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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Reviews: 843
Hads: 2,825
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 34%
Wants: 96
Gots: 585 | 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 Act25
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am not a fan of many fruit beers, and never of "flavored" beers (or coffees). However, when done right, pumpkin beers and light summery beers like Cartons, are really great changes of pace, esp when paired with the right time of day and the right food.

A: golden yellowish tan, plenty of carbonation, off-white head. But not much lacing or body.
S: smells exactly like banana bread. Sweet banana, spices, nuts over an ENGLISH ALE - bready malt base.

T: Good balance of banana bread, coffee, spice, and a great breakfast beer.
Some nutty and lots of English creamy malt, cracker like, underneath.

M: The body is medium with a suitable creamy, bready, moist finish, tempered by hops just enough.

D: I was not expecting much, and I enjoyed it. I would drink this early in the day or at dessert, with sweet food, and I'd turn my friends on to it as a change of pace. Well made.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would like to start out by saying this beer should be enjoyed at room temperature, or at least that's where I got the best flavor profile from it. The appearance was dark amber with a slightly yellow white head. The smell was full of bananas and nutmeg. The taste was great with the wheat from the beer and the banana flavor mixing to make a warm banana bread flavor for the beer. The mouthfeel was also very nice, just thick enough without becoming overwhelming. Really nice twist.

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Photo of firefightn24
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Currently drinking a glass of this as I'm sitting here typing. I had this beer years ago, but decided to pick up another bottle since I see it all the time. The beer looks really good in the glass, a nice amber color with a small amount of head on top. The smell is great in my opinion, and the banana stands out easily. As far as the taste is concerned, I feel like something is missing. The subtle banana flavoring is great, but it I just feel like there's something that could stand out more, that just isn't. Overall, I think it's a good beer that readily available.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This actually did taste just like a bread version of banana bread. Whether that is a good thing or not though, I don't know. I found it fairly enjoyable, odd, but enjoyable. This is what they would classify as a desert beer, although not as sweet as you would think by the name.

Overall pretty tasty, definitely different. Not something someone would drink all the time, but for a once and while treat, why not?

May purchase again in the future, although would be rare. This is a once and while type of beer.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces about a one inch creamy white head that settles down to a continuous 1/8 inch froth that coats the sides. The beer is an orange-amber with moderate carbonation.

Plenty of banana bread aroma, with spice, including some coriander. The flavor is even more like banana bread, and I sense a strong base of biscuity malt, wheat malt, and plenty of yeast funk. The banana flavor doesn't come across as contrived and is far from overbearing. Maybe a little apple in there somewhere. Fairly light in body with a crisp finish that includes a little bit of lingering spice and perhaps a little herbal hop bitterness.

A pretty unique brew and worth trying. This four pack of 11.2 ounce bottles was a bit pricy for my budget at over 10 bucks...but, oh well!

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Photo of Roxie_B
4.59/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: Bottle
Appearance: Pretty dark amber short pale head. 4.0
Smell: 5.0 Nailed it. Banana Bread. If you wanted to smell something else why would you buy this?
Taste: 4.5 Again Banana Bread that fade out and back in.
Mouthfeel: 4 Outstanding. Crisp.

Linear, simple, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of stufff
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells of Banana Bread. Wells really knows how to get smell down. Feels thick in my mouth and tastes sort of tangy and spicy with a definite aftertaste of banana. Every burp tastes like banana bread. Excellent beer to drink with comfort food like a grilled cheese sandwich. Lower APV than in most beer I'd consume, can drink a couple of these with lunch and not get a buzz.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Trying the wells and young banana bread beer at the Pie Factory in Florance, AL. The beer poured a clear copper with virtually no head and no lacing. The scent is definitely banana bread. The taste has a lighter malt base with banana and hints of spice (clove).The m outhfeel is lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall the beer hits the mark as far as taste. ..but one is enough for me.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a good head that is gone in 60 seconds LOL. Good dark golden color.

S- Excellent! Lots of banana and bubble gum

T- Excellent. Not much bubble gum LOL.

M- Pretty good.

O- This beer relies heavily on the banana undertones. Works for me!

