- Comes in a clear bottle with what I'm guessing is a new label as opposed to the picture here on BA. Solid look as most English beers are....pours a dark golden color, and it clear. The head is, well, colored like mashed banana and isn't exactly thick, but what there is, is frothy and retains well. Lacing is good, as lots of sticky foam clings to the side of my pint glass. Carbonation seems to be holding back somewhat so that's good IMO.

S- YUM! This smells exactly like how real banana bread wafts into the air as it's in the oven! At the same time, it's rich enough that I catch a hint of dark chocolate, just like if I had choc. chips in the batter! Along with some subtle spices, there is also just a hint of dry hops on the finish. A real pleasure to smell!

T- This is amazing and is definitely the best fruit beer I've tasted to date! The sweet banana fruit is present, yet in a more subtle manner....it doesn't have any sort of artificial extract present! There is a yeasty quality that just helps to round out the malt and balance out the more than modest spicy/dry crispness of the finish. Just a note, as this warms up a bit, a nutty character shows itself that wasn't really present at first.

M- I wouldn't call this thin bodied but it just has such a smoothness to it that I really feel that I'm drinking liquid banana bread, with just a hint of sweetness. The carbonation is low, allowing the beer to just glide around the palate at will. A real delight!

D- As much as I love this beer, I'd be good after no more than say 2 pints...no offense intended! It's just so flavorful, the alcohol is very well hidden and would be the perfect desert beer....I could see myself enjoying this with some cake and ice cream! I highly recommend this to anyone, amateur and expert alike!

Photo of heavy216
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 11.2 oz bottle. not much head, lots of fizz...light lacing, poured dark brown in color

S: heavy strong banana and yeast aroma (banana bread)

T/M: served cold, very smooth, strong carbonation...tastes just like banana bread with a hint of sweetness, strong banana aftertaste as well

D: very good...tasty, probably one my top 10 favorites

Photo of MillRat
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've seen this beer since I started frequenting the Oswego Tap House, and my wife finally decided we had to try it.

Pours a tawny yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma leaves no doubt that the label is serious about that banana bread thing. Some nuttiness, some breadiness that are tromped on by bananas. The flavor is true to the aroma, adding some maltiness that fills out the flavor like a loaf of bread. The banana flavor is quite intense and verges on an artificial character. the intense banana gets a bit cloying and keeps me from wanting more than about half a bottle.

I'd call this a stunt beer, and it's a successful stunt. In the fruit beer spectrum it's in the mellow end of the spectrum from the more tart cherry and berry varieties. Worth at least a try if you're open to fruit beers, and if fruit beers are a fave for you, this could become a regular.

Photo of mattkoon
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

fruit beers are my favorite. I like em spicey and sweet. Wells bananabread beer delivers on both counts. The smell is great. It smells as if you're baking banana bread right in your glass. I think over all this beer would appeal to both fruit beer lovers and beer fundamentalists. This is a real beer with real beer flavor and just the right amount of banana and spice flavors. I think the pairing works really well and combines to accomplish something out of the ordinary and great. One of me all time favs.

Photo of mdunman
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a thin head and not much linger

S: Banana, roasted malt, caramel

T: Started off with a blast of banana/sugary sweetness with roasted malt and caramel. A bit of vanilla trickled in and finished with a very light hoppiness.

M: Medium-full body with light carbonation

While this isn't even close to being a favorite of mine, I'd say that within this category this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of DaveHS
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours transparent light amber with almost no head. Leaves moderate lacing.

S-Intense aroma of cotton candy. Banana bread, walnuts, etc. Overwhelming.

T/M-Much more mellow than the nose would suggest. They have definitely managed to replicate the banana bread flavor profile. Overripe bananas, brown sugar, whole wheat bread, walnuts, nutmeg. It's a one trick beer, but successful. Light with moderate carbonation and a sweet banana/brown sugar finish that lingers.

