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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,593
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 18.86%
Wants: 70
Gots: 351 | 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 wattly
2.72/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
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...

Photo of cope0021
1.36/5  rDev -61.1%
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.

Photo of jc85
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Bobby12many
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
4.69/5  rDev +34%
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.

Photo of Chincino
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of mattgreger
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of case4816
2.31/5  rDev -34%
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.

Photo of drewd0g
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
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

Photo of beersensei305
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of Bogforce
4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
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

Photo of farrago
3.22/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of jss38
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of revolt914
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is exactly what it says it is... banana nut bread beer. If you expect beer, you're not going to get it. If you expect banana nut bread you'll get the taste of it but you wont be eating bread.

A: Very carbonated which took it down a few points for me... when I think back I'm fairly sure the label said ale meant liquid bread back in the day which is freaking awesome that is a history lesson of a bottle. I just don't think this should be as carbonated as it is.

S: This was perfect, it truly smelled exactly like what I expected. I loved the smell considering I love banana nut bread. If you love love love banana nut bread this is going to make you crave a piece.

T: I don't know what else to say in this but it tasted like banana nut bread, the only reason I gave it a 4 was due to the fact the taste wouldn't go away... I could only take a drink every 3 or 4 minutes and enjoy the flavor again.

D: Not very drinkable considering it's novelty 100% and it tastes so much like banana nut bread you'll be tired of it half way through that is if you don't like eating a whole loaf of it at one time.

Photo of confer
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Appearance is the color of cream soda. Gold/brown. A small bit of froth lingers.
S- Smellss like fresh baked banana bread, surprise surprise.
T- The taste is dead on banana bread. They definitley get an A for hitting the flavor. I'm not sure how much of it I could take though.
MD- At first it takes like a nice hefeweizen, but then the sweetness hits, and there is a little to much sweetness. I might give this another try but I am not sure I could drink more than one.

Photo of rmolledo
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful clear Mahogany with a small white head. decent lacing.

S: nutty, malty, toffy like aromas. like an oktoberfest. nutmeg surfaces as it warms.

T: unmistakeable fresh banana flavor accompanied by a biscuity and nutty malt flavor.

MF: moderately high carbonation with a little bit more of a body to it. finishes relatively dry.

D: not a bad ale by any means. A good winter ale IMO. A conversation piece ale. I probably wont buy this again though.

Notes: Is and Isn't what I was expecting. I was kind of expecting a hefeweizen style for what ever reason. I'm guessing this is more like a Bitters brewed with bananas rather than relying on a bavarian yeasts banana like esters.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: A nice orange, copper body but very weak head.
smell: well....banana and malt. Not overpowering.
taste: Much as the smell advertises. A hint of hops. Tasty but nothing mind blowing.
mouthfeel: Medium body with light to med carbonation.
drinkability: Glad I tried it but won't be looking for it again. Good for those looking for a mild, decent session fruit beer. I was kind of hoping it would be a ridiculous creamy rich milkshake of a beer. Not so much.

Photo of TapTitan
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey, what can I say, it tastes like Banana's...a little. The beer poured golden for the most part in color with the head dissapearing instantly..the taste of banana was there, light and not over powering, for those who like a beer with just a hint of banana flavor, this may be the one for you.

Photo of cleolicious
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12oz. AC/DC collector's series pint glass. Copper in color with a 1 finger tan head. Strong aroma bursting with with banana, fruits, malt and, of course, banana flavorings. It does actually taste like banana bread but a bit synthetic tasting. Not over powering at all. Only a slight taste of alcohol. A drinkable beer but in the end not too outstanding. This is a good bear to pair with (I have to say it) banana bread.

Photo of CHickman
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 inch beige head that faded quickly and left a creamy ring around the edge; lacing was decent at best as it slid down fast.

Smells like a banana peel, with yeast or wheat, caramel, some malt sweetness and wet bread; basically it smells like banana bread which thankfully I happen to really enjoy eating.

Tastes just like banana bread, with yeast, wheat, caramel, malt sweetness, rains or wet bread, nut, citrus hops, light lemon zest, herbs or grass and a sweetness like a drop of vanilla was added in.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, with very light carbonation and an almost oily feel on the tongue. This goes down quite easy if you like the taste and aroma of bananas.

Drinkability is average, but if you really like banana nut muffins or banana bread then crank up the drinkability higher. A great novelty beer for anyone that like bananas. If you don't like bananas then stay away.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Banana bread poures a darker amber color with a small head that stayed throught the beer. It smells very sweet and very much like banana. The taste is initally very sweet strong banana flavors then finishes a bit harshly. Easy to drink but the harsh aftertase holds it back. Overall enjoyable if you like bananas, very unquie i would drink this one again.

Photo of Portertime
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liquid banana bread? Like mom used to make? Let me at it! I was wary at first with the possiblity of the Runts fake banana taste but I was pleasantly surprised. Taste was literally banana bread tasting. Nutty, real ripe bananas, a hint of nutmeg and nothing overly sweet about it. Quite refreshing in fact. That was was what over powered the brew but it was thouroghly enjoyed.

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 2,593 ratings.