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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,661
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 18.52%
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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 pezdedorado
4.54/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy and I love to kick back with a special bottle of this beer. If you're going to have just one, this is a nice choice against the grain.

I get a lot of banana and malt from this beer. Its one I want to try homebrewing, but I am afraid this beer wont disappear for years if I make 5 gallons.

Photo of Phinner
4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer for those who like bananas - the taste and aroma were right on. It has a very nice, subtle flavor and very appetizing color. The mouth feel was a bit light, but it is very drinkable.

Overall, I would buy again and make it a regular in my rotation.

Photo of gskitt
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For some reason I am attracted to concoctions like this offering from Well. Pours a good looking pour with frothy white bubbles that don't last. Smell was a potent banana bread smell. They weren't lying. It had a more smell than taste but thats good. Otherwise it would be over-powering. It had a pleasant mouthfeel and was a very balanced brew. However, one is probably enough.

Photo of bubseymour
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Decent orange/brown clear with large carbonation bubbles. Head was small and large carbonation bubbles.

Smell - Pleasant and bannana like.

Taste - One would think this is a pretty weird concoction and could be a disaster but it actually works out ok and Wells pulled this off as passable and a nice variety and change of pace.

Mouthfeel - nothing special or noteworthy

Drinkability - Tastes like some wacky American Craftbrew Frankenstein creation but I was somewhat shocked to find out Wells is British brewer.

Overall - Nothing special but its drinkable and light in flavor. Smooth, no hop bitterness and a hint of bannana flavor. Something to try and say you've tried it then move on.

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

Picked this up at my local Harris Teeter, surprisingly.
Pours out a light amber with a thin, whispy head that manages to maintain some decent lacing. Smells like banana bread, with some strong aromas of vanilla and buttery white cake icing, and the flavor matches the smell very well. Tastes like candied bananas, someone posted the resemblance to the banana runts and they were spot on. A very sweet and rich beer, definitely a dessert pairing brew, while at the same time, managing to bring about characteristics of the malts and a nice hop bitterness that lingers around after each sip. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but the beer itself is quite rich, with a fairly high carbonation level. All in all, a good beer for what its worth, more of a novelty or a one time attraction.

Photo of MadeInOregon
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the brewers who brought us the incredible "Young's Double Chocolate Stout" comes this oddity. I couldn't resist picking up a 12 oz. single from Whole Foods. Avoid this beer like the plague if you don't like bananas.

The body is very nice looking with an orange-gold color like a sherry and a very frothy, soapy head.

Smells--very accurately--like banana bread. There is also a bubble gum aroma in there and a very faint powdery smell that is similar to protein powder mix, which was not very appetizing.

The first taste was STRONGLY bubble gum in flavor and probably one of the strangest, most unusual flavors I've ever tasted out of a beer bottle! After a few more sips the main taste is banana-flavored candy mixed with real bananas. "Where have I tasted that the flavor?", I thought to myself. "RUNTS!" Yes! This beer tastes like those silly little fruit shaped candies, specifically the banana-shaped one. How odd! Is that their secret ingredient?! Hope not! There is a slight hop bite toward the end of each sip but it is replaced by the banana Runts. Overall, the beer is quite sweet and since it does not taste very malty I guess it is due to the flavoring.

Flavor progression went like this:
bubble gum & banana bread -> Runts -> hefeweizen, yeasty, wheat -> hops & Runts

This is an interesting, semi-drinkable beer but I think it belongs paired with food. It's too odd to stand alone. It would definitely make a good breakfast beer, maybe with some fried potatoes, bacon, and eggs. Yum!

Photo of cooncat
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard 'shaker pint' glass, the beer is orangish-yellow in color, with a white head. Head diminishes to a cap, which sticks around for a while due to a higher than average carbonation level. Some lacing left on the side of the glass on a sip, but not much sticking around.

While I can detect banana in the nose, I also detect a minerally odor ... guess they weren't kidding about using mineral water on the label. The mineral smell isn't over powering, but it is there, and noticeable.

The taste has banana and bubble gum up front, with some floral hop notes and a bit of that mineral taste mentioned in the nose. I've had Wit beers with a much more pronounced banana flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a fairly perky carbonation level .. probably close to 3 volumes. I wouldn't call the carbonation "bitey", but its certainly lively. Not sure that I'd want to drink this all night long, but at 5.2% abv, its certainly sessionable. I'd say a couple would be my limit on this one.

An interesting beer that's worthy of a try. I got mine at my homebrew club's "beer gift exchange". Now that I've tried it, would I buy additional bottles of it? Probably not, but since I'm a homebrewer, I've got a lot a beer at home all the time. I say, give it a shot if you get the chance ...

Na Zdravje!

Photo of mralphabet
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 Pt bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pretty copper color with a fingers worth of fluffy white head that settles to a nice ring with very nice lacing.

S: Wow.... Banana bread in a glass. Bananas, nuts, sweet malt, cinnamon and yeast. Really great smelling beer.

T: Tastes a lot like the smell.... Little more banana peel than I wanted, but everything else is here. Banana bread with nuts, caramel, cinnamon and yeast. Pretty sweet but not overly so.

M: Lighter than I was hoping. Mid bodied and crisper than I was hoping. Carbonation is light. I really wanted thick and creamy so it loses a few points.

D: Low ABV and good flavors make this pretty damn drinkable. May not be everyone's cup tea, but it is worth looking at to try something different.

