Dismiss Notice
Get FREE shipping on all US orders of $25 or more from the BeerAdvocate Store.

No promo code required. Offer valid through 4/30.

Ready to gear up? Start shopping →

Wells Banana Bread Beer | Wells & Young's Ltd

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
80
good
864 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER STATS
Reviews:
864
Ratings:
2,952
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
34.57%
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
661
For Trade:
1
Wells Banana Bread BeerWells Banana Bread Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 08-15-2002

View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 864 | Ratings: 2,952
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.

 347 characters

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.

 195 characters

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.

 199 characters

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.

 396 characters

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.

 414 characters

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.

 221 characters

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!

 279 characters

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.

 230 characters

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.

 446 characters

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.

 172 characters

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 ;)

 547 characters

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.

 858 characters

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.

 201 characters

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.

 328 characters

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.

 502 characters

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.

 448 characters

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.

 283 characters

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.

 1,428 characters

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4/5  rDev +14.3%

I love this stuff. A very fresh, easy to drink dessert beer. Pours a beautiful caramel / honey. I'll keep it simple because there are so many reviews. If you want a simple refreshing brew for a low price, grab a bottle. It's delicious. Enjoy.

 243 characters

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, best before 11/14/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep copper/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big ripe banana, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of banana, dark/bready malt, and light hop notes; with good strength. Taste of ripe banana, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of banana, dark/bready malt, and light hop flavors; with a good malt/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly dry mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good fruit beer. Good balance and solid robustness of banana, dark/bready malt, and light hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A bit one dimensional, but it accomplishes what it advertises. A nicely enjoyable offering.

 1,368 characters

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.

 884 characters

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.

 484 characters

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.

 570 characters

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?

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

 461 characters

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!

 828 characters

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.