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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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80
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2,506 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 63
Gots: 286 | FT: 2
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 mtnbikerpa
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 11.2 fl.oz bottle, purchased at a six pack shop in Erie, PA. into a snifter. Color is a caramel kissed with amber. The head is limited to a thin lining on the outer edge of the glass. Steady carbonation. The scent is light but sweet with banana and sugar. The mouth feel is heavily carbonated, with powerful yeast. The pleasure of the banana bread is loaded in the after taste. My first taste is almost tinny...which returns later after about a dozen sips. This is the first beer I have tried that attempts a banana bread flavor, but I have to say that the attempt is well executed. However, even if you are a fan of banana bread, stick with a six pack and steer away from the dedication to a full case. Something tells me that between the yeast and the tinny flavor, this beer would not hold up well over time.

mtnbikerpa, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of DosBeerigos
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C. Medium brown, a bit coppery
H. Somewhat clear
N. Just like a Banana...almost like those banana ice pops we all had when we were kids.

Holy Banana Batman! This beer is crazy. The initial sweetness of the beer mellows out with a fine brown malt finish. This really does taste like banana bread. Its pretty crazy. I honestly thought this was going to be a disaster of a bottle, but I was wrong. This is a very good, balanced, and tasty beer. Cheers to el Nadador for finding this sexy beast.

DosBeerigos, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of goldbot
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown, a bit coppery, with a nice, off-white head and spotty lacing.

Aroma is pretty much pure banana bread. If you held this under my nose blindfolded I would guess it was a slab of the real thing. Flavor is more on the malty and bready side with less noticeable banana character. The banana is still pleasant, but more subtle. A slight hint of herbal hoppiness at the end.

A thin and slightly watery feel; moderate carbonation. Overall an interesting and rather unique fruit beer. The banana pairs well with the maltiness, especially in the aroma. The flavor and mouthfeel fell a bit short though, being thin and underwhelming.

goldbot, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of billybob
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a clear medium amber in color with a quarter inch frothy head and a light lace. smells of banana and banana bread. taste is sweet more candy like than like banana bread flavor is right on. mouthfeel and carbonation ok. wife gave me two bottles to try its not something i would have bought thats the only reason its being reviewed.

billybob, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of Scrapss
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The color is standard medium gold with a few fingers of head. Settles down into a minimal lacing.

Smell: Yup, it's banana-y. Reminds me of a brown ale a co-worker tried to brew, lots of esters here. His yeast strain must be of a similar variety.

Taste: Again, banana with malt, walnut. Fruit and malt flavors and it's authentic enough to say "Did they dip beer in banana bread?". Not much hops, in accordance with the style.

Mouthfeel: The mouth has medium carbonation with a slight, watery coating that dissipates quickly.

Drinkability: I would think one would be plenty, on par most of the fruit based beer.

Overall, an interesting experience probably worth trying if one is available.

Scrapss, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Tasted from bottle. Pours a light amber, almost golden color with a white head that quickly dissipates. There are aromas of lightly toasted malts and (you guessed it) banana. There is also a little bit of a sour aroma. The slightly bitter bit hits up front and then quickly disappears. The banana flavor is strong, but doesn't really taste like real banana. Something about this beer reminds me of circus peanuts candy for some reason. The finish is a bitter that I would not normally dislike, but it doesn't match with the other flavors very well. The carbonation is very lively. This beer is interesting, but I would not describe it as good.

wedgie9, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of travduke
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at my recent tasting on food flavored beers. It really stood out.

Look: The body is golden with a thin white head that barely lasts a minute. Lacing is there, but not as sticky as I was hoping.

Smell: This smells like my Grandmother's banana bread.

Taste: Banana, nutty, sweet malt. This taste like real banana bread. Its interesting and delicious.

Mouth/Drink: The mouth is a bit thin, but smooth and nicely carbonated. I could only seeing myself drinking a couple of these due to real banana bread taste.

travduke, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of Mancer
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, the brew poured (into a Brooklyn Brewery Tulip) a beautiful amber with a nice one finger width head that remained for quite some time. The smell is decent for this brew, however it seems too artificial for my taste. The initial taste is that of some bananas, malt and surprisingly, hops. Can't say that I was expecting the hops, I wasn't to thrilled by the way it meshed with the banana flavor. In general, I think this beer is a novelty, however they still need to refine the recipe.

Mancer, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Alacer
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at local Quick 6.

Poured into Weizen Glass.

Good thick head, long lasting. Slightly off-white. Lacing was thin and dissipated quickly. Head tasted of Banana Bread, but not overpowered.

Banana Bread flavor is subtle, not too overpowering. Great looking amber color.
The carbonation was medium, didn't hurt to drink, but not flat either.

Good beer, bought on a whim. Would probably buy again.

Alacer, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had cold from a pint glass.

Short lasting and thin, off white head. Nice golden color, but assumed this beer would've been a little darker.

Not much to say here. The beer smells and tastes like banana bread. The banana taste is nice as it's very present, but not overpowering.