Food Pairing

This wonderful flavored beer went well with... bacon and eggs!


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Photo of JPowell712
4.6/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is very refreshing and it taste just like the label... BANANAS!!!! This for me is one of my all time favorites to enjoy in the summer months. Gives you that tropical feel like your in the islands! Anyway it is a light, easy to drink beer that is not overly sweet, but leaves you with a great beer/banana taste that lingers. If you like banana or fruity beers, add this to your list!

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Photo of Aegelis
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Seems distinct between the banana bread and beer flavour. At first, banana bread in all its rich sweetness, then turns to straight up beer with a bite at the finish. If you're a fan of both without seeking fusion, by all means give it a go to judge for yourself. For me it's a nice change of pace, but not something I'd list as a regular item on my brew menu, especially for the price. For the price of six others, I only get four, but such is the way for the adventurous taster.

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Photo of tronester
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/orange with a medium off-white head. Aromas of banana scented sunscreen, but not in a bad way, actually pleasant, ha. Taste begins with a little nuttiness, then some sweetbread, followed by banana candy flavor, and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is average. Overall an ok beer, but the banana flavoring is a bit too artificial tasting to me. I'd rather just have a banana forward hefeweizen if I want a beer that tastes like bananas.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very thin and watery looking brew. Light metallic bronze color with thin head. Smells decent. Banana runts for sure. The taste follows the nose, sweet banana like the candy banana runts. There just isn't much to this one. It's thin and lacking complexity, but it is easy to drink.

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Photo of scottwood
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Initial aroma and flavor is banana runts. After some time it mellows out to a reasonable banana presence, but the bread part is a bit lacking. Would be nice if this had a bit more of a malt backbone to stand up to the banana -- a bit of roastiness and nuttiness would probably complement it nicely. Still, it's pretty drinkable once the artificial-seeming aroma fades. A decent beer for when you're in the mood for something unusual.

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Photo of larryi86
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- A clear amber color with a two finger white head.

S- Banana bread, faint hops, some cloves and wheat. Really what you would hope banana bread beer would smell like.

T- Doesn't live up to the nose, sweet malts, some bready malts, faint earth hops, very muted compared to what I was hoping it would be.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- If this tasted like it smells this would be a great beer, but I feel it is average at best. It is drinkable and fairly enjoyable but could be much better.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light red-amber. Good clarity. A halo of suds doesn't look impressive.

Buttery notes, banana, toffee, treacle, malt sweetness, and Wonder Bread. Minimal hop bitterness.

The bitterness is here now, mild and a little spicy. Banana is very mild, semi-lost, nutty, and a little caramelized. Toffee notes and pale malts bring out treacle notes. Still more generic white bread flavors after fermentation. Metallic finish.

Feels okay. A little thin-bodied. Carbonation has a slight burp, but not a critical error.

I get the 'banana bread' thing, but the flavors are weak. Okay, if not close to average.

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Photo of Drk93TT
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Purchased in Canton at Holiday Market

A: pours a faint orange with a carbonated head that dissipates fast and leaves zero lacing. Active carbonation and holds a small ring of head thru the experience. Nothing spectacular.

S: Best part of this beer is the smell. Fresh baked bread, crystal malt, and of course B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

T: Thin candied malts... bud light esq funk to it.. artificial banana mostly, but tastes much much better a bit warmer. Out of the fridge its crisp and tart. Light and very carbonated. Not too bad.. but dissapointing to me. Wish it had more body and fullness. Its just too... thin and simply... lacking.

M: Not much here, comes and goes. Thin and crisp.

Overall wish this beer had more depth and flavor. Too crisp and clean! But its worth picking up to try.. definitely a good beer, just wish it was an outstanding beer !

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow golden with a kind of dark red hue to it. Lacing is awesome.

S: Banana definitely. Some candy and light malt as well.

T: Banana bread, wheat, nutts, butter, honey, and spice. An awesome taste in my opinion.

M: Lighter side of medium with a nice creamy feel. Goes down so smooth.

O: Though the beer has not-so-good ratings; I like it a lot. It's a solid brew that is good for just relaxing and enjoying a nice flavor.