Photo of bierguru
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A -
copper color mild cardonation white head fades to a thin lacing fairly quick

S -
like banana bread very strong sweet banana

T -
strong caramel flavor right up front hides most of the flavors to come mid taste you get some nuts and then finishes with banana

M -
light on the tounge little bubbles dry in the mouth

D -
go for one just to try it really to me it tastes like a sweet yuengling

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.26/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice caramel, autumn like color. A paper thin head remains thoughout the beer.

S- Bananas and clove (like with a wheat beer), and a big nuttiness. Duh, it smells like fresh baked banana nut bread.

T- Just like the name. Only thing I can say about the taste is there is a smaller presence of nuttiness than was given from the smell. Has that toffee-ish sweetness to it, but the sweet tatste is not overpowering. The beer has a fairly carbonated feel to it. Very smooth going down and has a great drying finish like the bread it's name after does.

M- A little too smooth and carbonated, but isn't all that heavy (which is a plus).

D- The sweetness and carbonation of the beer doesn't make this beer very drinkable to me, but I could drink a couple in a row very easy without struggle.

*- Overall, I have a confidence now in whatever the Wells & Young's Ltd Brewing Company does. This beer is called Banana Bread Beer, and truely lives up to that title. Great beer that would be great with your Sunday brunch, or with desserts like Pumpkin or Peacon Pies. EXCELLENT BREW!

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a Paulaner stein in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on December 12th, 2010. Pours a clear gold, lots of bubbles, three finger head with cream.

Sm: Banana bread! Bananas. Hops, barley, the usual suspects.

T: Smooth open to well built body and wonderfully banana finish. I don't know how they did it. Kind of akin to runts candy banana flavour. Well balanced and wonderful for what it is. Well built for the style. Hard to do but they did it!

Mf: Nice. A bit too smooth but it dries up.

Dr: I'd have it again and recommend it to friends as a good fruit beer.

Photo of MNFirefly
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer and completely satisfied with my selection. I was completely love the smell and aroma of the beer and reminds me of banana bread. The clear color is beautiful. The pour of the beer into the glass was smooth. The mouthfeel was smooth.

Photo of AdamBear
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-copper colored with a cream colored head. fairly bubbly.

S-smells like grains and bananas. the banana scent is strong

T-unfortunately the taste is very watery though there is a lot of banana. it reminds me of a banana popsicle. there's a lot of room for improvement. the after-taste is just a tad grainy but it isn't too great. overall i think its a great beer for a hot summer day but not if you want a good night of tastings

M-heavy carbonation with a dry finish

D-drinkability depends on situation. a night out with the guys: not for me. summertime at the pool: i'll have this all afternoon!

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

Served initally very cold (40-ish), warmed throughout the evening.

Poured from a newly purchased bottle into a Stella glass. Color was rich, golden-carmel brown without any cloudiness, with a hint of carbonation. Nothing special on the head or lacing, with both pours the head dissapated quite quickly.

Smell was instant yeast and bananas, followed by sweetness, maybe nuts and bread, other 'beer' smells. Malty. Definitely unique.

Banana flavors overwhelming the palette. Other banana-related flavors I picked up on were banana-bread and Banana Runts. Walnuts too? An ever so slight bite. The malt?

As it warms, a few spicy hop notes emerge.

Mouthfeel was initially creamy but overall dissapointing to me. Just not enough there. Light-bodied beer.

Finish was also poor in my opinion. There is almost a 'skunky' beer finish under the banana flavors. The slight banana aftertaste is also unpleasant.

Photo of phideltashaggy
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

A-Medium dark amber with a tan head and very pretty lacing. Very clear.

S-The nose is heavy on the banana. Just like a banana popsicle mixed with beer. I loved this part.

T- Not what I was expecting. The banana did not make the beer sweet, like one might expect. There is just a small banana taste in front, and a hopsy finish.

MF- Kinda creamy, but not too much so. Prety standard ale, really.

D- Meh. Not hard to drink, but I don't feel like I want to pop another one any time soon.

Overall, this is a nice novelty brew, but it's not even the best beer I've had with bananas in it (I'm a huge fan of dunkels)

Photo of bradleyp
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to the Bier Stein for having this in stock.

Poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A: Medium brown with lots of little carbonation bubbles. Nice lacing throughout the glass.

S: Smells like bananas and some faint cinnamon.

T: Banana is very pungent throughout. It reminds of the banana Runts candy. Very tasty.

M: Great flavor of banana and very bready. Almost like a banana bread. Not too boozy imo.

D: Worth trying once, but I wouldn't drink more than one in one sitting. Very recommended for people who enjoy fruity beers.

Photo of vfgccp
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass

A - Nut brown, not much a head.

S - Great notes of banana bread; caramel, bananas, nutmeg, trace of cinnamon. It's not overpowering though. Malt, touch of booze.

T - Malt, soft warm alcohol, almonds, sweet spices (allspice, nutmeg). Banana's foster rolls up through the middle of the profile and lingers in the aftertaste. Like the smell it's not overpowering, a touch more than a punch in the face, which I appreciated.

M - Light effervescence.

D - Very drinkable. For a novelty beer the flavors aren't over the top so it doesn't overwork your palate.

Photo of hdofu
4.72/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Its a little sweet, smooth tastes like bananas but not to the degree that it's unpleasent as it finishes with a wheat taste. I can't overemphasize how smooth this beer is, the low alcohol isn't even detectable and overall I find it about as drinkable as beers can come.

Photo of wattly
2.72/5  rDev -22.5%
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 -11.7%
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 +6.6%
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 -61.3%
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 +7.4%
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 -6%
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 +33.6%
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.

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