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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,636
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 18.8%
Wants: 73
Gots: 400 | 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

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002

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Photo of Chincino
3.79/5  rDev +8%
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 -1.4%
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 -34.2%
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 +13.1%
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 +20.8%
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 +25.1%
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 -8.3%
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 +5.1%
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 -27.9%
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 +13.7%
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 -2.3%
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 -0.9%
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 -0.3%
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 +12.5%
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 +0.6%
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 -2%
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 +8.8%
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 +25.9%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber with a smallish head.

S - Nose is slightly skunky with some grass. Not much banana aroma.

T - OK there's some banana now, but it's really fighting to show up. Some nuttiness, light caramel and a crisp hopping.

M - Solid medium body but with a bit too much carbonation.

D - Definitely a solid, tasty brew that I wouldn't hesitate to drink again, but seems to miss on the banana somewhat

Photo of kstbeer
4.68/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer, I have never seen or even heard of a banana beer so I had to try it. In my opinion it has a mildly average taste of banana..which is just enough. Its light, has a very nice color and aroma. I bought two, one to drink and one to store. I really wish i know more about banana beers and what kind of hops and grains goes into this Wells beer. any feedback would be great!

Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle no. 23/03/11-A-L0083-04:04. Sampled on September 7, 2010. The pour is copper-amber with a lot of fluffy tan head that slowly pops downward although it remains about a quarter inch thick. The aroma bursts with banana flavorings, tropical fruits, and a malt character. The taste had a solid bitterness with banana flavorings mixed in. It lives up to its name.

Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass goblet.

A - Pours a 1.5 finger fluffy white marshmallowy head that dissapates rather quickly. Leftover head does leaves some lacing though. Beer is a dark copper color, like an old penny, with some big bubbles that stick to the bottom of the glass. Efferevencence seems to stick around till the end for the most part.

S - Straight up banana bread in the nose. No mistaking that smell. Smell isnt over powering though, but is without a doubt noticable. Smell is accompanied with a faint generic "malt liquor" smell.

T - I was expecting this to taste like it smells, but it was a little fainter than I expected. You do get some banana bread flavor, but it seems like a very watered down banana flavor. You seem to get more malt liquor taste than banana flavor sadly.

M - The mouthfeel on this beer is surprisingly good. Very very soft. Beer is light to medium bodied, so it has a very pillowy like feel on the tongue.

D - Drinkability on this beer is extremely high. I dont think anyone would have a problem with this beer. Even malt liquor fans would be able to slug this right down. But all in all this beer is pretty refreshing.

Final thoughts: Would recommend it, but personally would probably not buy again.

Photo of sauron681
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a very thick rocky head. Good carbonation the entire glass, very minimal lacing.

Aroma is of very strong banana and not much else. Starts sweet, with almost a banana syrup flavor, and finishes dry and bitter.

Tastes very much like banana, and like banana bread, yet sweet like banana milk. Overall this is very clean and light.

Banana, banana, banana, and more banana. This is a good once in a great while brew, dont drink it everyday

Photo of foogerd
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy dark golden, starts out with a head of a half an inch which disappears pretty quickly
S- smashed bananas with brown sugar sprinkled on top between two loaves of bread
T-tasted much less banana than the nose i was expecting more of it i actually find it balanced with the malts giving a sweetness and a slight bitter finish definitely bananas there
M- pretty decent mouthfeel
D- well how many bananas would you wanna eat? you drink this thing one time i cant see myself buying it again although the banana flavor wasnt overwhelming
Overall a very decent brew the only reason i bought it was for the novelty of it you gotta try it once with the expectations of it being an average brew that has a banana flavor

Photo of montecristo2
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Banana bread delivers exactly what it says. Banana bread in a glass.

My wife really likes this one- I find it to be TOO much banana. It does have those yeasty banana notes and aroma, but after I start drinking, I still taste only banana and maybe some tartness in the aftertaste.

I would offer it to friends who really want banana in their beer. Otherwise, stick to belgian styles with that banana/clove aroma if you just want to smell it.


Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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