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Photo of AnthonyBeerdain
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a bottle into a Tulip. Bottled on 24-Jun-2013.

Banana reminiscent of Laffy taffy and Circus Peanuts! (the chewy candy, not the actual nut.) Hint of caramel malt. Low diacetyl detected. No alcohol. No hops.

High clarity, dark golden, leaning towards amber. Moderate head quickly reduces to a lacing around the edge of the glass.

When the beer first enters your maw nothing specific jumps out. Move it around a bit and you're first greeted with a subdued banana flavor, followed by a hop bitterness, then more banana and a solid dose of pale malt, breadiness and biscuitiness, followed by a finish of more hop bitterness. As the beer warms more of the malt profile shines through, rounding the beer out a bit and making it more balanced.

Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall Impression
This beer's had a good rep in the beer world, and there aren't many banana beers out there. For what it is I think it's a well-made, pretty well-balanced beer. Overall the banana-ness tastes and smells a bit artificial to me. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you're expecting a fresh banana experience you'll be a bit disappointed. Not overly sweet, so you could definitely drink more than one of them without palate fatigue.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber, a good amount of carbonation is visible. Thin off-white head, some webs of lacing.

S: Banana bread. Banana, wheat, nuttiness. Warming and mouth-watering, if a little weak.

T: Banana bread. Buttery wheaty banana bread, even encompasses some walnut notes. Overall sweet, but nowhere near cloying. No spicy hops like the label advertises, but I'm happy about their absence.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to thin body, but perfectly matched with the flavors- so easy drinking. I don't understand people who say they could (only) down 2 of these without a problem- I'm in danger of finishing my entire 4-pack.

O: It would be easy to fall short or go overboard with a liquid recreation of banana bread, but this one hits that in-between perfectly. Not a beer for Reinheitsgebot-followers, but for beer or baking enthusiasts, this is highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 1/22/14 and had this one once before back in 2012 I believe. Comes in a single 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a pretty amber in color with a very small off-white head that settles down to around the top of the beer along the glass. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip. When first opened you can smell the bananas with malt. Very pleasant. The taste would be expected as with the smell, bananas and yeast/malt, hense the name. A different beer that is tasty and not bitter as well as a good aftertaste.

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Photo of WRXDreamer
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Poured from bottle into lager glass. No real head or lace (could be my poor pour). Nice colour.

S-Faint banana and toffee smell, nothing overpowering or fake scent.

T-Was expecting a mouth full of banana bread taste, got subtle banana taste with a pepper/sweet aftertaste. Found the taste of banana bread to grow the more I drank.

M-Good feel, slightly creamy, nice carb.

O-Slightly let down by the sublte-ness of the flavour. A dessert beer for sure, not sure what else you would have with it. Glad I got to try it, but not sure if I would drink again.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass

Appearance - light amber, crystal clear, one finger head recedes to foamy cap, sticky lacing

Smell - Bread crust, fairly strong banana but not cloying or negative in any way. A bit sweet with spices like cinamon and clove, clean.

MF/Taste - creamy, medium body, tingly and light carb. Flavor, like the smell, is almost a dead ringer for banana bread...impressive. Toasty bread, banana, a bit nutty. Very slight bitter twang on the back end, finished fairly dry.

Overall - This beer exceeded my expectations in a big way. The fruity banana flavor is not cloying at all, and the toasty malts are in perfect harmony. I wouldn't go for this all the time, but I thought it was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of NRo
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light honey-color, very thin head

Smell: Very banana-y, fresh

Taste: more banana flavor than I expected, which is a good thing. Doesn't go well with food unless the food is sweet and light.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean, the bananas really come out when it sits on your tongue

Overall: It's a decent beer, but very good for a flavored beer. You can actually taste the bananas, but not in an overwhelming way.

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Photo of Big-Frog
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Okay listen, this is a beer for a specific purpose. You've heard of Dessert Wines? This is a dessert complimenting beer. It smells very much as advertised. It tastes they way you would imagine. It goes well with any ice-cream, tart, fruit, or pie dessert dish. This is not your "during the game, or social outing" beer. But if you utilize this beer with a dessert dish, you won't be disappointed.

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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.