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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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2,351 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,351
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 58
Gots: 215 | FT: 3
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002)
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Photo of sstackho
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

500mL bottle purchased for $5 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear medium gold, with lots of bubbles but little head. I just finished off the rest of my toddler's banana after putting him to bed. Will that make this judgment better or worse? It's a decent malt aroma, but sadly I'm not getting any banana. And this IS a banana beer, after all. After the first sip, I'm having trouble figuring out what banana tastes I have are coming from the beer vs the banana I just ate. Pretty sure that little burp right that was from the real banana. I suppose this means that I can make any beer a banana beer by eating a banana before it, and I won't have to pay $5 for the privilege! Subsequent tastes are getting better as the flavours become more distinguishable. Banana flavours - more direct and less subtle than a hefeweizen. I gave my wife a blind tasting, and she noted heavy banana flavours - perhaps because she doesn't much care for the fruit. A fun beer.

sstackho, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Keith238
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%

Second time that I've had this brew because the first time, I wasn't sure where I stood.. Overall.... not bad. Not a session beer by any means but one that is truly good for dessert! Appearance is nothing unusual and the smell is just what you would expect, a glass of banana bread. Taste is the same, a loaf of liquid banana bread. Personally, I prefer mine solid. The mouthfeel is nice with nothing clouding the palate. The drinkability is average as I couldn't really drink more than half of the 19.25oz bottle that it came in. Worth a try but it's not on my "must have" list.

Keith238, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of GoreStorm
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

poored from a bottle into a pint.

the appearance is nice, sort of a mid caramel color going on. my girlfriend commented that i just looked like iced tea. there is some mild beading going on. a moderate fluffy, rocky head. the head faded very quickly, it would have been a very attractive beer had it maintained this head.

smells like what the label says, nice sweet banana bread.

the banana flavor is shockingly underwhelming. while i found it good, i was expecting a banana bomb, it was not. it wasn't too much more bananaish than some german hefs. you get the initial banana flavor, a mild grain flavor, and a mild banana after taste that lingers.

kind of just a creamy and smooth mouth feel

while i consider this good, because of it's sweetness and odd flavor, it's a bit of a novelty, and while i would definitely buy it again if it tickled my fancy, it's definitely not something to drink a lot of or session on.

worth checking out though.

GoreStorm, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of bilyboy65
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured from a 500 ml bottle with a BBD of 3/31/09, into a Pilsner style glass.

A: Not sure what a banana bread beer is supposed to look like, but it looks a brown color. Little to no head that doesn't last or cling. Medium carbonation

S: Basically just like buttered banana bread. Scents of butter, bready yeast, banana and a faint hint of caramel/sugar.

T: Surprise, surprise like buttered banana bread. Strong banana taste, with the bready yeast undertone. Also a slight bitter hops taste at the end.

M: Light bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Smooth swallow without a heavy oil feeling.

D: Easily drank the entire bottle writing this review!

bilyboy65, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%

08/03/08- Purchased at a random liquor store in Akron, OH.

Presentation- 500ml bottle...did not look for a freshness code. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour with a smaller 1/4 inch head and quickly disappearing at that. Not really any lace remnents.

Smell- Mild malty nose with a lighter banana nose.

Taste- Pretty much banana, light caramel malt and some grainy action going on...that's about it.

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation level with a sugary banana aftertaste.

Drinkability- Novelty beer that really wasn't half bad. Banana isn't too overpowering and not too sweet. Enjoyable, but not an every day beer.

GClarkage, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

I had to buy this beer because I LOVE bananas. When they called it a banana beer, they meant it.

Aroma is strong, and banana scent dominates. It pours a nice golden amber with a decent but not persistent head. Flavor is rich and very banana-y so it is rather like drinking a liquid banana - very distinctive. There is a fair amount of hop flavor and a touch of malt and yeast. Texture is smooth and pleasant, but just a little zingy.

Caution: Keep away from monkeys. :D

Cyberkedi, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of tab021
3.35/5  rDev -4%

A: gold/clear with a white thicker head

S: Banana bread. like it says. Its really quite blunt

T: It tastes like banana bread extract or syrup. its really not beer-y at all but i suppose it tastes like it says it will

M: smooth and light

D: I'm not sure how to rate this one overall. Its not really like a beer at all. But it is good... hmmm It kinda gets sweet after a bit so it might be hard to do this over and over again. maybe buy a bottle to split for something different. Good, but not really beer like...

tab021, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It smells like a English pale brewed with hefe yeast. The banana/clove aspect is in full swing. The taste is decent. It has a dry pale and bisquit malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with the hefe banana esters. I guess there is real bananas in here as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinker, but a bit of a concept beer. I like the results, but not enough to buy another.

WesWes, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of DogFood11
2.23/5  rDev -36.1%

I figured if I like Kristalweizens that this banana bread brew would be right up my alley. Poured into a short pils glass it forms a manageable off white head. Light copper body.