I find the beer to be enjoyable, but as it's ABV may suggest, I don't find it to be a good session beer, but rather a nice pairing with a dessert or possibly a fruit gazpacho or fresh fruit salad.

pwoody11, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine colored brew that is exceptionally clear. A thin head crests above the beer and is the off white color banana peel pith. Despite the profile picture this one is presented in a brown bottle.

The smell is best described as... well... banana bread. I didn't really know what to expect other then banana on some level and it sure delivers. I have to say it's soothing and pleasant with a nice bouquet of nanners and fruity esters mixed with bready malts.

It is exactly what it says it is. Banana bread beer smells and tastes like banana bread. Creamy malt is the backbone with sweet banana definitely being the focal point. Interesting flavor and high points for being probably the most true to it's label. No empty promises this is banana bread in a glass.

The mouthfeel is good but not great. It's thin and slightly watery despite having creamy flavors. I also dislike the lack of carbonation and hop bitterness but I bet they would mute the banana flavors. To sum up I was psyched starting out with this beer. Who doesn't want a glass of liquid bread especially a yummy banana bread but after about half a glass I'm bored with the novelty of it. This beer loses me for the same reason it originally captivated me. I'll stick to eating my banana bread from now on but I've been thrilled trying this honest and tasty brew.

jbphoto88, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of PaintballDad
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Really overall a good idea just not what I expected. Wonderful smell nutty and banana...but its not sweet and its very light. I think I will take a crack at some thing like this in my home brewing adventures more nuts more banana more sweetness and more alcohol... :)

PaintballDad, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle nearing expiration drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a clear light copper colored body with a nice sized bright white head on top. the head lasts a few seconds and leaves behind spotty lacing.

S- the first thing i notice is a strong odor of fresh bananas. after that comes a much more faint scent of bready and nutty malts.

T- the taste is much like the smell, very heavy on the banana. the bread like malts come through a lot softer than i would have imagined. the nuttiness is almost non existent.

M- light bodied and pretty thing. a high level of carbonation.

D- more of a novelty beer than something i would want again and again. if you like banana, check this one out. if you dont stay away.

jwinship83, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 19.9oz bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours copper with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a heavy lace.

Smell: Smells of banana, with some nuttiness.

Taste: Banana backbone throughout, with a nutty/sweet flavor like a brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Sharp carbonation up front. Thin body with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: Good beer overall, I definitely dig the banana flavors. Definitely would have this one again.

Mosstrooper, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of turnstile
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Definitely the best thing about this brew. Dark reddish-amber in color with a half-inch foamy head. Slightly cloudy.

Smell: Tons of ripe bananas, some brown sugar and slight hints of spicing.

Taste: Again, bananas are most present with sweet malts and a residual earthy hop bitterness. Nothing too complex. The quick shift from ripe banana to a bitter aftertaste with nothing in between leaves a lot to be desired.

Mouthfeel: A pretty weak body. Fizzy carbonation, although moderate.

Drinkability: It's more of a novelty than anything. Fairly sessionable.

turnstile, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden amber brown color. Decent sized foamy off-white head. Disappears fairly fast with a little bit of lacing left.

S - Lots of banana and some sugar. A bit of spice and malt.

T - A good amount of banana, but less than the nose. Also a good amount of bready malt. A little spice and a good amount of sugary and caramel sweetness. Also a hint of nutty flavor is present. Hops are almost non-existent.

M - Lighter side of medium body with good carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D - Easy to drink if you are in the mood for the flavors. Body is good and it goes down smooth, just a case of if you want to taste slightly sweet banana.

Notes: Seems more like a banana bar than banana bread due to the sugary sweetness. Not a bad beer for a gimmicky type of beer, and pretty good if you are in the mood for it. I like the idea, but would have liked a bit more bread and a bit less sugar. Banana flavor isn't intense and it taste generally like a banana, with just a slight artificial taste (artificial taste seems to follow the taste of a real banana just a bit stronger and sweeter).

FreshHawk, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle 5.2% abv

Appearance: Lovely golden orange with banana-yellow edges. Good off white head, leaving a few spots of lacing.

Smell: Up front a smack of freshly picked bananas (reminds me of when I was younger picking fresh bananas on our farm). Hints of pecan nuts are also present. As the beer warms more of the English bitter base hops are present.

Taste: As with the smell banana is the dominant flavour, but the taste is more of banana candy than fresh bananas, slightly spicy and nutty. The English bitter base comes through nicely at the swallow with floral hop bitterness (it's a great flavour, but does contradict the sweet banana slightly).

Mouthfeel: Light and a little over carbonated.

Drinkability: This is a hard one. The flavour does not lend itself to a session drink, but I'm thinking that pairing with a good banana and chocolate dessert a few bottles could go down very well.

Thehuntmaster, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man I have been waiting for an individual to try ever since I found a big bottle case.

Poured into my tulip tasting glass.

