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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Reviews: 845
Hads: 2,831
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 34%
Wants: 96
Gots: 587 | FT: 1
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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 StoutHunter
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked a bottle of Wells & Young's Banana Bread Beer last week for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. For some reason I've never tried this beer and I thought I would put an end to that and give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown pint bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a clear light amber color that took on more of redish amber color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of bubbly of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the banana yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a nice natural banana flavor that's followed by the malts which impart a sweet malt, light toasted and bready aromas. Towards the ends comes just a slight nutty aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it did remind of Banana bread a little.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the banana yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same natural banana aspect. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects with the sweet and bready malts sticking out the most with just a slight nutty flavor showing up in the background. On the finish there's not bitterness with a little sweetness taking it's place and it had slightly watery aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, the flavor also a little similar to banana bread.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little watery, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was just ok, I wish it was thicker and creamy.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a decent example of the style, it did live up to it's name when it came to tasting similar to banana bread, but this beer begs for a thicker and creamier mouthfeel to support those flavors. This beer had ok drinkability, one bottle would be my limit, since the mouthfeel would really wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma, it was pretty nice and I thought it was the highlight of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the mouthfeel, it was just ok and it needed some work. I don't think it would get this beer again, but if I was in the mood for it I might get it. I would recommend it if you want a lighter beer that tastes similar to banana bread. All in all I didn't mind this beer, but it's far from a favorite, but I think it could have some potential if they worked on the mouthfeel. It's not my favorite beer from this brewery and it's not a favorite of the style. I didn't this beer, but I think with a little more work it could be pretty good.

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Photo of apokatastasis
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty average overall, poured like most pale ales, being somewhat amber in colour. Thin head which quickly recedes into a subtle ring on the edge of the glass. It's not impressive in any way.

Aroma: The aroma is very true to its name; it smells exactly like fresh-baked banana bread.

Taste: This tastes like... a lightly-hopped pale ale with banana extract added. It's not really complex, it just taste like any other pale ale: healthy dose of malt sweetness, light hop bitterness; except it is banana flavoured. This is certainly palatable, but I think if a banana bread beer based on wheat beer rather than pale ale, it would be a phenomenal brew, with the wheat adding bready godness and a nice yeast to create more mouthfeel and complexity. What we got isn't bad but it's somewhat difficult to accept as 'the best' comparatively.

Mouthfeel: Again, fairly standard for a pale ale. Somewhat watery and light cabonation, basically like drinking soda water. I would have preferred a viscous yeast sediment and more of a bready body to this style of beer, but it's very drinkable.

Overall: I think this fails as a dessert beer: who wants to taste hops and roasted malts with dessert? It's quite unfortunate because if they had used a standard wheat beer base this would been bready and yeasty with plenty of sweet banana, this would have been phenomenal, as all of the flavours would accentuate and become harmonious. This isn't a dessert beer, but feel free to drink it, as it's still good.

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Photo of Urk1127
1.76/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Pint poured into glass. Brown body very slight head if even. Smell is like those laffy taffy banana candies. Taste is sharp carbonation. Sickly sweet artificial tasting banana although the bottle states they use actual bananas. Not saying it is artificial but it's just a taste to me. Then toffee and some dryness but very little. Slight roastyness but not much. Happy to have tried it but will not buy again. But glad to have tried it.

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Photo of hardysf
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pretty sure the brewery hit what it was shooting for. Wife loves it. Strong smell of banana upon popping the bottle top. Nice head, extremely clear.

Taste was immediately of banana, and aftertaste was bicuity. Pretty spot on for a bready beer with banana flavor. Not my cup of tea though. Again, wife loved it.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good looking beer, smells like banana (with notes of skunk). Tastes like banana bread but it also tastes like beer which is nice. Not my favourite, I wouldn´t even buy it again, but It´s a very interesting experience.

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Photo of gopens44
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I think that the most important aspect of note with this beer is that even though it's billed as a "banana bread" beer and flavored with bananas, it comes across very similar to a Belgian pale ale. The banana comes across pretty much identically to Belgian yeast. Not as hoppy as a BPA, but otherwise very similar in balance. My only knock on this is the incredible thinness.

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Photo of Myotus
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours with a large, white head. Has a very clean amber color. Has an actual banana bread aroma mixed with a hoppy aroma. Initial taste is of banana bread immediately followed by hops and a hint of alcohol. Well done, Wells. Well done.

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium amber color with short lived head and lace. Deep aroma of ripened banana with a backbone of biscuity richness. The banana isn't overbearing in the taste, but blends well with the slight malty base. Mouthfeel is bubbly with a buttery texture. Overall its a pretty balanced brew, although I'd like to see what this one would be like on nitro.

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Photo of SGerry
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm usually skeptical of most fruit beers, and I'm not a big fan of bananas, but this is pretty good. I thought it tasted more like oatmeal with bananas, but nevertheless it lives up to the name.

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Photo of chaseparker9
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. If you're into something different and refreshing, this is it. You take your first sip and its beer but the after taste is absolute banana bread goodness.

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Photo of supervike
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a gorgeous rich amber color when poured. The smell is almost non existent with just a faint odor of sweetness. The taste is rich and flavorful, light carbonation, and just a hint of banana bread. Smooth finish, without the cloying sweetness I've seen in other 'fruit' type beers. I have to say, I'm rather surprised by this beer, I wasn't expecting much. It's delicious and satisfying.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a poor head.

Faint sweet aroma of banana, toasty bread with some toffee.

Taste of grains with faint subtle sweet taste of banana, caramel, with a hint of citrus.

