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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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2,417 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,417
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 64
Gots: 240 | 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 ph2001
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 15, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of irishevans
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent honey amber color, with a film of a head that seems to have a yellow tint to it. the smell is defiantly banana bread, a welcoming aroma. the taste is very very much banana peel, kind of tart on the finish and a bit sour all the way through, but i kind of like it, and it grows on you as you get through the first glass. mouth-feel starts off smooth, gets crisp in the middle, and the after taste leaves a tingle as well but no viscosity. drinks like water, no problem downer. all in all, an okay spring or early fall session brew (in my humble opinion)

irishevans, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of soulgrowl
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Fizzy-looking honey-amber with a styrofoamy, parchment-white head that seems to retain pretty well despite a huge flurry of big, volatile-looking bubbles rushing up through the body.

Smell: White wine, apple juice, apple cores, walnuts, and of course, banana. About as banana-y as a garden-variety Hefeweizen, though the aroma comes through in a different way - more like banana liqueur than actual bananas, although the Japanese label confirms that this is brewed with real, no-foolin' bananas (along with corn, which isn't surprising considering its overall lightness). Reminds me of banana Runts. Do they still make those?

Taste: Woah... bananas. Bananas and... vaguely citric, leafy hops, plus a touch of light, toffee-ish malt. The banana is nice, but it tastes like some weird tangent, completely disconnected from the rest of the beer. They really need to give the malts more oomph and more character to marry it with the banana (where does the "bread" part come in?) and downplay the hops; this may be more effectively balanced with spices or alcohol than hops.

Mouthfeel: Satiny smooth and light, with a very clean finish.

Drinkability: It's alright, but it just doesn't come together right; if I think of it as a fruit beer, then the malts and hops seem out of whack. If I think of it as a pale ale, then the banana seems out of whack. They need to find a way to bring them together. It's a nice novelty, but not one that I'll return to or recommend unless they change their recipe. I would like to try it on cask, though.

soulgrowl, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 19.25oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/20/08. No freshness date on the bottle.

Pours an orange-amber color. Head was maybe half a finger, which quickly disappeared and left no lacing. Smell was definitely banana along with malt. There was also an additional funky smell that I couldn't quite place.

Taste was banana, banana, banana. A little acidic. Thin and watery. Slight cherry taste as well. Leaves a banana aftertaste that lasts for quite awhile.

Won't be drinking any more of this. Definitely not worth the price (almost $5).

bkilpatr, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A seethru dark golden body with minimal head but it was a little rocky and it kept up with the beer. A light banana and yeast smell, nothing else. The taste is banana bread and that is it. I could see how other people might not like it that much, but I love banana bread so I thought this was great. A mediumish body that went down extra smooth - liquified banana bread. A little pricey, but I will have another one.

clayrock81, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of pheggeseth
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours amber gold, clear, lively carbonation, with a decent white rocky head, no lacing

S: smells like Budweiser with a faint hint of banana

T: slight bready malt, but not much, creamy sweet banana flavor throughout, tastes like banana bread

M: pretty smooth, light bodied, clean finish, not much to complain about

D: turned me off at first, but it grew on me later, definitely an acquired taste, maybe the flavor would suit something better like a stout, glad I tried it

pheggeseth, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of armock
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head

S - Just like the name implies banana bread

T - This is really good I'm surprised at how much this tastes like banana bread too

M - Has a medium body with fairly high carbonation

D - This is an easy to drink beer if you like banana bread at least I will pick this up again if I see it.

armock, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour it into a standard pint glass and the aroma of bananas leaps out at you. Clear amber-y color, creamy, off-white, merengue type of head.

Sweet aromatics, all banana & malt. Smells a bit like circus peanuts, a little plastic. But they swear they use real bananas, so I'll believe them.

Taste: Bready malt meets faint banana flavor, light bodied, easy-drinking. Flavor remains with every sip, right up at the front of the tongue, kind of a banana cream pie feel to it.

But all in all, a solid ale. Light in hops, clean, smooth, and slightly sweet. I'm liking this. You drink a few of 'em. And it's oh, so, banana-y...a nice novelty that could turn out to be a regular treat!

feloniousmonk, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-clear, amber 1/2 inch off white head. Not terribly long retention nor much lace, but overall not terrible looking

S-Banana dough, slight hop aroma. Caramela nd toffee malt

T-Bananas, dough and biscuit, a little sweet caramle and a touch of toffee. Alcohol on the finish

M-light body, zingy carboantion

D-I have it again sometime

jackorain, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: bright sunset orange color with a small off white head.

S: Huge fresh banana bread aroma, with some light toasted notes.

T: Leaves a fresh banana residue coating on tongue. Hops are bitter floral and balanced well with flavor. There is some spicy alcohol in the finish. Good banana flavor, spicy hopping. Not terribly complex just bananas.

M: Creamy mouthful, big spicy banana bread flavor.

D: Moderate overall but good for what it is, a banana beer. novelty wears off pretty quick and becomes a rather a boring drink after one.

beerthulhu, Feb 01, 2008
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,417 ratings.