D-Regardless what other people have said about this beer's concept and execution, I can't knock it. It's successful within the parameters of what the brewer was trying to accomplish. I enjoyed it.

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L-The beer pours a light brown with a beige/off-white head.

S-Boom! Banana bread all the way. You get strong aromas of yeasty banana. This is by far the most appetizing part of this beer so savor the aroma.

T-I've had this beer twice and feel like it tasted very different on separate occasions. This time I feel the beer may not have been transported well or past it's shelf-life prime as the flavor was much more subdued. Banana taste is present in the beer, but it's more of an English bitter I was getting.

D-You'll probably want to stop after one. But it's a hell of a clever idea well worth trying.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: copper/amber, 1 finger head,

S: malt, fresh baked banana bread, slight whiff of clove

T: sweet malt, banana bread, hint of cloves up front, mild bitter finish.

M: light body, slight prick on tongue, dry finish

D: Ok, this is a beer that I have avoided for nearly 10 years, now I know why. It is just ok. If it was heavier body, slightly darker might have been delicious, but too watery for me. Try it with a friend, no need to seek this out.

Photo of Bradthoc
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If it is Mongozo's Banana Beer you are looking for, but can't find it easily, then Well's Banana Bread Beer is the next best thing.

This beer poured a nice golden brown with a thing creamy white head.

Aromas are that of banana bread, just like mom makes it. The smell is not all overpowering, and you still get a slight smell of wheat and spice.

The taste is light, but you definitely feel like you're drinking banana bread, with a light sugar taste.

Also, goes down smoothly and would be quite easy to drink a few of these without feeling heavy and full.

I enjoy this one on an early weekend morning or late evening.

Photo of armstrnj
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear brown color. Minimal head with a light lacing. Great aroma's of banana, wheat and spices. Has a good bitter spice taste with a good portion of banana in there as well. Good balance of bitter and smooth flavors. Finishes nice with a after taste leaving you thinking you had a slice of banana bread.

Photo of jdb8507
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I went to a tasting, and had to buy a bottle based on the sampling I had. I would say that the bottle may be a little large..by the end I grow tired of the banana taste, but I'd say 10-12oz is just right.

Some may love/hate a dessert beer or one that is flavored with something like banana, but I do enjoy this one in moderation. It is not overdone in the least. It accurately encompasses the banana bread vibe without sacrificing the beer itself.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

And old bottle that was handing around in my fridge forever. Date was 19/04/10, so this was close to a year old.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Light brown/amber colour with a very small amount of white head.

S - Sweet banana, walnuts, brown sugar, caramel.

T - Banana is the predominant flavour but is definitely not overwhelming. A lot of sweetness overall with strong notes of brown sugar, bready malts, molasses and toasted nuts.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

D - A few sips were interesting but 3/4 of the bottle was a drain pour.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New 11.2 oz bottle super fresh stuff best by 4/20/11. Pours a deep amber copper hue with a bright off white cream colored head. Fine speckled lacing scattered on the sides of my chalice. Nose is straight up banana syrup, with some sweet underlying caramel malts. Flavor actually has a balanced level of sweetness, upfront though it's banana split/banana fosters with a dry finish and nice mineral water character. I've passed on this for quite some time, glad I tried it. There's a nice banana flavor that comes through with caramelized sugars bringing dessert like notions to mind. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is mellow nothing heavy or harsh. The sweetness is initially a bit cloying but it fades nicely on the back end of the palate. Drinkability overall is decent something that will peak the interests of non beer folks, but not something I want to session with.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light amber body; dense medium height head.

S - Deep, fresh, fruity sweet smell. Intensely, and unsurprisingly given the name, like bananas.

T - Less intense banana taste than the smell would suggest with hints of sweetness. Has a slightly alcoholic finish, though the banana aftertaste is long lasting.

M - Spritey, almost sharp.

D - Too fruity sweet for my palate to drink exclusively for an entire night, but I would definitely pick up a bottle once in a while.

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