A - Clear yellowish in color with little to no head.
S - Best part of this ale was the smell. Fresh baked bread banana bread on the nose. Very inviting.
T - Not as much banana taste as expected. Mostly dominated by a bread malt flavor but the bitter bite was pretty harsh.
M - Kind of harsh to drink. Could it be the ABV because at this low I really didn't expect the bite.
D - It's a good thing I didn't pick up a case because I really don't seem to like it. Good novelty beer though!

DrDemento456, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of nukem5
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very nice copper color and has a thin white foamy lace the is slightly sticky to the walls of the glass(was not sure so used a lager glass)

S: Smells just like you would think, fresh baked banana bread from the oven.

T: Also just like it seems it would taste, fresh baked bread but the Banana flavor doesnt last for long so it forces you back to the glass.

M: Creamy malty bananas foster mmm

D: If it was not so pricey would have one every day as desert,did I say yet Mmmm.

nukem5, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear fizzy orange with a cream colored fizzy bubbly head that quickly fades into nothing. No lacing.

S - Well, it lives up to the name. And not in a bad way. It smells like a freshly baked nutty banana bread. Sweet, but not cloying with a good bready backing. Some sting from the carbonation.

T/M - Quick tang of carbonation fades fast into the rest of the flavor. Mild banana that stays in your mouth, but the nuttiness in the smell doesn't come through. Slightly watery. Feel is juicy, slightly watery, but not offensive.

D - Very drinkable. If it wasn't expensive it would be a good standard to have a stock of just for something to drink.

MunchkinDrinker, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Waves of sweet, sugary banana come rising out the bottle after prying off the cap. This should be interesting.

Poured into a pint glass, Wells Banana Bread Beer is a clear, yellowish-orange with a thin, bubbly, white head on top. Some sticky lacing.

Nosing the glass reveals a sweet, powdered sugar, banana aroma. A little bit of malt, but mostly sugar and bananas. Somewhat one-dimensional, but Wells does deliver on the banana.

Like the aroma, the flavor is sweet, sugary bananas right away, but then the bananas quickly fade and the tongue is left with some light citrus and bready malt. I wish the banana flavor would last a little bit longer on each sip, but if you keep reaching back to the glass you can get all the banana you want.

Mouthfeel is like a pale ale with a slightly heavier body than most. Carbonation is light yet prickly. Overall, pretty good.

Drinkability is also pretty decent. I don't know how often I would want a banana beer, but this stuff isn't half bad. The glass is disappearing faster than I would have thought. Definitely enjoying the bottle I have.

Overall, this is a good brew. It's the only banana beer I've had and the banana flavor goes surprisingly well with the pale ale base. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but if you run across it, definitely give it a try.

sisuspeed, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of abuliarose
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass pour reveals very bubbly body of bananas foster color with decently airy and dying off-white head. smells a little like an Oktoberfest ale with dried sweet banana chips. I can't imagine a banana beer smelling much better.

Tastes smooth, not overly sweet, and with the lingering hint of banana. Some people are saying they get only imitation banana flavor, but I am tasting very ripe, whole banana here and now some chemical isolate. Slightly bitter finish and some mineral character. Not getting the bread flavor so much, though. Light body. Smooth, almost watery. Quite drinkable, though the mineral-ness gets to me a little.

Overall, it's pretty good for a banana beer. I wouldn't know what more to ask for.

abuliarose, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Deep golden body. Bordering on copper. Very clear. Thin off white head. Sporadic lace. Smells like a banana flavored popsicle. Oh, I used to really like those. Flavor has "imitation" written all over it. Very artificial tasting. Confectionary like. Banana extract comes to mind. Looks like they used real bananas, but it tastes like imitation. Not a lot of other beer traits to talk about. Maybe a little caramel malt. To me, this is not that good. I've only had one other banana bread beer and it was much better (Town Hall).

Bighuge, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of rarbring
2.15/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A clear amber liquid with a nearly white head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is sweet, jelly beans and banana foam. Cookies and dough.

The taste is also very sweet, banana candy, lemon drops, and a short chemical bitterness.

The carbonation is rather sweet, and the fluid is rather watery.

Far too sweet for me and rather unbalanced, and I have a hard time imagining something that would go well with it.

rarbring, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of joecast
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

initial head formation was quite impressive. a good inch thick off white and frothy above a clear, light amber beer with low carbonation. score had to be knocked down for poor retention as after only a few minutes the head was all gone leaving only a thin sparse lace. no lacing down the glass to speak of.

impressed by the aroma. i actually do pick up some banana. per the name, its not banana on its own, but some spice and breadiness. how the hell did they do this??

taste also has banana and bread aspects to it. still retains a beer background but the spicy, banana and bready characteristics are all there as well. lacks the hop part of the equation but the malt is certainly there.

the beer just feels too thin in the mouth and with the unique character here i think a bigger body would have helped carry it.

while the banana bread part was pulled off exceptionally well, this remains a novelty been for me. kind of circus like in that it is enjoyable, but only every couple of years.

joecast, Feb 09, 2010
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.