Comes through as advertised. Banana bread is the theme here and its bready and rich at times. You could tell me this is a juice product and not a beer and I'd fully believe you. There is no discernable hop or malt bill that sticks out. Almost extract like flavoring. Not for me.

It was just borderline ok and not worthy of another purchase at 5 skins a bottle.

DogFood11, May 27, 2008
Photo of ph2001
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

very transparent amber color. tons of carbonation and head that maintains well. very strong banana scent to it.

the banana flavor is not as strong as it smells. it is nice and sweet, more subtle than expected. the sweetness kind of dances around the light ale flavors. intresting, but nothing spectacular. worth a try if you like the fruity sweeter styles.

ph2001, May 26, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +14%

The aroma of ripe banana and bready malts fills your nose as you pour this beautiful golden amber brew. It forms a modest off white head with lots of little bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass. The flavor is full of over ripe bananas with nuty and sweet bready malts. It's light to medium bodied, well carbonated and it has a slick almost oily texture. An excellent brew.

generallee, May 15, 2008
Photo of hyland24
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip pint glass. Minimal white head that dissipated quickly. Clear gold color with no visible carbonation. The smell was ridiculously strong candied banana similar to a banana Laffy Taffy. The taste was pure banana bread. Sweet and bready with hints of malt. Flavor similar to an exaggerated hefe wiesen with sweeter and more pronounced banana flavors. Delicious, sweet and creamy with a clean finish leaving behind copious amounts of banana sweetness. Overall a very good beer but too sweet to pound. My only issue is that I felt the banana flavors tasted artificial and overly sweet at times, but definitely a good beer and worth seeking out and trying if you get the chance.

hyland24, May 15, 2008
Photo of Avryle
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

A- I don't know how to rate this as far as looks go. It wasn't as dark as I'd expected- more of a light honey-orange color. Small off white head.

S- Nose is like banana candy, and everyone knows banana candy is like Elvis impersonators- All of them look the same but none actually look like Elvis...

T- Tastes like banana candy, be it Laffy Taffy, Runts, etc., though finishes with a spicy and malty dryness. Not banana bread.

M- Very dry mouth feel. Medium carbonation.

D- Ummm... does anyone like bananas? I think the house plant may... A little too fake-banana to finish the 3/4 bottle that was my share.

Avryle, May 15, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
1.78/5  rDev -49%

I hate banana. Damn it.

A: Reddish golden color. Sort of different. Almost no head and no lacing.

S: Banana runts! Artificial banana is ok. God am I really going to drink this?

T: Damn. Too much banana. Finishes with something else but my brain has shut down at this point.

M: Who cares?

D: I knew this was going to be bad and it was. I really hate banana. Damn it.

aerozeppl, May 15, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%

Given to me by Hyland24. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Amber/orange color. The pour produced minimal head and a spotty film with minimal lacing. Decent carbonation.

S - Big aroma of Banana Now & Later candy with some maltiness thrown in.

T - Malty banana sweetness throughout the entire bottle.

MF&D - Medium/Thin bodied. Crisp and refreshing. I actually liked this beer, but I would have to say I due to the candy like sweetness, I probably would not drink more than 2 at a sitting.

nasty15108, May 14, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev +4%

I love Banana Bread but I did not love this beer as much as I do the real thing of course but it was a good effort. It was ok though. Poured with a nice cream head that fades slowly leaving a trace of lace. Had a clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Strong banana nose. Starts as a malty/hop mix but then the banana flavor kicks in, a strange soapy banana aftertaste.

barleywinefiend, May 13, 2008
Photo of Lukie
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%

Poured out a golden honey, decent lacing that stuck to the glass quite well. Good quality fresh English Ale!

The smell is heavy on candy banana. It smells like those cheap candy lolly bananas you can buy. Completely turned me off the beer. There was some slight buscuity malts in the back, but were overpowered by the sugar banana candy smell.

Sweet banana taste is quickly pushed aside for buiscuty malts and a citrus hop finish. It is not as bananary (is that a word) as the smell insinuates, but it is passable.

It had a decent body, and was drinkable to say the least. As it warmed, the bitterness from the hops were more present, and the banana flavour more but left the scene. I couldn't drink more then one of these in a sitting.

Lukie, May 06, 2008
Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -14%

I'm a big fan of fruity and different beers but you really get a wide range of quality in such brews. This one is a middle-of-the-road imho.

Pours light orange with a short foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly. Nose is immediately banana, unsure if it smells fake or not though. It was a bit overwhelming as the bottle opened. Tastes like a standard British ale with, of course, the banana. At first, again, way overpowering and not well balanced. But, as I let it sit, the banana aromas dissipated a bit allowing for the actual drinking of the beer. After half the glass, things started to meld a little better.

So overall, pretty light and fruity, balance will be helped by sitting, but in general an OK fruit beer.

aquatonex, May 03, 2008
Photo of taez555
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

This beers pours a very clear orange, almost yellowish, body with a fluffy white head.