A little light with good carbonation. Short mouthfeel with a more bitter alcohol finish. Aftertaste of banana bread.

Overall, the aroma and taste is great, but it's a very light beer. Missing some body and a little freshness.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly enjoyable. Could use a tiny bit more sweetness, but it stays true to its name in its flavor. Was worried it would just taste like banana flavoring, but there is actually a wholesome bready-ness to it as well.

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Photo of norman19kilo
4.58/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I enjoyed this beer. It pours with good head retention. The smell is sweet with strong nots of banana. The taste is smooth and the banana are obvious on the palate. Feel is slightly carbonated to my opinion but leaves only sweet tones for after taste. Will be getting this again!

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Photo of MichaelME
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent but I was expecting something a bit heavier, with a better head. The beer almost has to be taken by itself, not even a pretzel, because the banana flavor is so delicate. I enjoyed trying it, but I'll not likely buy again.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice amber brown with a head that fades quickly with minimal lacing. Smells exactly how it sounds: banana bread and British ale. Tastes like banana bread (duh). The banana hits you up front and the finish is somewhat lacking. I find the banana to taste a lot like those yellow banana popsicles you grow up eating as a kid. I wish it was thicker or creamier but then you might lose some accessability. Decent unique brew. Would have again.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strong smell of banana bread on the nose that was slighty more subdued on the palate. It definitely has a lingering mouthfeel that emphasizes the banana bread experience.

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Photo of Jonathan33373
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Goes down smooth, and has a nice hint of banana flavor throughout. The taste is robust and refreshing. This beer kicks into gear right away and I would recommend it to anyone and would purchase it again for myself. It has a slight bitter taste so most chicks wouldn't dig it, however I don't mind this flavor one bit at all! It comes in a 500 ml bottle so it won't leave me too much more room to rate any other beers tonight but thats ok with me. This is a nice beer. I have a British heritage however, so I have a slightly biased opinion ;)

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Photo of Kiwi_Bird
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

I picked this one up at my grocery store. It was expensive but am glad I didn't let the price keep me from picking it up. This beer was much more pleasant than most people (dis)credited it for. This beer was not bitter at all despite other comments I've read about this one. I did experience the banana flavor both in the taste and aroma of this brew. It has a very smooth, well balanced, satisfyingly sweet taste and best of all it didn't leave me feeling woozy or tipsy, at least not yet. Although I've had even better fruit beers in Montana, this is certainly of the better ones you could savor. The current BA Score of this beer at the time of my review is 79, a pity as this is much better than others on here which are highly overrated. As far as the aftertaste goes, no issues as of yet. Would I buy this English brew again? Yes indeed. It's a winner.

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Photo of TheBroadSword
4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Jumping Jesus. This is Top 5 for me. This beer goes great with grape Jolly Ranchers and a Newport cigarette. I can drink 4-packs of this delicious brew all day, every day. And I do. Bravo Wells, Bravo.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Wells Banana Bread Beer had a decent amount of foam. Wells Banana Bread Beer had medium carbonation. Wells Banana Bread Beer had a smooth taste with medium taste of wheat. There was a vague banana aftertaste within Wells Banana Bread Beer. People who enjoy a smooth banana aftertaste beer will enjoy Wells Banana Bread Beer.

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Nov'12 on tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I mixed it w/some Young's Chocolate Stout (an old friend) & was a bit disappointed as I thought it would be a marriage made in heaven. Reality it was interesting but nothing to write home about...hence this entry.

I guess I'll leave the blending to the brewers.

07/18/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I like this beer. May be sweet for some, but I don't mind that one bit. Clever & well made. Worthwhile. Maybe not 2 in a row, but I'll have another before I leave.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The bananas in the nose might suggest a tradition hefe, but there's enough malt and sugar underneath to say otherwise; it's more like a banana Popsicle. The taste is lightly toasted malt with ripe bananas and just a hint of light caramel in the finish. Good carbonation give the body a nice structure to enjoy drinking. If you like a banana-taste profile and want more malt and body than a hefeweizen typically provides, this could be an option.

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Photo of Nolo
4/5  rDev +14.3%

I had this twice when i went to Buffalo NY thanks to a friend who brought it from Michigan. Since I live in Puerto Rico there is no way im getting this beer again. I remember the beer being really good but i kinda forgot how it really tasted so im trying to get my hands on it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%

Serving style : 11.2 oz glass bottle poured for appearance and such

Appearance (3) : Rich, bready looking 2 finger head. Copper, amber hues with low transparency. Good.

Smell (2.5) : Exactly like a banana "runt" (you know the candy we ate as kids?). A little malt. Little else.

Taste (3.25) : A little harsh off the bat with some sour malts, but then the banana flavor comes in ever so slightly and tricks your tongue into believing it's a banana (or a banana runt). The rest of the flavors are mixed in so well but they blend excellent. Smooth and tasty. I'm getting faint monkey bread. Some sour mash. Banana. Cracked barley notes trail off (I'm stretching here).

Mouthfeel (3) : Sharp carbonation with a wet feel. Smooth however a bit one-dimensional. Ends minimalistic and average - but easy drinking.

Overall (2.93) : I would call this a wheat lager with banana notes. The nose is the strongest part of this "banana" beer. It doesn't taste like banana bread, and it doesn't feel like a craft so to speak. It's a notch above the macros and it's pretty decent, but if they marketed it under a wheat beer with banana notes and put it in 12-pack cases I'd be more excited about it (and probably by hype I'd give it a 3.5 or more). If you're expecting banana bread, just buy a loaf instead (or get your mama to make you one). It's probably as close as any brewer has come to it, but it's a far cry from a delicious treat.

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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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