Nose smells like a mixture of banana bread with a nice German wheat. Bready, banana, spices, wheat, fresh cut grain, fruits(not just banana), touches of apple and pear even. The banana smell has almost that fake syrupy banana smell. Very distinct, and definitely lives up to it's name.

Taste is light bodied with a nice large amount of cheweyness and ample bitterness and carbonation. Tons of fresh crushed malt with layers of yeasty banana esters. Layers of fruit, apples, pear juice, banana, light citrus peel with a dirty earthy leaf hop taste that compliments the malt and fruit nicely. A mild granite stone taste shines through. Bitterness is surprising high and balances well, but is firm and in your face throughout every sip. Ends with a mild lingering bitterness and banana aftertaste.

This is really a fascinating beer. Really a fantastic english bitter, with just the right amount of banana and malty bread qualities to give it, yes... a banana bread taste, but at the same time it's not overpowering or detracting. Honestly, it's just a really nice english bitter.

taez555, May 03, 2008
Photo of SilentSabre
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

This was almost precisely what I thought it would be. Poured into my pint glass from a 1Pint 3,25oz bottle a very copper orange colour with a white, soapy head that didn't remain in place for too long. Somewhat average appearance for an ale hailing from the U.K.
The smell, however, was utterly terrific. I am a huge fan of banana bread anyway, and this was precisley what I had hoped it would be, as far as smell goes, anyway. Rather assertive banana, and what I perceive to be just a tiny bit of spice. Earthy tones of English hops hide in the background. Absolutey fantastic!
Taste was quite good, but not quite as banana bread-like as the smell. In fact, the whole banana theme is rather muted in the taste, with toasted malts and those lovey English Challenger hops being the dominant flavours. There *is* a noticeable banana presence throughout the drink, but the malt and hops flavours dominate the taste. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but honestly, probably exactly where it should be for the style. I found this very drinkable and certainly a delightful treat, but I think I would tire of it were I to drink it too frequently, even given how much I enjoy banana bread itself.
A smashing brew from U.K. that I am elated to have finally tried. Will certainly buy it again!

P.S. This would be terrific in the Autumn, perhaps with a warm bit of fresh banana bread!

SilentSabre, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +14.6%

This beer poured a nice golden copper color with a thick egg shell colored head. Lacing was minimal but present. The smell was..surprise! Banana bread. Man that's wild. It really smells just like banana bread. Also had a nice breadiness in the smell. The taste was again bananas but not too much. Much less banana in the taste than in the nose which was good. Very crisp and clean beer. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall an incredible beer. Highly recommended.

Beerbuddha, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from 1 pt 3.25 oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
A: Pours a pale golden color with 1/2 inch frothy white head with good retention. Good amount of carbonation.
S: Strong banana and a good amount of background nut notes.
T: Fresh banana flavor. Quite sweet with some nut and yeast too. Very straight forward beer, not much complexity...but that's also not what this beer is meant to deliver.
M: Light body. Taste does not linger much. Very average mouthfeel.
D: Very light and drinkable. Very good true banana flavor. The sweetness is a drawback to sessionability. Would pair well with lighter fare and desserts (mmm...Bananas Foster).

mwilbur, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of Mexinate
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

This was an interesting choice that I bought at Surdyk's here in N.E. Minneapolis. I asked the guy to recommend a really banana-heavy Hefe since I was cooking with bananas tonight and he redirected me to this concoction.

It poured a light amber color, very clear and with almost no head at all. Carbonation was nearly non-existent, which was weird. It definitely smelled remarkably like banana bread, really banana heavy hops and a good nutty maltiness provides balance.

Taste was nice and mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing. The banana gives way to a crisp finish. The malt flavors are not big at all, just a little counterbalance.

I liked this beer as a neat surprise. I could have drank one more but my personal tastes skew away from drinking more than one or two sweeter beers in a row. I would try this again or bring it to a get together just for the novelty of it.

Mexinate, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

Color: Copper/amber color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Strong banana bread aroma. Not much else.

Taste: Banana with a decent malt backbone and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Banana and malt.

Verdict: An interesting gimmick that's drinkable. Nothing to phone home about though.

Brad007, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%

1 Pint 3 oz. bottle poured into a 20 oz. pint glasss.

Look is crystal clear light copper body with a thin looking head that leaves a small amount of lacing. Not a bad looking beer at all.

Smells are obviously bananas, hops, and english hops.

Tastes is fruity up front with hops and some mineral like qualities adding some character and cleansing the palate from the fruitiness.The smell is far more banana than the flavor, which is good since too much would probably be cloying.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with good carbonation.

As far as drinkability goes, it has it. There's enough to make it pretty interesting, but not so much that it would wear on you. I would go back to this one when desiring a good English ale with some fruitiness.

rtratzlaff, Mar 30, 2008
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,351 ratings.